It was the day before Christmas Eve. Mulder had spent the past week at Scully's apartment. So far, every night would be the same. Every night Mulder would go to sleep on the couch in the living room and every night between one and three AM Mark and/or Lilly would wake him up. They would tell him that Dana was having a night mare and he would get up and go into her room to try and help her. Every night as soon as he crawled into the bed and put his arms around her she would quiet and go back to a peaceful sleep. If he tried to get up and go back out to the couch she would subconsciously grab onto him tightly and not let go until he basically relented.
Tonight however was a different story. Tonight when he was woken up it was not by either of the twins, but Dana herself. "Scully, baby what's wrong?" He asked quickly sitting up.
"Will you come to bed?" was her whispered response. She held out her hand silently and he took it. She leads him down the hall and into her room where they got under the covers together, almost like they'd been doing so for years.
"Angel, will you tell me what's wrong? What happened?" Mulder asked moving a stray piece of hair that had fallen into her face behind her ear.
Scully looked down sheepishly, refusing to meet his eyes, "I can't sleep without you anymore Mulder." She whispered. After a second she looked up so their eyes locked, "I need you to hold me. Please."
"Always Angel, always." He whispered back to her in an equally quiet voice. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed the top of her head.
They were silent for a few minutes. Scully was convinced he was fast asleep when she whispered, "What are we going to do when you leave?"
Mulder laid there silent for a minute. He realized quickly that this was his chance. This was the perfect moment he had been waiting years for, "I don't need to leave Angel."
Scully's eyes snapped up to his, "What do you mean Mulder?" she asked quietly as her brow furrowed in confusion.
Mulder took a deep breath. His answer was to lean his head down and cover her lips with his own. The kiss was gentle and perfect. He started to panic a little until Scully wrapped her arms around his neck and deepened the kiss with a moan. He couldn't help but smile when she turned from being on her side to lying on her back, pulling him on top of her.
Mulder slowly broke the kiss. He stared into her eyes, seeing her soul, and gently stroked her cheeks and lips with his fingertips, "I love you Angel." He whispered in her ear.
"Oh god Mulder," Scully whispered kissing his lips for a brief second, "I love you too." She pulled his head down to hers. Their clothes quickly found new residence on the floor and talking was cut down to whispered names and declarations of love.
Slowly Lillianna blinked her eyes open the next morning. Glancing at the alarm clock she realized it was just after 5am and had no idea why she was awake. With a groan of frustration she sat up and stared straight ahead for a second, waiting for the head rush to pass. Without a second thought she picked up a spare pillow and threw it at Mark, hitting him right in the head. If she was going to be awake this early so was he!
"Lil! What gives?" he asked now equally as frustrated.
"I woke up, and promptly got bored, so I woke you up." She explained smiling an 'innocent' smile at him. Mark sighed but got up.
After a while they decided to go watch television or something so they left their room, only to find the living room empty, "Did you wake up dad last night?" Lilly asked.
"No, I thought you did." Mark answered, "He probably just heard mom himself or something. Don't worry about it." He said with a shrug.
They had just been pouring cereal for breakfast when they heard giggling coming from the back of the apartment, "Looks like mom and dad are awake. I wonder what's so funny?" Lilly said as she set the cereal box on the counter and started to move towards her mom's room.
"Lilly, what are you doing?" Mark asked as he gently grabbed her shoulder.
"Shouldn't we at least ask if they want some breakfast?" she asked smiling sweetly. Mark knew that wasn't her real reason, she was curious as to what was going on, but he would let her go check.
"Sure, let's go." Mark said as he gestured for his sister to proceed. She smiled smugly before walking down the hallway. They pressed their ears to the door to see if they could discern what was going on. The only thing they heard was Mulder's slightly gasped exclamation of, "Dana!"
"What the hell?" Mark asked now as curious as his sister. They had a silent conversation with their eyes for a moment before Lilly reached for the doorknob.
Quietly she pushed the door open, before screaming, "Oh my god!" and running off down the hall.
Mark smirked at the two adults now trying to hide under the covers, "Congrats guys." He said before closing the door with a chuckle and going to find his more prudish twin.
"Mulder, did our kids just see us…." Scully trailed off as her cheeks turned the color of her hair.
"Having sex? Yes indeed they did." Mulder said with a slight nod of his head. They stared at the door in shock before leaning back against the pillows almost simultaneously. They looked over at each other and burst out laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation.
"Well, at least we don't have to have an awkward conversation about the 'change in our relationship'." Scully said mockingly before placing a soft kiss against his lips, "get up and put some clothes on. We don't need to scar them further by letting them think we continued."
"Okay miss bossy." Mulder said before pulling her head to his again for a quick passionate kiss, "Love you." He whispered in her ear.
Scully gave him a rare huge smile before whispering, "Love you too."
"Okay, so Uncle Bill gets a tie, Aunt Tara gets a spa gift card, Mattie gets a teddy bear," Lillianna listed. She and Scully were wrapping Christmas presents while the boys shopped for theirs, "Uncle Charlie gets Yankee/Dodgers tickets, Aunt Katie gets a gym membership, CJ gets some dvd's."
"Correct." Scully said. They sat on the floor with all the presents surrounding them, along with boxes and wrapping paper.
"What are we giving grandma?" Lilly asked as she noticed they didn't have a gift for Maggie in the pile. Scully handed her a folder, and Lilly quickly looked through in, "Are these DNA results?" she asked shocked.
"Yes." Scully answered. When she noticed her daughter's confused look she continued, "These two pieces of paper prove that you and Mark are my children, and her grandchildren."
Lillianna smiled and hugged her mom, "That is a great idea!"
"Thanks baby." Scully said kissing the girls forehead.
They had finished wrapping all the presents when Lillianna finally said, "Soooo…What did you get dad?"
"A jersey signed by the Knicks power forward." She admitted a little sheepishly.
"Wow!" Lilly exclaimed. Then she became a little embarrassed but forced herself to get over it, "So uh what happened between the two of you?"
"We took the advice you and Mark gave us." Scully said matter-of-factly.
Lilly was confused, "Which piece of advice exactly?"
Scully looked over at her with a smile, "I had the best sex of my life." She admitted making them both laugh.
After they had finally stopped laughing and caught their breath they asked, "So are you two like together now?"
Scully sighed kind of wistfully, "Don't get your hopes up," she warned, "But he may be moving in with us."
"What?!" Lilly yelled happily, "Oh my God!"
Scully chuckled a little at the girls over the top reaction, "Calm down baby. I thought I said don't get your hopes up?"
"I didn't listen." Lilly said with a shrug. Scully shook her head and turned back to her wrapping.
"So, are you and mom like…?" Mark asked as he and Mulder walked around the mall.
"Together?" Mulder asked, "Yeah, we are." He answered smiling.
"Good." Mark said nodding his head with a slight sense of finality. Both men knew they wouldn't need to talk about it more. "So what are you getting her for Christmas?"
Mulder smirked, "A keychain."
"Dad!" Mark exclaimed exasperated, "You two just got together and admitted your undying love for each other. You can't just get her some half-assed present!"
"Hey, let me explain will ya?" Mulder asked rolling his eyes slightly, "Keychains are kind of special to us. I got her this Apollo 11 one once. I was going to get her one this year, but put an engagement ring on it like it was a key."
"What? Oh you are one clever son of a bitch!" Mark exclaimed shocked, "Lil is gonna freak! She'll be so excited! Mom will definitely say yes!"
"Thanks man." Mulder said lightly clapping him on the shoulder.
The two roamed the stores for a while, "So everyone is coming to our house tomorrow?" Mark asked.
"Yupp." Mulder confirmed, "Your grandma's probably gonna show up first a few hours early, followed by your Uncle's Bill and Charlie and their families."
"Oh fun, another holiday with the ever popular Uncle Bill." Mark muttered sarcastically.
"Hey, just be happy that your mom bought his gift already." Mulder said seriously.
"Yeah," Mark agreed laughing slightly, "He gets a tie. Poor bastard."
"Let's just hope he doesn't ruin my Christmas present to your mom." Mulder said panicking a little.
"Mulder! That tree is huge!" Scully exclaimed gawking at the tree that stood at at least seven feet now occupying her living room.
"Angel, you are just short." Mulder deadpanned. It earned him a smack on the arm, "Ow!"
"Don't call me short and I won't hit you." Scully said with a shrug. He glanced at her a little so Scully stood on her tip-toes and kissed him lightly, "Better?"
"Much." Mulder said as a huge smile covered his face. He leaned down and kissed her more passionately.
Lilly and Mark chose that moment to join them in the living room. Lilly took one look at them and yelled, "Agh! Flashbacks!"
Scully broke the kiss by throwing her head back laughing. Mulder watched the amazing woman in his arms and thought for the billionth time that day that he was the luckiest man alive. She was his!
"Come on guys, let's get decorating!" Scully declared once her laughter died down.
Mark and Lillianna smiled excitedly and started digging through boxes with their mom. Mulder just watched his family have fun for a few moments before joining the festivities.
A/N: I hope everyone liked it. Next chapter the whole family gets together for the holidays! Can't wait! Please leave a review :)