Decrescendo, by ErushiPairing:
2600 wordsAuthor on LJ: erushiAuthor Website: Erushi at the Automated HatstandWhy this must be read:
This is a strange way to start a crackvan rec, but I'm going to start by saying that this is not necessarily a story you must
If there are specific sorts of story you don't ever want to read, or that you want to know about first, well, the answer in Pros fandom is usually the Hatstand's story lists
, and I just assume that Pros readers know to check there. But this is the crackvan, so hello, new readers, and bookmark that link! And in this case, the author did provide a warning when posting it originally. She also hoped people would read the story without the warning
, because the warning does contain a huge spoiler. I did read the story without the warning first, and I thought it was strange and unsettling but very, very memorable.
I was also struck by the very careful construction. It's a very short story. It's full of sequences and progressions, from colours - there's a lot of shifting colour - to time. We read it backwards. And things are doled out just a little at a time. So that all we know at the beginning is that Doyle (Doyle!) is being ordained (ordained! - if you are new to the Professionals, it helps to know that Martin Shaw, who played Doyle, later played a Catholic priest in Apparitions); and he thinks he caught sight of Bodie, but Bodie isn't there when he goes to look; and Doyle's emotions are not quite what we might expect.
And in seven (what a very biblical number) segments, we work backwards to why. Decrescendo, by Erushi
(This link is to the Safehouse posts for that day, and you can choose then: there's a link straight to the story, or there's a link to the warning first.)