littlethingsicherish asked: I'm wondering about how long had John and Sherlock known each other when TRF happened? I know in real time it would be less than 2 years (which means that they'd been apart longer than they'd been together... right?) but in TSoT Sherlock said it took John years to confide him in about his middle name Hamish. Now when people say "years" doesn't it usually mean at least 3 years?
I’m willing to bet someone can respond/reblog with a clear timeline, but I think you’re pretty close – TRF was maybe close to two years (taking into consideration the fact that ASiB alone took up about 6 months of time). So yes, they’ve been apart longer than they’ve been together at the start of TEH (I think).
At any rate, you’ve definitely pointed out what appears to be a plot hole. Because Sherlock finds John’s birth certificate before ASiB when John blurts it out in front of Irene, and at that point there’s no way they’d known each other for two years, much less three.
Anyone else want to weigh in?