Agent Scully stood next to the X Files cabinet, going through old case files that morning relating to her late sister Melissa. She was hoping to see if they had any more leads.
After all this time, they must have something, Scully reasoned. She had booked an appointment to see Ad Skinner later that afternoon to discuss it. Melissa had been on her mind a lot lately, maybe it was because she was missing Mulder and thinking about the baby.
As she took the last file from the cabinet, she heard the door open behind her and turned to see Agent Doggett smiling at her. He was also carrying something behind his back. Agent Scully smiled, raising an eyebrow. “Agent Doggett,” she greeted him. Doggett smiled back. “Agent Scully. How are you feeling today?” he asked. Scully
“Much better thank you. My neck’s still a little sore, but they said it was on the mend. I have you to thank for that, Agent Doggett,” she said solemnly. Doggett held up his hand. “You’ve apologised and thanked me for that a million times already,” he said with a grin. Then he hesitated before saying, “I think it’s my turn to apologise to you, Agent Scully,” he said deeply and respectfully. He closed the X Files office door behind him and walked towards her.
Scully raised her eyebrows. “What are you talking about, Agent Doggett? I was in the wrong, not you,” she reminded him. “Ah, but then there was the first night we spent time together in your apartment, remember?” he asked softly.
Scully felt a blush creeping up to her cheeks. She remembered all too well. She stiffened. “What about it, Agent Doggett?” she asked, remembering. Doggett moved his hand and showed Scully what he had been carrying behind his back- a single red rose. “I’m sorry I acted like such a jerk,” he began before he lost the nerve. “I just didn’t want you to get hurt. So, um, I’d understand if you said no, as it’s probably what I deserve, but I was wondering if you’d go out with me to dinner tonight after work. You know, take some time out with each other. What do you reckon?” he asked hopefully as he handed her the rose.
Scully sniffed the rose and smiled with a sigh, her awkwardness ebbing away as she realised Doggett wasn’t there to make fun of her. But he had asked her out, she realised uncomfortably as she looked into his clear blue eyes. She thought back to what they’ve been through together and how Doggett had watched her back even when she treated him badly. She did feel guilty, but she was just being defensive for her and Mulder.
But was that the right reason to go out with Doggett? She wondered as she gazed into his eyes. Then she made a decision. “All right, Agent Doggett. I don’t usually go out on Valentine’s Day, but I think I can make an exception with you this year as you did watch my back since we started working together,” she said with a small smile.
Doggett beamed. “Thank you, Agent Scully. I’ll work on some files for you today and we’ll leave work at say, 5:30pm. We’ll dine at a restaurant, the Beach Café,” he told her. Scully raised an eyebrow. “That’s the most expensive café in DC,” she protested. Doggett grinned. “I know. You’re worth every cent, Agent Scully,” he told her.
Scully couldn’t help but smile back. She’d been on worst dates before. But there was just one problem.
She knew the café well, AD Skinner had taken her there a few times before when they were going out. Scully bit her lip and forced a smile at Doggett. She hoped Skinner wouldn’t be there too.