B. Sept. 05
stared at the door Mulder had just walked through; her hand soothing her rounded belly.
It used to be when Mulder left a room she felt the emptiness he left behind; now rooms were more empty with him in
them. It was a torturous thought, but as horrible as it was, it had almost been
better when he was dead. At least then she had the illusion he’d loved
was back from his abduction and, miraculously, his death but still she felt empty and cold.
Mulder, the sun she’d rotated around for years, no longer provided warmth.
had gone through something that no one, except Lazarus, could understand but he wasn’t even trying to sort through it. He was so self absorbed that he gave nothing to anyone else, most particularly her.
never asked her about what she’d gone through. What it was like to find
him and then have to bury him? Why she’d kept his apartment and all his
possessions when there was no hope he’d ever need any of it again? How
she felt when she sat in that attorney’s office and not only found her his sole heir but that the attorney was an old
lover? Beyond one caustic comment when she first took him to his apartment he
never mentioned the baby. Mulder rarely looked at her and he never touched her.
she forced him to come over because they needed to work out how to repay the insurance companies and reactivate his various
accounts, basically to have him declared alive. She’d gotten affidavits
to prove it had not been some outrageous insurance scam.
she’d not touched any of the money. Everything had been placed in accounts
waiting to be used for their child; a child that, it seemed, Mulder would rather forget, or at least ignore.
walked to her bathroom to begin her evening ministrations. As she looked at her
visage in the mirror, she was stunned to see tear tracks branding her cheeks. She
quickly washed away the tear’s remnants along with her daily mask. The
face underneath was pale from too much worry and too little affection.
ached for Mulder’s touch. A brush of his fingers on her cheek. His knee
bumping hers in a not so accidental fashion. Anything from him to show that maybe
he no longer loved her but at least he still cared.
face in the mirror challenged her; she needed to find some peace. Earlier in
the day her doctor lectured her about her stress and ordered her to start her maternity leave.
Tomorrow, Thursday, she was going tell Skinner and Doggett that Friday would be her last day. She had plenty of time with maternity and saved vacation days, and her budget seemed sufficient. Friday night she was taking the train to visit her Grandma Bridie.
Tonight she’d almost asked Mulder to join her but she was too fragile to take another of his rejections. Besides, if she needed to reduce her stress she needed to be away from its largest
watched the train station getting further into the distance. Her mom made her
spring for the roomette rather than a regular seat and now that she was on the train she was thankful for her mother’s
insistence, she needed a nap.
thoughts returned to her earlier in the day. Packing up her office things had
a feeling of finality and, when she was honest with herself, she knew she would not be returning full time to the X-Files. Soon she would be answerable to someone besides herself. From now on ‘her’ child came first.
heard his stomach rumble so he ventured into the kitchen for food only to find his refrigerator and cupboards nearly empty. A year ago that would have been the norm but after Scully and he had ‘finally’
gotten together she’d made sure he always had an ample supply of food. Since
his return she’d been doubly tenacious, often using grocery shopping as an excuse to visit.
he hadn’t heard from her. . . That can’t be right, since the night
they filled out the paperwork to get him declared alive? Mulder quickly went
to his computer and checked the calendar. Today was Wednesday and the night he
went over to her place was, Wednesday. He hadn’t seen or heard from Scully
in a week. He called her and got the machine, he next tried her cell and it went
straight to voice-mail. He called work and Doggett answered.
Doggett, it’s Mulder, put Scully on.”
was a short moment of silence before Doggett answered. “Agent Mulder, Dana
isn’t here. Her doctor made her start her maternity leave, last Friday
was her last day.”
was dumbstruck. Scully shouldn’t have had to start her leave yet, not unless.
was as if Doggett read Mulder’s mind, “I don’t know how much Dana told you about this pregnancy but she’s
had a rough time of it. She almost lost that baby a number of times. Her doctor has been worried about her stress level and last Wednesday she ordered Dana to start her leave. Dana decided to take a few weeks and visit her Grandmother’s place in upstate
New York.” He paused for a moment to let what he said sink in. “Mulder, I thought she would have told you about all this.”
well uh, things have been complicated.” Mulder stammered as the magnitude
of what Scully had done engulfed him.
crap. Mulder, I think you should talk to Assistant Director Skinner about what
Dana went through while you were away.”
found himself being transferred and a few minutes later Skinner’s booming voice came over the line. “Not over the phone, I’ll pick you up in an hour. We
can grab some dinner.”
took the seat facing the door and Mulder sat opposite. The car ride had been
quiet with no more than respectful greetings between them.
ordered and Skinner sat back. “I have to say both Doggett and I were surprised
you didn’t know Scully’s plans. But it sort of makes sense since
you were her biggest source of stress and that was why her doctor forced her to start her maternity leave.”
didn’t know what to say so he stayed silent. It was clear that Skinner
was on a mission and something in Mulder told him he needed to know what was on his boss’s mind.
found out she was pregnant fifteen minutes before those friends of yours told her you’d gone missing. Fifteen minutes from soaring the heights to the depths of despair.
It was a real roller coaster ride.”
paused long enough to sip his draft. “A day later we were called in to
give statements on your disappearance. They’re okay now but Doggett and
she didn’t start out on a very good foundation. He’d been told some
things about Scully and he went after her full bore. He tried to trick her.”
huffed, “bet that went over well.”
threw a cup of water on him.”
my Scully.” Mulder’s eyes went unfocussed as he pictured the scene
in his mind.
you should say that, Mulder. From my conversation with her last week, she’s
pretty much under the impression you don’t really give two shits in the wind about her or the baby.”
was at full attention, his eyes bore into Skinner but the man didn’t back down.
“Mulder, Scully left Friday and it has taken you five days to realize it.
Do I really need to say any more?”
server came with their meals but Mulder’s appetite was gone.
would you tell me about,” he paused and cleared his throat, “about how she was while I was gone?” Mulder pushed his food around his plate, taking the occasional bite.
was desperate. The only people who knew about the pregnancy were her mom, your
friends and me. Doggett found out by accident.” Skinner smiled, “I sort of think until then he harbored some hope for a relationship with her.”
another reason for me to hate that bastard.”
hold on there Mulder. Doggett has been good with Scully. He’s had her back and supported her as much as he could. They
have some issues but they’ve become friends. He turned down a promotion
to stay with her on the X-Files. Besides, if you took out all the men at the bureau that had ideas about
Dana Scully at some point half the agents would be dead. Including me.”
can’t be a surprise, Mulder. Scully is beautiful, smart and sexy as hell. Or maybe you haven’t noticed?”
I’ve noticed.” Mulder smiled then he got pensive and started moving the food around his plate. “I think I may have really pushed too far this time. I’ve
kind of been acting like an ass toward her.”
glad you finally realized it. We’ve all been lining up to kick your ungrateful
“Dana. She made us all promise not to do anything or even talk to you about it. She said that after everything you’ve been through you deserved a break. Thing is, is she’s been through a lot too and she deserves a break too.” Skinner drained the last of his beer and motioned to the waitress for another. “You should have seen her. I’ve never seen her
more determined yet unfocussed. One day she was elbows deep in files about alien
abduction the next she was on her knees cleaning your apartment. Frohike found
her there surrounded by a pile of your magazines and tapes just crying. She’d
thought you had gotten rid of them. He offered to take care of it for her but
she refused. She made him go get several clear plastic air tight boxes and she
sorted them and stored them in your bedroom closet.”
smiled as he remembered running across the boxes a week after he’d gotten back.
“I always figured she hired a cleaning crew.” His expression
clouded and Mulder avoided Skinner’s gaze, choosing to look around the restaurant.
“Sir, do you think,” he took a deep breath and started again. “Do
you think she’d welcome a visit from a self absorbed, paranoid, asshole who is just realizing what a shit he’s
might but I have to tell you she can’t afford anymore stress.” Skinner
paused for a moment and seemed to debate over telling Mulder something.
if it is about Scully or her baby you have to tell me; I need to know”
small sneer appeared on Skinner’s face. “That’s just it, Mulder,
that baby isn’t just hers it’s yours too but you don’t seem to realize that.” Mulder was clearly shaken by this news. “Certainly you
knew? What did you think? That she
hooked up with someone while you were missing? Hell, Mulder, from what I saw
and the little you two have shown, it took seven years for the two of you to get together.
Did you really think she would . . .” He left the rest unsaid.
be honest, I guess I didn’t think anything. At most I assumed she’d
gone through another in-vitro procedure.”
“In-vitro? I never knew you tried that.”
months before we actually got involved. It didn’t work.”
chuckled confusing Mulder. “Sorry, it was just you saying about you two
‘getting’ involved threw me. You may not have gone to bed together
but you two were involved since that first year you worked together.”
reached into his inside jacket pocket and pulled out a legal sized envelope. He
looked at it for a moment before putting it on the table. He kept his hand on
top of it. “I talked to Maggie before picking you up.
She said I was to use my judgment, don’t make me regret this.” He
pushed the envelope toward Mulder. “There is a plane ticket for tomorrow
morning, a car rental reservation and directions to where Dana is staying. I’ll
call Maggie and
tell her to call her mother-in-law to let her know you are coming. I expect a
positive resolution to this situation.” Skinner stood and threw money on
the table for the bill. “Come on, you have to pack.”
drove up the dirt driveway. Lilac bushes flanked both sides and the fragrance
nearly overwhelmed him. The house came into view and one thought came to him,
‘home.’ It wasn’t because the house was so welcoming but because
he knew Scully was here; Scully was home. He’d been a fool for not realizing
it before; Scully was his home, the only one he’d ever known.
looked around to see if he could see Scully, but she was no where around. He
climbed the four porch steps and knocked. A lovely older woman came to the door.
I help you, young man?”
I think you are expecting me. . .”
my Dana’s Fox? Come in, come in.”
She opened the screened door and ushered him in. “Dana’s out
back taking a nap on the screened porch. Set your bag down there.”
expected her to show him to the porch but she diverted him to the parlor. “I
need to talk to you before you see her. She’s hurting pretty bad and I
have a feeling it has something to do with you.”
stop that right now. I’m not trying to admonish you but I just want you
to know that Dana is a Scully through and through and that means she has the Scully temper and the stubbornness. Oh, I see from your face you are well aware of that. Okay,
so you know you might have a hard road ahead of you to make whatever is wrong between you right.”
nodded, “it’s all my fault.”
doubt that, my Dana can cause a lot of her own problems. She’s always been
so closed about herself and her feelings. I supposed it is the curse of being
a middle child and too smart for her playmates. She learned to keep to her own
company at a young age.” She took Mulder’s hand, “I understand
you’re pretty smart yourself. I guess my girl finally found someone to
talk to. Just think how smart that baby of yours is going to be?”
face broke out into a huge grin.
now, I’ll take you to Dana. Then you give me ten minutes to get my old
body out of here.” She forestalled his question, “I’m going
to stay with my sister on the other side of town. You two need some time alone. Speaking of which, give me your car keys, I’ve already got Dana’s. Neither of you are going to be able to leave here when things get rough.”
sat next to Scully’s chaise and watched her. He’d heard her grandmother’s
car leave about ten minutes before but he just wanted to take in Scully.
had no idea how he’d not groveled at her feet. How had he gone a week without
missing her? Scully was essential, Scully was his Scully and that said it all.
later Scully languidly stretched and her eyes opened. A smile lit up her face
then just as quickly it was gone. “Mulder, what are you doing here?”
struggled to sit up and Mulder jumped to help her. His hand glanced her stomach
and rather than pull away, as she expected, he placed it firmly on the bulge. “Ours,”
he said reverently. Then he completely blew her away by raising her shirt and
leaning down and kissing the exposed bulk. “God, Scully, you are so damned
reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a small velvet box. “I ordered
this before I, uh, left, it was in my safety deposit box. I was going to ask
you as soon as I returned but, well a few things sort of got in the way.” Mulder
kneeled next to her chaise. “Dana Katherine Scully would you . . .” That was as far as he got before he found himself on his back with Scully in his arms.
drove down the snow covered dirt drive. Mulder looked at their son in the rearview
mirror. “You see that house up there?
That is where your old dad finally got his head out of his ass and asked your mom to marry me.”
the back seat Will looked between his parents and said his first word. “Ass, ass, ass . . .”
the back seat, “thit, thit, thit. . .”