There’s giving, and there’s taking
The little Russian bear receives an unexpected gift on the eve of departure for Berlin – and learns a terrible truth when he arrives.
Napoleon watched his soon-to-be former partner staring at his desk, deep in thought. He wondered what was going through his mind.
“What time’s your flight to Berlin tomorrow?” he asked.
“About 9.00, I think,” Illya replied, “and it is to Frankfurt. Then we have to take the train because of the danger from...” he stopped.
He didn’t need to say more. The chief of the Berlin Station had insisted on their meeting in Frankfurt because the Russians threatened to shoot down any plane travelling through the central air corridor into Berlin if they considered it to be off the narrow flight path. They had already shot at and badly damaged one passenger plane. So, it would have to be the train, a very, very slow journey across the expanse of dull, flat lands between the two cities.
“I’ll take you to the airport.”
Illya looked up, “You don’t have to do that,” he said.
“No, but I will. I’m going home now, but I’ll be here at 7.00.” He smiled at the look of youthful surprise on Illya’s face. “It’s what friends are for,” he said. Illya flushed, unused to friendly gestures, and Napoleon felt even worse about his part in getting him into this situation. He rose, went over and clasped a thin shoulder, “See you in the morning, partner,” he said, and left.
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The prompts, for stories due on 16th October 2017, are below the cut. I'm sure how inspiring they'll be as they're doing nothing for me as yet. Still, that's the nature of random words. We have many good writers here so I'm in no doubt the prompts with work for someone.
To join in with today's postings just follow this link for the prompts you need.
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Here are a few of the scenes illustrating just how black and grey the guys were. Of course the show was in black and white, so there is the off chance that there was color in there somewhere. We know the women's wardrobe was colorful because we see some of the same dresses in later seasons. Of course these guys look good no matter what.
Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
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The first is 'Justice and the Just' which was written for mrua7 and the second is 'Look Behind You', which was written for alynwa
Word count: ~2000
Author: Rose of Pollux
Summary: When a struggle with THRUSH over an old book of scary lore releases the spirit of legendary trickster Stingy Jack, Jack chooses Napoleon and Illya as his adversaries and challenges them to out-trick him. But Illya wants no part of it, and Napoleon has no idea what he’s up against--and their inability to stop Jack could result in dire consequences.
Gen version is available at ff.net.
Things here seem to be humming along. I actually got locked out of LJ for a bit, seems to be okay now.
I continue to import entries to DW, although I've missed a couple of days.
Today we have the prompts up for the Great Episode Challenge, and the new Song Story prompts went up yesterday. If you didn't already catch a hint of it, we've decided to not do a big challenge event for the 50th anniversay of the last episode. Instead we're going to have a Round Robin based around the spirit of that concept, details yet to be hashed out. It won't take place until January, so we can concentrate on the December activities here and, for those participating in it, the Down the Chimney Affair.
I just wanted to check in. Don't forget Writer's Choice tomorrow, and if you have stories to post today that's going to make a great Friday for everyone.
Say, do these autographs look suspiciously similar?
The Unified Northern Casualty and Liability Exchange proudly presents The Great Episode Challenge.
This monthly challenge includes two prompts drawn from a single episode, allowing you to explore unresolved scenes, unanswered questions, and uncertain motivations.
And now for tonight's program.
In New York City, on a street in the East Forties, there’s an ordinary tailor shop. Or is it ordinary?
Episode: The Gazebo in the Maze Affair (S1E27)
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Word count: ~630
Author: Rose of Pollux
Summary: Takes place during the events of the episode “The Summit Five Affair.” Having been forced to confess that he’s a double agent, Napoleon is now seen as a fallen idol throughout U.N.C.L.E.. But he is more concerned with whether or not Illya believes it, too.
Available at AO3.
“Don’t you like balloons?” Solo asked, more than a little concerned.
Illya’s reply was surprising, given his love of explosives.
“I do not like the loud bang when they burst.”
"Where are we staying?" Illya was tired and hungry, a little beat up from the altercation they had just survived.
"Do you have any money on you? I spent my last dollar on the…"
"On that girl who was standing in line at the pub. You spent all of your money on her?"
Illya pulled out his wallet; only twenty dollars..
"And what happened to your money?"
"I bought groceries for the woman who gave us shelter. Quite a difference, don't you think?"
"That girl looked hungry."
"That girl looked… available."
"Twenty bucks, eh?"
UNCLE agents knew how to survive.
They were in hot pursuit of an agent who was carrying stolen documents vital to the U.S. defense plans following the Cuban missile crisis. It was imperative they retrieve the information before it fell into the hands of the Soviets.
Solo and Kuryakin had joined pursuit with FBI and CIA, though some head butting about Illya it was resolved.
“There he is,” Kuryakin hissed.
A young man, still in his teens, and obviously trained by his Soviet masters. Illya knew that schooling all too well himself as being a good thief was like second nature to him. He’d been a very good student back in Russia.
Finally they thief cornered in an alley, holding him at gunpoint.
“Give us what you took comrade and we will do you no harm,” Illya spoke Russian.
“Traitor!” The boy spat, suddenly reaching into his jacket and drawing a Tokarev pistol.
Illya aimed, but hesitated.
Napoleon darted the boy; the Americans would want a prisoner for questioning.
“What made you hesitate tovarisch?”
“I had live rounds in my magazine….Napoleon he was only a boy and I was indoctrinated just like him when I was younger.”
“I understand Illya, trust me I do.”
It’s that time of year again when Section VII features
The Seven Days of Halloween!
This year we’ll post a PicFic photo prompt for each of the seven days
as inspiration for you to write.
It can be a poem, a drabble, dialogue, a short paragraph,
a short story, or a long one.
Unable to write? The repost one of your old
However the inspiration takes you
as long as it’s Halloweenish and involves the
Men from U.N.C.L.E.
Just remember it must be gen or gen-mature for this writing site.
Our yearly Halloween event runs
During the 7 Days of Halloween, I know that not everyone celebrates or embraces this holiday. I'm not a big contributor myself, but for others it's a highlight of the year. Please don't let the day keep you from writing and posting in our challenges, even though some of them may take on a Halloween theme. Our goal is to make certain each writer (and reader), enjoys the community fully, without pressure to conform to a particular event or season.
And with that said, here's the calendar.