Fall of Diana Fowley
looked over to her partner’s, and until two weeks earlier her lover’s, desk.
As usual it was a mess of files and paper lightly seasoned with sunflower seed husks.
She sat at her desk in all its pristine efficiency and wondered at how different yet alike they were. Mulder was all passion and energy and she was the one who channeled him.
the clock and noted he would be there within a half hour. She hadn’t been
able to sleep so she came in extraordinarily early and, once she got there, she realized she had nothing to do but wait. They were starting a new case today and the meeting with Skinner was scheduled for
eight. It was a dangerous thing when a woman like her had time for idle thoughts.
Her mind wandered
to her apartment two weeks earlier. They’d had dinner and were settling
in for, what she thought would be, another night if lovemaking. Fox had been
preoccupied and antsy all day and it carried over into their evening. She didn’t
press him because she knew he’d tell her sooner or later.
I can’t do this anymore.”
what, what can’t you do?”
partners, good partners but we’re not good as lovers.”
words stunned and humiliated her. She’d wanted to lash out but a deep breath
gave her time to think her strategy. She moved close to him and placed her hand
at that spot on his upper thigh that never failed to get his attention, she was happy to note it didn’t fail this time
either. “Fox, you’ve never complained,” she whispered in his
ear. She saw his eyes glaze and she felt triumphant.
Diana, we’re good at the mechanics, great even, but being lovers is more than the physical and we don’t have that. We don’t talk, unless it’s work related.
We don’t go out or even stay in and just spend time together watching a ballgame, listening to music or watch
old movies. Nothing, we work and we screw, sometimes we have dinner.”
didn’t improve and ended with Fox leaving and her getting a call from her superiors telling her she needed to correct
the situation or she’d be facing the consequences. In her line, the consequences
were dire and rarely did one survive to make another mistake. Right now her only
saving was the alliance she’d struck up with the smoking man. It was an
unpleasant association but a greatly needed one. With him she traded access for
been chosen because physically she was exactly what Fox Mulder looked for in a romantic partner. They’d taken great pains to educate her in all things Fox Mulder.
Fox liked classic literature so she became erudite in classic literature. He
was fascinated, no, obsessed with the occult and paranormal so she became an expert.
Psychology, Redskins, Yankees and Knicks: she could fake interest in almost everything he took an interest in.
the standard ‘accidental’ meeting a few weeks after he graduated from Quantico. It happened at a crowded diner during the
lunch rush. Fox Mulder was alone at a table for two and she asked if he wouldn’t
mind if she shared his table. He was reading some notes, but a few minutes after
she sat down, he put his work away and they began to talk and she could attribute it to her scent. Her mentor gave her a large bottle of some obscure perfume and said it was Fox’s favorite. She was having problems getting him to notice her so she reached across to take the salt and pepper, making
sure her perfumed wrist moved near his nose; Fox Mulder immediately took notice.
The rest was
history as they say. They traded the usual information and they, well he, couldn’t
believe all the similarities and shared interests. Both worked as Special Agents
of the FBI, both had degrees in Psychology and strong interests in the paranormal. She’d
had to stifle her laughter after Fox commented it was like they were designed for each other – well, at least he was
half right, one of them was.
days of the assignment was easy, her mind was on the role playing and she was amply compensated by Fox’s libido. But as time moved on she had a harder time keeping up the fašade. Maybe she’d gotten complacent; maybe she’d started resenting that she had to hide her true
interests? Actually both were true but she hadn’t realized she’d
let things slip as much as they had until Fox confronted her and ended their personal relationship.
been called on the carpet that same night; she needed to fix things and fix them fast.
The past two weeks she’d initiated a subtle but aggressive campaign and she’d had every reason to believe
that during this new case Fox would succumb. That is until she noticed that another
agent was going with them. It was a Pathologist from Quantico, a Dr.
D. Scully. But then again, Fox and she worked so closely that they might freeze
the good doctor out and things just might work out as originally planned.
The ding announcing
the arrival of the elevator brought her back from her thoughts. Fox walked in
and greeted her then they went to Skinner’s office for their final briefing.
Diana waited for AD Skinner to finish his call. “Yes, I understand…
No, Dr. Scully, that is more important than attending this meeting. Agent Mulder
can update you on the plane; just meet them in the airport waiting area…… Yes I’m looking forward to meeting
you also. Goodbye.” Diana
silently cursed the missing doctor because now instead of delicately seducing Fox during the flight, she’d be forced
to sit alone while Fox filled this Scully in on the latest developments.
The AD turned
to the agents, “as you heard, Dr. Scully cannot attend this meeting. She’s
been detained but I’m sure you can relay any pertinent information, Agent Mulder.”
Diana was only half listening but her mind snapped to attention when she heard Skinner refer to Dr. Scully in the feminine. This is not good, she thought, not good at all.
The rest of the meeting was a mystery to her, since her mind raced and didn’t allow her to actually listen.
Mulder sat in the waiting area for flight 1226 to California. She pretended to be reading a fashion magazine
but all the while she watched her partner. Mulder spent his time on one of his
favorite hobbies, people watching. They had been there about ten minutes when
a petite, redhead walked over.
me; are you Agents Mulder and Fowley?”
in the woman who had to be Dr. Scully and almost laughed. She had nothing to
fear from this creature; Fox Mulder would never find her attractive. God, she
was so small he might not even see her. The tension drained from her with the
fierceness of a tidal wave.
and extended his hand. “I’m Fox Mulder and this is Diana Fowley. You must be Dr. Dana Scully. I’ve
read some of your findings and I have to tell you, I’m impressed.”
Mulder’s proffered hand and looked up and smiled and Diana Fowley’s heart sank.
Dana Scully was a lovely woman and Fox Mulder was definitely interested. It
was as if they were alone in the crowded airport. Diana interrupted, “nice
to meet you, Dr. Scully,” and the woman graciously returned the sentiment but within a moment Mulder and Scully were
once again only tuned into each other.
Scully were busily reviewing the case and Diana was surreptitiously watching them over her magazine.
“Dana!” A woman’s voice yelled and Scully jumped up.
She’d just gotten to her feet when a very young woman hurled herself into Dana Scully’s arms. “I can’t do it; I can’t go back to my apartment.”
shh, you don’t have to. Take my key and stay at my place. When I get back I’ll take you apartment hunting; check the listings while I’m gone. And call me anytime. If I don’t answer leave a message
and I’ll call when I can. You can always call my Mom too.”
woman’s sobs subsided and when she pulled back she smiled at Scully. “Dana,
I’m sorry to be…..”
you have nothing to apologize for. Now, go get the things you need and move them
to my place.” She pointed and the woman giggled shyly and left. Scully watched her go and then sat back down. Without looking
at her companions, she explained, “Stella was assaulted in her home by three men.
She attends my Mom’s church and she introduced us. Mom thought it
would be easier for Stella to talk to me.” She turned and looked at them. “That’s what I was doing this morning when I should have been at the meeting. The police caught two of the suspects and Stella had to identify them in line-ups. She couldn’t face it alone.”
was kind of you.” Diana saw the admiration in Fox’s face and her
heart sank again.
have cancelled from the trip if she needed me to. Oh, that reminds me.” She pulled out her phone, “Mom, Stella’s moving to my place while I’m
gone. Would you and Ahab….. yeah, thanks.
Well, the fridge is a little empty; I let it go since I was going away. Love
you and give my love to Dad.”
Mulder as he tried not to gaze at the little intruder. One would think she was
imparting the answers to all the mysteries of the world instead dictating a shopping list.
‘This could be a problem,’ Diana thought idly.
From her vantage
point of the seat across the aisle Diana watched the interaction between her partner and the ‘brilliant redhead’,
as Fox described her. She had to give credit where it was due and Dana Scully
was brilliant, she was surely a match for Fox Mulder in intelligence. They were
intellect and insight; it was a heady combination and for the first time Diana Fowley began to seriously worry.
with apprehension as Fox couldn’t seem to keep his hands off Dr. Scully. Little
touches, his fingers brushed hers when they turned a page or pointed to something in the report. At one point, Diana’s jaw almost dropped when he brushed a wayward hair behind her ear.
For her part,
Dana Scully didn’t seem to have a problem with Fox’s ministrations. She
seemed a little unnerved at first but soon she just seemed to accept them without question.
something more that bothered Diana, something in the way Fox was acting. Oh,
she was bothered by his attentions to Dr. Scully but that wasn’t what caused her unease.
There was something in his attitude but she couldn’t put her finger on it, yet.
gathered their luggage and checked in at the car rental desk. They exited the
bus at their car and stowed their bags, then Fox Mulder did something he’d never once done during their partnership. Dana Scully climbed into the back seat, leaving the front for the partners. Diana turned when Fox addressed her. “Diana, I’m
a bit tired,” he tossed her the keys, “would you mind driving?” She
stared at him as he climbed into the back seat next to Scully. By the time Diana
got seated Fox had taken Dr. Scully’s laptop and put it in the front passenger seat and the ‘couple’ was
once again engrossed in deep conversation. Diana’s stomach lurched with
deep rooted anxiety.
into the motel’s parking lot and before she could turn off the engine, Mulder was out of the car heading toward the
office to check them in. He returned a few minutes later and directed her to
their rooms. The trio exited the car and headed for their rooms. Surprisingly, Mulder had gotten three, not two as both of the women had expected.
Dana Scully’s room first then Mulder’s and last Diana’s. Diana
entered her room and the first thing she noticed was the connecting door was on the wrong wall, the one away from Mulder’s
room. It didn’t take her long to realize he’d given the room that
connected with his to the redheaded doctor. It was then she understood what was
bothering her; it was clear that Dr. Scully didn’t know them but Fox knew the good doctor. Things were beginning to fall into place.
a moment and straightened her clothes then went to confront Fox. She knocked
but it was unheeded, so she moved to Dana Scully’s room and tried there. The
door opened seconds after her knock and Dr. Scully welcomed Diana warmly. Fox
was sitting at the table and Diana caught the look of guilt that flickered across her partner’s face.
just going to have Mulder call you, Agent Fowley; we were looking for places to eat.
Do you have any preference?” Diana smiled at the younger woman. She didn’t have anything against her and, from her little knowledge of the good
doctor, she found her pleasant and she rather liked her. It was Fox she was vexed
knows all my preferences,” she paused for the implication to sink in before adding, “for food.” Diana tried to see if she’d unnerved the woman but saw nothing; Fox, on the other hand gave her a
The trio returned
to the motel after dinner and Diana wished Dana Scully a good night then told Fox she needed to speak with him before he turned
in. She let them into her room but Mulder showed no sign of sitting; instead
he seemed anxious to leave. She was not about to make this easy on him. “Fox, sit down.” He moved
to the table and took a seat. “So, Fox, tell me.”
you what?” He asked affecting his most innocent demeanor.
did you first run into Dr. Dana Scully, no, wait, let me tell you. It was about
three or four weeks ago, not too far before you decided to end our non working relationship.
Am I right?”
spoken to her until the airport but you’re right I saw her before. You
went to that conference in Philly and I decided to complete some of my mandatory annual education. I decided so late that I didn’t have too many options, so Kim got me into ‘the Psychology of
Forensics’ and Dana Scully was the lecturer.”
it she impressed you on several levels. She’s not exactly your type, now
is she, Fox?” Diana regretted the sarcasm that seeped into her voice.
if this is some jealous snit just quit it. Dr. Scully is very qualified and she’s
highly regarded by her peers. She really had nothing to do with my breaking off
really,” Diana snarled. “So, explain why she’s here.”
her checked out and found out that she was interested in field work but her superior has been holding her back because she’s
the best they have. I talked to Skinner and he said he’d see what he could
do. The first I knew that she would be working with us was at that meeting.”
I’m supposed to believe you had nothing to do with it?”
be honest, Diana, I don’t care what you believe. Our relationship ran its
course and if you were honest, it had been only sexual for a long time and even that had gotten pretty perfunctory.”
as Mulder rose and he left her sitting there stunned. No sooner had the door
latched when her cell rang; it was her other alliance, the much less enjoyable one.
ravaged voice made her cringe, “for once I must agree with our rash young friend, Diana.
I do believe you’ve overstayed your usefulness in all ways.” She
didn’t miss his implication. “Your transfer papers are waiting for
you on your return.”
She was desperate,
“I’ll get him back, give me until the end of this case and I can guarantee Fox Mulder will be begging to return
as my lover.” Diana knew only too well what happened when this organization
no longer needed you.
if that were true, what you fail to understand is ‘I’ have no further use for you, we have established other lines
of access that are less, bothersome. You are being recalled to DC tonight. You have a reservation on flight 0521 leaving at ten-twenty.” Before he hung up he added with all maliciousness, “I
wonder how the good Dr. Scully is going to like the new assignment waiting for her in DC?”
stared at the now silent phone and knew her destiny was set. She gathered her
things and called a cab. She then wrote a note to leave at the desk for Fox. She was walking by Dana Scully’s room and heard the voices of a man and woman
and she paused to listen. There was an intense argument going on but she heard
no anger in their tones. Suddenly Fox broke out laughing, “Scully, I haven’t
had this much fun in a long time.”
think fighting about a case is fun?” Diana heard the humor mixed with incredulity
in Dr. Scully’s voice.
a whole lot better than having someone agree with everything you say no matter how farcical it is, believe me I know.”
understood where she’d failed. She changed her mind and slipped the note
under his door just as her cab arrived.
in the waiting area for her plane. She willed her cell to ring, for Fox to call
her, but it remained deadly silent.
found Diana’s note as he stepped out his door in the morning. Outside his
door lay the local newspaper and the headline read ‘Flight 0521 Explodes Midair – No Survivors’. Mulder looked around and saw that no other door had a newspaper.