This is angst at its best. I disagree with some other reviewers: Sometimes, life doesn't have a happy ending. The love of Napoleon's life is dead and buried and clueless about how much he was loved. That is the upshot of it and is a lesson to be learned by all who read this; do not let certain things go unsaid or you will regret it.
Thanks for sharing.
From: Kt Date: 10/17/2010
Oh dear. So sad. Poor Napoleon. I agree with an above commenter. It needs a happy ending sequel.
From: Loosha Date: 09/26/2010
I think I need a sequel. One where Napoleon finds Illya alive. I'm a sucker for a happy ever after story.
I have read this several times. So very good! But I have to add my happy ever after or else I can't get to sleep.
From: gevr Date: 01/14/2010
this.is.so.very.beautiful ! and so sad ! we never appreciate what we have until it is snatched from us :-(
From: nataliya Date: 05/08/2006
I, like Meris, have read this story a few times. So touching. The saddest words...it might have been.
From: Romanse Date: 01/09/2006
What an incredible tale this was. I really felt the impact at the end. This is a haunting story that I will reread again, I'm sure.
From: lazy_neutrino Date: 11/05/2005
My comment for this ended up on the wrong story (can't see how, since I used the link at the bottom of the story, but there you go!) so I'll repost it here:
Utterly fabulous and utterly heartbreaking. I have tears in my eyes. Thank you!
From: Jane Date: 12/18/2004
Oh! This is so sad. You are truly a master of angst. I can only hope that Illya isn't really dead. The sex scene was lovely.
From: Linda Date: 11/07/2004
What an incredible story. So moving and so sad.
From: Nel Date: 11/07/2004
Oh, this was just lovely. Heartbreaking and lovely.
From: Meris Date: 06/01/2004
1) I disagree with your qualification of PWP. This is a complete story in itself. It tells it well and to the point. There is plot. Don't run it down because it's short.
2) After cheering because there are new stories on TCGM, I found myself returning to this one again and again because I identified so strongly with the primary emotion behind it. Napoleon is heartsore, with no remedy except substitution and regret, and you have rendered him so perfectly in character with that, that I had to tell you how the story moved me, returning me to a place I thought I had left behind.
Thank you for writing this with skill and concise imagery. It resonates strongly in all the right places.