Title: Achluophobia: Saturday, Part 2 of 4 Author: @piecesofscully Rating: PG-13 - Strong R Timeline: Mid-season 7 Notes: Again, thank you to @bohoartist for all of her beta and support while writing this. She was crucial to me finishing this, and was a constant source of support. Also, ½ of the multimedia is because of her. And thank you to my baeta @kateyes224 for all the love and making my writing is the best it can be.
The atmosphere within the house is relaxed the next morning, with much of the activity confined to the kitchen as Claire mindlessly hums a tune while preparing breakfast for everyone. Jack sips coffee at the table with Mulder and Scully, while the smell of bacon frying on the stove sends their stomachs into a growling frenzy.
“Can I help with anything?” Scully asks.
Claire waves her hand and shakes her head. “No, thank you. Breakfast is the least I can offer you. Sit and drink that coffee.”
“How’d you two sleep?” Jack asks, his voice cloaked in nonchalance, but his eyes flick back and forth between the two agents desperately asking the loaded question he’s too afraid to speak out loud, did you experience anything?
At the mere mention of sleep, Scully struggles to stifle a yawn and her recollection of last night with the back of her hand.
Jack chuckles. “That well, huh? I know that mattress is a little lumpy.”
“No,” Scully answers quickly. “No, it was fine, thank you.”
He rests his elbows on the table, leaning towards her. Slivers of reluctant hope glimmer around the edges of his voice when he finally verbalizes, “Something else then?”
Mulder nudges a fresh cup of coffee in Scully’s direction, who takes it with a small smile of appreciation. “Just new surroundings,” he offers.
Concealed beneath the table, Scully brushes her knee against Mulder’s, a silent thank you for stepping in and ending a conversation she wasn’t in the frame of mind to have. “Not working today, Jack?” she asks, changing the subject.
“Took the weekend off,” he says turning to flash a smile in the direction of his wife. She turns as if on cue, and winks at her husband. “I’m planning to spend it with my family, and you fine people.”
Mulder downs the remaining coffee from his mug as Claire shuffles to the cupboard and begins pulling down plates.
“Breakfast is almost ready,” Claire says as she crosses to place the dishes on the table. “Just waiting on the biscuits.”
“Would you mind if I went and introduced myself to Joey before we eat?” Mulder asks.
“Of course not,” Claire responds. “Go on up, he’s in his room playing. It’s the last door on the right.”
Mulder flashes Scully a smile before exiting the kitchen.
World War I dogfighting and the Synchronization Gear,
Originally during World War I, airplanes were originally used for reconnaissance purposes; to scout out and map enemy positions or direct artillery fire. Then pilots began firing pistols, rifles, and shotguns at enemy planes. Then they had the idea to mount machine guns, operated by a spotter/gunner in the rear seat. Then militaries had the idea of designing and fielding specially made planes with forward mounted machine guns whose only purpose was to shoot down other planes. When those “fighters” began to do battle with other “fighters”, the art of “dogfighting” began. There was only one problem, how do you shoot a machine gun through a propeller?
One of the first solutions to this problem was to mount the plane with an armored propeller that would deflect bullets. This was obviously far from a perfect solution. It was only a matter of time before the propeller wore out and failed. In addition, the extra weight put added stress on the engine and crankshaft, and there was always the risk of ricochets striking the pilot
The solution to this problem was the invention of the synchronization gear, a device which prevented a plane’s machine guns from firing when the propeller was in the way. There were a few pre-war designs, and several designs used by both the Allies and Central Powers, but the first practical and reliable design was invented by Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker in 1915.
For the next year, the German Air Force had a great tactical advantage over the Allies, an event which was called the “Fokker Scourge”. During this period, the Allies either had to mount machine guns on the top of the wing, use armored propeller blades, or use unreliable synchronization gear designs. By 1916, the Allies had developed their own comparable synchronization gear, evening the playing field. Over time, a number of improvements were made to the Fokker synchronization gear and other designs. The end of the synchronization gear’s usefulness came with the coming of the jet age.
NUMBER: 1/? AUTHOR:
TOM/CHARACTER: Actor!Tom GENRE:
SUMMARY: Tom returns home grouchy and exhausted from a cramped flight after
four months away for work. Unfortunately, there’s already someone
sleeping in his bed. RATING:
M (sex, language) WARNINGS: None. AUTHORS
NOTES: I’ve unapologetically borrowed some ideas from The Holiday and, well, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” This won’t
be all rainbows and butterflies, though, so you’ve been warned.