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Since my last post, Fox made the announcement that The X-Files is coming back for six episodes, date as yet to be determined. I hope Chris Carter has some idea of how to bridge the distance between IWTB and whenever he decides to set these six episodes. From past experience, my guess is he won't. It will be up to our fanfic writers to fill in the gap.

As it happens, our next story is gap-fic for the period between "The Truth" and the second movie, by a fine, new-to-the-fandom writer. It's episodic, character-driven, and written in third person omniscient, which almost never works for me in fic. It works here--the transitions feel seamless and naturalistic. Sohmer understands these characters, and writes them with unusual empathy and intelligence. I loved this fic and I hope you do, too.

Rating: Teen
Warnings: Author chose not to use archive warnings.
Characters: Dana Scully/Fox Mulder
Word Count: 3697
Summary: "This is how they live: shadow people on an edge of reality, here but not, shapes phasing into the periphery, deeper into some ghosted liminality."

Read atlas.

Date: 2015-04-03 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melissaisdown.livejournal.com
Thanks for the rec. I just read this. I like the length of it - about 9 pages. The transition from scene to scene felt natural and communicated the restless transience that's at the center of the story. M & S both seemed in character -- I could definitely see Scully smoking a cigarette on the upper peninsula, and I could also see her cutting her hair. I think it's interesting that Mulder is the one who wants to go find William and I can't decide if it's written for us to believe that Mulder needs direction, something to pursue -- or if it's just paternal longing/desperation. But Scully saying No is completely believable, and reminiscient of Emily, in my opinion--Scully considering the child's suffering, thinking that he/she is better off uninvolved in M & S's lives.

I also like the thing they do with their hands under the sheets. I think it will be the thing I remember the longest from this story, it's something I could see them doing. Hopefully, maybe, they will in the reboot.
Edited Date: 2015-04-03 05:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-04-10 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I liked this analysis of "Atlas" (why Atlas?) I think better than I liked the story itself. A few strong points are made--the rootless existence they have consigned themselves to, the determination of Scully to allow her son a separate life balanced off against Mulder's wish to claim him. I suppose Scully is Atlas. She's the tough one.

The bit that appealed to me most was the mysterious woman tinkering with the AC and offering cigarettes. That scene was quite well-done. I wanted to know more! Was she like the evanescent nurse in "One Breath?" If so, telling Scully to take time for herself seemed a weak intervention.

My real problem is a matter of taste. I simply don't enjoy the fanciness of the style. A line like "it passes like second-hand smoke, an unreal dreamscape buzzing at the nape of her neck" to describe a haircut seems to be trying too hard. And why "second-hand" anyway? Smoke is smoke. Unless you're trapped in a burning room.

Date: 2015-04-12 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Your alternate definition of the title cleared it up for me. They're tracing a map.

The style still bothers me. It's a mundane thing: getting a haircut. To call in multiple (and familiar) connotations to convey something subtle to the reader is, I think, overthinking on the part of the writer. But this vague existence to which God Carter consigned M&S is irking the entire fandom and getting in the way of creativity. I say ignore it and create your own situation, but it's an individual call. I suppose canon remains canon, GD it.

This forthcoming series will change things. If not necessarily for the better.


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