Title: Happily Ever After: Never give up on a miracle
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Spoilers: Per Manum, but not really, cause this isn't gonna follow that plot line. But I used that line, so I put it in there!
Disclaimer: I don't own Mulder and Scully, or that whole universe...I really wish I did, but I don't. Sad day for me! But anyways... don't sue me PLEEEASE?

Summary: After finding out the news that Scully's not pregnant, she makes a very awesome realization, she's in love... with Mulder.


DANA SCULLY'S APARTMENT

"Never give up on a miracle."

His words hit me hard and sobbing racked through my body as his t-shirt became wet with my tears. All I want to do is give up Mulder, can't you see that? I will never hold my baby... our baby in my arms... and I'm not ready to accept that. Can't you see Mulder? He held me to his chest tightly, and my head was screaming too many thoughts at once. His hand rubbed gentle rhythmic circles on my back as my crying began to subside. He repeated the words again.

"Never give up on a miracle."

I felt such sincerity in his soft monotone voice, and in my heart grew a light of hope. Baby or no baby, hope was not lost in all things. I can't give up. I need to be with him... I love him...

Oh my god...

I do...

I love him...

A smile spread on my lips as I admitted to myself what I should have years ago. New tears begin racing down my reddened cheeks. Hope was back, with something else beside it... love.

He knew it. He sensed it.

I looked up to his deep hazel eyes. They were questioning the smile dancing on my lips.

"Scully...?"

I silence him with a barely there touch to his lips with my finger.

"Mulder...I won't give up... not as long as you're here."

"Scully..."

I repeat my previous action as his eyes search mine for answers about to be revealed to him.

"Mulder...I...I want to believe...not in flying saucers and aliens...Mulder I want to believe in us. It's been staring me in the face for so many years. I just forgot it was there because I've pushed the thought back so far. It has always been there...a ghost in the closet. Mulder, this wasn't my baby that I wanted...it was ours. As weird as this sounds, I wanted it for us, not me."

"Scully...what are you-"

"Mulder, I need you. I love you. I have for so long...but...I...Mulder all the risks."

"I know Scully."

"You know?"

"I know the risks because I've thought about them since... I don't even know anymore... the beginning."

"Mulder?"

"Scully...more than anything else on this earth, I need you by my side. Not as just a partner in the FBI, but in life. Scully, I love you so much. You walk into the room and my heart quickens. You smile and my day is made. You let me guide you through a doorway, and it's heaven for me. Scully, you're my everything."

The tears of joy and adoration flow freely down my face. He places his hand on my cheek, and wipes a runaway tear with his thumb. He pulls me to him and our mouths meet.

I am home. Safe. In love.

He is surrounding me. The scent and taste of him are assaulting me all at once. It feels right. Natural. Fitting.

A smile spreads across his swollen pout and remembering a moment past, I tell him my thoughts.

"The world didn't end."

"I sure as hell hope it didn't." he tells me laughingly.

"Oh, and why is that?" I counter, matching his tone while grabbing his hand in mine.

"Because I plan on doing a LOT more of that in my lifetime."

I laugh lightly as I pull him up to stand beside me. I touch his cheek with my free hand and ask him something probing my mind.

"Mulder? Are you real...Is this real?"

Grabbing the hand on his cheek and turning into it, he kisses my palm, and reassuringly says "yes... more real than anything else in this world Scully."

I pull him down to my mouth and we stand in my living room kissing until our need for oxygen takes precedent over our desires.

"Mulder?"

"yes..."

"Will you do something for me?"

"Anything in the world... Anything."

"Mulder, make love to me" I command only a fraction above a whisper.


The sun is floating through the window in my bedroom, hitting me in just the right place to wake me up and not allow me to go back to sleep. More time to gaze... Our hands are intertwined on his chest, and our legs mingle with each other. There is no beginning and no end, tangled underneath the covers.

His face is relaxed, and his lips pouting as he seems to dream happy dreams. I listen to his slow breathing for awhile, taking note also of the heart that beats below me. He's right...it was more real than anything in the world.

It was breathtaking...beautiful... I've never loved like I love this man that sleeps beside me right now, and he knows...finally... I inwardly chuckle at the fact that I kept it inside me all this time, and now, as my eyes grow heavy again while listening to his steady breathing, I realize that I am happy.


I'm startled awake by a shrill sound coming from the other side of the bed. Knowing that Mulder doesn't ring, I deduce that it is that of my phone. I remain in my spot, not wanting to pick it up, and then hear it stop, and Mulder say "Hello?"

Still content, I burrow more into Mulder's warmth, relishing it, loving it...enjoying it... until I hear four words come out of the mouth of my newfound lover. "Oh, Hi Mrs. Scully!!"

Shit. I'm caught. I'm going to get an earful now.

"Yeah, she's right here. Hold on."

I take the phone from him, and notice that he's far from worried about my mother's thoughts as he lays back into the sheets comfortably.

"Dana?...Dana?"

"Yeah, Mom, I'm here."

"So... did you have a nice night?" she toys, knowing what transpired the night before.

"Yes Mom, I did."

"Well, I'm glad...You've loved him for so long, and the feeling has been mutual since the beginning."

"How? -"

"Dana Katherine, mother's know when their daughters are in love."

"And what about Mulder?"

"Oh Dana... Fox has been in love with you even before you disappeared...I could feel it."

"And why-"

"Didn't I tell you?"

"Yes, why not?"

"Because I knew you'd figure it out eventually."

"Thanks."

"Anyways...you and Fox are coming to brunch this afternoon, okay?"

"Oh mom, I don't know..."

"I know that the two of you are planning on doing nothing today that involves clothing or getting out of bed, but I would love to have the both of you."

"Why do you think that's what would happen?"

"Honey, seven years, of love unspoken is grounds for a lot of sex."

"MOM!"

"Oh Dana, be quiet. You and Fox are to be here in three hours, all right?"

"Yes m'am."

"Okay, now let me say something to Fox please..."

I poke him with the antennae and he puts the receiver to his ear.

"Yeah, Mrs. Scully?"

Pause.

"Sure mom."

My heart fluttered a bit at the mention of calling my mother mom. She has always loved Mulder, and apparently always knew the love we have for each other.

Pause.

"I know...I know..."

Pause.

"Soon."

Pause.

"Pretty soon."

Pause.

"Like today soon."

Pause.

"See you in three hours then."

Pause.

"Bye."

He hangs up the phone and looks up to meet I'm sure what appears to be a very questioning glance.

"You better get dressed Scully, we still have to go to my apartment before we go to your mom's."

"You've got some jeans here Mulder, we've got plenty of time to waste doing..."

As I tackle him to the bed he laughs, and then in a whirlwind, I find myself beneath him.

"You have NO idea exactly how unbelievably tempting this offer is, but we still have to go to the apartment."

"Muuuulllddeeeerrrr..." I whine.

"Nobody likes a whiner Scully."

"Come OOOooonnnnnn!" I say to tease him. I find myself cut short when his mouth closes over mine.

We both got our wish that morning. We started off to his apartment... an hour later.


We got into the car and began making our way to his apartment. Both of us were beaming uncontrollably. Every chance we got we glanced at each other, and a few times shared a short kiss. Well...

Mental note: don't make out at a stoplight unless you have the parking brake on.

Hand in hand, we got to his apartment quickly, and accident free.


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FOX MULDER'S APARTMENT

"Mulder, I don't see what's wrong with what you've got on now"

"Well, I just want to look nice for your mom."

"She loves you just the same Mulder!" I yell from the couch, as I impatiently wait for him to immerge from the bedroom.

I hear his shoes against the floor and glance up to see him clad in the exact same clothes that he had on when we left my apartment. He steps to me, and I open my mouth to ask him why he didn't change, but I'm silenced with a finger to my lips as he kneels on the floor by the couch.

"Scully... you got your chance to do that last night, and now it's my turn."

Keeping one hand behind his back, he grabs one of my hands and starts his speech.

"I know that I said this so many times last night, but it's not enough. I love you... I won't be able to say that enough to really express what I'm feeling, so I hope you'll forgive me for that. Scully, I don't know when it happened... but I fell in love with you. I fell hard for you. Maybe it was that first day when you shook my hand in our office... maybe it was all those times that you rushed to my side when I screwed up... I don't know, but I know it happened. When you told me last night how much you love me, I thought I was dead... I thought that I was in heaven, but I wasn't. It was real Scully." He shakes his head in disbelief. "Last night and this morning was real... what I've felt for you all these years is a real as it gets, and I can't believe that I can finally do this..."

His other hand appears, holding a small velvet box. I meet his eyes with tears falling down my cheeks.

He opens the box to reveal a golden band adorned with three diamonds.

"Mulder... It's gorgeous..."

"Do you know what the three diamonds represent?"

I shake my head slowly as the tears still fall down my cheeks.

"Three years together."

I laugh. "Mulder we've worked together for... Mulder?"

"I know Scully."

"Four years ago?"

"I told you that I've loved you all these years, you didn't believe me?"

"I can't be..."

"Don't worry about that now Scully, I have to ask you a really important question."

"Scully?"

"Yes?"

"Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrials?"

"Mulder...I'm warning you..."

He laughs and takes my hand in his. "Scully, will you marry me?"

"I don't know Mulder, I want to believe that..."

"I'm warnin' you..."

"Yes! Yes! Of course I'll marry you!"

I grabbed him, and our mouths wrestle for an eternity together before finally breaking apart.

We were an hour late to my mother's.

Title: Happily Ever After: Prince Charming
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Disclaimer: If I owned these characters and their entire universe, I wouldn't be going to school, I wouldn't be in Student Loan Debt, and I certainly wouldn't be driving a '91 Geo Prizm around. But I'm doing all those things, so I obviously don't own them. Please don't sue me... I'm in enough debt as it is!!

Summary: Mulder and Scully are forced to take brunch at Mrs. Scully's house. All is going well, until a certain brother of our beloved redhead shows up. Yet still Mulder is able to maintain his role as Scully's Prince Charming.


MRS. SCULLY'S HOUSE

As we're sitting in my mom's driveway, butterflies fill my stomach. It's not because I'm nervous about telling my mom about Mulder and I getting married, she probably already knows about it anyway. I'm nervous because as we pulled up to my mom's Baltimore home, I saw a minivan parked in the driveway. It wasn't my mom's... It was Bill's.

"Scully, we're an hour late, maybe we should just leave and take a rain check."

"No, Mulder, she's expecting us. Besides, Bill's going to eventually find out."

"If we move to Antarctica he won't find us... I distinctly remember that when we were in Antarctica it was quite beautiful... eerily white, but beautiful."

"I really don't think that moving to Antarctica would ease my brother's views on our relationship."

"Yeah, you're probably right. I do have another idea though," he says with a sly grin on his face.

"Oh really? And what would that be."

"If we never left the bedroom, he wouldn't be able to find us" "Though that does sound quite promising, we've got wedding plans to make..."

I kiss him squarely on the lips and pull back. His hand combs through the hair on the back of my head and pulls me to him again for a more thorough kissing session. That's when I hear the "ahem" come from just outside Mulder's window.

As I look up, I come face to face with the smiling eyes of my mother, who is wearing a very smug grin on her face.

As we're getting out of the car, I offer my apologies for our tardiness.

"Sorry we're late mom, there was a traffic jam on the highway..."

"On a Saturday afternoon? Well isn't that the darndest thing..." she says with a hint of amusement in her voice.

I grab her in a loose hug and watch as she turns to embrace Mulder.

"I'm glad that you could come Fox... You know how much I love it when you visit me with Dana."

"I know Mrs. Scully."

"Fox..."

"Mom."

"That's right... mom."

Mulder turns to smile at me, and in the process brings my left hand up to kiss. That elicits quite the squeal of happiness out of my mother as she she's the diamonds that now adorn my finger.

"Oh Dana! Fox! I'm so happy!"

Then, just as we're finishing the congratulatory hugs, I hear the tiny voice of my nephew.

"Auntie DAAAAAAAYYYYYNAAAAAAA!!!!!"

He runs into my arms and lets me scoop him up as I assault him with kisses all over his little four-year-old face.

"Hey kiddo, did ya miss me?"

"Yep!!"

"Who dat?" he inquired pointing at Mulder.

"That's Mulder. He's gonna be your new Uncle!"

"Uncie Mulda! Uncie Mulda!" he screams as he jumps out of my arms and into those of his new friend, Uncle Mulder.

"Dana?"

I turn around to meet the shocked expression of my older brother as he processes Matthew still screaming about his new Uncle.

"Hello Bill."

"What the HELL are you THINKING!?"

"William! I will not tolerate that in front of my grandson. You know better than that."

"What do you mean what am I thinking?!"

"You're gonna marry this bastard?"

"Bill, this is absolutely none of your business..."

"Like HELL it isn't"

As Matthew continues to scream "Uncie Mulda!' at the top of his lungs, I am shocked to hear the shout of my new fiancee.

"EXCUSE ME!!!!!"

"What do YOU want?!" Bill says as he turns to stare Mulder down.

"I want this to stop. Right here and now."

"Mul-" I say, trying to stop him from getting in the middle of this age-old argument.

"I'm not saying that we don't need this discussed, but I am saying that we don't need it discussed now, in front of little ears" he says, ruffling Matthew's hair.

"I agree... this can be discussed later. Fox, why don't you take our little guy in to wash his hands up for brunch?"

"You betcha! Come on buddy!" he shouts as he twirls Matthew around through the air. It's amazing to see him with children. I rarely get a glimpse, and it has always made my heart skip a beat. I catch myself smiling at the retreating pair.

"You heard him you two! We are all going to sit down and talk about this later, all right?"

"Yeah mom", my big brother and I seem to answer in synch with each other.


After brunch and a trip to the park with Matthew while Bill and Tara ran errands, Mulder and I could barely keep our eyes open, so we sat down on the couch together in front of the fire. The time flew by, and a glance at the clock showed that it was nearly 10:00 PM by the time Tara and Bill came strolling up the driveway.

"Mom, we're back!"

"Shhhhhh!!! Fox and Dana had quite the park adventure with Matty today... they've been asleep on the couch for hours. It seems that Matt has found his new best friend in a man he calls Uncie Mulda."

"Awww... look at the two of them, so peaceful."

"Yeah, 1 time out of a million he lets her-"

"Bill, don't go there right now, let's go up to bed."

As the two trot up the stairs, my mother manages to wake Mulder quietly and tell him that my old room is waiting for us upstairs.

"Thanks Mrs. Sc--...Mom." She's smiles widely, and bends to give Mulder a kiss on the forehead.

After she gets upstairs, Mulder effortlessly lifts my sleeping form into his arms, like prince charming in a fairy tale. We ascend the stairs and he places me in the center of the bed. Carefully lifting a foot at a time, he takes off my tennis shoes and socks. Kissing each foot, he moves up my body, and places a kiss on each eyelid and whispers "I love you" in my ear. Though it wasn't meant to be heard by anyone, it was heard by the person who needed to hear it the most, Billy Scully Jr.


He senses his mother's presence and silently turns to speak with her. "He really does, doesn't he?"

"Yes, he does. If you'd been paying attention to all the details these last 7 years, you would have seen it."

"Mom?"

"Yes dear?"

"Is she really happy with him?"

"William, don't you see the blush every time she looks at him? Don't you notice that she only lets herself smile when he's by her side?"

Turning away from his mother, he again takes a peek at his sleeping sister's form. Mulder kneels by the bed watching her with a smile on his face.

She stirs awake, and immediately her eyes search for him. When met with his, they sparkle, and a meaningful smile crosses her lips.

"What are you doing?"

"Watching you sleep."

"Why?"

"Because you're the most beautiful thing on this earth, and I love you."

"Oh Mulder, why do you have to be so dramatically romantic?"

"You ain't seen nothin' yet!"

She giggles and reaches for him, pulling him to her until their lips can meet.

Bill Scully turns away from the scene before him, shaking his head. "I'll never get it," He says to himself.

Title: Happily Ever After: Mr. and Mrs. Spooky
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Disclaimer: Someone told me that happily ever after would NEVER happen in the real X-files universe. Sadly, we all know that this is true. Sadly, we all turn to fanfic to deny that fact, so please don't deprive us from the one thing that's keeping us sane!! I'm not really stealing these characters, am I? And besides, if you sued me for it, I don't have any money to give you, so it'd be a sad day for you!

Summary: Trying to keep their engagement a secret is not going to happen in a building full of trained investigators. The word spreads fast, and they could care less!


J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING

So far, we haven't been caught yet. I'm sure that everyone in the Bureau already assumes that we're together, but now that we're officially an "item". No...I really don't want to say that. That language is for normal couples. Normal is NOT Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.

We went seven years as partners and shared one kiss, while being in love with each other for the greater part of those seven years. Did we tell each other? Of course not. We've never really been on an honest-to-God date, but in a twenty- four hour period 3 weeks ago, we declared our love for each other, made love, and got engaged.

Again, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are NOT a normal couple.

We decided that keeping our relationship on the down-low would be best for now, so my engagement ring rests on the gold chain with my cross until one of us gets the nerve to tell Skinner.

"Mulder?"

"Yeah Scully?"

"What are we going to do about this case? They're starting to give us problems about the money we've been spending, and this case is certainly not going to help our situation."

"What case?"

"Exactly!! There was no case Mulder!! We flew out to California on basically nothing, and stayed there for nearly a week."

"But we had a lead Scully."

"Mulder..."

"Okay...I'll tell Skinner about it."

"No, you don't have to do that Mulder, you'll just make it worse if you do that."

"huh??"

"Mulder, you know that he'll yell at you if you tell him about the VERY vague lead that you got that made us go out there. And knowing you, you'll try and weasel out some kind of story..."

"No I won't Scully, I'll tell him the truth"

My eyes went wide at that comment, and I finally looked up at him from the computer.

"What? You don't think that I can tell him the truth?"

"No, it's not that Mulder. You've always tried to make up a story when you knew we'd be in trouble. That's why Skinner always asks me to handle things like this!"

"I'm a changed man now Scully! Haven't you noticed?"

"No...no, Mulder, I really haven't"

He feigns shock and puts a hand to his heart. "Okay, I'm just thinking that we need to get on Skinners good side before we tell him about recent developments."

"Ah, I see. So you're going to kiss the boss's ass so that he won't grill you for sleeping with your partner, huh?"

"Yup!"

"Mulder Mulder Mulder, what am I going to do with you?"

"Hopefully take me home and ravage me because I'm so darn cute"

"Hmmm...that sounds like an idea..."

He slowly stalks over to me and leans in to kiss me when the phone rings, and we're interrupted from our private paradise known as the basement.

"Mulder."

"Yeah sir, we'll be right up."

"Okay, thank you sir."

He hangs up the phone and with a smile, pecks me on the cheek and turns to grab his jacket.

"Let the ass kissing begin."


As we approach Skinner's office, we see Kimberly get up and walk to the door.

"Sir, Agents Mulder and Scully are here to see you."

"Send them in please." He tells her from his seat.

We enter the office and sit side by side, preparing ourselves for a grilling about our latest case that really shouldn't have been a case.

"Mulder, Scully, I'm sure that you're aware of the expense reviews that are happening in the Bureau right now."

At our nod, he continues. "Recently, I see that you flew out to California to investigate a case that had no suspects named or apprehended. Is that correct?"

I was starting to speak when I remember what Mulder told me in the office.

"Sir, if I could, I would like to apologize for that. I received a tip from someone out in California that I really shouldn't have taken seriously. I made a stupid choice to pursue a case that really had no merit, and spent a lot of the Bureau's money in doing so. I'm sorry about that, and I assure you that Agent Scully and I are going to start doing a lot more work here on cases before we go out and waste the Bureau's resources."

As Mulder spoke, I was utterly amazed... and easily saw that so was our Assistant Director. While Mulder spoke, Skinner's mouth seemed to grow more and more agape with awe at Mulder's odd admission of being wrong. It was a good two minutes before Skinner found words to reply.

"Um... Agent Mulder, thank you for being so honest about this issue. Um...I wasn't expecting... Ah hell, Mulder, what's wrong with you?"

A small laugh escaped my lips as Skinner inquired into Mulder's odd behavior.

"I just realized that I've cost the Bureau a lot of money over the years, and I figured that now's as good a time as any to really work on that."

"After over ten years, you just up and decide this?"

"Well-"

"And of course this sudden change wouldn't have anything to do with the ring that sits around Agent Scully's neck, now would it?"

My face turned instantly red, and my eyes and mouth grew wide at his knowledge of what Mulder called "recent developments".

"Uh..."

"Can it Mulder, I've been waiting nearly seven years for this day. I'm happy for the two of you."

After being so quiet this entire meeting, I finally decided to chime in.

"How did you know?"

"Water cooler talk. The entire Bureau has known about it for about two and a half weeks."

"I only proposed three weeks ago!"

"Word spreads fast. It's not that big of a shock though. Everyone's thought you've been together forever."

"We thought that no one knew about it though."

"Well, Scully, while you and Agent Mulder have always been the hot topic around the water cooler, you've never really been in the loop."

"I see... Well, we won't let this affect our work at all sir."

"I know it won't. These past three weeks, aside from this expense issue, I haven't had any problems out of you two at all. That hasn't happened since the X-files Division was started up! Now, I believe that you've come across some new cases, so you need to get to work. You're dismissed."

"Thank you sir." We say in tandem.

"Oh, Agents?"

We both turn with questioning glances.

"Congratulations, and I'm hoping to be in attendance on the big day."

"Certainly sir."

As we step out into the waiting area, Mulder stops me, and starts to undo the necklace around my neck.

"Mulder, what-"

"They already know, so what can this hurt?"

At the smiling eyes of Skinner's secretary, Mulder takes the ring off its chain and places it on my left ring finger. We both turn towards the sniffle coming from Kimberly's desk.

"Kim?"

"Oh, don't worry about it...I've always been a sap for stuff like this...Congratulations!"

"Thank you." Mulder says as his hand returns to the small of my back, guiding me through the hallways.

This time, the looks were blatantly obvious as we made our way down to the office. With the engagement ring in plain sight and a stupid grin on Mulder's face, everyone knew for sure that Mr. and Mrs. Spooky were the real deal.

By the time we got back to our office, Mulder's grin was still plastered on his face.

"Mulder, you can wipe that funny grin off your face now, no one's down here."

"Can't a man smile cause he's happy?"

I shake my head and sit down at the computer, starting to work, when Mulder comes up behind me and starts kneading my shoulders.

"Hey Scully, do you know what day it is?"

"Friday"

"What do you say we start our weekend off early?"

"Only if you promise to keep doing that when we get home."

"You have my word, love."

"Well, then let's play hooky!"

I quickly get up from my chair and give him a kiss on the lips before grabbing my jacket.


"Scully, what do you think about a house?"

"What do you mean?"

"You know, buying a house. Me and you."

"What's wrong with moving into my apartment?"

"Nothing, I'm just saying that it'd be nice."

"While that does sound nice, it'd be a waste of money. A house is too much space for two people."

"What makes you so sure that only two people are always going to live there."

Ouch. I know what he's getting at, but I'm not ready for this conversation yet.

"Mulder, I can't do this."

"It's just something to think about Scully, I'm not..."

"Mulder, it's okay, I'm not angry. I'm just not ready to talk about this yet, okay?"

"yeah, okay. Hey Scully?"

"Yeah?"

"I love you."

"And I love you."

Taking my hand from the center console, he places a kiss on the back, and then intertwines our fingers together.


Playing hooky, surprisingly takes more energy than you think...at least for Mulder and I it does.

After grabbing Chinese food, we sat together on the couch with our respective books, and attempted to read. I read the same sentence for a half an hour, being distracted by having him so close.

The distraction led to the obvious... two times.

After the latest rendezvous, we decided to cuddle up on the couch in a blanket and watch a movie. An hour into the movie I fell asleep. Around 11 o'clock, I woke up, being carried into the bedroom by the man that I love.

"You were supposed to stay asleep." He whispered softly to me as he placed me on the bed.

"How did the movie end?"

"Boy gets girl and they live happily ever after."

"Mulder, is that us?" I ask him as he climbs in bed behind me, spooning against my back.

"Are we happily ever after?"

"Yes, we are. We were made for each other Scully. I'm more sure of that than anything."

I turn in his loose embrace so I can face him.

"Mulder, what took us so long?"

He smiles back at me, "I don't know. I just don't know."

I go to turn back, and I feel a pinch in my back and a small moan escapes my lips.

"That wasn't a good moan Scully, what's wrong?"

"You remember that back massage you promised to finish?"

"You got it babe."

Tension starts to slide off my body as his large hands softly massage away the knots acquired during our last two gymnastic sessions. I am certainly not as young as I used to be. Sometime later, I slipped into dreamland and Mulder's arms enclosed around me for a peaceful night's sleep.


We're awoken at ten o'clock by the telephone ringing loudly from Mulder's side of the bed.

"This better be good."

"Hello?"

"Hey mom..."

"We were actually still in bed."

"No don't worry about it."

"Yeah, she's awake, do you want to talk to her."

"No, we're just going to relax around the house today."

"Oh, okay."

"Bill suggested us?!"

"No, no, yeah, sure, we'll watch him."

"Tell Bill to bring him over then, unless you want me to come get him."

"Okay, I'll be there at noon then."

I turn to him as he hangs up the phone. He wraps his arms around me and proceeds to fall back asleep.

"What was that all about?"

"We're watching Matt for the day. Bill and Tara are in town again, and they made plans for the day."

"Why can't mom do it?"

"She said that she had stuff to do, and Bill suggested that we sit with him."

"Bill?!"

"That's what she said. I told her that I'd be there to pick him up at noon then."

"So we've got an hour longer to sleep then?"

"Sure, if sleep is what you want to do."

A smile creeps across my face at his insinuation.

"What else could we do?"

"I have no idea," he says while starting to rub circles up and down my back.

"Mulder, you're unbelievably impossible, you do know that don't you?"

"But you still love me."

"God help me!" I shout as I pull him to me. What a fabulous way to wake up in the morning! Considering how tired we're going to be after today, I don't mind this at all!

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Title: Happily Ever After: Babysitting
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Disclaimer: I really don't mean to use your characters, I promise...well...okay, so I do mean to use them, just not unlawfully, you know? Please don't sue me though, cause that would seriously blow the big one. Since I can't pay, I'll end up in Jail...My cell mates' name is gonna be Large Marge, and she's gonna read a lot of Gertrude Stein. (Can you tell I watched Bad Blood tonight?? Hehe)...no harm intended!!!

Summary: It's Bill's idea, yes BILL'S that Mulder and Scully baby-sit their nephew. Fun times, right? Of course!! It has all that you could possibly want, Animal Crackers, cute 4- year-old talk, and a sappy ending!


SCULLY'S APARTMENT

"Mulder, come on!"

"Hold on Scully, I'm coming. If you hadn't tackled me that last time, we wouldn't be nearly late, now would we."

"Don't go blaming this on me Mulder, it takes two to tango."

I hear him mutter something about it still being my fault and made the realization that I would not be just babysitting my four-year-old nephew today, but my fiancee as well.


"So what are we going to do with the little guy today?"

"Well, I was thinking that Matthew could have some 'Uncie Mulda' bonding time while I go to the grocery store."

"Why can't we take him to the grocery store... it won't take as long, and I'll be able to sneak cookies into the cart while you're not looking."

"Mulder, have you ever taken a four year old to the grocery store before?"

"No, but we ARE trained FBI agents Scully, how hard can it be?"

"Just allow me the privilege of saying I told you so ten minutes into the trip, okay?"

"You won't need to, but if you insist on that condition, then so be it."

We were finally pulling up to the driveway, and I see Bill come out first, with Tara right behind him, holding a screaming Matthew. When I opened the door, I understood why he was screaming...

"UNCIE MULDA UNCIE MULDA UNCIE MULDA!!!!!!"

"Hey little guy!!! Come here!!!!"

I don't think that he even touched the ground as he flew into Mulder's arms. After watching Mulder twirl my nephew around in the air, I turned to my oldest brother who was holding a duffle bag filled with much more stuff than we need.

"Is he staying the year?"

"What?"

"We're only watching him for a day Bill, we don't need all that stuff..."

"Oh... I thought that since we'd probably be pretty late tonight, that Matty could stay with you guys, and we could come pick him up in the morning."

My eyes grew wide at the prospect of this being Bill's idea. I'm going to have to check the back of his neck, because this is most definitely not my brother standing here, willingly handing his child over to me and a man that he despises for the night.

"YOU thought?"

"Well, yeah... Um...If you guys would rather-"

"NO way, we'd love to watch him for the night!" Mulder chimes in, walking up to us with Matthew.

"Well, okay then, I'll call you guys in the morning."

Bill picks Matthew out of Mulder's arms, and proceeds to say his goodbyes and then hand him over to Tara. The words out of my brother's mouth next shocked the living daylights out of me.

"Okay Matty, you have fun with Auntie Dana and Uncle Mulder, okay?"

"UNCIE MULDA!!!"

"Yup, you're going to play with Uncle Mulder all day!"

A quick glance at Mulder showed an expression mirroring my own. Shock. Awe. And I think I saw him glance at Bill's neck a couple times too.

Handing Matthew over to me this time, Tara and Bill got into the minivan and drove off. As me and Matty wove goodbye to Bill and Tara, Mulder stood in awe for a few minutes. It was then that we heard the front door open, and saw my mother come bounding out.

"Hey you two!!"

"Hey mom!"

"Fox? Fox... What's wrong?"

"Huh? Oh... nothing."

"Mom, what's wrong with Billy?"

"Nothing dear, why do you say that."

"He does know that me AND Mulder are going to be babysitting all day long"

"Yes?"

"And he does still remember that Mulder and I are going to be married."

"Yes? Dana, honey, what do you mean?"

"He didn't say a word to us about that."

"OH! I see what you mean."

Now fully understanding the suspicion, my mother passed it off and remained quiet for a few moments.

"MOM!"

"Well, all that I have to say is that he's over it."

"What do you mean he's over it, what did you say to him?"

"It's not something that I said..."

"Tara?"

"No."

"Then who???"

"Fox."

A look to Mulder showed an even more confused expression on his face.

"Mulder, what did you say to my brother?"

"I didn't-"

"No, Dana, he didn't say anything TO Bill, but he said something that caught Bill's ear."

"And what was that?"

"He said 'I love you'"

"We've only seen Bill once since this relationship even started, when-"

"The day Fox proposed, you both fell asleep on my couch downstairs. I woke Fox to tell him where the two of you could sleep. He carried you up the stairs and after taking your shoes and socks off, he kissed you and whispered 'I love you.' In your ear."

"And Bill saw all that?"

"Yes, he did. That made him realize how much you two mean to each other, and let him see how much Fox really does love you."

"So, now what?"

"What do you mean?"

"Bill doesn't have a problem with me marrying Mulder?"

"As far as I know, you have his blessings."

Completely in awe, I turned to Mulder who had the biggest smile on his face.

"Mulder, what are you thinking?"

"I'm thinking that I finally know how to get your brother to like me."

"And how's that?"

"Every time I screw up, I'll just say I love you loud enough for him to hear!"

"Oh Mulder, be quiet." I say as I playfully swat at his arm. "We should probably get going if we want to beat the rush at the grocery store."

"Dana, you're taking Matty with you to the grocery store?"

"Yeah, Mulder insists that it can be done."

"Has he ever taken a four year old to the grocery store before."

"Nope, he hasn't."

She laughs and then goes to retrieve Matthew's booster seat from her car, and finally, after Matthew is buckled in, we navigate our way to the grocery store.


After getting Matthew into the seat in front of the cart, the adventure began in the produce section. While Mulder went to grab oranges, I went to grab onions. The second Mulder left our site, Matthew began to scream.

"UNCIE MULDA UNCIE MULDA UNCIE MULDA!!!"

"Matty, Uncle Mulder will be right back honey."

"UNCIE MULDA UNCIE MULDA!!!!!!"

As Mulder came running around the corner, Matthew giggled and clapped his hands. Uncle Mulder to the rescue.

"Hey buddy, why don't you stay with me while Auntie Dana picks stuff out, okay?"

"O K!"

"In fact, why don't we go get some animal crackers for later! We can take the to the park with us today!"

"Ammall crackers!!!!!"

"That's right, Animal Crackers!"

Turning to me with a big grin on his face he tells me that he'll catch up with me after getting a couple packages of animal crackers.


When I find my future husband, he is sitting in the middle of the cookie aisle with an open carton of animal crackers with Matthew asking him about every animal that comes out of the package. I roll my cart up next to him and kneel down to their level.

"Are you guys having fun?"

"Ammall crackers!!"

"Yeah, Animal crackers!"

"Matthew is learning all about different animals. Right Matty?"

"Wight!"

"Where is the tiger?"

"Zoo!!!"

"Hey, you know Mulder, that's not a bad idea... why don't we take Matthew to the zoo today? It's fresh air, and if he naps while we put away the groceries, he'll be Mr. energy for the zoo. And...the zoo will tire him out enough to help him fall asleep better tonight."

"I think it's a good idea, what about you Matty?"

"Zoo!!"

"That's right, we're goin' to the zoo!"

As Matthew continues to clap about going to the zoo, I feel a tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I am met with the kind, smiling eyes of an older woman.

"Excuse me miss, but how old is your son?"

"Oh, he's-"

"He's four" Mulder interrupts.

"What a precious angel he is! I could never take my grandson to the grocery store without a big fuss. It's a rule in my family that you should never take a child under 5 to a grocery store."

"You know, someone told me the same thing once. I was bound and determined to prove them wrong."

Ruffling his hair, the woman smiles and walks away.

"Mulder, why-"

"I liked the idea Scully. It's fun to pretend sometimes, ya know?"

"yeah... it is."

With Matthew being surprisingly good, we were able to get all of our shopping done, with three other woman coming up to us, commenting on how good "our son" was and pinching his cheeks. With all paid for, we were off to the zoo for the day.


I don't think that I will ever see a more beautiful sight. After our very long zoo trip, Matthew grew quite tired, and now, as I'm fitting my key into the lock of my apartment, I look over to see Mulder carrying Matty down the hallway.

"Man, this little guy is gone!"

"Well, we had a long day."

"Long, but definitely good. Matty is a really good kid."

"Yes, he is. That's why I always offer to baby-sit him when Bill and Tara come into town."

With a smile on my face because of the sight before my eyes, I open the door and tell Mulder to put the sleeping one in the guest bedroom.

While I was changing, Mulder's duty was to get Matty into his PJs and put him into bed. After realizing that Mulder wasn't in the bedroom when I got out of the bathroom, I went to find out what was keeping him.

Before I reached the door, I could hear a tiny voice interrogating Mulder about anything he could think of.

"Uncie Mulda?"

"Yeah buddy?"

"You wuv Antie Dayna?"

"Yes, I do. Very much."

"You wuv me?"

"You bet'cha little buddy."

Growing weary, Matthew's questions grew farther and farther apart. Looking in, I saw Mulder kneeling next to the bed smiling at his sleeping form.

"Mulder?" I whispered to him as to not wake our guest.

"Yeah Scully?"

"What are you doing?"

"I'm watching him sleep."

As I walk in to the bedroom to lean down beside him, I remember his love of this specific hobby.

"You seem to like doing that Mulder."

"I can't help it. Children are so beautiful when they sleep. They don't know about all the horrible things we know about, so their sleep is completely innocent. Now, if you're also referring to the few times that you've caught me gazing at you while you were passed out, then that's different."

"Enlighten me Mulder..."

"You're just beautiful all the time Scully, and when you're asleep, I get to stare completely uninterrupted."

"I see... so are we going to stay here and stare at our sleeping nephew all night, or are we going to bed to grab some well deserved sleep?"

"Both are quite tempting, but only one involves you and me in a bed, so I'm going to go with the latter one."

"Come on Mulder, let's go."

He helps me up and we get into bed, spooning as always.

"Mulder?"

"Yeah?"

"I'm thinking that when we take OUR kids to the zoo, we'll have a stroller, and we'll also wait until they're out of their "why" and "what" phase."

With a chuckle, he replies, "That sounds okay to me Scully."

I know, however, that the meaning behind what I told him was not lost. I may not be ready right now to discuss what we can do about kids, but it's not out of the realm of possibility for the future.

Title: Happily Ever After: The Flu
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Okay, so if you sue me, then I'm going to end up having to drop out of school, which means I won't get a job, which means that I'm going to end up breaking into a sinful lifestyle, which means that I'm going to never get to heaven, which in turn means that I'm never going to see any of my friends again!!! AHHHH!!! I mean, cause and effect...simple as that. Please don't sue me!

By the way, this story is dedicated to my fabulous Iggy! You know who you are!!

Summary: Matthew gets the flu, which in turn gets Scully sick, and a misunderstanding with Mrs. Scully turns up emotions.


SCULLY'S APARTMENT

"Mommy!"

"MOMMY!!"

I vaguely hear someone screaming as I'm awoken from my slumber.

"MOMMY!!!"

Coming to realize that the screaming is coming from my 4-year-old nephew, I'm startled awake.

"What's going on?" Mulder asks sleepily from his side of the bed.

"I don't know, let me go check on him."

After a quick glance at the clock, I realize that it's nearly 4 in the morning, so he must have had a nightmare.

I pad down the short hallway to my guest room, to find my nephew sitting up in bed screaming at the top of his lungs and crying.

"MOMMY!!"

I quickly get to his side, and hold him to me, noticing how hot his tiny body is against mine.

"Matty, calm down, it's Auntie Dana, Okay?"

His sobs and sniffles continue for a few more minutes until he finally looks up at me with watery green eyes.

"What's wrong kiddo?"

"My tummy hurts...and I...want my mommy!"

With realization that Tara wasn't there, he starts to stiffen up in my arms.

"Hey...what's going on in here?"

Relaxing a bit, Matthew looks up to meet the eyes of Mulder, who is holding his arms out to take Matthew from me.

"His stomach is upset, and he's running a bit of a fever. I think we should call Bill and Tara."

"No Scully, he'll be fine until the morning, I'll stay up with him. We shouldn't wake Bill and Tara this early."

Considering this, I nod, knowing that Mulder is right, and I glance at the little boy in Mulder's arms and realize that he is fast asleep.


Matthew woke up a few more times, getting sick twice in the process of waking up. By the time came for Bill and Tara to come and get him, his fever was down considerably, but his "tummy" as he puts it was still hurting.


"Okay, thanks for calling, mom. Mulder and I have been worried about Matthew all day"

"No problem honey. Now you and Fox should get some good sleep tonight. You deserve it."

"We were up with Matty all night"

"I know you were...that's why the two of your are going to be so good together."

"Why, because we can pull all nighters without shooting each other?"

"No, because you'll be good parents..."

"Mom..."

"I know Dana...I know."

"I'll talk to you later mom"

"Love you sweetheart."

With that, I hung up the phone, and trudged off to the living room, where I found a sleeping Mulder drooling on my couch. Gently rocking him awake, he smiles when my eyes meet his.

"Come on G-man...to bed we go."

"Why can't we stay here?" He asks, sleepily pulling me down to rest on top of him.

I don't even allow myself the time to answer as I quickly fall asleep to sound of a heartbeat beneath my ear.


THE NEXT DAY

I wake up feeling groggy, knowing that I need more sleep. It's then that I feel what woke me. A fierce churning in my stomach forces me to jerk awake and run down the hall to my bathroom, making it just in time.

"Scully?" Mulder calls from the hallway.

"I'm in here." I say softly between dizzy spells.

He comes rushing in, and kneels by my side.

"Are you okay, do you need anything, what's wrong?"

"Mulder, calm down, I caught Matthew's bug, that's all. Don't worry!"

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, I'm sure! I'm feeling feverish too... can you get me a cold rag?"

He was up in an instant running around the apartment to get me what I asked. Back in an instant he came back to me and proceeded to wipe the sweat off my forehead, and sit with me.

"What did I do?"

"What do you mean?"

"I mean...What did I do to deserve you?"

"Oh...that? It's the alien implant. Secretly, I'm working with them, and it's implanted to make you fall deeply in love with me, and worship the very ground I walk on..."

"Mulder...don't make me laugh!" I say giggling a bit while holding on to my aching stomach.

"Okay...Okay...In all honesty...you were just you."

"Oh Mulder... That's-" I'm cut off abruptly by the jolt in my stomach.


THREE WEEKS LATER
GEORGETOWN MALL

"Dana, are you okay?"

"Huh?"

"Are you okay?" my mother asks me with a confused expression on her face.

"Yes, I'm fine... mom? Why are you asking?"

"Cause you're holding on to your stomach. I thought you might feel sick."

"Oh...no, I feel fine!" I say, passing the conversation off.

After being sick for almost a week and a half with the flu, I'm not surprised that my hand goes to my stomach. I almost had to go to the hospital a couple of times because I couldn't keep anything down. Matthew got off easy with this one. Two days after coming to stay with Mulder and I he was on the phone asking me and Uncle Mulder to take him to the zoo again.

A hand on my shoulder while we're riding up the mall escalator brings me back.

"Are you sure you're okay. I know you were pretty sick there honey, but you've been a bit of a space cadet this trip."

"I assure you that everything is perfectly okay. Now, let's hurry up so we can meet Mulder for lunch!"

"All right then... Where were we meeting him again?"

"That new seafood place a couple blocks from my apartment."

"Seafood?"

"You don't want seafood? We can go somewhere else."

"I LOVE seafood, but I thought you hated it."

"Since when?"

"Well, since you were a little girl you've absolutely hated all seafood."

"I guess not anymore then...I've been craving it for a week or two, so Mulder and I went to this place two nights ago. I've been dying to go back!"

My mother meets my gaze with a perplexed look on her face, and then shakes her head with a slight grin.

"All right then, let's go meet Fox!"


IGG'S SEAFOOD SHACK

Sitting down for Lunch, we decide on splitting the Jumbo combo lunches. The waiter assured us that it had a little bit of everything, so we were satisfied to nibble on each other's plates.

Later, at every glance Mulder and I shared, my mother simply smirked and then looked back to her plate.

Finally, it bordered on annoying. "Mom, what?"

"Nothing..."

"Seriously, what's with the looks?"

"You two thought that you could fool me...well it didn't work, so you might as well tell me now."

A glance at Mulder showed a mirror expression of confusion and doubt.

"Tell you what?"

"I'm sorry to ruin your surprise, but I know, so just get on with it."

"We have no idea what you're talking about..."

Glancing again at each other, we both look to my mother for the answer to our confusion.

"Dana, Fox, I know that you're pregnant."

At that point, our waiter got a bit of a shower, because Mulder's water flew out of his mouth and across the table.

"What!? Scully?"

"No way...Mulder I'm NOT pregnant! Mom, where the hell did you get that from?"

"You're not?" came the small voice of my mother across the table.

"No, I'm not! Besides, I think that Mulder would be the first to know if I was"

"Oh honey! I'm sorry! I just thought...the seafood, you getting sick, and the stomach thing from earlier. I just assumed that after all that, and then us going out to lunch that you were going to tell me."

While I have to give the woman credit for noticing the little things, a pang in my heart wished that she was right. I know Mulder was thinking the same thing.


DANA SCULLY'S APARTMENT

Sitting in bed tonight, I thought about what transpired today at lunch...wishing that what she said was true. I know that Mulder sensed my unease about the whole thing, so he has been keeping his distance all day.

"Mulder?"

"Yeah Scully?"

"Are you upset?"

"What would I possibly be upset about?"

"Today at lunch when-"

"Scully, I don't want to talk about that. I know you don't either..."

"No...Mulder, I do want to talk about this. We've been steeping on eggshells around this whole thing...there's not much to talk about really...I can't have them, but I want them, and so do you...so...that's going to be a problem."

"That's not going to be a problem at all Scully...when you say that I want them, you're forgetting one VERY important aspect of that...I want kids WITH you."

I can feel the tears on my cheeks, but it's not sadness that put them there...I really don't know what this mix of emotions would qualify to be.

"Mulder, I love you."

"I know."

With that he turns in bed putting his back towards me.

"um...excuse me?"

Groggily he answers back to me, "What? Scully, I'm trying to sleep!"

With that reply, I begin assaulting my soon- to-be husband with the pillow that was at one point under his head. Hearing the hysterical belly laugh coming from him makes the hitting all the more lethal.

"Scully, come on!! I was just joking around!!"

"Fox" Whack! "Mulder!" Whack! "You are..." Whack! "The biggest..." Whack! "Jerk I know!"

With the last declaration my arms gave up, and my prey soon assaulted me.

"Dana Scully...I love you more than anything in the world...," he says with a grin plastered on his face.

"I know." I reply shortly, turning onto my side, preparing myself for payback.

One thing I learned with this is that Pillow Fights with your significant other lead to really really great make-up sex. Who knew all those years ago at slumber parties what us girls were preparing ourselves for.


2.5 WEEKS LATER
DR. WALSH'S OFFICE

It came back again full force. The flu. I thought that I was completely over it, but someone at work decided that I needed to get sick, so he or she spread germs all over the place. Now a third of the Washington D.C. Bureau is sick. Not a good thing.

Mulder, Bless his heart, hasn't gotten sick yet. Instead, all he's done is stay home with me, making sure I get all that I need when I need it. When he informed me that a bunch of the people in the Bureau had to go to the hospital because of the horrible bug, I got wise and made an appointment with my Doctor.

Now all that I'm doing is sitting here waiting for blood tests and advice on how to get well as soon as possible. I think that Mulder's getting a bit bored watching me eat saltines and reading Medical Journals all day.

"Dana!"

"Hi Dr. Walsh!" I stand to shake her hand across the desk.

"All right...well we've got the blood test back, and-"

"Don't worry I already know about it."

"Oh, okay...one less thing I have to worry about telling you! Now you know that you really have to take care of yourself with this Dana."

"I know, I know...I'm drinking lots of fluids and getting lots of rest."

"Well THIS is going to put a lot of added stress to your body. Are you taking all the necessary vitamins?"

"As bad as this is...I don't like to take vitamins, so I've been skipping out on that part."

"Okay, well, you need to start on those right away then, okay."

Dr. Walsh began scribbling on a prescription pad, and made small talk as she did so, asking about plans for the wedding (which I haven't even begun to think about), how Mulder is doing, and little stuff like that.

After a few minutes, she hands me a prescription and we both stand. Confused, I take the piece of paper from her hand.

"You can't fight the flu with medicine Dr."

"Oh, no, that's for your prenatal vitamins...you need to start on those right away Dana. As a doctor, you know that the baby needs the extra nourishment early on. You should have already been on them, but better late then never."

I think that all the blood rushed to my head at that very moment, because I sat in the chair instantly with a clammy hand to my forehead.

"Baby?" I say above a whisper.

"Yes, Dana? Honey, are you okay?"

Trying to gain composure, I sit for a few seconds, and then meet the eyes of my doctor.

"I'm pregnant?"

"Dana, you said you knew about the blood test."

"I knew that it would show that I had the flu, not that I was having a baby...this is impossible."

"Well, obviously it's not...Dana. You're two and a half months pregnant."

"What?"

"You obviously weren't looking for the signs with this one. Are you okay?"

Finally, with a smile breaking and tears brimming, all I can say is, "yes."

Title: Happily Ever After: It Doesn't Have Ears
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Sadly, I don't own these fabulous characters created by that mastermind Chris Carter. If I did, I'd be able to buy a nice new suede coat or something...hehe.

Summary: Scully has to tell Mulder about the pregnancy. What exactly will his reaction be. Will he harbor the same questions that Scully does?

Hey Iggy, I already miss you! This one's to you!

All of these and my other stories can be found at: www.reocities.com/filesfreak4life/main.html


I have no idea how this is possible...pregnant. Driving home after my Doctor's visit was filled with a mix of emotions. Who do I thank for what's inside me? God...Aliens...a man with black lungs and a pack of Morley's? How am I going to tell Mulder? What am I going to tell Mulder?

Oh my gosh.

I'm pregnant.

Autopilot brought me back to my apartment. Mulder was nowhere in sight, so I assumed that he was still at work. Good. That gave me some time to reflect.

Just then I hear a key in the lock. Mulder.

"Hey Scully, I'm home!"

Too into my own thoughts to answer him, I stay sitting on the bed trying to make sense of everything.

"Scully?"

He comes into the room and his expression changes when he notices the look on my face. Honestly, I have no clue as to what I hold on my face.

"What's wrong?"

"Nothing...I'm fine."

"I HATE it when you tell me that, come on Scully..."

"No really, I'm fine! I'm actually more than fine."

With a questioning glance, he meets my eyes, and I tell him that it is in fact true.

"Mulder, I have something to tell you..."

Like he's afraid to get too close, he steps slowly over to the bed and sits down next to me.

"Well?"

"Okay, there was an interesting mix up at the Doctor's office today. Well, it wasn't a mix up, just interesting."

"Okay?"

"I do in fact have the flu, but teamed up with something else."

"Scully, what's wrong."

"No! Nothing is wrong...Mulder...What do you think of the name Andrew if it's a boy or Elizabeth if it's a girl?"

Now I realize how stupid I looked in Dr. Walsh's office this morning, because the shock I saw on Mulder's face was absolutely priceless. Soon the shock wore off, and as it did he began to smile uncontrollably.

"Scully, are you serious?"

"Confirmed this morning, I am 2 and a half months pregnant."

"Two and a half MONTHS? How-"

"With getting the flu, my body was doing funky things, so I wasn't watching for anything. And, I was told that I couldn't conceive, so my mind wasn't thinking like that."

"So your mom was right then..."

"I guess so."

"How does she-"

"I have no idea." I say as I shake my head in wonder at the great instincts of my mother.

"So what do we do now?"

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, do you need anything? Are you okay? Can I get you something to drink? Do you need a pillow?"

"WOAH! Mulder, calm down! I'm pregnant, I'm not dying here"

"I know, it's just...scary."

"Don't worry, we'll be fine, okay?" I say with a small pat to my stomach.

"Can I talk to him- I mean her- I mean...?" He looks up with gleaming eyes.

"Mulder, it doesn't have ears yet..."

"Humor me Scully..."

I lean back on the bed, and proceed to laugh as Mulder tells our child about Baseball, Basketball, the Knicks, the Zoo, Grandma Scully, crazy Uncle Bill, and everything that comes to his mind. The last part floors me though.

"Kid, you are the luckiest in the world. You have two parents that are going to cherish and adore you your whole life, and let me tell you about your mom...Your mom is the bravest, most beautiful, caring, and compassionate woman on this earth. She will stop at nothing to make sure that you stay safe and sound, okay?" He waits, as if the quarter-sized fetus is going to talk back to him.

"All right, that's what I thought..." And with a kiss to my stomach and a kiss on my lips, I sit up and beam at Mulder.

"So we should celebrate tonight!"

"You're right, where should we go?"

"Scully, you're the one carrying around the little reticulan, I think you should chose."

"If I pop out an alien Mulder, I'm going to kill you..." I say with a laugh.

"Scully...I don't want to ruin this, but..."

"I know, I thought about it too. The baby could just be another pawn for them. We'll just have to wait and do some tests. Right now lets go out and relax before we're buried in bottles and diapers for the rest of our lives."

"The rest of our lives? That kid better not be in diapers for the rest of his/her life!"

"I'm just saying...one miracle baby might not be enough."

"Let's focus on popping out the first one, okay?"

"I don't see any popping happening on your part sir...I see that all happening on my end, thank you very much."

"From what I've heard, there WILL be popping on my part."

"Oh really? Do tell Agent Mulder..."

"When you start popping that kid out, you'll most likely be popping every single bone in my hand. But I've got to hand it to you...You're doing all the hard work, so you won't hear a complaint out of me."

"Hmmm..."

"What?"

"For being new to domestication, I'm thinking that you'll be pretty easy to train Mulder."

"Thanks Scully!"

With that, we decide on going to Igg's for some food. Since my mother practically already knew, we decided that she should be the first to know about our "little reticulan" as Mulder is taking to calling him/her.

Mom was ecstatic, as was expected, and we celebrated the night without a hitch, leaving each other on a positive note when we began discussing wedding plans. We want to do it within the next few months so I'm not showing when I'm walking down the aisle.


AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION

"So, what were they celebrating?"

"Scully's pregnancy..."

The shock registered briefly on his shadowy face, before settling again.

"Ah, so Scully is pregnant, is she?"

"Yeah, you could have told us that you were going to do this...We couldn't help the two of them getting engaged, but there was a hand in this one."

Getting more serious in his features, he took a quick drag.

"I assure you, I had nothing to do with this...development."

"Oh really? Then who did?"

"I don't know..." he said with worry settling over his older features.

"What do you mean you don't know?"

"Agent Scully was never supposed to conceive, I made that impossible. Perenti assured me that IV didn't work."

"So what? Someone is going over our heads with this? There is no one above us, that's not possible."

As he takes another drag he gets up from his chair and quickly walks out of the room, cursing to himself about how it could have happened.

Title: Happily Ever After: Who to Thank?
Author: XfileySR
Category: MSR Series
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Please don't sue me... I mean, I don't have any money considering I'm a poor college student... So, do you really think that it's worth your time and energy. Feedback: Thanks to everyone who's been sending me stuff...I'm loving it! Keep it coming!

This is for my Iggy...it's been a stressful couple of months, so I felt the need to write.


DRIVING DOWN THE 95

"Mulder, you need to pull over..."

"Why, Scully, are you okay?"

"No, that's why I'm asking you to pull over Mulder...because I'm perfectly fine, and I don't feel like I'm going to puke my guts out all over your car if you don't pull over and let me out. NOW!"

The car makes it safely and quickly over to the right shoulder just in time for me to throw up as I open my passenger side door.

"Hon, are you okay?"

I know that he means well, but let's look at the facts here. My head is hanging out of the car door, and all the contents of the breakfast I ate twenty minutes ago is splattered on the pavement. How do you think I am Mulder?

"I'm fine...just give me a minute."

"Scully, you've built up plenty of sick days these past years, I think that you can afford to miss a morning here or there."

"I'll be okay. The Dr. says that my morning sickness should subside after my first trimester...so I'll only have to put up with it for another week or so hopefully."

"So you're going to be a tough guy on this, huh?" He waits as if I'm going to respond to his question/observation.

"Scully, I'm calling a cab for you, and you are going home. All of our cases are caught up for now, so I'm going to go in, and do a little bit of paperwork, and then play hooky. Maybe we could go out and look for our rings, and then look at some baby furniture, and sample some wedding cake."

I feel my eyes soften as I look into his eyes, and know that he's right about me not going in to work today.

"All right, you win. But, Mulder? I don't think that wedding cake sampling should be done today...but the other stuff should be fabulous!"


SARAH'S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

"Mom, I want this one."

"You look beautiful Dana, it's perfect on you."

As I'm admiring my gown, I see my mom hand the woman her credit card.

"No way are you going to pay for this mom, this is way out of even Mulder's and my paycheck!"

"Dana, I never got to send Missy off, and your brother is a no fuss or frills kind of guy, so I never had fun with that. Let me do this for you."

Another look to the mirror let me accept her generous offer. My cell phone's ring buzzed me out of my daze.

"Scully."

"Hey, Scully...um...where are you?"

"I'm looking at dresses with my mom. She called almost right when I got home, and asked me if I wanted to go shopping."

"Okay." He said with what sounded like relief. "Mulder..."

"Scully, um...we need to talk when you get home."

"What's wrong Mulder?"

At that, my mom's ears perk up, and all attention is on me.

"Nothing Scully, we just have to talk about some things."

"Mulder, you're scaring me."

"Don't be scared Scully, just come home whenever you can."

"I'll be there in ten minutes."

"Scully, I said that you don't have to worry about this. If you are here in ten minutes, I expect there to be a dress in your hands, bridesmaids selected, my tux picked out, and all that stuff that you girls do to be done, because I know that your mom and you have a lot to do. I'll have some dinner waiting for you when you get home all right?"

"Mulder, I don't want..."

"Scully, I love you. Go plan our wedding..."

"I love you to."

With that, we hang up, and I'm left wondering what is in store for me when I get home. It frightened me the way Mulder was talking, but something tells me that it's not that serious, because he would have found me immediately. I can't think about this now.

"Dana, is everything all right?"

"Yeah, mom. Mulder just wants to talk when I get home, and I have no clue as to what he wants to talk about."

"If Fox was truly worried about you or anything, he would already have found you and whisked you away as always."

With that, I smile, and we continue our planning.


SCULLY'S APARTMENT 5PM

I walk in and notice the absence of my soon-to- be husband, and with a curious glance around realize that dinner is already on the table and waiting.

Cautiously I step further into the apartment, searching for Mulder, and to my relief find him on my bed. At a closer look, I see that his head is bowed and tears are flowing down his reddened cheeks.

"Mulder?"

Wiping the tears from his eyes, he looks up to me with a smile.

"Scully, I didn't hear you come in."

"Mulder, what's wrong. Why are you upset?"

"I don't know if upset is the right word Scully. Confused is more like it."

Seeing my head tilt made him continue his thoughts out loud.

"Our black-lunged friend came to see me today. He asked me how you and the baby were."

At that, my stomach churns and worry tears across my features.

"No, don't think that Scully... What he had to say was more than interesting. He didn't know."

"What do you mean he didn't know?"

"He didn't know about the pregnancy, and he came to me asking who I was talking to, and wanting to know how you got pregnant."

"Mulder, he had to know. He was the one who arranged my abduction, and he was the one who knew about them extracting my ovum. Hell Mulder, it was one of their Doctors that I was seeing for the IV. He had a hand in this."

"Scully, I never thought that I would say this, but I believe him. He looked so confused when I told him that we went to nobody about this, and that we didn't expect it either. Scully, he was mad. When I told him that we didn't expect it, he ran out of the office."

"So what are you saying Mulder, that just because he's frustrated that I'm pregnant means that he didn't do anything to me to make me so?"

"What did I tell you that night?"

"What night?" "The night that we found out that the IV didn't work, and you told me that you loved me?"

With shivers from remembering that night, I tell him the words so clear in my mind.

"Never give up on a miracle."

"It wasn't him Scully, I'm sure of it. It was someone above him."

"Mulder, this man was probably the one associated with the assassination of JFK, there is NO one above him."

"That's what he thought too, until this happened"

"So, who are you saying did this? God, Mulder? You told me long ago that you don't believe in God."

"Maybe he's trying to change my mind about that."

Tears sprang to my eyes, as all of these things connected in my head. I sat down on the edge of the bed, letting him take my hands in his. He was looking at me trying to read my mind when I finally spoke after so many quiet minutes.

"You were praying..." I said a hair above a whisper.

"Yes, I was."

"Why?"

"Because I realized that if there is a God out there, and he is the reason for this miracle inside of you, then I should probably thank him."

"But why were you crying?"

Putting his arms around me, he lowers my head onto his shoulder.

"Because, for the first time, I heard him speak back, telling me that he did this for us, and that he will help us protect this baby."

I couldn't help but smile as tears ran down my cheeks.

After holding each other, for a long moment, he got up, telling me that he had something to show me.

Coming back, he produced a small velvet box from behind his back. I opened it to reveal a pair of gold bands with three interwoven vines set in the gold.

"Mulder, they're beautiful."

"It's the three of us... me and you plus one."

"Perfect."

The End


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