Title: The Ghost and the Darkness
Author: Kristyn Collins
Written: August 1997
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: These don't belong to me but someone else. And that someone else is my personal God- Chris Carter. And his 1013 productions and Fox Entertainment.
Category: SRA- Mulder/Scully
Spoilers: noneKeywords: Mulder/Scully romance

Summary: A ghost decides to talk the agents into a little romance

Author's Note: Okay, so I stole the title from a movie about lions. It was a good title. I guess there is a spoiler. The episode where Melissa dies. But, we all know she's dead so I didn't see any reason to put that down. This is MSR. A little angsty too. I'll give the sonography at the end.   Anti-shippers or people who like stories with a plot, bail out now.

I watch as he knocks on the door. My Dana is crying again. She never lets anyone see when she cries except for me. Then again, she wouldn't let me see if she knew I were here. It's been two years since I left her. Four since Dad left. She's feeling particularly sad today, for some reason. When Fox.. I mean Mulder knocks on the door, she is taken completely by surprise. I don't like to see her like this, and knowing all her deepest feelings, I'm going to attempt to bring them together tonight. I see how much she loves him. And I see the fact that she hurts without him. And it is my job to take care of her, so I will do what I can. As she rises to answer the door, I swiftly place a CD in her player. Neither of them notice the fact that a CD player has just seemingly opened by itself.

I don't turn it on yet. Soon, but not yet.

"Hi, Mulder," she says, motioning for him to come in.

"Hey, Scully." He sits on her couch. She asks if her would like something to drink and brings him some iced tea when he answered in the affirmative.

Dana never bought iced tea before Fox.

"What are doing here?" She asks, sitting next to him.

"I remembered what happened two years ago today, and I was wondering if you needed company," he's talking about me. Isn't that sweet, he remembers.

"I'm fine, Mulder." God, I want to strangle her sometimes. She is not fine and she knows it. I lean in near Fox and whisper in his ear.

<She's been crying>

He thinks its his own thoughts.

"Have you been crying, Scully?" Dana cocks her head.

<It's okay. Confide in him. He's your best friend> I tell her.

"Yes. How did you..." she trails off. She's trying to stifle sobs. Fox is smarter than he looks because he sees this and puts an arm around her. Mission 1: accomplished. They're touching.

<Let him comfort you!> I tell her. She nods to herself- or maybe to me- and leans into his embrace. They sit in silence for a minute. I decide to turn on the music. It's one of my favorite bands. I don't believe Dana has their album. Maybe it's my album. I make the lights flicker so they think its a power surge. They pay no attention to the first couple of lines of the song, and Dana gets up to turn it off.

<Leave it on>

"Leave it on," says Mulder. They listen:

If I can't sleep, can you hold my life
And all I see is you
Take my hand, I've lost where I began

In my heart I know all my fault
Will you help me understand
And I believe in you
You're the other half of me
Soothe and heal

When you sleep, when you dream
I'll be there if you need me, whenever I hear you sing...
There is a sun, it'll come, the sun, I here them call me down
I held you once, a love that once, and life had just begun

And you're all I see...and trumpets blew, and angels flew on the other side
And you're all I see, and you're all I need
There's a love that God puts in your heart...

Dana smiles. She's thinking of me and not of Fox. I know. She would look at Fox and not stare out into space if she thought the song was about him. I have to try something else. Fox is looking at Dana, so I know he's thinking about her. One half of mission two's accomplished. He's thinking about her.

Now I just have to get her to think about him. It's not that I don't want her to think about me. I just want her happy. Now, because I'm dead, I make her sad. As of right now, the only person she's ever happy to see besides Mom is Fox. And I want to make sure she sees a lot more of him. True, I haven't considered Fox's feelings. But it's so obvious he loves her. It was obvious when she was abducted how mush he loved her. He wanted to do anything to get her back. So what the hell, why not meddle in mortal's lives? It's a lot of fun.

<Put your head on his shoulder> She does so. But she still isn't thinking about him. I sigh and grab one of her CDs. I keep them looking away by having some of the pots and pans in the kitchen fall over. Dana gets up to get them, and so they aren't touching anymore, but hey- the connection was made. I slip it into the player. Again, neither notice. But they begin to think something's up when I restart then player. A guitar comes on.

"What the hell...I didn't even have that CD in the player. That's so..." Dana remembers who she's talking to. "It's probably just the power surge. I must have left it in there when I played it last. It's one of my favorite CDs. Listen."

All through the night I'll be watching over you
All through the night I'll be standing over you
And through the dreams, I'll be right there, baby, telling you
Everything's gonna be alright

And when you cry, I'll be right there
Telling you
You were never nothing less than beautiful
So don't you worry
I'm your angel standing by.

"That is nice," Fox says. Now he's really thinking about her. Dana has started to look a Fox just a little. Moving into phase three now. I make Dana cry a little more by implanting images of myself into her head. Sure, its cruel, but I think the end result will be good. She snuggles deeper into Fox's embrace.

<Comfort her,> I tell him. He slips the other arm onto her other shoulder and gives her an all out hug. <Hold on tight> I tell her. She does. She cries in his arms for a good five minutes. He even kisses her once. Right on the top of the forehead.

"I'm better now, Mulder. I'm sorry I just-"

"It's okay Scully. I know sometimes even the enigmatic Dr. Scully needs someone to hold onto." She lowers her head. Then, to break the tension, she flips on the TV. "Sleepless in Seattle" is on.

"Oh! I just love mushy love stories." If that isn't a cue, Fox, I don't know what is. <That's a cue. Tease her> I tell him. I know she can't resist when he teases her.

"Really? I figured you were more of an action-girl."

"Oh, no! I get enough action on the job. At home, I like to watch people fall in...love." She has trouble getting that last word out. I have a feeling I'm going to be watching my own mushy love story in a minute.

"Oh," he can't think of anything else to say. When the two main leads FINALLY get together, I decide to heighten the mood. I blow the fuse.

"Damnit!" Dana says. She gets up to try and turn the lights back on. She remains across the room.

"There must be something wrong with the fuse. Or we have a ghost," he laughs. He's very perceptive, that boy.

"Yeah right, Mulder, a ghost. Or maybe its an alien." Dana, Dana, the way to a man's heart is not to shove his shortcomings in his face! She can be so juvenile. He clutches his heart in mock agony. He wouldn't take that crap from anyone else. He must be deeply in love.

"Ouch, Scully, that hurt."

"Want me to kiss it and make it all better," she laughs. I know Fox will take this one on his own. He's silent for a minute before answering very seriously.

"Yes." They both stare at their hands or the floor.

<Do it, Dana. Surprise him. Go on, he wants you to.> I whisper to her. Then I say it louder until I'm chanting <Go on> in her ear. I'm a very compelling ghost, obviously, because she crosses the room and tentatively plants a small kiss on his lips. He's surprised, but smart. He takes her head in his hands and pulls her closer, kisses her deeper. She sits down next to him again and continues to let him kiss her. Soon they're breathing heard. She pulls away.

I still have a few more things to do.

<Tell him> I whisper to her. I myself am not sure of the extent of her feelings toward him. So what she says is a revelation to me as well as to him.

"Mulder, that was...wonderful. I've been waiting for that for...a long time. I...care...deeply for you. I always have. I trust you with my life and with my heart. I have never...loved....anyone as much as I...love...you. I have something to ask, though. What will happen after...this?"

"This? What do you mean?" Fox is so dense! She wants him to sleep there tonight. She gestures to the space between them.

"This! Us. Tonight," she says. He is taken aback by her words. But Fox isn't one to be taken aback for long.

"We go to work tomorrow," he says.

"So this would be a one night stand. How do we deal with each other in the morning?"

"The same way we always have. Except maybe with a little more kissing," this makes her laugh. It's a wonderful sound. I haven't heard it since I left this world.

"But I don't want a one night stand?"

"Absolutely not! I love you!" he says. Good boy. Very good boy. Now give him his treat, Dana. So what if I'm speaking in trashy romance novel words?

Whatever I'm doing seems to be working... 

"Okay," she says and kisses him again. Then she pulls back. Standing she leads him into the bedroom and I watch his eyes sparkle. I don't think I want to see this, she is, afterall, my sister. So I close the door while they're kissing on the bed. I wait until they're done and go into the room. I kiss her on the forehead.

<Goodbye, Sister. I love you very much. I'm happy for you. May God's grace be upon you.> To Fox I whisper something very different, very harsh. They are both sleeping, so my words have no effect.

<Hurt her and I will come back to haunt you. I will drive you slowly insane with power outages and rattling pots and pans and mysterious CDs. Okay? So don't hurt my baby sister. By the way, I'm happy for you, too> I say. He smiles in his sleep. Before I leave I hear Dana whisper in her sleep.

"Goodnight, Missy. Love you."

And I love her too. But now there's someone in her life who can perhaps fill the void I left. Or at least love her enough to comfort her when I can't.

I'm happy as I leave. I have finished my unfinished business

The End


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