Author name: robeau
Artist name: sc_fossil
Word count: 28,999
Warnings: This is an older lads story.
Summary: Raymond Doyle left CI5 after twelve years of service, leaving Bodie, their partnership, their friendship and their carefully nurtured relationship behind. Ten years later, George Cowley passes away and reunites his former top team by giving them a final set of orders to be carried out.
Beta Extraordinare: Many heartfelt thanks to Kat(aka sc_fossil)for her patience, guidance, and wisdom. She is a tough, but kind, beta who helped the lads and I find our way when I somehow managed to get us all hopelessly lost. Thanks, Kat!
Artist: I was doubly blessed on this little adventure as Kat also did the art - an amazing vid that I fell in love with at 12:30 a.m. one morning, simply being unable to go to sleep until I had watched it (multiple times of course) Kept the Robeau kitties up way past their bedtime! She also supplied the lovely banner.
And a very special Across the Pond thanks to Rachel J, my bunkie, for the Britcheck. Somehow it seemed only right to ask my favorite Brit (30+ years of friendship) to do the honors. And she accepted the challenge eagerly, managing to read the thing in between picking, stewing and canning miles of plum curry and preserves.
Watch Kat's Amazing Vid HereKat-Byrd Intro Vid
I Once Was Lost: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
EReader: E-reader files Right click link to download. A special thanks to PRZed for providing this option - my Kindle won't know what hit it!
Author's Note:I attended Close Quarters in July of 09, my first con. What a startling revelation to be surrounded by people who actually talked (a few nonstop LOL) about Bodie, Doyle, Cowley and all things CI5. It was pretty amazing, and a tad overwhelming especially as I got the chance to meet many of my the authors whose stories I had been enjoying - PFL, sc_fossil, PRZed, The Hag, Callisto - in person!
There was a discussion on the first day about the seemingly lost art of writing the truly long story. It was the first time I heard about the 'Big Bang'. I was intrigued by the challenge and decided to see if I could, in fact, write a story longer than my usual 1000 to 2000 words, and have it make any sense (and believe me my first draft did not meet that criteria so I started writing that weekend. The first quarter of the story is based on that draft tapped out in my hotel room. I've played with it on and off since then but it was the Big Bang Challenge and the deadlines and all the cheerleaders that helped get it done.
Disclaimer: All things related to The Professionals belong to others. I only borrow them now and again for my own entertainment.