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12.


“Well, that was one of the better ass-chewings we’ve had in the past few months, wouldn’t you say, Scully?”

His hand swung out beside him on its familiar path to her back as they walked down the hall away from Skinner’s office. She anticipated it, slowing for half a second to press back into his touch before picking up her pace again.

“While I do think he had every right to be upset, considering the costs incurred during our little jaunt to Idaho”—she could feel him tense beside her, breathe in sharply, prepare to defend himself to her now that they were alone, stepping into the elevator—“the fact remains that we had a legitimate reason to be out there, and the situation really couldn’t have been avoided.”

She turned to face him, arms crossing over her chest as she tilted her head to the side. He folded his hands behind his head and scrunched his face up at the ceiling, closing his eyes and exhaling.

“Are we done for the day?” He didn’t look down.

“I think so.” She reached a hand out to straighten the edge of his jacket, drawing his attention downward. “Do we have plans for the weekend?”

“I was thinking we might enjoy something from my extensive collection of classic science fiction.”

He stepped closer and put a hand out to the wall just above her head, supporting himself above her, looking into her eyes, crowding down into her space. She tipped her head back, blinking up at him. She felt like a B-movie starlet under his thrall. The elevator dinged and the doors opened to the basement.

“That’s not exactly what I had in mind.”

“Oh, do tell, Scully. What did you have in mind?”

“You’ll have to wait and see.” She raised her eyebrows at him, glancing back over her shoulder as she walked toward the office. He was making a face, one she had grown familiar with in recent months. It promised good things for her future.

In the office, she filed the papers from their meeting with Skinner and grabbed her coat.

“You ready, Mulder?” She crossed to his desk and leaned against it, half sitting and folding her arms over her coat.

“Mmhmm,” he said, concentrating on the papers spread in front of him. She sighed to herself. “Did you know there’s been another sighting in Montana?”

She hoisted herself up on the desk, crossing her legs and nudging his chair with her foot.

“Mulder? We were making plans for the evening?”

“This pattern of appearances is really very unusual, because…” He trailed off, his gaze sliding to the right, looking from the edge of her skirt up, up, up to her face. She waited. “Well, because of many reasons, really, but you know, Scully, Skinner said we’re off this case, and honestly, I have to say I agree. There is definitely nothing here that begs our immediate attention.”

She hopped off the desk and headed for the door, swirling the coat around herself as she put it on. He followed her out, locking the door behind them and guiding her to the elevator with one hand while shaking the other through the sleeve of his own coat. He stabbed at the P2 button impatiently.

“That doesn’t make it go faster, you know.”

“There’s no harm in trying.”

When the doors opened, she stepped inside and leaned against the wall, studying her manicure, trying to ignore his closeness, her skittery heartbeat, the intimacy of the small metal box shuddering from floor to floor. She wanted to kiss him, to reach out to him, to feel his solid torso under the layers of his clothes. They said nothing. The doors opened and the parking garage yawned in front of them. It was mostly empty of cars and entirely empty of people.

He made a ladies-first gesture and they hurried to her car, coats flapping behind them. He caught up to her with long, easy strides and pressed her up against the driver’s side, bending down to kiss her. She snaked her hands under his suit jacket, running her fingers over his back. He slid a hand up her thigh, edging under her skirt.

“Mulder,” she said. “Mulder. Get in the car.”

He licked her ear and complied, buckling in as she drove toward the exit.

--

Monday morning, as she unlocked the office door and stepped inside, her foot nudged an envelope lying on the ground.

Narrowing her eyes, she knelt to pick it up. Inside, she found a series of still photos captured from one of the security cameras in the parking garage. Her heart pounded and the back of her neck prickled. She could feel eyes all over her, and she suppressed a shiver.

“Damn it,” she hissed. She should have known better. They should have known better.

Stuck to the top photo was a note. “Watch your asses, agents,” it said. “Or someone else will.”

Comments

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lsugaralmond
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Ooooh this give me shivers. I love the way you write the dialogue, so we all know exactly what it is they're planning even though it's never explicitly stated:

He was making a face, one she had grown familiar with in recent months. It promised good things for her future.

Delicious!

All the way through I was thinking 'but where does a photo come in?' I never saw that coming.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
coast
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
This is FANTASTIC! See what taking a couple of days hiatus will do? Holy shit, I really loved this one.

The ending is totally not too much-- it's just what we talked about, but it totally fits. And while my instincts tell me Skinner left that envelope, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SKINNER and that's the beauty of it.

I, too, wondered where the photo will come in, and I think the three of us have concurred, that's where the genius of this project comes in, when we've really tapped into something. It's becoming more subtle, or at least less predictable, the further we go on. Seriously-- I love this A LOT. I am now going to read it like eight more times.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad this one worked out AND that you love it.

The ending is totally not too much-- it's just what we talked about, but it totally fits.

The alternate ending, of course, is still "OR I WILL!"

I, too, wondered where the photo will come in

Ha! Even though you knew what I was working on? Well, I guess it wasn't immediately obvious which one this was.
coast
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well, I knew what you were working on, of course, and we all know a photo was going to be there, but I just got SO INTO their moments together that I forgot all about the photo. It really did work out wonderfully. Sigh!

I'm sitting here working on mineeeeee. I think I'm kinda like 3/4 done but WHO CAN SAY.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
I just got SO INTO their moments together that I forgot all about the photo.

I'm glad! I thought maybe it was getting unrealistic at some points, so I had to review some scenes from S7 to reassure myself.

I hope you post yours before tomorrow night or I won't be able to read it until Sunday night and that will be terrible. Terrible! But, you know, no pressure or anything.
coast
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
What did onpaperfirst tell you? WE WILL POST WHEN WE DAMN WELL PLEASE!

And yeah, I plan on being finished by tonight. I'm going to write while you're concentrating on Improbable. Except when Scully shoots the door in vain. That's too cute to miss.
outintherain
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
This may well be my favourite to date...

I just.. wow!

I love it!

I wish I was more eloquent...
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
erries
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
This is great! So different from the ones that have been posted up to now. I think this is the first one we've gotten where M&S are established as a romantic couple, y/y?

Great job with the dialogue, and the twist at the end about where the photo came into the story was great and totally unexpected. And I'm with coast - I think the note was from Skinner, simply because it talks about people's asses. :P
dictatorcari
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I think the note was from Skinner, simply because it talks about people's asses.

Haha, my thoughts exactly. :)
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's my favourite thing about him!
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I think this is the first one we've gotten where M&S are established as a romantic couple, y/y?

Yeah, I think so, except for the ones that take place when he's dead or away (so they're not really being romantic at the time but were previously). #2 might be, but I think that's open to interpretation. It's definitely the first one with them making out, though, hee.

But anyway! Thank you for your comments, especially about the dialogue!

I think the note was from Skinner, simply because it talks about people's asses. :P

I think it almost certainly was. If I could work Skinner talking about asses into every story, believe me, I WOULD.
erries
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
If I could work Skinner talking about asses into every story, believe me, I WOULD.

There's your next fic community theme! :D
mangomandie
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Absolutely loved this one! One of my favourites :) So well written!

I really adored this line: His hand swung out beside him on its familiar path to her back as they walked down the hall away from Skinner’s office. She anticipated it, slowing for half a second to press back into his touch before picking up her pace again. She would totally do that!

And the ending was so good! When he went up and kissed her I was like "Noo! They're in the parking garage! Someone's going to see them!" haha. But I agree with everyone else that it was Skinner who left the warning ;)

~Mango
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

When he went up and kissed her I was like "Noo! They're in the parking garage! Someone's going to see them!"

And you were right! But I mean, obviously they weren't thinking clearly, hee.
coast
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Also, ass-chewings! Bah! You're too good to me.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the ass bookends.

At what point does it become too much? Because I found this the other day and now I kind of want to write some sort of Skinner series and work them all in. Sadly, however, that page doesn't include asses in slings OR saving your own ass (and your head along with it).
adinfinitum
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
NNNGGGGHHH-- I wish I had time or a more substantive comment, but this: The doors opened and the parking garage yawned in front of them. WAS MY FAVORITE PART. I told you, I have a weird thing for random minutiae! And I also love her hopping onto his desk and him losing his train of thought (or abandoning it, rather) and the whole part in the garage and the PHOTOS. I almost forgot that there would be photos! Great stuff. The whole piece is so thick with sexual energy and they barely even kiss once...Fabulous.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Especially for this:

The whole piece is so thick with sexual energy and they barely even kiss once...Fabulous.

I'm glad that worked!
onpaperfirst
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
YAY. What a treat to wake up to. Are you buttering me up because you're making me watch "Improbable" tonight?

ass-chewings
Sing it, Mulder. Whatever Skinman's got, it's contagious. And I love it. Asses all around!

“Well, because of many reasons, really, but you know, Scully, Skinner said we’re off this case, and honestly, I have to say I agree. There is definitely nothing here that begs our immediate attention.”
OH! What a line. I love it when Mulder's flustered and less than suave.

He licked her ear and complied
I can't tell you why, but this is my absolute favorite part.

Also, poor Mulder. You know Scully's going to be extra careful now about where they're allowed to grope each other, which will make him a very sad clown, indeed.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Are you buttering me up because you're making me watch "Improbable" tonight?

...Nooooooo, of course not. But I may or may not attempt to have something else done before we have to get through "William" and "Sunshine Days."

Asses all around!

That's the spirit!

I can't tell you why, but this is my absolute favorite part.

Is it because you want him to lick YOUR ear?

You know Scully's going to be extra careful now about where they're allowed to grope each other, which will make him a very sad clown, indeed.

That thought makes me sad too. At least their apartments are still surveillance-free (that they know of)!
macaire
Jul. 17th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
HOT.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
pam_casso
Jul. 17th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
FANTASTIC! I loved this.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
yendrie
Jul. 17th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was epic! Loved every minute of it, and that last part! Skinner got an eyeful, uh? :D Keep up the great work ♥
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
tendre_posion
Jul. 17th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
“Damn it,” she hissed. She should have known better. They should have known better.

Stuck to the top photo was a note. “Watch your asses, agents,” it said. “Or someone else will.”


mmmm. Carpark groping :D

and that note is totally from Skinner.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Look, I'm not going to lie--I was very excited to get to write about some groping (but, you know, in an understated way). That was half the reason I came up with this one!

Thank you!
enigmaticblues
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I love how it feels light at the beginning, and the last bit turns what was an intimate moment into something frightening.
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
frey_at_last
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
This is WONDerful. I had to reread it about three times and the whole thing gives me shivers! I just love how the dynamic changes at the very beginning of their physical relationship, and you write it so well.

For some reason this is my favorite line:
“Mulder,” she said. “Mulder. Get in the car.”

She's just barely holding it together. *g*
meatfight
Jul. 17th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really glad you liked it.

She's just barely holding it together.

I don't blame her! Hee.
paperskies
Jul. 20th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
He stepped closer and put a hand out to the wall just above her head, supporting himself above her, looking into her eyes, crowding down into her space.

Ngggh oh the image that presents. Loved this!

Also loved the 'we' bits, talking for each other and as though they're the one unit, always together (which they are). Brilliant
meatfight
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Thank you!
truemyth
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh yes, so good! Everything I was looking for and more! I love the opening choreography with the signature hand-on-small-of-back move.

I wonder how many times Skinner watched the tape... if you know what I mean.
meatfight
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad I could help. And ha! He probably kept a secret copy for himself.
lady_goblin
Mar. 10th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Scandalous!
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