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The Scarsdale Pact

One of my favourite Christmas stories.


The Scarsdale Pact by Jojo


"Kiss it better?"

"Ha ruddy ha."

"Are you going to be able to - ?"

"What? Walk ten miles with galloping hypothermia? I might."

"Seriously," said Doyle. "Mustn't get cold."

Bodie let his chin droop on to his chest momentarily. Then he slapped one gloved palm down on the ground and held up the other, gloveless, to Doyle whose warm fingers slipped around his icy ones. He didn't make a sound as he allowed himself to be levered up to standing again, but Doyle saw all there was to know in the scrunched face and closed eyes.

"It really is about ten miles, Bodie," he said quietly. "So you need to tell me."

Bodie opened his eyes with a jerk. Although he was sure about being desired, he was never quite sure of being cared about and he assumed Doyle had made the Pact on the basis of the former rather than the latter.


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constant_muse
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec! I adore stories where the lads are operating abroad, and behind the Iron Curtain was even more glamorous and atmospheric. Such a tight mix of suspenseful plot and relationship building.

Yay for the Scarsdale!

And hee! for the lads looking more like football players than any of the members of the workers' football team.
cloudless_9193
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it's a rather exotic location for them. I'm glad you enjoyed it too. :-)
firlefanzine
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
That sounds damn good.
cloudless_9193
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, it is damn good. I hope you enjoy it. :)
firlefanzine
Nov. 10th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
It IS damn good!

And I can't get 'Never Tear Us Apart' out of my ears...
- and eyes.
I have been in Prague in December - but I've never found that Jewish cemetery...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ab_B1SUeY&feature=related
cloudless_9193
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Very atmospheric, the video, thanks for the link. I've never been in Prague. Must be nice. :-)
shooting2kill
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, *another* fine story quote! I've just finished reading Catastrophe Theory and loved it. I love the way she shows how the lads relate to each other - how close and intimate they are - but it's done in a certain kind of way which I find hard to put into words.....the caring, involvement and love are almost camouflaged by other more ordinary things but they're there and it flows and it's very subtle. Like your quote:

"It really is about ten miles, Bodie," he said quietly. "So you need to tell me."

I think it's the choice of the word guietly which does it for me - it alerts me *and* Bodie (if we needed alerting) into realising how much Doyle is feeling, how serious he is about Bodie's welfare.

Right, rambling over. Thanks for this.
cloudless_9193
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
You can put the meaning of it into words as I never could. I can only agree to all you've said. I think I'll have to read Catastrophe Theory again. It has been a while. :)
roven75
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
I took the opportunity to re-read this story. I have a great liking for all of JoJo's stories because of the way she depicts the lads' relationship. Without all that sugar and molasses stuff, instead the love and caring is hidden in little words and gestures, like S2K already mentioned. And the appreciation of the problems they have to adjust.
It just seems very appropriate for them, considering the time and profession they're in. And considering both of them probably aren't the easiest people to get along with. ;)

In addition, this story has a great setting. I like the spy touch and Prague in winter, in the dark.
And who can resist a hurt Bodie wanting to be comforted by Doyle with a kiss...
cloudless_9193
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
You're as good at getting to the point as S2K! I can only fully agree with your review. Maybe we should do the recs together? ;-)
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