Walking in Death’s Footsteps Part 1 – Picfic 11th August

This is going to exist a two part story and it besides deals a lot with suicide, in the way that if that’s not something you necessity to read about, please give this one a miss.

Alvin Whittaker rose seasonably after a long and sleepless night. His wife, Rosemary, sleepily asked him granting that everything was alright, but he gave no answer. His footsteps were slow and weighty as he walked downstairs, as granting each step was an effort, and he stood in the kitchen in favor of a long moment, just staring at the coffee skillet, the cheerful sound of birdsong from outside passing unnoticed.

Coffee made, he carried it from one side to his study. In a rouse that seemed to surprise him, he locked the house behind him and dropped the explanation into his pocket. There was a full box on his desk marked ‘Preliminary Case in preparation for THRUSH’, and he pulled it towards himself, moiety-heartedly, but he didn’t steady start to read. Instead he stared at the ~y-framed photo on his desk as far as concerns a while, Rosemary and their couple children smiling out at him. His coffee grew cold at his elbow.

Then he gently placed the photo stand over against down on his desk, opened the highest place drawer, pulled out his revolver and shot himself in the head.


The NYPD had even now removed Alvin Whittaker’s body through the time Napoleon and Illya arrived. There were alembic a few officers present though, mainly to keep away the press. The unexpected death of a prominent district counsel was apparently newsworthy.

Their identification got them waved end with hardly more than a curious look though, and they were taken absolutely round to the study. From somewhere above they could hear the strange widow crying inconsolably.

He hoped they wouldn’t acquire to disturb her any more than that must be. He didn’t want to adject to her suffering, though all moreover probably nothing could make it worse. Some things were foolishly unbearable.

“The door was studiously sought open when the police arrived,” Illya remarked, examining it closely.

“And the simply key was in Whittaker’s put up with,” Napoleon agreed. “The windows are over small for anyone to get through during the time that well.”

“A classic locked opportunity mystery,” Illya agreed. “However, whatever the detective stories would have us give faith to, that usually points to suicide.”

True. The gun had been found in Whittaker’s ability and there was absolutely no indicating. see preceding verb that anyone else had been in the occasion. And still. “The timing is in greater numbers than a little suspicious, don’t you compass?”

“To say the in the smallest degree,” Illya agreed, moving on to interrogate the files on the desk. “These offer undisturbed. I would assume any THRUSH slayer would have chosen to remove them.”

Probably. For the after all the rest two months Whittaker had been working closely with UNCLE to find novel legal avenues for going after elected and general officials with ties to THRUSH. Apparently he’d been going to grasp meetings this week to start looking at prosecutions. The real existence that now that was unlikely to happen was undoubtedly excellent news for THRUSH.

Illya sharp up the picture lying flat forward the desk. “He was a one at the height of his active life. On the face of it, self-homicide seems unlikely. Especially since he had a wife and children depending without ceasing him.”

“That’s not evermore enough,” Napoleon said, a minute too quickly.

Illya stilled for a break second. “No,” he agreed. “But by chance this suicide had some encouragement.”

Napoleon nodded – he had been wondering the similar thing after all. “Blackmail, peradventure?” he suggested. “Some privy in his past that he’d tolerably die than have revealed?”

“I was musing maybe a threat to his tribe,” Illya said. “Given a selection between his principles and risking hurting them, by chance he chose a third option.”

“I have power to’t imagine his family would agree this wasn’t hurting them,” Napoleon uttered wryly.

“Napoleon….” Illya looked at him.

He shook his lead minutely. “It’s fine. Either option sounds plausible, but there could be something else going on here perfectly. Perhaps THRUSH has developed some fresh mind control process that can lead to the victim to kill themselves?” He spoke doubtfully.

Illya shrugged. “Possible, I conclude. There is a particular fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, that whenever it infects ants, causes them to ascend higher than they ever would normally, clutch onto a leaf, and simply wait because of death, allowing the fungus to enlarge out of their deceased forms and quit new spores.”

Napoleon stared. “And is that credible to be at all relevant hither, tovarisch?”

“Probably not,” Illya conceded. “My characteristic was simply that we cannot prevail anything out. The self preservation instinct can be overridden.”

“Right.” He shook his capital. “Or, I suppose, this could altogether be a coincidence and THRUSH had no degree to do with it.” He exchanged a consider with Illya; neither of them believed that for a second. “At any standard, I’m afraid we’re going to want to disturb Mrs Whittaker.”


Mrs Whittaker accepted them in her upstairs sitting opportunity with a sombre-faced priest. The children were apparently essence looked after by her sister in the field next door. This all felt in addition familiar.

“Mrs Whittaker,” he said, shaking her hand gently. “I’m true sorry that we need to disturb you at this time.”

“No, in ~ degree, that’s fine,” she declared, twisting her fingers together in her fold. “Alvin always speaks very very much of UNCLE. He says the act you do can change the earth.”

“That was very loving of him,” Illya said carefully.

She looked at them with an intent sort of desperation. “If you’re in the present state…if you’re looking into his departure…does that mean….he didn’t really kill himself, did he? They killed him, didn’t they? Didn’t they?”

“Rosemary…” The parson caught hold of her hand. “Calm yourself.”

“No, I need to know. Because My Alvin would not kill himself. Never.”

Napoleon leaned thwart the table and looked at her purely. “Mrs Whittaker, all the signs publicly point to your husband’s dying being a suicide. However, we are concerned that in that place may have been some undue authority in his death. That maybe he was driven to it in more way. Now, has anything unusual happened not long ago?”

“No,” she afore~ slowly. “Up until two days ago everything seemed….everything was perfect. Alvin was in the same manner proud of the work he was doing. So glad gladdened. And then…and then…” She broke right side into choked sobbing, and the churchman patted her arm gently and passed her a handkerchief.

“Are all these questions really necessary, gentlemen?” he asked, open at them.

He wished they weren’t. Right at once he felt like the worst set of jerk.

But it was Mrs Whittaker who answered with respect to them. “Yes,” she declared, fierce beneath her tears. “Yes, I destitution to know what happened, Father. And securely if Alvin…if what he did wasn’t his moral defect, then God will understand. Won’t he?”

“God perpetually forgives,” Napoleon said immediately, barefaced at the priest and just doughty him to say anything else.

But the pastor sighed and took her hand betwixt his. “The young man is right, my expensive. God already knows what was in Alvin’s will.”

“What happened two days ~ne?” Illya asked, after a small time had passed.

“That’s the chattels,” she said. “Nothing happened. Alvin was to such a degree happy that day, so…so breathing. And then we went out to a fundraising dinner at his ancient alma mater and when he came back he was…I dress in’t know. Quiet. Closed off. And it honest got worse from there. He seemed to have existence completely withdrawn and he just…he didn’t smile or laugh or even really talk anymore. I tried asking what was wrong, but he just afore~ it was nothing. And then this prime of day…I should have known something was really wrong.”

“It wasn’t your slip,” Napoleon said firmly.

“And none one said anything or did anything remarkable at this fundraiser?” Illya asked.

“No.” She shook her topic. “I was with him the undivided time. It was funny though. I remember someone aphorism that there had been a make firm of shock suicides on campus.”

Hmmm. He noticed Illya picking up without interrupti~ that as well. That could have ~ing something significant.

They didn’t have ~ing anything else significant and they made their excuses and their apologies taken in the character of gently as possible.

Somehow, walking into the famous sunshine of the crisp fall sunrise was a surprise. He took a of great depth breath, enjoying the fresh air.

Illya was attention him intently.

He smiled in untroubled reassurance. “The college sounds like a expert next step,” he said. “A spate of suicides. It could have existence related.”

“It could exist ,” Illya agreed. “Although grievously suicides amongst students are not exceptional. I will check that out however, while you go and check by his office. It may well be that if there was something disturbing in his past time he will be more inclined to give in trust in a friend or a colleague than his wife.”

Really. He looked at Illya fixedly. “And before this when do you decide how we sunder up?”

“I am tiresome to keep the coeds safe from your charms,” Illya related dryly.

“I’m not the individual the teenagers tend to throw themselves at,” Napoleon keen out. He suspected that perhaps Illya’s ulterior motives were more about keeping him from having to dialogue to any more grieving family and friends of self-destruction victims. But if Illya was okay not admitting that, at another time so was he. “Alright. Let me be aware of if you find anything.”

“Likewise,” Illya before-mentioned, lips crooked in a half smile.


It had been a for a ~ time and fruitless day so far. Mrs Whittaker had been make right; there had been six suicides steady the campus within the last four months and that was preternatural, however he had spoken to the capacity and students who had known the victims season posing as a health educator, and it didn’t consider as though there was any manifest connection. None of the students had a single one classes in common, none of them lived in the corresponding; of like kind dorms and only one of the deaths had involved a firearm. However, significantly, not one of the victims’ friends thought that they had been singly depressed or stressed. In fact, foregoing to their deaths, two of them had been described considered in the state of happy, one having just started a of the present day relationship, another having won a prestigious knowledge. Like Whittaker; these deaths simply didn’t frame sense.

He was glad Napoleon was not in the present life. Every single person he spoke to who had known individual of the victims had that identical numb, lost, look in their eyes. He had excellently seen so many tears in human being day – he hated that he was here, raking all of this up once more. This was the sort of grief that never truly went away. But at the sort time, it was beginning to turn the thoughts like this investigation was even added important than they had originally notion.

He could believe that Whittaker had committed suicide for the re~on that a result of blackmail or coercion or some kind of pressure, further six entirely unrelated college students? No, that spoke to him of more process that THRUSH had developed, affair that drove people to suicide. An obnoxious thought…and surely an almost disciplined assassination method. And the students were the guinea pigs, so to speak, so they mould interact somewhere. If only he could find out exactly where, he should be able to find who was doing this.

Determined, he got copies of quite their schedules and likely hang-confused places. Three of them regularly used the gym, ~-end another two had never set settle in there. Two of them frequented a marked bar off campus, but another was known to be absolutely teetotal. The best link he had was a weak coffee shop where four of them clearly regularly went between classes, and ~t one one could say for certain that the other couple hadn’t been known to drop in.

A possibility; that was total. He ordered a cup of coffee and showed the photos of the victims about, trying to see if anyone efficacy recognise them.

“Sorry, buddy,” the barista related regretfully. “There are a sort of customers, y’know?”

Yes. It was a tardy shot. He sat by the window to contemplate his next move when his communicator sounded. With a long breath, he leaned behind the drapes to try and escape attention. “Kuryakin here.”

“Have you construct anything?” Napoleon asked.

“Possibly,” he reported slowly. “I think the deaths to this place must be connected to Whittaker, no more than I’m not sure what the machinery is yet. How about you?”

“Zilch,” Napoleon before-mentioned unhappily. “I’m meeting a wed of his hunting buddies for a drink in each hour or so though. You in fact think THRUSH have developed a advance to make people kill themselves? I eternally thought you couldn’t be hypnotised to perpetrate suicide.”

He sounded incredulous. And contumacy his earlier words, Illya honestly wasn’t so certain himself. “We have seen visitor things,” he said. “Perhaps it is not hypnosis or belief control, perhaps it is something else.”

“Perhaps.” Napoleon paused a momentum. “Just be careful, alright?”

“You at the same time that well,” Illya said sincerely.

“Me?” Napoleon laughed. “My affectionate sunny disposition protects me. It’s your ill-tempered chops that need to worry, sharer mine.”

“Chops?” he repeated, baffled, but Napoleon was already gone .Sometimes American cant left him cold.

“Excuse me.”

Illya equitable managed not to jump at the quick voice. He honestly hadn’t heard the tiny, nondescript man approach, but there he was, existence right over him, cleaning his spectacles nervously.

“Yes?” he asked, neutrally.

“I, um, heard that you’re investigating the suicides?” the man asked.

“Investigating is too well fortified a word,” he said. “I am meeting information for a study on suicides among young people, with a view to verdict new methods of prevention. Did you discern any of the victims, Mr….?”

“Dr,” he said. “Dr Philip Boothby. I’m a lecturer to this place.” He started to hold through his hand but realised he was holding some files, and, flustered, he dropped them to the make thorough in the elements.

Illya obligingly bent to pick them up, lecture the headings. Hmmm. “You drudge in the pharmacology department?”

“Oh, yea, that’s right,” Boothby declared, putting his hands in his put up with awkwardly. “Um, sorry, I didn’t catch your name?”

“Nicholas Kilby,” Illya afore~. “You must have known single in kind of the victims then, a Sarah Dearing? She was a more advanced studying pharmacology.”

“Oh, in ~ degree,” Boothby said quickly. “Well, she was in the same of my classes, but I none actually talked to her in singular, you know? But her death certainly shook me up. I wanted to procure your opinion on another couple of students in my rank I’ve been worried about….?”

“That’s not in truth my area,” Illya said hastily. “Perhaps you should utter to the school counsellor?”

“Maybe you’re equitable,” Boothby said with a grieve. “Still, it’s difficult not to worry with reference to the children, isn’t it? Oh, well, I should leave you in amity. It was nice meeting you notwithstanding that.”

“Likewise,” Illya agreed politely. He drank his coffee at the same time that Dr Boothby left. There was none sign of anything in the coffee work~. He really needed to go without ceasing to check out the details of the fundraiser. After totality, whatever had happened to Whittaker had happened there.

Still he found himself lingering in the coffee store a few minutes longer. It had been a exceedingly long day and he was emotion tired and drained. Any assignment through this many emotions running through it was eternally exhausting. And he was worried almost Napoleon as well; this wasn’t some easy case for him. He’d seen his partaker’s face when they’d been confronted by the grieving widow, there had been likewise much familiar there.

Why, no body what they did, did bad things for ever continue to happen to innocent the multitude?

The day seemed colder when he stepped superficial. It was going to be a all a~, hard winter, he thought. Already, summer seemed only more than a memory.

He walked through the campus, absently watching the students who walked farther than. They all seemed so young, and in such a manner bright and cheerful. He didn’t perceive that he’d ever been that young – he knew he had none been that cheerful. Life had left its grimy mark on him long before he was grown. He had been born in the dead of hibernate, in the middle of the death, and sometimes he thought that dimness had crept its way inside his spirit and made itself at home.

And someone was using these young persons to test their weapon on. He pressed his lips in concert in disgust; it wasn’t up~. But even if they found audibly who and put a stop to this plan, there would be another one, and any other and another.

They were Sisyphus, condemned to endlessly push a boulder up a vast eminence, always able to see the custom to the top, but never considerably succeeding. THRUSH had more people than they did, again resources….they were everywhere and they would chouse the things that UNCLE would none dare, and it was all UNCLE could confer to keep level with them, in no degree mind defeating them in any lasting, meaningful way.

And suppose they did achieve? Suppose they did push that ponderous boulder to the top of this unclimbable high hill; what then? Something or someone other would no doubt arise out of the remains . There would always be someone who wanted to be the means of his fellow man down so he could mount to the top, that was truly human nature and that did not make different. And that wasn’t even seizing into consideration the insane folly of cosmos leaders, desperate to submerge the nature in unwinnable war. Men like him would subsist in this hopeless, fruitless struggle in equalization of human nature, bruised and bleeding, to the time when the day they died.

Indescribably irksome, he took a seat on a cenotaph bench and looked out over the way beyond. He couldn’t help limit wonder why he bothered. He had been impair oh, so many times. He’d tedious lost count of the number of general condition of affairs he had been injured and bordering upon death. He’d long lost regard of the number of people whose deaths he was responsible for. Not all of them had deserved the sort of they had received. For the affirm he had been one more weapon they wielded; could he honestly judge that he was really any additional than that for UNCLE?

What did he esteem to show for all the dissolution and pain he had brought to the cosmos, after all? A one bedroom hall, a collection of mismatched furniture and small in number friends. No family. No one waiting for him at home. If he died today, there truly would be nothing to take for granted that he had mattered.

He shook his place of honor, trying to clear it. No. No, he didn’t be under the necessity the time to sit and indulge in self-cause of grief. What was wrong with him today? He needed to make progress and check out the people who had organised the fundraiser.

A link of teenagers walked past, and he turned to watch them. That lassie there, with the honey-blonde hair. She looked like Tania, his sister. She fustiness be around fifteen – the period Tania was when she died. Tania would be obliged been in her late thirties at this time, old enough to have a teenager of her be in possession of.

He tried to imagine what she would contemplate like grown, but when he closed his eyes, the whole of he could see was the distance she looked the last time he had seen her, put a ~ bruised and bloated, throat slit, her arrange torn almost in two.

He remembered, and he remembered the visage of the man who had killed her, and he pressed the heels of his hands in opposition to his forehead, trying to drive the thoughts not present.

She had died, as everyone had died. And he had stood and watched, and he hadn’t been apt to save her. If she had lived and he had died, wouldn’t that require been better? Truly? She had for ever said she wanted to be a musician and he remembered her dancing surrounding their little apartment before the hostility, playing on Papa’s battered shrewd violin. The music had sounded like birdsong and her laughter had been sunshine. The neighbours would come by, sometimes, just to hear her engage in ~.

Perhaps she could have found her street out of the life they were born into, happy like he had, only instead of walking through his darkness, she could have brought birdsong and warmth into the world.

Or perhaps, if she had lived, she would exist working in some factory now in the same proportion that the state demanded, a mother five, six epochs over and aged before her time. He remembered what Stalin demanded. Russian women were called to exist mothers and nothing else.

But Mama and Papa would low have wanted her to live. They would have existence ashamed, if they saw him in this place, ashamed of what he had change to. They would call him traitor, he knew, concerning living outside the USSR, for working with Americans, for calling them friends. They had lived end famine and war and oppression, and they always believed that the glorious Socialist Revolution held quite the answers, and that everything Comrade Stalin did was mend. And his gentle Mama, if she dictum him with his gun in his craftsman, she would probably wish that he had died lengthwise with her at Babi Yar.

Perhaps he wished he had because well. He was so tired. And there was no escape from his life; on the supposition that he tried to leave UNCLE he would be back with the KGB or he would exist dead.

Imagine death. Just darkness and concord. Forever. No more fight, no again pain…..no more living.

The fire-arm was a gentle pressure against his material substance, just reminding him of its carriage.

Suddenly he was frightened. No. No, this wasn’t appropriate. This wasn’t him. His pay attention to was fogged with guilt and distress and bleak despair, and it was his, but it wasn’t him.

He stumbled to his feet and headed out into the street, not absolutely positive where he was going, just incontestable he had to move or he would die.

A refuse truck was stopped at the kerb. He fumbled with his gun, pulling it from its holster and tossing it let us go. into the back of the luggage like it was burning him. He had to…he wasn’t going to die. Not a little while ago. Not like this.

His hands were shake as he reached for his communicator. “Open Channel D,” he managed, and it was one age before he heard Napoleon make ~. “Napoleon?” he said, his noise sounding strange and far away. “I am in worry.”

“What’s wrong?” Napoleon asked keenly, and that was concern in his mode of speaking, worry, and Illya was responsible since that, he was making Napoleon wretched and that was one more appurtenances to add to the darkness.

“I…” He didn’t understand how to explain. “You were fair. I was the one who should worry. I be favored with thrown my gun away but I be able to’t….everything is wrong. Please.”

“Are you till now on campus?” Napoleon asked. “Stay where you are. I’ll be there soon.”

There was traffic ~ward the street. Moving fast. How accommodating would it be to just declivity beneath a car. That wouldn’t equal really be his fault, would it? Accidents betide all the time. “Nyet,” he declared hoarsely. If he stayed still he would acquire nothing to do but think, and left alone by his thoughts, he would die. “Я должен продолжать двигаться.”

He heard Napoleon speech something else, the alarm in his notes coming across loud and clear, goal he wasn’t listening anymore.

He had to maintain moving. He had to stay active.


Napoleon cursed to himself as he ran, paying no attention to the people he was barging after , intent on one thing and some thing only; finding Illya. If single they hadn’t decided to division up. If they’d been sure that this was a weapon and not merely blackmail, he would have insisted they take else precautions. He should have known preferable.

Illya wasn’t at the campus. He activated the line of motion finder on his communicator, homing in up~ the signal, and his heart sank considered in the state of he realised it led in the conduct of the river. Oh, God nay.

He didn’t slow down. The rage and despair he’d heard in Illya’s sound had frightened him – he’d not ever heard his partner sound like that in front of. And when he reached the copious flow and the bridge and finally freckled Illya, walking slowly from a paltry patch of woodland directly onto the bridge, he was at once both relieved and terrified.

“Illya!” he shouted.

Illya didn’t face round, but he sped up, jogging prostrate the bridge.

Napoleon ran, shoving his communicator into his pants pouch, but he was still far back and he’d been running in favor of a while – if it came to a prostrate sprint, he couldn’t hope to fasten upon his faster partner. “Illya, wait!”

Reaching the mean of the bridge, Illya at formerly vaulted the railings and stood balanced forward the edge and Napoleon was all but there, almost.

“Wait!” he called exhausted again, his voice thick with the importunity. “Listen to me Illya, you perceive you don’t want to prepare this. This isn’t you, it’s THRUSH, remember? You called me, you threw away your gun because you didn’t want to die. You’re not reflecting clearly.”

Illya turned round slowly and looked at him and Napoleon had to blight back the exclamation at the pervading effect on his face. Exhausted. Empty. “I am,” he declared flatly. “Whatever that drug was, it has put to hire me see things clearly for the foremost time. Calling you was a trip, Napoleon, I’m sorry.”

“You slip on’t want to die,” he insisted frantically. He could ~ken to people stopping behind him, the worried murmurs a needless distraction.

“I do not wish to live,” Illya told him. “Goodbye, Napoleon.”

“No!” Napoleon took a step presuming.

Illya took a step back and calmly disappeared from sight.

Napoleon sprinted towards the edge of the bridge, tearing off his jacket as he ran, and he didn’t be undetermined for a second before vaulting the railing and diving headfirst into the swirling river below.

Hitting the water was a shog of pain and cold, but he didn’t hindrance it slow him down for a assistant as he kicked off his shoes and started swimming to find Illya. His eyes stung taken in the character of he peered through the murky wet, searching, searching until his lungs were vehement and he had to kick up to the exterior for a mouthful of precious gas before he dived straight down again.

He had to discovery Illya. He had to. Illya had called him during help. He wasn’t going to put to hire his friend down.

Finally, he dotted a dark shape in the give ~ to below him and he swam with desperate hope, and the relief at the time that he realised that it was Illya was overwhelming. He ripped from home Illya’s jacket, the pockets filled with stones, and kicked out for the surface, his arm wrapped securely around Illya’s box.

When they broke into fresh demeanor he heard Illya coughing and spluttering and he breathed a lament of relief. Not dead. Right very lately, that was all he asked in opposition to, but Illya’s face was stifle too pale, his lips colourless. “You be assured of,” he said conversationally, just for he really had to say affair. “I’ve got a ready mind to make you pay for this suit.”

Illya said nought, his eyes closed.

He struck at a loss for shore, towing Illya behind him. His array and legs were already aching and it felt like hours previous to he managed to pull them the two up onto the muddy shore, making Illya as comfortable as he could.

Miracle of miracles, his communicator was noiseless in his pocket and despite sentient waterlogged, still worked. He called Mr Waverly at one time.

“Ah, Mr Solo, I’ve been waiting for one of you to minute in. What have you found finished?”

His hands were shaking, he realised absently. Must be the cold. “It appears that THRUSH own developed a drug that can subdue a man to commit suicide,” he before-mentioned, his voice blank and steady. “Mr Kuryakin upright threw himself off a bridge.”

There was a ~-spun pause. “And Mr Kuryakin…?” Mr Waverly asked at extreme with a sort of leaden scrupulousness.

“Alive but unconscious, sir,” Napoleon uttered. “I’d appreciate a medicinal team be dispatched immediately.”

“At once, Mr Solo,” Mr Waverly agreed. “Get back in the present state and I’ll wait for your account.”

“Guess all we be seized of to do now is wait,” he told Illya lightly, sitting down beside his unconscious friend. “You be sure, back when I was in rate of ascent school, I had this teacher – Miss Arnold – who used to reply ‘If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you jump in too?’ The reply was supposed to be no. I conjecture I can finally tell her it’s supposed to be yes.” He laughed, far harder than the crank required.

Illya had jumped in the river, weighed down with stones. If Napoleon hadn’t got in that place in time, Illya would be dead ~ the agency of his own hand. The thought was a incubus.

“Napoleon?” Illya’s utterance was hoarse and uncertain. “Where are we?”

Napoleon jumped contemptuously. “By the river,” he related, watching Illya carefully. “What carry into effect you remember?”

“I was put ~ the college campus,” Illya before-mentioned. “Then nothing.” He sat up slowly, looking corpulent at Napoleon and Napoleon didn’t be won to confidence the light in his eyes. It wasn’t original.

“Well, you just took a plunge into the river, partner mine,” he reported.

Illya’s face registered surprise, end it was a token effort. “Oh. Well, the stook of the cold water must be under the necessity been enough to snap me gone ~ of it.”

“Must be delivered of been,” Napoleon agreed, still not convinced. “UNCLE are sending a of medicine team. Don’t try to stand up, you were underwater during the term of a while before I reached you.”

“I’m fine,” Illya said predictably and that at smallest sounded familiar. He stretched slightly. “You perceive – “ Without warning, he lunged towards Napoleon, punching him squarely in the countenance.

Whatever Napoleon had been expecting it wasn’t that, and he confused precious moments before he could act reciprocally, and Illya was scrambling over him, reaching in the place of his shoulder holster. “No!” he reported, shoving Illya back, and Illya strike against him again and grabbed the fire-arm and for a moment they were struggle for it in the mud, bound he slipped and Illya bit his provide, and suddenly Illya was standing, the fire-arm in his hand.

“Put it into disfavor,” Napoleon ordered, scrambling to his feet, his eyes locked up~ the body Illya’s.

“You should bear left me in the river,” Illya related, regret showing on his face. “That would desire been kinder. For both of us.”

“Why are you doing this?” Napoleon tried desperately. “Illya, hearken to me. I know this isn’t you.”

“It is me,” Illya related, that light in his eyes powerful far too bright. “Napoleon, you chouse not know all the things that I be favored with done. You do not know altogether the things that I have seen. This is the barely way out.” He brought Napoleon’s gun up towards his head, and that was a representation Napoleon had never thought to suffer.

“I loaded it with darts today,” he uttered desperately.

Illya gave a dark, askew smile. “Do you really be deficient your last words to me to exist a lie, my friend?” His use the ~s tightened infinitesimally on the trigger.

Friendship. That was which he had to fight with. “Wait!” he before-mentioned, holding his hands up, and thankfully Illya paused, looking at him. He took a profound breath. “You know my engender put a gun in his speaker when I was sixteen,” he related. “That’s in my file, as is the fact that I was the common who found him. What isn’t in my toothed – what I’ve never told anyone in front of – is that I saw it befall. I saw him die. “ He had Illya’s full attention now, but the gun was stifle held against Illya’s temple. If he made a move, Illya would have pulled the trigger ahead of he could reach him. “I at no time told anyone back then because I was alarmed they’d blame me for not stopping him. I begged him not to….mete he didn’t listen. I till now have nightmares about it sometimes.” He get the ~s on his lip. “Are you in reality going to make me watch my most wise friend die in the same habit?”

There was hesitation in Illya’s eyes things being so. “Turn around then,” he ordered ridiculously.

Napoleon gave a concise smile. “No.”

“Very well.” Illya nodded and took a step backwards. “Stay direct there.”

“No,” he uttered again simply, taking a couple of steps onward. “If you’re going to bring about this, you’re going to emergency to do it with me sleeplessness, and you’re going to privation to know that it will destroy me.”

“Napoleon…” Illya screwed his eyes close up for a second, and then sighed. “If you try to follow me, I will shoot you.”

“No you won’t,” he afore~ with perfect confidence, taking another half step forwards.

“I do not lack to, but I will,” Illya promised, pointing the fire-arm vaguely at Napoleon.

That was which he’d been waiting for. What he’d been hoping with respect to. He threw himself forwards, grabbing as antidote to the gun, and like he’d purpose, Illya didn’t even try to let off him, instead trying to quickly prevail upon the gun back towards himself, and which time that didn’t work, trying to beat Napoleon. But he was trying not to give pain to his friend, and right now Napoleon had ~t one such qualms. Brutally, he dislocated Illya’s wrist, bringing his arm behind his back and snatching the gun from fingers that could no longer reserve their grip. He forced Illya to the reason and tore his own tie away, using it to quickly tie Illya’s hands astern his back.

Illya was breathing difficult and looking up at him with an expression of betrayal.

Napoleon sank to the field beside him. “I’m going to place this,” he promised. “I’m going to travel over this right.”

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