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I remember watching “Blood” for the first time, and I don’t remember them all. I was on the edge of my seat the entire episode, waiting for the postal worker to go postal. And that ending, where Mulder sees “ALL DONE. BYE BYE,” on his cell phone screen still haunts me. We don’t know if he’s hallucinating, or if some mysterious shadow government entity is taunting him. Maybe Mulder is going to go nuts and begin shooting up random bystanders. That would have made a great post-ep story, imho. Assuming [personal profile] ruuger puts on [community profile] xf_is_love again someday, that request is going back on the prompts list again. Maybe I'm a dreamer but I’ve convinced myself that if I keeping asking for the fic, eventually someone will write it.

This will surprise exactly no one, but there hasn't been much fic written for "Blood."

Blood (977 words) by leiascully
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Episode Related
Series: Part 29 of The FBI's Most Unwanted
Summary: "How do I know what I know is what I know unless you back me up?"

"The FBI's Most Unwanted" is an ambitious endeavor by a talented writer, and the series is certainly worth reading, especially if MSR is what you're looking for. I mean no disrespect in saying this, but I do see a problem developing. The stories are already getting repetitive in theme and content, and she's just getting started. At the risk of sounding like that whiny character from "Scary Monsters" ('Mulder's so smart. Mulder's so dreamy.' That's all Leyla ever talks about. Mulder and Scully, Scully and Mulder, blah, blah, blah.), I can't help wishing leiascully would consider doing more with the secondary characters--A.D. Skinner, the Lone Gunmen, X, even Krycek. And some of the one-shot characters are worth investigating, too.

Although I sincerely doubt a premed undergrad would have had room in their schedule for an upper division English course on the epistolary novel, I like this section very much.

She sent him the autopsy reports and her hypothetical conclusions, laid out with scientific precision. She thought of the epistolary novels she'd read for a college English course, the carefully-crafted letters sent back and forth by the characters. Dana Scully's cordial correspondence, a new interpretation. "Dear Mister Mulder, I regret to inform you that the autopsy revealed no conclusive new evidence. I know your fondest hopes lay in some astounding revelation…."

Her description of Scully rushing to Mulder's side when he's exposed to the pesticide is just right. The continuation of the final scene, with Mulder finally responding to Scully's phone call, is lovely. "It's all right," she said, "it's all right," and she knew he was listening.

I've always wondered why there wasn't more great MSR written for this period. Nothing terrible has happened yet to Scully, which is important since the horrors that await her aren't a great setup for romance, imho. During this interlude, Mulder and Scully aren't FBI partners, and they're both single and attractive. Shouldn't they be dating and having sex now, instead of waiting for six more years of shit to hit the fan?

"Dance" by Dith
Rated: Teen | 96K | Category X | Archived 95-03-24
Spoilers: none
Keywords: Mulder/Scully UST.
Summary: Mulder is asked by some friends to check out the death of a friend who was supposed to have been possessed by a demon. Scully, having no other plans, decides to spend her weekend helping him.

"Dance" is unique. It's not exactly a casefile, although there is a case, of a sort. It's not exactly a romance, either, but it is about Mulder and Scully: their partnership, their friendship, and their unspoken mutual attraction. The setting, bohemian South Street in Philadelphia, plays a big role. The denizens of South Street, with its alternative street scene, gay bars, and dance clubs, all play their parts to perfection. This story is a vivid snapshot of a particular time and place.

It's the beginning of season two. The X-Files are shut down. Scully is back doing autopsies and teaching, Mulder is stuck in his cubicle, listening to reel after reel of audio surveillance tape. Out of the blue, Mulder gets a call from an old friend, who wants him to come to South Street to investigate a murder, off the books.

Rattling the car keys again he looked away, then looked back. “Hey, do you want to come? Sleep on the floor? See a few bars? Live the bohemian life?”

“You’re going to Philly to check out the bars?”

“No, a demon. Wooooooo. Spooky, huh? Want to come?”

At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, he takes off to chase his demon. When Scully's weekend plans fall through, she decides a trip to Philadelphia doesn't sound half bad, even if she does have to sleep on the floor at a friend-of-a-friend's place. Scully still thinks of herself as Dana. She still thinks she can have a life.

The writing is terrific: concise, yet evocative. I liked this story enough that I spent the better part of a day reformatting it so I could post it to Fugues Fiction Archive. If you prefer text files, you can read it at Dith's Page at Gossamer.

Why isn't "Dance" recced more? I'm just guessing, but perhaps genfic, with subtle ust, was more common and, dare I say it, more appreciated back in 1995 when this fic was posted to Gossamer.

My last rec is not fanfic, it's meta, by Plaidadder from her excellent XF series.

A Different Kind of 90s Nostalgia: "Blood" (1278 words) by PlaidAdder
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Meta, Nonfiction, "Blood", 1990s technology, Guns, Shootings, 90s Nostalgia
Series: Part 2 of X-Files Meta
Summary: Nonfiction. In which I talk about the Season 2 episode "Blood" and what it shows us about how much our attitudes toward technology--including guns--have changed since this episode was made.
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