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A Rose Grows on Pollux
Story Log and Musings of Crystal Rose of Pollux
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Written for Day 2 of the ABC Affair challenge at Section VII.

Summary: In which an investigation in a creepy lighthouse has more questions than answers.

Notes: the lighthouse featured in this vignette, the Great Isaac Lighthouse, and the disappearances mentioned in it are all 100% real–and the wailing Grey Lady is an actual legend. The end twist was inspired by ksturf after I complained that my research about the lighthouse resulted in absolutely zero pictures (and just one painting) of the lighthouse at night, which I had wanted to see since that’s when this story takes place.

Posted to AO3 and Dreamwidth.

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Written for Day 1 of the ABC Affair challenge at Section VII.

Summary: In which a mission at the Parthenon involves sightseeing, cats, and really bad puns.

Notes: I can only take credit for the final pun; the others are oldies but goodies.

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

Summary: In which Napoleon is on the run from THRUSH and exhausted, wishing his partner was with him.

Notes: This is an experiment in POV.

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Current Music: "Coming to the Rescue" -- Pokémon the Movie 2000 soundtrack

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

Summary: In which Illya finds out that a sedated Napoleon’s innermost thoughts are not at all what he expected.

Notes: This was inspired partly by an amusing moment in my PMD game where I had named the main character, a human who had been turned into a Totodile, Napoleon, and had been asked by an NPC whether or not he could swim–the irony being that Napoleon, as a human, can’t (as far as “Off Broadway Affair” and other episodes show us), but Totodile, as a Water-type, can. A convo with ksturf inspired the rest.

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Current Music: "Sand Dune of Spirits" -- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon soundtrack

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

Summary: In which Illya finds himself having to stick up for Napoleon in the face of old acquaintances. Takes place at some point after “The Neptune Affair”

Cross-posted to AO3.

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

Summary: In which THRUSH’s attempts to cash in on black market animal trading lead Napoleon and Illya towards an old foe.

Not cross-posting this as I’ll be expanding this in the future. This piece also references a fic I did called “The Yorick Affair”

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Current Music: "Hungry Like the Wolf" -- Duran Duran

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

Summary: In which Napoleon and the cat reminisce with the photo album while Illya takes his morning swim. Post-retirement.

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Current Music: "Alola Region Theme" -- Jun'ichi Masuda

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

Summary: In which, even after a THRUSH antimatter device separates them across time and space, Illya still manages to find Napoleon again.

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 Illya rescues and looks after a hypothermia-stricken Napoleon.

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For the Section VII Impromptu Shakespeare Challenge

Title: The Yorick Affair
Fandom: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Main Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin
Supporting Characters: Edward Partridge (OC)
Status: Complete; 1/1
Rating: G
Summary: The search for a valuable artifact leads Napoleon and Illya to a Shakespeare festival, where they will need to utilize all of their wit and resourcefulness… and their knowledge of the Bard. Dedicated to Robert Vaughn.

Link to Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12460511/1/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10710915

Will also be crossposted to tumblr.

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Written for today’s Great Episode Challenge prompt at Section VII.

Summary: In which, after the events of “The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair,” Napoleon ponders over why Illya willingly plays the “bad cop”

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

Summary: In which the circumstances of the death of a fellow Section II agent hits home for Napoleon and especially Illya.

Notes: Takes place after and references my “Deadly Admirer Affair” fic. Also, Illya performing autopsies is canon in the official novels.

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

Summary: In which U.N.C.L.E.’s two top agents realize that a cat has them wrapped around her little paw.

Notes: I describe Baba Yaga as a smoky black Egyptian Mau--meaning that she’d look like this.

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

Summary: In which Illya suddenly and miraculously becomes an expert chef… except not really. Takes place in 1961 (second year of their partnership).

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, Mark, April, George, Mandy, Waverly
Status: Complete; 10 chapters of 10
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: Things come to a head as Napoleon has to make a quick decision.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 10): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/10/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/23174454

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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Written for today’s short affair prompt at Section VII. Also fulfills the prompt “Improbable Devices” for my MFU Bingo card.

Summary: In which Napoleon and Illya are still testing out new U.N.C.L.E. gadgets in their golden years. Takes place in early 2011; any and all references to Hustle and NCIS are intentional, and this follows the Albert-is-Napoleon and Ducky-is-Illya headcanons.

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, Mark, April, George, Mandy
Status: In progress; 9 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 continues to watch over Illya, but things are shaken up as Illya’s attacker is identified–and then makes a mad dash to find Illya and finish the job.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 9): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/9/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/23008062

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, after the events of “The Summit Five Affair,” Illya ponders over Beldon’s betrayal, and how he knows that he can, at least, still count on Napoleon. (References my Baron of THRUSH arc from last year).

Cross-posted to AO3.

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So, after knowing about its existence for 18 years, I finally ended up watching the lost Porygon episode of Pokémon. I can see why it was banned after the initial airing; even I was thinking that the scene in question was definitely too much with the flashing lights.

That aside, I have to admit that the episode overall was good story-wise, even if incredibly dark. For starters, the guest character of the day outright kidnaps Ash-tachi and, despite their refusal and insistence that they want no part of it, digitizes them, sending them to the virtual world to stop the Team Rocket trio (who had gone there of their own free will to cause trouble with the Pokémon Center's transport system). Now, granted, Ash-tachi had been trespassing, but that does not excuse the scientist of forcing two ten-year-olds and a fifteen-year-old into a situation he knew darn well was dangerous (even gloating that if they didn't make it back, their "sacrifice for the sake of science" would be remembered and honored for all time, or something to that effect), and it's more than a bit unnerving to see Misty, who normally doesn't take anything from anyone, screaming for mercy and to be let out of the transport device once she sees Ash and Brock get digitized first, and then suffer the same fate.

Secondly, the scientist, despite knowing that the problem in the virtual world is caused by Team Rocket, keeps Nurse Joy out of the loop completely and then doesn't tell her that he sent Ash-tachi to the virtual world, either, prompting her to innocently try to use an antivirus program to fix the problem. What she doesn't know is that the antivirus will see Ash-tachi and Team Rocket as foreign objects and eliminate them--the scientist does know this, and though he tells her to call the antivirus off, he doesn't tell her why (presumably because he knows he'd be in trouble for sending Ash-tachi there against their will), prompting her to be annoyed with his interference and ignore him completely. Mercifully, the scientist (who has been nothing but evil by this point in time) finally shows a shred of decency and warns Ash-tachi about the antivirus and tells them to get out through an exit portal he opens. They immediately opt to leave, and Ash even warns Team Rocket to get the heck out of Dodge, too.

And, lastly, there are two Porygons in this episode--the main one, which helps Ash-tachi, and a copy of the original, which was taken by Team Rocket to help them in the virtual world. Though the Rocket Porygon is a copy/prototype of the original, it's still considered a sentient being, and during the mad escape from the antivirus, which catches up to them, the Rocket Porygon takes the brunt of the first wave of the antivirus, and is very strongly implied to have died in Jessie's arms. It's not stated outright, but the way it falls limp in her arms, and her ensuing horrified reaction says it all--to say nothing of the fact that we never see the Rocket Porygon move again (though it goes back to the real world with them). Usually, Pokémon dying (even copies/illusions) is something that is only restricted to the movies, which have darker plots than the episodes in general.

At any rate, they all make it back to the real world, and all of them are eager to get away and never see that scientist again. The Pokémon Center transport is working again, and it's not clear whether or not Ash-tachi tells Joy what really happened, and if that's the case, then that scientist gets away with kidnapping and endangering their lives scot-free (and even after they return safe, he's lamenting that his human transporter/digitizer is broken beyond repair rather than checking on how everyone is after their narrow escape *headdesk*). ...And that kinda rubs me the wrong way, that he got away with so much.

At any rate, I do have an idea for an MFU fic inspired by all this. THRUSH building a transport device (or maybe I'll go the YuGiOh route and have it be a device that digitizes brain waves and only transports a person's consciousness to the virtual world while their body stays behind) and then exploiting when their agents end up in the virtual world accidentally to steal U.N.C.L.E. data is something that could happen, albeit on a sliding scale of believable sci-fi shenanigans. And of course, Napoleon and Illya get involved and end up in the virtual world, with the quest to stop the THRUSH agents there and retrieve the stolen U.N.C.L.E. data--and then make it back to the real world. The biggest challenge here will be coming up with a believable way to transport them/their consciousness to the virtual world with 60s technology--if I can't find a way to do that, I may have to make this particular fic a modern-day setting. Or, as a gag, have it modern day, but when their minds are digitized, their virtual forms are their younger selves, and Napoleon is all smiles to look young again while Illya just wants this to be done. ...Eh, I'll figure it out...

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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; 8 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 has to decide the best way to help his vulnerable partner as it becomes clear that their inside threat might try to attack Illya again.

Link to Fanfiction.net (chapter 8): https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12338876/8/
Link to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9472766/chapters/22832108

Will also be crossposted to Section VII and tumblr.

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