Three weeks later, Holmes was released from the hospital into my custody and we boarded a steamer boat headed for London. Much to my surprise, Holmes was the most obedient patient I had ever experienced during our voyage, listening to every word I said.

It was some weeks later, when he was somewhat stronger and we were sitting in our Baker Street rooms, that I questioned his queer obedience on the steamer.

"You know my methods Watson," he barked as I changed the dressings on his abdomen. "Honestly Watson must you continue to fuss?"

"All I know Holmes is that since we've returned to London you've been as obstinate as ever to my medical advice," I said with an exasperated sigh. "I am starting to wish we had never gotten off that God forsaken boat."

He smiled and chuckled softly. "Honestly Watson, my life was quite literally in your hands. Do you think I wanted to anger you?"

His words hurt slightly until I realized the hidden depths of meaning behind them. He would never admit to me again he felt remorse for his actions but in that joking statement the meaning of his words were as clear as if he had shouted them aloud.

To show that I understood, I patted his hand and then resumed my own chair. He slowly stood and crossed to the window where he kept vigil over Baker Street.

"A verus amicus I've nunquam notus. Gratias ago vos pro vestri diligo," he whispered into the night air. "Gratias ago vos pro vestry diligo."

I want to say thank you to all of those who read this work of fiction and those who have been kind enough to review. Your support means a great deal to me. I have ended the story with a Latin phrase much like Doyle had ended many of his own stories. My Latin is somewhat weak and I did have help with this translation, so if anyone recognizes any mistakes I would greatly appreciate it if you let me know. For those of you who do no know Latin, here is a rough translation of Holmes's ending line: "A truer friend I have never known. Thank you for your love." Thank you again and I do hope you enjoyed reading 'Murder in the Copper Mines' as much as I enjoyed writing it!