April 4th, 2016


Forgot about these: The Beta Challenge

Title – The Alphabet Affair, Chapter D
Author: Spikesgirl58
Word count: 1707
Rating: PG for language and eventual slash
Prompts: Defector and Delusional
Napoleon tried to keep his face calm as Illya’s words raced through his head to his heart. Illya had been the first partner that he’d ever had who understood and trusted him the way a partner needed to.

“I beg your pardon?” He managed to keep his voice even and calm sounding. “Did you say transfer? What brought this on?”

“I… yes.” Illya sounded as afraid of the word as Napoleon felt. He instantly became interested with some mail on his desk and began to shuffle through it. This gave Napoleon an odd feeling in his stomach. In attempting to appear casual, it was coming off as something else. Illya wasn’t afraid of anything that Napoleon knew of. Whatever was happening was big, possibly bigger than anything they’d ever faced together.
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Title – The Alphabet Affair, Chapter E
Word count: 934
Rating: PG for language and eventual slash
Prompts: Elegant and Expatriate

Illya trudged up the last staircase to his apartment. He would have taken the elevator, but with as slow as it always ran, it was faster this way. Not bothering to conceal his yawn, he searched for his keys and then froze at the sound of approaching footsteps. At this time of the night, it wasn’t likely that it was one of his neighbors.

He dropped the keys back into his pocket and let his hand move closer to his gun. The owner of the footsteps came into view and Illya relaxed slightly.

Grigory Novogrotsky bent over, hands on his knees, and panted from exertion. He looked up at Illya and offered a slight smile. “Why… can’t… you… live on a…. lower floor?”

“It’s only five flights, Grigory. Perhaps the question should be, why are you in such bad shape that five floors is too much for you?” Illya grabbed his keys, now reassured that he wasn’t about to be jumped by a THRUSH assassin. “Or perhaps and even better question is, why are you here?”

“I wanted to find out how your date went.”
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