Abort, Retry, Fail
by
Tallulah Wolf

"'Do you think I'm running away from you, Mulder?' she finally asked.

"His eyes widened at the candid statement, and he stumbled over his words. 'I think...you might be.'

"She shrank into her coat, looking at him with greater understanding. 'And that scares you. I never wanted you to be scared.'

"He still had that wild, panicked look in his eyes, wary of the woman who was suddenly being honest. It hurt her to see that. 'You didn't tell me about the chemo, Scully. I didn't know what was happening yesterday morning. And I need to know. You're my partner, and I want to know what's happening to you.'"

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