Word Count: 6,500 (total)
Warnings: Angst, non-graphic violence
de·ni·al (dĭ-ni´il) n. Psychology. An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
Author's Note: Thanks to roseredhoofbeats and emmadelosnardos not only for the beta work but also for listening to me whinge when John and Sherlock weren't behaving themselves properly. Third in the series Defence Mechanisms.