Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Word count: 54, 670
Summary: As the legend goes, if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom.
Credible threats have been made against the nation’s antiquities. Iconic relics have been stolen, sites vandalised… and at the Tower of London, one of the ravens has been killed. The government has tapped all its security agencies, including CI5, to investigate and prevent further harm.
George Cowley sends his two top agents, Bodie and Murphy, undercover to work as part of the Guard Extraordinary, the special defence force tasked with the protection of the Tower of London. Their assignment: protect the ravens at all cost.
Ray Doyle had been on track for a successful career in London’s Metropolitan Police, but the shooting death of his partner in the line of duty, and then his own role in the dismantling of a cadre of corrupt senior officers, left him feeling isolated and disillusioned. Recruited by the Guard Extraordinary, he’s served the Tower’s defence force as a Yeoman Warder and is now RavenMaster, charged with the care and safety of the Tower’s fabled birds.
From their first meeting Bodie and Doyle are at odds. Yet, as the threat deepens, Bodie must deal with his growing attraction to the enigmatic RavenMaster even as he works to keep both him and the ravens safe from harm. For his part, Doyle resents what he sees as interference, but two attacks within the Tower’s walls have left one raven dead and the remainder clearly in peril.
Late one evening, the ravens and their master suddenly disappear. Now, Bodie and all of CI5 embark on a desperate search to find them and return them to the Tower … before the legend is fulfilled …
Notes: Thank you to my beta, Mab Browne, and to my artist, cloudless_9193.
And to the Mods, for all their support and the wonderful work they do every year.
More detailed notes are included in the story post on AO3.
This is actually my second attempt to complete this story for posting; last fall I didn’t make the deadline, but there was some wonderful art created by gvenanne. It’s posted in the 2019 master post in its rough form; our original intent had been to scatter it through the story.
Link to Fic: Fic Master Post
Link to Art: Art Master Post