The Captain's Daughter

Chapter Nine

It's Sunday night and I've gone to bed. I'm only in my boxers, lying on top of the covers because I've just had a hot shower and I'm still feeling pretty warm. My hands are folded behind my head and I just stare into the ceiling in the dark. Last night I'd spent the night with Dana. It had really felt great being able to sleep together and to hold her in my arms all night. It felt even better waking up to her. I'd had a morning erection that soon became a full hard-on as I looked down at the beauty that was lying with her back to me, molded against my body. And I finally got to try sex in the lotus position, which I've read about in a Kama Sutra book I picked up in India. It had been even more amazing than I had imagined. Obviously I wish Nicholas hadn't walked in on us still in that position immediately post-coitus. But I doubt he'll even remember it in a few years time, he didn't seem to have any idea what he walked in on. Now, my mother walking in on us was worse. I'd been looking forward to telling her about Dana - and even though it happened the worst way possible she seems to like her. Of course she does. Who wouldn't like Dana?

I hear a knock on my door. I look to my alarm clock: it's 11.22 pm.

Who the hell is knocking on my door at this late hour? I jump out of bed and jog through the living room. I hope it is Dana coming over to fool around.

I open the door and as I'd hoped Dana is standing in front of me. She doesn't look like she wants to fool around though. She's wearing grey sweatpants and a plain white t-shirt and she looks like she's been crying.

"Dana, what's wrong?" I ask her instantly worried, as I usher her into the apartment.

She starts sobbing and tells me all about what Melissa has told her earlier. How she felt like Dana had been hiding something, how she fell in love with Oliver and finally how she figured out that Dana and I have been seeing each other.

I move us to the couch and Dana sits sideways in my lap, crying and telling me her story, while I just listen and hold her close to me.

"What did you tell her?" I ask her when she stops talking and she just sobs slightly into my neck.

"I didn't get to tell her anything," she sniffles. "She walked out before I could say anything."

"The two of you have to talk things out! This isn't your fault, Dana. And it's not Melissa's fault either."

"It is my fault," she says seriously. "Mulder, I lied to my sister. I drove her away from me."

"Did you mean to do that? Was it intentional?"

"No, of course not, but I…"

"This is all just one big misunderstanding, Dana. Talk to her about it, tell her about this whole thing from your point of view."

"I guess…" she sighs, putting her arms around my neck and kissing my cheek. "What would I do without you, Mulder?"

"You'd still be talking to your sister," I say dejectedly.

"Mulder, please. Why are you always so good at seeing the best in everyone else but so quick to blame yourself?"

"I… I don't blame myself… that much," I say surprised. "Do I?"

"Do you think it's your fault Melissa and I had a falling out?"

"I… yes, but…"

"And," she cuts me off. "When Nicholas was sick, who did you blame?"

"That's different, I should have known, I shouldn't have joined the navy, I could have been there for him a lot more if I hadn't!"

"And when your father disappeared?"

She says it so quietly but I can see she's afraid she's gone too far. I know I must look like I'm in shock and quite frankly I am a little bit. No one has ever been so blunt with me before. Even though she's afraid I'll push her away she just says what she thinks I need to hear.

"You're right," I sigh at last. "I always blame myself and it started that day he disappeared. I just can't help it, I always feel guilty."

"You shouldn't, Mulder," she says, stroking my hair. "You're such a good guy, and if your dad was here today I'm quite sure he'd be proud of the man you've become."

"Dana," I can feel a few tears run down my cheeks. "I love you."

"I know," she whispers back at me, giving me a gentle kiss before kissing away my tears.

We just sit like this for quite some time. I hold her as she sits in my lap and she offers me just as much comfort as I'm offering her.

"So, how do you feel about Melissa and Oliver now?" I finally ask her.

"Honestly, I can't believe Melissa is in love with him, it just feels so surreal. But if she is, I just hope he feels the same way about her. She's my sister, I don't want her to get hurt."

"You really are amazing," I tell her. "So you don't think it's weird that Melissa's new boyfriend is someone you use to sleep with?"

"Of course, it's weird as hell," she sighs. "But I guess that's life, nothing ever pans out the way we think it will. Maybe I only met Oliver so I could introduce him to Melissa. Maybe that's how it was meant to be all along."

"You mean it's kismet? I never thought you would believe in something like that," I chuckle.

"Well, I definitely believe in love. I don't know about kismet or fate but the way life pans out… it just seems so meant to be sometimes, it's made me wonder, I guess."

"So, you agree science can't explain everything after all?" I smirk down at her.

"Absolutely not," she smiles right back at me. "I can explain love scientifically for you if you want me to."

"Oh, Dana, is this your idea of dirty talk?"

"Shut up, Mulder," she chuckles and kisses me.

I kiss her back. We share several small and loving kisses before I rest my forehead against hers. I take in a deep breath, breathing in her scent and feeling like I could conquer the world with her by my side if I needed to.

"It's late," she says.

"Will you stay?" I ask hopeful.

"Sure," she agrees, surprising me.

I try not to let my surprise show and stand up from the couch with her in my arms to walk us to the bedroom - I'm quick so she doesn't change her mind.

"Don't worry, Mulder," she chuckles, as I lay us down in bed. "I said I'll stay, I won't change my mind."

I shake my head, lying down behind her to spoon up to her under the covers.

"You can read my mind now too? I think you're moving further and further away from your science, Dana."

"Body language, Mulder," she sighs content as we're cuddled up together in bed. "I can read you like an open book."

"I know you can," I say in awe of her, giving her cheek a kiss, before placing my head in her neck. "Goodnight."

"Goodnight," she sighs. "I love you."

It's the last words I hear before I drift off. The last thought I have before sleep overtakes me, is how I wish we could go to sleep together like this every night.

It's nearly eight in the morning when we wake up. She's still wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt. I quickly right that wrong, and run my hands all over her body, enjoying this morning bliss.

"Do you realize we've never spend the night together without having morning sex?" she grins after we've just made love.

"I guess we're morning people," I chuckle as I roll off of her.

I look up at the ceiling as I try to regain my breath. She snuggles up to me and I sigh content.

"I wish every morning could be like this," I say as I close my eyes and enjoy the moment.

"Maybe someday," she says hopeful, planting a few kisses on my chest.

"Yeah someday," I agree, with a crooked little smile.

We revel in our post-coital bliss for several minutes, neither of us wanting to move.

"When are you meeting today?" she asks me, breaking our silence.

"Not until 10," I say happily.

"What time is it anyway?" she wonders.

I look at the alarm clock by my side.

"8.52," I tell her the exact time.

"What?" she jumps up from the bed. "Your sister will be here soon! Oh, God, I really wanted a shower."

"So take a shower," I chuckle as she desperately gathers her clothes. "I can look after Nicholas for a few minutes."

"Oh," she stops her frantic movements. "Okay then."

I get up from the bed and pull her into my arms. Just as I lean down to kiss her there's a knock on my door.

"Oh, God! Mulder, get dressed!" she chastises me as she moves into the bathroom with her clothes.

I just chuckle as I pull on a pair of jeans, buttoning and zipping them as I walk through the living room.

"Hey," I say as I open the door for my sister and Nicholas.

"Fox," she chuckles. "Why aren't you wearing any clothes?"

"I'm wearing pants," I say defensively.

"Right," she shakes her head at me. "So is Dana getting dressed?"

"She's taking a shower," I can't help the smile on my face.

"Tell her I said hi," she smiles at me - happy for me.

"I will," I say. "I'll see you later, Sam. Have a good day."

"You too," she says and heads out the door.

"So, Nicholas, how are you today?"

"I'm good!" he smiles. "When is Dana coming out?"

"What?" I chuckle as I pick him up and tickle him. "I'm not good enough for you?"

"Uncle Fox, noooo!" he laughs hysterically as I tickle him before falling down in the couch with him in my arms.

"You're so ticklish," I chuckle, giving him a little hug after having teased him.

"I can't help it," he snickers.

"I know you can't," I say sweetly and give him a kiss in his hair. "So you don't love your uncle anymore now you have Dana, huh?"

"I do love you!" he says quickly.

I love to tease him about his affections for Dana - honestly it's the sweetest thing I know.

"You know, she's my girlfriend and not yours?" I tease him.

"I know!" he laughs. "But I think she loves me more than you."

"You do?" I mock offense.

Nicholas loves to tease me as much as I love to tease him.

"Does she kiss you?" I ask him.

"Yeah," he says, smiling like a devil.

"I don't believe that," I tell him, even though I know Dana can't resist his chubby little cheeks, which she often showers with kisses.

"It's true," he says, crossing his arms over his chest as he now stands in front of me while I still sit in the couch.

We continue to argue over who Dana loves the most right until she comes out from the bedroom, dressed in her sweatpants and t-shirt, her hair still a little damp from her shower.

"Dana!" Nicholas exclaims and runs to hug her.

She catches him in her arms and gives his cheek a few kisses.

"See!" Nicholas says triumphantly. "Dana likes to kiss me too!"

"I guess so," I chuckle, getting up from the couch to give Dana a little kiss of my own.

She's holding Nicholas with both her hands so she can't stop me from pulling her close and giving her a gentle kiss on the mouth.

"I think she likes kissing me better," I tell Nicholas who's laughing at me.

"What are the two of you on about?" she wonders as she puts Nicholas down on the floor and goes to the kitchen to get something to eat.

"We were arguing over whom you love more, Nicholas or me," I tell her, following her to the kitchen to make us some coffee.

"That's ridiculous," she laughs at us. "I could never choose between the two of you."

"Do you really love me as much as Uncle Fox?" Nicholas asks amazed.

"I do," she says, ruffling his hair, before continuing preparing breakfast for the two of us.

"Come on, Nicholas, let's go play with your cars," I say as I've put the coffee over to brew.

"Okay," he says happily and runs to his bag to dig out his toy cars.

We drive them around the living room floor, Nicholas making up stories about which super powers the cars have. I go along with it and tell him how the small blue car I'm pushing around can turn invisible. He thinks that's cool and asks if he can play with that car. I trade him for his red car with supersonic speed and we play until Dana has breakfast ready.

"Have you eaten already, Nicholas?" I ask him, knowing Sam usually feeds him before they leave home.

"Mhm," he says as he's pushing the blue car around.

I sit down with Dana and we start on our toast and eggs. We sit next to each other, eating in silence as we watch Nicholas play, enjoying each other's company. She's brought the coffee to the table as well and I pour us both a cup.

Suddenly there's a knock on the door. I have no idea as to who it might be but I go to open it.

"Oh, hi," Melissa says and looks down as I open the door - I realize I'm still only in my jeans. "Is my sister here?"

"Yeah," I say and step back, Dana's already standing right behind me.

"Melissa!" she says, sounding hopeful. "I'm so glad you're here."

"Yeah," Melissa nods, a vague smile on her lips. "I don't like the way we left things. Can we talk?"

"Of course," Dana says, stepping out of the apartment. "Let's go outside."

I give her a little smile before closing the door after them. I can't help but run to the kitchen window to spy on them though. As I do this Nicholas runs up to me, clawing at me to be lifted up so he can watch as well.

"No," I whisper to him. "Go back and play."

"I want to see too, Uncle Fox," he whines and I realize he might blow my cover so I lift him onto the counter so he can see Dana and her sister as well.

Dana talks for the longest time while Melissa nods along. A few times she looks like she doesn't understand but soon these expression turn into an expression that indicates that something suddenly makes sense to her. After Dana's long speech, Melissa says something back. Tears are streaming down both of the sisters' cheeks now as they talk with each other.

"What's wrong, Uncle Fox?" Nicholas whispers.

"They've had an argument, they're just talking things out," I tell him. "They're only crying because they're relieved to be talking to each other again."

"Are they happy?" he sounds surprised.

"They are," I confirm smiling.

They are hugging now, a loving hug; one that says everything will be all right.

I've seen enough. I pull Nicholas into my arms and go back to the living room to play with cars with him.

It's only a few minutes before Dana comes back into the apartment with Melissa behind her.

"I invited Melissa in for a coffee, I hope that's okay?" she says, knowing fully well that it is.

"Of course," I smile at them, getting up from the floor while they sit down at the table, wiping their eyes from tears recently fallen.

"Mulder," Dana says accusingly as I'm about to sit down with them. "Go put on a shirt."

"Oh, right," I chuckle and jog to the bedroom.

I realize I need to leave for work soon. I look through my closet and find a black t-shirt to pull over my naked upper body. When I return to the living room Nicholas is sitting in Dana's lap. Dana's smiling down at him as the boy is talking to her sister.

I realize how good this summer has been for Nicholas. Before Dana he would never have picked up a conversation with someone who was practically a stranger.

"I'm sorry, I've got to head over to my lessons now," I tell them.

"Oh, don't worry about it," Melissa smiles at me.

"We'll probably go to our house soon," Dana says. "When will you be home?"

"I only have a few lessons today, I should be done around 3," I say and lean down to give her a chaste kiss. "I'll come over when I'm done."

"Sounds good," she says.

"So, everything is okay?" I really am disappointed I can't stick around to talk a bit.

"Everything is good," she says, looking truly happy for the first time in a while.

I'm satisfied with her answer. I tell them all goodbye and give Dana a last kiss before finally leaving.

The next few weeks fly by way too fast. It's my last day of work August 3 and I have to be packed to leave the fifth for a few weeks of vacation. Some days my mother looks after Nicholas leaving Dana and I a lot of time alone. Most days Sam brings him to base for Dana to look after him though. Dana will be leaving the fifth as well as she starts her work back home the day after that. I can't even describe how terrified I am of being apart. In my heart I know we'll be fine but I also know it will be hard and that we'll miss each other terribly much.

As it nears the end I can tell Dana gives Nicholas a lot more hugs and kisses. It's clear she'll miss him as well and this touches me deeply.

Dana sleeps over a few times, especially as we get closer to our date of departure. She sneaks out after her parents have gone to bed and Melissa covers for her if they ask about her in the morning, saying she's gone for a run before going to look after Nicholas or something similar.

August 4 there's a big party at the Scully house. It's Charlie's sixteenth birthday. The teenager doesn't seem to care much for the party but his parents really want to celebrate him. He's more concerned about having a party when he gets back home - I remember Dana's told me about his girlfriend and knowing this, it's clear to me that he wishes she could be here with him for his big day.

Nicholas and I are invited for 2 pm along with everybody else. Sam has work but she'll come over when she's done.

In all honesty I wish I could spend the day with Dana alone. It's our last day before she leaves early tomorrow morning. I'm quite sure I can persuade her to come over tonight though.

"Hello, boys," Mrs. Scully invites us in. "It's good to see you."

"Hi, Mrs. Scully," Nicholas says sweetly as we walk in.

"Congratulations on your son's birthday," I tell her.

"Oh, thank you, dear," she smiles greatly. "I can't believe it, my youngest son, 16 years old!"

"Yeah," I chuckle with her.

"Hi, Mulder," I hear Dana's voice and I instantly turn to see her.

She's looking amazing, wearing a white summer dress.

"Hey," I sigh, settling for giving her a hug as her mother is still in the room. "You look beautiful."

"Thank you," she says, blushing at my compliment. "Come here, Nicholas."

She picks up his hand and walks to the garden. She looks at me over her shoulder, sending me the cutest little smile. I lean against the wall and sigh deeply, just watching her walk away.

I realize Mrs. Scully is sending me a weird little smile. I'd forgot about her for a second. I clear my throat and stand up straight. I can feel my ears burn red. I open my mouth to say something but decide against it and go into the kitchen instead.

"Hello, Fox," Captain Scully greets me friendly. "Would you like a beer?"

"Yeah, thanks," I happily accept the cold beer he hands me.

"Can I have a beer, dad?" Charlie asks cockily.

Captain Scully eyes him for a few seconds before shrugging and saying: "Alright, kid, but just the one."

"Really?" Charlie asks in surprise. "Thanks, dad!"

The captain and I eye him as he takes his first sip of the beer. He swirls it around in his mouth, tasting it, smacking his tongue up and down.

"I like it," he says with a smile.

"Oh no," the captain jokes, making us laugh.

"What are the three of you laughing about in here?" Dana asks us, entering the kitchen. "Dad?"

The captain just shrugs at her, while Charlie looks proud.

"You gave him a beer?" she asks in disbelief.

"Just the one, Dana," he chuckles at her. "He's old enough to have a single beer with his old man."

"Yeah, I am," Charlie agrees, taking another sip of his beer.

"Oh, brother," Dana says, shaking her head, as she leaves us alone again.

We have a good talk in the kitchen and I enjoy the company of the captain and Charlie. I realize I spend the most of my free time with Dana, Sam and Nicholas. It's actually nice to converse with some other men.

"I think we better head into the garden, join the rest of the party," Captain Scully says as we hear more and more people come through the house.

As we walk into the garden, Mrs. Scully comes walking fast towards us.

"Bill Scully!" she says strictly. "Have you been giving my son alcohol?"

Despite her words I can tell she's joking, the little smile on her lips giving her away.

"Only one beer, Maggie," he says chuckling as he pulls his wife into his arms.

Charlie rolls his eyes at them but I can't help smiling. I think the captain and his wife, Dana's parents, are amazing.

"Hey, you," Dana says quietly as she comes over to stand next to me.

"Hey," I smile down at her, putting my arm around her shoulder.

"You had a good chat with dad and Charlie?"

"Yeah," I nod my head. "I like your family."

"I know you do," she says. "And I like your family too."

"Especially Nicholas," I chuckle.

"Yeah, him most of all," she elbows me in the side.

"I know you love me," I whisper.

"You're so full of yourself," she chuckles and leans more into me.

We continue our banter while I down the rest of my beer. I love being with Dana and I love how we can always joke with each other. She's honestly the best friend I've ever had.

I notice someone I've only seen once before. I hadn't thought he'd be here.

"Montgomery is here?" I ask Dana.

"Yeah, Melissa asked if she could bring him over to meet mom and dad," she says.

"They're getting pretty serious then."

"So it would seem," she says and I notice she's smiling. "I just wish I'd never been with him."

"Don't worry about it," I tell her. "It's kismet, remember?"

"Right," she chuckles. "I'm just glad Melissa is happy."

"You're amazing," I tell her - I often tell her this.

"You're silly," she tells me back as she always does.

I still have my arm around her; it's lovely to be able to stand close, only looking friendly to our surroundings. I look over to Nicholas playing with Charlie. I love that Dana's family have taken a liking to Nicholas.

"I don't think Bill like you standing so close to me," Dana chuckles.

I follow her gaze to her brother, who's giving me an evil eye.

"Do you want me to go away?" I ask her as I look down at her.

She looks up at me and gives me a mischievous little smirk.

"Hell no," she says.

"I hoped you'd say that," I chuckle.

We're still laughing when Bill comes over.

"Hey, Dana?" he says seriously.

"Yeah?" she answers him.

"You know, mom told me about your boyfriend, so why are you flirting with this fool?"

I can't help a laugh from escaping me. What's his problem? He doesn't seem pleased with this though.

"I don't think my boyfriend will mind," Dana chuckles, making me laugh even more.

"C'mon, Dana, really?" Bill eyes her skeptically.

"I'm quite sure her boyfriend doesn't mind," I tell him.

"Oh, you know him?" he seems to doubt me.

"I know him quite well," I say, smiling down at Dana. "He's a really good guy. Handsome too, don't you think, Dana?"

"I don't know if I'd say handsome," she chuckles. "He's a bit scruffy looking."

"How the hell does he know him?" Bill demands to know.

"Oh, we go way back," I simply tell him.

"Hm," Bill just shrugs. "Well, never mind me then."

"Okay, Bill, thanks for worrying about me though," Dana tries to keep her cool.

Bill just shakes his head as he walks away; I notice the little smile on his face though - no matter what he seems pleased that his younger sister is happy.

We have a great afternoon in the garden with great food cooked by Mrs. Scully and a beautiful birthday cake with 16 candles that are blown out by a blushing teenager.

Nicholas enjoys himself as well. He collapses on the couch around four, since he hasn't napped yet today. He's still asleep when Sam finally gets off work, a little earlier than usual on her final day here. After checking on her son, she spends most of the afternoon talking to Harry Lewis. I wonder how serious they are and how far they've gone. She's only been on about five dates with him so I hope she hasn't slept with him yet. I know I must seem like a hypocrite, considering that I didn't wait long to sleep with Dana. I can't help but feel protective of my younger sister though.

"Stop eyeing your sister," Dana whispers in my ear as she sits down next to me.

"Sorry," I shake my head. "I was just wondering…"

"They haven't slept together yet," she tells me.

"How do you know?" I wonder as I look down at her.

"I had a talk with Sam the other day," she shrugs. "She's only had sex one time, she had a few questions."

"What did you tell her?" I wonder.

"Now, if she wanted you to know I'm sure she would have asked you," she says.

"Why didn't she ask me?" I wonder, feeling a bit hurt.

"Seriously, Mulder," she chuckles. "Why do you think?"

"Did you tell her to be careful?"

"Of course I did," she says, taking my hand. "Don't worry about her, she's a sensible young woman."

"You talk like you're a lot older than her," I laugh. "You're actually a month younger, you know?"

"I know," she says. "But I've had sex a bit more than once."

"Oh, I know," I laugh.

"Yeah," she smiles and leans into me.

"So are you coming over later, Dana?"

"Of course," she says. "It's our last night together."

"For now anyway."

"Yeah, for now," she agrees, sighing content.

As Evans and Hunter join us we pick up a conversation. It's been a while since I've socialized with the guys, not much since I started seeing Dana. It's great to catch up.

I see Oliver Montgomery approach us.

"Dana, can I talk to you?" he asks nicely.

"Of course," she says and leaves my side.

I watch them walk into the house. I can't help it; I need to hear what they're talking about. I follow them into the house. I can hear their voices from the kitchen. I stand in the hallway just outside the door.

"I know this must be really weird for you," Montgomery chuckles. "It's really weird for me too."

"Yeah, I know it is," Dana says. "Oliver, I just want you to know that I'm happy you're making Melissa happy. I don't care about our past, I just want you to be good to my sister."

"I'm so glad you say that," he says. "Honestly, when I asked Melissa out, it was just a way to get close to you. But then I fell in love with her; I really hadn't planned on that. And she fell in love with me. I wish the two of us didn't have a past now but in a way I'm happy about it. Because if I hadn't known you, I wouldn't have gotten to know Melissa - and I think she's the best thing that's ever happened to me."

"Then I'm happy for the two of you," Dana tells him.

"Dana, I have to know the truth," he sighs. "I've only been in love twice; with you and now with Melissa. Now, I don't have those feelings for you anymore. They vanished as I got to know Melissa. I just want to know; did you really never have any feelings for me?"

I'm literally holding my breath in anticipation. I already know the answer but I want to hear it, nonetheless.

"I'm sorry, Oliver," she says. "I liked you, of course, but only as a friend. I… I was attracted to you, sure, but I never had any romantic feelings for you."

"Okay," he says. "I just needed to know."

"Yeah, I understand."

"Oh, and do you think we could not tell the rest of the family about our past? I want to make a good impression."

"Sure," she chuckles.

I go back to the garden; I've heard what I needed to hear. I sit back down with the guys and we pick up our conversation from before. Dana joins us a few minutes later, with a new beer for me.

The day goes by fast and before I know it, it's time to leave. I pick up Nicholas - even with his nap; he's so tired now. Dana strokes his hair.

"Sam, are you ready?" I ask her, she's still talking to Lewis.

"Oh, sure," she says getting up.

"Sam," Lewis stops her, taking her hand. "You don't wanna come over for a cup of coffee, maybe?"

"Oh," Sam looks over at me. "Can Nicholas maybe sleep at your place?"

"I'm having Dana over," I tell her.

"Mulder," Dana smacks me. "Don't be silly, of course Nicholas can sleep over."

"But, Dana…" I start to argue with her but she gives me a look that says not to.

"Sam, just be careful," I say, making both her and Lewis blush.

"Yeah, of course," she says. "Thank you."

Harry Lewis heads off with my sister and I fight the need to run after her.

"Don't worry, Mulder," Dana tells me. "Your sister is finally happy with someone and you know Lewis is a good guy."

"Yeah, of course," I sigh. "Thank you for reminding me."

"Let's head off as well," she says. "I got Melissa to cover for me."

"Sweet," I smile as we walk off.

"Nicholas is already asleep," she whispers as she's just put him down on the couch.

"Great," I say, as I'm pulling her towards the bedroom.

I close the door behind us and pull her towards me, trying to kiss her.

"Mulder," she chuckles. "We can't, what about Nicholas?"

"He's sound asleep," I tell her. "Besides, better now than tomorrow morning, right?"

"You've got a point," she laughs up at me with that magnificent smile of hers.

"We'll just have to try and be quiet," I say. "I want to make love to you one last time. It could be a while before we see each other again."

"Yeah, I want to make love as well," she sighs.

I stand back and kick off my shoes, pulling my t-shirt off, and finally taking off my pants. She just grins at me. I take a step towards her and pull her dress over her head.

"As good as this dress looks on you, I think you look better without it," I tell her.

"That's so corny, Mulder," she accuses me, laughing, as I put my arms around her.

"I know, sorry," I whisper before I plant my lips on hers.

As our lips and tongues move together, I unhook her bra and let it fall to the floor. I slowly walk us to the bed. When we finally reach it she lays down and I pull off her panties before removing my own boxers. She bites her lip as she eyes my rock-hard cock, and I groan at the sight of her. I lie down between her legs and kiss her again. She crosses her legs behind my back as her hands run through my hair.

My erection is right at her entrance. It's basically throbbing. I continue to kiss her and soon she's moaning into our kiss, squirming beneath me. We both want it so bad right now. I pull back just a few centimeters before I thrust into her.

"Oh, God," she breathes out, closing her eyes at the feeling of me entering her.

"Mmh, Dana, it feels so good inside of you," I tell her as we move together.

"Mmh," she just agrees, obviously trying to keep quiet but having a hard time.

It really does feel wonderful. She's like a tight smooth glove around my cock. It's like we were made for each other; we fit perfectly together.

Our faces are close, but I lean down to kiss her neck. She hums with appreciation.

"Are you close?" I ask her, breathing hard.

"Mmh," she holds my mouth to her neck, begging me to keep kissing her sensitive neck. "Yes, Mulder, keep going."

I continue to kiss her neck as I pick up my pace, making my thrusts fast and hard. I can feel her legs tightening around me, trying to push me further into her. The sounds she's making are driving me crazy. They're low but constant, and the fact that she's trying so hard to keep quiet but can't - it turns me on.

"God, Mulder," she exclaims in a high-pitched whisper. "Mmmmh…"

She's coming; I can feel her walls tighten around me. I try to keep my pace but soon my thrusts become sporadic. I lean my head back as I take those last few thrusts, coming inside of the woman I love. I collapse on top of her. Her hands are running up and down my back - it feels nice.

"You were kind of loud at the end there, Mulder," she says.

"Sorry," I chuckle. "You couldn't keep quiet yourself."

"Really?" she seems surprised, only adding to my pride.

"Yeah," I sigh. "I love the sounds you make when we make love."

"I know you do," she says sweetly and kisses my face.

"I hope I'm not crushing you," I say, I'm so comfortable here but I realize I might be heavy too.

"I like it," she says. "But I want to go check on Nicholas."

"Now?" I chuckle.

"I just want to check he's still sleeping," she says.

She's too adorable and I can't deny her anything. I pull out of her slowly and get up from the bed. She gets up as well and gives me a sweet kiss before picking up her panties and my t-shirt to put on. I pull on my own boxers and goes to the living room with her. She turns on the light and goes to the couch. Nicholas is sound asleep, snoring slightly.

"Looks like we were quiet enough," I whisper, leaning down to give him a kiss on his forehead.

Dana looks happy and she too gives him a little kiss before we go back to the bedroom.

We lie down in my bed and she rests her head on my chest, her leg casually thrown over mine. I have my one arm around her while I hold her hand in my other hand.

"I can't believe I'm leaving tomorrow," she says.

"Me neither," I agree. "I can't believe it's nearly been two months already."

"I really love you, Mulder. I'm so happy we've found each other."

"God, I love you too, Dana," I sigh content. "We're gonna figure this thing out, right?"

"Yeah, we are," she confirms.

I thought so. Within a few minutes I can hear Dana's fallen asleep. Her breathing is heavier and her hand loosens its grip in mine.

I give her a kiss in her hair and breathe in her scent before I fall asleep myself.

I wake up to a low knocking sound. I open my eyes and look down at Dana still sleeping on my chest. I wish I could wake up to this every day for the rest of my life. There's that knocking sound again. It's coming from my bedroom door, I realize it's probably Nicholas.

"Yeah?" I call out.

"Can I come in, Uncle Fox?" he asks through the door.

I look down and I can see Dana is waking up. I check that we're both wearing clothes - I have on my boxers and she's wearing my t-shirt from yesterday.

"Sure, come on in, buddy," I tell him.

He opens the door and runs into the room, jumping onto the bed with us.

"Hey," I chuckle, as he lies down at my other side, giving me a little hug as I put my other arm around him.

"Morning, Nicholas," Dana says sweetly as she smiles at him.

"Good morning, Dana," he smiles back at her. "Have you had a sleepover?"

"Yeah, we have," she says as she looks up at me. "Morning, Mulder."

"Morning, love," I chuckle and give her a little kiss on the mouth.

"Mmh, what time is it?" she asks me.

I look over at my nightstand.

"A few minutes past 6," I tell her. "Do you always wake up this early, Nicholas?"

"Yes," he nods his head.

"Hm, good thing I don't have kids then," I say.

"Mulder, be good," Dana chastises me.

"Dana, do you want kids?" Nicholas wonders out loud.

"Only if they're as sweet as you," she tells him - he seems pleased with her answer.

"When do you need to be home?" I ask reluctantly - I don't want her to leave but I want to know how much time I have left with her.

"I should probably be home around 7 so I can have breakfast and spend a little time with my family before we drive to the station around 8 o'clock," she sighs.

"I'll miss you," I tell her and give her another kiss.

"I'll miss you too, Dana," Nicholas says sadly.

"We'll talk on the phone," Dana tells both of us. "And before you know it, we'll see each other again."

We talk for a long time in bed, all snuggled up. It's around 6.30 when Sam interrupts our snuggling.

"Oh, there you are," she speaks softly. "I thought you'd still be sleeping so I locked myself in. Did you all sleep in here?"

Dana and I sit up in bed as Nicholas runs to his mother to hug her. She catches him in her arms and hugs him tightly to her.

"No," I chuckle. "Nicholas slept on the couch."

"Oh, right," Sam grins as she eyes the two of us. "And did he knock before coming in this morning?"

"I did, mom," he says proudly. "And I waited for Uncle Fox to say I could come in."

"That's good, sweetheart," she says and kisses his forehead.

"How was your night?" Dana asks her, smirking.

Oh, damn, why did she have to ask her that? I really don't want to know…

"It went well," Sam says, smiling and blushing - kill me now! "It went really well."

"Good, I'm glad," Dana smiles at her.

Sam just nods her head, trying to avoid me.

"I'll let you get dressed," Sam finally says as she goes into the living room with Nicholas, closing the door behind her.

"Damn it, Dana," I sigh. "My sister's had sex! Oh, fuck, I hate that you asked her that."

"Mulder," she just chuckles. "You had sex too. What's wrong with Sam finally enjoying it as well?"

"She's my sister, for fuck's sake," I say, hiding my head in my hands.

This only causes Dana to laugh even more.

"Oh, that's enough," I tell her and pull her into my arms, tickling her sides.

"NO, MULDER! NO!" she exclaims as she can't help laughing and screaming.

"Will you stop it then?" I ask her as I keep torturing her.

"YES! OH, GOD, YES! JUST STOP IT, MULDER! STOP, PLEASE!" she begs me and I finally let her go - pulling her face closer to mine to kiss her properly good morning.

"Mmh, Mulder," she sighs as I let go of her lips again. "Damn, I'll miss you."

"Yeah," I agree with her.

We get dressed and spend the next fifteen minutes saying goodbye to Dana. Sam thanks her for everything she's taught Nicholas and for how good she's been with him. They've become friends as well over the course of this summer - and as disturbing as it is to have them conspiring against me, I love that they get along so well. Nicholas cries a little bit and Dana just hugs him and thanks him for being a good friend.

As she comes to me, I can feel tears well up in my own eyes. Sam let's us have this moment and walks to the couch with Nicholas.

"This isn't goodbye, Mulder," she tells me, taking my face in her hands.

Tears have welled up in her eyes as well.

"I love you, Dana," I say before leaning down to kiss her.

"I love you too, Mulder," she says in-between kisses. "When are you leaving?"

I've already packed my stuff and I'm ready to leave later today - I'll be staying in the apartment with Sam, Nicholas and my mother these next few weeks for my vacation.

"I'll probably leave right after you," I say.

"I have Sam's number, I'll call you as soon as I get home, okay?" she says, her hands wiping the tears from my eyes.

"Yeah," I nod my head. "Why is this so hard?"

"I don't know," she chuckles sadly as more tears escape her eyes.

"We'll see each other soon," I promise her.

"We will," she agrees and we kiss one last time.

It's a long and wet kiss - mostly because we're both crying.

She gives my hands a final squeeze before turning around and walking out the door.

"Bye, Dana," Nicholas yells after her.

She can only smile a watery smile as she waves back at him.

I stand in the door as I watch her walk away. She doesn't look back and I know why. It's too hard and she knows I'm watching her.

At last she disappears around a corner and I close the door, sighing heavily.

I smile greatly through my tears. As much as I'll miss her as great does it feel to be loved and to love someone. This summer has truly changed my life. Dana Scully has truly changed my life. I know in my heart that we'll make it and I can't wait to see her again.

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