Impressionist Gallery
Welcome! These recommendations will (hopefully) be updated every other Monday. This
page is meant as a showcase for fanfiction which Musea members have found especially
enjoyable. As such, we do not accept submissions. Recommendations may include any
genre and any character pairing, newly posted work or old classics. However, stories listed
on this page have not necessarily been recommended by group consensus. Also, all the
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Updated December 23, 2003 and January 9, 2011
(S, A, Implied MSR, Mulder/O, 21k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Diana: The allure of fanfiction is the ability to fill in the blanks, to take a 'what-
if' premise and flesh it out. Bone does that so well in this story. It is a
beautifully crafted piece, filled with an intriguing premise and instantly
recognizable characterizations. "Adisa" will leave you breathless.
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(S, H, R, Unrated, 20k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Forte: Oh my, where do I start with this fabulous fic? It made me sniffle (in the
best possible way). It made me cheer. It made me be in awe of Jill's clever
POV switches. <g> Whether you're naughty or you're nice, this is one primo
feel-good holiday story. :)
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(S, A, Rated S for Squeaky, 38k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Diana: 'Tis the season, and that makes it the perfect time to curl up with
some eggnog and a good holiday fic like "Epiphany." It's Christmas, Mulder's
back, and there are some bumps in the road ahead. Amanda takes simple
things - burned gravy, baby's stacking rings, carols on the radio -- and
incorporates them into a compelling holiday story that tugs at your heart and,
like Pandora's not-really-empty box, gives you the ultimate holiday gift of
hope.
mountainphile: I'd like to add a big 'me, too!' to this rec. It's a wonderful
little story that *does* leave the reader with a feeling of hope and includes
some great Mulder/Scully dialogue.
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(Holiday fic, 30k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Audrey: "Climb right in, dear," called the blue-haired lady, leaning from the
passenger side window of the passing car. This is no night to be stranded."
So begins Scully's Christmas Eve journey in the company of a unique Ex-
Wives Club. But are these three delicate-looking senior citizens just giving
the stranded agent a lift...or are they on a mysterious mission to put Dana on
the Naughty list for once? Have a good giggle this holiday season with Rev's
delightfully dotty original characters - and feel your cockles warm when
Scully's secret Christmas wish is fulfilled.
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(M/S, Rated NC-17, 78k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Audrey: What happens when Mulder & Scully head to small-town Illinois for
the long Thanksgiving weekend at her brother's house? Not much - a little
baking, a little mystery, a little banter - but that's precisely the point. I
absolutely adore JET's take on Charlie Scully & family, and this particular
story is a seasonal comfort read for me. This M&S are wonderfully relaxed,
but still prickly enough to feel authentic, and it has terrific small details that
stick with the reader long after the story is finished. Besides, who can resist
JET's signature talent, her wonderfully evocative language: "She wants to
maneuver all the quiet places with him now, all the uncharted tracks of
water, all the carnival trails." And, as a special holiday bonus, check out the
author's fanfic journal at www.livejournal.com/~jetfic for "Imagination," a
snippet of the sequel-in-progress. Edited to add: The sequel is now up!
"Kept Joy" can be found at the same URL. ::Aud does happy dance::
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(V, A, Rated G, 8k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Mish: While not a holiday story, this heart-warming little piece embodies
the spirit of the season, as Maggie Scully gives Mulder a reason to
dispense with the apologies. As only a mother can, of course - with typical
resignation and indulgence. Great Maggie here, folks. Enjoy!
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(VA, Rated G, 23k)
Recommended 12-22-03

Blackwood: Not every story at Christmastime is a happy one. Fran
doesn't specify a time or place, but this one strikes me as a true-to-life look
inside Scully's heart at a vulnerable time of year. Forgive me if it's a little on
the dark side, but sometimes life is like that, you know? A short, but
powerful piece of writing that I enjoyed (?) for its simplicity and truth. And
that, after all, is what M&S are about, isn't it?
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