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30th-Oct-2013 02:55 pm The Bottom to top tdancinghands (Rating adult, Warnings: explicit BDSM m/m; m/f; dubious consent)

THIS STORY TAKES PLACE IN A FICTIONAL, FANTASY UNIVERSE, IN WHICH (nearly) EVERYONE TAKES PART IN BDSM SEX.

Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Length: 40,463
Author on LJ: tdancinghands
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/tdancinghands/pseuds/Taylor%20Dancinghands and http://www.tdancinghands.com/


For my last story offering this month, I’d like to introduce you to tdancinghands. This story is different than others I have highlighted but I found it well written and a very different view of our Guys. A mixture of the Alpha Top Napoleon Solo who is assigned sub Illya Kuryakin as a partner on a mission. The Slash is expletive but enjoyable.
The writing is excellent and tdancinghands pulls the reader in and anxious for the next chapter. Not your normal Man from UNCLE story but one that you’ll not forget. Secrets are discovered and reveal by both man which could end their careers but the caring they share comes out within each line you read. Hope you enjoy this story as much as I did.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/866688/chapters/1663101
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28th-Oct-2013 01:30 pm A friend in need is a friend indeed Svetlanacat4 (Rating General)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 41,836
Author on LJ: svetlanacat4
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/svetlanacat4/pseuds/svetlanacat4

Why this must be read:

Thrush once more attempts to use UNCLE to destroy one of their own. Illya faces life in an UNCLE prison where he is hated. Almost giving up hope something happens because of Napoleon, Jules Carter, Waverly, and April's belief in his innocence that causes him to have to make a choice that may change his life again.

The Illya and Napoleon's emotional turmoil plays out in a believable but sad story. Both men face demons that almost destroy them and their partnership. A friendly fisherman helps the men find themselves and each other emotionally and physically. Have some Kleenexes nearby for parts of the story.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/500457/chapters/878248
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27th-Oct-2013 03:03 pm The Island Fiorenza-a (Rating General)


http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4584703/Fiorenza-a
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 14,100
Author on LJ: none
Author Website:
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4584703/Fiorenza-a

Why this must be read:
A rescue, a small island, and trust of an old friend, gives the reader a look into the Russian’s past. Usually stories focus on Napoleon protection of his partner but Fiorenza-a story looks at Illya protection of his partners mind. Seeking the help of a person from his past, we see that although he states he doesn’t believe in God it is a priest he ask for help. Concern for his partner’s mind, Illya knows that Napoleon wouldn’t want to go ‘home’ to UNCLE.
Florenza-a intertwines the past with the present to make a story full of caring and danger. And shows how neither partner will give up on the other.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9347089/1/The-Island
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26th-Oct-2013 08:18 am Does Your Mother Know You're Out and Honey Honey by Spikesgirl (Rating Explicit)


Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: Napoleon and Illya
Length: 3378 & 5001 words
Author on LJ: Spikesgirl

Author Website:
http://archiveofourown.org/users/spikesgirl58/pseuds/spikesgirl58

Why this must be read:

I’ve read many fics that have address what happen after Napoleon and Illya left UNCLE. Spikesgirl’s had developed an in-depth look at their life after they left. The stories that I choice are the couple of the first of the series that tell what happened after they met after 20 years, what cause them to separate and what each has been doing. The development of each character in the series is so clear you can picture each one of them.

From the ABBA singing waiter to the chef each person is given an individual identity that makes the reader wanting to know more about them. There are just too many from the series to post here, but I hope you enjoy their lives as much as I do (always waiting for the next one to come out). There are way too many to post individual address, so I have included the series address

First part http://archiveofourown.org/works/442595?view_adult=true
Second part http://archiveofourown.org/works/442565
The rest of the series http://archiveofourown.org/series/21516
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23rd-Oct-2013 11:56 am The Pas De Deux Affair by girl in the glen (Rating general)


Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 32,254 words
Author on LJ: glennagirl

Author Website:
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2406583/girl-in-the-glen

Why this must be read:
A Russian living in America, Illya often is quoted as missing something from home. The assignment this time not only brings back memories of his childhood but puts him in touch with dancers from his country. This story gives his strong feelings of home and enjoyment of those around him until a secret takes some of the joy away. Knowing that a caring relationship can never happen, he uses his skills and his partner’s help to put an end to a Thrush plot.
I found this story’s “Twists and turns, drama and angst” enjoyable and not always easy to figure out. A story with tons of surprises and oh yes Serena makes an appearance. As a mystery nut, Pas De Deux give me many opportunities to try to figure out what is happening. Glennagirl has many other great stories and hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6522961/1/The-Pas-De-Deux-Affair
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21st-Oct-2013 01:27 pm The Sins of the Father Affair by Cosmosmariner (rating general)


Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 9,169 words
Author on LJ: Cosmosmariner
Author Website: http://cm-fic.livejournal.com/

Why this must be read:
Although many stories talk about Napoleon and Illya past partners not many go into detail. This story not only introduces one of Napoleon’s previous partner , but it address the introduction of Illya to this partner, the life of his old partner, and how his past now threatening not only the partner but UNCLE agents who know him.

The surprise career of the old UNCLE agent makes for a fun yet serious story. Illya reaction to the man he replaces is interesting.

Cosmosmariner stories are varied and enjoyable. Plus she writes for a number of communities. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

http://cm-fic.livejournal.com/28459.html
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20th-Oct-2013 07:45 am The Invisible Woman Affair and The Inevitable Affair by Solo Girl (Rating General)


Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 17,000+
Author on LJ: Nick Solo
Author Website: http://manfromuncle.wikifoundry.com/

Why this must be read:

Napoleon is a man who loves beautiful women and takes every opportunity to meet and date them. However in this story, one woman is attracted to him yet he doesn't know she exists. This story looks at
Napoleon as he realizes how shallow he is at times. Because it troubles him deeply, Napoleon learns to see more then what he sees and works on changing that imagine. By the time he realizes what he needs to do, it may be too late. As Waverly has said, "She would even die for you." The second part of the story looks at the outcome of this change of heart. (first part has suggestion of Rape and Torture)

http://manfromuncle.wikifoundry.com/page/The+Inevitable+Affair
http://manfromuncle.wikifoundry.com/page/The+Invisible+Woman+Affair
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17th-Oct-2013 02:28 pm THE SAMOVAR AFFAIR by Avery11 (Rated General)


Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E
Pairing: Napoleon Solo/Illya Kuryakin
Length: 7,384 words
Author on LJ: Avery11
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Avery11/works and http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2433364/Avery1

Why this must be read:
Avery uses humor and drama in this story to keep the reader engrossed and wondering what will happen next. Illya is missing and only an old lady who is confused seems to have the clues as to where to find him. Following Napoleon’s attempt to figure out what she is trying to tell him, leads not only him to question if she knows what she knows but the reader to wonder if she really knows anything. It is a serious tale with fun undertones. Enjoy her sense of humor and story.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/806939
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16th-Oct-2013 09:33 am The 'Windows of the Mind' Affair by Avirra (Rating t some coarse language, some violence/torture)


Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E
Pairing: none
Length: 3,757
Author on LJ: Avirra
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2244444/Avirra

Why this must be read:
We all wonder what Illya was like as a child, the program only gave us small peeks at his earlier life and very few at that. Avirra uses a very deadly Thrush invention to give Napoleon a look at his partner’s life.
This story takes what many of us have imagined from the glances we were given and brings it to life. Her descriptions of that life is so realistic it takes the reader into the past of Illya Kuryakin. This is but one of her excellent stories.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7246306/1/The-Windows-of-the-Mind-Affair
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15th-Oct-2013 10:38 am MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E/NCIS (Rating General)


Title by author Buried In The Mists Of Time Affair by GM
Follow-up I'll Be Home For An NCIS Christmas (Rating general)
Pairing: none
Length: 28,827, follow up 5,282
Author on LJ: not on LJ
Author Website: http://solosojourn.com/unindex.htm and http://www.fanfiction.net/u/10915/GM

Why this must be read:
GM’s story combines old and new friendships, vengeance, anger, and forgiveness. Although the NCIS team is Ducky’s new family, they are unaware of his old life and the man who meant the world to him and who he can’t forget. A shocking revelation by the way of an old friend and old enemies leads the team to encounter Ducky’s past. Can NCIS accept his past into their lives? And does his past fit into his future? The follow-up story looks at Napoleon and Illya’s relationship with each other and the NCIS team.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7572555/1/Buried-In-The-Mists-Of-Time-Affair
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7667114/1/I-ll-Be-Home-For-An-NCIS-Christmas
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13th-Oct-2013 04:45 pm The Traitorous Act Affair Chapter by Pactnmmt (Rating General)

Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: none
Length: 28,471
Author on LJ: Pactnmmt
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Pactnmmt/pseuds/Pactnmmt

Why this must be read:
The story was three years in the making but well worth it. Pactnmmt didn't miss an emotion with this, the twist and turns kept the reader unsure of what would happen next and who is on whose side. Yet all through it all Napoleon and Illya never forgot the standards of UNCLE and their loyalty to the organization, each other, and Mr. Waverly. I have read few stories that I would want to read again and again but this is one of them.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/546951/chapters/973722
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11th-Oct-2013 02:08 pm Shadowland by Elmey (Rating Mature)


Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon Solo/Illya Kuryakin
Length: 6,590
Author on LJ: elmey
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/elmey/pseuds/elmey

Why this must be read:
Victor Marton makes an appearance in this emotional exploration that leads the reader into Illya's mind and his feelings. Shadows of things just beyond his vision continues to confuse and haunt him forming patterns that make no sense. Only an oboe seemed to keep him grounded, that and Napoleon. Elmey’s story of an attempt to psychologically control the agent is one you shouldn’t miss.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/594328?view_adult=true
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9th-Oct-2013 09:37 am A Leaf Moves by Mlaw (Rating General )


Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: none
Length: 10,836
Author on LJ: mrua7
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2753497/MLaw

Why this must be read:
A Leaf Moves is a moving story of Illya’s survival in a Yugoslavian prison and Napoleon’s search for his partner. As she always does, Mlaw combines research of the region and time with an interweaving plot. This time she gives the reader a ride into a nightmare existence that Illya is thrown into. Only the hope that Napoleon wouldn’t give up on him kept him going. A good summary of Mlaw’s story about their partnership come in the words that Napoleon says this time. “I may be later but I’m always there.”

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8464325/1/A-Leaf-Moves
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7th-Oct-2013 10:35 am The Old Foe affair by Alynwa (Rating: General)


Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: none
Length: 6982
Author on LJ: Alynwa
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/alynwa/pseuds/alynwa and http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2464674/alynwa

Why this must be read:

Not many stories focus on Mr. Waverly, but Alynwa’s The Old Foe Affair, looks into his past and how one man from it is now affecting his agents. Alynwa look at Waverly brings forth a man who care about the people who work under him.
The ‘Old Fox’ plays it cool although the cold fiery he feels toward this man is kept under control. The final punishment more than fits the crimes committed in the past and in the present and shows Waverly is not a man to cross. She has many great stories showing the many sides of our Men from UNCLE that the reader is sure to enjoy.
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2464674/alynwa
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5th-Oct-2013 02:56 pm The Seven Deadly Sins by Spikegirl58 (Rating: General)


Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: none
Length: 19,352 words
Author on LJ: Spikesgirl58 (also writes under Uncle Charlie)
Author Website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/spikesgirl58/pseuds/spikesgirl58

Why this must be read:

A fan of the who-done-it and close-door-mystery, Spikesgirl58's The Seven Deadly Sins story filled all my wishes. She was the winner of the 2013 MFU Fan Q award and my first thoughts when reading this was shades of Twilight Zone. Spikesgirl58 combines, horror, humor, mystery and the seven deadly sins in a story that was both very entertaining and disturbing. Seven children of a Thrush Chief and UNCLE are the beneficences of his estate. While keeping themselves alive, they must try to discover who the killer is.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/824835?view_adult=true
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3rd-Oct-2013 03:04 pm The Disposable Man Affair by NappiFan (General Rating)

Fandom: MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: NONE
Length: 115K
Author on LJ: Not on LJ
Author Website: http://www.mfuarchive.net/cgi-bin/search.cgi?Author=NappiFan&SortBy=3&SortOrder=1&NumToList=0
Why this must be read:

This story looks at another aspect of Napoleon. Always a smile on his face, nothing ever seems to faze him--suddenly he is drinking, having nightmares and throwing punches at the other agents. Can the problem be discovered and solved before Napoleon is forced to leave UNCLE? Nappifan takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride and shows us what happens when feelings aren't allowed to surface.


http://www.mfuarchive.net/archive/1/thedisposable.html
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1st-Oct-2013 09:09 pm The Conditioned Response Affair by Ajsqdaway (General Rating)

Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: NONE
Length: 29,393 word
Author on LJ: not on LJ
Author Website: http://burfield.org/ManFromUNCLE/Headquarters
Why this must be read:

A different side of Illya personality is shown in this fic when Illya is finally returned to UNCLE from a botched affair in the Ukraine. Napoleon knows his friend well and believes the silent Illya waiting for something or to do something. The deepest case of brainwashing included programmed to monitor his surroundings and respond to stimuli he gathers and processes himself. Napoleon realizes that his partner has been programmed for treason.

The relationship and the friendship of the two men comes through in this story, as Napoleon uses his knowledge of his partner to save the man from becoming a traitor to U.N.C.L.E., partner and all the Russian believes in.


http://www.fanfiction.net/s/399946/1/The-Conditioned-Response-Affair
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1st-Oct-2013 02:57 pm The Conditioned Response Affair by Ajsqdaway (General Rating)
Hello I am Jkkitty and will be driving CrackVan's MAN FROM UNCLE offering for this month. Here are just a few of my favorite stories. I hope you enjoy these excellent authors as much as I do.

Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: NONE
Length: 29,393 word
Author on LJ: not on LJ
Author Website: http://burfield.org/ManFromUNCLE/Headquarters
Why this must be read:

A different side of Illya personality is shown in this fic when Illya is finally returned to UNCLE from a botched affair in the Ukraine. Napoleon knows his friend well and believes the silent Illya is waiting for something or to do something. The deepest case of brainwashing included programmed to monitor his surroundings and respond to stimuli he gathers and processes himself. Napoleon realizes that his partner has been programmed for treason.

The relationship and the friendship of the two men comes through in this story, as Napoleon uses his knowledge of his partner to save the man from becoming a traitor to U.N.C.L.E., partner and all the Russian believes in.


<a href="http://www.fanfiction.net/s/399946/1/The-Conditioned-Response-Affair</a>
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15th-Mar-2013 07:14 am STAR WARS / MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (NC-17)
Title: The Disturbance in the Force Affair
Pairings: Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo, Han Solo/Luke Skywalker
Length: Novella
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Author Website: Visions of Pretty Boys
Why this must be read:

As a crossover, this succeeds with plenty of a/plot and b/characterization and c/juxtaposition of the GFFA with Our Galaxy. Along with a nifty website, [livejournal.com profile] ladyra gets my vote as a top multi-fandom author with a charming introduction on her site: "Happy Endings, All the Time. Seriously. Medium Angst, always with lots of payoff. No partner betrayals, no rapes, no unrecoverable injuries, just love love love. And some sex." So much to like, to savor about each universe she portrays, the timeless one of Star Wars and the Twentieth Century one of Man from U.N.C.L.E, that this rec is one of the easiest I've ever made.

The Disturbance in the Force Affair
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28th-Oct-2012 07:24 pm Monsters by Azdak (PG)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 3018 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] azdak
Author Website: Azdak on AO3
Why this must be read:

I was going to use this rec on Halloween, but since I might not have electricity at that point and forewarned being forearmed, etc. you're getting it today ;)

I may have mentioned once or thrice how much I love stories that dig into the unexplored corners of canon and let us know who the characters are, in a way that what happens on the screen doesn't. And let's face it, Season 4 is fertile ground for such explorations: so much darkness, so little clarity.

After Thrush Roulette Illya is adamant that the Thrush brainwashing he was subjected to, the brainwashing that would have used his deepest fear against him, was never completed. And when Napoleon presses him as they walk down the New York sidewalks at Halloween, surrounded by kids dressed as vampires, zombies and ghosts, Illya starts to tell his partner a strange little story...

Monsters is a fascinating, layered exploration of Illya's fears of having the essence of himself that he's always guarded so carefully violated, and of the larger question of Illya as a Russian; the tensions between his loyalty to ideals and his loyalty to a state. And finally, of his need for Napoleon, who knows how to hope.

"Is that your worst fear, then?" prompted Napoleon, when the silence showed no signs of ending. "Death by torture?"

Illya shrugged. "Perhaps," he said, at last. "It would depend who was doing the torturing. There are worse things than dying."

"There are?" said Napoleon. "Name one."

"Living," said Illya. "When you should be dead." He looked at Napoleon's puzzled face and bit his lip in frustration. "Let me tell you a story," he said. "A Halloween story. But one without candy at the end."


Monsters
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26th-Oct-2012 10:20 am VID REC: Man from Uncle - Good Gone Girl
Vidder: Third Mouse
Musical artist: Mika
Pairing: take your pick ;)
Vidder on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thirdblindmouse
Why this vid kicks ass:

A tribute to the innocents (and not so innocents) of Season One! Here are the women who ended up adventuring with Napoleon and Illya, finally getting some credit for all they had to put up with---we should all be so lucky ;) Excellent choice of song, great pacing and clips, and lots of fun to watch.



Good Gone Girl
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22nd-Oct-2012 12:47 am Doors by akane42me (PG-13)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 3511 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] akane42me
Author Website: akane42me on AO3
Why this must be read:

The thread that ties all my recs this month together is that they're all stories by very strong writers, and [livejournal.com profile] akane42me is one of the best. Her stories are always completely original, with such depth and humanity that they really do go way beyond the boundaries of fanfic.

In Doors we're introduced to Hal Donovan as he cleans out the apartment of a dead Section Two agent, and gradually we learn the story of why Hal is on the clean up crew; of what happened to him when he learned that instead of making him Napoleon's partner, Waverly decided to bring some Russian guy to New York.

A fantastic character voice, seriousness and horror, leavened as always by [livejournal.com profile] akane42me's sly black humor, this is a gorgeous meditation on the doors that open and close in life, on the grace of understanding and acceptance.

Two mushy oranges. Two rubber-skinned apples. He should have known better than to buy fresh fruit. Hot sauce. Taco sauce. Steak sauce. Worcestershire sauce. Yellow mustard. Sweet relish. Ketchup. All jumbo size. Geez, this is from last summer’s cook-out. Man, Jimmy. This is some old shit.

I look at him; he’s face down in a puddle of lemon juice. I think, my refrigerator used to look just like this. On days like these, when I’m kneeling in what’s left behind, I think I’m glad to be out of Section Two. What kind of life is that, really? You might as well have a target on your back. But God help me, there’s still a part of me that wants it to be me out there with them, chasing whoever did this to Jimmy.



Doors
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18th-Oct-2012 12:05 am Hints and Allegations by jessebee (Mature)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: withheld
Length: 2903 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] jessebee
Author Website: jessebee on AO3
Why this must be read:

We all have secrets we want no one else to know; what kinds of secrets must Napoleon and Illya have, living the lives they live. And what happens, when suddenly the one person who does matter to them, sees what should have remained hidden.

[livejournal.com profile] jessebee's writing is tactile; a series of sensory fragments that make the scenes live, the emotions immediate and clear. There's darkness in this story: two scenes, two secrets revealed--but there's strength also. The strength of a friendship that deepens to keep the darkness at bay.

Napoleon's fingers tightened spasmodically around the glass. He tilted back and took a swig and then another, and then banged the empty glass down on the coffee table as the alcohol – whisky, he identified with very little interest – burned its way down his throat. He coughed once, then looked at his partner, whose expression gave nothing away. "Say what you came to say, Illya."

Illya reached into his inside jacket pocket and pulled something out, tossed it onto the table between them. A reel of tape.


Hints and Allegations
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14th-Oct-2012 06:17 pm Kinship by nothingeverlost (G)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 6397 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] wiccagirl24
Author Website: nothingeverlost on AO3
Why this must be read:

Napoleon's Aunt Amy. Mentioned once in a throwaway line--in questionable canon at that, the godforsaken Return movie--and an empty canvas for fanfic writers ever after. There have been some good Aunt Amys over time, but the Amy of Kinship is one of my favorites.

Illya wakes up in hospital, Napoleon is missing, and a strange woman is sitting in the room. She reminds him of Napoleon and no wonder; it's his partner's Aunt Amy.

This is a beautifully drawn picture of Illya (and by extension, Napoleon) interacting with a larger world. Amy recognizes Illya's loneliness, how much he misses Napoleon--and so she reaches out to him. And Illya, we see our cool and careful Illya letting himself be drawn into a friendship that helps fill the growing hole in his life.

“Would I be wrong if I said that Napoleon is like family to you?” She surprised him with the question that didn’t seem to have anything to do with the dinner.

He never could define his relationship with Napoleon with words. It was complicated and ever changing, but he was the closest to family Illya had known since he was a child. “You would not be wrong.”



Kinship
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9th-Oct-2012 10:26 pm Orienteering for Dummies by epicycles (PG)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: Napoleon Solo/Illya Kurkyakin
Length: ~1600 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] epicycles
Author Website: Fairly complete fic list
Why this must be read:

This story shimmers with affection: the author's affection for Napoleon and Illya, and Napoleon and Illya's affection for each other. Well, once you get past Illya's pre-emptive grumpiness that is and Napoleon devious plotting, you'll find they're really very fond of each other.

We join the two as Illya uses his compass and maps to find a path out of the wilderness where their plane crashed, while Napoleon makes use of his natural guile to plot a path to a slightly different goal... Clever and funny, but tapping a vein of real feeling, Orienteering for Dummies is exactly what you want to read. Now. Really, right now.

He was so patient, he was a stone. They folded the maps, gathered what supplies they could salvage from the remains of the aircraft, and headed for the river, all in silence.

He even waited while they walked a mile downstream to find the easiest crossing point. He waited until Illya was ankle-deep in freezing water before broaching the subject again; timing, after all, was everything.

"So, Illya."

"No."


Orienteering for Dummies
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5th-Oct-2012 09:05 pm The Pomegranate Affair by Kleenexwoman (PG)
Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: none
Length: 2232 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kleenexwoman
Author Website: Kleenexwoman on AO3
Why this must be read:

The same thing happened to me last time. I recced another of [livejournal.com profile] kleenexwoman's stories, then flailed madly trying to describe it. All I can tell you is that we're in another world now; spooky, beautiful, scary. Yet it's anchored in MFU. Napoleon and Illya are completely themselves, but they're lost in a strange underworld maze: solid as the rock walls they touch to reassure themselves, insubstantial as the people only Illya can see.

Vivid, evocative language; witty, heartbreaking, unique. Go read please, you won't regret it.

"You idiot," Illya hissed, "what do you think you're doing? What if one of them saw you?"

Napoleon risked a glance over his shoulder. The cavern seemed devoid of people; still, sometimes Illya could detect snipers or spies hidden in places Napoleon wouldn't think to look. "Who? Where are they?"

"Everywhere! Crowds of people, walking round in a ring. They must have all come in while I was bringing you here."


The Pomegranate Affair
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2nd-Oct-2012 07:43 pm Save This Dance by Xparrot (PG-13)
Gassed up the tank, fastened seatbelt, adjusted the mirrors... no GPS, but I know this road. Here we go!

Fandom: MAN FROM UNCLE
Pairing: Napoleon Solo/Illya Kuryakin
Length: 9,762 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] xparrot
Author Website: Xparrot on AO3
Why this must be read:

Judging by the numbers, this is already a popular story, but it's never been recc'd here and I have a duty to posterity after all :)

A Vienna nightclub and Illya is watching Napoleon and a red-head dance; another mission of course, but it goes badly wrong and Napoleon is shot. It's a gripping set piece, but it's as Illya waits for Napoleon to recover, that the real story takes place. How well these two know each other; but when it comes to the most important thing in their lives, how afraid they are that they don't know each other at all.

Save This Dance is told from Illya's point of view, in a restrained, fluid style that perfectly conveys the depth of feeling hiding underneath that stoic reserve.

The distance between them didn't matter, however chaste it might appear. Napoleon could seduce without the touch of so much as a finger; this much contact was practically cheating. A couple of jokes, a few sincere compliments, an innocent (or not so innocent, depending) suggestion, and this woman would be thoroughly and inescapably charmed. As they always were.

As you were, Illya reminded himself, with a self-deprecating shake of his head. Even if it wasn't really like that, as Napoleon told him, more than once and quite insistently. "This is different," Napoleon kept saying.


Save This Dance
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30th-Sep-2012 02:30 pm Reading the Russian by Mary Catherine Marshall (Rated K)
Fandom: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: None
Length: approx 1200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mollycate
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1139460/Mary-Catherine-Marshall
Why this must be read:

My last rec for the month is short, sweet and humorous. Folks think Illya is entirely unreadable, but Napoleon has learned how to do just that...

Reading the Russian
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23rd-Sep-2012 12:13 pm Rescue Me by Ceindreadh (Rated T)
Fandom: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: none
Length: approx 5600 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ceindreadh
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/14782/cein
Why this must be read:

While our two favorite U.N.C.L.E. agents are on stakeout, Napoleon goes out to pick up lunch for the two of them. He returns to find a fire raging in the abandoned building the two men were using as a base for the reconnaissance mission. Ignoring the personal risks, Napoleon tries to enter the burning building to save his partner, but succumbs to the smoke and is himself rescued by a police officer at the scene.

Yet Napoleon is of course still frantic to get his partner out. The police officer tells him to leave it to the firefighters now responding to the call. And then that officer makes another suggestion, one seemingly innocent, yet one that unexpectedly winds up saving Illya's life.

Ah, but you see this police officer has certain... connections (and I don't mean Thrush).

Rescue Me
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19th-Sep-2012 03:45 pm The Music Box Affair by GM (Gina Martin) - Rated PG
Fandom: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: none
Length: approx 3100 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: http://www.solosojourn.com/unindex.htm
Why this must be read:

It's Christmas Eve 1970. Napoleon and Illya are stuck by a bad snow storm in a cabin in Newfoundland. The mission they were there to complete has gone sour. And now they are snowed in during the holidays. Which leaves Napoleon grumpy and frustrated (no gals!). While Illya has found a guitar in the cabin and is perfectly happy to strum and sing. Only not the Christmas tunes Napoleon would prefer; rather Beatles' tunes and rather philosophical ones at that.

I'll be honest and say I generally don't much care for stories that depend a great deal on the lyrics from songs to forward them. But this one is sweet if a bit melancholy.

The Music Box Affair
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