Mulder got off the
plane and immediately scanned the crowd for his family.This was his fifth trip
to see them and it would be the longest, a whole month.The month after finding
Scully, he’d returned and instead of staying at the local motel he took up residence in her guest room.That trip and the ones after that had been such successes that he had a small hope that by the end of this
trip he’d be rooming down the hallway; Scully’s bedroom.If not this
trip it would be the next, or at least he hoped.
Mulder suddenly was
covered in hugs; a child on each side and Scully to the front.Scully pulled
back slightly and kissed him deeply.“You were missed, Mulder.Welcome back.”
Mulder returned her
kiss enthusiastically then leaned down and kissed each child.
A voice from behind
Mulder caught their attention.“Gosh, those two are just beautiful and
they look just like their father.”It was an elderly woman Mulder remembered
from the plane.“But they definitely have their mother’s eyes.”
Mulder began to say
something but Scully stopped him by saying, “thank you.”
Sunday morning Mulder
waited for the others to return from church when they were all going out for breakfast.He’d been here two weeks yet he still had a gnawing feeling about that careless statement that woman made at
the airport..Mulder could still
hear every inflection in the ladies voice, ‘they look just like their father. . .’ and ‘. . . have their
mother’s eyes’.The twins did have Scully’s eyes, did they
look like him?
Mulder pulled out
the photos that Scully had sent him and held them on either side of his face and looked in the mirror.It wasn’t good enough so he went and got their 8x10s from the living-room mantle.The mirror didn’t lie; Grey and Paige did look like him.
Could it be?Was there a possibility that he was . . .Mulder’s
mind was trying to assimilate the possibilities.His thoughts turned to Emily.
He carefully replaced
the pictures to their place on the mantle then went to the children’s bathrooms for hair samples.While he was at it he got a sample of Scully’s hair too.He
needed to know.He wanted to overnight the samples but this was too important
to chance it so he would just have to be patient and hand carry them when he returned to DC.
He was walking down
the stairs when Scully came in to get him so they could go to breakfast.
Mulder was sitting
on the back porch watching the ocean.His mind was jumbled with the possibilities.
Scully came out and played with his hair to get his attention.“Kids in bed?”Mulder asked as she took the seat
next to him.
“Uh huh, you
really tired them out at the playground today.”She said as she scooted
a little closer.
out too.I’m not as young as I’d like to be.”
enjoy this don’t you, Mulder?I mean, you are a natural with them.They love you, you know?”
“I love them
too, Scully.”His voice dipped, “and I’d like to be a natural
with their Mom too.”His arm snaked around Scully’s shoulder and
he stole a kiss.He pulled back and she followed and held his head from moving
“You are; a
natural with me.After everything I never stopped being in love with you.”
snapped back at her words.He searched her eyes trying to assure himself that
her words meant what he hoped they meant.
he didn’t know the words to say.
Scully leaned back
and stretched.“I guess you tired me out too.I think I’ll head up to bed.”She rose and Mulder
deflated a bit.She’d taken two steps when she turned back and said, “care
to join me?”
Mulder was by her
side in a second and his lips took possession of hers.“It’ll be
my pleasure.”He whispered to her mouth.
“I think the
pleasure will be mutual.”
Mulder woke to find
himself holding Scully tightly.Their bodies faced each other and his hands were
possessively holding her ass.“Love you, Scully,” he said quietly.
“Love you too,”
she slurred back to him and she scratched her nose on his chest.Her movements
stirred his nether regions and he gently pushed her to her back.
“How do you
feel about morning sex, Scully?”He asked as he began a slow exploration
of he body with his mouth.
this morning answered that for you.”She answered huskily.“Oh, God!”Scully cried out as Mulder reached
Mulder and the twins
were in the kitchen when Scully walked in.Mulder leaned over and kissed her.Paige watcher her mother and asked, “Mom, are you okay?You’re walking funny.”
“Yeah, and last
night there was a lot of groaning coming from your room.”Grey contributed.
covered her face and Mulder just started laughing.“I’m fine.”
“You are better
than fine, Scully, you are down right phenomenal.”Mulder exclaimed.
Mulder was halfway
over the country when he noticed the woman next to him.She’d obviously
been trying to get his attention.She was the typical example that Scully would
say was his type.Her skirt was very short and there were a few more buttons
open than he remembered when she sat down.She smiled seductively and he smiled
back then turned to look down the aisle and daydreamed of a tiny redhead and a set of twins.
Scully took him to
the airport alone.The twins had plans to go to an amusement park with their
friends.He’d thought that leaving would become easier but each time he
had to go back to DC it hurt worse and the ache stronger.He heard the woman
next to him huff something about ‘married ass.’Yeah, he was as good
as married, he thought as he patted the three samples envelopes in his pocket.
Mulder stared at the
results of the DNA tests in blissful disbelief.His stated that there was a 98.785
% chance he was the father of the twins and Scully’s said that it was 99.524% chance that she was their mother.
Now all he had to
do was figure out how to tell Scully and convince her to marry him without it seeming like the only reason was because of
more time off and already booked a flight.He had two days and six hours to figure
out how to tell Scully.
Scully ushered the
kids into the house and turned to lock the door behind them.“Mulder!”She heard the twins scream and she looked, he was locked in a dual embrace.
she echoed, in awe that he was there.She’d been thinking of him all week,
she had something serious she needed to discuss with him and it had to be done face to face.She didn’t know how she was going to wait the three weeks until they visited him in DC; now she didn’t
The kids let him go
and them Mulder and Scully were in each other’s arms.“Missed you
so much.”Neither knew who spoke the words but they both meant it.
“I was just
missing my family so I decided to come.I’m taking you all out to dinner.”
Scully walked to the
back porch to find Mulder.He was standing at the railing watching the children.There was something in the way he looked that told her it was time to talk about the
She placed her hand
on his shoulder as she approached.“When did you figure it out?”She asked simply.
Mulder turned toward
her and leaned back.“How. . .”The rest of his question remained un-voiced, it didn’t need to be.
“It was how
you were looking at them; full of pride.”
“So, how long
have you known?”Mulder needed to know the circumstances behind this.
“I started to
suspect shortly after the adoption went through, it went too easily.Can you
understand that?”Mulder nodded remembering the problems they’d encountered
when she tried to get custody of Emily.
She took a seat and
he followed.“Grey was dribbling his basketball and suddenly I thought,
‘I’ll bet that is exactly how Mulder looked at that age’.Then
little things started having more meaning.The way Paige devoured learning and
Grey’s gracefulness.I knew, I just knew.
“They are ours.The perfect combination of you and me.I
called the guys and they did some checking for me into Jen’s background.She
never existed until those two were born.I wanted to hate her but she was a good
mother to them and they will always love her so I can’t hate her.”
everything, is it, Scully?”
She graced him with
a smile.“God, it’s still scary how well you know me.No, that isn’t everything.I had their DNA compared
Mulder looked away trying to gather his thoughts on how to ask.But once again
Scully was right with him.
“They are both
perfectly healthy, not at all like Emily.”Scully stood and closed the
short distance between them.Mulder folded her into his arms.“I guess the Mulder-Scully metabolism lives on.Even
more so, they heal quicker than we did and you know that’s saying something.”
you call?You had to have known that I,” Mulder stopped.
“Mulder, I didn’t
know anything.The last memory I had is that you really didn’t seem too
interested in having me around.I couldn’t just pick up the phone and call.What would I have said?Congratulations
or happy Father’s Day?I only knew that you would drop everything if you
knew that you were their father.I couldn’t do that to you and I couldn’t
do it to them or me.If the four of us were ever going to have any sort of relationship
it wouldn’t be because you felt obligated.I was afraid that you’d
come to resent them or see them as another way the syndicate duped you and interfered with your life.”
“Were you ever
going to tell me?”Mulder’s pain at how well she interpreted the
situation and how it could have played out.
that I would talk to Skinner and the guys next year and see what they thought.”She looked down.“I’d forbidden them to talk to me about anything
personal regarding you so I didn’t know how things were with you.I didn’t
know if you were still with Angie or had found someone else.The hurt cut pretty
Mulder pulled her
tighter and kissed her forehead.“You know I love you don’t you?And that I love them?”
pretty fond of you too.”
I love you, I’m in love with you and I want, no, need to be their father.Can
we do that?Will you let me?”
are their father and they know it.”He looked at her with surprise, “no,
I didn’t tell them.I don’t think I ever will.What I mean is you’ve been the only father figure they’ve ever known.They love you and they know you love them.Even if they didn’t
share our DNA they would be our children.”
reared up and he yelled, “God, I love this woman!”The twins stopped
their game and cheered.“Marry me, Scully.Make an honest man out of me.”
“Oh, yes, a
thousand times yes!”
A week later five
different and diverse sets of people from various parts of the country opened their mail.
Maggie Scully carried in her mail after a friendly chat with her new mail carrier.She was a nice young woman; a single mother of three who just traded routes.Maggie made herself some tea and then leafed through the various bills, catalogs and flyers till she got to one, that by
its shape, looked like a card.The envelope had no return address and the post
mark was from Hawaii.She slid the letter opener through and extracted the card.The elegant script on the front held a simple salutation.She opened it to find a picture and a burst of joyous laughter broke forth from her throat and she said
a silent thank you prayer.
Walter Skinner returned
to his desk after meeting with the budget department.If he thought transferring
Mulder from the X-Files would have brought his budget in line he was sorely mistaken.Doggett
and Reyes could out spend Mulder and Scully on a bad day.Well, at least there
were less medical bills, that had to account for something.
He rifled through
his afternoon mail of memos and classified paper-shit till he ran into a card.“It’s
about damned time,” his Assistant heard him exclaim loudly.
John Byers walked
in carrying groceries and their accumulated mail from the Post Office box.Langly
separated the assortment of personal mail and that for their publication.Mixed
within his American Gamer magazine, Byers’ latest book rejections and Frohike’s latest copy of Scanty Panties
was a card addressed to all of them.
“Well, if it
wasn’t going to be me I’m glad it was him.He looks content for the
first time, don’t you think?”Frohike commented to his two colleagues,
who had the good sense not to mention the tear tracks down their friend’s cheek.
“I’ve never met the guy but things will never be dull for them.”Charles Scully said as he reached for his youngest son.“This
is going to make for an interesting Christmas,” he joked with his wife, Renee’.
“I say more
power to them,” She replied.
In California the
man kissed his wife and son then sat down to his first cup of coffee and the morning mail.Bill Scully sorted through the mail and came to what appeared to be a card.He
noticed the postmark was from Hawaii and wondered which of his friends had caught that cushy assignment.Carefully, he opened the envelope and pulled out the card.With
the jokers he knew the darned thing could explode.He read the front ‘Greetings
from Hawaii’.Yeah, rub it in whoever you are.Bill opened the card and nearly dropped his mug.
Tara looked at him
alarmed and grabbed the card.Inside was a photo of Dana, Fox Mulder and the
twins.At the bottom Dana had written, ‘from the Mulder family’.