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Great Episode Challenge. 15-21 September (Prompt 1)

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Friends, Russians, countrymen

He ran into him on his way to meet Napoleon, who was waiting in the car down in the garage. The tall Englishman was coming out of the elevator.

“Illya, my old mucker! Good to see you again. You haven’t changed a bit. How are you?”

“Very well, thank you,” Illya replied coolly. “How are you, Mark?”

“Extremely well, and raring to go.” Mark said, and continued, chattily, “I heard you were here, of course. Never would have thought we’d end up on the same side, eh?”

That all-too familiar, breezy bonhomie of the privately-educated English male, speaking in the cut-glass accents of the upper-classes, with their implicit put-down of lesser mortals – or serfs, in his case. His old mucker, indeed. He knew what that odd expression meant now. A place at Cambridge didn’t make you equal, they made sure of that.

“No,” he replied. “It must be strange to find that even Russians take any kind of moral view of the world.”

“I didn’t mean...” said Mark awkwardly, “don’t be like that, Illya … you know how it was at Cambridge… Secret Service recruiters and all that.”

“Yes. I do know.”

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[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Short Affair 9/11
Prompt: Coffee
Color: Crimson

Title: There You'll Be
Author: Rose of Pollux
Word Count: ~860

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

Gen version is available at my DreamWidth

[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com
Sequel to The reluctant partygoer

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Appearances can be very misleading

“Mr Kuryakin is very late,” said the Old Man sternly, looking up at his delinquent agent’s partner.

“Yes, I can’t understand it sir,” said Napoleon. “He was all right last night when he went home – said he had a date.”

“A date? Mr Kuryakin?”

“Even he sometimes likes to have fun.”

Waverley snorted. “I’ll soon give him fun,” he said, and picked up his microphone.

There was no response. “Having fun, with his communicator switched off. Against all the rules,” and he snorted again. “Go and find him.”Read more... )
[identity profile] glennagirl.livejournal.com
Well, we were in this other post... HERE
Two of my favorites from the Tigers Are Coming Affair.  IK spends the entire second half in this deliciously sheer white shirt, it makes the episode worthwhile in spite of the strange vibes we get between him and the soon to be ex-Mrs. McCallum

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People seem to either love it or hate it.  Well, maybe not love, but some of us accept the premise of it and have gone on to write and expand on it.
Personally, I think Illya as a designer works, in part because he played the part or faked the part a few times in the series.  The idea that he didn't know how to dress has always been a puzzle to me because his suits are as nice as Napoleon's, and the all black merely reflects the time and culture (turtlenecks especially). Otherwise, he can be seen in some very nice clothing throughout the series.
So, now I get to the heart of the matter: Illya's wardrobe.
I stand by my observation that he is a well dressed individual who charms us whether he's in a well tailored suit, a burgunday mohair jack (quite the thing in the 60's), or the iconic black turtleneck.  Heck, even a white shirt with that leather holster is enough to make some of us sigh.  Of course this doesn't include the frequent appearances in his boxers, but that's another post entirely.  We'll have to review Napoleon's wardrobe another time.  Next week it's MFU in a tuxedo.
Here is my Sunday Pictorial...
Obvious, right? White shirt, holster... exposed neck... THUD!
Illya's closet... )
[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Short Affair 9/4
Prompt: Clean
Color: Silver

Title: Just Desserts
Author: Rose of Pollux
Word Count: ~1000

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.

Gen version is available at my DreamWidth

[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com
Short Affair challenge 4 Sept (Drive. Silver)

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Couldn’t be difficult

It was more interesting to watch the birdlife over the course. Trailing after the two men; pulling their trolleys full of clubs, one in each hand; or holding the flag while they each tried to persuade a small white ball to drop into an almost invisible hole, using entirely unsuitable instruments – it was beyond tedium.

“Hi, you’re in the way. Fore!”

“Four what?”

“Idiot Russian.”

“Leave him alone, Mr Solo. Mr Kuryakin, perhaps you’d be good enough to move a little to your left, while your partner plays his shot.”

And so it went. Hours of it. His job was to keep a weather eye out for a certain kind of bird, known to inhabit rough places and suspected of having started to nest nearby.

Once, looking up at a passing buzzard, a dark predator against the high cloud of a silver sky, he stepped back and fell into a bunker. His partner’s mirth added little to his enjoyment of the day.


The scientist in him, however, had begun to observe the mechanics of the business. Read more... )

[identity profile] glennagirl.livejournal.com
I find this very curious: Illya gets into a lot of odd situations, not the least of which is being stripped down to his boxers occasionally. What's odd is that when he should be wearing shorts, like as a pool boy or a tennis instructor, he has on long trousers.  The directors/writers... whoever... didn't think it was too much leg when he was reduced to his skivvies in the Foreign Legion Affair or The Alexander the Greater Affair, but for the pool boy/tennis guy role they put him in long pants.
I just find it odd, not earth shattering by any means, but odd.  We must investigate, look closely at the evidence ... haha.  I don't think we'll mind too much taking a closer look.
Feel free to chime in.



pictures ... )
[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com
Illya is at home in the sea. “You saved her, she’s saved you. Done her good deed for the day. You’re quits.”

Click on photo for AO3

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[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com
Click on photo for AO3
Illya goes to a party and has to be rescued, by the one person in danger from him.


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[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Short Affair 8/28
Prompt: Bottle
Color: Orange

Title: Words of Wisdom
Author: Rose of Pollux
Word Count: ~1000

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.

Gen version is available at my DreamWidth

[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com
Short Affair Challenge August 28 (Bottle. Orange)

Go away, I’m fine

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It was good to be home - small, frugal, badly furnished, but sufficient for all his needs. And he was alone. He could give in to the discomfort.

He sank down on the couch, shivering a little. The effects of the drugs Vallandros’ men had injected him with were insidious. He felt washed out and stupefied still. His partner had been reluctant to leave him – he always knew when something was wrong. He’d mother him like a baby if he were ever allowed to.

At least he knew his own name, and was starting to remember more. Memories of that incarceration were troubling. He’d rather forget. Think of something else. His partner protecting him from the blast, lifting his helpless body up towards escape, his hand pulling him up the steps. Think of something else.

He should show more gratitude. His partner never demanded thanks. Read more... )
[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair, Act V: As the Sun Will Rise
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~4100
Author: Rose of Pollux

Summary: Illya and Gaston force each other to put their cards on the table, and Napoleon is faced with a difficult decision.

Gen version is available at ff.net.

Expanded version of an idea I tested with a couple short pieces a few weeks ago that garnered a little interest. Now complete!
[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Short Affair 8/21
Prompt: Discover
Color: White

Title: A Helping Hand
Author: Rose of Pollux
Word Count: ~800

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.

Gen version is available at my DreamWidth

[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com
Short challenge Discover, White
Some kinds of ice are more dangerous than others

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The ice is very thin

The commissary was fairly full; at this time of the morning, it provided breakfast for agents arriving early and unfed, or returning from late missions (also unfed). It was a good time, therefore, to introduce a new colleague to the male talent on offer. The older men, their home lives providing not only stability but also a more relaxed and healthy breakfast, were already at work in their offices. The talent on offer, then, was worth seeing – to set the blood racing for the day – being younger, fitter, and often very good looking.Read more... )

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Apologies for going over the prescribed length. That's where it went...
[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Title: The Beast of Broadway Affair, Act IV: Learning You Were Wrong
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~2100
Author: Rose of Pollux

Summary: As Napoleon makes another desperate decision, Illya uncovers the next phase of Gaston’s plan, but he may already be too late.

Gen version is available at ff.net.

Expanded version of an idea I tested with a couple short pieces a few weeks ago that garnered a little interest.
[identity profile] rose-of-pollux.livejournal.com
Short Affair 8/14
Prompt: Formal
Color: Green

Title: Stakeout
Author: Rose of Pollux
Word Count: ~820

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.

Gen version is available at my DreamWidth

[identity profile] hypatia-66.livejournal.com

  


“Short Affair” Challenge. August 14 2017. (Routine, green)


You want what?


His partner hadn’t been gone long, but he was already feeling uneasy. It was a simple affair, really. The trouble was, the volume wasn’t kept on the open shelves of a library for the simple reason that it would be in tatters within hours. It would have to be obtained by special request, to be retrieved by some specially trusted minion with a key, from a locked store in the basement containing unsavoury, fragile, or otherwise embargoed books. Mind, it wasn’t a book many people were likely to actually ask for, unless they were peculiarly uncaring about being overheard. That was why the microdot had been put there in the first place, so it should be safe enough and easy to find.


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