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Whenever I need cheering up, there are certain authors and fics I always revisit. Kel is one of those writers and this is one of those fics.

"Angular Momentum" is a gen-ish casefile/x-file which fits into canon, has the Mulder/Scully partnership at its center, and is written by an author who likes both characters! It’s mostly vintage Kel: snappy dialogue, intricate plotting, with a side order of political/social satire. The Lone Gunmen all play pivotal roles in this story, too. Oh! I nearly left out the best part: in a memorable and luminous sequence, Mulder and Scully journey to the "lower world," where they meet their spirit guides. This would have made a great episode, with its perfect mixture of humor, murder, and mysticism.

True confession. I love this story so much I commissioned fanart for it and gave it to the writer. Obviously, I love the writer, too. And the artist, Ravenari, is amazing. Click on the link after you’ve read the fic.

Collared Peccary and Gopher Snake by Ravenari

"Angular Momentum" by Kel
FEEDBACK: ckelll@hotmail.com
SPOILERS: The Blessing Way, One Breath, Teso Dos Bichos, The Calusari
KEYWORDS: Casefile, MS Friendship.
SETTING: Season 3
SUMMARY: “I have been on the bridge that spans two worlds, the link between all souls by which we cross into our own true nature.”
– Fox Mulder, “The Blessing Way”

So much fun!!

Date: 2016-09-14 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Only have a minute but that was so much fun! I loved all of Mulder's punning. And that final line of Scully's was perfect. I always enjoy Kel, but haven't explored a whole lot of Kel's writing. There is a lot I could dig into here but I've got kids to wrangle at the moment. Delightful though!
Edited Date: 2016-09-14 12:58 am (UTC)

RE: Re: So much fun!!

Date: 2016-09-14 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
The artwork was great too 😊 I know a peccary isn't exactly a pig but hee hee, Mulder the pig!

Things I wish had been a bit more fleshed out include the HOW of things. I'd have liked to know just how the bad guy was killing folks, and what made M&S immune to his actions. But the rest of the story was fun enough that I'll overlook it!

Date: 2016-09-14 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
Oh, early season XF! How I love it. I've only just started reading, but I already loved this bit:

Mulder responded with a shrug that was the perfect blend of apology and indifference.

That's our boy, right there!

Thanks for this. I'm going to try to put it on my ereader. It's too hard to read on a computer screen. Yegads, the endless HOURS I spent doing that, back in the day...

Date: 2016-09-15 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zinnia03.livejournal.com
The Lone Gunmen and Chuck Burks too!

This was such a fun read. I had a sleepless night last night so I just powered through the story. I love the idea that both Scully and Mulder are shamanistic. There were elements that reminded me of the excellent "Four Corners Cycle" by Spookey247, but in a much less fraught atmosphere.

The banter is spot-on. I felt like the motives of the bad guy were a little vague (is it power? revenge? just because he can?) but it might be my addled brain not making sense of it.

There is a lot of sort of sly humor in this and that made it very enjoyable too. And I liked the illustration you commissioned.

Date: 2016-10-10 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Slowly making my way through the story. Mulder and Scully are great. I loved Mulder's punning conversation with Langley. I also really like how robust the dialogue between the gun men is. I guess I have it in my head that lots of portrayals of the gunmen make them seem cute. Here they seem sharper, in wit and with each other.


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