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Bishonen

Behind this peculiar title I discovered a gem which I think is worth mentioning here.

It's a Patalliro crossover but you don't have to have watched this long-running (1979 - ongoing) Japanese manga to follow the story. 
Patalliro is the first anime series to present homoerotic themes on television and Bishonen is a Japanese term meaning "beautiful youth (boy)".

The plot is not so important, it just gives Doyle the opportunity to rescue a hurt Bodie, and both of them the time to explore their feelings for each other and to heave their until then mostly matey relationship on to the next level. And while they are dealing with this they remain our very recognisable, very macho and independent lads.

Bishonen Op by DVS

"Do not fear," Van Colan said soothingly. "You are one who recognises the dual nature of man." He drew Doyle close again, one arm around his shoulder, so that he could lean his face against Doyle's curls. "But you are not for my bed, that is clear. A pity." His regret was sincere, and he did not withdraw the comfort of his arms. He did lean forward and whisper in Doyle's ear. "Bodie?"
Doyle turned to stone in the circle of Van Colan's arm.
"I thought so," Van Colan laughed into Doyle's curls. His hand drifted down from Doyle's neck to his arm, hip, and buttocks. "You'll need luck to get that one into your bed," Van Colan commented.
"No." Doyle straightened. "YOU would need luck. I'd just need--time." Then, amazed that those words had come out of his mouth, and even more amazed to learn that he desperately wanted his words to be true, he pulled free of Van Colan's caressing hands. "Sorry, mate," he said, smiling.



The sequel is Bishonen Too

"Oh, work!" Doyle interrupted. "Standing around like an elegant mannequin all day. At a fashion show!"
"Not my fault they got bomb threats," Bodie replied, following Doyle to the bathroom. When Doyle didn't have an instant comeback, Bodie punched him in the arm, rather harder than he needed to. "Still thinking about me with all those models? We have a no-birds policy, remember? And we promised to tell each other if we ever wanted it otherwise."
"I know." They'd agreed to give their relationship an honest chance. Flirting was okay. They had their images to maintain, after all. CI5's hottest studs.
"Well? Have I said I wanted a bird? Did you think I'd go behind your back to have one?" Bodie asked, letting Doyle see his anger.
"No!" Doyle took a deep breath and said in a more reasonable tone, "No, I didn't think that. It's just..."
"It's just you can't imagine wanting your skinny little frame when I could have the skinny little frame of some model? Stupid prat. Could have a sweet little blonde yourself, instead of a 'hundred stone lummox'!"
"I only said that yesterday because you landed on my foot," Doyle protested, but he was grinning now, reassured.
"Ummm." Bodie snatched a kiss. They'd made another rule. No demonstrations of affection or hints about their relationship to be given in public. They tended to do quite a bit of touching and kissing at home to make up for the totally professional attitude they strove for at work. Although Doyle's idea of what was professional...

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byslantedlight
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
You know, this is probably the only DVS fic that I just can't read, and I think it is because it's a crossover with a series that I don't know. I always feel as if I'm missing subtle nuances in the writing when I don't know the other crossover series, cos there's so much characterisation and background that fanfic assumes you know (which is why it's fanfic... *g*)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
I have read two crossovers with series I don't know (Contretemps by Josey and this one), and they were not my first choice, but as the writers are among my favourites I tried them and was glad I did in the end. And as I said, the Patalliro plot provides only the frame for the first fic and is rarely noticeable in the second.

But I can understand that you can't read this. I have the same thing with Sentinel crossovers. I even watched one episode to get into it, but watching repelled me even more. So this is a no-go for me.
byslantedlight
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
And as I said, the Patalliro plot provides only the frame for the first fic and is rarely noticeable in the second.
I know people often say "Oh, you don't need to know the series" to read a crossover, but there's something about them that means I want to know the full story behind the story, if you know what I mean... *g*

HG, Sebastian and Kitty Fisher are three of my favourite writers, but I couldn't even read some of their stories until I'd watched the (pretty dreadful!) film the cross-overs were based on ("Facelift" with MS). Of course then I loved them... *g*

There are some series that I do know, and don't particularly like (Starsky and Hutch for example - sorry fans!) that are in Pros crossovers, and I can't read those either, but in a different way!
firlefanzine
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
A Patalliro crossover? What comes next? A Dangermouse? ;-)

But I'm curious. Will try it!
cloudless_9193
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
It's not as weird as it looks. ;-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
Although a bit of weirdness can't be wrong at work... :-)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
YES, I have to deal with it at the office every day!
firlefanzine
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
"YES, I have to deal with it at the office every day! "
Who hasn't...? Sigh!

But! I've started to read your story - and stopped again quite quickly ... WHO ist that girl/boy anyway???????

But Google knew! And freshly enlightened I made a new beginning.
And it is fun to read! That 'terrible couple' has a certain fascination - a hot contrast to our beloved 'down to earth'(?) pair.
I'm curious how the story will go on! (too many disturbances at the office.)
I'll keep you informed!
cloudless_9193
Mar. 12th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
And freshly enlightened I made a new beginning.
That's good. Hope you'll like it in the end. :-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 13th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
That was fun to read! Especially the first story.
Different and surprising!

Thanks!!!
cloudless_9193
Mar. 13th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm relieved! Because apparently it's not everyone's cup of tea.

And I still have to snigger thinking about the King getting hold of Cowley. :-)
firlefanzine
Mar. 13th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
A meeting well worth to be told by by great narrators!!! ;-)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 13th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Just saw your icon! What a nice blue eyeshadow. Would it suit Bodie, too?
firlefanzine
Mar. 13th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, once or twice Doyle was surprised about their resemblance...
But Bodie doesn't need 'such things'! ;-)
cloudless_9193
Mar. 13th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
No, he's already blue all over as I see :-))
Btw I do so much enjoy your wallpaper and it's not bothering in the least, him eyeing me.
firlefanzine
Mar. 13th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
No chance for some 'modern bad guys', yes!
Sigh...

Thanks!
milomaus
May. 21st, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Now I wanna read...
It´s not like there are three tags open with different stories or sth...
cloudless_9193
May. 21st, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I know how it is - not enough time for all the reading. But it's not too long. I hope you'll enjoy it. :-)
milomaus
May. 23rd, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
I knew I´ve read it before...but it was very enjoyable the second time!
Thanks for reccing!
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