Author: PFL (msmoat)
Artist: Pale Rider
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Word count: 33,873
Warnings: None needed
Summary: William Bodie meets George Cowley as he is facing court-martial and prison while in the SAS. George Cowley makes a bargain with Bodie: work for him, keep his nose clean, and the “incident” on his record will be expunged. Eventually. The catch? Bodie has a mission within a mission: protect the man who will be assigned as his partner. Bodie agrees to Cowley’s terms. And then he meets bloody-minded, irritating, argumentative, never-give-up, ex-copper Raymond Doyle. Prison would have been easier.
Notes: I gave up on this story as the BB rough draft deadline approached and I had written nothing. Within the hour, after contacting the mods, I started writing. Ah, the workings of creativity never cease to amaze me! Thank you to the Pros Big Bang mods, who were wonderfully encouraging and accommodating. Thank you, as always, to my wonderful betas: O Anonymous One, elizabethoshea, and dorinda. (Even if I did have to completely rewrite the ending twice!) No, seriously, the story is much better because of your questions. I didn’t figure out what the story was all about until after I had rewritten it. And finally, a great big thank you to my artist, Pale Rider, whose vid is a wonderful complement to the story!
Link to Story: Story Master Post on AO3
Link to Art: Art Master Post