silhouette family watching New Years fireworks

And a Happy New Year Challenge

Your challenge:

For this challenge you're going to write a story that begins on any day between December 26th* and December 30th and ends on January 1st or 2nd. You may choose any year. In your story something goes wrong in late December. But it resolves quickly enough to leave your characters at least somewhat hopeful about having a happy new year.

As always, your story should include one or more X-Files character, and either a pregnant character or a child between the ages of 0 and 19. The December problem does not need to be centered on your child character or a pregnancy, though of course it can.

You are welcome to combine this challenge any other challenge you find here, be it challenges about births, reunions, alien invasions, grandparents, or any of the many Christmas challenges (* note: if you choose to combine this challenge with a Christmas challenge your story can begin as early as December 20th). You are also welcome to write this story as a sequel or prequel to a response to another challenge.

Challenge fics:

your story here!

Please submit your story or the link to it to or post in on our submissions Tumblr by January 31st

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