Latest Scuttlebutt 1/1

by Erin Blair

TITLE: Latest Scuttlebutt
AUTHOR: Erin M. Blair
CLASSIFICATION/CATEGORY: SRA--Story, Romance, Angst CONTENT: Mulder/Scully Romance
to Gossamer, After the Fact, Ephemeral, and other archives.
SETTING: Season One
DATE: This story was started on November 7, 2003. The final version was finished on December 1, 2003. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thanks to Jen as always. DISCLAIMER: Mulder and Scully belong to that ungrateful, Chris Carter.
SUMMARY: Mulder listens to some
scuttlebutt concerning Scully and

*Written for Haven's Word of the Day
Challenge II.*

Latest Scuttlebutt
Written by: Erin M. Blair

I was walking towards the elevator
when I heard some cackles of
laughter. I groaned inwardly. This
happened most of the time whenever
I was in the room with my fellow FBI agents. I knew they were talking about me.

And Scully.

It's the latest scuttlebutt at the FBI
that I listen to every single day on the way to the basement office. It never
seems to change - It's always the same. They think that I'm a weird guy because I happen to be obsessive about my

And they like to speculate about
how Scully and I are doing the
wild thing off hours. I do have to
admit it's strange they like to talk
about us. I guess we're so fascinating
because we are actually in a relationship.

As I was walking towards the basement
office, I was just wondering how I would tell Scully the news. "Hey, Scully, did you hear the latest scuttlebutt?"

She was standing near my desk when I
came into the office. She looked so wonderful today with her navy blue suit. "Is that the one where they think I'm pregnant with your child just because I gained a couple of pounds?" A grin appeared on her beautiful, delicate features.

"Um, this time they think we're married."

"Well, it's somewhat true. You're married to your work, Mulder."

"That's not really true, Scully."



"Why do you believe that? You're so dedicated to finding your sister...that you can't possibly find time to have a life."

"I have a life, Scully."

"I've never seen any evidence of that," said Scully with a sigh.

"Um, let's see. I watch science fiction movies on the weekends if there's not a game on television. I shoot hoops occasionally with the guys at the gym. I love throwing pencils up in the air," I said. I paused for a minute as I tried to think of what else I liked to do with my life. "OK, I guess that's not much of a life -- is it, Scully?"

Scully gave him a smile. "I don't have much of a life, Mulder."

"I guess we're even."

"I guess so."

"I wonder why they talk about us."

"Probably because we really don't have
a life."

I couldn't help but smile at her last remark. She was right. We really don't have much of a life, considering how much time we devote to the X-Files and to each other. Whenever I'm alone, I always seem to think about her. "Scully?"


"Maybe the scuttlebutt isn't so farfetched anymore? I know this isn't the way I wanted it to come out, but I have feelings for you."

"What sort of feelings?"

"I'm in love with you, Scully."

There - I said the words. I finally admitted my feelings for her but now I'm feeling rather paranoid. What if she doesn't return them? I don't know what I'd do.

"I don't know what to say, Mulder. I'm in love with you, too."

"You do?"

Scully nodded. "Yes, I am." She paused. "You know the latest scuttlebutt, Mulder?"


"That I finally believe them," said Scully.

I gathered her into my arms, wanting so much to feel her warm body next to mine. I knew I couldn't make love to her in our office, no matter my fantasy of stroking her body and and making sweet love to her on my desk. That couldn't be done. If Skinner found us making out, we would be in deep trouble. I settled for the next best thing: kissing her soft, lusicious lips.

Our lips reached for each other's to form a tender kiss. I could feel her heartbeat, next to mine. I knew this was heaven.
Our bodies united as we kissed again.

"I believe them, too," I said with a smile.

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Author's Notes:

This story was created for Haven's
Word of the Day II challenge. The
word was scuttlebutt. According
to Merriam-Webster, the word
"scuttlebutt" means rumor,

I hope you'll enjoy this story as I had writing it. After watching Squeeze, I
thought it would be interesting if Mulder were to hear the rumors regarding his
relationship (if, any?) to Scully.

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