“What are you doing here?!” Your eyes widened in surprise and your jaw dropped open upon seeing your boyfriend standing in front of your door. You couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear, since it has been a while since you last saw him because both of you were drowning in work.
“Don’t you want to invite me in?” He said with a chuckle and gently pushed you aside so that he had access to your apartment. You were still in shock; so you just stood there staring at him quietly as he closed the door and then turned back towards you.
“Why are you here?” You asked again as you tilted your head at him. You couldn’t help but being slightly suspicious towards his actions. It wasn’t like him to pay you a surprise visit. In fact, he never really did romantic stuff for you- it just didn’t suit his personality.
“I missed you,” he answered simply and shrugged his shoulders in a casual manner, flashing a warm smile at you.
“Don’t you have to work?” You gave him a skeptical look, furrowing your eyebrows. You still had a hard time believing he just dropped by without any ulterior motives or hidden conditions.
“I’m my own boss, I can come and go as I please,” he told you in a cocky manner, acting as if he was brushing off dust from both of his shoulders with a smug smirk planted on his lips. You rolled your eyes at him letting out a light-hearted laugh. You both knew that wasn’t true. He might be a CEO, but before that, he was a recording artist. In order to be able to release an album, a lot of sweat and time had to be invested. There were days he practically lived in the studio and didn’t even go home to shower or sleep.
“What’s the catch?” You arched one of your brows at him, giving him a wary look.
He looked at you in disbelief and shook his head at you, as if he felt insulted by your question. “There’s no catch. I just wanted to spend some time with my girlfriend. Do I need a reason for that?”
It was a draining case. Not as horrific as the
previous one, with the headless corpses and the corpse-less heads but still
terrible in its own right: victim abduction-victim rape-five minutes of sheer
terror in the end with guns out in blinding fear followed by five hours of
fruitless interrogation and finally, a confession that made the hairs on the
back of Scully’s neck stand on end.
“Mulder?” When he didn’t respond, she tried again,
Instead of a typical, ‘yeah?’ he came back with a
hauntingly quiet, “sometimes I wonder what keeps me from killing these people?
I wonder why I don’t just say ‘fuck it’ to my livelihood and beat the living
hell out of these soulless nightmares of human beings, to be generous in their
classification. Why do I not just snap and make them suffer? Instead I follow
rules and get confessions and arrest them and pay taxes so their sorry asses
get to live in this world and do their time and get free and do all that shit
again. Why do I do this damn job in the first place? I know how it all ends. I
know exactly how the cycle goes yet I just keep doing it. Over and over.” With
a deep, vibrating breath, “we need a damn vacation.”
He’d drifted through these thoughts before but for
some reason, tonight’s version set her stomach to tightening, her nerves frayed
enough from the last five days that she couldn’t quite convince herself that he
was okay under his angst. Ignoring her aches and pains, she felt in the pockets
of her coat, coming up with the only thing she could offer in their darkened
car with still an hour drive to home. Holding out an M&M from her secret
pocket stash, “I’m sorry.”
Mulder looked, then did a double take before taking
the candy, “if it’d been red, it could have been love.”
The next one she handed him was orange, “sorry.
There aren’t any in the bag.”
“Story of my life, Scully. Story of my life.”
Once they were back at his place, Mulder disappeared
to his bedroom, emerging a minute later already wrapped in pajamas pants and a
thermal. Tossing a set of clothes at her, “here. Meet me on the couch in five
minutes. I’m ordering a deep-dish and you can’t stop me.”
“Salad, too, please.”
Full of excellent O’Reilly pizza a half-hour later,
Mulder went to toss the trash but after a minute, he didn’t return to the
couch, sending Scully in search of him. She found him contemplating the large
map they’d marked all to hell the week before, “did you put on the latest place?”
Pointing with his pen, “yeah.”
When his conversation stopped there, she scooted up
beside him, “are you okay?”
Trailing her hand down his arm and teasing his thumb
between her fingers, “I’m sorry I didn’t have any red M&Ms in the bag. I usually
eat them all first because they’re my favorite.”
“I’ll bet I can order you a whole bag of them from
whoever the hell makes them.”
Moving to simply grip his thumb, “I’ll share ‘em
This finally elicited some kind of facial expression
other than borderline depression, “thanks.” Looking down at her, “I see our
options right now as two very distinct choices. Would you like to hear them?”
“Of course. Lay ‘em on me.”
“We can either go to sleep or stay awake?”
Wrinkling her nose, Scully wondered where this could
possibly be heading because it was too simple, too black and white and too
totally not her partner at all, “is there a door number three?”
“Drunken Scrabble and melancholy soul torment.”
“Please tell me there’s a fourth door, then. Pretty
“Three’s all you get.”
Scully moved her hand from his thumb to wrap her
arms around his waist from the side, “I would like part of three intermingled
with section two followed by part one, if that suits you?”
“You had to say the word ‘suit’, didn’t you? Had to
bring work back up. Thanks.”
She squeezed him as tightly as her tired bones would
allow, “sorry, partner. You look good in a suit though, so that’s saying
With a guffaw bordering on chuckle, he patted her
arm, “it’s probably too late for liquor though, isn’t it?”
“It’s a Saturday night. We don’t have to be anywhere
until Sunday dinner.”
“Bring it on.”
First order of business, find a Scrabble board … and
tiles … and a pad of paper.
The board itself turned out to be the most difficult
to hunt down. Scully couldn’t help asking more than once why he had the tiles
sitting innocently on his bookshelf but the board was nowhere to be found.
“Why you gotta ask me these hard questions, partner?
Just accept that I keep them in two different places.”
“But you’ve forgotten one of those places.”
“I’m questioning more why, when you’ve been through
my bookshelf numerous times, that you haven’t once asked me why I had the bag
of tiles without the board? Hmmm? Got an answer for that one?”
“I think I like melancholy Mulder better right now.”
Giving her a semi-playful smile, “we can return to
him at any point in the evening. He’s hovering just below the surface.”
“I’ll draw the board myself first, if I have to.”
Soon, they unearthed it, innocently folded up and
being used as a shelf for jeans in his closet, the flat surface held up with
stacks of old textbooks, “ahh-ha. I forgot about that.”
Looking at the poor man’s shelf he’d build, “you
realize you actually earn a paycheck now, correct? You could just buy a metal
shelf. $15 at the hardware store.”
“Well, if we’re going to keep using the board, I
will but if this is a one-time thing, perfectly good shelf right there.”
“Just go find me some liquor, would you?” Once she’d
cleared the coffee table and set up the board, she called out to Mulder, “ready
when you are.”
Appearing in the door almost instantly, looking
sheepish, “um, so, what would you say if I told you the closest thing I have to
proper libations is a fermented bottle of white grape juice that is decidedly
not white anymore?”
Scully rubbed her hands together devilishly, “then we
stay sober and I kick your ass in the best game ever invented for geeks like
As he settled on the floor beside her, “how about a
friendly compromise of no scientific jargon from you and no psycho-babble from
me? Straight up, normal people words.”
Counting out her seven tiles, “but our straight up,
normal people words are scientific jargon and psycho-babble.”
“Well, then, I guess we play to the death, genius vs.
genius, liberal arts vs. science, Scully vs. Mulder in the battle of the
“You’re on, Spooky.”
“Eat my dust, G-Woman.”
The first word that landed on the board was ‘cat’.
Because I’ve seen six million posts mentioning storytelling Daddy!Killian, here is my fanfic contribution:
Killian inspires his daughter to fight using the story of his and Emma’s love.
“I can’t do it, Dad.”
She looks at him with Emma’s eyes, pleading and scared. Killian wants nothing more than to lift this burden from her shoulders, to protect her as he swore to do all those years ago when the doctor had placed her, red and squalling, into his waiting arms. But she is her mother’s daughter, and try as he might, destiny and fate have other plans.
“Yes, you can, love,” he tells her, not just because he is her father, but because he’s never seen her fail to overcome an obstacle before. He was there when she took her first tentative steps across the carpeted rug of her nursery, and later, as she stumbled and tripped across the three letter words at her first attempts to read. He had watched her struggle and succeed through magic classes, sword lessons, and her least favorite task, parallel parking. He even watched her stand at a podium, wearing a strange hat and colored robes, and she gave a speech at her graduation. And even as fear grips at his heart, he knows she will overcome this.