Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Word count: 40,757
Warnings (highlight to read): Semi-dub-con, violence
Summary: War is hell; but hell is what Raymond Doyle is familiar with. He has had a lifetime full of hells, from being disowned and driven away by his father, to growing up alone and isolated in reformatories and state institutions. He developed a tough skin to keep the world at bay, and uses that toughness to protect the one thing – an innate artistic creativity - that belongs to him.
As the winds of war, then occupation, sweep across the land, his gift eventually leads him to a resistance group looking for a target to make an example of. The occupying forces are too well guarded, but there are other targets to make an example of. The target they zero in on: the mercenary, collaborator, and traitor known as William Bodie.
And thus starts the role of a lifetime.
Notes: A few years back, I read a wonderful story, Rule Britannia, by fajrdrako. When I first read it, it reminded me of Ang Lee’s 2007 movie, Lust, Caution. Although in the end it didn’t go in that direction – though I really enjoyed the story, reread it periodically, and recommend it highly – I still wondered how a Pros story inspired by Lust, Caution would turn out.
And ‘inspired’ it is: several main points in the film have been changed, so it’s not truly a straight redo. Here’s hoping that you like it.
I’d also like to thank several people:
- Betae Extraordinaire, solosundance and anna060957
- My wonderfully patient artist, krisserci5
- moonlightmead, for several discussions that put some bugs in my ear *hugs*
- minori_k for mentioning Anthony Andrews as Bodie #1!
- byslantedlight for letting me borrow the concept of a bespoke gun (because really, never had heard of that before)
- and of course, the mods of ci5_boxoftricks for being crazy and fun enough to do this every year.
The story follows a (very) loose modern-day Norman Conquest, so there are a number of character and place names taken from the Anglo-Saxon / Old English. For those scratching their heads about it, a list of the locations are given in the notes for the story.
Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoy.
Link to Fic: Fic Master Post
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