"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Eight

 

Review By: Gothic Spook

"Sweetie, I’m going to have one last fling with Knowle. Is that all right?" - Monica Reyes

I wouldn't mind a fling with Knowle! Is she serious? Joking? What's Brad's reaction?

So the time EVERY has been waiting for. Only a day left till the wedding and the Reyes family is holding a big fiesta! *puts on party hat*

Does everything go according to plan? ... Of course not ... that would make life boring.

Read and find out what happens when Scully finally meets Doggett's mom for the first time.

8x11 "What We Used To Know"

Title: "What We Used To Know"
Written by: Kristi
Date: July 25-26, 2005; July 28, 2005; August 11-12, 2005; August 20, 2005; October 26, 2005, October 29, 2005, November 2, 2005, November 10, 2005
Air Date: November 21, 2005
Rating: PG
Series: FRVS - Episode #159
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
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Archiving: "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series only!
Disclaimer: "The X-Files" and its characters belong to 20th Century FOX Broadcasting. If you recognize it, it's not our own creation. Original characters belong to Cassie and Kristi (FRVS).
Author's Note: The personalities of the characters within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor. Any horrid behavior should not be mimicked in your every day life.
Summary: It's the day before Monica and Brad are to be married, and the Reyes family is throwing a fiesta to celebrate.


FADE IN:

EXT. REYES ESTATE Ė CENTRAL MEXICO Ė DAY

NOVEMBER 11, 2005
FRIDAY

Monica and Scully are sitting by the outdoor pool, catching a little sun. There is a man in the pool swimming laps as Monica and Scully talk.

MONICA
I just hope my brotherís behave.
(beat) Iíve heard Juan and José
saying how they want to crash the wedding.

SCULLY
They wonít, donít worry. (beat)
Besides, they seem like they are
all talk anyway.

MONICA
They are. (beat) But they are a
little like Mulder and Krycek
when it comes to being unpredictable.

SCULLY
That bad?

MONICA
They have their moments.

Monica picks up her Agua de Jamaica drink from a table that is between her and Scully. She takes a sip. Scully sighs and looks around. Itís November and it is beautiful here. This is the prefect weather for winter.

SCULLY
Itís beautiful here. Why donít
you come down here more often?

MONICA
Because I live in Virginia.

Monica smiles at Scully.

SCULLY
I know... but a nice vacation with
a red-headed friend every once in
a while wouldnít hurt...

Scully looks over and smiles at Monica.

MONICA
Maybe I can think something up to
get us away from the cold winter
a little ways down the road.

SCULLY
Of course it really hasnít been
that cold up in Virginia this winter...

Monica nods her head.

MONICA
(vague)
Weíve already lost and donít know it.

SCULLY
Lost what?

Monica looks over at her with a puzzled expression.

MONICA
What?

SCULLY
What have we lost?

MONICA
(confused)
What are you talking about?

Scully shakes her head after a beat. Maybe she heard Monica wrong.

SCULLY
So... are Bradís parents coming?

Monica lets out a sigh.

MONICA
No. (beat) They didnít want to
step foot in a ďslave countryĒ.

Scully winces.

SCULLY
They said that?

MONICA
Yes, they did.

SCULLY
Well, on the bright side, you
wonít have to deal with them
trying to ruin the wedding.

Monica smiles. Scully is always so optimistic.

MONICA
True. (beat) I still canít believe
they are the way they are, you know? I
mean, Brad is their only child.

SCULLY
How is Brad taking it?

MONICA
Better than me. (beat) I guess
thatís because heís used to them
being this way. I think he gave
up on them a while ago.

Scully nods her head.

MONICA (CONíT)
Theyíve never really been supportive
of him. Why should they change now?

Scully nods her head, but still senses the disappointment in Monica. They sit quietly for a moment, watching the man swim.

SCULLY
So, if you could have one last
fling before you get married,
who would it be with?

Monica looks pensive.

MONICA
I donít know... Iím not the
kind of person who would do
such a thing...

Their conversation suddenly gets distracted when the man in the pool, Knowle Rohrer, swims up to the side of the pool and boosts himself up and out of the water with his muscular arms.

Monica and Scully look over at him and tilt their heads.

The water slowly drips off of Knowleís muscular body. He gets out of the pool and walks over to his towel to dry himself off. The sun shines down on him, and the water allows his toned body to shimmer... as if Heaven sent.

Monica lifts an eyebrow. This is nice to look at.

SCULLY
(eyes canít leave Knowle)
Now that is a toned body.

Monica looks Knowle over with her eyes.

MONICA
Yeah... it is, isnít it?
I mean, look at his arms.

SCULLY
Iím a sucker for arms. Especially
the bicep area...

MONICA
(under his spell)
His back...

Knowle sits down on a chair a little ways away from them... seemingly out of ear range...

MONICA
Do you think he knows
how gorgeous he is?

Scully looks over at Monica and lifts her eyebrow.

SCULLY
(curious)
Whoís your what-if guy?

Monica looks over at her.

MONICA
My what-if guy? I donít
believe I need one. Iím
getting married tomorrow.

Monica laughs.

SCULLY
Everyone has a what-if guy or
gal, so who is your what-if guy?
(beat) Iíll tell you mine.

Monica looks at Scully for a moment.

MONICA
(reading into Scullyís mind)
Mulder. Heís your what-if guy.

SCULLY
Now thatís not fair. You
cheated, so you have to
tell me yours.

Monica smiles.

SCULLY
Is it John?

Monica bursts out laughing.

MONICA
(humored)
Oh please! Johnís like one of
my brothers. He could never
be a what-if guy for me.

SCULLY
What about that pact you two
made, how if you two werenít
married by thirty-five...

MONICA
Yeah, and how young were
we when we came up with that?
It was written in crayon. (beat)
We thought thirty-five was like ninety.

Monica smiles.

SCULLY
What about the guy from New Orleans?

MONICA
Robert Comer?

Monica shakes her head ďnoĒ.

MONICA
No. Robert and I were just
something that happened
along the path of life.

SCULLY
Then who?

Monica turns to face her.

MONICA
(giving in)
Ok, but you have to promise
not to tell John because heíll
be crushed since Iím his what-if girl.

Scully gives her a strange look.

SCULLY
I promise...

Monica smiles.

MONICA
Knowle Justin Rohrer.

SCULLY
(fast)
I knew it!

Scully smiles at Monica, and Monica gives her a look.

MONICA
What do you mean ďyou knew itĒ?

SCULLY
Címon... I can tell you
find him attractive.

MONICA
Well he is...

Monica turns away from her and looks across the way at Knowle, who is putting sun lotion on his nose.

MONICA
I mean, look at him.

Scully does.

MONICA
He is very attractive. Very
protective. Charming Ė at times.
(beat) And heís great in bed.

Monica smiles, knowing how wide Scullyís eyes just became. Scully looks at Monica with bug-eyes. Knowle looks in their direction with a small smile on his face, trying to hide the fact that he heard that last comment.

SCULLY
(hushed, scolding)
Monica Isabella Reyes. Youíre
not saying that youíve...

Monica looks at her.

SCULLY
(lowers her voice)
... had an affair with him?

Monica looks offended.

MONICA
(offended)
Oh my god! No!

SCULLY
But you said youíve-

MONICA
-In the past, Dana! (beat) Knowle
and I went to college and shared
an apartment... things... happened.

Scully leans back in her chair and lets out a sigh.

SCULLY
(relieved)
Oh thank god. (beat) I was afraid
Iíd have a difficult duty
as the Maid of Honor.

Monica smiles.

SCULLY
(after a beat)
By the way, you never
answered me before...

Scully looks at Monica.

SCULLY (CONíT)
If you could have one last
fling before tying the knot,
who would it be with?

Monica smiles.

MONICA
And like I said before-

SCULLY
-I know, youíre not that kind of
girl. (beat) Forget about that for
just one moment and go with it.

MONICA
Ok... If I could have one last
fling, Iíd probably ask Knowle
because he wouldnít let me do
something that stupid.

Monica smiles at Scully.

MONICA
He may be a very flirtatious man,
but he has a lot of respect for
me and wouldnít let me do something
that would compromise my relationship
with Brad. (beat) Heís like that.

Scully sighs, suddenly in a world of her own thought.

SCULLY
(thoughtful)
You know... I donít have anyone
in my life like that, other than
John of course. (beat) If I were
to ask any of my long time friends
for one last fling, they all would.
(beat) Alex and Walter especially.

MONICA
Mulder wouldnít.

SCULLY
True. Heíd be too shy.

Knowle stands up and makes his way over to Monica and Scully.

Monica smiles at him.

MONICA
(to Knowle)
Hey.

Knowle sits down next to Monica.

KNOWLE
Hey. (beat) So what are you lovely
ladies talking about?

MONICA
One last flings.

Knowle lifts an eyebrow.

KNOWLE
Moní, you arenít thinkiní of...
because thatís not right.

Monica looks over and smiles at Scully.

MONICA
See. I told you.

SCULLY
Who wouldíve known...

KNOWLE
Known what?

MONICA
I told Dana that Iíd choose
you to have my last fling
with before I tied the knot.
(beat) That is, if I were to
be that stupid.

Knowle freezes.

KNOWLE
Me?

MONICA
Yes.

She smiles at him.

MONICA
Because you wouldnít let me
do something that Iíd regret.

Knowle smiles at her.

KNOWLE
You know me better than anyone.

Knowle kisses Monica on the cheek and stands up to leave. Scully gives him a look, and is completely on to his feelings for Monica. She smiles a little.

BRAD (O.S.)
Knowle, are you hitting on my fiancé?

Knowle stops mid-stand for a second and looks up at Brad, who is accompanied by Doggett.

KNOWLE
Iím not hittiní on her.

MONICA
(to Brad)
Sweetie, Iím going to have one
last fling with Knowle. (beat)
Is that all right?

Monica smiles innocently. Brad stops in his tracks. Did he hear her right? Everyone looks at him with amusement.

BRAD
(after a beat)
Iím sorry, what?

Monica stands up and goes up to Brad, wrapping her arms around his neck. She plays flirtatiously with his hair.

MONICA
I said, darling, that Iím going
to have one last fling with Knowle.
(beat) Thatís all right with you, right?

Monica smiles at him.

BRAD
No... thatís not all right...

MONICA
(after a beat)
Iím joking.

She smiles at him and kisses him. Brad smiles at her.

BRAD
And here I thought you
had lost your mind.

Doggett laughs, but quickly stops himself. Monica looks at him with knowing eyes.

MONICA
Thank you, John, for not saying what
you were thinking. (beat) But need
I remind you that I can still hear you?

DOGGETT
(uncomfortable)
Sorry.

Doggett coughs uncomfortably and rubs the back of his neck.

BRAD
Anyway... I came out here to let
you know that there are a lot of
people already arriving.

MONICA
Already? Thatís unusual for my family.

Monica suddenly realizes...

MONICA (CONíT)
Oh... Mama is having
a surprise fiesta tonight.

BRAD
Well, now it wonít be a
surprise, now will it?

Brad smiles at her. Monica looks down and shuts her eyes. Why did she have to ruin the surprise for the others.

Knowle looks at her and senses she feels bad about ruining it.

KNOWLE
Ah, it wouldíve come out sooner
rather than later. (beat) What, with
the twins around and how much they
talk... we wouldíve found out even
without how special Monica is.

Knowle smiles at Monica and Brad as he tosses his towel over his shoulder and heads into the house. He turns and winks at Monica as he goes in. Monica smiles. Knowle is right. The twins wouldíve eventually ruined the surprise.

DOGGETT
Heís right.

Scully comes over to them.

SCULLY
A fiesta? Whatís a Reyes Fiesta like anyway?

MONICA
Lotís of food. Lotís of music.
Lotís of people. Lotís of dancing.

DOGGETT
Lotís of everything.

Scully smiles.

SCULLY
Sounds like fun.

Off of Scullyís smile...

TIME CUT TO:

INT. REYES HOUSE - FOYER Ė THAT AFTERNOON

Brad walks by the foyer, but is stopped by Monicaís brother, Juan.

JUAN
Hey Brado, we need to speak with you.

Brad stops walking, and makes his way over to Juan, José, Antonio, and Roberto (Monicaís oldest brother).

ANTONIO
Yeah, itís nothing serious though.

JOSÉ
So he says...

José smiles deviously.

BRAD
All right... whatís going on?

ROBERTO
Youíre marrying our little sister.
(beat) We need to make sure you
are a decent man before you can
be a part of this family.

JUAN
(menacing)
Yeah. When we first met you, we
were too nice...

JOSÉ
(menacing)
Now is the time for the
real Reyes Brother initiation.

They all give Brad a menacing look, as we...

CUT TO:

INT. KITCHEN Ė CONíT

Isabella, Monicaís mother, is busy making hundreds of tortillas. Grandmama Reyes is helping, but does not look happy with all the kitchen utensils. Doggett and Knowle have been put to work chopping vegetables.

GRANDMAMA REYES
(looking at Isabella)
You are doing this all wrong.

ISABELLA REYES
No Iím not. This is how
we do it the fast way.

GRANDMAMA REYES
My way is better.

Isabella sighs.

ISABELLA
Not when you only have a
few hours to make five
hundred tortillas.

Grandmama shakes her head at all the kitchen appliances.

GRANDMAMA REYES
I donít get all this machinery.

Grandmama looks closely at a blender with confusion.

KNOWLE
Sometimes we need to make
sacrifices for time, Grandmama.

GRANDMAMA REYES
(looking up at Knowle)
Doesnít mean I like it.

Isabella walks over to Doggett and Knowle to check to make sure they are not messing anything up.

ISABELLA REYES
(to Doggett)
Make them smaller, Johnny.

GRANDMAMA REYES
Let them do it. They are big boys now.

ISABELLA
(to Grandmama)
Carmen, I donít have time for mistakes.

GRANDMAMA REYES
They arenít making mistakes.
Theyíre chopping vegetables.

KNOWLE
Donít worry, everything will get
done on time. (beat) Weíve cut
vegetables before, you know.

Knowle looks up and smiles at Isabella.

ISABELLA REYES
I wouldnít be this worried if
the twins didnít eat half of
what I made this morning.

Doggett looks up from chopping.

DOGGETT
They certainly donít age like wine...

ISABELLA REYES
You donít even know...

DOGGETT
Hey Knowle, isnít your ma here?

KNOWLE
Yes, she is. Sheís resting from
the long drive this morning. (beat)
You know, I told her I would pick
her up so she didnít have to drive
all that way, but she insisted. (beat)
When I got to McAllen, there was a note
saying she had already left.

GRANDMAMA REYES
(to Knowle)
You are a good boy.

Knowle smiles at Grandmama. He tries his best.

KNOWLE
(to Doggett)
What about your folks?

Doggett stops chopping and lets out a sigh.

DOGGETT
(worried)
Theyíre cominí.

Knowle looks at him.

KNOWLE
You sound worried.

DOGGETT
My Maís going to meet Dana.

Knowle nods his head.

KNOWLE
Well yeah, after all Dana is
responsible for what happened to Monica-

DOGGETT
-Stop it.

Doggett gives him a stern look.

Everyone stops what they are doing and watch them.

KNOWLE
(knowing heís starting something)
What? You know Iím right. Thatís
why you are so worried.

GRANDMAMA REYES
(scolding)
Knowle...

KNOWLE
Well you all know Iím right.
His Maís gonna see her as the
true bi-

GRANDMAMA REYES
(calm, knowing)
-Stop your tough act Knowle Justin,
and just admit you like her. (beat)
There is no need for you to be
mean to her and you know it.

Grandmama gives Knowle a stern look.

GRANDMAMA REYES
Besides, I know you donít
want to upset Monica.

Grandmama gives him a knowing look, and Knowle looks away and back down at his vegetables.

Doggett watches him. He looks really nervous.

DOGGETT
Nervous about something?

KNOWLE
(quick)
Iím not nervous. I just donít
like a psychic knowiní my thoughts.

DOGGETT
(amused)
Well Iím sure she doesnít
like knowing them.

Knowle gives him a glare. Doggett holds back a laugh and smirks at Knowle.

Grandmama smiles.

GRANDMAMA REYES
Heís just afraid Iím going
to tell everyone his big secret.

Knowle looks at her, and Grandmama smiles at him.

DOGGETT
Big secret? (beat) Do tell.

Itís rare when heís not the one being picked on. Itís a nice change to see Knowle getting it.

KNOWLE
(quick)
I donít have a secret.

DOGGETT
Everyone has secrets.

KNOWLE
Well I donít.

DOGGETT
Well, youíre makiní it pretty
darn obvious that you do.

Doggett smirks at him and Knowle continues to chop the vegetables, ignoring him.

DOGGETT
Címon, what big secret
does The Roar have?

KNOWLE
(getting annoyed)
I donít have any, all right?

DOGGETT
(persistent)
Yeah you-

GRANDMAMA REYES
(calming)
-Now, now... We all have secrets, and
all secrets come out at the right time
and with the right person. (beat)
There is no need to pressure anyone.

Doggett returns back to chopping vegetables. He randomly eyes Knowle, trying to figure out his big secret.

CUT TO:

INT. FOYER

Scully and Monica are walking through the foyer. They walk right by Mulder, who has just arrived and looks lost. Scully notices him and stops, as does Monica.

SCULLY
Hey Mulder.

Mulder looks at her with lost eyes.

MULDER
(overwhelmed)
This place... is... huge...

MONICA
It comes off rather intimidating at
first, but itís simple once you
familiarize yourself with it. (beat)
I can show you around if you like?

Mulder nods his head. His jaw is dropped in awe. He had no idea Monica had a rich family.

MULDER
Yeah...

MONICA
Where should we start... one
of the wings, the stables, the
kitchen... the-

MULDER
(interested)
-Stables? You have stables? Like horses?

MONICA
Yeah.

SCULLY
I love horses.

MULDER
Me too!

MONICA
Ok. I guess we could start there.

MULDER
Oh goodie!

MONICA
Besides, we should get out
of the house since everyone
will be preparing for a ...
shh... surprise party.

Mulderís eyes widen.

MULDER
(excited)
I love surprises!

MONICA
Me too. But I already know about
it because Iím psychic, and Juan
and José passed Dana and I
and told us. (beat) Itís hard to
keep secrets in this family.

MULDER
Well, Iíve got one for you, but itís
a surprise and youíll find out soon enough.

Mulder smiles happily. Scully and Monica look at him curiously. What surprise could Mulder have in store for her...

TIME CUT TO:

EXT. REYES STABLES Ė TEN MINUTES LATER

Monica, Scully and Mulder are walking across the spacious land, heading towards a row of horse stables.

MULDER
(in awe)
Wow... all this spacious land
makes me think of being a country boy.

SCULLY
A country boy?

MULDER
Yep. All I need are the overalls,
hat, and a piece of straw to chew
on. (beat) Can I ride a horse?

MONICA
I donít see why not.

They enter the stables.

MONICA
Iíll get my horse ready
for you to ride.

Monica takes Scully and Mulder to a light brown horse with a white star on itís forehead.

MONICA
This is my horse, Spirit.
She is the gentlest horse here.

Mulder and Scully pet the horse on the nose.

SCULLY
Sheís very pretty.

Monica opens the stall and enters, followed by Scully.

MONICA
She is, isnít she?

SCULLY
I didnít know you knew
how to ride?

MONICA
Iíve been riding since
I was a kid. (beat) Papa
was always good with horses.

A horse near the end of the row makes a noise and catches Mulderís attention. He wanders off, unbeknownst to Monica and Scully.

Mulder makes his way to the end of the stables and finds himself face to face with a huge black stallion. ďDiabloĒ is carved into a wooden block that has been nailed above the horseís stall. Mulder looks back to where Monica and Scully are Ė they are still in the stall with Spirit and cannot see him. He looks back at the horse, who lets air out of his nose loudly.

MULDER
(quiet, devious)
Horsie...

Mulder quietly unlocks the stall door and enters.

Back with Monica and Scully...

Scully is helping Monica put the saddle on Spirit.

SCULLY
I used to ride a bit
when I was younger.

MONICA
Really?

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
I miss riding now that I
live in the city and work
all the time. I just donít
have the amount of free time
anymore that I had growing up.

MONICA
I know what you mean. (beat) What
I wouldnít give to leave the city,
live on a ranch, and be able to ride again.

SCULLY
Itíd be quieter too.

MONICA
You donít even know.

Monica smiles at Scully, who truly has no idea how peaceful it would be to live in the country away from the busy life of the people in the city... all of which Monica can hear because of her gift.

Scully smiles back, and pets Spirit.

SCULLY
(after a beat)
Spirit seems very well trained.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
My Papa is good with animals.
He trained her well and keeps
her in good health while Iím
gone. (beat) The only horse no
one has been able to train is Diablo.

SCULLY
Diablo?

MONICA
Carlosís un-trainable black
stallion. (beat) Only Carlos
has been able to ride him.

Suddenly, they hear a loud ďWHOOP!Ē sound come out of Mulderís mouth and the sound of loud galloping hoofs coming from Diablo on the way out of the stables.

Monica and Scully share a confused look and leave Spiritís stall, just in time to see Mulder riding off bareback on Diablo.

Scully and Monicaís eyes go wide.

SCULLY
(already knowing the answer)
Is that Diablo?

MONICA
Yep... and there goes Mulder.

They leave the stable to go watch the inevitable demise of Mulder as he rides Diablo into a rectangular jumping pen.

MONICA
(worried)
Does he know how to ride?

SCULLY
Only the Merry-Go-Round.

MONICA
You know... I donít get it. Iím
psychic, but I couldnít see this
coming? (beat) That doesnít make sense.

SCULLY
Maybe itís because of his
random acts of unpredictability.

MONICA
Could be...

At a loss as to what to do, they watch Mulder ride Diablo. He jumps, gallops, and surprisingly, Mulder manages to stay on despite riding bareback with zero experience.

After ten minutes, Mulder somehow manages to control Diablo, and rides him over to Scully and Monica.

MULDER
(acting like a country boy)
Howdy pardíners!

Mulder smiles like a doof.

MONICA
Oh my god. You just
survived Diablo. Carlos
is going to freak out.
No one has ever done that.

SCULLY
Yeah, and this horse is
supposed to be unbreakable.

Mulder smiles and gets off Diablo.

MULDER
Well, I guess love and friendship
goes over well with animals too.

Mulder grins and leads Diablo back to his stall. Monica and Scully share a look... how Mulder-like was that? Only Mulder, of all people, could ride Diablo other than Carlos. Mulder Luck shines again...

CUT TO:

INT. REYES HOUSE Ė HALLWAY

Scully, Mulder and Monica are walking down one of the hallways to show Mulder where his room is. He keeps getting confused here...

MULDER
Itís like a maze, you know?
I feel like a mouse trying
to find the cheese that is
my bedroom.

Monica laughs.

SCULLY
I like it because I feel rich.

MONICA
Itís just a house.

Monica smiles.

SCULLY
Itís a mansion, Monica. Just say it.

MULDER
How did your family afford it?

MONICA
Well, once Papa left the mortician
profession, he decided to sell some
of the family wine.

MULDER
You have a vineyard? Here?

MONICA
One of my uncles is very intelligent
when it comes to land. (beat) If
he were in Antarctica, he could
find a way to make a vineyard.

MULDER
(amazed)
Wow.

SCULLY
He sounds like a scientist. (beat) Your
family own a lot of land. I mean
the horse stables and riding land
is huge. (beat) Iím half expecting
a landing strip...

Mulder laughs.

MULDER
Yeah with a Reyes Jet
or concord or something.

Monica smiles.

MONICA
(quiet; after a beat)
We do.

Scully and Mulder look at her.

SCULLY
(surprised)
You do?

MONICA
Yeah... but we donít have
a concord. Just a small jet.

MULDER
(eager)
For sky diving?

SCULLY
No, Mulder. No sky diving.

Mulder looks down disappointed.

Panicked running is heard coming down the hallway, but no one really takes notice of it... yet.

MULDER
Why do you and Brad live
in such a small apartment?
You both come from rich families.

MONICA
We donít take charity from our
families, and money isnít the
key to happiness in life.

SCULLY
Sometimes it canít hurt...

Scully smiles, just as Doggett runs up to her.

DOGGETT
(panic)
You have to hide.

SCULLY
(concerned)
What?

DOGGETT
You just gotta.

He quickly starts to drag Scully off.

SCULLY
(worried)
John, whatís wrong?

DOGGETT
My Maís here.

Scullyís eyes light up.

SCULLY
(happy)
Really? Can I meet her?

DOGGETT
No. Sheíll call you a
devil spawn. Sheís evil.

Mulder and Monica follow them.

SCULLY
Now that canít be true...
Youíre too honorable and
sweet to have come from
something evil.

Scully smiles as Doggett leads her into her room sheís staying in.

DOGGETT
I donít want her to yell and
ruin everything. So just
hide in here.

SCULLY
Until when? She leaves?

DOGGETT
Yeah.

SCULLY
But then Iíd miss Mon and
Bradís wedding.

Scully is amused with him, but puts on a ďcuteĒ pout.

DOGGETT
But sheís evil.

SCULLY
Ok, Johnny. I will hide for you.

Scully smiles with amusement and kisses John on the lips.

DOGGETT
Ok. Good.

He smiles, then hurries himself out of the room.

Monica and Mulder look at her after he leaves.

MULDER
What was that about?

SCULLY
His mother. Heís scared sheís going
to yell at me or something.

MONICA
Oh, she will. Thereís no doubt
about that. (beat) She always yells.

Monica sits down on the bed next to Scully.

SCULLY
Heís funny, isnít he?

MONICA
How do you mean?

SCULLY
Thinking Iím going to miss
a Reyes Fiesta so I can hide
from his mommy.

Scully smiles deviously. John only thinks he has won.

CUT TO:

INT. DARK WINDOWLESS ROOM Ė REYES HOUSE

Brad, Antonio, Roberto, Juan and José are sitting around a circular table with a single light above them. Poker chips are in the center of the table. Antonio, Roberto and José are leaning back in their chairs, watching Brad and Juan battle out the end of the poker game.

JUAN
So... youíre saying that if I
win this... not only do I get
the whole pot, but you donít
marry my sister and I get to
throw you over the cliff to
make you scared of heights like
we did to John Doggett?

BRAD
Yeah. Why not?

Juan smiles deviously.

JUAN
Dude! Iím totally going to kick your butt!

Brad doesnít show emotion.

JUAN
Ready to read Ďem and weep?

BRAD
Go ahead.

The others watch on as Juan lays down his cards.

JUAN
Full house, baby! Whoo!

Brad looks down at his cards. He lets out a sigh and winces.

BRAD
Well... Juan...

Juan smiles.

BRAD
It looks like you better go
on upstairs and help your Mama
in the kitchen because that
surprise fiesta for Moní and I...
Well... thatís still going to happen.

Brad smiles and lays down his hand... a Royal Flush.

Juan looks down and sees his hand.

JUAN
Dammit! You kicked my ass!

Brad smiles and the other brothers clap.

ANTONIO
Good game, guys.

ROBERTO
Yeah. I think he can marry
Monica. You can always
tell how good a person is
by the way he plays poker.

JOSÉ
Yeah, I canít not like him
because of how badly he
beat Juan.

José laughs and Juan glares at him.

JUAN
Well, I better go back up
stairs and help Mama with
the cooking since I ate
a lot of it earlier...

Juan gets up from the table and quickly leaves the room.

BRAD
Heís not going to pay up, is he?

ANTONIO
Not a chance in hell.

Antonio laughs, and Brad nods his head.

BRAD
Thought so.

He smiles, knowing thatís how this game would end anyway.

CUT TO:

INT. REYES HOUSE Ė HALLWAYS Ė LATER THAT DAY

Did we really think Scully would sit and wait in her room and hide from Johnís mother all day? Didnít think so.

Scully aimlessly wanders through the hallway, looking at family portraits on the walls, paintings, and other artwork the Reyes family has collected that is on display in the hallway. She stops in front of a painting of a canyon somewhere in Mexico Ė must be Grandmama Reyesís home from how sheís heard it described.

A door to a room opens and a short old woman walks out. Sheís wearing a light blue dress, a white sweater over her shoulders, and her silver hair is pulled back into a bun. The old woman smiles when she makes eye contact with Scully.

SCULLY
Hi.

The old woman quietly shuts the door to the room she was just in.

OLD WOMAN
You must be Dana.

Scully smiles, could this gentle old woman be Johnís ďevilĒ mother?

SCULLY
Yes, I am.

OLD WOMAN
Iím Naomi Rohrer, Knowleís mama.
Have you met my boy?

SCULLY
Nice to meet you. (beat) Yes, Iíve
met him, but I donít think he likes me.

Naomi smiles and shakes her head.

NAOMI
Youíre Johnís girl, right?

SCULLY
I am.

NAOMI
Then he likes you. He may not
admit it, but he does. (beat)
May I ask... why do you think
he doesnít like you?

Scully sighs quietly.

SCULLY
Itís a long, complicated story.

NAOMI
I may look old, but Iím not
planning on going anywhere soon.

Naomi smiles at her joke. Scully canít help but smile... for many reasons, but mainly because this small little woman is Knowle Rohrerís mother. Heís so big and tough, and sheís so small and sweet.

SCULLY
All right. (beat) I assume youíve
heard about when Monica went missing
last year, right?

Naomi nods her head. They start to walk down the hall together.

NAOMI
I did. Just horrible what happened.

SCULLY
I was also missing with her. (beat)
She was hurt and Knowle blames me
for all of it.

NAOMI
Well certainly it canít be
your fault, sweetie.

SCULLY
I had to do things to her that were
against her will. But I had to so
she could survive. (beat) But Knowle
refuses to see that. He refuses to
see that I was also a victim of the
place where we were held.

Naomi nods her head.

NAOMI
Heís very protective of the people
he loves. (beat) He blames you
because heís unable to blame those
who are actually responsible. (beat)
It may not be the best way to deal with
a situation, but that is how he deals.
Iím certain he doesnít hate you, heís
just having a hard time accepting
what has happened.

Scully shakes her head in disagreement.

SCULLY
I donít think he has a hard time
accepting what happened. He seems
more understanding than other people.
(beat) Especially towards Monica.

Scully and Naomi find a doorway that leads to the backyard of the Reyes house.

EXT. REYES HOUSE Ė CONíT

They find a quiet bench in the garden and sit down.

NAOMI
All growing up, Knowle has been
close to Monica. (beat) I think
he understands her more than Johnny
ever will.

Naomi smiles, having seen with her own eyes how opposite John and Monica were Ė and still are Ė to each other.

SCULLY
Do you know about Monicaís condition?

NAOMI
Iíve heard people say she can
read minds, but I donít know
any details about it. (beat)
She probably doesnít like how
people talk about her and her
ability. (beat) Sheís been
special her whole life. (beat)
When she was a child, I could
just tell she knew things she
shouldnít. (beat) Maybe not knew,
but she could feel when I was hurt.

Naomi pauses her thoughts to explain.

NAOMI
My ex-husband was abusive to
Knowle and I. And I could just
tell that Monica could feel it
sometimes. (beat) Sheís always
been a sweetheart.

SCULLY
You mean... even as a child she
had this ability?

NAOMI
You should sit and talk with
her Grandmama. Sheíll tell you
stories youíve never heard before.

Naomi smiles at Scully.

SCULLY
(after a beat)
You were married to an abusive man?

Naomi nods her head.

SCULLY
How did you get away from him?

NAOMI
Knowle helped me get away from
him once he got strong enough.
Itís why he went to the Marines.

SCULLY
Where is your ex husband now?

NAOMI
Prison.

Scully cocks her eyebrow.

SCULLY
How long has he been there?

NAOMI
Since the late 1980s.

Scully nods her head.

SCULLY
I had an abusive boyfriend in
high school. Kind of wish I had
met John back then... had that
happened, I know everything I went
through with Scott never wouldíve
happened. You know?

NAOMI
Itís a good thing you found John.
Heís a good boy. Though Iím sure
you already know that.

Naomi smiles at Scully.

SCULLY
He definitely is. He makes me
so happy. (beat) His mother is
here and heís afraid to have me
meet her because he thinks sheíll
yell and hate me or something.

Scully laughs.

NAOMI
Liza is a very sweet woman. Sheís
just tough on her boys. (beat)
She has three, you know.

SCULLY
I can imagine that would be tough.

Scully laughs to herself.

SCULLY
I have two baby boys myself.

Scully holds in her outburst of a laugh as she thinks of how Mulder and Krycek look to her as their Ďmommyí.

NAOMI
(thinking sheís serious)
You do? How old are they?

SCULLY
Well...

Scully pulls gets out her wallet and pulls out a picture of Mulder and Krycek (from recent days).

SCULLY
This is Fox, he goes by Mulder. He
just turned thirty-six. (beat) And
this is Alex, heíll be thirty-seven
in January.

Scully smiles and laughs.

NAOMI
I see...

Naomi smiles and Scully puts the photos away.

SCULLY
Anyway... I canít wait to meet
Johnís mother. (beat) He thinks
Iím going to hide all night from her.

Scully laughs.

SCULLY
He knows better.

NAOMI
He likes to exaggerate situations.
Youíll learn that over time.

SCULLY
I already have.

Scully smiles.

CUT TO:

INT. REYES HOUSE Ė THAT EVENING/NIGHT Ė 8:00 PM

The entire house is alive with the Reyes Fiesta! Even if they had actually tried to keep is a secret, there would be no way of holding it.

Doggett, Knowle, Mulder, Brad, and some members of the Reyes family are around a table. They seem to be engrossed in some sort of competition that involves a challenge of who can drink alcohol the fastest.

MULDER
(shy)
I donít know if I should
drink this so fast. I can
barely hold the watered down
stuff at Manners Bar.

JUAN
Oh sure you can! Itís a Reyes mix.
Everyone should be able to hold it.

Mulder looks to Doggett, who shakes his head ďnoĒ.

MULDER
(to Juan)
No... Iíll pass. Thank you.

JUAN
What about you, Knowle. Is
The Roar up to becoming the
fastest beer drinking in all
of Mexico and South America?

Knowle smiles.

KNOWLE
You know... a year ago I wouldíve
been gung-ho about this, but Iím
trying to break the habit.

Juan sneers at him. Thatís no fun at all... for Juan that is.

BRAD
(to Knowle)
Good for you Knowle. What
brought that on?

KNOWLE
Well, it took me a while, but
I realized that life is more
important than boozing it away.

DOGGETT
Thatís good to hear, man.

Doggett pats Knowle on the back.

JUAN
So... let me get this straight,
Iím trying to have a ďfastest
alcohol drinkingĒ contest with a
bunch of people who donít drink?

BRAD
Apparently, yes.

JUAN
That defeats the purpose.

Disappointed, Juan walks away from them.

KNOWLE
Think heíll ever grow up?

DOGGETT
If he hasnít yet... Iím
afraid weíre out of luck.

MULDER
Yeah, itíd be like asking
Alex to grow up. (beat) And
sometimes me...

Mulder gives them a sheepish smile and walks off.

BRAD
At least he knows he can
be immature at times.

DOGGETT
Surprisingly not at work anymore.

BRAD
Weíll heís an A.D. now.

DOGGETT
Good thing for that. Heís done a
great job. I canít complain. (beat)
Well... except for that time where
he was ďremodelingí the basement or
something... it was really loud, and
nothing changed, but he claims he did
big changes.

BRAD
I heard about that, never knew
the full details of it either.

LIZA DOGGETT (O.S.)
(LOUD!)
JOHNNY JAY!

Doggettís eyes widen and he freezes. Brad and Knowle look behind Doggett to see his mother and his father enter the room they are in.

KNOWLE
Youíre maís here, John.

BRAD
And sheís coming up behind you.

Doggett doesnít react... he had put her up for the night so she wouldnít come to the fiesta because he knew there would be no stopping Scully from coming.

DOGGETT
What do I do?

KNOWLE
I donít know. Be a man.

Knowle smiles at him.

BRAD
Itís just your mother.

DOGGETT
Did you hear her tone?
She seems pissed.

BRAD
Well maybe thatís because you
told her not to come tonight.

KNOWLE
Sheís got to be suspicious of
your reasons behind that move.

Ma Doggett comes up behind Doggett. Knowle and Brad smile at her.

KNOWLE
Ma, itís nice to see you here.

BRAD
So glad you could join us.

MA DOGGETT
I wouldíve been here sooner
if Johnny here didnít lie to me!

BRAD
He lied to you? Now, what
kind of son would do that?

KNOWLE
A-

DOGGETT
-Donít answer that!

MA DOGGETT
(yelling)
Johnny Jay, why donít you
want me to be here tonight?
Are you hidiní something from me?

DOGGETT
(overly bad lying)
No, of course not.

Brad and Knowle wince. Doggett never could lie well.

And as if on cue, Scully comes up to join their conversation. She gives John a kiss on the cheek. Ma Doggett looks at her unimpressed.

SCULLY
(cheerful)
Hey Johnny.

MA DOGGETT
Whoís this devil spawn?!

Doggett freezes. Scully looks at Ma Doggett.

SCULLY
(did she hear her right?)
Excuse me?

MA DOGGETT
What kind of red-headed
skank are you to be hanginí
all over my Johnny Jay?

SCULLY
(offended)
Skank?

Scully canít be hearing this woman right, can she?

MA DOGGETT
(scolding)
Johnny Jay, I thought youíd have
more class than to get mixed up
with this kind of whore. (beat) Is
this because of the holidays and
you are feeliní lonely? How much
are you paying for a piece of Ė

SCULLY
(mad)
-HEY! You have no right to
call me names. You donít even
know me. And that is certainly
no way to talk to John. (beat)
What kind of bitch are you-

Doggettís eyes widen. Did Scully just call his mother a ďbitchĒ?

MA DOGGETT
-BITCH? Youíre calling me a
bitch? What kind of uncivilized
devil spawn are you? Youíre mother
certainly never taught you manners!

SCULLY
Oh! Like you have manners?! You
come in here and just go off on John for
no reason. Call me a whore, skank, and
a devil spawn! What the hell do
you have against me?

MA DOGGETT
I donít like red-heads. They are
nothing more than spawns of the devil!
(beat) Now get your money-robbing hands
off of my Johnny Jay before I pop you
one in the face!

Ma Doggett gives Scully a mean look. Scully lets go of John and takes a step towards Ma Doggett. They are the same height and are at eye level. Scully narrows her eyes as she looks at Ma Doggett.

SCULLY
Are you threatening me?

MA DOGGETT
Yes I am.

SCULLY
Go ahead! I dare you, you
old miserable bitter hag!

Scully and Ma Doggett stare each other down.

DOGGETT
(squeaking)
Dana... what are you doing?
Thatís my mother.

A sly smile forms on Scullyís face, and she quickly tries to recover back to her glare.

MA DOGGETT
Johnny Jay, I forbid you to see
this devil spawn.

DOGGETT
(squeaking)
You canít do that!

MA DOGGETT
Yes I can. Iím your Ma. If
you stay with her, youíll
no longer be part of the family.

Scully turns to John. Sheís mad.

SCULLY
(pissed)
Make your choice Johnny. Me or
this bitter old hag!

Doggett freezes and has no clue what to do. He canít believe this is happening. This isnít how he wanted any of this to go. They were both supposed to not come so they couldnít run into each other.

By this time, Scully and Ma Doggett have caught the attention of everyone in the room. No one has ever told Ma Doggett off.

DOGGETT
You canít do this to me. Itís
impossible to choose between
you and family.

SCULLY
Brad did it.

MA DOGGETT
What, you donít love her enough? Is
that what youíre saying? So I guess
that means you wonít be with this skank
any more then, huh?

DOGGETT
(squeaking)
Sheís not a skank!

MA DOGGETT
Well she certainly dresses like one.

Scully turns and looks at Ma Doggett.

SCULLY
Whatís wrong with my dress?! (beat)
Itís better than the red-neck cloth
youíre wearing, bitch!

Scully bitch-slaps Ma Doggett. She lets out a giggle.

MA DOGGETT
You find that funny? Were you
raised by wolves? You show your
elders respect, devil spawn!

SCULLY
Respect like youíre showing me?!

DOGGETT
(worried)
Dana...

SCULLY
Oh hush up, Mr. Grumpy Bum!

Doggett steps back. Did she just call him ďMr. Grumpy BumĒ?

Ma Doggett smiles at Scully, then looks to Doggett.

MA DOGGETT
(to Doggett)
Well, I like her, Johnny!

Doggettís eyes go wide. He doesnít get it. One moment they are tossing insults back and forth, and the next, his Ma likes Dana... after she calls him... ďMr. Grumpy BumĒ? This doesnít make sense to him at all.

DOGGETT
(confused)
Wh- when? How? Huh?

MA DOGGETT
Johnny Jay, I raised you better
than this. Start forminí full sentences.

DOGGETT
She hit you! You called her
a ďdevil spawnĒ. I-I... I donít get it.

Ma and Scully smile at him.

SCULLY
(to Ma Doggett)
Iím sorry I slapped you.

MA DOGGETT
Oh donít be, it worked.

DOGGETT
(lost)
ďIt workedĒ? What ďworkedĒ?

SCULLY
We were pulling your
leg, Mr. Grumpy Bum.

Scully goes up to him and kisses him on the cheek.

DOGGETT
So wait... does that mean she...

MA DOGGETT
Why yes, Johnny. I like Dana.
Sheís a very nice lady. (beat)
I can tell sheíll keep you in line.

Off Doggettís confused look...

TIME CUT TO:

INT. REYES HOUSE Ė DEN Ė 9:30 PM

The muffled sound of the fiesta can be heard in the quiet, dimly lit den. Monica sits on a couch flipping through an old photo album she found on one of the bookshelves. She smiles as she sees a photo of her and all her brothers and her sister, Carmen, when they were younger and living in McAllen, Texas. In recent years, Monica feels she has become disconnected from her family because of the year she lost when she was held at the facility in New York. She never came down right away to see her family. Instead, she got right back to work at the FBI. In retrospect, that decision was something of a mistake.

The door to the den quietly opens, catching the attention of Monica. She turns her head to see who is at the door, and is surprised to see Robert Comer. He smiles a little smile at her and enters the room, shutting the door behind him.

MONICA
Robert?

She sets the photo album down on the table in front of her and stands up to greet him.

COMER
Hey.

He goes up to her and gives her a hug.

MONICA
Did you just get in?

COMER
Yeah. Had to catch a
late flight out of D.C.

Comer looks her over and smiles.

COMER
You look beautiful.

MONICA
(smiles nervously)
Youíre supposed to tell me that
tomorrow when Iím in my dress.

COMER
I know youíll look even more
stunning tomorrow.

Monica smiles.

COMER
(after a beat)
Why arenít you with the
life of the party?

MONICA
Just needed a quiet place
for a little while.

Comer nods his head.

COMER
(rather blunt)
Having doubts about tomorrow?

Monica looks at him in shock. Even with her Gift, she wasnít expecting him to say that.

MONICA
(a bit offended)
Excuse me?

COMER
Are you having any second
thoughts about marrying him?

MONICA
Why are you asking me this?

COMER
Well, you never have been one
to go all the way through. (beat)
You left New Orleans two weeks
before we were to be married.

MONICA
I told you already, Robert. I
had a bad feeling about us.

COMER
Monica...

He moves in closer to her, looking her deep in the eyes.

COMER
I only want you to be happy.

He places a hand somewhat firmly on her upper arm.

COMER
I donít want to see you get
hurt by him again.

Monica looks into his eyes. She knows what heís thinking, what heís trying to do.

MONICA
(not happy)
I am happy with him, Robert. (beat)
And I know what youíre trying to do.

COMER
Iím not trying to do anything, Moni-

MONICA
-Youíre here, right now, so you
can try to get me back in your
life... how we were in New Orleans.
(beat) If you really want me happy,
then youíll realize that Brad makes
me happy.

Comer lets out a frustrated sigh.

COMER
It wonít work out with him, Monica.
And you know it. He puts his work
before you. He always has. Remember,
thatís why you left him in New York.
(beat) Heíll only end up hurting you
again, and I donít want to see that.

MONICA
You donít even know the first
thing about our relationship.

COMER
Then why did you invite me here?
(beat) Way I see it, you wanted me
to come here so youíd have an
excuse to leave Brad.

MONICA
(disbelief)
Oh my god, I canít believe Iím
hearing this. (beat) I invited
you because I hoped we could still
be friends. I guess I was wrong.

She gives him a glare.

MONICA
(after a beat)
Is this all you came here for?

COMER
I donít want to see you unhappy,
Monica. And furthermore, I donít
want to see the woman I love marry
a man who isnít going to treat-

MONICA
-What, are you saying that you
could treat me right?

COMER
You know I could.

Monica moves away from him, not wanting him to invade her personal space again.

MONICA
How many times have you been
hospitalized these past few
months because of your job?

She looks him in the eyes. Does he really think heíd be good for her?

MONICA
You say Brad puts his job before
me, Robert, but he doesnít try to
get himself killed on the job because
it gives him a ďrushĒ. (beat) Thatís
why you and I didnít work out. You
loved going to that dark side to
catch criminals. (beat) Things were
fine while we both worked in homicide,
but you in undercover assignments isnít
what I need. (beat) You donít know
me like you used to, Robert.

COMER
I think I know you well enough
to know when you are unhappy.
(beat) I can see you are hiding
it. You donít have to stay with
him, Monica. Youíre not obligated-

MONICA
(offended)
-Obligated? You think I feel
obligated to marry him?

COMER
After all these years of being
on and off with him. Of course you are.

MONICA
I want you to leave, Robert.
I donít want you here anymore.

COMER
Just do yourself a favor and
look deep inside. Youíll see
Iím right. (beat) You donít
need to get hurt again by him.

MONICA
The only man I get hurt by
is you. The guilt you put
on me for making decisions in
my life, and...

She lets out a frustrated breath and turns away from him so he canít see that she is upset.

MONICA
(upset)
Just leave.

Comer watches her for a moment and starts to head to the door. Just as heís about to leave the room, he turns to say one last thing to her:

COMER
The only guilt you have is
what you put on your own
shoulders, Monica. (beat) I
only hope you can see that
before you marry this guy.
(beat) Live life how you want
to, not because you are
obligated to.

Not even waiting a moment for her reaction, he leaves her with his last words, shutting the door behind him.

Monica turns to see the door shut. She has tears in her eyes. This is the last thing she wanted to have happen the night before she gets married. Comerís last words hurt her, and leave her feeling as if she has been punched hard in the stomach.

Maybe heís right. Maybe she shouldnít marry Brad. So much has happened between them recently. The loss of their daughter has affected her, and she canít even tell how Brad feels about it. They never talk about it. How can she marry someone she canít open up to? How can she marry him if he still doesnít understand her? Perhaps she is making a mistake. Perhaps this whole wedding is a mistake. When they decided on a date, she ignored the fact that is would take place around the time that their daughter would be turning one years old had she been born. Did Brad not know? Or did he ignore it too?

Off Monicaís doubts of marriage, we...

FADE OUT:

TO BE CONTINUED...

 


 

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