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Betwixt and Between

Doyle is taking care of Bodie. This is one of the very first pros fic I've read, and I still love it.


Betwixt and Between
by Josey

Glass in hand, Doyle pivoted on his heel so he could see the couch. Bodie was still stretched out, but now his eyes were open, eyeing the drink Doyle was holding. "And don’t start. You can't have this on top of painkillers."

"Knew here was a good reason for not taking 'em." Bodie yawned and sat up, lifting his arm, and immediately winced. "And they don’t do any ruddy good."

Doyle, his mouth on autopilot as he considered his early start, said, "Might as well have stuck 'em up your arse, then."

"You got some sort of kink I should know about, Raymond?"

"What?"

"That's twice this evening you've threatened my backside. I'm starting to get worried."

He wasn't going to blush. Wasn't. Bugger.

Turning his back rapidly to cover the flush of colour to his cheeks, Doyle shrugged. "Spent so much time looking at the bloody thing-" Shit! That hadn't come out the way he meant it. He cast a quick glance over his shoulder and froze. Bodie was staring at him, an odd expression on his face. He looked ridiculous - hair all over the place and eyes bleary - but so sodding beautiful it made Doyle's throat tighten. He wanted to go over there, smooth his fingers through that hair, wipe the tiredness and pain from his eyes. Yeah and end up down casualty, probably. Whichever way you cut it, Bodie just wasn't the type to happily respond to a come on from his partner.

But still Doyle looked. He couldn't tear his eyes away, and suddenly they were trapped. Separated by four feet of carpet and three years of desire.

"Ray…?" Bodie began, just as the front door went. He cleared his throat and looked away, his cheeks colouring slightly. "Be Murph, I expect. You gonna let him in?"

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firlefanzine
May. 22nd, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Hah! I'm just reading it.
Poor Ms.Bodie! :-)

I love it how Bodie behaves like a teenager and Doyle thinks: 'Big kid. How could he not love him?'

Yes.....

cloudless_9193
May. 22nd, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the brilliant impression he does of a battered eight year old! ;-)
firlefanzine
May. 22nd, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
But strange, isn't it, that be both read the same story?

Sigh - I think I get never tired of Pros stories...
cloudless_9193
May. 22nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Quite a coincidence, that I thought of this fic exactly today when you are reading it. First I wanted to rec Getting Things Straight by Georgina Kirrin, had it almost posted, and then I switched to this one as it's a longer read.

Sigh - I think I get never tired of Pros stories...
Me too! :-)
firlefanzine
May. 23rd, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
Sigh - I think I get never tired of Pros stories...
Me too! :-)


I always wonder... Well, to be true, 'others' wonder, if it isn't boring - when I tell them that I haven't read a book since January 2007.

But up until now I was very often surprised about the multiplicity(?) of Pros stories. Even the 'stale'(?ausgelutscht) first-time-after-an-injury-theme is very often fun to read, if it's well written and/or there are some new aspects in it.

And then there are AUs and crossovers even with Patalliro or The Tomorrow People. :-)

So much stuff waiting to be read!
*happy sigh*

Edit: I was just searching for the Tomorrow People crossover.
Maybe you are also interested?
It's A Night To Remember by Evelyn Farris, and it's on the Proslib CD. And I didn't knew nothing about The Tomorrow People, but had fun anyway! It's different!

Edited at 2010-05-23 09:30 am (UTC)
cloudless_9193
May. 23rd, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
I always wonder... Well, to be true, 'others' wonder, if it isn't boring - when I tell them that I haven't read a book since January 2007.
I'm reading books, too, but mostly on my way to and from work on the underground.
I'm sometimes surprised that in all the time I've not grown tired of reading pros. And I really like well written AU, so thanks for the tip regarding The Tomorrow People (wherever they are;-). I will try the Night to Remember as soon as I've finished the Rainbow Chasers I'm reading at the moment (It's a very long AU zine story and manages to hold my interest throughout, but then it's by HG and she's an excellent writer.)
firlefanzine
May. 23rd, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
A hooker story? I like them!
But I was always disapponted by the long HG stories. Rediscovered In A Graveyard could have been better IMO, so many wasted chances, with no real connection between both stories...
And Strange Days Indeed is disturbing as well for me.

Oh, but I like Insurance Policy and One Of Us Two.
cloudless_9193
May. 23rd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
A hooker story? Yes, it is, but I wouldn't label it so. D is one only in the early part of it and there is much more to his character. I've just read it in one go and I liked it very much. There was a kind of suspense throughout (although it's no action story) that kept me reading and reading.

Rediscovered In A Graveyard For me these are just two different stories. I like the prison part, and in the comtemporary story the h/c.

And Strange Days Indeed is disturbing as well for me.
Understandable, it's really heavy in parts.

Insurance Policy and One Of Us Two. Can't remember them clearly. Must read again. :-)
firlefanzine
May. 24th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
"Rediscovered In A Graveyard For me these are just two different stories. I like the prison part, and in the comtemporary story the h/c."
Yes parts of it are wonderful - as well as the idea itself! I think that a good editor could have done wonders with this story... :-)
cloudless_9193
May. 24th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
I agree!!
shooting2kill
May. 22nd, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
"And don’t start. You can't have this on top of painkillers."

Oh, the number of times I've had that said to me......

What a great quote this is and a perfect example of just one of the things I like about this writer's work: that her Bodie and Doyle are very real people in realistic situations - I feel she knows people very well. Sorry I can't explain it any better than that......

Edited at 2010-05-22 08:55 pm (UTC)
cloudless_9193
May. 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, the number of times I've had that said to me......
Poor you! And no Bodie or Doyle in sight to comfort you. ;-)

very real people in realistic situations
You explained it very well. That's it, I think.
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