Just Say Yes

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Mulder and Scully play acting during surveillance…An answer for @minuete-blog‘s ask for the angst/fluff prompts post on Tumblr. Sorry it took so long!

First posted 31 July 2019

Prompts: “Please don’t do this.“ and “It’s not that easy.” I went fluffy rather than angsty…


“Oh my God, Mulder. Please don’t do this.”

Scully rested her forehead in her palm. She was not going to give Mulder the satisfaction of glaring at him.

“C’mon, Scully,” Mulder pleaded, nudging her elbow with the small box he was presenting to her. “You heard the SAC.” He tapped his earpiece for emphasis. “She asked for a distraction. They’re closing in.“

She slammed her hand down on the table, rattling the silverware and dishes. “And this is the best you could come up with?”

Mulder glanced around the restaurant from his kneeling position. “Well, it’s working. Everyone’s looking at us. And the perp is making his move. Play along.”

Scully shook her head and hissed, “It’s not that easy–”

“Sure it is. Just say yes.”

She turned to him now, her eyes wide. “How is saying yes –”

Mulder jumped up with a triumphant fist pump. “She said yes!”

Applause broke out all around the restaurant. He picked up her left hand and jammed the ring he’d been presenting to her on her finger. Of course it was a perfect god damned fit.

Before she could come up with any retort, all the doors to the restaurant burst open and the SWAT teams swarmed the perp. Still holding her hand, Mulder pulled Scully up from her chair and led her away from the chaos.

They made their way through the barricades. Standing among the other agents on the taskforce, they watched the takedown, waiting to see if they would have to give any kind of statements or make any reports.

“So did you requisition a ring prop or do you just happen to carry these things around in case these stakeouts need a distraction?” she asked, fiddling with the ring. It was pretty and, she had to admit, it suited her.

“Not a prop. But yeah, I just happened to be carrying that ring around with me for a while now.”

She stared at him, so many questions she knew he wanted her to ask. How long? Why now? Instead, she just said, “Lucky thing.”

She started trying to wiggle the ring off. He grabbed her hand to stop her. “Luckier still if you actually say yes.”

She pulled her hand back and turned away from him. “Mulder, this isn’t funny.”

He shrugged. “It’s a little bit funny.”

She turned to give him a dirty look. “We can’t just –”

“We can just. We can do anything we freakin’ want. We’re adults, not beholden to anyone but ourselves. We’ve got a kid on the way. I want to do the marriage thing this time around. And I want a good story for the spawn when she asks how it all happened.”

Scully’s hand went instinctively to her abdomen. As she spread her fingers, the ring’s stone caught the flashing police lights. It wasn’t a disagreeable sight.

“Stop calling her that and I’ll think about it.”

He laughed and looped an arm around her shoulders. “I told you, I’ve thought of a perfectly good name –”

“Let me tell you where you are going to wear this ring if you think I’m naming my daughter Melvina.”