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Once in a Good Long While

One of my favourite authors, she really knows how to write these tender moments the lads are sharing in her rather action-packed plots.

Once in a Good Long While by Lacey McBain

"I swear to God, Ray, I won’t go looking for it.  I won’t."  Bodie leaned his forehead against Ray’s, feeling the silky touch of curls against his skin.  "I promise I won’t go looking for a bullet.  I wouldn’t do that to you."

They were close enough Bodie could feel Doyle breathing unevenly against him, head nodding in the dark.

"That probably shouldn’t be comforting, but it really kind of is," Doyle said quietly, and Bodie slid an arm around Ray’s shoulders and pulled him into a kind of awkward hug, hand slipping into still-damp curls.

"Yeah, it is."

They clung to each other like that for longer than was strictly necessary or probably wise, but Bodie couldn’t bring himself to let go until Doyle did, and Doyle just pressed his face into Bodie’s shoulder and breathed hot air against the thin fabric of his tee-shirt until Bodie could feel beads of sweat starting to form at the nape of his neck.  It was long enough he needed to shift his weight, sliding onto his back, dragging Doyle with him, unwilling to let go.  Between the flowered comforter, the summer heat, and Doyle’s bare skin, Bodie was sure his core temperature had risen about ten degrees in the last few minutes.


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May. 7th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
I *love* her writing and this story! She manages to achieve that rare combination of action, real lads and real lads being very erotic - my favourite combination. Cheers for this!
May. 7th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
I wish she'd written more Pros before moving on to other fandoms. :-)

Nice icon!!

Edited at 2010-05-07 01:01 pm (UTC)
May. 8th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
Nice icon!!

Thank you very much. That's one of my favourite scenes and I've got a couple of good quotes for it, way back at SK2, including an original contribution (of writing) from BSL (she says, very proudly).
May. 7th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds good!
It's printed and binded and waiting for me at my bedside table. :-)
May. 7th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
You are a fast one! I think you'll like it. :-)
May. 8th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
And it was indeed a wonderful afternoon read!
Thank you very much!
This contrat to 'the other pair of partners' was very interesting.
I think nobody could imagine that B or D would have done something awful... pretending to be dead... Wow!
But anyway it is no really 'dark' fic.
Yes! very good!
May. 8th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Perfect! If you liked this one you should like her other long story too. Maybe you haven't read it yet. :-)


May. 7th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Couldn't resist this, Lacey McBain is one of my favourite authors, and I agree it is such a shame she wrote so little in Pros. I love her plots and her characterisation, and the rhythm of her language so much. "Holding Back the Flood" is one of my very favourite fics.

Which is surprising because her language is distinctly American, both the narrative and the dialogue.
...I’m already riding a desk. They bust me any lower, I’ll be in the dustbin." Sebastian shook his head. "Come on, Ray. Tell your partner to lighten up.... This is funny because she has taken the trouble to use English 'dustbin' instead of American 'trash' but the whole expression is still American.
I wonder if her Starsky and Hutch (or other pairings, don't know them) would sound just the same as her Bodie and Doyle?.
May. 7th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing this out to me. Although I know she's American I'm not always aware of the different speech patterns.

Btw, she's done one St+H fic here:


"Holding Back the Flood" is one of my very favourite fics.
I love this too, though my favourite is The Assassin's Daughter. :-)
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