Two Weeks Later…

Illya Kuryakin was whistling as he entered UNCLE Headquarters, his good mood a sure sign of a successful mission and, well just a good mood. He had taken Napoleon's advice, digging into the assignment with all of his characteristic resolve; to his delight he had formed a bond with the dogs they had been partnered with during their time in Alaska, and now felt an invigorating sense of freedom from his former phobia.

As Napoleon Solo entered headquarters, there was an acute absence of whistling. There was, in fact, a rather sour expression on his face as he hobbled through reception and the long corridor leading to his office, where he found his partner.

"Oh, there you are. I was beginning to think you might not make it in today. Nasty business, that dog bite you received."

Napoleon made a face (you know the one), sneering at his friend as only he could while still maintaining his cover as a handsome spy.

"Really? You thought that little bite would keep me from coming to work? Illya, that's… ouch!"

Napoleon kept forgetting to put down the cushion given to him by Dr. Wells. Illya was snickering at the sight of his superior, a distinction of rank that Napoleon had made a point of enforcing before they had left on this last affair.

"I'm sorry, Napoleon. But you must admit the irony of what happened in Alaska. Here I was full of anxiety over living with those dogs, and it turns out they actually liked me. It is a tad unfortunate that Brutus was so… what shall we say about that? I believe you were actually hated by that dog."

Napoleon was easing himself into his chair. This recovery was going to be long and uncomfortable, no doubt about it.

"Yeah, well… If I didn't know better, and I'm still not sure I do, there might be some suspicion about what you used to whisper into his ear every night in the guise of becoming friends."

Napoleon said that last word as though it had something unpleasant attached to it.

"I honestly do not know what you're talking about, Napoleon. I merely spoke to Brutus in Russian, and he seemed to like the sound of it. Perhaps it was your Quebecoise French that put him off. I do believe that was when he … "

Illya finally broke into a raucous fit of laughter, pushing Napoleon even farther into his foul mood.

"I'm sorry, I am truly sorry. It is an unforgettable image now, you crooning away in French and the suddenness of the …"

Napoleon jumped in to clarify what had transpired.

"He attacked me, Illya. He lunged at me from behind and…"

"Bit you in the arse, I believe we might say."

Napoleon relented at that as a small smile played at the corners of his mouth. It was funny in a perverse sort of way. If it had been a scene in a movie he would have laughed his head off.

"Okay, I give. You got over your dog phobia and I got bit in the … arse."

Illya had a sudden surge of pity for his friend, and in a show of compassion he offered to pay for lunch. As they headed out towards the canteen he began humming a song he had heard recently. His humming gave way to the portion of lyric that came to him, almost like inspiration…

When the dog bites

When the bee stings

When I'm feeling sad

Napoleon stopped in his tracks at that, and then in complete surrender to the circumstance and his friend's good humor, he joined in.

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad

Not even a dog named Brutus could cloud the pleasures of friendship. That was definitely one of Napoleon's favorite things.