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Another Pros Rec

These three fics I have definitely never seen recommended and they aren't  archived anywhere except on the website of the author. I came upon them purely by chance, and I'm glad I did: Cards, Cards on the Table Part One and Cards on the Table Part Two by Georgina Kirrin. They belong together and have to be read in this order, in fact I see them as one. It's rather unusual, not a classic pros fic, AU (CI5 doesn't exist any more, Ray is married, Bodie has left England), Bodie's POV, and the first part, Cards, is written in first person. The story (especially Cards) is really heart-wrenching; every time I read it, I think I can physically feel Bodie's pain. But it gets better and it has one of the sweetest endings I have ever read.

I stopped writing back to him in 1991; he'd been married a couple of years by then, and he was happy, and it was.... hard. Didn't stop him writing though, I always said he never needed any contribution from me to have a conversation, and twice a year, my birthday and Christmas, I'd get a card (to Bodie love Ray and Indira), and a letter, and once or twice a photograph.

I could never work out whether getting them made things easier or harder. .....
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rosie55
Dec. 27th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
I love these stories, too but then I have a weakness for older lads stories and I think no-one does them better than these (though a couple of Lizzies little snippets are old favourites too! The "With age comes a tog sticker" and it's pair are just a gentle delight!)).
I suspect that the reason that these have not been recced much online is that very little of Georgina Kirrin's stories were available online until quite recently when she put these up on her website. They were originally published in zine format so were not easy for most people to access, along with Spring heeled Jack which is a favourite with many people.
I love these mature thinking men and their care for each other and Doyle's little girl. And I love the idea of Doyle as a highly respected seniior copper advising parliamentary committees and Bodie's sudden recognition of how far Ray has come and his doubts about whether he has held him back. Just beautiful achingly realistic stories and still our lads, teasing the foolish Morrissey!
cloudless_9193
Dec. 27th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
I've a penchant for mature lads, too. In this I particularly like Bodie being considerate enough to hold back for two years until Doyle has recovered from his failed marriage. And thanks for pointing out Lizzie's snippets!
rosie55
Dec. 27th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
"I particularly like Bodie being considerate enough to hold back for two years until Doyle has recovered from his failed marriage" - yes and even then not daring really to hope that there might be the result he wants, it's a very selfless love he shows, making Doyle work out his anger in the gym and making sure he looks after himself.
Lizzie is a lovely writer, and since she lives only about sixty miles from me we have met up a few times. Her magnum opus is the Cornish ghosts series (Lizzie is a Cornishwoman) which is very popular and last year some of the LJ Pros crowd were visiting Cornwall and actually visited some of the places mentioned in the story! "The stuffing dreams are made of" is very seasonal. If you like AUs, Cider with Bodie is enjoyable and I love The Victorian Kitchen Gardener". Lizzie is on LJ as Caffyolay, I'm sure she'd love to hear if you enjoy her stories.
cloudless_9193
Dec. 27th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I let her know. I love her Cornish ghost stories, and the landscapes she described reminded me very much of the TV-Series Poldark I adored in my teens. I think some of the places mentioned in her fic also figured in Poldark.
byslantedlight
Dec. 27th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Oh I love these stories! As Rosie said, GK was only available in zines until a year or so ago when she put them up at her own website and let us know over at ProsLit - I was so pleased! I have the zines, cos I loved her stories so much, and now everyone can read them! *g*
cloudless_9193
Dec. 27th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
I like her other stories, too. I'm glad they are online.
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