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"Santa's not real."

Mycroft looked up over the pages of his textbook, eyeing his little brother curiously. "Of course he is." He said naturally, as anyone would to a child like Sherlock. Well, maybe not 'like Sherlock', but any child. This was supposed to be the age where children embraced Santa with open arms, finally understanding the lore behind the presents under the tree every Christmas.

Sherlock crossed his arms, which took a bit of wiggling, seeing as he had a wooden sword in one hand. In fact, he was in his pirate garb, including a blue bandanna making a feeble attempt to hold back his wild black curls, a white button-up collared shirt that was too large for him (it had been Mycroft's, once), and poofy brown pants that billowed out before scrunching back in with elastic around mid-calf.

"No he isn't." Sherlock announced stubbornly.

"Whatever you say. Just don't tell father and mother or they'll think I told you," Mycroft sighed, going back to his homework.

Sherlock gave a triumphant little shouting noise (that made his older brother jump), raising his sword in the air. "So I was right!" he bellowed victoriously.

"What?" Mycroft looked up suddenly, realizing his mistake. "I didn't-"

"You said mum and dad would know you told me, and that implies that it is something you already know but I'm not supposed to. Therefore, Santa's not real!" Sherlock laughed at his success.

The older boy scowled at him and his trickery, annoyed that he'd fallen for a simple trap such as that. "Stop using big boy words, you probably don't even know what they mean," He humphed, his annoyance turning into a jab at his sibling.

"Of course I know what they mean, I read just as much as you do!" The boy cried.

"Just because you can read doesn't mean you can comprehend," Mycroft sighed. "Oops, there's another big word. It means 'understand', since you didn't know."

"I know what comprehend means," Sherlock stuck out his bottom lip, considering hitting his brother with his sword. However, Mycroft had a considerable number of years, pounds and inches on the young Sherlock, and he calculated that the chances of a clean get-away were quite low indeed. "Do you want to know how I knew?"

"I don't know, you read it somewhere?" Mycroft sighed, wishing his brother would choose someone else to bother.

"No, about Santa."

"Oh, how riveting," Mycroft was dripping with sarcasm. "How I'd love to hear how you blew a hole in the theory of the wondrous Saint Nick."

Sherlock either ignored or didn't notice the sarcasm in his brother's tone, and he began pacing back and fourth, swinging the wooden blade forward and back in his grasp as he walked. "It's simple, really. For him to fly all the way around the world in one night is the first giveaway, unless he traveled through the timezones  in the proper direction so that there was less time lost, at an almost impossible speed, that is. Then there's the time it takes to stop inside every single household to both deliver presents and eat whatever snack has been left out for him. That time would make any sort of progress nearly impossible by any standards, he would waste the entire night just trying to get through one timezone.

"Then, there's the matter that he only visits homes that celebrate Christmas. Though that does reduce the number of homes to visit, it disproves the fact that he delivers presents to every boy and girl. Henry Jooley down the street celebrates Hanukah and he's never gotten a present from Santa."

Mycroft was getting thoroughly peeved at his brother's ramblings, and scrunched his face up in annoyance as he tried to read the words on the page before him. He kept trying to drown out the ramblings, but it wasn't quite working and he couldn't very well focus on both at once.

"Then there's the Reindeer. Putting aside the fact that Santa's can supposedly fly, I looked up what the weather's like at the north pole, and it is much colder there than it is where they naturally live. Santa couldn't keep the reindeer there, they'd freeze. They wouldn't even be there in the first place for him to use to pull his sleigh, do you see?"

"Yes, yes, are you quite done?" The older boy huffed.

"Almost," Said Sherlock, his little voice building as his deductions grew (much to Mycroft's chagrin). "The presents themselves are a dead giveaway. Every year we receive lavish gifts from mum and dad, and yet our tutor's son gets a worn box that was obviously obtained at discount or resale. Santa would not differentiate children between richer or poorer, so the presents have to be from the parents!" He ended by shooting his sword-arm up in the air in triumph.

Mycroft sighed, closing his textbook around his finger (to hold his place). He leaned forward, examining his little brother. "Very good." He cooed sarcastically. "Now how about you go bother the housekeeper, and leave me alone?"

Sherlock pouted, kicking his feet. "I thought you'd be impressed…" He said quietly.

Mycroft rolled his eyes. "Honestly? I'm shocked you even fell for it for this long. The entire story is laced with impossibilities." He leaned back into the chair, re-opening his text. "And when you get rid of the impossible things, the truth is whatever's left."

Sherlock pondered this. "What if what's left isn't the probable solution?"

The other boy's grey irises flicked up to gaze at the child out of the tops of his eyes. "Do you even know what those words mean?"

"Of course I do."

"If it's whatever's left, it's the truth." Mycroft repeated, going back to his homework.

Sherlock fit this together in his developing mind. "When you've eliminated the impossible, whatever's left, however improbable, must be the truth." He said slowly, constructing the single thesis from the different thoughts.

"Hm? Yeah. That's what I just said." Mycroft said vaguely, not even bothering to look up this time.

Sherlock, armed with this new theory, decided to finally let Mycroft have a bit of peace as he wandered off to the library to expand his growing knowledge.
A young Sherlock and Mycroft talking about Santa.

The ending's a bit forced, but meh.

I should be doing my Gatsby Essay.

Sherlock(c) Conan Doyle and exc.
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PreternaturalPixie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Of course he's in pirate garb!
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DragonLadyhere Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
LOL.  I enjoyed this!
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defokoFunfan01 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
This is awesome!! I hope they add Sherlocks past (as a child) in season 3.
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Lirael-Mayfair Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Mycroft, you twat! Be impressed! xD
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! Well worded, my friend XD
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kattel88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
cute!
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! =D
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MissRavenRose Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT TO KISS MYCROFT NOW~ He's responsible for the most iconic Holmes quote ever? Love it.
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Well, I always figured Sherlock picked up a few things from Mycroft before things went sour.
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MissRavenRose Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Doyle was very clear that Mycroft had more powers of deduction than Sherly.... And every little sibling picks up things...
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, plus being the younger child Sherlock would naturally look up to his brother for inspiration and clues as to how to act.
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MissRavenRose Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course. Even if he'll never ever admit it... I love young!Holmes brothers
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not now, anyway XD They're so cute...
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MissRavenRose Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(intelligence and arrogance are the foremost traits of being a Holmes)
(and their grandmother was an artist!!!)
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just read that story, I don't know why Mycroft was endlessly entertaining to me. His and Sherlock's deduction banter was fantastic.
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Rowlingson39 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   General Artist
You could have done without the last sentence, for your forced ending, but i did love this. Fantastic job.
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defokoFunfan01 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I love you profile pic :D Spock is awesome
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Rowlingson39 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :D
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defokoFunfan01 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
;D
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the ending was a little forced, but I felt it needed some kind of a plot or resolution, otherwise I didn't have any sort of ending. Thank you, though =)
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the-improbable-ive Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I think you got their young selves very well. Nice job, yet again!
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! I tried, glad to know I got it a bit =)
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:iconallons-y2bakerstreet:
Awwwwwe so cute :3
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! I'm glad you like it!
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Aww! Cute! Mycroft's so mean, but I can understand his annoyance all the same. XD
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He's being an older brother, it's what they do XD thanks!
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Yeah... though I don't have any older siblings, I do understand his sentiment... I have a sibling 9 years younger than I am with none in between. That's probably about how far apart Sherlock and Mycroft are.
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That does seem the proper age difference for them. I have a brother a year and a half older than myself, I used him for a bit of a muse.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Haha, I always wanted an older brother JUST like Peter Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia). He seemed to be so cool. :P
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always just wanted a sister, but that was never gonna happen. By bro's not that bad, he usually just doesn't talk to me. Ah, well.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I have a younger sister, that's it. She's all drama. :/
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, Sorry. Drama's almost never fun unless it's for theater.
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thehatbearer15 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww liddle sherlock.
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was hard writing young Sherlock, trying to make him smart but not unbelievably smart for his age... it was a challenge.
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thehatbearer15 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
must have been. mycroft made my laugh something about the 'big boy' words :) good job
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again =)
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I am sorry but I m in love with your writing and style.
Hopelessly and helplessly in love with it.
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blueskysummer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you! I love to hear that, I'm writing a novel so hopefully that style will do me well =)
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oh, definitely!11
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