A month later, Mulder and Scully had finally settled into their new home and lives. They had decided she would work part time as a doctor when the baby was at least six months old and Mulder had accepted a job offer as a researcher for abnormal phenomenon, but he agreed he was going to stay home with Scully and the baby for at least six weeks. He didn't want to miss out on any more than he had to. He wanted to be there for this baby's birth.
Scully was already a week past her due date and she was cleaning everything like crazy, aside from his protests. He warned her not to overdo it. In reality, she was supposed to be on bed rest, but he knew that wasn't going to happen. Scully on bed rest? Are you kidding? He was startled out of his thoughts by a spilling noise, followed by a gasp.
Adrenaline pumping, Mulder jumped up and rushed to where Scully stood in the kitchen. "Scully, what happened?" he panicked.
She stood, braced against the countertop clutching her belly. "My water broke."
He looked at the puddle on the floor and the sundress that she was wearing, dripping wet. "Should we get to the hospital now?" he glanced at her bags by the door.
"Well, I have about 24 hours at most until the baby is born, but we should probably go, just in case. Let me get some fresh clothes on first."
Mulder nodded and put the over night bag into the car. He then picked up William and then helped Scully out to the car. He put William into the car seat and then helped Scully. "I'm sorry, I wish there was two of me at the moment," he teased.
Scully laughed. "I'm sorry... I know it's a handful right now."
A few minutes later, they were pulling into the hospital parking lot and he stopped at the door. He hurried around and at that point, a nurse rushed out with a wheel chair. He looked at her. "Thanks," he said helping Scully out and into the chair. "I will be right there. I need to park the car and get William." He kissed her.
Scully nodded and watched as the nurse wheeled her into the hospital.
Mulder hurried and found a parking spot. "Are you ready to have a little brother or sister William?" He asked as he turned the car off and pulled William out.
William smiled at his dad.
"I know... just remember... we love you both ok? The baby will just need a little more attention right now." He kissed his head. Just then, his phone rang. He pulled out his phone. "Hello," he said, trying to get out of answering the phone as Mulder, it wasn't his name anymore, legally.
Monica smiled, glad she reached them. "Hey there stranger."
Mulder recognized the voice. "Hey yourself."
"So, I come all this way and no one is home? What's up?"
"WHAT! Really? You're here?" He smiled. This couldn't have been better planned at all.
"Yeah, thought I'd surprise the two of you for the long weekend."
"Well, in that case, get your ass over to the hospital on Hud Street and help me with William as Kat..." he paused. He didn't like calling Scully Katherine so he's called her Kat when around others or on the phone. It made him smile, she always purred when he touched her, it was kind of fitting. "Well, she's in labor."
"OH my god! I'll be right there," she smiled and got back into her car.
"Well, how's that for timing buddy? Aunt Monica will be right here," he said and hurried into the hospital and was then directed to Scully's room.
Scully was lying on the bed already in a gown and hooked up to everything but the kitchen sink he thought. "Hey there beautiful," he said as he kissed her.
She gave him a small smile but returned the kiss. "William can't be in the room when I have the baby," she said as she rubbed her belly.
"I know honey... I have it covered," he smiled.
She looked at him and as she did, her eye brow lifted some. "What do you mean?"
"Monica called. She's in town. Wanted to surprise us with a visit, but we weren't home when she got there. I just talked to her on the phone and she'll be here in just a few minutes."
Scully perked up. She had just started having mild contractions, but they were still apart by a good amount. Although, she had a feeling the baby would be coming much faster than William since this was her second birth. "What? Really? Well, talk about good timing; she really does have a sixth sense-OW!" She clenched her belly. "She'd better get her ass over here quick, because something's telling me this baby won't wait!"
Mulder swallowed, startled. He'd missed this with William, but he hated seeing her in pain. "She's on her way right now."
Monica couldn't believe her timing. She smiled as she drove to the hospital. It didn't take to long before Monica arrived. Parking her car, she hurried in. She looked around and didn't see Mulder anywhere. She gave him a call on his cell phone.
Mulder sighed at seeing Scully in pain. He stepped forward and rubbed her arms and back some, hoping that it would pass quickly. It was then his phone rang. "Hello," he said into it as he kept his one hand running over Scully's back.
"I'm herem but I don't know where you are," Monica said to him.
"Ok, I'll be right out," he said and hung up the phone.
"Monica's here. Did you want to see her before she takes William?"
Scully took a breath as the contraction subsided. "Yeah. It's been months!" She smiled.
Mulder nodded and headed out to the waiting room and saw Monica right away.
Monica walked towards Mulder once she saw him. "How's she doing?"
"In pain. She'd like to see you before you take William," he said as he led the way to Scully's room. Mulder opened the door and let Monica walk in before him.
A few years back, Scully would have been embarrassed to have anyone see her in this state. She bet she looked awful with her hair messed up and sweating like crazy. Monica had delivered William, so she wasn't the least bit concerned. "Oh my god, Monica. I can't believe you're here," she moved to give her a quick hug.
"It's great to see you, Dana, and I know you won't believe me when I say this, but you still look amazing!"
Scully remembered her saying something similar when she was pregnant with William. Something about this woman was not going to change.
"You know I'm not going to agree, but thanks."
"I also have someone here who'd like to see you, Dana," and with that, Monica opened the door and in came Maggie Scully.
Dana's mouth dropped in shock. "MOM!" she said with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Mulder was also shocked and smiled as he watched them.
Maggie walked over to her daughter. "Dana... this was perfect timing. How are you doing sweetie," she asked as she hugged her and pushed her hair away from her face.
"I'm in labor mom... how am I supposed to be," she said to her as she held her mothers hand.
Mulder stepped over to Monica. "Thank you for this... I can't believe I didn't even see her in the waiting room," he laughed.
Monica smiled. "I'm good at what I do," she said with a laugh. "She was standing a few feet away from me. We wanted to surprise you both."
"It worked." He gave Monica a hug. "Any other surprises?" he asked more or less in a teasing manor.
Monica smiled. "I'm pregnant."
Scully was so startled, she almost forgot about her contractions.
"Wow, that's great, Monica. Guess I don't have to guess who the lucky guy is, right?" she teased.
Monica laughed. "Yeah, it's probably not rocket science."
"Well, know you know what you have to look forward to," she said through clenched teeth as another contraction it.
A doctor came in between them to check on Scully. It looked like the baby was probably going to come fast than usual.
Monica smiled. "Yeah, and if you remember right... I did deliver William... I know ALL about it... yet I'm VERY excited about this baby." She smiled as she rested her hand on her belly. When the doctor came in she moved over and picked up William. "Hi buddy."
"Ohnca," he said to her with a wide smile.
Maggie kept a hold of her hand as she doctor checked Dana.
"It's not going to be much longer, Mrs. Holder. You're 8 centimeters," the doctor told her.
Mulder was shocked. This was going fast. Even he didn't know how long it normally lasts.
Monica looked over at him. "I'll be in the waiting room with William. Good luck," She said to Scully.
Maggie looked over at Monica and then to Mulder and her daughter. "I'll be with Monica sweetie. I'll see you soon." She gave her another hug and then kissed her forehead.
Scully lay back. She was glad she was able to at least have Monica and her mother be here for her after the birth. Two babies in diapers to manage were going to be tough, especially when she and Mulder had to go back to work.
"I can't believe Monica knew, this was perfect timing," she whispered to Mulder.
Mulder nodded. "So what are you hoping for, another boy or a girl?"
"I don't know, I was blessed with William and now another miracle, so as long as it's healthy, it doesn't matter. Although a little sister for William would be nice. I can't help but think it's a girl."
Mulder nodded. "I really wish you didn't keep the baby a surprise. I really wanted to know this time!"
Scully laughed. "I know, but I gotta keep you guessing."
"That's not nice."
She laughed and clutched his hand.
It wasn't long before the doctor told her she was ready to push. The baby would be out in just a few minutes.
Maggie followed Monica out to the waiting rooms. She got there she looked over at Monica. "Mind if I hold him?"
Monica smiled. "Of course not," she said handing William over.
"Hi sweetie... grandma's missed you and you mommy and daddy so much," she said kissing and hugging him.
Meanwhile, back in the room Mulder moved to stand next to Scully, holding her hand and watching as she doctors put her feet up into he sturps and moving down on the bed some. "It's okay honey... I'm here now.. and no matter what... We'll love both our kids... if it's a boy or girl," he kissed her and smiled. He didn't really care what it was as long as the baby was healthy.
Scully moved down some like the doctor asked her too. It was so different this time around and hearing a male voice tell her to push. She was used to Monica. Maybe next time she will ask her to deliver the next one IF she got pregnant again. This just feels strange even with her being a doctor herself.
The doctor and nurses where all standing around and ready for anything. "Ok... next one... I want you to push. Ok?" He said looking up at Mrs. Holder.
Scully nodded and grabbed Mulder's hand and then started to feel the contraction hit. She took a deep breath and began to push.
Mulder watched her. "That's it... you're doing great sweetie... I love you."
Scully pushed and then rested after the contraction stopped. She looked at Mulder and smiled. "Love you too."
"I can't remember it being this hard with William," her next thought was unspoken, but understood by Mulder
This time she wasn't surrounded by strangers who wanted to take her baby, which took her distraction away from the pain. But she would never want to feel that kind of fear ever again.
Mulder nodded and kissed her hand. "You're doing great, Mrs. Holder. You're almost there."
At the same time, the doctor instructed her to push, hard. As Scully cried out, she could hear small disgruntled cries matching her own.
"Congratulations, Mom and Dad, you have a girl!" he announced.
Scully took a deep breath and fell back against the bed. "Oh my god."
Mulder couldn't help but smile as the doctor asked him to help cut the cord. Despite the bloody bundle, he couldn't feel any more proud.
After Mulder cut the cord he kissed Scully. "We have a beautiful baby girl honey... I love you," he said and kissed her.
Scully smiled and returned the kiss. "I want to see her."
"They are cleaning her up right now," he told her.
A moment later a nurse walked over carrying the baby and looked at them. "Here you go mom and dad. She's 6 pounds 7 ounces and 19 inches long. She's perfect. Any idea of a name? "
Mulder watched as Scully took their daughter from the nurse.
Scully held her close and kissed her little head.
Scully smiled as the baby let out a yawn. "I've been thinking, since you are adamant about no namesakes in your family this time, how about Alethia Grace? Alethia means "truth". She hoped he'd approve. Their children had been a result of their long time search and it would only be appropriate.
Mulder smiled. "Alethia Grace, I love it. It's beautiful, just like her," he touched her downy hair. "Although I have a feeling this one is going to look like me," he eyed the nose.
She laughed. "I was thinking more like the hair. It'll take time to know for sure about her eyes. Most babies are born with blue eyes."
He imagined a brown haired little girl with blue eyes chasing after her brother. "I've always like brunette and blue eyes."
She raised a brow. "Something you're not telling me, Mulder?"
He laughed. "But I like redheads even better."
Scully nodded her head. "Nice save."
Mulder smiled and leaned over her. "I love my family and I wouldn't change a thing."
"Why don't you go let mom and Monica know. I will be ok for right now."
He kissed her. "Will do." he left the room and walked out to the waiting room and, over to them. "Congratulations Grandma, you have a granddaughter," he smiled.
Scully's mother stood up beaming. "My first granddaughter, oh wow, Fox, she's going to be so spoiled!"
Mulder laughed as Monica stood up and congratulated him. "Congratulations, Mulder. I still got another two months to go before we know anything," she patted her belly.
"Guess we all owe each other some congratulations. I wish you and Agent Doggett the best, he really does deserve a second chance at being a father, it's really the best feeling in the world."
Monica smiled. "I know, he is really excited. But back to you, this is a special day for you both. Is Dana up to seeing us? We'd really like to see the baby."
Mulder smiled as he walked over to Maggie. "I'll take William as I'm sure you'd like to hold her when we get to the room. She's tired but she does want you two to see the baby before she rests."
Monica nodded. "We won't stay long."
Mulder looked at her. "Here's a spare key. You two can stay in the extra room. If that's ok. The couch folds out too. Dana may be able to leave tomorrow some time Alethia will be able to go home too once she's able to eat."
Mulder kissed William's head as he led the way back to the room. He knew his daughter would be spoiled. But all babies of the family where. He smiled as he pushed opened the door.
Maggie wanted to rush over and squeeze her and her newest grand baby, but thought against it once she realized how tired her daughter was.
Scully smiled at them as she cooed at the baby. "Oh Dana, she's so beautiful," she reached out to hold her. Scully handed the baby to her mother, glad to have her arms free for a moment.
"Meet Alethia Grace."
Monica looked over Maggie's shoulder. "Wow, she's definitely going to be an eye catcher when she gets older, you'd better watch out," she laughed.
Mulder nodded in agreement. "If she looks like her mother, I may just have to keep her home and away from the boys," he teased. He carried William over to Maggie. "William, this is your sister, Alethia." He said holding him so he could see her.
Scully smiled as she watched her mom with Alethia and Mulder with William. She couldn't be happier. She yawned and was soon asleep.
Mulder saw her face and looked at Maggie. "Think you could take William back to the house with you tonight? I'm going to stay here with Dana."
"We'd love to," Maggie said looking over at Monica.
Monica nodded as she took William from Mulder.
Mulder carefully took Alethia from Maggie. "Once we all get rest, you can spoil her more tomorrow ok?" He smiled as he hugged his mother-in-law.
"You better count on it!" She smiled.
Scully opened her eyes once again when Monica and Maggie left.
She reached and took Mulder's hand. "Despite what's happened and having to leave home, I can honestly say I've never been happier," she looked at their daughter in his arms.
"When I thought I'd lost you again, for good. I never expected to have two miracles and a family six months later. I couldn't ask for anything more. I want you to know I don't expect you to give up your search for the truth. We can find it together, even if we don't work on the X-Files."
Mulder nodded. "Oh there are plenty of ways to search, but I am a father first and a truth seeker second. I never thought I'd have a family again, to be honest."
Scully smiled. "Well, now you do and there's no going back. I'm just worried about who will look after them when we go back to work."
Five months later, they had settled into good routine and living arrangements. Taking care of the kids and spending time together. Mulder had helped John and Monica with a case on the computer. He had figured something out that they overlooked and it broke, solving the case.
Monica was eight months pregnant, looking as if she was going to pop any day, but pregnancy suited her well. Scully often discussed her own pregnancy with her and gave her tips on birthing and breastfeeding. She and John were expecting a little girl and they couldn't have been more thrilled as they planned to get married once the baby was born.
Scully had agreed to go back to work for only a few hours a day to start with. She wasn't looking forward to it. She enjoyed her family time and she knew she'd miss it.
Mulder could tell she liked being home. "You don't have to go back to work, honey. I don't mind getting a job and letting you stay home," he said as he sat on the couch and pulled her over to him and held her close.
"That's not what we decided. I said I'd go back to work after six months," she said as she laid her head on his shoulder. The kids where down for a nap.
"I know, things change. I could work as a teacher anywhere, I'm sure..." he smiled. "Maybe even a security guard or something. But I don't want you to work. I want you happy, and remember I have plenty of money. We don't have to worry about it just yet either," he kissed her head.
She sighed. "I'm happy Mulder... Thank you," she said as she turned her head and kissed him.
He returned the kiss. "I should be thanking you. I have the love of my life," he kissed her and then continued. "Two wonderful healthy kids." he kissed her again. "A new life where we are safe and all the sex we want," he laughed and kissed her. "I love you, Scully."
Scully couldn't help but laugh as she returned each kiss as he spoke. "I love you, too." She smiled and closed her eyes.
With everything they had been through in the last ten years... they were finally happy and in love and at peace, even though the TRUTH was still out there.
A/N: Hope you all enjoyed and thank you for sticking with me! I'm glad I was finally able to complete this and feel free to take a look at my other works in progress. I write a lot of about season 8, 9 and post series. Also, a big thanks to Billie for helping me complete this. I initially started this in 2010 and finally finished!