Back in the land of the living...

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:55 am
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I spent the weekend feeling like I might well perish from a nasty flu bug.  At least I think that's what it was, it certainly was more than a cold.  Yesterday I managed to climb out of bed, very slowly, around 3pm.  I somehow had managed to feed Precious, and she's been very sweet and undemanding during this siege of sickness.
Today is better, although my energy level is not abundant.  I did manage to wash the dishes and put them away, and now I must vacuum up all of the stuff I've put down to try and kill the fleas that have been tormenting me for the last month.  They go away and then come back, although the last bit of borax mixed with diatomaceous earth seems to have worked really well.  But I need to vacuum it all up, something I just couldn't manage the past two days.
Thankfully I have off work until Thursday, so I should be able to recuperate fully by then.  It's also hot, which makes everything worse.  I long for a location where it isn't more than around 75 degrees, preferably with an ocean breeze.
Maine is the only place I can think of even remotely fitting that description, and last I looked they were in the 80's.  I sort of hate summer.
So that's it.  I'm still a little woozy, so will probably need to lie down and rest periodically.  I just really need to vacuum.
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Prompt 1: When Lisa Rogers tells Illya to report to Harry Beldon, she says, “You'll have to expect him to be somewhat, uh—.” Illya replies, “I've worked with Harry Beldon. I know what to expect.” So the question arises…What are Illya’s previous experiences working with Beldon?

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More From The Archive... July 22

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:26 am
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 Here is a sampling of what was going on this date in the previous five years.  Take a look and then explore the Archive for more great stories.

Sunday Morning by [ profile] alynwa 2012
Having Doubts Can Be A Dangerous Thing by [ profile] mrua7 2013
See, Hear, Accept by [ profile] jantojones 2014
Life Does Not Immitate Art by [ profile] glennagirl 2015
The Way They Were by [ profile] carabele 2016
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The Secret of Their Success by [ profile] alynwa post on July 21, 2012.
She Forgot The Title (literally, no title) by [ profile] mrua7 on July 21, 2013
The World Is A Treacherous Place (editorial) by [ profile] glennagirl on July 21, 2014
The Office Cat by [ profile] otherhawk on July 20, 2015 ... This date is chock full of stuff, check it out. The 21st has three entries, but it's mrua7 and me again, so... day before is good.
Chasing Rainbows by [ profile] lilidelafield on July 21, 2016

You have a wealth of stories if you'll just click on the Archive button at the top of the main page here on Section VII. It offers everything that's ever posted here, and that's a lot of reading material.
It's just happenstance who I found by going back to today's date, but if you'd like to rec one of your stories from around the same time, then please share so we can get another look at what came before.
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Episode: The Summit Five Affair (S4E1)

Prompt 1: When Lisa Rogers tells Illya to report to Harry Beldon, she says, “You'll have to expect him to be somewhat, uh—.” Illya replies, “I've worked with Harry Beldon. I know what to expect.” So the question arises…What are Illya’s previous experiences working with Beldon?

The image takes you to the Map Room. The main link is there, since the story includes Illya's first encounter with Faustina.

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Don't touch that dial. Posting for The Great Episode Challenge begins today and runs through Thursday, July 27th.

Need to catch a rerun of the prompts? Click Here.

50 Years and more...

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:13 am
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We're talking about a 50th End of the Series Challenge, which reminds me of the other 50th Anniversay: The Beginning.  So, here's my story that was part of the mini-bang event for the 50th Anniversary celebration on LJ.  We posted on AO3, complete with illustrations. [ profile] avrovulcan did a bang up job (hah, get that? bang up), on the illustrations for my story, Art of Mercy.  On this Thursday, along with entries for the Great Episode Challenge, I hope you enjoy reading your MFU.
Art of Mercy on AO3
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This is sort of a tag to the piece I wrote earlier today. Click the pic to go to AO3.


Haboob - A Little Drabble Do Ya

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:20 pm
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The haboob, a powerful sandstorm, was making it hard to see.  What had started out as a simple courier run had turned into a desperate journey for one very pale, very cold blooded Russian.

"It is insane for people to live in places like this.  When the storm is finally past there will be a layer of sand over the very spot we were to find the document."  Illya was frustrated and hot.  The addition of a sand storm just made it worse.

"I know exactly where to look."


Napoleon held it up for proof that the job was finished.

a re-boot

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:39 pm
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I am thinking about rebooting Del Floria's with a round of new interview questions. These would be more tailored to the interviewee. Would anyone be interested in sitting down with me for a discussion about fandom and life in general?

The interviews would run the first part of the month - I'm thinking the first Sunday, if all goes well.

Is anyone interested? I have posted a link if anyone would like to read some of the older interviews.

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This is my response to the impromptu challenge which [ profile] glennagirl issued yesterday. This story doesn't actually answer the question which was posed. The direction it took seemed out of my control.

Anyway, as usual, click the pic to go to AO3.

no title
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A response to the impromptu challenge made yesterday by Glennagirl...It's more of a response the the photo she posted.  The question posed was "What's wrong with Solo" my story it's more 'what's right with him.'

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Every Wednesday we write drabbles here on Section VII and have been doing so for five years. That's a lot of drabbles, and you can find earlier entries by going to the archive at the top of the page, or simply clicking on the little drabble do ya tag.  All drabblers are welcome to post their gen-centric 100 word entries as we proclaim: A Little Drabble Do Ya!

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ABC Affair - Z Is For Zugzwang

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:41 pm
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Z, at long last Z.
You can find the story AO3

The entire ABC Affair series by me is HERE

ABC Affair - W Is For Wow

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:04 am
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W is here, finally.  I do  plan on actually completing the ABC Affair,
so if you'll just give me a little more time to get the last three posted,
you can visit with
W Is For Wow on AO3

Impromptu Challenge

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:30 am
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Since there's no PicFic today, how about an Impromptu Challenge.  We've had some photos showing up that feature a certain blond.  We need equal time for our handsome CEA, Napoleon Solo.  That doesn't mean Kuryakin can't show up in his glorious blondness, but this challenge is about the official Ladies Man of UNCLE HQ.
Let's have a story based on this:
What is wrong with Solo?

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Prompts - Package/Pink
Word Count - 361

This piece was inspired by [ profile] glennagirl. Click the (hastily and badly photoshopped) pic to go to AO3.


Shop Right - Short Affair

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Prompts: package, pink
Word Count: 985




"Sir, can you please tell me where I can find leotards for little girls?"

The woman might as well have been asking Illya for directions to the moon, although he might have fared slightly better on that one.

"I am new here madame, and not quite sure where to direct you in order to locate a, um… leotard."  The young woman looked disappointed as she juggled the package in her arms and tried to keep hold of the little hand she  had in hers.

"Oh dear… well… Does anyone know where I might find a pair of pink tights and a leotard?"  Illya felt bad as he watched her look around for someone else to help her.  Working undercover in a department store had been tailor made for Napoleon, but instead it was Kuryakin who was sent in to play the part of a sales associate while his partner hunted for a THRUSH presence upstairs in the accounting department.  The roles should have been reversed, and Illya would stand by that opinion against all odds.

At the moment, the odds were not in his favor.  He truly did not have a clue as to where one might find a pink leotard with tights to match.  His position behind the men's accessories bar was dicey enough, never mind ballet accoutrement.

Illya's supervisor was another young woman named Sylvia Drew. She was watching the new man in men's accessories and recognized the look of someone searching for an answer.  She found him attractive, and his frustration was completely charming to her as she let him squirm for a few minutes before swooping in to rescue him from his dilemma.

"May I be of some help here?" Sylvia smiled at the mother and child, and then at Illya.  She knew him as Ian Whitley, something slightly less intimidating than a Russian had been the thinking for this one.

"Yes, thank you.  This customer is looking for girl's dance apparel, and I fear I do not know where that is in the store."  Illya raised his eyebrows just enough to give an air of complete and utter helplessness, something he had perfected over the years.  Both women held back a sigh; he really was very cute.

Sylvia took over, directing the woman to the escalator and giving directions to the girls department.  When she was finished she turned her attention back to the blond man with the intense blue eyes.

"Mr. Whitley, you will learn where all of the departments are soon enough.  It's a big store, and there's a lot to take in.  Give it some time."  Her smile was warm, and Illya nodded and thanked her.  He thought Miss Drew was young to be in a supervisory position.  It would be inappropriate to remark on it, but it impressed him.

"Thank you for rescuing me.  I felt utterly lost until you walked up to take over."  Butterflies overwhelmed her stomach and she thought it possible that she was blushing.  Sylvia Drew needed to keep it professional, but it wasn't going to be easy.

Upstairs, Napoleon was playing the part of a Personnel manager from the corporate offices.  The plea for help from the President of the company had come to Alexander Waverly along with a suspicion that someone was corrupting their finances in an attempt to buy out controlling interest.  When it appeared that THRUSH might be involved, UNCLE was more than willing to investigate and, if necessary, intervene.

Why would THRUSH want a department store?  That had been the question asked b everyone involved.  What had emerged was the probability that it would simply be a front for laundering money in a large venue with multiple locations.  Catching them at their criminal activities was now the goal.

Napoleon approached the man behind a desk in the accounting area, which was a row of desks behind what served as the personnel office.  It didn't take long to spot a known THRUSH agent whose expertise was in banking and finance.  If he was here then it was a sure thing that he was doing something to the books that would damage the store's economy.  Napoleon perused the room as though looking for someone and then left.  He was on his communicator to Mr. Waverly within minutes.

Illya received a message by way of Sylvia Drew, who took the call from personnel that Mr. Whitley was wanted upstairs.  He thanked her and made his way up the escalator as she watched him, wondering again what the parameters of professionalism were regarding dating employees.

Once Illya reached the top floor he was met by Napoleon who filled him in on who he had seen in the office.

"And are we to take action now?"  Illya wondered if it might lead to something violent.

"Not action, exactly.' Napoleon winked and withdrew his Walther from the neatly concealed shoulder holster.  He inserted sleep darts and motioned for Illya to lead the way back inside the office area.  Once there he walked into a spot where he was partially concealed and lined up a shot.  The THRUSH never knew what was coming, and Illya was close by so that when he collapsed it was as though he were saving the day when he caught him and called for someone to ring for an ambulance.

A team of medics arrived, dispatched from UNCLE Headquarters and ready to transport the patient back there for interrogation.  Solo and Kuryakin looked like heroes and were able to leave the store with some well intentioned comments in their wake.  

Sylvia Drew would be disappointed in the coming days when her blond employee failed to return to his position in men's accessories.  It would be months before she spotted him again as he escorted a visiting dignitary from behind the Iron Curtain, along with that management exec from corporate.

Strange was the only word she could come up with.



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