For the past several years The Nursery Files has strove to bring to you all sorts of X-Files baby and kid fics. Each fic archived here has one thing in common: a character within it is a baby, child or teenager. Many of these fics feature Mulder and Scully with children, but Doggett, Reyes, Skinner and other characters have children here too. A few fics include slash pairings as well(any fic listed in blue is a slash one). Some fics include child relatives, or children not related to a character at all. William and Emily have a healthy representation here, but original child characters abound too. Samantha Mulder, Luke Doggett and Matthew Scully make appearances too.
There are fics for all tastes, and the genre lists, as well as the Acronyms Key - both linked on the left- should help you find just the sort of fic you crave.
- Your achivist, NeoX
News and Challenges
Let's see your name added to the listings here! Anyone, not just authors already archived here, is allowed to submit fic for challenges. And once you do, you'll be a TNF author too! All you need to do is write a fic. Short, long, whatever makes your muse happy. First time writers more than welcome to participate. E-mail your completed fic, or a link to your fic on your site (either completed or a wip in that case,) to email@example.com
Baby/Kidfic plot Generator
Click the magical button, get random pregnancy, baby, or kidfic plot to write about
Send Mulder and Scully back to the FBI in this reboot-themed challenge
Lamaze Class challenge
Send Scully and Mulder (or two other characters) to Lamaze class before the birth of a child.
Write a fic about parents being out numbered: either twins + another child, or triplets = outnumbered
The Nursery Files Needs You!
You probably don't realize it, but The Nursery Files outgrew free sites several years ago, so I pay to keep the site up. I don't mind the cost and can afford it so I'm *not* asking you for financial support, but there is something I'd like to ask of you in exchange for continuing to offer you the archive: your increased active participation.
Both fic writers and fic readers can do things to improve everyone's experience –
Writers, we need you a lot.
If you're a writer you can submit stories you've already written to the site – any fic with a significant character ages 0-19 or a pregnant character is eligible for inclusion – and I can assure you that they'll find new readers. Please don't be shy, if I haven't asked to archive you for the first time or asked to add more stories you've written after archiving the first one(s), it's probably because I haven't read it yet.
Or, if you don't have a current baby-kid-teen fic to send our way now and need some inspiration, you can write a fic for one of our challenges. There are dozens of challenges that have been added over the past decade, but participation in them for non-holiday challenges has dropped off sharply as time has worn on, which is a shame because people are still hungry for new content that I just haven't found – which brings us back to submissions because this doesn't mean relevant stories are not out there.
The non-holiday challenge fics have no due dates (holiday fics are ideally submitted prior to the holiday but late entries are okay) and can always be of any length, be it 150 words or even 1.5 million words. Okay, not many people are going to write a million words, but the sky's the limit. Any challenge can have a fic submitted for it now, even ancient ones – who knows maybe with the show reviving you're got an idea for an excellent take on one of the oldies. Has anyone penned a pre/reboot fic with William in it yet? Want to write on? Several of the challenges could easily be about the reboot. And one challenge *is* about the reboot specifically.
Challenges live here: Challenges page
If anyone wondered, according to the now installed google analytics the currently most popular types of fics we house are: pregnant Scully fics, baby/kid/toddler William fics, stories with non-canon offspring of any character, stories where Mulder and Scully are married with kid(s), stories about getting William back, stories with William being an older brother, stories with Emily not dying, stories AU after existence or Requiem, stories about other Emilys, stories with twins or more, post-IWTB stories, and somewhat surprisingly, stories where characters had kids with other people. These all dovetail nicely with several challenges.
Either way, I'd very much like to offer more new(er) content, especially things not currently on Gossamer. And it's easier to maintain the enthusiasm to spend time updating when people make my job less time-consuming by self-submitting rather than me tracking them down. I'd love to have a whole bunch of fics written between 2011 and 2016 on the site by the time we rejoin Mulder and Scully on the small screen...can you help with that?
Please send stories as a word doc (Microsoft Word or Open Office formats are both fine) or as a txt file to firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, if the Nursery Files is the fic's only home it should be submitted when completely written, but if you are submitting a link to your site, AO3 or FFnet instead, you can send links to your Works-In-Progress too since you're the one updating the stories. People who blog their stories are also welcome to submit a link too as long as the blog entry for the story has a permanent url that doesn't change as you add new entries.
Readers, we need your help too! Collectively you've read more fics than I ever will, so you can do reconnaissance to help find new stories and offer encouragement to writers.
Please send feedback to writers whenever you're impressed by a story that has current contact information like to people who have recent or active stories and/or who'll soon be sitting down to write challenge fics. Send feedback to that writer whose WIP stalled out or whose sequel never materialized: maybe they'll be reinvigorated by knowing the X-Files is coming back and your reminder that there's still interest in their story. Feedback is vital because they're entertaining us for free and happy writers who feel like they're reaching us are generally more prolific writers - we all benefit from that. And who doesn't want to brighten the day of someone who wrote a story they like?
And just as importantly, if you read an appropriate fic that's not in the archive, especially if you've come across it on A03 or LJ or Wordpress or Tumbler etc give them feedback and maybe either send me a link or tell the writer that The Nursery Files is accepting submissions (if your feedback can't include a url or e-mail address, please mention googling "The Nursery Files" will let them find the site). As I've said, there are a lot of fics that aren't here simply because I have no idea they exist or they're in my to-read pile still. You can also send the information to email@example.com
Thank you for your help and willingness to make the site a place people like to return to =)
This site is in desperate need of Halloween fics! Submit your own Halloween fics, alert me of ones not on this (far too short) list or choose a Halloween Challenge below to write a fic - don't forget past year's challenges always accept new entries
the color stays until Halloween or we get 10 additional Halloween fics, whichever comes first
Update in progress. Look for this symbol to mark our new arrivals
Halloween challenge is up, you have until December 15. Picture It Challenge, Halloween Edition
I will update if someone writes a fic for This Challenge. Really.
Actually, if you'd really like to see an update and can't/won't write a fic for that challenge, you can still help ensure that there's an update! The biggest reason there hasn't been an update in a while is that I haven't had time to look find fics, but if you have you can recommend fics (either your own OR other authors') by using this new form. The more people who pitch in by doing the finding, the sooner I'll update the site.
To celebrate William's 10th birthday, there are a few dozen new William fics. We're still waiting on entries for the birthday challenge...send 'em in late rather than not at all, okay?
212 new fics. Read 'em, then
write us some more =)
Changes are afoot! And not just the newly added fics (fall's update has kind of rolled over into winter) as I complete an update. Perhaps you've noticed the changes along the way, but if not:
- all HTML pages (except some by your archivist) now have boxes at the bottom that list two things: a. which theme lists you should visit if you'd like to read similar fics b. which challenges are somewhat similar if you're inspired to pen a fic like the one you've just read.
- the genres page (the link to on this front page is now the handy icon in the upper left hand corner) has gotten a radical makeover! General consensus from beta testers indicate that the new layout is much easier to navigate. go see, go see!. There are also several brand new lists on it too, ranging from Inhuman Parents to Lamaze Class fics.
- there's now a link to the new writer's FAQ at the bottom of each challenge page, so if you have questions, it should help clear up many of them
- as you might have noticed on the A authors, I've begun listing the size of the stories. This is going to take a long time to finish...unless someone(s) wants to volunteer to save the stories (the size in kb that they save to your hard drive is the size) and send me a list of lengths? If you'd like to volunteer to help this project along, send me an e-mail and ask for a letter to work on. firstname.lastname@example.org
- all frequent visitors are now required to pen a fic for one of the challenges here. Okay, just kidding. I'd like you to consider it, though.
There are lots of new Christmas fics, and a new Christmas Challenge
Check out our sister site, the new Haloween/scary-fic archive, Bump In The Night
It's my birthday, so let me be self-indulgent and make an announcement: The Family G-Man by Felinefemme and me is now 100% posted. If you've been waiting on this massive story to be finished before reading, your wait is over!
The good news is that this update is complete, and there are 209 new fics! But the bad news is that I'm probably not going to do another big update until the fall-winter. I'll add fics that people submit (you writers all know you don't need to wait for me to contact you, right?) and any challenge fics that appear in my in box between now and September, but that's about it beyond new challenges and new genre lists.
Long Gone Challenge - explain that Doggett and Reyes weren't in the second movie, due to their involvement with a child (DRR, Doggett/other and Reyes/other fics are all acceptable). My birthday is the second week of April, if anyone wants to write a fic for one of the unanswered challenges to suprise me. j/k :)
The fine print for the inclusion policy:
Before a fic is included on this page, I make an effort to contact authors
to ask permission. I've only gotten two "no" since beginning this
archive, but I know I'd like to be asked, so I extend that courtsey to the
writers here as well. If the e-mail address for a writer's fic does not
work, I look for newer works from the author, hoping to find a more
recent, working address (unless it's marked "archive anywhere," after
the first failed e-mail I take the instuction at face value). If I still can't
contact them I assume they've moved on from this fandom and wouldn't
mind if their work was included; likewise, if the e-mail to them is not
returned but its been months without a reply I may also include the work
for the same reason. If I'm ever wrong about your work and you'd like it
removed, please let me know.
Update summer 2014:
If a fic is 10 or years more old, was written by a long-since inactive author, and doesn't say "no archive" it will be included here.