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. 😀

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. 🙁

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.

 

We’re Married Now by Skinfull

60,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple to infiltrate a cult in Arizona.

"Look, this was supposed to be a short fic for a 6k word count challenge, but here we are about 60k+ words later, and half way through it basically just turned to smutty smutty smuttness. The case is weak, please don't come here looking for resolution on a casefic. Its contrived, all the tropes, set up for sex. Sorry not Sorry. ¯_(ツ)_/¯"

Skinfull has been churning out novels recently; this is the only one I've had a chance to read so far, but she's an author who's been providing great content for 2 decades so head over to AO3 and read them all! 🙂

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. 😉

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...

Forget to Remember by Parrotfish

15,000 Words

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Mulder realises that he's lost his memory of Samantha's abduction.

I felt it was only appropriate to post this fic today, on its 25th anniversary and the day Mulder underwent hypnotic regression in 1999.

This has more plot than the usual hump day fic, but I'll find something plotless to make up for it on Friday.

Veritas Nullus by Janet

31,000 Words

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Scully is raped in Mulder's apartment and Mulder is shot by her gun. Is he the assailant?

!Content Warning - Rape. (Actually it's quite graphic so I've marked the particular scene should you wish to avoid it.)

Mulder has to fight for his innocence after being accused of serial rape in this intriguing and angsty plot by Janet.

Sound of Wind Chimes (The) by Sarah Stegall

22,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully disappear after a stakeout.

!non-con Mulder on Scully

 

 

This classic, 1995 fanfic is a bit of a rite of passage. There are some disturbing aspects to this fic, but but there are also some good points - it got 2nd place in two 1995 Spooky Awards, for Best Sci-Fi Story and Best Mulder/Scully NC-17 Romance.

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.

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. 🙂

Trigger Stories by PhileyX

40,000 Words

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Fox: Ever wonder why Mulder finally kissed Scully on New Year’s Eve? Here’s my theory…….

Mulder: So Mulder managed to resist Scully. Will she be able to resist him?

Toady: Agent Archie Travis goes on the mission to find out what Agent Scully left behind in Agent Mulder’s apartment. This story was initially set after "Fox" but written after "Mulder" so it includes details revealed in "Mulder". It's been shifted accordingly.

Even: Whoops, just a slip of the tongue...

Kiss: How far would Mulder go to know what happened? Mulder is desperate to know about what happened when he was in the mercy of his partner. How far would he go to find out? Meanwhile, Scully plays a mean joke on him and Archie finds the woman of his dreams

 

Mulder and Scully are faced with the extremely tough challenge of resisting each other's advances.  It's another one that's only PG (I don't know what's wrong with me), but there's plenty of fighting of urges.  It gets a little silly at times, but it's all in fun.

Twelve Tropes of Christmas by mangokiwitropicalswirl

20,000 Words

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This was a personal challenge for Mangokiwitropicalswirl - to write little holiday drabbles each containing one of the fandom's favorite tropes.

Just a link to a lovely tropey indulgence on AO3 today.  Have a fabulous holiday season. xxx

All Hallow’s Eve series by Windsinger

192,000 Words

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Part of the All Hallow's Eve series:

Driving back to Washington on Halloween evening Mulder and Scully see strange lights in the sky over rural Maryland, stop to investigate, and find themselves spending a night they will not soon forget.

This one started out fairly painlessly, but Sue pushed the angst up each year as she added a new volume and sucked us in further.  But wait, there's more! There's also a shorter story called "The Messenger" that works as an epilogue which I'll post separately as it fits into a few of the different universes that Windsinger was writing at the time.  (There's a Cliff's notes guide to all the series involved at the end of that fic so you can follow it without having to read every story. )

Idylls by Bugs

8,500 Words

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It all seems to be over, but the Smoking Man has information that will change how Scully sees herself.

 

*epub version should be working*

I'm not a huge fan of the chaos of post-col fics, but This one's an unusual one in that the aliens came and went and things are back to 'normal'. It's difficult to categorize. I've added a few tags but left off a few as well to keep the intrigue.

Partners, Friends & Lovers by Wildafox0619

47,000 Words

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An alternative journey following Mulder and Scully from the beginning of Season 2 to Season 5. An exploration of their changing relationship through the years and the ordeals they had to face.

This story was being sought after recently in a facebook group, and I've just recoded  Wildafox's website, so it was begging to be posted here.

Wildafox has kindly provided a new email address for feedback or to hear from old fandom friends:

Last Chance Falls by Slippin’ Mickeys

25,000 words

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A man. A women. A forest. A hit squad. An adventure.

(Inlcudes Last Chance Falls Interlude by Pam Gamble.)

This is certainly an adventure. Slippin' throws in plot aplenty as our agents try to keep out of trouble.

Slippin' is a talented writer with heaps of new stories still coming out, so go read her stories on AO3 if you haven't already done so.

Oops, I forgot to upload this, and i'm on a social-distancing vacation on Fraser Island, where internet is hard to get. I got the alert when I was out for a drive down the beach, so i've uploaded them all with my patchy phone internet.  It's a hard life.  This is me updating files right now. Shame about the rain:

If they're not fixed I can try again tomorrow  when I drive past the island's mobile phone tower. 😉

Remember Me? by Caroline O

56,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully have been forcibly separated from each other for fifteen months. Scully has a new life, but no knowledge of her previous one.

Happy Mother's Day to mothers of all descriptions. A bonus fic for the occasion: this fic is one that's even enjoyable for those of us who don't do kidfic.  Scully has a baby, and a partner, but it's not all as it seems. There are many twists and turns to keep you reading.

 

Blinded by White Light by DashaK

58,000 Words

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Blinded by White Light: What are we, but the sum of our memories?

Open to White: We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.

 

Blinded by White Light and Open to White find Mulder and Scully in a vastly different post-col world. 

Not an Exercise in Subtlety by Satina

22,600 Words

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Not an Exercise in Subtlety: Mulder does something he normally wouldn't, while under the influence of the psychotropic substances in his water supply, as well as the grief and confusion over his father's death.

Finding a Way: Mulder remembers, and tries to find a way to make things right.

Good Medicine: Mulder and Scully make things right.

 

Death Will Be Our Darling by Deborah Goldstein

95,000 Words

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Mulder gets car-jacked, and after recovering enough to go back to temporary desk work doing profiles, finds out he's better than ever-- which has it's own problems-- and that certain people don't appreciate that.

Future relationship in the making. Lots of Mulderangst.

Intense Mulder!torture of the mind.  The talented Theresa from mindseye.tcjahn.com also illustrated this fic.

This story has also been recently uploaded to AO3 by a fan, so I've added an additional link to read it there.

Breeding Discontent by FatCat

14,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully are abducted and when they are returned, things have changed.

After being missing for two months, when they were found, conclusions were leapt to and evidence tampered with.  Just another day on the X-Files....    On top of that, some ardent loving is walked in on, and there's some video evidence gleefully provided by some voyeuristic members of the consortium.  It's only glancingly mytharc.

Content warning: there is dubcon involved in this (they were drugged but otherwise willing).  

Uncensored cover art by Donnilee

Revelations Series [Volume 2] by Windsinger

194,000 Words

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The Complete Revelations Series
This series takes place during the first season of The X-Files, beginning the morning after the last scene in The Jersey Devil and ending prior to the Season One finale,  The Erlenmeyer Flask.

The full series is split into three volumes, as follows:
VOLUME ONE:

1. REVELATIONS 1: DAWN
(This has been mislabelled as "Revelations" at the top of each volume)
2. REVELATIONS 2: THE BOX

VOLUME TWO:
3. REVELATIONS 3: THE VACATION
Angst (of course), developing M/S relationship. Occurs towards the middle of the first season. There is even a tiny bit of foreshadowing of the seventh season here.
4. REVELATIONS 4: THE ABDUCTEE
Mulder takes on a special assignment when a woman from one of his earliest cases reenters his life and Scully learns to follow her insticts. Note: There's a warning for dubcon/non-con in this part, with Mulder as the victim.
5. REVELATIONS 5: MILE HIGH
Mulder deals with recovery from a severe injury and with his developing feeling for Dana.
6. REVELATIONS 6: MEMORIES
Mulder has been gone for two weeks on a case. As a homecoming, Scully arranges a romantic dinner at his apartment but has an unexpected visitor.

VOLUME THREE:
7. JUST THE TWO OF US
8. SKUNKED AGAIN

A general introduction and a zip file to download the complete series can be found in Revelations Series [Volume 1].

*Note - some tags belong to the complete series

Eden Series by Jacquie LaVa

66,000 words

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Part One: The Other Side of Eden - If you had your memories torn away from you... the very essence of what made you human... what would you become? Mulder and Scully are about to find out...

Part Two: Eden in the City - As Mulder and Scully attempt to make a life for themselves and their new child, the creator of the deadly serum just won't let them be...

Part Three: Re-Inventing Eden - Mulder and Scully are forced to send their child into hiding to save him from the threat of a monstrous threat...

Part Four: To Keep Eden Safe - Upon the receipt of yet more threatening notes, and the enforced protection of our Agents' only child... Mulder and Scully must face the evidence at hand, and find a way to trap a monster...

Part Five: Regaining Eden - It's time to get it back, all of it... and Mulder and Scully are ready to kick ass...

I wanted to find a daddy!Mulder fic to post for US Fathers' Day, but I'm allergic to kidfic.  I've made it through the thoroughly enjoyable first book in this series before my kidficphobia set in and I couldn't go on. It's nothing to do with the actual fic, which is by an author I adore and comes recommended by others, it's my own issue which I wish I could overcome...

In The Other Side of Eden Mulder and Scully are dumped on a deserted island, having been given a serum to erase all their memory.  Angst & smut ensues, and I assume continues on into the remainder of the series.  The tags cover the first book, but I can't confirm whether or not they apply to the rest.

Original Cover Image by Foxsong

Illusions by Spooky’s Girl

60,000 words

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Post-Arcadia. Mulder loses his memory after an accident and believes himself to be Rob Petrie.

 

I'm a sentimental old phile. I just happened to notice that it's 20 years since Arcadia was broadcast in this part of the world (26 May 1999), so that sounded like a good excuse for this Arcadia fic and cover by Spooky's Girl (Denise). 

Lost Time by Spider

59,000 Words

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Part of the Human Affairs series:

Diana continues to interfere after One Son. Our agents couldn't be any more distant when they're sent out of the country on a case.

Author's Notes: For almost 20 years I have lived in a country with a 5,000 year old culture, spending months in villages that count years since the last white person was seen. I was once an academic and thus am still more skeptic that believer. But I have also seen things... On my last trip to Ambrym volcano, I was stuck in a leaky hut with dead bodies from black magic littering the area. . My helicopter pilot companion thought I was screwy reading Xfiles when we lived the damned things. So a bottle of tequila and an annoyance about the M&S relationship post One Son in hand, I sat down with many battery changes, incorporated real life to fiction and ended up with this.

 

This is one of my favourite fics. I can't get enough Fowley-induced-angst, and she's at her evil worst in this one.  It does reference Human Affairs, a previous story by Spider, but  it's not necessary to read that story before this one. You might notice that I've tagged both stories as UST to RST, but there's a reason for that so just go with it. 🙂

Spider is clearly a gifted writer. She's actually an international bestselling author in her own right. The book referenced under the Lost Time image below is a science-fictional look at the results of climate change and the subsequent breakdown of society that's already quite frightening in 2020. The author has released it as a free download if you'd like to Ecosia it (alternative to Google with more trees and fewer data collectors).

18+ months later - I just found some original artwork for Spider's stories. I assume that this was created by Spider as it didn't state otherwise. I've also mocked up an image to direct you to the author's other work without search engines being able to associate that  work with this fanfic (I hope).

 

Tantric by Jacquie LaVa & TBishop

66,700 words

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"Honest to God, I meant to ease her into it; I never meant to blurt it out like that. You’d think, after seven years and countless bizarre cases, I would have learned my lesson. But I was so excited; so anxious to get my teeth into this one, I forgot to be diplomatic – forgot to use my head instead of my heart. I had spent the weekend going through all the files and the plethora of information I’d found, on the Web and in B. Dalton’s; I’d taken notes, collected documented testimonials from folks who had decided to talk about what they knew of this particular organization… by the time Scully hit the basement on Monday, I was so wired that she never had a chance.

Posing as my little wifey, and involving herself in what could be considered 'deviant sexual cultish situations…'”

This one has some delicious "keeping it real while undercover" smut in it.  I had a little trouble imagining Scully losing control to the extent she does, but I'm willing to forgive these writers this once; they're two of my all-time favourites. And like I say, OOC is perfectly acceptable when there's intense sex involved...  which is why I hate it when CC takes them out of character.

Please be aware that there are many disturbing elements in this fic, and Scully bears the brunt of a lot of the coercive behaviour, so proceed with caution.