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I know it's only Thursday the 13th here in my time zone but since it's just after midnight in London and it's been Friday for hours and hours already in Australia, I am declaring [livejournal.com profile] scully_fest officially open.

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

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

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

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

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

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In conclusion, SCULLY FEST!

Re: Comment here with Questions

Date: 2014-02-14 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I guess my only question is, once again, could I do this? Why not? So short.....thinking...

Re: Comment here with Questions

Date: 2014-02-17 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
I wrote a 155 vignette that clocks in at 260 or something. I really don't want to cut it. But it's cheating, isn't it? What will happen to me if I post it? Will I lose my security clearance? Should I send it to my beta and risk harsh words?

Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"

Date: 2014-02-15 08:37 am (UTC)
tree: scully in black and white profile ([xf] so i can see your silhouette)
From: [personal profile] tree
i already said it, but i'll say it again here: this is beautiful.

Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"

Date: 2014-02-15 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
You could do a metafic and involve Bugs somehow. Or maybe just dedicate it to her.

Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"

Date: 2014-02-15 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
This is lovely.

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

But hey, I might give it a go.

Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"

Date: 2014-02-15 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Great! And I just realized: Scully was Mulder's Starbuck. He pursued a white whale that nearly killed him. Actually, it did. Several times. They even buried him. That show!

You inspire me.

Re: Scully in 155: "The Message"

Date: 2014-02-16 12:39 pm (UTC)
idella: (flower)
From: [personal profile] idella

This is wonderful.

Scully in 155: "Rewired"

Date: 2014-02-16 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
The chill of the stone seeps through her gloved hand. She leaves it there. She deserves that cold. Her body should be the one still and decaying in that hole in the ground. She shouldn't be the warm one.

I miss you.

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

A warm hand closes on her shoulder.

She straightens up but does not turn around.

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

“I know. That's all right, Scully.”

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

Her hand leaves the tombstone.

She catches his arm. “Let's go home, Mulder.”

Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired"

Date: 2014-02-16 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badforthefish.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was the line "You killed my sister!" that triggered this image of Scully standing in front of her sister's grave with Mulder behind her.

Scully knew the bullet that killed Melissa was destined for her. Add to this the usual Catholic and survivor's guilt. She might think none of them deserved to die but I think she's very aware that her sister died in her place.

And I am convinced she blames herself as much as she blames him. This is what I meant with the line about not pulling the trigger. Maybe I should have made it more obvious that the trigger in question was from the gun that killed Melissa.

Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired"

Date: 2014-02-17 10:15 am (UTC)
idella: (scully in pilot)
From: [personal profile] idella
This is wonderful. So much going on in so few words. In your story and between Mulder and Scully.

Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired"

Date: 2014-02-19 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Very, very good. Mine came out too long. Short is hard!

Re: Scully in 155: "Rewired"

Date: 2014-02-24 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] namarie24.livejournal.com
Ooh. So powerful in so few words. Very well done.

Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"

Date: 2014-02-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
idella: (FBI)
From: [personal profile] idella
Ouch. This is so painful. What I mean is, fantastic job. This episode really shook me up, and your fic really captures the anxiety of the episode, IMO.

Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"

Date: 2014-02-19 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
If he were smart he'd pay attention to that. Write it.

Re: Scully in 155: "A Woe that is Madness"

Date: 2014-02-20 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
I love this.

"And now he knew-- and so did she."

For someone as private as Scully, having her innermost fears broadcast in such a public and dramatic way must have been devastating.

Scully in 155: "Big Day"

Date: 2014-02-19 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Wendy said to do this. Without Wendy there would be nothing. Wendy is another name for the Big Bang.

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

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

She remembered when she'd prayed to God.

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

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

At ten o'clock the social workers were at her door.

Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day"

Date: 2014-02-19 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
We can always find a time and place to hate on 1013. But not now. Thanks, Kiddo.

Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day"

Date: 2014-02-19 08:23 pm (UTC)
idella: (dana scully)
From: [personal profile] idella
Citizen Kane would be an excellent movie to turn off right about then. D:

This is so good.

Re: Scully in 155: "Big Day"

Date: 2014-02-19 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estella-c.livejournal.com
Thank you very much.

Scully in 155: "Rabbit"

Date: 2014-02-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] discordantwords.livejournal.com
It was the rabbit, always the rabbit she kept coming back to.

Crawling with maggots, smooth fur mottled and ruined, brown eyes blank, the rabbit was proof positive that you couldn't take what you loved and put it in a box on the shelf to keep safe forever.

Melissa had helped her bury it; they'd stood in the California sunshine and held hands and whispered prayers over the upturned soil. She had once held him, given him a name. He had been hers, and then he hadn't.

She hadn't forgotten him. His face, his damaged hide, drifted into her consciousness at odd times. Her first day in gross anatomy, young and nervous, standing with a cluster of other med students in bright unsoiled lab coats; she had looked down at the corpse she'd been assigned and thought of her rabbit.

Her lab partner threw up. Her stomach held strong. She'd always been proud of that.

Re: Scully in 155: "Rabbit"

Date: 2014-02-21 11:16 pm (UTC)
idella: (scully in pilot)
From: [personal profile] idella
This is excellent. So Scully.
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