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"Night Ride Across the Caucasus" is a haunting retelling of the Ninth Season's "4D" as a Scully/Reyes romance but with a twist. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] infinitlight for the suggestion.

Category: Episode rewrite, Slash (Scully/Reyes)
Rating: PG for sexual overtones and one scene of graphic violence
Summary: '4D' done my way. Please note that you may need a knowledge of '4D' to understand it, even though that particular episode was about as clear as mud.

My knowledge of "4D" is rudimentary and I had no trouble following it.

Warning: major character death

You can also read this at her website and at Gossamer.

Night Ride Across the Caucasus

Don't forget to leave feedback about the story, for the author and for us.

Date: 2012-06-25 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
OMG yesssssssss.

Yeah, for anyone worried about the knowledge of 4D needed, I think if you remember that it's the episode with alternate dimensions you'll be fine. 4D is a solid episode, one of my favorites of the last few seasons.

I'll be interested to see what others think of this story. I really like it. Admittedly it covers a lot of my favorite fanfic ground. I love Reyes, like Reyes/Scully, love stories that are about or themed as stories-within-stories. I like "change one thing" AUs. I think the description and detail in NRAtC is lovely. I love the descriptions of the dreams, and the cat story, the recurring theme of water.

Date: 2012-06-27 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
I was going to pull quotes (I hurt my back and can't sit at the computer for too long, so I didn't). The first two excerpts you mentioned were top of my list :). The "Dying was always water" line is amazing. The whole first chapter (prologue?) is very effective.

And I always thought our Reyes might have a thing for Scully. Hey, that means it's a doomed ship!

This is exactly what I like about them as a couple to be honest, and why I think this AU version of a relationship works so well. They could never be happy together as we see them on screen. Scully seems moderately fond of Reyes as a friend ("stop-hitting-on-me-while-I'm-giving-birth" glares aside), Monica--I agree--always seems to have kind of a crush on Scully (whether you want to interpret that as a romantic/sexual crush or a kind of wow-she's-awesome-we-should-be-friends thing. I think either interpretation is valid). I don't think a straightforward romance story would really work for these characters. Of course, I don't think a straightforward romance story really works for M/S, either.

Date: 2012-06-27 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
This is the great thing about alternate universes and something that wasn't explored in 4D (or in Fringe, that I recall). Those guys in 4D are unhappy as hell, but meanwhile in a universe right next door they're all lying on couches and eating bon bons all day. Or whatever true happiness is, I don't know. And there's an infinite number of futures in which things can get better, or worse. Another big shipment of bon bons, a dead sibling, or an alien invasion.

Is the story you're thinking of "The Truer Lie"?


I can think of at least one other, but that's he first one that came to mind. I like my threesomes unhappy.

I found Paphian Dreams here:


But the formatting is messed up so I had to c/p. I think Politic X has rewritten that story which would explain why it's hard to find. I think it was rewritten as a Scully/Reyes story (I'm sure I've read it, but don't remember which one it is).

I'm still mad that Chris Carter specifically denied in interviews that Mulder and Scully would get together. He said it would NEVER HAPPEN. My first fandom experience that you can trust no one.

Date: 2012-07-01 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
By the time I went to see IWTB I'd retconned the relationship in my head so thoroughly that I was genuinely a little surprised to see them kissing.

Yeah, I agree that there's enough in "The Truer Lie" that's believable to make the story work. It's a good story.

On the Avengers threesomes, I wonder if they tend to be happy because the movie is relatively angst-free and most fans are meeting the characters through the movie (or Thor, or Iron Man, or Captain America:TFA). There's definitely enough angst in the comic books to go around.

Date: 2017-01-16 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Ok had to read the truer lie and found a fiver sick and twisted and somehow very very juicy nonetheless. Guilty enjoyment, guess I too love a doomed ship and what could be better than THREE doomed ships?

Date: 2017-01-16 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Fiver? Sheesh thanks autocorrect and not paying attention

Date: 2012-06-27 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
Thanks :). Better today. It's given me the opportunity to watch more TV than I've done in months. Not quite sure if that's a good thing.

Date: 2012-07-01 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
That's awesome. I always thought they'd make great partners (work partners). Mulder and Doggett both were characters who let their personal agendas influence their work lives, in a way that often made them ineffective at their jobs and borderline dangerous to the people working with them. Reyes and Scully, even when their work turned personal, kept their focus on the task and their responsibilities to the people around them.

Gender roles, I guess.

Date: 2016-08-13 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Never saw seasons 8 or 9 but this was a delightful piece. Well, delightfully emotionally laden and angsty and painful. But in a good way. Still, I too don't believe a new mom's dying thoughts would be of her liver and not her child. Aside from those inconsistencies (so Monica kept you up all night despite taking NyQuil, but where oh where was your son???) I thoroughly enjoyed this. Maybe I should consider watching some episodes after mid season 7?

Date: 2017-01-16 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Gees I didn't even get past maybe episode 5 of season 7. Maybe I'll push thru to requiem at least...

RE: Edited to add content re: season 7

Date: 2017-01-16 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Omg yes thank you!!!i did see Orison and felt sort of... blah about it. Read your fic some time ago (before I found the book club maybe?) and REALLY enjoyed the crossover, plus yes there is great fic from it. I vaguely remember "Closure" from many years ago and I think the last one I ever saw was "All Things" but not all the episodes leading up to it. Sheesh ok. I'll finish season 7 I guess. Last one I saw I think was Orison or maybe Goldberg Variant which I did enjoy

RE: More season seven

Date: 2017-01-16 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmerb.livejournal.com
Wait he's making MORE??? God why oh why don't they contact some of the best fic writers for screen writing? Gah!


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