Chiaroscuro (X-Files story)

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Title: Chiaroscuro
Author(s): Blueswirl
Date(s): June 1998
Genre: MSR
Fandom: X-Files
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Chiaroscuro is a MSR story by Blueswirl.

Author's Notes

What follows is a series of vignettes that I began over a year ago, and never completed. Many thanks to everyone who wrote asking for more -- your notes inspired me more than you could ever know. A lot has happened on the show since then, but I have kept true to the universe that I originally created in order to tell the story I wanted to tell. For this reason, the timeline here begins sometime before "Leonard Betts" and everything that followed.

This series -- which began with what I thought would be a single, stand-alone vignette -- became a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see if I could tell a story in sequential fragments that were almost snapshots, in that each section only captures a small part of the whole, and each is told from a different point of view. As with any experiment you never know if you're concocting something interesting or are on the verge of blowing up the lab -- I hope that here I succeeded in the former and not the latter.  :)

Each segment of this series is a single vignette; though they need to be read in sequence for the story to make sense, I prefer to think of each as its own individual piece. For this reason they have all been given their own subtitle, are labeled in single parts, and are individually rated. If you're counting, there are 21 parts altogether, and I'm sending them out in groups of 7 at a time.

Note: Because each vignette tells only a piece of the story, there are sections that jump forward in time. I've tried to indicate the passage of time where appropriate, but it is still something to be aware of as you read.

Reactions and Reviews

This story when read together is over 200k, the end of which is NC 17, but we aren't archiving it as a novel because the authors intent was to have it as a series of stand alone vignettes that can be also read together. I know many people cringe at marriage stories and the use of the word "Dana", which i have to admit i do as well, cringe that is, this is one of a handful of marriage stories that I actually liked, more than liked, loved. [1]


  1. Elemental Fanfic Archive, Archived version