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10 September 2010 @ 12:57 am
Painted Angels by Angelfish  
Title: Painted Angels
Author: Angelfish
Artist: firlefanzine
Archive to Pros Lib: No
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Word count: 70,188 words
Warnings: Contains uninhibited M/M sex, during which some furniture gets broken.

Summary: George Cowley knows a marriage made in heaven when he sees one, and he's going to arrange it even if he has to send his young recruits to hell and back. Bodie, closed off and traumatised from his experiences in the SAS, can't believe he's being partnered up with a raw ex-copper. But Ray Doyle is his last chance, and as they fight through their training together and begin their work on the turbulent streets of 1970s London, a fire springs up between them that will either be their partnership's making or its destruction.

Notes: Thank you to JGL for encouraging me to take part in this great project and being my first reader, also to Firlefanzine for the atmospheric artwork.

Link to Fic: Painted Angels
Link to Art: Art Master Post
Link to E-reader files: E-reader Files (Click or right click to download)
Callisto: B/D Whcoff laughingcallistosh65 on September 10th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
So pleased to see this go up! Can't wait to dive in.
krisserci5: windowkrisserci5 on September 10th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
Well, I've printed the story and will have to find a hidden corner to read. . . if only I didn't have to keep going to work. . . .

Geez, what a complaint, I have too many new Pros stories to read. . . . nah, keep 'em coming!!
intradependency on September 10th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
That was an amazing read. I had to devour it in one sitting. I almost feel breathless.
jgraeme2007: Big Bangjgraeme2007 on September 10th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous story. One of the most convincing "histories" of the lads I've read. So many wonderful moments and images. I do so love her work.
GRITS in Misery: Professionalsgritsinmisery on September 10th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm just... I think that was one of the most beautiful, detailed, in-character back-stories I've ever read. Both the mental voices and turns of phrase were spot-on.

I want to give an extra shout-out to the wonderful care given Cowley's characterization. We get stories of him using his triple-think against the bad guys, and sometimes even against his own men, but rarely do we see him some of the wonderfully out-in-out sneaky things for his men that we do here. "A press van just got through..." Simply brilliant.

I would have swallowed this down in one gulp if RL hadn't intervened. As it was, I was pretty upset with RL, and back in front of my computer screen the minute I could be.
firlefanzine: Bodie+Doyle_Holsterfirlefanzine on September 10th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
I loved the story from the beginning. There are two very unusual approaches to our lads. And their 'learning to trust' is always an up and down with exciting events. I love their 'survival tour' for example.
As Josh has stated, a story full of unforgettable moments!
jgraeme2007: chumsjgraeme2007 on September 12th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
And one more thing
Your cover is lovely Firlefanzine. It suits the story perfectly!
Re: And one more thing - firlefanzine on September 12th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
angelfish777 on September 10th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Hello, all! Callisto and PRZed, you'll see I've actually created an LJ (wonders will never cease) for the purpose of saying thanks to the two of you and to the people who have had a look at Painted Angels and been kind enough to leave such nice comments. I really appreciate it. It was a pleasure to write the story and to spend time with B and D in that strange but wonderful 1970s world I remember with such alarming clarity. :-D

Very best wishes
sc_fossil: MS Pretty Martin by Katsc_fossil on September 11th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you!
I'm pleased to see you on LJ. Your story is amazing. I admit I'm not a big fan of younger lads story, however, yours definitely is one of, if not the best back story I've read. I'm always especially tickled to read a story with a plot or idea that I might not generally like and find it's so good I can't stop reading.

You did something amazing: you gave me two young men who I immediately recognized. You gave me reasonable reasons for their actions, and you showed me how they worked through the good and the bad to the satisfying end. I like how you wove in canon facts and explained their reasoning.

I think Gabe was an excellent OC, very well done and Cowley was spot on.

I admit I loved the tense you used. It's something I so enjoy reading. There aren't enough present tense stories for my taste. It makes me feel "in the now" when I'm reading; that things are happening immediately. Very nice work.

I'm happy also about the uninhibited m/m sex and broken furniture. Wonderful work.

(I had to edit my post re: your tense. I made a booboo. It's because I just finished reading the hot smutty sex scene... *g*)

Edited at 2010-09-11 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you! - angelfish777 on September 12th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
1moreirene1moreirene on September 10th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Then, while Bodie crouches staring at him, he completes the routine by producing the crumpled remains of a pack of cigarettes. He shoves his wet fringe out of his eyes, yawns, and holds out the pack hospitably to Bodie. "There you go."


Thank you for posting, Firlefanzine for the artwork, and the mods for arranging everything. Also, thank you for a really accurate warning. I don't check warnings, but this one caught my eye after I finished the story.
starlite876 on September 10th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
After a horrendous day at work, I was so pleased to have find a new story had been posted. I printed the story and did not start to read Painted Angels until 11 pm in the evening. I could not and did not put it down until I had finished the story (at 2 am in the morning). It's 7 am (Sat morning) now, and I wanted to post my thanks to Angelfish for her unforgettable story.

What a wonderful and fantastic "background" story for the lads. The themes of trust and partnership comes through time and time again. Thank you for posting and sharing this story with us.
togsostogsos on September 10th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Just finished the story and it was absolutely brilliant. Great voices, excellent pacing and plotting. I skipped out of work and hid in a corner of the carpark for an hour to read it, was totally immersed in it. BTW if anyone askes i was at the printers discussing brochures for the hour i was missing!!
cornishcat: serenecornishcat on September 10th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
OMG, that's brilliant!

A remarkable tale, intrically woven with drama,
heartbreak ... and humour.

I loved every bit of it. Thank you for sharing.
robeau: Robeau Kittiesrobeau on September 11th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Have to admit I thought I'd just start it this evening before making dinner but it sucked me in so fast I was a goner. I loved the way you wove their histories together, dumping Ray's up front and then pulling Bodie's out piece by piece. It was simply brilliant.
Readersiskiou on September 11th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
I started reading this afternoon, am about halfway through, and never want it to end!
Thanks so much and don't ever stop writing Pros, please!
merentha13merentha13 on September 11th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
WOW! This was simply stunning. The characterization, especially Doyle, was so moving. Very well done!
angelfish777 on September 11th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
Well, if I've managed to make anyone feel better after a bad day at work, or kept them up all night, or made them skip out of work for a read, that gives me a massive sense of "mission accomplished" (though *please* don't get into trouble on my account :-)... Thank you all so very much for your comments. Hugely appreciated.