The Marriage of Convenience Affair

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Title: The Marriage of Convenience Affair
Author(s): Taliesin
Date(s): 1997
Length: 10 pages
Genre: slash
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
External Links: online here

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The Marriage of Convenience Affair is a slash Man from U.N.C.L.E. story by Taliesin.

The story was printed in Classified Affairs #3 and is online.


"'You heard me correctly, Mr. Solo. You may date casually as much as you wish - you seem to be able to keep your wits about you so long as you remain in a vertical position'." Illya choked on his coffee. Thankfully, neither Waverly nor Napoleon seemed to notice. "'But you will go no further than dinner and drinks. Is that clearly understood?'"

Reactions and Reviews

Non-con scenarios (technically borderline consent) are a major kink of mine, and this is one of the most sizzling non-con stories I have ever read. The first time I first read it, I melted into a little puddle of lust as I willed Illya to give Napoleon the fucking he deserved. Go, Illya! Woo hoo! Give it to him!

And he does. Sigh. It is such a fantastic sex scene. Even now, several years on, I still remember it well.

The set-up is simple enough: convinced that Napoleon's dalliances are a threat to U.N.C.L.E., Waverly forcibly restricts Napoleon to a sex partner within the organisation - Illya. Napoleon is disgusted at the idea and only seeks Illya out of desperation for release. Illya's sympathy for his partner turns into anger when he finds himself being used as an object.

There is an AU aspect to the characterisation that may jar some fans. The Napoleon in this story is more cruel and remote than canon. Some may wonder if Illya would even agree to the arrangement in the first place. And would Waverly really force his top agents into such a situation? Perhaps not.

But I didn't mind at all, for I felt the set-up was what made Illya's 'fightback' all the more wonderful. Go, Illya! Go go go!! [1]


  1. ^ a 2005 comment at Crack Van