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We're continuing with the theme of stories that are gap-fillers.

After discussing "Atlas," I knew I wanted to post another story about Mulder and Scully which dealt with the disruption in their lives after leaving the FBI. Since the six episode revival was announced, I thought it would be fun to read a story set in the time frame immediately following IWTB, leading up to the present day. "The Tourists" is set post-series, post-IWTB, and post-2012, the year in which alien colonization was supposed to begin--except--it didn't.

Rating: Teen and up, no warnings apply
Summary: Struggling to find purpose in a world where they are no longer relevant, two former FBI agents take an aimless trip through their own past.
Author's Notes: Written in a big, sappy rush of nostalgia and affection for the show. So much nostalgia.

Wendy's Notes: But it's nostalgic in a good way, I promise you.

Read "The Tourists" - at AO3 | at Discordant Words

I'd love to know what you think of the story. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions.

Date: 2015-04-13 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
Oh, but this was so absolutely PERFECT! I wouldn't mind if the upcoming eps started off this way!

Date: 2015-04-16 09:11 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love this story so much - they're so perfectly in character. The line about the shape shifters is so Mulder. There's so many flashes of their history - pizza and vampires, the basement, the fish tank - it's hard not to feel emotional about their history and how far they've come.

I love this line; 'there were stretches of time when it was almost unbearable'. Such an apt summary of their relationship, for the viewer too! Thank you for posting this.

Date: 2015-04-16 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smithkingsley.livejournal.com
I just started on this one and it looks pretty good. Thank you for the rec.

Date: 2015-04-22 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
I am delighted to see this posted here.

For my part, I've never been entirely 100% sure about this one. This is my love letter to the X Files, and I'm ultimately pleased with how it turned out, but I did worry that I was romanticizing things a bit too much. I have SO MUCH nostalgia and love for this show, and a lot of that seeped into Mulder and Scully's interaction as I was writing this. It's nice to see from an outside perspective that it still read true to character.

Thanks for posting this, and for the comments.

Date: 2015-08-08 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firefish.livejournal.com
Is this yours? I think it's wonderful. You really captured them and perfectly described a journey.

Date: 2015-10-05 02:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-05-06 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madmakny.livejournal.com
This story is so fucking good, I wish I'd written it. And now I wish I hadn't read it because I don't think I'll ever write anything post-IWTB as good as this. Dammit.

Amazing story. I recommended it on Twitter. I hope some people ended up reading it.

Sidenote: I apologize in advance if cursing is not allowed here.

Date: 2015-05-06 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madmakny.livejournal.com
Here's my dirty little secret. The more I write, the less fanfic I read. I don't have the time and I don't want it in my brain. I back-button nearly everything now.

YES. "The Tourists" was the first fic I've read in months. I tried getting back into X-Files fan fiction last summer, which was a rather serious addiction of mine in my late teens/early 20's, but everything I read was unsatisfying. I usually didn't even get past the first few paragraphs.

And now that I'm writing my own fic for the first time, I don't want to be influenced by how other authors see Mulder and Scully, or for their choices as writers to influence how I see the characters in my head. I had envisioned somewhat similar scenes for when my fic reaches the post-IWTB chapters, particularly the McDonald's scene, and reading something as excellent as "The Tourists" is very discouraging! Haha. It'll be quite awhile before I reach the IWTB section, so maybe I can get this fic out of my head by then.

Date: 2015-08-08 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firefish.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this. A perfect stop gap. Though Scully's pain, the pain I know that's there, that hurts to read. But this is very good.

I'd really love to read so.ething that deals with recent news... can you let me know if you could across anything? I may try and write one myself also!

Date: 2015-08-09 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firefish.livejournal.com
Both wonderful. Thank you for sharing. The potential storyline is starting to make more sense to me now.

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