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If per chance, you are watching The X-Files for the first time and have stumbled upon this community looking for fic, "Sleepless" is an essential episode of the abduction arc. Don’t skip it, please. The episodes that follow, "Duane Barry" and, especially, "Ascension," will not have the same impact if you haven’t seen "Sleepless." Having said that, there are some fantastic stories that tie directly into the introduction of the character of Alex Krycek to The X-Files universe.

"In a Dark Time: Sleepless" by Anna S. is one of the first Mulder/Krycek stories I read, and it’s still one of my all-time favorite XF fics, in any genre. It fulfills every requirement of mine for good M/K: it is set during season two, prior to Scully’s abduction, and it is by turns violent, twisted and passionate—and so is the sex. Just as Jess M.'s "The Other Man" does for “Deep Throat,” this fic puts the entire abduction arc in a different light. The writing is lushly description, even baroque in places, but it works, oh, it works. Mulder is eccentric, brilliant, and sexy; Krycek is complex, layered, and treacherous. I have reread this compelling fic many times, because it is just that good.

The link is to her X-Files fic page, way-backed; the story links are on the right. You can also find this at the Basement but I think this is a more recent version, plus it includes a unfinished sequel. If, after watching "Sleepless," you are looking for fluffy, and-they-lived-happily-ever-after M/K fic, this isn’t it. In fact, you may not like this story at all. But if you like your M/K fic dark and your ships doomed, you may love this fic as much as I do.

"In a Dark Time" by Anna S.
Rating: NC-17, for language and sex, some of it unsafe. Very. Consider yourself warned.
Spoilers: Sleepless through Ascension
Genre: slash, Mulder/Krycek, Mulder&Scully friendship.
Word Count: novel length
Summary: (from her original author’s note) This contains, along with my own original work, all of the “Sleepless” dialogue, transcribed verbatim and complete save for a very few scenes. I’ve altered no line whatsover—despite being on occasion sorely tempted. No plagiarism or copyright infringement is intended. Basically, this represents an attempt to expand on “pre-existing” events and conversations in a logical, continuity-consistent manner…*ha-ha-ha*

This next story is a gen post-ep for "Sleepless." I love Pares’ writing, and her characterizations for both men are excellent.

Darker With The Lights On (1492 words) by Pares
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Alex Krycek
Additional Tags: Episode: s02e04 Sleepless
Summary: Mulder tells Krycek about another one-armed man. Set post-Sleepless.

To me, Torch’s characterizations in "Hard as Hell" are just inside the parameters of believable. This Krycek is more innocent and sympathetic than I prefer; this Mulder more…predatory, shall we say. But, we know how relentless Mulder can be in the pursuit of what he wants. And I am prepared to believe in a Krycek who is dedicated enough to The Cause to take one for the team. Or the other team, in this case. Torch’s writing is, as always, excellent.

"Hard As Hell" by torch
Word Count: 7,000
Rating: NC-17
Genre: slash; Mulder/Krycek – first time
Summary: Krycek has to decide how far he’s willing to go in order to be a successful double, or is it triple, agent.


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