I commissioned the wonderful (brilliant amazing) Kami for a Victorian Johnlock watercolor painting and IT TURNED OUT SO PERFECTLY <333 Thank you for this amazing thing Kami darling, I can’t wait for the hard copy to arrive!!
The quote I asked her to base it on is one of my favorite Holmes quotes ever, from The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (which is also one of my favorite stories, and if you haven’t read it you really really need to). Holmes finds some suspicious ash at the crime scene, and decides that the best way to test whether or not it’s dangerous is by locking himself and Watson in a room with it burning. It goes about as well as you’d imagine, but luckily Watson saves the day. This happens after Watson gallantly pulls himself and Holmes from the room:
"Upon my word, Watson!" said Holmes at last with an unsteady voice, "I owe you both my thanks and an apology. It was an unjustifiable experiment for one’s self, and doubly so for a friend. I am really very sorry."
“You know,” I answered with some emotion, for I had never seen so much of Holmes’s heart before, “That it is my greatest joy and privilege to help you.