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Here's my list of fifteen characters: )

And without further ado, on to the questions.

From [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc: 3, 7, and 12 fall in love, how does this happen and when?

Ahahahahha. Okay. So that’s Lord Mark Vorkosigan, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Illya Kuryakin )

From [livejournal.com profile] darthfox, Two, Four, Six, Eight -- who is the last one standing when they are all driven to drink?

Bob Bryar, Gwen Cooper, The Tenth Doctor, and Captain Jack Harkness walk into a bar… )

From [livejournal.com profile] ellen_fremedon: 5 and 9 go into business together. What do they do, and how does it go?

Ah, the glorious business partnership of Pete Wentz and Ekaterin, Lady Vorkosigan )

From [livejournal.com profile] etakyma: one and five - bff or enemies for life? Tell us why.

Oh, man. Well. Let me tell you about the deep and meaningful bff-ship of Lord Ivan Vorpatril and Lady Ekaterin Vorkosigan )

From [livejournal.com profile] stasha2g: Six's answers to 'Fuck/Marry/Push of a Cliff' regarding 2, 12 and 14.

So here’s The Tenth Doctor, standing on a cliff with Bob Bryar, Illya Kuryakin, and Donna Noble. )

From [livejournal.com profile] reginagiraffe: 7 and 9 go to Italy together. What do they see and does the romance of Italy make them fall in love?

Okay, so, uh, Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey finds himself on holiday in Italy with this fascinating and bizarre American celebrity by the unlikely name of Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz. )

From [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis: Twelve, 13, 14 and 15 are forced to take a road trip together. Is anyone alive at the end of it, and more importantly, who gets to control the radio/iPod?

Illya Kuryakin, Patrick Stump, Donna Noble, and Napoleon Solo are in a car together. )

From [livejournal.com profile] mrsquizzical: 3 and 8 are secretly in love. 3 braves up and tries to tell 8. 8 misunderstands and thinks 3 is asking on behalf of 6, so is letting them down gently. what happens?

Ooh, how very Shakespearean! So Lord Mark Vorkosigan has finally gotten up the nerve to tell Captain Jack Harkness how he feels, only Jack thinks he’s asking on behalf of the Doctor, who he’s not interested in (like that) because he’s really in love with Mark, so he’s letting Mark down gently… )

A whole string from [livejournal.com profile] browngirl: 2, 7, and 14 are asked to babysit a 9 month old. What happens? Who resorts to duct tape [first]? What if it's a 2 year old?

So somebody has asked Bob Bryar, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Donna Noble to babysit )

What meal would you cook for 13?

Wow, so I’m cooking for Patrick Stump… )

What meal would 1 cook for you?

I’ve been invited to dinner by Ivan Vorpatril )

15 falls off a bridge. What happens?

Napoleon Solo falls off a bridge… and then we go to commercial break. When we get back he is fine, although soaking wet. If he was bound in some fashion when he went over, odds are even that he still is.

Why was 9 arrested?

Pete Wentz was arrested because somebody talked shit about Ashlee or Patrick to his face, and he hauled off and hit them. And then some asshole called the cops about it.

Does 3 like boats?

Lord Mark Vorkosigan )

Does 5 like 6?

You know, I think were Lady Ekaterin Vorkosigan ever to meet The Tenth Doctor, she would find herself rather reminded of her husband; so yes, she would like him, while also scanning the area for available cover.

Which of the others on the list would 12 most likely kill, and why?

Illya Kuryakin would most likely kill… )

Does 8 share any fandoms with you?

Captain Jack Harkness is, in fact, the world’s universe’s biggest Doctor Who fanboy.

From [livejournal.com profile] chelletoo: 1, 7 & 14 go on a road trip. Where are they going and which one gets left behind/thrown out of the car because of attitude?

Okay, so now Lord Ivan Vorpatril, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Donna Noble are in a car together… )

From [livejournal.com profile] shihadchick, a follow-up question: Fourteen crashed his/her car. Why is it seven's fault, and what is nine going to have to do to get them all out of trouble?

Donna has crashed her car, and it is Lord Peter’s fault… )

Still [livejournal.com profile] shihadchick: Who would be the worst person to have to share a hotel room with?

Confined space, possibility of intimacy and/or vulnerability? Lord (deliver me from) Mark Vorkosigan.

Could eight and three ever wind up at some kind of costume party together, and what would they be dressed as?

Captain Jack Harkness and Lord Mark Vorkosigan, in costume. )

From [livejournal.com profile] indywind: 11's favorite fandom?

Gerard Way’s favorite fandom--man, I feel sure there’s a canonical answer to this. Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? Or maybe he’s just waiting for Yuletide and praying for Catcher in the Rye fic?

From [livejournal.com profile] reginagiraffe: What is 10's favorite sex toy? Does he enjoy sharing it with 1?

Ianto Jones gets a question at last! )

Several from [livejournal.com profile] suaine: 4 and 7 find themselves stuck in an enclosed space (elevator, coffin, closet, etc.). Do they get it on?

Gwen Cooper and Lord Peter Wimsey are trapped in an enclosed space: no, no they do not get it on, but they do wind up having quite a stimulating conversation while Lord Peter keeps Gwen distracted from the incipient claustrophobia/imminent death.

5, 8, 9 and 1 are on a boat, sailing around minding their own business. They get sucked into a dimensional rift and end up in a different universe. Which of them becomes the new emperor? Which of them organizes the rebellion against them? Which of them can't stop thinking of home? Which of them never wants to go back? Also, orgy?

Lady Ekaterin Vorkosigan, Captain Jack Harkness, Pete Wentz, and Lord Ivan Vorpatril… )

10 and 13 are in a relationship. How do they deal with it when one of them falls in love with 2? And does 2 have a choice?

So Ianto Jones and Patrick Stump are together (<3 <3 <3 <3 <3) )

15 and 3 are fighting. Who would win? Why are they going at each other? And does it lead to sex?

Napoleon Solo vs. Lord Mark Vorkosigan )

6, 11, 12 and 14 are in a band. 6 is dating 12. 14 hates everyone, because they are secretly in love with 11, who only wants to play music, dammit. What's their first album called?

The Doctor, Gerard Way, Illya Kuryakin, and Donna Noble are in a band. )

1-5, 6-10 and 11-15 are facing each other in some kind of competition. What is it? Is there blood? Who wins? And what's the prize?

For reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture… )

From [livejournal.com profile] rubynye: If 10 were to develop a[nother] superpower, what would it be?

Ianto Jones gets a superpower… )

From [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred What did 10 do to deserve being shunned?

Well, to be honest, it was probably that thing where he kept his cyberwoman girlfriend in the basement and she killed some people and almost restarted the whole cyberman invasion. If I had to guess.
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You know how sometimes, you sign up for a fic exchange and then you get your request, and then you spend a few days running in circles going, "Oh, God, what am I going to write? What was I thinking?" And then you figure out what you're going to write, and you plot it out...

...And then you kind of check off that mental box and stop thinking about it, even though you haven't actually written anything?

Yeah. Oops.

Other things I am plotting when I am not thinking about my exchange fic (which I am totally going to start! right now! any second!):

Yeah, about that Man from UNCLE renaissance I'm having... )

Also--having gotten far enough into the fandom on my last pass to be aware of the particular stylistic heritage of Man from UNCLE fic--can anybody rec me some IK/NS? Especially any you know of that may appeal to the, um, modern slash sensibility? I don't think I've read anything in the last four years, and what I did read before I've mostly forgotten, so it's fair game all over again. (Except for that one story where Illya and Napoleon get sucked into some sort of Time Vortex and fall out in Russia in 2001--that one was awesome, does anybody know where that is?)
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Just watched "Quadripartite Affair" for the first time. Illya ♥ ♥ ♥ and, hey, Napoleon totally didn't get tied up at all this episode!

Please, please tell me there are a million stories about how Napoleon turns up at Marion's apartment in the middle of Illya helping her, ahem, put things behind her, and she's all flustered and Illya's all *eyeroll* and Napoleon just smiles and tells them to carry on, like he's just part of the furniture? And then they do? Right?
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I have a handful of unanswered emails and LJ comment notifications that just sit, persistently, in my inbox. They're all feedback for Missing Persons, and they're all lovely, and every time I open one of them with the firm intention of replying to it, I'm totally overwhelmed and just have to leave it there a bit longer. So if anybody's reading this who'd been starting to think I'm a jerk who doesn't answer feedback--well, yes. But not because I don't mean to.

I'm at work on Saturday. I'm the only grownup here, which is weird.

I packed myself a lunch, optimizing the ability to eat it quickly and, if necessary, at a public desk, without spilling anything on myself. My lunch therefore consisted of: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, raisins, and goldfish crackers.

This is not helping my cognitive dissonance about the grownup thing.

It occurred to me today that the availability of electronic media might be one of a limited number of places where things actually reliably trickle down from the people who can afford the best to the people who have to wait for the magical internet fairies to sweep some crumbs their way.

Which is to say, all of Man from UNCLE is out on DVD now, and before coming to work this morning I watched the first act of "The Vulcan Affair" for the first time. It's been years since I watched any MFU, and as I watched Napoleon's first scene I found myself thinking He's got the gun out, aww, Napoleon, scared of loud noises--actually, you know, I bet we all exaggerate that, he probably doesn't--and then he fired three or four times in a row, squinting and flinching as he did so.

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Just watched "The Do-It-Yourself-Dreadful Affair" and "The Super Colossal Affair," and, whoa. This was my first exposure to season three MFU (now with even wackier music!) and, um, I can see what people mean about that whole "screwball comedy" thing.

I suppose it's successful as screwball comedy - I haven't laughed at anything as hard as I did at that "Call me Nappy" line in a while - but, oy. It'd be funnier if you didn't still get the impression that the show was trying to be a spy show, or a drama, or anything. It's sort of the sad kind of funny at this point.

Um, sad or not, though, really funny. I mean, come on, in Dreadful they escaped on a revolving bed - and when Napoleon jumped on, it was directly onto Illya, even though there was plenty of empty space left for him. And then in Super Colossal, he once again jumps onto Illya on a bed. Hmmm....

Also, the jealous-boyfriend looks seem to have been turned up to eleven - and in Super Colossal it's Napoleon's turn to be jealous, since pool boy Illya is (duh) too much for the innocent to resist.

Also, um, pool boy Illya.


Still, I kind of miss season one...
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It's like I've suddenly realized I work in a library.

Yesterday I took home the collected poems of James Dickey and Alan M. Beck's The Ecology of Stray Dogs: A Study of Free-Ranging Urban Animals, which I picked up from the sorting room, because, honestly, who could resist a title like that?

Today I got my ILL copy of a Mary Renault book, Purposes of Love, which I immediately requested after someone in some comments thread somewhere indicated that it was an interesting take on gender/power dynamics in relationships set in England c.1938. Or something like that. Anyway, I've never read any Mary Renault, and I don't want to be the last on my friends list to do so...

I also, a half hour ago, just looked up and then went and snagged a copy of Robert Vaughn's (yeah, that Robert Vaughn!) doctoral thesis, Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting. Just holding it in my hands is making me feel all squee-y, because, dude, Robert Vaughn wrote a doctoral thesis! He's gorgeous and smart! It's like when somebody figured out that the sexiest thing Lance or Justin could do in a story was math.

Unfortunately, holding Robert Vaughn's thesis in my hands is also causing me to think weird thoughts like, I want to write a thesis. I want to write a thesis on twentieth century American social history.

So I think I'll set it down now and go commune with the thoroughly non-enticing current science journals.
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There's something about being home alone that makes me feel obligated to act like an adult, so today I went grocery shopping and bought actual food (produce, even!) and took the trash out and now I'm doing laundry. I made oatmeal cookies, too, because I've realized that I'm totally spoiled by the little flavored packets of oatmeal and will never eat the regular kind out of the canister again, even if it is cheaper. The cookies came out well done and even more well done, because we have no timing devices in the kitchen, but not actually burnt, at least. Unfortunately, now that they're actually cooked, I've eaten so much cookie dough that I don't want them anymore, and I have no roommates to foist them off on. I knew there was going to be some sort of snag in the plan...

One of the other responsible adult things I had to do was watch a couple of episodes of MFU, because the lending library tapes are due back soon, and I have to send them out see? very responsible! )

And now I've become a bit distracted - and thoroughly entertained - by the mental image of Napoleon Solo and Benton Fraser trying to play one another. Good lord, the charm, the politeness, the twinkling of eyes, the little smiles...

Also, is it just me, or is it really disturbingly easy to hear Napoleon saying "Yes, I've been a very naughty boy." ...? Because if he doesn't stop saying that in the back of my head, sooner or later Illya is going to have to Take Steps. Not, I suppose, that that would be a bad thing.
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Iulia and I were walking down the street after lunch, and she was listening to me rabbit on about something that I am, for the record, definitely not writing. We talked terminology, I described what would probably be the concluding major plot moment, and she said, "Wow. He's going to be really fucked up."

And I said (um, loudly, the way I do, and definitely audible to the guy and girl walking in front of us unless by some chance they were both deaf), "He was grown in a vat by the KGB. I think 'fucked up' is pretty much built in."

So, yeah.

In the elevator on the way back up to work, I was riding along with a girl I'm slightly acquainted with from my last library job, and a friend of hers. I stood in one corner of the very tiny elevator and stared at the folded beer cap I'd been playing with since fishing it out of my pocket, and she, obviously resuming a conversation, said, "And then right below that were K through Z! And. No!"

And I just had to smile, because. Yes.
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So, I was squeeing to my same-age female co-worker yesterday about the TV shows I've been watching (and may, incidentally, have convinced her that a) Starsky & Hutch was the gayest thing on TV til Queer as Folk and b) she therefore needs to watch it) and was surprised to find she'd never even heard of Man From U.N.C.L.E., so I was trying to figure out why I'd heard of it...

And I realized that it came pretty much entirely from reading bios of Lois McMaster Bujold, who watched it as a young teen and had such a thing for Illya Kuryakin that he inspired the character of Simon Illyan (who I, naturally, adore - maybe Blondo should get a Simon in his name, too? Hmmm.) and...

Okay, at the point I was thinking about this I was half-asleep on the couch, so it was just one of those trains of thought that just... goes.

Simon = Illya.
Mmmm. Illya. Illya and Napoleon.
Who was telling me Lois had to be a slasher at heart to write Ethan?
Illya. Simon. Slash. Hmmmm. Who's Napoleon?
Brunette, kinda stocky, not hugely tall, compelling eyes...
OMG Aral/Simon

I doubt that's as much a revelation to anyone else as it is to me, because now that I think about it, it's dead obvious. Not as a love thing, but as a sex thing? Wow. Yes. During the period where Simon was playing watchdog, following Aral everywhere - a soldier but not under his command, an adversary from his own side, a friend - trying to get a handle on him for the Emperor, who doubtless already knew all about Aral's proclivities and stuck this pretty blond soldier-boy in his lap...

I'm just saying. I need to go reread Shards now.
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So, I spent $1200 last night, and it took me about five minutes. I find this kind of disturbing; I still feel like buying a computer is something I should have my permission slip signed for (even though I've done it alone before, and, yeah, look at the results, I know...) by my big brothers or dad or someone. But I did it, all by my little self - ordered a nice simple basic Dell with a 14" screen and possibly my first perfectly legal copy of WordPerfect ever in life, maxed out all the warranties and got an extra battery and so on.

I've Got a Name... )

So, when not ordering a new computer online, I've been reading a little Man from UNCLE fic (so good! must get tapes!) and watching a lot of Starsky and Hutch (I'm sorry, did Hutch just call Starsky's mom to ask what his favorite food is, so that he could make them a romantic candlelit dinner for two? Why yes, it looks like he did.) and then we had to go see the movie (hilarious) and there was also some hockey in there somewhere (flukily victorious, which works for me, and then they totally killed me by interviewing my darling beloved goalie after he had changed into a suit and combed his hair and if you'll excuse me I need to go ask around on the puckbunnies board to see if I've got a shot with him...)

But, today's family gathering time, so I can hit up #2 Brother, who I presume, what with one thing and another, will be the only family computer expert presnt, for advice. I assume that transplanting a laptop hard drive into a desktop CPU is just an absurd technical impossibility? Because we've got a couple of those going spare. But S.R.D.A.I.S. Hutchinson Blondo should be here within a week or so, and then the fun really starts...
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I need to make about three different posts, but I suspect I won't actually remember to do the others if I just do one of them now (witness yesterday's total absence of con reportage) so, despite wildly varying themes, I'm going to try it with cut tags.

First thing I need to say, of course, is RIP, Maisie the Hamster. )

And then... I suppose there's not really enough content here to warrant a cut tag, but playoff hockey starts tonight at 7 Eastern with the first game between the Red Wings and Nashville. I'm really pleased Nashville made the playoffs - it's their first time doing so, ever, since the team was created six years ago, plus they have Jordin Tootoo, the first ever Inuit to play pro hockey. I wish we weren't playing them in the first round, because I'd've like to be able to cheer them on a little further, but as it is, they must be crushed. Sorry, guys.

::knock wood::

So. Condolences to [livejournal.com profile] lynnmonster and [livejournal.com profile] imkalena and [livejournal.com profile] heuradys and anybody else whose team didn't make it this far, and wary congratulations to fans of our honored opponents and potential opponents. Go Wings! And also: Go Blues, Flames, Stars, Islanders, Bruins, and Fliers! Toronto and Ottawa, you give me a headache, so may the best Ontarians win.

And also, I had kind of a busy weekend )

And, buggrit, now I have to go to work.

But! I have spent an inordinate amount of time since getting home talking about Illya and Napoleon, and last night, despairing of being able to watch UNCLE, I went out and bought Starsky & Hutch on DVD and - as mentioned - have now watched a few wildly entertaining episodes, so. Consider me pimped, yo.



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