Chapter Four: Solace

“Mulder!” Scully yelled out.

When she reached the next room, the door leading into the motel room suddenly burst open.

Scully came to a sudden stop and placed her hand on the small rise of her stomach in a protective motion.

Mulder entered the room carrying a bag full of McDonalds in his right arm. “Scully!?” he asked worriedly.

“Oh, god...Mulder, you scared me! I, I thought you were gone. I feared the worst.” She quickly embraced him.

Mulder placed the drinks and food onto a nearby coffee table before enveloping Scully in a tight reassuring embrace. “I’m sorry, Scully. I decided to go get some food and bring it back for us before you woke up; I thought you’d be hungry. I’m sorry.”

Scully managed a chuckle through her tears. “Don’t do that to me again.”

“Are you okay?” Mulder asked softly as he gently stroked her hair.

Scully took a reluctant breath “Yeah...”

Mulder could sense that there was more than what she was letting on. He gently parted from her and cupped her face in his hands.

“What is it, Scully?” he asked.

Scully briefly looked away “Let’s discuss it after lunch. You were right Mulder, I am hungry. What did you bring back?”

“Well, I’m holding you to it. Anyways, yeah...” he trailed off as he reached for the brown bag. “I know it’s not exactly health conscious, but I picked up some food from Micky D’s. I hate to admit it, but their fries are the best.” he chuckled.

Scully smirked and pulled the bag forward and peered inside. The aroma of fries and hamburgers instantly filled her nose which instantly gave her a fierce appetite. “I think the baby agrees with you.” she smiled.

Settling down at the glass coffee table to enjoy their fast food meal, Scully pulled out a Big Mac and fries and sipped the large root beer Mulder had gotten. “Did you know that a big Mac has over five hundred calories, Mulder?”

“No, I did not Doctor Scully. Thank you for informing me.” he teased.

“I might as well give up that diet, now that I’m pregnant. Controlling my appetite seems to be futile.” she mused.

Mulder smiled sympathetically. “You know Scully, when I was in high school my ideal meal at McDonald’s was two Big Macs, fries and a shake.” He confessed

Scully chuckled as she took a bite of the burger. “I never would have guessed. How did you still manage to keep your figure?”

“I was active, I never really was one to just hang around the house...for reasons we both know considering who my parents were. Every time I would come home, my thoughts would immediately be consumed by the night my sister had been abducted.” Mulder winced as he re-played the events over in his mind.

Scully’s expression immediately became solemn as she reached her free hand out across the table and placed it gently over Mulder’s.

Mulder clasped Scully’s hand in his own. “Out of all of the apparitions I’ve witnessed, I have yet to see my sister.”

Scully moistened her lips before speaking. “Mulder, about what I was going to tell you. I, uh...experienced a sudden apparition last night. It was surreal.”

Mulder remained silent as his partner continued.

“Melissa and Emily, Mulder...they, they we’re here in this room. I thought I had woken up and in the dream I had awoken to find you gone...just like this morning. I had walked into this very room and there they were, right there.” Scully said as she indicated the small couch across from them.

“I couldn’t trust my own eyes; it was like they materialized out of thin air. Melissa had spoken to me, about us. She insisted that we were brought to this time and place for a reason. That we have the power to fight for ourselves and our family.” Scully said softly.

“What do you think it means?”

“I think it means that we can get William back.”

End Chapter Four