Chapter 11

"I didn't mean..."He blushed slightly.

She took his hand. "What did you mean?" She needed to make sure they were on the same wavelength.

"I don't expect you to go to bed with me until you are ready..."

"I am."

The response was soft and honest. His eyes found hers across the candle on the tables. Her eyes were dancing in the candlelight.

"I'm ready to get out of here, are you?"

Scully signalled for the waiter. "Could we get our check please?" For what felt like the hundredth time, she had butterflies in her stomach. He took her hand and kissed it tenderly.

"I'm paying." He said as the waiter laid the check on the table.

They got their coats and drove back to Mulder's apartment. He unlocked the door and let her in before him. His hand was on the small of her back like always.

"Did you have fun tonight?"

"Yes." He kissed her cheek. "Thank you so much for tonight. That is the best birthday I've had in as long as I can remember." Since Samantha.

"Ready for bed?"

"Yeah. Just let me go to the bathroom really quick."

She nodded and began to take off her dress, necklace, and earrings. She kicked off her shoes and carefully placed them in the corner of Mulder's closet. If she was staying here, did that mean she was getting her own side? she suddenly wondered.

The thought made her laugh. Shees, I'm barely engaged and already I'm thinking about space.

He stood in the doorway and watched her deep in thought. "What's so funny?" He smiled when she moved to cover her body with her hands. She chided herself and relaxed, resuming getting into her pyjamas.

"Nothing really. I was just wondering if I get my own side of the closet now."

"You do." He moved closer to her as he pulled off his shirt.

She smiled at the slight scent of soap. "You smell good."

"All for you."

Scully pulled back the covers for him next to her.

He lay on his side and watched her. "Scully?"

"Mhm?"

"Come here."

He held out his arms to her. She smiled and willingly nestled into his arms. She pressed a kiss to his neck. He began to hum "Angel Eyes" to her. Scully kept kissing his neck, gauging his reaction. Her hands gently ran down his chest.

He closed his eyes slowly. "Don't stop," he whispered.

"You're okay with this?" she whispered between kisses.

"I want to make love to you" He found her mouth with his and kissed her slow and deep.

She stuck his hands under her pyjamas. "Touch me," she whispered.

His hands tenderly touched the skin of her stomach then up to her breasts. He lightly rubbed his thumb across her nipple causing her to shiver. He slowly began to unbutton her top.

"I love you," she managed to get out between shivers.

He spread her shirt apart and touched her all over with both hands. He straddled her gently as he caressed her milky white skin. "I love you too. I've never seen anyone as beautiful as you."

"Flatterer," she murmured as she caught his lips with hers. He pressed his body hard against hers.

"You know me better than that." He whispered.

"I know...just can't believe this is happening," she admitted.

They made love long and slow. Scully kissed his forehead as she tried to catch her breath. "Wow.." was all she could get out at the moment.

He nodded still unable to catch his breath. She kissed his neck before gently caressing his back. He rolled off of her and pulled her with him to cradle her in his arms. "I've never made love before...until now."

Scully was a little taken aback by that at first. Then her features softened again as she caressed him. "You were wonderful," she reassured him.

"It's all you..." He kissed her temple.

"It's all us," she corrected.

"You make me who I am." He pulled her eyes to meet his. "You make me work hard for everything I have...including you. I wouldn't want it any other way."

"Mu...Fox," she corrected herself. "You don't need to work for me. You've had me right from the day we met." She kissed his forehead. "I was...I guess I was scared."

"Good...because I wasn't ready then." He admitted.

"Are you ready now?"

"I wouldn't be here with you right now," he kissed her nose, "if I wasn't."

Good point," she said, smiling despite herself. She nestled against his shoulders, more content and happier than she had been in a long time. "We should try to get some sleep."

THE END