Barely Balancing by Frohike

52,000 Words

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No summary provided, so here's my TV Guide version:

The Lone Gunmen help sort out the whole Diana issue and help play cupid, but just as things are finally working out, Scully is plagued by ever-worsening nightmares.

Frohike wanted to give Byers a chance to cut loose, or as she put it "get that steel rod removed from his ass", and this was the result. Byers plays a big part in this X-File, in which Scully is tortured once again.

This is set after the events of One Son, and it's quite satisfying that Scully's concerns are validated. I also confess to a few little chuckles over place names in this story.

 

Old Friends by McKab

93,000 Words

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Part of the Old Friends series:

‘He looked up at her, his expression unreadable. “Ever wonder why things happen?” At Scully’s confused look, he continued, “I mean, why things happen at specific times? Why people show up when they do?” Mulder leaned in toward her as he spoke.’

This was the oldest outstanding story on by  "to read" list as I was a little worried about the Mulder/other factor, but I finally read it and it's definitely MSR. Mulder's ex-girlfriend is in the story, and there's some sexual tension between them, but they're both with other people now. 🙂 I have a feeling that I'd read the interlude, which is Mulder/other, and that gave me the wrong idea. Although the interlude isn't part of the original story,  it was written before Part 21 but I've placed it at the end as an optional extra.

The woman at the centre of this story is a likable, interesting character, who works with Mulder and Scully on a case, before working on their personal relationship.

I haven't managed to get my hands on the original book cover created by Nessa, so if you have a copy I'd love to include it here.

There is a sequel to this one, available under 'series' below the downloads.

Colors by Amperage, Livengoo, Monkeyboy & Rodent

27,000 Words

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Scully has an itch to scratch, but has trouble getting the right spot.

AUTHORS’ NOTE: Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away … Oh, wait a minute, that’s a different story … Ah yes, how to explain Colors … Let’s just say that we decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, but let’s do it tongue firmly in cheek. Yes, there’s lots of firm things in this, and soft luscious goodies, and all the deep cerulean pools one could ever hope to gaze into. That’s right, we wrote a romance … well, as close to a romance as you’ll probably ever get out of this bunch of non-romantics.

Actually, it’s more about sex and comedy than romance, but we honestly are trying to get Mulder and Scully together. They’re just … just … guess you’ll just have to read to find out.

There's no other story quite like this round robin written in 1995. I'm still laughing from just attempting to come up with a summary. There's not much more I can say that the authors haven't said above. If you like some fun, burlesque smut, read it NOW. Even if you've already read it.

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...

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. 😉

Barnyard Series by Dark Nascent

49,000 Words

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The complete Barnyard Series

  • Lambs to the Slaughter: Your strongest enemy is one who has nothing left to lose. You know how important Agent Mulder is to the equation. You don't want to turn one man's fight into a crusade. Excuses, excuses.
  • Said the Spider to the Fly: The truth about Samantha Mulder. Or: Nascent develops her split personality.
  • From Ass to Zebra: Okay. So what if, like, Vince Gilligan was me, and I was Vince? I am he, and he is me, and we are all together! Step aside, Vinzeno. Let D.N. show you how it's DONE.
  • Cockfighting: Guess
  • Swine of the Prodigal Son: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday's gonna be all right.
  • Cattle Chutes:  You remember that game "Chutes and Ladders?" If not, you're old. I bet Mulder and Scully play really well.
  • EIEIO: The truth is out there.

!Content Warning: Character deaths - everyone dies, often more than once, in multiple ways, but it is humour.  There's also slash in "Cockfighting", but nothing graphic.

Have you ever wanted to be immunised against the anguish of character death? Well this is the series for you.

Nascent's evil side takes over and she goes on a rampage of character death, in a multitude of imaginative ways.  Both beloved and detested characters suffer at the hands of Dark Nascent, and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times.

Nascent breaks all the fanfic rules with this series, but she pulls it off magnificently.

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.  😉

Dares Series by Eponine119

21,000 Words

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Eponine119's Dares series has our agents messing around and exacting revenge on one another, with some fun and games sprinkled into a very drawn out game of Truth or Dare.  A bit of a flippant, humourous tale, that finishes as they realise that they don't need the games after all.

Since I already had this one combined and ready to go, I figured an extra day of PWP for world peace won't go astray.  This is one of those fics that I remembered being better than I found it on my recent re-read. Eponine119 has a lot of magnificent stories, but I'm not sure this early fic, written in 1995, quite reaches that standard.  It could just be that my expectations were higher, so if I lower yours you might enjoy it more. 😉  It's a little on the juvenile side, but if you're after total escapism it might be just the thing...

 

Intrigues in the Dark by FragileVixen

47,000 Words

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A string of suicides leads Mulder and Scully to a sleepy, coastal town in Oregon for the second time—on their return to The X File—as tensions run high and nothing is as it seems.

As evidence that 2020 wasn't all bad, I present this contemporary classic casefic written by FragileVixen for the recent case file fic exchange.  A bonus fic (link only) to help get you through the weekend.

FragileVixen has also started making collages to post with some of her stories on AO3. This is the image she put together for this one:

Sexually Repressed Guide to Defining Forever, The by Trixie

35,000 Words

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My version of M&S go to an island.  Just your average Angsty, Humor filled MSR Story

Mulder takes his disillusioned, winter-weary partner away to Catalina Island for a supposed case after Tithonus. There's no case, but there are ghosts... 

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Shipper’s Digest 06: The FBI Ball

41,000 Words

One time M&S didn't make it to the FBI Ball and six times they did, an anthology of FBI Ball smut:

  • Fortunate Misfortune by OkayVal
  • Three's a Crowd by AnnK
  • Fire and Ice by Jennifer Lyon
  • One Shameless Night by Eponine119
  • FIfteen Minute Window by WhiteRaevyn (Nikki LeF)
  • Your Place or Mine by Bidie Mc
  • Worth the Wait I & II by Atticus

This collection should well and truly cure  you of any residual angst from the Lost series. 🙂

Lost Series, The by Wintersong

204,000 Words

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The Lost: Mulder and Scully are trapped in the remote wilderness and the art of surviving was not what they expected.

The Found: In the midst of an explosively escalating serial arson case, Mulder and Scully must come to terms with the changes that six months in the wilderness have wrought in themselves and those around them.

Alphas: Mulder, Scully and the rest of the X-Files Division struggle with new realities and the changing of old relationships when the reopening of a closed murder investigation draws them into a shadowy culture thousands of years old.

This starts with an unforgettable story of Scully and Mulder's survival in the woods having been taken there by a perp.  Scully's strength and ingenuity keeps them alive before they're ultimately reunited with civilisation.  Once they return they're forced to San Diego to help with a case involving Scully's brother.   Then finally they have to face themselves and each other.

Original dustjackets by Windsinger:

Twelfth Night by Marigold

12,500 Words

Book Cover: Twelfth Night by Marigold

It was only a kiss.

This fic follows the ups and downs during the 12 days from the post-Zombie kiss in Millennium. Poor Mulder suffers a few indignities, but he's nothing if not resilient.

This story finishes off my 14 festive days of fics I challenged myself to post to get myself in the swing of things again. I'm aiming to get back to posting 3 times a week, but I still haven't managed to get back to reading emails again. Fingers crossed that I get there soon. I have important emails to send too. 🙂

 

Isosceles by Dr Ambuguous

8500 Words

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Mulder puts on his shining armor, but his plans are upset when he finds out about what happened in the elevator in Triangle!

I interrupt the current holiday story post-fest to upload this post-Triangle story for reasons. 🙂

Twelve Tropes of Christmas by mangokiwitropicalswirl

20,000 Words

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This was a personal challenge for Mangokiwitropicalswirl - to write little holiday drabbles each containing one of the fandom's favorite tropes.

Just a link to a lovely tropey indulgence on AO3 today.  Have a fabulous holiday season. xxx

Melancholia by Jeylan

11,300 Words

Book Cover: Melancholia by Jeylan

A wayward walk on a ghostless, haunted afternoon.

This is a stunningly beautiful fic by Jeylan, which I was inspired to post by KR who likes to receive fic recs for her birthday.  Happy birthday KR, I hope you enjoy this one.

Iniquity by Vickie Moseley

36,000 Words

Book Cover: Iniquity by Vickie Moseley

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. 🙂

Normal Halloween & Winter by Branwell

45,000 Words

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A Normal Halloween: This is a stand-alone story of Mulder's and Scully's
'normal' 1999 Halloween. Set after "The Sixth Extinction" but is a prequel for "Winter I: The Riddle"

Winter I: The Riddle:  Mulder finds an X-file to distract him from the pain of Thanksgiving memories and Scully unexpectedly agrees to join him in investigating it. The experience turns into more than the simple diversion they planned. A darker mystery presents itself and threatens to expose more of their own emotions than they want to reveal.

Winter II: More than Glass:  Mulder and Scully find themselves dealing with the issue they have successfully avoided for seven years -- their exclusive attachment to each other and their mutual physical attraction.

 

With this Halloween fic you get an extra Thanksgiving story, so keep that in mind when I forget to do one for Thanksgiving. 🙂

Branwell gives us a Mulder and Scully who have been worn down both from years of fighting malevolent forces and being unable to share the repeated trauma with anyone else without ridicule and disbelief.  They're reluctant to trust anyone, including each other for fear of inflicting more pain.  They're ruled by their own insecurity and question whether they can even trust themselves.

I don't mean to put you off at all; it's actually a very real Mulder and Scully considering what they've been through, and there is such beauty in their tragedy.  Branwell doesn't put them through too much torture in these stories, but their actions and reactions are those of tortured souls.  There is real feeling in the way they treat each other, and underneath it all there's their deep abiding love. Eventually they find what they need in each other.

Winter cover
WInter I & II dustjacket by bugs

Theresa at Mind's Eye has also done a couple of illustrations for Winter, which can be found on her website.

 

Detective by Beduini

19,500 Words

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Mulder and Scully are on the west coast for a murder investigation involving a reality television show.

This is a lovely USTy case file in which Beduini cruelly does a CC and interrupts them just when things are getting interesting 😉  At least they have their typical verbal intercourse going on...

Kilt Series by Banlu

4,600 Words

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Mulder and Scully have to catch a bad guy at the Highland Games. Scully convinces him that he has to wear a kilt to blend in. Discomfort and comfort ensue.

 

Sometimes I can't help myself and include some naughtiness on my covers, with an attempt to make it tasteful.  Apologies to PDF readers, I can't make the cover not stretch over the whole page and therefore there may be a lot of butt in your face when you open the file.

Let me just add that there aren't enough fics with Mulder wearing a kilt. I expect you all to write me some more, OK?   If enough people write some kilt smut stories I may need to do a Shipper's digest for them...  😀

You He Did Not Fail by Extraordinarily_ordinary

85,000 Words

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

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

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

Between Two Truths by Anne Haynes

37,000 Words

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

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

 

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

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

Cold Case by Jacquie LaVa

67,000 Words

Cold Case by Jacquie LaVa

When a "cold case" over twenty years old resurfaces with new victims, Mulder and Scully are called in to head up the investigative team.

Tremors & Aftershocks by Gerry Hill

19,000 Words

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Scully and Mulder not only face a monster of a killer, but, even more horrible, must confront their own relationship.

This is another fic that came to mind for buried alive stories (see 34 Hours). In this one they're not deliberately buried though.  So much glorious angst. And pissy, jealous Scully gives me life. 😀

Splash in Texas, A & Fireworks by xfimnotdone

15,000 Words

Book Cover: Splash in Texas, A & Fireworks by xfimnotdone

A Splash in Texas: Mulder and Scully return to Texas for vacation fun, improving their relationship has never been so fun or so hard.

Fireworks:  After their argument in Texas, Scully comes to terms with what she wants and how to control her controlling side.

There's no shame in shameless smut.  There should be more of it in this messed up world we live in. 🙂

I'm still plugging away at Donnilee's "Other Author" sites, and I've done Michelle/xfimnotdone's now, twice, and decided that this 4th July fluff was appropriate to post here given the date.

Donnilee's Fireworks dustjacket is MIA, so I've done a replacement for the site.  There are a few yet to replace on Michelle/xfind's pages once I get the rest of the sites updated.

Fireworks cover by x-trash.com

If your eyes hurt too much at the web link to the left, I'm trying a new version at  https://donnilee.xf-redux.com/xfind/.

xfimnotdone, I haven't shown you the new version yet to decide between them because you're supposed to be studying and I don't want to be a bad influence... I'll be in touch...

Sounding the Depths Series by ML

19,000 Words

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Sounding the Depths: In which Mulder gets Lesson One in Regaining Your Partner’s Trust. A series of missing scenes from “Agua Mala.”

Interval: Bridging gaps and redefining partnership. A
conversation after Agua Mala and before Monday.

Do Overs: Continuing work on partnership. A series of missing
scenes from "Arcadia."

The Nature of the Beast: Mulder and Scully continue to work on their partnership in the aftermath of Two Fathers/One Son

ML takes us for an emotional ride from Two Fathers/One Son to Alpha, lovingly exploring the ups and downs of their relationship intertwined with the added emotional toll that came with each case.

Yet again, I found images post-posting. 🙂  These ones were the work of Circe Invidiosa (The Interval image is missing).

April Fool’s Day by Sister Spooky

7,500 Words

Book Cover: April Fool's Day by Sister Spooky

Happy April Fool's Day! I hope Sister Spooky's foolery adds some Mulder and Scully fun to your day. 

Scully plays joke that gets her more than she thought she could ever get.    Skinner is the 'butt' of her practical joke.

Hardball by Missy P

19,500 Words

Book Cover: Hardball by Missy P

Summary withheld at author’s request.

It's enough to say that it's a ball fic, with gossip and jealousy, misdirection and  misunderstanding. 

Note: I'm unsure whether Missy has used her real name so I've just used her last initial on the site.  Her full name is on the dustjacket where it can't be googled.  

 

As often seems to happen, I found Missy's dustjacket after making a new one.  Hers is so much better than mine. 

X-trash now deleted cover. I never was 100% happy with this one so I wish I knew there was another before I uploaded...

Healing Waters Series by xgirl

56,000 Words

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Part of the Crossing Lines series:

XGirl continues the Crossing Lines universe, taking Mulder and Scully from after Sixth Extinction through most of Season 7 with angst and love.  There are two R rated stories in this section - if you want to skip the smut, XGirl has PG rated versions on her website.  

I: Truths Untold: In the dark hours before the early morning, the greatest truths out there may well be the unspoken ones. [PG]
II: Reconnection: A day at the beach and a story about a boy and his sandcastle spaceship. [PG]
III: Acceptance: Mulder and Scully take a significant personal step forward after a severe blow to his psyche. (Sein und Seit/Closure) [R]
IV: Just Breathe: Scully finds it difficult to deal with a side of Mulder she's never seen before in the aftermath of her adventure with CSM (En Ami). [PG]
V: Truths Revealed: Mulder and Scully realize that they have to deal with the memory of Diana if they want to move ahead. (all things) [PG]
VI: Waters Edge: The end of the road finally arrives for Mulder and Scully.[R]

XGirl's thoughts on the Post-Fight the Future X-Files (and even post Redux) very much mirror my own. It lost momentum. It tried to crush the Mulder-Scully dynamic, before going on to crush their spirits and change their beliefs.  Her website, xgirl's x-files x-perience, has an analysis of each episode, both on the original watch and a rewatch on the 20th anniversary. The Crossing Lines universe is her attempt to fix up some of the wrongs in Seasons 6 and 7.

XGirl's dustjackets, included in the epub & PDF versions.

Reflections of a Rainy Night & Morning’s Promise by DLynn

25,000 words

Book Cover: Reflections of a Rainy Night & Morning's Promise by DLynn
  1. An innocent question at a crime scene leads Mulder into a contemplative night.
  2. “Hmm…chocolate and moonshine. There’s got to be a song in there somewhere.”

I imagine that doing the naked pretzel in the rain and the mud would be quite uncomfortable, but I love that Mulder and Scully just can't resist that urge.  There might be a case file in here somewhere, I can't quite remember the non-smut content that well. 😀 

The main dustjacket is a combination of the original Reflections of a Rainy Night cover by Tracy DC below, and the Morning's Promise mud scene cover I made which is in the ePub & PDF version.

Lessons Series by Jori & MoJo

53,000 words

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Lessons I: Racked by Jori  - Scully picks the next game.
Lessons II: Head's Up by MoJo - After Racked, Mulder decides to teach Scully a new game.
Lessons III: Quiver by Jori - Scully tries to improve Mulder's aim.
Lessons IV: Fore Play by MoJo - Mulder engages in a little action on the fairway with Scully.
Lessons V: On the Fly by Jori - Scully teaches Mulder the finer art of using lines and handling his fly.
Lessons VI: Double Down by MoJo - Mulder shows Scully how to go *double down* in darts.
Lessons VII: Soaring by Jori - It's time to take learning to a new, higher level.
Lessons VIII: Joyride by MoJo - It's time to take learning to a new, higher level.
Lessons IX: Swing Time by Jori - After their previous 'accident', Scully and Mulder hit the bargain basement for their next lesson.
Lessons X: Fast Lane by MoJo - Mulder and Scully move into a faster lane.
Lessons XI: Field of Play by Jori - The games continue, but their meanings have changed so much. Scully gets her kicks with Mulder during a late night soccer match.
Lessons XII: Body Checking by MoJo - Mulder calls a penalty on Scully out on the ice.
Lessons XIII: Over the Net by Jori & MoJo - Mulder and Scully agree to meet on the courts for the ultimate singles match.
Lessons XIV: Bringing it Home by MoJo & Jori - Months after their first 'lesson' together on the baseball diamond, Mulder and Scully try to bring it on home.

After yesterday's mytharc fic, I figured some irreverent fun times were in order.  Jori & Mojo take the spirit of the baseball lesson at the end of The UnNatural and run wild with it.  These stories are overflowing with UST and innuendo and inappropriate partnerly behaviour in various settings until Moose & Squirrel finally figure out what the lessons are really about. 😉 

Original cover image from Jori's website. This cover is on the PDF & included in the ePub version.

Truth or Dare Series by Amy McClure

7,800 words

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Anthology containing:

Truth or Dare: Mulder and Scully are the most unconventional “couple” around. Why should their first sexual encounter be…well…conventional????

Expense Account: Our lovable agents get a little carried away in their basement office, and face an untimely interruption.

Payback: Mulder gets Scully back for her earlier actions.