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Author: Avery11
Genre: Gen
in memory of Periwinkle.




THE GOOD FIGHT

They gathered in the little courtyard, a small and solemn group garbed in black, a few of the women struggling unsuccessfully to hold back their tears. The splashing of the fountain echoed gently off the granite walls.

“There, there,” Napoleon murmured, brushing back a lock of April's hair. “He wouldn't want tears.”

“Well it's not his decision anymore, is it?” April turned away, burying her head in her hands. 



Illya stood off to one side, hands clasped before him, head bowed in silent grief. For him, no words would suffice.

Above them, clouds moved swiftly in their courses, casting a shadowplay of sun and shade across pale and weary faces. A bee hovered over a yellow rosebush, contemplating the fragrant, newly-opened blossoms. It settled with a soft buzz, and drank deeply of the nectar.

“It's time, Sir John said quietly.

Napoleon nodded, and stepped to the front of the assemblage. He paused beside a white silk shroud concealing a portion of the granite wall, and allowed his hand to rest upon it for a brief moment, gathering strength.

“Thank you all for being here," he tried to say, but the words refused to come. Instinctively, Illya took a step forward, but Napoleon shook his head, and he stepped back into the shadows.

He cleared his throat and began again. “Alexander Waverly was a true giant among men -- a brave warrior, a diplomat, a father-figure, a visionary. His loss -- " He paused, wondering what words could possibly bring comfort to such heavy hearts.

Come, come now, Mr. Solo, he could hear Waverly say. This is no time for shilly-shallying. Carry on. The memory brought the first smile in many days.

"His loss diminishes us all," Napoleon went on, his voice finding its rhythm now, growing in strength. "We are here today to unveil his memorial, and to honor his contributions to UNCLE, and to the world.

“At this time, I ask you all to remember a remarkable man, who was so much more than the sum of his accomplishments. Remember his brilliant and facile mind. Remember his heart, the small kindnesses that felt like gold when he offered them. Remember his indomitable spirit, that refusal to allow evil to gain so much as a single millimeter of ground in our fragile world. He died as he lived -- holding that line. He was The Great Manipulator, master chess player, a kindly old professor in a rumpled tweed jacket. He was our friend.”

Napoleon tugged the cord, and the silk shroud fell away, revealing a marker of burnished marble set into the precise center of the wall. Around it, hundreds of identical markers -- some old, some achingly new -- honored the fallen agents who had died pursuing The Old Man's singular dream.

Alexander Waverly, 1892-1972, the inscription read. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4: 6-8.

They stood in silence, lost in memories of a life well-lived, and perhaps contemplating their own fragile mortality as well. The bee, satisfied, moved on.

Illya stepped forward. “Let us go forward now, and save the world.” He shrugged, his eyes bright with unshed tears. “It is the least we can do.”

 

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20/6/12 19:28 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mrua7.livejournal.com
How beautiful and a fitting tribute, especially to add the very quote that Susan chose herself. Thank you for doing this.

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20/6/12 19:35 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
She would never have asked for recognition but, as one of the founders of our fandom, I feel she deserves it.
Edited 20/6/12 20:23 (UTC)

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20/6/12 19:43 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] alynwa.livejournal.com
This is beautifully written and I am sure that somewhere, Periwinkle is proud.

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20/6/12 19:48 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
She should be. I hope she's resting peacefully now.

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20/6/12 19:48 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loxleyprince.livejournal.com
Such a beautiful tribute. Periwinkle would have loved it. Well done, dear.

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20/6/12 19:56 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Thank you. I didn't know her well at all, but her contributions to MFU fandom demanded that I write this. I hope she's at peace.

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20/6/12 21:08 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] the-wretching.livejournal.com
Wonderful Avery.
Really fitting.
I especially love Illya's last remark.

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20/6/12 21:19 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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20/6/12 21:19 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] toomuchfandom.livejournal.com
Beautiful tribute.

*sniff*

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20/6/12 21:20 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Thank you. It was something I felt compelled to write. And a friend just told me that the flowers in the accompanying photo are periwinkles--I honestly had no idea.

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20/6/12 21:23 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] toomuchfandom.livejournal.com
Ha! Well, I didn't even know that periwinkles were flowers...

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20/6/12 21:48 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Blue-violet flowers. They're also a type of seashell.

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20/6/12 21:52 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] toomuchfandom.livejournal.com
See? I learn something new every day:D *googles* Alright, they call the periwinkle flowers "palm/stem of virgins" in my country. Still haven't heard of it, I thought they were morning glories.

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20/6/12 21:32 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
Incredible - as always!

The sad part of this was that Leo G. Carroll was buried in an unmarked grave until a bunch of MFU fans rallied and raised enough money to buy him a tombstone - at least UNCLE got it right.

Thank you for this!

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20/6/12 21:44 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Seriously? How sad, that such a fine actor should have died unrecognized. I'm very proud of our community for mobilizing forces, and seeing to it that his memory was honored.

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21/6/12 02:15 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
Yes, I trying to remember the details now. St. Crispin would know. I thin it was Deb Chapman who led the drive.

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20/6/12 22:33 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
This was lovely and comforting. Thank you.

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20/6/12 22:45 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
You're welcome. I'm glad it provided some comfort to you. It did for me, writing it.

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20/6/12 23:30 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jkkitty.livejournal.com
Wonderful and very beautiful. The pictures give one a feeling of peace.

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20/6/12 23:38 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Thank you. I searched for a very long time for that photo--I knew it had to be just right.

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21/6/12 10:03 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nakeisha.livejournal.com
Very beautiful.

It's a wonderful tribute to Susan.

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21/6/12 11:59 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] avery11.livejournal.com
Thank you. She deserves our gratitude for the sheer volume of work she did to support our community, and for her dedication to MFU over the years.