The Dead Will Follow You
Time-Line: Season 7, After All Things
Disclaimer: I do not own the X-Files, it's owned by Chris Carter, this is written for Fun not Profit.
*Ethan was Scully's boyfriend, deleted from the pilot. I wrote him similar to the way he was portrayed in the deleted scene. You can see the deleted scene's on Youtube.
Scully walked into the office, balancing two coffee's in a cup carrier and her briefcase.
"Hey Scully," Mulder said, brushing past her heading for the door. "Come on...we've got a case, Skinner insisted...plane leaves in an hour."
"Mulder, what case? What's it about?"
"Come on. There's no time," he said, holding the office door open for them. "I'll tell you on the plane."
She sat their coffee's down on his desk and turned to follow him.
Mulder sat next to Scully with his legs stretched out into the aisle. He'd fallen asleep on her shoulder and though his head was heavy, she didn't move it, as she searched through the paper work he'd provided.
An apparition of a little girl with demonic eyes had been caught on video stabbing a television producer to death. The apparition was not seen by anyone witnessing the death of the producer but was picked up by the surveillance camera only.
She could feel Mulder's hot breath against her left cheek as he slept peacefully on her shoulder and she nudged him lightly. "Wake up sleepy head," she whispered.
"Scully...what is it?", he said, with his eyes still closed.
"They have this spirit on tape, right? Did they autopsy the body yet?"
"Yes, we'll pick up a copy of the report when we get there", he said, with his eyes closed. His head purposely drifted further down to her breast. He sighed and snuggled in with a smile on his lips.
"Mulder...can't you wait till we get to the hotel," she said quietly.
"Not particularly," he said, reaching around to let his hand skim her breast.
She smacked his arm. "Mulder...another public groping and I'm cutting your fingers off...Not in public, Mulder...we're on duty. You promised."
"Scully, no-one knows us on this plane."
"We don't know that," she said, pushing him off of her. "We could be on this plane with other FBI agents, CIA...we don't know..."
Mulder sat up and shook his head. "They call me paranoid."
Just then a tall brown haired man stood up from the front row of the plane, his eye immediately catching sight of both agents. He walked straight up to them both, thrusting his hand in their faces. "Agents..."
"Agent Cooley," Mulder said, shaking his hand. "Your heading to Oklahoma on a case?"
"Yeah...then on to Oregon. How about you two?", he smiled at them both.
"Tulsa...Routine investigation," Mulder said.
Agent Cooley laughed a little. "Sure...routine...Nice seeing you both," he said, heading towards the bathrooms.
"See, I told you...", she whispered. "He could've seen us."
"Scully...people have said we were messing around for years..."
"But we knew the truth..."
"Had it been up to me we would've," he said, placing his hand around her shoulders.
"I don't think it would've been real then...I mean...we loved each-other from the beginning...at least I was immediately attracted to you..."
"I was too...you were not the typical women I went for...You were short, red haired, extremely cute...a little nerdy..."
"Nerdy...Oh you were the nerdy one," she said, jabbing him in the side.
"I corrupted you...in a lot of ways, " he said, leeringly. "But mainly...my type before you was tall, dark hair, evil..."
"Big bazooka's," she hissed.
"Scully...you were beautiful...just as you are now...You walked in and I was dumb-struck...I tried to play it off with you for years but you were intelligent, dedicated, loyal, beautiful, sexy...absolutely perfect...you have no ideal how hard it's been to keep my hands off you all these years."
"I have an ideal...", she smiled with a twinkle in her eye. "I felt the same way..."
"Oh?", he said with a smirk. "You couldn't keep your hands off of me?"
"God...why do you think I turned down dates left and right," she said, blowing on her nails and rubbing it against her arm. "Mulder...If you never noticed it before...I didn't even go out on dates...I wanted you..."
"We'll you have me...now what?", he said, kissing her on the lips.
"Ah-hem," Agent Cooley said standing beside them. "Sorry to interrupt. I was just going to say...Maybe we could collaborate on a few assignments some time..."
"Sure," Mulder smiled. "Violent Crimes Division, right?"
"Yep," the Agent said, looking nervously at Mulder's arm wrapped around Scully's shoulder but Mulder made no attempt to remove it. "Well...have a good time in Tulsa."
"Will do!", Mulder waved.
After the plane touched down in the blazing Tulsa heat. They rented a car and drove it to the nearest hotel on the outskirts of town. Mulder rented two rooms but placed both of their suitcases in one room as Scully waited in the car. She had the air conditioning on full blast as she stripped out of her black blazer. "God...is it 112 here?"
"118," he said, looking at the clock on the hotel sign.
"How's our room?"
"Better than I'd normally pick them...We probably won't get bitten up by bedbugs tonight," he smiled.
"So we won't wake up covered in whelps..."
"Well...not from the bugs," he smiled wickedly.
"Mulder...ever since we started sleeping together, your innuendo's have gotten worst...you'd think you'd stopped by now."
"Oh no," he said, placing a hand on her inner thigh. "Now I can say it and you won't slap me."
"Not necessarily!", she huffed. "Come on Mulder...lets get this investigation underway. The sooner we get it over with...the more time we have alone."
Mulder started the car but placed his hand back on her inner leg. She rubbed her hand on his arm and squeezed it. He leaned over and planted a soft kiss on her lips. "I love you..."
"I love you too...", she smiled.
He pulled out onto the road, heading for the KRKH-television station. After they had parked, they strode up the steps to the front of the small glass encased building nestled in the downtown area. Mulder held the large glass door open for Scully; they flashed their badges and were immediately escorted to the set of the morning newscast. Producer Jeff Bingham shook their hands and showed them around the Control Room and News set. They spoke to each witness individually as they gathered information and then Jeff Bingham, an older white haired man lead them to the Control Room booth and popped the recording from the security monitor into a vcr. The security monitor was positioned above the entrance to the Control Room and recorded each person that entered the small four seater booth from a wide angle, giving the camera complete access to the happenings within the booth. Mulder asked for a copy so he could have it analyzed. Scully knew that what Mulder really meant was that he would have it air-expressed overnight to the Lone Gunmen but she said nothing as she seated herself next to Mulder in front of the rows of television monitors. Jeff Bingham pressed the on button replaying the events that lead to the mysterious death of Robert Harrison, a Technical Director just two days before. To Scully's surprise, a transparent silhouette of a little girl appears suddenly on the screen behind the victim. He was slumped over the monitor's, engaged in a conversation with one of the camera-men outside the Control Room on the floor of the set unaware of this apparition standing behind him. The little girl held up a knife and stabbed Harrison in the back. He screamed out as the other's in the booth jumped up in shock, surrounding him, unable to see the little girl who was plunging the knife deeper into his back until he collapsed to the ground dead and then she disappeared.
Mulder glanced over to Scully and she looked up at him surprised. He nodded understanding her completely and then turned back to talk with Jeff Bingham. But something had caught Scully's attention as she stared at the fuzzy monitor. She was drawn to a man sitting next to Robert Harrison on his left side. "Who is this?", she blurted out. "Next to him?"
"Oh...you'll meet him in a second, " the Producer nodded. "He's my Assistant Producer. He's coming back from lunch any second now. Sorry he wasn't here to greet you too."
"Not a problem, " Mulder answered. "Was he here during the incident?"
"Yes actually," Jeff Bingham answered. "Just Robert and the two of us."
There was something familiar about the outline of the man in the video whose features she could barely make out. Something oddly familiar but she couldn't quite put a finger on it. Suddenly the door opened and Mulder stood up and shook someone's hand. Her view of the Assistant Producer was blocked by Mulder who was standing directly in front of her.
"Glad you could come," the man said.
"Thank You...I'm Agent Fox Mulder of the FBI."
The tall dark haired man looked puzzled. "The Fox Mulder? Spooky Mulder?", the man asked surprised.
"Do I know you?", Mulder looked quizzically.
The man could make out a woman's frame just beyond Mulder, hunched over the television monitor. "Dana?"
Scully jumped up and turned to face Ethan Minette. She looked stunned as her face immediately drained of color. She looked nervously at Mulder and then back to Ethan, settling her panicked eyes upon him. "Ethan?", she struggled to talk. "Ethan..."
Mulder looked perplexed, his mouth began to twist as he stared hard at Scully. She was trying to speak but the words wouldn't come out as she shrugged and looked from Ethan to Mulder and back. Ethan grabbed her hand. "Dana...you're still working on cases with Spooky, I see..."
The tightness in Mulder's face grew as he watched Ethan hold her hand. She didn't snatch it away but instead looked down at his hand in hers. Finally she retrieved her voice. "Ethan...it's been along time...what are you doing in Tulsa?"
"I transferred here after...", he said, nodding towards Mulder.
Mulder continued to glare at Scully, waiting for her to remove her hand from Ethan's grasp. She eyed Mulder and was met by his iced eyes. She immediately removed her hand from Ethan's. She stepped back from Ethan, crossing her arms and then glanced up to Mulder again, trying to guage his thoughts. She could see the anger registered there. She returned her attention back to Ethan. "What happened here, Ethan?", she said, trying to sound in control.
"I guess you saw the tape...that's exactly what happened.", he said, touching her hand again, searching for a ring.
Again Scully broke her hand away and walked closer to Mulder but she could tell from his stance he was highly upset though he was trying to project himself as a stern FBI agent and as her partner, nothing more. Ethan continued to stare at her, taking in the curvature of her body, the difference in the length of her hair which was much shorter than she ever wore when they were together. He also noticed, the way she kept glancing over to Mulder nervously and the closeness in which they stood.
The older producer, Jeff Bingham called Ethan over to the doorway so they could talk privately but his attention lay squarely upon Scully, the woman he had lost a few years before. Mulder's eyes were ablaze as he stared at Ethan and then turned slowly back to Scully. She was watching Ethan with a far-off look in her eye. She glanced towards Mulder and they're eyes met and she gasped. He turned his back towards her and pushed the button on the monitor to replay the video of the incident. He flinched when she placed a soft hand on his arm. "Mulder...I can explain..."
"I know you will," he said, harshly. "The minute we step foot out of here, you will explain!"
Scully's eyes dropped down and her hand fell to her side. Ethan returned to her, retelling the story they had just heard by his producer a few minutes before. After Mulder had asked all the questions he needed too, he was given a copy of the tape and both agents were escorted in silence by Ethan down the elevator and out into the lobby. As they were preparing to leave, Ethan reached out and grabbed Scully's arm. "We need to talk," he said, in her ear.
"Ethan, we have nothing to talk about," she said, glancing in Mulder's direction.
Mulder turned abruptly and walked out of the front studio door, heading for the car. She watched him walk off and then her attention was brought back to Ethan. He had a firm grip on her arm and wouldn't let go. "Dana...We need to catch up some. Its been a long time since I've seen you. We need to talk..."
"Ethan, I'm here on a case. My partner and I have to investigate it to see whose responsible. We need to determine how it occurred."
"I don't see a ring, Dana...why is that?", he said, looking her over. "You couldn't get over me?"
Scully's arched an eyebrow. "Immediately...Ethan. I got over you immediately."
He chuckled. "I don't believe that...I've thought about you all these years...Dana."
"I'm sorry, I can't say the same thing..."
"Your always such a stubborn woman. Let me take you out to dinner...We need to catch up on things."
"No, Ethan, I can't."
"One dinner...one dinner won't hurt anything. We didn't end things properly, Dana."
She shook her head. "I'm sorry, Ethan. But I'm on a case...and until you and anyone else is ruled out, there could be no fraternization."
"Like between you and your partner,." he huffed. "Dana...obviously somethings going on between the two of you...isn't that against the rules?"
She glared at him. "You are a fool Ethan...You've always been a fool."
"Yes...I have...Dana, now that I've found you again...I want to work things out...I mean...obviously this guy doesn't love you...," he said, glancing out the glass window to where Mulder was seated behind the wheel watching them. "Or else you'd have that ring on your finger..."
"Don't!", she warned him. "I'm not the same girl as I was back then..."
"You can't fool me, Dana...I know you...", he smiled.
"Ethan, so many years have past by...that was my old life, Ethan", she said, slowly so he could process her words. "My future is sitting in that car," she said pointing in Mulder's direction.
"Spooky, Dana?", he laughed. "You can't be serious."
"Yes actually, I am," she nodded. "I'm in love with Mulder, Ethan..."
"Come on...he's a joke...I told you he was a joke when you were assigned to him..."
"Yes, you did...and you got upset that our plans were canceled and you acted like an ass...which is typical of you."
"And you called it off...calling me controlling," he smirked. "Something about needing to realize your dreams and not answering to my questioning...Dana. You left me a note...like I meant nothing to you...Do you have any ideal how it made me feel to have you leave me a damn note!"
"It wasn't the most tactful way Ethan but I had a plane to catch. Not once did you call me or act as if it mattered either. You just up and left."
"Look maybe this is a sign...that we could start over. I mean what are the odds I'd see you again?"
"Dana...you left a hole in my heart" he said, reaching out to touch her hand. "I think you owe it to us to see if there's still a spark there. I mean...what can Spooky give you, Dana? I told you years ago like I'm telling you now, the guys a loser. I've gotten reports about him now and again...and about you. I kept my distance but seeing you again has brought back all those memories, Dana...I miss you and I miss us together. You can't possibly enjoy tromping around on stupid ghost assignments, can you?"
"It doesn't matter, " she answered, snatching her hand away. "I never wanted to see you again, Ethan and I meant it. I've grown into a different person since then."
Ethan laughed obnoxiously wrapping his hand around her waist locking her in. "I don't think so...but if that's the way you want to play it, Dana...go ahead," ," he said, looking amused. "I'll be here...I'll tell you something...you're partner there...ah...the love of your life," he chuckled. "Looks pissed right now...So if things don't work out...I'll still be here."
Scully rolled her eyes. "I'm sure you will be," she said, elbowing him in his side.
He continued to laugh as she pushed opened the glass doors and headed towards the car. Mulder was watching her and as she slid into the seat and she knew what would happen,. She knew how Mulder would react. "Mulder..."
"Who is he Scully? Why didn't you tell me about him?"
"It wasn't your business back then, Mulder!"
"I've told you everything about everyone!"
"Bullshit!", she screamed. "You didn't tell me about Diana...and your marriage to her!", she said, red-faced. "Dammit Mulder...I just had to deal with Ethan's obnoxious behavior...don't you start!"
"I can do whatever the hell I want! We're out here running into your old...what? Boyfriend?"
Mulder's eyes widened. "Fiance`?", he struggled. "What?"
"Why does it matter?"
"He had his hands all over you and you didn't even move them!"
"Mulder...I was in shock! I did pull away when he touched me..."
"Scully, I'm sitting right here and he put his hands on your waist!"
"Jesus Mulder, what are you really mad at?"
"Scully, the son-of-a-bitch had his hands on you," he said gritted through his teeth. "How would you feel if some woman from my past put her hands all over me?"
"Diana!", she hissed.
"I'm talking about since we started seeing each-other Scully...What if Diana were still alive and she came up to me and touched my hands and put her arms around my waist...what would you think?"
"That's not it," she said, looking him directly in the eye. "You're mad because I didn't tell you about him...because you thought I'd told you about every man in my life...even though you haven't done the same...Mulder...the first day I met you when I walked into your office I was engaged to Ethan...okay."
Mulder's mouth was gaped open. "All these years and you never mentioned it."
"I left him because he didn't want me to work on the X-Files...he told me I couldn't...he was a jerk Mulder and if I listened to him I wouldn't be sitting here right now with you."
Mulder's face softened as he stared down at her hands.
"After I met you, I went to my sister's and told her all about you and the new job...about how cute you were...She thought that was a little bad of me especially since I was in a relationship with Ethan...though the date wasn't set for us to get married yet. He was the golden son-in-law my dad dreamed about for me...but he's was selfish and demanding and I was rebelling against that...from my dad, my brother's..everyone."
She grabbed his hand and interlaced their fingers. "Mulder...when I told him he got upset that our plans for a vacation had changed. He wanted to talk about it when he got off work. When he got home...he told me I couldn't accept the assignment and told me to transfer back to Quantico. Then we went to bed..."
Mulder's eyes widen at that but Scully squeezed his hand. "And I couldn't sleep...I knew that I wasn't willing to give up my dreams just to marry a man I really wasn't in love with. I loved him but I wasn't in love with him. I decided to make the decision that I would do it anyway...I left him a note that morning telling him it was off and that I was in Oregon with you " she sighed. "I never told you or anyone else...my family knew. My dad was disappointed that I'd dumped him, he thought I was throwing my future away with joining the FBI anyway. Missy was thrilled because she hated him. When I returned home from Oregon with you...Ethan was gone...I never tried to see him or talk to him afterwards...so that's my story."
Mulder squeezed her hand back. "I'm sorry Scully...I just..."
"Yeah," he said, looking at the steering wheel. "You forgive me?"
She leaned in and planted a kiss on his soft full lips. "Of course I do...now let's get something to eat and get back to the hotel...we've got this video to watch and then send to the Gunmen..."
"Among other things" he smiled.
"Yes...and that...The sooner we solve this case the better..."
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