The Unbroken Circle

Part 1

by Trycee

Time-line: Season 1, A few months after Scully and Mulder are partnered together, before William Scully Sr's death.

Disclaimer: I do not own the X-Files, this is written for fun not profit. Thanksgiving 1993.

"Mulder, what are you gonna do for Thanksgiving?",Scully, asked, glancing up from the files in front of her.

"I've got a date with a turkey pot pie. Its a Mulder Family Tradition," he smiled, as he sat back in his swivel chair watching her over his magazine.

She glanced over to him. "Mulder, you're more than welco..."

"No, Scully. Don't feel sorry for me. I'm used to it. Like I said, it's a tradition.", he smiled.

Scully sighed. "Mulder, I'm gonna need to take the day off before Thanksgiving. My mom needs help with preparing the food."

"Hmmm. Sounds like a whole lotta work is headed your way."

She nodded for a moment, a quick fleeting smile on her face that she hid quickly.

"The whole family is getting together for the first time in years. My parents are having all the kids home at once. Boy, will they'll be sorry!", she said, rolling her eyes.

Mulder smiled but Scully could see sadness in his eyes. He looked away from her.

"I'm sorry. I know this must be hard for you, without your sister."

Mulder nodded silently looking over to Scully with soulful hazel eyes. The way he looked at her unnerved her, it was intrusive and yet respectful and penetrating all at the same. They'd only been partners a few months and his closeness, habits and mannerisms had already been ingrained into her psyche and she knew that thinking about Mulder this way was dangerous. 'Mulder was danger', she reasoned, 'If she didn't keep her feelings in check'. Scully was fully aware that she had a habit of getting involved with men she worked with or who had authority in some way over her.

She turned then to face him, she could feel his gaze on her and he smiled lightly and then stood up and grabbed up his jacket.

"Go, enjoy your family, Scully. I'll see you when our break is over," he smiled and walked out the door.

She sat there a moment wondering if she should stop him from getting on the elevator and invite him over or would that blur the lines between their new partnership. She decided that it might and she needed to keep it professional, at all times. Scully arrived early at the Scully residence in Annapolis, Maryland. She knocked on the door and was greeted by her father, William Scully Sr. He wrapped a warm arm around his youngest daughter and pulled her into a bear hug.

"Starbuck", he said, affectionately.

"Ahab," she smiled, hugging him back tightly.

He grabbed her luggage from her hands. "Come in, come in. You know that."

"I do," she smiled.

She walked into the small home and saw her brother Charles with his wife Jill seated on the couch and their two sons, Junior and Patrick asleep on the floor.

"They're past out", she smiled, as she hugged Jill tightly.

"I'm enjoying it while I can," Jill smiled.

"They won't be napping for much longer the older they get," she said, looking at her six year old son, Patrick and her four year old son, Junior, cradled up on blankets on the floor with a quilt stretched over them.

"I can't wait to hug them when they wake up", Scully smiled.

"First you have to hug me," Charles said, as he wrapped his tiny big sister into his arms.

"I told you to stop drinking those diet cokes, Dana, it stomped your growth", he said, looking down at her.

"Ha!Ha!," she said, dryly. "Looks like it stomped a little of yours too", she said, glancing up at him.

He was only 5'5. "Bill and Missy took all the height and didn't leave us with any", he joked.

"Is Dana here?", Maggie said, coming out from the kitchen.

"Mom," Scully said, wrapping her arms around her equally short mother.

"I need your help...you and Jill.", she said, turning to look at her daughter in law.

"Missy here yet?", Scully turned to look at her father. His smile quickly diminished.

"Not yet."

"She's on her way," Maggie said, looking at Bill Sr. "You promised you wouldn't argue with her."

"I promised!", Senior said, shrugging his shoulder as he sat down in his favorite arm chair.

"I just don't want her talking about spirits and the like. That's not welcomed or appreciated in this home.", he said firmly.

Dana shot a look over to Charles and they both held each others glance for a moment. Dana turned to look at her mother and Maggie smiled shyly and then turned towards the kitchen.

"I'll be right there," Scully said, looking at Jill, who looked a little nervous.

She hadn't spent enough time with the entire Scully family to understand the family dynamics.

"It's fine", Charles said to his wife.

She nodded and then headed towards the kitchen. Dana walked over to her father and knelt down in front of him. "Daddy, how are you? I don't get to talk to you that much any more."

"With your job", he added.

"I'm good. I'm sure you know your mother and I are planning on moving to Baltimore, right?"

"Yes," Scully nodded.

"This house is too small...We need space big enough for grandkids," he said, looking over to the boys still laid out on a pallet on the floor.

"I've got three more of you kids. Which means more grandchildren. Mom and I picked out the house already. We'll be moved in by Dec. 1st."

"If you need anything", she said, looking into her dad's warm eyes.

"I know who to call," he smiled. "You and Missy are the only two that we have even close by with your brothers out in California."

"Maybe you could come to my house for Christmas Dinner", she smiled, as she touched his hand lightly.

"Sounds good, Starbuck..."

"Good, Ahab. Then it's settled," she said, standing up and kissing him on the top of his head.

He smiled and then let her hand go as she walked back towards the kitchen to help out.

"You can't cook in those clothes," Maggie said, when Scully walked in.

Scully looked down at her suit and long coat.

"I'll go change", she said.

"I've got some clothes in the laundry room you can put on", Maggie said.

Scully changed quickly and returned, washing her hands so she could help. Maggie was busy fussing around in the kitchen to Jill's dismay.

"I'll tell you what, I can't wait to move into the new house. We moved here when we moved back from California. You and Charles were the only ones still living here with you off in college at the time and then Charles joined the Navy", she turned to Jill.

"And Jill and Charlie got married. We didn't need a big house then but that was along time ago...and now we have grandkids and I hope we'll be having more!", Maggie said, turning to look at Scully.

Scully looked down at her hands and then up into her mother's eyes. "Mom...my career..."

"I know", Maggie smiled. "No pressure."

Scully raised an eyebrow and then looked quickly at Jill who gave her the eye back. They both knew that was Maggie's way of guilting them without flat out saying she wanted grandkids ASAP. She'd done the same thing to Charles and Jill.

"So we have a few pies to make," Maggie said, satisfied that her little 'message' had been delivered. One daughter down, two more children to go.

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