Red Valerian (X-Files story)

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Title: Red Valerian
Author(s): Dasha K.
Length: 48,508 words
Fandom: The X-Files
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Red Valerian is an X-Files story by Dasha K..

The pairing is Scully/Skinner and Mulder/Scully.

Synopsis: When three lives intersect, a triangle is formed.

Author's Comments

There was a period of about a year when belonging to XAPEN was a rare treat. It seemed like just about every writer posting there was horrifically talented and was pushing new ground. It was also one of the few venues where slash and gen writers mixed and mingled freely, where I'd get feedback from slash writers on MSR and slash writers would be praised to the skies by shippers. I *gorged* on fanfic then. XAPEN also helped me feel free to push the boundaries of my writing-- to try Skinner/Scully and Scullyslash and even Mulder/Krycek (which I wrote under a different pen name).

As for my voice, it was a struggle finding it. I think that my first dozen or so stories weren't told the way I really wanted to tell them. I was still working on trying to keep the grammar and spelling clean, to figure out quotation marks and I was muddling through finding characterization. It took the precise touch of Plausible Deniability, my friend and beta reader, to help me find my own voice as a writer. I'd say that the first stories I told that read the way I wanted them to were probably in the Red Valerian series. They just flowed out of me over time and I was so surprised that I could tell a story in the voice of a gruff, macho, ex-Marine in his late forties. In the beginning, I could only tell a story from Scully's POV and here I was doing Skinner! It felt very freeing. But I couldn't have done it without my beta readers and without Plausible Deniability giving me his encouragement and honesty. [1]

Reactions and Reviews

Most of you know @dashakay is an amazing author, and her Post-Col fic, Blinded by White Light, is pretty widely recognized as one of the best fics ever, in the history of fanfiction. But did you know she’s also authored other fics? And they’re all just as good as BBWL? One of our favorites is a Scully/Skinner fic that resolves into MSR. There’s angst all around…Scully Angst, Skinner Angst, Mulder Angst. (If you haven’t realized by now, at txf-fic-chicks, we’re sluts for angst.) Because let’s be real, Dana Scully would definitely have found herself the object of many others’ attention. She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s articulate…and she deserved to be satisfied by someone before Mulder finally woke up and realized what he had right there in front of him. [2]


  1. Working Stiffs Interview with Dasha K.
  2. X-Files FanFiction Sommeliers, Archived version (2016)