Title: Phase 5: Slow Motion
Classification: fifth vignette in a series
Spoilers: None, but this takes place late in season
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Disclaimer: These characters belong to each other,
Author's notes: This is a continuation of my Steps
Series and is a random series of short vignettes
that explore Mulder and Scully's relationship now
that they've taken it to another level.
You can find both the Steps Series and Phases
series at my site here:
Phase 5: Slow Motion
I can't believe it's been a month already.
Where did the time go?
Not that I'm complaining, it's just that lately
everything we do seems so hectic and rushed.
When Scully and I finally decided that we'd had
enough of being alone, I knew that things would
change for us, but I never expected our lives to
suddenly go into warp speed.
When we're not out of town working on a case, we're
working late at the office trying to dig ourselves
out from underneath all our paperwork.
And when we're not doing the work thing, we're doing
the horizontal thing.
Again, not that I'm complaining, but every once in
a while, I'd just like to slow things down a bit, go
out on a date at a fancy restaurant, have a picnic,
maybe take a walk along the ocean and hold hands.
You know, do some of the things that other couples
do when they're just starting out together.
Not that we're even remotely close to other couples
in terms of our relationship, but still, I can't
help wondering what it would be like to try.
"Hey Scully, let's go out tonight," I suddenly blurt
out, my voice sounding louder in the silence than
I intended it to be.
"What? Did you say something, Mulder?" she asks, half
of her hearing me, the other half still focused on
the report she's working on.
"Let's go somewhere tonight, just you and me," I
suggest as I get up from my chair and walk over to
the table she's working at. I sit down on the edge
She finally looks up at me then, her face drawn, her
eyes bleary from all the reading she's been doing
"As tempting as it sounds, Mulder, we really can't.
We've got too much work to do," she says, her hand
giving my thigh a quick pat, then going back to
holding the report she's been working on.
"I know, but I was kind of hoping that maybe we
could knock off early tonight, go get some dinner
at that new Italian restaurant over on Jackson
Still sitting with one hip on the edge of the table,
I bend down closer to her face, cup my hand around
her cheek. "What do you say, Scully?" I whisper,
caressing her cheek with my thumb.
"Are you asking me out on a date, Mulder?" she asks,
her full attention on me now.
"On whether or not you'll say yes," I reply with a
"Yes," she says simply, her eyes intently focused
"Okay then, it's settled. We leave the office at
5:00. I pick you up around 6:30, and then viola,
dinner for two at Caprisio's at 7:00," I say,
pleased with myself for coming up with the idea
in the first place.
And even more pleased with the fact that she said
I start to stand up then so I can go back over to
my desk, but before I can, she grabs my wrist and
"Thank you," she says, putting her hand behind my
neck and pulling me down for a kiss, and not just
one of those forehead or on-the-cheek kisses.
No, this one is one of those not-suitable-for-the-
"What was that for?" I ask breathlessly when we
finally come up for air nearly a minute later.
Her cheeks tinged with pink, her lipstick slightly
smeared, she replies, "For making me slow down."
"Any time," I say, chuckling to myself at the
irony of her words.
"What? What's so funny?" she asks, her blue eyes
sparkling as they catch the sunlight coming in
through the window.
"Me, slowing down. I bet you never thought you'd
see me wanting to do that," I reply.
"There are a lot of things I never thought you'd
want, Mulder," she said, taking hold of my hand.
"And a lot of things I never thought I'd have,"
she added softly.
"And you have them now?" I ask, already knowing
her answer, but wanting to hear it anyway.
"Yes," she says, gently squeezing my fingers.
Bringing our joined hands up to my lips, I kiss
her knuckles and smile. "Me too."
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