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Overwhelmed With Problems? Pretend to be Sherlock Holmes

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.


Margaret was staying with her spinster Aunt for a long time since her mother’s passing from a terminal illness. She had made it through university with flying colors and got herself a job in a renowned company, and she had been working here for a good many years. But tonight she lay awake at night thinking how everything came crashing down on her.

Pic: Cartoon Shadow Version of Sherlock Holmes that Margaret Pretended to Be

Pic: Cartoon Shadow Version of Sherlock Holmes that Margaret Pretended to Be

Margaret’s Problems

Margaret had hit a midlife career crisis. So how did it happen? She could no longer work comfortably at her office. Who was responsible? The entire company? Who was doing this? As she groped for an answer while she lay on the bed without sleep, the reality hit her. The truth she unfurled, positioning herself in the place of Sherlock Holmes, hurt her, and she cried meekly and helplessly. She found the truth, but the problem wouldn’t solve by itself, and she had to take action.

What Action Did Margaret Take?

After another week, Margaret could not carry on further at work. So she quit her job and stayed at home. Life felt very miserable. A guy she disliked from the company was attached to her. Everywhere she went, the guy followed and created problems. Sherlock Holmes-ing told her it was the same person behind the scenes responsible for this problem as well. She was in a fix about how to solve the problem. She couldn’t talk about her problems with anyone- yet, she dared not take her life away.

What was Margaret’s Next Attempt?

She tried for higher education abroad, and she knew the guy attached to her was doing everything to destroy her image wherever she applied.

What Did Margaret Do Instead?

She didn’t try going abroad any longer. She read self-help books. Then gathering knowledge and using her sense of logic and rationality, she started writing self-help books herself. She created a website and a Facebook page. Soon enough, she became popular in her surrounding world.

Now the attached guy got jealous and created more problems for her. What could be done?

How Did She Plan for Freedom?

Margaret wanted to rise one level higher and make her way abroad so that the knot would be broken, and she would be released and attain freedom.

She tried several ways. She prayed and recited the Holy Book. She read more self-help books and wrote also more. She also wrote short stories. She kept herself busy because now was all she would ever have. She badly wanted to break free from the asshole guy.

What Other Option Did She Have?

Maybe a marriage could help, Margaret pondered. Her psychiatrist had brought in a proposal, and she said yes. They would be coming from abroad but somehow her old company got the news from the attached guy, and they did everything to prevent the marriage from happening. The abroad guy stayed back looking for ways to communicate with her. His family had also come in anticipation of the marriage.

Who Was the Culprit After All?

Margaret’s Aunt didn’t agree to the marriage. She was also the root of all of Margaret’s problems. Unfortunately, Margaret didn’t have a father either who passed away years ago from a heart attack before her mother’s passing.

Now here was Margaret’s Aunt creating problems for her. Sherlock Holms-ing she knew everything but how would she outwit her Aunt? It loomed big enough inside her. The psychiatrist was also out of touch with her. But from a distant third party, she knew that the abroad guy was still here in the city and so was his family. The proposal was still valid.

Who could help? Because she hadn’t confronted them yet nor did she know where they lived in the city. The distant third party was also no longer in touch with her.


Margaret, take the author’s advice: Where there is a will, there is a way. Be strong. You can outwit your Aunt. Have faith and carry on. Continue to do your part of Sherlock Holms-ing. God helps those who help themselves. With this hope inside your angelic heart, please carry on.

Questions & Answers

Question: Could a mediator help? What was prompting the aunt with her interference? Margaret needed to get away from her aunt for her own sanity.

Answer: Margaret's aunt was too rigid and turned a deaf ear to anybody's advice. The best option for Margaret was to leave her aunt for good, which she was figuring out through the possibility of her own marriage. And the aunt's interference in Margaret's life could be that she was cunning and jealous of Margaret's achievements, success, and popularity in life.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan

Please Leave Your Comments Below. I Would Love to Hear from You.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 08, 2020:

Thank you so much, Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 07, 2020:

Interesting write up. Thought provoking.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 09, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for your excellent compliments and also helpful suggestions. I am truly inspired. I really appreciate that you have taken the time to comment on my article out of your busy schedule. Hope you will have a nice evening. God bless!

Lora Hollings on February 09, 2020:

Rosina, I think your central theme is a good one and I really like the comparison with Sherlock Holmes when it comes to ferreting out the truth. Very nice analogy! I think that if you add a little more details about the characters, add more plot and don't break up the story so much, it would become an excellent one! You draw the reader in with your introduction and that's a real plus. A great story in the making! Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 09, 2020:

Thank you, Manatita for your feedback, constructive suggestions and the story at the end with a moral. They will be helpful to me. Have a great day ahead!

manatita44 from london on February 09, 2020:

It feels like it is missing something. The content is good, but yes, make it longer. This can be done in different ways, you may wish to embellish or give twists and turns. The sub-headings are two frequent.

The story I read was very real and it is full of solid advice. Advice will only take us humans so far, no matter how careful it's molded.. Much must come from intuition, from the soul itself, based on its own level of Consciousness or evolution.

It is like the Christ says in the Bible, some things will fall on deaf ears. No one's fault, especially if the individual needs the experience. But like all the Seers will tell us, we have to continue with dharma, surrendering the results to God.

Finally, here's a story. A Seer had a friend who did not believe in occultic or spiritual power, so one day the Master withdrew his friend's life energy and he fell down lifeless. The Master then brought him back to life.

The friend was so scared that he never spoke to the Master again. Point here, is that sometimes we know more than we say, as if we do, we lose friends for it. Om Shanti!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 09, 2020:

I agree with you about most of your points. But this story is a real one about somebody I know for real. On the other hand, yes I was trying to conform to HubPages presentation of capsules and I am pleased with my title and I like it. But I would like to know what you mean by adding more juice to the story?

manatita44 from london on February 09, 2020:

I read something similar somewhere, probably Facebook or a question and comment section.

You are talking about life … about what is real for many and the suffering is there and intense. Since the individuals in these scenarios are usually old enough, some people encourages the victim to break away.

Possible, yes, but there is the question of culture and religion, strong family ties, conservative ideas as well as status and dignity.

The Divine strips us of all 'created shadows' in order to see the Light and your story, even if unreal, is a classic tale of how this stripping can sometimes take place. Love or wisdom always prevail. The question is, when? An interesting write.

P.S A bit short and with two many sub-headings, especially if you are thinking, like Hub Pages, about presentation. You might wish to modify the title, as well as giving the story a little more 'juice.' Om Shanti!

manatita44 from london on February 09, 2020:

ok. couple of hours

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 09, 2020:

Thank you, Nikki, for encouraging me. Best of all, I am happy you liked the story. May you have a wonderful day and God bless you!

Nikki Khan from London on February 09, 2020:

Good try, Rosina. Keep it up. You'll get the perfection sooner or later. I liked the story though. A good fiction tale.


Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2020:

Thank you, John, for reading, commenting and providing constructive suggestions. They will be helpful for my writing pieces and I will attempt to incorporate your advice into them from now onwards.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2020:

This is an interesting tale Rosina, and you make the reader feel for Margaret’s plight. I did find so many subheadings a little distracting and I think you at least need more text in between them. Just expand on each section a little more.

Also the guys you mention as the “attached guy” and “the abroad guy” would be better called “the stalker” and “the psychiatrist” throughout. Your conclusion was good and satisfying. Keep writing, practice makes perfect.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 06, 2020:

I appreciate that you fully envisioned the point of my story and also enjoyed it. Thank you, Lorna, for your insightful comments.

Lorna Lamon on February 06, 2020:

You have created a sense of fear and strength within this short story Rosina. I felt this person who was attached to her was very obsessive and probably quite dangerous. I'm glad Margaret made her escape and her plan worked. I love the advice you give in your conclusion - almost like a moral to the tale. An enjoyable read Rosina.

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