Title: The X-Files: A New Hope
Author: dMulder
Written: February 1997 (revised January 1998)
Keywords: crossover X-Files/Star Wars
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Mulder, Scully, Skinner, and anyone else from "The X-Files" belongs to Fox Broadcasting. Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, Han Solo, and anyone else from the "Star Wars" trilogy belongs to George Lucas (Lucasfilms, LTD.).

Summary: episode one

This is the revised version of "The X-Files: A New Hope." After I'd first posted XF:ANH, I felt as George Lucas must have after "Star Wars" was originally released. It just didn't live up to my expectations. So, I've revised it. Think of it as the Special Edition, with new scenes and corrections to a few bloopers. Actually, there's only ONE new scene, but hey . . .

I came up with the idea for this one while I was listening to the soundtrack for "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back." I know, this might be really lame, but if you've already got conceptions on the plot, forget them.

The first song lyrics are from Donna Lewis' "I love you always forever," which I hated until I really listened to it. When I did, I had to put it in here. I don't know who it's by, but the second song is "Hands to Heaven." It's not mine, either. This isn't a Mulder/Scully romance, which is really, really weird. I thought "Mission: Impossible" would be my last one that wasn't, but hah! Boy was I wrong!

Now, I'll get on with the story.


Sometime in the near future, in a galaxy not so far away . . .


Washington, D.C.

"Morning, Scully," Fox Mulder said, walking into the office early on Monday morning.

Dana Scully didn't seem to hear him. She was staring at a black metal box, with the initials "L.S." engraved in it.

"Scully?" Mulder waved his hand in front of her face.

She looked up. "Huh?"

"Are you okay? What's this?" he asked, pointing to the box.

"I don't know what it is," Scully said. "My cousin sent in to me for my birthday. He found it while digging up the earth for his basement. He's building a house in Ireland."

Mulder reached out and touched a small panel on the front. "Is this some kind of latch?" He tried to open it, but it wouldn't budge.

"Let me see it," Scully said, taking it from him. The instant she touched the panel, it started glowing. A seam appeared around the middle of the box, and it opened with a hiss.

There was a circular object in the lid. It projected a holographic image onto the desk, which happened to be Mulder's, she was sitting at. It was of a man with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. The image was looking straight at Scully.

"You, Dantana Skywalker, are my last descendant, and the final hope for the Jedi. It is you alone who can open this box in which I have stored this message, and my most prized possession.

"The Force is strong in you, Dantana, though it has been many, many years since this message was recorded. I will do what I can to train you.

"Please, Dantana, you're our only hope."

The image blinked out and Scully sat staring at it for a long time. She turned wide blue eyes to her partner.

"What on earth was that?" he asked.

"That, I believe, was a hologram, and my cousin is playing tricks on me again," she said. She looked down at the object in the bottom of the box.

It vaguely resembled a flashlight, with a green crystal at the front. Two switches adorned the handle.

Scully lifted it and stared at it for a long time before pointing it out into the centre of the room. "Move, Mulder. I have a suspicion about this thing . . ."

Mulder stepped out of the way just in time. A long green beam flared to life.

"Holy- What is that?" he blurted out. "It looks like something out of 'Star Wars'."

"It's called a lightsaber," a voice said from the corner.

Both Mulder and Scully turned to see a man dressed in a long black cloak standing in the shadows, his face hidden by a hood. He reached up, his right hand covered with a black leather glove, and pushed the hood back, revealing the face of the man in the hologram.

"Dantana, I am Luke Skywalker."


"Dantana?" she echoed, staring at the man.

"Yes." Luke smiled.

"My name isn't Dantana! It's Dana, and I'm not a Jedi! That's just something George Lucas made up . . . " Scully protested weakly.

"George Lucas is on the side of the Dark side," Luke said. "He teleported me through time and used my memory. He made those movies, telling everyone he made it up." His eyes darkened. "As you can see, he didn't."

He held up his hand and the lightsaber shot out of her hand into his. It was off when it rested gently in his palm. "As you can see, Dantana-"

"Dana."

"As you can see, Dana, the Force does indeed exist. I am here to train you so we may retrieve R2-D2 and C-3PO from Lucas' grasp. He is an evil man, and will stop at nothing in his struggle for power," Luke said with a grim smile.

Mulder spoke up. "But how did you record that message for Scully, before you were pulled through time?"

"I am a Jedi master," Luke answered. "With the ability to control the Force comes the ability to see into the future. It was rather unsettling. The day I recorded that message, Lucas teleported me and my droids. He buried the box in Ireland, because he thought you would never get ahold of it."

Luke turned on the lightsaber and studied it. "After I escaped Lucas, I made my way to Ireland, and lived there until the day your cousin started building his home. I prompted him to send it to you. He was going to try to open it, and I couldn't let that happen."

The office door opened and Luke stepped into the shadows. The lightsaber went off and Scully found it in her hands just as Assistant Director Skinner walked in.

He eyed it curiously. "What, may I ask, is that, Agent Scully?"

"A flashlight that my cousin sent to me. He's a little odd," Scully lied. Skinner didn't question it.

"Agent Mulder, Agent Scully, word just came in that you are needed in California for a training seminar," Skinner said. "It's not until April, so you will have time to prepare. I just thought I'd deliver the message to you personally."

"Thank you, sir," Mulder said.

"Oh, and since it's kind of a convention, there will be speakers. George Lucas heard about the X-Files, and he wants to meet you two," Skinner added. "He's thinking of making a movie based on the 'X-Files'."

"We'll be looking forward to it," Scully said. "Thank you, sir."

Skinner nodded and left. Luke emerged from the shadows. "We must begin if you are to go against Lucas in three months."

"If we must," Scully sighed.


Luke tossed the small metal ball into the air and it began to float. Dana eyed it warily, lightsaber held carefully in front of her. She began to deflect small bolts of light that shot from it, while Luke and Mulder watched. She'd only been training for a month.

Luke studied her carefully. She was about the same size as Leia, his twin sister, who was now married to Han Solo. Dantana Skywalker was beautiful, even more so than his sister, who was considered the most beautiful woman in the galaxy.

He felt something deep inside, that he'd never felt before . . . Suddenly, Luke became aware that she was asking him something.

"What was that?" he asked, looking up at her.

"It's after five. Maybe we should give this a rest."

"Okay" Luke called the ball back to him and shut it off.

Mulder grabbed his coat and told the others, "I'm going to go. I'll see you guys tomorrow, okay?"

Dana nodded and put the lightsaber on the shelf next to her CD player. Luke immediately picked it up and began playing with it.

"My mother wants me to marry him," Dana said after Mulder left. "I don't know if I could, me now being the believer and him the skeptic."

"Do you want to marry him?" Luke asked.

"Well, it would have been easy a while ago, but now, things are different."

"How are they different?" Luke asked, igniting the saber.

"I think you know, Luke. I've seen the looks you give me, how you don't hear a word I say because you're too busy staring at me." Dana walked to the CD player and put in a Donna Lewis album.

Luke had the grace to blush. "Can you both tell, or-"

"No, just me. But maybe it's because you're not alone."

"Huh?" Luke had a look of total bewilderment on his face, bright man though he was.

She just gave him a "well, duh!" look and turned up the volume.

I love you always forever
Near and far closer together
Everywhere I will be with you
Everything I will do for you

I love you always forever
Near and far closer together
Everywhere I will be with you
Everything I will do for you

Dana walked over to Luke and took the saber out of his hand, turning it off in the process.

You've got the most unbelievable
Blue eyes I've ever seen . . .

"Luke."


Mulder stared in amazement as Scully breezed into the office, smiling cheerily. She went directly to her new desk and sat down. She was humming that song by Donna Lewis, the one Mulder absolutely hated.

"What's up with you?" he asked her as Luke walked in.

"Nothing. I'm perfectly fine, Mulder. Hi, Luke." She went on humming. As she turned on her computer, Mulder heard her sing, "You've got the most unbelievable blue eyes . . . "

"Has she gone nuts?" he asked Luke.

Luke didn't answer, just stared at her.


Two months later
Southern California
Skywalker Ranch

"Hello. I'm glad you two could make it for a visit," George Lucas said, gesturing for Mulder and Dana to pass him.

"He doesn't look like he'd do what Luke said," Mulder whispered to her.

"I don't know, Mulder. He doesn't look it, but anything's possible," Dana whispered back.

Lucas turned to them. "So, I guess you're wondering why on earth I would want to make a movie about these so-called 'X-Files', right?"

"Right. Mr. Lucas, I was wondering-"

"George, please."

"George, I was wondering how you even found out about the X-Files," Mulder said.

Lucas laughed. "I would imagine you would. Well, I have some friends in Washington who mentioned them, and I thought, 'Wouldn't that make a great movie? Two FBI agents who go running around after UFOs and aliens.'"

"And mysterious Forces that supposedly control people's fates," Dana muttered under her breath.

"What?" Lucas turned to her.

"I just remembered I forgot to feed my stupid fish," she lied. She wrapped her coat tighter around her.

"Oh, how rude of me," Lucas said. "Here, let me take your coats. I'm the only one here today, so . . . "

Dana handed him her coat. Underneath it, she wore a white dress with a slit halfway up the thigh on her right side. It looked exactly like the one Leia Organa wore on the 'star Wars' poster hanging on the wall down the hall. Hooked to her silver belt was the lightsaber.

Lucas saw the latter and grew suspicious. "What is that?" he asked, pointing to it.

"Oh, that's just for looks. My cousin accidentally learned I was coming to see you, so she helped me with this outfit. She went as Leia about a year ago, for Halloween. She dressed up her kids as Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo."

Lucas nodded. That may very well have been true, for all he knew. "You probably want to see the set where we're going to finish off 'star Wars'," he said. "After the tour we can discuss the 'X-Files'."


Dana walked up the stairs, to the second landing of the 'ship' where Lucasfilm, LTD., was filming Episode III of 'star Wars'.

"I was wondering, George, how you're going to do episodes seven, eight, and nine, when they haven't yet happened," she said, watching Mulder retreat out the door.

"What? What do you mean?" he asked, reaching for something on a nearby table.

"You know, you did the trilogy off Luke's memories, and-"

Lucas grabbed the lightsaber off the table and ignited it. It was red, like Darth Vader's. Dana jumped up, vaulted off the railing and somersaulted in the air. She landed on her feet on the floor in front of Lucas.

Her green lightsaber was held steady in front of her. "Ever battle a Jedi, Lucas?"

"I beat Skywalker," Lucas said.

"Which one?" Luke asked, walking through the door. He held a matching lightsaber, newly constructed.

Lucas looked between the two Skywalkers, Luke and Dantana.

"Luke Skywalker-" Dana motioned to Luke, "or Dantana?"

"Dantana?"

"Yours truly," Dana said. She looked at Luke.

Lucas lunged, but he wasn't prepared for how well Luke had trained her. She deftly dodged the blow and parried it with one of her own.

"Can't beat me that easily, Lucas." Dana, now going by Dantana, smiled. "Luke trained me too well."

"The Force is strong with you," Lucas said. "It's twice what it is with Luke."

Dantana faltered. She thought about why, for the briefest of moments, and Lucas took the chance. He brought his saber down on her arm, but it glanced off. There was another saber in the way.

Luke.

"I'm not going to let you hurt her, Lucas," he grated out. "You beat me the first time, but then, so did Vader. You won't this time."

"You aren't going to be able to win with the anger, Luke," Dantana called.

She was right. That's why he'd lost to Vader the first time they'd battled. Luke let himself relax, then spun and sent Lucas' saber flying across the room.

Lucas lunged for it, but it suddenly snapped into the air and into Dantana's hand. The film producer found himself lying on his back on the floor. Twin green lightsabers were aimed at his throat.

"Okay, you win!"


Six months later
Washington, D.C.

Mulder walked into the office. He was half an hour late, having been stuck in traffic. He was surprised when neither Dana nor Luke were there.

There was a note stuck to the monitor of his computer. It said, "Scully won't be in for a while, Mulder. She went into labor at 3:30 this morning. Skinner."

Dana, in labor? How was that possible? Mulder picked up the phone and dialed in Margaret Scully's number. Dana's brother Bill answered.

"Scully residence."

"This is Fox Mulder. Is Margaret there?"

"No. She's at Georgetown Medical. Dana's having a baby."

"Oh. Thanks."

Mulder hung up the phone and grabbed his coat. He had to find out what on earth was going on with his partner.


"Out, both of you!" Doctor Norwood pointed to the door of the delivery room. "You aren't helping my patient at all."

"Go . . . on, Mulder, Luke. I'll be . . . fine," Dana gritted out.

The two men went out to pace the hall.

Luke put his hand on Mulder's shoulder. "Mulder?"

"What?"

"Promise me that you'll take care of her after I've left," Luke said. "Dana and I have already discussed this, and I'm going to be taking William with me. You have to stay and help Dantana raise Leia."

"Who the hell are Leia and William?" Mulder asked.

"My children," Luke said, looking back at the door.

"Your- Right. So what do you want me to do?"

"If I could stay here and start a life with her, I would have," Luke said, looking at Mulder. "But I can't. And she'll need someone to help her raise Leia. Someone to be a father for her."

"Me, right?"

Luke nodded. "Marry her and raise Leia as your daughter. Can you do this for me?"

"Looks like I don't have a choice."


Three weeks later
Skywalker Ranch

Luke stood at the window, the miniblinds mostly closed, wearing only a pair of worn jeans. His feet were bare, his hair wet after a shower.

Dana sat on the bed, nursing one of the twins. She looked up at him.

This was their last night together. Because of Luke's misplacement in time, he feared that if he didn't get back to his own time, history would correct itself. He'd explained it all to Dana the week before: When Lucas had brought him through, the prototype machine had messed up and placed Luke partially outside the normal continuum. In other words, he could affect time, but time couldn't affect him. That was why Dana had become pregnant, but Luke hadn't aged any.

Hopefully, when he took Will back with him, things would be corrected. Luke would still be the same age as when he'd come through, but both he and Will would age normally from then on.

Dana sighed. It was confusing. She just hoped it worked, and didn't kill one or both of them.

Placing the now-sleeping baby in the carrier, she stood and went to the small radio on the nightstand. She turned it on, then went to Luke.

As I watch you move
Across the moonlit room
There's so much tenderness in your loving
Tomorrow I must leave
The dawn knows no reprieve
God give me strength when I am leaving

He turned and pulled her into his arms, pressing his lips to her forehead.

So raise your hands to heaven
And pray
That we'll be back together
Someday

His bionic right hand came up and touched her cheek. She leaned into his hand and met his gaze silently.

Tonight I need your sweet caress
Hold me in the darkness
Tonight you calm my restlessness
You relieve my sadness

They kissed, long and almost painful in its tenderness. His hands swept down her back and pulled her shirt off over her head when they broke away from their kiss. She sighed at his touch.

As we move to embrace
Tears run down your face
I whisper words of love so softly

I can't believe this pain
It's driving me insane
Without your touch life will be lonely

He kissed away a tear that trailed down her cheek. "Dana."

A sob escaped her and she turned away, a hand pressed to her mouth.

Gently, he turned her around. "I know why you're crying. Please, don't. I hate it when you cry."

Wordlessly, he again embraced her.

Morning must come another day
I must pack my bags and say
Good-bye
Good-bye

When he began to move her towards the bed, she said, "Luke, it's too soon."

"Always with you what cannot be done. Forget you so quickly what you have learned?" he asked, in a fairly good impression of Yoda. "Dana, the Force can heal. Let's make our last night together special."


The Next Morning

"Are you sure you want to do this?" Lucas asked, looking over his shoulder at the group.

"If I don't get back to my own time and galaxy, time will start over," Luke replied. He squeezed Dana's hand.

"That's not what I meant. R2 and C-3PO will be fine, and you'll have a bit of wear-and-tear, but you want to TLE that baby through the vortex?" Lucas shook his head.

"Will should be fine," Luke said, looking down at his three-week-old son, William Anakin Skywalker.

"Should isn't the same as will, Luke," Lucas said.

"They'll both be fine," Dana spoke up. She was cradling Leia Katrael Skywalker in her arms. "But if they die, I'll kill you before history rearranges itself."

Luke set Will down in the stroller and arranged Leia the same way. "Let's let the twins say their good-byes," he said.

"While we say ours?" Dana asked.

Luke pulled her into his arms. "We'll see each other again, Dantana Skywalker. Even if I have to build my own vortex, I promise you we will."

"I love you," she said, her eyes beginning to tear.

"I know," Luke said. He kissed her tenderly. "I love you, too."

He picked up Will and went to the vortex. "R2, 3PO?"

The droids passed him into the swirl of color. Luke turned and met Dana's eyes one final time and started into the vortex.

"May the Force be with you," everyone said to him.

He smiled. Then Luke disappeared and the vortex closed.


On the drive back to their hotel, Mulder flipped on the radio, keeping the volume so that Leia, who was asleep in the backseat, wouldn't wake. "I love you always forever" was playing.

I love you always forever
Near and far closer together
Everywhere I will be with you
Everything I will do for you

I love you always forever
Near and far closer together
Everywhere I will be with you
Everything I will do for you

Dana began to cry quietly, her hands covering her face. Mulder looked straight ahead as he drove.

You've got the most unbelievable
Blue eyes I've ever seen . . .

end


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