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Prosopagnosia

Title: Prosopagnosia
Rating: PG
Summary: Prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness.
Character: Molly-centric


Prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness.  It's a condition in which a person is incapable of recognising other's faces.

Molly had been diagnosed at age 5 after an incident that ended with her almost being kidnapped by a man she mistook for her uncle.  It was also a closely guarded secret.  Most people thought Molly had a problem with names when, really, it was a problem with faces.

It wasn't as though she could never tell people apart - it was that she had to get to know them first.  She had always recognised Sherlock by the way he always dressed and his voice.  Those two together created instant recognition, making him quite attractive.  She couldn't speak for his face, though she had heard he was very handsome.  Mike wore his funny glasses and had a waddle to his walk.  Lestrade's posture and habit of looking Molly over was easy enough to spot.

John had been more difficult.  That was why she stuttered when introducing him to Jim.  He was often quiet and dressed plainly.  Molly was told he had a limp once, but it was gone by the time she really got to know him.  Even now, she had to wait for him to speak or touch her to know for sure.  She had gotten to the point that she just assumed anyone with Sherlock who wasn't Lestrade must be John.

The face blindness was also why she was so confused when Sherlock asked to see the rest of the body that was later confirmed to not be Irene Adler.  She had never been able to identify a person with no clothes who wasn't moving or speaking, but maybe Sherlock did?  He was five times more perceptive than anyone else and was just trivial enough to learn something like that.  Maybe he was like her, she thought, but that little hope soon faded.

In a way, her condition was a blessing.  She had always wanted to be in a profession where she would only have to deal with a few people at a time and the human body fascinated her.  While in school, she was warned not to look too closely lest she recognise the person on her slab. She never had that problem, strangely enough.

Comments

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theantipam
Mar. 15th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Excellent character study. So many brave people carry on each day coping with their own brain mysteries. I definitely enjoyed this glimpse into Molly's brain (without the help of any zombies!)
ashnight_1214
Mar. 15th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Hmm, I don't know about any zombies, but I'm glad you liked it!
aeron_lanart
Mar. 15th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
This is a lovely glance at what might be behind the façade Molly presents to the world. I like.
wind_hover
Mar. 15th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
This is lovely! I love your last line - it's a brilliant ending to the rest of the paragraph. And I like your description of John - it makes him seem so ordinary.
fantomeq
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Very well described, captures the awkwardness of this particular problem and also has a bit of the sweetness that is Molly. Well done.
coldlikedeath
Mar. 15th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Brill! Can you write something that has Molly recognising someone on it one day and she hasn't been told of the death?
chamberswashere
Mar. 15th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
I love this so much. And I love Molly but at the same time feel bad for her. Thanks for posting this. It put a smile on my face. :]
missyvortexdv
Mar. 15th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting condition and ficlet.
hoppytoad79
Mar. 15th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Very nice. The idea of Molly having prosopagnosia is a very interesting one. Great character study.
whatifisaidno
Mar. 15th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Nice!
rosemerry
Mar. 15th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Great fic!
besina_sartor
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Love it! Interesting take on Molly and it fits so well with the show! Well done!
vitawash24
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Really cool idea and I really liked your descriptions of how Molly would identify people. You tie it into canon beautifully.
lady_with_cats
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
I love that it's entirely possible.
hoshiko_2000
Sep. 27th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
This is a really interesting character study. The idea of Molly having prosopagnosia is interesting one, and was handled really well. Like one of the reviewers above said, it's an interesting insight in to a possible facade Molly presents to the world, and I find this idea really interesting. And as the reviewer above says, you tie it in to canon beautifully. I also really like your idea of how Molly's interest in Sherlock arose because he was a distinictive presence she could easily distinguish without needing to recognise his face. That's another really interesting idea.

Edited at 2012-09-27 01:19 pm (UTC)
ashnight_1214
Sep. 27th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This is possibly the most thorough review I've ever recieved! :)
hoshiko_2000
Sep. 28th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Lol, sorry for rambling XD. I just really liked it :).
ashnight_1214
Sep. 28th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, that wasn't sarcastic at all! I really mean it! That was awesome. :D
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