quirkygirl22 asked: I know you've explained both Mystrade and Mythea in beautiful detail (I'm a Mystrade girl, myself), so could you maybe do me a favor and help me figure out the allure of Molcroft [Molly/Mycroft]? I just don't see it. But then, I don't get Sherlolly, either. I love Molly, don't get me wrong, but I just can't see her hooking up with either of the Holmes brothers. Thoughts?
I’m in your camp on this one. I’d never impugn anyone’s ship, but I don’t quite understand it either. Perhaps it’s just not for us!
From Molly’s side of it, I can absolutely understand it. Since the very beginning of the series, we have been aware of poor Molly’s hopeless crush on the other brother: Sherlock. What we’re never informed of is exactly what aspect of Sherlock that Molly is attracted to. It’s been so long sustained that I doubt the attraction is a solely physical one. Rather, I suspect, she is attracted to his considerable intellect and quick wits. What she find unattractive about him, however, is made clear in the Christmas scene in Scandal.
Molly: You always say such horrible things. Every time. Always. Always.
Sherlock’s behaviour - from his inability to observe social conventions to his outright cruelty - has clearly caused Molly some pain over the time they’ve known each other. This may have been the first time she voiced her feelings in this matter, but it certainly won’t be the first time she’s thought them.
The elder Holmes, however, has all the intellect with none of the bite. He is habitually civil and genteel and not prone to casual cruelty (at least, not when his brother’s out of the room.) In Mycroft, Molly could find a more refined, gentler version of the man she has lusted after for two series.
Of course, there are notable pitfalls to this - Mycroft is not Sherlock-lite. Under that veneer, he is cold, ruthless and calculating. I could see him doing Molly more damage than his brother ever could.
And as to Mycroft’s side of the pairing? I can’t say I understand what he would see in her. Molly is adorable, but I can’t imagine Mycroft in a relationship with her. It doesn’t seem like a partnership of equals.
However, I am always willing to be educated. If any Molcroft shippers out there would care to explain what I may have misunderstood, I would be delighted to hear it!