Agent Scully lay in her hospital bed, still in shock over the news that Doggett had just told her; he was now her new partner on the X Files.
He’d gone a minute ago to get some coffee, maybe to give her a moment alone to absorb the news, she thought. Scully lay back on her pillow, fresh tears stinging her eyes and threatening to spill down her cheeks. “Mulder,” she choked out, finally letting the tears fall freely. A new wave of sadness washed over he as she thought of her colleague, abducted, frightened and lonely, like she was when she was abducted. Scully wiped her eyes dry. Well, at least we’ve got something in common- we’ve both been abducted, she thought wearily. She wondered what Mulder would do in her situation with a new partner. Would he feel threatened, protective of his territory? How should Scully act with Doggett? Scully sighed. Can she really trust Doggett? He sure seemed to be single minded like Mulder, with one mission in his mind- to find Mulder. But unfortunately for Scully, he was looking in all the wrong places.
Can she rely on Doggett or will he just hinder her chances of finding Mulder? Maybe Skinner is the only man she could trust now. After all he knew a lot about her relationship with Mulder, and he had the power to help her find Mulder.
Scully was startled out of her musings as the door to her room opened and Doggett returned with a cup of coffee and some snacks for Scully. “In case you get hungry later,” he mumbled awkwardly before leaving the snacks on the table beside her bed and sitting down in the chair next to her.
“I appreciate you looking out for me, Agent Doggett, but I can take care of myself. I’m not an invalid,” Scully told him, somewhat more defensively than she meant to.
She regretted how she said it when she saw him wince and sip his coffee to hide it. “I’m sorry,” Scully mumbled, lowering her gaze and staring at her hands which were resting on her lap. “I guess I’m still processing a lot of information,” she said with a wry grin at Doggett in an attempt to lighten the mood. It seemed to work, Doggett relaxed slightly as he sat back in his chair. “It’s okay Agent Scully. You don’t have to explain yourself to me,” he told her with a small smile. “But I do need you to promise to try and trust me. I will find Mulder, you have my word,” he said gently and kindly. Scully studied his face and felt he truly and genuinely did mean what he told her.
Finally Scully smiled a small smile at him and nodded before resting her head on the pillows once more. “And I swear I would never tell Kersh about what Skinner saw, either,” Doggett told her softly, as he leaned forward conspiratorially. All of a sudden Scully found herself holding her breath. Doggett leaned forward and without meaning to his head was just inches away from hers.
Then their eyes locked together, and they shared a meaningful stare as Doggett leaned forward, so close and closed his eyes, leaving Scully to think he was going to kiss her. But to her surprise, she found herself closing her eyes too, preparing herself to kiss him back…
Then as soon as the moment began, it was over as Scully’s door to her room opened and a nurse came in rolling the dinner trolley in front of her. “Dinner time. I’m sorry sir but unless your immediate member of Ms Scully’s family then I’m going to have to ask you to leave. Visiting hours are now over,” the nurse said, firmly but kindly.
Doggett and Scully pulled back from one another and blinked in surprise at the nurse. To her embarrassment Scully found herself blushing, and hoped Doggett didn’t notice as she focused her attention on the food that the nurse laid out for her.
Doggett nodded. “Sure,” he said to the nurse as he got up from his chair. “Have a good night. I’ll see you tomorrow Agent Scully. Let me know when you can come back to DC,” Doggett told her. Scully nodded with a weak smile at him. “Good Night Agent Doggett,” she told him softly. “Good Night Agent Scully,” Doggett replied with a small nod. Scully noticed he glanced at her briefly as he stood behind the nurse who was still prepping her food. He opened his mouth as though he wanted to say something, but changed his mind and snapped It shut before finally leaving the room.
Scully smiled and thanked the nurse before she left her with her dinner. She couldn’t help but look over at Doggett’s half full discarded plastic coffee cup that he left on the bedside cabinet, still warm and making her think of him.
Scully shook her head as though trying to clear all thoughts of Agent Doggett from her mind. Focus on Mulder, she told herself silently as she started to eat her food. But to her dismay, that was going to be easier said than done. Mulder, she thought sadly. Maybe Doggett was a way of trying to comfort her, she thought hopefully. That almost kiss didn’t mean she liked him- she just wanted comfort after losing Mulder, her partner and the one person who was close to her. It didn’t mean she liked Doggett… did it?