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For Kelsey, in which Napoleon and Illya’s attempts to find an old diary lead to some unforeseen complications.

Takes place after my “Ghosts in the Night Affair” fic.

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: An early days piece in which Illya watches Napoleon put the finishing touches on a cake just before they leave to visit his parents.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Gift piece for Faye: a short, early-days Thanksgiving-themed piece in which Napoleon tries to convince Illya to come to a Thanksgiving party during his first year in New York.

(Takes place shortly after the end of my Baron of THRUSH arc).

Cross-posted to AO3

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Title: For the Man Who has Everything
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: G
Summary: Napoleon Solo is a man who has everything he could ever want. But Illya Kuryakin still finds ways to give him what he never knew he needed. [A series of snapshots of Napoleon’s birthdays across the years. Dedicated to Robert Vaughn]

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12243717/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8627053

Will also be crossposted to tumblr and Section VII.

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My first of two presents for Robert...

Title: Requiem of Spirit
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Illya Kuryakin, Napoleon Solo
Status: Part of a collection called "The Boudetase Affair"; 6/6 stories complete
Rating: PG13
Summary: Chapter summary: With one chance left to stop the Baron of THRUSH, Napoleon and Illya head to Niagara Falls to face him one more time.

Link to Fanfiction.net (as part of The Boudetase Affair collection): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11801767/6/
Link to AO3 (individually): http://archiveofourown.org/works/8625913

Crossposted to tumblr and to Section VII.

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

Summary: In which Illya has a strange dream that he is an otherworldly being named Steel, and Napoleon is named Copper.

Not cross-posting this one as it doesn’t seem to be complete in my mind…

Napoleon’s S&S element being Copper is a headcanon that Kelsey and I both came up with.

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Written for today’s song prompt challenge at Section VII.

Summary: In which, after the events of “The Seven Wonders of the World Affair,” Napoleon is beginning to doubt himself, and Illya is concerned.

Notes: Basically, one of the explanations for the 15 Years thing (which I don’t count as canon, even though I did see it and liked it) that I’ve read is that the events of Seven Wonders disillusioned Napoleon so badly that he left; personally, while I believe he would have doubts and might consider leaving, I don’t think he’d actually do it–and Illya certainly wouldn’t let him. So this is my fix-it.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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These are the blurbs that were requested to me on tumblr by the MFU fandom there as part of a prompt thing I reblogged there as a way for me and them to help cope with Robert's passing. All of these blurbs are either feel-good and/or heartwarming to show that even though Robert is gone, Napoleon still lives and his adventures with Illya will never end.

Most of these will be cross-posted to AO3, with the exception of the first one (wasn't too satisfied with it) and the Eurovision one (that's part of a larger future project)

#1: Working through lunch is never fun, but having your astute partner definitely helps. (Takes placed sometime after "Serenade of Water" in my Baron of THRUSH arc)

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#2: In which Napoleon and Illya's neighbors just can't seem to get Illya's name right (side note: I relate to Illya so much in this...)

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3. Takes place during S1′s “The Quadripartite Affair,” when Illya is under the influence of the fear gas. Napoleon does his best to regain his drugged partner's trust.

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4. Illya's cooking skills leave much to be desired...

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5. Takes place during S4′s “The Fiery Angel Affair.” Illya loathes that he has fangirls now.

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6. Takes place shortly after S4′s “The THRUSH Roulette Affair.” Illya is waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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7. It's a rare day off for Napoleon and Illya. If only they could think of something to do with it... (An experimental dialogue-only piece, inspired by this promo pic)

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8. A mission in the middle of a winter blizzard has Napoleon cold and grumpy.

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9. Napoleon is still loopy from his encounter with a new THRUSH drug, and Illya knows it's going to be a long night.

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10. Sneak peek of a future project called "The Eurovision Affair." I had done a previous piece, but, as you can see here, I thought of an even more ridiculously showy costume for Illya to wear. That first drabble’s sequined outfit (mentioned here) will still be part of a preliminary audition chapter; THIS costume is for the actual Eurovision performance that Illya will be in.

The other big difference is that, in this drabble, Janet Jerrod from S3′s “The Off Broadway Affair” in this updated version, since stage shows are her thing and she can help the boys out.

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We are nearing day three of a world without Robert Vaughn, and I’m still not over the loss. I’m still going through the five stages of grief, and it’s only gotten slightly better. It hurts. Oh, God, it still hurts. And CBS this morning showing a montage of Robert pics with “Hallelujah” playing in the background got me sobbing all over again.

We choose our heroes in life, and Robert Vaughn was one of the best–a genuinely kind and loving human being, and brave–so, so brave, whether it was risking his career to speak out against war or being terrified of drowning but doing water stunts anyway.

Robert was–still is–a hero to me and to many people, both as himself and as Napoleon. And he stole my heart and I loved–and still love–him so much. Through his book and his interviews, it was as though I got to know him in some way. And that’s what makes this hurt so much. Even if I didn’t know him in “real life,” there was still a connection–inspiration and admiration. This grief that I and others are feeling is 100% valid and real, and don’t let anyone convince you that it isn’t. Vincent Price once said something along the lines (and I’m paraphrasing) that the greatest compliment you can give someone is to miss them. All this hurt that we’re feeling now is because of how much Robert meant to us, and it’s a testament to how many lives he touched, and how much love we have for him.

When I was in a bad mental place Wednesday after the election results and begging for a sign that there was still hope, I got it from one of those silly law firm commercials that Robert had done a few years back but are still airing–because the very first words out of his mouth in the commercial I saw were, “You are not alone.” Because of what he meant to me, it was the sign that I needed most of all at that moment, and it meant so much to me. Those four words gave me hope again.

And then we lost him. Despairing, I thought that my hope had died with him, but a friend helped me realize that Robert would still want me to have hope and hold on to those words. And she was right. Robert was right. I’m not alone. The MFU fandom on tumblr came together in our sorrow, and we’re still holding on to each other. And Robert is still with me in my heart.

It’s going to hurt for a while longer. It’s not something that can be easily “gotten over” when the one who died was–is still–a hero who meant so much to me. While I’ll never stop missing him, I know that I will be okay again–I don’t know when I’ll be okay, but, someday, I will be. I know it.

Because I am not alone. I still have a hero to look up to and give me hope, and even though he’s not on this Earth anymore, he is still with me.

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This was supposed to be originally for next Monday’s Short Affair prompt, but, given the theme of the uncertainty of death and Napoleon being determined that he and Illya have a lot of living to do, it seemed appropriate for today–Robert may be gone, but Napoleon Solo will live on forever.

Side note: Illya performing autopsies for U.N.C.L.E. is canon in the novels, so I brought it up here because Ducky.

Cross-posted to AO3.

RIP my darling Robert. You lived a lot and, in your own words, you had a fortunate life.

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My heart is hurting so much right now. I fell in love with Robert back in January when I watched “The Summit Five Affair” – the second episode of MFU that I ever watched. There was no turning back for me; he stole my heart and ran with it, and I let him take it. He was wonderful and charming and the nicest man, and Napoleon Solo was the hero I looked up to.

I am devastated now. But I will never, ever stop loving him. He still has my heart and he can keep it, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know what lies beyond, but I know there’s something. I know that he knows how much he means to me–I sent him a letter back in August, and I know that he can sense my thoughts now, wherever he is.

So, know this, Robert. What I said in that letter still holds true, and I hope that letter gave you something to smile about during your illness. You brought me so much joy. You mean so much to me. You always will. You were kind and brave and a wonderful human being. And I know you wouldn’t want me to be upset, but I can’t help it. I’m going to miss you so much, even if I never knew you personally. And I am so grateful to have shared this Earth with you. And I promise, I will go back to enjoying your shows and movies and Shakespeare readings again (and fawn over the billboard of you outside my college town–oops, I didn’t mention that in the letter, but I guess you know now…). But I need time.

And I will keep writing and posting my MFU fics. The finale of my Baron of THRUSH arc, “Requiem of Spirit” was supposed to be a birthday present for you, and it still will be. You may be gone now, but I will make sure that Napoleon Solo lives on.

And I will also make sure that no one will ever forget you. I will sing your praises for a long as I can, and I’ll keep posting the Robert Francis Friday posts on tumblr, because I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to you.

Your legacy will live on. And so will your spirit.

“That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.” (Bhagavad Gita 2.17)

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

Summary: In which, after the events of “The Deadly Quest Affair,” Napoleon can’t help but think of “what ifs” as Illya tends to his illness.

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And here's my other Halloween fic!

Title: The Shadows of the Past Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Illya Kuryakin, Napoleon Solo
Supporting Characters: Kid, Lionheart
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: PG13
Summary: A mission in the haunted sites of Gettysburg brings a crisis for Napoleon and Illya–and an unexpected revelation about their past lives.

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12213538/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8435491

Will also be crossposted to tumblr.

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The first of two Halloween pieces, written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII.

Summary: Illya’s cat is missing, and he is not happy…

Cross-posted to AO3.

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Three gift drabbles!

First, a Halloween OUAT drabble for Faye--takes place in my Season 3B AU where Rumpel's sacrifice broke Pan's curse and then Belle brought Rumpel back from limbo, but without his dark magic.

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A birthday Carmen Sandiego drabble for i_heart_rocka--

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And an MFU drabble for Kelsey--

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Title: The Shadows of the Past Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Illya Kuryakin, Napoleon Solo
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: PG13
Summary: Illya and Napoleon run into one of Napoleon’s old army buddies during a mission–and then things go downhill from there…

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12209905/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8411536

Will also be crossposted to tumblr and MFU Scrapbook.

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I’m working on an MFU fic for Halloween, and I just had an epiphany–

Napoleon and Illya are both the exact opposites of what they present themselves as on the surface.

Let’s start with Illya first. Illya passes himself off as emotionally cold and mysterious, which is, of course, a part of his appeal. But then you look closer at him, and you see that he isn’t emotionally cold at all. He gets frustrated and annoyed easily, he has little patience where his enemies are concerned, he’s pretty much a cynic who doesn’t like getting his hopes up and yet he has his moments of excitement and drive, and, of course, he has all of the emotionally-filled looks he gives to Napoleon. He’s human and relatable. He’s not a mysterious, cold person at all, but someone who tries to act aloof to protect himself and only opens up to and trusts very few people–something that is also relatable to a good number of people.

And then look at Napoleon. He presents himself as a worldly everyman–but with him, too, that isn’t who he is at all. He actually has a very unique set of traits that set him apart from other people–almost infinite patience, an impressively universal sense of compassion and mercy that’s as rare today as it was in the ‘60s, an unbelievably positive and optimistic attitude, an enviable level of self-confidence, and a fiery and unshakeable sense of determination and righteousness.

tl;dr–Illya tries to pass himself off as dark and mysterious, but he’s really one of us, and Napoleon, in the meantime, tries to pass himself off as “just another one of the guys,” but is, in fact, the diamond in the rough.

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

Summary: In which Illya really, really hates the beach and Napoleon tries to placate him with pink lemonade.

Cross-posted to AO3.

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...I am completely wiped out. The last three days have been brutal; the entire university faculty (and the faculty of all state-run universities in PA) had been on strike for the last three days. For the undergrads, it actually meant they had three days off with canceled classes, but for the grad students, it was business as usual--with added responsibilities if you worked in one of the animal labs. Being the only grad student in the finch lab, I was put in charge of it for the last three days, as my advisor couldn't enter the building as per the rules of the strike, and so I was running the whole show with the help of the two undergrads who started working in the lab this semester. The main thing was that we'd have to send animal welfare logs in triplicate--the log for the lab itself that we usually do, the printed log for the State, and an email log for the Dean. Mercifully, the parties came to an agreement today and the strike is officially over. And I fully intend to sleeeeeeep in tonight/tomorrow morning.

Spending the extra time in the lab, however, did let me get a cute video of finch!Illya preening Napoleon, though!

And now that I have the chance to breathe and relax again, I can mention the latest news on the Nintendo front--Nintendo's new hardware has been announced, and the rumors of it being a hybrid between a console and a handheld were 100% true. It's called the Nintendo Switch, it'll be out in March, the graphics look gorgeous, and with it being a hybrid, as well as a news article saying that future Pokémon games will be on it, it looks as though both the WiiU and the 3DS will be phasing out and this will be the replacement for both. If that's the case, I will be getting it (hopefully, it won't be too expensive); Pokémon is something I intend to follow. And, as a bonus, if I do get it, I will get a chance to play the new Zelda game after all--it's being released on it and the WiiU. I'm actually excited at the prospect of playing the new Zelda game; I'd pretty much given up on it since I knew I wasn't going to buy a WiiU, but now I can get a bit more invested in the game!

...It's a little bit bittersweet today, though, because someone posted a quote from the late Mr. Iwata from during the development of the Nintendo Switch in 2014 and the hopes he had for it. It's... really amazing, when you think about it, that over a year after his death, things that he helped work on are still being released (Pokémon Go, for instance, which I found out today wasn't just one of his last projects, but it was the project he was working on from his hospital room literally days before his passing), and will be bringing countless people more enjoyment, even if he isn't here to see it.

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Written for today’s impromptu challenge at Section VII.

Summary: In which Illya has been having a recurring nightmare, which normally wouldn’t bother him, had it not been for stranger experiences as of late that have made him rethink about things he would normally be skeptical about.

(The strange happenings are two long fics I wrote in the past called “The Moonlit Gulch Affair” and “The Mirror Mirror on the Wall Affair”)

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