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17 October 2011 @ 08:18 pm
Łe Nòte del Carnevàl, by golden_bastet; artwork by smirra  
Title: Łe Nòte del Carnevàl
Author: golden_bastet
Artist: smirra
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Word count: 25,576
Warnings: Highlight the following area to reveal the warnings: M/M, character death, dubcon / noncon, sadism

Summary: Baroque Venice (18th century).

Raimondo Della Straniero is a member of the household of Signore Angelo Cattivo. Holding a position on the Council of Ten - the governing elite of la Serenìsima Repùblica Vèneta, the Most Serene Republic of Venice - il signore took Raimondo in off the streets as a young child, giving the boy an existence that he never could have dreamed of. However, now that Raimondo is an adult, there is a price: publicly, he becomes his patron’s new wife’s cavalier servente, or official companion; privately, he becomes his patron’s lover. It is still, however, easier than living on the streets.

Bodie works for Signore Giorgio Mucca, in service to the Supreme Tribunal of the State Inquisitors, a secret organization entrusted by la Serenìsima to deal with threats to state security. Bodie’s mission: to investigate Signore Cattivo, who may have plans of his own in the works. Bodie’s methods: to establish contact with either Signore Cattivo’s young wife, or her companion, Raimondo, and find out what they know. And Bodie has his ways of getting… information.

Notes: I’d like to thank a few people:
  • Definitely the betae, solosundance and anna060957 for coming to the rescue and doing a world-famous bang-up job (and thus saving my bacon).

  • ocotillo_dawn (who is a newly published author, as of today!) and beccaabbott for the non-fandom read, both of which were extremely helpful (for this and future fics).

  • L’Artiste smirra and her Tablet of Awesome, which had me wanting to post draft sketches in August.

  • constant_muse (formerly Jaycat92) for her early read-through and encouragement.

  • All the people who encouraged the process while it was going on. Because it went on for a long, long time.

  • Google and Wikipedia and a lot of little, obscure websites.

  • Devo, Poly Styrene, The Cars, and Mozart (to name a few).

  • Chad Winery and Brewery Lindemans, as official alcoholic beverage sponsors of the 2011 Pros Big BangTM.

And lastly the mods / organizers of both the ci5_boxoftricks Big Bang and mini_wrimo for pulling this all together / laying the groundwork for doing this in the first place.

Yay! \o/

Link to Fic: Fic Master Post/Story Title
Link to Art: Art Master Post
liriel1810 on October 18th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting. (have sent you a pm) The artwork is lovely!
Smirrasmirra on October 18th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
(no subject) - golden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- B/D -- BUSdraycevixen on October 18th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)

Congratulations on posting. I know you were worried for a while there but now you get to sit back and try to remember what you were doing with yourself before the creative madness started... perhaps a glass of wine? *g*
golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! It's nice to see it finally get posted. And my crazy brain is already well into the next fic...

Am reaching for the wine bottle now, LOL.
sc_fossil: Pros Bodie and Doyle by Katsc_fossil on October 18th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Congratulations on a successful posting! Thanks so much for joining in on the madness that is the Pros Big Bang 2011.
golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's been a lot of fun. :D
Smirrasmirra on October 18th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Yay! Mission accomplished!
Thank you for writing this colourful inspiring historical AU!
Was a great pleasure to work out some decoration :D

So was to be part of pros big bang again! My thanks to the neat organizing and to the friendly mods!
golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
And thank *you* very much for your incredible artwork. I can't tell you how honored I am to have such a great picture related to my fic. And of the lads, too. :)
Cloudlesscloudless_9193 on October 18th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to reading this. Venice, my favorite place, and B/D, my favorite couple: just perfect. And Smirra's fantastic artwork to top it off. :-)
Smirrasmirra on October 18th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-) You did a very good job for "For kicks" as well.
(no subject) - cloudless_9193 on October 18th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - golden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
murphybabemurphybabe on October 18th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Beautifully written. Very evocative of another time, yet still remaining true to B&D. And I had a giggle at Capri!
golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Thanks - I'm very glad that you liked it!

And I was *determined* to get that Capri in there, LOL.
(no subject) - smirra on October 23rd, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
krisserci5krisserci5 on October 18th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Venice, AU historical. . .what fun. Thanks.
golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! The lads are always fun.
vic: Professionals - bodie and doyle grinsaintvic on October 18th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
*bounces* Congrats on posting to both of you, I am so looking forward to this.

golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! And I hope you enjoy reading it!
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golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks very much for commenting!

I have to admit, one of my biggest concerns was getting the characterizations down properly. In the first draft, Ray (and his background) was different / more passive, and I spent a lot of time consciously pulling him out of that.

I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. :)
merentha13: Darkmerentha13 on October 18th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
This was fun! It was so well written that I felt like I was there! I liked what you did with the characters - kept them the lads, but made it work in the time/place they were living in.

The art work was beautiful! The color choices fit right in with the Carneval theme.

Congratulations and job well done to both of you! (Feels good, doesn't it?! *g*)
golden_bastet: bastet_toogolden_bastet on October 19th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Thanks very much1 I'm glad you enjoyed the read, and I'm glad that the lads did come across as themselves. :)

And yay for smirra - I look at her art and it makes me smile inside.
(no subject) - smirra on October 19th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
anna060957anna060957 on October 22nd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well Done!
What can I say .... it's awesome. Thank you for letting me help and amazing artwork!
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on October 23rd, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Well Done!
Well, thank *you* for stepping up to the plate and being so flexible! This would never have happened without your help. :D

And don't forget to read the other stories. There are some excellent works being posted.
Re: Well Done! - anna060957 on October 23rd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Well Done! - smirra on October 23rd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
moth2fic: personal_carnivalmoth2fic on October 23rd, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sumptuous descriptions of a much loved city and its iconic masks. Plus our lads in the middle of it all! Bravo! Or maybe that should be Brava!
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on October 23rd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
LOL, I tried looking "bravo" up in Venetian, but no dice...

Thanks very much, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. It was definitely fun to write.
(no subject) - moth2fic on October 23rd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - golden_bastet on October 23rd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jaicen5jaicen5 on October 26th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the whole carneval thread, I'd love to visit Venice during this celebration. The masks, the costumes, the whole atmosphere of a city celebrating wickedly came across very well in your fic.
golden_bastet: pros - doylegolden_bastet on October 26th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks muchly! I'm very glad you enjoyed reading the fic.

One of the best parts of writing this was the research. It's convinced me to found out about visiting next year. :D
margaret_r: OTPmargaret_r on October 30th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for a very interesting AU! And a very enjoyable look at Venice of the past. The lads came across as themselves and I liked the way you portrayed their interactions and attraction for each other.
golden_bastet: pros - doylegolden_bastet on November 1st, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading / commenting! I'm glad that the characterization worked, and that you enjoyed the story. :D
angel_ci5: lew lookangel_ci5 on October 30th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, a lush historical AU, how wonderful, and it sounds very intriguing! I've downloaded it, and look forward to reading as soon as RL slows down. Thank you!
golden_bastet: pros - bodiegolden_bastet on November 1st, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope that you enjoy it.

And I see your Bodie and raise you one. :D