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A Falling Off

One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read.

A Falling Off by Callisto

Relaxed more than he'd thought possible, Bodie made the mistake of attempting to stretch out.

"All right?"

He looked up sharply; Doyle had sobered fast if he'd caught that. And indeed, the eyes on him were bright.

"Your fault if you must know, sunshine," said Bodie on a sigh. "A fella's knee in the small of your back'll bugger your posture something rotten."

"I'll remember that the next..." He grimaced and Doyle was up and moving as soon as he saw it. Bodie's abused hand was cramping and about to send coffee southwards. "...time I'm saving your life." Even as he spoke he was clamping his own fingers around Bodie's on the mug, sliding down in front of him and saving his shagpile carpet.

For a heartbeat the tableau held its breath.

"You and a carpet in one day, I should get a medal."

Bodie said nothing, but he let his partner peel his fingers off the mug, nodding his thanks as the cramp eased and his face smoothed out. He shook his hand carefully, flexing the fingers, and sat back.

"Now that was a close shave."

He looked up, and his wry smile faded into something else. Doyle hadn't moved. He was still there in the space at his feet, left forearm now slung over Bodie's right knee for balance, mug already carefully set aside on the side table.

Another tableau held its breath. A pair of green eyes held Bodie in their steady gaze, and in one moment it was all there again: the whisper of something changed, a pulse in the air which beat its wings between them, and which in his heart of hearts Bodie could no longer ascribe to adrenaline.



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Mar. 5th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
The writing *is* beautiful, isn't it? So much heart and soul.

Thanks so much for this reminder.
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like it too! :-D
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
So much said without saying much, very well written. Thanks for the link I enjoyed it!
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
So good to know you enjoyed it. :-D
Mar. 6th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
Really a great story. So much intimacy, although in a subtle way, which makes it all the more precious. Their voices ring true, and I like the perfectly balanced humor in this.

The cane he'd been issued at the hospital was already a bone of contention. Bodie had tried to leave it behind in his room, the hospital foyer, the Capri and the lift. To no avail. Doyle was like a bloody golden retriever, forcing it back into his hand at each missed opportunity. Even, as they had exited the car, with a clip round the back of the head, as if Bodie were a trying two-year-old.

Good for Doyle not to let Bodie get away with things *g*
Mar. 6th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
Doyle was like a bloody golden retriever I fully agree with you. :-D
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to write a comment, when I read it yesterday *jetzt aber husch*

You are right, it's a great story! She is such a good writer - it's not easy to show love, friendship, and not writing sappy and overdescriptive (does the word "overdescriptive" exist or did I just invent it?). There is so much warmth in this story, they turn to each other gently and at the same time it's still the "normal" rough talking and bantering between them.

Doyle's pressing of his forehead to Bodie's - that so tender - and it's the same in an episode (not a fanfic) from Starsky&Hutch, where Starsky is wounded very badly, and Hutch never knows if Starsky will survive...

It's funny, too - Doyle in the kitchen is great! *g*.

(I'm so glad Bodie is not a difficult bird *g*)
Mar. 7th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I enjoyed your little review and I'm glad you like this story that much. :-) The ST+H episode you refer to is the shooting in the pizzeria? There Hutch was also very tender to Starsk, as I remember.
Awww, and your icon. They really must have been in love. ;-)
Mar. 7th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was in the pizzeria ("Shootout"). Sadly I don't have a picture of it... puh, I just looked for a pic more than an hour, but I didn't find it. Instead I found millions of other touching-pics between S&H (this fandom has the kings of touching...)

I like my Icon, too - but the complete pic looks a bit different: Scotty doesn't look at Kelly when he is taking this piece of paper from him, so he can't really see where he is groping:

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