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A Rose Grows on Pollux
Story Log and Musings of Crystal Rose of Pollux
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So, it's been quite the 24 hours for nostalgia. The new Alola arc (based on the Sun and Moon Pokémon games) ongoing in Japan released the second of two parts featuring Ash and his friends from Alola (Lillie, plus Trial Captains Lana, Mallow, Kiawe, and Sophocles--all of them are characters pulled right from the game, with Lillie being the unfortunate daughter of the evil Team Leader of the region--who actually will be showing up for the first time in the next episode, but I digress...) visiting Kanto and reuniting with Brock and Misty. Last week's ep was cute, with Brock and Misty meeting the new characters (there's a cute scene where Misty hits it off with Lana, who is also a water-type trainer, and Brock and Kiawe seem to hit it off, as well, though trying to stop their Marowaks from fighting, heh). There was also an adorable scene where Ash, Brock, and Misty get a little time for themselves and reminisce about the old days. Even Jigglypuff (who hadn't been seen since Hoenn) shows up again.

But as cute as part one was, part two (which I actually watched unsubtitled because I didn't want to wait) was just amazing. Brock and Misty hold some exhibition matches to show off for the Alola crew. There are some sparring matches first (Brock vs Sophocles and Lillie and then Misty vs Lana and Mallow), and then two big matches: Brock vs Kiawe and Misty vs Ash. And the biggest thing revealed is that Brock and Misty now have Mega Stones/Keystones for their Steelix and Gyarados respectively to Mega-Evolve. Mega-Evolution is a game mechanic introduced in Gen 6 (the previous gen) where certain fully-evolved Pokémon can gain a temporary Mega Forme if the bond with the trainer is sufficient. Ash didn't get a Mega during the gen 6 arc, but he had a special Battle Bond Forme for his Greninja which was slightly different in that no Stone was required. But Brock and Misty have Mega Stones and the reveal was amazing--Brock carries his keystone in a necklace under his shirt, and Misty carries her in her hair tie. And it brings about so many questions--how did the get the Stones, how did they train to use them, and gah!

More than that, it's how we've seen Brock and Misty grow from when we (and Ash) last saw them. With Ash being the only member of the original trio to be a consistent player in each saga, it's possible to watch him grow and develop as a trainer. And that’s great; he’s come so far, and it’s been great to follow his journey and growth for the last 20 years.

And now, after so many years, we see just how far his first companions, Brock and Misty, have come since their debut 20 years ago, too. Everything about these exhibition matches was amazing, but best of all were the keystone reveals–to see Brock and his first Pokémon having reached amazing heights, and to see Misty having not only conquered her fear of Gyarados, but now command one at its strongest.

These are characters that I grew up with in my highly influential years–the first characters that sparked my imagination and inspired me to follow my dreams and write. And to see them again after all this time, and see how far they’ve come and how much they’ve been able to achieve, is simply indescribable.

And I also got to visit my other favorite anime yesterday; I finally saw last year's 20th anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh movie, Darkside of Dimensions. This one, I saw in English--I have a fondness and loyalty towards the 4kids voice actors who did the first 8 seasons of Pokémon and all 5 seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh. Pokémon is out of their reach now, sadly, since it doesn't look like the current anime owners have any intention of bringing them back (which is why I watched the Brock & Misty reunion eps in Japanese), but when the YGO movie was announced, I was willing to hope that there might be a chance, despite the fact that 4kids as a company no longer existed--and I'd even decided that Eric Stuart returning to voice Kaiba would be the deal-clincher for me, and lo, both he and Dan Green were announced to return as Kaiba and Yugi. But then they later announced that everyone from the 4kids dub was coming back to reprise their roles, except for Maddie Blaustein, sadly, who had passed back in 2008; it was a bit of a sad moment to hear everyone else but not her, but everyone else was in perfect form, and it was great to hear them again!

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So, overall, even though the story and characterizations were "ehh," the message was good and it was great to hear everyone (sans Maddie, sigh...) again--it really was like visiting old friends! And I got an MFU plotbunny out of it--the movie seems to suggest that the Millennium Ring is inherently evil even before (and after) Zorc corrupted it; it's basically sentient like the One Ring (when it takes over the disciple and merges him with a monster, it basically says that the disciple is no longer in control--again, post-Zorc) and feeds into people's inner fears and hate/anger, and that Mahad was the only one pure of heart enough to resist it. Granted, the items were created from a horrific ritual and probably all have different degrees of evil associated with them (the Eye seems to be the other one that messes people up a lot, seeing what happened with Akhnaden and Pegasus), and Thief King would have had a lot of hatred and anger in his heart for the Ring to feed on.

But now I want to have Napoleon temporarily end up with the Ring and the Ring be astounded that it's not able to influence him until something starts happening to Illya since only then Napoleon starts feeling angry and afraid--but, of course, in the end, he fully resists the Ring and discards it/gives it back to Shadi. I can probably tie this in with the Ammit Medallion arc, which will wrap up Lionheart and Kid's story, as well. That won't be for a while, though--I have a Halloween fic in the works for October, and then I want to do the first Lionheart and Kid novel itself for NaNo in November!

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For David McCallum's birthday today

Title: The Cat's Cradle Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Cora Solo (OC)
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: G
Summary: When the office cat Baba Yaga ends up expecting kittens on Illya’s birthday, it allows Napoleon to plan a surprise dinner right under his preoccupied partner’s nose.

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12658865/1/

Will also be crossposted to tumblr.

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

Summary: One autumn evening, Illya takes a moment to reflect on things.

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Current Music: "Lost Woods" -- Koji Kondo

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Today was my hometown's annual Fall Festival and I enjoyed it immensely--I am quite exhausted, but had a great time!

There weren't too many things different in regards to the crafts; a lot of the craft booths returned from last year (including the guy who made keyrings and jewelry from antique spoons--he was quite happy to see that, two years later, I still have/use the keychain I bought from him), but there was one new booth that made decorative glass bottles with lights inside--some have wires that run to a switch in the bottle cork, and others were lit from above with a small, rechargeable LED light--she had Halloween and Christmas ones, and they were absolutely gorgeous! I didn't end up getting any, but they definitely did evoke a creepy/wintery feeling respectively!

They also had the glass-blowers back this year (I don't recall seeing them last year), and they also had a blacksmith, making tools the old-fashioned way with a hammer and anvil and it was really quite interesting to see that in action.

And there was a vintage comics sale; I checked it out, hoping to find some MFU comics, but, sadly, there weren't any. I did end up getting one of the old Scrooge McDuck comics for just 25 cents instead.

And of course, there was free stuff! Food mostly (popcorn and candy and an iced tea-lemonade mix that was really, really good), but there were also games and things where you could win stuff, and I ended up winning a water bottle, heh...

But, by far, the most interesting freebie I got was a coupon for 5 free martial arts lessons. And I think I will end up using it; ever since I spent two years away at college, I really wish I had known some form of self-defense then (especially when weird and unpleasant stuff started happening my second year there), and since I will have to move away again if I end up getting work that requires it, it would be wise to learn some basic self-defense techniques. So yes, once I gather up the courage, I will be taking those lessons.

But yes, it was a good day!

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Current Music: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" -- Steve Barton & Cornelia Zens

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

Summary: Even the best agent can be haunted by nightmares; fortunately, he has a partner that can help.

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Current Music: "Smile in My Heart" -- Rockapella

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

Summary: Takes place during the second year of the partnership. When a jealous rival agent uses his father’s Section I influence to get a cushy assignment while Napoleon gets a less desirable one, Illya sees red. Napoleon, meanwhile, makes the best of it.

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

Summary: Post-series, takes place in 1973, after Napoleon and Illya’s (eventually temporary) retirement from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon decides to give some words of wisdom to some unknown recipient via a message in a bottle. Illya just watches in fascination.

Notes: The Hustle ref at the end is courtesy of Robert’s headcanon that Napoleon and Albert are the same person.

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Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Waverly
Status: Complete; 5 chapters of 5 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: For two weeks, sightings of a monstrous beast in Midtown Manhattan have filled the news. After being rescued from THRUSH, Napoleon has reason to believe that he is the one transforming into the creature. Faced with this unfamiliar situation, Napoleon now turns to Illya to find out just what happened to him during his two-week captivity, as well as helping him stay human.
In this chapter: Illya and Gaston force each other to put their cards on the table, and Napoleon is faced with a difficult decision.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 5): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12592684/5/

Will also be crossposted to Section VII.

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

Summary: Takes place during the second year of the partnership. In which Illya looks after a wounded Napoleon–and Napoleon can’t help but be a little vain.

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Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya
Status: In progress; 4 chapters of 5 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: For two weeks, sightings of a monstrous beast in Midtown Manhattan have filled the news. After being rescued from THRUSH, Napoleon has reason to believe that he is the one transforming into the creature. Faced with this unfamiliar situation, Napoleon now turns to Illya to find out just what happened to him during his two-week captivity, as well as helping him stay human.
In this chapter: As Napoleon makes another desperate decision, Illya uncovers the next phase of Gaston’s plan, but he may already be too late.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 4): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12592684/4/

Will also be crossposted to Section VII.

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Current Music: "Beauty and the Beast" -- Steve Barton & Caroline Vasicek

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

Summary: Takes place during the second year of the partnership. In which the "Ice Prince" discovers that he is not immune from loneliness. Thankfully, Napoleon is here to help.

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Current Music: "One More Night" -- Phil Collins

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Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya
Status: In progress; 3 chapters of 5 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: For two weeks, sightings of a monstrous beast in Midtown Manhattan have filled the news. After being rescued from THRUSH, Napoleon has reason to believe that he is the one transforming into the creature. Faced with this unfamiliar situation, Napoleon now turns to Illya to find out just what happened to him during his two-week captivity, as well as helping him stay human.
In this chapter: Napoleon and Illya go Midtown to find out more about what Napoleon has been up to during his transformations, but a surprise attack from THRUSH causes Napoleon to change once again.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 3): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12592684/3/

Will also be crossposted to Section VII.

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

Summary: In which having to go undercover in yet another musical production results in the shoe being on the other foot–Napoleon is the unwilling performer this time, and Illya is going to enjoy every second of it.

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

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Here is the full version of chapter two, an expanded version of the second short piece.

Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya
Status: In progress; 2 chapters of 5 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: For two weeks, sightings of a monstrous beast in Midtown Manhattan have filled the news. After being rescued from THRUSH, Napoleon has reason to believe that he is the one transforming into the creature. Faced with this unfamiliar situation, Napoleon now turns to Illya to find out just what happened to him during his two-week captivity, as well as helping him stay human.
In this chapter: As Illya begins to figure out what has been going on, Napoleon, in a panic, makes a foolish decision in the hopes of preventing another transformation.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 2): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12592684/2/

Will also be crossposted to Section VII.

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

Summary: In which Napoleon wishes he could offer a better lunch for a travel-weary Illya.

Not cross-posting this as I'm not fully satisfied with it. But it’s still a cute piece.

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Expanded version of an idea I tested with a couple short pieces a few weeks ago that garnered some interest. Here is the full version of chapter one, and expanded version of the first short piece.

Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: various OCs
Characters Featured in this Chapter: Napoleon, Illya, Waverly
Status: In progress; 1 chapter of 5 complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: For two weeks, sightings of a monstrous beast in Midtown Manhattan have filled the news. After being rescued from THRUSH, Napoleon has reason to believe that he is the one transforming into the creature. Faced with this unfamiliar situation, Napoleon now turns to Illya to find out just what happened to him during his two-week captivity, as well as helping him stay human.
In this chapter: The joy of Napoleon's rescue and homecoming is marred by a shocking revelation the next morning.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 1): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12592684/1/

Will also be crossposted to Section VII.

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

Summary: Takes place during the second year of the partnership. In which Napoleon receives lots of accolades after he and Illya get their promotions. But when Illya seems to have been overlooked by the propaganda department, Napoleon takes matters into his own hands.

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

Summary: In which Napoleon goes to desperate lengths in the hopes he won’t transform into a were-beast–unfortunately, THRUSH has predicted his next move. And Illya continues to do whatever he can to keep Napoleon human. Continuation of last week's piece.

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

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

Summary: In which Napoleon begins to suspect that a bout of sleepwalking may, in fact, be a nighttime transformation into a bipedal beast that haunts Manhattan. Thankfully, Illya is there to lend his support.

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

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

Summary: In which, after retirement, Napoleon and Illya’s casual exploration of a Hawaiian island leads to discoveries of a THRUSH presence.

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

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