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...

Nuptiae Sub Rosa by Kishamaweezy & Sisterspooky1013

63,000 Words

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A series of canon-compliant missing scenes showing that the dynamic of Mulder and Scully’s relationship may have changed much earlier than previously thought.

 

Kishamaweezy has been a wonderful friend to me while I've been feeling less than awesome, and she sent me this fic to read when I was struggling with reading anything. I'm so glad she did. It certainly cleared me of the lingering angst I was feeling with the heaviness of the Goshen Universe fics. It's humourous, it's serious, and it's hot as hell as it follows the ups and downs of the Mulder-Scully dynamic from Seasons 4 to 7. I love it so much. Thank you Kisha.

Goshen by Bonetree

27,000 Words

A harrowing night in the Virginia mountains makes Mulder and Scully relive parts of their pasts and rethink their future.

Note: The story itself is PG13 (language, violence); the Epilogue is NC17 (younger folks can skip the epilogue and still get the story.)

But wait, there's more! After you've read the story, come back and read some bonus smut, a wonderful parody written by Bonetree as a follow up to Goshen: Goshen Interlude: Nothing Gold Can Stay.

After that you can continue with the other stories in the Goshen universe. They're linked at AO3 but I'll be adding them here as well.

Hi guys. Sorry I've been MIA for so long. I realise it's been a month (there was an extra one I pre-loaded that appeared later) but I've been fighting the nasty brain demons after being made to take a long washout period from old meds before starting new ones. I'm feeling so much better now and want to get back into posting, but I'm not quite there yet.  What I've decided to do to reduce the brain strain is post only links to stories that are on AO3 or ff.net for a little while.  Most of these will be ones I already have covers for.

First up is one I've wanted to post for a long time but couldn't decide whether to post the full series t0gether here as well as link to AO3. My lack of brain helped make that decision for me. I didn't have a cover for Goshen, which surprised me, because I have covers for the rest of the Goshen universe. There likely was one at some stage, and if I come across it I'll upload it.

Without further ado, this is a lovely, angsty stuckfic, with a revisit from Emily. It's a prelude to the 4 novel length stories that follow in the Goshen Universe. You can access them all from the AO3 link, but there's a short, Goshen

*I've just noticed that there are line returns on the version on AO3. I've added a webpage version here for those who use a screen reader and get driven nuts by line breaks.*

Whatever it Takes by DanaK35

11,000 Words

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A year after Emily's "death", Scully gets a strange phone call … and must make a decision

 

Scully decides that she's prepared to do whatever it takes to make sure she doesn't miss her last chance. I love a strong Scully who decides she's not going to tolerate Mulder's crap and just goes for what she wants. She should know that Mulder's lost without her.

This one actually has some plot to it, and covers a few holidays as Scully determines her own future.

Topaz by Bardsmaid

110,000 Words

Topaz: Hours after the end of Sanctuary, Alex Krycek has fled west from Owensburg, weak and re-injured. Mulder and Scully are left
wondering which group is behind the disturbing symptoms that developed in Tracy, but critical evidence has been stolen. Will they
return to their old positions at the FBI, or will circumstances turn them in a different direction? That strange man Mulder noticed in the hospital hallway--surveillance video will reveal a second man no one can identify, both of them dressed identically, right down to the tie. And what will become of Krycek's promise to help Mulder find out once and for all what happened to his sister?

Volume 3 of the Sanctuary series contains Part 4, 'Topaz'.  You'll need to read the other parts first.

Bardsmaid passed away before this story could be completed. I've republished Topaz along with the first 3 parts of the series despite the lack of resolution as I really enjoyed reading where the story was heading. If you like your stories to have an ending, don't proceed.

Alternatively, you could consider this an epilogue to Sanctuary.  If you don't want to read the whole thing only to be left hanging, I've marked a place in Chapter 3 on the PDF/EPUB versions that you can read to to give you the answer to some questions without opening too many new cans of worms. I actually got to the end of what's available and thought I'd missed copying some of it because I was so engrossed that  I thought I'd only read 40,000 or so words rather than the 100,000 words  I'd consumed.

Additionally, the prologue of Topaz is a vignette called "Half-Life" that was written separately to Topaz and can be read on its own.

Vale Bardsmaid.

Absolute Beginners by Diehard

43,000 Words

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Part of the Absolute Beginners series:

BOOK ONE: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Our heroes finally decide to do the dirty deed. Sex, love, all the rest. What might have occurred before the last two thirds of Season 7.

BOOK TWO: BETTER WITH PRACTICE

Two Weeks after Book One.

BOOK THREE: COMES THE MORNING

Mulder and Scully have been together for about two weeks after the events in Absolute Beginners, and it’s now the day after the events in Better With Practice.

This is a binge-worthy classic from Diehard as our agents embark on a new relationship.

The images were all done by Circe Invidiosa for her website, which hosts a number of excellent authors, so I've set the web link to go there. You can admire all the work she's done getting her old website back up and running and the amount of effort she's put in, not just for her own fics, but for heaps of other fabulous authors.

Once you've finished reading this one, you can head to the sequel, "The Whole Catastrophe" in the series link.

Vox Series by Catwoman

17,000 Words

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Vox: This story’s been running around in my head since I first saw ‘All Souls’, and when I watched it again tonight I knew I had to write this down. See, as with many of this seasons angst-infested episodes, ‘All Souls’ made me feel physically sick, just because of the general unfairness of it all. We know from the episode that the events in the episode also made Scully sick, emotionally if nothing else. I would guess that Scully was haunted by the events of the episode, and will continue to be haunted by them, for quite some time afterward. Well, I think it’s about time Mulder sees what losing Emily has done to Scully, and what he’s doing to aggravate the hurt.

Wait: Nobody ever forgets where a hatchet is buried. Sequel to ‘Vox’.

Ice: Basically Mulder and Scully are just going to spend this entire story just bitching and moaning at each other angrily. If you’re not into that sort of thing, back out now. I’m warning you–MAJOR ANGST!!!

Red: Final story in the Vox Series. Mulder and Scully get a clue.

Although not a direct post-ep for 'All-Souls', this fic details how the chronic ScullyTorture in Season 5 may have affected Scully and impacted the relationship between Mulder and Scully.

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.