Title: Conceptus Immaculus
Author: Kathy E.
Category: SR
Rating: PG-13
Spoiler warning: References to events in "Ascension" and "Emily".
Disclaimer: The X-Files and all characters belong to Chris Carter, Ten Thirteen Productions and Fox Broadcasting Company and are used without permission. No copyright infringement is intended and no profit is being made from their use. The story contained herein belongs to Kathy.

Summary: Scully is artificially impregnated after being abducted with Mulder.


X-Files Office
J. Edgar Hoover Bldg.
Washington, DC. 3:24 pm

Assistant director Skinner called on Agents Mulder and Scully to inform them of some new abductions outside of Billings, Montana. "They've mostly been young people, couples out walking about who were taken. I want you to go to Billings and talk to Sheriff Anderson, he can guide you to where these disappearances seem to have occurred."

After Skinner left, Mulder said, "Scully, maybe I'd better go alone. I don't feel comfortable putting you in a situation where your life may be in danger. I'm sure you understand why I feel this way."

"No, Mulder, I'm going. I can't let this interfere with my work. Besides, if something were to happen to one of us, at least the other would be able to get help, and be a witness. Duane Barry never would have tried to stop my abduction."

Mulder was still uncomfortable with the idea, but he reluctantly agreed to let Scully come with him.


Somewhere outside of Billings, MT 8:05 pm

"You see right up near that hill is where a couple of campers disappeared a few days ago," said the Sheriff. Mulder drove the car up to the site. "Let's get out and take a look."

Scully and Mulder stepped from the car. "Mulder," Scully said, examining the ground, "this earth appears scorched!"

Suddenly the Sheriff cried out, "What's that?!" They all looked up to see bright lights approaching, but no telltale chop-chop of a helicopter.

"Can you see what it is?" asked Scully.

The sheriff panicked and ran back to the car, jumped in and took off.

"Stop! STOP!.......that bastard!" yelled Mulder. Suddenly, a white light enveloped both of them.

"Oh god no not again!" screamed Scully. Then all went dark.


They awoke to find themselves in a brightly lit room, each covered only with a white sheet. Mulder turned his head to the side to see Scully lying a few meters away on another gurney, returning his gaze, with a tear rolling down the corner of her eye.

Not again, she thought. Please god, no more.

Mulder looked up to see an instrument above him; long, narrow, metallic. It slowly descended toward him, toward his groin area.

Oh god no, thought Scully. Not Fox LEAVE HIM ALONE!!

As the instrument descended further, Mulder finally realized what was in store for him. He struggled to get free but was powerless to move. Slowly a 10-gauge needle was unsheathed from the instrument. As the needle entered his flesh, he screamed in pain, but not a sound emanated from his throat.

Scully watched in horror at first, witnessing his silent scream, but she had to close her eyes. She didn't want to watch him die. Isn't that what they are doing? She thought. She looked up at the ceiling to quickly take note of her surroundings. Mulder's mechanism seemed to be connected to another machine above her. She glanced over at Mulder - the instrument torturing him had been retracted, but he had passed out.

Thank god he's not suffering, she thought. However, her troubles had just begun. Another probe lowered down to her, the exact same kind she remembered from her first abduction. YOU BASTARDS YOU TOOK ALL MY BABIES AWAY WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT WITH ME?!! Tears streamed down her face as the mechanism suctioned onto her lower abdomen and the instruments went to work.......then, once again, all faded to black......


Some hospital in Washington DC 11: 45 am

Scully awoke later in the hospital, as she had before, only this time she was not hooked up to life support. She just felt very tired But just then a thought hit her....."Oh my god, MULDER!!"

A nurse came running in when she heard her. "Ah, Dr. Scully, you're awake! You've been unconscious for days."

"Where's Agent Mulder?" she demanded.

"He was brought in the same time as you, but his recovery was faster. He seems to have suffered some kind of injury to his testicles." Scully grimaced, recalling his torture. "It appears to be a puncture wound. He'll live. Ah, here he comes."

Mulder came walking in, slowly, deliberately. He approached her bed. "Thank god you're OK. I was so worried about you," then added, with a smile on his face, "But I like worrying about you." She gave him a crooked smile. He reached over and gave her a kiss on her forehead, brushing her hair back with his fingers. He turned to the nurse. "How soon can we get out of here?"

"I'll ask the doctor; you may be able to leave today."

Mulder and Scully both smiled in relief.


Mulder's Office
J. Edgar Hoover Bldg. Washington DC.
Later that day

"Scully, I am going back to Montana; we didn't get to finish the investigation. I just got word from that coward Sheriff that the abductees have been returned; I need to question them and try to get the answers I need."

"Should I go with you?"

"ABSOLUTELY NOT! I am not going to risk your life again with these abduction cases, Scully. You're staying here.....do you understand?!" She turned her face down, but then he approached her, took her in his arms and held her gently. He lowered his voice. "I'm not going to lose you again." Then he whispered in her ear, "I love you."

The very sound of those three words made her feel very warm. He was finally expressing what he had been meaning to say for years. When he pulled back, he could see the tears starting to form in her eyes.

"God, I love you so much, Mulder," she said. "You know I always have. It's just.......it's just I've been so afraid to tell you how I really feel."

"Let me show you how I feel," he said.

He lifted her chin, and lowered his lips to hers. After 5 years of waiting, wanting, desiring, but keeping it all bottled up inside, they finally let it go, and their lips touched softly at first, then again; the electricity of the touch sent shudders down their spines.They then locked into a passionate kiss that seemed to last forever. They finally wrapped their arms around each other and hugged each other tightly, hoping against hope that Skinner wouldn't walk into the office and catch them.


Same old hospital Washington, DC
Two Months Later

Scully noticed Mulder walking down the hallway of the hospital, where she was preparing to see the doctor. "So, Mulder, fancy seeing you here. This seems rather deja-vu-ish, don't you think? I hope we don't make this a habit."

"I have an appointment to have a fertility test done."

Scully immediately looked concerned. "A fertility test?"

"Yeah, the doctor suggested I come back and have this done, just to make sure my little 'accident' didn't leave me sterile." The very thought made him uncomfortable; he felt like changing the subject. "So why are you here?"

"I haven't been feeling well lately, so I'm just getting checked out," she said.

"Well, good luck."

"Mulder, you know I don't believe in luck......but thanks. You too."

Scully met with the same nurse she had had after the abduction. "We'll start out with a physical exam and a blood test, send that to the lab and see where we go from there." The nurse gets out the needle and preps Scully's arm.


Later

The doctor came into the room with Scully's chart and handed it to her to examine. "Congratulations, Dr. Scully. You're pregnant!"

Scully's face turned white as a sheet. "That's.....that's impossible. I can't get pregnant. I've been barren ever since......." She stopped, not wanting to divulge that information. Ever since I was abducted by aliens? she thought. No, I wasn't abducted by aliens; I was abducted by humans doing terrible experiments! But even that won't go over well with the doctor "I cannot conceive," she said. "I am missing both ovaries."

The doctor appeared surprised and more than a little confused. "Nevertheless, the blood test shows high levels of progesterone, and the physical exam shows that you are about 2 months along."

Scully had to stop and let this sink in a little. Oh god, she thought.Is this another human-alien hybrid? Oh god please don't let it be.... "Doctor, I'd like for you to do me a favor. I'd like you to have the DNA of this fetus examined for anything out of the ordinary."

"How do you mean?" he asked, curious.

"I have reason to believe its DNA may be......tainted....mutated." Scully scoured her mind for other possibilities. She recalled the white room where she and Mulder were being held. She also remembered that the instrument that was probing Mulder was also connected to the machine that was probing her-

Oh my god, she realized. Could it be? A lump formed in her throat and she almost choked on it. "Doctor, there is one more request I would like to make. My partner, Agent Mulder, is here for a fertility test down the hall right now. I would like to request...a paternity test. I also have reason to believe that he may be the father of this baby." She could feel the wetness start to form in her eyes, her lower lip start to tremble, but she turned away to hide it.

"I'll see what I can do," replied the doctor.


Later

Scully was pacing in the examining room, the scientist in her trying to put all the pieces together. But I don't understand, she thought. Even if they were able to return an egg to me, how could I be producing the hormones necessary to facilitate and maintain this pregnancy? Then the nurse came in. Scully cornered her and repeated the question that had just come to mind. The nurse looked around and replied, "Please don't tell anyone I told you this, I could lose my job."

"Go on," said Scully.

"When you were brought in here two months ago, the doctor gave you a series of estrogen injections. They also gave you a time-release implant, that slowly releases progesterone over a period of time; in your case, 9 months. The doctor and the other guy already knew you were sterile. I tried to ask about the nature of these procedures, but I was told to drop it or risk losing my job."

"Who is this 'other guy'? Who ordered these procedures be done?" asked Scully, curious.

"He was a man from the government, maybe in his 60's; he wouldn't give me his name, but I distinctly remember he was a chain-smoker."

Cancer man! she thought. Of course he'd be behind this! When isn't he?! The doctor then arrived with the test results.

"Dr. Scully, I am happy to inform you that the fetal DNA is healthy and human." Scully looked at the test results, noting also the sex of the child. A small smile crossed her face. A smile that was short lived, as a thought occurred to her - she had never told the doctor that she thought it was alien, or anything but human! She had only said she thought it could be mutated. This could be evidence that the nurse was telling the truth, that the doctor was in on this. She looked cautiously at the doctor. "And the results of the paternity test?"

"Well, it was a good call, Dr. Scully. We found Agent Mulder to be a perfect match. Congratulations to you both. Does he have any idea yet?"

"No," she said weakly. "I will tell him."

"If you need anything else, please let me know."

"Thank you...." she trailed off. As the nurse and the doctor left, Scully reached down and caressed her abdomen. Oh Mulder, she thought. How will you react when I tell you?


Mulder came down the hallway after his appointment and met Scully halfway. "Mulder, I need to talk to you, privately. It's important."

Mulder was about to crack some lame comeback, but then he realized she was quite serious, and thought better of it. "OK; here, this exam room looks empty." They enter, and she closes the door "OK, so what's this all about?" he asked, his interest piqued.

Well, no need to beat around the bush, she thought to herself "I'm pregnant." Immediately Mulder looked up with an astonished expression on his face. Then just as suddenly, his face fell and he turned away from her "Aren't you going to say anything?" she asked.

Disappointed, he asked, "Who is he?"

Bless his heart, she thought. He really does care for me. Mulder could hear the clicking of her high heels on the floor as she came up behind him and wrapped her arms around him. "He's you, Mulder."

Suddenly Mulder spun around. "Scully? How can you say that?? You know I've never laid a hand on you!"

"The baby wasn't conceived that way, Mulder," she countered "Do you remember how it was when we were abducted? Do you remember the machinery? Do you remember what they did to you?"

"Of course I remember," he replied. "How could I forget?" Then a sudden realization hit him. "Oh my god, Scully, they were taking samples from me, weren't they?"

"Yes," she said, "That's how they impregnated me."

Stunned, Mulder replied, "But still, that would be impossible, Scully. Your last abduction left you unable to have children." Scully then explained the whole scenario that the nurse had told her. "That explains a lot, but not everything," said Mulder. "WHY are they doing this? Are we part ofsome experimental control group, or is this their sick, twisted way of apologizing for sterilizing you? What the hell gives them the right to snatch people up at random and experiment on them anyway? If they wanted a sperm sample, why didn't they just give me a Playboy and a cup? But no, they forced it from me like I was some barnyard animal."

Mulder stopped to relax a second, then an impish smirk crossed his face. "You know, if they wanted to impregnate you, I would have been happy to do it the good old-fashioned way," he said, smiling at Scully, who just rolled her eyes.

"I don't know why they did it, Mulder," she said. "At first I was afraid that this would be another hybrid...." A pained looked crossed her face as she thought of Emily, "...but the tests proved otherwise. If that had been the case, I would have aborted. However, it appears that this is a normal, healthy human fetus. I can't explain it. All I know is that this may be my last chance to have a normal, healthy baby, and I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Mulder, I want to carry this baby to term. I'd like to know how you feel about this."

Mulder stood quietly nearby, contemplating everything she had just told him. "Scully, even though neither of us asked for this pregnancy, I want to be there for him or her. I want to be there for you. There will be people who will try to 'reclaim' this baby as part of their experiment, or people in levels of government who are against us who might try to kidnap the baby to use as leverage against us, to deter us from finding out the truth about them, but I swear as long as there is breath in me, nothing and no one will do these things to our child, even if it means quitting the X-Files and going back to Criminal Behavior. Our child's safety is paramount."

Scully smiled, and came over to hug him. Our child, she thought. He said, 'Our child'.

He continued. "Scully, you and I have been together for 5 years. We have been through so much together; we have lost family members together, seen so many tragedies and bizarre things together; I came close to losing you a couple of times, and you almost lost me as many times.....we've saved each other's lives more times than I can count; my life without you, Scully, it just wouldn't be worth living. You are the yin to my yang. I just couldn't cope without you in my life.

"And now, we have a baby on the way. So I guess what I'm trying to say, is.....Scully, will you marry me?....Please say you'll marry me."

Scully's eyes widened, she couldn't believe what he was asking....

"Wait a minute," he said. "I'm afraid I don't have a ring at the moment. But this is what I want you to do. I'm going to close my eyes. If your answer is yes, I want you to kiss me. If not, then I'll have my answer." He then closed his eyes, and waited.

A wry smile crossed Scully's face. Maybe I'll just tease him a little...

It seemed forever, he wasn't getting a kiss. He started to get worried....then.... he felt the warm, soft touch of her lips on his; he opened his eyes, and breathed in sharply with relief and exhilaration. He continued the kiss, and held her tightly.

"I love you so much, Mulder."

"I love you.......Dana."

She looked up at him, surprised that he used her first name. "Mulder, would you like to know if it's a boy or a girl?" He thought for a minute.

"Yes."

She whispered in his ear, and he broke into a huge grin.

"I can't wait to be a father."


Seven Months Later

Michael William Mulder was born on November 19, 2000, at 1:10 am.

Fox had insisted on a "normal" name for his son. Dana had opted for natural childbirth, but was recovering well. Mulder had been a great coach for her; she drew strength from his presence in the delivery room. When Mulder and Scully had been married back in June, they had agreed that she would be "Mrs. Fox Mulder" only on paper; Scully would keep her maiden name for professional purposes, so that she and Mulder could go on being partners without any confusion over two "Agent Mulder's" working together.

Michael Mulder had several new fans that day in the hospital - Assistant director Skinner came to visit and sent flowers; it was a rare moment to see this side of him. It was such an odd sight, seeing this man who was as tough as leather sometimes, holding this tiny new person, the littlest Mulder. The Lone Gunmen came to wish them well also.

Many people who attended the wedding and several members of the Bureau visited or sent cards and flowers. Scully and Mulder's mothers were both on hand the entire time, fawning over their new grandson and taking pictures. Life was good; it was the beginning of a new generation.....perhaps one day Michael would follow in his parents' footsteps and begin to seek the truth...

IT's NOT "THE END", IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING...


EPILOGUE

Skinner wasn't angry with Mulder and Scully after he found out what really happened: he realized that the pregnancy wasn't their fault; they never stepped over the line, they never broke the rule. After this, he became quite supportive of them. So much so, in fact, that he went before the board to petition that the rule concerning FBI partners not consorting with each other be waived in this one case, allowing them to marry.

At first the board was skeptical, but after the testimonies of the sheriff, the nurse, and the doctor, along with the evidence of Mulder's scar and the progesterone implant that had been discovered in Scully's body while she was still pregnant, credence was given to their story that they had at least been abducted by somebody and literally "bred" without their consent, not to mention that this happened while they were doing their job. So the rule about agents not consorting was waived in their case; they were allowed to marry and continue to be partners - as long as it didn't interfere with their work.

End of Story

 

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