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FINISHED Ch.21-23 added! An eighty-eight year old woman remembers a time when life was a lot more complicated - a time when she helped to save the world.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama - D. Scully & F. Mulder - Chapters: 23 - Words: 32,809 - Reviews: 112 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 02-07-04 - Published: 06-05-03 - id: 1373837
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Title: Remember When?
Author: Jen Zoromski AKA Jennis524
Spoilers: "The Truth" some references to the rest of the series.
Summary: An eighty-eight year old woman remembers a time when life was a lot more complicated.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters that you recognize…they are the property of Chris Carter and 1013.
Author's Note: Well I found this story that I wrote after the finale last year when I was sifting through some notebooks, unfinished of course. So please Read and Review! Thanks!
Bethesda Nursing Home
June 9, 2052
"Hello, my name is Catherine," a young nurse says as she carefully adjusts and old woman in her chair.
The old woman turns her gaze away from the window and stares intently at the auburn haired nurse that stands in front of her.
"What's your name?" the nurse inquires, gazing intently at the old woman feeling almost sorry for her.
The older woman's blue eyes are pale - the life, the twinkle gone completely from them - taken years ago.
"Catherine is such an old fashioned name. How could a young girl like you end up with a name with that?"
"I'm actually named for my grandmother," the young nurse replies, "But you've never told me your name."
"I have gone by so many names in my life, called so many things, but at the age of eighty-eight, I can't figure out why the hell I'm in this nursing home."
Catherine ignores the woman or rather doesn't want to tell her that she's been here going on five years. She first came when her husband was brought into the nursing home after having suffered a stroke. He died over three years ago, but the old woman in front of her is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's - some days surprising Catherine with her stories.
"Can you believe that at one point in my life I was a medical doctor?" She tells Catherine.
"Were you really?"
The elderly woman grimaces as she tries to remember her life. Memories for this woman that vaguely resembles Dana Scully from fifty years ago.
"Have I ever told you about my partner dear? Did I ever tell you about when I found my son?"
Catherine shakes her head even though she's heard horribly bizarre stories from this woman. Stories about aliens, mutants, and a special man - whom she calls Mulder. It's odd, but that is her last name, so taking that into consideration Catherine doesn't ever truly believe what this senile old lady tells her.
"What do you mean - found your son?" Catherine inquires curious as to what story this woman will tell her.
"I remember those times as if it was yesterday," she starts, "but that can be a struggle."
"What year was it?" Catherine questions trying to help her move the story along.
"Umm--I think it was the turn of the century 2001," she closes her eyes and struggles with her memory trying to fight off the Alzheimer's.
"No, my son was born in 2001, but my story takes place in 2002."
"So it was fifty years ago?"
The old woman nods her head, clasping the side of her chair willing herself to remember.
"Mulder and I were on the run. I remember the desert and the endless driving. If I close my eyes long enough I can almost see the room we stayed in, smell Mulder's cologne, and feel his gentle reassuring touch on my back."
She stops and stares at Catherine, a confused look coming over her face.
"You know looking at you, I've seen those eye before - they look like a mix of mine and Mulder's. Your eyes almost look like William's."
"Who's William?" the young nurse asks brushing away a piece of stray auburn-brownish hair.
"My son," she pauses, "now let me tell my story."
"I'm listening, go right ahead."
"Well we were holed up in Roswell, New Mexico on the run from everybody…"
Well should I continue? She's got a story to tell…do ya want to hear it?