Everything That Really Matters by Dyann Z

20,000 Words

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The passage of time has a way of making everything all right.

Don't be too worried about the Character Death or Scully/Other tags 🙂

Seeing as I'm stuck in Tropical North Queensland for a while, I felt it only fitting that I bring you all along with me. This fic is set about 20km (13mi) south of where I am now. It's actually a tiny little village with about 4 streets, and no actual 'downtown' but obviously fictional liberties have been taken.  I have included a few photos to give you a feel for it. I actually took some more of the beach itself on my last visit here but they were among the ones I accidentally deleted it seems.

Last time I stopped for Fish & Chips there there was a "Recent Crocodile Sighting" warning sign on entry to the beach.  While Scully and William had a nice time on the beach, it's not quite that relaxing when you have to watch out for saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries, and it's also not wise to swim in the water without wearing a stinger-suit because of marine stingers. Typical Australia where everything is out to kill you.  It really is a beautiful part of the world though with tropical rainforest coming right down to glorious white beaches, so I'll allow Dyann her artistic license.  [SPOILER] I can see why Mulder would want to live there, although I think he might prefer the remoteness of north of the Daintree River, where I am now, where it's off the grid, and where clothing is just a nuisance half the year when it's pouring with rain and/or the humidity is so high that nothing dries, and there are vast tracts of rainforest between h0uses. 😉 You just have to put up with bad satellite internet 😀 [/SPOILER]

As far as the story goes, it's set after Mulder leaves at the beginning of Season 9 - it goes off into its own dimension shortly afterwards, so the further events of Season 9 and everything that follows have all just ceased to exist. I love fanfic.  Don't worry about the Character Death warning, this is the X-Files  🙂

Dogged Determination Series by Rhondda Lake

183,000 Words

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Dogged Determination I - Watched : The Dog Scully takes in is more then he appears to be. Those looking for the animal are willing to kill to get him.

Dogged Determination Interlude I - Linen and Steel : A little erotic interlude.

Dogged Determination Interlude II - The Grapes of Wrath : More total mind candy - breakfast and food fights.

Dogged Determination Interlude III - Icy Hot : At long last we learn what Scully bought with those handcuffs...

Dogged Determination II - Hadinio`gwe'oek : They are gathering.  A dark, Iroquois-inspired tale.   CW: Disturbing imagery

Dogged Determination III - Pandora's Box : Alien DNA, a genius teenager and secrets from the past all end up interrupting Mulder and Scully's life just as Scully discovers some surprising news. Conspiracies, mysteries, some MSR and a dash of the paranormal for extra flavor. CW: Disturbing imagery, Sexual Assault

Dogged Determination Interlude IV - Endless Knot : A brief journal entry.

Dogged Determination IV - Suffer the Children : Horrific murders in Cleveland stall a vacation weekend and Hope's plans to move. CW: Child abuse, child rape, extreme violence.

Dogged Determination V - Watched Over : As Mulder and Scully get settled into a new home and prepare to receive the new arrival they get a call for help from a family vacationing in Colorado. There they must join with Buster and his kin to try and rescue two children in need of help. Introduces the heroes of Dean Koontz's original "The Watchers"

Dogged Determination Interlude V -The Greatest Gifts : Mulder ponders the meaning of Christmas. A short, sappy finale.

Oh, it's lovely being off-grid in the rainforest, but this satellite internet is going to drive me crazy when I have to refresh 3 times to load or save anything. I'll have to see how it goes as far as uploading while I'm here.

I listened to this one during most of the drive up. I had no idea how long it was, but it kept me occupied as I drove and made me drive extra carefully during certain scenes as I didn't want to have to submit dashcam footage with M&S in explicit flagrante delicto if I happened to crash while that was going on.

Anyway, this one is case related, it's actually a crossover at times but you don't need to know the other source/s, and packed full of MSR. Be aware that some parts come with content warnings, which I've tried to add to the descriptions above.

I won't be able to add the web version for this one, due to its size and the internet issues that I'm not up for facing right now. 🙂 I can't add the extra artwork either...

 

Genesis by AllyinthekeyofX

60,000 Words

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They thought that as long as they had each other they would survive. But what happens when reality begins to blur and their worlds turn upside down?

CW: brief mention of possible suicide (nothing particularly intense)

Ally uses the Emily arc very effectively, by having the case file of another 'Emily' land on Mulder's desk. Although it's not an X-File, it's a chance for he and Scully to head back to San Diego, and discover more about these children who weren't meant to be.

It's a layered story that keeps up the pace throughout as all kinds of drama ensues. I know Ally did some fan art but I don't remember seeing any specifically for her novels. I'm not prepared to trawl through years of tumblr posts to find out for sure either...

Lost Land (The) by Bonetree

130,000 Words

Months after the events of "The Mercy Seat," past, present and future collide as Mulder, Scully, Skinner and Granger go cross-country and around the world in a race against time to find a serial bomber on a very personal mission.

This is the last of the Goshen Universe stories.

Another epic fic in the Goshen universe. This one goes back and wraps up loose ends, so you'll probably need to read the other stories first.

At the time of posting this one I haven't had a chance to read it, but will try to update tags asap.

Mercy Seat (The) by Bonetree

60,000 Words

Months after the events of "City of Light," Mulder and Scully investigate a haunting by an entity that stalks a troubled woman and her husband. But what is this thing that haunts her? And haunts us all?

ARCHIVIST'S NOTE: the AO3 version doesn't include the prologue, but it's available at the local link.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story takes place in what I call the Goshen Universe, an AU started with the story "Goshen" and which continues through "Secret World" and "City of Light." That said, you don't have to read the previous three stories to understand this one, since the plot sort of starts over with this story. However, there will be references to events from all three stories through this one, and original characters from those stories whom it will be assumed you are already familiar with, so you might start wondering to yourself what I'm referring to if you haven't read the other stories. This is also an established MSR story, and the previous three stories detail the beginning and evolution of the relationship, which might be helpful for you to know.

Back to posting the Goshen stories.  Another awesome dustjacket by Nlynn.

This one starts a new storyline, which shouldn't be as heavy as the last 2 instalments, and can be read without reading those. I haven't had a chance to read this one myself yet so some tags are missing.

Black Tie Affair by somekindofseizure

20,000 Words

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Black Tie Affair #1:  Written for a prompt: "If you keep looking at me like that, we're not going to make it to a bed."

Black Tie Affair #2: Mulder and Scully get dressed up once again and play spies as they try to catch some elusive bad guys.

Black Tie Affair #3:  Mulder and Scully continue their roles as Spies.

Black Tie Affair #4: Another assignment, but Scully thinks she's outfoxed Mulder this time.

Black Tie Affair #5: Mulder and Scully go to the South of France while on the job as international spies.

Black Tie Affair #6: Mulder and Scully's international intrigue continues...

Black Tie Affair #7: Mulder and Scully's assignment comes to an end.

Although there are 2 more parts of the Goshen Universe to post, I've had to take a short break from it while I fix some stuff up behind the scenes. It's all available at AO3 anyway.

I felt the need to lighten the mood a little, so I've gone with some smut-humour, or humoritca as I refer to it.  I just adore this series by somekindofseizure. Mulder and Scully are temporarily assigned to "The jewel and art thief rich criminal James Bond Thomas Crown spy ring division" of the FBI, and are arguably the worlds worst spies. In their defense though, they have a lot of distractions to deal with. I'm LMAO just thinking about it.

The main link to AO3 will take you to the series, otherwise each individual story is linked above.

City of Light by Bonetree

163,000 Words

On the run through the American Southwest, Scully and Mulder flee the shadowy forces of Owen Curran and Padden's government agents, who threaten their freedom and their lives. On the way, they must also struggle with their own demons, which threaten to tear them apart.

The Goshen saga continues, with a damaged Scully and protective, concerned Mulder on the run from both the  bad guys and the good guys, dealing with the fallout from Secret World.

This one is quite a tough read, particularly straight after Secret World.  Although this is third in the trilogy - spoiler alert - it's not a trilogy. 🙂

A lot of art work was made for this story, but only a small amount of it has survived. Sue made chapter images, one of which is used as the cover art here.

City of Light image by NLynn
City of Light image by NLynn

Secret World by Bonetree

147,000 Words

Scully goes deep undercover to find the secret behind a mysterious death. But with what she learns, will she ever be able to come in from the cold?

!Please check the content warnings

A Scully-centric fic that plays to Scully's strengths without turning her into a saint. Meanwhile, poor Mulder is struggling with the separation, and Skinner is having headaches trying to keep him out of trouble.

Bonetree writes a compelling story with some fascinating characters. As Scully gets deeper into the case, we feel Mulder's angst and desperation over his lack of control.  There's also some wonderful Mulder-doctoring and caring for an injured Scully, and of course, some considered smut.

Familiar Heart, A by Mish

72,000+ Words

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The Best Years of our Lives meets Magnificent Obsession Mulder and Scully style.  An alternative universe story, set in the 1940s.

This includes the sequel, An Unchanged Soul, which actually brings the word count up to 203,000 words.  This second story is unfinished, so it's up to you whether you embark on the extra 130,000 words knowing that there will be no ultimate resolution.

I don't usually read alternate universe stories, but I started this one without realising and had to keep reading.

This one had enough tension to keep me hooked the whole way. I've included the incomplete sequel. Mish tended to write a lot of stories at the same time, and consequently there are quite a few of hers that were never completed.  I was tossing up whether to include this story here due to the disappointment when I found the sequel wasn't complete, but the original story is worthwhile. You can decide for yourself whether to keep reading.

Destiny by Writergal2000

82,000 Words

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Mulder's behavior suddenly becomes erratic, his actions evasive as he forces Scully away from a case that's been given to him under mysterious circumstances. And eventually Fox Mulder is faced with the decision of a lifetime.

This is a hard-to-find story from Writergal2000; a mytharc fic set in season 6 with throwbacks to the DAT tape in Anasazi.  There's a bit of unrest between the partners, as Scully gets fed up with Mulder's attempts to protect her.  Things work out of course.

 

Soap and Eggs by EPurSeMouve

47,000 Words

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Soap And Eggs: A possible future. A might-have-been. A what-if. Or a "There but for the grace of God...."

Soap and Eggs II: An Ivory-White Christmas: A solitary Christmas in San Francisco, California.

Soap and Eggs III: A Grade-AA Valentine's Day: The stage is set for the final conclusion.

Soap and Eggs IV: Suds And Shells: Sometimes, it's hard to decide when to settle for life's leftovers.

*BONUS* Soap and Eggs Happy Ending : This doesn't officially exist. According to EPur "this isn't a part of the Soap and Eggs series. It's just me fooling around, describing on paper what kind of ending the sap in me always wanted." It was exclusive to EPur's website. If you want to remain true to the spirit of the series you can skip it, but if you're human you'll definitely want to read this.

!CW: character death (Not M or S).

If you're after a happy holiday story, look elsewhere!!!

EPurSeMouve stabs you in the heart with this one. Then twists the knife. Then rips it right out of your body and stomps on it. There is a band-aid for you at the end though.

This season 4 end-of-the-X-Files imagining isn't really a whole lot worse than what Chris Carter did to them after "The Truth". It always bothered me when I thought of how difficult their lives would be on the run. The only difference then was that at least they had each other. I'm going to stop now before I cry again. Just make sure you're in a safe place before reading this.

This was one I'd originally intended to release at Halloween, but I was out gallivanting around the country instead. Never mind, it's a late Halloween, almost-Christmas and early Valentine's story.

Fata Morgana by Julie Fortune

17,000 Words

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A routine investigation in a small town quickly explodes into life and death consequences.

This was the Julie Fortune story I thought I'd uploaded already.  I discovered that there were a few fics prepared around the time of the Great Computer Disaster of 2021 that never made it online.

It's been a rough week IRL and I didn't realise I was behind in my uploads, so I apologise that there was nothing new on Friday.  I do have a few really great fics picked out to share over the festive season, so please stay tuned...

Tine Rua by Menagerie

74,000 Words

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Phoebe Green is back and Scully isn't having it. Phoebe tries to enlist Mulder's help with a case and gets the agents engtangled in an international crime.

!CW: Sexual assault on M

Phoebe seems to trigger Scully, no matter how hard she tries to rationalise it. Of course, anyone daring to hurt her Mulder will suffer the wrath of Scully.  Mulder and Scully are reluctant to take this case brought to them by Phoebe Green, especially when everyone involved in the case seems to have the worst timing.

Inferno Series by Pellinor

196,000 Words

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Inferno: Mulder gets drawn into a web of guilt and revenge that could rob him of his sanity, even his life. Both Scully and Mulder think they know what they are dealing with, but the truth is something neither of them have ever expected.

Purgatorio: Three months on, and Mulder shows no signs of even attempting to come to terms with what happened to him in "Inferno," and Scully begins to feel the strain of having to constantly sacrifice her own needs to the needs of her desperately unhappy partner. Things come to a head on a murder case when Scully simply can not accept Mulder's theory. Will their partnership survive?

Paradiso: While Scully attempts to undo the damage wrought by recent events, Mulder gets drawn into a web of intrigue that could lead him to the truth, but could just as easily destroy him.

Journey back to a difficult time in Season 3, after Paper Clip, where our agents seemed to have trouble finding a middle ground.  They're miles apart when they're sent away for a case, and things don't improve in a hurry.

No MSR, but lots of angst and MulderTorture.  Strap yourself in, because it's a bit of a rough ride for Mulder and Scully in this one. One for the angst addicts.

Scattered Leaves : Fall by Abracadabra

190,000 Words

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Part of the Seasons series:

Scattered Leaves: This is the third in the Seasons Series; the sequel to Shadows on the Sun. Mulder goes undercover, Scully goes to a conference. Some unanswered questions...

Going Up, Going Down: A smut companion to Scattered Leaves. Yes, I can picture Mulder in almost any setting. And yes, I appreciate his 'backside'.
You do not need to have read the series to read this one.

Outstanding in her Field: A PWP sequel to Going Up/Going Down. Mulder teaches Scully a new game. Not necessary to have read GU/GD, but it helps...

There's still trouble in paradise as Mulder and Scully are sent to Vermont for different reasons.  Mulder is the worst deep undercover agent that the bureau has ever seen as his focus keeps shifting from the job he's there to do. 😀

You might be able to gather from the companion fics included that they do sort out their differences.  This is the final volume of the Seasons Series.

Shadows on the Sun : Summer by Abracadabra

95,000 Words

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Part of the Seasons series:

Mulder and Scully are called to Boston by Agents Mitchell Court and Joani Spark to help investigate a case.  An old adversary is involved.

CW! Sexual assault

Mulder and Scully haven't been together long before a regular problem raises its particularly ugly head.  My favourite type of fic. 😀

This is Volume 2 or the 3 volume Seasons series, but it's not essential to read "Snowed Inn" first.

Snowed Inn : Winter by Abracadabra

130,000 Words

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Includes "She Wears It Well"

Snowed Inn: First in the Seasons Series. Mulder & Scully travel to a country Inn to help solve a murder. [Teens & Up]

She Wears it Well: Snowed Inn Universe - They're in a close, intimate relationship. A little window-shopping in Boston. You don't have to have read Snowed Inn to 'get' this one.  [Adults only]

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Mulder and Scully have to investigate a strange case in the snow, whilst coming to terms with their feelings for each other.

They've most certainly come to terms with that in the companion fic, She Wears It Well. Some intense heat, despite the cold weather. 😉

Neon (Neon Universe Vol 3) by ImAStinker & FancyKatz

179,000 Words

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Neon: Mulder is welcomed back to work and Skinner immediately sends them out on  a case in Reno. They're not the only ones with an interest in the area and the time.

I'm Not Irish, So Why'd You Pick On Me?: Mulder has an unusual St Patrick's Day experience.

The Fox and the Hare: Mulder breaks the news prematurely. To appease Scully's ire, he is talked into a very unusual favor that leads to a series of embarrassing situations. The MacLeod children return, to Mulder's dismay, and Mulder's Easter vacation becomes an exercise in domestic survival.

Once again Mulder faces a multitude of tortures, including one I can definitely commiserate with having had to drive for a week in agony through outback Australia looking for help for an abscessed tooth, eventually having to avail myself of the wonderful Royal Flying Doctor Service dentists.  If you are able to support the help they provide to outback communities, please do so. It's easy to take medical services for granted when you don't have to drive 1200km to the nearest dentist... but I digress.

Neon itself is a serious, Mulder-torture filled novel, still set in Season 2, with links to the mytharc.  It has my favourite Mulder-in-a-kilt and a few other situations where he finds himself judged appreciatively . The mood changes somewhat with "I'm Not Irish" and chaos abounds again in "The Fox and the Hare".

The PDF & EPUB versions contain some of CAC's original sketches, including the ones below.

Taking Liberties (Neon Universe Vol 1) by ImAStinker

89,000 Words

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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

Topaz by Bardsmaid

110,000 Words

Topaz: Hours after the end of Sanctuary, Alex Krycek has fled west from Owensburg, weak and re-injured. Mulder and Scully are left
wondering which group is behind the disturbing symptoms that developed in Tracy, but critical evidence has been stolen. Will they
return to their old positions at the FBI, or will circumstances turn them in a different direction? That strange man Mulder noticed in the hospital hallway--surveillance video will reveal a second man no one can identify, both of them dressed identically, right down to the tie. And what will become of Krycek's promise to help Mulder find out once and for all what happened to his sister?

Volume 3 of the Sanctuary series contains Part 4, 'Topaz'.  You'll need to read the other parts first.

Bardsmaid passed away before this story could be completed. I've republished Topaz along with the first 3 parts of the series despite the lack of resolution as I really enjoyed reading where the story was heading. If you like your stories to have an ending, don't proceed.

Alternatively, you could consider this an epilogue to Sanctuary.  If you don't want to read the whole thing only to be left hanging, I've marked a place in Chapter 3 on the PDF/EPUB versions that you can read to to give you the answer to some questions without opening too many new cans of worms. I actually got to the end of what's available and thought I'd missed copying some of it because I was so engrossed that  I thought I'd only read 40,000 or so words rather than the 100,000 words  I'd consumed.

Additionally, the prologue of Topaz is a vignette called "Half-Life" that was written separately to Topaz and can be read on its own.

Vale Bardsmaid.

Sanctuary by Bardsmaid

400,000 Words

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Sanctuary:  On the run from the Smoking Man, Mulder and Scully go undercover in Kentucky, hoping the Beeson-Lymon case will lead them to information that will finally bring CSM down.  Meanwhile, Alex Krycek slowly recovers from a gunshot wound with the help of an unlikely caregiver from whom he can hide nothing.  CSM hatches a nefarious plot to draw Mulder and Scully out into the open.  Help, and resolution, come from unlikely quarters.

This second volume contains part 3 of the Sanctuary series. You absolutely have to read them all in order so grab the first two parts here.

Bardsmaid managed to somewhat redeem Krycek in this one, bestowing some humanity on him without it feeling at all forced.  By the time I got to this one I was all in and didn't even notice how long it was.

This includes the Sanctuary postscripts. As the sequel to Sanctuary was never completed, you may choose to end your journey here, but I strongly recommend that you keep going with Topaz.

BTW, I may have gotten confused with which tags belong on which volumes. I just recently re-read them all in one huge binge and can't remember what happened when...

Paradise Lost + Walking Through Fire by Bardsmaid

89,000 Words

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Part of the Sanctuary series:

Paradise Lost: Mulder is dismissed from the Bureau on trumped-up charges of having had contact with the X-files. Stripped of his driving motivation as well as his job, he's forced to look critically at his life. Scully, reassigned to a teaching position at Quantico, must balance her new responsibilities with her concern about her former partner's well-being. And Alex Krycek insinuates himself into Mulder's life for reasons that are not immediately apparent.

Walking Through Fire: Determined to gain reinstatement at the Bureau, Mulder searches for a way to bring Cancer Man down while also confronting the grim reality of unemployment, and Scully's responsibilities increase as she juggles her new assignment with her continued support of her ex-partner's quest. But Skinner requests her forensic expertise in an ongoing investigation, saddling her with an additional burden that may prove more than she can bear. A ghost from Teena Mulder's past prompts her to finally open up to her son, though the information she offers has the potential to crush him. And Alex Krycek inadvertently provides the evidence Mulder needs to foil the Smoking Man.

The Sanctuary Trilogy+ is a masterpiece of fanfic by Bardsmaid. She appeared to have a real sense of comfort with the characters and not only  did she make existing characters her own, she created rich, real characters that could have changed the trajectory of the show post Season 7 if only CC & co had thought of them.  I can't help but wonder what S8 would have been like had they introduced a character like Agent Wilkins who was eager to help rather than antagonise.

This series diverges from canon at the beginning of Season 6, so all the usual favourites are involved in a complex mytharc plot.  Take some time off and really immerse yourself in this one.

There are 4 parts to this series, which I've spit into three volumes. Whilst the Sanctuary Trilogy itself was completed, Topaz, the sequel Bardsmaid was writing at the time of her passing was not, but is included here as an optional extra.

Bardsmaid's website is still available at bardsmaid.org, and her original images can be found there and in the attached epub/pdf versions. New covers are included here due to the tiny size of the original pics.

PS  Leland is a much better name for CSM. He's so not a 'Carl'.

Timber by Nevdull

55,000 Words

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The stars are projectors.

Nevdull doesn't give too much away with her summary, so I went into this one not knowing what to expect, which was good, because had I noticed it was to do with Season 7 Mytharc I may not have read it at all... I'm often very prejudicial in that way.

This is a truly unique and fascinating treatment of the mytharc we were lumped with in S7.  Krycek and Marita get a look in (plus some backstory), joining Mulder and Scully in a determination to get to the bottom of the information found on the alien ship and save humanity. Instead of Mulder claiming to have found the key to everything and Scully rolling her eyes, this Mulder and Scully just do what needs to be done.

Dungeons and Demons by Spooky’s Girl

27,000 Words

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Mulder, Scully and three others are invited to stay in a castle for one night. Can they survive the demon that's inhabiting it?

I had a couple of little reservations with this one in the beginning, but once I remembered that plot holes are canon I was able to get right into it and enjoy it.

I have to give Spooky's Girl bonus points for the double ditch, double jealousy, Phoebe link, and for correctly referring to the elephant 'necropsy'.

I'm still running on empty here, but I'm trying to get things uploaded, even if it's a little late...

Dreaming Sea (The) by Revely

23,000 Words

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A spectacular sighting in a seaside town brings Scully and Mulder face-to-face with a salt-water surprise.

This is a truly beautiful Halloween story by Revely,  containing a protective Mulder and Scully, that tugs at the heartstrings just a little.  I adored the sensitivity of this one, and love the cover by Tre.

Rongbuk by Ravenscion

71,000 Words

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As Mulder and Scully enter a new phase in their relationship in the wake of the Blackwood virus case, a man who disappeared decades earlier returns from a remote region of Tibet. This event prompts a new investigation that has implications both for the X-Files and for Mulder and Scully personally.

Sorry about the lack of uploads while I'm on holiday... I'm obviously in vacation mode as I went to upload this one on Monday and couldn't remember the login address since I made it hacker-proof.  I managed to get it today after a few guesses.  I'm heading back on the road today so I'm not quite sure how regularly I'll be able to upload over the next couple of weeks, but I'll make sure I write down the login address now...

Reach + Sokol by Khyber

99,000 Words

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The Reach-Sokol series includes:

  • reach: Mulder and Scully are called off an X-file to an emergency assignment where they have some time alone together. Their reflections and thoughts about the events of the past year lead them both to make certain decisions…
  • day 17: The slipperier part of the seventeenth day of The Great Adventure. Two words—Tattoo Story. Erotica with character insight
  • day 19: Skinner discovers the agents’ relationship through a mysterious package.
  • eldorado bones: Old times and old friends.
  • sokol: A boy, a girl, a girl, a spaceship, and how things end.
  • day 51: Mulder and Scully have sex in the back of a Datsun 260Z… no, seriously, that’s it.
  • dancing skeleton day: Takes place at Christmas 1998, six months after “Reach” and “Sokol,”
  • terminus post quem: Whatever happened to…? Takes place in summer 2002, four years after “Reach” and “Sokol”.

Khyber takes our agents to some original and unique places. He also gives the partners a fun and adventurous sex life without overdoing it, with a few short smutfics interspersed with the main stories. The angst is also tempered with the kind of off-the-cuff snark that Mulder likes to make, and Scully sometimes adopts, and all the ingredients are there for a very entertaining series.

This one's a little large for a story page, but the other usual options are available.

I don't know who made the original covers, but they were originally posted in Khyber's part of alanna.net, but I hadn't seen them at khyberfic.net (this could just be a wayback machine archive issue.) I also spent an entire day making one myself before I realised there were pre-existing covers, so I'm going to include that one here too. 😀

Distortions by Liz

15,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully are sent to a small town in Colorado to investigate what appear to be ritualistic killings.

This is an early, NoRoMo safe story, reminiscent of "Our Town" but with a lot more angsty Mulder-Scully interaction.  It feels very much like those early episodes, with more of a horror component that directly involves Scully.

Cunegund’s Restoration by LiviaB

39,000 Words

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Despite the "hard news" angle taken by his correspondent Christiane Amanpour, CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno finally got to the point and asked the question everybody had been silently asking themselves. "So, Agent Mulder, how did the spacecraft handle?"

A Post-Requiem Mulder-Returns-in-the-happiest-possible-way fic.

After the comparative angst of Livia's "Hem Ben Ik" I thought you might like a happy ending story.  This has to bring a smile to your face, and it's surprisingly light on sap as Livia ties up more loose endings than CC did in 11 Seasons and 2 movies. 🙂

Hem Ben Ik by LiviaB

25,000 Words

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When no one is who they seem to be, whom do you trust?

Hot Damn is right. I don't remember coming across this fic before; I only went searching for it after I found a dustjacket for it and was intrigued. I'm glad I found it. I had no idea where it was coming from or heading to, and it totally really blew me sideways. Plus the flashback was one of the hottest "all things" fics I've ever read.

I'm disappointed that I found no more of this would-be series, but even the note at the end that there was more planned was enough to allow me to smile, knowing it wasn't supposed to be the end of the story.

The dustjacket is from Livia's website so I'm assuming it's her art. Sorry if I butchered it a little in my compulsion to force all the cover art into a 3:4 ratio...

And Then There Was One by Kronos

101,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully race to uncover the mystery behind the deaths of eight FBI agents - all linked to three cases from the 1970's in which Skinner was also involved - and now the only one left alive. The three must first determine which case is the link, and then attempt to identify who is behind the subtle yet deadly eliminations, all the while evading being targets themselves.

Kronos writes a great story, and poor Mulder suffers for it 😉

Dark Water by Suzanne Schramm

17,000 Words

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Prehistoric insects. Mothmen. Now it’s a publicity-shy tribe of murderers. Just another nice trip to the forest with Mulder.

Another nice trip to the forest on a questionable quest leads our agents into danger. Although there's no smut in this one, there's a lot of other action, and a little insane jealousy on Mulder's part that distracts him, leaving them more vulnerable.

Stain of Purity by Nicknoc

42,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully investigate a series of abductions.

Another Scully-as-decoy story with all the accompanying Mulder!Protectiveness. Boundaries are pushed and then obliterated.  Another great fic from a fellow Aussie.

Puppets Trilogy by M Partous

54,000 Words

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Mulder, driven by a need to understand what really happened to his father, decides to head back to the silo (Piper Maru/Apocrypha) to find Alex Krycek, who he's convinced he heard crying out when he and Scully were there.

!CW: consent is freely given, but under circumstances that could be considered duress.

As stated in the author's notes, her wish was to explore the M/S relationship in a way that it "gives them a kind of mystical strength, one that frightens the powers that be, one that could actually help them in their quest for the truth"

Whilst their first time is under less than perfect circumstances, it connects them in a special way that continues through the challenges they face in the rest of the stories. I do have a special love for an early connection between our agents, and this one feels right for them.

Scene of the Crime by Donnilee

6,500 Words

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Mulder reacts to a Scully outfit and starts an emotional avalanche.

 

I'm a sucker for the decoy!Scully trope, and this fic is an all-time favourite. Mulder's tongue can't help itself when faced with Scully's under-dressed cleavage, and to be totally honest, even as a straight woman  I can appreciate the temptation that naked Scullyboobs would present.  Slight dubcon (but not unwanted) Mulder!tongue action.

Keeping it in the Family I & II by Gemma Kingsley

39,000 Words

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Keeping It in the Family: Believe the Lie, but how deep does the deceit run? What will Mulder and Scully do after Gethsemane and how is Bill Scully involved in all this?

Keeping It in the Family II: Even when on vacation in Hawaii and trying to adjust to their new relationship, Mulder and Scully find themselves investigating another case.

More Bill Jr angst for Scully, post Gethsemane. Poor Scully's been through the wringer lately in the fics I've uploaded. I'll have to give her some mindless smut next to make up for it.

Once again, Scully's family have been used against her, and Gemma is particularly cruel with her storyline. 😉   Fortunately Mulder has returned to life to keep her safe, and satisfied...

 

Anamorphosis by Eponine119

106,000 Words

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Assigned to find a horrifying serial murderer, Agent Scully discovers things about herself and her past that she never suspected.

Anamorphosis - Greek, to form anew. "the unfoldment of destinies follows ...upon the fall of outer circumstances...[a] substantial event was actually but a veil, a tissue of circumstance, conjured forth or the realization of a plot already formed." [Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology]

!Numerous content warnings apply: child sexual abuse, recovered memories, rape (not described), suicidal ideations, dissociative disorder.

I know some of you like Scully!Torture, alongside Mulder!Caring of course, and Eponine119 certainly delivers in this one. She throws everything imaginable and worse at Scully in this story. Eponine does take some liberties with the Scully family, but they're entirely believable and usually make more sense than canon. If you like some pain with your MSR, this story will give you plenty of that.

Once upon a time there was a cover created by Mystic, but I can't get my hands on it. 🙁

Pillar of Salt by Nascent

42,000 Words

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Mulder talks Scully into accompanying him on a long, strange trip. Paradox ensues.

Nascent lures you in with this fic. What starts as a weekend away quickly turns into much more and our agents end up in a deadly situation.

This is the version that was updated by Nascent in 2011.

Additional Pillar of Salt Dustjacket by Kristena
Additional Dustjacket by Kristena

Complications Trilogy by Sarah Kiley

308,000 Words

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Complications: After Mulder is in a car accident, Scully continues her investigation in an effort to save him.

Second Chances: Four months after being arrested, Mulder breaks out of prison and seeks Scully's help in clearing his name. To do so, they must make a cross-country trip on the run from the law while Scully has second thoughts about marrying another man. Could this be Mulder and Scully's second chance?

Last Dance: Mulder's messing with something he shouldn't be.

This is an epic early story, beginning in Season 2, so it involves some characters  who never made it far into Season 3.  It's quite a complicated story, to match its name, as it involves time travel and parallel universes, which always make my head spin. It can get quite concerning MSR-wise at points, but you have to trust that they'll find a way.  But I admit to being very glad that an epilogue was added...

All covers are by Sarah.

 

Silence, Sea & Sky by Anonymous

17,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully investigate the disappearance of a young girl who may be the fourth victim of a serial killer and complications ensue when Mulder believes that the girl's sister has psychic abilities.

This is another early-ish casefile fanfic. It pushes the Profiler!Mulder trope, so that Scully is forced to profile a killer to save Mulder's life. A quality fic from a quality writer who went on to work in the industry.

No Title by The Alexandria Trio

19,000 Words

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Love knows no national boundaries or gender differentiation: Everyone loves Scully.

The Alexandria Trio are Lucy Marchmont, kmom, & bcfan

Some absolute silliness for the end of the July Frenzy of Fanfic. If nothing else it should make you smile.

As I only had a tiny version of the cover for this one, I've taken the liberty of playing with it a little in versions where it's going to be blown up bigger. 🙂

Itinerant Stasis by Livasnaps

106,000 Words

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Picks up from Biogenesis and tells the story of a long and perilous journey—both inner and outer. All good journeys begin with clarity.

After realising how much smut I'd put in my July Fic Frenzy I'm trying to end with some smut-free fic.  This is ringfic, with Fowley as Mulder's ex-wife. Scully rescues Mulder from the hospital post-Biogenesis before going to a hideout where Mulder details his life after Samantha and before Scully.

Shred of Doubt by Jo-Ann L & Vickie Moseley

68,000 Words

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Scully gets called out to San Diego to help on a case and Mulder, though still recovering, tags along. Detective John Kresge wasn’t expecting the extra baggage.

 

This is an all-time favourite fic that I was reminded of recently.  I just love the characterisation embraced by these two long-standing XF fanfic authors: Mulder is constantly tortured but still tries to play at Alpha Male -being very possessive of Scully whilst feeling threatened and vulnerable, Scully is caught between Mulder and the rest of the civilised world, Kresge is an overbearing sexist pig, Maggie is the all-knowing peacemaker, and Bill Jr is at his belligerent, blustering best.  This all adds to the humour and makes this case file an extremely entertaining read.

Whole Catastrophe (The) by Diehard & Dryad

50,000 Words

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Part of the Absolute Beginners series:

This story takes place late in the year 2000. In the early Spring of the same year, Mulder and Scully finally got off the dime (after a false start, angst, guilt and a nightmare or two) and did the dirty deed. After a weekend of ‘solidifying their relationship’, they are pulled off the X-Files, but managed to find at least one way to console each other. Fast forward about six months—and you’ll be right we begin, dear reader. !cd (but not who you think)

The honeymoon is beginning to wind down for our agents after "Absolute Beginners" as they're finally sent back out on assignment and have to test out their new relationship 'in the wild' while dealing with a less-than-impressed local sheriff.

The web link will take you to invidiosa.com where you can find Diehard's fics, alongside some other fabulous authors, with many more images created by Invidiosa.

Light from Shadows by Writergal2000

79,000 Words

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Waking up in a deserted park in the middle of the night, Mulder's mind is a blank. As he and Scully struggle to put the pieces of his memory together, evidence builds into a criminal case against Agent Mulder. While the partners search for the truth, Mulder begins to doubt his own innocence.

(I know, reminiscent of Demons, but too great an episode not to parallel.  This is different in its own right -- trust me.)

!Content Warning: There are quite detailed descriptions of sexual assault by or of Mulder, (depending on the POV).

It's not hard to think of Demons when the story begins, but it soon takes you to a whole 'nother place.  Mulder has a hard time fighting accusations against him, not knowing how much of it's true. But, honestly, either Mulder needed a better lawyer or I watch too many true crime shows. 😉

Old Friends by McKab

93,000 Words

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Part of the Old Friends series:

‘He looked up at her, his expression unreadable. “Ever wonder why things happen?” At Scully’s confused look, he continued, “I mean, why things happen at specific times? Why people show up when they do?” Mulder leaned in toward her as he spoke.’

This was the oldest outstanding story on by  "to read" list as I was a little worried about the Mulder/other factor, but I finally read it and it's definitely MSR. Mulder's ex-girlfriend is in the story, and there's some sexual tension between them, but they're both with other people now. 🙂 I have a feeling that I'd read the interlude, which is Mulder/other, and that gave me the wrong idea. Although the interlude isn't part of the original story,  it was written before Part 21 but I've placed it at the end as an optional extra.

The woman at the centre of this story is a likable, interesting character, who works with Mulder and Scully on a case, before working on their personal relationship.

I haven't managed to get my hands on the original book cover created by Nessa, so if you have a copy I'd love to include it here.

There is a sequel to this one, available under 'series' below the downloads.

Sunflowers in the Rain by Scullys_laughter

15,000 Words

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As Mulder and Scully’s longing for each other is getting more and more unbearable a case file and Scully’s dreams take them to an isolated hotel in the mountains. Amid a missing persons’ investigation, a family mystery resurfaces, leading to discoveries, adventures, and revelations.

This week's link to AO3 is another from last year's fabulous case file exchange.  There are still some I haven't read, but I'm getting there.

History Lessons by Joann Humby

14,500 Words

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A serial killer hunt gets Mulder in trouble with his memories of a past case but then gets Scully into worse trouble over her memories.

Joann has some realistic Mulder self-torture here, beating himself up about a past profile and evading Scully's attempts to draw out the problem.  It twists into a fascinating case as Mulder doesn't want his profile to let anyone down again - especially Scully.

Blood of Angels by LoneGunGuy

68,000 Words

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"History is not written in books, Agent Scully, but in an alphabet of human suffering. Every death leaves its mark upon the aether, burnt into the astral plane, scorched into the very fabric of the universe—a textbook accessible to any man who is willing to annihilate himself in its pursuit. History is a manuscript written on the clouds. Authored by the blood of angels.”

As Scully lies on the sidewalk, dead, Mulder holds the murder weapon in his hands and knows that he must have had a damned good reason for killing her....if only he could remember what it was....A bizarre, labyrinthine mystery with darkly comic overtones.

This is an early X-Files fanfic classic, written by the talented LoneGunGuy in 1996.  This one isn't for the faint of heart, it can get dark. With imaginations as twisted as those of some fanfic authors, I'm so glad they're putting them into good use rather than letting them roam the streets creating havoc. 😉

I can have mixed feelings regarding the mytharc on the show that makes me shy away from reading stories dealing with aliens and cloning and all that stuff, but there are many, like this one, that blow it out of the water.

Sadly, to my knowledge, a sequel to this story was never forthcoming.

Colors by Amperage, Livengoo, Monkeyboy & Rodent

27,000 Words

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Scully has an itch to scratch, but has trouble getting the right spot.

AUTHORS’ NOTE: Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away … Oh, wait a minute, that’s a different story … Ah yes, how to explain Colors … Let’s just say that we decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, but let’s do it tongue firmly in cheek. Yes, there’s lots of firm things in this, and soft luscious goodies, and all the deep cerulean pools one could ever hope to gaze into. That’s right, we wrote a romance … well, as close to a romance as you’ll probably ever get out of this bunch of non-romantics.

Actually, it’s more about sex and comedy than romance, but we honestly are trying to get Mulder and Scully together. They’re just … just … guess you’ll just have to read to find out.

There's no other story quite like this round robin written in 1995. I'm still laughing from just attempting to come up with a summary. There's not much more I can say that the authors haven't said above. If you like some fun, burlesque smut, read it NOW. Even if you've already read it.

Last Gift (The) by Promise64

55,000 Words

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The damage even a deception made out of love can create, the importance and resurrection of hope, and the journey back from the edge of despair.Mulder disappears, presumed dead, until he returns years later to rescue Scully from imminent danger.

You can imagine how Scully would feel to have the person she's mourned for 3 years suddenly turn up and take her away.  Scully has understandably mixed feelings about the whole thing, and they have to process those feelings whilst stuck together, heavily reliant on one another. Lots of delicious angst...

Her Music is Thunder by Suilven

16,000 Words

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Six months have passed since the New Year's Eve kiss that Mulder and Scully had hoped would lead to more, but hesitation remains. When a new case takes them to Lake Superior and into the middle of a local legend where supernatural forces run as deep as the waters themselves, will their investigation finally break the impasse between them?

I'm taking advantage of the daily releases to link to a few more recent fics 🙂

Mulder and Scully join a pair of mounties in this one to look for a scary lake monster.

Bigfoot by PC Rasmussen

27,500 Words

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Mulder goes hunting after fairytales again and Scully tags along. Things don't turn out the way Mulder hoped they would and things go wrong... Wanna know more? Read the story. :o)

 

A lesser known story by PC Rasmussen, this one's possibly heavier on the Scully!Torture than the Mulder!Torture for a change. 🙂 Although it's rated R by the author, I'd put it closer to a PG-13.

Locusts by Syn

29,000 Words

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An unexpected death begins a terrible journey for Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, one that threatens to tear their faith, their beliefs and their partnership apart.

There is a character death or two, but nobody major. Let's just say Bill's lost some of his bluster in this one.

Syn brings us an engaging  mytharc story with twists and turns and up and downs (mostly downs) as Scully is living a waking nightmare of betrayal and emotional torture, while Mulder is fighting to be believed.  An excellent story set shortly after Emily, and featuring a slightly annoying Detective Kresge.

To Kill a Nightingale by Phoenix99

72,000 Words

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A mysterious tip leads Mulder and Scully into a web of danger and unexpected twists. Have they found what they had always wished for? ... or is the price too high?

There was a cover made for this once upon a time, but alas, it's not on Wayback. If anyone has a copy it would be appreciated. 🙂

An adventure-filled story set just before "all things" in Season 7.

Delta S by Nicole Mason

30,000 Words

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“Your mom and Charlie can come, too.” He saw her actually start to listen to the suggestion. “The only thing for miles around is a lodge. They have a barbeque planned and some fireworks. There’s a lake and several miles of trails and —” 

“Just an everyday, ordinary vacation?”

“Yep. Is that so hard to believe, Scully?”

She grinned and opened the door. “Mulder, with you around that’s just about as likely as aliens landing tomorrow.”

I've also included a PG-13 version of this one.

Mulder decides to take some of the Scully family members away for a vacation. Maggie decides that Mulder and Scully should vacation alone. She does end up joining them in Vegas though, and the real action begins there. While this is a crossover, Nicole doesn't want to give anything away too early, and it's not necessary to have knowledge (or memory) of the other situation.

Although they're in Vegas for a specific reason that's not noromo friendly, I've included a PG-13 version because that reason doesn't dampen their bantery relationship at all, and thought some people may enjoy the other action.  Click on the PG dustjacket below to read the smut-free version.

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LINK TO PG-13 VERSION

 

This Thing of Darkness by Tara Avery

52,000 Words

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It was supposed to be a simple investigation of a serial killer... until the mind of the killer was made known. Mulder struggles against truths and lies in the mind of a murderer, while Scully fights against shadows and conspiracies for the sanity of her partner.

Content Warning: Profiler!Mulder is violent towards Scully a number of times in this story.

Tara writes beautifully, so at least while she's putting you through an emotional wringer you can appreciate that she's doing it with such vivid imagery.  😉  This is one for the angst addicts. Be prepared to hurt for a while.

Truth (The) by Eponine119 & Jessica Taylor

114,000 Words

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Mulder & Scully, undercover as a couple on a honeymoon cruise. This story riffs off just about every fanfic cliche we could think of.  We did this on purpose, and hopefully it will be obvious we wouldn't have been able to write this if we didn't love fanfic enough to have read lots and lots of stories over the past few years.  It's also very long. We hope it's amusing enough to justify both of these things - it sure cracked us up!

This is the cruise fic to end all cruise fics. Actually, this could be the tropey fanfic to end all tropey fanfics.

The first time I read this story I think I was a little impatient to get to the RST, and completely missed so much of the journey. The UST goes well past any healthy person's frustration levels, but bear with it and just try to enjoy the wild ride.

While Mulder and Scully are undercover on a honeymoon cruise for couples who postponed their wedding 3 or more times, they're subjected to Julie from the Love Boat and the indignity of many couples seminars before accidentally getting married  and becoming living legends. I don't have enough tags to do this story justice, (although admittedly I left a couple off and I have to force myself to stop typing now so I don't spoil everything in it. ) It's also funny how prescient some of their humorous suggestions are. For those of us who love a good fanfic trope, this is the holy grail.

There is a second image for this one, which I believe was made by eponine119.

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The X-Libris link above left is just a little thing I'm trying to work on. How usable it is depends on whether I can find a plugin to do what I want...

Gates of Hell by AlienQueequeg

54,000 Words

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In the first case after her remission from cancer, Scully is forced to confront a disturbing time in her past. Ten bodies are found buried outside an abandoned hospital in Northern California, all desecrated in a way that is reminiscent of horrifying medical experiments that took place there almost fifty years ago. While navigating the complexities of a changing relationship, Scully and Mulder work to uncover a long-buried evil and hope to solve a cold case that has haunted Scully for years.

CW: violence, death, medical stuff, smut

A Sunday bonus fic just because it's a relatively recent fic from AO3 and I loved it.

Alienqueequeg sounds like she had to research an entire paper or two to write this one. The flashbacks to life with Melissa gave it extra depth as well. As a bat carer and having rabies first aid drilled into me I kept wanting to yell at my screen to flush out the wound rather than band-aid it and had to keep reminding myself that that's probably irrelevant when someone's not bitten. I can however confirm that it's hard to miss the feel of those little batty teeth when they bite... but I suppose they could just spit into an open wound. 😉   OK I'm rambling again.  Just go read it if you haven't already.

 

Fade In by E Livingstone

27,000 Words

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Giving in to a night of temptation was the easy part... but what happens when the sun comes back up?

The 'other' for Scully isn't anything to worry about. She forgets him so you should be able to as well...

Sometimes, rarely, I have a dustjacket for a story I can't locate. I'd been looking for this fic for a while until finally stumbling across a Palm Pilot edition.  I've managed to convert it to usable formats for us all to enjoy, so please enjoy this fabulous "Mulder and Scully fall apart without each other thanks to meddling Fowley" fic. Whilst our agents sometimes let their heads overrule their hearts, and their silent communication can fail, they know where they belong.

The "X-Libris" download option will take you to the story posted in another section of the site. It's something I'm trialing at the moment. And you get a .docx file instead of a .txt file because I got tired of converting it to different formats. 🙂

Bates Witch (The) by Xenith

16,000 Words

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Mulder falls afoul of a witch's curse while investigating the mysterious death of a scuba diver in swim fins and tank, found unscorched in the middle of a burned out meadow, miles from water.

Another PG fic to help balance things out a little 😉  This one's still full of MSR/UST when Mulder isn't being an ass. And it's always fun to torture Mulder in every way possible.

Everlasting by Donna

10,000 Words

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Everlasting includes the series beginning with Returning Home.

  • Returning Home: She needs him to come home
  • At Last: At last
  • Lasting: Reuniting
  • Everlasting: Completeness

 

 

A tribute to Mulder for Father's Day.

Dad!Mulder can be a beautiful thing, if it doesn't remind you of how badly the whole William thing was handled in canon. This is just a short series set some time after William's birth.

Fortunately Donna's made an attempt to make things right in this one, and there's even some bonus Skinner!Torture 🙂

Cruise by M Partous

37,000 Words

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A series of mysterious deaths aboard its ships leads a cruise line to contact the FBI as rumours of a vengeful ghost begin to fly. Is the killer striking from beyond the grave?

I do like the idea of Mulder & Scully stuck together on a cruise ship, so there may be a few more cruise ship investigations that I'll post.  For scientific comparison, of course 😉

This one's set in Season 4, not long after TFWID, and poor Scully's obsessing a little too much about not being a certain person's soul mate.

Changing Tides by QofMush

25,000 Words

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Who says change is all bad?

Strange that although it had been Scully who’d done all the fighting to get the X-Files reopened, it was Mulder who received the late message on his machine.... xfiles to reopen with Mulder, Scully, Fowley & Spender.

While Scully's jealousy is getting the better of her, Mulder's a bit of an asshole, siding with the Fowl One in this, so Scully has to ditch him in order to save Gibson. I would have liked worse things to have happened to Fowley, but QofMush isn't as cruel as me, obviously

Failsafe by Caroline

26,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully are kidnapped and tortured after being sent on case that Skinner hadn't assigned them, leading to a race to locate them before it's too late...

If you like some Scully!Torture and Mulder!Comfort you should enjoy this case, written in 1996 by Caroline.

Fish on the Hook by Writergal2000

24,000 Words

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Scully, Skinner and agents from DEA search frantically for Mulder, knowing he's been beaten and is in the hands of a mobster.

Mulder's kidnapped and tortured in this one, but it focuses more on Scully's angst as they try to find him, then her concern as she gives him some of her special Scully doctoring. 🙂

Without a Trace by Spangle

28,000 Words

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When you finally have everything you ever wanted, that’s when you have the most to lose.

Shock! Season 9 Fic!

This is set around 6 months after Existence, as Scully returns to work after maternity leave.  Mulder hasn't had to take off so since being fired from the bureau he gets to be a stay at home dad. Mulder and Scully are married.

This is the only time I've ever approved of Scully taking Mulder's last name after their marriage, since she's doing so to stick it to Kersh, who will have to refer to her as "Agent Mulder".  I love these little details authors come up with to torment characters...

 

Reprise by aka “Jake”

19,000 Words

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Thirty years after Eugene Victor Tooms was mangled to death inside a moving escalator, several murder victims are discovered with their livers missing, ripped from their bodies without the aid of cutting tools. There are no identifiable points of entry at any of the crime scenes. Could Tooms be back?

This is a special mother's day bonus fic. Somehow aka "Jake" or this fic seems to mess with my computer somehow and I lose everything I write about it... Not only did I lost this original post, I only have a link to Jake's website because the long, involved feedback for this story and request to host some of her fics that I wrote to her vanished from my computer before I could send it. That was over 6 months ago and I haven't managed to recreate it yet.

Jake allayed so many of my fears with this story. So much was wrong with the Season 11 Finale, and I was so disappointed that Scully didn't get to finally settle down with her existing family - Mulder & William - and breathe at last. Instead, she was given another unplanned pregnancy when she had never had any agency over her fertility and hadn't recovered from the fallout from her previous one. I realise that being roughly Scully's age, I projected a lot of my own fears and desires onto her, and Jake has proven to me that Scully can take it all in her stride and enjoy this time of her life.  Mulder and Scully have moved to a new level of familiarity and banter, and this story gave me a glimpse of a future that I couldn't even have imagined in my post-S11 despair.

Although my parental c-PTSD usually has me avoiding pregnancy, baby and kidfic, very occasionally I do manage to read and enjoy them... Since I dragged out a few kidfics to consider for this Mother's Day post I've decided to share a few more of them this week.  🙂

As by Dri

184,000 Words

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As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows love is the cure
You can rest your mind assured
That i’ll be loving you always

--Stevie Wonder, As

Book One: Mulder and Scully have to fight for their positions on the X-Files.

Book Two:  Part One - Thanksgiving + Part Two  - Christmas (to Chapter 14 - last updated Dec 12, 2004)

Although this edition has an additional part to those available at Gossamer, it comes incomplete. While it didn't make it to its final destination, it does have a satisfactory ending.

Book One of this series is a doozy. Full of delicious angst and heartbreak after Mulder and Scully are caught in a compromising position.

It does lose momentum in Book Two, probably because it never made it to where it was going; Book Two and the planned Book Three were never completed. You may want to stick with Book One only, but it's worth adding the opening of Book Two as an epilogue, both for the humour and to know where things ended up after the preceding angstfest. 😉

Hallowed by OnlyTheInevitable

70,000 Words

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In order to get a dangerous, misogynistic cult shut down, Mulder and Scully have to go undercover as a married couple to destroy it from the inside. When they get a little too involved, how will they manage to come out alive?

Can you imagine Scully being subservient and obedient in a misogynistic cult? Neither could OnlyTheInevitable. 🙂  This is another of the wonderful stories written as part of last year's case fic exchange.

Mulder enjoyed Scully's nightwear so much that I felt obliged to have her model it on the cover 😉

Player by Wayne Schmidt

67,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully have to retrace the steps of an early X-Files agent to find out how and why he disappeared.

From the author: My motivation for writing this story was that if Mulder was as smart as they made him out to be in the beginning of the series (Mulder seems to me to have become less intelligent as the series worked its way into the final years) he would have won at least some of the cases involving confrontations with the smoking man. Player gave Mulder the opportunity to play in the big leagues. (Text changed slightly to avoid spoilers)

The events in this story take place before the death of Mulder's mother. I've tagged it as an early seasons fic as well as season 6 as it really has that early feel, and there are no real spoilers for other episodes to speak of.

I'll forgive Wayne his noromo blasphemy as this is a bloody good novel.  It's written with intelligence and detail, leading up to a massive climax. This feels so much like a throwback to earlier seasons Morgan & Wong, developed with the feel of an action movie. It's very much of the train surfing Mulder genre.

I've linked to Wayne's website - waynesthisandthat.com - should you wish to explore his other writing.

The extra cover image displayed in the ePub & PDF stories is actually the HOF Stamp of Approval for this story.

Player - HOF stamp of approval

Laws of Motion by Syntax6

74,000 Words

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Part of the Invariants series:

“Laws of Motion” is a sequel to “Universal Invariants” which picks up in season five with “Redux II.”  Scully barely has time to unpack before a ghost from the past sends her and Mulder down a murderous rabbit hole.

Through the magic of her storytelling Syn gives us another 'first time' in the second book of this pair. More Ethan & more investigations & more MSR. This story takes our heroes through the fifth season, complete with Emily drama & a Halloween parrot.

Gazzaniga by Nevdull

19,000 Words

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The mind is a terrible thing to split.

Nevdull will have both sides of your brain working overtime with this X-file.

This is another case file rated R that's probably more like PG-13.

Exploring Desires by K Benton

100,000 Words

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When Mulder and Scully work with a new agent, his entry into their lives causes months of intense angst for everyone involved.

Content Warning: non-consensual sexual situations, deviant sexual situations, physical control, coercive control, violence. Some scenes are marked, including a court scene which may be especially distressing for rape survivors.

This starts with Scully dating another agent before discovering it's Mulder she really wants. From there things get dark.  Unless you're particularly sensitive, you shouldn't let the content warning put you off - just be prepared to hurt a little.

Invisible Games by 19

26,000 Words

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Another not-so-nice trip to the woods.

Teamed up with an alphabet of other agencies, Mulder and Scully once again prove their strength in the face of both a challenge and hostility from other participants.

I love a third-party POV, and this one looks at Mulder & Scully through the eyes of the project overseer, an experienced General.  This is a non-stop drama-filled action story from 19. Although it's officially rated R, I think it's more the PG-13 end of the scale.

ELS by Dawson Rambo

207,000 Words

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While waiting on the outcome of an OPR investigation Mulder and Scully are assigned to the ISU. Mulder is forced to profile again.

According to Dawson's webpage: The question most often asked by first-time visitors to this page and this novel is, "What does ELS stand for?" It's an acronym. Saying more than that would spoil this novel beyond repair. So, you'll have to read to find out.

This fandom is so blessed to have writers of the calibre of Dawson E Rambo. This is another of his epic fics that meanders through a lot of angst and UST  as they deal with their feelings towards each other and solve multiple cases.

 

Imperishable by TaraW

19,500 Words

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Strange occurrences cause Mulder to use past X-Files to solve a new one, which sends he and Scully spiralling toward a truth they were *meant* to discover.

Another nice trip to the forest. I'm happy to be reviving this intriguing case file, which fell off the internet a long time ago. This one's set in Season 7 but fixes a Season 3 episode.

Wish Series by viXen

39,000 Words

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THE WISH: On St. Patrick's Day, Scully is given the opportunity to see how life could be different had alternate paths been chosen.

THE WISH II: ALL THE COLORS: Mulder takes a drive that sends him on an unexpected journey.

THE WISH III: A DREAM IS A WISH:  Mulder and Scully face implications

Happy St Patrick's Day. I believe smut is the traditional  St Patrick's Day gift, so please enjoy.

Common Fate of All Things Rare, The by Scarlet Baldy & Aloysia Virgata

45,000 Words

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Ever wonder what happened between the silence of Never Again and the flowers from Memento Mori? Ever wonder if Scully's night with Ed Jerse affected her relationship with Mulder in any way? Ever wonder what pushed Scully to go to the hospital and find out about her cancer in the first place? Ever wonder how her illness might have affected her work or if she ever thought about Leonard Betts' words?

Well we did...

This is an impressive case file set during that wonderful time of peak angst in Season 4.

I didn't plan t0 post two post "Never Again" fics in a row.  I'd mistakenly tagged this fic as Scully's Birthday but after a re-read discovered it definitely wasn't and it lost its planned Feb 23 release, slotting in after 'Dust' instead.

After you've done reading this fic, you have to indulge yourself in the hilarious outtakes, originally posted at undertherug.net. I've attached them as a PDF file for your added enjoyment:

Obesa Cantavit - The Common Fate Gag Reel     

Mobius by ShipperX (LA Ward)

50,000 Words

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While investigating the disappearance of a physicist, Scully finds someone she didn’t expect—Mulder.

This is a post-Requiem fic, with Scully working alone after Mulder's disappearance.   It's a very clever story about our agents and their fight to reunite.

Some very early visitors to this page may have noticed the change of cover - Once again, I stumbled across the original cover right after uploading the story here so I've replaced it in the files.  I assume this cover was made by the author but please let me know if you know otherwise. 🙂

Haunted Moon by Stephanie K

29,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully find themselves lost and in trouble one night under a haunted moon. But when it's all over and done, can they find love?

Of course they can!

Stephanie has a twisted mind and tortures our agents accordingly. They deserve all the smut they can get after this.

Silent Sea, The by Xphilernj

42,000 Words

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The silent sea can be unforgiving at times, but true love is undaunting and forgiving.

Skinner's feeling shippy, so he sends them both to the Virgin Islands on a missing persons case with some extra vacation days.

This story is a quite the departure from Xphilernj's usual short vignettes.  She even came up with her own local mythology story to involve our agents in a rare trip to the US Virgin Islands.

Verlassen Series by TexxasRose

67,000 Words

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Verlassen: The knowledge Mulder receives from an informant is more dangerous than ever before. How much will he sacrifice to guarantee Scully's safety?

Guarded Secrets: It’s been two months since Mulder’s return from Verlassen, and he is almost fully recovered. Just as things seem to be working out for the happy couple, danger strikes again from unexpected sources.

Once again, TexxasRose brings on the Muldertorture, then she ups the stakes when things are starting to go well and tortures them both. There's a little actual torture involved as well as the beginnings of sexual assault, but nothing too graphic. Mulder gets a kitten, so that should make up for the unsavoury events. 😉

Overnight Sensation by Syntax6

88,000 Words

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Set post Two Fathers/One Son, Mulder and Scully struggle to get back on the same page as a serial killer stalks couples in the Boston area.

It was fortuitous that permission to share some of Syntax6's stories came just in time to share this Valentine's Day fic.  Don't expect any sappy romance though, it's set immediately after One Son before Mulder and Scully start back on the X-Files.  Scully needs some alone time before the X-Files reopen and accepts a case in Boston. Naturally her alone time doesn't last long.

There aren't a lot of hearts and flowers in this one.  Pissy Scully is on point with her snarky thoughts about Mulder and Fowley. Mulder is on his toes, and Fowley is peak Fowley.  Of course, Mulder ends up on Scully and vice versa by the end.

I'll take this opportunity to surreptitiously plug Syn's original novels again.  Find out more at her web site.

Necessary Evils by Hannah Mason

82,000 Words

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Part of the Evils Universe series:

Just why the #@!& is Mulder still alive, anyway? Would Scully really do it all again? I wonder.

This could be considered a continuation of the world created in "Lesser Evils", but the two stories are not explicitly linked.  If you're going to read both, it's best to read them in order.

Hannah/Syn has Scully hit Mulder where it hurts the most in this one.  Multiple hearts are ripped out with almost surgical precision, but she also knows how to make us whole again. 🙂

Lesser Evils by Hannah Mason

42,000 Words

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Part of the Evils Universe series:

Mulder thought that no one could ever want Scully as much as he did. He was dead wrong.

The two stories in this universe were written by Syntax6 under her earlier alias.  As excited as I am to post these fics, it doesn't come close to the excitement I'm feeling at being given permission to post a number of Syntax6's stories.  Stay tuned.

If, like me, you can't get enough of Syntax6's writing, she's just released her 4th novel.  I don't want to give details here, where her "legit" writing can be associated with her fanfic, but if you love the way she manages to pull twists out of nowhere, you'll want to follow this link to her webpage for more information.

Compass by Nascent

52,000 Words

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How Scully and Mulder got their groove back after One Son.

 

I don't know how I managed to upload the wrong version of the text file, but it's fixed now. 🙂 

This is a beautifully crafted case file set after One Son, with all the angsty fallout of agents who'd been bed-mates in this fic since season 4 but never actually confessed their deep abiding love in that time. Diana is still doing her thing and Mulder still trusts her, leading to an annoyed Scully having to set him straight.

"So this was talking. They’d never tried it before. He didn’t think he liked it much."

The x-file itself is one that I couldn't for the life of me work out how they were going to get out of it, but Nascent got us all through it.

Shadow Series by TexxasRose

82,000 Words

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Somebody loves Mulder a little too much...

All hail, TexxasRose, Queen of Muldertorture!

I'm surprised that it's taken me 2 years to post some TexxasRose fics, as she was quite prolific in her writing, although she had numerous name changes at the time in an effort to avoid her own personal stalker.  She was also a long time keeper of Mulder in Jeopardy.

This stalker series focuses on Mulder this time, and has lots of twists and turns for your enjoyment.

Seisdeadh by IndigoMuse

79,000 Words

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Scully's getting stalked, and when she disappears, Mulder finds their relationship under suspicion, whilst he searches for her. Meanwhile, she's not inclined to just sit back and wait to be rescued.

This is a fic I came across whilst I was searching for another story, and I'm very glad I did.  I usually avoid established relationship fics because I like a bit of excitement, IYKWIM, but there's no lack of that with this pair, despite them being together almost 2 years at the time this is set.

There's the angst of Mulder and Scully both being in danger, then more angst when nobody would believe Scully had been kidnapped, thanks to some bruising left by Mulder. 😉 After Mulder is sidelined by the bureau, our agents have to each rely on their wits to get back to each other.  A++++

Games We Play, The by Wintersong

25,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully participate in an FBI wargame that raises interesting questions about what game is being played...and the identities of the players.

Some more Wintersong adventure.  Mulder and Scully go up  against some other agencies and show them how the experts do things.  Sorry, no smut, just classic, kickarse Mulder and Scully. I'll post something extra smutty on Friday 🙂

There's an original cover I discovered after posting, as usual:

Games We Play cover, possibly by Wintersong

 

 

Nightscape by Kristel St Johns

60,000 Words

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This story is an unofficial sequel to Anne Haynes' 12 Degrees of Separation but can be read on it's own. Our duo are married and getting on with their lives together when the unexpected happens.

!Content warning for reproductive issues

This one's Kristel's first fanfic.  I'm not a massive fan of M/S Married stories, but there's nothing mundane about this. Kristel keeps the angst all the way up throughout.  Be prepared to have your heart strings vigorously tugged on.

Dares Series by Eponine119

21,000 Words

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Eponine119's Dares series has our agents messing around and exacting revenge on one another, with some fun and games sprinkled into a very drawn out game of Truth or Dare.  A bit of a flippant, humourous tale, that finishes as they realise that they don't need the games after all.

Since I already had this one combined and ready to go, I figured an extra day of PWP for world peace won't go astray.  This is one of those fics that I remembered being better than I found it on my recent re-read. Eponine119 has a lot of magnificent stories, but I'm not sure this early fic, written in 1995, quite reaches that standard.  It could just be that my expectations were higher, so if I lower yours you might enjoy it more. 😉  It's a little on the juvenile side, but if you're after total escapism it might be just the thing...

 

Ensky by viXen

37,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully investigate a string of mutilation cases in Northern Arizona while Scully deals with a mystery closer to home.

Mulder and Scully go to Flagstaff for a case during some trying times in their personal relationship - it's the kind of thing I live for.

Intrigues in the Dark by FragileVixen

47,000 Words

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A string of suicides leads Mulder and Scully to a sleepy, coastal town in Oregon for the second time—on their return to The X File—as tensions run high and nothing is as it seems.

As evidence that 2020 wasn't all bad, I present this contemporary classic casefic written by FragileVixen for the recent case file fic exchange.  A bonus fic (link only) to help get you through the weekend.

FragileVixen has also started making collages to post with some of her stories on AO3. This is the image she put together for this one:

Shipper’s Digest 06: The FBI Ball

41,000 Words

One time M&S didn't make it to the FBI Ball and six times they did, an anthology of FBI Ball smut:

  • Fortunate Misfortune by OkayVal
  • Three's a Crowd by AnnK
  • Fire and Ice by Jennifer Lyon
  • One Shameless Night by Eponine119
  • FIfteen Minute Window by WhiteRaevyn (Nikki LeF)
  • Your Place or Mine by Bidie Mc
  • Worth the Wait I & II by Atticus

This collection should well and truly cure  you of any residual angst from the Lost series. 🙂

Lost Series, The by Wintersong

204,000 Words

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The Lost: Mulder and Scully are trapped in the remote wilderness and the art of surviving was not what they expected.

The Found: In the midst of an explosively escalating serial arson case, Mulder and Scully must come to terms with the changes that six months in the wilderness have wrought in themselves and those around them.

Alphas: Mulder, Scully and the rest of the X-Files Division struggle with new realities and the changing of old relationships when the reopening of a closed murder investigation draws them into a shadowy culture thousands of years old.

This starts with an unforgettable story of Scully and Mulder's survival in the woods having been taken there by a perp.  Scully's strength and ingenuity keeps them alive before they're ultimately reunited with civilisation.  Once they return they're forced to San Diego to help with a case involving Scully's brother.   Then finally they have to face themselves and each other.

Original dustjackets by Windsinger:

Normal Holiday, A by XScout

21,000 Words

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It’s Christmas Eve and Mulder does what any normal person would. He has to stop a terrorist who has taken over the airport, before Scully’s plane runs out of fuel.

A Christmas Eve chock full of action, adventure and Mulder!Torture.  This is a re-imagining of a movie I haven't seen, which was probably a good thing. There are some obvious plot issues to overlook, but it's a compelling story if you can ignore those.  To be fair, they were part of the original plot, and XScout didn't include all the plot holes of the original movie.

 

Covenant by Rhondda Lake

27,500 Words

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Covenant:  Mulder & Scully have to come to term with some changes.  Takes place before Leonard Betts.

Covenant II: Monsters: Sequel to "Covenant". While exploring all the levels of their 'new' partnership Scully takes on a case involving deaths strange enough no one can deny they are X-Files. Their only link, abused children. Their only lead. A child who can see Mulder. Not all Monsters live in closets.

Covenant III: Death and the Maiden: This is a bonus extra for those who can't get enough glowing blue Mulder, but it WAS NEVER COMPLETED. The extra 7,000 words are not included in the overall word count.

This is a classic fic by Rhondda, but I never knew it continued after the original story until it was mentioned recently on facebook.  I then discovered a part 3, but sadly it was shelved so Rhondda could finish other ongoing stories and never picked back up. Consequently you won't find it online.

I'm pretty sure JJ (cover artist) is Julie Jekel, but I'm too tired to delve into confirming that right now.

Iniquity by Vickie Moseley