by Kel

"Scully had never heard him sound so vulnerable.

'And you're trying to convince her that you're a nice guy who can find a date?' she asked.

'I just want her to take me seriously. Take my career seriously,' he said. 

'Mulder, you're an FBI agent. You catch serial killers and you protect the innocent. You search for the truth and you serve justice,' she reminded him. 

'And yet I retain a neurotic need for validation,' he said. 'Look, I was young and callow, and she believed in me. I don't want to disappoint her.'

'When is the wedding?' Scully asked with a sigh."

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