May 8th, 2011

Animals: Bear (Flowers)

Fiction. Keep Walking (Napoleon/Illya)

TITLE: Keep Walking
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
PAIRING: Napoleon Solo/Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin
GENRE: Slash
SUMMARY: A sequel to Ceaseless. The day Illya had always prayed would never come has finally come.
RATING: PG
WORD COUNT: 1,730
WARNING: This story does not have a happy ending.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I had never planned to write a sequel to Ceaseless (written almost three and a half years ago) as it had been a snapshot in time. However, a few days ago I received an email from someone letting me know what a strong emotion this story had evoked in her and explaining why and what she felt about the situation, to which I naturally replied. She then wrote back and commented further and ended with a comment that she would love to see a sequel to the story resolving it one way or another, but only if I wanted to do so and could do it in a way that would be true to me and my view of the characters, because at the end of the day a writer has to be true to themselves and when it comes down to it, the only person a writer can guarantee to please if themselves. I wasn't sure there was a sequel in me, given the amount of time that had passed since I wrote Ceaseless. However, the mind is a strange thing and it decided to pick up the story and run with it and a little idea was borne and germinated. This story is the result. It is true to my reasoning behind the choices Illya made in Ceaseless and whilst it does not end happily (which normally goes very much against my credo) it works for me. I hope it works for the person who wrote such a detailed email to me and has continued the interesting discussion with me about Ceaseless and Illya's choices. Paula, this is for you.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

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