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[personal profile] wendelah1
I admit it freely: no matter what fandom I'm in, I'm all about the female characters. I love Mulder but Dana Scully is why I came here and why I stay here. Though none received the screen time they deserved, The X-Files does have other interesting and complex female characters.

When writers beat up on Teena Mulder or turn her into a Consortium co-conspirator, I can't understand it. While the latter is an attempt to give her agency, it still turns my stomach. Told from Teena Mulder's POV, "Lady Lazarus" is insightful, well-written, and fair to the character while remaining canon-compliant. The fic is short, pre-series, genfic, PG-13, no warnings apply.

SUMMARY: "Fox answered my tentative questions about his final term at Oxford, and his two weeks in France with the impatience of a tennis pro determined to end the rally against an inept amateur. He had done well his final term. Paris was beautiful in the early summer. Yes, Chanel was making a comeback. When he looked at his watch and said he had to go, I couldn't bring myself to ask him to stay longer."

Read "Lady Lazarus" at: IOHO | OOcities. Also at Gossamer.

Please leave your suggestions at the nomination post and let us know what you thought of the story.
wendelah1: (He fumbles at your spirit)
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I've been wanting to rec this fic for years; however, I must warn you: this is not the usual, cheery, feel-good holiday story, nor is it the sort of story we've come to expect from Kel. There are not many fic writers who can create believable, compelling original characters the way Kel can. Her narrator, now an adult with children of her own, recalls a traumatic day she spent at the Mulders, specifically the Thanksgiving immediately following Samantha's abduction.

Read an excerpt )

The link is to Fugues Fiction Archive but this can also be read at Gossamer.

Read "Hollow Day"

Don't forget to send feedback to the author, I know she'd appreciate it. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions. I'm especially interested in holiday stories right now.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to those who'll be celebrating next week.
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This story is told from Tooms's POV and it's just as creepy as that suggests. Elanor G is better known for her well-plotted casefiles, and they are excellent too, but this story is darkly original. The author rates it R but I would give it no more than a PG-13 for violence.

Please send the author some feedback and then let us know what you think.

Read "Undying".
wendelah1: (Agent Scully)
[personal profile] wendelah1
This story was recced recently to me by a friend. We'd just finished watching "Fire." Do you remember what Mulder said to Scully during that episode?

"When I was a kid, my best friend's house burned down. Had to spend the night in the rubble to keep away looters. For years, I had nightmares about being trapped in a burning building."

I'm paraphrasing here, but my friend thought that story didn't quite ring true, that the truth must be more complicated. Foxsong uses second person POV for this story, an unusual choice, but one which works very well, I think. Her website was preserved on reocities: The Foxsong Files. Pay no attention to the link on the story page; like so many broken links in our fandom, it goes nowhere.


Remember to send feedback to the author, then come back and tell us what you thought. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions.
wendelah1: (Get Vaccinated)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Once again, I am reminded it has been far too long between posts. But "Universal Invariants" was long and wonderful and worth spending the time on. Plus we had Thanksgiving weekend! Anyway, if you haven't already, there is still time to participate in the discussion, as well as send feedback to [livejournal.com profile] syntax6. I am still hoping she will finish "Original Sin," eventually.

This week I have a short short story for you. I know I recced it at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van and might have mentioned it in passing here too, but it deserves a post of its own. It is unusual for a story of this length, and in this genre yet, to have so impressed me since I usually like long stories with complicated plots.

Technically a post-ep for the pilot, "Untold" is told through a series of interconnected vignettes about the Consortium, featuring some familiar names and places, and introducing a few new ones as well. It is chilling and unforgettable.

You can read the rest of her stories at her website or at her author's page at Gossamer. Let us know what you think and remember to feed the author.

Read "Untold."
[identity profile] emily-shore.livejournal.com
This week's selection, nominated by yours truly, has no Mulder or Scully whatsoever. Well, it does have Mulder, but let's just say that he doesn't have a speaking part. It is a series of five closely linked short stories written by Plausible Deniability about the unfolding of the relationship between the Cigarette Smoking Man and Teena Mulder. Perhaps I'm cheating by picking five stories, but I console myself by thinking that the total length is not that great.

Author: Plausible Deniability

Address: pdeniability@hotmail.com

Category: SR

Rating: *NC-17* (sexual situations, mature language)

Spoilers: Concerns events hinted at in Talitha Cumi (3.24) and Patient X (5.13)/The Red and the Black (5.14); also contains a name and references to a pivotal incident from Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (4.7).

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Somebody's Fool
You Don't Know Me
It's All in the Game
When I Fall in Love

Please share your reactions, whether good or bad!


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