He's Doing It Again!

by Pattie

Title: He's Doing It Again!
Author: Pattie
Rated: PG
Summary: Mulder tells Pattie what he thinks of her latest venture into Mulder Torture and Mulder's Refuge. Spoilers: None.
Archive: Anywhere. Please let me know.
Category: Mulder POV
Feedback: trish59@444.net
Disclaimer: Mulder, Scully, and the X-Files belong to CC, 1013 Productions, and Fox Studios. No money earned, no copyright infringement intended.

January 23,2004
2:00 a.m. EST.

I'm just sitting here typing away at another story--the usual MSR this time--yet there's something I can't explain! I feel as though there's some sort of presence in the room, but, as it happens, I am not psychic. There's a chill in the room. Chalk it up to the drafty apartment and the absurd windchill factor tonight.

The words keep coming, so I keep typing until I need a cigarette or a tea. Seems to me the chill is becoming intermittent, more or less. You know, the type of thing you feel when you walk back and forth in front of the air conditioner in the window, or open and close the refrigerator at mealtime. It comes; it goes.

"Is that you?" I ask, thinking it's one of the kids. "Because if it is, you get right back to bed before I carry you there!" I exclaim.

I don't hear any child reply or talk back to me. What I do hear is a familiar voice that scares me enough that my knee bumps against the desk. "Ahh!!!" So, I turn around slowly, and I see HIM. Great, only one month on a new medicine and already I'm seeing DD in my own home at two in the morning. "Yeah, I hallucinate about David Duchovny," I mutter. "Sure. Read all about it! She's gone nuts! Too many X-Files episodes and fanfics! I can see the headlines."

"DD? You mean David Duchovny? The actor who portrays me. No, I'm Fox Mulder." He's doing it again! Please... not now...!

I sit here in shock. This is the payback for not getting enough rest and fresh air, I just know it. Should get out more and go shopping. Knit a sweater. Crochet a blanket for the house. "You, YOU are stress gone awry," I answer tersely. "Time for me to hit the hay."

"I am defending Scully right now, by the looks of it." The presence is reading the monitor and glancing over the plot! Now I KNOW it's time for bed.

"If you're a hallucination, go away. See me next Monday. Make an appointment," I say, in my smart-ass voice. And some people think I only write that way on MR!

"What's this about the sutures coming out and the handcuffs way too tight?" It says. The presence. Maybe I had a bad chunk of chicken at dinner.

"Oh, okay. My inner editor is pressing the guilt on me," I whisper. "I get it. Loosen the cuffs and get Scully to shoot the bum behind this all before it gets way worse."

"Inner editor? No, uh, actually, I'm here to give you my opinion on a few things."

"Really?" I laugh. "Okay, Fox, lay it on me. I mean that figuratively."

"Don't call me Fox."

"Right. Say, you prodded me to write that fic last fall about your character..."

"Uh huh. And you did."

"So, what now?" I have to give in. I know that "Mulderprod" from a hallucination.

"Just want to tell a few people at one of your favourite sites how I feel about all the torture and pain I've been reading about, going through, you know. I don't need to look in on that Carter guy much lately. Oh, I do understand MR is having a birthday, too. I really must visit the others in the next few days, as well."

"You get around," I concede. "You know the rules, too, right?"

He raises his head, rolls his eyes and utters in resignation, "No touching the keys because this is your cohab.'s computer. No really bad words because YOU don't use them, and no contacting anyone in your address book. Oh, and no reading the mailbox. You type, I stand here and tell you what I'm thinking, feeling, whatever, yada, yada... "

"Good boy, Mr. Inspiration! Let's get to work."

"Pattie, you gave me a stroke, here."

"Rising to a challenge. Couldn't resist. I DID give you the Scully comfort you love so well... "

"You made me speechless!" He exclaims. "I couldn't go on like that!"

"And you didn't, Mr. Whiney." Got to tease him here. He's asking for torture if he doesn't watch it. "You're a verbose character at times. It made you uncomfortable, vulnerable and grateful for the ability to speak."

"Here, you had some guy shoot me up with a bad influenza vaccine, fearing that my hair would fall out! I love my hair!" Whiney puss.

"Well, Scully assured you that she'd still do the movie and a beer thing, right?" I say, cautiously.

"True. You make sure she'd still care about me no matter what. But this is not like you."

"Hey, Mulder. I AM open to new ideas. Remember the M&M's keychain? You lived through that."

"Oh, yeah. Hot chocolate on the privates, burned mousepad, food poisoning, bad case of the 'flu over Christmas, no cable... "

"You're not a... WUZZIE, are you?" I shoot back.

"Well, uh, no... which reminds me, you have me stuttering alot in even your tamer fics."

"That's the Mulder character! You know that. You're Mulder. I did not create you in that manner. You always do that sheepish stuttering thing when you make a pass at Scully in the early years, try to explain something really embarrassing, broach an uncomfortable subject. C'mon."

"Well, I seem to recall that, yes. I'd like to think that I have become less inhibited over the years. By the way. I have some things to say about what and * and**... "

"Go tell them," I quickly admonish Mulder. "You may confront me about anything I've done to you, but PLEASE do not get me into any trouble with the nice people at Mulder's Refuge. Go tell them yourself. It is only fair, you know."

He shifts his feet, shrugs his shoulders and looks at the floor in that classic Mulder fashion known and loved by many of us.

"Pattie, you're right. Look, I have a few others to visit. Just one more thing?"

"All right."

"Tell Mulder's Refuge Happy First Birthday."

"You do it. Anything else?"

"Well, thanks for the post-Truth series. Needed some sort of resolution."

"I think you may get a kick out of the post-Colonization fics, Mulder."

"Shh. Let me tell them myself."

As he fades away, I realize something: I'm done.

Hope he waits a while before coming around again, though. I have other things to do, to write, to tackle. For now, going to bed is enough. He thanked me! He did.


Note: Dedicated to Mulder's Refuge First Birthday.


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