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A Rose Grows on Pollux
Story Log and Musings of Crystal Rose of Pollux
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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which Napoleon is under the influence of a rage-inducing THRUSH serum, and Illya, wounded by THRUSH, desperately tries to keep up with him

Cross-posted to AO3.

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So, I am not happy with the Academy for completely omitting Robert Vaughn from the Oscars memoriam. He wasn't the only one omitted, but to omit a legendary actor with numerous iconic roles and who was nominated for an Oscar in the past while managing to remember set designers and makeup people? Slap in the face.

I responded the way I know best--after tweeting the Academy to complain about their gross oversight, I made a tribute of my own on tumblr, and then linked to that on Twitter. The tweet linking to the tribute is actually going around a bit, so even though the Academy ignored him, it's nice to see that others didn't like that one bit!

Still salty at the Academy about this, though.... Sigh.

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Title: The Deadly Admirer Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Mark Slate, April Dancer, Mandy Stevenson, George Dennell, Alexander Waverly, various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Mark, April, George, Mandy, Waverly
Status: In progress; 5 chapters of 10 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: After the events of the Gurnius Affair, Napoleon and Illya are more than ready to move on from it. But even though Napoleon doesn’t blame Illya for what happened, there’s someone else who does--someone determined to make Illya pay, and pay dearly.
In this chapter: Napoleon watches over Illya as Medical works to stabilize his condition; the others get instructions from Waverly on what to do next.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 5): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/5/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/22188500

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: A mission gone sour leaves Napoleon wishing he could have done things differently. Illya assures him that he did all he could.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Title: The Deadly Admirer Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Mark Slate, April Dancer, Mandy Stevenson, George Dennell, Alexander Waverly, various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Victor Marton, George
Status: In progress; 4 chapters of 10 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: After the events of the Gurnius Affair, Napoleon and Illya are more than ready to move on from it. But even though Napoleon doesn’t blame Illya for what happened, there’s someone else who does--someone determined to make Illya pay, and pay dearly.
In this chapter: Napoleon questions Marton about THRUSH’s involvement in Illya’s attack–unaware that Illya has found out the hard way that it was an inside job.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 4): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/4/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/21991994

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which Napoleon and Illya’s mission at a THRUSH-front casino has an unexpected surprise/complication when Napoleon’s parents decide to vacation at the same casino.

Not cross-posting this as I’ll be expanding this in the future.

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Title: The Deadly Admirer Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Mark Slate, April Dancer, Mandy Stevenson, George Dennell, Alexander Waverly, various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Mark, April, George, Mandy
Status: In progress; 3 chapters of 10 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: After the events of the Gurnius Affair, Napoleon and Illya are more than ready to move on from it. But even though Napoleon doesn’t blame Illya for what happened, there’s someone else who does--someone determined to make Illya pay, and pay dearly.
In this chapter: Illya wakes up but can’t provide any useful information about his attacker; the others reach dead ends, as well.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 3): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/3/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/21779225

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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After my computer crashed for good last April (for the second time–it had crashed about six months before that, but had been resurrected by a techie who deemed it beyond repair the second time), I’d resorted to using an old backup laptop for the past 10 months–which was also starting to break down (constant freezing and all that).

But now, finally, I have a new computer (which was the main reason I’d gone home last weekend)–and, after having 2 PCs fail on me in the past and this backup one also dying, I have been true to my word and switched to a Mac.

The pros–it’s connected to the same account as my phone, so I can literally imessage from my computer, and getting my iTunes-purchased music and shows back is a snap. It also runs very nicely overall, and I’ve set it up with a Mac-friendly version of Office and migrated all my documents here.

The cons–having used only PC laptops for the last two decades, not only is muscle memory is a thing I need to get past, but I only know half of what I’m doing–I constantly have a google tab with “How to _____ on a mac” open. I’m learning, though.

And I’m trying to deal with the knowledge that if I want all my music on here, I’ll have to rip all my CDs again. *headdesk* I’d say that 2/3 of my music are on CDs. I’m willing to let that go, though, as I have all of those songs on my iPod nano from having synced it to my first computer years ago (before I switched to just buying digital).

And I’m also quite amused that, at the time I got the laptop, I also bought a laptop bag for it. It took me a full 24 hours–i.e., as I was packing it up to take it back to my apartment–to realize that the brand name of the bag was “Solo.”

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: Napoleon is seeing dollar signs after their latest mission; Illya gently brings him back down to Earth.

Notes: this piece takes place in 1963 (so they’ve been partners 3 years) and references the events of my Monkees fic “Manchester Jones and the Golden Curse,” the events of which take place years after this piece.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Title: The Deadly Admirer Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Mark Slate, April Dancer, Mandy Stevenson, George Dennell, Alexander Waverly, various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Waverly, Mark, April, George, Mandy
Status: In progress; 2 chapters of 10 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: After the events of the Gurnius Affair, Napoleon and Illya are more than ready to move on from it. But even though Napoleon doesn’t blame Illya for what happened, there’s someone else who does--someone determined to make Illya pay, and pay dearly.
In this chapter: Illya’s disappearance has not gone unnoticed, and it’s a long night for Napoleon and the others as they find him under shocking and baffling circumstances.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 2): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/2/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/21604133

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: Sometimes, even a hero needs just one reason to keep on fighting.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Title: The Deadly Admirer Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Mark Slate, April Dancer, Mandy Stevenson, George Dennell, Alexander Waverly, various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Waverly, Mark, April, George, Mandy
Status: In progress; 1 chapter of 10 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: After the events of the Gurnius Affair, Napoleon and Illya are more than ready to move on from it. But even though Napoleon doesn’t blame Illya for what happened, there’s someone else who does--someone determined to make Illya pay, and pay dearly.
In this chapter: Rumors are spreading throughout U.N.C.L.E. about what happened during the Gurnis Affair--and Illya has to admit to his circle of friends that they're all true.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 1): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which Napoleon admits defeat at the hands (wires?) of a stubborn TV antenna (post-retirement).

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Because I'm not accepting Lee's death in this movie. Nope. Not at all.

Title: So Ends This Day
Fandom: The Magnificent Seven
Main Characters: Lee, Chris Adams
Supporting Characters: Dr. Muscovy (OC), Calvera, Chico
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: PG13
Summary: A fix-it ficlit in which Lee is not quite dead, and contemplates many choices in regards to his second chance.

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12328281/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9382190

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which Napoleon’s captor tries to convince him that he’s been abandoned. Napoleon knows better.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Been a busy week, having returned from India Monday night and catching up with things. Didn't get a chance to cross post the Short Affair, so here it is--

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And here's a short piece I did, inspired by a pic of present-day David wearing his U.N.C.L.E. badge. The backstory I’ve set up for Napoleon and Illya is that they retired from U.N.C.L.E. in 1972, did some work as private investigators, were called back to U.N.C.L.E. in the 80s, and took on deep-cover assignments in the 90s (namely as Albert Stroller and Ducky Mallard–there’s a reference here to the events of the NCIS episode “Til Death Do Us Part”).

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which recovering stolen jewelry from THRUSH leads to the possibility of something weirder.

Not cross-posting this as I’ll be expanding this in the future.

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I do these at the end of every year–an end-of-year fanfic quiz and an end-of-year fandom quiz

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which Napoleon further experiences the joys of co-owning a cat.

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This is the full/expanded version of a short affair blurb I wrote earlier this year…

Title: Be Our Guest
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Cora & Leopold Solo (OCs)
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: G
Summary: During their first December together as partners, Napoleon brings Illya home to his parents’ house for Christmas Eve. And Illya finds himself lovingly conscripted into the Solo family.

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12279923/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8910499

Will also be crossposted to tumblr and Section VII.

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