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12 February 2011 @ 10:16 pm
Dance with Me  
Title: Dance with Me
Author: digitaldesigner
Beta: hazel_eyes_86
Word Count: 237
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Emily
Pairing: Mulder/Scully
Summary: Mulder dances with his child.
Disclaimer: If you recognize them, they belong to CC. Otherwise, they're mine.
Author's Note: Written for scifiland.

"Daddy, dance with me," five-year-old Annie told her father, pulling him to his feet. As Mulder moved around to the music, Annie's feet planted firmly on his, he wondered how he'd ever gotten so lucky. Annie had been born 18 months after they'd lost Emily, when their broken hearts were still coming to terms with a child they'd barely gotten to know.

Annie's giggle brought him back to the present. "More, Daddy," she pleaded as another song began playing. They hadn't known it then, but Annie was exactly what they'd needed. She was not the replacement child they'd feared. She was the complete opposite of Emily in almost every way. Where Emily had been shy, Annie was outgoing. Emily had been a blond-haired, blue-eyed child and Annie had his hair and her mother's eyes. Their eyes were the one thing they shared. Not just the color, but the way they looked deep into your very soul.

When the song ended, Mulder picked up their daughter and said, "come on, Princess, time for bed." He tucked in their little girl and read her favorite bedtime story to her as she held her beloved Buttons, the floppy-eared bunny she'd had since the day she was born. Through it all, his wife watched silently from the doorway, a soft smile on her lips. She couldn't imagine a more loving father or a more devoted husband.
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