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Into a World Like This Challenge

There are only a few animals that are pregnant longer than humans are, so a lot that you can't see coming can happen between the beginning of a pregnancy and the end of it nine months later. And in other cases women find themselves newly pregnant during even the worst of circumstances.

Your challenge is to place an X-Files character, a mother-to-be*, in life altering, unforeseen circumstances. The world has recently changed, not for the better, and this baby doesn't care: she or he is coming, and soon.

Look to the current world news for inspiration, to the X-Files mytharc, or something entirely different just as long as it's a massive upset to everyday life that's likely to continue for at least months into the future. It doesn't have to be the whole world, but at least a significant portion of it and that should be making life difficult for this character and most of the people she encounters.

Minor points of clarification:

  • *or, if you'd prefer to write an mpreg, a father-to-be
  • the baby can still be on the way by the end of your tale or a baby, child, or even an adult as you wrap up
  • multiple babies and/or multiple pregnant characters are fine
  • got a crossover idea? go for it
  • you don't need to heal the world by the end of your story

Please submit your story or the link to it to or post in on our submissions Tumblr

Do you have questions about writing a challengefic before you can begin your story? Look here to see if you can find your answer.

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