Setpember 20, 2004
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I know a thing or two about fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks having performed magic at them for years before my twin brother pretended he was me after I died, and all these classic stories feature classic fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. None of these classic stories come with cotton candy, and neither do any of the equally wonderful new stories, but they're still all very, very sweet. Don't forget to feed the authors with feedback (deep frying it carnival style is optional)!

New Stories
At Sunset
By Oracle (
They meet by the cliffs, beneath the orange sunset, as the shadows fall.
(VA, post-col, character death ** PG ** 5K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: The imagery is absolutely gorgeous in this short, melancholy slice of post-colonized life.
By Oracle (
Isn't this what she's always wanted?
(VA ** PG ** 10K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: Oracle wonderfully captures the tension between Mulder and Scully evident at the end of "Never Again." Scully's voice is perfect as she muddles through her confused emotions, in how she interprets Mulder's actions, and how she eventually comes to a sort of resolution about it all.
By Xactly (
Standing in a burned out office. A time for reflection.
(V A ** R ** 15K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: There's a sort of desperation and confusion about Mulder here as he thinks about Scully and what loving her has meant and will mean. It well fits the trauma at the end of season five.
Entry Wounds
By frey_at_last (
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.
Insight 5 - Overload
By Joann Humby (
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.
By Kel ( and Michelle Kiefer (
Bermuda, 1965. Two women, two men. Two sons, one father.
(Pre-XF ** R ** 55K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: It's delightfully creepy to read about the Spenders and the Mulders on a vacation (of sorts) as if they're normal people without conspiracies to plan and dire secrets to hide.
Some By Virtue Fall
By Circe Invidiosa (
She's her mother, after all.
(Missing scenes (DeadAlive) ** PG ** 30K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: This story is Margaret Scully's, and it is a heartbreaking treasure. It's remarkably insightful about all the characters at this time of Mulder's death and Scully's pregnancy revelations, but Doggett is particularly spot-on in his own formal, confused, and supportive way.
Things Outside
By Tabula Rasa (
Mulder and Scully and their house.
(S, AU, MSR ** PG-13 ** 28K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: Tabula Rasa calls this story "AU high weirdness," which it is, in the most fantastic way possible. It's a wholly odd, implausible-feeling story but at the same time it's smart, romantic, eerie perfection.

Classic Stories
Above Rubies
By Rachel Howard (
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.
And Cupid Laughed
By JHJ Armstrong (
So much depends on a painted carousel. Post-ep for "The Goldberg Variation."
(S, R, H ** NC-17 ** 31K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: This story features Mulder and Scully at their most charming. They take a trip to an amusement park where they can forget everything spooky in their lives and simply focus on each other, and it's a gorgeous, romantic tale. Tying their feelings and experiences to the Gods makes the story even more magical and wondrous, like a perfect fairy tale.
Any Other Name
By Louise Marin
Scully must transform one Mulder into another while struggling to understand loss, love, commitment, herself, and those around her. Through his metamorphosis, and her own, she discovers that different dreamers live different dreams. Will they ever be the same again?
(XSRA, M/S UST; Quasi-MSR; Scully/Other?; Character death ** NC-17 ** 594K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: This is a fabulously inventive, endlessly angsty, devastatingly romantic, and thoroughly involving story from start to finish. It's full of marvelous twists, one of most important turning points for the characters comes at a carnival, of all places. Truly, one of the best stories fanfic has to offer.
Chasing Mulder
By Susanne Barringer (
A couple of nightmares, a lunch, and a ferris wheel.
(SR, MSR ** PG ** 49K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: Mulder and Scully do have quite a dysfunctional relationship, and it's wonderful to see them not only realize it but actually do something about it. Plus, there's cotton candy and kissing!
Every Sparrow Falling
By Alloway
Small-town America harbors a deadly secret.
(Horror X-File ** Not rated ** 60K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: This story could be an episode of the show it's that creepy and good. It's also a bit gory and strange, but that's also what makes it a great tale, along with the smarts and understated wit of Mulder and Scully.
Mediocrity's Allure
By Jill Selby (
As Scully and Mulder investigate a series of child homicides, Scully is forced to make an agonizing decision.
(XA ** Not rated ** 187K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: Jill's Scully is marvelous, everything that's great about Scully but that can also be a cause of her downfall - she's confident, strong, caring, intelligent, and determined. The story itself is fabulous too. It's interesting, tense, and well-constructed from the very beginning where it all starts for Mulder and Scully with a child taken from an amusement park.
Places: Carnival
By J. C. Sun
Come break my mirror.
(VA, M/K ** R ** 17K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: There's a perfect wrongness about this story. Mulder and Krycek are very gritty and desperate, their clandestine meeting is absurdly set at a jolly carnival, and even though it maybe shouldn't work, it does.
The Ride
By Bonetree (
Scully contemplates, yet again, her life with Mulder.
(Vignette ** PG ** 8K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: A short, sweet story with a terrific Scully voice and the sort of contemplative introspection that surely happened even if we didn't always see it on the show.
By Avalon (
Scully makes a decision to take a few risks in her personal life.
(S, MSR, a little UST and RST ** PG ** 23K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: I love this quiet slice of life set in Scully's basement as she sorts through Melissa's things. It definitely feels like something that could have happened on the show it fits so nicely into season seven. This is Scully and Mulder at their most open and enchanting.
By Anna Otto
I came of age in the city with enforced curfews and nightly shows of searchlights, in one of the worst times for the human race. I've been humiliated and lied to, I've seen treachery and cruelty, I've been loved and betrayed. And, if given a choice, I would go through it all over again.
(XRA, set post-colonization ** PG-13 ** 169K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: It's a post-colonization story, and yes, it really includes a carnival. It's about much more than that, though. Told from the point of view of someone wholly disconnected from the X-Files universe, it's unique and full of strange loyalties and interesting secret missions. Anna wrote a missing scene from this story, Hidden Passages.
By Nevdull
The stars are projectors.
(X (mytharc) ** R ** 323K)
Amazing Maleeni's Rec: The mytharc actually makes sense in this ambitious, exciting story. The tale is Mulder and Scully's, but Krycek, Marita, the Lone Gunmen, and Skinner are also all important players in the big colonization picture. Truly a marvelous, exhilarating story! (Yes, there's eventually a big to-do at an amusement park of sorts.)
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!

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