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This is the first of a number of pros slash fanfiction (with one gen exception) which I rarely found recommended since I rediscovered The Professionals and at the same time discovered pros fanfiction about two and a half years ago. Actually "rarely" means "never", but I can't be sure that I didn't miss something somewhere, therefore "rarely" it is.



I'll start with the one gen fanfiction, Angels Unaware by Bardicvoice, which is a very well written, long case story, with Bodie and Doyle completely in character and a lot of h/c (Bodie is stabbed). In fact it is outstanding and absolutely readable, even for those who usually fancy only slash (just like me). Why? Because the story is dense (I hope I got the right term here) and gripping and concentrates on the partnership (they are together most of the time) and on the care and love they are showing for each other. Maybe it could be pre-pre-slash if one would like to think so. Anyway, it is very enjoyable and I warmly recommend reading it.

 

Doyle checked the magazine automatically, then rammed it back in place and worked the slide to put one bullet up the spout. Six rounds left, plus whatever Bodie still had, which couldn’t be much. At least the desolate night horizon was empty for the moment, laid starkly bare by every flash of lightning, and the cold, steady rain would make hounds useless for trailing them. If only they could find some decent cover before dawn, or better yet, one reliable communications channel ... and if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

He glanced over at his partner with concerned eyes. Bodie was leaning back against the slope of the culvert, knees bent and eyes closed, and Doyle could see the concentration he was exerting to slow and control his breathing, to make it calm and even as he banished pain and exhaustion. He still held his gun ready across his chest, but his left hand was pressed hard against the rude bandage at his waist, and his face was bleached pale. The knife he’d taken hadn’t hit anything major — another inch or so to the left, and it would have missed him entirely — but he’d lost a lot of blood before they’d been able to stop long enough to improvise a bandage out of his shirt, and while the sodden dark and the black of his uniform jacket made it impossible to tell, Doyle guessed that the bloodstain on the cloth was still spreading, however slowly. The cold and the wet wouldn’t be helping him any. They needed cover, needed rest, needed it badly. Even Bodie had limits.

Doyle returned his gun to the shoulder holster as he swept the empty black horizon again. Lightning strobed, and he saw what he had missed before; the hulking shape of a barn in the distance, with the smaller silhouette of a farmhouse beside it. Any port in a storm, he thought whimsically, and slid back down to touch Bodie lightly on the shoulder.

“Barn,” he said shortly, “about a kilometre. Can you make it?”

Dark eyes opened, blinking in the rain, and Doyle smiled for the sardonic glitter in the sideways look they gave him.

“How the hell should I know? Never tried to build one.”

 

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byslantedlight
Dec. 24th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Hello! I've seen you around Pros lately, and thought I'd pop over to see who you were and say hi, and I found a Pros rec! I don't usually read gen, but since this is coming from someone who says they usually prefer slash too, then I shall give it a go! I shall friend you too, if that's okay, to keep an eye out for any other Pros recs you might have!
cloudless_9193
Dec. 24th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hi, of course it's okay to friend me. I'm always looking for new pros recs, too, and now I'm allowed to take a look into your Rec50 table. Thankfully I have two weeks off and therefore plenty of time to read!
shooting2kill
Dec. 28th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing coincidence as I've also just discovered Bardicvoice's stories and feels she writes very well. I usually read slash but pre-slash/gen is beginning to interest me. Thanks for mentioning this story!
cloudless_9193
Dec. 28th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found my rec useful.
If a story is very well written I will also accept gen. Although, accustomed to all the excellent slash writers, it's difficult to detect gen authors who are as good. I've only found three so far (Bardicvoice, Gil Hale and Jaicen).
By the way, I use your lj posts as kind of a rec source. Simply beautyful, your visions of B and D. I have a weakness for grayscale pictures.
shooting2kill
Dec. 28th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for enjoying the Visions posts. Do pop in now and again if you can, because I never know how much people like them or not, sometimes I've felt like giving up and so it's very helpful to know if people are enjoying them.

You might enjoy my other journal noblesentiments which is for favourite quotes from favourite stories. I haven't updated it much lately (I hope to do better this year) but in my last entry I've mentioned an enjoyable gen story (which I've interpreted as pre-slash) by ci5 mates. A first story for her and so, all the more remarkable.

Edited at 2009-12-28 06:21 pm (UTC)
cloudless_9193
Dec. 28th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I will pop in and let you know I was there :-)
shooting2kill
Dec. 28th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Again, I have to say it's lovely to know you like the posts, so thank *you* very much!
przed
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thought I'd check out your journal, and very glad I am. This is an excellent rec! Shall have to check out the rest of her stories.

Hope you don't mind if I friend you...
cloudless_9193
Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Not at all. I'll be glad to friend you back. And thank you for letting me know you liked my rec! :-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 8th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I just can agree with this story, and it's lying on my bedside table to reread it when I'm not in the mood for something new.
And it's not only the h/c. I also like the 'minor' characters. Something many stories really miss.

"...it's difficult to detect gen authors who are as good. I've only found three so far (Bardicvoice, Gil Hale and Jaicen)."
I've got the same impression... Although there are some more.(Dinah, Bren(daK), CI5Mates, and there are some who have written both (once) like Callisto or Rebelcat and ILWB - just to name a few in the middle of the night)
The reason why? Just because of the quantity of the stories? Lack of good examples and also of good feedback?
I don't know.
cloudless_9193
Mar. 8th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
CI5mates and ILWB I hadn't yet discovered at the time I posted this rec. Callisto and Rebelcat I love, too, as well as BrendaK. Dinah is absolutely new to me, thanks for the tip.

The reason why? I think being used to reading slash it's not easy to hold my attention, only good writers do. There are so much more layers to a slash relationship than to a purely matey one, that I tend to be bored easily if the narrative style fails to captivates. Maybe this reader's opinion applies to writers too. Brilliant writers may find slash stories more demanding than gen and therefore start or at last end up in the slash department.
firlefanzine
Mar. 14th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm just closing tabs - so I've found this...

I'd say that there should be enough demanding subjects for both genres! I don't like case-oriented fics, but even a gen story can deliver a good Bodie and Doyle character study.
I would like to hear your opinion about this story by Dinah:
http://web.archive.org/web/20011123132808/www.prosfanfic.de/dinah/angel.html
(you can even read it as pre-slash if you want to)

So there must be another reason. Once there came up the term 'safe haven' over at PROSFanfic(the strictly-gen Pros Yahoo group).
They meant that they don't have to be afraid of slash there..., I think sometimes that they miss the chance for a development. For example Jaicen is now reading slash because the few (good) gen stories weren't enough for her, but many of the other geners...
Vice versa it's of course stupid as well for slashers to avoid good gen stories! Both could learn from the other group. (It would be for example nice if not 3 of 4 stories would be a 'first time'...)
(ich höre gerade wie sich mein Englisch Lehrer in seinem Grab windet...)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 14th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Reading this I just remembered that I originally started with gen. I discovered fanfic in a discussion group called TV-lounge (or something like that) and they were definitely gen. Then I browsed the web and found Bardicvoice, Gil Hale etc.
As I first came upon a slash story, I admit I was slightly repelled und put it away. But it didn't keep me off for long. Today I couldn't tell, why I ended with slash after all. I think I discovered Callisto and Rebelcat and was hooked from then on. And as there were so many stories to choose from, it didn't cross my mind to go back.

I think sometimes that they miss the chance for a development.
That's it! I went from gen to slash to AU to rather unusual stories I wouldn't have been interested in the beginning. And I wouldn't be here if I hadn't kept my ears (and eyes) open and soaked up recs and just tried something new.

Thanks for the link to Dinah's story. I will read it and let you know.
(Dein Englischlehrer ruht sicher in Frieden, so wie ich das sehe. :-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
...aber anscheinend treibt er es gerade mit meinem Deutschlehrer! :-)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Nekrophilie? ;-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Nein, bloß verzweifelte Seelen - weil alles umsonst war... ;-)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 16th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I've just finished Angel and I liked it very much, although there is actually almost no Bodie/Doyle interaction. It's very well written, especially the crucial scene. In fact it's quite amazing what a fine story she made up on the basis of these few lines in Where the Jungle Ends. Very sad, but as Bodie is finally going back to Doyle, there is hope, isn't it? Thanks for the rec. :-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 16th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that you like it! Considering the fact that it's a first person fic, and not much Bodie/Doyle in it.
But - there is this final sentence: "Come and pick me up?"
So he will get over it! They will...

And the whole scenario is absolutely believable. The moment he 'betrays' Angela... it is just heartbreaking!
A good background for the Bodie we know.

Apropos: "...on the basis of these few lines in Where the Jungle Ends."
I was very angry recently when I read in a story that Angela 'was in fact a man'...
I'm a very happy slash reader, and I'm even more happy when Bodie and Doyle come together - but what for eliminate every 'real' woman in their lives??? As if a true love is only possible between men...
I really can't believe it!

cloudless_9193
Mar. 17th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
"Come and pick me up?"
Perfect final sentence.

A good background for the Bodie we know.
Yes, and that wraps the Krivas ep up satisfactorily.

As if a true love is only possible between men...
It is not a gender thing, I think, although true love (for me unconditional love) is very rare indeed.
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