Title: Christmas Surprise: The Drive Home
Disclaimer: Mulder + Scully = Chris Carter The almighty surfer dude just loaned them to me. ::bows to Chris Carter:: Don't sue! No Money!
Summary: A to Kimpa's X-Files fanfic challenge.
Author's Notes: This is in reply to Kimpa's X-Files fanfic challenge.
Wednesday, December 20, 2000
Special Agent Scully. After all these years in the bureau, all those words still sound funny together.
I'm sitting behind the wheel of my Ford Explorer at an intersection waiting impatiently for the light to turn green.
My mind keeps wandering to him. Mulder. My partner. My friend. I've found my thoughts roaming in his direction a lot lately. It may be because he's still missing and has been for three months now. It could also be because I'm carrying his child.
Yep. I found out today that it is his child within me. The test results came back positive from comparing my, our baby's DNA to a sample of Mulder's on record.
I always figured it was Mulder's baby since he's the only person I've been with in a LONG time. It's an epiphany.
I just wanted to make sure it wasn't that Cigarette-Smoking Bastard's baby. After all, I did take a little "trip" with him and thought I may have been drugged.
The light finally turns green and I snap back into reality. I press slightly on the accelerator until my speedometer says I'm going five miles over the speed limit. I let my foot off the gas pedal as I near my turn.
Mulder. Oh, how I miss him. I never let myself believe it before, but I know that I love him. I just hope that soon, very soon, before our child is born, he is returned to me safe and sound.
I just hope he wants to be a part of our child's life. Ever since that night. The night that will forever be logged into my memory. The night I cherish. The night we first made love.
He had just come back from a little trip to England to investigate some crop circles. Or so he said.
That night was wonderful. We needed each other. At the time, I still hadn't admitted to myself that I loved him. After seeing Daniel again I was emotionally distraught, I guess you could say. I needed Mulder that night, and he gave me what I needed and much more.
I don't know why I did it, but after that night I pushed him away. I guess I was in denial for my feelings about him.
I pulled into my parking spot in front of my apartment complex. Suddenly a song pops into my head as I cut the engine. A song that perfectly describes the situation. I sit there as I sing the words of the chorus. "Sometimes I run. Sometimes I hide. Sometimes I'm scared of you, but all I really want is to hold you tight, and treat you right. Baby, all I need is time."
This song is so right.
You tell me you're in love with me...
Your eyes never lie, Mulder. I can tell by the way you look at me that you love and long for me.
It's not that I don't wanna stay,
There's nothing I'd like more than to be in your arms. I just needed to sort through my feelings.
I wanna believe in everything that you say.
I do want to believe, Mulder. I do.
If you really want me, move slow.
There's a lot about me I need to tell you, Mulder. Like ho I dream about you every night. How I'm going to have your child... How I want so badly to have a family with you.
I don't wanna be so shy.
I need you to help me get used to this, then maybe it won't be so awkward.
Hope that you will wait for me.
You'll always be the only man for me, Mulder. I just hope that when you return you'll feel the same way.
Suddenly I'm pulled from my thoughts when I hear a scream. I look out the window and smile as I see three kids out playing in the snow. There's a boy, who looks about six or seven, chasing a girl who looks to be the same age as him. The girl is grinning and trying to elude the boy. Another girl is laying in the snow bank making a snow angel. I watch as the little girl gets up to examine her masterpiece. One of the other kids trips over his own foot and lands on the snow angel, causing the girl to make a face at him. She saunters off across the grass and makes herself another snow angel.
I smile again as I get out of my car and go inside.
My thoughts are still on Mulder.
--End of Chapter 1--
Title: "Christmas Surprise: Could it Be?"
Monday, December 25, 2000
Here I am. Sitting in my Explorer again at a red light. Just like a few days ago. I'm so tired, that I could just go back home and climb into my warm bed and fall back into slumber where I can see visions of my Mulder. But mom has roll call under the tree at 6:00 am. She told me she has a special surprise for me. I wouldn't have any idea what it is. Probably something for the nursery in my two bedroom apartment.
Finally the light turns green and I push my foot on the accelerator. Within five minutes I pull into my mother's driveway. I can tell by the other car in the driveway that Bill and Tara are already here. I hope Charlie is here this year.
I unbuckle my seat belt and get out of the car, but before I can even get my presents to everyone out of the car I hear the sudden rush of people coming outside.
"Dana, Bill said he'd help you carry everything inside." I hear my mom call to me.
I look up in time to see Bill standing next to me. "It's okay, Bill... I
can handle it."
He points to my stomach and is about to speak when I cut him off, "Bill, I'm pregnant... not handicapped. I will carry them in." I reach in the back seat and grab my bag full of gifts.
I can tell by the look on Bill's face that he's disappointed that I won't let him help me. I look towards mom and head up the driveway to the door. Once at the door, mom ushers me inside. The next thing I know, the bag of gifts I'm holding is swiftly removed from my arms, and before I even know what has hit me, I feel the warm embrace of someone. Everything happened so fast that I have yet to even see who they are. I'm assuming that it's Charlie. We haven't seen each other in two years. All I can manage to do is wrap my arms around the person and smile.
When the person I thought was Charlie lets go of me and pulls back to look at me I feel all my breath leave me in a whoosh. I'm left standing there breathless and in shock. Oh. My. God. Can it really be?! I close my eyes and then open them again to make sure what I'm seeing is really there.
Yep. He's still there. I reach up to pinch my cheek, wondering if I'm dreaming. "Ouch." I mumble.
"No, it's not a dream, Scully." I break down into tears when I see the cocky, sideways grin on Mulder's face. The same grin I've seen a thousand times.
My head starts to expand and I feel myself swooning from the shock of it all. Before I know it, I'm on the floor in Mulder's arms. I
fell. And he caught me. I smile inwardly.
I can hear the smirk in his voice when he speaks, "Trying to get reacquainted with the floor?"
I look up at him with a playful scowl. "Even after 3 months, you still manage to come up with those smart ass remarks. You never cease to amaze me, Mulder."
"It's good to see you, too, Scully."
I hear footfalls coming down the hallway and then suddenly, "Let's open presents now mommy!" I smile and look over at Bill and Tara's son, Matthew.
Tara stands up from where she's sitting on the couch. "Do you two mind if we open presents now? Because Matty won't leave anyone alone until we do. You saw him last year."
I laugh lightly and stand up slowly. "Sure..." Suddenly I feel bad when I realize that I don't have anything for Mulder. I didn't expect him to be here at my mother's. I did get him a present, in hopes that he'd come home for Christmas, but it's sitting at home on my coffee table.
Mom must have seen the look on my face, because a moment later she pulls me into her bedroom and pulls out a box and hands it to me. "I didn't expect you to have anything for Fox with you when you came over, so I grabbed this for you."
I smile. "Thanks, mom. But you know what? I already have something for Mulder... It's at home though. I'm sure he wouldn't mind helping me open my presents. I'll give him my present when I get home." I kiss her cheek. "Thanks though."
I should have known my mom better than that. When it comes to something like this she won't take no for an answer. She puts the present in my hands. "Give it to him anyway."
I follow her back out to the living room where everyone is sitting on the floor. Matty is helping his mother pass out the gifts they brought for everyone. I slowly walk in and sit down next to Mulder. He looks at me and smiles. "What's that?" He nods to the gift in my hands.
"It's for you." I set it on his lap with a soft smile. My God... I wish I could go home NOW so I can take him with me. As much as I love my family I want to be alone with Mulder right now.
I feel a cool rush of air behind me, and the next thing I know, two big arms encircle me from behind. "Hey big sis." I grin and tilt my head back.
"Hey, Charlie! You're here!" I pull him down to hug him.
"Of course I'm here." He kisses my cheek and makes his rounds to hug everyone else.
After everyone is settled for present opening I grab my sack of presents and pass them out. I look across the room just in time to see Matty dive into his presents and practically tear them to shreds trying to get the paper off of them. I begin to laugh.
My laughing stops abruptly when I feel Mulder's breath in my ear. "Can I open my present now, Agent Scully?"
I feel a shiver run up my spine as I nod. "Of course you can." I try to swallow the lump in my throat and look at him as he begins to carefully unwrap his gift. I just sit silently and watch his talented hands at work. Oh, my God. The look on his face his priceless. He reminds me of a child concentrating on trying to put together a puzzle.
Mulder looks up at me as he holds up his present. "How did you know?" That grin again. God, I swear I'm going to melt.
"I've always wanted this book, Scully!" He grins and reads the title out loud for everyone to hear, "'How the Grinch Stole Christmas.' Wow, Scully! This book is the coolest!" I contain my laughter that's dying to spill out and watch him as he flips through the pages. "Oh, look, Scully! It's Cindy Lou Who!" He grins again.
Just not able to contain myself any longer at his adorable childish display I burst out laughing. Oh, my goodness... he can be just so cute sometimes! I finally stop laughing and look at him.
"Done what? Laughing?"
"No, silly! Opening your presents!" He grins a grin I've never seen on him before. Oh, my God, it's the cheesiest grin I've ever seen! He's actually showing his pearly whites!
"I haven't even started, Mulder." I look down at my presents. Then I see Mulder's little pile of presents. Obviously Mulder's been back for a few days and everyone has been keeping this from me. Everyone else brought him a present.
"Then you'd better hurry! I'm about done!" I look over again to see that he's got all but one of his presents open already.
I look down at my presents again and dig in.
--End of Chapter 2--
Title: "Christmas Surprise: The Fall" Part 3
Monday, December 25, 2000 Maggie Scully Residence
We have just finished opening our presents and eating Mrs. Scully's delicious Christmas breakfast. Watching Scully unwrap those presents nearly brought tears to my eyes. I love this woman so much and I still haven't told her.
I can sense that there's something important she hasn't told me. But, then again, I've only been with her for 2 hours. She'll tell me when she's ready.
I can tell that Scully loved her Christmas present the most. She hasn't been able to wipe that smile off her face all morning. Not that it's a bad thing. Hell no. I absolutely love to see her smile because it's a rare sight.
Mrs. Scully's idea was perfect. I'm glad now that when I awoke in my apartment three mornings ago without recollection of how I got there, I called her. The last thing I remember was being in Oregon with Skinner. Then everything after that is gone.
When I woke that morning something in the pit of my stomach told me to call Mrs. Scully first. Boy, was she happy to talk to me! After meeting up with her later that day she thought the best Christmas present Scully could ever wish to have would be my return, so we decided to wait till today for her to know I was back.
I'll say that the last two days were hell. Not being able to talk to Scully or see her... it totally made the days go by really slowly. She was the only thing I could think about.
I hope she likes the rest of her Christmas present. I spent all day yesterday making arrangements for today. The plans are just perfect!
Suddenly I hear Scully calling my name and I'm snapped back to reality. "Mulder. Earth to Mulder."
I snap my head up to look at her. "Huh?"
"Are you ready to go?" I see that she has already packed up our gifts.
"Yeah, I am if you are."
"Okay," she smile and kneels down in front of her nephew and gives him a hug. "I love you Matty..." I hear her say. Then I watch with a smile as Scully gives Matthew Eskimo Kisses and stands up.
I go to pick up the bags with our things, but Scully beats me to them. "Let me carry them, Scully," I say, as I step behind her.
"You sure?" she asks.
"Yep." I take the bags from her and pick up the remaining ones.
"Merry Christmas, you two. Drive safely." I hear Mrs. Scully say.
"Thanks Mrs. Scully. Merry Christmas to you and everyone else."
Scully hugs her mom and tells her goodbye, then heads for the door. I follow her with my arms full of our stuff.
I walk about five feet when I hear "Mulder! Watch out for that..." before I hear the rest of her statement I am knocked off my feet and hit the ground with a THUD. "chair..." I hear Scully finish as she rushes to my side. I can tell she's trying her hardest not to laugh. "Mulder, are you all right?"
I slowly stand up and rub my backside. "Yeah, my ass broke the fall." I smirk. I look at the chair I knocked over and reach down and pick it up and back where it was.
This time Scully takes two of the bags and I take the other two and we make our way SAFELY to the door. We tell everyone goodbye and off we are to wherever Scully is taking me.
--End of Chapter 3--
Title: "Christmas Surprise: Carolers" Part 4
Monday, December 25, 2000
I still cannot believe my eyes. Having Mulder back is by far the best Christmas present I've ever had.
Here we sit in my car at the seventh red light I've hit in the last ten minutes.
I can feel Mulder's eyes on me and it's making me nervous. I reach over and turn on the radio. I flip through the stations to find a good song. Everything so far is a Christmas song that I've heard a billion times since Thanksgiving.
I nearly jump out of my skin when I feel Mulder put his hand over mine and turn off the radio. "Why don't we talk?" I hear him say.
The light turns green and I nod as I pull my hand out from under his and put it back on the steering wheel and push on the gas.
Suddenly I have a thousand questions surfing through my mind that I want to ask him. Without even thinking, I blurt out, "What happened to you?"
"I don't know, Scully."
I glance at him as if to say "What do you mean?"
"I don't know." I still feel his eyes on me. "I woke up in my apartment two days ago with no idea how or when I got there. The last thing I remember is going to Oregon with Skinner."
I nod slowly. I totally understand what he's going through. When I woke up in the hospital after being abducted I was in the same state of mind.
"I called your mom. I don't know why, but I did. She and I talked about some things, and how much time I'd missed. She also thought it would be perfect to wait until today to show up. To make it your Christmas present."
I'll have to remember to thank my mom. This *was* a perfect gift. My Mulder being returned to me.
"How have you held up?"
"I had my moments. Moments where all I could do was wonder if you would ever be back." I sigh lightly and continue "Doggett has been a great comfort." I am gripping the steering wheel. I can see that my knuckles are turning white.
"Yeah. Agent John Doggett. He was in charge of the task force to find you. Kersh is the new Deputy Director and had him partnered me after your disappearance." I continue to keep my eyes on the road. I feel my eyes start to water just thinking about the agony I was in over his disappearance.
I feel his hand cover mine again. "I'm back, Scully, and this time to stay."
I pull up in front of my apartment complex and park the car. I can hear the most horrid sound coming from across the street. I look over and practically drop my jaw, then I just burst out laughing.
"What?" I look over at a puzzled Mulder and point across the street. Mulder breaks out in a grin. "Now THAT is a sight! They sound worse than Kersh with a frog in his throat! What are they singing? Or should I say... what are they TRYING to sing?"
"It sounds like a very bad rendition of 'What Child is This'" I look over at the Three Stooges again. I never thought I'd see the Lone Gunmen out caroling. Oh, my, God do they need voice lessons! I shake my head with a smirk and get out of the car. Mulder helps me carry out stuff inside.
--End of Chapter 4--
Title: "Christmas Surprise: Blackout"
Monday, December 25, 2000
This has been my best Christmas ever. I've never felt as good in the holiday season as I do right now. Here we are sitting on the floor in front of Scully's small, but cute Christmas tree in her living room. We have just finished dinner after a day on the town. I think Scully really enjoyed herself. The look on her face was very adorable when I showed her the carriage pulled by Clydesdales we'd be riding in for the day. She seemed to be on top of the world.
While riding in the carriage we stopped to listen to all the little groups of carolers around town as well as the little Christmas performances. It's a good thing the carolers weren't the Lone Gunmen! Somebody might have killed them to get them to stop singing! After a while we went to Starbucks for lunch and then rode around in the carriage some more. Later that evening we returned to Scully's apartment and ate dinner. Now we're sitting on the floor opening the remaining presents that we got each other.
Obviously Scully was really anticipating my return, otherwise she wouldn't have had so many presents for me! I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. Wait, is that a white beard hair I see on the floor?
So far, Scully seems to like her presents. I got her a pair of blue silk
pajamas (the color of blue that makes her eyes seem like little pools of emotion) like the ones I always seen her wear on cases, and a set of towels with roses on them. In addition; I got her a set of lotions, perfumes, and bath oils in her favorite scent. Rosemary. She absolutely loved that gift!
As we speak, Scully is opening her last gift and I'm tearing into my last one with great determination. So far, I've gotten a tie with alien heads on it, a new Rolodex, and a brand new Nokia cell phone. Mine mysteriously disappeared. Obviously it was abducted by aliens as well.
I look up at Scully just in time to see her open the box her last gift is
in. Her mout5h drops in complete awe when she sees what I've gotten her. All I can do is grin.
"Are they real?" Her face snaps up and our eyes meet.
"Only the best for you, Scully." I smile at her. Obviously she likes the diamond earrings and matching necklace that I got her.
She practically throws her arms around my neck and kisses me. For a nanosecond or so, I'm stunned, but I return her kiss.
"Mulder, they're beautiful! Thank you!"
"You're very welcome." I brush some hair out of her face.
"Are you going to finish opening your present?" She smiles. That smile is enough to make me melt.
I open the box to reveal something in a soft red cotton material. I can't quite tell what it is until I pull it out of the box. Oh, my, God!
She DIDN'T! My eyes go wide as I look at Scully. "I cannot believe you'd buy these, Scully!"
"Scully, let's get something straight. I will not, I repeat... I will NOT wear pajamas with a trap door in the ass!" I throw them at her, but she only laughs harder. "Why the hell did you buy them?"
She shrugs. "I've always wondered what you'd look like in them." She grins at me, but I playfully scowl back at her.
"Well, I guess you'll never know, because I will NOT wear them! I will not wear them Sam, I am." I smirk again. "I will not wear them in a box, I will not wear them with a fox. I will not wear them in a train, I will not wear them in the rain. I will not wear them here or there. I will not wear them ANYWHERE!" I mimic off the Dr. Seuss story "Green Eggs and Ham." She shrugs and pouts a little. God! Don't do that, Scully!
"Fine, Mulder... you don't have to wear them."
We both jump when we hear a knock at the door. I watch Scully get up and make her way to the door and open it.
"Hi, Kimpa!" I hear her say. "Come in! Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas to you, too." She looks straight at me, then back at Scully. "Did I interrupt something?"
"No, you're fine."
I slowly stand up and watch as Scully hugs her friend.
"Who's he?" Kimpa nods in my direction.
"Oh, Kimpa, this is Mulder. Mulder, Kimpa."
"Hi, Mulder. Nice to meet you."
I slightly nod "Nice to meet you, too."
Kimpa looks at Scully "This is him?! Mr. Abducted Partner?? Mr. Daddy?" She grins.
"Mr. Daddy?" I say. I look at Scully, confused. "What is she talking about, Scully?"
Kimpa puts her hand over her mouth. "Sorry... I didn't mean to..."
"It's all right, Kimpa." Scully looks at me. My hairs all stand on end when I see the seriousness in her expression. "I'm pregnant, Mulder."
"You're WHAT?" Shit, that was the wrong response! I'm supposed to be comforting here... not a jack ass! "But I thought..."
"Yes, Mulder, I'm pregnant. Don't ask me how I was able to get pregnant in the first place, but I am. I'm about four months along and I'm having your son." She looks down at her hands.
Suddenly my vision goes black and I'm in a cold dark place. I must have passed out, because I no longer see Scully standing in front of me. Who'd have thought that being told I'm going to be a father would have this kind of affect on me?
--End of Chapter 5--
Title "Christmas Surprise: Their Beginning" Part 6
Monday, December 25, 2000
"Mulder? Mulder! Wake up!"
God, I hope I didn't kill him! How was I supposed to know that telling him he was about to be a father would make him pass out?!
I shake him gently. "Mulder, please... wake up." I slightly smile when I see him open his eyes. Kimpa left when I ran to his side. She thought she should come back at a better time and I agreed. Mulder, are you okay?"
"I think so. Was I dreaming, or did you really tell me that you're having my child?" He rubs his head and sits up slowly.
"No, Mulder, you weren't dreaming."
He puts his hands to his face and sighs.
Oh, God... he doesn't want this. I practically choke on my saliva and stand up. He doesn't want to be the father of my child. I must have been wrong about how I thought he felt about me. I guess I mixed up his signals.
My eyes well up with tears and I walk to the window. I look out into the night. It's snowing. How ironic. There's a blizzard going on in my heart. I can feel it going cold and numb with heartache.
I can't believe I didn't see this coming. Well, he never actually said he loved me... Now I know why. Tears start streaming down my cheeks. I feel Mulder's hand on my shoulder.
"Scully? What's wrong?"
I'm fighting the urge to drop to my knees and weep like a lost child, but before I even have time to know what's going on, Mulder twirls me around and crushes me to his chest. "Scully, talk to me." He says softly.
I put my hands on his chest and push him away. Here I go again... pushing him away when he tries to get close... But this time it's different... this time I know how he feels, or doesn't feel. I can't help it anymore... I put my hands to my face to muffle a sob. "It's okay, Mulder. I understand."
I can see him out of the corner of my eye and his face softens. "Scully..."
"No, Mulder. You don't need to explain."
I practically melt and feel my sobs (and heart) stop when his lips cover mine and pulls me into his arms. "Scully, quit beating yourself up." He reaches in his pocket and pulls something out. "I should probably give you the finishing touch to your last present."
I look at him completely confused.
He reaches out and wipes the tears off my face, then he opens the small jewelry box to reveal a diamond ring. "I love you, Scully. More than you could ever possibly know."
I feel myself break down into sobs again. This time they're happy sobs. I wrap my arms around him and kiss him passionately.
After a moment I feel Mulder's arms snake around my waist.
Finally, after several moments he pulls back and looks at me with a warm smile. He pulls the ring out of the box and takes my hand. What do you say, Red? Should we make this 'our' family?" He smiles. That same smile that always makes me weak in the knees. God I could kiss him again!
"Oh my, God, Mulder. You have no idea how long I've been waiting for you to ask me that."
"Probably as long as I've been trying to get courage from the Wizard of Oz so I could ask you." He smirks and slips the ring on my finger.
I wrap my arms around him and kiss the tip of his nose and whisper softly. "I love you, G-Man."
"I love you, too, Red."
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