Title: All Dreams of the Soul: Genesis 1/4 Author: Tiger Lilly E-Mail address: Tigerlillyme@yahoo.com Rating: NC-17 Category: XA Keyword: RAPE. Mulder/Scully. Scully/Krycek. Scully Angst. UST Spoilers: 5th season Summary: Scully experiences some unusual dreams. However, their effects on her are very real. And mysterious. Disclaimer: Okay, we all know the words. So sing along. The characters Mulder, Scully, Skinner and the gang are all property of Chris Carter, 1013 productions, Fox and probably several other huge corporations. I know that I am taking my life into my own hands by borrowing these characters for my romp into mind candy. Please, don't sue! Warning: This story is NC-17 for language, adult situations, sexual content and RAPE. It's not pretty, but it drives this section of the story. I'm sorry if I offended anyone by including it, but I felt it was necessary. Author's note: This is my first attempt at fan fiction. And I feel a little strange about coming out of the closet about my X-files obsession. This is the first of four installments. By the way, this really isn't a smutty romance, except in Scully's subconscious, so don't let the first scene of the story discourage you from continuing on. Please send me your feedback at Tigerlillyme@yahoo.com. Be gentle on me. It's my first time out. And yes, I know Krycek has only one arm. You'll find out the reason why I did it in later installments. Okay to archive anywhere. Just please send me an e-mail so I'll know. Genesis She was floating. A pool of crystalline water surrounded her. She could feel its darkness engulfing her, her body totally relaxed and rocking on gentle ripples. Slowly she was becoming aware of lips tenderly kissing her. His lips. Warm and wet like the water around her. She felt his body against hers, his hands in her hair. She sighed his name. "Oh, Mulder." His hazel eyes were coming into focus now, looking at her tenderly, lovingly. He caressed her cheek gently, water dripping down her face from his long, wet fingers. He bent his head forward to plant slow, soft kisses on her neck. "Oh, Mulder." She was becoming aware of his skin against hers. She realized they were naked, floating together on a sea of darkness. "Oh, Mulder." Her hand felt every muscle in his back. She could feel his wet hair against her face. Smell his aftershave and shampoo. His hand reached down and caressed her breast. Tendrils of water snaked from her nipple to her stomach, causing her to quiver. "Oh, Mulder." Gradually, she became aware that the gentle ripples had taken on a new, subtle rhythm. He was making love to her. Slowly, gently. She felt him moving inside her. Her hands ran through his hair and down his back. She ached for him to go faster, harder. And he did. "Oh, Mulder!" His name became a chant as the ripples became crashing waves. They washed over her, warm and liquid. They were rocking, rocking, rocking... "OH, MUL..." Dana sat straight up in bed. Her eyes darted around her dark, empty bedroom. She was alone. "Jesus," she said, half-whispering in the dark. She slowly lowered herself back down to her pillow. Hesitantly, she glanced over at the alarm clock beside her bed. 3:15 am. She started to panic a little and closed her eyes to try and focus. This was the 12th night it had happen. The dreams, so unbelievably real. She could remember every detail, every sensation. For a moment she almost thought she could taste his lips, smell his scent. She licked her lips and sadly realized the taste was gone. Evaporated into the darkness with her dream. It had been like this every night for over a week and a half. And always she woke up at 3:15. Coincidence. Purely coincidence, she had told herself after the first few nights. But even then she didn't really believe it. After all that she had experienced, she was believing less and less in coincidence every day. Now she was searching her memory for any sort of medical reason or psychological condition that would cause her to have such vivid dreams and wake up again and again at the exact same time. It wasn't like she hadn't dreamed about Mulder before. Any time they were working on a stressful case, she dreamed about him making love to her. It was a natural release, she rationalized to herself. Her mind's unconscious way of dealing with stress. But these dreams were different, so unnerving. No case, no stress. Just piles and piles of tedious paperwork and expense reports. And these dreams were so real. She felt herself shudder in the darkness. She knew that she wouldn't be able to go back to sleep. Only lay there and stare at the ceiling. Suddenly, she was surprised to feel a hot, wet tear slide down her cheek. Jesus, she was crying. She hadn't even been aware of it. Why was she crying? she asked herself. She searched her feelings, slowly becoming aware of the pain that was building up in her chest. The lump that was rising in her throat. It was because it was only a dream. Dana sighed a deep breath and looked at her watch. 4:45. Only a few more minutes to go. She lowered her glasses down her nose and rubbed her eyes. "You look tired." Mulder's voice almost startled her. All day, she had attacked the files around her, never even looking up at him. She told herself that it was because she wanted to get everything under control before the weekend, so she could relax. Deep down she knew it was because she couldn't look at him without replaying one of her many vivid dreams in her head. "Hot date last night, Scully?" She realized he was waiting for her to answer. To come back with some remark full of the innuendo and humor that had become their standard means of communication. But today, Dana didn't feel like being witty. She glanced up and caught a glimpse of his eyes. The same hazel eyes in her dreams. Suddenly, the latest image of him making love to her flashed through her mind. She quickly looked down at the file she was reading, trying to keep her face as blank as possible. "No, Mulder, only a long day here." She had tried to say it dryly. She thought she had pulled it off. "Are you okay? Are you sleeping okay?" He had said it with genuine concern, but she felt a little angry at the question. How many months had she sat here in this office, dying of cancer, waiting for him to ask if she was okay and really want the answer? She heard his voice in her memory casually disregard her fears. "...But you're okay, aren't you, Scully?" She felt her face redden. She reread the same line for the 5th time. "Yes, Mulder. I'm fine. Just a little tired." She heard him shift in his chair. She didn't have to look up to know that he was leaning back, studying her intently with his eyes. Read the damn file, Dana, she told herself. "Scully, why can't you look at me?" Her heart stopped. Mulder usually wasn't so astute. Why did he have to pick now to suddenly become less self-absorbed? She felt the terror and emotion from last night rising in her throat again. She had to get control. Find that wall that she kept up against him most of the time, keeping herself from feeling anything more than she could handle. Why the hell was she so worried about it anyway? They were only dreams. A piece of her unconsciousness that she had no control over. She knew she had to answer him, and she better make it convincing this time. "I don't know what you're talking about." She had tried to make it sound like she was preoccupied, totally focused on the file in front of her. Instead it had come out a little angry. And guilty. She heard him stand up from behind his desk and walk towards her. His footsteps echoed through the office. Damn basement. Nothing to absorb sound. Only hard walls and cold tile floors. She was aware that he was standing over her. She could hear him breathing. Her heart raced. Get control, Dana. He was standing above her, and all she could do was think about redecorating the basement. He reached down under her chin and lifted her face up. She desperately tried to resist the urge to jerk her face away. She needed to find that wall. Badly. Once again she saw his eyes. They were filled with concern, studying her face. She looked around his face, searching for a place to rest her eyes that was safe. She found herself gazing at his chin. "You're not telling me the truth, Scully." He sounded concerned and a little pissed. She knew that was the one thing that really made him angry with her, hiding the truth when something scared the hell out of her. She had to think of something to tell him. Some version of the truth. Something that he wouldn't pry about. The lie came to her quickly. She would tell him she was having nightmares. About dying of cancer again. She knew he would retreat at the mere mention of it. She took a deep breath and opened her mouth to speak. Then it hit her. His smell. The aftershave, the shampoo. Suddenly, her senses overloaded, and she felt herself getting lightheaded. She grabbed hold of the table with both hands. "No!" She jerked her head away to look at the filing cabinets. She was on autopilot now. Not in control as she pushed herself away from the table, grabbed her jacket, and headed towards the door. She was sweating. She couldn't breathe. She had to get out of there. His hand grabbing her arm brought her slightly back to reality. She jerked her arm away, never letting her gaze leave the door. She swallowed hard to get the words out. Her throat was so dry it was sore. "I don't feel well, Mulder. I'm going home." She said it as she walked towards the door, trying hard to sound calm, trying hard not to let her heart pound out of her chest. She slung open the office door and felt the cold air of the hall hit her face. She concentrated on taking determined steps, not letting herself completely lose it until she was safely in her car. Leaning forward on the steering wheel, with her head in her arms, tears threatening to stream down her cheeks, she could picture him standing behind her in the office, watching her walk out, looking shocked and frightened. She was glad she hadn't looked back. She was lying face down on her bed, drifting in the nowhere place that exist between asleep and awake. Her brother Bill had called it dizzy- dosing. And that was exactly how it felt. She was falling, falling, sinking deeper into her mattress, unable to move or think about anything other than the air swirling around her. She suddenly knew she wasn't alone. She felt his breath on her neck, his body lowering down on her. He stretched out over her, his hands following the path of her arms, interlocking his fingers around her own. She arched her back up against him, felt his lips kissing the back of her neck. She didn't have to open her eyes to know who it was. It was Mulder. There was no one else but Mulder. Funny, she expected him to feel heavy on top of her. Instead he only felt warm and protective. She was dreaming again, wasn't she? She smiled to herself, and his hands moved down her sides, over her hips and thighs. He gently lifted her nightshirt up around her waist, allowing his hands to caress her buttocks and back. She muffled a moan in the back of her throat. For some unexplained reason, she knew she couldn't make a sound or the spell would be broken. He pushed himself in her, slowly thrusting. His hot breath was still on her neck, his hands on her hips, pulling her to him. She felt him fill her, and she tried desperately not to speak his name. Make a sound and the dream is over. Again and again, he rocked into her. She instinctively followed his rhythm, trying to make the feeling last forever. She felt her body moving, her back arching, her wet crotch starting to spasm around him. His face nuzzled beside her ear. One hand reached under her and grabbed her breast, massaging it gently. And he said it. "I love you, Scully." Dana gasped and pushed her torso off the bed. She was lying there, just like her dream, stomach down, her nightshirt up around her waist, her crotch wet. She was panting. Her heart was racing. Outside rain was pounding against the window. The wind howled and thunder crashed in the distance. She didn't want to look at the clock, but couldn't stop herself from confirming what she already knew. 3:15. She flipped over on her back, trying to concentrate on slowing her breathing. Trying to calm down. What the hell was going on? She sat up and swung her legs off the bed. The last thing she needed to do was lay there, where he had just fucked her in her dream. She walked into the dark living room. In the corner of the room, she saw the answering machine blinking. She closed her eyes and remembered the worried messages he had left on her machine that evening. "Scully, please. Call me." She had just sat there, listening to the phone ring, listening to the sound of his voice. Wishing she could tell him, but also knowing she couldn't. Thank God she didn't have to look at him until Monday morning. She slowly eased herself onto the couch and grabbed the remote. She flipped on the television, turning her head and squinting until her eyes adjusted to the light. She laid back and flipped. Channel after channel. Watching nothing. Wanting only to forget the dreams. Suddenly, she became aware of what she was doing. Laying on the sofa in the middle of the night, flipping through the channels rather than sleeping. Haunted by her dreams. God, Dana, she thought, half laughing at the irony of it. You've become just like Mulder. Saturday's were always lonely, but this one was the worst. Dana wandered wearily around her apartment, trying to find things to occupy her mind. She knew she needed to rest, but she couldn't bring herself to lay back down on her bed. The dreams were still that real to her. She cleaned out drawers, closets, vacuumed. Thinking about anything other than the inevitable. She knew she would have to sleep, eventually. She was just too tired to deal with it right away. After an unnecessary trip to the market to get groceries she didn't really need, Dana decided that the fatigue was more than she could take. This is ridiculous, her tired mind thought. Just go in there and take a nap. She looked at the bed, so inviting, so comfortable. It had betrayed her the night before. But she had to erase that from her mind. Besides, the longer she stayed up, the more the dreams invaded her thoughts. She looked at her watch. 6:30 pm. She could play it safe. Lay down now, go to sleep, and wake up in plenty of time to miss 3:15. She had to admit to herself, she was letting this get to her. Besides, it wouldn't help her to be exhausted on Monday morning when she had to explain her sudden and uncharacteristic departure to Mulder. She trudged into the bedroom, pulled back the covers, and laid down on the bed. Dana closed her eyes and waited for sleep to overtake her. Behind the darkness of her eyelids, she let herself relax. Her mind wander. And it wandered to Mulder, the way his hands touched her in her dreams. The wonderful way it all felt. Her eyes flew open. She felt panicked again. She could not let this unconscious fantasy enter her consciousness, too. She stood up and walked into the bathroom. Somewhere, she had some sleeping pills stashed. A prescription she had written herself to help her sleep after Emily's death. God, she hoped she hadn't throw them away in her cleaning frenzy earlier. They were there, in the medicine cabinet over the sink. She took two pills in her hand, filled a glass with water, and swallowed them down. When she closed the medicine cabinet, she took a good look at her face in the mirror. She did look tired. Dark circles surrounded her eyes. The skin on her face actually seemed to droop. Every thing about her looked tired, even the smile she tried to give herself. On Monday, she would make an appointment to see a psychologist. Not one of those mumbo- jumbo hypnotists that Mulder seemed so crazy about. Someone respectable, maybe someone who specialized in sleep disorders. Am I losing my mind? She took relief in asking herself the question. Just the fact that she thought of it probably meant that she wasn't. Dana wanted to get this under control before she lost the ability to ask. She was running. She was outside, on some nameless street, in her nightshirt and bare feet, running. She was trying to get away from someone, but she didn't know who. Am I dreaming again? she asked herself. She seemed positive of it, but the terror building within her told her that she had to get away. She ran, hearing footsteps behind her. A man was chasing her, coming after her. The terror in her heart told her that it wasn't Mulder. It was someone she was horribly afraid of, someone who was going to hurt her. She tripped and fell, her head and body crashing into the pavement. She felt blood running down her cheek. She tried to get up, but he was already upon her. The man behind her jumped on top of her and held her to the ground. Her hands were clawing at the pavement, her legs kicking, trying to free herself. Wake up, she told herself. Just wake up. She could feel his hands grab her arms and pin them behind her back. She raised up her head to scream, to call for Mulder to help her, but he took one of his hands free and pushed her face hard back into the ground. Dana's heart was racing. Wake up. Wake up now. She felt the blood on her face, the terror in her throat. Her knees were throbbing and bloody from her efforts to push away. She tried to twist around to see who was overpowering her. Then she froze. He was lifting up her nightshirt and tugging down the waistband of her underwear. She suddenly realized what he was trying to do. She tried to free her hands, to roll over and defend herself, to run, but he was stronger and bigger. He was holding both her hands behind her back with one of his, plus applying enough pressure on her back to make it impossible for her to move. His grip was maniacal. She felt the hard pavement underneath her, the painful way it was digging into her skin. His other hand grabbed hold of her shoulder and roughly held her while he pushed himself into her. Dana managed to turn her head sideways and scream the most blood-curling scream imaginable. She knew no one heard. The pain was excruciating. She felt herself ripping, her legs scrapping against the rough road. Hot tears streamed down her face. She was still screaming. Why can't I wake up? Oh God, please let me wake up! She felt him grab her shoulder hard and ejaculate into her. She could hear him panting. For a moment, his hold on her lessened. Dana took her chance. She broke loose of him, put her feet underneath her, and started to run. She hadn't gone more than a few feet when he grabbed her around her arms and waist, tackling her with all his weight. She crashed once again into the pavement. She felt her shoulder crack, her mouth bleed. Her breath was gone. "We're not done." That voice. She vaguely knew that voice. He grabbed her shoulders and roughly turned her over. The pain from her shoulder made her scream out again. In the darkness, she couldn't recognize the face immediately. She was still struggling, scraping her back against the street. He had his hands on her shoulders, holding her down. He sat down on top of her, hard, making it impossible to breathe. His knees held her hands down. Her legs were still kicking. "I said, we're not done!" He leaned his face in closer, and she got a good look at him. And she gasped as her mind put the face with a name. Krycek! Alex Krycek! He was leaning in, trying to roughly force his lips on hers. Dana bit his bottom lips as hard as she could. She tasted his blood in her mouth. "God damn, bitch!" he yelled. His face was full of rage. He reached up and touched the blood oozing from his bottom lip. Then he leapt to his feet and began kicking her. Dana curled up into a ball, her arms covering her head. He was kicking her full force in the ribs. She felt herself gasping for air. She felt her face contort with pain. Wake up! Suddenly, she realized she was lying in her bed. She was still gasping, trying to breathe, curled up in a ball, tears streaming down her face. What the hell is going on? she asked herself in panic. She swore she could still feel the blood on her face as it was in the dream. Slowly, through her terror, she began to become aware of something else. Pain. She was in horrible pain. It was increasing every second, becoming more and more unbearable. She moved to lift herself off the bed and let out a scream. Just moving made the pain increase tenfold. She now could feel her swollen lip, her bloody knees and back. The pain in her shoulder, between her legs. She felt unconsciousness trying to overtake her. She knew she was going into shock and had to stay alert long enough to get help. Her hand reached out for the phone beside the bed, knocked the receiver off, and hit the redial button. She didn't know who she had called last from this phone. She didn't really care. She heard the phone dialing and began to ring. She tried to count the rings to keep her mind off the pain. It was becoming harder and harder to stay conscious. It seem to ring for an eternity. And then she heard his sleepy, irritated voice answer the phone. She realized she had called Mulder's cell phone. "Do you know what time it is? This better be good." And she screamed his name, at the same time being pulled into the long, dark tunnel of unconsciousness. Dana was becoming slowly aware of stripes of alternating light and dark. The pattern slowly focused into venetian blinds, letting bits of light through the window. Her eyes blinked. She wasn't sure where she was. She slowly tried to turn her head. It hurt to move. She sucked in air at the wave of pain. That hurt, too. Her mother's concerned face came into her view above her. "Dana, does it hurt? Are you in pain?" Dana slowly tried to nod. She saw her mother reach across her. "I'm calling the nurse. Try not to move." She closed her eyes tight and obeyed. Her mind was racing. Nurse? Was she in a hospital? Her heart jumped until she remembered her cancer was in remission. Then what had happened? Dana searched her memory for the events that brought her here. She drew a blank. She heard a female voice ask if they needed anything. She realized from the sound that it was coming from the call speaker. Her mother answered. "Dana's awake, and she seems to be in a lot of pain." A lot was an understatement. Every breath hurt, and her head throbbed. "Someone will be right there," the nurse answered calmly. She sounded as if she was speaking through a tin can. She felt her mother pat her hand gently. "Someone will be right here," she repeated. Dana opened her eyes. She had to know. Had she been shot? Had this happened on a case? "Mom," she whispered. "What..." Her voiced trailed off with a whimper. It hurt to talk. "You're in North Georgetown University Hospital, baby. An ambulance brought you here early this morning, after..." Dana saw her mother pause, searching for the right words. Her face was full of as much emotional pain as Dana felt. "...After you were beaten. You..." Her mother stopped speaking abruptly as Dana heard the door swish open. She saw a nurse's face move in beside her mother's. "The doctor ordered morphine before he left," the nurse said dryly. "Let me know if this doesn't help." The nurse leaned down beside her. Dana could tell that she was injecting the pain killer into an IV in her hand. How many CCs she wondered? The nurse disappeared from her line of vision, only to return with a blood pressure cuff. "Just need to check your vitals while I'm here." Dana felt the cuff slip around her arm and heard the inflation of the automatic gauge. She looked over at her mother, searching her face for the answers she needed. The only thing she could read in her mom's face was discomfort and tension. Slowly, she felt the warmth of the morphine envelope her. The pain when she breathed slipped into the background, still there, but bearable. She could at least think more clearly. Dana heard the door swish close as the nurse left. Her mother looked down at her and touched her forehead. She was searching for the right words. Dana could read every bit of indecision on her face. "Fox Mulder found you," she said after a long pause. Made sense. He was her partner after all. But what case had they been working on? Who had beaten her? She could only hazily remember lying on the ground being kicked. "Mom, I don't remember." It wasn't the first time she had found herself in this hospital, saying those words to her mother. "Where did he find me?" "In your apartment, Dana. In your bedroom." There was something her mother was hiding from her. She could tell, but she didn't feel like pressing her. She just wanted to close her eyes. The morphine was making her head spin. "You have a bad concussion." Her mother was trying to make her understand why she didn't remember. She didn't really care, she just wanted to close her eyes and go to sleep. Instinctively, without thinking, she started to roll over on her side, to curl up in her usual sleeping position. She had barely moved sideways when she felt the pain. It cut into her like a hot knife, throbbing and sharp all at one time. She cried out, immediately coming back down from her morphine high. "Baby, you can't roll over." Her mother was grabbing her arm and gently rolling her back onto her back. "You have a dislocated shoulder and 5 broken ribs on that side." Jesus, Dana thought. Who in the hell did this to me? She closed her eyes again and waited for the pain to move away, as it had before. As she lay there, something her mother said struck her as strange. She opened her eyes and gathered enough strength to ask. "Mom...why did Mulder find me in my apartment?" She knew now she had been laying on the ground outside, on hard pavement, her body screaming in pain as the phantom foot slammed up against her over and over. Her mother didn't answer. She was looking away, staring at something on the wall above the bed. Dana asked another way. "What case were we working on...when I was attacked in my apartment?" Her mother looked back down at her daughter tenderly. Dana could see the pools of tear in her eyes. She knew something about this was very bad. Really bad. "The FBI is trying to determine if this had anything to do with any of the cases you've worked on." Her mother's voice sounded strained. Any of the cases she'd worked on? This made no sense. Come on mom, she thought. Give me more credit than this. Whatever it is, you know I can take it. "Mom, I need to know." Her mother took a deep, slow breath. She looked down at Dana, and started to quietly speak. "Fox found you alone in your apartment around 4 this morning. He said he came over because you had called him, screaming for his help." Dana nodded slightly. She suddenly regained a glimpse of the memory of calling Mulder. She heard herself screaming out his name. None of this makes any sense, she thought. I was attacked outside, I'm sure of it. Her mother must have read the confusion on her face, because she took another deep breath and continued. "Dana, do you remember anything that happened. Anything at all?" Dana closed her eyes and tried to remember. The image of her running in terror popped into her mind. "I was running. I was running away." Her mother nodded, listening to her words. She was stroking her hand lightly. "I was running and..." Her voice trailed off as the image of her laying pinned on the ground flashed in her mind. She remembered the pain of the pavement digging into her face. "I was outside. I'm sure of it." Her mother looked confused. "No, sweetheart, Fox said the FBI is sure that whoever did this to you did it while you were in bed. They came in while you slept." While I slept, while I slept. She turned the words over and over in her mind. Had she been asleep? She closed her eyes and tried to remember again. It hit her like a freight train. The dreams. She was having another dream. The whole dream flooded back to her. She felt herself falling on the ground, the man pinning her down, her hands held behind her back, him... "Oh God." Dana eyes shot open. The tears streaming down her mother's cheeks was all the confirmation she needed. Hot tears began streaming down her own face, a lump rose in her throat. She needed to scream. "Oh God," was all Dana could say, over and over. The nurse had given her something to help her sleep, to sedate her. If it hadn't been for that, she didn't think she would have made it through the night. But here it was, the next morning. She open her eyes, still feeling drugged, and found Mulder sitting in a chair beside her bed. "Rise and shine sleepy-head. I was beginning to think you were going to sleep all day." She could tell he was trying to his best to sound upbeat. She rubbed her eyes with a hand covered by IV tubes. She had expected to see him here sometime today. Mulder never stayed away too long when she was hospitalized. The last time they had seen each other, her sudden and emotional departure, seemed like a distant memory. She was confident that he wouldn't ask her about it. "I thought you might like a little company. That is, if I meet your approval." He smiled a boyish grin at her. She opened her mouth to speak and found she could only whisper. Her throat was so dry it hurt. "Mulder, can you get me some water?" She had barely managed to whisper it, but he jumped up and started pouring her a glass from the pitcher on the bedside table. He slipped his cool hand gently behind her neck and raised her head up. He put the cup to her lips and supported her head while she drank. The water felt cool and soothing on her throat. She closed her eyes and savored it. "Enough?" he asked. She opened her eyes to find his face hovering over her. Once again he was just a little too close to her. It unnerved her a little, but she knew Mulder had a bad habit of invading her personal space. "Yes." She pushed the feeling of him being too close into the back of her mind. He popped the cup back on the table and sat back down, leisurely stretching his long legs out in front of him. She looked at him, sitting in the chair beside her bed, looking back at her. He's wearing jeans, she thought. Why would he be wearing jeans? She knew it was Monday. Wasn't he going to work today? She sighed at the thought of him spending the day sitting beside her bed, talking endlessly about animal mutilations or whatever else interested him from this week's National Enquirer. Inside, one part of her shuddered at the prospect of it, another part of her felt a strange delight in it. "So, Scully. What's new?" Dana turned her head a little and squinted at him suspiciously. He was sitting back in the chair, looking very casual. What the hell did he mean what was new? He had to know what had happen to her. Did he want all the details too? "Oh, Mulder, I don't know. What's new with you?" She could play the game back just as well. She knew time had taught him that. "Well..." she watched Mulder's face darken a little. "Not much except I found you in your apartment yesterday morning with the shit beaten out of you." She was startled. He had gone right in for the kill. She hadn't expected it. He leaned in towards her, touched her arm, and gently said, "Skinner wanted to send some other bozo down here to take a statement from you. I told him I was the bozo for the job." She knew that it hadn't been that easy. He probably had a shouting match with Skinner over it. He had done it because he thought she'd be more comfortable telling him the details. She was sure of it. But she wasn't sure that she really could be comfortable telling him anything. She looked away from him and noticed the other two agents in dark suits standing in the doorway. "Don't worry about them, Scully. There just here to write anything you say down. You know I never take notes." She felt his hand pull her face back towards him, and she found herself looking directly into his eyes. Those hazel eyes. Dana squinted her eyes shut, but she was too late. A tear streamed down her cheek. "I can come back later if you want me to." His voice sounded more than a little bit uneasy. She wondered if it was because she looked like she was going to cry. "No, Mulder." She took a deep breath and regained control. " I want to get this over with." Where should she begin? How much did they need to know for their investigation? She decided to tell them everything about the night of her attack. Nothing more. Nothing about the other dreams. She took a deep breath. "I was outside, Mulder. On a street. Running in only my pajamas." She could tell by the look on his face that he wasn't buying it. "Scully, I found you in your apartment in bed. You had used the phone beside the bed to call me. There was blood all over it, and the receiver was still off the hook. No evidence has been found that suggests a crime was committed anywhere else in or around your apartment." God, Dana thought, he sounded just like her. "No, Mulder, you don't understand. I was in bed. But I was also outside. I had to be." He looked at her puzzled. She could hear the other agents in the background scribbling notes. She knew it was too late to make up another story. She had already gone too far into this one. They'll think I'm crazy, she thought. She could hear herself saying it to Mulder on case after case,"Typical case of post-traumatic stress disorder...Obviously delusional." She knew it sounded crazy, but she also knew that she wasn't. Suddenly, she was glad that Mulder was there. He was the only one who would understand. Here it goes, she thought. "Mulder, I've been having some abnormal dreams." The way she said it, it sounded so clinical, so completely different from how she really felt about it. She was hoping she would be able to continue to separate herself from the reality of it. "What kind of dreams?" He was leaning back in his chair, smiling. Jesus, Mulder, she thought glancing at the agents in the doorway. Not everybody understands the sexual innuendo that enters our private conversations. Then she pushed the thought floating through the back of her mind further back. There was no way he could suspect what she had been dreaming about. "No, Mulder, I'm serious. These dreams, they're unusual." "What do you mean?" "I mean, they seem real. Really real. I'm dreaming, but I'm not." She looked at him. She still wasn't making him understand. "I was outside. I was running. I knew I was in my bed and dreaming, but I was also outside running. I was both." Mulder squinted his eyes a little. She could tell he was thinking about what she had said. "Go on, Scully." "I was running down the street, and I knew immediately that I was being chased." She was pleased at how detached she was seeming, how she was able to call up the events without actually feeling anything about them. "I fell and the perpetrator attacked me from behind. I knew I was asleep, and I tried to wake up, but I couldn't." She expected him to make some comment about the significance of dreams. About how Native American believe that dreams are only another level of reality. Or some other outlandish theory incorporating everything she was telling him into one huge assumption that would border on the absurd. Instead, all he said was "What happened next?" She didn't know how she was going to tell the rest and remain so completely detached. But she had to give it a try. "The perpetrator forcibly held me to the ground. My attempts to defend myself and escape were..." Her voice trailed off. Oh, Mulder, she thought, how am I going to say this? She started again, quietly. She was talking just to him this time. "He held me down, Mulder. He pinned my arms behind my back. I couldn't scream or get away. And then he..." Her voice wavered on the last part. And she felt it again. The lump in her throat, the tears pooling in her eyes. "Scully, you have to tell us what happened next. We have to have it in your own words." He was leaning very close to her, almost whispering in her ear. For a brief moment, it reminded her of the dream where he confessed his love. "You can do this, Scully," he whispered. Somehow, she gathered the strength to clinch her teeth and say it. "He...raped me." She was biting her lip, holding back the tears. "Full penetration?" a voice said from the front of the room. She knew very well they knew the answer to that question. She closed her eyes. She didn't want to see Mulder's face when she answered. "Yes." "Were you penetrated anywhere else but vaginally?" another voice asked. Another question she knew they knew the answer to. "No." She felt Mulder's hand rubbing her arm. And the tear streaming down her cheeks anyway. "And the beating came before or after he violated you?" Violated, violated. The word sounded so innocent for what he had done. "After," Dana said through her tears. Her voice was shaking. She was about to lose all control. "Agent Scully, did you recognize your attacker?" one of the voices asked. Dana couldn't answer. She felt herself let out a huge wail and break into uncontrollable sobbing. She tried to put her hands up to her face to cover her closed eyes. She felt Mulder arms wrap around her, hugging her. She lifted her head off the pillow to rest it on his shoulder and wrapped her arms around his neck. Regardless of the pain it took to do it, she had to have someone to hold on to while she cried. She knew she was only going to let herself cry about this one more time, and she was going to make it good. She heard the other two agents leave the room, shutting the door behind them. And she held on to Mulder and sobbed uncontrollably. Dana laid on the floor in front of the fireplace in her apartment looking up at the ceiling. She had been home from the hospital for exactly 57 minutes. And she just laid there, looking up at the ceiling, her face expressionless, her arms stretched out from her sides. She had already tried to get comfortable in every chair, on the sofa, sitting up, laying back. Nothing seemed to work. The floor had been her last option, and now she laid there, staring hard at the cracks in the ceiling, trying to feel nothing. She was still in a good deal of pain, she admitted to herself. Nothing like when she first woke up at the hospital, but it still hurt to move. She could feel how cold the floor was through her shirt. "Dana," her mother called out from the bedroom. "I'm going to take your laundry home with me." "Okay, Mom." Whatever. Just don't make me think about anything else. She hadn't gone into the bedroom yet. She hoped to ease herself into it, waiting until she was alone. She knew her mother had come here yesterday, to remove the rest of the reminders of what happened. She imagined her scrubbing away the black smears where the crime lab had dusted for fingerprints, throwing away anything that she couldn't clean. She could hear her mother making the bed. She would have needed to go out and buy a new comforter and pillows, Dana thought. She knew that if the bed was as blood-stained as Mulder had implied to her, all the linens and pillows would have been confiscated as evidence. And the nightshirt and panties she had worn probably were now in evidence as well. Her hand reached up and lightly touched the stitches in the middle of her forehead. Four stitches. From where she had fallen in the dream. Last night was the first time she had seen her face in a mirror, and it had shocked her. She hadn't expected the swelling and bruises to be so bad on her face. But one whole side of her head was black, purple and yellow. She knew from looking that she was lucky to only have suffered a concussion . "Dana," her mother's concerned face suddenly blocked the view of the ceiling. "Are you sure you don't want to come home with me?" "Yes, Mom." She said it blankly, her face like a statue. She was lying, she knew that. But she had also insisted that her mother bring her here rather than take her to her house. And she wasn't backing down now. "Well, at least let me stay with you. I can sleep on the sofa." "No, I'll be fine." Dana let her eyes met her mother's. "Really." If I don't stay here alone tonight, she added to herself, I probably never will. Her mother retreated back into the bedroom to finish unpacking Dana's things from the hospital. Dana systematically went back over the discharge instructions the nurse had given her before her release. She had tried to tell her that it wasn't necessary, that she was a physician and was aware of her limitations, but the nurse had kept on talking. She heard her words, "No lifting or exertion for 3 weeks. You need to spend as much of your time as possible flat on your back." Dana almost laughed in her face at that one. She knew that as soon as she could move around without a great amount of pain, she would be back at work. She had only this morning gotten her hands on her chart. The nurse had left it lying on the bedside table while she went to get her pen. Dana knew that they were trying to keep whatever was in that chart hidden from her. But she told herself she could handle it and read as much of it as she could while the nurse was gone. She hadn't realized how bad her condition was when she arrived in the ER. Dangerously low blood pressure, labored breathing, unresponsive, a classic case of advanced shock. She read the description of the procedures they had performed on her, the dry way the ER record noted that she had "vaginally tearing and bruising consistent with forcible penetration." They had removed asphalt from her knees and back and under her nails. No evidence of a crime committed anywhere other than her bedroom? she thought to herself. Mulder, you are so full of shit. She smiled a little at that thought. For a moment, she tried to image what he had seen the night he burst in, responding to her scream on the phone. She imagined him with his gun drawn, calling her name. She could see his hand searching for the light switch beside the door, calling her again when she didn't answer. She tried to picture herself laying in a ball on the bed, unconscious, covered in her own blood. And she cringed a little when she realized her panties were probably around her ankles and her nightshirt was probably pulled up her back. He had to know immediately what had happen. The ER had gone through the usual procedures, the rape kit, the x-rays. She had required 2 sutures to close the tearing the rape had caused. The discharge nurse had needlessly informed her that those would dissolve in a few weeks, but the ones on her forehead would need to be removed by her regular physician in a week. She noted from her chart that all the usually tests for venereal disease had been run, coming back negative, but a round of precautionary antibiotics had been given to her anyway. She knew in a few months she would have to submit herself to another HIV-test. She pushed that thought from her mind. "You'll need to make an appointment with your gynecologist in a few weeks, to make sure you've healed completely," she heard the discharge nurse say in her mind. "We strongly recommend that you also have a pregnancy test at that time." Dana didn't have the heart to tell her that a pregnancy test was a waste of time, that she couldn't get pregnant even if she wanted to. But she just nodded compliantly. She pulled away from this thought, thankful that her mother was talking to her again. "I'm putting your pain medicine on the sink in the bathroom." "That's fine," she called back. She wasn't planning on taking any of it anyway. She wondered what would happen when she went to sleep tonight. Would she dream as she had those 14 nights in a row? And would it be the Mulder dreams or another attacker? Somehow, she had come to accept the dreams as real. And almost feel they were some inevitable force that she had no resistance to. The dreams of Mulder that had upset her so much that last afternoon at work had suddenly become a quiet sanctuary for her. They eased her mind, gave her some relief. Not having anything but normal dreams in the hospital had also helped, giving her some perspective. She hadn't told anyone about the Mulder dreams. She knew she would ask him about them someday, if he had remembered dreaming the same things. But not now. Their relationship was too awkward and uncomfortable. And she knew he would just try to read alot more into it than she was ready to admit. She didn't need that right now. "Dana," her mother was back in the room with her. "I don't know if I should leave you here." Dana realized how she must look, lying there on the floor, with an almost catatonic stare on her face. Snap out of it, she thought. You're scaring her. "Mom," she said forcing a little smile. "I don't need you scurrying around here all week, treating me like a 5-year-old. I'll be fine." Besides, she thought, Mulder will be right outside. Even though she had refused Skinner's offer of a guard, she knew Mulder would be sitting across the street from her apartment in his parked car. She could almost picture him popping sunflower seeds and listening to late-night talk radio. "If you are sure this is what you want." Her mother seemed to be satisfied. That was way too easy, she thought. Apparently Mulder had let her in on his plan. "Do you want me to help you to the bed before I go?" "No, I'm actually quite comfortable here." Dana knew that her mother probably wouldn't buy that one. "Dana," she said, entering her line of vision again. "Dana, call me if you need me." She was very serious. Dana noticed she looked very concerned, very worried and tired. "Mom, go home and get some rest." Her mother leaned down and kissed her on the cheek and silently walked towards the door. She quietly shut the door behind her, leaving Dana alone with her thoughts.