One of my favourite things about the unaired pilot is that we get to see how much more uncertain John is about the whole thing with Sherlock, but somehow also manages to make the situation more real than what is shown in ASiP. You can pinpoint the exact moment he decides that this is what he wants. You can see his hesitation until the moment he sees the word ‘dangerous’ and that is what makes him go.
What Sally didn’t know, was that John gets off on this too.
#i don’t think it was a prank #i think sherlock wanted it to look like one #because he needed to hear those three simple words #’i forgive you’ #he needed to know #but he had to have a cover to beg for forgiveness #an excuse #because he’s sherlock #boastful cocky sherlock #but he’s also a man who cares about john deeply #and it goes without saying #he loves john and he couldn’t go on without knowing john’s forgiven him
Because Sherlock wouldn’t have known it if he had not have had John