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.

 

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.

 

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. 😉

Sunflowers in the Rain by Scullys_laughter

15,000 Words

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As Mulder and Scully’s longing for each other is getting more and more unbearable a case file and Scully’s dreams take them to an isolated hotel in the mountains. Amid a missing persons’ investigation, a family mystery resurfaces, leading to discoveries, adventures, and revelations.

This week's link to AO3 is another from last year's fabulous case file exchange.  There are still some I haven't read, but I'm getting there.

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.

Fade In by E Livingstone

27,000 Words

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Giving in to a night of temptation was the easy part... but what happens when the sun comes back up?

The 'other' for Scully isn't anything to worry about. She forgets him so you should be able to as well...

Sometimes, rarely, I have a dustjacket for a story I can't locate. I'd been looking for this fic for a while until finally stumbling across a Palm Pilot edition.  I've managed to convert it to usable formats for us all to enjoy, so please enjoy this fabulous "Mulder and Scully fall apart without each other thanks to meddling Fowley" fic. Whilst our agents sometimes let their heads overrule their hearts, and their silent communication can fail, they know where they belong.

The "X-Libris" download option will take you to the story posted in another section of the site. It's something I'm trialing at the moment. And you get a .docx file instead of a .txt file because I got tired of converting it to different formats. 🙂

Gatsby Trilogy by Nicole Perry

16,000 Words

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Nicole pays homage to F Scott Fitzgerald in this AU third party observation of our beloved characters.

Thank you to Nina (xphilernj) for suggesting this one and for providing Gatsby III, which had long ago fallen off the internet.

This isn't the sort of thing I normally read, but I really enjoyed it. Nicole's writing is on point and puts you right in there amongst all the action. I had to pause after reading it to absorb it all.  Kudos to Nicole..

Veritas Nullus by Janet

31,000 Words

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Scully is raped in Mulder's apartment and Mulder is shot by her gun. Is he the assailant?

!Content Warning - Rape. (Actually it's quite graphic so I've marked the particular scene should you wish to avoid it.)

Mulder has to fight for his innocence after being accused of serial rape in this intriguing and angsty plot by Janet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dust Series by Blue Samutra

17,000 Words

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Dust: It’s a long road back from Philadelphia

Yellow Light: It’s like Groundhog Day

Snow: Since we lost the X-Files I’ve had a lot of time to think about my priorities, and I’ve realized that you’re one of them. I think you have been for a long time…”

Feeling: Scully struggles to come to terms with her changing relationship with Mulder

Complicated: Things like this happen to other people. they don't happen to Dana Scully.

Dust Out the Demons: Elton solves all ills

This starts with a jealous Mulder immediately following "Never Again". I got a little confused timeline-wise after that as it seemed to go to Season 6 before heading back to season 4 and 5. Just to with it and enjoy the angsty smut. 🙂

Mobius by ShipperX (LA Ward)

50,000 Words

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While investigating the disappearance of a physicist, Scully finds someone she didn’t expect—Mulder.

This is a post-Requiem fic, with Scully working alone after Mulder's disappearance.   It's a very clever story about our agents and their fight to reunite.

Some very early visitors to this page may have noticed the change of cover - Once again, I stumbled across the original cover right after uploading the story here so I've replaced it in the files.  I assume this cover was made by the author but please let me know if you know otherwise. 🙂

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. 🙂

Lesser Evils by Hannah Mason

42,000 Words

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Part of the Evils Universe series:

Mulder thought that no one could ever want Scully as much as he did. He was dead wrong.

The two stories in this universe were written by Syntax6 under her earlier alias.  As excited as I am to post these fics, it doesn't come close to the excitement I'm feeling at being given permission to post a number of Syntax6's stories.  Stay tuned.

If, like me, you can't get enough of Syntax6's writing, she's just released her 4th novel.  I don't want to give details here, where her "legit" writing can be associated with her fanfic, but if you love the way she manages to pull twists out of nowhere, you'll want to follow this link to her webpage for more information.

Compass by Nascent

52,000 Words

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How Scully and Mulder got their groove back after One Son.

 

I don't know how I managed to upload the wrong version of the text file, but it's fixed now. 🙂 

This is a beautifully crafted case file set after One Son, with all the angsty fallout of agents who'd been bed-mates in this fic since season 4 but never actually confessed their deep abiding love in that time. Diana is still doing her thing and Mulder still trusts her, leading to an annoyed Scully having to set him straight.

"So this was talking. They’d never tried it before. He didn’t think he liked it much."

The x-file itself is one that I couldn't for the life of me work out how they were going to get out of it, but Nascent got us all through it.

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:

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:

All Hallow’s Eve series by Windsinger

192,000 Words

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Part of the All Hallow's Eve series:

Driving back to Washington on Halloween evening Mulder and Scully see strange lights in the sky over rural Maryland, stop to investigate, and find themselves spending a night they will not soon forget.

This one started out fairly painlessly, but Sue pushed the angst up each year as she added a new volume and sucked us in further.  But wait, there's more! There's also a shorter story called "The Messenger" that works as an epilogue which I'll post separately as it fits into a few of the different universes that Windsinger was writing at the time.  (There's a Cliff's notes guide to all the series involved at the end of that fic so you can follow it without having to read every story. )

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. 🙂

Never for You by LMControl

157,000

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Living, loving……. and learning to let go. Set in the future, post episodic series finale, the X-Files are closed permanently due to unforeseen circumstances. Facing the dissolution of the partnership, Mulder and Scully go their separate ways trying to find a future, unable to see past their history. All the while, evil forces surround them in Washington that threaten the very existence of our nation’s most prized possession….democracy.

LM Control emphasizes the slow in slow burn in this one.  While there are tags for /others they try but there's no follow through IYKWIM.   There are case files in case files as M&S deal with the closure of the X-Files.

Ariadne Thread, The by Wen

30,000 Words

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A story of personal demons and the dust of angels. Can Scully help Mulder find his way out of the labyrinth?

Wen can hit Mulder and Scully where it really hurts.

She was also a dustjacket artiste, but very few of hers can be found now. 🙁

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. 🙂

Darkness and the Light by Humbuggie

37,000 Words

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After involvement with another man and an argument with Mulder, Scully goes her own way. But when Mulder finds out the real reason behind her move and goes after her, he threatens to become the victim of what was meant to happen to her.

Separation anxiety, then MulderTorture. You'll have to use your own imagination when it comes to smut.

Idylls by Bugs

8,500 Words

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It all seems to be over, but the Smoking Man has information that will change how Scully sees herself.

 

*epub version should be working*

I'm not a huge fan of the chaos of post-col fics, but This one's an unusual one in that the aliens came and went and things are back to 'normal'. It's difficult to categorize. I've added a few tags but left off a few as well to keep the intrigue.

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. 😀

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.  🙂

Parabiosis by Penumbra

59,000 Words

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Science and Mysticism conjoin. A detailed look at season 7. (Rated R)

This story is supplemented by an NC-17 'addendum to casefile' 'Upsidaisium', which is included.  Upsidaisium is set around Gethsemane which is a bit confusing but smut is smut. 

Scully dared herself to give in to this life, to call this enough - dire middle-of-the-nights with this unbelievable parabiosis arcing between them, and the daytime eternities of pretending there was nothing new.

And now when he wanted to lie with her, kissing and talking, she thought of how they would act tomorrow, of the subsequent days until they could be like this again, and she felt a certain level of bitterness at the sham of her life, bitterness he dispelled with his hands and mouth, and with his unspoken assurance that the only certain thing we have is now.

Penumbra really has a way with words. I was really surprised that I had to create a dustjacket for this one because it's such a legendary fic.  There must be one somewhere that I don't know about. I did, however, find this fanart for it by skuuri at deviantart/ankathehuman at tumblr:

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Untitled Random Casefile #4664 by JessM

7,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully set out to solve a case. The Author tags along. Literally.

This fic makes me want to proposition Jess too... if only I didn't have to compete with Mulder and Scully to do so.  I love this, in the same way that I love it when the show makes fun of itself.   Jess bravely Mary-Sue's herself in order to visit Moose & Squirrel off-season and discovers that their off-screen personas are exactly as we imagine...

Walking Away Series by ScamBeliever

25,000 words

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Walking Away I: Big Mistake: Regretting One Night

Walking Away II: Stolen Shots: Bridging the gap has been painfully trying. Something else makes it even worse.

Walking Away III: Unexpected Visitor: Scully gives in at the wrong time.

Walking Away IV: Passing Torches: Things might never happen.

Walking Away V: Repress, Restrain, Deny: "I won't follow you anymore, Scully. I can't. Not in this." - Mulder

This one opens the morning after their first time together. Scully questions whether changing their relationship was a mistake, before assumptions, jealousy and insecurity take over.

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. 🙁

Up In Your Arms by Admiralty

29,000 Words

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Post-Closure, Mulder's search for his long-lost sister has finally come to an end. What does this mean for his relationship with Scully? And where do they go from here?

I was inspired by Echo & the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon" compilation album cover when creating a dustjacket for this Killing Moon inspired fic. I'm a big fan of Admiralty's writing, and this angsty season 7 fic with its clever use of canon got my proverbial juices flowing.

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Remember Me? by Caroline O

56,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully have been forcibly separated from each other for fifteen months. Scully has a new life, but no knowledge of her previous one.

Happy Mother's Day to mothers of all descriptions. A bonus fic for the occasion: this fic is one that's even enjoyable for those of us who don't do kidfic.  Scully has a baby, and a partner, but it's not all as it seems. There are many twists and turns to keep you reading.

 

Beltane Fire by Prufrock’s Love

5,000 Words

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Mulder has a very, very good dream. Or does he?

A glimpse into what Mulder was up to during 'all things'.  This one is absolutely impossible to tag, but it's only a short one, so go on and read it.

I wanted to post a Beltane fic for Beltane, so this was the obvious choice. I'm limited to providing the original web link only in accordance with Pru's wishes, but fortunately the story is in a single text file, so you can print it from your browser in PDF format [Ctrl+P], or use a plugin like EpubPress for chrome/firefox. It just dawned on me that I don't download anything using my phone so I have no idea how to do that...

 

Whole Truth (The) by Admiralty

95,000 Words

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Fox Mulder and Diana Fowley, a partnership of like minds. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a partnership of perfect opposites. A journey beginning pre-XF and throughout the series exploring these relationships. (Includes Mulder, Diana, and Scully POVs)

Chaps 1-5: pre XF- Pilot
Chap 6: S2-S5
Chap 7: The End
Chap 8-9: Fight the Future/ The Beginning
Chap 10: Drive/ Triangle
Chap 11-12: Two Fathers/ One Son
Chap 13: Arcadia-Field Trip
Chap 14-17: Biogenesis arc

Although this fic examines the Mulder/Fowley relationship, it is MSR. It gives a lot of insight into the behaviour we see on screen, and adds so much depth to all of these characters.  Admiralty  even made Diana almost actually likeable. Or appreciable anyway.  It gives a whole new understanding of the motivations and events of seasons 5 to 7.

 

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).

Blinded by White Light by DashaK

58,000 Words

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Blinded by White Light: What are we, but the sum of our memories?

Open to White: We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.

 

Blinded by White Light and Open to White find Mulder and Scully in a vastly different post-col world. 

Human Credentials by Scarlet Baldy

73,000 Words

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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.

Flavours Series by Lilith

18,000 Words

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Includes Bitter and Butter Pecan.

Bitter and Butter Pecan and the four-part Flavours follow up reflect Lilith's anger with Mulder after One Son. Scully receives a series of unusual birthday suprises.

Scully’s birthday present was only the beginning. An offer, an acceptance, and a refusal.

 

Oops, I'm late for Scully's birthday. Never mind, this treat doesn't have a use-by date. 

This is another post One Son angst-o-rama, which I have a bit of a penchant for.  With the way Mulder behaved in One Son, I like to give Scully a pass to do whatever the fuck she wants to show Mulder what a stupid jerk he was. 🙂   

Having Marita come to Scully is an ingenious plot point that you don't see very often, and it reinforces that Scully doesn't need Mulder. On the other hand, Mulder does need Scully, and the Lone Gunmen are there to help things along . 

Unbelief Series by Anne Milne

19,000 Words

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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) 😉

Drugstore Jesus by Agent Rain

24,000 Words

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Mulder recalls the events of the most painful encounter of his life from a few months ago on the way towards possible salvation from it.

This one tugs at the heartstrings. Mulder and Scully are a couple, until he pushes her away for her own good. Of course it doesn't do anyone any good.

Once again I've found an author's artwork long after posting... these images were all made by Agent Rain.

Legacy, A by DLynn

37,000 words

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Through a series of diaries, Mulder and Scully’s granddaughter discovers a legacy rich with love and sacrifice. BTW, Mulder and Scully do play a prominant role in this story.

This one was a recommendation that I've had on my "to read" list forever but haven't read yet.  I'm doing a bit of a guess on some of the tags.

This was a really difficult one to format as the original text formatting didn't transfer well.  I've done my best to get the others as close as I can to the .txt file, but if you're a cheater like me who has an e-reader read books to you out loud, you might have to remove the line breaks yourself.  I've gone for presentation above the voice-bot's readability because I don't think anyone else is crazy enough to have a screen-reader (aka porn-bot) read stories to them while they're at the supermarket.

 

Three Times Series by Joann Humby

16,000 Words

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Three Times: Overture
Scully's missing, having left home with CSM. When she returns, emotions are running high. Post En Ami. Mulder's POV.

Three Times: Overture Mirrored
This is Scully's version of what happens in the closing hours of
"Three Times - Overture"

Three Times: Restart
After a sexual misadventure in the aftermath of En Ami - Mulder and Scully still haven't talked about what happened. Mulder returns from his trip to England to find Scully considering fate.

I love Mulder's angst-level at the end of En Ami, so I love a good post-En Ami fic. 

Miles to Go Series by MD1016

22,500 Words

Book Cover: Miles to Go Series by MD1016

Mulder and Scully in the desert, talking to each other through tin can phones.

This is a nice 'n' angsty jealousy/betrayal story involving the incredibly dislikable Diana Fowley.  Scully issues an ultimatum and a proposition.  Mulder considers the options.   

Preponderance by Alanna

45,000 words

Book Cover: Preponderance by Alanna

Preponderance (Books 1 & II)

Guilt is painted in shades of grey. When Scully is involved in a serious crime, how will Mulder react?

This fic is a meal of angst and emotional torture, with a side order of smut.  Alanna sets our agents on an extremely emotional journey, with a divide that seems impossible to bridge.  But have faith.

Flights of Fancy by Pebbles

55,000 words

Book Cover: Flights of Fancy by Pebbles

Flights of Fancy Series, includes:

Fancy Dance : PG-13 :  Scully faces another Valentine's Day alone - until she gets her Irish up.

Fancy Footwork : NC-17 : The morning after the night before as last seen in "Fancy Dance"

Fancy Three: PG-13 : Season Six, a little later on the morning after the night before seen in "Fancy Dance" and "Fancy Footwork"

Tickled Fancy: NC-17 : Season Six, after the events of Milagro

Fancy Toppings : R

Midsummer Night's Fancy : R

Fancy Harvest :  PG-13

Fancy Fall:  PG-13 - um, okay, R - but I still maintain this is not smut. No matter what Ropo says. 😉

Fancy Foreplay :  Robbie *made* me rate this NC-17; no bad language, tho. Still say it ain't smut.

Fancy Haunts :  NC-17. But *I* wouldn't call it smut.

Fancy Phone : R for racy language, implied smut : Set sometime in Season Seven, obviously pre-Requiem :  extra fic, not in Collector's Edition from the annex.

My head is in full on anxiety mode and I can't quite remember what happens in this one.  All I remember is that I was pleasantly surprised by this fic, and I've given it the following tags: ^, >, 1, 1>, Bch, CabW, P°, Pg, Sinit.  They might not mean much to you, but they tell me that they go to a forest, Scully runs out, there's first time sex, someone has regret after the first time, there's a beach, a cabin in the woods and outdoor sex, not necessarily in that order. Also, someone gets pregnant (probably not Mulder) and Scully initiates the romance.  I did enjoy it and it was hailed as one of Fred and Ginger's Smut Classics, so I hope you enjoy it regardless of my inability to remember what actually happens in it.

Mulder Dream Series by xgirl

15,500 words

Book Cover: Mulder Dream Series by xgirl

The final pieces of xgirl's Crossing Lines universe.  Note, if you want to think they lived happily ever after at the end of Healing Waters, you might want to reconsider reading this.  It's a bit of a rollercoaster, but it does end up in a good place.  Xgirl does give Mulder his sister back, but it comes at a price.

Xgirl notes:

All Our Yesterdays takes place after Mulder's abduction in Requiem and the premise is that he is having these visions from his past. The first mini story is a "prickly" encounter in the immediate aftermath of The End, when emotions are raw from the fire and from the circumstances surrounding the x-files division. It is the end of that famous run during S5 in which I interpreted much chaos in their relationship, all of it unvoiced at the time. It is the part of the story that provides the requisite angst.
The second encounter is from far more innocent days: Mulder and Scully's first Christmas as partners. No ghosts or mystery gift giving here, just some early UST.
The third part is a continuation of The Unnatural. Didn't you wonder what else was said after "Shut up, Mulder, I'm playing baseball"?

The Sum of My Tomorrows
Is our present defined by our future? This story was dedicated to Mulder, who deserved better than he got in Closure.  As he lies in a state of suspended animation, Mulder gets a vision of a future that involves Samantha.  The relationship in this story is given as "MS friendship post-MSR".  This story is a direct continuation of All Our Yesterdays.  Mulder is still "wherever" he is after being taken at the end of S7.

My headcanon may differ from Xgirl at this part of Crossing Lines, but I'm much happier with her resolution of Mulder's ultimate truth than the crap we were served onscreen.  I'm yet  to find my post S7 headcanon in a story...

The final two dustjackets from xgirl: 

Healing Waters Series by xgirl

56,000 Words

Book Cover: Healing Waters Series by xgirl
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.

Crossing Lines Series by xgirl

51,000 words

Book Cover: Crossing Lines Series by xgirl
Part of the Crossing Lines series:
xgirl's introduction to the Crossing Lines universe:

(For a Glimpse of "What Could Have Been")

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, all of my stories take place in what has become known as the "Crossing Lines" universe. It was the name of my first fanfic, an "unplanned" effort that ended up paving the path for my version of Mulder and Scully following their 1998 big screen adventure.

This first set of stories — beginning with Crossing Lines and ending with Two Steps Back — essentially take place during the TV series' sixth season.  It continues in the Healing Waters series.

CROSSING LINES: Released March 1999 — PG — Spoilers for Fight the Future — Our favorite long suffering couple deal with their continuing and changing relationship after the "events in the hallway" and finally acknowledge the existence of the "L" word. Along the way, they establish closure on some important issues of the past year, including Mulder's unresolved guilt over Scully's illness.

WHEN: Released September 1999 — PG-13 — Spoilers for Fight the Future — Scully and Mulder each reflect on an eye-opening night of discussion.

REPARATION: Released March 1999 — PG-13 — Spoilers for One Son — After being a big-time jerk to Scully, Mulder must make amends.

IN MY LIFE: Released April 1999 — PG — Spoilers for Arcadia — Mulder celebrates life with Scully on a very special day.

SOUL ON SOUL: Released July 1999 — PG — Spoilers for Field Trip — In the immortal words of Eddie Van Blundht, "What's stopping us?"

TWO STEPS BACK: Released August 1999 — PG-13 — Spoilers for Rain King — The strange wackiness of the Rain King encounter takes a serious turn when Mulder and Scully are faced with revisiting an old fear.

xgirl fixes some of the post FTF faults in this series of series.  For more information on her writing, as well as episode reviews, you can still visit xgirl's x-files xperience  at http://xgirlsfanfic.blogspot.com.

XGirl has kindly provided her 10th Anniversary Edition of the complete series for download if you prefer.  Along with the 14 stories in the Crossing Lines universe, there are also some updated author notes etc.  Download the pdf file here.

stolen from xgirl's site

xgirl's original dustjackets

Revelations Series [Volume 2] by Windsinger

194,000 Words

Book Cover: Revelations Series [Volume 2] by Windsinger

The Complete Revelations Series
This series takes place during the first season of The X-Files, beginning the morning after the last scene in The Jersey Devil and ending prior to the Season One finale,  The Erlenmeyer Flask.

The full series is split into three volumes, as follows:
VOLUME ONE:

1. REVELATIONS 1: DAWN
(This has been mislabelled as "Revelations" at the top of each volume)
2. REVELATIONS 2: THE BOX

VOLUME TWO:
3. REVELATIONS 3: THE VACATION
Angst (of course), developing M/S relationship. Occurs towards the middle of the first season. There is even a tiny bit of foreshadowing of the seventh season here.
4. REVELATIONS 4: THE ABDUCTEE
Mulder takes on a special assignment when a woman from one of his earliest cases reenters his life and Scully learns to follow her insticts. Note: There's a warning for dubcon/non-con in this part, with Mulder as the victim.
5. REVELATIONS 5: MILE HIGH
Mulder deals with recovery from a severe injury and with his developing feeling for Dana.
6. REVELATIONS 6: MEMORIES
Mulder has been gone for two weeks on a case. As a homecoming, Scully arranges a romantic dinner at his apartment but has an unexpected visitor.

VOLUME THREE:
7. JUST THE TWO OF US
8. SKUNKED AGAIN

A general introduction and a zip file to download the complete series can be found in Revelations Series [Volume 1].

*Note - some tags belong to the complete series

Sex and Loathing by MalibuSunset

16,500 Words

Book Cover: Sex and Loathing by MalibuSunset

Time Frame: Seasons 4 & 5. Starts out post-Paper Hearts. Ends post-Pine Bluff Variant. Some malarky in between.

Warning – bad, bad sex. But that’s not the end, so keep reading.

One of those times that things don't go right, which has to resolve itself. MalibuSunset is always a pleasure to read, even her bad sex is good. 😀 

Gourmet Groping I & II by The Pimpernel

20,000 words

Book Cover: Gourmet Groping I & II by The Pimpernel

You know you’d have accepted the bet too. Admit it.

The title doesn't do this fic any favours.  This one has more plot than porn, with a PG-13 rating for the first part which only makes it to an R in the second story.  But I think it's an interesting and vaguely plausible scenario they put themselves into, and the thought of sex up against a palm tree on the beach is one I'm happy to entertain.

 

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.

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!  🙂 

Continuity Series I & II by Alelou

2,200 words

Book Cover: Continuity Series I & II by Alelou

I: A look at season 7 from all things onwards in light of the revelations in Within.

II - Per Manum Fractorum: Missing dialogue that would have explained
much that is puzzling in Per Manum.

Finally a G-rated fic!  This is very funny.  Alelou fills in some missing scenes  to make more sense of Season 8.  We could really have used Alelou's help with more than just Season 8 storylines.  

As much as I liked how the two covers Tre made had very little continuity in themselves, I couldn't help but try to use a background and overlay to fill in some missing pieces myself to bring the two images together. These are the originals.

Cellphone by Marasmus

4,600 words

Book Cover: Cellphone by Marasmus

A conversation. A game. All is not what it seems.

This is one of those fics that sticks in your mind long after reading it. It's widely recommended and received a couple of mentions in the 2000 Spooky Awards. 

This fic can be found on a number of recommendation pages.  These are a couple of other illustrations I've managed to collect for it.

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.

This House is Burning by Tesla

37,000 words

Book Cover: This House is Burning by Tesla

Includes:

  • THiB: Blood on the Snow
  • THiB II: A Thief's Diet
  • THiB III: The Quiet Glades of Eden [Incluing prologue: There is only me in my bedroom]

Mulder and Scully are assigned to track a serial killer. They go undercover at a ski resort in Colorado with two other agents, and tension ensues. Set early in canon.

I assume the images are from Tesla as nobody else is credited on her website as having made them.  Along with the cover image, the following images were posted on each Book's page:

Making it Personal by Brandon D Ray

50,000 words

A series of episode-based vignettes, covering the second half of Season 6 and tracing the evolution of Mulder & Scully's relationship during that time.

Brandon follows the canon of Season 6, particularly One Son to Biogenesis, giving it his own twist.

There are two other dustjackets I've uncovered of stories included in this series.

No Quarter Given by Mish

100,000 Words

Book Cover: No Quarter Given by Mish

No Quarter Given: Abstinence, Greed, Surrender & Truce Combined

She wants to feel alive. Post Never Again and onwards. Serious angst.

All available parts of the story have been combined. Warning: This series was not completed, but what's available ends in a satisfactory way.  Actually, I wasn't even aware that there were more parts than the widely available trilogy until the lovely Marina Frenzy pointed out there was an incomplete part 4.  Part 4 is only available on Mish's old personal page via the wayback machine.

Cubed by Louise Marin

37,000 words

Book Cover: Cubed by Louise Marin

Scully does a little body-swapping of her own. Can she and Mulder make it back to each other? Do they want to?

Author's Note: This story takes place around the middle of season six, but splits off into its own universe sometime before the events of Two Fathers.

I found a second dustjacket for this one at annex-files.com

Annex cover - artist unknown. There looks like a signature but I can't identify it. 🙁