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AboutI do lots of things here. I fawn over tailoring. I answer questions. I adulate the Holmes Brothers. I ship Mythea and Mystrade. I admire Mycroft Holmes from afar, and sometimes I even write about it.
iamnotoneofthem asked you: I’ve got a question for you: What if, in A Study in Pink, John had taken the money to spy on Sherlock from Mycroft? Since it apparently was a test, do you think Mycroft would have tried to tear Sherlock and John apart again?
Ah, this one is debatable. I am of the opinion that, if John had taken Mycroft’s money and not mentioned it to Sherlock, Mycroft wouldn’t have had any trouble in separating his brother from John. The whole atmosphere of Mycroft’s meeting with John suggested a well-rehearsed piece of dramatics - it was only when John refused Mycroft’s offer - twice! - that the air changed, and Mycroft’s demeanour ceased being half-amused, civilised intimidation and starts to take on a more serious, threatening tone.
Also, consider the conversation Sherlock and John have when John returns to the flat:
J: I just met a friend of yours.
S: A friend?
J: An enemy.
S: Oh! Which one?
J: Your archenemy, according to him. Do people have archenemies?
S: Did he offer you money to spy on me?
S: Did you take it?
S: Pity, we could have split the fee. Think it through next time.
Sherlock’s voice drops an octave and he goes very still when he asks about the money. John blinks and pauses before answering. Suddenly Sherlock, who had been flippant until moments before, is speaking quietly and deliberately. He looks over towards John, perhaps turning his deductive talents on him. Sherlock wants to know if John is susceptible to bribery as much as Mycroft does. Had John walked through the door saying, "Hey, I met your archenemy. Let’s scam him out of some money," I think both brothers would be amused and pleased. Otherwise, Sherlock would have dealt with John himself.
It strikes me that something like this has happened before. Perhaps there was a Victor Trevor or Reginald Musgrave figure in the past who accepted a similar offer from a genuine enemy and, once that problem had been undone, Mycroft resolved to test everyone else Sherlock befriended and, thus, Sherlock would immediately know if his new acquaintance was trustworthy.
I think, despite the fraternal animosity between the Holmes brothers, they, like their canon counterparts, are probably in communication a fair bit, even if they try not to spend too much time in the same room. And, as I believe and hope we will see in series three, are not above working together when the situation calls for it.