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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 for suggesting this wonderful fic!

We Could Have Made Music (the link goes to AO3), 3025 words, rated R/Mature for violence and horror, is a great look at Teena Simmons and Cindy Reardon seven years after the events of ‘Eve’, and there’s also a wonderful section featuring a major character. The story is unsettling in the best way, as all well-written stories about amoral characters are. I also have a weakness for seeing well-known characters through the eyes of others, and DiscordantWords’ fic does so very compellingly.

A short excerpt:

They are fifteen years old, hale and hearty and healthy, tall and pale and quiet as churchmice. They have grown up to the music of Six's madness, her sobs and sniffles and laughter, the scrape of teeth against metal, the rasp of teeth against skin, the sick sweet wet sounds of tearing flesh.

No one looks in at Six, not even Eight when she comes to collect them. She is repulsed by her own insane, jagged reflection. Maybe she even fears that there will not be much left of Six after all this time, that the sounds they hear are her gnawing little bits of herself away until nothing remains. These thoughts are ephemeral, tucked in a gray foggy place that is hard to access without feeling sick and woozy and sleepy.

The first paragraph quoted above is also the fic summary, and there are spoilers for season 8.

I especially appreciate this sort of writing in the horror genre, that suggests more than it explicitly shows. It’s also a joy to see words chosen with such care and precision. Probably my favourite part of the story is the way it takes up where canon left off. The sense of continuity is really satisfying, especially with the chilling way in which Teena and Cindy “just know” what the other is thinking, and work in tandem. I ended up truly admiring the way in which the author distances the reader from the characters at the start, and then builds the narrative in a way that makes their points of view more accessible. A really wonderful read!

Read We Could Have Made Music. Do leave the author some appreciation, even if it's just kudos, and do come back and let us know what you think! :-) Don't forget to add your suggestions to the nominations post as well.
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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".
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Hi! I had spotty internet access the later part of March so [livejournal.com profile] amyhit kindly filled in for my last turn. I'm bypassing the queue this time around to suggest a story I've been meaning to reread for at least six months. "Laws of Motion" is a sequel to "Universal Invariants," which we discussed back in November, 2010. If you haven't read her first story, you won't get as much out of the sequel. (But you totally should read UI! It's my favorite of [livejournal.com profile] syntax6's stories!)

However, if you don't want to read "Universal Invariants" before tackling "Laws of Motion," here's a brief summary: "Universal Invariants" is an au in which Scully is living with her boyfriend Ethan (who was deleted from the pilot) when she is assigned to the X-Files. The novel spans all of season one and the beginning of season two through "One Breath," and has scenes from many of the episodes artfully woven through it. There is also an original casefile, which is the B plot, with the A plot being their developing partnership, and the effect it has on her personal life, especially her relationship with Ethan. HUGE SPOILER here: Scully gets engaged to Ethan after the X-Files are closed down, then has sex (amazing sex!) with Mulder while they are in Arecibo, Puerto Rico during "Little Green Men." Major awkwardness ensues, Mulder and Scully never discuss it, and she is too ashamed to tell Ethan. Then Scully is kidnapped by Duane Barry. Months later, when she is returned, not only is she missing time from the abduction, she can't remember earlier events, including what happened at Arecibo. Mulder can't bring himself to tell her. She never regains the lost memories, but breaks up with Ethan anyway. The End.

So. "Laws of Motion" picks up at the beginning of season five, just after "Redux 2." Scully is cured of cancer and Mulder has just brought her home from the hospital, when there is a phone call from her ex-boyfriend, Ethan. He's in jail, accused of murdering a colleague, and wants their help. Like "Universal Invariants," "Laws of Motion" is structured around a casefile, the murder Ethan has been accused of committing, but the story's focus is squarely on the secret (from the previous story) Mulder has been keeping from Scully and the consequences of that deception. It's a fun read and I remember loving it almost as much as "Universal Invariants."

"Universal Invariants"

"Laws of Motion"

Send feedback, tell Syntax6 we miss her, and please come back to let us know what you thought.
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This is one of my favorite Tesla stories. Yeah, like Kel, she should probably have her own tag here. [livejournal.com profile] tesla321 claims it doesn't have a plot but I beg to differ. Why, heck. It even has an X-File. No spoilers, set during an unspecified early season. Rated "R." It's funny. It's short. It's sexy. It's even, dare I say it, rather romantic.

"Sense Memory"

Leave feedback here or send it to her email address.

EXTRA BONUS FIC: In 2010, Tesla wrote a short season one Profiler! Mulder story for me for my Help Haiti donation. Unless you are on her flist, I am positive you haven't read it because she posted it in bits and pieces in her journal, where you can read it if you want to hunt it down. I recently archived it at Fugues. Gen, with hints of UST.

"Dirty Girls".

Leave feedback here or send to her email address.

Extra bonus: "Sense Memory" icons by [livejournal.com profile] amyhit here.

After you leave feedback, please let us know what you think. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions.
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I once told Jesemie's Evil Twin that a snippetfic from her every year or so would be enough to keep me in love with Mulder and Scully forever. I wasn't brown-nosing, her snippetfic is just that good. Go check it out.

Acceptable Responses
mid-Deep Throat
Disclaimers: I am merely passing through.
Thank you: M. & M. You're the grooviest.

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This next one was written for the first X-Files porn battle. It takes place some time in early season one, and makes use of Enthan Minette, who was left on the cutting room floor.

Title: Happen at Once
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tree
Distribution/Archival: if you like.
Spoilers: none
Rating: R
Category: V
Keywords: AU
Summary: She wonders what Mulder tastes like.
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Along with "The Other Man," Jess Mabe wrote "Beginning" at or near the end of her fic-writing career in 2001, so it's a first season story by an end-of-the-run author. Like "Universal Invariants," it's a story that takes place during canon, but in this case, it's just the second episode, "Deep Throat." At 54K, I'm thinking the story might take longer to read than the episode takes to watch. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at her techniques for integrating the story she wants to tell into the story we watched on the TV set.

Spoilers for "Deep Throat," obviously. I'd watch that first, if you haven't already. NC-17 for masturbation. No other warnings that I can remember.

Waving hello to Jess (if she happens to Google herself and clicks the link). Thanks for all the great stories!

Read "Beginning" at one of her pages at Gossamer. (The others are under Jess and Jess Mabe, respectively.)
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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."
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First, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] amyhit for posting a story and moderating discussion in my absence. She noticed that nothing had been posted for...quite some time, pm'd me and came to my rescue. If there is anyone else out there who wishes to post their own recs, rather than have me do it, please let me know. I am the moderator, but this is our community. As always, the nomination post is awaiting your suggestions.

No discussion of fanfiction set during the early seasons is complete without "Universal Invariants." Yes, you've all heard of the story and most of you have probably read it, too. If you are like me, you've read it more than once, especially Chapter 12. *cough*. In "Universal Invariants," [livejournal.com profile] syntax6 takes the canon from season one and early season two, adds an au twist, throws in a tasty casefile, mixes in plenty of UST, Mulder/Scully banter and some angsty relationship stuff, and presents us with a fanfiction classic.

In this story, the twist is this: what if Ethan's scene hadn't been cut out of the pilot and Scully had been allowed to have a life of her own, apart from Mulder and the X-files? How would the storyline have been changed? How would it have stayed the same? This story is long and engrossing, so give yourself plenty of time. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to send the writer feedback!

Read "Universal Invariants".
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I have no idea why [livejournal.com profile] juliefortune isn't more widely recced or read. Her stories are professional caliber, not surprising given that she's a professional writer. She knows how to build suspense without wasting words, but just as on the series, there is a lot happening between the lines. Rarest of all, she writes stories with genuinely scary x-files at their center. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] amyhit for reminding me of this excellent story.

Earlier this year when I recced this at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, I had it taking place in season two, but I think now that I was wrong. "Falling Stars" actually takes place during season one, but I didn't figure this out until I'd re-watched "Eve," the episode it ties directly into.

read an excerpt )

The nomination post is open and awaiting your suggestions. I'd love to know what you thought of the story.

Read "Falling Stars".

Edit: here is a link to her old site, courtesy of the Internet Archive: Fanfiction for the Fearless.
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During the discussion of "Dance," a couple of members mentioned they'd enjoy the chance to read more early season fanfiction. Compared to seasons four and beyond, it's a neglected part of the canon, with plenty of space for the aspiring fic writer to work in. So why do people keep re-writing the same old tired tropes stories, over and over again? No, really, I want to know. Post your theory, if you have one, in comments.

In "Alchemy," [livejournal.com profile] tree gives us an incisive look at Mulder, his contradictions on full display. He's arrogant yet insecure, suspicious of Scully and her motives, yet longing for a deeper connection to her, one he can barely imagine. Of course, we also get a look at Special Agent Dana Scully, as seen through the eyes of one Special Agent Fox Mulder. As always, tree's writing is pitch perfect, clear, yet lyrical.

The quality of silence late at night is different from other silences he's known. It is crisper, larger; all hush and echo. Sound travels more readily, satellite images are clearer. He imagines telepathy might also be easier at night, possibly psychokinesis. Anything requiring clarity, really, and distance. But the stillness has an underwater feeling, too, the press of liquid and held breath.

Mulder moves away from the window, past the soft light of the fish tank. The room is lit by its blue glow and the streetlights outside. Arms folded across his chest, the bump of his heart is an odd experience, half heard, half felt. He thinks the sound of his blood moving would be like the ocean. If only his body was a shell he could press his ear against - the vibrations a little bit hollow, somehow inside out.

"I'm not a part of any agenda. You've got to trust me." Her voice echoes in his head sometimes like that. Maybe memory is a sort of telepathy. Maybe he's just crazy. She said that to him once, but she was laughing at the time. He liked it.

He likes her. And he doesn't want to.

I love this story so much I want to have its babies. How's that for insightful commentary?

No warnings, except spoilers for the Pilot, Deep Throat and Squeeze. The link is to her account at Archive of Our Own, where you can also check out the rest of her work, and leave her comments.

Read it here: "Alchemy".
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"Heated" was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] ktds, near the end of the "first time" story series. Back when I was first reading fanfiction, I found this story on the rec site, Bright Shiny Objects. This is one of the best of the short stories written for the Fandomonium Virtual Seasons of Smut not that the bar was set particularly high. An excellent writer, Humby wasn't content to post a PWP; instead, she gives "Heated" a plot which fits the requisite sex scene neatly into "The Erlenmeyer Flask." She rates it NC-17, but I think I'd give it an "R" at most. Joann Humby wrote fanfiction for The X-Files from 1997 through 2004, most of which can be found at Gossamer or at her old site, way-backed. She is best known for her Profiler!Mulder case files.

It would be great to send her some feedback; even authors who have left fandom love knowing people still read the fanfiction. The nomination post is always open for comments.

Read "Heated", and please, let us know what you think.
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We have reached the last of the travel theme stories. Travel theme, you are thinking? Never mind.

We are just doing humor this week, as a change up from last week's very plotty, angst-laden offerings. This week's story was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] hlbr. As I recall, in "Waiting for Agent Right," it is first season, Mulder and Scully are in the first class lounge of the "world's ugliest airport," waiting for a weather-delayed flight. Agent Mulder is getting high on free champagne; Agent Scully is not. Hi jinks ensue.

Waiting for Agent Right

For those of us with way too much time on our hands, I am arbitrarily introducing a new feature, to appear maybe every week, maybe not. I like to keep you guessing.

It's a Book Club Rerun: go check out our discussion on The Airport by the great Jess M. Have fun!

As always, go read, come back, we'll talk. If you have a suggestion for reading, you can let us know here. And remember, as [livejournal.com profile] dashakay is always telling us, feedback matters.
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These two short stories by Syntax6 were written last year as a gift for MaybeAmanda, and were supposed to be the beginning of a series. I am still hoping they will be.

These are not holiday fluff, so if you would rather read that instead, go to The Xmas Files and try Blue Christmas by Plausible Deniability, or Black Cherry Velvet by Michelle Kiefer or any number of the stories archived there.

If you want more serious Christmas fic that might fit into canon, I loved Bardsmaid's The Night Before.

What I found I wanted to reread this year were these two tender, poignant stories, one set in season one, when their partnership is still new, and one in season two, set before Scully returns to the X-files division, after her abduction. If we all give Syntax6 feedback, maybe she will write us another one.

Roman a Clef
A Midnight Clear

Merry Christmas, everyone.


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