Scully enters the house. Their house. His now. It’s been months since she’s seen him, since she left him, doesn’t know why he’s called her here. “Mulder?” she calls cautiously.
She turns and sees him. He’s standing behind the coffee table, empty but for a stale glass of water, congealing water ring spreading outwards. There’s a funny expression on his face. Blank. Guilty. She can’t read him, what he wants.
“Mulder, what is it?” she asks softly.
“I wanted to tell you the truth,” he says.
The house smells awful. Like he hasn’t been cleaning. “The truth? Mulder, what…”
“The truth about what happened eight years ago. When Mulder was abducted.”
Something like horror springs up in her mind. “You’re Mulder,” she says softly.
“I’m not Mulder, Scully. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.”
She blinks once, twice. Oh, god, he is worse off then she thought. She never should’ve left him alone. “Mulder, you’re sick,” she whispers. “Here, sit down.” She touches his arm and it is ice cold.
“I’m not sick, Scully. I can’t get sick. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.”
“Sit down, Mulder, please.” She feels his forehead, and it is freezing.
“I’m not Mulder, Scully. I’m not even human. I’m a placeholder for your Mulder, the one who was taken from Bellefluer, Oregon.”
She freezes, fingers still frozen against his skin. “Mulder?” she whispers. The horror is coursing through her, cold and real. It can’t be true. He’s lying.
It’s him, but it’s not him all at once. “No.”
“You’re a… clone?” she asks, hating the feel of the word in her mouth.
“No,” the Mulder-thing says solemnly. “It’s so much worse than that.” He pulls away from her, towards the glass of water, and plunges his hand down into it. Sparks fly from the top of the glass. He shakes.
“It’s an amazing and really powerful thing to be celebrated for who you are. I think there’s a lot of girls that actually don’t feel that in their whole life and I want to spend my life honoring those people, making them feel seen and heard.” ~ Hayley Williams
listen i can’t even begin to explain how many times i vocalized my strongly worded opinion against SAM constantly reminding me about how this area can be mined for resources, temperature dropping, AVP outstanding, pathfinder you have new goddamn email but what if SAM’s just trying to be extra helpful and resourceful to ryder because it feels like it let alec down