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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: 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.
All the letters I can write: scullyheartwendelah1 on February 18th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"
Thanks so much.

This episode is a real mind fuck, isn't it? Because he does keep stuff from her, about his sources, about what he knows about the Consortium, and even about her own body.

Mulder makes me so damn mad.
estella_cestella_c on February 19th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"
If he were smart he'd pay attention to that. Write it.
All the letters I can write: Dana Scully - trustwendelah1 on February 20th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"
"If he were smart he'd pay attention to that." I'd agree, except Mulder is smart, and he chose to deceive Scully anyway. We can blame the writers if we want, but that is the truth. His deceptions are so integral to CC/Emily and even the William arc that I am having a hard time conceiving of a story where he doesn't.
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All the letters I can write: Dana Scully - immortalwendelah1 on February 20th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"
Thank you. Yes, I think the loss of privacy would be horrifying to her. She has a hard time acknowledging weakness even to herself.