Work for It
Sara B. 07/06
indulging in a few minutes of down time; not that he ever really had any, and this was no exception. It hardly seemed possible that a month ago Mulder and Scully got back their X-Files. Yes THEIR X-Files.
He was sure
he’d have gotten a call from Mulder two days later insisting that he sign some ambiguous 302 granting them permission
to run off to who knows where. It hasn’t happened and that had him worried;
extremely worried. He’d assigned them that case in California hoping
it would get them back to the old Mulder and Scully. They infuriated him continually
but he didn’t want them any other way.
watched those two run the gauntlet since before the division had been assigned to him.
No matter what the obstacle they ended the race together. When they were
down they sought solace from each other. They complemented each other and fed
off one another; one gathering strength from the other.
they should be celebrating their reassignment and officially being partnered again, they were further apart than he’d
ever seen them.
He knew that
neither was aware of the vibes they were sending off. Just this morning they
walked out of the cafeteria while he was sitting with A.D.s Benton and Jergins and Benton commented, ‘looks light there’s
trouble in Spookyville.’ He’d been startled but he shouldn’t
have been. It was pretty obvious.
you saw the two of them they impressed with how in tune they were. They walked
in sync, not an easy task considering the difference in their natural strides. But
Scully sped up and Mulder lessened his stride; they compromised. Today their
strides were mismatched and jerky. Also there was something missing from their
body language. When they stood near one another there was the impression that
Mulder blanketed Scully. Not that they touched but you knew that to get to her
you had to go through him. On the other side Scully bolstered Mulder. Mulder was known as someone who leaped before he thought about it; Scully was the reason. He knew that she would be there to provide the soft landing he needed no matter what trouble he got himself
into. Mulder lassoed clouds and Scully kept him from floating away.
It was that
ease and togetherness that both impressed and repelled those around them and it was the reason they pissed so many people
off. It didn’t hurt that they were right more often than not and they didn’t
make excuses for it nor did they suffer false modesty.
he’d seen today was nothing like the Mulder/Scully he knew. It had been
two weeks and they still had not resolved whatever it was that had eroded their partnership.
Something had to be done, but he didn’t quite know what it was.
his office, only telling his assistant he was going to clear his head and to reschedule his afternoon because he wasn’t
sure how long he’d be.
He made his
way to the basement in a record two hours and fifteen minutes. He knew where
his destination was all the time but he needed to take the most circuitous route he could.
He didn’t want the rumor mill to be overrun with stories of how the boss came down to the basement and they were
in trouble again. So he took the scenic tour of the building. He even stopped at the shooting range for a while.
in the doorway for a moment watching them sorting and filing until Scully noticed him.
we help you, sir?” She asked in a tone dripping with caution and question. It wasn’t often anyone, let alone the A.D., found their way to this office.
Agent Scully; I was just out clearing my head and found my way here. I really
should check in with Kim I’ve been gone a while.” He made a show
of checking his watch. “Over two hours.” He moved toward the phone but he didn’t miss the look between the partners. At least they were together on that.
his call he could tell they expected him to leave; he sat on Mulder’s desk instead.
“Still getting the office in order?”
yes, sir.” Mulder answered warily.
mind me, carry on.” The duo exchanged another look but they did resume
what they’d been doing. “Mind if I have a cup of coffee?”
ahead,” Mulder responded absentmindedly.
at him shook her head and thanked him. While Mulder didn’t respond at all,
his head was buried in a file.
rang and Scully answered it. “Scully,” her face clouded over. “It’s for you, Agent Fowley.”
Mulder reached for the receiver but instead of handing it to him she placed it on the table and walked out. Skinner couldn’t help but hear Mulder’s exasperated sigh.
call was short and Skinner could tell it had been abbreviated but he wasn’t sure if it was because of his presence or
Scully’s annoyance. What he wasn’t sure of was why. Did Mulder cut it short because of him or Scully’s reaction?
What he did know was that Agent Diana Fowley was somehow involved in the discord between his two favorite agents. Now he knew how to proceed.
is Agent Fowley calling the X-Files? She’s been reassigned?” Skinner asked in way not to raise suspicion in Agent Paranoid. “It wasn’t like she was that active when she was in charge of the division.” That got Mulder’s attention. So he didn’t know
how little had been accomplished during Fowley and Spender’s reign.
what I’ve been trying to figure out.” Scully had returned and she
wore a tight look tinged with smugness that confirmed Skinner’s concern about Diana Fowley’s involvement.
that the records show they didn’t file any reports and it doesn’t appear that they did many investigations.”
the anger building in Mulder and he was sure if he wasn’t here Mulder would be all over Scully for that statement.
that was the point? Maybe Scully felt she could finally say something because
he was there to support her comments.
right. In all those months they filed one report; just after they took over the
division. That reactor incident out in Arizona; it made you out as the complete
casually as he poured himself another coffee. “Not just that, they found
ways not to investigate the cases I assigned them. I called them on it just a
few days before that whole El Rico incident.” He quickly glanced at Mulder;
he looked like someone kicked his puppy. Mulder raised sad eyes to Scully but
she stood unyielding and defiant.
that coffee has been sitting there since this morning. How about I take you to
Dave’s down the block and buy you a real coffee?” Scully’s
offer clearly was not meant to include Mulder.
doors closed and Scully turned to Skinner. “Thank you, sir. He wouldn’t listen to me before, maybe now he might start thinking about the situation.”
no idea what you are thanking me for, Agent Scully. I was just commenting on
how inefficient the X-Files division has been for the better part of a year.” She graced
him with a small, knowing smile.
Skinner nodded. “Oh, and Scully, don’t let him off the hook too easily. Don’t play the old forgive and forget. Make him earn
your forgiveness and your trust. Knowing Mulder, he deserves nothing less.”
She gave him
a shocked look just as the elevator doors opened, revealing Fox Mulder waiting for them.
coffee sounded good so I decided to join you.” Mulder’s hand met
the small of Scully’s back but she immediately pulled away.
for it, Mulder, work for her trust, it’s about time that you had to.” Skinner
said before he made his excuses not to accompany them.