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This story was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] write_out but it's one of my favorites now, too. Confession time: the first time I read it, I thought Mulder was being a little whiny. But I love him better now, so it's all good. Tesla's writing is smooth as silk and no one writes a better Mulder voice. Enjoy!

NEW: "Get Up, Mulder"
Author: Tesla
Rating: PG-13 for language
Keyword: MSR, spooning, post-movie

Summary: Mulder recalls the trip back

Spoilers: To "Fight the Future"


Mod note: It says "MSR" but I think it's noromo friendly.

Now I really need to give [livejournal.com profile] tesla321 her own tag. Seriously, is there anything of hers we haven't read? See, we do use the suggestions from our nomination post, so go suggest some more, please.

Read "Get Up, Mulder".

Date: 2012-02-20 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Well, I don't *think* we've read "Sense Memory," but I could be wrong. I remember kind of reversing my opinion on that one. Possibly elsewhere.

Date: 2012-02-20 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Not only can I be wrong, but I WAS. Okay, going now for the caffeine.

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Date: 2012-02-20 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
Ah, I LOOOOOOVE THIS STORY. But I need to drink my tea first before I can properly comment. Thanks for selecting this one, [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1!

Date: 2012-02-21 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nailseabelle24.livejournal.com
This is my first attempt at commenting on an XF fanfic story since I joined LJ...so I'm kinda nervous about being among such illustrious critics, having read your comments over recent years with great enjoyment and admiration. But enough of the flim-flam!
I did enjoy reading this story and don't think I've ever read this one before, which was quite a surprise to me (I thought I'd read almost everything worthwhile in the entire fandom). The recurring "Get up Mulder" theme gives the narrative a certain rhythm and shape, and it's also an intelligent fill-in-the-blanks kind of story, which had me thinking: " Ahh, so THAT'S how they could've got back" (well, give or take a few gaps here and there, but I don't mind that). It was also a relief to me that this was a no-sex story, and realised I was holding my breath whenever there were any bed scenarios...don't misunderstand me, I do like my NC17 in the right context, but really dread those long-winded, overly-descriptive sex scenes which fanfic writers almost feel obliged to include even when the protagonists are sick, or physically exhausted. I'm usually pretty good at suspending my disbelief when reading fanfic, but some of those kind of scenes are often stretching the point to say the least!
This was fun to read, & the characters were believable to me; Mulder enfeebled (but with good reason) and Scully was doctorly, caring and firm with Mulder without coming across as too much of a bitch(why do some people think Scully has to be portrayed as a ball-buster in order for her to appear empowered and strong?).

Date: 2012-02-22 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
Welcome :).

I wonder about the way Scully's portrayed in fic sometimes. I think some writers genuinely don't like her as a character (which I personally can't understand at all). I thought "Get Up, Mulder" had a great "voice" for her, though.

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Date: 2012-02-22 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlegreen42.livejournal.com
I'm never really sure what to say in these fic discussions (which is one of the reasons I rarely comment here), and I'm sure "I love this story" (and I did!) is not really sufficient. So. I think it works for me on several levels: 1) it answers the question of "How did Mulder and Scully make it back to Antarctica?" and it even takes account of the fact that Mulder hadn't finished healing from his gunshot wound (something FTF didn't really deal with; he went from limping along after having recently woken from a coma to being able to clamber around the precarious environment of a subterranean spaceship, managing to avoid nearly falling to his death); 2) I guess I just have a soft spot for "poor, bedraggled Mulder." Yes, he complains a lot, but he often does so with his trademark cynical wit; 3) I liked how Scully took care of Mulder in a way that was both tender but also very matter-of-fact -- she's very much the no-nosense doctor here, but without veering into stereotypical "Ice Queen" territory. As I said, she's still quite tender and very caring. But not overly so -- she's not the excessively "mothering" type to a woobified Mulder that's seen in some fics.

So, hey, I managed to write a fairly substantial comment after all. :)

Date: 2012-02-22 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
I agree, I really liked the way this story gave us more detail on what happened after FtF. I like stories that fill in the gaps in canon we never get to see.

Date: 2012-02-23 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Okay, well. Hmm.

What I like about this fic is the premise. I’ve always liked FTF Antarctica gap-filler fics, and this is certainly one of the better ones, at least plot-wise.

From the edge of the crater in the ice, to an international weather station (Where? That’s what I want to know), to a cargo vessel, to an airplane bound for Caracas, to another airplane bound for D.C. The details tesla fills in do a pretty good job of grounding the radical situation Mulder and Scully have found themselves in, at least considering how short the fic is. Scully coughing up goo, Mulder being violently seasick, Mulder telling Scully he was shot in the head, them having to wait in Caracas for Scully’s passport to arrive, those are all parts I like. (Not wild about being told Scully is shitting goo, though. Some things I genuinely believe are better kept ‘off camera’.) I also find it interesting the way they keep knocking against each other emotionally, instinctively hanging onto each other while everything around them is transient and foreign.

The problem is, I really don’t care for this Mulder characterization. The whole fic feels like Scully fussing over him, and him being fussy and difficult, when he’s not being suddenly stricken by moments of frat-boy lust.

This was clearly a point where a nice guy would
let go of his partner's firm little ass, and wake
her up. But Mulder had already warned her he
wasn't nice, right?


Ew. It’s not that his hand is on her ass, or that he wishes to keep it there. Those things are understandable. It’s the way it’s phrased: “firm little ass” and the way he justifies copping a feel. “You’re fault, Scully, I warned you I’m a prick.”

He does have some nice moments (like when he is worried about her respiration and Scully catches him with his ear to her chest, that’s a sweet moment and I thought the fic could have made a lot more of it). But for the most part, when he’s not being a prick or showing his concern, I find him rather boring. He doesn’t have the kind of rich inner life that I look for in a Mulder characterization.

Also, he calls Scully “honey,” at which I think my brain actually made a needle-scratch sound.

I don’t know what I think of Scully’s characterization. I like that she seems fairly on the ball in this fic, but her persistence in doctoring Mulder gets kind of boring, especially when for the most part he just does his best to wave her off. And I don’t recall there being a single description of her fixing anyone with an incisive look, or studying them with an intent gaze, or any such thing. She doesn’t do anything "stoic" or "stern" or "determined" or "deliberate" or "careful" or "cautious"; there are certain descriptors commonly used in reference to Scully (far more of them than I’ve listed, of course), and this fic seems to have almost none of them. Minute to minute I’m mostly fine with her characterization, but by the end, as a whole, it just feels wrong.

One other thing that confuses me is this:

Mulder felt frightened, really frightened, by how
close everything had been. And yet, Scully had
not seen the ship. She saw a crevasse of snow and
dirty ice, she saw Mulder passed out beside her,
but she didn't see the ship.

And it had only been seconds. Seconds. One late
connection, one wrong turn, if he had even sat
down once to think about he was doing, one or
both of them would be dead.


I like that it's a moment of serious reflection on the epic danger they just faced. But this seems to be implying that if Mulder had stopped or been held up for a moment at any point in his journey to Antarctica, he would have been too late, which is (probably) not the case.

Date: 2012-02-23 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlegreen42.livejournal.com
Ew. It’s not that his hand is on her ass, or that he wishes to keep it there. Those things are understandable. It’s the way it’s phrased: “firm little ass” and the way he justifies copping a feel. “You’re fault, Scully, I warned you I’m a prick.”

Yeah, that part bothered me, too.

Also, he calls Scully “honey,” at which I think my brain actually made a needle-scratch sound.

I kind of hand-waved that away by thinking, "Oh, well, Mulder has a head injury and is not really himself right now..." But I, too, had a "needle-scratch" moment when I read that. I actually had to double-check to see if I was reading it right!

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Date: 2012-02-23 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlegreen42.livejournal.com
He saved her, she saves him. It's what they do.

Yes! This is what I love about The X-Files. :)

Date: 2012-02-23 06:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] amyhit.livejournal.com
Um, I have NO IDEA how my comment ended up posted twice, and now I can't delete it because there are replies on both posts.

I was having internet connectivity issues while attempting to post, but I checked to make sure it hadn't posted the first time I tried. I guess my computer wasn't showing the updated thread quite yet. Like I said, issues.

*cringes* Sorry to be obnoxious, everyone.

Date: 2012-02-23 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Hooray! You figured it out! I thought there was something like this going on, but I thought I'd have to reread and didn't have the heart. It's really a clever, clever mode of storytelling.

I just have to do a rave on Tesla. For personal preference reasons I haven't read everything she's written--there's a Scully-hate factor that screwed things up for me at one point--but I would say that she is the sveltest, slickest, most economical stylist that every inhabited Xdom. She and Kel; they share the honors. Her prose is light and pleasurable to consume like whipped cream, but like the cream one whips it is thick and rich with implication. It is also, for the most part, good-tempered and funny. Even when she turned Mulder into a vampire.

As for Mulder being Mulder: of course he isn't. He's unconscious and wounded and in pain, and he's dreaming about being unconscious, wounded, and in pain. His lizard brain is recalling bits and pieces of his difficult history, each of which Scully stars in, and his attitude is compounded of aggravation, lust, and a profound desire for oblivion. He shamelessly refers to Scully's firm little ass *because he's unconscious, wounded, and in pain on a cold stone floor." It wouldn't be all that surprising if he fantasized a rape because she is really irritating him. Lizard brain. Cut the guy a break.

What actually comes through here is how much Mulder depends on Scully, how thoroughly he has accepted her partnership and cherishes her loyalty. That is what the repetition of "Get up, Mulder" signifies; she gets him going and brings him home.

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Date: 2012-02-24 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
Considering I'm the one who recced this, I feel like I should have some essay on why I love it so. But, I don't. I just like it. I like FTF gap-fillers and there aren't many out there that do it for me, but this one surely does. But I love Tesla's stuff (with the exception of her M/O series, which really rubs me the wrong way and not just because it's M/O) and this one of my favorites.

I get the criticism that both of them might be slightly OOC, but I figure they've been shot, frozen, intubated and generally screwed over in just about every way. By this point in the movie, they have been traumatised in so many ways (the bombing, the hearings, the resignation), so for me, everything in this fic reflects that. Mulder's "honey" is not at all jarring to me. It works for me given the overall circumstances and I actually like that little bit.

Date: 2012-03-03 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
So I was gonna post this a few days ago but the internet ated it. *grumbles*

Once more - with feelings:

This was pretty good. There are nowehre near enough "return from Antarctica" fics out there. (and I was quite underwhelmed by certitude to be honest - found it quite tedious in places and some of the characterization didn't work for me.)

I can buy exhausted, concussed, borderline whiny Mulder, considering he's actually bleeding out on a concrete floor. Not my fave portrayal of him but it still works, so in this respect the story is doing its job.

The 'honey' threw me though. Right there with you Amyhit, my brain too made a needle scratch sound (such a perfect way to describe this feeling, when something pulls you out of a story abruptly.)

I'm surprised though that Scully seems relatively unscathed. (loved the TMI about the retching and shitting goo - very efficient way to 'anchor' things down.) If I were to write an Antarctica piece I think my Scully would be more banged up and disoriented than that. But hey, YMMV

I must be the only person who thought the 'firm little ass' mention was hot - I don't mind it too much when Mulder is being all macho and inappropriate. Could be a cultural French thing. Our men are plenty inappropriate but we still love them. *shrug*

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Date: 2017-01-10 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Wow lots of controversy over this one. Well I'll just wave my years-to-late flag and say I like it. And I guess I've gotta weigh in on the Mulder ass grabbing section. Nope, didn't bug me. Particularly because he WASNT ass grabbing exactly. More like passed out deeply with Scully snuggled right up against him, and then waking to find his arm was around her holding her, and his hand happened to be on her butt. It is clearly stated that he couldn't move his hand as his arm was wedged between her body and the next seat, and he didn't consciously grab at her, SHE snuggled into him. Body size mechanics being what they are it's fairly natural that his hand would come to just about there.
To my reading Mulder had already sort of pushed Scully away in an attempt to NOT cross certain boundaries and remain respectful (at least internally). I'd say this was evidenced when she was massaging him in the ship and he complained that she was hurting him rather than take it somewhere inappropriate, or when he refused to crawl under the sheets with her without underwear, despite her telling him to come to bed.
I read the ass holding sentence as exhaustion allowing him to override his guilt about not waking her up and also not fully waking himself in order to do so. He clearly never intentionally maneuvered to grab her ass, and that line about not being very nice? I see that as cover, considering he told her that after being overwhelmed by her kindness and extended touch on his naked body, and finding an excuse to reassert physical boundaries. She tells him she's just trying to help him, what's he supposed to say, "gee sorry I was just getting turned on and overwhelmed by your touching me." Nah, I don't think so, not from the Mulder in my head or anything I've seen on screen.

Ok all done now! Again, I liked this one. I like all good explanatory canon compliant stories!

Date: 2017-01-10 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Damn where is the edit function? Ok the internal I told her I'm not a nice guy about holding her ass is assuaging his own guilt. Meh. And seriously where is the edit function??

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