Summary:Dana Scully works at Quantico,
Fox Mulder is the star profiler and Reggie Purdue thinks they need to be introduced.
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Lunches, Dinners, Dances and Bullets: Progression of a Romance
Scully walked into the lecture hall half an hour before it was scheduled to start; she’d bargained hard for her seat
and she was not losing it because she was late.The lecture was to start at nine
and no one was allowed to enter once it had.She knew she had to hustle when
Paul Dilkins called out to her for one of his famous five minute consults that took three hours.
around the room, Dana saw she wasn’t the only one not chancing missing the lecture, the hall was nearly filled.Special Agent Fox Mulder was the darling of Behavior Science and one of, if not the
best, profilers Quantico ever produced.He rarely gave lectures, one a year maybe, more like one every eighteen months.Tickets were hard to come by and were mostly reserved for the students with psychological backgrounds but
Dana had pulled in a few favors and was able to finagle a ticket.
Mulder had been sidelined during his last case by a bullet to the right shoulder.He’d
been out for a few weeks and now he was working toward recovery and re-qualification for field duty.Reggie Perdue, Mulder’s partner and Dana’s ticket source, told her about the case.It had been pretty horrifying and if Mulder hadn’t jumped in front of the killer’s latest victim,
he would have been killed.Reggie also told her that considering the torture
the kid had been put through, death might not have been the worst thing.Dana
had been disgusted until she pulled the M.E.’s reports on the three earlier victims.All were boys, nine years of age with blond hair.All had been tortured
both mentally and physically for four months before they died.All three had
been sexually traumatized.The surviving victim had been with the bastard for
three months and nineteen days.
spotted Reggie talking to a tall dark haired man at the side of the stage and he waved her over.
you made it!I saw Dilkins outside looking for you; I take it he didn’t
here aren’t I?”Both she and Reggie chuckled.
you are.”The man he’d been talking with cleared his throat.“Hey, man, I’m sorry.Dana
Scully, let me introduce you to Fox Mulder.”
exchanged handshakes and Dana commented, “the legend in the flesh.It’s
nice to meet you, Agent Mulder.”Mulder eyes widened at her comment.
Mulder and it’s nice to meet you too, Agent . . .”
me, Dr. Scully.”He thought for a second. “Not
the D. Scully that I’ve seen on several pathology reports?”
here is the one that figured out how that bastard killed those girls up there in Milford.”Reggie
good, um, I mean,” Mulder stumbled.
smiled slightly, “Thank you, Mulder.”She looked up at the clock
and added, “I’d better get to my seat.It really was nice meeting
you; I’ll talk to you later, Reggie.”
you like to meet us for lunch after the lecture?”Reggie called after her
and she responded with a nod and a wave.
turned back to Mulder. “Great girl and really smart; might even be able
give you a run for the money.”
lecture was mesmerizing and the audience held on Mulder’s every word.One
thing you learn at the FBI is you don’t argue with results and Mulder got results.His methods were unorthodox and it was doubtful that one in twenty completely understood everything he told them but
it was clear that he was well respected.The young aspiring agents were taking
notes and a few of the more enterprising recorded the lecture.
was as much interested in the audience as the lecture.The women seemed to be
more impressed with the man than the message and the men were impressed with the women’s reaction to the man.It was all quite enlightening and extremely entertaining.
ended his lecture with a question and answer period.Q&A was limited to five
questions or thirty minutes.Thirty minutes came and went and the questions kept
coming.The audience wasn’t letting up and Mulder kept answering.Dana could see the slight bowing of his shoulder and his easy smile had taken on a
slight grimace.Mulder’s wound was bothering him and he was becoming fatigued.She looked over to Reggie and gave him a look and nodded toward Mulder.Reggie picked up her signal and walked to his friend.Mulder
looked quite grateful for the interruption.
was gathering her things when Mulder called her name through the microphone.The
looks from the women still lingering in the hall were not lost on her as she made her way to the stage.
think you just ruined my reputation, Mulder, and have made us into water cooler gossip.”She tilted her head and nudged it back toward the auditorium.Mulder followed
her movement and smiled.
well, are you ready for lunch?”Amusement laced his words.Mulder placed his right hand at the back of her waist.Dana
looked to him and he gave her a look that said ‘go with it.’
had just cleared the door when one of the women stage whispered “the Ice Queen melts,” the other women in the
felt Dana’s body stiffen and halted their movement.He turned toward the
group.They were all young recruits and Mulder decided they were in need of a
little education in humility.He walked back to them and gave them his most winning
smile.“Recruits, I must remember
to memo Recruit Training just how impressed I am with the level of the new class of recruits.”His smile notched up a level and he turned around then stopped.“And
if any on you are under the impression that was a compliment, you are sorely mistaken.”
and Mulder drove in their car and Dana took hers.Mulder asked Reggie about the
little redhead and he saw that Mulder was really interested in Dana.This took
him back a little because she was nothing like the women that Mulder dated.Not
that he dated that much because Paterson just kept him too busy.His last long term relationship
was that bitch on heels Diana Fowley who was like every woman Reggie had ever seen Mulder with: tall, dark, ample chest, ambitious
and very smart.She also unceremoniously dumped his sorry ass like every other
one.One minute they were planning a wedding then she was hopping a plane to
Germany and Mulder refused to talk about it.
told Mulder about Dana’s many accomplishments both in and out of the bureau.“Dana
grew up in a Navy family.Before she went to MedSchool she got her degree in Physics.Her senior thesis was a reinterpretation of Einstein that caused quite a stir in academia. While she was still in MedSchool she did a paper on some condition, you’ll have to ask her about the name.She found some ‘thing’,” Reggie gave Mulder a ‘I have no idea what it was’
look, “that no one else had noticed and it got to the right people because now they are researching a treatment based
on her findings.It was right after that the FBI went after her.
seem to know a lot about her.”
I was one of the ones who interviewed her.You remember when you were temporarily
partnered with that Ben Collins or Coal. . .”
was Connors and I may never forgive you for it.”
right, right.Hey, don’t blame me; I had nothing to do with that.”Mulder huffed. “I talked with her
for quite some time.She’s a really great person.We’ve kept in touch and I always pull her in on the really tough autopsies.”
why didn’t you share the wealth?”
were stopped at a light and Dana’s car was behind them.Reggie turned to
Mulder and gave him a quizzical look.“Are you asking professionally or
never blushed, but Reggie had the feeling that if he did Mulder’s cheeks would be crimson.“Never mind, I think I know the answer but we’ll ignore it for now.Professionally, I don’t know why I never said anything.I
would ask, she’d give me the facts and you didn’t care where the info came from you just ran with it.
she isn’t your type, Mulder, so I never even thought to mention her.She
was seeing one of the other instructors for a while but that’s over now.”The light changed and they started to move.Mulder gave him that ‘give
me details’ look Reggie knew so well.“Do you remember Jack Willis,
taught firearms?”Mulder nodded. “Once
she graduated he was on her like white on rice. It happened so quickly that they made her take her firearms qualifications
over.She’s a damned good shot, better than me and she could beat you with
a blindfold, not like that is much of a problem.”Reggie paused for a second
then looked at his friend.“Are you really interested in her?”
thought for a moment before answering. “I can’t explain it exactly
but when you introduced us I felt something.Like we were supposed to be friends,
maybe something more.I’ve never felt connected to anyone like that.I can’t explain it.”
chuckled. “If I’ve learned anything from working with you, it is
to listen to those feelings of yours.I’ll see what I can do.”He pulled out his cell and called his wife, Renee’.“Hey babe, no nothings wrong just call me back in about fifteen minutes and don’t pay attention
to anything I say.”He paused. “Love you too.”
back to Mulder he said, “I’ve got your back, man.”
partners were laughing as they got out of the car and met Dana at the door to Thomasina’s, a small diner far enough
away from Quantico to ensure they wouldn’t be bothered by anyone from the FBI.They got seated and a phone rang, Reggie reached for his as Scully said, “it’s mine.Scully,” she listened for a moment and rolled her eyes.“Paul,
I’m sorry I guess I didn’t hear you call me but I really wanted to attend the lecture.”She mouthed Paul Dilkins to Reggie and he gave her an appropriate sympathetic look.“No, Paul, I won’t be back today and I have plans all weekend so I can’t go over your
case for you.”She was listening and the two men could see her frustration
growing.“No, I can’t have dinner with you I,” she stopped
not knowing what to say.
whispered in her ear, “Say you are having dinner with me.”
mouthed thanks. “Paul, I’m having dinner with Fox Mulder.I’ll look at the case Monday.”She paused again.
“I’m sorry, I guess you’re going to have to work it yourself.”Dana hung up and shook her head.
chimed in, “that guy hasn’t done his own work in years.”
I know, he likes to pick my brains then makes it look like he did all the work.”She turned to Mulder. “Thanks for saving me I just couldn’t
think of what to say.I hate lying to him but. . .”
didn’t lie to him; we are having dinner together tonight.”It was
said with such certainty that she didn’t even question it.
phone rang and he made a show of how his wife wasn’t feeling well and he had to leave.He turned to Dana and asked, “could you drive Mulder home Dana? Thanks.”He was out the door before she could answer.
do I have this feeling that if I were to call her, Renee’ would have no clue about all that?”
just smiled and she knew she was right.“So, Scully, where would you like
to have dinner?”
you think we should order lunch before we start talking about dinner?”Mulder
just laughed and looked back at the menu.
was easy and by the time they started the drive home they both felt like old friends.Scully needed to run a few errands and Mulder assured her he didn’t have anything else to do.
decided to stop by Mulder’s apartment so he could change then go to Dana’s before going out for dinner.Mulder stopped in front of his apartment door and hesitated before putting the key in the slot. Scully looked at him questioningly then said, “I have two brothers, one wears boxers and one wears
briefs so the site of a pair of men’s underwear doesn’t unnerve me.And
I don’t have a problem with a raised toilet seat unless it is the middle of the night and I fall in.”
apartment was a typical bachelor’s home.Sparse furnishings, dishes in
the sink, books and files on every surface and a few pieces of discarded clothes here and there; messy but not dirty.Dana chose to ignore Mulder as he hastily moved the VHS tape cover that was sitting
on his battered coffee table.She’d seen the title, “Babes in Toyland”
but, judging from the cover, she doubted it was anything like the 1950’s musical.
changed into a pair of black jeans and a gray pullover.They had decided to go
casual for the evening.
followed her in his car and when they got to Dana Scully’s apartment. Mulder
was surprised at how close they lived to each other; only about eight miles separated their homes but with D.C. traffic it
took about thirty minutes to drive the short distance.
opened her door and led Mulder into her living room.“Make yourself comfortable
while I change.”
minutes later Dana walked out in a pair of slacks and a pale blue sweater that clung to her nicely.“Mulder, how would you like to just get something delivered and eat here?”Mulder was thrilled because he’d been trying to figure out how to suggest just that.He wanted to spend time just getting to know her.
was at his desk when Reggie arrived.“So, how was lunch?”He asked before he even had a chance to sit down.
was fine, dinner was better, breakfast was darn right special.”Mulder
replied without looking up but Reggie saw the smile creeping over his lips.
isn’t what that sounds like.We had lunch then she drove me to my place
and I changed then I followed her to her place.We decided to order in.We got so involved in our conversation that it got late.Really late, late.I stayed in her guest room.”
woke to the aroma of coffee, bacon and waffles.Reggie, she was standing in her
kitchen in a robe with her hair tousled, no make up and bunny slippers, all I can say is she took my breath away.And the girl makes a mean Belgian waffle.”
don’t believe it.Fox ‘they’ve got to be eye level’ Mulder
taken with Dana ‘I stood on a box to make the FBI height requirement’ Scully?”
should see how short she is without shoes.She’s everything I ‘never’
wanted in a woman, and more.“ Mulder stood up and walked over to
Reggie’s desk.“Do you know how we spent Saturday?”
spent the whole day together?You are moving fast!”
chuckled. “I’ll say it again, it wasn’t like that.We cleaned my apartment.Hey, did you know I have a bed?”Reggie’s brow rose as he played into Mulder’s joke.“Scully found it.That pile in the bedroom wasn’t
as big as I thought; there was a bed under all that stuff.”Mulder leaned
in and whispered in Reggie’s ear.“Then we did one of the most intimate
things I have ever done with a woman.”
that new found bed?”Reggie asked, gearing himself up for details.
did our laundry together at her place.”Reggie gave him his, that was cruel
man.“Reg, I lived with Diana for three years and we never mingled our
but I’m a married man and we married men live vicariously through our single friend’s conquests.And you, my friend, have not been living up to the bargain.”
walked back to his desk. “Well, I might have to do something about that.”
walked into her office and hadn’t even gotten her jacket off when Paul walked in.He was just about covering his anger.She knew he was most likely desperate
for her input on his case.He tossed the file on her desk.She opened it and immediately sat back. “What the hell?”She pulled her magnifying glass from the drawer and looked at the photos again.
it’s me, Scully.”
me?”He teased; he looked over at Reggie and saw that his partner’s
interest was piqued.
would you look at some pictures for me if I faxed them to you?”
here’s the number 555-7849.Scully, you sound a little strange, did something
happen?”He was really concerned by the sound of her voice.
Dilkins caught me as I got to my office.He had some pictures of a body that
came in.It’s the one he wanted me to look at last Friday.”She took a deep breath.“Are they
just now.What the hell?Scully,
what is this?”
don’t know but it’s on the table in bay 3.Are you and Reggie coming?”
get there as soon as I can.”
and Reggie walked into Dana Scully’s office while she was on the phone.
sir, I understand but I cannot confirm or deny
this is some health crisis.”
paused, listening and she motioned for her guests to sit.Reggie noticed the
look that passed between the other two.“Yes, I have begun the autopsy
but I had to stop to take this call.”She had to pull the earpiece away
from her ear because the other man was yelling.“No, sir, I assure you
that I was not being flippant.I just stated the fact.Sir, I have two agents here that I need to consult with.”She
smiled at Mulder. “Thank you, sir.I will fax you my findings.”
hung up the phone and expelled her breath.“Thank God you two got here.Mulder, Reggie, I have a six-foot body in the autopsy bay that by all that I can find
out is an over sized fluke worm.”
“What?”Reggie nearly yelled.
were a series of deaths at a New Jersey water treatment plant, the HaroldTinerReclamationCenter.Each of the victims worked at the plant except the first one and he was a honey dipper
dipper, what is that?”Mulder asked.
is what they call those trucks that clean out sewers and out houses.I have no
idea who first coined the phrase.The driver dumped his load at the same place.”Dana rubbed her eyes, “They put some traps in place and they found what I sent
you the photos of. Unfortunately it was shot when it tried to escape as they tried to transport it.Follow me and you can see it.”
noticed how stressed Dana was.“Reggie, would you go ahead, I’d like
to talk with Scully for a minute?”He waited for the door to close then
he moved to her and started kneading her shoulders.“They circling the
I’ve been fielding calls from the Director’s office, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health, The
New Jersey Governor’s office and even the White House.Mulder, I have no
idea what to tell them.”
them the truth and let them fabricate the lies.”Mulder turned her around
to look at him. “Tonight you are going to go home and shower.Then put on something comfortable but not too comfortable.”He winked at her.“You are going to let me buy you dinner
and we are going to relax.Oh, and let your hair dry that curly way it looked
over the weekend.”
you coming on to me, Agent Mulder?”She joked.
you have to ask I think I need to practice more.”
you, we better get going or Reggie will think something happened.”
more likely to think, on second thought you might not like what he might be thinking.”
him you stayed over did you?”She teased.
but I told him the truth, as much as it damaged by carefree bachelor rating.He
told me that I’m not living up to my part of the bargain of being the single man friend of a married man.Not giving him enough to fantasize about.”His voice
had taken on a sultry quality to tease her.
really?Well, I guess we’ll have to work on that.”She was out the door before he could give a come back.
met up with her at the autopsy bay doors.Gone was the flirty twosome from the
office replaced by their professional personas.
the technician pulled back the sheet to reveal the ‘creature’ that the waste treatment personnel found.
skin was mottled gray and wrinkled, its mouth was circular with layers of razor sharp teeth and it had no legs.“It must have crawled or slithered.”Reggie suggested.
picked up a folder and handed it to Mulder.Inside were pictures of the victims.“See the wound on each of them?”Scully asked and Mulder and Reggie said yes.She picked up another picture
and handed it to Reggie.“That is a photo of a fluke worm’s bite.”Her eyes went skyward.“If you
make allowances for the size difference they are identical.
are you saying what I think you’re saying?That this thing has some how
grown from a worm that is a couple inches to this?”
nodded. “But there’s more.Fluke worms are hermaphrodites and they use a host to plant their offspring.”
broke in, “that’s crazy!You think that thing procreated and that’s
what killed these men?”
can’t see any other explanation.Reggie, Mulder, we know of five victims
of this thing.So that could mean that there might be five children out there,
Dana, how could this have happened?”Reggie was nearly yelling.
don’t know.I can only tell you that evolution on this scale is unheard
of.My best guess would be radiation mutation, but it would have to be a strong
walked back to the table and looked at the creature.“Chernobyl maybe?”
thought for a moment, “maybe.But how would it have gotten here?”
ship possibly,” Reggie offered.
immerged from her bedroom and Mulder gave her an appreciative once over.“Tired?”
yeah.After dealing with the bureaucrats from the alphabet agencies all week
I just need something to help me unwind.”She grabbed her coat and they
at least they’ve located five of those mutants and they are now being ‘examined’ and they have protocols
in place to look for more.I heard today that they don’t think any of them
had reached the maturity to reproduce,”Mulder added.
hope they are right.”She turned to him and touched his chest and gave
him a smile that signaled that no more ‘shop talk’ would be tolerated.
took her to a small Italian restaurant that he liked.It wasn’t very busy
so they were able to just relax.
dinner they headed back to Dana’s.She put on coffee and he put some music.Mulder just played whatever she had in the CD player and the speakers came to life
with some cool jazz.The music seemed to fit their mood so he just left it and
sat on the couch.
walked in and took his hand for him to stand.She pulled him into a loose embrace
and they were dancing.Slowly, closely, swaying to the dulcet tones of the quartet.
good, who are they?”Mulder asked quietly as if he feared interrupting
never heard of them, they are called 3C’s and a B.It’s my brother’s
group, Charles, as in Charles Scully, Carl, Craig and Brian.They are all professors
at Central Michigan.They do some shows between college sessions and are quite popular.”
song ended but they remained dancing and the next song started.“This one
is sort of haunted and serious but underneath there is a happiness.It reminds
me of you actually.”Mulder commented.
pushed back and looked into Mulder’s eyes.“You didn’t read
the label did you?”Mulder shook his head and wondered why she seemed a
little skeptical.Suddenly she laughed.“Leave it to you.That song is ‘Dana’ and Charles claims
I inspired it.”Mulder pulled her back and the dance continued.
woke to the ringing of her phone.A quick glance at the clock told her it was
.There was only one person who called at these ungodly hours. “Mulder, this better be good.”
it’s Reggie.”This got her attention and she was immediately alert.
what’s wrong with Mulder?”
Mulder’s in surgery.He was shot, twice.Doesn’t look good, I think you need to get here as soon as you can.”
“Northern California.AD Skinner is coming out here and he said that if you could get to the airport by you can hitch a ride.”
there, if you hear anything. . .”
will, I’ll get a message to you no matter what.”
you called his mom and dad?”
told me only to call you.”
ran to the ICU waiting room.Reggie grabbed her and hugged her tightly.Mulder and Reggie had been working on a serial child killer case.Mulder wouldn’t tell her the details so she knew it had to be bad.He’d called every night and she had the feeling it was his way to reconnect with the ‘real’ world.
and the team he brought with him told her that Mulder and Reggie cracked the case.The
plan to apprehend the suspect was simple enough until a rookie cop interfered and bragged to his girlfriend at the local Denny’s
about the big case he was on.The perp was ready for them.One agent was killed three others wounded; two seriously.One
of those was Mulder.
let her go and they sat.“He’s out of surgery and the doctor said
he did pretty good.They will let you see him when they get him settled.”Dana couldn’t stop the tears from escaping.“Dana, I had to tell them that you and Mulder are married.”He
turned to Skinner. “It was the only way they would let her in.”
then a nurse came in.“Agent Purdue is this Mrs. Mulder?”He nodded.“You’re husband is doing remarkably
well, considering.We’ve settled him in so follow me and I’ll take
you to him.”
was awakened by a movement in the bed. “Mulder,” she whispered.It
took a moment for his eyes to focus but when they did he smiled.It was the best
sight she’d ever had.
wasn’t sure what he was asking so she chanced answering all the questions.“You
were shot twice, bad, five hours of surgery.The doctors say you are doing really
well.It happened three days ago.They
caught the guy.His latest victim is safe; he didn’t touch her.”
smiled and got enough spit in his mouth to talk.“How did you get here?”
smiled and nodded.“Reg called me as they took you to surgery and AD Skinner
got me a seat on the FBI jet.It was all very posh.”She blushed slightly and held up her left hand to show a ring on her finger.“Reggie told them I was your wife and he went to a pawn shop and bought me this.”
laughed but realized his mistake as the pain hit.“I have better taste
than that tacky thing.”
don’t care what it looks like, it got me in here and they let me stay.”She stood and leaned over him.“You will never do that again, you
will never get hurt.Do you understand me?”She didn’t wait for a reply.“I have plans, Mulder, big ones.They involve you.”She leaned down
even closer and whispered.“Some of those plans will escalate your studliness
quotient to new levels.”She kissed him.It was their first kiss and it was under less than perfect conditions but it was the most meaningful kiss either had
experienced.“Does that give you any ideas?”
just one question?”
you are too easy,” she waited a beat, “yes.”