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The Ties That Bind by Taliesin (NC-17)

Posting for caduceus03 :

Title: The Ties That Bind
Author: Taliesin
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Action, Drama, Cliché!fic
Length: Long
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Taliesin’s Reach

Author’s Summary: Thrush is after them, their U.N.C.L.E. contacts can't be trusted, and they must somehow get across the better part of the United States without attracting too much attention. It would be much easier if they weren't handcuffed together....

Review:
It’s handcuff!fic, need I say more?

It’s actually not as humorous as the premise implies – the handcuffs aren’t played for laughs but as a genuine obstacle to Napoleon and Illya’s survival. What the story really does is exemplify Napoleon and Illya’s partnership and just how well the work together. The two of them work together and play off each other flawlessly, and as a fan of earlier MFU before it became quite so farcical, I always appreciate seeing this sort of competence. Their friendship and working relationship is rock-solid; the slash component plays only a small part in the narrative, but even though it gets very little screentime, their relationship is strong enough that they can ease right into it and leave the reader with no doubt that all goes well for them.

A nice treat if you want a break from relationship angst and simply want to see the characters working together and clicking perfectly.

The Ties that Bind

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