Author: ML Mead
Archive to Pros Lib: No (not yet – will send)
Word count: 25,116
Warnings (highlight to read): No warnings required. I'm just using this space this time so that if/when I use it for real in another story, it won't be a giveaway!
Summary: Barry Martin caused enough trouble the first time round. And now, five years after Bodie and Doyle pursued him through London, it emerges that he left behind him a notebook. A blackmail book. Information on where he might find some extra cash or leverage in CI5 itself. Bodie and Doyle have to get it back. Before the newspapers publish it. Before the Russians acquire it. And before anyone can realise that they are in it too...
Notes: A fuller version of this will be in my LJ soon, but anyone who knows me will know that a lot of acknowledgements are in order here, and if you see I have missed someone, let me know. To start with, I need to thank my tireless beta readers, merentha13, maddalia, and golden_bastet, who combined writing their own with beta-reading mine – repeatedly - and now I know how hard that is! greengerbil was a a fount of information on Pros-era aviation and airfields. whitehills saved me from disastrous over-complicated plotting in the early stages and then took the computer equivalent of the blue pencil to it even after I finished far later than originally planned, and did so in record time. Thanks also to the mods of the comm, who trusted me when I told them that I was woefully behind but that I was determined to get back on track, and encouraged me to keep going – as did the inhabitants of ci5_boxoftricks and my friends list: a thousand thanks to you all. And I must not forget those not on LJ who encouraged me on the phone or in person: E and L in particular. Finally, an awed thank you to my artist, sw33n3y, who, faced with less than half a story and an outline that I then did not entirely follow, immediately got the mood I was trying for and turned in piece after piece of art which inspired me on to the end. You've all been brilliant, and there really aren't words.
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