"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Eight

8x15 "Into The Heart"Title: "Into The Heart"
Story by: Cassie
Written by:
Kristi & Cassie
Date: June 24-26, 2005; August 27, 2005; September 4-5, 8-9, 2005; October 2-4, 2005; December 6, 2005; December 14, 2005; December 17-18, 2005
Air Date: December 19, 2005
Rating: PG
Series: FRVS - Episode #163
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
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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: The heart wants what the heart wants. In tonight's Christmas episode John and Monica get a first-hand look at their deepest heart's desires.


FADE IN:

INT. MONICA REYES’S APARTMENT – 5:00 PM

DECEMBER 24TH

Monica places several Christmas cookies onto a plate and arranges them in a circular order. A knock on her door catches her attention.

MONICA
I’ll be right there!

Monica quickly puts plastic wrap over the cookies, grabs her coat and the plate and runs to the door, opening it to find Robert Comer.

MONICA
(not expecting him/not thrilled)
Oh.

COMER
Merry Christmas.

Monica isn’t happy to see him.

MONICA
What do you want, Robert?

COMER
Just wanted to stop by and
see how you’re doing.

He acts as if nothing is wrong between them, hoping what he said to her in Mexico would have blown over by now.

COMER
And to wish you a Merry-

MONICA
-I haven’t forgotten the last
time we spoke, Robert.

She starts to shut the door on him, but he blocks it with his hand.

COMER
(somewhat pleading)
Monica...

He looks at her through the half-closed door. His eyes telling her he wants her to be with him again.

COMER
I know we can work things
out again. Fix wherever we
went wrong.

MONICA
I’m really not interested
Robert. Ok? (beat) Leave me alone.

Her eyes see Brad coming up the stairs.

MONICA
(back to Robert)
If you don’t mind, I have to go.

She opens the door, pushing Robert out of the way with her body’s space. Robert watches her lock the door. Without another word, Monica walks away from him and meets Brad halfway down the hall. She wraps her free arm around Brad’s and walks out of her apartment building. Brad looks back at Comer with a suspicious look as he leaves the building.

EXT. BUILDING – CON’T

Brad opens the car door for Monica. She gets in. Brad goes around the front of the car, just as Comer leaves the building. Comer looks at Monica as he leaves, making eye contact with her. She looks away from him, wishing he never came. If only she’d never met him in New Orleans...

Brad gets in the car and drives off.

BRAD
Traffic was backed up on
the highway. We’ll be a
little late to John’s.

MONICA
It’ll be all right.

Brad noticed her reaction to Comer and can tell she’s bothered by him. He looks at her.

BRAD
You ok?

Monica looks at him and forces a smile.

MONICA
Yeah.

Brad nods his head and turns his attention back to the road. He can tell something is bothering her, but how can he help if she won’t tell him. Without realizing it, he lets out a small sigh of frustration. Monica looks at him from the corner of her eye, but doesn’t say anything.

CUT TO:

EXT. DOGGETT’S HOUSE – 5:30 PM

The sun is nearly set, allowing the multi-colored Christmas lights on Doggett’s house to shine brightly.

Brad’s car pulls up behind Scully’s in the driveway. He puts the car into park and looks over at Monica with a smile. She does not meet his look.

MONICA
(to self/in another place)
Oh no...

Brad looks away from her and lets out another sigh. He’s trying to get used to her gift, but he can’t keep himself from wishing it would go away so things could return back to how they used to be.

BRAD
(after a beat)
Worried John’s mother’s going
to give you a hard time?

He hopes that’s what her “oh no” is referring to.

MONICA
Not John’s ma I’m worried
about. They couldn’t make
it. (beat) It’s Dana.

BRAD
(confused)
Dana?

Monica raises her arm and points toward John’s front door just as Margaret Scully angrily exits the house. Scully follows behind her.

Scully is dressed in nice dress pants and a short-sleeve, brown, turtleneck sweater. Her hair is down, settling just above her shoulders.

SCULLY
Mom! Don’t just walk away from
me when I’m talking to you!

MAGGIE
What do you want me to say?
(beat) I thought you and that
John broke up.

Brad and Monica get out of the car and make their way to the house. They stop short when Dana and Maggie’s argument continues.

SCULLY
Who told you that?

MAGGIE
No one. I figured this thing you have
with him would have been over by the holidays.

SCULLY
Well, mom, it isn’t. Can you please
understand that John and I are in
a serious relationship.

Maggie laughs.

MAGGIE
And what do you define as serious?
Are you engaged to him just so you
can wear a diamond ring?

Monica and Brad quietly walk in between the two of them. Scully nods her head and forces a smile at them, then returns her attention back to her mother.

SCULLY
Mom, I’ve changed a lot in the past
few years. I could care less about
diamond rings as long as I feel loved
by the man I’m with.

MAGGIE
(cynical)
And what horrible thing has he
done that you don’t want your
family to find out about?

SCULLY
John’s a good man. There’s nothing
wrong with being in love and understanding
each other. That’s more than I ever received
from you or anyone else in the family.

In the background, Monica knocks on the door and looks at Brad nervously. She’s feeling the raw emotion Scully’s going through. She lowers her hand from the door. It is shaking uncontrollably. Brad looks at her with worry. He doesn’t know what else to do, so he takes hold of her hand and gives it a gentle squeeze.

MONICA
(quiet/whisper/crying)
He’s more of a family to me
than you’ve ever been...

SCULLY (O.S.)
(crying)
He’s more of a family to me
than you’ve ever been.

Brad glances back at Scully, realizing Monica’s saying what Dana says before she says it. The front door opens and John smiles at them, but his smile quickly fades to worry and concern when he sees Scully.

MONICA
(quiet/crying)
He lets me know it’s all right when
things that still bother me come up.
He holds me and loves me-

Scully starts to say what Monica said, only she can continue on to finish the thought.

MONICA
(crying/quiet)
Make it stop... make it go away...

Doggett looks at Monica with concern.

DOGGETT
(concerned)
Mon’, it’s all right.

Monica nods her head and hands John the plate of cookies so she doesn’t drop them. He takes it and places his hand on her upper back and leads her inside his house.

DOGGETT
I’ll get you something to drink.

INT. DOGGETT’S HOUSE – CON’T

Doggett shuts the door, but lingers a beat on Scully. He’s worried for her. She and her mother have been arguing ever since Maggie arrived.

Monica slowly walks into the living room where Melissa Scully and Bill Scully Jr. are seated. Her eyes are lowered.

BRAD
(to Doggett)
Your parents aren’t here?

DOGGETT
No. My Pa didn’t want to
make the long travel, so
they stayed in Texas.

Brad nods his head.

MONICA
(quietly to self)
Pain, regret, every emotion. Thousands
of them. Always screaming. Can’t make
out a single one.

Monica winces and covers her ears with her hands, wanting more than anything to hear only silence.

BRAD (V.O.)
(suddenly the only voice she hears)
Why do we bother going on like this?
You’re only getting worse. Why couldn’t
you have just taken the medication?

Monica looks up. The whole room seems to have froze in time. Everyone looking down except for Brad, who looks right in her eyes from across the room.

She can feel him. Anger, resentment, disappointment.

She blinks and the room returns back to life. She looks at Brad, who is across the room greeting Bill and Melissa. He shakes Bill’s hand and talks to them, completely unaware that Monica is watching him.

Doggett comes up to Monica with a glass of water.

DOGGETT
Here ya go.

Monica takes the glass of water and takes a long drink. She smiles at him appreciatively.

DOGGETT
(soft)
You doin’ all right?

She nods her head.

DOGGETT
How’s the teaching going for ya?

MONICA
(quiet)
Good so far. It’s a small class.

Suddenly, the door flies open and then slams shut. Scully enters the house and angrily walks into the living room. She is furious with her mother. She sits on the couch. She lets out an angry sigh.

Monica winces, feeling Scully’s anger.

SCULLY
(mad)
Bill, Missy, mom wants to leave
to head over to Mr. Covarrubias’s.
(beat) She wants you to go with her.

Bill and Melissa exchange looks and stand up. Yet another Christmas ruined.

BILL
Melissa, go try to calm mom down.

Melissa nods her head and leaves the house.

BILL
Dana? John? Could I speak with
you for a moment?

Scully rolls here eyes and stands up and goes to him. She’s expecting the worst – a rehash of what her mother has already done to ruin things. John approaches them. Scully wraps her arms across her waist.

BILL
John, I’d like to thank you for
inviting us all over here in an
attempt to get to know each other.
I appreciate it. I can’t even remember
the last time my family spent a nice
Christmas together.

DOGGETT
You’re welcome, though I don’t think
it was all that successful.

Bill pats John on the back appreciatively.

BILL
Dana...

SCULLY
Just stop it, Bill. I don’t need
to hear you defend mom-

BILL
- I didn’t call you over here to
fight. And I’m not defending mom.
(beat) I want you to know that I
like John and that I’m going to
talk to mom tonight about the
way she’s treated him and you.

Bill smiles. Scully isn’t sure what to think of this. Bill has never liked any of her friends. Of course those friends were Mulder and Krycek, and the last man she was with was Skinner.

SCULLY
She’ll never listen. Try all you want.

BILL
Don’t tell me you don’t
believe in miracles.

SCULLY
Gave up on that a long time ago.

Awkward silence.

Bill glances at John and then back at Dana.

BILL
Some people say finding your
soul’s mate is a miracle.

Scully is quiet. She doesn’t know what to say to this. Doggett eyes them both, unsure of how their sibling relationship is. He senses the tension between them, but also the longing to be closer.

BILL
(after a beat)
I better get going.

SCULLY
Yeah.

BILL
Missy and I will stop by
sometime tomorrow, all right?

SCULLY
Sure.

BILL
Merry Christmas, Dana.

Bill bends down and gives her a small kiss on the cheek.

SCULLY
Merry Christmas.

He pulls away and smiles at her, then heads out the door.

Doggett places his hand on Scully’s shoulder as she watches her brother walk down the driveway to his car parked in the street.

DOGGETT
You ok?

Scully sighs and closes the door.

SCULLY
I’m ok, John.

She turns and smiles at him, just as loud persistent knocking pounds on the door.

SCULLY
The boys are here.

Scully opens the door to see Mulder and Krycek. They look excited. A little too excited. Among them also is Knowle Rohrer. He is clobbered by Mulder in a “holiday hug”.

MULDER/KRYCEK
HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Scully and Doggett smile at them.

SCULLY
Merry Christmas, boys.

DOGGETT
Come on in.

The boys come in and Doggett shuts the door behind them. Knowle manages to peal Mulder off of him.

KNOWLE
(to Doggett and Scully)
Merry Christmas.

KRYCEK
Was that Billy J. I saw leaving?

SCULLY
My brother, Bill?

Mulder and Krycek nod their heads together.

SCULLY
Yes.

MULDER
Oh pooh! We missed him!

KRYCEK
Dammit! I wanted to pull out
my “who shot J.R. joke”.

The boys enter the living room. Krycek sits down in a chair across the room from Monica and Brad.

KRYCEK
(to Monica)
Hey there, sexy.

Brad winces. Why does he continue to say these things.

Monica watches Krycek from across the room. Does he realize how ridiculous he sounds? Krycek winks at her.

KRYCEK
(seductive; to Monica)
How you doin’?

Monica looks at him. She’s not amused with how he treats her. Suddenly, the whole room falls silent, and time seems to freeze. Krycek continues to look her in the eyes.

KRYCEK (V.O.)
(the only voice Monica hears)
I only act this way to hide the
guilt I have for what I’ve done.

Monica blinks and everything returns back to normal. Krycek is completely unaware that she just tapped into his real thoughts.

Mulder sits down next to Monica. He looks at her with a strange bug-eyed, yet very concentrated, look on his face.

MULDER (V.O.)
No one knows yet, but I’m
gonna be Santa this year.

Mulder smiles at her and then looks away. Does he know she just “heard” his thoughts? Is that what he wanted? Or was it like with Brad and Krycek – they don’t know. Mulder winks at Monica and then gets up. She smiles at him. Yep. He wanted her to know.

MULDER
So can we go caroling tonight?

Buddy barks with excitement, then continues to bark out “Jingle Bells”. Everyone looks at him and his tail wags with excitement.

KRYCEK
I’ll go sing to people. You know,
I am recording a new CD.

Everyone looks at him. He’s recording a what?

KRYCEK
(re: everyone’s looks)
What? Didn’t you know? I’m
a musical genius.

MULDER
Unfortunately, he thinks that’s true.

KRYCEK
What do you mean “unfortunately”?

MULDER
You keep me up at night.

KRYCEK
No I don’t.

MULDER
Yes you do.

KRYCEK
No I don’t.

MULDER
Yes you do.

KRYCEK
No I don’t.

MULDER
Yes you do.

KNOWLE
Let’s hear one of your songs, Pee Wee.

Krycek looks over and glares at Knowle. Scully smiles.

SCULLY
Yeah, I want to hear one too.

BRAD
Yeah Alex. Let’s hear a song.

MONICA
Are you guys sure about that?

KRYCEK
(mad)
Fine! I’ll sing a damn song!

Krycek stands up and clears his throat.

KRYCEK
(calm)
This is called “Bat Poop Eyes”.

Scully winces.

SCULLY
(unsure)
What?

Krycek clears his throat, then starts to sing a song that starts off soft and lyrical.

KRYCEK
(singing)
Your eyes, so dark and sexy.
But you don’t know why they’re waxy.
You don’t know what they came of.
Oh if you only knew, you’d throw up.
Oooooh oooooh oooooooooh...

In the next verse, the song starts to pick up and he “scream sings”. Sort of like Adam Sandler singing in “The Wedding Singer” and kind of like Richard Patrick of the band Filter.

KRYCEK
(screaming)
But you don’t know that your eyes
Are made of bat poop
In your eyes.
You don’t know!
You don’t know!
(slows down and returns to soft)
You don’t know... your eyes are bat poop eyes...

Everyone exchanges looks and wince in pain. He’s recording a CD of this crap?

KRYCEK (CON’T)
(soft again)
The mascara you buy
Oooh ooh...
If you only knew...
Ooh ooh ooh...
You’d never wear your black lashes again
Never again...
Ooh oooooh...
She wears bat poop eyes...
(getting quieter)
She wears bat poop eyes...
Bat poop eyes...
Bat poop eyes...
Oooooh yeah... bat poop eyes...
In her eyes...
She’s got bat poop eyes...

Krycek stands for a beat and smiles, finishing his song. Everyone looks at him. How do they respond to that?

After a beat, Scully starts to clap. Everyone joins in, not wanting a crazy, mad, rampage of Alex Krycek.

BRAD
That was... interesting.

SCULLY
Very.

DOGGETT
Yeah Alex. Who knew you could... write.

MONICA
He’s got potential. He’s a little
off in his subject, but aren’t all
artists like that?

KNOWLE
Artist?

He looks at Monica doubtful. Krycek isn’t an artist.

MONICA
Everyone has their own style of art.

KNOWLE
True. (beat) Pee Wee, what kind
of instruments will accompany the song?

KRYCEK
One, stop calling me Pee Wee! Punk!

Krycek sits down and glares at him.

KRYCEK (CON’T)
I’ll be playing the pots and pans
from the kitchen to accompany the
louder, faster parts of the song.
For the slow parts, it’ll be only
my musical voice.

KNOWLE
Pots, pans and a cappella.

KRYCEK
My name isn’t Acappella, it’s Alex.

Knowle looks at him with a blank expression. He doesn’t know what “a cappella” is?

KNOWLE
(sarcastic)
Musical genius. Right.

MULDER
You see now. He keeps me up
at night. And then Spender blames
me for all the noise that happens.

KRYCEK
All the musical geniuses have
to practice to keep up with their
natural talent.

He sits proudly.

DOGGETT
Anyway... how about we put in a
movie for you boys to watch.

MULDER
Is dinner almost ready?

DOGGETT
Working on it.

KNOWLE
Need help?

DOGGETT
Sure.

KRYCEK
(to Knowle; better than you)
You cook?

KNOWLE
(no kidding)
Yeah.

KRYCEK
Pansy!

MONICA
(annoyed)
Alex. Really. Grow up.

MULDER
Yeah, Alexander. Especially
since you cook too and watch
the cooking network.

KRYCEK
“The Iron Chef” is hot!

MULDER
Yeah well, you only say
that because you really
don’t know what “The
Iron Chef” is. And it’s not
what you think, either.

KRYCEK
Yes I do.

MULDER
No you don’t.

Knowle leaves the room, not wanting to hear another “Yes-No” argument.

KRYCEK
Yes I do.

MULDER
Then what is it?

KRYCEK
Porno in the kitchen.

He looks over at Monica and winks.

SCULLY
Sasha... “The Iron Chef”
is a Japanese male chef
who has contestants come
on his show and they compete
to see who is the best.

MULDER
Yeah. Dumbass.

Monica gets up and leaves the room, going into the kitchen to be at a mature level of thought and conversation.

BRAD
Let’s take John’s advice and
watch a movie while we wait
for dinner.

KRYCEK
We could watch my Blockbuster
hit, “Robot 2000”.

Mulder hits him in the back of the head.

MULDER
No. We have to watch a Christmas
movie. It’s Christmas Eve, not...
Blockbuster-Flop Movie Night.

Mulder goes over to John’s TV and VCR and puts in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen...

Monica quietly sits down at the kitchen table. Doggett and Knowle don’t notice her, their backs are to her as they work on preparing dinner.

DOGGETT
Why couldn’t Shannon come tonight?

KNOWLE
She’s spending Christmas somewhere else.

DOGGETT
You two have a fight or something?

KNOWLE
Not exactly.

DOGGETT
Either you have a fight or you don’t.

KNOWLE
We broke up.

Doggett stops opening cans of corn and looks at Knowle, who continues chopping a tomato.

DOGGETT
(after a beat; shocked)
You what?

KNOWLE
Things weren’t workin’.

DOGGETT
What did you do?

KNOWLE
It wasn’t just me.

Doggett turns back to his can of corn.

DOGGETT
What happened?

KNOWLE
Feelings.

DOGGETT
Feelings?

KNOWLE
Shan’ met some other guy. And
I have... feelings for someone else.

Doggett stops what he’s doing again.

DOGGETT
Who?

KNOWLE
No one.

Monica looks up from the table at him. Once again, the entire house falls silent. Knowle looks into her eyes.

KNOWLE (V.O.)
(the only voice she hears)
I’m always here for you, Monica.

She looks into his eyes, feeling that he means what he says. There are no doubts. He’ll do anything for her.

Monica blinks and the world returns to normal.

DOGGETT
What do you mean “no one”?
(beat) C’mon, Knowle.

KNOWLE
She’s no one you know.

Knowle nervously rubs the back of his neck. Doggett looks at him.

DOGGETT
Now I know you’re lyin’ to
me. (beat) You’re doing the
nervous neck scratch.

Knowle stops, realizing he’s right.

MULDER (O.S.)
Oh god no!! Hide me!

SCULLY (O.S.)
Oh crap!

Mulder and Scully run into the kitchen.

Doggett and Knowle turn around. Scully hides behind Doggett and Mulder clings onto Knowle.

MULDER
(terrified)
Help me! Hide me! Save me!

Knowle looks towards the living room to see Krycek going to open the door.

In the living room...

Krycek opens the door to see a short, young, blond woman. He smiles at her à la the hunky punk.

KRYCEK
(da man)
Hey baby, how you doin’?

LEYLA HARRISON
Ew! Gross! It’s Ratboy.

Krycek wrinkles his little nose. Did she just say “Ew! Gross!” about the hunky punk? About da man? No. It couldn’t be. Is this the dreaded Leyla Harrison who has stalked Mulder and Scully onto the Goofy Spooky Forum?

KRYCEK
(mad)
Who you callin’ “gross”, bitch?!

LEYLA HARRISON
I don’t like you. I’m here
to see my favorite loving
couple, Mulder and Scully.
(beat) I have a present for them.

KRYCEK
Whatever. They’re in the kitchen.

SCULLY (O.S.)
Shit!

Leyla enters the house. She looks at Brad and sneers.

LEYLA HARRISON
(to Brad)
You’re slimy. Stay away from Moronica,
I’m getting into DRR now.

Brad looks at Krycek.

BRAD
(couldn’t understand her)
What did she say?

Krycek shrugs his shoulders. He doesn’t know.

Leyla makes her way into the kitchen to find Doggett and Knowle standing straight and stiff. On Knowle’s shoulder, we see a hand clutching on for “dear life”. Monica sits at the table watching. Mulder and Scully are not seen.

LEYLA HARRISON
Dogbert, where’s Mulder and Scully?

DOGGETT
(annoyed)
The name's Doggett, not Dogbert.

Leyla looks over at Knowle and screams.

LEYLA HARRISON
Oh my god! You’re a Super Soldier!

KNOWLE
Super what?

MULDER
(from behind Knowle; enlightened)
Super Buddies?

SCULLY
(from behind Doggett)
Shut up, Mulder.

MULDER
(from behind Knowle)
Owie. You hit me.

SCULLY
(from behind Doggett)
Just shut up!

LEYLA HARRISON
Oh my gosh! Is that the loving
sounds of my MSR?

She starts to come up to Doggett and Knowle, who start to lean back, trying to get as far away from her as they can without stepping on Mulder or Scully.

MULDER
(scared; squeaks; behind Knowle)
Oh no! HIDE ME!

Knowle rolls his eyes and looks back at Mulder.

KNOWLE
I was until you started talking.

SCULLY
Way to go, Mulder.

LEYLA HARRISON
Oh my gosh! You so love each other.
Come out Mulder and Scully. Get away
from these mean, mean, meanies.

MULDER
(from behind Knowle)
Do you think she’ll go away
if we don’t move? Like a T-Rex?

LEYLA HARRISON
I have a present for you two.

MULDER
(from behind Knowle)
Go away! Mulder’s not here!

DOGGETT
Look, Ms. Harrison, it’s obvious
no one is thrilled to have you here-

MULDER
(from behind Knowle)
-To say the least!

DOGGETT (CON’T)
So how about you just leave
and go spend Christmas Eve
with your family. All right?

LEYLA HARRISON
You better get away from Mulder’s
Scully or else he’ll get you, Dogbert!

Brad and Krycek enter the kitchen to see what is going on.

BRAD
(amused)
And here I thought she was
just a myth.

Leyla turns to face him.

LEYLA HARRISON
Go away! You killed Luke and
tried to steal Moronica away
from Dogbert. You know, they were
having an affair in New York.

BRAD
John, you know that psychological
evaluation that’s required for
federal agents?

DOGGETT
Yeah.

BRAD
Remind me when we get back
in the office to set her
up for one of those.

DOGGETT
No kidding.

MONICA
Leyla...

Leyla turns to face Monica.

LEYLA HARRISON
You’re too happy for the show.

MULDER
(from behind Knowle)
What show is she talking about?

MONICA
(after a beat)
Whatever... Ms. Harrison, no one
wants you here. Your aura is very
dark and murky. Please leave.

LEYLA HARRISON
You smile too much too. I don’t
like you. You’re a flake.

KNOWLE
No she’s not.

Scully nudges Doggett and whispers:

SCULLY
See Johnny. I’m tellin’ you.
He likes her.

DOGGETT
Of course he does. They’re friends.

SCULLY
More than friends.

She nudges him again.

LEYLA HARRISON
(to Knowle)
Oh what do you know, you stupid
Super Soldier! You’re only programmed
to kill people! But you wait and see!
Scully’s Mulder will get the better of you!

MULDER
(mad; from behind Knowle)
That’s it!!

Mulder comes out of hiding and marches up to Leyla. She smiles at him.

MULDER
Out! I want you out!

LEYLA HARRISON
But I wrote a smut MSR fic for
you and Scully.

MULDER
I don’t care! I’ve had enough!
Stop trying to ruin Christmas!
George Lucas did that last year,
and I won’t have it again this year!

Mulder takes her by the arm and leads her out of the house.

LEYLA HARRISON
But my fic is about how you
got Scully pregnant!

Mulder opens the front door and pushes her out of the house.

MULDER
You’re crazy!

He slams the door on her face and locks it. Everyone has followed him out of the kitchen.

Scully runs up to Mulder and hugs him. Through the window Leyla squeals in excitement. Scully sees her and pulls away from Mulder.

SCULLY
Good lord, she’s squealing.

KRYCEK
(devious)
I could take care of her.

SCULLY
Please do!

Krycek heads to the door, pulling a gun out of the back of his pants. Mulder grabs him.

MULDER
NO KILLING, ALEX!! Marita
wouldn’t approve!

KRYCEK
Fine... have it your way...
But the next time she gets
like this, don’t be comin’
to me to fix it.

A buzzer from the kitchen goes off, catching everyone’s attention.

DOGGETT
That would be dinner.

He smiles at everyone.

MULDER/KRYCEK
HOORAY! Finally, we can eat!

TIME CUT TO:

INT. DOGGETT’S HOUSE – 9:30 PM

Mulder and Krycek are falling asleep on the living room floor in front of the TV, which is playing the end of “Home Alone”. They had a little too much Christmas Eve turkey. Scully is on the couch with Doggett, and is resting in his arms, her head on his chest. Next to them is Monica, who is looking tired and somewhat cold as she huddles in the corner of the couch. Brad is in a chair next to the couch watching the movie. Knowle is in another chair dozing off. Buddy is sleeping in Knowle’s lap.

The movie ends and Brad looks over at Monica. Her eyes want to shut.

BRAD
I think we better get going.
(beat) Seems like the turkey
is kicking in on everyone.

MONICA
I’m sleepy...

Scully smiles at her.

SCULLY
I know I’ll sleep good tonight.

DOGGETT
(to Scully)
You know, you’re welcome to
stay over tonight.

SCULLY
I know... but all my presents are
at my apartment. Don’t want to make
a double trip.

Doggett nods his head.

Brad and Monica get up.

BRAD
Thanks for having us over, John.

DOGGETT
What time are you coming
over tomorrow?

BRAD
What time are presents being opened?

SCULLY
Well, if Mulder and Krycek come
when they want to, it could be three
in the morning.

DOGGETT
Oh no it won’t.

MULDER
Oh pooey!

KRYCEK
We weren’t gonna sleep tonight.

MULDER
But then Santa can’t come.

KRYCEK
You already know the truth about
Santa, you dork.

MULDER
Better watch it, Alex. He knows
when you’ve been naughty or nice.

Mulder and Krycek get up off the floor.

KRYCEK
Man, I’m gonna sleep so good tonight.

SCULLY
Me too...

She slowly gets up from the couch. Doggett follows. Everyone heads over to the door to get their coats.

Monica goes over to Knowle, who has fallen asleep now. She gently places a hand on his shoulder.

MONICA
(soft)
Knowle...

His eyes slowly open and he smiles at her.

KNOWLE
(sleepy)
Hey...

MONICA
Everyone’s heading home, sleepy.

KNOWLE
What time is it?

MONICA
Nine-thirty. (beat) Buddy’s
sleeping too.

She looks down at Buddy, so does Knowle. He smiles and gently wakes the little dog up. Buddy looks up with sleepy eyes.

KNOWLE
(to Buddy)
I’ve got to get goin’ little guy.

Buddy yawns and slowly gets off of Knowle’s lap, and Knowle gets up out of the chair. He and Monica head over to the door where everyone is leaving.

Scully kisses Doggett on the cheek.

SCULLY
I’ll see you tomorrow.

DOGGETT
All right. Drive carefully.

Scully leaves. Mulder and Krycek come up to Doggett.

KRYCEK
Ok, so we’ll be over at three
to get started with the presents.

MULDER
And the cookies.

DOGGETT
No, you won’t be coming over
at three. If I see you here at
three, there will be no Christmas.

MULDER
What time should we come?

DOGGETT
Eight o’clock.

MULDER/KRYCEK
Eight o’clock?! What are you kidding me?
Christmas is halfway over by then!

Doggett looks at them. Why do they say the same thing at the same time all the time...

DOGGETT
Eight o’clock or no Christmas.

The boys lower their heads and turn away from him.

Mulder’s eyes land on Monica and Knowle, who happen to be standing under a mistletoe.

MULDER
(excited)
MISTLETOE!

Mulder points at Knowle and Monica. He always gets excited about mistletoe time during Christmas. Knowle has “froze” in place, halfway putting his jacket on and looks at Mulder. The outburst startled him.

KRYCEK
Poor Monica has to kiss him.

Monica gives him a look.

MONICA
(teasing Krycek)
Jealous?

She goes up to Knowle and gives him a small kiss on the lips.

MULDER
(excited)
Ooohh!

Monica pulls away from Knowle and smiles at him.

KRYCEK
Ok! My turn!

Krycek runs up, as if he’s about to push Knowle out from underneath the mistletoe, but Knowle stops him with his hand.

MONICA
(to Knowle)
You’re coming tomorrow, right?

KNOWLE
Yeah.

MONICA
Good.

BRAD (O.S.)
Mon’, you coming?

Monica turns to see Brad waiting outside by the door.

MONICA
Yeah. Just getting my coat on.

Monica makes her way to the door and leaves with Brad. Knowle goes up to Doggett.

KNOWLE
See you tomorrow morning.

DOGGETT
Eight o’clock.

Knowle pats Doggett on the back and leaves. Doggett shuts the door behind him then goes into the living room.

At last... the house is quiet. No more Mulder and Krycek running around on a sugar high. He can finally relax and hope the boys don’t come over at three in the morning.

Doggett goes over to his Christmas tree and unplugs the lights. He looks down at Buddy who is curled up underneath the tree.

DOGGETT
You stayin’ down here, Bud?

Buddy gets up and shakes his body to wake himself up enough to walk up the stairs with Doggett to go to sleep.

Doggett and Buddy head up the stairs. Doggett turns the lights off as he goes.

INT. BEDROOM – CON’T

Buddy runs into the room and jumps up on the bed, making himself comfortable at the end. He closes his eyes to fall asleep.

Doggett goes over to his closet to get his Marines T-shirt. He stops when he sees Luke’s ashes sitting on the top shelf. He reaches up and takes the small wooden box down and goes over to his bed and sits on the side.

His eyes look down in sadness at the inscription on the box. Luke would be about twenty years old this Christmas if he were alive. Twenty years old, and all that is known to Doggett is the first seven years. He wipes away a single tear that falls as his hand caresses over Luke’s name. If only he were still here. If only things were different. Doggett’s mind can’t help but think of the “what ifs” of the situation that happened so long ago.

Off his thoughts of what could’ve been...

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. BEDROOM – 7:00 AM

DECEMBER 25TH
CHRISTMAS MORNING

The early winter morning light seeps through light yellow drapes. We do not recognize the interior of this room. We have never been here before, yet we feel comfortable, at home, as if we have been here many times before.

We pan down and pull away from the window to reveal Monica. She is asleep in a comfortable, king size bed. White sheets are pulled up to her chest and a pastel yellow comforter lies across the lower half of her body. She is at peace.

Monica’s eyes slowly open and a smile forms on her face. This morning, unlike others, she does not hear or see the dead who have not crossed over. She does not hear the thoughts of anyone. She feels perfect, as if nothing has happened to her. Nothing is wrong.

As Monica becomes fully awake, she realize that she does not know where she is. Suddenly, a man’s strong hand gently caresses her bare arm and warm lips kiss the back of her neck. The man’s arm wraps around her and gently pulls her into his bare chest, which is when she realizes she’s not wearing pajamas.

As awkward as it is for her to be in this situation, she feels comfortable.

KNOWLE
(quiet whisper)
Merry Christmas.

MONICA
(confused)
Knowle?

KNOWLE
Yeah, Sunshine?

He nuzzles his face into her neck. He kisses her skin softly.

MONICA
(freaked out)
I don’t know where I am.

This isn’t her apartment. This isn’t his apartment. What the hell is going on?

Knowle lifts his head from the pillow and looks down at her. She turns over onto her back and looks up at him, making sure to hold the sheets close to her so not to reveal herself to him.

KNOWLE
You’re home.

He smiles at her, not sure what she’s up to, but it must be some sort of game. He leans down and kisses her. She doesn’t pull away from him right away, as his kiss gives her some kind of comfort, yet she’s still confused.

MONICA
Knowle, I don’t know what’s going on.

KNOWLE
Is this some sort of game?

MONICA
(at a loss)
No, Knowle. It’s not a game.
What the hell is going on here?

Knowle looks at her, seeing that she’s serious and freaked out about something.

KNOWLE
What do you mean?

MONICA
Why am I here, in this bed,
with you... (whispers) naked?

She looks up at him with confusion.

KNOWLE
Well... you’re my wife.

Monica eyes widen.

MONICA
I’m what?

KNOWLE
We’ve been married for
about five years. (beat)
You don’t remember?

He looks at her with concern. What is going on?

MONICA
No. What I remember was Brad
taking me home last night, and
then crying myself to sleep because
I couldn’t stop the voices. (beat)
Which I don’t hear anymore... Then
I woke up here, next to you. I don’t
know where I am. I don’t know this
place, and I don’t remember marrying you.

Knowle looks at her for a beat.

MONICA
Knowle, you’re going to have
to explain everything to me.
I honestly don’t know what’s
going on here.

She looks up at him. He sees that she is serious.

MONICA
I’m not married to you, Knowle. I’m
not married at all because I’m not
ready for that. So how is it possible
that we’ve been married for five years?

KNOWLE
You’re serious?

MONICA
Yes, Knowle. I’m serious.

KNOWLE
Did you hit your head?

He gently looks her head over with his hand. She must’ve hit her head. There’s no other reason for her to not know what is going on in their life.

MONICA
I didn’t hit my head. I know who
I am. I know who you are. I just
don’t know what is going on.

Knowle nods his head. He doesn’t understand it, but she seems to be serious.

MONICA
How did we happen?

KNOWLE
You were leaving New York and came
to D.C. because you didn’t know what
to do about an your ex, Brad.

MONICA
Ok, I know this story. Then
I decided to go to New Orleans, right?

KNOWLE
You thought about it. But then I
said something about how running
away won’t solve anything and you should-

MONICA
-Follow my heart. I remember. But
I didn’t listen and I went to New Orleans.

Knowle shakes his head.

KNOWLE
No, you didn’t run to New Orleans.
You quit the FBI, and became a
Spanish teacher and stayed in D.C.

MONICA
When was this?

KNOWLE
Back in 1998.

MONICA
This means I never met Robert Comer...

Monica thinks back to yesterday evening when she thought about how she wished she never met Robert Comer.

MONICA
(after a beat)
When did we start dating?

KNOWLE
Spring of 1999. Engaged in 2000,
married in the spring of 2001.

Monica nods her head. How is any of this possible? Her eyes lighten up, as if coming to a revelation.

MONICA
Knowle, what if this is some sort
of “It’s A Wonderful Life” kind of
thing. What if, for some reason, I’m
being shown what life with you is like?

She thinks fast. Why? Why would any of this happen?

MONICA
But why, Knowle? Why would I be
given a chance to see what life
would’ve been like with you?

KNOWLE
I don’t know...

MONICA
(quiet/to herself)
It doesn’t make sense.

She looks at Knowle for a beat.

MONICA
(after a beat)
You love me.

KNOWLE
Of course I do.

MONICA
No, no... not in this alternate
world... in the world I know.

She sits up, holding the sheets close to her chest. Knowle watches her.

MONICA
It makes sense to me now.

She looks down at Knowle.

MONICA
I heard you think that you’ll
always be there for me. It
was in your head, as if you
don’t want me to know how
you feel... or something.

KNOWLE
You heard me think that?

MONICA
Yes. In the world that I
know, I can read people’s minds.

Knowle looks at her for a beat.

KNOWLE
You know you sound-

MONICA
-Crazy? I know. This is all
crazy. But I’m not crazy. I
mean, for all I know, this is
a dream and I’ll wake up in the
morning and none of this will
have ever happened. (beat) Or
maybe this is some Christmas wish.

Knowle listens.

MONICA
Yesterday I thought to myself how
life would be better if I never
met this guy I dated in New Orleans.
For that to have happened, I never
should’ve gone down there in the first
place. Just like you described to me.

KNOWLE
So what you’re saying is that fate was
tampered with? Is that what’s going on?

MONICA
(after a thoughtful beat)
Maybe. What if I was never supposed
to go to New Orleans in the first place.
What if I’ve been going down the wrong
road all this time. (beat) That would
mean I’m being given the chance – the
opportunity – to fix where I went wrong.

KNOWLE
But you haven’t gone wrong here.

Monica thinks. He’s right. Maybe she’s wrong. Then what is this world? What’s going on? Why is any of this happening.

KNOWLE
Listen, Sunshine, how about we
get up, have breakfast and see
if we can figure out what is
going on, ok?

MONICA
You’re going to call the men
in the white coats, aren’t you?

Knowle laughs quietly at her and sits up to be face to face with her.

KNOWLE
No, I’m not. I’ve heard crazier
things come out of you.

He kisses her on her forehead. She smiles at him.

KNOWLE
Crazier like telepathically
talking to your Grandmama.

MONICA
But I can.

KNOWLE
I know.

Knowle gets up out of the bed, and is completely naked. Monica blushes and looks away, but manages one last glance as Knowle puts on his sweat pants. She tries not to grin.

Knowle smiles at her as he leaves the room to give her privacy, shutting the door behind him.

Monica looks around the room. There’s no way all of this could be an elaborate joke. This room looks nothing like her apartment or Knowle’s. She sees her things mixed together with Knowle’s. Everything blends in so naturally.

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM – 7:30 AM

Doggett sleeps in bed, however, he is not sleeping like the usual bed-hog we are used to. In fact, his comforter is white instead of the brown he usually has. The room is lighter and, well, is not the room we are used to seeing him in.

A woman’s hand gently touches his back, waking him up.

WOMAN
John... wake up.

John rolls over, still half asleep.

DOGGETT
(sleepy)
Wha-? Are Mulder and Krycek
here already?

WOMAN
(confused)
Who’s Mulder and Krycek?

Doggett’s eyes suddenly pop open when he realizes who the woman is: Barbara, his ex wife. He sits up fast and looks at her.

DOGGETT
Barbara? What are you doing here?

Barbara looks at him. What’s this about?

BARBARA
I’m waking you up, John. It’s
Christmas morning. Luke and Kaylee
are on their way over to open
presents with us.

DOGGETT
(lost)
Luke? What?

BARBARA
John, what’s wrong?

Doggett looks around. He recognizes the place, but why would either one of them be here. He’s in the house he and Barbara lived in before Luke died and before the divorce. He’s in Long Island, New York now.

Doggett looks at her for a beat. If he says what he’s thinking, he’ll look crazy.

DOGGETT
I uh... Sorry, I just had
a strange dream.

BARBARA
Well get up. They’re on
their way over.

Barbara leaves the room. Doggett gets up and looks at himself in the mirror that is across the room. Ok, he doesn’t look any younger than he should. How is it Luke is alive? This has to be some strange Monica Joke or something. That’s the only explanation.

Doggett goes over to the phone and dials Monica’s cell phone number. He’ll confront her on this and the joke will be over.

ELECTRONIC VOICE (FILTER)
We’re sorry, the number you are trying
to reach is no longer in use or is out
of the calling area. Please hang up
and try again.

Doggett looks at the phone. What the hell is going on here? He hangs up and tries Dana’s phone number. She’ll be sure to crack and let him know what’s going on.

He gets the same message as before. He hangs up and sits on the bed.

What is he in? An episode of “The Twilight Zone”?

He leaves the bedroom and walks down the hallway.

INT. HALLWAY – CON’T

He stops when he sees family photos lining the wall. He looks at them closely and sees a photo of himself, Barbara and Luke. Luke must be in his early teens in the photo. How is this possible? What is going on? He continues to look at the photos. Photos of Luke from when he was a baby, he recognizes those, but then he sees more of when Luke got older. He takes a photo of Luke off the wall. He is standing next to a girl who wears a red dress. Luke is dressed up as well. Must be a photo of him going to a school dance with his girlfriend.

BARBARA (O.S.)
Hey John?

DOGGETT
Yeah?

Doggett puts the photo back on the wall and makes his way down to the kitchen.

INT. KITCHEN – CON’T

Barbara is cutting oranges, preparing to make fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast. The smell of blueberry muffins fills the air.

BARBARA
Could you build a fire?

DOGGETT
Yeah.

BARBARA
Thanks.

Doggett leaves the kitchen and goes over to the front closet and retrieves his jacket. He looks around the foyer and living room. This is all too strange for him. It must be a strange dream. It has to be. He and Barbara sold the house after the divorce. Neither one of them wanted to live here after Luke died. Too many memories.

After a short beat, he leaves the house.

EXT. HOUSE – CON’T

It’s a sunny day, but still a white Christmas. Fresh snow crunches under his feet from the snowfall that must’ve fallen last night. A plow drives by, clearing the road. Doggett looks around. His eyes focus on the street that was just plowed. His memory fills with Luke and the first time he got to ride his bike alone. A smile forms on his face.

This is unbelievable. How is this possible?

Doggett goes over to the side of the garage and uncovers the wood for the fireplace and picks up a few logs. A car pulling up in the driveway catches his attention and he goes to see who it is.

A young man gets out of the car. He looks an awful lot like Doggett, only younger. He waves at Doggett as a young lady gets out of the passenger side of the car.

LUKE
Merry Christmas, dad.

Luke comes up to Doggett, who has stopped in his tracks. He has to be dreaming.

DOGGETT
(quiet, barely able to speak)
Merry Christmas.

The young lady comes up to them.

LUKE
Dad, you remember Kaylee.

Doggett looks at her. No, he doesn’t remember her, but he probably should.

DOGGETT
Yeah.

KAYLEE
(to Doggett)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Doggett.

LUKE
Let me help you with those.

Luke takes the logs from Doggett.

LUKE
It’s cold out here, and I’m
sure mom has her famous
blueberry muffins waiting for us.

Doggett looks at him. He’s speechless. Luke notices his strangeness.

LUKE
(to Kaylee)
Kay’, go on inside and let
mom know we’re here. We’ll
be in shortly.

KAYLEE
All right.

She smiles and heads inside. Luke turns to Doggett.

LUKE
Dad, you all right?

Doggett doesn’t say anything. He goes up to Luke and hugs him.

DOGGETT
(after a beat)
I’m just so glad to see you.

He lets Luke out of the hug and smiles at him.

LUKE
I saw you yesterday.

Luke smiles at him, really starting to wonder what is up with him. Doggett wipes a tear away.

DOGGETT
I know... it’s just...

He shakes his head. He doesn’t have an explanation for the way he’s acting that anyone would understand. Luke waits for him to finish.

DOGGETT
(switching subject)
It’s freezing out here. We
should go inside.

Doggett walks away. Luke watches him and follows after a beat.

INT. HOUSE – CON’T

Doggett enters the house, followed by Luke.

LUKE
I’ll build the fire.

DOGGETT
All right.

Doggett sits down on the couch, watching Luke build the fire in the fireplace. In the kitchen he can hear Barbara and Kaylee talking. He looks around the living room. He can’t believe what is happening. Has he been given a second chance at life? A second chance to be with his son and see his life? Why is this happening? How is it happening? Everything seems to be in the right in this dream. Is it a dream? Or is it really happening? If this is a second chance with Luke, then where is everyone else? Where is Dana? What is she doing in this alternate world? Where’s Mulder? Monica? Brad? Knowle? He must still be friends with them, even if he is in Long Island.

Barbara and Kaylee come into the living room with fresh squeezed orange juice and a plate with blueberry muffins.

BARBARA
Breakfast is here.

Luke looks up from building the fire and sees the muffins. A smile forms on his face.

LUKE
(re: muffins)
Fresh out of the oven.

He goes over to the plate of muffins, forgetting about building the fire. Doggett smiles.

BARBARA
So what did you two do
last night? You certainly
seemed to be in a hurry to leave.

LUKE
Well...

He swallows his food and goes over and puts his arm around Kaylee.

LUKE
We just had a romantic evening together.

KAYLEE
(doesn’t want to hold it in anymore)
He proposed to me.

He holds out her hand for Doggett and Barbara to see. Barbara’s eyes light up with excitement. She goes over to Kaylee and hugs her. Doggett’s smile gets bigger with this news. His son’s getting married. He gets up from the couch and goes over to them.

DOGGETT
Congratulations.

LUKE
Thanks, dad.

Barbara comes up to Luke and hugs him. She has tears in her eyes. Doggett watches on. The great unknown of Luke’s life is happening before his very eyes. A sense of release and closure washes over him. All his unanswered questions about what could’ve been are being washed away. He stands back and watches with a small smile on his face.

TIME CUT TO:

EXT. SKINNER’S HOUSE – 4:15 PM

Doggett and Barbara knock on the door. Christmas music can be heard from inside the house. A few moments later, the door opens and Skinner stands there with a Santa hat on his head.

Doggett looks at him with a strange expression. Why is Skinner his boss in New York City? When Barbara said he should get ready for his bosses party, this was the last man he expected to see. Why isn’t he working at Headquarters in Washington, D.C.?

SKINNER
Merry Christmas. Glad you
could make it. Come on in.

Skinner steps to the side to allow John and Barbara into his house.

INT. SKINNER’S HOUSE – CON’T

The house is alive with people and Christmas music. Skinner takes their coats.

SKINNER
Make yourselves at home. We’ve
got some eggnog over on the table.

DOGGETT
Thank you.

Skinner leaves them to go put their coats in another room. John and Barbara make their way into the house. Doggett looks around. He doesn’t know anyone here at all, but assumes they are all from his office.

On the other side of the room, Doggett’s eye catches Dana Scully. She’s standing alone near the refreshments.

BARBARA
John, introduce me to some of-

DOGGETT
(not paying attention to her)
-Excuse me.

He leaves her side and makes his way over to Dana. Barbara watches him. What’s that about? She sees him go over to Dana. Her mind races with suspicion of his reaction towards this red-headed woman.

Across the room...

Doggett approaches Scully.

DOGGETT
Dana?

Scully looks over at him.

SCULLY
Can I help you with refreshments?

DOGGETT
No, it’s me. John Doggett.

SCULLY
Oh, yeah. Walter said you
were coming.

She extends her hand to him.

SCULLY
I’m Dana Skinner. It’s nice
to finally meet you.

Dana what? She’s married to Walter Skinner? Doggett slowly extends his hand and shakes hers.

DOGGETT
How long have you been
married to Walter?

SCULLY
We’ve been married for four years.

Doggett nods his head, then looks up at her. If he’s going to be stuck living in this life where Dana is married to Walter, he better make sure she’s happy and better off with him.

DOGGETT
(hesitant)
Are you happy?

Scully looks up at him with surprise. Who asks such a question?

SCULLY
Pardon?

DOGGETT
Does he make you happy?

SCULLY
Why, who told you?

DOGGETT
(confused)
What?

SCULLY
Who told you I’m unhappy?
(beat) Was it Marita? (beat)
I bet she’d know better than
anyone else. She’s sleeping with him.

Doggett lifts his eyebrows, and just as he’s about to tell her she can do better, Scully’s mother comes over.

MAGGIE
Dana, I was just talking with
Walter and he said that you don’t
think you are ready for children.

SCULLY
That’s between Walter and I.

MAGGIE
Well, you’re certainly not
getting any younger, Dana.
And I’m tired of waiting to
be a grandmother again.

Unlike the Scully John knows, she does not stand up for herself against her mother. Instead, she lets her walk all over her as if she were a doormat.

MAGGIE
I expect to have a new grandchild
in the new year. You don’t want
to have such a huge age gap. And
it’s best to keep Walter as your own
by trapping him into marriage by
having a baby. You know that.

SCULLY
(numb)
Yes mother.

Doggett can’t believe what he’s hearing. Barbara comes up behind him.

BARBARA
John? Is everything all right?

Doggett turns to look at her. No, everything is not all right. Since when does Dana let her mother walk all over her? Since when does she stay with a man who cheats on her? Since when... since when does any of this happen? What’s going on in the world?

DOGGETT
(obviously bothered)
Yeah... everything is fine.

Off Barbara’s doubtful look...

TIME CUT TO:

INT. JOHN & BARBARA DOGGETT’S HOUSE – 7:30 PM

Doggett and Barbara enter the house. Barbara is obviously not very happy with John. Skinner’s party wasn’t as merry has they had expected it to be. Doggett gave obvious special attention to Scully, making Barbara believe he has been having an affair with Skinner’s wife, Dana.

DOGGETT
Barbara, I’m not having an
affair with her. I was just
concerned for her because-

BARBARA
-Save it John. I’m not stupid.
I can tell you have something
for her. (beat) Besides, it’s
not like we act like husband
and wife anymore.

Doggett doesn’t know what to say to that. He doesn’t know anything about this world he’s been tossed into.

DOGGETT
What do you mean?

BARBARA
Please John, don’t play stupid
with me. (beat) You’re never here.
You work all the time. The only
thing we ever do together anymore
is pay the bills. Take out the garbage.
Water the lawn. (beat) I feel like
we’re turning into roommates who
had a kid together long ago.

Doggett listens.

BARBARA (CON’T)
Luke’s not a child anymore, John.
(beat) I really don’t see the point
in going on pretending to be in
love. (beat) We’ve drifted apart,
and you don’t even seem to notice.

Doggett takes a step towards her. If he’s stuck here and can’t have Dana, he should try to fix the problems that have developed between them.

DOGGETT
Barbara... I...

BARBARA
I don’t want to hear the
excuses anymore, John.

She starts to head up the stairs.

BARBARA
I need to be alone right now.

She turns away from him and walks up the stairs. Doggett stands there. This is how things really are between them? He watches her until she is out of view. He returns to the living room to sort out his thoughts.

Does he even bother trying to fix things? Is this a permanent thing? Is this a dream? Will he suddenly wake up and everything will return to normal or is he stuck in this world?

CUT TO:

INT. KNOWLE & MONICA’S HOUSE – WASHINGTON, D.C. – 9:45 PM

Monica and Knowle are sitting on the living room couch. The living room is decorated for Christmas. The tree is simply decorated with white lights, pinecones, ornaments, and tinsel. It’s very earthy and simple.

Knowle is showing Monica photos of their wedding and “catching her up” on her life in this world.

MONICA
John was your best man.

Monica smiles as she sees a photo of John with Knowle, both wearing tuxedos and smiling big for the picture.

KNOWLE
John was pretty funny when he
heard about us. He kept sayin’
how we were pulling his leg because
“it’s Mon’ and Knowle”. (beat) He
got used to it. You know how John is.

MONICA
Yeah. (beat) He probably saw us
how I am with him, huh?

KNOWLE
Sibling like? Yeah.

Knowle laughs.

MONICA
(looking back at photos)
We look so happy.

She stares down at a wedding photo of herself and Knowle.

MONICA
My mother made the dress?

KNOWLE
Of course.

Monica turns the page in the album. She sees a young teenage boy standing next to Doggett in a photo. She points to him.

MONICA
Who’s that?

KNOWLE
That’s Luke Doggett, John and Barb’s son.

Monica looks up at him in shock.

MONICA
He’s alive?

KNOWLE
He’s not in...?

MONICA
He was murdered when he was seven.

Knowle looks at her with shock.

KNOWLE
How did that happen?

MONICA
He was kidnapped. I worked the case.
(beat) In a way, it kind of built this
tension between John and I. He blamed
me for not solving the case. He blamed
himself. Pushed Barbara away... Are
they still married?

KNOWLE
Yeah. Surprising since they married so
young. But they seem to work things out.

Monica closes the photo album and sets it on the coffee table in front of them. She leans back and lets out a sigh. Knowle watches her. He really wishes he knew what was going on, but also knows she’s thinking the same thing.

MONICA
Everything seems so...

She shakes her head, not knowing the word she’s looking for. Knowle listens.

MONICA
(after a short beat)
I mean... Luke’s alive. I’m not
tormented by voices in my head.
Everything seems so perfect this way.

She looks at Knowle for a beat. Looking him in the eyes. Her mind starts to think why she never saw herself with him like this before. He’s always been there for her. Through everything. And knowing now that if she would’ve gone with her gut feeling and not went to New Orleans, she would be happy like this. In a way, her heart is aching. She went through so much pain going the route she took in life. Especially the year of her life she lost at the Facility. The daughter she and Brad lost, and how that whole situation has ruined her relationship with him. And feeling what she felt from Brad yesterday at John’s. It broke her heart. What does she do with that?

Knowle notices her mind thinking.

KNOWLE
You look sad.

MONICA
Just thinking about...

He should know what’s going on in the world she knows.

MONICA
I was just thinking about the
world that I know. (beat) I was
engaged to this man – Brad –

Knowle nods his head and listens.

MONICA (CON’T)
I was taken against my will to this
government Facility and was tested on
to help find a cure for an alien virus.
Turns out I’m the cure to that. Naturally
immune. I was pregnant when I went there.
They had to force and abortion on me. It-

She chokes back tears.

MONICA
(after a beat)
It ruined what I had with Brad. (beat)
I heard his mind last night. He had
so much anger and disappointment in me.

She looks into his eyes.

MONICA
If I ever get back... I...
I don’t know what to do. (beat)
We’re kind of on a break after
I called things off at what was
supposed to be our wedding.

KNOWLE
Why’d you call things off?

MONICA
We lost a child and never dealt
with it. I had my brain cut into
which caused me to hear voices,
see things... we never dealt with it.
He over worked. Thought the easiest
thing to do to fix things was to
make me take medication that didn’t
help at all. (beat) He had good
intentions, I don’t doubt that... but...

She trails off. Realizing what she hadn’t realized before.

MONICA
How could I spend my whole life
with someone who doesn’t understand
me? You know? That’s hard. It hurts.

Knowle watches her for a beat.

KNOWLE
You need to follow your heart.

Monica smiles. He’s always told her that. Why hasn’t she ever listened to him? She looks at him again.

MONICA
Being with you... I... I never thought
of you and I like this before. (beat)
I mean, anyone else would’ve drugged
me or sent me off to some doctors to
be examined for mental illness.

She looks into his eyes.

MONICA
Yet, here you are. As confused as I am,
but still trying to help me figure
things out. You haven’t given up on me.

KNOWLE
I never saw giving up as an option.

Monica looks away and smiles. That’s the best thing anyone has ever said to her. Especially now.

Knowle watches her, seeing that she appreciates his words. A tear falls down Monica’s cheek. Knowle wraps his arms around her, pulling her into him. She allows herself to fall into him. She feels safe, loved, and at peace with him. He kisses the top of her head.

KNOWLE
You’re going to be all right.

MONICA
I don’t want this to end, Knowle.

KNOWLE
It doesn’t have to. (beat)
You know I love you. Both
in this world and the other.

Monica wipes her tears away and wraps her arms around him.

MONICA
(softly)
I-

She stops herself from saying what she wants to say to him. It’s not this Knowle who needs to hear it...

FADE TO:

INT. JOHN & BARBARA DOGGETT’S HOUSE – LONG ISLAND, NY – 10:00 PM

Doggett sits on the couch in the living room of his old house. He’s flipping through a photo album of Luke. He’s looking at a photo of the last family picnic they had with Luke out at his cabin. He turns the page to see Luke’s eighth birthday party. Tears sting his eyes as he continues flipping through the album. Seeing everything that could’ve happened in Luke’s life. As he continues to flip through the photo album more tears come to his eyes.

For a long time he’s wondered what if. It’s part of the reason he’s never been able to let go of Luke and accept that the case may never be solved. Even knowing that the man who hurt him is still out there in the other world, these photos bring warmth into his heart, into his soul. He’s wondered for so long, and now the answers are right in front of him.

The hours tick by and he falls asleep on the couch. The album rests in his lap and for the first time in a long time, he falls asleep without thoughts of “what if”...

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. LIVING ROOM – MORNING – 7:59 AM

Doggett lies on his couch with the photo album next to him. He wakes up with a start when he hears loud knocking on the front door. His eyes pop open and he sees his living room, just as he had left it last night before heading up the stairs to go to bed.

We recognize everything. The stacks of books up against the walls. Everything is familiar. We are back at John’s house in Falls Church, Virginia. The only difference is the amount of presents under the tree. There weren’t that many the night before...

Today is Christmas Morning.

The knocking comes again. Doggett looks down at the photo album. He opens it and flips through the pages and finds the last family picnic with Luke at his cabin. He turns the page, finding it empty. He slowly closes the album as the knocking comes once again.

Doggett gets up off the couch and Buddy comes running down the stairs. They both go over to the door and John opens it to find Mulder and Krycek.

MULDER/KRYCEK
Merry Christmas!

Doggett checks his watch. Eight o’clock on the dot.

DOGGETT
How long were you two
waiting out there?

MULDER
For fifteen minutes.

Doggett laughs and smiles at them.

DOGGETT
Well, Merry Christmas. Come
on in. (beat) No one else is
here yet.

KRYCEK
(disappointed)
So we still have to wait?

MULDER
(re: presents under the tree)
Wow-wee! Santa came!

Krycek and Doggett look over at the tree at all the presents that weren’t there last night.

Krycek’s jaw drops and his eyes bug. How the hell?!

KRYCEK
How... who... Wha-?

Another knock comes at the door and Doggett opens it. It’s Scully and Monica.

SCULLY
Merry Christmas!

MONICA
Merry Christmas, John.

He smiles at them. Everything is back to normal.

DOGGETT
Merry Christmas.

He steps to the side to let them in. Scully kisses him in the doorway.

Monica takes off her coat.

DOGGETT
Brad didn’t come with you?

SCULLY
No, I picked Mon’ up. I
had to be there anyway to
give her her medication.

Doggett nods his head. And another knock comes at the door. Doggett opens it again. It’s Brad.

BRAD
Merry Christmas.

DOGGETT
Merry Christmas, Brad.

Doggett lets him in.

KRYCEK (O.S.)
Can we open presents now?

DOGGETT
Everyone’s not here yet.

Krycek comes over to him.

KRYCEK
Who are we waiting for?

DOGGETT
Knowle and Skinner.

KRYCEK
(about Knowle)
Oh posh! We don’t need
that big punk here for Christmas.

Krycek walks off and Doggett rolls his eyes, just as another knock hits the door.

Doggett opens the door and Skinner smiles at him.

SKINNER
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas.

DOGGETT
Merry Christmas. Come in.

Skinner enters the house and goes into the living room.

Scully comes up to Doggett.

SCULLY
(to Doggett; quiet)
John... can I talk to you...

DOGGETT
Yeah.

She drags him away from everyone and takes him into the kitchen.

INT. KITCHEN – CON’T

Scully pulls out a long wooden box from a bag she brought over. She hands it to him.

DOGGETT
What’s this? A Christmas gift?

SCULLY
(serious)
Someone thought it would make
a good gift. I found it outside
my apartment last night.

Doggett looks at her for a beat, then opens the box to find a 12 inch sharp knife. He looks up at her with concern.

SCULLY
It came with a Christmas card too.

She hands him a Christmas card. He takes it and opens it, reading the neatly written handwriting on the inside.

Dana,

Soon we will be together forever. The steel of this gift reminds me of how beautiful you are.

Doggett looks up at her with concern.

DOGGETT
(freaked out)
You stayed there last night
after receiving something
like this?

SCULLY
Well, I had a big knife to
defend myself with. (beat)
I think it’s from Scott Williams.

Doggett looks at her for a beat.

DOGGETT
Do you remember that letter you
received at my cabin on the fourth
of July?

SCULLY
(why is he bringing that up?)
Yeah. Why?

DOGGETT
I kept it.

SCULLY
Why, it was probably just
from a secret admirer.

DOGGETT
Maybe even the same “secret
admirer” who left this knife.

Scully freezes. She never thought of that before.

DOGGETT
Have you called the cops on this?

SCULLY
I don’t think there’s anything
for me to worry about, John.

DOGGETT
The note he left with this
knife said “soon we will
be together forever”. (beat)
Dana, I love how optimistic you
are about life, but you gotta
realize that there are dangers in-

SCULLY
-I know all too well about the
dangers in this world, John. (beat)
I’m not going to let Scott take
me down anymore. And I’m certainly
not going let him ruin this Christmas.

She looks at Doggett in the eyes.

SCULLY
I wanted you to know about this
so you would be aware of it too.
(beat) I don’t want to deal with
this alone, Johnny.

Doggett nods his head.

DOGGETT
Thank you for telling me.

They are interrupted by the phone ringing. Doggett smiles at her and goes to answer the phone.

DOGGETT
Hello?

KNOWLE (FILTERED)
John, I’m gonna be late. There’s
been a wreck on the highway that’s
slowlin’ things down. (beat) I know
the boys are excited about presents, so
don’t wait for me. I’ll be there in a bit.

DOGGETT
All right. I know they’re dying
to dive under the tree.

Scully walks by him.

SCULLY
“Dive” is a good word choice.

She winks at him and goes into the living room.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CON’T

Mulder and Krycek are sitting in front of the Christmas tree. They are too excited about Christmas this year. Krycek especially. He’s not sure who played Santa. To his knowledge, no one was planning on doing it. Perhaps the magic of Christmas is true...

MULDER
So we should warn you guys...

Scully, Monica, Brad, and Skinner listen. What’s this about?

MULDER
The presents we got for everyone
aren’t going to be here at all.
We had to cancel our shipments because
that crazy Leyla girl said something
about being friends with shippers.
We’re not trusting UPS, DHL, the
United States Postal Service. Nobody.

KRYCEK
So instead... we made our gifts.

MONICA
(optimistic)
Oh that’s really sweet.

Doggett comes into the living room.

DOGGETT
Well, that was Knowle on the
phone. He said he’s going to
be late.

Mulder and Krycek look disappointed. Now they have to wait even longer to open presents. Eight o’clock was long enough!

DOGGETT
(after a beat)
He did say to go ahead
and start without him.

MULDER/KRYCEK
YAY! Let the paper tearing begin!

Mulder and Krycek dive towards the presents. Scully gives Doggett a look and smiles.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. DOGGETT’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – 8:45 AM

Wrapping paper covers the floor and all the presents have been opened. Well, almost all. Scully did manage to stop the boys from opening presents that are for Knowle.

Scully is wearing a new jacket that Doggett gave her. She stands in front of the mirror in the foyer admiring herself.

Strange pots and pans noise music is playing in the CD player... Mulder and Krycek’s presents to everyone...

DOGGETT
I feel so sorry for your neighbors.

MULDER
We wanted to be creative.

KRYCEK
Yeah, if you listen carefully,
you can almost tell that we’re
trying to play “Silent Night”.

DOGGETT
Kind of an oxymoron, huh?

Mulder and Krycek giggle. Yeah... it is in a way.

A knock on the door catches everyone’s attention. Scully turns and opens it to see Knowle.

KNOWLE
Hey.

SCULLY
Merry Christmas. Don’t worry,
I stopped the boys from opening
all your presents.

Knowle smiles.

KNOWLE
They dove under there, huh?

SCULLY
Almost.

Knowle comes in.

KNOWLE
Merry Christmas, everyone.

MULDER
(excited)
Knowle! We’ve got a present for you!

BRAD
(sarcastic)
Oh, he’ll just love it.

MULDER
I know!

Mulder runs up to Knowle and hands him a CD-size present.

KNOWLE
This better not be a single
of “Bat Poop Eyes”.

He takes the present and opens it to find a CD called “Fox & Alex’s Evening of Pot-Pan Noise”.

KNOWLE
Noise on a disk. How thoughtful.

He smiles and Mulder skips off happily.

DOGGETT
We’ve got breakfast in
the kitchen if you want.

KNOWLE
Sounds great. I actually
brought over stuff to make
my famous Rohrinator Pancakes.

DOGGETT
Awesome. That’d be great. I’m
sure everyone will love them.

KNOWLE
I thought so too.

KRYCEK
Geez! That’s a little egotistical
to name pancakes after yourself.

Knowle rolls his eyes. It’s best to ignore Krycek when he starts wanting to pick a fight for drama.

KNOWLE
(to Doggett)
I’ll be in the kitchen.

Knowle leaves the living room and enters the kitchen.

INT. KITCHEN – CON’T

Monica is at the counter making fresh squeezed orange juice for everyone.

KNOWLE
Merry Christmas, Monica.

Monica looks up and smiles at him.

MONICA
Merry Christmas. (beat) I’d give
you a hug, but my hands are covered
in orange juice.

She laughs.

KNOWLE
That’s all right.

Knowle sets his bag of stuff to make Rohrinator Pancakes on the counter. He goes up to her and gives her a hug from behind and kisses her on the top of her head. Monica smiles.

MONICA
What’s that?

She nods her head towards the bag he set on the counter. Knowle lets go of her.

KNOWLE
I’m making the Rohrinator.

MONICA
Sure you have enough for everyone?

KNOWLE
I planned ahead. Don’t worry.

Monica smiles at him.

MONICA
I saved your present from
the excitement of Mulder
and Krycek.

KNOWLE
Oh?

MONICA
Yeah. It’s over on the table.

Knowle looks over at the table and sees a box neatly wrapped.

KNOWLE
Mind if I open it now?

MONICA
That’s why I pointed it out.

She smiles at him.

Knowle goes over to the table and picks up the box. He gives it a little shake. Monica washes her hands over the sink, getting all the orange juice off of her. She goes over to him and watches him unwrap it.

He pulls out a photo album. He gives her a look.

KNOWLE
A photo album?

MONICA
Open it.

Knowle does and sees several old photographs of when he was a kid in Texas with John, Monica, Shannon and other childhood friends. A smile forms on Knowle’s face as he sees that it’s a huge scrapbook of his life as seen through Monica’s eyes.

KNOWLE
You were there for that?

He points to an embarrassing high school photo. Monica smiles and looks at it.

MONICA
Of course I was.

Knowle looks at her.

KNOWLE
You always come up with the
best gifts. You know that, right?

MONICA
What do you mean?

KNOWLE
The gift of wonderful memories.
No one else can match that. (beat)
Thank you.

He sets the album down and gives her another hug.

MONICA
You’re welcome.

She gives him a kiss on the cheek.

MONICA
(very quiet)
I love you.

Knowle tries to pull away to look at her, but she won’t let go of him. He pulls her closer to him, and softly whispers in her ear.

KNOWLE
(very quiet)
I love you too.

Off them, we...

FADE OUT:

THE END.

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