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.

Boundless by Meredith

5,000 Words

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Under extreme emotional circumstances, no one’s actions are predictable.

This week's hump day fic isn't a straight PWP. Still, it's a shorter fic, with an angst that builds with increasing pressure until the release at the end.  It's a compact fic for those who like a side of pain with their MSR.

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.

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.

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.

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. 😉

Like a Turtle on its Back by Jo-Ann L

25,000 Words

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After several blows to his male ego, Mulder begins to question the equilibrium of his relationship—both professional and personal—with Scully.

Poor Mulder feels emasculated and tries to be one of the boys. It goes about as well as you'd expect.

Demonstrative by Abracadabra

7,000 Words

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A class lecture with some interesting results.

Abracadabra shows us that a relevant plot can be superfluous with our adventurous agents in this hot little hump day fic.

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...

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.

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...

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.

Way I Saw It (The) by JaimeLyn

65,000 Words

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The Way I Saw It: Scully has had an awful day, Mulder is drunk, and Diana Fowley thinks its all Scully's fault. Who is right? Who is wrong? And what the heck happened?

The Dish and the Spoon: Rain, wind, Mulder, Scully, Diana and... a meteor shower? What the heck is going on? Who will emerge victorious in a game of love and war? It all happened just the way they saw it.

JaimeLyn tells this story from Diana, Scully & Mulder's points of view alternatively, and it's a thing of beauty, particularly the Fowley-Scully hate.

Dimestore Hooker by Jori

3,000 Words

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Imagine that Phillip Padgett is still alive somewhere and typing out a life for Scully and her love, Mulder. Hence, Mulder might be able to see colors -- vivid, hot colors. And Scully might be a little feral. Phil does not make an appearance in this piece, though.

If you like a Scully who knows what she wants and goes get it, you should enjoy this feral Scully who's been taken for granted once too often...

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

Hearts on the Mend Series by Bellefleur

47,000 Words

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After a personal tragedy has torn them apart, Mulder and Scully wonder if their relationship is broken beyond repair.

This is an AU in that it makes no reference to Season 8 or 9, but William exists. Lots of angst. I like it to hurt 😉 But there is a happy ending.

Also, Mulder is as bad a psychologist as he is in canon.

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. 😉

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

Damn Desk by SamIAm

4,300 Words

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I: Maggie needs some help moving a few things. Discoveries ensue.

II: Mulder annoys scully and she gets revenge

III: Scully raises the revenge stakes. Some naked antics ensue.

Whilst this may not be a literary classic, I remember having to chase down parts of this fic so I'm posting it here in its entirety for the hump day PWP. Unfortunately it seems that Sam's muse was feeling rather contrary when she wrote this, and it turned out to be PWPWP.

Anyway, if you're after some OOC mindlessness involving some friendly competition between our agents, this should be about 15 minutes worth.

Awakening (The) by Jeylan

22,000 Words

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Mulder & Scully, younger and less world-weary, make an unplanned journey to a remote ocean beach. Forget the relentless way series TV has ground them down, this story is an invitation to turn back the clock. For incurable Romantics only.

Reading the headers had me smiling - Jeylan appears to share my opinions about a certain creator, but at least she turned this into a positive by writing this awesome story in response to her gripes. Just watch out for that crack in the fourth wall that Jeylan throws in.

Mulder and Scully need all the vacations they can get, even if they have to gatecrash the other's...

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.

Universal Invariants by Syntax6

80,000 Words

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Part of the Invariants series:

"This is an AU story in which I play fast and loose with the first season. While I’m just as glad that Ethan got eliminated from the actual show (I don’t think he would have added much on the screen) I thought it would be fun to play out the relationship here as Scully gets dragged deeper and deeper into the X-Files."

Syntax6 is a legend, as this story and its sequel demonstrate.

Syn gives Scully's deleted boyfriend Ethan a big role in the first season as she weaves some extra cases in for Mulder and Scully to solve. This follows the agents from their first meeting to the return of Scully after her abduction. And while this is Scully/Ethan, Ethan doesn't seem to be doing it for her once she starts on the X-Files.

Contradiction by AmandaRex

3,800 Words

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It may seem like there’s a plot, but bear with me. I promise it has pretty much no bearing on the true meaning of this story at all. I wrote it to fulfill my personal smut quotient for the week.

Although this is set after the UnNatural, it's more of a post-ep for Milagro.

Hump day PWP. 🙂 Although this is set after the UnNatural, it's more of a post-ep for Milagro.  I'm not sure what else to say about this one - maybe don't expect a lot of romance.

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.

 

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.

Malevolence by Cathleen Faye & Melinda Mac

16,500 Words

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An old friend summons Mulder to California where he is confronted with a creature of amazing seductive powers.

A very realistic X-File presented in screenplay format.

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. 🙂

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.  😉

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.

A Christmas Peril by Kestabrook

16,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully's plans for a Christmas getaway suffer a setback, and Mulder's life hangs in the balance.

Part of the wonderful Virtual Seasons universe (Season 9)

Finally, another PG rated fic! Kestabrook has kindly rewritten Dickens for Mulder, who needed a bit of a kick in the behind for the way he was treating Scully.

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

36,000 Words

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While still working on Domestic Terrorism, Scully takes a vacation and Mulder finds himself doing a profile.

! Content Warning: some graphic imagery, not for tender readers.

Scully's in San Diego for Thanksgiving when Mulder's sent there to profile a baby killer.  Once again, Scully doesn't get a vacation and ends up babysitting Mulder.  Vickie has Mulder in full-on psycho profiling mode in this one, with an added degree of physical difficulty, all while staying at Bill Jr's house.

You may have noticed that I haven't been uploading regularly since returning from my time away with the bats. I'm behind in everything at home and struggling to get back into routine. I'll get back on top of it all once I stop beating myself up over it. 🙂

Eat it Too by Rachel Anton

13,500 Words

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Will Mulder ever get his cake? And if he does, what will he do with it?

 

*links fixed*

Mulder's birthday is coming up so I figured it was time to start getting in the mood....

Queen’s Gambit by Suzanne Schramm

37,000 Words

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Queen’s Gambit: A chess strategy in which a player sacrifices key pieces in order to win.

Another fic set during the uncomfortable Kersh era in Season 6, with some juicy relationship angst.

Ordinary Series by Diana Battis

20,000 Words

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One Ordinary Day: One ordinary day, with fortune cookies.

Out of the Ordinary: Mulder and Scully continue to explore the relationship started in One Ordinary Day.

Ordinary People: Sometimes love isn’t enough to sustain a relationship.

No case in sight in this one. I realised I've been uploading lots of case stories lately. 🙂

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. 🙂

That Night Series by EBE

35,000 Words

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  • Part I: Sex
  • Part II: More sex
  • Part III: They decide to open up emotionally
  • Part IV: Even more sex
  • Part V: Mulder ditches, Scully threatens to split
  • Part VI: Mulder ditches, Scully splits
  • Part VII: Reconciliation

Those summaries don't do this fic justice. This began as a bit of a first-time smut vignette but it then runs the gamut of emotions as it explores the establishment of their relationship with its ups and downs. It's one of those favourite fics that I forgot was a favourite until I re-read it.  

It's weird how when re-reading fics I've found that some memorable ones haven't had the same impact on a second read, and others I couldn't quite remember have me pleasantly surprised.  That could be a lot to do with expectations, so I try not to let that affect what I post here.  🙂

Mind Games by Spider

122,000 Words

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A horrific series of child molestations and murders has escalated. The director himself, under political pressure from the Justice Department has no choice but to assign the FBI's best profiler to the case, despite a promise he made ten years previously. But this series of killings has no resemblance to anything anyone in the FBI, including the X-files' Fox Mulder, has ever encountered before.

! Content warning for disturbing subject matter - graphic description of violence towards children. Please read the introduction before reading.

Parts of this are really tough to read, but it's an important contributor to the acute Profiler!Mulder-torture,  and to a lesser degree, the Scully-torture.

This is an MSR, but Skinner also gets lucky. (Skinner feels like my dad, so I'd rather not know about what he does in his spare time, but  this wasn't gagworthy at all 😀  Maybe the other horrors made it all pale in comparison.)

I spent 6 days camping in a spectacular World Heritage area, and this is what I read. Go figure. Needless to say I took a couple of breaks, and I had to read a lot of PWP afterwards to recover.  Enjoy  😉

I'm very happy to report that I've just turned up Spider's original artwork for this fic, which I've now added below. I was also surprised to discover that she lived in the neighbouring town to me back in the day. I feel like I came within reach of basking in some of Sonny's limelight. 😀

Fox’s Book of Martyrs: Crucifying Scully by Ktblle

22,400 words

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Your end is your beginning is your end.

Oh the angst. What's a girl to do when her new lover decides to push her away to save her from himself? Go to Hawaii and setlle, that's what. But is that what she really wants?  Maybe, maybe not.  Spoiler: the answer isn't yes.

Well colour me surprised. I thought I'd uploaded this one ages ago.

There was a cover for this one by Kimpa, but only the thumbnail remains, which I've quadrupled in size here so you can see it.  I wish images saved better on the wayback machine. 🙁

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. 😉

Weekend Series by MoJo

185,000 Words

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There are 19 parts to this epic series, including Nocturne, co-written with Andie, which is a novel in its own right.

The Weekend Series includes:

1: PERCEPTION OF SNOW
2: NIGHT OF THE GUNMEN
3: ORA PRO NOBIS
4: LUCK OF THE IRISH
5: TOUCH OF SPRING
6: PICKING UP PIECES
7: PROFESSIONAL DEMEANOR
8: 58 MINUTES, 15 SECONDS
9: ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS
10: MELVIN'S TURNING 40
11: HELL OR HIGH WATER
12: MODERN ALCHEMY
13: NOCTURNE (WITH ANDIE)
14: PRAYER FOR THE DYING
15: AFTERBURN
16: PARTIAL ABANDON
17: RESIDUAL
18: LUCIDITY
19: AFFIANCE

It's a long weekend here for Labour Day, so I've added some bonus weekend reading. 😉

I apologise, but at 185,000 words, I haven't had a chance to re-read this one to confirm the tags, and I've guessed a few based on MoJo's general writing style. I hope I've guessed right....

1,000 Rainy Days by RL Montoya

43,000 Words

Book Cover: 1,000 Rainy Days by RL Montoya

When Scully begins experiencing a strange form of
empathy, it affects her work on an abduction case. Mulder reacts
oddly, becoming more and more attracted to her because of it, but
the consequences of and reasons for her new ability are more far-
reaching than either of them realize.

Although the author rated this R, it's probably at least borderline NC-17.

RL took three years to pen this X-File with MSR, set in Season 3-4.  While the agents know what they want, the uncertainty about changing their relationship keeps the UST churning for a while.  After some ups and downs they do work it all out. Oops. Spoiler alert. 😉

Thanks to the person who whispered in my ear that I'd forgotten to upload the files... I've done that a few times lately but usually caught myself... hopefully this will make me remember!

Shipper’s Digest 313: Syzygy Convergences

28,000 words

Syzygy smut, including

  • Improbability - Fran Hartman
  • Syzygy Causes Lust - Paradise
  • Hey Jealousy - Eponine119
  • Syzygy Smyzygy - Mystic & Angela
  • Game - Eponine119
  • Stars Misaligned - Donna
  • BONUS: Links to more Syzygy goodness at AO3

 

It's been a while between digests, so I thought I'd dip the proverbial back in with this smut companion for that beloved Season 3 episode, Syzygy. Enjoy.

Guardian & Renewal by Amy Vincent

30,000 Words

Book Cover: Guardian & Renewal by Amy Vincent

Amy notes: "When I first watched "The Ehrlenmeyer Flask," I was still offline and cut off from other Philes -- in other words, I feared I had just seen the end of one of my favorite shows. I was very disappointed -- as good an episode as that was, I couldn't bear to think of it all ending that way. I thought up my own version of how I would have "liked" to see the show wrap up. Later, of course, I learned that the show would return, and tossed this idea out of my mind. A few weeks ago, though, I decided to put a different spin on it and turn it into this story."

This fic assumes that Mulder left the FBI at the end of Season One. He and Scully do find each other again, before Mulder makes a sacrifice that impacts them all. Angst ensues.

Aftermath by Zuffy

71,000 Words

Book Cover: Aftermath by Zuffy

This series began with the devastating effects One Son had on Mulder and Scully's partnership, and continued through their desperate attempt to understand the alien threat and the complex loyalties of Diana and other players. Parts 3 and 4 take place after Biogenesis as Scully and Mulder try to come to terms with his mysterious illness. There's a shippy end for believers...

I've been having a bit of a post One Son indulgence lately so there may be some more juicy One Son fics coming...

In this one Zuffy weaves an elaborate mytharc story around the canon from Two Fathers/One Son to Amor Fati, and challenges our beloved heroes to save each other, not knowing who they can trust.

And Chaos Shall Reign by Kronos

150,000 Words

Book Cover: And Chaos Shall Reign by Kronos

Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate the explosion of an air separation plant in Hampton, Virginia, in which more than a hundred people were killed. Mulder struggles against self-doubt and considers his future with the Bureau, even as he and Scully become embroiled in politics when their opinion as to what occurred runs contrary to that of the local FBI SAC. Despite the roadblocks, their investigation leads them to a conspiracy whose purpose could result in an even worse disaster. Skinner joins his agents in a race against time that could very well end with all their deaths, along with thousands of innocents.

Another fic that slots in after Folie a Deux, with Mulder in a mood and Scully and Skinner keeping him afloat as they investigate a complex and dangerous case.

Human Credentials by Scarlet Baldy

73,000 Words

Book Cover: Human Credentials by Scarlet Baldy

As both agents decide to forget what almost happened in that hallway, Scully tries to deal with a clinical depression which was just waiting to happen. The fact that Mulder resumed his relationship with Fowley is not helping. A mysterious letter sends him on another wild goose chase in a country far far away. Scully and Fowley ‘try’ to temper their mutual animosity to find him. The agents will find out that travelling can be a mind altering experience, in the true sense of the word.

This story begins right after the movie and gradually evolves into its own alternate universe. A.D Kersh never existed, the Consortium didn’t turn to ashes, and Fowley never worked - or slept - with CSM.

Book II - Lendemains
This is the morning after Human Credentials' last book ended. Mulder, Scully and her clone Faye are on the run. The world is being ravaged by a mysterious and lethal virus. And the bees are back.  NOTE: THIS STORY IS INCOMPLETE BUT INCLUDED HERE FOR THE CURIOUS.  There are only 5 chapters so it barely begins, unfortunately. You might be able to consider it an epilogue. 🙂 

I only have one cover for this one, but I have the thumbnails for the rest.  The HC1 front and back cover are by Pinky and the HC2 front and back cover are by Invisigoth.

Unbelief Series by Anne Milne

19,000 Words

Book Cover: Unbelief Series by Anne Milne

How Scully reacts to being ditched in the middle of a nasty case, and the consequences of said ditching.

I love a good Mulder-bashing after he ditches Scully to run off somewhere with Diana Fowley.  Mulder suffers the consequences in this one, in a way that I find quite satisfying (despite the lack of smut) 😉

Primal Sympathy by Lydia Bower

57,000 Words

Book Cover: Primal Sympathy by Lydia Bower

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

From the Ashes by J Greco

60,000 Words

Book Cover: From the Ashes by J Greco

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.

Faith Lost, A by Joylynn

36,000 Words

Book Cover: Faith Lost, A by Joylynn

Mulder and Scully are on the hunt for an elusive X-File. However, in the end, they learn that they are searching for a lot more than just a ghost.

Joylynn's writing is beautifully descriptive. This story has them investigating a bit of an urban legend shortly after Closure. Mulder's decided that Scully is all he has left so he won't risk his friendship with her by wanting more.  As usual, Scully has a different point of view and angst ensues. The UST is strong in this one, but it can't last. 🙂 

Colombian Exchange by Taylor

32,000 Words

Book Cover: Colombian Exchange by Taylor

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.

Bone of Contention by Kel & Michelle Kiefer

42,000 Words

Book Cover: Bone of Contention by Kel & Michelle Kiefer

When an investigation in the middle of nowhere opens old wounds, 2000 miles away becomes too close to home. Can Mulder and Scully unravel the puzzle before they fall apart?

Another gripping case file. This one puts our agents in the perilous position of investigating a cloning facility.  I can't quite remember if it's mytharc related, I might have to read it again - all I remember is the Dr Scully awkwardness after Mulder's hurt.

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Ryo Sen

46,000 words

Book Cover: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Ryo Sen

Scully and Mulder argue over the Ephesian case and come to a new understanding about their relationship.

This is a bit of an angstfest from Ryo Sen, who keeps us teetering on the edge. The ending is probably a little bit on the sappy side for my taste, but for those into more of a smutfest than an angstfest, I've also posted Jenna Tooms' "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" for you. This one's set after "The Field Where I Died", an ep that needed a little fixing. It's also a reminder that Teena Mulder didn't actually have a name for a very long time meaning authors had to make one up, and Ann, being Samantha's middle name, was a popular choice. Mulder's mother is also rather out of character considering what we knew of her later, so put on your Sarah McLachlan CD and get your mind to shift back to early season 4...

PS There is a character death but it happened in canon too.

Diametrically Opposed by Mountainphile

108,000 words

Book Cover: Diametrically Opposed by Mountainphile
Part of the Synchronicity Universe series:

Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious disappearance of a college student in Ohio.  Circumstances demand that they work from divergent ends of the spectrum, unearthing old wounds while opening new doors to the truth.

This isn't so much a sequel to Seeds of Synchronicity, but it is set in the same universe. They can be read independently.

Mountainphile's come up with another story that puts Ten Thirteen to shame with 'Diametrically Opposed'.  Not only does this have an intricate plot and heaps of action, it also questions Mulder's uncharacteristic acceptance of the walk-ins as Samantha's fate in Closure.  Plus, I LOVE a story where Scully's right in the action while Mulder's caught up following questionable leads.  Although technically set in Season 8, it assumes Requiem never happened.

Risking Everything by Cathleen Faye

13,400 words

Book Cover: Risking Everything by Cathleen Faye

During the events of Pine Bluff Variant, we find that Mulder has risked his relationship with Scully for his assignment and as things begin to go bad he fears that he's fast running out of time to set it right again. But Scully has more faith in him than he realizes. This is an expansion on the events of Pine Bluff Variant, an XF episode with more layers (IMO) than it's given credit for. The title is taken from Mulder's line in the episode.

PBV is a favourite episode, and the Scully doctoring scene absolutely went this way, you just didn't see it all on screen 😉 .

The original image is from Cathleen's website, I only had this little version though, so I've expanded it a little for the cover 🙂 

Damage Wrought by a Trip to Philadelphia by JHallmark

28,500 words

Book Cover: Damage Wrought by a Trip to Philadelphia by JHallmark

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.

Backtracking by Kel & Scetti

59,000 Words

Book Cover: Backtracking by Kel & Scetti

What do Charlie Scully, the Alien Bounty Hunter, and Jesse “the Body” Ventura all have in common? Last April you could have found all three of them in Minnesota.

The mysterious Charlie Scully gets to come out and play in this one, set around an icy waterfall and steamy hot springs at Temperance Creek State Park in Minnesota.  It's a nice trip to a cabin in the snow... that ends up in hospital.

Assumption of Guilt, An by Gerry Hill

24,000 words

Book Cover: Assumption of Guilt, An by Gerry Hill

Scully makes an assumption about Mulder and it nearly derails their partnership.

The stress of back to back profiling cases results in some friction between our agents.  A series of misunderstandings doesn't help things until they finally work out where they're supposed to be. 😉 

I was looking for a solstice fic, but because I'm on the wrong side of the world it's Yule here, and in the X-Files world Yule is at Christmastime, so nothing quite fit.  I gave up and got one set around the northern Summer solstice in season 7.

Revanche by Ryo Sen

19,000 words

Book Cover: Revanche by Ryo Sen

Revanche (noun) political policy designed to recover lost territory or status.

This is a Scully-centric mytharc fic.  I love the 'Scully goes out alone to prove that Fowley is a traitor' genre. Even when no smut is involved. Go Scully!  🙂 

Unnatural Disaster by Michaela

98,000 words

Book Cover: Unnatural Disaster by Michaela

It's hard enough when your mistakes come back to haunt you. Harder still when you're a federal agent. Hardest yet when your partner's help is the first thing you need, but the last thing you want ...

Glorious angst.  18 months after Never Again, Ed Jerse returns to taunt Scully in this gripping tale. It's one that's hard to put down so free up some time to indulge yourself.  There is a character death, but it's not one most people would cry over. I can't remember whether it's before or after Fight the Future, so I guessed.

*files reuploaded with quotation marks fixed*

Darkness by Donna

5,700 words

Book Cover: Darkness by Donna

Can he keep the darkness away?

What's a girl to do when she's trapped in the rubble with her partner and they're never going to be rescued? Then what's she supposed to do after they're miraculously rescued?

Little Black Dress I & II by Evielouise

7,000 words

Book Cover: Little Black Dress I & II by Evielouise

I: All the other writers came up with serious, soul-searching post-“En Ami” fics. I wrote smut. Go figure. While watching that scene in the restaurant, I really wished Mulder could see Scully in that black dress…

II: Mulder takes Scully dress shopping to replace that little black number he burned in the incinerator in my last fic.

Mulder can show a bit of a jealous and territorial streak, but it rarely extends beyond some quality pouting.  At the end of En Ami he took his pouting to a new level as he tried to deal with the hurt, fear and betrayal he felt over Scully's jaunt with  Cancerman.   I loved Mulder's intensity, and this angst has delivered many a delicious fic.  Evielouise capitalised on the smut potential as she brought together a conciliatory Scully and a fuming Mulder for a smouldering first intimate encounter.  She then continued with a little more Mulder territory marking in the followup.

Fidelity by Suzanne Schramm

29,000 words

Book Cover: Fidelity by Suzanne Schramm

A Scully ditch provides the opportunity to get some real answers in the quest for the truth.  Takes place right after Two Fathers/One Son.

I puffy heart this story so much.  It fulfills my post-One Son need for Mulder to have to suffer for his treatment of Scully in that episode (even if it's Scully who's feeling most of the pain). I can be rather masochistic in my enjoyment of the pain of the rift caused by Mulder's unwillingness to believe that Fowley would betray him.  I'm like a mutant who feeds off the intense Mulder-Scully feels, and this story has plenty of calories to burn off.