X-Files Fic: D’un Nouvel Oeil, Chapter Two
Chapter One is here.
“Is he handsome?” Maggie Scully asks, not looking up from the rolled-out dough she’s carefully fitting into a pie tin. It would be an innocent enough question, Scully thinks, if her mother hadn’t asked it twice already.
“Yes, Maman,” she sighs, exasperated, as she flutes the edges on an already-completed pie. "Very tall, very dashing, very handsome, and if you don’t mind my saying, you are very obvious.“
"I’m only asking, Dana!” Maggie protests, but her smile gives her away. "You work too hard, Darling. You should enjoy yourself from time to time. Have a little fun.“
"A little fun,” Scully says, eyebrow cocked. "With a German officer.“
"He can’t help being German, and you said he’s not here voluntarily, didn’t you?” Scully nods. "And he came to your rescue, when the man threatening you was one of his own. That shows bravery.“
"I didn’t need rescuing,” Scully grumbles. "I was seconds away from dealing with the situation on my own.“
"Yes, I know that, Dana, but did he?” Her mother sets aside the filled pie tin and reaches for another. "In a situation like that, most men are going to assume that most women need their help. How was he to know that you’re not most women?“ She kisses her daughter on the cheek and breaks off a chunk of dough from the massive hunk they’d spent the morning preparing. "Now, remind me again. Cherry is for… Allied soldiers?” Scully nods.
“Cherry for soldiers, apple for Jews, and anything else… for everybody else.”
“Very poetic,” Maggie laughs.