Title: A Spooky Halloween
Author: Morley
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Disclaimer: The X-Files and the characters of Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Bill Scully, Jr., and Matthew Scully belong to Chris Carter, 1013 Productions, and 20th Century Fox.
Classification: A, S


Scully's Apartment
Friday, October 23

Dana Scully's phone rang for the third time when she answered it. "Hello?" she asked.

"Is this the home of my beautiful sister?"

She smiled. "Bill! Hi! How are you?"

"I'm doing great. In fact, I'll be coming to town next weekend for a Navy Convention."

"Really, that's wonderful! I suppose you'll want to stay here since Mom is visiting her friend. And you're welcome to, of course," Scully said.

"Actually, I need to stay a hotel, but I do have a favor to ask of you."

Scully smiled again. "Sure, anything."

"Well, Tara has some business to work on and we were wondering if you could watch Matthew. He really wants to see you and we don't want to have to hire a baby-sitter."

"You don't need to ask twice! I'd love to see my nephew!"

"Wait, there's more. Since it's Halloween Saturday, could you take him out Trick-or-Treating?"

"Tell him I'd love to and bring a costume." There was a pause. "Bill?"

"I'm still here, but there is another favor I'd like to ask of you."

"Sure, what is it?" she asked.

"Keep you partner away from my son! I don't want anything to happen to him!"

Scully was astounded, she couldn't believe it. "Bill! He would never put Matthew in harm's way."

Bill scoffed.

"Oh, and the plans I have on Friday are

with Mulder. I'm taking him out for a belated birthday because I was out of town on the 13th. I can't cancel on him but Matthew is welcome to join us.

That is, if you still want him staying with me."

Bill finally gave in. "Okay, okay. My plane lands at 2:35, gate 27, Delta Flight 123. See you next weekend, sis!"

"Bye!" Scully couldn't wait to see her nephew.


FBI Headquarters
X-Files Office
Friday, October 30
8:30 am Fox Mulder hid behind the door to his office. He had the "Scream" mask on and wanted to scare Scully. He was ready as she pushed opened the door. "Mulder?

You here?"

Mulder jumped out. "ARGH!"

"Shit, Mulder!"

Mulder pulled off the mask. "How did you know it was me?" he asked.

"Oh, I don't know, wild guess," she replied. "Mulder, are you sure you don't mind Matthew coming with us tonight?"

Mulder took off the mask. "Of course not, Scully, it'll be fun to have a kid around."

"Great! I'll pick you up at about five." She looked at him and asked jokingly, "Do you want to go to the airport with me?"

"Oh yeah, Scully, that's all I need, more abuse!"

There was silence until Mulder said, "Hey, maybe we'll see some real ghosts tomorrow night! And there is something I've been looking into and I want your opinion on it." He handed her a file. "It seems that children have been turning up missing for the past two weeks and the local PD said the disappearances have to do with Halloween.

The kids were all trying on their costumes and went outside so their parents could take pictures. Three kids were found and four others were shot at."

"Shot at? Are they all right?" When he nodded, Scully sighed with relief.

"But Mulder, isn't this a case for the local police? Why do you have a file on it?"

"Because it's inexplicable and the kids don't remember what happened." He looked at her. "I guess we can at least wait until after the weekend.

Hopefully more kids won't turn up missing. Especially considering the fact that tomorrow is Halloween."


D.C. International Airport
2:45 pm

"Aunt Dana! Aunt Dana!" Scully heard a little voice shouting.

"Hey Matthew!" she said, picking him up. "Wow, you've grown so big. Pretty soon you'll be taller than your daddy."

Matthew smiled. "That would be so cool!"


3:01 pm

Scully dropped Bill off at the hotel. "Now be good for Aunt Dana, Matty." He gave him a kiss.

"I will, Daddy, bye!" They drove off. Matthew was telling Scully all about life as a preschooler. Of course, to her it seemed simple but to a three-year-old it was like solving the toughest X-File.

"So, Aunt Dana, who's birthday is it?" Matthew asked.

"My friend. His name is Mulder."

"Mulder? That's his name?"

"Well, that's just what I call him, it's his last name."

Matthew looked confused. "Doesn't he have a first name?"

"Yeah, honey, but he doesn't like it."

"What is it?"

"Promise me you won't tell him I told you?" Matthew nodded vigorously. "It's Fox."

Trying not to laugh, Matthew said, " I see why he doesn't like it."


Uno's Pizzaria
6:32 pm

"Mr. Mulder..."

"Matthew, just Mulder is fine."

Matthew's eyes grew wide. His parents would

never let him call any adult just by their last name. He looked at Scully who nodded smiling. "Okay! Mulder are you really coming trick-or-treating with us tomorrow?"

"Of course I am. What are you going to be?" Mulder replied excitedly. He hadn't been trick-or-treating since the Halloween before Samantha was taken.

"I'm going to be the Red Power Ranger!" He said taking a bite of pizza. "What about you?"

"I'm not sure yet," Mulder said with a wink. Scully bent down and whispered something in Matthew's ear. He giggled and left the table. When she looked up she was met with Mulder's "puppy dog face". "Why don't you tell me the secret too?" he asked.

"Because it's a surprise."

As Scully said that, Matthew came running back followed by some of Uno's staff singing 'Happy Birthday'. Mulder's face turned a deep shade of red. Everyone cheered as he blew out the candle, making a wish. There was only one person Mulder wished to see again.


Scully's Apartment
Saturday, October 31
5:45 pm "Go go Power Rangers!" Matthew yelled as he ran across the apartment.

"Matty,calm down!" Scully shouted from the bedroom. He stopped long enough to ask Scully when Mulder was coming. "He'll be here soon."

"Awesome!" he said, continuing to run about. There was a knock at the door.

"I'll get it!" Matthew said. He opened the door to reveal a tall man with sideburns, big, dark sunglasses, and his lip curled up. "Hi! Who are you?"

he asked. Scully ran to the door when she heard him ask. It was Elvis Presley.

"Elvis" removed the sunglasses and Scully quickly recognized the hazel eyes.

"Mulder! You make a great Elvis Presley."

"Why thank you, thank you very much!"

"Who's Elvis Parsley?" Matthew asked.

Mulder looked shocked at the question. "Scully, he doesn't know who the King is?"

She shrugged her shoulders. "I guess not. Come on in."

Upon entering, Mulder noticed that Scully was still in jeans and T-shirt. "So, going as a homicidal maniac or something? Where's your costume?"

"Mulder, I don't have one." Mulder grinned and handed her a bag. "Mulder!"

She opened it and pulled out a clown costume." She shook her head. "Uh uh, no way."

"There is an alternative..." he said with a leer in his eye.

"I don't even want to look," she replied opening the bag again. It was a cat costume. A short, black skirt with a tail sewn onto it, ears, and a leotard.

"No way, I'll freeze!"

"Oh, come on, Scully. Halloween comes but once a year!"

"I'm putting the clown costume on."


8:03 pm

"Trick-or-Treat!" Matthew shouted. An old woman gave him some M & Ms. "Thank you!" he said as he ran to Mulder and Scully. "Look, M & Ms, my favorite!"

Scully saw Mulder's head snap up as if he heard something. "Can we sit a minute, Aunt Dana?"

"Sure, honey," Scully said watching Matthew sit on the curb. "Mulder, what's wrong?" she whispered.

"Scully, have you noticed that it's unusually quiet?

I mean, where are all the kids?"

Scully looked around. He was right, there

were hardly any kids around and there was still an hour left. Mulder looked at where Matthew was sitting but he wasn't there.

"Scully, Matthew's gone."

"What?" She ran to the curb where his bag of candy sat. "Matty? Matthew!" she shouted tears springing to her eyes.

Mulder put an arm on her shoulder. "We'll find him, Scully."

"Aunt Dana, Mulder!!! HELP!!!!"

Mulder headed in the direction of Matthew's

cries whipping his gun out. He saw Matthew running toward him. "I'm here, Matty," he said. He was just a few inches from Mulder when there was a gunshot.

It missed them both.

Mulder jumped in front of Matthew as the second shot was fired. It caught him in the back.

Scully ran to him and Matthew, dialing 911. "This is Special Agent Dana Scully of the FBI, I have an agent down..."

She looked nervously around her then at Mulder. "Matty, are you okay?"

He nodded slowly. "I think Mulder got shot

though." "I know, sweetie. The ambulance is on its way."

Mulder's eyes opened half way. "Scully...is Matty all right?"

"Yeah."

"You?"

"Yeah, Mulder, I'm fine." She watched helplessly as Mulder lost consciousness again. Then thought who in the world shot at them and why.


St. Anne's Hospital
11:21 pm

Matthew had fallen asleep on Scully's lap. She hadn't called Bill yet, she wanted to know how Mulder was doing first. Their boss, Assistant Director Walter Skinner, came down the hallway. "Agent Scully, are you two all right?" he asked regarding Matthew.

"We're fine, sir, thanks to Mulder."

Skinner sat next to her. "They found the man responsible, gunshot wound to the head. Apparently this had to do with a case you were on."

"Well, I wouldn't call it a case exactly, it was just something Mulder was looking into to see if it warranted investigation. He had a feeling it was an X-File even though the kids were returned. I guess Matthew was his next victim," she finished with a shudder.

"Agent Scully." They both looked up to see the doctor who had been treating Mulder.

"Doctor Fredmont, this is our boss, Walter Skinner." The men shook hands. "How's Mulder doing?"

"We were able to remove the bullet successfully, there has been no lung damage, just blood loss. He was in a lot of pain so we gave him some medication. You can see him whenever you're ready." Scully smiled. "Thank you, Doctor. Sir, go ahead in, I have to call Bill now." Scully watched as Doctor Fredmont led Skinner to Mulder's room then dialed Bill's hotel room.

"Hello?" he answered.

"Bill, it's Dana."

"Dana? Is Matty all right?"

"He's fine, Bill, he's asleep."

"Wow, that's early. How did you manage that?"

"Bill, I won't lie to you, someone shot at Matty. If it wasn't for Mul-"

He cut her off. "What? Someone shot at my son! Dana, I swear, if this had anything to do with one of those X-Files, then I'm going to seriously injure Fox Mulder!"

"Oh, Bill..." Bill calmed when he heard Scully's voice waver. "Mulder saved Matty's life. He jumped in front of your son to protect him. Bill, he was shot!"

"He was? I'll be right there."

"Was that daddy?" Matthew asked as Scully hit the end button.

"Yeah, honey. He's on the way over."

Scully could see tears swelling in her nephew's eyes. "I wish that man would have shot me!" he cried, hugging Scully.

"What? Why?"

"Because then Daddy wouldn't be mad at Mulder. I could hear everything Daddy said. I don't want him to hurt Mulder, he's my friend too!" He sobbed uncontrollably.

"Shh, shh, I know, he's my friend too."


12:26 pm

Scully was sitting a Mulder's bedside when there was a knock at the door. It was Skinner. "Agent Scully, I need to take care of some paperwork. Bill just got here and he's in the waiting room with Matthew."

"Thank you, sir," she replied.

"Agent Scully, get some sleep." Scully nodded and headed for the waiting room.

"Hi Bill." He didn't say anything, just gave her a hug. He knew she loved her partner but he didn't understand why.

"Aunt Dana," Matthew said pulling on Scully's arm. "How is Mulder doing?" Scully looked at her nephew.

"Mulder will be fine. He's just sleeping right now."

"Can I see him tomorrow?"

"It's up to your dad."

"Please, Daddy?"

Bill hesitated. "All right."


St. Anne's Hospital
The Next Morning

Mulder, with his head propped up, was flipping through the channels. "I wish I had a VCR and one of my videos," he said to himself. He came upon a documentary about Area 51 and decided to watch it. Resting as comfortably as possible, Mulder was about to fall asleep until the door was opened.

Matthew

walked in followed by Scully. "Hey, Matty!" he said trying to sound cheerful.

"Nice try, Mulder." He shrugged.

Matthew looked at him. "Thank you for

saving me Mulder."

"Anytime big guy," he answered shaking Matthew's hand.

"Um, Mulder, Bill's here too, he wants to speak with you."

"He does?" She nodded. "Okay."

Scully and Matthew left and Bill came in. "Mr. Mulder," he said. "Thank you for risking your life to save my son. You didn't have to do it but you did."

"I would do it again without hesitation. I would risk my life for your sister too."

Bill didn't say anything for a while. "I got to go, the plane leaves in an hour and Matty wants to see his grandma. Thank you again."

Mulder nodded

and noticed that the second 'thank you' was forced.

He didn't care as long as Scully and Matthew were safe.

The End


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