Chapter 7

"I can get used to this...naked girl in the shower, telling me good morning with a smile..." He looked her over. "As long as it is you."

Scully turned beet red before gently pulling his head down to softly kiss his lips.

Then she walked back into the bedroom.

"You like to tease me, dont' you?" He followed her and pulled the towel from her body.

"Now I get to see what is under all those suits." He sucked in a breath as he took in her long legs and shapely curves.

Scully gasped, startled at first when he pulled the towel. But after a moment, despite her pounding heart, she let him look. She relaxed her hands at her sides.

"And now we are even...I've seen you...you've seen me." He said as he took a step closer.

She was getting goose bumps from standing there naked, so she sat down on the edge of the bed and opened her underwear drawer. He moved between her and the drawer slowly reaching behind him to close it. "Dana..."

"Yeah?"

"Am I making your uncomfortable?"

"No...but I am a little cold sitting like this," Scully admitted.

He moved away from her. "I'll let you get dressed." His face was full of disappointment. Maybe she doesn't see me that way.

Scully took his hand, stopping him.

"It's okay...get dressed."

"Mulder...I just need you to understand that it's not because I don't trust you," she said softly.

He smiled at her. "I know that." He kissed her hand. "You trust me the way I trust you...with my life."

Scully remained slightly skeptical and a little disappointed even as she smiled back and resumed getting dressed. "How are you feeling? Think you're up to trying some massage therapy or aquatic therapy?"

"What is aquatic therapy?" He asked puzzled.

"It's the same treatment that therapists use for accident victims and sport injuries. We take you into the water and work your muscles."

"Can you be the one working my muscles?" He asked not feeling comfortable with someone else's hands on him.

"I was going to." It's not a big deal...it doesn't mean anything...it's only therapy...he's leaving soon. She felt a sudden twinge of sadness at the last thought. She quickly turned toward her closet to hide her face from Mulder.

"I think all I need is bed rest." He was feeling stronger today.

"Okay." Scully pulled her t-shirt over her head hoping her voice sounded normal

"What's for breakfast? I'm starving." He said as his stomach seconded that observation.

"Lemme see what I have. Haven't had a chance to go shopping for a while."

She pulled on her other sock and left, finally letting the tears fall. It hurt to breathe. She sank to the floor with a choked sob. She hadn't seen or heard him follow her. He had her in his arms in a matter of seconds.

"What is wrong?" He was scared that she was hurting.

"Don't want you to leave..." it was out before she could stop herself.

"Why would I leave?" Mulder nearly cried with her.

Scully tried to get a hold of herself but she was sobbing so hard, she was hiccupping.

She clung to his shirt.

His mouth sought hers out. Her lips parted for him and they devoured each other. He pulled back slowly placing a kiss to her chin. "Let me show you what you mean to me."

She was about to protest that he was too weak, but she relented.

He made love to her there on the kitchen floor. He made sure every inch of her body had been kissed and loved. He made her lose control and scream his name which caused him to lose his. He buried himself deep inside her and spilled his seed into her. He kissed her mouth as he laid his forehead against hers. "I love you."

She could feel that his muscles were spasming from their lovemaking though and that rapidly brought her down from her high.

"I know. I love you too," she whispered.

He fought the spasms in his muscles and won, but decided to move them to the bed anyway. He stood and helped her up. "Let's go somewhere a little more soft."

"I thought you wanted breakfast?" Scully asked even as she let him lead her.

Then she felt another spasm, softly sighing. "Lay down," she said.

He didn't argue the pain was teeth clenching. She gently began massaging. He pulled away when she reached a tender spot. He made a noise. She pulled her hands away.

He looked up at her. "Not you, baby...please...more."

"You sure?"

He nodded and took her hand and kissed it. "Please?

Scully fell silent as she continued down his legs.

A little while later he was feeling better. "I'm sorry I ruined our moment."

"You didn't ruin anything." Scully bent over to kiss his forehead.

"Get some rest."

He grabbed her hand. "Making love to you wasn't what I thought it would be like." He yawned. "It was a million times better...no make that infinite times better."

"I know baby. For me too," she said softly. 'Enjoy it while it lasts...he'll be out the door.'

"Let me hold you?"

She smiled softly crawling under the covers beside him.

"You should try to eat something when you wake up."

"How about I nibble here?" He kissed and nipped at her exposed throat.

She giggled and lightly swatted him."Wise guy."

He kissed her mouth tenderly. "Did I hurt you? I should've moved us to the bed, but I was afraid you'd change your mind."

"You didn't hurt me." Just answer the question...no need to get flowery. She kissed him lightly. "Trust me."

"With all my heart and soul." He yawned.

She kissed his hair.

"Sleep with me?"

"L...course I will."

"I love you."

"Love you more." She rolled her eyes at herself, hoping Mulder didn't see.

He laughed. "I can play that game...love you infinitely." He stuck his tongue out at her.

"Watch where you put that tongue, Mister."

He pulled her to him and kissed her deep and long. "Was that use of tongue acceptable?"

"Go to sleep Mulder," she said 'sternly' even though he could see she didn't mind.

"Make me." He retorted.

"You don't want me to do that."

"It's because you can't." He teased.

"Wanna bet?"

"Prove it." He winked at her.

So she did. She manoeuvred herself so she was on top of him and began tickling mercilessly.

He laughed. "Not what I had in mind, Dana." He gasped.

"Give up?" She still tickled.

"YES!" He was trying to fight her off gently. She stopped, looking very pleased with herself.

"Now sleep."

He shook his head. "I need a kiss to sleep."

"You didn't say the magic word."

"Please?"

She kissed him, a soft, lingering kiss. When it broke, she was settled beside him, he whispered, "There now I can sleep." She rolled her eyes in mock exasperation even as she was pulled against him.

"Figures..." she teased even as the thought crossed her mind that she could stay like this forever.

"Never wanna leave." That made her sit up. Mulder's eyes snapped open. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing. You just surprised me when you said that." Scully laid down against him again.

Her voice softened, "If you don't want to go, you don't have to." Her hand stroked his chest.

"You might regret saying that." He said softly.

"What I'd regret is letting you walk away." She closed her eyes against tears. Keep it on him she reminded herself.

"Well, you'll never have to know...because you, my dear, are stuck with me."

"Good."

The emotion managed to make it into her voice, however. He kissed her head. She reached over to pull the blankets more snugly over him before lying beside him.

"Sweet dreams."

Scully couldn't help herself. "They already are" she whispered before falling asleep.

He held on tight afraid that this was all a dream. "Just be here when I wake up."

THE END