It's fun to watch Mulder and Scully spar over the unlikelihood of space aliens travelling to earth in order to exsanguinate cattle. Then Deep Throat introduces Mulder to the Litchfield Project, the US government's response to the Russian's eugenics experiments, which throws a different light onto their investigation.
It's not Mulder and Scully's finest moment when they let Teena and Cindy go in the truck-stop parking lot. So what if some random trucker is holding a gun on them? Mulder and Scully have guns and badges, plus Mulder was holding the girls. The trucker wasn't going to shoot him. They caved way too soon. (The stupid writers made them do it.)
The tagline for the episode's final twist was perfect. "How did you know I'd come for you?" Eve 8 asks the young clones.
"We just knew," Teena and Cindy reply in unison. "We just knew."
This excellent story is by one of my favorite authors. For a show so strongly steeped in horror, there is surprisingly little fic written in the genre. This fic is one of the very best.
We Could Have Made Music (3025 words) by DiscordantWords
Fandom: The X-Files
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Cindy Reardon, Teena Simmons, Eve 6
Additional Tags: Horror
They are fifteen years old, hale and hearty and healthy, tall and pale and quiet as churchmice. They have grown up to the music of Six's madness, her sobs and sniffles and laughter, the scrape of teeth against metal, the rasp of teeth against skin, the sick sweet wet sounds of tearing flesh.
I have no idea why Julie Fortune isn't more widely recced or read. Her stories are professional caliber, not surprising given that she's a professional writer. She knows how to build suspense without wasting words, but just as on the series, there is a lot happening between the lines. Rarest of all, she writes stories with terrifying x-files at their center.
Falling Stars by Julie Fortune
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Summary: When Mulder disappears without a trace, Scully takes a leave of absence to search for him.