Truth (The) by Eponine119 & Jessica Taylor

114,000 Words

Truth cover

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.

Truth image 2

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...

Sound of the Shell by K Roch

14,000 Words

Book Cover: Sound of the Shell by K Roch

Mulder & Scully.  Shipwrecked.

This story was written in 1996 by one of the early giants in the MSR fanfic world.  It's set around the end of season 3, so the UST factor causes issues as Mulder tries to show restraint living in close quarters with a very casually dressed Scully.

Erlona’s Heart by MD1016

79,000 words

Book Cover: Erlona's Heart by MD1016

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.

Eden Series by Jacquie LaVa

66,000 words

Book Cover: Eden Series by Jacquie LaVa

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

Lost Time by Spider

59,000 Words

Book Cover: Lost Time by Spider
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

Book Cover: Tantric by Jacquie LaVa & TBishop

"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.