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25 September 2010 @ 04:42 pm
Ninety-Nine Yew Trees by Draycevixen.  
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Title: Ninety-Nine Yew Trees
Author: draycevixen
Artist: przed
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Word count: 33,249 words.
Warnings: None needed.
Summary: A secret from Bodie’s past has come close to killing him. With Cowley refusing to accept his resignation from CI5 and Doyle turning his back on him, Bodie has fled to his bolt-hole in the countryside to lick his wounds and try to work out what to do next.

Notes: I would like to thank halotolerant for her invaluable medical beta and help with my timeline. Also, may I just say that if you want to know how to stab someone correctly for maximum damage, ask a doctor. *g* I’d also like to thank ashley_pitt who was kind enough to answer some very general questions about hand therapy for me. Of course any remaining mistakes are my own.

I’d also like to thank Zed for the lovely trailer vid and of course przed and callistosh65 for not only hosting this party but for, well, just being bloody brilliant broads in general. *tips hat*

Lastly, I’d like to thank my flistees for their encouragement, their encouraging mockage of my story related angst and ND, Vic and Mikey in particular for bearing the brunt of it. ♥

Link to Fic: Fic Master Post
Link to Art: Art Master Post

An e-reader file is easily accessible at the Fic link.

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raven_rsraven_rs on September 25th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
I couldn't wait to read this, stayed up late and everything, and boy - I wasn't disappointed! I love the description of the torture, the medical detail, the fantastic meticulous way the village life is painted. I can see it all. Marvellous. And with all that detail, there's the Lads - mad, bad and dangerous to know, both of 'em.

Fantastic. Thank you so much for writing this.
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- Jagger D.draycevixen on September 26th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for the enthusiastic review.

I grew up there and have toyed with setting a Pros story there for a while. All of the places and odd events mentioned actually exist, including the trees and their legend. They fascinated me as a kid and got me in trouble with my gran for arguing about their symbolism. /ramble, sorry.

Thank you for reading. :D
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jackiethomas73jackiethomas73 on September 26th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
Lovely story. I liked the slow pace and the way they had to build a new relationship from scratch.
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- KISS HIMdraycevixen on September 26th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)

Thank you, I'm very glad you liked it. :D

I was concerned that in amongst all the action packed BB adventures it might be a little too slow for people's taste so I'm glad to hear that it worked for you.
inlovewithboth on September 26th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
"Wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, whoever you are, whatever condition you’re in, I just want you." Very happy sigh. This is a great story, I love the humour, the sadness, the plot and of course the amount of time the boys spend in baths and showers. :) Thank you.
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- BODIE -- SHOWERdraycevixen on September 26th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you liked it. :D

It's a bit of a running joke with my mates that I cannot get Bodie out of the shower. He's currently stuck in there in several WIPs I have going.
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sc_fossil: Pros Bodie Alone by Katsc_fossil on September 26th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
The lads bathing! Together, in baths and showers, unnecesssary bathing too! I'm in love. LOL!

D, this was such a good story! It had everything I enjoy: hardheaded Bodie, determined (and angry!) Doyle. There was sadness and love and all sorts of wonderful bits. I felt so bad for Bodie as his story was slowly revealed. You did a great job weaving this tale. I liked all the local events and sights that you wrote about to enrich the story. Thank you for a fulfilling read.
raven_rsraven_rs on September 26th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
There's no such thing as unnecessary bathing ;) LOL!
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MysteriousAliWays: Professionals - Never Far Awaymysteriousaliwz on September 26th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
There was a real sense of place in the scenes in the villages - very vivid.

Stubborn Bodie! I did feel sorry for him - he'd been through a hell of a lot. Still, all's well that ends well, due to Doyle's persistence.

(Oops, edited due to misplaced comment!)
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- KISS HIMdraycevixen on September 26th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)

Thank you, I'm very glad that came across as I was writing about where I grew up and those are real places and events I'm describing. :D

Cloudlesscloudless_9193 on September 26th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
A heartbreaking story which had me wondering a long time until you revealed the background bit by bit. I liked the atmospheric village part and the time they spent in the cottage together. :-)
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- BODIE -- SHOWERdraycevixen on September 26th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)

I have a bit of a thing for plots that reveal things slowly, where the protagonists know things the reader doesn't know... yet, so I'm ridiculously glad that it had you wondering. *g*

I grew up in the Cotswolds, in and around these villages and so decided that was where I was going to set my story.

Thank you for reading. :D
1moreirene1moreirene on September 29th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Draycevixen and P.R.Zed, thanks, both of you, for hard work, cheerfully done.

“Did you enjoy the Model Village?”
“Yeah got to feel how Cowley must feel most days.”
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- GRIN (Pros)draycevixen on September 29th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)

Thanks for reading.

The model is still there, an exact scale model of Bourton itself. It even has a model village within it. *g*

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firlefanzine: Bodie+Doyle_Sorgenfirlefanzine on September 29th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
The beginning is just heartbreaking! Bloody brilliant!
- although you always want to bang their heads together.
I love the description of the countryside – and all that 'tea drinking' (you've promised it!)

- and I'm deeply pleased that Bodie's erection problems could be solved so nicely in the end!!! :-)

Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- BODIE YUMdraycevixen on September 29th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)

Thank you I'm really glad you enjoyed the beginning and I'd have been disappointed if you hadn't wanted to bang their heads together. *g*

I'm also glad you enjoyed the countryside as I'm very fond of my home and wanted to share that with Bodie other people. I really didn't realize quite how much tea was being consumed until I started editing the bloody thing. When in doubt, make tea.

I ran all of my medical stuff past Dr. Halo but she didn't know too much about electrodes... understandably. So then I also had a very, erm, interesting conversation with one of my uni's profs who studies nerve trauma and he answered my questions about whether recovery would be possible. Yes, that was an awkward conversation but luckily he knows I write and I've asked him strange questions before. *g*

Poor Bodie does seem to be taking the brunt of the damage in the BB stories. I really didn't set out to write a story with that in mind but the mysterious background thing had to be his so the Bodie whumping was then on. *pets Bodie* *gets distracted*

Thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it even shepherdess free. :D

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andreaandreathelion on September 30th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
WOW, that was absolutely brilliant, Drayce the one, who said she can't write novella length stories ;) :D
I absolutely loved the picture you've painted with all those little details.
And just the right amount of h/c and not to forget the lads in and out the shower/bath.
I think, you mentioned it quite some times you couldn't get Bodie out of the shower - now I know why and easy to understand *veg*

Thanks a lot for writing the story!

Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- LOOK DOWNdraycevixen on September 30th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks, petal. ♥

I've written novel-length original fiction I've just shied away from writing longer length fan fiction due to time constraints.

I'm really glad that you liked the details in the story as if memory serves me correctly I believe you've visited Gloucestershire. By this stage I'm surprised that Bodie's not having to deal with a bad case of rising damp. *g*

Thanks for reading. :D
krisserci5: charcoal duokrisserci5 on September 30th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
A great read . . .thanks.
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- LOOK DOWNdraycevixen on September 30th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)

Thank you for reading.
robeau: Robeau Kittiesrobeau on October 1st, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Just loved the story - the angst, the pain and the silly meanderings through the countryside. It is terrific!
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D HUGSdraycevixen on October 1st, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)

Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :D
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 8th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Even having read several early drafts and knowing the general shape of it all going in, you still managed to surprise me in a few places. McAllister being Andy's brother. Where Bodie got his name. And poor Bodie's hand nailed to the wall. Yikes!

The angst was perfectly pitched, but you still managed to throw some humour in there. Because if there wasn't some humour, it just wouldn't be the lads.

This bit is still a favourite passage:

The state he was in now he couldn't have won a fight with a pissed off kitten. If the kitten brought friends it would be a blood bath.

That's just so...Bodie.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- GRIN (Pros)draycevixen on October 8th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure if I'm glad that I still managed to surprise you or if I should be apologizing for surprising you... Erm... *g*

I don't think I could write the lads without some humour. Not just because it's part and parcel of the lads but because it's part and parcel of the English anyway, very much how we filter the world.

Thank you for reading and for your vid trailer of course. ♥
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Gilda Elise: Pros-Comfortgilda_elise on October 11th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
What a really lovely story! I was left guessing as to who had done what to who and it was like opening a puzzle as we were let in on what had happened in the past. And what a really unique idea—Bodie isn't really Bodie...though, really, he is. :-)

I so thoroughly enjoyed reading this!
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- KISS HIMdraycevixen on October 11th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :D

When I'm writing something that's actually long enough to have plot twists I like to reveal things slowly and actually have the characters know more than we do... or at least think they know more than we do.

I had the idea about Bodie's past a long time ago and actually tried to give it away to other writers but there were no takers. Once I signed up for the Big Bang I finally decided to take a stab at it myself. I grew up in this part of the Cotswolds and really wanted to see if I could write about it.

Again, thank you.
jgraeme2007: Big Bangjgraeme2007 on October 12th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Nicely plotted, nicely paced. I really enjoyed this one!
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- LOOK DOWNdraycevixen on October 12th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)

Thank you very much, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Edited at 2010-10-12 12:21 pm (UTC)
shooting2killshooting2kill on October 13th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry to take so long but I'm a terribly slow reader particularly when reading online, anyway...
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this story (but I’ll have a good go.....!) and I hope it’s OK if I go on a bit.......There's a small group of stories which, as I've read them, have made me feel a part of them to the extent that I'm really *there*, occcupying the same world as the characters and I feel this story has joined that small group. I felt I was there in the village, rolling cheeses, walking in the churchyard, drinking in the local and I felt so cosy with this story, cosy and happy in the knowledge that I could put it down at the end of a day and the world of the village (or ci5) and the characters would be there waiting for me to rejoin them the next day. And I loved its gentleness - the gentle telling of the tale - gradual and relaxed and never boring or tedious. I really liked the almost incremental way you allowed the story to unfold, via the crisscrossing in time, the flashbacks, the little hints and snippets you handed out to the reader which intrigued me, pulled me in and kept me there.

More specific things (if you're still with me....):

Loved writing like this:

Bodie didn’t want to sleep. He wanted to remember it, Doyle’s arm lightly around his waist, Doyle’s damp curls brushing the side of his face, Doyle’s lips brushing the back of his neck. He lay there and listened to the rain on the roof while they both pretended to be asleep until they finally were..........

but the squad were better and fighting for one of their own......

“I risk me, Ray, I never risk you.”


And this:

(A Yew) has always been held sacred and understood as a link with death and rebirth.

I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t even know what a Yew tree actually looked like, (had no idea it was a conifer), googled it and came up with this description which appealed to me and helped me understand its significance re Bodie and doyle.

And this line amused me because it explained something I saw in Morocco nearly 40 years ago which I've often wondered about:

You couldn’t have possibly thought we’d get locked together like dogs or something.”

An image I'll never forget!

Sorry to go on but I wanted you to know what I was thinking as I read your story! Thank you *so* much for all the time and effort you put into the Big Bang (especially when you're working), I don't know how people do it but it's much appreciated!



Edited at 2010-10-13 02:47 pm (UTC)
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D HUGSdraycevixen on October 13th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)

I want you to know how much I appreciate your time and energy in leaving this lovely comment. ♥

I know this world really well, I grew up there and I wanted to see if I could get it down on paper. I foolishly thought it would be easy as I know it so well but it was challenging in unexpected ways... how to describe Bourton-on-the-water for instance when I could see it so clearly in my head that I was worried about putting in too much detail or not enough, both at the same time. So I'm very happy that it worked for you.

When I originally had the "Bodie's not really Bodie" idea I imagined something more action packed so I'm also happy that you liked the gentle pacing. I'll admit that I often questioned my decision to write a story about two tough agents that featured a lot of tea drinking and playing tourist particularly as I knew many of the other Big Bang writers would go for action stories, but this is the story that wanted to be told so I kept going.

Even as a small child I was fascinated by those yew trees. My gran told me the legend and what they saw them as standing for and I got in to trouble for arguing with her. They're beautiful, as is the church they surround. I've been thinking about posting some pictures of home on my LJ.

Again, thank you for reading and for picking out the bit that made me happiest when I thought of it, the image of the two of them cuddled up in that bed, listening to the rain.

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