Title - A Place In The Cloud
Author - Lady Disdain
Written - June 2000
Rating - G
Category -
Description - Vignette
Spoilers - seventh season finale
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, Fox does and I'm just borrowing them. I also do not own Nick Drake's lyrics.

Summary - I'm at my best when I'm at my weirdest and I must admit, this is pretty weird. Scully reflects in her hospital room about the events in the motel room

Author's notes: This can be read as a stand alone or as a continuation of "Time Has Told Me". I personally would choose to read it as the latter but whatever and ever, amen. Please give me feedback (even if it is just to say that I suck) I would *really* appreciate it, this is only my second try at fan fiction.

Strange face, with your eyes
So pale and sincere.
Underneath you know well
You have nothing to fear.
For the dreams that came to you when so young
Told of a life
Where spring is sprung

You would seem so frail
In the cold of the night
When the armies of emotion
Go out to fight
But while the earth sinks to its grave
You sail to the sky
On the crest of a wave

- Nick Drake "Cello Song"

As I sit here in this hospital bed I tell Walter Skinner the impossible, that I am pregnant. With a questioning look on his face he asks, "What is your relationship with Mulder?" I lie and tell him we are just friends. Mulder and I have a deeper relationship than just friends, we got even closer that night in the motel room. But Skinner looks relieved at the sound of my false reply and then asks who the father is. I tell him, "Mulder." Walter shakes his head and walks out the door. I know he is not disgusted with me, just merely confused. He is the Assistant Director after all, not an investigator of The X- Files.

Skinner came to my room today to tell me what I already know, that they have taken Mulder. But unlike all the other times my partner has gone missing, I made no frantic calls to his cell phone. I let him go. I know that he wants to go as much as they want to take him. That realization is what made me so shaken that night. It is what caused me to knock on his motel room door.

While I slept next to Mulder that night a voice came to me and told me not to be afraid. It said his abduction would be peaceful and not full of the terror and pain like mine. The voice told me they would not hurt him because he is partly one of them. "Mulder is both a child of the stars and the earth." The voice said. "The earth has had him for nearly forty years, it is time for the stars to claim him." The voice told me that I would not be left alone here, I would miraculously conceive and bear Mulder's daughter and name her Samantha. Our daughter would be the Truth, the endpoint of the search. It was at that point I realized I recognized the voice it was Melissa.

After the voice left me I felt more at peace than I ever have in my life. It was then that I began to hear Mulder's thoughts as he lay next to me. He is thinking about how he much he loves me. He questions my faith which based on the immaculate conception. He laments on how he couldn't protect me from being abducted. I cry in my sleep for him, for the fact that the earth can no longer be the home of this sweet man that I love so dearly. I cry because this will be my last time in his arms for a long while.

Later when he tells me to leave Oregon for my own safety, I go with a silent protest in my heart even though I know it is what is right. I feel it when they take him, the feeling is so strong that I pass out.

Now I lay in my hospital bed with a perturbed Skinner outside my door and Mulder in the clouds. I know that someday he will return to take Samantha and me with him. The people of this earth will not be able to accept me as her mother or her that matter. She too, is a child of the stars.

So I close my eyes and rest my head on the pillow and concentrate, I want to send a message to Mulder up there. I tell him, "I believe."

"So forget this cruel world
Where I belong
I'll just sit and wait
And sing my song.
And if one day you should see me in the crowd
Lend a hand and lift me
To your place in the cloud."

- Nick Drake "Cello Song"

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