There is nothing more important to me than you. Nothing. Not this film, not my whole sodding career, do you understand?” Sherlock said nothing, just looked at him with disbelieving eyes. “Don’t you fucking talk to me about something of value that I see in you, because it is you that I value, every bit of you, the shiny bits and the dodgy bits and all the bits in between. I don’t love you because of some little glimmer of worthiness that a bunch of fucking wankers convinced you that you didn’t possess. I don’t love you because you deserve it. None of us deserve it, but all of us deserve it. I love you because you are Sherlock Holmes and I am John Watson and we were waiting for each other without knowing it. You don’t have to act a certain way or be a certain person, you don’t have to earn my love, because it is yours no matter what you do and you’re just going to have to get used to it.
—John Watson, Performance in a Leading Role by Mad_Lori, Chapter 13
This whole scene is just so intense but John’s speech always makes me a bit teary.
I am sometimes asked what’s my favorite bit from “Performance” and I have trouble answering. While the bit where Sherlock explains his sexuality gets a lot of love from readers, as does John’s Oscar speech, this…I think this might be my favorite. (via buttinspectorkirby)