Category: Angst M/S Friendship – Partnership
Rating: Over Thirteen
Summary:Mulder and Scully resolve the tensions created by what occurred during Fire.
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no one other than L’Ivley suffered more than minor burns with Mulder sustaining the most.Scully did her best to make L’Ivley comfortable and had everyone treated before the paramedics arrived
but insisted that they all be taken to the local hospital to be checked out.Mulder
protested but Scully explained she wanted the medical records for their report.
L’Ivley was placed in the burn unit under police guard.The rest were examined
and when they finished with the hospital they headed to the police station to give statements, such as they were.Mulder drove Lord and Lady Marsden and Phoebe; Scully took the two boys, Michael and Jimmie.
the time they reached the station the impact of the night’s events was taking a toll on them all.Phoebe latched onto Mulder, never straying but a foot from his side.The Marsdens clung to each other as if desperate to ensure the other was fine.The boys chose Scully as their protector, as their champion, and glued themselves to her sides.Their eyes looked hollow but yet were filled with the horrors the night showed them.Scully’s quiet presence grounded them.
and Jimmie’s statements were taken first.Police Captain Mitchell Brinkman,
a six foot six brick of a man in his fifties with graying hair and a no nonsense attitude, wanted to interview them separately
but the boys raised a ruckus and only the assurance that Scully would be able to stay with them stilled their protestation.
didn’t have much to tell other than they’d been playing before bed and Bob, now known to be Cecil L’Ivley,
led them into the bedroom where he locked them in.That was where Agent Mulder
found them.They also told how Bob had shown them the cigarette trick a few days
allowed Scully to give her statement at the same time so the boys could stay with her.She detailed what lead up to the night’s ‘combustible’ conclusion from Phoebe Greene’s contacting
Mulder to what happened at the house. She detailed how she’d narrowed down the suspect and the accelerant used.She told him how they’d found the Marsden’ driver but left out the details
saying only that Agent Mulder would fill him in.She glanced at the boys and
the Sheriff nodded, letting her know he understood.The interview went on for
nearly an hour and a half when Scully asked to end it.
boys are exhausted and they’ve been traumatized.You’ve asked the
same questions three times and they’ve answered them three times.I’ve
given my statement and I promise to send you a copy of the official report.I
think it is time to end this.”Brinkman had to agree and when he saw the
relief on the two boy’s faces as they watched Agent Scully, he smiled.Scully
handed the man her card and told him to call if he needed anything further.
Scully, it will be some time before we have statements from the parents and the others.Why don’t you take them into my office?There’s a couch and
they can lie down; even if they don’t sleep they might get some rest.”He
gave her a querying eye and added, “looks like you could do with some rest too.”She knew he was right; she had been up the night before tending to Mulder at the hotel in Boston.
you, I think they need that, I think maybe we all do.”Her appreciation
shown on her lovely face and the Captain was smitten.
was after one in the morning when Lord and Lady Marsden, Phoebe and Mulder finished giving their statements.They walked into the Captain’s office to find the two boys lying across the couch in opposite directions.Scully was in the middle with each
using one of her legs as a pillow, their faces toward her hips.Her topcoat covered
one and her suit coat the other.Scully was stroking each of their heads and
smiles played on their faces as she supplied the comfort they desperately needed.
told two of the security guards to take the sleeping children to the car and to be careful not to rouse them.Mulder got his case out of the trunk of his rental and gave Phoebe the car keys so she could take the Marsden’s
to the Inn.Mulder didn’t miss the d looks on both Phoebe’s and Scully’s faces about his decision
to ride with Scully.Scully quickly recovered but Phoebe’s face registered
drive to the Inn was quiet.Mulder seemed lost in his own thoughts and Scully didn’t want to engage in any
conversations that may unleash the things she wanted to say but knew it was better not to.She was tired and that was never good for expressing her feelings.Besides
her own thoughts were swimming around so fast she wasn’t sure she ‘could’ even hold a conversation.
was angry with Mulder.His dismissal when she first offered her help back in
Washington didn’t stop her from looking into the case; from solving it.She’d
raced up here to present her findings only to find that Mulder was taking the opportunity to reacquaint his tongue with Phoebe
Greene’s molars when they were supposed to be guarding Lord and Lady Marsden.One guess what other parts of their anatomies would have gotten reacquainted if not for the whole fire thing happening.What was it with the black silk boxers?She’d
seen his underwear before, she’d packed them on occasion; hell she’d washed them before, and never had she ever
come across that particular pair.To add another level of insult before Phoebe
walked in he paraded around without bothering to cover up.Enter Phoebe Greene,
using her own key no less; he couldn’t close that robe fast enough.Hey,
Scully knew she wasn’t his type but he didn’t have to slap her in the face with the fact that he saw her as his
Greene!Scully couldn’t believe the complete incompetence of Phoebe Greene.Why didn’t Mulder see it?Then
maybe he didn’t want to?When the fire broke out at the hotel it became
apparent that the only person guarding the children was the man they now know was Cecil L’Ivley, but then thought to
be the caretaker that they had only met days earlier.A man who’s ID Phoebe
didn’t even bother verifying.Sure the real caretaker, Bob, had been checked
out before the Marsden’s arrival but the British bitch didn’t even do a preliminary crosscheck.
whole case was a major screw up that never should have left England.In one day she, Scully, had solved the mystery that had plagued Inspector Greene for months.Scully would bet good money that Scotland Yard wouldn’t be really pleased that Phoebe Greene thought
so highly of their arson experts that she needed to seek help from the FBI’s people.That should go over really well!She fervently hoped that Phoebe Greene
didn’t represent Scotland Yard’s finest.
she suspected the case had less to do with finding the killer and more to do with Phoebe wanting to see Mulder.That is the only explanation as to why she was in Washington in the first place.Why go to DC when the Marsdens were going to Massachusetts?Also how and why did Phoebe find them in the parking
garage downtown?Why not go to the Hoover in the first place?
was grateful when the weather beaten sign of the Trinity Inn came into view.When
they checked in, Scully sent mental thanks to whomever Captain Brinkman had arrange their accommodations.Somehow, either by chance or plan, she didn’t know and she didn’t care, Scully’s room
was as far removed from the others as possible.She just couldn’t handle
being around Mulder and his British strumpet tonight.
mind was muddled.He wanted to talk things through with Scully but he didn’t
have the words.He was hoping she would invite some conversation but one look
at her told him that wouldn’t be happening.She was busy with her own thoughts.He opted to just stare out the window.
they were checked in, Mulder watched as Scully walked in the opposite direction as the rest of the party.Not a word had passed between them since she tended to his wounds back at the house.He wanted her to look back, hell he wanted to follow her just to say goodnight.He didn’t, he couldn’t.There had been something
in her eyes that made him back off.A feeling of complete sadness overcame him;
loss.He had the distinct impression that he had fallen down a few pegs in Scully’s
eyes, maybe in his own too.
turned and went to his room; it was next to Phoebe’s with a connecting door.A
day ago he would have passed through that door.That was before he found Phoebe
Greene and Lord Marsden on the stairs.A day ago he thought Phoebe had changed.That she’d sown her oats and moved on; grown up.
walked into his office and he regressed back to that na´ve young yank who’d been mystified and bewitched by Phoebe Greene.A woman two years his senior with an air of sophistication and superiority and for
some reason chose to dally with the ungainly Massachusetts boy from a broken family.He turned back into the youth
who’d forgiven her too many transgressions.Mulder had forgiven her
for everything, her lies and her infidelities.Until the autumn day he lifted
the phone receiver and overheard her telling her girlfriend, Penny Donleavy, that she’d had an abortion over the summer
holidays.She also admitted that she wasn’t sure who the ‘sperm donor’
was, but she’d limited it down to three possibilities.
had run to the bath before he lost the contents of his stomach.When there was
nothing left to expel, he dry heaved for several long excruciating minutes.He
took some time to compose himself then packed his things and left without speaking to her.It took her all of eight days to replace him.
Scully see him as that addled fool when she looked at him?Is that why she pulled
away?Why she didn’t want to talk or even be in the same car with him?He’d seen her face when he placed his case in her car back at the Police Barracks;
her eyes were cold with anger directed at him.
concentration was broken by a knock on the connecting door followed by Phoebe calling his name; he ignored it and turned out
Scully took a much needed shower before donning her nightgown.Exhausted, Scully
finished an abbreviated version of her nightly ministrations and tumbled into bed.
not withstanding, her mind refused to shut down and let her sleep.The events
of the past several days played repeatedly in a continuous loop. Scully saw the futility of lying in bed and hoping sleep
to overtake her so she decided to start on her report.
immersed herself in writing and the next thing she knew it was and she decided to get dressed and hit the road.If she was lucky she’d be gone before Mulder found out.Two
days with no sleep, a pyrotechnic whatever the man was and Mulder sniffing around the British dipstick; or was Mulder the
dipstick making Greene the dippee?Man she had to get some sleep!Her sense of humor was defiantly going someplace she did not want to pursue.Whatever, the whole damned mess had her angry and confused and she needed to put some space between Mulder
and her before she just let loose.
called and made a reservation on the next commuter flight to D.C.She wrote a
note telling Mulder she’d left and that she had written a preliminary report and left it at the desk to deliver to him
woke with a start.A check of the clock let him know that it was nine-thirty.He had to untangle himself from the bedding which was testament to his disturbed slumber.Sleep had eluded him for a long while.He
kept going over how the last four days had played out.How he’d let his
emotions and Phoebe interfere with doing his job.How, instead of doing the homework
back in Washington, he’d jumped feet first into a situation he knew nothing about.How
he and Phoebe endangered the Marsdens with their dalliance.How Dana Scully was
the one who actually solved the case and how he hadn’t even acknowledged that until now.Did he say anything to Scully?No, no he didn’t, he just rushed
to dress and chased after Phoebe.Crap!Scully did all the work, even after he’d ditched her.She solved
the blasted case while he was chasing Phoebe’s tail, and he didn’t even tell her she did a good job.
needed to call her then he realized he didn’t even know her room number.He
tried her cell but it went to voice mail so he tried the front desk only to be told that she’d checked out but had left
a note that they would deliver.
note was short, to the point and angered him to no end.She wrote that she was
taking the shuttle back and that she would file the preliminary report to Skinner.She
told him to take his time ‘cleaning up any loose ends.’He didn’t
need to guess what ‘loose ends’ she referred to; Phoebe.If she only
knew that any residual loose ends he had with Phoebe were sufficiently tied up when he ran into that house and saw an all
too familiar scene played out on a staircase.
started to pack his things; he wanted to go home, lick his wounds and decide how to handle things with Scully.It was Friday and most likely he wouldn’t see her until Monday, which gave him the weekend to figure
had taken the weekend to sort through the whole affair.One thing she’d
learned through her life was the sage advice from her mom and a good cup of tea always helped.Just talking with her mom made her realize that Mulder didn’t owe her anything other than being her partner.He had the right to expect her to do a good job and she shouldn’t expect him
to comment on it.The only thing he did that was really wrong, and it was a major
error, was the way he dismissed her.But considering the situation even that
was understandable, she may have acted the same way if the situation were reversed.
regretted the way she left Massachusetts but she was glad she did.She needed this time away
to rally her thoughts and feelings together.If she had spoken to Mulder she
may have said some things that they both would have regretted.
morning she got to the office early.There was a message from Special Agent Mike
Davies asking her to interpret some lab results first thing.She left a note
telling Mulder where she was and a copy of the report for Mulder to review.
wanted to call Scully all weekend but he didn’t quite know what to say to her.He still didn’t know what he was going to say when he walked into the office Monday morning.It turned out he didn’t need to say anything..
was no where around when Mulder arrived at work.A copy of the preliminary report
was waiting for him on his desk with a note telling him that she had some work in the lab but she’d be back in time
for lunch.Mulder examined the note for any clues to her mood; but it was typical
Scully and gave nothing away.
of him was relieved that he had a little more time before he faced her, yet another part regretted it.He needed to see her to make sure they were okay.That his
romp on the stupid side hadn’t alienated her completely.
was reading her report and twirling the cassette Phoebe had messengered to him when he heard something that sent a chill through
his entire being and nearly knocked him on his ass.
to take me to lunch?”The question was said in an upper class British accent
but from the dulcet tones of Scully’s voice not Phoebe’s, but it was still terrifying.
decided they’d earned a long, leisurely lunch and decided to take them to a small Tex-Mex place that Frohike introduced
him to a few months earlier.In the car he started to apologize to Scully about
his actions and attitude but she stopped him.
if one of my old relationships came invading I don’t know how I’d act either.After I asked myself ‘what the hell was I thinking,’ I may very well fall into the established patterns
of our former relationship.The only thing I really resented was how you ditched
me.It made me feel like my partnership was unnecessary and unwanted.It felt like it was that first day all over again.”
I don’t even have a way to address that other than to say I’m sorry.”Mulder shook his head. “Here I ditch you and you end up solving
the whole case pretty much by yourself.”
face lit up at his acknowledging her contribution. “Thanks Mulder but I
didn’t solve it; we did.I’m your partner we share the successes
as well as the defeats.”
reached across the car seat and took her hand.