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Is anyone in The X-Files fandom still reading this journal? If not, it's my own fault. I can't believe I let three months go by without posting a new story. (This is why having a co-mod would be helpful. Any volunteers?)

True confession: I never thought I would be saying this but my enthusiasm for the series has flagged following the huge letdown of season ten. I finished my season seven re-watch back in February (around the time I posted "Parabiosis," in fact) and I still haven't cracked open the brand new Blu-ray case for season eight. Well, I'm done wallowing in misery. Yes, season ten was even worse than I'd anticipated, but that doesn't negate what I loved about the original series. And, it certainly doesn't cancel out the great fanfiction. If anything, we need fic more than ever. (Is anyone working on an AU for season ten? Because we need one and we need it TODAY.)

Since most of what's sitting in the nomination queue is novel length, I decided to pick something from the Ten Greatest Fanfictions post. I chose "Silver Cornet" for two reasons: (1.) We haven't discussed much of anything by Bonetree, which is a huge oversight, and (2.) I've never read "Silver Cornet."

Silver Cornet (22641 words) by Bonetree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully

SUMMARY: Set just after "Je Souhaite," Mulder and Scully take a ride on a mysterious train that's carrying more secrets than either can imagine.



The link is to AO3 so if you like the fic, you can hit the kudos button, even if you don't come back and leave a comment here. However, I'd love to know what you think of "Silver Cornet." Heck, now that there's a little bit of distance, I'd love to hear your thoughts on season ten. Don't forget to leave your suggestions for next time.

EDIT: The versions at AO3 and Gossamer are missing chapter four. Thanks to the sharp eyes and fic-finding skills of [livejournal.com profile] drodrey, we have a complete version via the Internet Archive.

Read the complete Silver Cornet via the Wayback Machine.

Date: 2016-05-08 10:51 pm (UTC)
lanalucy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lanalucy
Oh, man. If any of you've never read any Bonetree, why the frak not?

::off to read again::

p.s. To answer the question, I will always be fannish about XF, because some of my most wonderful friends came from XF fandom, and I love to read ANYthing new being posted, and to revisit old works, but enthusiasm is in short supply.

Date: 2016-05-09 12:52 am (UTC)
lanalucy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lanalucy
Ah. I can do it. Well, I guess you have to approve it. :)

IDK. I've just adjusted my expectations. There were magnificent eps and crap eps and everything in between. As long as Scully and Mulder are on the screen together, I'll deal.

Date: 2016-05-09 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stefrobrts.livejournal.com
Thanks for posting again! I was waiting for a new rec :)

I'm not that put off by S10. If anything doing the rewatch made me remember why I loved XF. Which made me want to write more, but I still prefer the early seasons, before things got so complicated.

Some of my favorite things about XF are fanfic, so I hope the fanfic well never completely dries up. Can't wait to read this one.

Date: 2016-05-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stefrobrts.livejournal.com
I was thinking about doing a S10 story, but I find myself a little tripped up by knowing where our characters stand now. I agree that they were unrecognizable at times, but re-watching S10 I feel like they are there, just that there has been a lot of weight on them that we were not privy to, and trying to determine what that was, what went down, even when it happened and how long they have been apart, makes it harder to write than something in S3-4 which is my happy place. Still, I feel like fanfic can fill in the holes and redeem this new place in their lives.

I'm playing with something now, I'll see where it goes. The last thing I wrote came out easy, maybe this one will be a little harder.

Date: 2016-06-03 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stefrobrts.livejournal.com
I finally finished this one. I got to ch. 5 and wasn't enjoying it much, when I came back and checked the comments and saw the note about the missing chapter. That helped a lot! I liked the plot with throwbacks to the other episodes, the pacing, didn't mind the sex scenes (come'on, we all want to write a sex scene once in a while ;) ), and I particularly liked the ending. Well done story! Thanks for the recc!

Date: 2016-05-10 04:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] keslei
I'm not new to the X-Files (it was a weekly tradition in our family, back in the day), but I am pretty new to X-Files fanfic, and I've been using this group as a starting point for exploring fic, so I'm glad to see a new post :) *heads off to read*

As for S10, it was disappointing, but the rewatch in preparation for it reminded me again of why I love the show, so I guess I'm glad it happened?

Re: Hi and welcome

Date: 2016-05-10 07:54 pm (UTC)
keslei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] keslei
Sure, go ahead and add me; that sounds great.

Rewatching old episodes (particularly the early seasons) is how I got myself past that post-S10 disappointment. That, and reading good fic. And ranting to my husband (who doesn't watch the show, but is very patient with my fannish tendencies).

Re: Hi and welcome

Date: 2016-07-29 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
wow, you were/are rewatching with your 94 yr old father? I used to watch with MY father who also happens to be 94 now, but I doubt I could wrangle him into rewatching. Hope you enjoyed the rewatch! I made it into early season 7 and couldn't force myself to keep going, went back into fanfic after a 15 year hiatus instead because the quality is (often) better...

Date: 2016-05-11 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syntax6.livejournal.com
What I like about "Silver Cornet" is the way Bonetree takes a very BIG story (about the end of the world) and makes it claustrophobic by setting it on the train. The fight becomes embodied by just a few people, and I enjoyed the opposing forces of Kever and Blue.

As for season 10, I had a similar reaction to "I Want to Believe." It killed my fannish feelings dead in two short hours, and it took five years to recover them again. So I was less than enthusiastic about the idea of season 10 to start with--I finally had remembered why I loved the show so much once upon a time, and here was CC and FOX to remind me of the bitter end. Only Darin Morgan lured me back. I watched his episode and "Home Again" and found them both...okay. They didn't make me want to throw things but neither did they light my fire the way the original run did back in 1999. But, to echo the theme of many here, they made me get out my DVDs and rewatch some of the classics. I felt relieved. I wasn't wrong! It had been an amazing show in its day and so it will be forever...in TV history. Despite the wistful title, you really can't go "home again."

Date: 2016-05-20 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syntax6.livejournal.com
Thanks! I am excited about the book. :)

I skimmed the story again to refresh my memory because I'd originally read and enjoyed the story back when it was posted. I did think it seemed like it was missing a chunk! Glad I'm not going (completely) crazy.

I agree with your comments about the love scene opening, btw. On its own, it's lovely, but it is a weird place to start this particular story. I think it's meant to establish where Mulder and Scully are as a couple and perhaps to heighten what's at stake when things begin to go south. I can see the rationale behind this but agree it's probably not necessary. Sex is probably the least meaningful part of Mulder and Scully's relationship! (Although certainly not the least fun, heh.)

My beef with the season 11 episodes that I did see was that we have literally done all this stuff before. The were-lizard was fun, but all the of the meta about Mulder and Scully's relationship or commentary on man's inhumanity to man in comedic form has already been done on this show by Vince Gilligan, Chris Carter, or Darin Morgan. I...don't need to see it again. It was fresh the first time. The second, third, or fourth times it starts to feel a little tired (at least to me). The character beats in "Home, Again" were entirely borrowed from "Beyond the Sea." There wasn't anything new there, aside from a couple of lovely lines. The garbage monster punishing people? WE DID THAT TOO. It was okay, as far as it goes. I just don't see the need to redo it.

I think CC and friends are mostly out of ideas for these characters. They can be forgiven for that because the show was on the air for nine years. I'm sure there are rich stories left to be told about Mulder and Scully, but I don't think the boys at 1013 are the ones to tell them. They had a good run. They made TV history! It's time to let it be history and for everyone involved to move on to new projects.

original version

Date: 2016-05-27 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Do you have a link posted to the original at the Way-backed AOL site by chance?? Thanks!

Date: 2016-05-11 06:15 pm (UTC)
keslei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] keslei
Overall, I enjoyed this fic. There were a couple of sections that I didn't think were quite as good, but the story as a whole definitely kept my interest. One thing I liked about this story was that it acknowledged the existence of both true good and true evil, with humanity standing in the middle, free to choose a side, or to do nothing (which is still choosing a side). I also liked the fact that it was Mulder and Scully's beliefs that were at the core of the story.

My favorite part of this fic was definitely Blue. I come from a religious background, so the minute that his case with the special silver cornet came up in his discussion with Scully, I knew who he was supposed to be. I love the imagery of the seven angels with the seven trumpets in Revelation, and I really loved the way that was portrayed in this story. The idea of Blue being there each time the world might end, ready to open that case and play that silver cornet, really resonated with me. And yet he hasn't had to yet - the case is already battered at the beginning of the story, hinting at many close calls before, and the case gets just a bit more damage by the end, from yet another time the world almost ended but didn't, because of a couple humans who believed in each other, and in doing the right thing, no matter what. To me, that battered cornet case stands for the good in the world, because Blue has been waiting a long time, and hasn't had to blow that trumpet yet. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that's my thoughts on it anyway.

Also, I loved this line : "Stories are funny like that, ma'am," he said. "Sometimes it's the ones that are so strange and that seem the hardest to believe that have the *most* truth in them."

Date: 2016-05-12 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
Ah! I knew there had to be a missing chapter or scene or something. I've always loved this story, and there seemed to be a really jarring jump in scenes on this recent reread, although it had been too long since I'd originally read it for me to say exactly what I felt was missing.

It makes a lot more sense with that section added back in.

Date: 2016-05-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
keslei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] keslei
I was a little confused by that jump, but didn't realize there was actually a whole day missing. Nice catch; that was a pretty crucial missing part, and it definitely ups the creepy factor with Kever.

As for figuring out who Blue was, I read this fic right after watching the Lucifer season finale, so I think my brain was predisposed to assume angels and demons :)

Date: 2016-05-11 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drodrey.livejournal.com
I'm new to the X-Files. Decided to binge watch in time for S10 (which wasn't really necessary, I'm in general agreement that most of it was a let down), but I don't think I have the same feelings of disappointment that most have though, as I had no chance to build up excitement.

Anyway this page has been an absolute lifesaver in terms of finding fic. In a fandom that's so spread out, and really relatively old in internet history, I had trouble finding good fic. Have been gradually working my way through, what I'm perceiving to be the "classics", but haven't got to any of Bonetree yet. Started reading this one on the train, and just picked it up again tonight and was mighty confused, thinking I'd skipped something somewhere, but nope, I'm pretty sure the ao3 version is missing a chapter around the middle.

Had to do some serious digging to find it, but found an older copy on Wayback Machine (http://web.archive.org/web/20091020134804/http://s88210564.onlinehome.us/bonetree/silvercornet.txt) and the whole fourth day (Chapter 4 I think it is?), is missing from ao3.

Will review once I'm done!

Re: Hi.

Date: 2016-05-11 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drodrey.livejournal.com
That would be great! I'm a long time LJ stalker, rare LJ user, so was slightly confused as to why it ended up in spam. Would love to be added to the community though!

Re: Hi.

Date: 2016-05-11 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drodrey.livejournal.com
Got it! Thank you!

Date: 2016-05-12 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
I love this story.

It's unsettling and creepy, and there is such a sense of urgency to the whole thing as it races towards the conclusion (much like a speeding train.) I also think it does a good job at playing with the religious themes and ideas of good vs. evil that the show so often flirted with.

Scully believes, and Mulder believes in Scully, so they are able to save the world.

Like Syn said, this is a big story that works well in its claustrophobic setting.

The scene with Scully and Kever and the hot cocoa is one of those things that has stuck with me through the years. It's funny how the brain will sometimes latch onto something like that, but I genuinely can't drink a hot beverage or watch someone carry drinks without thinking about his nail breaking the skin of the chocolate. There was something about that entire scene-- Scully's restlessness, Kever's persistence which fell just short enough of rude for her to continue humoring him, the way their whole interaction went from there-- that felt so real and unsettling to me.

Re: Season 10... I don't know. I've had some time to think on it, and I still can't really put my thoughts into words. I didn't really like the premiere, but I chalked that up to it having been too long since the show aired and needing time to readjust to the characters.

I liked the next three, particularly Darin Morgan's episode, and the William scenes in Founder's Mutation brought on surprise tears, but I felt the whole thing was kinda whiplash-y. There was no real continuity between episodes, no mention of aliens or the conspiracy again until the finale. Babylon was terrible. The finale was-- full of the kind of bad science that you can't really get away with on television anymore.

I liked the virus idea, but found myself wishing they'd done it on a smaller scale, because like... even if Scully could come up with a vaccine or cure, there's no way they'd be able to get that out to the entire world in time. If it was just contained to one city, maybe. I'm capable of suspending my disbelief to an almost ridiculous extent, but that just pushed it too far. And ending the series on a cliffhanger, with no definite plans to return was just unnecessarily cruel.

I dunno. I'm still mixed on the whole thing. It was really surreal sitting down to watch a new episode of the X Files on live television, and I was sad when it was over, because it felt like I'd just started to get used to having Mulder and Scully on the screen again.

Date: 2016-05-12 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drodrey.livejournal.com
Okay, finally finished! First time review here, yay!

This is my first bonetree, and overall, I really enjoyed her writing style. Characterisation was good and it was generally an engrossing read.

The first half of the story, in my opinion, was much stronger than the second. Starting off with Scully and Mulder in bed together on the train perfectly grounded their relationship and where it stood at this point for me. The conversation Scully has with Kever is wonderfully creepy and is still giving me the heebie jeebies 36 hours after reading it.

From around the point where the train-takeover starts, I think the pacing goes downhill. Full disclaimer: I read the second half very disjointedly, reading some, realising something was missing, going back, reading the missing part, then reading it in bits and pieces throughout today. This probably effected my enjoyment and view of the second half's fluidity. However, I definitely think some things were rushed through. The oncoming end-of-the-world virus, felt a little too convenient and easy (hey, Chris Carter, listen up), and I don't think there was really enough explanation or build up towards it. Mulder's section, although creepy, also felt a bit rushed through.

I did love the characterisation of Blue in the second half, and the overall arching idea that's already been stated; Mulder believed in Scully, and Scully believed, and together they saved the world.

Looking forward to checking out some more of Bonetree's stuff, as I really did enjoy her style!

Date: 2016-05-13 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] defnotmeyo.livejournal.com
Hey! I am new-ish here, but I've been reading through this for about a month now. I will comment more on this later, but I just wanted to say, some of us are out there still!

Yes

Date: 2016-05-14 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That would be awesome!

Date: 2016-05-15 07:24 pm (UTC)
keslei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] keslei
Maybe that's why it took me aback for them to be sleeping together and having sex while they're investigating a case. It doesn't feel in character and it doesn't add anything important to the story...The thing is, if they're supposed to be looking for something suspicious on board the train, why aren't they doing that? They took the case--they should be working the case.

I completely agree. This is one thing that irked me about this story (for the record, I'm a shipper, but not when it feels forced and out of character). I could happily have done without that aspect of this fic.

season 10 AU

Date: 2016-05-27 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
yes, reading and there IS some great season 10 AU stuff out there, was reading it on AO3 but can't remember who the writers were at the moment...

Yes!

Date: 2016-07-09 01:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yes! I'm new, and I'm HERE! Love this place! Don't ever quit. šŸ˜„

Don't the journal go - pleeeeeeeeeeease!

Date: 2016-07-11 12:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
As above!

Re: Don't the journal go - pleeeeeeeeeeease!

Date: 2016-07-29 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Yay to new posts!

As for this piece, I haven't managed to get into it somehow, though I tried to months ago. I think the beginning sex scene on the train just felt forced or off to me somehow, and the descriptions of the train travel didn't feel reality-based. This irked me particularly as I've traveled cross country by train a couple times and I'm quite aware that having a room on a sleeping car is prohibitively expensive (could never afford it although I've afforded x-country flights many times), and it simply doesn't FEEL that way to travel cross country on a train. Honestly, from Pacific NW all the way to NYC is 3 days total so I think maybe the initial timeline just bugged me. That said, I'm going to quash my buzzkill and push through. Will report back!

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