A Man Called Bodie
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"A Man Called Bodie" is a The Professionals story by Elizabeth Holden. It is a slash story with the pairing of Bodie/Doyle and was first published in the zine Roses and Lavender 5 from Allamagoosa Press in October, 2001.
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The story begins with Doyle frantically searching for his missing partner. When Bodie is found, the story takes elements from the episode A Man Called Quinn: Doyle is told that Bodie has been subjected to the same psychological treatment Quinn was. He finds Bodie in an asylum with his brain wiped, his memory of even the simplest things in life gone:
A nurse walked in with a tray. "My, what a number of visitors you have, Mr Bodie!" she said cheerfully. "I hope they aren't tiring you. I brought your breakfast." She put it on the table before him, and took off the cover. The smell of bacon and eggs filled the room.
Bodie looked at the tray, the fork, the food. He gave the nurse a look of ineffable sadness. "Don't know," he whispered.Like Quinn, Bodie escapes from the asylum. When Doyle finds him, however, the story veers sharply away from its expected course and serves up a nice mix of conspiracy alongside first-time relationship. I enjoy stories that give me a few surprises along the way and Elizabeth Holden does a nice job here.