Artist: SCH scherwood
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Word count: 43,047
Warnings: AU; Explicit M/M, not safe for work (story and artwork).
Summary: Struggling single dad and ex-cop Ray Doyle falls in lust the moment he follows his new neighbour up the stairs. Once he gets to know the enigmatic William Phillips, love soon follows. But what’s a straight laced ex-copper to do when he finds out the object of his dreams is actually negotiating an illegal arms deal for the mobster who employs him?
Notes: When this year’s Professionals Big Bang was announced this story came to me virtually in its entirety. It begged to be written even though I had never actually sat down and written anything other than initial story ideas. I ummed and ahhed for weeks and finally decided “what the hell”. I’m so glad I gave it a go. Despite the nerves and insecurities along the way, I have had a blast! I have obviously found the right fandom and actually having a deadline has worked wonders for me. I can’t wait to do it all again.
But, I wouldn’t be here without:
anna060957 and piskiedust for knocking WIACTD into shape, pointing out the obvious and not-so-obvious mistakes and providing many helpful suggestions (and I apologise now for not acting on them all); scherwood for the absolutely fantastic artwork which has brought my story to life (and for doing the html for me as I hadn’t a clue); londonronnie for helping me find the perfect locations and background info way back in the beginning; and finally all the mods and members of CI5 Box of Tricks who have been so supportive and made this complete newbie feel very welcome.
Link to Fic: Fic Master Post/When It All Comes Tumbling Down
Link to Art: Art Master Post