“Dana Scully speaking”
“Seems like you didn’t fix your problem Dr. Scully.”
“Oh good it’s you.”
“You got another package.”
“I forgot to save your number. You’ve been calling my mother’s house.”
“I needed you to call back. So I sent you something.”
“You can open it if you want.”
“You know you could have just looked me up Scully”
“Didn’t think of that. I’m gonna be in town Friday. I understand if you have plans but I would like to go out with you and…”
“Yes. Drinks, dinner, anything you want.”
“Ok. I can meet you at the apartment. Have you been to Fluer’s yet?”
“No never got around to fancy french dining.”
“I’ve been dying to try it. They opened right after I left. 7 sound ok with you?”
“Yea that's perfect.”
“See you then Mulder.”
“See you then Scully.”
She sent him a package. Before she had called he almost gave up on the beautiful Dr. Dana Scully. When she left him two weeks ago all he wanted to do was see her again. He thought about her every second. Hell, he even dreamed about her. She had infiltrated his mind and his soul and she was stuck like glue to every thought he had. He walked past shops and wondered if she would buy anything in them. He wondered what her favorite pizza toppings were. His mind formed a million questions about Dana fucking Scully from whether she liked cats or dogs to whether she had lingerie that matched that navy blue dress of hers.
But then she didn’t call him.
He let the first few days pass, but staring at the phone waiting for it to ring was becoming his social life and the gunmen were getting concerned.
“You don’t even know her Mulder” Langley said on the fourth night. He kept track of days now in nights since he’d seen her. Like ticks on the walls of the pit of his existence without her. “She could be a murderer. Or a spy.”
“She could murder me if she wanted too.” Frohike chimed in.
“Maybe she's a plant, sent to debunk your work.” Byers received a glare for that one.
“Listen, she’s none of that. She’s just a woman, and she’s probably not even interested. She would have called by now if she was” Mulder sulked on their couch, nursing a beer.
“Her loss buddy.”
“Yeah. Her loss.”
When the package showed up on his doorstep he actually laughed. Of course fate would drop an excuse into his lap right as he was moving on. It had been a week and he was just starting to get to the point where he didn’t run to the phone every time it rang praying to a god that it was her, and what he got in return was a choice. He contemplated just leaving the package on the step, pretending he didn’t see it, forcing her to call him and apologize.
But calling her was always going to be what he did. So when he wound up on the phone the second he got off work he really wasn’t surprised.
What did surprise him was the little game she had played. She sent him a package and now he was holding a hand-selected present from Dana Scully herself and an invitation to a fancy french restaurant late Friday night.
The package was addressed in handwriting too. He thought it might be from some distant relative but now that he considers it, it's probably her handwriting. Neat print fit for a doctor. He noticed she put Dr. in front of her name this time and he chuckles.
He rips the tape off and a DVD case drops out. He flips it over and of course it's the Exorcist because Dr. Dana Scully just had to make him fall in love with her even more. There’s a sticky note taped to the front of the case and his smile grew with every word.
Dear Dr. Mulder,
Last time I was in your apartment I noticed this classic missing from your collection. The fact that you have a copy of The Room and not The Exorcist is frankly an insult to film lovers everywhere. If you haven’t called me yet I don’t have your number, and I really would like to speak to you again, if only to improve your taste in film.
He was going to marry this woman if it killed him.
He might as well rearrange his calendar so that every day but Friday just said “doesn’t matter”, because work could be damned. That morning the hours spent reading through files and papers in his office felt like an eternity, and he found himself practically running out of the office, almost into his bosses secretary who was bent over some cardboard boxes in the middle of the hall.
“Oh Agent Mulder, I didn’t see you there”
“Yea, sorry Katie”
“Oh. Well goodnight”
He had almost pushed past her when he heard “Agent Mulder” in a voice that sounded more like a bird chirp to him and he would have to explain to his boss why he was so rude the next day if he didn’t so turn around he did.
“If you’re not busy, I have some friends who are going to a bar downtown later tonight, I’d love it if you could bump into me again there…” She said the word bump with a little wink and a wiggle in her hips that made her look like a jack-in-the-box.
“I have plans tonight. Sorry Kelly.”
He didn’t have a chance to see her scowl. He was already out the door.
“You’re very punctual Scully.”
He’d been practicing lines since 5. He practiced opening the door like a 14 year old boy practices taking off a bra. Hell, he cleaned the apartment for 30 minutes before realizing he did the same thing this morning. But when he opened the door every line and moved he’d ever had flitted out of his mind and she took its place. Navy was apparently her color because she was wearing another creation that looked tailor made for her. This one was more modest than the last one, but that didn’t make it any less alluring. A neckline that dipped down only a little in the middle to tease him, and little sheer cap sleeves that danced over her shoulders. She giggled and he swooned.
“Navy brat. My father always liked to be on time.” He stepped aside and she entered into his apartment and he got to take in the open back of that navy masterpiece. Picking his jaw up off the floor he followed her. She sauntered around the place like she owned it, which technically she did at one point, but it made Mulder feel like maybe it was still hers in some way. Clearly she lived here for a long time, she treated the place with this odd sense of familiarity, but the way she touched the counter-top like it might break told him things didn’t end on good terms. She found her way to the window and he joined her, looking out on the street below.
“I really did love this apartment.”
“Why did you leave? Not that I’m not grateful”
He turned to look at her, expecting another one of her giggles but she stayed staring out into the streetlamp.
“I think that’s really more of a second date kind of story”
“So there will be a second date?”
“We’ll see after this one won’t we.” Her smile was back and so was the sway in her hips as she walked back to the front door. “Come on, we’ll be late for our reservations.”
The 5 minute walk over was mostly Scully saying “Have you been to that restaurant yet?” and Mulder replying “Not yet” because unfortunately for him the gunmen prefer to eat in and he really doesn’t have many other friends. But Scully doesn’t need to know that yet, so he is more than happy to play the uncultured outsider to what is very obviously her city. She seemed to have a story for every place they passed. She was halfway through telling him about the time she almost got hit by a rogue street biker when they arrived at Fluers. A very nice host ushered them to their table and he found himself staring at her over a menu and candlelight.
“So how was your wedding”
“It was good. It was a friend from my old job here, before I moved, so I didn’t know many people”
“I’m sure you were a hit” She blushed again, staring down into her menu.
“I’m not usually much of a ‘hit’ these days…”
“I don’t believe that for a second.” She looked up at him then with this gaze that he couldn’t quite place. Whatever it was it was gone when the waiter showed up to take their order.
“So what about you Mulder. What do you do for fun these days?”
“Oh you know, run, watch movies, contemplate the enormity of the universe and the meaning of life”
“I thought that degree of yours was in psychology not philosophy”
“I took some classes.”
“I always liked Laërtius personally”
“I’m more of a Plato guy.”
“Of course you are.”
They settled into a silence and he found himself staring into her eyes again. She stared back with a smirk until she broke the gaze with a blush and more giggles. The waiter came back and poured the wine he ordered. He hoped she was giggly when she was tipsy.
“So what did you come to the city for?”
“I work at the hospital in the pediatric center as a cancer specialist. I used to work every day but since I moved back home I haven’t been taking new patients, so I only come back to see them. It’s a lot of commute but it’s worth it. I wouldn’t want to have to quit and force them to find a new doctor.”
“I do what I can.”
Of course she is some child saving super hero of a woman. He already knew he didn’t deserve a smart and sexy doctor, but this just put it over the edge. He was officially way out of his league. Why she was still sitting here was a miracle in and of itself.
“What do you do with that Oxford education?”
“I work for the FBI.”
“Ah, so you’re Agent Mulder.”
“I think I prefer Doctor better.” He could tell she was trying not to smile. He bet that she loved being the Dr. in her relationships. As much as she tried not to show it she was damn proud of herself.
“Do you profile?”
“I used to. Now I do something a little different.”
“Different how?” Her eyebrow quirked up and he chuckled to himself. Most girls are satisfied with the title of FBI agent. If they’re not, a quick flash of the badge will usually make them swoon. But not Dr. Dana Scully. She is not so easily satisfied.
“I work on cases of the unexplained.”
“Everything has an explanation”
“Of course it does Scully. But sometimes that explanation is not something that comes from the world we know”
“Are you talking about UFOs?” She sat back in her chair, eyes wide, and he leaned in, feeling the heat of the candle on his chin.
“UFO’s, cryptids, anything from crop circles to spontaneous human combustion. If the FBI can’t solve it, they toss it in my pile”
She didn’t say anything to him then, and all the confidence he had in spilling what arguably made him the weirdest human anyone had ever met was slowly fading. She took to staring at the flame in the candle, clearly contemplating how she was going to get out of this date, but then she looked up at him and their eyes met and that look burned brighter than any fire he'd ever seen.
“So have you gone Bigfoot hunting?”