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NAME: Joan Watson JOURNAL: cogitare PLAYED BY: Lucy Liu FANDOM: Elementary CANON POINT: Season 4, Episode 22
CAN THIS CHARACTER BE CANON PUNCTURED? Yes
WHAT ARE YOUR INTENTIONS WITH THIS CHARACTER IN GAME? » detecting: working with sherlock is a whirl wind, as much as joan expects to go home, that's unlikely entirely, so she'll be looking at staying there, working in the oc instead of returning home » rebuilding her franship: sherlock and joan are platonic life partners, joan has come to recognise this. repairing the damage that their last case did to them is parmount in joan's mind » socialising: sherlock's isolationist life is not one that joan can adapt to; one holmes, one watson. so joan will be looking to branch out with connections of her own here » dating: apparently joan is more relaxed with sex -this is sherlock's observation- so she'll probably be dipping her toes in the dating pool
IN GAME HISTORY: At the age of seven, Joan already knew what she was going to do with the rest of her life. A vivacious and incredibly bright girl, Joan set her sights on becoming a doctor very early in life. It came after her step-father had a health scare, Joan was with him while her brother and mother were out. It was the paramedics who arrived first on the scene to stabilise her step-father the got Joan interested in the medical field to begin with and from there it was constantly what Joan was working towards.
Taking to medical school very well, Joan was in her element, not sailing through it, but coping very well with the workload and progressing very well through it. She made her parents exceptionally proud, graduating near top of her class with offers from several hospitals to start off her career. Through her residency, Joan discovered that she wanted to be a surgeon, and went down the road of fulfilling her childhood dream. She loved the high adrenaline in the profession, made good friends and flourished yet more in the process. She was out going, held in high regard among her colleagues and looked well set on a long and great career as a surgeon.
The dream lasted just short of seven years. During a semi-routine procedure, Joan lost a patient on the table. It became clear that Joan had missed a standard test result which, in the end, spelled disaster for one patient and a family. Joan tenured her resignation shortly after and walked away from the hospital.
It took her a while to find her next step. But following a boyfriend's trials with addiction and drug abuse, Joan turned towards sober companionship as her next method of helping people. While her parents attempted to be very supportive and understanding of Joan's change in lifestyle they were unsure of Joan's sudden shift from what she'd always known. For Joan, it wasn't that big a change; she was assisting in rebuilding people's lives, walking them through the recovery they desperately sought.
But it wasn't fulfilling. Joan liked what she did. She didn't love it.
Until she met Sherlock.
Sherlock Holmes challenged everything that Joan Watson knew. He pushed at her methods and often made her question his sanity. But she was in so deep before she knew it, as he was a consulting detective, constantly testing his own dedication to sobriety, Joan was immersed in his world of deduction and reason. Before long, despite many ups and downs, Sherlock's steps requiring Joan's services were through, and yet she stayed, not telling him that she wasn't being paid just yet. But, as a detective, Sherlock saw it, offering Joan an alternative.
Become his protégé.
Working as Sherlock's protégé was a great change, but also the challenge that Joan was missing in her previous career. Under his tutelage she blossomed as a detective, showing a keen insight and skill. They had a fluid partnership built on trust and understanding and Joan genuinely believed that Holmes was right in his methods keeping him sober.
Until once again, it all came crashing down. One case. It took one case to shake the very foundation of everything they were and before Joan knew what had happened, Sherlock vanished. She made several attempts to track and contact him, but was met with stony silence on all ends, concerned he might've fallen into bad habits. After two weeks, she discovered he'd moved back to London, presumably indefinitely and Joan started to move on.
She built a solid working ground for herself in New York, although it never felt entirely right, it was hers and she was happy. Mostly.
Until Sherlock cropped up in her life once more. A simple request. Come to California. Help him with one thing. Joan bought a plane ticket the next day.
California was so vastly different from New York that it took Joan a moment to acclimatise. Having gotten more than used to the chilly afternoons and the busy traffic, the bright, warm sunshine and bustling people was a little something to get used to. Of course, Joan wasn't even dressed for the Californian climate, but it wasn't like she was a vacationer either.
Her life was in New York, this was just a stop point. She was just making sure that Sherlock was as okay as he claimed to be. Then she'd head home.
She had payments for her apartment set up, her investigations business was on hold for the moment, her colleagues knew that she was going to check on a friend, a former client, someone she cared about. It was understandable that, following the way he departed from her life, Joan's worry flared up when she heard from him so suddenly again. Wanting to make sure he was okay wasn't abnormal, and Joan hoped that his change in surroundings hadn't poorly affected his recovery.
So she was in California, for however long it took to be sure Sherlock was okay, all because he asked.
Joan had made peace with her acceptance of Sherlock's eccentricities, and her own inability to walk away from them.