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31 October 2011 @ 12:06 am
In the Bleak Midwinter, by P.R. Zed  
Title: In the Bleak Midwinter
Author: P.R. Zed przed
Artist: mollybrooks
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Word count: 44,442
Warnings: No warnings apply
Summary:
Doyle is uneasy when Cowley orders him and Bodie to draw out a Soviet blackmailer, but even he doesn't suspect just how wrong things are about to go.

Notes:
I owe enormous thanks to Callisto (callistosh65) for doing the first beta on the story, Draycevixen (draycevixen) for several invaluable plot consults and pointing out where the story was going awry, Halo (halotolerant) who did a final beta on the (almost) complete story and helped rid it of any unfortunate Canadianisms and dodgy assumptions, and m. butterfly for performing her usual impeccable copyedit. Any remaining mistakes or problems are mine own.

Huge thanks also to Molly, who produced such wonderful art for the story.

And finally, massive appreciation to Draycevixen (draycevixen), SC Fossil (sc_fossil), Norfolkdumpling (norfolkdumpling), Saintvic (saintvic), and Sineala (sineala), who cheerfully signed on as co-mods for the Big Bang and made the whole thing possible for another year. A huge hug to all of you! It really wouldn't have happened without you.

This is the latest instalment of my Comfort and Joy series. There are some references to and characters from the earlier stories, but it does stand alone.

Link to Fic: In the Bleak Midwinter, Fic and Art, on AO3
 
 
 
emmamydog11emmamydog11 on October 31st, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
Yah! a new Comfort and Joy fic! I'm downloading now and can't wait to start reading and seeing what the Doyle family have been up to.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 31st, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hope you enjoy it. It's a bit darker than some of the stories in the series. And, ya know, longer.
krisserci5krisserci5 on October 31st, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
Yeah! It got done. . . it got done. Much cheering here :)

Great art!!!!
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 31st, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
It got done, and it didn't kill me. Yay!

Isn't the art grand?
liriel1810 on October 31st, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
I'm very much looking forward to reading this. I always enjoy your stories. Thank you!
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 31st, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks. I hope you enjoy this one.
snail: pros4 - snailbonessnailbones on October 31st, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)


Congratulations! It'll be ages and forever before I can read it, so thank you now, because I know I'll love it!

P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 31st, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's a relief to know it's posted. And now I can catch up on reading some BB stories myself!
(no subject) - snailbones on January 11th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - przed on January 11th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Strike while the irony is hot: PROS -- DOYLE beautydraycevixen on October 31st, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)

Posted! And look at that word count.

*twirls you* ♥
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 31st, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
*twirls you back* I couldn't have done it without you!
sc_fossil: MS Zax by Sunray45sc_fossil on October 31st, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations on a successful posting! I'm so pleased to see new fic from you. The art is fab. Love it. Will be reading very soon if life is kind. :) And it was a pleasure working with you as well.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on October 31st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed! I'm so relieved. And yep, the art is fab, isn't it?

And now I can start reading BB stories myself. Yay!
Callisto: bdkisscallistosh65 on October 31st, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yes!!!!! And look how it's GROWN!! ::rubs hands in gleeful delight::
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
It grew prodigiously! Hope you enjoy the end game. I was definitely thinking of you when I wrote it.
judesmk on October 31st, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Fantastic - more Comfort and Joy. It will be a while before I can read as I've yet to read beyond the first BB for this year but it will be taken out and savoured on a cold winter's evening.

And the artwork is fab.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I've yet to read beyond the first BB for this year

You and me both. But now that I've done my story, I can start reading everyone else's!

The artwork is fab, isn't it?
vic: Professionals - doyle hairsaintvic on October 31st, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Congrats in posting luv, I am really looking forward to this story!
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm relieved to be done, and looking forward to finally reading everyone else's stories.
angel_ci5: doyle30angel_ci5 on October 31st, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
What a treat to have a new Comfort and Joy instalment! I've Kindled it and look forward to reading as soon as I can catch up on BB. Lovely art accompanying it, too!
Thank you!
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
I do hope you enjoy it. I love coming back to this universe.
murphybabemurphybabe on October 31st, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was lovely. Yes, darker, but in a believable way - you didn't make them suffer gratuitously! And fab art to go with it. Thank you both.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! This started off being much lighter, but then I got the idea for the plot strand with Cath and it all went off into much darker territory.
Rain: Wheee Caprimilomaus on October 31st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh WOW, more Comfort and Joy!!!!!! *dnces happily*
So looking forward to reading!
It´s so wonderful you wrote more! Looked at the Art and had a peak at your story...
Can´t wait to find a day to myself for reading in peace.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
I do love writing in this universe, so it's lovely to hear people like reading it. *g*
sc_fossil: Pros Mine by Katsc_fossil on November 1st, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
left you a comment on AO3 but I wanted to say here: thanks a lot for dragging me into this story and making me spend the entire afternoon reading like a mad woman! There was NO WAY I could stop until I got to the end. I honestly thought I was going to drive to Canada to beat you into a spot on the floor if you left me crying. LOL!

Fabulous. Loved it. Angst plus ten but what a ride! Well done, Zed!

The art fit into the story very well. I liked having those images whilst I was reading. Great work. This is the first time I've seen work from mollybrooks and I really like her style.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 1st, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm so glad relieved you didn't have to cross the border to beat me. *g*

You can at least partially blame Drayce for the level of angst. In an earlier draft the lads worked out their differences far earlier than they do now, but she pointed out that it drained the story of a certain tension, so I cranked up the angst another level.

The art is fab, isn't it. Molly is new to the fandom, and I do hope we see more of her.
shooting2killshooting2kill on November 1st, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Well done! I look forward to reading this and I'm very impressed with the artwork.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 2nd, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Thanks. I hope you enjoy it. The art is pretty fab, isn't it.
merentha13: Darkmerentha13 on November 2nd, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Fabulous addition to the Comfort and Joy series. I love the way you portray the Doyle's! And darker is good - at least IMHO *g* This had everything I love in a Pro's story - angst, Ray injured, Bodie in protection mode, misunderstandings and finally, reconciliation!

The artwork was very unique - I loved the style. I hope we see more of Molly in Pro's.

Thanks and "Well Done!" to both of you.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on November 2nd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I do love writing the Doyles. And I love writing dark fic. (Light is fun too, but dark just pushes all sorts of buttons for me.) And I'm so pleased that I hit so many things you love in Pros fic. (Clearly, we share similar taste. *g*)

I do love the art too. And definitely hope we see more of Molly.