“No, still drug-free, do you want to talk about it?” he asked. Not because of sentimentality, but curiosity. Alec shook his head and went back to his paper. Meanwhile, Mary offered him eggs, toast, and tea.
“Thanks, but no thanks, I will have tea at 221B. I was just stopping to say good morning. I will be a little late tonight. The debate club is having an event.”
Alec laughed. “If you are going to lie to us, try to use a better excuse. The very idea of you socializing with friends is laughable.”
Holme's hackles reared. “Then why must I continue this farce? It is obvious it isn’t working.”
Mary took that moment to add her opinion, “I don’t know, there is Watson. You wouldn’t have met her if you weren’t in school.”
He was going to comment but decided it would be a waste of breath. Instead, he agreed with Mary and turned to leave. As he closed the door, he heard her call out, “Drive carefully! Hands-on the wheel at ten and two. Oh, and blind spots, don’t forget to check for those!” Holmes closed the door to his black Lexus coupe but not before he heard his mother yell from the door, “stop, don’t stoop!"