"C'mon Scully, it's the biggest tree i have ever seen!" said Mulder to his partner, looking at her with his best puppy eyes.
"I don't think so Mulder, in fact this forest isn't as old as you say, even when it's quite big, if we go in there, we're gonna get lost" answered Scully, crossed-arms.
"But Scully! Please! We won't get lost, you know that I never do" Mulder looked at her with a boyish grin.
"Really? What about that time near Nevada, when…?"
"Don't start with that, besides that time, I'm a pretty good driver"
"And what about…?"
"Stop! Ok, I accept it, I suck as driver, but we always find a way to get out"
"Yes, we do, pretty bad injured, or, in some cases, on an ambulance!" replied Scully, a hint of exasperation in her voice.
"But we are still alive! After six years we are alive, so trust me"
"Still Mulder, I'm not going in there looking for some tree" She sat down "If you wanna go, do it but I'm not going in there"
"All right, I think I'll have to do it alone, even if I get lost"
"Or I could force you" Before Scully could give him one of her glances he lift her off the ground and started to walk with her on his arms.
"Let me go"
"No" simply said Mulder following the track with his tiny partner on arms.
"Please! I'll walk, I'll go with you"
"Yes, now let me go"
Mulder let Scully on the ground and with a huge smile on his face, kept walking. Scully tried to find a way out but she knew that Mulder would catch her and carry her all the way to the tree so she followed him, trying to be as fast as his partner. The forest wasn't too big, surrounded by fields, literally in the middle of nowhere. The day was cold, but it's all you can ask for in mid- November. Luckily both were dressed in warm clothes and not just their suits and a coat.
After twenty minutes or so they arrived to a big tree, it was actually as Mulder has described it, huge, even Mulder looked small by its side. Scully was shocked, she had her blue eyes wide open and was looking upside-down the tree. Mulder walked towards her and told her.
"I tould you it was huge" with a winning grin on his face.
"I know" said Scully without taking her eyes off the tree.
"So, do you have anything you wanna tell me?"
"Like what?" asked Scully.
"I don't know, maybe YOU WERE RIGHT"
"I don't think so Mulder"
"C'mon, say it" he said getting closer to her.
"Never" she said looking straight into his hazel eyes.
"Don't say never, Scully"
"Is that a threat?"
"Maybe" He said taking a step forward so their faces were inches away, instantly Scully put her hands on Mulder's chest, without pushing him away but keeping distance between them. Scully's cheeks started to turn red under Mulder's gaze.
"Scully, do you have fever?" Mulder caressed scully's forehead.
"No, it's just the sun" great answer, it's freezing! She thought.
Mulder let fall his hand but took Scully's on his own and she didn't seem to bother.
"Come here, I wanna check out something" He lead the way to the tree "Don't release my hand and try to grab my other hand"
"Mulder, do you want me to hug a tree?"
"Sort of, just do it"
"All right but if you tell someone about it, I'll kill you" Scully tried as hard as she could to grab Mulder's other hand but the trunk was too wide.
"I can't, it's too big"
" We need one more person, what do you say? Should I call Skinner?"
"Mulder, you can't be serious, he is in Washington! Three hours away! You are not gonna call him because you want to hug a tree!"
"Maybe, maybe not"
"You wouldn't dare"
"Really?" Mulder released Scully's hand and started to run in circles around the tree, getting his phone out of his pocket and running away from his partner.
"Hello? FBI? I wanna talk with A.D. Skinner"
"Mulder, drop the phone!"
"No" he kept running but before he noticed it a root made him fall, he dropped the phone and it crashed against a rock becoming thousands of pieces"
"Mulder, are you all right?" Scully kneeled besides him and caressed his forehead, pulling hair out of his face, looking for damage.
"Yes, I just fell" He tried to sit but Scully didn't let him.
"It would be better if you just lay down for a while"
"Scully, really, I'm fine" he squeezed her hand, letting her know that he wasn't lying, then he sat and Scully helped him "Do you have any water? I'm thirsty"
"No, I never thought you would drag me into a forest, besides our plain is leaving in six hours!"
"I had forgot it"
"let's go, we have to get back" She stand up "up"
"Fine, we still have plenty of time" Mulder took her hand once again and she didn't pulled back, in fact she hold it tight as well.
Most of the way back was made in comfortable silence, except for the birds, but suddenly a strange noise, as the wind was heard.
"What's that sound?"
"I don't know, the wind?"
"No, it's something else Scully, I have heard it before"
They kept walking and the sound started to grow louder, Mulder stood freeze.
"It´s fire Scully"
"Yes, it's right ahead of us, what should we do?"
"I… I don't know" He wasn´t even listening, he was hypnotized, the fire dancing in front of him, while Scully was looking for a way out, any way out! She saw a track between some trees and without even consider it she started to run towards it.
"Mulder, C'mon" They ran together holding each other hand, all Mulder could think about was "Scully don't leave me here".