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There were more than 30 stories posted in the Gossamer spoilers for this episode, and I searched FF.net and AO3, yet these three recs are all I could come up with. For me to rec a story, there has to be something unique about it, something that makes me think I'll want to read it again someday. For a post-ep story, the bar is set even higher: I want to see the writer dealing with what happened in the episode itself, preferably with something in addition to feelings, sex, and/or a nice cup of tea.

For "The Erlenmeyer Flask," I wanted to see Scully mourning her friend, the scientist from Georgetown, and maybe even attending her funeral. I wanted Scully thinking as a scientist about what they'd discovered: the virus, the extraterrestrial DNA, the alien fetus. I wanted a story where Scully tries to figure out what happened to Mulder's eyes, maybe looking into a possible connection to the virus in Purity Control. I know Mulder is feeling discouraged about losing the X-Files, but once he was over the initial shock, would a man like him go down without a fight? Wouldn't Mulder at least try to contact his supporters on the Hill? Even though I've written it myself, I get impatient with fix-it fics that try to smooth everything over in 2000 words or less. So much MSR is just too damned—nice. Mulder and Scully are many things, but they are not nice. At the very least, a writer needs to show me something I don't already know about these characters.

Like the label says, "At Sea, At Anchor" is an origin story for Mulder's fish tank, which according to the author makes its first appearance as a plot device in "Little Green Men." She is the fan who posts Mapping the X-Files.

At Sea, At Anchor (3496 words) by Apostrophic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Trent (Scully’s godson)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Mulder’s goldfish, Season 01-02, Episode: s01e24 The Erlenmeyer Flask, Episode: s02e01 Little Green Men
Summary:


Everyone he came to trust, to love, to need— it ended one way.

An origin story for, of all things, some goldfish. Maybe Scully has something to do with how Mulder acquires his fish tank. Post-S1, pre-S2.



Have any of you ever wondered what might have happened if they'd decided to include Gillian Anderson's pregnancy in their first and second season storylines instead of writing around it? "The Way Things Are" is one writer's take on that idea.

"The Way Things Are" by Sukie Tawdry
Rated NC-17 | 139K | Category S | Archived 03-01-31
Spoilers: Season 1
Keywords: Alternate universe.
Summary: One night and their whole lives were changed forever.

I got this rec off of fic talk back in the day. One of the participants called it her guilty pleasure story. True confession: it's mine, too. The premise is a simple one: Mulder and Scully have one night of drunken, unprotected sex during first season, resulting in Scully getting pregnant, so I guess you'd have to call it AU. *cough*

But "The Way Things Are" isn't romantic or sappy; instead, it is funny and incisive, poignant and scary; heck, it's even in character, once you get past the drunken sex scene. First season is the only time I ever thought they had a shot at a normal relationship, not that this is exactly a normal life. The writer just nails that season one early partnership vibe, even as it's being complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. The link is to her page at Gossamer.

"Dirty Girls" by Tesla
Rating: PG
Genre: Profiler!Mulder. Gen with hints of UST.
Summary: One teenaged girl has been found dead; another is reported missing. Skinner sends Scully and Mulder to Walter's Cove, Kentucky to assist local law enforcement with the investigation. Set during season one. (Wendelah's note: the summary is mine. This fic was written for my contribution to Help Haiti. It was originally posted as a WIP on LiveJournal.)

I love Tesla's writing. She has a lucid, flowing style. Her characterization of Mulder is particularly strong. She gives us a confident, competent, and sexy Mulder, which is a pleasant change from most Profiler!Mulder fic. This is set during season one so the UST is...unresolved, just the way I like it.

Season One is finally done. There are a couple of episodes without fic recs for which I have posted placeholders. If a great fanfic for, say, "Roland" gets written, I will make sure to update those posts.

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I like back story but this one seemed...off. Phoebe Green, “game-player extraordinaire,” is an unlikely ex-girlfriend for “the truth is out there” Spooky Mulder. Poor Mulder is too preoccupied with his ex-girlfriend to work on her three-pipe problem. Good grief, he practically swoons when Phoebe hints he can spend the night with her. Fortunately, he has Scully to pick up the slack. Agent Scully uses old-fashioned detective work to solve the case, which, of course, made me very happy.

Amanda Pays is enjoyable as Phoebe. The truly ancient among us may remember her as Theodora Jones in Max Headroom. Mark Sheppard does extra creepy (and extra crispy) as Cecil L'Ively. Sheppard has been in everything, most recently as Crowley in SPN. David Duchovny provides the eye-candy again. Did Shirtless Mulder become a regular thing? I should start keeping a tally.

I was surprised by how many post-eps there were for "Fire," and by how many of them I actually liked.

I'd love to read a fic where Phoebe Green was just in an ordinary, failed college relationship with Mulder. This is not that story but it's a fun, creepy, and sexy pre-x-files fic.

Dead Romantic by ML (link is to Gossamer, scroll to the story)
Email: msnsc21@yahoo.com
Feedback: appreciated and always responded to
Timeline: pre-XF
Rating: adults only, please
Synopsis: Phoebe takes Mulder on a mystery tour.
Disclaimer: They are not mine.
Note: This is a continuation of the vignette, At the Cross Keys. However, this can stand alone if you haven't read that one yet.

Many thanks to beta Carol, who gave me the correct quote and set me on a path that ended up being much more interesting than the original!

Dead of Winter by Jane Lumley
Rated NC-17 | 202K (both parts) | Category SA | Archived 99-08-24
Spoilers: Fire
Keywords: Mulder/other romance. Pre-XF.

Summary: In Oxford, in 1983, two men are obsessed with a brilliant psychology tutor. One is a killer who likes the feel of warm blood. The other is a vulnerable undergraduate called Fox Mulder. Which of them will finally possess her?

The author was at Oxford at the same time as Mulder, although she admits to taking liberties with the setting for the sake of her plot. When Fox Mulder put on "a jumper," I knew she wasn't an American. (We call them sweaters or pullovers.) Also, Mulder is not from the Maritimes. That's still in Canada as far as I know. Nit-picking aside, "Dead of Winter" is Profiler!Mulder: The Oxford Years.

Embers by Foxsong
Rated PG | 16K | Category | Archived 02-02-13
Spoilers: Fire
Keywords: Pre-XF. Post-episode.
Summary: When I was a kid, and my best friend's house burned down, I had to spend the night in the rubble to keep away looters.

"When I was a kid, my best friend's house burned down. Had to spend the night in the rubble to keep away looters. For years, I had nightmares about being trapped in a burning building."

Mulder's story about being afraid of fire didn't quite ring true. The truth had to have be more complicated. Foxsong uses second person POV for this story, an unusual choice, but one which works very well. Her website was preserved on reocities: The Foxsong Files. Her fic is also archived at Gossamer, if you prefer plain text to Geocities Retro.

one plus one equals zero by Khyber
Rated NC-17 | 13K | Category VA | Archived 05-11-13
Spoilers: Er, "Fire," and the orgy scene in "Detour II." What, you haven't seen that one?
Keywords: Mulder/Scully/other sex. Scully/other sex. Slash.

Summary: Scully finds it harder than it used to be.

This is not MSR, and it's not exactly femslash either. What it is, is a scorching hot, twisted, sexual fantasy threesome. I consider Khyber to be one of the best writers (no longer) in our fandom. He wrote complicated plots, complex characters, both canon and original, witty dialogue, and really hot sex. Though he ships Mulder and Scully, and some of his stories are humorous, his version of them is kind of messed up, psychologically speaking.

Madeleine by Amalnahurriyeh
Pairing: Mulder/OMC; Mulder/Scully
Rating: R (nonexplicit sex)
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: (if any) Written for a prompt for queer_fest 2011, "Mulder's Oxford girlfriend showing up was a disaster. His Oxford boyfriend, less so." Posted for the queer_fest 2012 Free For All, and for xf_is_love. (I'm efficient and/or lazy.)

Title after Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past; a good explanation here, complete with baking discussion, and the full quote here. [wendelah note: it links from her post] Gayest possible literary reference, y/mfy?

This is by another of my favorite writers (no longer) in the fandom. Amal ships Mulder and Scully so this fic, like all of her X-Files slash, ends with her OTP. I loved her Sebastian so much I was hoping she'd write more fic for him. Alas, she began writing for Sherlock BBC instead. Grumpy Wendy is grumpy.

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