Part 2: Revelations
waited till he felt it was safe. His mostly untouched meal sat congealing on
the table. The loneliness that he was feeling overwhelmed him as he realized
he just might have lost the single most important person in his life. He didn’t
like admitting it but Scully was right; she didn’t need him but God, he needed her.
know if he could fix his rift with Scully but he did know where to start. Mulder pulled out his cell phone and dialed a little
used number. It was answered on the fourth ring, “Sir, it’s Mulder. I need you to squash Diana Fowley’s transfer request…”
Mulder, you might be aware that it is Saturday and as such this conversation should wait until Monday.”
sir, I need…”
you always do. Well, it’s too late. Diana
Fowley’s paperwork has already been processed and as of a week from Monday she will be officially assigned to the X-Files division.”
haven’t finished, and another agent will also be assigned to the X-Files
as her partner. After the happenings at El Rico it has been determined that,
not only is the X-Files division a necessity, it is under staffed and under funded. Space has been allotted on the second floor and maintenance is working on getting
the space ready for you to move in next week. I’ve already ordered maintenance
to leave boxes outside your office.”
time Mulder had made his way to his car and damned near fell into the driver’s seat.
Scully and Mulder sat in front of Skinner’s desk as he finished signing several documents his assistant gave to him. When he finished he handed them back to Kim and took off his glasses. He surveyed the agents for a moment. They were both wound
tight as they always were, but it was Scully who interested him most. Her face
held a serenity he hadn’t seen in a while and certainly didn’t expect considering he knew she was aware of the
reason for this meeting. Or at least she thought she did.
as you are doubtless aware, Special Agent Diana Fowley has submitted a request to be reinstated to the X-Files. It has been approved and she officially starts next Monday. Additionally,” Skinner paused to read something from the file in front of him before continuing. “Agent Fowley’s partner will be Special Agent Marcus Mabrey, he’s…”
interrupted him, “Sir, did you say Marcus Mabrey, the Forensic Psychologist?”
yes, Agent Scully, do you know him?”
Mabrey, Marcus’ father, was my father’s best friend. They served
together for many years.” Neither, Skinner nor Mulder missed the slight
smile on Scully’s face and they both knew there was a lot more to the story. Mulder
immediately began to worry.
the division is being moved to a new space on the second floor. It’s being
prepared this week but you can check it out today and make sure it meets your needs.”
Skinner slipped a paper to Mulder that listed the suite of rooms that was to be their new home. Skinner buzzed Kim and told her to send in the agents who’d been waiting. The door opened and Diana Fowley entered but Mulder barely noticed, his interest was focused on the man
Mabrey was tall, taller than Mulder by a good four or five inches. He had dark,
well styled, wavy hair, piercing blue eyes, a generous mouth and, to Mulder’s regret, a really great nose. The man could only be described as beautiful. Mulder saw the
man’s eyes light up when he spotted Scully and when he turned to look at his partner she was glowing.
“Day!” He walked over with his hand extended but she pulled him into a hug. Both Mulder and Skinner were floored over this overt display from the usually reserved Dana Scully. Mulder felt a tidal wave of jealousy overtake him.
why didn’t you tell me you joined the Bureau?” Then she seemed to
realize where she was, “we’ll talk later,” she told him and then winked at him and Mulder had the overwhelming
desire to grab her to him and yell, ‘back off she’s mine!’ Only
one thought ran through Mulder’s brain, “God, I hope he’s married!”
were made and Skinner handed Fowley’s and Mabrey’s personnel files and the meeting ended. Diana Fowley had to report back to her current assignment but, to Mulder’s dismay, Mabrey, having
just transferred to DC, was free to stay with them.
lunch time and Mulder drove them to a small place that he and Scully went to when they needed to talk privately. They ordered then Mulder listened as the two old ‘friends’ caught up. He observed their body language and knew that there was more than a lost friendship between them. He’d been able to gather that this was Scully’s first boyfriend and there
was something about a prom and a bonfire that got out of control. They drifted
apart during their college years due to the long distance rather than any discord between them. But the worst news was that Marcus Mabrey was not married as Mulder had hoped, nor was he currently involved
there is one thing the two of you have in common,” Scully said with a laugh in her voice, “you both are lifetime
members of the ugly tie society.” Both men looked down and saw they were
both wearing the same tie only in different colors.
tuned out for a moment then Mabrey’s laughter brought his attention back. “I
still have them, how could I get rid of them when they remind me of THAT particular first?”
watched as Scully blushed crimson and he just stared as he realized that this man sitting across the table from him was Scully’s
first lover. He wanted to punch the guy and in his mind he screamed, ‘you
may have been the first, but I’m going to be her last!’
to the office, Mulder sat down and checked his messages while Mabrey looked around.
“Day, where’s your desk?” He asked Scully and Mulder
wanted to disappear. The rest of the day didn’t get any better.
afternoon Mulder and Scully walked around the empty office that had been a second home to them. The contents it once held were all neatly housed in a modern suite of offices two floors up. The new digs held two pairs of offices on either side of a central space with a small lab space in the
back. Each office pair had a connecting door to the partner office. The central space housed a conference table that seated six and a bank of file cabinets on one wall. The place had windows, the air conditioning and heating worked and had all the technology
they would ever need but it wasn’t as warm as the little dungeon in the basement.
walked around making their fifth or sixth last minute inspection checking that nothing had been missed and knowing it hadn’t. Neither was in any hurry to leave.
I know you most likely already have plans but would you have dinner with me tonight?
Sort of a celebration to what we created here.”
waited a beat too long before answering, “I’m sorry, just forget I asked.”
Scully misunderstood and began to leave.
wait, I didn’t answer,” Mulder grabbed her gently by the shoulder. “I
don’t have any plans and I’d love to have dinner with you. I wanted
to ask you but I thought you’d already made plans with Mabrey.”
looked down, “no, he asked me to go out but I thought – I wanted,” she stumbled over her words and her hands
were fidgeting. “It just seemed right that you and I…”
is right, this,” Mulder waved his hands around, “this is OUR X-Files,
the ones that only belong to you and me. Upstairs, we have to share but this
will always be ours.”
thought that’s what you wanted, Mulder. I mean, I saw your letter of recommendation.”
that, I think that was a mistake. I didn’t realize it until it was too
late and the wheels were already in motion. I really didn’t appreciate
how big a mistake until I saw you and Mabrey together for the first time.”
would that affect you?”
was then that I realized what you’ve been going through for the last year with Diana’s presence.” Scully took a seat on the floor and Mulder, followed neither caring about the dirt. “He walked in and you pulled him into a hug. I knew
then that you had deep emotions for him. Dana Scully doesn’t let down her
guard for just anyone. Until then, I thought I was the only one who enjoyed that
particular privilege. Later, at lunch, it was obvious that you two shared an
intimacy beyond mere friendship or even former boyfriend-girlfriend feelings. Scully,
I was jealous, I am jealous. I watched the two of you interact and it finally
got through my thick skull that is what you must have been seeing and reacting to since Diana came back.”
I have a confession to make.” She looked up and he saw the apprehension
in her eyes, Lord only knows what she expected him to confess to. “Last
weekend, last Saturday, I had lunch at Barrington’s in the mall.” Mulder
paused and waited. It took a few moments but suddenly her eyes grew wide and
he knew she realized what he was referring to. “I was in the next booth
and I overheard you talking with Ellen.” He saw her trying to remember
the things they’d said, “Your description of me was dead on, I’ve been a bastard. But then, I’ve always been a bit of a bastard but you always made me, I don’t know, right maybe. You’ve been my conscience, the best of me and I forgot to cherish that the way
I should. I don’t remember ever being as scared as I was when I heard you
say you didn’t need me.
approached me about putting in a transfer and, I hope you forgive me, my first thoughts were, ‘boy, this will piss Scully
off.’ Things have been so tense between us I guess I, hell I can’t
even begin to understand why I did it. When I overheard you and Ellen talking
and when you told her about our solve rates I knew you were telling the truth. It
made me remember back when Diana and I started working on the X-Files. I had to face the fact that it wasn’t all that terrific and after really thinking about it I realized
that she stymied quite a lot of investigations. Nothing big, that I would have
noticed but little things. Missing paperwork or small pieces of evidence never
got logged in; just a myriad of little bits that put together paints a nasty little picture of Diana.”
hung her head forward so her hair obstructed his view. Mulder reached over to
get her attention and she nodded but didn’t raise her face. “I called
Skinner to stop the request immediately after you left but it was too late. He
told me then about the plans for the division. I was going to call you but after
hearing what you said I knew you needed some time away from me.”
shifted a little, “Scully, did you go out with the guy Ellen was setting you up with?”
her head, “no, the guy must have heard what a ‘winner’ I am. He
ran out and got engaged that day.” Mulder didn’t like the derisive
tone of her voice.
you have to know that you are a beau…”
Mulder, please don’t. I know what I look like but it’s all the other
baggage I bring along.” Suddenly she jumped up, “we need to get out
of here.” She held out her hand to help him up.
let’s play hooky and take the afternoon off, what little of it that’s left.
I’ll make reservations and pick you up at seven. Sound okay, Partner?”
gave him a huge smile when he called her partner, it had been a long time since he’d called her that and it had been
even longer since she felt like his partner.
went slack jawed when Scully opened the door. The Scully who stood in front of
him was the woman he’d seen nearly every day for six years but more; this Scully was what fantasies were made of. Her hair was pinned up in one of those hairstyles men never understood but always
appreciated and her make up around her eyes was darker than usual, which only accentuated her magnificent eyes, and her lips
were stained in a deep hue that whispered the pleasures those lips could provide. She
wore a sleeveless dress that kissed her body and ended about two inches above her knees.
Mulder’s gaze followed the line of her silk clad legs to her shoes. For
the first time in Mulder’s life he discovered he had a shoe fetish.
Scully’s voice that penetrated the silence, “ready?”
let’s get going, our reservation is in about thirty minutes.”
the Maitre D’ through the restaurant. Scully didn’t seem to notice
but Mulder saw the looks Scully was receiving. They were about half way to the
table when he placed his hand on her back; he had to fight the urge to pull her tightly against him. Never before, with any of the women he’d been involved with, had he felt the need to display ownership
but tonight, with Scully, he needed to make these men know Scully was taken. Scully
turned and gave him a smile.
were seated Mulder ordered wine for them and they began to talk. They talked
about cases they’d covered in the past and how they viewed each other when they first met. Mulder told Scully how he was ready to give up when she was so ill and she told him how abandoned she’d
felt when he claimed Melissa Ephasian was his soul-mate. Before they knew it the server was asking them about dessert.
swallowed a forkful of cheesecake, “Scully, this last week has been hell.”
time I called you ‘he’ was with you. I wanted to talk to you about
all the changes we’re going through but you were with Mabrey.”
and I have not seen each other since ’82, we had a lot to catch up on.”
retrieving their coats from the check room and Mulder helped Scully with her wrap. “Scully,
the other night I woke from a really bad nightmare. Once I caught my breath I
grabbed the phone to call you like I usually do.” Her brow went up, “no,
I didn’t call. I hung up, it was two-twenty in the morning and I couldn’t
call you because I wasn’t sure you were alone.”
watched her expression and waited for her to comment, hoping she’d deny that anyone was with her but she didn’t
say anything. The drive back to Scully’s was quiet; each lost in their
walked her to her door and they said their goodnights. Mulder needed to know
so before Scully could close the door he blurted it out. “Scully, were
smiled and shook her head, “if you’d called you’d know. Maybe
you should have called.”
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