Anonymous asked you: Ok. If Mycroft was a female, do you think Anthea would be her PA? Would Mycroft be with Lestrade or Anthea?
Cruel, Anon, very cruel. Making me choose between my two ships in an alternate reality. And on my birthday too!
I think, given Lestrade’s apparent heterosexuality in-universe, if Mycroft were female then it may have expedited the instigation of their relationship. And I don’t suppose Lestrade would much mind being told what to do by a woman. As for Anthea, we really don’t know her sexual preferences, so we can’t consider that. I suppose the dynamic between a female boss and her PA is different than as between a male - but Mycroft Holmes is eccentric, powerful and does as she pleases. I really can’t choose!
Headcanon alert! The reason I ship both of them is because, through each of them, I find a route to a certain facet of Mycroft’s personality. I find Mystrade to be the spiritual equivilant of Johnlock - Lestrade allows Mycroft to be vulnerable and, though admiring of his talents, never demands perfection. He makes him more human. Anthea is the complete opposite - she reinforces the colder, more ruthless side of Mycroft. Their relationship is efficient, mutually manipulative and, despite their unswerving loyalty to one another, largely unsentimental.
Lestrade exposes Mycroft’s weaknesses, while Anthea makes him stronger. Anthea loves the Government, but Lestrade loves the man.
Urgh, can Mystradethea be a thing now, please?