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Arizona Highways
By Fialka (fialka62@yahoo.com)
Visions of Melissa lead Our Heroes on a case confirming the existence of a series of Emilys. But does Melissa really have a message, or is it all in Scully's head?
(X-File, M/S, Angst ** NC-17 ** 740K)
Tooms's Rec: With adventure, angst, romance, and exquisite writing, this novel is so much more than just a returning character fic. However, John Kresge does play a key part in the story, and Fialka does a marvelous job in fleshing out his character, making him as real and three-dimensional as Mulder and Scully.
Simple Gifts
By J. T. Filipek (aka Livasnaps) (jtfilipek@yahoo.com)
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.
(MSR ** PG-13 ** 327K)
Melissa's Rec: This terrific novel is about so many things, important things like family, love, and Christmas, all nestled into a season seven holiday homecoming of sorts. This one will have you smiling.
A Plan Well Made
By Flynn (flyn121@yahoo.com)
No summary
(MSR, mild MT ** PG ** 28K)
Melissa's Rec: This story is a UST-filled treat, featuring a sensitive, well-written Mulder and his plans for Dana's birthday.
Christmas Eve 2003, 4:20 p.m.
By Forte (Bjm1352@aol.com or Forte1354@aol.com)
You're allowed to have help when you need it.
(VA ** PG ** 14K)
Maurice and Lyda's Rec: It's a Christmas story with a kind, caring Doggett and a sort of deceitful yet sweet twist. What's not to love?!
Just Desserts
By Forte (Bjm1352@aol.com)
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
(SRH, MSR PWP ** NC-17 ** 21K)
Langly's Rec: This is perhaps not the most believable story recommended this month, but it's a fun, sexy PWP in the classic "smutbiscuit" style. It's hard to believe it's the author's first NC-17 attempt.
Best Lies
By Julie Fortune (juliefortune@comcast.net)
No summary
(No classifications ** Not rated ** 61K)
Exley's Rec: This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time. Mulder finds himself suddenly dealing with a caught killer from his past, and the implications of that are stunning in their depth, clarity, and emotion. The tension builds to great heights, and watch out for the ending. Beautiful, beautiful story.
Devil's Claws
By Foxhunt2blue (foxhunter2blue@yahoo.com or Kitsunegari2001@aol.com)
Temptation is different for each man, for each woman. In time we may wonder if it were the guidance of fate or the devil that led us down our chosen path.
(Scully angst, M/S UST ** PG-13 ** 4K)
Tooms's Rec: Scully muses about religion, temptation, and choice in this sharp, introspective "all things" story.
Abstract Love
By fran58 (fran58@fran58.net)
"No, no joke, son," he said. The man's eyes held a trace of amusement. "You don't believe me, do you?"
(V ** G ** 23K)
Samantha's Rec: This story takes my brother and Scully on an interesting little journey that they didn't plan but may come to enjoy. This story also takes me back to the good old days of eating pastries and cookies fresh from the bakery.
Entry Wounds
By frey_at_last (frey_at_last@livejournal.com)
No summary
(No classifications ** G ** 2K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: Mulder and Scully have a completely bizarre way of dealing with each other, and this story hits it just right. Of course Mulder remembers this anniversary, and of course he has the perfect truth hidden in innuendo at the end.
Homecoming
By frey_at_last (frey_at_last@livejournal.com)
No summary
(S, V, MSR ** PG ** 7K)
Deep Throat's Rec: Scully's point of view perfectly suits this gentle, utterly gorgeous story that's about Mulder and Scully spending some time purposely together as their deepening relationship comes to surface. The only bad thing about this story is that it ends.
Fight or Flight
By frogdoggie (frogdoggie@hotmail.com)
In the end which will we choose - fight or flight?
(VRA, MSR, M/SC/SK friendship, SK/Sharon ** NC-17 ** 7K)
Ahab's Rec: An intriguing AU what-if of sorts that's a companion to frogdoggie's Time and Tide, this story subtly yet strongly builds intrigue, safety, romance, and despair all at once.
Staking It Out
By frogdoggie (frogdoggie@hotmail.com)
Mulder and Skinner are stuck on a Halloween stake-out together.
(SRA ** R ** 31K)
The Great Pumpkin's Rec: This story is worth reading for Skinner's description of his childhood Halloween costume alone. But you may also be happily surprised at Mulder and Skinner's conversations, particularly at how Mulder adeptly tries to see and find the human side of Skinner.
At Home in the Garden of the Gods
By Frohike (frohike51@aol.com)
No summary
(No classifications ** G ** 6K)
Roche's Rec: Scully is usually quiet about what she thinks and feels inside, so it is always a treat to find out more about her. Frohike writes a very charming, slightly bittersweet tale that finds Scully taking Mulder to a special place and sharing something more special with him, as well as with someone else.


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404
By ga (garrull@yahoo.com)
Immunity seemed like such a good idea at the time.
(AU, Post-col, MSR ** NC-17 ** 15K)
CSM's Rec: ga's story is suitably dark and angsty, like most post-col tales, but there's also a streak of black humor throughout that makes for a very entertaining read.
Kevin
By Justin Glasser (Julan777@aol.com)
Scully gets a message from Kevin Cryder asking for her help.
(X/UST ** R ** 128K)
Tooms's Rec: The mystery in this story builds slowly, but at the same time the pace is frantic and tense thanks to Justin's excellent writing and his characterization, especially the dynamics of Mulder and Scully's relationship and Scully's compassion, faith, and dedication. Scully and Mulder are both significantly emotionally affected by Kevin's return to their lives, and how they deal with these new revelations is a bittersweet treat to read.
Dreams Are Answers
By Jaime Greco (jgreco217@aol.com)
Mulder is wounded and unconscious as a vision of Scully attempts to rescue him. (It's kind of odd, I'll admit it. But, it'll make sense while you're reading.) Meanwhile, a young girl looks to Mulder for help, despite his condition.
(UST, MSR ** PG ** 40K)
Roche's Rec: The dialogue is exquisite in this sometimes thrilling, sometimes sweet, and sometimes humorous story. Mulder's and Scully's quirks and emotions are perfectly and charmingly realized, and the young original character plays off them and becomes endearing herself.
Moonlight Becomes You
By Jamie Greco (JGreco217@aol.com)
Mulder and Scully investigate a house along the coast of Michigan where a number of men have disappeared over the last fifty years without a trace of foul play.
(X, A ** PG-13 ** 71K)
Deep Throat's Rec: This story is a straight-up spooky, cool casefile with touches of sweet romance and friendship between Mulder and Scully. Scully is particularly good here, taking charge and tending to a sort of sick Mulder at his believer best.
What Partnership is About
By Anna Greenway (a_greenway1318@yahoo.com.au)
A post episode story for En Ami. Mulder and Scully play Monopoly.
(UST ** PG ** 13K)
CSM's Rec: Mulder and Scully sort through trust and partnership issues through an unlikely source after my trip to the country with Agent Scully in this metaphor-laden story.
Patient
By Gwendolyn
Scully is a Prisoner of War, a woman without a past or a future, until an old friend arrives.
(S, A, Post-Colonization, MSR (Implied) ** PG-13 ** 28K)
CSM's Rec: Gwendolyn writes a perfect Scully not because she's like the Scully on TV but because she's not. She's changed in this colonized world, but it's undeniably Scully, a tested, lost, changed Scully, and her words sent shivers down my spine from start to finish.
Temporary Shelter
By Gwendolyn
Mulder and Scully recoup after the events of Biogenesis and learn something from history about repeating mistakes.
(SRA ** R ** 74K)
Boggs's Rec: Gwendolyn writes superb dialogue and a fascinating, complicated take on Mulder and Scully's relationship to go along with a fantastic follow-up to "Biogenesis." This story is truly divine.
Hypothetical
By Gwinne (gwinne@yahoo.com)
"William" Post-ep
(Angst-O-Rama ** Not Rated ** 9K)
Samantha's Rec: A touching look at Scully's last hours with William, interspersed with memories of her long road to motherhood.
Seasonal X-Odes
By G-Woman
Somewhat abstract poems/little ditties designed to incorporate various episode titles and simultaneously attempt to encapsulate the overall sensibility of the season in question.
(No classifications ** Not rated ** 2K)
Byers's Rec: G-Woman ingeniously sums up each of the first five seasons using not much more than episode titles. It's amazing that it all makes sense, not to mention actually summarize events of the seasons!


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Out of Time
By Steven Han
Scully is shot and killed by terrorists and Mulder jumps back and forth in time, trying desperately to both save her and stop his sister's abduction.
(T ** PG ** 89K)
Maurice and Lyda's Rec: Very early X-Files fanfic stories can be interesting to read because the characterizations of Mulder and Scully are simpler and softer in a way, with Mulder and Scully not yet having gone through the wringer many, many times. So, get yourself in a very early season two mindset and enjoy this time travel tale that wraps political conspiracy into Mulder's personal quest.
Chantilly Lace
By Corinne Hansen (hansenc@internetx.net)
A haunting and recurring nightmare of Mulder's death causes Scully to think she's losing her mind.
(MSR, S, R, A--Scully POV ** R ** 39K)
Langly's Rec: In my experience, music is usually great fun and a great comfort, even when one particular song gets stuck in my head because only songs that rock get stuck in my head. Scully, however, is tormented by a song running through her head in this unique, astute story of suspense, intrigue, and desire.
The Vardoger
By Corinne Hansen
"I'm inclined to think we are all ghosts--every one of us." ---Henrik Ibsen
(S, A, MSR, Horror ** R ** 18K)
Deep Throat's Rec: Scully had her share of spooky experiences on the show, and this story continues that trend to hair-raising effect. A very cool story that feels like it could've happened.
Out of Our Minds
By Sarah Segretti (mrsblome@yahoo.com) and haphazard method (haphmeth@yahoo.com)
Two very private people suffer through the ultimate invasion of privacy: Mulder's new and unwanted sixth sense.
(Story, Angst ** PG-13 ** 72K)
Boggs's Rec: This story is an excellent reason why post-episode fic should exist (in this case, for "Biogenesis"). The authors take a fascinating part of the show's story, Mulder's mind reading capability, and run with it to create a fantastically angsty and emotional story that perfectly fits in with the X-Files universe it's so terrifically characterized and wonderfully plotted.
Bonsai
By Lydia Harkness (magenta1013@prodigy.net)
Scully point-of-view as she deals with another birthday.
(S ** PG ** 16K)
The Jersey Devil's Rec: Scully's not having the greatest birthday in this story and isn't very happy with the present from her mother, but her melancholy is our enjoyment. The interaction between Mulder and Scully is particularly good here with Scully's annoyance blinding her to Mulder's understanding of her. (You may also want to read the sequel to this story, also recommended in this update, Great Wall.)
Great Wall
By Lydia Harkness (magenta1013@prodigy.net)
Mulder makes good on his promised birthday gift to Scully.
(S ** PG-13 ** 29K)
The Jersey Devil's Rec: A sequel to Bonsai (also recommended by me in this update), it's Mulder's time to ruminate on Scully's birthday. He's an amusing mix of clumsy, clueless, and adorable, which is what makes this story fun to read.
This Night
By Leyla Harrison
The aftermath of the end is only the beginning.
(VA, MSR ** NC-17 ** 24K)
Roche's Rec: Leyla's stories are always full of terrific, emotional passion, but this one has extra resonance following "The End." After a matching pair of dreams, Mulder and Scully wake up to the night and to each other.
Analysis
By Frances Hartman (fhartman1@rcn.com)
Mulder is distressed to discover that once the truth got out there, all he wanted to do was run like hell.
(Angst, MSR ** PG ** 56K)
Max's Rec: Mulder comes to an important realization about his relationship with Scully in this angsty and perceptive story.
Waves
By Jade Hawthorne (jade_hawthorne@yahoo.com)
She's almost forgotten the way the feel of liquid against her skin can bring her to life.
(MSR, UST ** PG ** 8K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: I love stories that use the idea of the sea being very meaningful to Scully. Jade takes that idea and blends it with great imagery, careful dialogue, and crackling UST to create a fabulous tale of realization, love, and understanding.
The Better Judgment
By David Hearne (ottercrk@sover.net)
No summary
(No classifications ** PG ** 6K)
Queequeg's Rec: Scully ponders religion and judgment in reaction to her run-in with snakes in this short, insightful "Signs & Wonders" post-ep.
Tower of Song
By David Hearne (ottercrk@sover.net)
A sequel to "Misunderstood." Mulder and Scully are old folks now. He takes Scully, her daughter and her granddaughter to the zoo.
(S ** PG ** 12K)
Langly's Rec: Mulder and Scully spend time together years in the future and share a trip to the zoo, plenty of delightful and playful yet serious dialog, and a song accompanied by a healthy heaping of exquisite pure love and respect. Although a sequel, I think this story can stand on its own.
Spontaneity
By homemade_sign (soulbreaking@gmail.com)
No summary
(Mulder/Scully ** PG ** 2K)
Boggs's Rec: Only 216 words, but this story makes me laugh and swoon every time because Mulder and Scully are just so perfectly obtuse and sweet.
Two Such Men
By Horatio (Horatio1013@aol.com)
Doggett makes one last stop before leaving New Mexico.
(V, A, Post-ep, MSR, M/S/D friendship ** PG ** 21K)
Samantha's Rec: Horatio gives John Doggett a chance to say goodbye to Fox and Scully and gives readers some evocative details and wonderful insights into his heart and mind.
Above Rubies
By Rachel Howard (greatfuldane@yahoo.com)
Biological weapons, ghosts, sex, guns, bad guys galore, Mulder, Scully, Skinner, and a partridge in a pear tree.
(XRA ** NC-17 ** 335K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: What doesn't this story have going for it? The casefile is developed and action-packed, the romance begins with the enjoyable premise that Mulder and Scully are on the same page but just don't know it and have a hard time figuring it out, the pace is always brisk, a carnival is very important, and it all makes for a terrific story.
Antidote
By Rachel Howard (greatfuldane@yahoo.com) and Karen Rasch (kmrasch@hotmail.com)
Strange doings in a tiny western town bring Mulder and Scully out to investigate. Once there, they uncover a deadly experiment that may cost both of them their lives.
(XRA ** NC-17 ** 412K)
The Jersey Devil's Rec: There isn't much that this story doesn't have going for it: high adventure, surprising twists, dastardly deeds, and tantalizing romance. It has all that plus marvelous writing. You cannot lose with this one!
Ask About the Weather
By Rachel Howard (greatfuldane@yahoo.com)
Post-colonization, MS
(V ** PG ** 17K)
CSM's Rec: I appreciate the way that Rachel packs a lot of information and insinuations in such a small package. Plus, there's baseball nostalgia and Scully in that annoying, compassionate take no prisoners mode of hers.
Exley's Rec: Another ghost recommended this story once before, but it's so different from all the other sports stories I'm recommending and such a very chilling and oddly romantic tale that it's showing up here again.
Colorblind, Parts 1, 2, and 3
By Humbuggie (san@sv-tales.com)
Scully is badly hurt during a stakeout turned disaster. Mulder retreats within himself, trying to cope with the drama as he frantically looks for her attacker.
(MSR, MT, Lots of Angst, ST, and Skinner-friendship ** Not rated ** 80K)
CSM's Rec: If you quickly develop a heavy, anxious, angsty lump in your stomach while reading this story, don't say I didn't warn you. Humbuggie writes an emotionally tortured Mulder with such great ease and detail that you can't help but feel his pain and determination and be enthralled.
Backlash
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
After a year on the run, a series of bombings mean that everyone agrees that it's time for Mulder and Scully to stop running.
(X A ** R ** 339K)
The Great Pumpkins's Rec: A wonderful post "The Truth" tale in which Mulder's mental state over seeing ghosts is an interesting complication and aid. The depth of Mulder and Scully's trust and respect is also used to great effect. The story creates heart-pounding nervousness and anticipation, and you'll want to keep reading to know how the pieces will all fit together.
History Lessons
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
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.
(XA ** R ** 85K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Mulder beating himself up about his decisions and Scully struggling to reign him in is always a tense and fascinating scenario but is one that's difficult to believably write. Joann as always does a fantastic job and you can really feel both Mulder's and Scully's pains. Watch out for surprising twists!
Insight - Past Tense
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
Suppose Scully had arrived at the hospital two minutes later in Folie a Deux.
(X A ** R ** 31K)
Boggs's Rec: This story follows Insight, Insight II - Dark Fire, and Insight III: WakeUp Call with a dazzling look at a critical event that takes place before these three stories but that thoroughly permeates them all. It's a fascinating look at Mulder's confusion, fears, hurt, and isolation that simply pulses with drama and pain. Once you start reading, you can't turn away!
Insight III - WakeUp Call
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
Suppose Scully arrived at the hospital two minutes later in Folie a Deux. Two years on, Scully has returned to the X-Files. Mulder is running the ISU. Alex Krycek is hired to find out why. Sometimes being the good guys isn't easy.
(X, A ** R ** 60K)
Byers's Rec: I'm going to have to have a stern talk with the other ghosts about how they managed to not mention the first two stories in this gripping, wonderful series, Insight and Insight II - Dark Fire. Joann's writing is always very precise and succinct, yet it does not skimp on detail or emotion, and this story is no exception. Absolutely riveting.
Insight 4 - Shutdown
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
A research lab is housing terrible secrets. Mulder has the key to the door.
(X A ** R ** 60K)
Max's Rec: The thrilling action and psychological play builds in this continuation of Joann's fantastic Insight Series. Many familiar characters show up to very surprising effect in this story, but it's still Mulder who steals the show with his intense drive, conflicting emotions, dry wit, and wonder boy smarts.
Insight 5 - Overload
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
Trapped by a serial killer, Mulder's paying the price for his gift.
(X A ** R ** 59K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: Joann's Mulder is always deliciously rough and conflicted, and this story brings that in spades, along with an interesting and surprisingly personal casefile. This story is last in the Insight series and it's probably best if you read the other ones first. You can find the series here.
Lammtarra
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net), Luvmulder (Luvmulder@aol.com), and Anonymous (Ruefrex@aol.com)
Mulder spirals down into darkness when he begins to believe that an old ISU friend of his, who had apparently committed suicide, was really murdered by a dastardly elusive killer.
(XA ** PG-13 ** 462K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: There's not much better than a deep, haunting, angsty Mulder as profiler story, and this is one of the very best you'll ever find. Go, read, be awed!
Past Imperfect
By Joann Humby (jhumby@lineone.net)
The FBI wants Mulder to find out what went wrong with Bill Patterson, Bill is keen to talk, but why? Mulder and Scully consider the people who walk into the abyss and the people who they drag down with them.
(X, A ** R ** 366K)
Tooms's Rec: Joann presents Agent Mulder as a profiler in exquisite detail and with heartbreaking angst, strength, sadness, and tension. Mulder's relationship with Agent Scully adds a layer of depth and feeling to this story.


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The Unicorn, Tamed - Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12,
By Imajiru
What if... Mulder was a virgin?
(Story, MSR ** NC-17 ** 259K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: One of the first (if not the first) stories in the "What if [a character] was a virgin?" genre that's enticing in X-Files fic because it's definitely filling in blanks that would never even be discussed on the show. Written with an exciting pace and full of romance, this story is a shippers dream!
Heart Burn
By Invisigoth (Invisigoth4@lycos.com)
Foot rubs, chocolate, stuffed aliens, kisses...making do on Valentine's Day.
(SRA ** R ** 10K)
Queequeg's Rec: Oh for the love of UST. Invisigoth gives Mulder and Scully the Valentine's Day that would have been sweet to see and the one that you may hope they really had.
Puzzle Pieces
By Invisigoth (Invisigoth4@lycos.com)
Scully and Mulder work on a puzzle, among other things
(SRA ** R ** 30K)
Melissa's Rec: This story tracks Mulder and my sister through part of season six during which time a big alien puzzle isn't the only thing in their lives where all the pieces are finally coming together. With lyrical prose, playful yet serious dialog, and particularly fitting and quirky descriptions of the partners through each other's eyes, Puzzle Pieces is a lovely, funny, touching tale.


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