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Case story, first time and hurt/comfort:

The Assassin's Daughter by Lacey McBain

“Bodie?” A female voice whispered from the doorway to the living room.

Bodie was already moving away, looking sheepish and guilty, lips wet and swollen from kissing.  Doyle couldn’t stop a smirk as he watched Bodie stammer out an explanation.

“Ginny.  Doyle.  Um.”  Bodie stuck a hand in his back pocket, scrubbed one hand through his hair, and couldn’t meet the girl’s eyes.  Doyle glanced up through his long lashes and saw Ginny, a musty tattered sheet, more grey than white, wrapped around her.  The girl was grinning.

“’ello, luv,” Doyle said.  “He been treatin’ you all right?”

“Fair.”  She shrugged tiredly.  “’Course, he hasn’t been kissing me.”

“Good thing.  There’s laws against that,” Doyle replied with a quick glance at his partner who was looking more and more uncomfortable by the minute.

“Is he a good kisser?”

"Fair," Doyle said, smiling.

“All right, that’s enough,” Bodie cut in and waved at the girl to go back to the living room.  “Show’s over, luv.”

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constant_muse
Feb. 13th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
So glad you recced this. I adore Lacey McBain's Pros fics, and it is such a shame she has written so few (two?) I presume she writes, just as compellingly, in other fandoms. The odd non-Brit-ism aside, they're near to perfect for me.
Which is another reason to love Ancasta's Pros vid "Reasons", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQ27AST870,
for quoting from "Holding Back the Flood".
cloudless_9193
Feb. 13th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
This is a terrific vid! Thanks for pointing it out to me. :-)

And there are just four fics of Lacey McBain: One Can Only See and Holding Back the Flood on the Circuit and The Hatstand, and on The Automated Hatstand: The Assassin's Daughter and, which is equally good, Once in a Good Long While, with lines like these:

*Doyle nodded, although he didn't look convinced. "I might snore," he said, by way of concession, and Bodie's smile was all flashing teeth and joy.
"As long as you're breathing, I don't care."*
firlefanzine
May. 9th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
There is also Cold Comfort in Never Far Apart 1! :-)
firlefanzine
May. 9th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
After the very good 'Once in a Good Long While' I think I MUST read this one!
I'm looking forward!
cloudless_9193
May. 9th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
You'll like it! And I adore Cold Comfort and hope, maybe, that she'll write again sometime. :-)
firlefanzine
May. 9th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
There is maybe hope - Cold Comfort isn't very old! :-)

How do you like 'Holding Back The Flood'?
cloudless_9193
May. 9th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
This I love too, as well as One Can Only See.

She's written one single St+H story which is also very good and comparable to her Pros fic.
http://www.stickymanpress.mediawood.net/alongfortheride.html
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