caduceus03 (caduceus03) wrote in epic_recs,

Pictures at an Exhibition by Kellie Matthews (NC-17)

Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition
Tags: fandom: man from u.n.c.l.e., genre: angst, genre: hurt/comfort, genre: romance, length: long, pairing: illya/napoleon, recs by caduceus03

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