Keeping it in the Family I & II by Gemma Kingsley

39,000 Words

Book Cover: Keeping it in the Family I & II by Gemma Kingsley

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...

 

Surfacing by Leyla Harrison

2,000 Words

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Summary withheld by author.  This story takes place in the Gethsemane/Redux arc.

This Hump Day PWP is brought to you by the letter C. I'm currently recovering from yesterday's regular cancer screening.

The good news is that I'm now over 7 years cancer free.  The bad news (for me) is that I didn't have Fox Mulder to personally help me through it in the way Scully did in this fic.  The worst news is that so many others haven't survived. Leyla's writing came from that perspective, and she will always live on in her stories, just as her name is now canon in The X-Files universe.

Please do regular checks and screenings and see your doctor if you have concerns. Listen to your body.

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     

Dust Series by Blue Samutra

17,000 Words

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Dust: It’s a long road back from Philadelphia

Yellow Light: It’s like Groundhog Day

Snow: Since we lost the X-Files I’ve had a lot of time to think about my priorities, and I’ve realized that you’re one of them. I think you have been for a long time…”

Feeling: Scully struggles to come to terms with her changing relationship with Mulder

Complicated: Things like this happen to other people. they don't happen to Dana Scully.

Dust Out the Demons: Elton solves all ills

This starts with a jealous Mulder immediately following "Never Again". I got a little confused timeline-wise after that as it seemed to go to Season 6 before heading back to season 4 and 5. Just to with it and enjoy the angsty smut. 🙂

Three Months I & II by Rachel Anton

14,000 Words

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Three Months:  A story about self-doubt and desperation.

Three Months II - Reverence and Reconstruction: Mulder faces the consequences of his actions and they are not what he expects

This is a Mulder/Other encounter, not a relationship. Please check the content warning in the first story header.

I have this habit of posting angst when there should be celebrations, so I'm not even going to mark this one as a Scully Birthday fic - it's incidental to the story really.

It's angst with a happy ending though, which is the best kind of angst.

Necessary Roughness by agoodwoman

40,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully investigate some deaths during the Season 4 cancer arc, post Elegy and pre-Demons.

This is one of my favourite authors and stories. It hits the ground running, and keeps up the pace through the whole marathon.

Just as a sidenote, if you're undergoing chemotherapy, please seek your doctor's advice regarding the use of condoms before you and your partner do the wild thing in the morgue.  😉

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. )

Truth and Consequences by Raine & Marsha Taylor

55,000 Words

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After Gethsemane, Scully and Mulder decide to pay a visit to their friend Dr. Scanlon.

Post Gethsemane stories are usually quite intriguing, and this one is no exception. Scully meets up with Mulder after his apparent suicide and after discovering some clones, they have to effectively go undercover to find out what Dr Scanlon is up to.  The Lone Gunmen also help out with some trouble-making clones.

Birthday Stories by Syntax6

32.000 Words

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Take a tour down birthday lane, seasons 1 through 7

With Mulder's birthday coming up soon, the bonus Sunday fic link is going to Syntax6's website where she keeps all her fabulous stories.

Update: I've now been given permission to post Syn's stories here and have added the usual downloading choices for you to select from.

You He Did Not Fail by Extraordinarily_ordinary

85,000 Words

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Five months after recovering from cancer, Scully abruptly left Washington — and Mulder — for a position at the LA field office. Mulder never understood why. Two years later, he'll have his chance to find out.

This is a fabulous brand new fic by a first time author. It combines a case file with some intense relationship angst and some likeable (and loathable) original characters.

There is some artwork at the end of the fic on AO3 but I won't post it here because it might be a bit spoilery. 🙂

Between Two Truths by Anne Haynes

37,000 Words

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This is Anne's response to "Gethsemane", written over the long summer break while waiting for season 5.

This version is rated NC-17. There is a version with the final chapter rated R instead available at annehaynes.xf-redux.com

 

The cover for this one was made from the collage "Contemplation" by Anne Haynes.

Another reminder that neither Teena nor "Carl" had first names at this point and are Caroline and James in this story.

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:

Plague by Eponine119

42,000 Words

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Summary in one short sentence: Mulder and Scully are spared from a
plague that sweeps the earth.

Author's note: This is a long story. It is set after Memento Mori, but
before Gethsemane. [Actually, Gethsemane wouldn't have happened if this
had.] Mostly it would fall into the category of angst, but it has a
little bit of just about everything: Mulder/Scully romance including
sex, mythology, a plot, and a [sort of] crossover.

!Plenty of character deaths, but not the two that matter most.

You may not wish to read plague-fic during a global pandemic, but eponine119 couldn't have possibly imagined what it's like for many people right now. This fic bears no resemblance to our current circumstances and might help you appreciate that whilst Covid-19 has been turned into a ridiculous political  soap-opera, at least we weren't all wiped out in days. 🙂

I assume that the cover image (the important part of it, below) was made by Eponine119

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No More Demons by Penny D

37,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully find a way to keep the nightmares away.

Penny uses an extended scenario of bed sharing to extend the drama in this beautiful story and I just lap it all up 😀

Hurtful Lies by Gabiabi

17,000 words

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What if Mulder wasn't told that Scully's cancer had gone into remission?

I found another PG fic! In this one bully boy Bill Scully Jr is at his blustering best, resulting in pain for all involved, including me.

I didn't realise it was also on FF.net until after I'd already edited and uploaded the files, so you get lots of options for this one. 🙂

Omens by Lepus-Arcticus

63,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully are called to Horizon, Montana to investigate a mysterious and gruesome death.

Lepus Arcticus has to be one of my all-time favourite authors and I really need to include more of her fics here.

This one is a case file set in the cancer arc, and it's full of feels and truly mindblowing.

"Fuck me like I'm not sick." Just fuck me. 😉

Victim Soul by Prufrock’s Love

7,700 Words

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The case of a purported victim soul - one who suffers for and heals others - sends Mulder & Scully, still coming to terms with her cancer,  to New Orleans.

I won't post Pru's actual stories here as she likes to retain control over the publication of her works, which I appreciate. However, I can post links to existing files she has authorised.   Unfortunately the ones I have covers for and the ones that are posted in multiple formats are very scarce.  This is the only standalone fic of Pru's that I have both a cover for and multiple formats to link to, so enjoy.  🙂

Primal Sympathy by Lydia Bower

57,000 Words

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In order to find a cure for Scully’s cancer, Mulder fakes his own death without her knowledge. Once reunited, they embark on a journey of discovery that may end up costing them their lives.

This cancer-arc fic from 1997 had a fandom all of its own.  It's exquisite Scully-torture, but she's comforted with some hot horizontal mambo.  You can even choose to skip the smut if you're not into that kind of thing.... well I suppose it's remotely plausible that someone might not be here for the smut....

Additional Dustjacket by Jennifer

Colombian Exchange by Taylor

32,000 Words

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It's a story about coffee, terrorism, love, sex, and families, though not necessarily in that order. What happens when a third agent is assigned to the X-Files - a female agent? What happens when Mulder starts dating that agent? What happens when Scully requests a transfer? Cancer rears its ugly head, as does Bill Scully, Jr.

 

Mulder's a complete arsehole in this story, but it makes for juicy angst, and if Scully's willing to forgive then who am I to judge?  He likes to push her away to protect her from himself.  This is a Mulder/other to MSR but there's nothing graphic for the /other.

Kimpa originally did a cover for this, but the thumbnail is all that remains of it.  I've increased it to more than twice the size so you don't have to squint quite so much and it's still tiny.

Wonderland Series by Karen Rasch

47,000 words

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Contains: Of Cabbages and Kings, Impossible Things, More Than Nothing, & Joining the Dance.

Cancer Arc: As Scully's cancer worsens, Mulder and she grow closer together, both learning that the only chance they have to survive is to draw strength from each other.

This one begins as a really sweet romance, with Mulder and Scully opening up to each other during Scully's cancer. It ends the same way, only with some (initially awkward) smut.

Damage Wrought by a Trip to Philadelphia by JHallmark

28,500 words

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Mulder reacts to the events in "Never Again."

Part I: Mulder Comes to a Conclusion - R for language and slight sexual
imagery
Part II: Scully Finds Some Cardboard Boxes and Her Key - PG for angst
Part III: Dead Men Don't Feel Regret - PG-13 for slight sexual imagery
Part IV: He Didn't Know about the Drops of Blood - R for angst and language
Part V: All's Fair in Love and War - R for language and slight sexual imagery
Part VI: Her Mother Called Him Fox - PG for Angst
Part VII: Memories of a Florida Vacation - R for language, slight sexual
imagery and verbiage
Part VIII: The Contemplation of One Word Not Spoken - R for language
Part IX: The Sound, the Feel of Breathing - NC-17 for language and sexual
situations
Part X: The Importance of Understanding - NC-17 for language and sexual situations
Part XI: Never Again - R for language

 

Some more wonderful post Never Again angst.

Shipper’s Digest 413: Never Again

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SIX SMUTALICIOUS 'NEVER AGAIN' POST-EPS

Skin Against Skin by para8Dice
Visceral by Danielle
Cold Night Warm Bed by Atticus
Never Never by Crash
Two Steps Forward by Soodohnimh
Expiation by Johnie

In celebration of my brand new tattoo I thought I'd put together a few angsty first time fics involving Scully's tattoo. I know many don't like this episode, and I admit that I was in the 'Scully didn't do it' camp for a long time, but I've switched to the 'Scully really wants Mulder but he's being a total jerk so she can go have whatever fun she needs without him' camp.  The jealousy angst made for good post eps regardless.

He Wore a Fedora Series by JHJArmstrong

10,000 words

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He Wore a Fedora: Mulder. Striptease.

Dancing Fool: How did Mulder prepare for his striptease? And how did
Scully handle the knowledge he was going to do it? Prequel to "He
Wore A Fedora." You should probably read (or re-read) that before
you tackle this.

Two to Tango: Mulder and Scully become partners in every sense of the word. Sequel to "Dancing Fool" and "He Wore A Fedora."

Another  frivolous fic for stress release.  This one features Stripper!Mulder doing his thing for Scully at a charity event.  I would have definitely preferred seeing this on TV rather than that nightmare inducing line dancing sequence, so I'm sad that M&S  don't belong to Jodi.  The introduction mentions '1-900-OH-SANTA' which I posted yesterday, but they're not related, so it's not necessary to read that before reading this.

Erlona’s Heart by MD1016

79,000 words

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Mulder takes Scully on her dream vacation but things don't quite go to plan.

 

If you haven't figured it out yet, MD1016 is one of my favourite authors, and possibly even the one who got me sucked in to the world of XF fanfic to begin with .  She combines the angst and UST and unleashes the smut in a way that I find most appealing.  This is a vacation fic set during the cancer arc, with all its tenderness, angst, love, and seasickness.

With a Vengeance by Rachel Arlington

10,000 words

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After five long and eventful years, Mulder and Scully finally get to grips with each other (snigger).

AUTHOR’S NOTES: This story was inspired by a comment Gillian Anderson made to the effect that if Mulder and Scully were to get together after all this time, it would be intense rather than romantic. So when they come to film this, she’ll be happy with her character anyhow. I should also acknowledge the people who wrote all those millions of K’s of ‘G’ rated MSR on the Gossamer archive. If it were not for them, I wouldn’t have been driven to write this, and I would missed out on all this fun.

“Oh Dana.” “Oh Fox.” Oh show some sense.   Stand back, I’ll do it.

The tagline says it all.  In response to obviously one too many Fox/Dana romances, Rachel blessed us with her take on Mulder and Scully's 'first time'.  I do love some passion (and occasional fisticuffs) in a first time story, and this delivers. Enjoy.

Dance Without Sleeping by Lydia Bower

46,000 words

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Includes the Into Each Other Sinking series.   

This is a series about how Scully's cancer might conceivably change her life and the way she lives it. Expect a little bit of everything in this baby--from angst to romance. No real X-File though, unless you want to count Scully. This is a character study.

Into Each Other Sinking I - III is a series of vignettes in the Dance Without Sleeping universe and follow the main story.

Contains:
Dance Without Sleeping
Into Each Other Sinking: Liquid
Into Each Other Sinking: Storm
Into Each Other Sinking: Mirror

Additional artwork: Dance Without Sleeping by Tere