In the 16 years that I’ve been writing X-Files fanfic, I’ve always written at least one Christmas fic every holiday season, and now that I’m officially on vacation for the next two weeks, I figured I’d better get to it for this year.:) This little moment in time just came to me this afternoon as I was sitting on the couch next to the Christmas tree with a nice warm blanket on my lap and my nice warm dog lying at my feet. Although I don’t have a Christmas cookie recipe from my grandma like Scully does, I do have a special recipe for sugar cookies that I make every Christmas…and yes, I put frosting and sprinkles on mine too.;) I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas.
I originally wrote Pieces of Food, Slices of Life way back in 2001. I was writing with a lot more regularity back then and wanted to try my hand at writing something different than my usual fare. I also wanted to see if I could write something unique that included tidbits from all the seasons of the show. At the time, season nine hadn’t aired yet so I didn’t include something from that season. With this new revised version, I not only added a segment about season nine, but one for Fight the Future as well. I thought about adding something for I Want to Believe too, but ultimately decided against it because I felt it took place too far into the future to be included with the rest of the series.
One of the things I liked about the Millenium “first kiss” was the initial expression on Scully’s face right after Mulder broke away from that kiss. Although the way she looked at him happened so quickly, I thought it was sweet and genuine and showed a brief glimpse into what their relationship might become. Like most viewers though, I would’ve liked to have seen more after they left the hospital at the end of this episode. I wrote “A Clear Winter’s Night” to show what *I* would’ve liked to have happened next.:)
In season one’s episode “Squeeze”, one of my favorite scenes is this exchange between Mulder and Tom Colton:
“So Mulder, what do you think? Does this look like the work of little green men?”
“Grey. You said green men. A Reticulan skin tone is actually grey. They’re notorious for their extraction of terrestrial human livers, due to iron depletion in the Reticulan galaxy.”
“You can’t be serious.”
“Do you have any idea what liver and onions go for on Reticula?”
I absolutely loved that Mulder was “yanking his chains” right from the start, sensing that Colton was probably going to be a prick about the case, and as we all know, he turned out to be exactly that. I had a blast writing “Tom” back in 2009, not only because I liked the challenge of writing from a secondary character’s point of view, but also because I enjoyed writing his observations about Mulder and Scully at that early stage in their relationship. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I had a blast getting the chance to *be* Tom and act like a jerk! <g>
I’m going to start by making a few comments about “After the Darkness”, which is my newest vignette that I posted about a week ago. After recently seeing I Want to Believe on TV, I was especially interested in Skinner’s role at the end of the movie. I really like how his role on the series and his relationship with Mulder and Scully changed over the course of time. Although he started out as just their boss, he eventually developed a respect and admiration for them and became both an ally and a friend. I really liked that he was the “somebody with balls” that Scully turned to for help not just in the movie, but time and time again during the later years of the series.:) After watching him hold Mulder in his arms to keep him warm, I started wondering what might have happened after taking Mulder to the hospital and then home and how he might’ve felt about going into the house they share, probably for the first time.
“Wreckage” is a post-Orison vignette that I wrote about three months ago. I’ve actually written several vignettes for Orison, mostly because I didn’t like how the writers glossed over what happened to Scully in that episode. I mean, really….she’s attacked by a complete whack-job in her own home, tied up, terrorized, and forced to take extreme action, and then the following week, it’s as if it never happened. She KILLED a man in cold blood, for crying out loud! How could anyone not be affected by that???? I hate that the show did that time and time again…have a life-altering event occur and then the following week, pretend it never did. Although many of the vignettes I wrote about this were from Scully’s POV, I wanted to write one from Mulder’s POV. Watching the incredulous expression on his face as Scully blew away Donnie Pfaster right in front of him made me want to explore what he was feeling even more.
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