Summary: Skinner’s past as a victim of experimentation in Vietnam comes back to haunt him, entangling Mulder and Scully in a complex web that binds the three of them inextricably together.
Excerpt: “Mulder held out his hand, and Scully looked at it for a moment, then took it. They both closed their eyes. Almost immediately, Scully felt the warmth of the nexus flood in, bringing with it Skinner’s pain, which was effectively dominating the link, making her flinch. Mulder’s mind was like a cluster of bright, swirling silver clouds enveloping her own pulsing orange hues, and merging with them, creating something beautiful, like a Christmas star, shot through with light. They surged together down the nexus, and found Skinner’s mind – a blend of pale blues and grays, tinged with the black of pain.”
Fandom: X-Files Pairing: Skinner/Mulder/Scully
Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder, Walter Skinner
Story Type: Angst, Torture
Spoilers: Avatar, One Breath. Season 6, SR819
Word Count: 114,095
Recommendations: Award Nomination
Published: April 8, 1999
Awards: This story was nominated for the following 1999 Spooky awards: Outstanding Scully Characterization Outstanding X-File Outstanding Mulder/Skinner Romance Outstanding Work In Progress
Notes: This story is unfinished and there is little chance of it being finished now – but it’s left at a point which is quite satisfying so it’s worth reading.For the purposes of this story, Mulder is 18 when he goes to Oxford. Thanks to Daydreamer for her inspiring creation of Commando!Skinner in Retrieval (and sequel). Also to Holmes, whose Folie A.D. has such a beautiful Young!Walter in it. Huge thank you to Frogdoggie for making the wonderful pic. Chapter 1: Posted 8th April, 1999 Chapter 2: Posted 30th May, 1999. Chapter 3: Posted 4th July 1999. Chapter 4: Posted 29th November, 1999. Massive beta reading thanks to: Holmes, Phoebe, Twisted Sister and Sergeeva.
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