Hello, fellow Brit here looking for some advice whether or not I should include some potentially controversial references to real-life crimes in something I'm working on at the moment. I'm writing a post-HLV fic where Mycroft abducts Baby Girl Watson from John and Sherlock (Mary's in custody and probably about to be extradited) by way of a faked stillbirth and places her with a couple he's chosen specifically to adopt her (a cop in the Mounted Branch and a farmer living in Quarter, near Glasgow) so as to completely sever any ties the baby has to Mary should someone from her past discover her latest alias and come to extract their vengeance.
As Mycroft's turning this over in his mind, he justifies taking the matter into his own hands rather than creating a fake identity for her and turning her over to Cafcass because he knows that dropping such a huge timebomb in their lap would do nothing for MI5's relations with the Cabinet. The main threads running through this are supposed to be that:
- He feels like he should be the one to deal with this problem because he feels responsible (he knew about Mary prior to HLV) and that he should be the one to suffer the consequences if something goes wrong further down the line.
- He doesn't trust Social Services to do what he thinks is a good enough job protecting BGW.
- If he did leave it to Social Services and BGW ended up getting revenge-killed, a situation might arise where the only way that it could be covered up would be by manufacturing a Baby P type scandal that would mean Social Services would be forced to take a terrible hit to their reputation for something that they couldn't possibly have had any chance at preventing.
Honestly, I feel I might end up cutting this bit in future drafts, but I figured I might as well ask while it's on my mind.