The Erlenmeyer Flask

Scully sat anxiously in the hospital, her partner in of the rooms adjacent to her, her partner's contact in one of the cold underground morgues. He would most likely be transferred soon, if it hadn't already happened. There was no point in her trying to stop it. They did what they liked. There would be no autopsy, no files, no next of kin. The man would be lucky if he was even recognised as a John Doe. He'd probably be lucky to even have a burial, she thought suddenly. And, all of a sudden she found herself doing something she hadn't done for quite a while – wondering what she was after getting herself into. She thought about Mulder in the next room, and the state of his face when she found him, burns and sores. Whatever he had come in contact with had been lethal, and she really had to wonder if she would be strong enough to deal with all of this, and probably more. Her faith had been tested severely by what she'd seen in that canister, her faith and beliefs, her science and logic. What was going on here? Was this how things were going to continue? Was this the worst that could happen, or was it only the tip of the iceberg?

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Mulder's eyes flickered open and he found himself in a hospital room. It didn't surprise him anymore. He had become quite accustomed to waking up in hospitals, whether as a patient or a worried visitor. He thought hard and tried to remember what had happened. The last thing he could remember was being tied up in that attic. Everything after that was a blur. He vaguely remembered hearing a gunshot but couldn't be sure. Maybe Scully would know. If not, maybe he could help them.

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He smiled when he saw Scully walking into the room.

"How are you feeling?" She asked gently. He shrugged.

"I'm fine. Eyes are a bit sore but I'll live. But, do you have any idea how I got here?" he asked and he saw her breath hitch. He frowned and stood up.

"What, Scully?" He asked, a demanding tone to his voice. She looked at the floor, and then looked back at him.

"Mulder, Deep Throat is dead." She said solemnly, biting her lip expecting a backlash from him but not getting it. Mulder sighed, looking at the ground.

"They found out he was talking to us…" He said thoughtfully, "I'm surprised they didn't kill us too." He added and Scully sat down on the bed beside him.

"Why do you think they didn't?" she asked, suddenly quite nervous, knowing he was right. He shook his head.

"I don't know. I can't understand that. No one would ever miss me… they'd be glad to see the back of me…" He shrugged. He liked to think that they wouldn't kill Scully but he didn't for a minute believe himself.

"Mulder, people have a higher opinion of you than you think." She said pointedly and then wished she hadn't. He looked at her, his eyebrows raised, imploring her to elaborate. She sighed.

"Well, me, for a start." She said quickly and he smiled up at her.

"Thanks Scully." He replied warmly, and she could see in his eyes that it meant something to him, to have her trust. She nodded shyly.

"So what do we do now?" She asked quietly. He shook his head.

"I don't know. Wait, I guess." And with that he stood up, taking his jacket and telling her he had been discharged earlier on. They were both free to go. The question was, where, for how long and how many people would be watching.

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Scully had been sleeping soundly, dreaming of everything and nothing, when a sudden blackness in her dreams woke her. It hadn't been anything tangible. Literally, just darkness, black. She sighed as she turned and looked at the clock. They'd had a long day and she had just climbed into her bed on arrival back to her house. Now she realised she had only been asleep for about an hour. She was about to turn back over when the phone rang. No one rang at this hour of the night. Except for him. Here it goes, she thought to herself as she picked up the phone, bracing herself for what was to come.

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Ok, so took a while to get this one up but I've been busy. Anyway, hope you all enjoyed, I'm taking a break for a while and going to write some other things but I'm thinking I'll come back and do series 2. It'll be a new story not a continuation of this so if anyone is interested, add me on their author list and I hope to have new stuff up soon.

My thanks to all who reviewed. Hopefully I'll be seeing you again!