All notes disclosed in chapter one

August 29, 1998


"What did Dana ask us not to ask about?" Maggie Scully asked her husband. She fidgeted nervously with the end of her napkin. They were already at the restaurant waiting for their daughter and her boyfriend. It had been a long time since they'd met one of Dana's boyfriends she wanted their approval of. That typically meant it was serious.

"She told us not to ask about his family because it's a touchy subject for him," William remembered. He wanted everything to go smoothly. Maggie had a tendency to be a bit tough on the questions. "Go easy on the man, Maggie. We want Dana to be happy."

She shot him a deadly stare. "I do go easy. I'm just curious. Besides, you're the same way," she countered.

"I am not."

"You are, too. Why do you think our children never let us meet…"

"Shh, here they come."

The couple stopped bickering long enough to stand and greet the young couple.

"I've missed you, Dana," her mom said to her, hugging her tightly.

"It's only been a month, mom not a year. And we've talked on the phone since then, too," Dana reminded.

"I know. Can't I miss my daughter?"

Dana didn't bother to answer. She found herself embraced by her father, nestled safely by his arms. She held to him tightly before pulling back when she remembered why they were all there.

She made her way back to Mulder's side, their hands coming together in offer of support. "Mom, dad… I'd like you to meet Fox Mulder."

William extended his hand. "It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Fox. I've heard wonderful tings about you."

"That's good otherwise we probably wouldn't be meeting. Dana's told me so much about both of you. I admire the way she speaks of you with such regard."

More pleasantries were exchanged before the crew sat down at the table. Maggie noticed the closeness of the two, how Dana moved her chair close without seemingly smothering him. He didn't seem to mind though as he grasped her hand tightly.

"So how long have the two of you been seeing each other?" Maggie asked.

"It'll be two months in just three days," Mulder answered proudly, surprising Maggie that he actually knew the exact number of days. "If we didn't have to work that day, I'd take her some place special."

He brought her hand up to his lips, kissing it gently while never losing eye contact with her.

"That's sweet," Maggie smiled.

"So Fox," William started, "I noticed Dana calls you Mulder. Would you rather us call you that as well?"

"No, not at all. I just prefer Mulder but you can call me whichever."

The next few minutes went by in a blur to Dana. The waiter came and went with their drinks and their orders. Her eyes stayed on her parents. She wanted to know their every reaction to Mulder.

"Fox," her mother's voice broke through her observations, "Dana has never told us what it is that you do with the FBI."

Mulder looked over at Dana. She shrugged her shoulders and said, "I figured you could explain it better."

He nodded and decided it was best to start from the beginning of his infamous career. No need to scare her parents from ever liking him.

"Well, when I first started with the bureau, I worked in Violent Crimes. My job was to get inside the minds of the killers, to profile them. Now, I work a different branch, one that involves… unsolved… paranormal…"

"… phenomena," Dana finished when he struggled for the words.

"Yes, exactly. But I'd rather not focus on work tonight."

"not a problem, Fox." Maggie took a sip from her wine glass. She shot a pointed look at her daughter. "Maybe you could tell us how the two of you met."

Mulder clutched Dana's hand tighter, bringing it up to his lips again. "Well, I needed an autopsy done and when I went down to the bay, I was expecting; well, honestly I was expecting an old guy with really bad jokes."

Dana interrupted. "Instead, what I got was him with really bad jokes."

"You like my jokes," he reminded her, knowing full well how she really felt. "Instead, what I found was a gorgeous redhead with an attitude I couldn't resist."

William and Maggie couldn't help but smile at that. Maggie could admit, he wasn't the type her daughter would be going out with socially. She knew Dana was an attractive woman. All types of men fell for her. It was never lost on Maggie that Dana used to turn down man after man. And out of all the men she had ever brought home, Maggie never saw the degree of love Fox had showing in his eyes for Dana.

Dinner went smoothly. They continued to converse all throughout the evening, the conversation never faltered. Both parents could clearly se how comfortable the young couple was with each other, how much they loved each other. By the time it was time to pay and part ways, Maggie was ready to invite Mulder into the family permanently.

"So Maggie, does he pass your approval?" William asked his wife as soon as they were settled in their car.

Her eyes settled on a point across the way. "Anyone who can make my daughter smile like that has my approval."

William followed her gaze, his eyes settling on the young couple in a passionate embrace. He smiled fondly at the sight. "I think they're perfect for each other."


Author's note: I've decided to make this the last chapter. I've become unhappy with the entire story idea. I have too many ideas running through my head after finally finding my inspiration so I'm going to move my focus to those instead. I want to put all my energy towards making them great. I'm sorry for the shortness of this chapter and for ending the story short but it has to be done. I want to thank everybody who reviewed. It really means a lot to me and it does keep me going.