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A couple of months back on the "Silver Cornet" post, I asked members if anyone was still reading here. Would you believe I'm still getting comments on that post? Well, I am, most recently just a couple of days ago. A kind anon replied: "Yes! I'm new, and I'm HERE! Love this place! Don't ever quit. 😄" It was sweet, it cheered me up, and it reminded me that I hadn't posted a new story for awhile. It also made me realize how lucky I am to have a community like this, especially now, with the fandom being so dispersed and so comparatively small. Thank you, everyone. You guys are the best. ♥

Perusing the nomination post, I spotted the request from BonesLenka for fill-in fic for the period between IWTB and season 10. "Dr. Scully's School for Exceptional Boys" is the fic I recommended to her back in February. It's an AU, but then thanks to the genius of Chris Carter, all nine previous seasons of the series are now AU. Like leiascully's "Visitor," this fic explores the relationship fallout resulting from Scully giving William up for adoption. As always, prufrock's love writes an exceptionally appealing Fox Mulder, complete with all of his charms and all of his character flaws. I enjoyed reading it very much. I hope you do, too.

Title: Dr. Scully's School for Exceptional Boys
Author: prufrock's love
Email: prufrockslove@yahoo.com
Rating: R
Classification: Novel, MSR, Other
Summary: More than a decade had passed. Mulder had no reason to hole up in his apartment alone, wearing a Three Dog Night T-shirt with dried mustard on the hem and blue jeans that had seen better days. He wasn't "saving himself" for anyone. Especially not Her. Though she remained epically, beautifully, brilliantly kick-A-S-S.
Spoilers: We veer AU after season 7, with a few bits from 8 & 9.

Send feedback to the author, then come back and tell us what you think of "Dr. Scully's School for Exceptional Boys." Don't forget, the nomination post is always open to your suggestions.
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I'd been thinking about posting this so when it was nominated by an anonymous lurker, I decided to go ahead. It's a major new work by a talented writer. Dear Anon, thanks for the suggestion. I hope you will join the discussion.

Title: SN 1572
Author: prufrock's love
Email: prufrockslove@yahoo.com
Rating: NC-17
Classification: Novel, Post-colonization, Angst, Dark MSR, Other
Summary: After colonization and Earth's devastation, Scully remains in one of the few safe, walled colonies, remembering the past and praying for some future with Mulder. Whatever the hell Mulder has become.
Author's Note: A reworking of Negative Utopia

This fic follows the general outline of "Negative Utopia," which we read many years ago. If you want to see that discussion, here it is, along with a working link to the story: Story 76: "Negative Utopia" by prufrock's love. The changes to her earlier fic are more than substantial enough to warrant the re-titling. I loved "Negative Utopia," and, to be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this fic. I am happy to report "SN 1572" is also an excellent story, though not without its flaws.

Read SN 1572.

After you've read the story, please come back and let us know what you think. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions.
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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.
[identity profile] lyryk.livejournal.com
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 is a rerun, posted at the request of [livejournal.com profile] estella_c, who loves it and wasn't a member when we discussed it back in 2008. I love it too, and think it's well-worth revisiting.

Like all great western religious stories, "Oyster" takes place in the desert, in the modern day stand-in for Sodom and Gomorrah, Los Vegas, a land of waking dreams, endless heat and unquenchable thirsts. In her author's notes, Jordan states emphatically that "THIS FIC IS REQUIEM FREE." This is rather misleading; in actuality, "Oyster" is a re-envisioning of the end of season seven, and to a limited extent, season eight. The parallels are multiple and striking. In both stories, there are deaths and multiple abductions. There is an investigation in which Skinner, Scully and, of course, Mulder are all major players. To say any more would spoil the story for new readers. While "Requiem" inspired a lot of fanfic, "Oyster" is one the best stories ever written for The X-Files fandom. I recommend it without reservation.

Read "Oyster". You can also find this story on her author's page at Gossamer. Please come back and let us know what you think.
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I love this story. I love everything Buckingham has written, so I don't know why we have only done one of her stories. This fic is set during season eight, sometime after "Dead Alive." Summary: Life after death.

Read an excerpt )

Yeah, it's melancholy. It suits my mood right now.

You can send email to this author. Please do, as the last I heard she was still working on a season seven story. I have also heard that feedback from readers encourages our writers to persevere. And we'd like to hear from you too, so please let us know what you think.

The nomination post is always open for business.

The link is to an archived copy, but if it goes down, or you prefer old-school text file formatting, you can find this story at Gossamer.

Read "The Laws of Coming and Going".
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One of the things that impresses me about this story, is the intensity of the (albeit short) sex scene. It's amazing what an author can do with a few choice pieces of dialogue in the right setting. If you're a Krycek/Mulder fan, and hell even if you're not, you'll find this story very appealing.
~Bright Shiny Objects

I'm not so sure about that, but we shall see.

One of the fascinating things to me about fandom is how we're not all watching the same show.

Let's try again, shall we?

While we may all be playing the same DVDs (known hereafter as The X-Files), we can have completely different reactions to the same episode. For example, I think "Paper Hearts" is one of the worst episodes of the series but a good friend believes it's the best, and we can both make convincing arguments for our respective positions. Fans can make completely opposite interpretations of what it meant when Mulder told Scully that he even made his parents call him "Mulder." What hooks us into the show (and then the fandom) isn't always the same thing either. For some fans, The X-Files is about Mulder and Scully, two heroic FBI agents who investigate the inexplicable and fight the forces of evil. For others, it's a show about Mulder and Scully, two gorgeous and sexy FBI agents who fall in love, and okay yeah, so they solve crimes sometimes, too. And for some fans of the series, the most important or at least the most fascinating thing about The X-Files is the character of Alex Krycek.

Someone posted to the Confessions from the Basement tumblr that they "wished this fandom wasn't so militantly anti-slash." I can't speak for everyone else, but I'm not anti-slash. I read slash, although less in this fandom than most. Although you've probably already read it, here you go, anonymouse from tumblr, have some great Mulder/Krycek slash.

Read "Let's Play House."

Love it or hate it, please let us know what you think. And please, especially if you want to read more slash, leave us some suggestions in the nomination post for next time.
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I'm feeling a wee bit obsessed with season seven at the moment. I already know what most people's favorite season seven story is (and don't get me wrong, I like "Parabiosis," too), but this one is mine.
Summary: An explanation of Mulder's sudden belief in "miracles." Arthur C. Clarke's second law in action. A bit of Mytharc in the guise of a case file. But in the end it's all about sex. Then again, what isn't?

I can't think of anything to add at the moment. The link is to her old site, now at reocities, but if you want to read an old-skool text file, the entire fic can be read or downloaded at [livejournal.com profile] onemillionnine's Author Page at Gossamer.

If anyone has suggestions, especially for season seven stories, feel free to leave them in the comments or the suggestion post. And good, bad, or indifferent, please let us know what you think.

Read "El Quinto Sol".
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I thought it would be good to start the New Year off on a cheery note. This is a post-ep for "This Is Not Happening," told from Frohike's point of view. Yeah, it's pretty sad, but at least now we know Mulder wasn't dead. I think I said in an earlier post that it takes talent to pull off first person pov. She has talent. This story works, and works well.

At Your Feet, His Emblems Fall
Author: M. Sebasky
Rating: R
Spoilers: TINH
Category: Post EP, Frohike POV, Angst. Scully,
Doggett and Skinner are here, too.
Feedback: is always appreciated.
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters. Chris Carter and 1013 do. If I did, they'd be treated better.
Thanks and notes at end.

For Cofax. Here's the idea you lent me. Thanks.

As always, feedback is appreciated by the author: look, she said so herself. We'd like to hear what you thought, too. Please leave your suggestions for next time at the nomination post.

Read "At Your Feet, His Emblems Fall."
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There is still plenty of time to go read and comment on MaybeAmanda's "Blue Patches," since it is both short and awesome.

I've been hoping for a couple of years now that the members would rec some great slash stories to discuss here, so when [livejournal.com profile] bachlava suggested the "In Dreams" trilogy, I was intrigued.

If you want a summary of my own reasons for loving it... I hated S8 despite Doggett, and in this series, for me, he really gets to shine in a grounded, non-AU context that nonetheless doesn't require the reader to be closely familiar with S8 at all. I love the subtle way the points of contact and contrast between Skinner's character and experiences and Doggett's are played out. I love the way it makes plausible a tentative but intense relationship wherein one party, previously, really hasn't much considered same-sex intimacy. And the fact the depiction of the intimacy is, IMO, both fairly realistic and feels natural to the plot and characters.

Okay, I thought, I'll play. Then I lurked at her journal a bit, and found she'd recced it there, too.

Yes, I like the fact that the author chose the titular Yeats quote perfectly, but that's not why it's here. It's here because it is, hands down, one of the best fan works I've encountered in any fandom or medium, ever. If I had to pick only one fic for someone to read, ever, this would probably be it.

That's high praise. I mean, everyone's must-read is probably going to be different, but this choice was a surprise, a very interesting surprise. The other thing is, despite the word "trilogy," these are short, short stories, only 25 pages total.

In Dreams
Begins Responsibility
In Common Hours

As usual, give feedback to the author, and then tell us what you think. After you comment on "In Dreams," if this is now your must-read, too, tell us why. If it isn't yours, then what is? Suggestions for next time are welcomed at the nomination post.
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It's been a long time since my last entry here, for which I apologize. I've been very preoccupied with the impending closure of Geocities fan sites. In any case, this week's story was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] amyhit. For those readers who are utterly uninterested in season 8 fic and wish we would just get on with it already, that's okay. Just nominate something else and we'll move on, I promise.

"Pteropod's might be the best if you're looking for fics that get into the nitty gritty dynamic of S8 in terms of Doggett's presence and how that stirs things up," was [livejournal.com profile] amyhit's terse yet intriguing description of the fic. That sounds good to me, so let's go read it, shall we?

Read a short excerpt )

"Moment of Inertia"

Here is her site, way-backed: Pteropod's X-Files Website. Since this story is not at Gossamer, I'll archive it myself at Fugues Fiction Archive, where Fox Estacado has made me a co-maintainer, as soon as I can figure out how to work the interface.

Give feedback to the author, if you can find her, that is, then let us know what you think.
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I first read this story while I was participating at a fanfic board called Fic Talk. It was the first time I had ever encountered readers actually talking about fan fiction. I wish I could tell you that it inspired this community but really, this place was [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore's idea. I just inherited it when she moved on (I hope temporarily) to new fandom pastures.

Zyllah takes Doggett's tragic back story, the death of his son, and interweaves it with the canon of season eight, using vivid, emotional imagery. The link from Fic Talk was broken but luckily my google-fu is the best so I have located another link. It's at Gossamer, too, if this one ever goes dark.

"Yellow Balloon"

Give feedback to the author, then come back and tell us what you think about the story. You can leave your suggestions for next time here. Keep those season eight recs coming, everyone, or suggest something else for us to read.
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Welcome back! I hope you had a great August holiday.

In light of some recent discussions I've had about character POV, and whether or not writing a character unsympathetically accurately represents how an author feels about the character, especially in season 8 fic, I decided to read some season 8 fic. Just to get my biases out of the way, I haven't read much of it because I kind of hate season 8. Okay, I really hate season 8. But we aren't here to discuss that, we're here to talk about fan fiction!

Synopsis: How does the tense and chilly Mulder of 3Words turn into the relaxed and confident man joking about "the pizza man"?

The authors rate this story PG-13 for language.

If anyone has season 8 fic they would like to recommend we discuss, you may make those suggestions here. If you think reading season 8 fic is a terrible idea and want to read something else, you can make that suggestion at the same place. I know I've skipped over some of your suggestions, but I promise we'll get to them eventually.

Give feedback to the authors and then tell us what you think about the story. Heck, you can even tell us what you think about season 8 and/or author POV versus character POV in season 8 fic. Come prepared with supporting examples of your thesis. Joke. Just read the fic. Although, I would love to read meta about that topic if there is any, she said wistfully.

"The Fractured Landscape"
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It has been suggested that perhaps we need a break from angst, so the planned Tesla three-parter has been postponed that we may clear our heads. We can tackle it next week. This week I bring you Pasta!fic. The author says it's babyfic written to sounds of the Breeders' "Last Splash." I have no idea what that means but if [livejournal.com profile] estella_c thinks it's worth reading, that's good enough for me.

"Al Dente"

That link is "reocitied" now; if it goes down, let me know. Or you can find it at Gossamer.

Read, give feedback to the author, encourage her to move her site, give us suggestions for next time. Did I leave anything out? Oh, that's right. Was it good for you, too?

If you just have to have something else to read, try "Kinesthesia". It, of course, is not on her author's page, it's misfiled under Amy, her real name (or is that another fandom name?). Whatever. Gossamer works well until it just doesn't. It's a casefile, NC-17. Yes, of course, I'd like to know how you liked that one, too. Enjoy!
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Nominated by [livejournal.com profile] yendrie, "Doctor, Copper, Sailor, Corpse" is an "R" rated series of three vignettes that takes place after Mulder's funeral. The season eight funeral.

SUMMARY: This little piggy rots in his coffin, this little piggy is showing, this little piggy is a good partner, this little piggy is hovering, and all the little Hoover piggies are snickering all the way home.

Doctor, Copper, Sailor, Corpse

As always, let us know what you think, let the author know what you think and give us your suggestions for next time. Otherwise, you are going to be reading mine. . .
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This week's selection is The Unfinished Universe by Revely.

Classification: S/MSR/ This story wasn't AU when I started it,but now it is.
Spoilers: Through Badlaa
Feedback: revely_c@yahoo.com, or Revely@my-deja.com
A Note about the Timeline: This story contains spoilers for the first ten episodes of Season 8, but assumes that those episodes took place over the course of Scully's pregnancy (instead of just two or three months.) It also assumes that 'Requiem' took place in September, not May. Since this does not include spoilers for "Per Manum," it *really* doesn't include spoilers. Meaning, in this universe, the flashbacks from PM never happened.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lightlack for the nomination.

As always, let the author know what you think; let us know what you think; and please, give us your suggestions for next time.
[identity profile] emily-shore.livejournal.com
To get things rolling, I'll start by picking a story myself. Hopefully it will prompt some interesting discussion.

Closed Colony, Special Stock by Branwell

Rating: PG-13 for mild language, innuendo, disturbing
images and ideas.
Category: X, A, M/S Friendship
Casefile with Mytharc connection

Summary: A body is found in a top secret area on an Air
Force Base. No one knows the cause of death, or why the
dead woman was in a secured area. The Air Force officer in
charge makes a last ditch effort to prevent the project
from being closed down. He uses his clout to get the FBI to
send Mulder and Scully to investigate. Scully finds she
knows the right questions to ask--but how?

Please keep your comments polite, even if you don't like the story--the author may be reading. And please consider sending feedback to the author as well as commenting here.

Can you think of a story that you'd rather discuss? Nominate it.


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