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mmmytelephone asked: Oh, I wondered why it was on my dash! I got really excited and thought they were going to come out to the applause of everyone (okay, me) in the next chapter, haha! In rapid succession: favourite song; favourite book; favourite artist?
Holmes: Favorite song? I think…
Watson: No, wait. Let’s name each other’s.
Holmes: Please tell me this isn’t another of those “how well do you know your partner” routines.
Watson: Oh, come on, song, book and artist oughtn’t be too hard. What, you afraid you don’t know mine?
Holmes: Nonsense. Proceed with your ridiculous not-a-test.
Watson: Very well. He’d tell you his favorite song is some violin concerto or another but he’d be lying. His actual favorite song is “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails.
Holmes: Trent Reznor is an underappreciated genius.
Watson: His favorite book? Well, he’s got loads of scholarly tomes on every subject you can think of, but the only book he ever spent extra money on for a first-printing signed copy was “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” by Chris Van Allsburg.
Holmes: I enjoy the surrealism.
Watson: Favorite artist is easy. Caspar David Friedrich.
Holmes: How on earth do you know that?
Watson: I’m clever as shit. Your turn.
Holmes: Very well, then. Your favorite song is “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits. It’s the only one you never skip when it comes on the iPod. Your favorite book is “A Walk In the Woods” by Bill Bryson as is evident by the condition of your copy. And your favorite artist? That, I confess, I’m not clear on.
Watson: John Singer Sargent.
Holmes: Ah yes. Fitting.
Watson: How is that fitting?
Holmes: A realistic impressionist with a strong sense of color and emotion. Sounds like you.
Watson: Did you just compare me to an oil painting?
Holmes: Well, you are a work of art, my dear.
Watson: Excuse me. I’ll be off in the loo, honking.
[in which “Performance” John and Sherlock Answer Your Questions. Submit yours to the Askbox, click the tag for previous questions and answers.]