Everything That Really Matters by Dyann Z

20,000 Words

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The passage of time has a way of making everything all right.

Don't be too worried about the Character Death or Scully/Other tags 🙂

Seeing as I'm stuck in Tropical North Queensland for a while, I felt it only fitting that I bring you all along with me. This fic is set about 20km (13mi) south of where I am now. It's actually a tiny little village with about 4 streets, and no actual 'downtown' but obviously fictional liberties have been taken.  I have included a few photos to give you a feel for it. I actually took some more of the beach itself on my last visit here but they were among the ones I accidentally deleted it seems.

Last time I stopped for Fish & Chips there there was a "Recent Crocodile Sighting" warning sign on entry to the beach.  While Scully and William had a nice time on the beach, it's not quite that relaxing when you have to watch out for saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries, and it's also not wise to swim in the water without wearing a stinger-suit because of marine stingers. Typical Australia where everything is out to kill you.  It really is a beautiful part of the world though with tropical rainforest coming right down to glorious white beaches, so I'll allow Dyann her artistic license.  [SPOILER] I can see why Mulder would want to live there, although I think he might prefer the remoteness of north of the Daintree River, where I am now, where it's off the grid, and where clothing is just a nuisance half the year when it's pouring with rain and/or the humidity is so high that nothing dries, and there are vast tracts of rainforest between h0uses. 😉 You just have to put up with bad satellite internet 😀 [/SPOILER]

As far as the story goes, it's set after Mulder leaves at the beginning of Season 9 - it goes off into its own dimension shortly afterwards, so the further events of Season 9 and everything that follows have all just ceased to exist. I love fanfic.  Don't worry about the Character Death warning, this is the X-Files  🙂

Dogged Determination Series by Rhondda Lake

183,000 Words

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Dogged Determination I - Watched : The Dog Scully takes in is more then he appears to be. Those looking for the animal are willing to kill to get him.

Dogged Determination Interlude I - Linen and Steel : A little erotic interlude.

Dogged Determination Interlude II - The Grapes of Wrath : More total mind candy - breakfast and food fights.

Dogged Determination Interlude III - Icy Hot : At long last we learn what Scully bought with those handcuffs...

Dogged Determination II - Hadinio`gwe'oek : They are gathering.  A dark, Iroquois-inspired tale.   CW: Disturbing imagery

Dogged Determination III - Pandora's Box : Alien DNA, a genius teenager and secrets from the past all end up interrupting Mulder and Scully's life just as Scully discovers some surprising news. Conspiracies, mysteries, some MSR and a dash of the paranormal for extra flavor. CW: Disturbing imagery, Sexual Assault

Dogged Determination Interlude IV - Endless Knot : A brief journal entry.

Dogged Determination IV - Suffer the Children : Horrific murders in Cleveland stall a vacation weekend and Hope's plans to move. CW: Child abuse, child rape, extreme violence.

Dogged Determination V - Watched Over : As Mulder and Scully get settled into a new home and prepare to receive the new arrival they get a call for help from a family vacationing in Colorado. There they must join with Buster and his kin to try and rescue two children in need of help. Introduces the heroes of Dean Koontz's original "The Watchers"

Dogged Determination Interlude V -The Greatest Gifts : Mulder ponders the meaning of Christmas. A short, sappy finale.

Oh, it's lovely being off-grid in the rainforest, but this satellite internet is going to drive me crazy when I have to refresh 3 times to load or save anything. I'll have to see how it goes as far as uploading while I'm here.

I listened to this one during most of the drive up. I had no idea how long it was, but it kept me occupied as I drove and made me drive extra carefully during certain scenes as I didn't want to have to submit dashcam footage with M&S in explicit flagrante delicto if I happened to crash while that was going on.

Anyway, this one is case related, it's actually a crossover at times but you don't need to know the other source/s, and packed full of MSR. Be aware that some parts come with content warnings, which I've tried to add to the descriptions above.

I won't be able to add the web version for this one, due to its size and the internet issues that I'm not up for facing right now. 🙂 I can't add the extra artwork either...

 

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.

City of Light by Bonetree

163,000 Words

On the run through the American Southwest, Scully and Mulder flee the shadowy forces of Owen Curran and Padden's government agents, who threaten their freedom and their lives. On the way, they must also struggle with their own demons, which threaten to tear them apart.

The Goshen saga continues, with a damaged Scully and protective, concerned Mulder on the run from both the  bad guys and the good guys, dealing with the fallout from Secret World.

This one is quite a tough read, particularly straight after Secret World.  Although this is third in the trilogy - spoiler alert - it's not a trilogy. 🙂

A lot of art work was made for this story, but only a small amount of it has survived. Sue made chapter images, one of which is used as the cover art here.

City of Light image by NLynn
City of Light image by NLynn

Secret World by Bonetree

147,000 Words

Scully goes deep undercover to find the secret behind a mysterious death. But with what she learns, will she ever be able to come in from the cold?

!Please check the content warnings

A Scully-centric fic that plays to Scully's strengths without turning her into a saint. Meanwhile, poor Mulder is struggling with the separation, and Skinner is having headaches trying to keep him out of trouble.

Bonetree writes a compelling story with some fascinating characters. As Scully gets deeper into the case, we feel Mulder's angst and desperation over his lack of control.  There's also some wonderful Mulder-doctoring and caring for an injured Scully, and of course, some considered smut.

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.*

Familiar Heart, A by Mish

72,000+ Words

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The Best Years of our Lives meets Magnificent Obsession Mulder and Scully style.  An alternative universe story, set in the 1940s.

This includes the sequel, An Unchanged Soul, which actually brings the word count up to 203,000 words.  This second story is unfinished, so it's up to you whether you embark on the extra 130,000 words knowing that there will be no ultimate resolution.

I don't usually read alternate universe stories, but I started this one without realising and had to keep reading.

This one had enough tension to keep me hooked the whole way. I've included the incomplete sequel. Mish tended to write a lot of stories at the same time, and consequently there are quite a few of hers that were never completed.  I was tossing up whether to include this story here due to the disappointment when I found the sequel wasn't complete, but the original story is worthwhile. You can decide for yourself whether to keep reading.

Soap and Eggs by EPurSeMouve

47,000 Words

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Soap And Eggs: A possible future. A might-have-been. A what-if. Or a "There but for the grace of God...."

Soap and Eggs II: An Ivory-White Christmas: A solitary Christmas in San Francisco, California.

Soap and Eggs III: A Grade-AA Valentine's Day: The stage is set for the final conclusion.

Soap and Eggs IV: Suds And Shells: Sometimes, it's hard to decide when to settle for life's leftovers.

*BONUS* Soap and Eggs Happy Ending : This doesn't officially exist. According to EPur "this isn't a part of the Soap and Eggs series. It's just me fooling around, describing on paper what kind of ending the sap in me always wanted." It was exclusive to EPur's website. If you want to remain true to the spirit of the series you can skip it, but if you're human you'll definitely want to read this.

!CW: character death (Not M or S).

If you're after a happy holiday story, look elsewhere!!!

EPurSeMouve stabs you in the heart with this one. Then twists the knife. Then rips it right out of your body and stomps on it. There is a band-aid for you at the end though.

This season 4 end-of-the-X-Files imagining isn't really a whole lot worse than what Chris Carter did to them after "The Truth". It always bothered me when I thought of how difficult their lives would be on the run. The only difference then was that at least they had each other. I'm going to stop now before I cry again. Just make sure you're in a safe place before reading this.

This was one I'd originally intended to release at Halloween, but I was out gallivanting around the country instead. Never mind, it's a late Halloween, almost-Christmas and early Valentine's story.

Fata Morgana by Julie Fortune

17,000 Words

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A routine investigation in a small town quickly explodes into life and death consequences.

This was the Julie Fortune story I thought I'd uploaded already.  I discovered that there were a few fics prepared around the time of the Great Computer Disaster of 2021 that never made it online.

It's been a rough week IRL and I didn't realise I was behind in my uploads, so I apologise that there was nothing new on Friday.  I do have a few really great fics picked out to share over the festive season, so please stay tuned...

Tine Rua by Menagerie

74,000 Words

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Phoebe Green is back and Scully isn't having it. Phoebe tries to enlist Mulder's help with a case and gets the agents engtangled in an international crime.

!CW: Sexual assault on M

Phoebe seems to trigger Scully, no matter how hard she tries to rationalise it. Of course, anyone daring to hurt her Mulder will suffer the wrath of Scully.  Mulder and Scully are reluctant to take this case brought to them by Phoebe Green, especially when everyone involved in the case seems to have the worst timing.

Inferno Series by Pellinor

196,000 Words

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Inferno: Mulder gets drawn into a web of guilt and revenge that could rob him of his sanity, even his life. Both Scully and Mulder think they know what they are dealing with, but the truth is something neither of them have ever expected.

Purgatorio: Three months on, and Mulder shows no signs of even attempting to come to terms with what happened to him in "Inferno," and Scully begins to feel the strain of having to constantly sacrifice her own needs to the needs of her desperately unhappy partner. Things come to a head on a murder case when Scully simply can not accept Mulder's theory. Will their partnership survive?

Paradiso: While Scully attempts to undo the damage wrought by recent events, Mulder gets drawn into a web of intrigue that could lead him to the truth, but could just as easily destroy him.

Journey back to a difficult time in Season 3, after Paper Clip, where our agents seemed to have trouble finding a middle ground.  They're miles apart when they're sent away for a case, and things don't improve in a hurry.

No MSR, but lots of angst and MulderTorture.  Strap yourself in, because it's a bit of a rough ride for Mulder and Scully in this one. One for the angst addicts.

Fugue by RivkaT

26,000 Words

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This one's a bit unusual as RivkaT wants you to read the opening scene before you get to read the summary. The only hint before reading is "It's not what you think. At least, I hope not."

Trust me, it's worth reading the first scene to get to the summary.

RivkaT starts this one with our agents hot and heavy.  It does get progressively more angsty as they find themselves in a dangerous predicament.  An excellent fic.  There are some mild dubcon elements if you overthink it, so try not to overthink it.

Ghost of You (The) by Julie Fortune

10,500 Words

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A body fell from a great height.  But no one knows who it is or where it came from.

This is a truly magnificent work of fiction, featuring Pissy!Scully and SomewhatObliviousButTrying!Mulder. I guarantee that you'll want to read it more than once.

I've been meaning to post some Julie Fortune fics for so long that I was sure I'd already done so. Apparently not. This is a massive oversight that I'll have to make up for.

Scattered Leaves : Fall by Abracadabra

190,000 Words

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Part of the Seasons series:

Scattered Leaves: This is the third in the Seasons Series; the sequel to Shadows on the Sun. Mulder goes undercover, Scully goes to a conference. Some unanswered questions...

Going Up, Going Down: A smut companion to Scattered Leaves. Yes, I can picture Mulder in almost any setting. And yes, I appreciate his 'backside'.
You do not need to have read the series to read this one.

Outstanding in her Field: A PWP sequel to Going Up/Going Down. Mulder teaches Scully a new game. Not necessary to have read GU/GD, but it helps...

There's still trouble in paradise as Mulder and Scully are sent to Vermont for different reasons.  Mulder is the worst deep undercover agent that the bureau has ever seen as his focus keeps shifting from the job he's there to do. 😀

You might be able to gather from the companion fics included that they do sort out their differences.  This is the final volume of the Seasons Series.

Shadows on the Sun : Summer by Abracadabra

95,000 Words

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Part of the Seasons series:

Mulder and Scully are called to Boston by Agents Mitchell Court and Joani Spark to help investigate a case.  An old adversary is involved.

CW! Sexual assault

Mulder and Scully haven't been together long before a regular problem raises its particularly ugly head.  My favourite type of fic. 😀

This is Volume 2 or the 3 volume Seasons series, but it's not essential to read "Snowed Inn" first.

Snowed Inn : Winter by Abracadabra

130,000 Words

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Includes "She Wears It Well"

Snowed Inn: First in the Seasons Series. Mulder & Scully travel to a country Inn to help solve a murder. [Teens & Up]

She Wears it Well: Snowed Inn Universe - They're in a close, intimate relationship. A little window-shopping in Boston. You don't have to have read Snowed Inn to 'get' this one.  [Adults only]

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Mulder and Scully have to investigate a strange case in the snow, whilst coming to terms with their feelings for each other.

They've most certainly come to terms with that in the companion fic, She Wears It Well. Some intense heat, despite the cold weather. 😉

Devil’s Advocate (Neon Universe Vol 2) by ImAStinker & FancyKatz

127,000 Words

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Part of the Neon Universe series:

NEON UNIVERSE VOLUME II

Devil's Advocate: After Scully's recovery post-One Breath, Mulder & Scully pose as newlyweds on a Mystery-Solving cruise to catch a serial killer.

Devil's Advocate II: Sanctuary: Escaped prisoners come across Maggie Scully's house where Mulder is recuperating with the Scully family after their cruise adventure.

You Better Sit Down Now: Valentine's day after the drama at Maggie's. (ImAStinker only)

Not to be confused with another story of the same name, these stories feature a Season 2 Mulder and Scully, posing as a married couple on a cruise ship. I had a bit of a cruise ship binge lately, and there's still more to come...

The second fic features the whole Scully family in peril, as Scully takes Mulder there to recover after the first story.

UPDATE: I've now reuploaded this book with a third story that takes place straight after the other two.  I didn't realise that ImAStinker's fics were all part of the one universe, so there's also more before and after this volume.  I'll be re-releasing this one with the other two volumes of the Neon Universe stories.

The cover I originally made for this one didn't survive the Great Hard Drive Crash of 2021 so the attached fics have a new cover with the extra details on.

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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.

Sanctuary by Bardsmaid

400,000 Words

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Sanctuary:  On the run from the Smoking Man, Mulder and Scully go undercover in Kentucky, hoping the Beeson-Lymon case will lead them to information that will finally bring CSM down.  Meanwhile, Alex Krycek slowly recovers from a gunshot wound with the help of an unlikely caregiver from whom he can hide nothing.  CSM hatches a nefarious plot to draw Mulder and Scully out into the open.  Help, and resolution, come from unlikely quarters.

This second volume contains part 3 of the Sanctuary series. You absolutely have to read them all in order so grab the first two parts here.

Bardsmaid managed to somewhat redeem Krycek in this one, bestowing some humanity on him without it feeling at all forced.  By the time I got to this one I was all in and didn't even notice how long it was.

This includes the Sanctuary postscripts. As the sequel to Sanctuary was never completed, you may choose to end your journey here, but I strongly recommend that you keep going with Topaz.

BTW, I may have gotten confused with which tags belong on which volumes. I just recently re-read them all in one huge binge and can't remember what happened when...

Paradise Lost + Walking Through Fire by Bardsmaid

89,000 Words

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Part of the Sanctuary series:

Paradise Lost: Mulder is dismissed from the Bureau on trumped-up charges of having had contact with the X-files. Stripped of his driving motivation as well as his job, he's forced to look critically at his life. Scully, reassigned to a teaching position at Quantico, must balance her new responsibilities with her concern about her former partner's well-being. And Alex Krycek insinuates himself into Mulder's life for reasons that are not immediately apparent.

Walking Through Fire: Determined to gain reinstatement at the Bureau, Mulder searches for a way to bring Cancer Man down while also confronting the grim reality of unemployment, and Scully's responsibilities increase as she juggles her new assignment with her continued support of her ex-partner's quest. But Skinner requests her forensic expertise in an ongoing investigation, saddling her with an additional burden that may prove more than she can bear. A ghost from Teena Mulder's past prompts her to finally open up to her son, though the information she offers has the potential to crush him. And Alex Krycek inadvertently provides the evidence Mulder needs to foil the Smoking Man.

The Sanctuary Trilogy+ is a masterpiece of fanfic by Bardsmaid. She appeared to have a real sense of comfort with the characters and not only  did she make existing characters her own, she created rich, real characters that could have changed the trajectory of the show post Season 7 if only CC & co had thought of them.  I can't help but wonder what S8 would have been like had they introduced a character like Agent Wilkins who was eager to help rather than antagonise.

This series diverges from canon at the beginning of Season 6, so all the usual favourites are involved in a complex mytharc plot.  Take some time off and really immerse yourself in this one.

There are 4 parts to this series, which I've spit into three volumes. Whilst the Sanctuary Trilogy itself was completed, Topaz, the sequel Bardsmaid was writing at the time of her passing was not, but is included here as an optional extra.

Bardsmaid's website is still available at bardsmaid.org, and her original images can be found there and in the attached epub/pdf versions. New covers are included here due to the tiny size of the original pics.

PS  Leland is a much better name for CSM. He's so not a 'Carl'.

Timber by Nevdull

55,000 Words

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The stars are projectors.

Nevdull doesn't give too much away with her summary, so I went into this one not knowing what to expect, which was good, because had I noticed it was to do with Season 7 Mytharc I may not have read it at all... I'm often very prejudicial in that way.

This is a truly unique and fascinating treatment of the mytharc we were lumped with in S7.  Krycek and Marita get a look in (plus some backstory), joining Mulder and Scully in a determination to get to the bottom of the information found on the alien ship and save humanity. Instead of Mulder claiming to have found the key to everything and Scully rolling her eyes, this Mulder and Scully just do what needs to be done.

Dungeons and Demons by Spooky’s Girl

27,000 Words

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Mulder, Scully and three others are invited to stay in a castle for one night. Can they survive the demon that's inhabiting it?

I had a couple of little reservations with this one in the beginning, but once I remembered that plot holes are canon I was able to get right into it and enjoy it.

I have to give Spooky's Girl bonus points for the double ditch, double jealousy, Phoebe link, and for correctly referring to the elephant 'necropsy'.

I'm still running on empty here, but I'm trying to get things uploaded, even if it's a little late...

Walking the Cage by Deborah Wells

49,500 Words

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A strange sequence of events are put into play after a heated argument between Mulder and Scully.

Scully is kidnapped again, and Mulder is forlorn, which makes for a happy reunion. A very happy reunion.

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.

Hem Ben Ik by LiviaB

25,000 Words

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When no one is who they seem to be, whom do you trust?

Hot Damn is right. I don't remember coming across this fic before; I only went searching for it after I found a dustjacket for it and was intrigued. I'm glad I found it. I had no idea where it was coming from or heading to, and it totally really blew me sideways. Plus the flashback was one of the hottest "all things" fics I've ever read.

I'm disappointed that I found no more of this would-be series, but even the note at the end that there was more planned was enough to allow me to smile, knowing it wasn't supposed to be the end of the story.

The dustjacket is from Livia's website so I'm assuming it's her art. Sorry if I butchered it a little in my compulsion to force all the cover art into a 3:4 ratio...

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.

Stain of Purity by Nicknoc

42,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully investigate a series of abductions.

Another Scully-as-decoy story with all the accompanying Mulder!Protectiveness. Boundaries are pushed and then obliterated.  Another great fic from a fellow Aussie.

Puppets Trilogy by M Partous

54,000 Words

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Mulder, driven by a need to understand what really happened to his father, decides to head back to the silo (Piper Maru/Apocrypha) to find Alex Krycek, who he's convinced he heard crying out when he and Scully were there.

!CW: consent is freely given, but under circumstances that could be considered duress.

As stated in the author's notes, her wish was to explore the M/S relationship in a way that it "gives them a kind of mystical strength, one that frightens the powers that be, one that could actually help them in their quest for the truth"

Whilst their first time is under less than perfect circumstances, it connects them in a special way that continues through the challenges they face in the rest of the stories. I do have a special love for an early connection between our agents, and this one feels right for them.

Scene of the Crime by Donnilee

6,500 Words

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Mulder reacts to a Scully outfit and starts an emotional avalanche.

 

I'm a sucker for the decoy!Scully trope, and this fic is an all-time favourite. Mulder's tongue can't help itself when faced with Scully's under-dressed cleavage, and to be totally honest, even as a straight woman  I can appreciate the temptation that naked Scullyboobs would present.  Slight dubcon (but not unwanted) Mulder!tongue action.

Therapist by LiviaB

33,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully are on loan to the VCU, on the trail of a couple killer.

!Content Warning: M/S forced

This fic puts our agents into a situation where they are forced to make what they can of an otherwise unbearable situation, and in doing so strengthen their trust.  Livia treats them with love and compassion and has them come out on top as only Mulder and Scully can.

I often anguish over whether to publish an author's name where google can find it. It usually comes down to  how common the name is. I was on the fence with this one as so much fic comes up on google anyway, but I couldn't be sure that it wasn't a unique name, so I chose to be cautious. Whilst I've edited the name displayed on this site, it's still on the image where google can't see it, and in the downloadable documents.

However, I did find this entry in the urban dictionary that I found amusing and thought I'd share.

Keeping it in the Family I & II by Gemma Kingsley

39,000 Words

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Keeping It in the Family: Believe the Lie, but how deep does the deceit run? What will Mulder and Scully do after Gethsemane and how is Bill Scully involved in all this?

Keeping It in the Family II: Even when on vacation in Hawaii and trying to adjust to their new relationship, Mulder and Scully find themselves investigating another case.

More Bill Jr angst for Scully, post Gethsemane. Poor Scully's been through the wringer lately in the fics I've uploaded. I'll have to give her some mindless smut next to make up for it.

Once again, Scully's family have been used against her, and Gemma is particularly cruel with her storyline. 😉   Fortunately Mulder has returned to life to keep her safe, and satisfied...

 

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.

 

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.

 

Rumor & Bartering Contentment by Beduini

11,000 Words

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Rumor: It started like many rumors do - in the ladies room on the sixth floor. This time it happened to be during the five-minute break between departmental speakers in the first quarterly review of the new Millennium.

Bartering Contentment: Turning fledgling physical intimacy into a relationship you can wear every day.

Two glorious stories from Beduini. Some Scully/Mulder violence is involved in our agents' first frenetic coming together.

We’re Married Now by Skinfull

60,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple to infiltrate a cult in Arizona.

"Look, this was supposed to be a short fic for a 6k word count challenge, but here we are about 60k+ words later, and half way through it basically just turned to smutty smutty smuttness. The case is weak, please don't come here looking for resolution on a casefic. Its contrived, all the tropes, set up for sex. Sorry not Sorry. ¯_(ツ)_/¯"

Skinfull has been churning out novels recently; this is the only one I've had a chance to read so far, but she's an author who's been providing great content for 2 decades so head over to AO3 and read them all! 🙂

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.

Whole Catastrophe (The) by Diehard & Dryad

50,000 Words

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Part of the Absolute Beginners series:

This story takes place late in the year 2000. In the early Spring of the same year, Mulder and Scully finally got off the dime (after a false start, angst, guilt and a nightmare or two) and did the dirty deed. After a weekend of ‘solidifying their relationship’, they are pulled off the X-Files, but managed to find at least one way to console each other. Fast forward about six months—and you’ll be right we begin, dear reader. !cd (but not who you think)

The honeymoon is beginning to wind down for our agents after "Absolute Beginners" as they're finally sent back out on assignment and have to test out their new relationship 'in the wild' while dealing with a less-than-impressed local sheriff.

The web link will take you to invidiosa.com where you can find Diehard's fics, alongside some other fabulous authors, with many more images created by Invidiosa.

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.

Path of Thorns (The) by Smurf

53,000 Words

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Through a tragic experience, Scully learns that the path of thorns cannot be walked alone.

This is another fic that seems to have fallen into the black hole of the internet, and only it's dustjacket remained to let me know of its existence.

Smurf goes all out on the angst and the Scullytorture in this one. Scully battles with her human frailty, and Mulder's there to support her when she eventually allows it.

Camp Hero by McKab

118,000 Words

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Part of the Old Friends series:

A continuation of Requiem. Mulder is abducted and Scully receives some incredible news... naturally she reaches out to some friends for support.

Scully teams up with people she can trust, Susan and Michael who were introduced in "Old Friends". It's much nicer to think that Scully had people to support her during Mulder's absence.

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.

History Lessons by Joann Humby

14,500 Words

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A serial killer hunt gets Mulder in trouble with his memories of a past case but then gets Scully into worse trouble over her memories.

Joann has some realistic Mulder self-torture here, beating himself up about a past profile and evading Scully's attempts to draw out the problem.  It twists into a fascinating case as Mulder doesn't want his profile to let anyone down again - especially Scully.

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.

Blood of Angels by LoneGunGuy

68,000 Words

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"History is not written in books, Agent Scully, but in an alphabet of human suffering. Every death leaves its mark upon the aether, burnt into the astral plane, scorched into the very fabric of the universe—a textbook accessible to any man who is willing to annihilate himself in its pursuit. History is a manuscript written on the clouds. Authored by the blood of angels.”

As Scully lies on the sidewalk, dead, Mulder holds the murder weapon in his hands and knows that he must have had a damned good reason for killing her....if only he could remember what it was....A bizarre, labyrinthine mystery with darkly comic overtones.

This is an early X-Files fanfic classic, written by the talented LoneGunGuy in 1996.  This one isn't for the faint of heart, it can get dark. With imaginations as twisted as those of some fanfic authors, I'm so glad they're putting them into good use rather than letting them roam the streets creating havoc. 😉

I can have mixed feelings regarding the mytharc on the show that makes me shy away from reading stories dealing with aliens and cloning and all that stuff, but there are many, like this one, that blow it out of the water.

Sadly, to my knowledge, a sequel to this story was never forthcoming.

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...

Her Music is Thunder by Suilven

16,000 Words

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Six months have passed since the New Year's Eve kiss that Mulder and Scully had hoped would lead to more, but hesitation remains. When a new case takes them to Lake Superior and into the middle of a local legend where supernatural forces run as deep as the waters themselves, will their investigation finally break the impasse between them?

I'm taking advantage of the daily releases to link to a few more recent fics 🙂

Mulder and Scully join a pair of mounties in this one to look for a scary lake monster.

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.

To Kill a Nightingale by Phoenix99

72,000 Words

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A mysterious tip leads Mulder and Scully into a web of danger and unexpected twists. Have they found what they had always wished for? ... or is the price too high?

There was a cover made for this once upon a time, but alas, it's not on Wayback. If anyone has a copy it would be appreciated. 🙂

An adventure-filled story set just before "all things" in Season 7.

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...

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. 🙂

Bates Witch (The) by Xenith

16,000 Words

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Mulder falls afoul of a witch's curse while investigating the mysterious death of a scuba diver in swim fins and tank, found unscorched in the middle of a burned out meadow, miles from water.

Another PG fic to help balance things out a little 😉  This one's still full of MSR/UST when Mulder isn't being an ass. And it's always fun to torture Mulder in every way possible.

Yee Haw & Much More by Satina

61,000 Words

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Yee-haw : Rated NC-17, MSR RST, H : Mulder and Scully go undercover (or is that under covers?) as a married couple working on a ranch. When Mulder is injured in a sensitive place, who will provide the TLC he needs?

Two of a Kind : Rated NC-17, MSR RST, dub-con elements : Post-ep to "Three of a Kind" in which the Lone Gunmen find Scully under the influence of the injected drug and instead of just knocking her out, they call Mulder.

If I Were Her... : Rated NC-17, M/S : Musings of a fellow female agent.
If I Were Him... : Rated NC-17, M/S : Musings of a fellow male agent.

Drawing a Bath : Rated NC-17, MSR, UST, 'bation : Scully draws a bath while talking with Mulder on the phone.

OutFoxed : Rated NC-17, Sc/O, MSR RST : Scully has a boyfriend. Mulder doesn't like him. All is not what it seems.

Rose Petal : Rated PG , MSR : Post-ep to "Never Again" in which Mulder's thoughts during Scully's absence are examined. Sorry, no smut here, just an angst-fest.

Not Everything Is About You : Rated NC-17, MSR, BDSM : Another "Never Again" post-ep. "You know, this is unacceptable. If he's going to treat me like his slave, he's gonna learn to do it right."

This last story includes Krycek non-con with Scully so I've put it at the end should you wish to skip it.

Dark Secrets : Rated NC-17, Sc/K non-con, MSR RST : Post-ep to "Paper Clip" in which instead of Krycek and Cardinal shooting Scully's sister at her apartment, Krycek goes to Scully's apartment, ties her up and makes her call Mulder, who has to watch while he does nasty things to her.

This anthology doesn't include Not an Exercise in Subtlety or Risky Business, which are already available at x-libris.


Before Satina went over to the slash side, and occasionally afterwards, she wrote some extremely satisfying MSR erotica. She had a gift for capturing the intense desire our agents had for one another. These are those stories (plus one PG fic and minus the ones above that I've already posted here.)

If you're interested in reading Satina's Mulder/Krycek fics, they can be found at HegalPlace.com on wayback.

Kacaso made covers for many of these fics, but sadly few of the M/S ones remain.

Forget to Remember by Parrotfish

15,000 Words

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Mulder realises that he's lost his memory of Samantha's abduction.

I felt it was only appropriate to post this fic today, on its 25th anniversary and the day Mulder underwent hypnotic regression in 1999.

This has more plot than the usual hump day fic, but I'll find something plotless to make up for it on Friday.

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..

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.

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.

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

Sound of Wind Chimes (The) by Sarah Stegall

22,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully disappear after a stakeout.

!non-con Mulder on Scully

 

 

This classic, 1995 fanfic is a bit of a rite of passage. There are some disturbing aspects to this fic, but but there are also some good points - it got 2nd place in two 1995 Spooky Awards, for Best Sci-Fi Story and Best Mulder/Scully NC-17 Romance.

Failsafe by Caroline

26,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully are kidnapped and tortured after being sent on case that Skinner hadn't assigned them, leading to a race to locate them before it's too late...

If you like some Scully!Torture and Mulder!Comfort you should enjoy this case, written in 1996 by Caroline.

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.

Without a Trace by Spangle

28,000 Words

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When you finally have everything you ever wanted, that’s when you have the most to lose.

Shock! Season 9 Fic!

This is set around 6 months after Existence, as Scully returns to work after maternity leave.  Mulder hasn't had to take off so since being fired from the bureau he gets to be a stay at home dad. Mulder and Scully are married.

This is the only time I've ever approved of Scully taking Mulder's last name after their marriage, since she's doing so to stick it to Kersh, who will have to refer to her as "Agent Mulder".  I love these little details authors come up with to torment characters...

 

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. 😉

Hallowed by OnlyTheInevitable

70,000 Words

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In order to get a dangerous, misogynistic cult shut down, Mulder and Scully have to go undercover as a married couple to destroy it from the inside. When they get a little too involved, how will they manage to come out alive?

Can you imagine Scully being subservient and obedient in a misogynistic cult? Neither could OnlyTheInevitable. 🙂  This is another of the wonderful stories written as part of last year's case fic exchange.

Mulder enjoyed Scully's nightwear so much that I felt obliged to have her model it on the cover 😉

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.

Exploring Desires by K Benton

100,000 Words

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When Mulder and Scully work with a new agent, his entry into their lives causes months of intense angst for everyone involved.

Content Warning: non-consensual sexual situations, deviant sexual situations, physical control, coercive control, violence. Some scenes are marked, including a court scene which may be especially distressing for rape survivors.

This starts with Scully dating another agent before discovering it's Mulder she really wants. From there things get dark.  Unless you're particularly sensitive, you shouldn't let the content warning put you off - just be prepared to hurt a little.

Invisible Games by 19

26,000 Words

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Another not-so-nice trip to the woods.

Teamed up with an alphabet of other agencies, Mulder and Scully once again prove their strength in the face of both a challenge and hostility from other participants.

I love a third-party POV, and this one looks at Mulder & Scully through the eyes of the project overseer, an experienced General.  This is a non-stop drama-filled action story from 19. Although it's officially rated R, I think it's more the PG-13 end of the scale.

Imperishable by TaraW

19,500 Words

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Strange occurrences cause Mulder to use past X-Files to solve a new one, which sends he and Scully spiralling toward a truth they were *meant* to discover.

Another nice trip to the forest. I'm happy to be reviving this intriguing case file, which fell off the internet a long time ago. This one's set in Season 7 but fixes a Season 3 episode.

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.

Common Fate of All Things Rare, The by Scarlet Baldy & Aloysia Virgata

45,000 Words

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Ever wonder what happened between the silence of Never Again and the flowers from Memento Mori? Ever wonder if Scully's night with Ed Jerse affected her relationship with Mulder in any way? Ever wonder what pushed Scully to go to the hospital and find out about her cancer in the first place? Ever wonder how her illness might have affected her work or if she ever thought about Leonard Betts' words?

Well we did...

This is an impressive case file set during that wonderful time of peak angst in Season 4.

I didn't plan t0 post two post "Never Again" fics in a row.  I'd mistakenly tagged this fic as Scully's Birthday but after a re-read discovered it definitely wasn't and it lost its planned Feb 23 release, slotting in after 'Dust' instead.

After you've done reading this fic, you have to indulge yourself in the hilarious outtakes, originally posted at undertherug.net. I've attached them as a PDF file for your added enjoyment:

Obesa Cantavit - The Common Fate Gag Reel     

Haunted Moon by Stephanie K

29,000 Words

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Mulder and Scully find themselves lost and in trouble one night under a haunted moon. But when it's all over and done, can they find love?

Of course they can!

Stephanie has a twisted mind and tortures our agents accordingly. They deserve all the smut they can get after this.

Flea Market Economy by Punk Maneuverability

11,000 Words

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She gets the feeling this is Mulder's fault, because these things usually are.

!There's a dubcon warning on this one despite their relationship not being consummated.  It's labelled as "comedic genderswap", if that helps.

This is stuck!fic of a totally different kind, but Punk Maneuverability's specialty is writing fics that are difficult to categorise. This is an awkward but fun Mulder/Scully bodyswap trope story.

Verlassen Series by TexxasRose

67,000 Words

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Verlassen: The knowledge Mulder receives from an informant is more dangerous than ever before. How much will he sacrifice to guarantee Scully's safety?

Guarded Secrets: It’s been two months since Mulder’s return from Verlassen, and he is almost fully recovered. Just as things seem to be working out for the happy couple, danger strikes again from unexpected sources.

Once again, TexxasRose brings on the Muldertorture, then she ups the stakes when things are starting to go well and tortures them both. There's a little actual torture involved as well as the beginnings of sexual assault, but nothing too graphic. Mulder gets a kitten, so that should make up for the unsavoury events. 😉

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.

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.  😉

Shadow Series by TexxasRose

82,000 Words

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Somebody loves Mulder a little too much...

All hail, TexxasRose, Queen of Muldertorture!

I'm surprised that it's taken me 2 years to post some TexxasRose fics, as she was quite prolific in her writing, although she had numerous name changes at the time in an effort to avoid her own personal stalker.  She was also a long time keeper of Mulder in Jeopardy.

This stalker series focuses on Mulder this time, and has lots of twists and turns for your enjoyment.

Seisdeadh by IndigoMuse

79,000 Words

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Scully's getting stalked, and when she disappears, Mulder finds their relationship under suspicion, whilst he searches for her. Meanwhile, she's not inclined to just sit back and wait to be rescued.

This is a fic I came across whilst I was searching for another story, and I'm very glad I did.  I usually avoid established relationship fics because I like a bit of excitement, IYKWIM, but there's no lack of that with this pair, despite them being together almost 2 years at the time this is set.

There's the angst of Mulder and Scully both being in danger, then more angst when nobody would believe Scully had been kidnapped, thanks to some bruising left by Mulder. 😉 After Mulder is sidelined by the bureau, our agents have to each rely on their wits to get back to each other.  A++++

Nightscape by Kristel St Johns

60,000 Words

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This story is an unofficial sequel to Anne Haynes' 12 Degrees of Separation but can be read on it's own. Our duo are married and getting on with their lives together when the unexpected happens.

!Content warning for reproductive issues

This one's Kristel's first fanfic.  I'm not a massive fan of M/S Married stories, but there's nothing mundane about this. Kristel keeps the angst all the way up throughout.  Be prepared to have your heart strings vigorously tugged on.

Magic Shell Stories by the Sister Spooky Gang

34,000 Words

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Magic Shell: Brick Wall by Jacquie LaVa - wherein it is discovered just how much Mulder likes giving Scully history lessons...

Magic Shell: Motel Room by Tess - Scully takes control

Magic Shell: The Woman Who Knows Everything by Xenith - Scully feels bad about hurting Mulder in the throes of passion and decides to make it up to him.

Magic Shell: At the Races by Foxsong - M & S are investigating a missing racehorse, and the tackroom seems to be full of interesting clues.

Magic Shell 5: Caroling by Wylfcynne - FTF Missing scene - the summary would be longer than the story

Magic Shell 6: At the Movies by Ravenwald - M&S watch one of the movies that aren't Mulder's.

Magic Shell: Breakfast by RoseMN - Mulder brings Scully breakfast.

Magic Shell: Rest Stop by Sue Ann - A difficult drive.

Magic Shell 11: Oral Hygiene by Ravenwald - Mulder accidentally cc'd an email.

Magic Shell 15: By Touch by Wylfcynne - Smut, luridfic, whatever you want to call it. Playing with toys.

NOTE: These last 3 stories in the anthology are Mulder/Scully/Krycek threesomes

Magic Shell: Snack by Evielouise - An M/S/K continuation of the first story - "Brick Wall"

Magic Shell 10: Ice Cream Sandwich by Wylfecynne - an M/S/K sequel to Snack

Magic Shell 14: Alien Technology by Ravenwald - an M/S/K sequel to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Magic Shell series is so bad it's good. It's shameless PWP, most of it written as a distraction by Sister Spooky list members whilst awaiting season 8.

I've tried to group stories together where they're connected, but I may have lost track somewhere in there.  I did however move the three M/S/K stories to the end to save MSR purists from having to close their eyes and scroll through them.  (There are links in the ePub & PDF versions.) There's more of an explanation at the beginning of the file.

Personally, I don't mind the very infrequent M/S/K fic as a total escape from reality, and I can understand why Krycek would want to join in. 😀

I hope you enjoy this PWP distraction.  I figured there was enough angst in the world right now and hope this helps.  Regular programming will resume shortly.

 

Desideratum by Rachel Anton & Larua Blaurosen

108,000 Words

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How far is too far to go in the name of love?

Desideratum I: Lost   Desideratum II: Found   Desideratum II: After

Some more Scully Torture. This one can get rough at times, and there are a couple of awkward Mulder moments, but I think it's worth it for the climax 😉  Desideratum III felt a little OOC for my liking, but it's pretty much just smut so it doesn't matter too much.

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:

Trigger Stories by PhileyX

40,000 Words

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Fox: Ever wonder why Mulder finally kissed Scully on New Year’s Eve? Here’s my theory…….

Mulder: So Mulder managed to resist Scully. Will she be able to resist him?

Toady: Agent Archie Travis goes on the mission to find out what Agent Scully left behind in Agent Mulder’s apartment. This story was initially set after "Fox" but written after "Mulder" so it includes details revealed in "Mulder". It's been shifted accordingly.

Even: Whoops, just a slip of the tongue...

Kiss: How far would Mulder go to know what happened? Mulder is desperate to know about what happened when he was in the mercy of his partner. How far would he go to find out? Meanwhile, Scully plays a mean joke on him and Archie finds the woman of his dreams

 

Mulder and Scully are faced with the extremely tough challenge of resisting each other's advances.  It's another one that's only PG (I don't know what's wrong with me), but there's plenty of fighting of urges.  It gets a little silly at times, but it's all in fun.

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

Simple Gifts by Livasnaps

59,000 Words

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A week apart following the events of Millennium gives Mulder and Scully a lot of time to think. They come to the decision that a late Christmas is MUCH better than none at all.

This one's a bit of a rollercoaster ride of emotions for Scully as she spends Christmas with her family before returning for Millennium.  It does slip into mild sappiness at the end, although it might have just been that I was getting impatient  waiting for the good bits 😉 but there are plenty of feel good moments along the way.

12 Tales of Christmas by Anne Haynes

28,000 Words

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas...

A post-ep for "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" that continues on through the start of Season 6.

Note: This series isn't related to the other "12" series by Anne Haynes.

Sorry I've been derelict in my uploading duties again, but unfortunately it's par for the course when battling chronic illness. I did really want to get some Christmas fics up so I'm pushing myself to get some holiday joy to you, and hoping that it gets me back on track.   I apologise to those lovely people who've contacted me and I haven't gotten back to you. I'll get there.

This story starts as a relationship story, post HTGSC, but morphs into so much more as Mulder and Scully navigate their way through early Season 6.

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season.

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.

March by Blue Samutra

50,000 words

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Six Hours in New York is included as a prologue.

Set post-Tithonus, before Two Fathers. A routine murder investigation in Chicago where not everything is as it seems.

Blue Samutra is a fabulous author who also made great dustjackets, so she's a particular favourite of mine. 😉

This is a compelling story with a slightly fragile Scully and protective Mulder sent to Chicago after a rather grisly murder by AD Cassidy, much to AD Kersh's disdain, to lure out a serial killer.

While they're not exactly working undercover, they do have to stake out a nightclub and dress the part, so I've added the undercover tag for the little dress-up scenario which has Mulder quite enraptured. 🙂

Six Hours in New York is an achingly beautiful Maggie Scully perspective of Mulder's arrival at the hospital in NY that really sets the scene of where our agents are at in their personal relationship (0bviously One Son hasn't happened yet though).