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We're continuing with the theme of gapfillers, although "Samsara" may be addressing more of an emotional void left by the writers in season eight than a plot-hole. See what you think. For some reason, I thought I'd already posted this fic. Maybe I meant to and got distracted? I love the way it alternates the point-of-view between Mulder and Scully, and how it deals with the emotional train-wreck of season eight.

Samsara (2507 words) by secondsflat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: MSR, Three Words, Angst

This is how she prefers to remember Mulder's abduction: he was a bird, once, and he flew back home to her.

Read "Samsara" at fanfiction.net | at AO3

I'd love to know what you think. Remember, the nomination post is always open for suggestions.

Date: 2015-05-18 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
"That was the best sleep I've ever had," he announces. “Slept like the dead but without the commitment. Death with benefits.” She smiles a little at that. “What do you think, Scully? Maybe next weekend we can move the couch out and put in the casket?"

Scully disagrees, says it wouldn’t match any of his other furniture. She seems to understand his non-answer.

I love that exchange. It rings so true that it hurts my heart a little bit. Mulder, always deflecting the serious issues, and Scully letting him do it.

I haven't read very much Season 8 fic, but out of what I have encountered this has to be one of my favorites. The character voices are spot on, and the author does a fine job of balancing the tremendous love and care they have for each other with the uncertain awkwardness and pain that Mulder's absence and subsequent return have caused.

s8 m&s

Date: 2015-05-28 05:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for recommending this fic and (more generally) keeping the reading group alive. Like others, I suspect, I don't have a livejournal account, but I do enjoy coming here to read the backlog of stories and commentary. I think this is easily the best curated list of XF fic on the web, fwiw.

Since I'm here, I'll offer quick thoughts on Samsara's story. To say that I find it difficult to relate to the S8 narrative arcs would be an understatement; for the most part, I just don't want to go there. But I enjoyed the characterization here. Mulder's dream and accompanying panic attack rang true, and dealt with the consequences of his abduction in a believable way. Our intrepid duo's mental health was rarely touched on in the show, so it's nice to see this built into quality fic.

Date: 2015-05-31 07:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love this forum wendelah. Such a wonderful tool for x files fanfic. When I was new to the fandom, this was where I first came. I think with the revival we'll see a whole swathe of new writings (I hope so anyway!) and hopefully a few returnees. I check this page regularly - thank you for updating it!
Thank you also for recommending secondsflat. I especially loved 'all this around us' which is a newer fic she recently posted. I agree I can't ever quite get on board with season 8 fic but this was wonderfully in character and perfectly captured mulder especially. The focus on his mental health was particularly welcome.

Date: 2015-06-01 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whithersoever.livejournal.com
This is secondsflat, and I just want to thank everyone so, so much for all of the lovely words. The last time I wrote fanfic was pre-IWTB, so it's been awhile. It's wonderful to be accepted (again) so readily into the fandom, especially when I'm humbled daily by the immense amount of talent in it (I've been super into Sab's stuff lately, even though I want to delete everything I've ever written after reading it!).

wendelah, this archive is a treasure and I constantly reference it, even though I may not comment.

I hope this doesn't come off as vain (I'm not, I promise! I'm shocked and incredibly flattered that Samsara was chosen for discussion), but if anyone has any specific questions about anything I've written, I can try to answer. And please don't let my presence stop you from commenting with your honest opinions on Samsara-- positive or negative, I can (probably) take it. :)

Date: 2015-06-05 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainatlas.livejournal.com
I had read this before, but it was nice to revisit. Gap-fillers are almost always my favorite. I love the tone in this piece.

I'm still here, and I'm eager to check out secondsflat's other work.

Date: 2015-06-18 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ledez-dreams.livejournal.com

New to posting, not to the fandom. The other comments on this thread have made me realize I need to stop my lurker ways.
I discovered fanfiction because of the x files. I have memories of staying up until 3 in the morning scouring the Internet for muder and scully adventures (most of them awful, campy and way too much descriptive sex for a nerdy 8th grade girl, but then, that was probably all the more reason to love it at the time)
I have re watched the entire series twice now since those days, endured the painful season 8 and 9, that I had blessedly missed out on the first go around. And each time it brings me back to that loved passion of fanfic, this time with a much more discerning eye (or at least I hope so/like to think so!) it didn't take me long to realize how sadly terrible many of those early favourites of mine really were. At the time I had a lot more interest in mulder and scully declaring their true love for each other than I was to the integrity of the characters, and, ahem, some semblance of a plot!

Cut to the X files book club. This has been my go to for quality fiction for some time now, and many stories on my own compiled lists of favourites come from the master list here. And Wendelah, you are always thoughtful and have some interesting insights to the stories you post. I confess, I love the romance, a vestige of my youthful love of the x files. But nowadays, I only tolerate it within the context of good story and faithful characterization (with some fun ones in the mix too!) So as a result, I don't think you and I would always agree, but I think I would enjoy the debate. And to my discredit, it isn't until now I bothered to participate in the conversation.

So with that I'd better post my own two cents. I loved this story. As I said earlier, I too am not a season 8 or 9 fan, and I have only two fics in my previously mentioned favourite list that are set in that era, but now I have three. I could say a lot more on the subject, but my post is already insanely long! This story in my opinion, perfectly captures what was most likely going on behind the scenes in the episodes of that time. The uncertainty, the ptsd. I especially loved the nightmare scene. It rang so true, both the experience of the dream, Mulder feeling like he was awake during the experience, and Scully's calm and effective way of comforting Mulder and getting him through it without asking him to explain. So very her, and so very them. That understated unconditional acceptance of each other no matter what shines through, and it felt like It would have been more in line with the series than some of the stuff that was actually going on at the time. I also loved when Scully asked him what he remembered about being "dead." Of course she would ask, and Mulder's response seemed spot on to me. Good choice.

Anyway, thanks for listening, but most of all, thanks for the fics. Hopefully more people will come out and support this group, it should continue. And I could most certainly add some of my favourites to the mix!


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