The Adventure with Miss Cummings (SH)

All Rights Reserved ©

Summary

When a young woman attacks Holmes demanding a pocket watch, himself and Watson are propelled into a thrilling plot surrounding the watch, the woman and an orphanage. Will Holmes and Watson unravel the mystery before it's too late?

Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
6
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

-1-

It was a grey and bitter twilight in the streets of London, a night demanding one’s warmest coat out of doors. Holmes and I had just bid goodbye to my fiancée, Mary, and were now making our way home. Although the night air was chilling and the moon obscured by waves of rolling grey clouds, we had opted to walk in lieu of taking a carriage as the restaurant in which we had dined was only a few blocks away from Baker Street.

“You are quite contented, then,” I said to Holmes, “that Mary is undeniably a fine woman. Indeed, I haven’t the slightest idea as to how she has put up with your tormenting of her.”

“But, my dear Watson, I had to be sure of her. I will allow no common wench to wed my closest companion.” Holmes had never been of a high opinion of women, excepting one who had outwitted him almost two years ago, for whom he held the deepest respect. Love, however, was not in Holmes’ repertoire. I was about to comment upon Holmes’ erroneous perception of most women as ‘common wenches’ when Holmes stopped short. “Watson, did you hear that?” he whispered, his sharp eyes scanning our location for any sign of the unusual. “An uncommon sound for a London night-” it was then that the figure leapt down from the rooftop above, the force of which knocked Holmes to the ground. Given that the figure was not nearly so tall in stature as Holmes I expected him quite rapidly to fight them off, but nothing of the sort occurred. In fact, Holmes remained completely still, and it soon became apparent that the figure had some sort of weapon aimed at him.

“Get up, slowly, if you please.” Here was an astounding revelation; not due to the nature of the words, but to the vocal qualities of the speaker who was undoubtedly a woman, although she was disguised in a long coat and hat. I had no time to ponder upon such an extraordinary event, however, as I watched Holmes rise slowly and quite calmly to his feet. He was, when standing, a full head taller than his assailant, who kept what appeared to be a knife steady at his throat. “The watch, you must give me the watch,” commanded the woman of Holmes, who seemed surprised – even amused - at such a specific demand.

“And what watch would this be?” he asked evenly.

“Silver with the initials ‘E.V.H’ engraved. Where is it?” As this conversation took place, I gradually and silently began to step towards them as the woman had her back to me, raising my cane as I did so.

“My dear girl, I haven’t the faintest idea as to what you’re talking about,” exclaimed Holmes, slightly sardonically. Even with a dagger to his throat, he seemed in control of the situation. I only hoped such suave bravado would not get him hurt. The knife pressed more firmly against his neck and a flicker of pain flashed through my friend’s eyes.

“It’s no use lying, Mr. Holmes, you must give it to me. I don’t want to hurt you, but I must have the watch.”

“Must you, really?”

“Yes, I must!”

I was upon them now and had only to swing my cane when the woman, who must have sensed my movement, suddenly flung herself around, kicking Holmes to the ground, to grab the cane and hold the knife to my own throat.

“Let go,” she demanded, and I obliged, being in no circumstances to do otherwise. “Turn around.” I did so. I was awaiting either a blow or further instruction when I felt a rush of air, as of the woman turning around, and heard a loud crack, whereupon a body fell heavily to the pavement. I whirled around to see Holmes with his own stick raised, and the girl, for she was hardly older than eighteen, sprawled upon the ground, a great gash upon her brow where her head had struck the fallen dagger.

“My God, Watson, say that I have not killed her! She has fallen upon her blade, see there!” I briskly knelt and felt the girl’s pulse.

“She is not dead, Holmes, but requires medical attention. How far is the hospital?”

“Too far; our abode is closer. Let us take her there, and, besides, I would like to question her when she awakes.” Gently, I picked her up as Holmes gathered my cane and the stray hat and dagger.

“How light she is, Holmes! She can’t have eaten well for days.”

“Most singular,” murmured Holmes as we hastily completed our journey home.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Janice_T: Great story! It does need some editing, but overall great story. I’m happy she ended up with Lucas. I was rooting for them. Also glad Darren found someone. ❤️

Eycedream: I am just in awe of your stories. Please keep up this amazing work. These are a must read!!!

Susana Ibrahim Ahmad: I love this book, I couldn’t stop reading the others one keep updating please

ashleybray612: Just as good as the 1st

Viviloves92: I loved this novel. At the beginning not so much cus of his nasty attitude but she change. She grew a pair and didn’t let him dictate her life so he was the one that changed for the better. 💕

Josie: I don't like abuse part but again this is what i signed in from book 1, a different kind of story. So I'm curious and excited for the end of book and character.

Rachael: Okay so I've read about 150 stories here on this app, and many more on others. But I honestly had trouble putting this one down. It has a nice mystery twist to the romance and the whole story was unique. The characters were easy to understand and not too many. The whole story I was able to fly th...

Karsyn: It was an interesting and enjoyable book I recommend it for all the mafia lovers

Lilaaa 💫: Mesmerized, start reading this A.S.A.P !!! 🥵🌶🌶I put some nice music on and read this short story, and damn it was better than any movie! Saw it all in slowmotion! ✨🖤

More Recommendations

Julsanz: This is a pretty good book If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

Devashree: It is a nice story love story. Simple and short. 👍🏻

Sarah Smith: Great story. Could not leave the books alone.If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar.

Alfreda Ghee: You would get more readers for your book here. They are very good. I’m on both reading apps. But since I’ve started reading on this one I haven’t been on Galatea.

Roxanne Studley: Love this story. Can’t wait to read the next one!!

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.