May 20, 2004
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Not everybody from Mulder's past was as fortunate as me, getting to make an X-Files appearance on TV. Some people may not have liked me being there, but you have to admit that I always made things interesting! That's also true for all the people from Mulder's past, friends and foes alike, who were never on the show but who in these classic stories are all shown to have been important people in Mulder's past and again when they return to his present in some crucial way. But that's not all you'll find in this update. There's also a fantastic batch of new stories including post-eps, post-cols, and everything in between. Read, send feedback, wish you could've been on the show and in Mulder's dreams like me, and enjoy!

New Stories
Beat the Clock
By Char Chaffin (char@chaffin.com)
There's always a clock, ticking life away
(MSR, R, Vignette ** Not rated ** 11K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Char beautifully captures the angst of the cancer arc in this lovely story of longing, hope, and lost time.
Her Days, Dipped as if in Karo Syrup
By David Stoddard-Hunt (dmstoddardhunt@yahoo.com)
Pre-partum depression.
(S, A, R ** PG ** 24K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Scully mourns losing Mulder and anticipates having a child in a detached, almost scientific way in this story, and it seems so very Scully and feels just right in a sad, sad way for this particular time in her life.
the lost art of keeping a secret
By queenofalostart (queenofalostart@livejournal.com)
No summary
(post-colonization, angsty-ahoy, mulder pov, au ** R ** 60K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Mulder is awesome in this gritty post-col story. All the characters are terrifically written, but Mulder is particularly magnetic with a mix of intense anger, drive, and sadness.
Melioration
By Oracle (apollostemple@yahoo.com)
A late autumn bloom.
(VRA ** PG-13 ** 7K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: This story is written as a series of distinct scene snapshots set during and after "Redux II," but it reads like one smooth perfect tale and it washes right over you like a nice warm stream. Gorgeous, gorgeous words and emotion.
The Ninth Plague
By cgb (luberluber@yahoo.com.au)
"Whatever happens in the future they will forever have the weight of this between them." Set pre-"William" and post-"Release."
(D/R, X, D, R, S ** R ** 111K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: I truly enjoyed every aspect of this fascinating casefile and burgeoning love story. The writing style and tone are pitch perfect, Doggett and Reyes are both at their charming, confused, and intelligent best, and the investigative and romantic aspects of the story are both fully fleshed out yet neither overwhelms the other. Terrific!
Nothing Apart
By Dyann Zimmerman (philer@onemain.com)
What happened after the events in 'Orison'.
(Post episode (Orison), MSR, RST ** R/NC-17 ** 97K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: How Mulder and Scully each deal with the professional aftermath of "Orison" is just as important in this story as how they deal with the personal, emotional fallout. Dyann does a good job balancing these two oftentimes clashing interests and writes a very engaging, angsty, and tender tale.
Outside/Inside
By Oracle (apollostemple@yahoo.com)
The way you appear vs. The way you are
(XRA ** R ** 38K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Stories where Mulder or Scully is involved with another person only to discover their true feelings for the other are a sort of cliche, but this one is a little different. In addition to Oracle's smart, clean writing style and terrific dialogue, you'll find that the "Other" in this story isn't there so much for affection or jealousy as for tipping partnership up to and possibly over the brink.
Playground
By shawntaw (shawntaw@hotmail.com)
With Mulder she can fly.
(No classifications ** G ** 11K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Mulder is too sweet for words in this story that's a little bit sad but that's even more delightful.
Snow Blindness
By Annie Sewell-Jennings (anniesj@comcast.net)
No summary
(Mulder/Scully ** R ** 12K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: How wonderful to have a new X-Files story by Annie! This post-colonization story is packed with emotion, angst, and romance that blasts out in practically every sentence. And the ending is so, so perfect.
Spooky Action Bonus Fun Hour
By Punk Maneuverability (punkm@teleport.com)
I'm Fox Mulder, and I'm from the future.
(S, H ** PG ** 8K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: This story is weird, twisted, confusing, funny, and fabulous. I can't say anything else about it - you just need to read it and marvel at Punk's terrific imagination and style.
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.


Classic Stories
Blood Oranges
By Syntax6 (syn_tax6@yahoo.com)
The latest victim in a series of brutal murders has a surprising connection to Mulder, but it's Scully who has the connection to the killer. Their relationship might not survive either one.
(SRA ** NC-17 ** 282K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Terrific characterization, a truly creepy X-File plot, captivating romance, and excellent writing are hard to find on their own and even more difficult to find all in one story. This story has it all and is a real gem.
Blue Danube Two-Step
By KMB (drpicard@aol.com)
The Former Mrs Mulder in San Francisco
(VA, M/other-past, MSR implied ** R ** 17K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: There's something agreeably alluring and delightfully covert about this ex-wife of Mulder's that makes her existence believable and enjoyable to read about.
Falling Snow
By Snark (snark_911@yahoo.com)
Mulder, Scully and a mysterious woman from Mulder's past crash in the snowy landscape of the Colorado winter.
(SA, UST ** PG-13 ** 336K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Anything I say won't be enough. This story brings out the best of Mulder and Scully in a thoroughly charming, exciting way, and Mulder's friend from years ago is a mysterious delight. The writing style is very clean, easy, and engaging. There's achingly romantic UST. Just read this story.
The Fox and the Howned, Parts 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, and 5
By SciNut (SciNut@aol.com)
A psychotic serial killer from Mulder's past returns for vengeance.
(A, SMT ** R ** 209K (52K, 49K, 36K, 52K, 24K))
Diana Fowley's Rec: A very creepy, scary, and merciless killer Mulder once profiled with Reggie Perdue is back seeking revenge in this chilling series of stories. With good-sized doses of investigative pursuit and Mulder Torture, these stories may not be for everyone, but they're terrific at building an ominous mood and maintaining tension. It's also interesting to read about the characters in stories written so early in the run of the series because so much has changed, especially with Scully's family.
Ghostly Reminders
By Jennifer Lyon (Jenni10647@aol.com)
A series of strange deaths bring Mulder face-to-face with some very painful memories, and forces him to lay some very personal ghosts to rest.
(XA ** PG-13 ** 117K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Oooo, such a mysterious case with a dastardly backstory about Mulder's past that provides an interesting take on his lonely, tortured mind. This story's not only about the case or only about Mulder - it's impossible for your heart to do anything but ache for both Mulder and Scully, whose relationship pulses with trust, respect, care, and a deep friendship unlike any other.
Groveton
By Suzanne Bickerstaffe (ecksphile@earthlink.net) and Carol Jenner (AgntCJ@aol.com)
At the request of their friends Chris and Candy, Mulder and Scully go to Florida to investigate the overnight disappearance of a whole town. When they run into the inevitable trouble, a very unexpected ally comes to their aid.
(X, Mulder/Scully UST ** R ** 178K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: This story brings back an old friend from Mulder's past and another original character from Twister, also recommended by me in this update, though I think it can stand alone as casefile without reading that story first (although you should read it because it's good). Unexpected, strange, and alarming twists abound in this fast-paced and very cool tale that also features great characterizations of familiar characters, particularly in their dialogue.
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!
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!
Musings of an X-Wife
By Sally Bradstreet (sally.bradstreet@worldnet.att.net)
A quiet dinner leaves room for someone from Mulder's past to reflect.
(VA ** PG ** 11K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Sally presents believable analysis of Mulder's past that not only explains that ring in "Travelers" but well explains Mulder's path to the X-Files. The "X-Wife" could have been cliched or bitter, but she felt very real and very sympathetic here.
A Path of Salt
By Analise (analise@2cowherd.net)
Mulder ditches Scully yet again to help an old friend in the Park Service. But Scully has never been one to sit and wait.
(T, X, A, MSR ** R ** 213K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: Analise strikes a perfect balance between romance and adventure, devoting almost equal time to the two and weaving them together seamlessly, where one probably couldn't exist without the other. The story is about a heart-breaking quest to reunite new lovers but also about a quest for them to uncover a deadly secret in the deep, hot desert - it's a wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable combination. Plus, Mulder's old friend Kelly seems like the perfect friend for a young Mulder and one whose story means a lot to him and to the story in general.
Thunder in the Air
By Tasha Abrams (syrinx42@yahoo.com)
Released back into society, Monty Propps begins a campaign of violence against the man responsible for imprisoning him. But when they begin their investigation, a new threat arises against Mulder and Scully. Sometimes, the faceless monster isn't the only one you should fear.
(TA, slight MSR ** R ** 135K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: If you've ever wondered about Mulder's breakthrough case and you're looking for a well-characterized, tense, fast-paced, unsettling, and tightly-written casefile featuring a haunted Mulder and an almost equally haunted and driven Scully, this story's for you.
Twister
By Suzanne Bickerstaffe (ecksphile@earthlink.net) and Carol Jenner (AgntCJ@aol.com)
Mulder and Scully are drawn into investigating a lethal meteorological phenomenon (and a chilling conspiracy) by a woman from Mulder's past.
(X,S, Mulder/other (sorta), M/S UST ** PG-13/R ** 203K)
Diana Fowley's Rec: This story is a fantastic journey from start to finish. The casefile is fascinating and well-developed, the descriptions of tornadoes are detailed and scary, Candy is a terrifically interesting original character, and Mulder and Scully are both wonderfully written with respect and adult emotion. Twister has a sequel, Groveton, which is also recommended in this update.


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