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"This Humming Meadow" is a gracefully written look at Mulder and Scully and the X-Files as they were in the early seasons. There's a mostly-harmless x-file, some fly-fishing, a walk in a meadow, and a lot of UST. It's a perfect antidote for those back-to-work Monday blues.

Summary: Wrapping his arms around her helps and there's nothing surrounding them except this humming meadow, alive beneath the sun.

This Humming Meadow

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Date: 2011-11-08 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlegreen42.livejournal.com
This is exactly the kind of fan fic I love! Thank you to whoever recced it.

Unfortunately, I'm not the best at discussing fic, so I can't really think of anything to say other than that... :/

Date: 2011-11-08 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlegreen42.livejournal.com
It was like one of the funny episodes, minus the problematic aspects of, say, "Small Potatoes," to mar your enjoyment.

Yes -- but it wasn't overly funny, it was just more light-hearted than we're used to seeing. It was sort of like a happy medium between the funny episodes and the darker, more serious episodes.

So, was it the plot, the characterizations, the dialogue? Do you have a favorite line? Favorite scene?

Well, I thought Mulder was adorable, and I love seeing Mulder and Scully just doing "hanging out" stuff -- such as going fishing. We didn't really see them do that on the show, which was sad.

I really liked this line:

He's not angry today, he's just Mulder, wondering if there are giant machines controlling the weather and thinking it would be nice if Scully were jogging along beside him.

Date: 2011-11-11 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
I really liked that line you picked out, too. Sometimes I find Mulder difficult to understand and that line really opens him up for me.

Date: 2011-11-08 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
Oh, I just loved this! I've been in an XF mood lately and this early-season setting and feeling was exactly what I needed. It reminded me of how much I love these two people and this entire universe.

I loved that it was lighter, very much before all the angst that much fic has to offer. Fic tends to magnify all the aspects of the show, if that makes any sense. That's not a bad thing necessarily. We get to see the behind-the-scenes emotions and thoughts that the show couldn't or just didn't focus on. But that does get a bit dreary after a while. It was nice to be with Early M&S, when Mulder was childlike in his wonder for all things that no one else believed in, and when Scully was marveling at this wonder called Mulder.

And I loved that they finally got to see the birds! I agree that this reminded me very much of an episode. I loved "watching" it, as it were.

Great rec. I don't think I'd ever read this one before!

ETA: This line was perfectly Scully. I just laughed:

"I'll do my best not to miss it." Her eyes are open very wide, as if she's trying to resist the urge to roll them.

And in my own personal x-file, WHERE IS MY ICON?!
Edited Date: 2011-11-08 05:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-08 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosinging1986.livejournal.com
Where is your icon? It's showing up fine on this end.

It is? The IWTB one? Ok, now that is freaky indeed! All I see is... an empty space where it should be.

O.o

Edited Date: 2011-11-08 05:54 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-10 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I loved "The Humming Meadow" too. It's not as boffo hilarious as Jess M's medium-sized adventures, but it has the same airy youthfulness. Also,quite funny enough. "The slightest thing might push her over the edge into sanity." "A live wire planted in J. Edgar's virtual underwire." Funny enough for me, and I'm voracious.

I loved the giant thunderbird. What a great visual image and what a great anthropological explanation. I absolutely believe it!

The romance was cool, though the kissing thing went amiss for me. I suppose at this point we shouldn't have expected our agents to bed each other on the spot--in the meadow--but the expectations of long-teased and long-forgotten fans led us to the point where sex was the essential unfinished thing. So it's like, don't do the liplock if you don't intend the lunge. I know, I know, the logic is tortured and inappropriate to this fairytale. Still...

I didn't much like the spy-gadget subplot. It was fine in and of itself, but the paranoia kind of fought with the happy romance. I see the intention of the writer--sober up, guys--but the point is not worth the destruction of the tone.

Still, this is a very welcome X-File of a rare sort. It captures that wonderful moment in Deep Throat when Scully's car window shatters and Mulder grabs her to go to look at lights in the sky.

Date: 2011-11-11 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
I don't know that I'm really sold on the romance. It's a little too wistful for me.

Unlike [livejournal.com profile] estella_c I liked the spy camera thing. I think it grounded the fluffiness in show-realistic terms. I also liked that there wasn't really any resolution to it, that it was just another occurrence in their lives and part of some bigger, mysterious plot we don't get a chance to understand.

I really liked the dialogue. "And with that, gentlemen, I'm going fishing." is very Scully.

Date: 2011-11-11 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
This was sweet. I loved that they get to see the bird in the end and Scully's explanation was great.

I'm always a little annoyed by characterizations of Mulder where he comes across as a little too needy and/or plays to his loser stereotype (actually I have the same issues with Needy!Scully in This House Is Burning at the moment.)

But although there are whiffs of this here, it didn't bother me too much.

I liked that they have a diner where they are regulars.

I thought this was a nice way to sum up Scully:

She became a doctor, but made sure her patients were already dead and her only nod toward extreme possibilities is tied to a silent, faraway deity who watches as she anchors herself to the rock solid comfort of science.

*Soft* core porn, Mulder? Seriosuly? *Eyebrow*

I like that they go fishing. (I know, I know, I'm sooo predictable. *G*)

"If this bird is so rare why aren't there ornithologists all over this?"

"They don't believe it exists,"


This line cracked me up. This is such a typical Mulder VS Scully line.

And I like the foreshadowing of menaces to come, embodied in the redecorating of the storage room.

Anyway, I enjoyed that, it was a peaceful and sweet story. It's hard to do this right without drowning in mush. I didn't even mind the kiss, it just felt right in this context, because I don't think it was a "let's have a realtionship kiss" it was a "we just saw something extraordinary we need to mark the moment" kiss.

I think the snapshot of Mulder and Scully, hand in hand in that field looking at thunderbirds will stay with me for a while. As [livejournal.com profile] estella_c said it was one of those magical moments like the one in Deep Throat when they see the lights dancing in the sky.


Edited Date: 2011-11-11 02:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-14 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
I think the kiss was perfect. But I think it was a little bit more than that for both of them; otherwise why did Scully need to give her little speech at the end.

Good point. I guess I chose to ignore those lines you quote, because I can't see them having a romantic relationship this early on and these lines kinda suggest this is where this is heading.

musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-12 01:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
I'm going to come back and leave a proper comment soon, but in the mean time, is there anyone who read this fic and thought it was too cute and sentimental?

Or that it felt like a really adorable, idiosyncratic fic that had been frozen and reheated a couple of times? (i.e., it was a little too self-conscious and was trying a little too hard.)

Or that Scully was a bit too much of a ball buster to seem like her canon self?

Or that Mulder was entirely too much of a sensitive puppy dog to seem like his canon self?


No, I don't dislike this fic (I'd give it a B-) but I do find it overrated. It's cute, and sweet, and the writing is pretty, but the poetic moments feel OTT, and the character of the piece feels very fanon-y to me, as though it weren't written based on the series, but based on a mashup of a bunch of other fanfic representations.

I felt the same about another one of dbkate's fics, actually.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-12 10:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
I'm okay with the badass Scully portrayed, but I thought the relationship and Mulder's thoughts about it were too sweet. I really can't see him silently pining for her, though, so I have this problem with a lot of fic.

What's the other fic? I'd be interested to read and compare.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-12 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I think I agree with this. I like a strong Scully, but a yearning, unrequited Mulder does aggravate. Which is why some of Prufrock's Love's things drive me insane.

What makes this work is the writing. It is, IMO, better than pretty. It creates a mood, and that's an achievement. (The subplot puts this at hazard. I think it should have been more...hinted at.) Also, the sharp lines. Also, screw canon. I think of fanfic as a weapon against canon, aimed specifically at Chris Carter.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-13 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Me saying I don't like a Mulder who spends his mental time thinking about how adorable Scully is has nothing to do with how he actually felt during any given season. Why should it? Mulder can love Scully without Mulder getting all weak in the knees in his head, if you know what I mean.

The Mulder-pining in THIB was more sort of enigmatic. And it was more divided up between the two. He got to be tough and master crimecatcher in part one and she got to force the issue of their buddyfucking at the end. Balance.

I don't really hate the subplot. It's a fine subplot. I just would have liked it a bit more subtle.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-14 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
The Mulder-pining in THIB was more sort of enigmatic. And it was more divided up between the two. He got to be tough and master crimecatcher in part one and she got to force the issue of their buddyfucking at the end. Balance.

Enigmatic? Gosh, I found the pining so hammy and unsubtle that I stopped reading halfway through. THIB does absolutely nothing for me. And the quiproquo "Scully had sex with me but I was drugged and she can't really have feelings for me anyway," is so XF fanfic old school and I don't mean this in a good way.

I then moved to Night Giving Off Flames which is a totally different experience. Please rec me more JET stuff because I am smitten by her(I assume its a 'her'?) writing.
Edited Date: 2011-11-14 10:44 am (UTC)

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-16 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
Butting in on Night Giving Off Flames--my favorite of JET's stories.

I also really like Going Once and Unwritten, both at Gossamer. Very different from and much sweeter/gentler than Night Giving Off Flames. Going Once is a lovely sort of snapshot musing on Scully's life and decisions. The descriptions are what really made it for me. Unwritten--again, it's the descriptions, and the story-within-the-story.

(Hi, I owe you email :). I haven't forgotten!)

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-20 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Cool, thanks, I'll check them out. (No, worry about the mail, I know how these things go. :))

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-20 02:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
I agree about Unwritten, it's lovely. But I'd recommend you read Kipler's "Strangers and the Strange Dead" first, because "Unwritten" is a companion piece to that fic. It basically works within the context of S8, but the intended context of the fic, as I understand it, was the universe that is described in Kipler's fic.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-20 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Oh I read "Strangers and the Strange Dead", and then I realised I'd read it before and had been very lukewarm about it. And my opinion hasn't changed. Yes, it's well written, but I didn't find the musing of this waitress overly interesting - or I'm really dumb and I missed the big picture. And how come the last missing teeth abductee was Mulder? Didn't Scully called the other FBI agent with her "Mulder" just a couple of paragraphs above? Was he abducted after? Is this a really interesting plot? Meh. Nah, I'm afraid I just didn't get the love for that fic. Someone is gonna have to explain it to me slowly, with easy words.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-14 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
What makes this work is the writing. It is, IMO, better than pretty. It creates a mood, and that's an achievement.

I agree, the writing is what makes it works. In the hands of a lesser writer this could have been a complete train wreck.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-14 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
I really can't see him silently pining for her, though, so I have this problem with a lot of fic.

THIS.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-15 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
It's Four Cuts (http://thedrabblefiles.livejournal.com/13272.html). We covered it here during our last short story marathon. I don't dislike it, I just find that it feels fanony. Um...like when you're in an old house and the walls have been painted over ten or twelve times. You can feel it when you touch the wall, the surface actually feels different because of all those layers. Okay, crazy analogy, but it's all I can think of.
Edited Date: 2011-11-15 10:46 pm (UTC)

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-14 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
@ Amyhit:

It was cute and sentimental but it was written well enough not to be cloying IMO.

I didn't feel it was particularly self conscious, or that Scully was more of a ball buster than usual. But yeah, Mulder is an overly sensitive puppy dog and it did annoy me a little, but not to the point where it spoiled the story.

I would give This Humming Meadow a place at the sushi bar. It's nothing sensational, but it's sweet and endearing enough to deserve at least 25 mollies.
Edited Date: 2011-11-14 10:50 am (UTC)

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-15 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maria-37-ann.livejournal.com
You know I felt like that a bit at first - it took me a page or two to get into this tone and it felt fairly artificial. But I think what ended up working for me was the writing and the fact that the author didn't really break the tone at all (I think the subplot grounded it a bit rather than broke the tone).

I don't think of Mulder's head as being this adorable. If I were transported into Mulder's brain (even season one Mulder) this would not feel right for him, but for whatever reason I can run with the artistic liberty here. Even if I don't think this is exactly what its like in Mulder's head, there wasn't really a thought he had that does not fit with some image of Mulder and so for the purposes of the story it worked.

I really find it hard to describe how/why it works, it had something to do with not breaking the tone and feeling like the story is trying to do more than just telling a narrative story but also attempting to invoke a feeling or meaning that allows for more artistic license in narration, but it worked for me. I love thunderbirds as a general rule, too so it had that going for it and I love the idea of Mulder and Scully doing something normal so that was fun and I was just watching some season 1 eps the other day and marveling at how innocent and young Mulder and Scully seemed back then - so perhaps that helped the tone ring a little truer for me.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-15 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] maria_37_ann, of all the comments this week, I think yours is the only one that actually makes me want to like this fic more than I do. This is not to criticize any of the other comments. They're great, but they don't convince me of the value of THM's good qualities the way yours does.

A few things you've said make me think we may be coming at this fic from a similar vantage point, but I'm falling in the 'Nea' direction, while you're falling in the 'Yea' direction. I definitely know what you mean about the tone being unbroken, which is weird, because in my recent comment I said I felt the tone wasn't cohesive. I guess I feel it was a little tonally wonky in places, but the overall outlook, or worldview, of the fic was consistent throughout. The narrative had an awed, dreamy, idealistic quality that didn't change from beginning to end.

feeling like the story is trying to do more than just telling a narrative story but also attempting to invoke a feeling or meaning

I felt this too. THM definitely has an evocative quality, which is something I'm always rooting for in a fic, THM included. But there are quite a few fics I feel have done a similar thing, better, and without that feeling of artificiality you mentioned. the thing about evocative writing is that the reader can't feel like they're following a linear path from "these are the words" to "this is what I'm supposed to feel". With good evocative writing, you just feel it and can't exactly express why or how. For me the evocative quality of TMH falls flat. It's still better than a lot of fics manage, but not good enough to swing my 'Nea' verdict.

Re: musing of a devil's advocate - week three

Date: 2011-11-15 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maria-37-ann.livejournal.com
I agree with most of what you expressed! I think it's really a matter of whether it is evocative enough to click with the particular reader. I see the flaws here, particularly after your comments on it, but they apparently bother me less. (By the way - I would love recs of the fics that do evocative writing better. I haven't seen that much of it in x-files fanfic land - probably due to my age/maturity when initially reading the x-files fan fic back in the late nineties (shippy teenager) rather than a lack of it in the fandom)

something good I overlooked before

Date: 2011-11-20 02:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Looking over the other fics of this kind that I like, I realized that one thing this fic does very well is achieve a strong balance between focusing on plot development and evocative character stuff. I like that the x-file is an important part of the fic, and not relegated to the background.

I'm not wild about the tone/flavor of the fic, but the basic balancing of different aspects of THM's narrative is extremely well managed.

(By the way - I would love recs of the fics that do evocative writing better. I haven't seen that much of it in x-files fanfic land - probably due to my age/maturity when initially reading the x-files fan fic back in the late nineties (shippy teenager)

Hahaha! I definitely know what you mean. I cringe to think of the majority of fanfic I was reading when I was fifteen or sixteen.

If you want me to give you a list of fics quite a bit like this one, that I like better, send me a PM to let me know. I can either PM you some recs, or email them to you. Email is easier, but I understand if you'd rather keep things here on LJ.

Date: 2011-11-15 01:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
I've pondered this fic (and everyone's positive opinions about it) but I still see it as pleasant, cute, occasionally lovely, but lacking in subtlety and a sense of tonal cohesiveness.

And it still feels heavy handed and self-conscious. Look, Mulder is smitten! He feels like a spooky outcast! Look, Scully is skeptical and no-nonsense! Look, Mulder hates CSM! He goes running to work out his issues! Look, they investigate x-files, like the one they've just come back from! Look, something weird and perilous happened, a monster ate Scully's shoe, that's what their work is like!

I feel like THM is constantly going, "Do you see it? Do you get it?"

Scully being the dominant partner in this fic doesn't really bother me on its own, but it emphasizes that Mulder is as loyal and smitten as a puppy dog. If a writer is going to do a strong Mulder characterization then I want a strong Scully characterization to match, and the same goes for smitten, vulnerable characterizations.

"That doesn't convince me that this creature isn't anything but a figment of overactive imaginations. In fact, it cements my opinion rather than otherwise," Scully says. She raises her pole in salute to Hunter John. "And with that, gentlemen, I'm going fishing."

Paraphrasing Scully: "I'm done investigating this silly case, and I'm going fishing. Catch up if you want to, Mulder."

In 200 episodes, when was Scully ever this dominant in a scene? I don't dislike her for it, I just don't think it's very in character.

The biggest problem I have with THM, though, is definitely Mulder's characterization. I love a smitten, vulnerable Mulder characterization, I really do, but the writing has got to have some subtlety. It's also not that I don't find this Mulder attractive. I do. What can I say, I like my men sweet and hopelessly devoted. I just don't believe in this particular characterization.

- She smiles over her spoon at him and he's going to give her all the leeway she wants with the report because a look like that is worth its weight in slime creatures.

- Maybe she doesn't hate his misguided soul after all.

- It's scary how badly he wants to see one, a lone bit of proof that he's not completely off his rocker.

- Mulder steps into the shower and promises himself that one day he'll stop being such a loser,

Every trace of Mulder's considerable self righteousness seems to have vanished.

I agree with [livejournal.com profile] estella_c that the serious and wary tone of the subplot kind of jostles against the lighter, happier emotions of the Thunderbird plot. But I find the primary plot too sweet, and the subplot does ground the fic and help to cut that sweetness a bit. I think I connect more to Mulder and Scully through their apprehension over their office being infiltrated, then through the Thunderbird plot.

Mrs. Lowe sighs. She looks like someone who's having a nightmare and morning is refusing to come.

This line makes it sound like the bird really did carry her son off. The description of Mrs. Lowe definitely seems too pained and dark to fit in with the rest of the investigation. I understand why the woman would be frazzled, but not this distressed. Her child is fine.

Maybe ... maybe someday they'll have another hidden moment of passion and fly like hunted birds to a better horizon, but not today. Today they have to be careful and smarter than they are even if it kills them inside.

I laughed, I really did. And cringed. This is just so OTT.

Further small nitpicks:

The motel manager says they have Wi-Fi in the rooms, but I'm pretty sure motel rooms didn't have Wi-Fi in the mid 90's, and Wiki tells me the term Wi-Fi wasn't even used commercially until 1999.

"There's a small lake by the road. We'll see if this Hunter character is around then go on a stakeout. With poles. And flies."
"Fly fishing is different," Scully corrects. "We can get a couple of lures, I guess."


No, actually, one usually uses a lure when trolling in a boat, in deeper water. When casting from shore it's most common to use a fly with a small weight and a bobber. Or a worm. Fly fishing, and fishing with a fly are very different things.
Edited Date: 2011-11-15 01:18 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-15 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dbkate.livejournal.com
Actually, I must disagree with not using lure from the shore. As a bass fisherwoman for 30+ years I have a entire tackle box full of lures (some that have worked!) used from the shore that prove you incorrect. Flies are mainly used for trout in moving waters, at least in my part of the US. :D

I do agree with the WiFi assessment, but that was a nod to a friend who just installed WiFi in her lovely country B&B.

But thanks for reading, commenting and noticing all. I appreciate it more than you can imagine. Thank you!!!!! :D

Date: 2011-11-15 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Ah, okay. In Canada, amongst casual fisher-folk anyway, it's far more common and effective to stick with something small like a fly or an insect when fishing in shallow water.

Date: 2011-11-15 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dbkate.livejournal.com
Also, the Martin Lowe incident in the story is based in a factual (?) Thunderbird incident in the early '70's in Lawndale, Illinois where a boy was carried off a few dozen feet before being dropped. His name was Marlon Lowe (don't sue me, Marlon! *grin) and supposedly, he was traumatized for years afterwards, refusing to leave the house and his mother was mocked/harassed by the press/law enforcement for the entire summer before they got bored.

Not that I researched this for the story, specifically, but I've had a fascination with the incident for years, thus inspiring the story.

Date: 2011-11-16 03:52 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Also, the Martin Lowe incident in the story is based in a factual (?) Thunderbird incident in the early '70's in Lawndale, Illinois

Okay, this is pretty cool. I like when writers (fanfic and non) use real life myths, events, entities, etc., in their writing. It also explains why Mrs. Lowe was so frazzled in your fic. But I feel like it would have worked better if you'd indicated in the fic that she'd been significantly harrassed. We do get the sense in the story that the townsfolk who've heard about it don't exactly believe her, but I didn't find that to be enough of an explanation for her weary attitude.

Date: 2011-11-16 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
I did wonder about the WiFi thing too but I assumed it might have been available in selected hotels by then? I was working with 56k dial-up during that era, myself.

Date: 2011-11-15 01:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Okay, okay, I did actually like this fic well enough. And here I will offer proof, by citing parts I like:

She looks lovely today, sharp in her gray suit, her blue eyes clear like a spring sky. Mulder thinks about complimenting her but decides not to.

This is the kind of Scully appreciation I like from Mulder.

Ironically, Mrs. Scully's house is closer to Mulder's than her daughter's. But Scully has always yearned for distance, the psychologist in Mulder figured this out a few weeks after he met her. She became a doctor, but made sure her patients were already dead and her only nod toward extreme possibilities is tied to a silent, faraway deity who watches as she anchors herself to the rock solid comfort of science.

Yes, this seems perceptive and succinct. It's one of the few places in the fic that actually feels like Mulder's voice to me.

The food suddenly becomes unappetizing and Mulder puts the remains down. "Curiosity killed the cat. But we're still here."

Scully's face hardens. "I don't like anyone messing with our office," she repeats.


I love the idea of Scully getting territorial about their office. I love when a fic recognizes that the x-files have become Scully's life too, and has her think and act accordingly.

They get into the usual arguments on the way to the boy's house. Theories about relict populations and improbability of a carrion feeder's claws being strong enough to grip a struggling human, let alone pick him off the ground. Mulder counters with the story of the ceolocanth , a living fossil found a few million years after it supposedly went extinct which doesn't exactly rattle Scully but does give her a moment's pause. She goes into the physics of bird flight instead which Mulder is grateful he doesn't have to debate because they are finally at the victim's residence.

Now this is the kind of exposition I love. It's brief, but rich in details and specifics, and it gets me into the x-files headspace, where the world is full of weird and awe inspiring possibilities.

"The largest bird I've ever seen. Thirty foot wingspan, at least."

Mulder hears the disbelief in Scully's voice. "It's getting bigger by the hour."


Haha! I can hear her saying this.

Date: 2011-11-15 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Yeah, the wifi thing had me go "uh?" too.

Do you guys remember how big those cell phones were in S1? Awww...

I guess I'm a nostalgic mood, which allows me to be more lenient towards fics like this one. No, they're nothing like the Mulder and Scully residing in my head, but they're sweet enough for me to enjoy them for what they are, nothing more, nothing less.

Date: 2011-11-15 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dbkate.livejournal.com
Thanks for this lovely discussion everyone. I truly appreciate it. How flattering! :D :D :D

I must appreciate it. Thank you for reading and discussing. It's an honor.

Date: 2011-11-15 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dbkate.livejournal.com
Gosh, I "much" appreciate it. Okay, I'm going before dementia completely sets in. Carry on, lol.

Date: 2011-11-15 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Go, Thunderbird!! (But don't celebrate by drinking any.)

Date: 2011-11-16 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Well thanks for writing it, and for giving us good reading material to chew on. :)

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