15 Works by Taste_is_Sweet in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

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    Some families you choose.

    (Foggy's smile gets tight and watery around the edges. "Yeah," he says, voice rough. "Let's not do that shit again, okay? It's you and me against the world. Always and forever."

    Matt nods. "Yeah, Foggy. You and me. Always." He looks in Illya's direction again. "But, it's just you and me anymore. We have friends." His grin is tentative, but it's not uncertain; just shy. "And…I have brothers now. That's true, right?" he asks Illya. "You, and Bucky and Rain. You're my brothers."

    Illya gives Matt one of his rare, beaming smiles. "Yes, Matya. That is true.")

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    "Oh, my God," Christine says. She smacks a hand over her mouth. "You're…you're a vigilante, aren't you? Oh my God, she repeats when her only response is stony silence. "I'm right! You're a vigilante! You got yourself beat up vigilanteing!"

    "That is not word," Illya says.

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    Napoleon Solo meets Bucky Barnes in 1945. He's the only one who knows it's the first and last time.

    (He was fairly certain there were other Clairvoyants who were able to change the future, not just be intimately aware of it. Napoleon was not one of them. Nothing he ever did mattered a good God damn to fate. If it was meant to happen, it would. He'd learned that the hard way, but he'd never forgotten it.)

    Written for my Dreamwidth Intoabar Community prompt: Bucky Barnes meets...Napoleon Solo.

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    The phone moved with her into what was obviously the larger room of the barbershop. Steve could see mirrors along one wall, and small craters in the plaster that he was sure came from bullet holes. The chairs were gone, but there was a low cot near the far wall of the room. And Bucky was lying on it, with his metal arm stretched out on a box beside him. He was asleep, breathing steadily despite the wheeze in his lungs.

    Breathing. Bucky was breathing. He was alive.

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    "Hey," Claire said, and the tone of that one word had Christine stopping dead in the corridor. "I know it's late. I wouldn't be calling, but I need your help. Remember the other day when you came over and we had wine and I bitched to you about how I keep meeting people with special needs?"

    "Oh my God," Christine said. She lowered her voice to a whisper. "Is it Daredevil?"

    "No, not this time," Claire said, though she hesitated at the end of it, as if she wanted to say something else about him but chose not to. "It's someone else. A friend of a friend. I haven't met them yet, but they're being brought to…my new workplace. And they're really hurt."

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    Bucky cries out when his left arm is moved, then lashes out wildly with his right, instinctively trying to attack the cause of his pain. Illya grabs Bucky's wrist and pushes it back to the floor. "It's okay. It's okay, Vanya. You're safe. It's just me and Matt. We're trying to help you."

    Bucky turns his head towards Illya, but he's incapable of responding, barely present behind his closed eyes. It's heartbreaking, but far more terrifying. Illya's watched enough people die to know what it looks like. This isn't death. Not yet. But it's the dark slide down.

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    Illya nods absently as he pulls the note close and finishes unfolding it. Claire's watching him as he reads, so she sees the exact second his face goes white.

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    Illya grows up with his older brother Bucky Vanya.

    (On the good days, the days when it's not too cold and Bucky can still smile and he remembers both their names, Illya will sit with his back to Bucky's chest and Bucky's arms and legs wrapped around him. They keep warm like that, while Bucky tells Illya stories or teaches him rude words or his favorite songs in English. On the bad days, Illya lies next to Bucky and holds him tight while he shakes.

    There are a lot more bad days.)

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    "I have to leave," Illya says. He glances at Oleg, who gives him a single, tiny nod. "They need me at K.G.B.."

    "Why?" Napoleon looks exactly as bewildered, furious and afraid as Gaby feels. "Why now? We almost get shot by a sniper this afternoon and suddenly, after six years, they've just decided to take you?" His expression goes black. "No. I'm not standing for this. I'm calling Waverly." He goes towards the phone on the coffee table.

    "Soldat," Oleg says, as if that's truly what Illya is. As if it's his name.

    Illya grabs Napoleon's wrist with a bandaged hand as he picks up the phone. "Don't. There is no point. He cannot change this." He glances back at his handler, who gives him another tiny nod.

    Gaby feels like she's in a movie where she doesn't know her lines.

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    Stick finding Matt Murdock was never a coincidence.

    (The chair finally stops and the headpieces retract. Illya's screams turn into gulping sobs as he trembles from the aftershocks. At least now they can hear themselves think.

    Pierce slides a braille-labeled file folder across the table, 'cause he's all about the fucking drama. "Illya was supposed to carry out this mission, but he failed." Pierce's voice is full of contempt, but Stick already got that memo, thanks, and as far as he's concerned it's Hydra's fault if Illya's too soft to do what's necessary. Stick did his best, but it's not like the kid grew up in a vacuum. "The mission's changed. Matthew Murdock is no longer a target. We're going to train him."

    "You realized he's more powerful than you thought, so you want me to make him into a good little Summer Soldier for you." Stick closes the folder and slides it to the side. "What's in it for me?")

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    Illya is standing with his arms crossed and his back against the wall. His entire concentration seems to be focused exclusively on Matt, but he turns his head immediately when she comes in.

    "Is this penance?" Claire asks him. "To make up for what you think you did?"

    Illya doesn't even blink at her. "No," he says simply. "There is nothing that will make up for what I did. But I will never let anyone hurt my brothers again."

    "It wasn't your fault," she says.

    He shifts his attention back to Matt, pointedly looking away.

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    Illya receives the serum on his birthday. He's thirteen years old.

    (Memory hurts. Memory means sorrow and the rage that eats him alive. Memory is watching Bucky—Vanya?—shudder on the floor after the chair rips him apart. Memory is poison, like the blood red apple on the shelf on the wall.)

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    Illya Kuryakin is eight years old when he meets Bucky Barnes.

    (He just looks at Illya for what feels like forever, then lets go of his left arm to wipe his mouth. Most of his left arm is missing. The sleeve of his sweater's been hacked off above a frayed, grey bandage. The rattle comes from a thick chain set in a ring on the wall. It leads to a manacle around his right ankle. Illya doesn't understand what the chain is for, it doesn't look like the man could go anywhere.

    The man reaches out between the bars of his cage, but jerks his hand back before he actually touches Illya. "Are you real?")

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    Sergeant Barnes was the only viable Winter Soldier. But he was far from the only person Hydra fucked with.

    (Claire's seen a tube like that before. Probably everyone in the entire country has by now. The 'special issue' of Time Magazine that came out in December is still on the table in the break room. Its cover looks like it was painted in the 1940s, and its title is The Crucible of Bucky Barnes.

    She didn't read it, but she looked at the pictures. She knows damn well what this green cylinder is for.)

    Written for my Live Journal Intoabar Community prompt: Illya Kuryakin meets...Claire Temple.

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    How many times has Illya wished he was someone else's son? That he'd lived some other life? "That makes no sense." But his hands are shaking, rage lashing his spine.

    "I know. But…they did something. To our heads. I'm not…" Vanya swallows. "We're not who we are, but we don't remember. They made us not remember."

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