This is a plug for one of my favorite novels I’ve read last year, Until We Meet Again/Jusqu’a ce qu’on se revoit/别日何易 by mockmockmock. Romance, humor, history, culture, and philosophy are blended flawlessly in this travelogue across Europe and China. The reader follows The Disguiser‘s Ming Lou and Ming Cheng on a journey of self-discovery in mostly the lead-up to the drama. Even if you, like me, haven’t read fanfic since 2010 , I highly recommend it.
The story begins in Vienna on Easter 1933. In true spy style, the Mings meet in front of a painting at a museum. Ming Lou had just finished chatting about Keynes and ism’s. Ming Cheng had just returned from military academy in Leningrad. They eat cake, listen to opera, exchange intelligence, and brush hands. The joys of reunion cannot hide whispers of the recent election in Germany.
They celebrate Christmas with a jovial Seville family, but do not miss the underlying tensions of the impending Spanish Civil War. They share their first kiss by the Neva river, but the beating of their hearts cannot quieten Ming Cheng’s questions about his friends’ mysterious disappearances. They shower in the British rain and sing on Qinhuai River, but always in the back of their minds is the war brewing both around them and back home in China. (more…)