Mulder wakes up. Only half awake, he looks down to see his arms wrapped around a little boy, who burrowed his way to his chest. His head lays on mulder’s heart, where the boy can feel every beat. Mulder wonders if the boy felt his heart skip. The boy’s red hair is bright and messy, pointing in all directions. Mulder smiles, the boy always had messy hair, just like mulder’s. Mulder leans down to kiss his head when the boy moves. The small red head looks up to Mulder and grins. Mulder chuckles at the wide front-tooth-less smile the boy was giving him.
“Hi daddy.” He says softly before yawning.
“Daddy, i had a bad dream so i came to sleep with you.” William explains.
“I thought I told you, you can’t run in here every time you have a nightmare ” Mulder says.
“But daddy, it was about the aliens!”
Mulder’s facial expression softens, and he tightens his arms around William. “Its okay, you can stay.”
William smiles and then closes his big blue eyes. Mulder kisses his head, and holds onto him until they both fall asleep, as mulder knows what’s it like to dream about aliens.