Note: Most of these notes were written in December of 1997, January, Feb. and March of 1998. All "nows" refer to "story time" which is from March-May of 1998. This presupposes the same basic mythology as the movie portrays, but not the canon. That is, the backstory of the aliens is the same, but the "window dressing"... i.e. what Mulder and Scully actually do with the information is very different.

These notes are the combined efforts of myself (Jenrose), Dawson Rambo, Tim Scott, Ellen R., Sarah Kiley, Sunny, and Ashlle, with substantial contribution from the EIB. Most of this has been written out by me, though there is a substantial chunk at the end which Tim sorted out to make it easier for him to understand the structure of the story.

This is not set in stone. Things change, and I offer no guarantee that this won't be substantially different by the time it's written.

If this strikes you, if you are caught by the story the way we have been at times, dive in and write! I'll work it in as much as fits. We've always room for new writers, as Dawson, Ashlle, Sunny, and Tim are all pretty much not working on this at all. Ellen, Sarah and I are still putting some energy in, but for the next few months have little time to focus on it. As you can see, there's a lot going on.

Happy Holidays!

JenRose, December 25, 1998.

 

Our story began as Lent began... indeed.. I think what Scully has given up for Lent this year... is Scully. She has given up her past.

Which brings us to the Janus concept. Janus is the Roman two-faced god of gates, doorways, or more fundmentally, of endings and beginnings. Janus is also a symbol of deceit. To be Janus-faced is to be two-faced. Our heros are facing Janus by becoming Janus. They are also facing a doorway, an ending, and a beginning.

The Scully of season 5, since the beginning of Emily, has been Depressed_Scully. Understandably so. Who wouldn't be? If she weren't so morally opposed to suicide, I would expect her to be suicidal right now. So does Mulder. For that matter, I think that's part of that ending scene in Kitsunegari, that seeing her with a gun to her head was a little too close to possible for him. But I digress. It is easy for her to shed herself right now, because who she is *hurts*. The farther we get away from Dana Scully, the "lighter" she is. The more she becomes Sally, the less she hurts.

Suddenly she's waking up every morning snuggled up to a warm body. She has gone from being in a glass bubble to being touched each and every day, several times a day, in very *fundamental* primate (not a typo) ways.

Mulder will brush her hair each and every day. He will have his hands on her bare skin in a non-sexual way, each and every day. This physical contact is *very* healing to her. She drinks it in. She is not inflamed by lust by it, she is filled by it, a thirst filled. These touches do not "tingle" for her, they sooth inflammed nerves, at least at first.

There will be a recurring "water" theme in this story... Showers, hot tubs, baths.... She is being re-born as someone else. Each "immersion" brings her farther from who she was....

For Mulder, things are somewhat different, at least for the first six weeks of "the cover". He is on a quest for the truth... Scully is in many ways fleeing herself. It is her truth they seek, but the answers will not heal her anywere near as much as the journey itself.

For Mulder, the journey is in some ways problematic. On the one hand, he is graced by the return of the lighter side of Scully, a face which had all but died in the past few years. On the other, his response to the increased touch level is *quite* sexual. And although our hero would love nothing more than to sweep his lady off her feet and make sweet love to her, he *cannot* do it "undercover." He wants to make love to Scully, not to "a fake".

About six weeks into their "cover", after the retreat, on Good Friday, before all hell breaks loose, there is a fight between Martin and Sally. They "couch" it in terms of going back to Victoria, but the real fight is about going back to D.C. It is a fight in subtext and disguised words. But the fact of the matter is that they are within a week of having all the evidence they need to expose a major part of the project, if not all of it, and she finds herself rebelling at the idea of going back to who they were before. "I like it here. I like my life here. I'm so tired of constantly struggling to find answers, find out why I can't get pregnant, find out what caused some gruesome death. It's not worth it anymore. I've lost too much. I don't know if I can give this....<indicating what they have>... up to go back to that life."

This sends Mulder into a spin. On the one hand, he understands her. On the other, it feels like she's asking him to give up his lifelong quest.

That Saturday is very tense. Then the easter bunny comes to town and lays a big fat golden egg......

It is Easter Sunday. Martin and Sally have been invited to a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt/ brunch, and they have to go, as several of the adoptive parents will be there.

There is an Easter Bunny there. And a couple of extra kids they haven't seen around. And one person they have.

Character Background:

Gwynne Eglantine
Born Genevieve Ford, married to Francis (Frank) Thorne, (deceased).
Later partnered with Karen Sarasdar

DOB: 12-21-42 Age: 55, but you wouldn't know it just from looking.
Physical description: 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 160 lbs. She's sturdy
but not fat. Hair: White, short, practical. Eyes: green (Kind of an
olive green.) Skin fair, lined, but not "sagged".

Children:
Son, born 1962, Noel Thorne (later to be known as Joel Cavendish)
Daughter, born 1966, Angelica Thorne, now known as Jessica Eglantine.
Daughter, born 1979, Sarah Eglantine (adopted, biologically Karen's
daughter. Father was a sperm donor.)

Frank Thorne was born in 1939, attended Annapolis in 1957, and married
his high school sweetheart in 1960. He missed the paperclip stuff, but
got involved with the project in 1961 or 62.

Genevieve married Frank immediately after she graduated high school,
Her son was born two years later, her daughter, 4 years after that.

Frank quickly became involved in the Project. Just as Bill Mulder was
forced to do, he was asked to chose which child would go to the
project. Unlike Bill Mulder, he refused. The Project superiors
insisted, and took Noel in November of 1973. Frank threatened to expose
the project, and was killed. Genny (pronounced jenny) Thorne, who had,
up until that point, basically been content in her role as "military
wife" and mother to their children, found in her husband's private
papers enough to tell her that the consortium was behind her son's
disappearance and her husband's death, enough to put her life in danger
as well, and not enough to actually expose them. For three months, into
the beginning of 1974, she played the clueless and distraught widow,
while methodically hiding resources and preparing to "disappear" with
her daughter.

She faked their death in March of 1974, and she and her 8 year old
daughter changed their names to Jane and Jill Ross temporarily.

On the road they met up with a travelling theater company, where they
met Dorothy Frohike (born 1935) and her son Melvin (I assume he was
born in about 1953).

Just to keep track, when they met, Dorothy was about 40, Gwynne was
32, Jessie (Jill/Angelica) was 8, and Melvin Frohike was about 20. They
travelled with the theater troupe for the summer season, and started
the winter with them in British Colombia, which was "home base".
Around this time Gwynne started looking for someplace secure, out of
the way, and as far from the military as she could get.

In 1975, having gotten across the Canadian border, the ideal place for
this was the Sacred Moon Wymmin's Farm.

First and formost because they would protect and respect her secrecy
completely. Secondly because it would be completely obvious if anyone
from the project (at that point the quintessential manifestation of the
patriarchy <g>) found them. Thirdly because it was remote, and lastly,
because it felt like home. They left the theater group to settle down
and decide what to do next.

Now she had quite a reasonable amount of money stashed away. She had
her husband's abnormally large life-insurance policy, plus a "death
benefit" provided by the military (which was really, in effect, money
provided by the project to make sure she didn't feel a need to start
asking too many questions.) She managed to make the money "disappear"
while still in her old life, and now, in her new life, she made it
re-appear. The vast majority of this money she invested, mostly because
it felt like blood money and she couldn't stand the notion of living
high on the hog off of her husband's death. (and yes, she loved him.)
But she recognized that having the resource might help her fight later,
and might be vital to their ultimate survival.

When she finally settled them at the Farm, the women there asked her
to take a new name, as they all did, a name honoring who she wanted
to be and honoring her mothers. Gwynne came from Genevieve, both are
derived from gywnhwyffar, meaning white owl, white wave, or white
sorceress, depending on your source. It was a name that fit very well
both in the community, and in her self-identity. Eglantine she chose
for a number of reasons, including that she had a favorite aunt as a
child, and a great grandmother of that name, and that its meaning,
a tea rose or sweet briar, also reminded her of her husband's name,
Thorne.

Her daughter chose Jessica, because she liked it. (She was 8.)

Karen Sarasdar, born 1950, was 24 years old, and had been living at the
Moon Farm for 4 years when Gwynne came. She had come to the community
from college, as a way of "dropping out" and living her feminist
beliefs. She helped Gwynne and Jessie weather the storm when they
finally had the time to grieve their losses.

In November of 1974, exactly a year from the time her son disappeared,
Gwynne crashed. She had been operating on "survivor mode" for the year,
and they were finally safe, finally not on the run, and she just fell
apart. Her community gathered around her. They did not know her whole
story, they did not care. They picked up the slack in parenting her
daughter, they made sure that there was food and firewood, and Karen
took to sleeping on the couch when Gwynne was found wandering outside
in a daze one night. Gwynne stopped eating unless someone fed her, and
started hurting herself in subtle ways.

One night it all snapped. The rage, grief, hurt, frustration, all of it
came roaring out and she took every single piece of glass she could get
her hands on and threw it as hard as she could. Karen came home to find
her crumpled in the middle of a room filled with more glass shards than
she thought possible, crying and bleeding and raging.

So Karen swept up the glass, pulled the shards out, patched Gwynne up,
and held her while she let out her rage.

The following days were rough, but by the time of Gwynne's 32nd
birthday, which coincided with the winter solstice celebration, she was
actually finding things to be happy about. It snowed...

It was probably around then that she started to fall in love with
Karen. It was a surprise to her, as she assumed, knowing that she had
loved her husband, that she was not "gay". Finally, being the pragmatic
soul she is, she decided that it didn't matter "what" she was, it
mattered "who she loved". She'd loved Frank, she loved Karen, and she
certainly wasn't going to try to justify that to anyone.

Sometime in the following year, Karen "officially" moved in, and took
on a more active mothering role with Jessie. Her relationship with
Jessie had its ups and downs, but was mostly good.

In 1976, they decided to try to have another child, because Karen
really, really wanted to, and Gwynne was happy to add to their family.

Gwynne dipped into the funds she'd squirrelled away to pay first for
the donor sperm, and then ultimately some more intensive fertility
treatments. Karen had a couple of miscarriages, due to the fact that
she was a DES daughter, and then finally managed to carry to term in
1979, when Sarah was born at home, into Gwynne's hands with the help of
a friend who "surreptitiously helped" many of the women over a 200 mile
radius who chose to birth at home. (fwiw.. lay midwifery was quite
illegal in Canada until very recently, and is still illegal in parts of
the U.S.)

This was a far cry from the births Gwynne had experienced in her
early twenties in miliary hospitals, knocked out, flat on her back.
She'd attempted to nurse her babies, had managed to tough it out for
a month or so each time. Sarah nursed perfectly from the get-go, and
Gwynne found her own milk coming in, much to everyone's surprise.

So Sarah was nursed by both her mothers, for a couple of years.

In 1983, when Sarah was 3 1/2, still nursing occasionally, Karen was
diagnosed with ovarian cancer, most probably linked to a combination
of the DES, and the high dose birth-control pills she took in her late
teens. The serephene (Clomid) they used to get pregnant also may have
contributed.

She died in 1985, when Sarah was 6, and Jessie was 19 and in her second
year at college. This propelled Jessie into the medical field, both
because of her interest in learning to fight cancer, and her wanting to
learn more about the policies that had led to the widespread use of the
medications that had eventually led to Karen's death.

Gwynne was able to adopt Sarah fairly easily due to some wise
estate planning. They had been living during this time on the mainland
of BC, still at the community, but with Jessica going to college, they
as a family decided to move to Vancouver Island. Gwynne went back to
school more seriously at this time as well, and completed the degree
she'd never, as a girl, even expected to try for, with honors. She
began teaching, while working on her Ph.D. By 1990, she had earned
her doctorate in sociology, having done extensive side work in
political science. The college provided a perfect outlet for her
theatric bent, and the perfect opportunity to become more proficient
with the computers that Dot's son kept building for her daughters.

It had been about 11 years since Noel Thorne had disappeared, and Frank
Thorne had been killed. Although Gwynne wanted to expose the people who
had been responsible, she placed her family's safety above all else,
and chose to bide her time and grow her money. And grow her money did.

Dot Frohike had remained in contact, as had her son. Jessie considered
him a friend, but a wierd friend, and Sarah adored him. In fact,
"Unka Muggy" was one of her first two-word phrases, much to his
delight. He wasn't quite so delighted when Jessie picked up on her
little sister's phrase and took to calling him "Uncle Muggy" as well.

Uncle Muggy was a rather sporadic feature in the girls' lives. He would
show up sometimes and hang out for weeks, teaching the girls how to put
together computers and how to make long distance calls without paying
for them.

He also tended to drop tidbits for Gwynne, about what new computer
products looked good, and which ones didn't. She paid attention, and
made judicious investments here and there, doing some of her own
research into the companies to find out how well they marketted their
products. She didn't do a lot of selling, mostly just buying,
transferring money out of bonds and treasuries and into stocks.

In 1989, Melvin Frohike came to her with what he thought she would see
as a wild story about conspiracies and plots and experimentation.

She was not surprised.
~~~~

She debated long and hard telling Frohike the whole truth. Dot already
knew some of it, but had not shared much with her son, seeing no reason
to. When he told her about one Agent Fox Mulder of the FBI, she decided
she would tell him, but not immediately.

She had not heard the name Mulder in sixteen years.

Teena and Bill Mulder had been in the same circles as her husband had
been. When the children had disappeared, and Frank was killed, Teena
had abruptly cut off all contact with Genny Thorne, not wanting to risk
her son or her husband, and overwhelmed with parenting a deeply
traumatized son.

Fox Mulder was one of the "big kids", one of the boys Noel had looked
up to, she'd heard his name from her son's lips several times, even
seen him.

When Frohike told her, in 1991, that Fox Mulder had dug up some old
files and had remembered his sister's abduction, Gwynne finally told
him her history. Frohike wanted her to tell Mulder, but she refused,
because Sarah was 12, and she would not risk the kind of attention it
might bring should Mulder start making regular contact with her. For
she was sure, positive that if Fox Mulder was still going by the name
Fox Mulder, that he was being closely watched by her enemies.

But she also realized that he might very well be able to uncover the
people her husband had died trying to expose.

So she began the early steps she needed to create an identity for him,
so that if he came to the Lone Gunmen asking for help going under
ground to continue his search, he would have something he could step
into and disappear.

That is when Martin Harrod was born.

In 1992, when Dana Scully joined him, it became clear that he was
attracting attention from the top, and Gwynne became even more adamant
that he *not* be made aware of her existance, but also began stepping
up her efforts to establish a "base of operations" on Vancouver Island.

She began investing in real estate, including an old mine site and
several plots of land nearby. And she began building on the land. When
it came time to set up the wiring of her various projects, Mel Frohike
and his merry men would descend on them and help them set up security
systems and gadgets galore, sometimes because it was necessary, and
sometimes just because they wanted to see if they could. Sarah loved
every minute of it, and was much put out by the fact that Gwynne
wouldn't let her have free run of the more secret aspects of it.

So Sarah spent her teenage years learning about construction,
design, electronics, and doing her darndest to hack into her mom's and
Frohike's computer systems. Gwynne used Sarah's efforts as a meter to
judge her security, and Frohike used them as a measure of his skill as
a teacher. Naturally, by the time she was 16, she'd learned to hack in
to Gwynne's system without being noticed, and into Frohike's without
being caught. She'd also learned enough about what Gwynne was hiding
from her to realize why Gwynne was so paranoid, and finally sat down
with Gwynne, explained what she knew, and explained that she understood
the need for security, and wouldn't be having any parties in the
basement even though she'd made friends with Arnie the Door and could
gain access to the inner sanctum easily.

From then on, Sarah was part of the team, and insisted that Gwynne do
whatever was necessary in order to help bring the Project to light.
She helped beef up the security substantially.

This occured shortly after Dana Scully was returned from her abduction.
Gwynne had started establishing a paper identity for Dana Scully as
soon as Frohike assured her that the "spy" was not a spy. But with the
abduction, she realized that there was a strong likelihood that they
would need a more concrete identity if they had to run, and decided the
best way to "hide" them would be in people who "already" existed. So
"Martin and Sally Harrod" moved to Vancouver, bought a house, bought a
car, and took jobs. The jobs were the hard part. Jessie's help was
neccessary to set up "Sally" as a practicing physician. Gwynne did her
part at the University for "Martin", enlisting the help of an old
friend from the Moon Farm as part of the ruse.

From the beginning of her efforts to create the alternate identities,
her criteria for using them was clear. Mulder and Scully would need
to come to the Lone Gunmen asking for help, specifically to go under
long-term.

When Frohike told Gwynne about what Mulder found, they both realized
that it would be very likely that the duo would be wanting to go to
San Diego, probably undercover, and possibly for months. There was no
way they could go up to adoptive parents' doors, wave their FBI badges,
and tell the parents that their children were products of some
consortium experiment involving alien DNA. It would put the children
in danger, the parents at risk, and would get them nowhere.

So in January, Gwynne began making some contacts in San Diego, learning
some possible places for them to work, finding a couple of houses near
the adoptive parents which might be open for subletting or renting,
and connecting with one of her old friends from the Farm, who also
happened to be a MUFON member. This old friend, with help from Gwynne,
purchased one of the houses, moved in (sans UFO paraphernalia, per
Gwynne's request), and prepared to "go on vacation" as soon as the
house was needed, for whomever, for whatever reason.

Gwynne was actually surprised it took Mulder and Scully two months to
decide to follow their only lead. She knew how much they'd been through
in the past years, and based on the LGM reports, deduced that the two
agents might be in an emotional wasteland, a state of soul-shock. What
she didn't know is that Mulder had not told Scully about all of it, and
she also wasn't fully aware of Scully's need to distance herself from
it all. When she learns the full reason that the mission did not start
until March, she will have some choice words for Mulder *and* Scully.

You see, Frank tried to protect Gwynne by telling her nothing, and she
ended up losing both him and her son. And she knew full well that Teena
Mulder's efforts to emotionally distance herself from the whole tragedy
of Samantha's disappearance had truly devastated Fox Mulder.

~~~~

Noel Thorne (Joel Cavendish).

Taken at the same time as Samantha, at age 10, he was also returned to
foster care three or four years later, in the same area as Samantha.
(around 1978, Samantha would have been 11 or 12, Noel would have been
13 or 14)

Only for him, the "lie" that his parents were dead, was, for all
intents and purposes, true. Gwynne had disappeared completely, as had
his sister. His only connection to anyone was Samantha herself. The
Smoking Man knew full well who he was, but had no idea that Genny
Thorne might still be alive.

Cancer Man took a number of steps to obscure the whereabouts of both
children, Samantha because he didn't want her vulnerable to rival
factions in the consortium, and Noel because Samantha cared about him,
and he could see no good reason to separate them.

Samantha became Mandy Spencer, Noel became Joel Cavendish.

They were friends first, then sweethearts, finally married in 1988,
after they had both finished school. In 1993, June 21 to be exact,
their first child, born Megan but nicknamed "Daisy" within minutes of
birth, was born. In 1995, December 21, their son David was born.

In late 1997, Mandy's father dropped the bomb that Fox Mulder was still
alive. Shortly thereafter, Mandy and Joel found CSM on the floor of his
apartment, and managed to get him out of his apartment and to a very
private doctor. They had been going up there to confront him about
their parents, and managed to get him out just before the shooter was
able to get out of the building across the street. The shooter didn't
have any clue who might have taken the body, making the same conclusion
that Skinner would make, that no one could survive that much blood
loss, he told his superiors that the Cancerman was dead.

It took him several months to recover, during which time his cancer
was diagnosed.

~~~~~
Back at the ranch.....(this is as close to an x-files episode layout as we will get.)

Friday, April 3rd. A call comes to Skinner from someone who says she needs to speak to Fox Mulder. The caller insists it is an emergency, life and death. Skinner agrees to meet her, but insists on meeting <somewhere else>. He continually insists that "Mulder is on vacation, un-reachable," but something in the caller's voice tells him that meeting this woman is a necessary risk.

When they meet, the woman tells him that she is Samantha Mulder (now going by Mandy Cavendish, nee Spencer), and that it is vitally important that she contact her brother. Skinner is between a rock and a hard place.
He is not completely convinced she is who she says she is, and sends her to the Lone Gunmen for verification of her identity. He also knows that if she *is* who she says she is, they will "find" Mulder on vacation. Skinner shows up at the Gunmen's office about an hour after Mandy arrives. They have taken a sample of her blood and questioned her up down and sideways, but until the blood sample comes back, they will not talk to her about Mulder's specific whereabouts, nor will they hear her ever increasingly desperate request.

On Sunday, the blood test is complete, and they are stunned to discover that this truly is Samantha Mulder. Skinner is not notified, as per his request, he entrusts the matter to the Lone Gunmen basically saying "The less I know, the better."

She asks them to come with her to her house, which they do via a circuitous "cloak and dagger" type route.

When they come in, they see a man sitting in a t-shirt, trousers, and suspenders on the floor of a medium sized sitting room with wood flooring and an area rug. He is facing away from them, and is being tackled by a 4 year old girl and a 2 1/2 year old boy. He is laughing.

They see on his arm, a transdermal patch. An oxygen tank sits in the corner of the room. One of the kids knocks him over, and he sort of spins around as he sits back up, puts the canula from the o2 tank on, and tells the kids "enough." Smiling, he looks up at the guests, and they see that is the Cigarette Smoking Man. Or rather, the Cancer Man, as he is not smoking. Mandy introduces them, "This is my dad, Jim Spencer."

~~~~

James Spencer is dying of cancer. He has been told he has weeks to live. Which is fine with him, as he thought he was dead 5 months ago when his daughter picked his bleeding form up off the ground, carried him off to her house, where a very *private* doctor helped save his life. The five months since he died have been the happiest of his life. He's been living with his daughter and her husband, playing with his grandbabies, and publishing his writings under a totally different nom de plume on the internet, where he's acquired quite a following, and gets lots of feedback. He kind of enjoys having a name again, even if it isn't one that he was born with. He still isn't sure if he was born anyway, but that's beside the point. Getting shot out of the consortium was actually one of the nicest things that had ever happened to him. The one missing piece right now is that he's still kind of irked at the whole betrayal side of it, and has been following Mulder and Scully's work since his "death." He has seen the pain that she is in, the grief they've put her through, and the difficulty this puts Mulder in. He really *did* like them. He has nothing to lose now. The consortium thinks him dead. They know that someone took his body, but as there was a newspaper report of a "homeless man found shot" in a nearby street, and the man fit the description, they assume that whoever tried to save him, failed. Particularly because the nameless homeless man was buried in an expensive casket, with a blank, but large headstone, and there was one veiled woman, an older woman, at the burial. A bit of footwork had informed them that it was Fox Mulder's mother (damnit, I can't call her Teena.. I can't.... We could call her Caroline, couldn't we?), and they had looked no farther.

He knows his death is coming soon, and he wants Mulder to know the truth. All of it. Face to face.

Needless to say, the Gunmen are completely staggered by this.

In fact, I think Frohike faints.

Jim Spencer procedes to tell them more than they could ever have dreamed about the history of the Project, and the Consortium. They spend the next two days verifying the story. They are in a fevered state of giddiness as everything that they can check, is true....

On the third day, Ash Wednesday, they meet again with Mandy and Jim.

They explain what Mulder and Scully are doing, where they are, and suggest sending Mandy and Jim "undercover" to meet them.

Samantha laughs at them and tells them that she's been undercover for the past 24-25 years, and that if Fox Mulder and the Lone Gunmen and the consortium couldn't figure out who she was, then certainly an additional "identity" would be unnecessary. She explains that her having a *long established* identity, and showing up as someone who knows "Martin and Sally" from *way* back will only solidify their cover. Her father's face is somewhat of a problem, but his name isn't, and no one is looking for him. The Gunmen look at him again. His body looks 15 years older than it had, but his face looks 10 years younger.
The only change they have to make is to grey his hair. (which Frohike's mom does, flirting with him all the time. He flirts back, much to Frohike's astonishment and disgust. They cannot involve Joe in this, as Skinner has decided to cut himself *out* of the information loop as much as possible because he's starting to feel some pressure to call Mulder and Scully back from their "vacation".)

Samantha tells the boys that the best way for them to do this is simply to drive the family RV to San Diego, kids, husband, grandpa, and the family dog, and spend Easter with her family.

The Gunmen agree, somewhat dumbfounded at the notion that doing this "publicly" is actually the best way to maintain the cover.

Hiding in plain sight.

~~

Martin and Sally get a call from Martin's "Cousin Mandy", saying that she's going to be in town for a couple of days, and could she park her RV at their house? Martin assumes that "Cousin Mandy" is just one of the "contacts". They are told to expect Mandy on Monday, but they arrive a bit early (as intended by Mandy), in time for the kids to go to the neighborhood egg hunt.

Jim decides to rent a Bunny costume.

~~

Immediately after the party, they retire to the Harrod house. As they enter the house, the phone is ringing. Apparently Sally and Martin have been approved as adoptive parents. They are next in line to receive a baby.

The next door neighbors, Joanie et al... walked home with them and had been chatting on the front porch when they got the phone call, are ecstatic for them....

Martin and Sally basically go into shock. Like.. slack jawed catatonic unable to communicate shock.

Joanie and family, and Mr. Samantha and kids all leave. Little Amanda (Joanie's little girl) and Samantha's daughter want to play together, etc... so they go bond at the neighbor's house while "Cousin" Mandy and "Uncle" Jim and Martin and Sally have a completely innocent chat, and completely psychotically tense "conversation" in the subtext.

Timeline:

March 2, 1998

<some ungodly, unspecified hour of the morning>
Fox Mulder decides he *Finally* needs to come clean about the Uberbabies. Rather than wait until morning, he screws up his courage and shows up at her doorstep at something around 2 or 4 in the morning.

They talk for a couple of hours, the last 10 minutes of which is the start of our story.

He leaves her house at 6:21 am.

She packs, and goes over to her mother's house, arriving there at 7:30.

They get to Skinner's office at exactly 8 am, which in and of itself is enough to tip him off that something is up.

They get over to the LGM office at 8:30 or so.
Skinner leaves at about 9 to go get Joe.
He returns at 10-ish
Joe starts Scully's hair immediately, it takes him 4 hours.
Skinner leaves at 10:13 (of course) and returns at Noon.

Dot Frohike arrives at 2:15.

Makeup, fingers, and hair are all completely finished by 5.

March 3, 1998
Arrive Victoria at about 9pm, meet Gwynne.

They stay the night of the 3rd and the night of the fourth, touring Victoria in the meantime, and then leaving the morning of the fifth.

March 5, 1998
They drive down to Portland, drive west to the coast, and then south to Yachats, Oregon, where they have been recommended an outstandingly nifty hotel. They stay there two days, working out the details and becoming more comfortable in their roles.
March 6-Yachats & surrounding area
March 7- they leave at about 10, travel inland, then south to Ashland.
spend the night in Ashland.
March 8- leave around 8, travel down to San Francisco.
March 9- leave SF right after morning rush hour and drive to San Diego. Stay the night with the "contacts" who are the landlords for the house they will be subletting.
March 10 - The Boys show up with a small moving van full of stuff.

March 11, Wednesday.... Sally Harrod goes to work.
March 12, Thursday.... Martin Harrod goes to work.
March 13, Friday (Gawd.. I didn't make it up, I promise.. It was an accident)
The lucky day.. they are invited to dinner with their neighbors, the Daldsens, and meet Penny Northern's daughter, Amanda.

March 15, Sunday, Sally is invited to come help Joanie Daldsen set up for an "adoption shower" for another friend.......

April 2, Thursday: Start of retreat.
April 3, Friday: Sam contacts Skinner- Marty and Sal Don't the wild thing.<grin>
April 4, Saturday: They are approached by the "Adoption" people.
April 5, Sunday: They have to fake it again. Trust me... it makes sense.
April 6, Monday: return from retreat. Contact "The Boys." "The Boys" then prepare to do some funky poaching. Maybe even with Skinner. Actually, Skinner might be the logical choice to go in. They will delay the "funky poaching" until they are certain about Samantha, and have figured out what to do with her.
April 7, Tuesday: Calm day for Moose and Squirrel. She updates the web page, goes to work. He goes to work, finds out something interesting in his project. (I can't remember right now what his project is.) They go out to dinner someplace noisy. They take their earpieces so they can hear each other talk in low voices in the noisy room, while appearing to be extremely "moved" by the retreat. She doesn't drink wine. He does. Things get frisky when they get home, but not *that* frisky. Almost. But not quite. They fake it. Or at least, they think they're faking it. They *really* didn't know faking it could feel that good... They spot several new cameras in their house.
April 8, Wednesday Mandy et al leave wherever it is she lives.
April 9, Thursday The Gunmen find some funky form of transportation out to the Left coast.
April 10, Friday- THE FIGHT. (back at the ranch.. Skinner gets head hair and some facial hair, courtesy of Dot and Joe. He spends the rest of the day plane hopping.)
April 11, Saturday- The gunmen set up shop. Somewhere.

April 12, Easter Mandy etcetera arrive. Martin and Sally are accepted as adoptive parents. The real reason they are selected, which they do *not* know, is because they match the physical type of one of the soon to be born uber!babies. The project makes every effort to place the children where the adoption will not be a subject of conversation. In fact, their adoption policies are straight out of the fifties....closed adoptions... placing like with like... sealed birth records. Children to be kept in the dark if at all possible. The baby will be born the following week. They do not realize it will be so soon..

The project in fact does not do extensive background checks. They have a complete disdain for the parents who adopt, in general, and if the basic computer check is fine, and the intensive "evaluation period" is okay, they take the ones that look the best. Remember we're *not* talking about people with agreat deal of respect for human life, let alone the capablities of "lesser' mortals like the poor infertile souls.

They do however keep *very* close tabs on parents and children after the children are placed.

This is only protecting an investment in the merchandise.

PROLOGUE

Things that happen before the story proper. Events from the episodes
"Christmas Carol" and "Emily", for example, would go here.


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03/01/98 -- Sunday

MULDER: [A] "Action" Main plot
[B] "Emotion" Sub plot

SCULLY: [A] "Action" Main Plot
[B] "Emotion" sub plot

GOOD GUYS: Overall progress

CSM: Specific position (if relevant to section) of secondary characters.

BAD GUYS: Awareness of Mulder and Scully.


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03/02/98 -- Monday

MULDER: [A] Mulder wakes Scully up at 2am to finally tell her what
happened in San Diego -- the real story. Afterwards he proposes an
undercover operation to learn the truth about the situation, takes
Skinner to meet Gunmen and briefs him. They go to the airport and begin
the hegira.
[B] Mulder learns that he'll be spending lots of time in the shower with Scully. He is not moved to tears.

SCULLY: [A] Scully tells her mother that she's going under, but no
details, and swears her to secrecy. Scully explains The Plan to
Skinner. They go to the airport and begin the hegira.
[B] Scully notices Mulders reaction, and also notices that
he is easily teased. Scully has a new hobby.

GOOD GUYS: [A] Skinner agrees to unofficially assist. He will do what
he can to hamper the enemny from inside the Bureau but won't jeopardize
himself. He provides the first disguise expert to transform M & Ss
appearance. He changes their fingerprints.
[B] He puts Scully's cross in his office safe.
[A] Lone Gunmen make fake IDs, etc and will provide a
paper/electronic false trail to confuse the enemy. They will also
introduce M & S to contacts in Victoria and San Diego. They give M & S
specialized equipment for the mission and come up with the second
disguise expert.

CSM: Not relevant at this point. For our purposes, the whole Laurentian Mountain thing is replaced with the "He's staying with Samantha" scenario.

BAD GUYS: The act of taking the luggage to the LGM cues TPB to the LGM's present location.


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03/03/98 -- Tuesday

MULDER: [A] In transit. Getting into the cover identity. They
arrive in Victoria. He learns that the Underground has been preparing
for him for over six years. He discovers the X-Cave.
[B] Begins to let his guard down. They sleep together,
exhausted, in a hotel room. He does her hair & watches her sleep on the
plane.

SCULLY: [A] In transit. Getting into the cover identity. She is
too exhausted to listen to briefing after they arrive, Mulder puts her
to bed.
[B] Begins to let her guard down. Allows Mulder to help her
with her fear of flying. Continues teasing new "hubby".

GOOD GUYS: [A] Dot Frohike calls Gwynne to update her on M & S's
status. Gwynne meets them at the airport and takes them to their home
in Victoria. Gwynne (White Owl) is their acting coach, among other
things, and will help them get into hubby/wife roles.

BAD GUYS: The fact of Skinner's being seen at the LGM office cues more intensive interest in them, they are forced to bug out.

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03/04/98 -- Wednesday

MULDER: [A] Sarah takes "Martin" to campus and around town.
[B] Getting closer emotionally to Scully/Sally.

SCULLY: [A] Listens to Gwynne about not denying her feelings any
longer since it may blow her cover if she keeps it up. Jessie takes
"Sally" to her offices and around town.
[B] Getting closer to Mulder/Martin emotionally.

GOOD GUYS: [A] Gwynne helps Scully grieve when she wakes at 3am from a
dream about Emily. Explains her (Gwynne's) own reason for joining the
Underground.
[A] Sarah and Jess, Gwynne's daughters, introduce themselves at breakfast.

This is where chapter five leaves off.


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03/05/98 -- Thursday

MULDER: [A] In transit to San Diego. They take the ferry to Port
Angeles around noon, then to Portland.

[B]

SCULLY: [A] From Portland to the coast, then south to Yachats, OR
where they spend the night in a nice hotel.
[B]

This is chapter six, as is the following day.
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03/06/98 -- Friday

MULDER: [A] Playing tourist in Yachats, working on the roles.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Playing tourist in Yachats, working on the roles.
[B]


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03/07/98 -- Saturday

MULDER: [A] Departure at 10am, move inland, then drive south to
Ashland, OR where they spend the night.
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

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03/08/98 -- Sunday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Departure around 8am, drive to San Francisco, CA.
[B]


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03/09/98 -- Monday

MULDER: [A] Depart from SF after morning rush hour (10am?) and drive
to San Diego.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] In San Diego, spend the night with "contacts" who are
the landlords of the house they will be subletting.
[B]

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03/10/98 -- Tuesday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: [A] Gunmen arrive in San Diego, in "oogly disguises" (three
stooges?) with a small moving van full of stuff.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/11/98 -- Wednesday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A] "Sally Harrod" goes to work. Or not?
[B]

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03/12/98 -- Thursday

MULDER: [A] "Martin Harrod" goes to work.
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

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03/13/98 -- Friday

MULDER: [A] Invited to dinner with their neighbors, the Daldsen's,
and meet Penny Northern's daughter Amanda.
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]


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03/15/98 -- Sunday

MULDER: [A]
[B] Read the paper, watch the games?

SCULLY: [A] "Sally" is invited to help Joanie Daldsen set up an
"adoption shower" for another friend. She learns about "adoption
retreats".
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/16/98 -- Monday

MULDER: [A] Making friends with neighbors.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Learning about the retreat.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/17/98 -- Tuesday

MULDER: [A] Making friends with neighbors.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Learning about the retreat.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/18/98 -- Wednesday

MULDER: [A] Making friends with neighbors.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Learning about the retreat.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/19/98 -- Thursday

MULDER: [A] Making friends with neighbors.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Learning about the retreat.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/20/98 -- Friday

MULDER: [A] Making friends with neighbors.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Learning about the retreat.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/21/98 -- Saturday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/22/98 -- Sunday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/23/98 -- Monday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/24/98 -- Tuesday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/25/98 -- Wednesday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/26/98 -- Thursday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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03/27/98 -- Friday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Scully's last day at work.
[B]


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04/02/98 -- Thursday

MULDER: [A] Adoption retreat begins.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Adoption retreat begins.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/03/98 -- Friday

MULDER: [A] They fake making love for the hidden cameras.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] They fake making love for the hidden cameras.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Samantha contacts Skinner. He meets her secretly and she
reveals her identity to him. She wants to contact Mulder but he
stonewalls her. He sends her to the Gunmen so they can confirm her ID
before he takes action.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/04/98 -- Saturday

MULDER: [A] Adoption people make first contact.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Adoption people make first contact.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Unknown

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/05/98 -- Sunday

MULDER: [A] Fake fuck, take two.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] Fake fuck, take two.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Samantha/Mandy's blood test results come in -- she's for
real. Gunmen call Skinner with the news and he says not to tell him
what they're going to do about it for security reasons. They accompany
her to her home, being careful to evade possible surveillance.

CSM: Surprise! He's at "Mandy"s house, playing with her kids.
She introduces him as "Jim Spencer", her father. He's on oxygen and
has only weeks to live. He wants to meet Mulder and Scully face-to-face
and tell them the Truth. All of it. Frohike faints.

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/06/98 -- Monday

MULDER: [A] They return from the adoption retreat and contact
Gunmen.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] They return from the adoption retreat and contact
Gunmen.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Gunmen spend the day verifying "Spencer"s story. It all
checks out. Gunmen prepare for Funky Poaching, possibly with Skinner.
Or Skinner does it solo. They delay acting until they are certain about
Samantha and figure out what to do with her.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/07/98 -- Tuesday

MULDER: [A] Goes to work, finds out something interesting at "his"
research project. Takes "Sally" to dinner in a noisy place so they can
converse using radios in security.
[B] "Martin" drinks during dinner, gets frisky when they get
home.

SCULLY: [A] Updates web page, goes to work. Spots several new
cameras in their house.
[B] "Sally" didn't drink at dinner but goes with the mood
anyway. She takes things to a new level.

GOOD GUYS: Gunmen still verifying "Spencer"s story, it's still
checking out. They are ecstatic.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/08/98 -- Ash Wednesday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B] "Cousin Mandy" calls to say she'll be in town for a few
days and can she park the RV at their house? They assume it's another
Underground contact and say sure, come ahead. They expect her to arrive
on Monday.

GOOD GUYS: Gunmen meet "Mandy" & "Jim" and tell them where the agents
are and what they're doing. "Mandy" & "Jim" take her whole family and
head for San Diego. By hiding in plain sight they can make contact and
firm up the agents' covers at the same time.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/09/98 -- Thursday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Gunmen head for the West Coast.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/10/98 -- Friday

MULDER: [A] The Fight. Ostensibly (for the cameras) about going
back to Victoria but really about returning to the Bureau to prosecute
the case legally.
[B] Mulder feels betrayed because he feels like Scully wants
him to give up his quest. He's also conflicted because he'd like the
same thing she wants -- a normal life. With her.

SCULLY: [A] The Fight.
[B] Scully doesn't want to go back to her old life when they
break the case. She wants to keep her family and be a normal civilian.

GOOD GUYS: Dot and Joe give Skinner a disguise involving head hair and
some facial hair. Skinner starts plane-hopping West.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/11/98 -- Saturday

MULDER: [A]
[B]

SCULLY: [A]
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Gunmen set up shop somewhere in the San Diego area.

CSM: Unknown

BAD GUYS: Unknown


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04/12/98 -- Easter Sunday

MULDER: [A] They are accepted as adoptive parents, but not for the
reasons they think.
[B]

SCULLY: [A] They are accepted as adoptive parents, but not for the
reasons they think.
[B]

GOOD GUYS: Samantha/Mandy and family arrive in San Diego.

CSM: Wearing an Easter Bunny costume on top of minor makeup he's
pretty secure. He meets the agents to chat after the Egg Hunt. He
explains that the child they are adopting is actually their own
biological child, created on his orders as a way to control them. The
Consortium Elders are not aware of their connection to the child. He
also tells them that Scully's ovarian tissue has been stored -- she can
be "re-fertilized" and made able to bear children naturally. They have
to find her tissue, get the child and escape. They can't go back to
being Mulder & Scully any more.

BAD GUYS: Unknown



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EPILOGUE

If we feel the need for one. Some people like them, some don't. Just
thought I'd put space in here for one. Things that happen after the
story proper.