Taking Liberties (Neon Universe Vol 1) by ImAStinker

Taking Liberties cover

89,000 Words

Taking Liberties cover

Taking Liberties: While the X-Files are shut down, Mulder drags Scully to California to celebrate her birthday, but the case he's assigned to keeps getting in the way...

Bokor Holiday: Mulder takes it upon himself to save Scully from a voodoo curse, but ends up needing saving himself.

Code of Silence: Scully tricks Mulder into agreeing to participate in hypnotherapy to help him with his insomnia and some recurring nightmares.

Child's Play: Mulder and Scully are given a young girl to baby-sit. What they weren't told is that she 'witnessed' a murder without actually being there.

Mulder and the Stinking, Rotten, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Mulder experiences a definite low.

Forgotten Souls: Our heroes may have gotten in over their heads and need a little 'outside' intervention when some old enemies return. First appearance of Dr.Jay.

When Pigs Fly:
Mulder baby-sits some small relatives, much to his dismay, and everything that could go wrong, does go wrong...

Double Vision: Mulder sees and hears strange things after a near death experience from trying vainly to save a woman's life.

Oh, What A Night: On Halloween, Mulder is drafted to baby-sit some small relatives and his well-meaning efforts to take them trick or treating cause nothing but trouble. Co-written by FancyKatz

On The Edge: Mulder finds comfort from his loss with someone who shares it.  [Warning: Post-ep for "3".  Not essential reading if you prefer to deny that episode never happened.]

Cheryl was a very early MSR fanfic author, with these stories written in 1994. All of her stories take place in the same universe, which begins after Mulder and Scully were split up at the end of Season One.  Consequently there are some characters that developed a little differently in this universe, so you occasionally have to forget all you've learned of them since 1994. She's also quite determined to injure Mulder in multiple ways, which can be a lot of fun.

Annie shows up as co-author for the first time in "Oh, What A Night", and they team up to write more stories in Volume 2 and 3 together.

I did release "Devils Advocate" earlier this year, not realising that the other stories were related, so I'm re-releasing that one this week with an extra story added, along with "Neon" (Volume 3).

The image featured on the cover is a sketch by ImAStinker. I tried colourising it for the cover and it turned out a bit of a mess. The original is below. This is one of the sketches that I'll include with Neon in Volume 3.

Sketch by ImAStinker