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Fancy That by Miriam Heddy is a The Professionals slash Bodie/Doyle story.
It was originally published in The Bisto Kids in 2001 and is online.
Reactions and Reviews
One slip of the tongue while he's drunk, and Bodie finds himself inexorably moving down a path that he'd rather not be on.
Miriam Heddy is one of my favorite authors; I love everything she's written, regardless of fandom. She has a fantastic grasp of what makes people tick, and she uses it to great advantage here. The characters and scene are pitch-perfect and the story is slow and sweet, unfolding like a flower.Disclaimer: I originally published this story in my Professionals zine (The Bisto Kids) and so I have to admit to some bias. :-) 
'Fancy That' by Miriam Heddy - 14pp. This is a first time story that begins on Christmas Eve and finishes in late March; several actual dates are given throughout the story. At first you think it is just another 'one of them (in this case Bodie, who is bisexual) gets drunk, confesses how he feels, and the other one falls into his arms, confessing similar feelings and they go to bed' stories. This is not the case. Bodie does get drunk, does tell Ray how he feels--although we only have Ray's word for this--and Ray does not immediately fall into his arms. It takes a few months. They are actually living together in a two-bedroom flat from the beginning of the story. The story is nicely told and the tension is kept up throughout, not only for the reader, but for Bodie as Ray seems to worm his way into Bodie's life/affections, even more than he already is--if that is possible--until they do finally end up as a committed couple. It does not come easily, as Bodie fights (not literally) Ray on several occasions. It is well written, has good characterisation, and contains humour, fun, partnership, togetherness, friendship, and a lot of love.
- ^ from a 2003 comment at Crack Van
- ^ review by Nikki Harrington at The Hatstand, Archived version