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13 February 2014 @ 04:01 pm
A Scully Fest Challenge  
I know it's only Thursday the 13th here in my time zone but since it's just after midnight in London and it's been Friday for hours and hours already in Australia, I am declaring scully_fest officially open.

The rewatch starts tonight in my timezone with "Beyond the Sea." Check the schedule post for your timezone and don't forget to cast your votes for the TBD on February 23.

Back in the day, there was an X-Files community, meaning a mailing list, called Scullyfic. In 2001, the list administrator Jill Selby issued a challenge: write a 155 word story about Dana Scully. You can read the stories that resulted at Scully in 155. The fics are not all exactly 155 words: some are a little longer, some shorter.

In honor of her upcoming 50th birthday, we thought it would be fun to issue the same challenge to the scully_fest members. You can post the stories as a comment to this post, either in a comment or a link. You can post your story on your day if you signed up for one. Or if you'd rather, you can wait for her birthday free-for-all day.

Oh heck, post whenever the muse strikes, but let's try to stay close to the 155 word limit.

Remember, if you track the post, you'll get all of the comments to your email or inbox.

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In conclusion, SCULLY FEST!
 
 
 
All the letters I can write: Beyond the Seawendelah1 on February 14th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
Comment here with Questions
If you have questions about the challenge, comment here or PM if you'd rather.

Edited at 2014-02-14 08:01 pm (UTC)
estella_cestella_c on February 14th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Comment here with Questions
I guess my only question is, once again, could I do this? Why not? So short.....thinking...
Re: Comment here with Questions - wendelah1 on February 15th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Comment here with Questions - estella_c on February 17th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Comment here with Questions - wendelah1 on February 17th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
All the letters I can write: Her Red Suitwendelah1 on February 15th, 2014 07:25 am (UTC)
Scully in 155: "The Message"
He called her Starbuck; she called him Ahab. When home from sea, he read her Moby-Dick. The nickname meant she was special. Only the cautious chief mate argued against his captain's monomaniacal obsession with "that accursed white whale."

Starbuck had reason and God on his side, to no avail. Captain Ahab won't, can't, listen.

He gave her a copy on her tenth birthday, the one she reread every year. It kept them connected, even when—circumstances—made that otherwise difficult.

He'd been proud when she got into Stanford, disappointed when she accepted the FBI's offer. She felt hurt, yet ashamed of her need for his approval.

She loved this job. She solved mysteries and brought criminals to justice. It took brains and guts to do it well.

"He'll come around," her mother'd soothed. She was right—he had. His apparition's words were garbled but the message now seemed clear.

He was her father, after all.
asymptote: [xf] so i can see your silhouettetree on February 15th, 2014 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"
i already said it, but i'll say it again here: this is beautiful.
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - wendelah1 on February 15th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - estella_c on February 15th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - wendelah1 on February 15th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Fish: X-F - Hands on Batbadforthefish on February 15th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"
This is lovely.

I've never done this. As Estella says above it's so short!

But hey, I might give it a go.
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - wendelah1 on February 15th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - estella_c on February 15th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - wendelah1 on February 15th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - idella on February 16th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - wendelah1 on February 16th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - memories_child on February 16th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "The Message" - wendelah1 on February 16th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Fish: X-F - Stamp_NAbadforthefish on February 16th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Scully in 155: "Rewired"
The chill of the stone seeps through her gloved hand. She leaves it there. She deserves that cold. Her body should be the one still and decaying in that hole in the ground. She shouldn't be the warm one.

I miss you.

She doesn't say it out loud but the words fill her head. The emotion they carry take too much space within her chest. She breathes in deeply, painfully. Some visits are easier than others.

A warm hand closes on her shoulder.

She straightens up but does not turn around.

“I didn't mean what I said,” she tells him.

“I know. That's all right, Scully.”

No. None of this is all right. Her paranoid meltdown gave voice to the ugly things between them they never address. He didn't pull the trigger. Neither did she, and yet -

Her hand leaves the tombstone.

She catches his arm. “Let's go home, Mulder.”
All the letters I can write: Dana Scully - Wetwiredwendelah1 on February 16th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired"
So good. So sad.

I would disagree with her assertion that she should be the one who is in the grave. Melissa didn't deserve to die but neither did Scully. But it works as an expression of guilt.

I always thought Scully might feel angry at Mulder because of her sister's death, even if she didn't want to.
Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired" - badforthefish on February 16th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired" - wendelah1 on February 16th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired" - idella on February 17th, 2014 10:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired" - estella_c on February 19th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired" - namarie24 on February 24th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
All the letters I can write: Dana Scully - Wetwiredwendelah1 on February 18th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"
It was, she imagined, like coming down from a bad trip. Or waking up after a bender. The dry mouth, headache, muscular aches and pains.

The embarrassment and humiliation.

Afterward at the hospital, she could scarcely meet his eyes. It had seemed so real: the Smoking Man was talking with Mulder in the car. She'd seen them together, she'd swear to it. Except, everything Mulder'd done during the case she'd reinterpreted through the lens of her paranoia.

But there was a reason for that, a small voice insisted, which meant her distrust could not be so easily dismissed.

She didn't know which was worse, her loss of control or the residual worry that he still wasn't telling her everything. Why hadn't he said he was taking the transmitter to the Gunmen for analysis?

Would you have believed him if he had?

Her deepest fear was his betrayal.

And now he knew--and so did she.

Edited at 2014-02-18 05:53 am (UTC)
peace like the ham in a sandwich: FBIidella on February 18th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"
Ouch. This is so painful. What I mean is, fantastic job. This episode really shook me up, and your fic really captures the anxiety of the episode, IMO.
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness" - wendelah1 on February 18th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness" - estella_c on February 19th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness" - wendelah1 on February 20th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness" - wendelah1 on February 20th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
estella_cestella_c on February 19th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Scully in 155: "Big Day"
Wendy said to do this. Without Wendy there would be nothing. Wendy is another name for the Big Bang.


William loved bath time. Scully powdered and diapered him with care and put on the triceratops jammies he seemed to prefer. The evening after she put him down stretched endlessly, and when she tried to watch a classic movie her stomach churned.

She turned it off and went to bed. Hour after sleepless hour. She'd known that would happen. Twice she went to look at her baby. No drugs. She had to be clear. She considered a glass of wine. No, not that route. Please, she prayed to her saints and ancestors.

She remembered when she'd prayed to God.

When she fell into an early-morning fever dream she saw a small, vicious alien riding on William's mobile. She woke to sunlight and immediately had a photosensitive headache. She dressed William and sang to him.

What was that film. Citizen Kane. Mother of mercy.

At ten o'clock the social workers were at her door.
All the letters I can write: scully festwendelah1 on February 19th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day"
This is excellent and so, so sad.

I have never forgiven 1013 for William, but that's a discussion for another time and place.
Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day" - estella_c on February 19th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
peace like the ham in a sandwich: dana scullyidella on February 19th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day"
Citizen Kane would be an excellent movie to turn off right about then. D:

This is so good.
Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day" - estella_c on February 19th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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All the letters I can write: Dana Scully - vintagewendelah1 on February 20th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "Rabbit"
This is wonderful. I've always believed that early, graphic demonstration of mortality must have had a strong influence on young Dana.
Re: Scully in 155: "Rabbit" - idella on February 21st, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
All the letters I can writewendelah1 on April 10th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
"Rabbit" by discordantwords
Rabbit (155 words) by DiscordantWords
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dana Scully
Summary:

155 words. Scully reflects on her childhood pet.