They Can Mess You Up by David Hearne

1,700 Words

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"Scary, funny, sexy! A marvellous thrill ride!"
-- Larry King on "The Lazarus Bowl"

AKA "The Leno Fic", David documents the release of "The Lazarus Bowl" in this humourous post-ep for Hollywood AD. Although the night show hosts mentioned have moved on now, they can be easily substituted by any of their contemporaries.

Some silliness for hump day. This one was uploaded a while back but ditched for another fic at the time.

Faith by Suzanne Bickerstaffe

36,000 Words

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While working on a case involving the firebombing of black churches, Mulder and Scully share their innermost thoughts when locked in a life-and-death situation.

!CW: some characters maintain racist views and use offensive language

This case file set early in the cancer arc reprises the role of Atlanta Detective, Mike Thomas, from "Flights".

It takes me right back to that late-season-4 Scully who is determined to handle everything on her own and rebuff any attempts Mulder makes to make life easier for her, leaving him feeling lost as to how to deal with her illness himself. Although there's no MSR here it still comes with feels and captures the genuine platonic love between them, particularly when they spend time trapped together, believing it may be their end.

Flights by Suzanne Bickerstaffe

14,000 Words

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The pair are on the trail of a serial killer with an odd penchant for souvenirs, while Mulder helps Scully to deal with a shattering experience.

Some classic 'Mulder and Scully tracking down a serial killer' action, where only their unique perspective will lead to the killer, putting them in danger.

This was written and set early in the series, with their relationship commensurate with that timeframe: friendship and respect. It only has the higher rating due to adult themes.

I'll make sure I post something for the smut-fiends on Wednesday, as otherwise it's going to be a noromo week. 🙂

Operation Clean House by Sarah Segretti & Won and Lost by Branwell

4,300 Words

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Operation Clean House: A lost scene from an unfilmed episode. Colonization looms. A stolen moment on the tarmac. In medias res.

Won & Lost: I read “Operation Clean House” and later realized the perfectly imagined farewell scene was haunting me. Artistically it is note perfect as it stands. In my weakness I yearned for emotional closure. Sarah kindly consented to my attempting a sequel. This is it.

A couple of touching vignettes by Sarah Segretti & Branwell. It's off to war with the colonists and the mood is intense.

There's a Dustjacket for Won & Lost as well, by Frohike:

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BTW, if you're a bit confused because I said I was going to post a different fic today, it's been moved to Friday.

Vengeance by Juliettt

67,000 Words

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A sequel to Anasazi. What happened after the explosion sealed Mulder in that boxcar at the end of the episode?

 

This was written in the seemingly never-ending break after the season 2 cliffhanger. Juliettt felt the need to get Mulder out of that boxcar. She's coerced Jackie St George & Martin Nantus to stay with Scully to ensure she doesn't do anything stupid. These characters were created by Sheryl Nantus, and appear in many of her stories and those of other authors. They do reflect the innocence of the early series. After all that's happened since then it can be hard to picture those early days where Mulder and Scully may have been able to have loyal friends other than the paranoid Gunmen.

Another PG story... I'll have to bring all the smut on Friday.

Worth It by Anne Haynes

4,000 Words

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March 6, 1996 marks 4 years from the dateline on the X-Files pilot. While in real time, we've only seen 3 years, I'm a stickler for timelines, so I'm sticking with the four year number for this story.  I'm going with my own personal theory about the evolution of Mulder and Scully's relationship--which is that they're in love, they KNOW they're in love, but they can't do anything about it...yet.

Just a short one today to celebrate this special day in history - the day that Scully met Mulder.

This story is set in the turmoil of Season 3. Although I tend to go with the 1993 start date, March 6, 1993 is a Saturday. It's weird enough that Scully started her new assignment on a Friday and headed off to the plausible state of Oregon on a Saturday...

There's long been debate as to Pendrell's first name. It was believed to be either Alan, Sean or Daniel.  In true X-Files tradition, the actor didn't know his name but called himself "Pete". I've always thought it was Sean, as given in The Official  Companion, but I've since learned that "Sean" was based on a false premise, so who knows? I do like Sean, but Alan works for me too.

I do like this protective Mulder and Pendrell working together.

Katherine I & II by Michaela E

18,000 Words

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Following Scully's birthday, Scully essentially goes through what Mulder did in Dreamland, but her *Morris Fletcher* is a mysterious antique shop owner named Katherine.

I had a bit of a Scully's Birthday binge recently trying to pick which stories I'd post, and ended up with too many. Surprisingly though, I didn't come across many short PWPs, they were mainly longer stories, and most without the smut we all seem to love.  Hopefully this lack of ScullyBirthdaySmut has been addressed over at AO3 in the last couple of decades 😉

This story is a longer story with an actual plot, but no smut, sorry. I got a kick out of the way Michaela wove some past episodes into this Season 6 story and thought it was worth a share.

Motives by abracadabra

15,500 Words

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Scully becomes suspicious about Mulder’s behaviour.  This is set right after The Beginning but it's not intended to be a post-ep.

Mulder is being secretive and Fowley is being Fowley. Some Season 6 frustration to counteract the valentiney start to the week. 🙂 I'm like the Grinch when it comes to Valentine's Day LOL.

I'm still not on top of things unfortunately. I'm trying to push past lingering exhaustion to keep posts coming and I'm going to make an effort to get to messages on the weekend.  I have a heap of excellent stories that I want to post, I just have to be able to at least speed-read them first to remember what tags I need to add, which is hard when I'm struggling to stay awake. Ugh, old woman problems.

Wanted and Needed by Hawthorne Kessler

7,200 Words

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A recent proliferation of opportunities for Scully leaves Mulder desperate to prove his own worth as an agent.

This is one of those short fics that feels like a longer story.

It's that excruciatingly long time in Season 6 when M & S are off the x-files. Mulder is envious of Scully getting to do exciting stuff like autopsies while he's making almost-useful objects from stationery items.  When she goes to a conference he finds something else to do.

This fic is a reminder that Mulder is my ADHD spirit animal.

Injuries to the Spirit by MystPhile

49,000 Words

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Injuries to the Spirit: Scully is captured by a psychopath; Mulder  investigates. The story explores the effects of being held captive by a madman.

Injuries Redux: In the aftermath, Scully prepares to testify and, with
Mulder's support, attempts to come to terms with her experience.

CW: There is some really disturbing imagery to do with a child in this one.

I'm feeling so much better now that I've not just uploaded, I've gone with major torture. I wish I could get Scully to my psychologist, she's a miracle worker. 🙂

This one is a rough one, and for those who need a smut payoff after tolerating torture, you may wish to skip this story and come back Wednesday for the top shelf PWP I have scheduled.

Lucky Man by Meredith

3,500 Words

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The guilty are often not as they appear.

A Tithonus post-ep.

Meredith channels all the Ritter-angst with this one, something I'd never really given much thought to. It ramps up the feels at the end of the episode when Mulder shows up. Plus it gives a third party view of our duo, which I always love.

Lonely Nightmare by Justin Glasser

21,000 Words

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After Scully comes back from Philadelphia and before she is diagnosed with cancer, she and Mulder go to Wisconsin to investigate the disappearance of several small town teenagers.

I have a couple of scary fics releasing this week. Justin always turns out a good story and this one's quite the mystery. It would have made a great case file. There's a bit of a post-Philadelphia rift happening, and although there's no smut, all's well that ends with spooning.

Blood Alley by D Deckert

19,000 Words

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An ailing Mulder and a distracted Scully investigate serial killings with a paranormal bouquet in the Southern California Desert.

This one certainly keeps you guessing. An intriguing case with lots of twists and turns.

Now You See Him by Mimic117

18,000 Words

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Be careful what you wish for—you might get it.

Some light-hearted angst as Scully has to cover for another of Mulder's predicaments and help him solve it...

If you'd like to see what Scully's looking at in the cover image the password is "smut".

Fish for Fallen Light by Nevdull

40,000 Words

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I started early, took my dog, and visited the sea.

Nevdull always writes a well-crafted story. In this one Mulder has Scully reluctantly necropsying fish and other such indignities all the way up the west coast to Vancouver Island, showing her dedication to finding the truth.

Final Series by David Hearne

160,000 Words

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AKA the South Series or Goin' South series

Goin' Down South: Mulder and Scully go to a town called Final, Mississippi to investigate a crime that apparently did *not* happen.

Headin' Back South: Mulder and Scully return to Final.

Gone to Florida: The final story in the "Final" series

CW: Racist themes, dubcon-ish - brief sexual contact for self-preservation.

David's writing, despite heavy influence, is unique in the X-Files fanfic community.  According to David, this series was inspired by characters in the comics of Garth Ennis and the proliferation of unique secondary characters in the works of Charles Dickens. There's a lot of humour in the over-the-top characters from the deep south.  No real romance in this one, but a lot of laughs.

Angular Momentum by Kel

29,000 Words

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"I have been on the bridge that spans two worlds, the link between all souls by which we cross into our own true nature."

-- Fox Mulder, "The Blessing Way"

You're eyes don't deceive you - that really is a PG rating.  This is a fascinating case file set in season 3. There's that obvious season 3 disconnect with our agents at the beginning, but they're there for each other when they need to be.  Kel always injects humour into her Mulder and Scully, which always makes for a good read.

 

Sea of Desire & Those Who Love by S Clay

49,000 Words

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Sea of Desire: At the request of a friend, and former professor, of Mulder's, Scully and Mulder travel to an island community off the coast of Maine to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several infant boys.

Those Who Love: People keep dying at a haunted farm in Connecticut.

More old fics, this time from 1995.  Both stories are quite representative of their season 2 relationship, but the second one would never have made it onto one of CC's story boards. 😉  Also, try not to feel too sad about a future plot point that messes with the first fic.

I blame my ADHD for the 2 covers. I can't read fics without doing something else. I usually get my computer to read them out loud for me and do other stuff as I'm listening.  I just happened to be playing in photoshop as I was listening to these, and each story was about the right time to create a cover, hence there are 2.

Possessions by RJ Anderson

26,000 Words

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When Mulder loses all his personal recollections to a woman who feeds off her victims' memories, he is forced to re-evaluate his life, his beliefs, and his relationship with Scully.

Poor Mulder, having lost his personal memories, discovers that he doesn't like himself much, and is quite appalled by the way he treats Scully.  It makes for a angsty case file, with a very same-but-different Mulder, while Scully just wants the Mulder she knows and  loves back.

Gun by Susanne Barringer

5,500 Words

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Scully's mistake leads her to question her working relationship with Mulder.

This classic from Susanne Barringer has Scully torturing herself, but I only have a tag for Mulder Self-torture as it's not common for Scully to have regrets... This one is just UST, but it stirs up the feels.

Rags by J Selby

21,000 Words

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Skepticism is put to the ultimate test when Mulder and Scully investigate some bizarre and seemingly unrelated events in a small town.

Just a brief break from all the smut for a very canon-like case file with shades of light-heartedness  and angst.

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...

Good Vibrations by Lysandra

10,000 Words

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Mulder finds Scully’s stash.

A "Mulder gets a call from a bar to pick up a drunk Scully" fic, with an uninhibited Scully and some intense sexual tension.

Once again I've posted a version here without line breaks. I hate pointless line breaks.  I wish I wasn't so picky. If you're not that picky, choose the AO3 version where you can leave kudos and comments. 🙂

I believe this dustjacket was the work of shannono. There was one done by Kimpa which didn't get saved to the wayback machine.


I've been offline for a couple of weeks with brain shutdown then local floods, and I'm not ready yet to come back just yet; hopefully by the end of the week. This fic was uploaded a few weeks ago and I couldn't decide when to release it as I'd wanted to put a few more case files up to break up the slew of relationship fics. It's already here so you may as well have it now. 🙂

I have about 4 weeks before I head off on the road again for another stint of bat-sitting in the tropical far-north rainforest, and visits to other far flung places, so I do want to get things back to normal before I leave.  My brain is doing better, but the adrenaline fatigue and need to get my house back to normal after a total upheaval, despite the rain stopping just in time to spare any real damage, has left me exhausted. 🙂

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.

 

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...

Grand Gestures by Revely

20,000 Words

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Disappearing jocks, soaring temperatures and a sweaty Mulder and Scully. All of this and still safe for the underage!

Mulder and Scully decide to go undercover to solve an unusual case, seemingly for no other reason than it amuses Mulder. There's no room at any motels, and it's hot in Ohio, making for slightly flustered agents, with an accent on the UST.

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.

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.

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Cost Analysis by Suzanne Schramm

850 Words

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Mulder tells Scully to go home but she's still out in the field the next day. At what point did she tell him "No way, Jose. I stay"?

A missing part of the Requiem conversation in the bed.

By far the shortest story I've posted here, but I love the cover art. I'm not sure who created it, but I picked it up from Suzanne's section of alanna.net.

 

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.

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
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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.

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. 😉

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.

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.

Day I Tried to Live, The by XPhylia

17,000 Words

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After the fire destroyed the basement office, Mulder and Scully were split up and go separate ways. A year and a half later they meet again and Scully discovers a terrible secret about Mulder. Determined to rebuild their relationship, she must first face her main adversary: her ex-partner himself.

 

Angst-o-rama after the two agents are separated.  Dr Scully has to rescue Mulder from himself. Sadly there's no smut in this one, just intense angst and DAL. I didn't realise this was on ff.net until I went to publish it, so you get a bonus source. 🙂

From the Ashes by J Greco

60,000 Words

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When Mulder is accused of sexual assault by a confused young girl, it begins an odyssey which will cause him to doubt every aspect of his life. But as Scully works to find out the hidden truth behind the events, Mulder realizes that she is the one truth upon which he can always rely.

 

Jamie finds a number of imaginative ways in which to torture Mulder, and Scully is the only one he can trust to help him through an extremely difficult time.  There's lots of love in this one - no smut - but it doesn't seem to be lacking.  It's a sensitive, heartwrenching (but somehow at the same time heartwarming) novel that draws our agents closer together.  Note - there are references to sexual assault but no gory details.

Jamie's Mulder is spot on with his comebacks.  His ability to make light of a situation with lines like “I have to admit, Scully, punching me in the face seems to be more than the passing fad I had originally hoped” adds some levity to  an otherwise angsty fic.

Women’s Intuition by J Greco

18,500 words

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Mulder is targeted by a woman who has allegedly killed four men in a mysterious and undetectable way. They attempt to gather evidence against her, hoping to break the hold she has on Mulder before she takes everything from him.

Jamie gives us that irresistible territorial Scully, whose mission is to keep this dangerous woman away from Mulder.  There's also plenty of opportunity for Dr Scully to give her special touch therapy.  This is a fic I only discovered because it had a striking dustjacket by Anne Haynes.

I'm getting closer to fixing everything, but there may still be temporary breakages as I'm still doing long-overduebackground stuff. Thanks for being patient.
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