TITLE: They Only Danced Once
AUTHOR: Mel X Lady
CATEGORY: MSR and Krycek/Scully
DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT: Feel free to post this anywhere as long as my name stays with the fanfic.
SPOILERS: A little of the Pilot, but it doesn't ruin any of it.
SUMMARY: It's inbetween Sleepless and Duane Barry, but there's a FBI Ball, and Krycek asks Scully to it.
DISCLAIMER: I only own my clones, not the real people (rumor is Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Walter Skinner, Alex Krycek and others are real people named DD, GA, MP, NL)
"Agent Scully!" a voice called out as she stepped into the elevator at 5:20 that afternoon. She turned around and noticed Krycek running toward her. "Krycek, is something wrong?" She asked.
"No, but I just know if I don't ask you now, I will regret it for a long time."
"What?" she asked, she had just met him less then a week earlier.
"There's that FBI ball tonight, and I was wondering--would you like to go with me, to the ball that is?" he asked, Scully noted the pleading in his eyes. She thought for a second and smiled.
"Sure, I'll meet you there at 8:00, tonight."
Krycek nodded, and smiled back.
"Yes, and if we're going to the ball tonight, It'll have to be Dana."
"All right, Dana, thank you."
"You're welcome, Alex."
He stepped off the elevator on the third floor and she went on down to the basement.
"oh no." she whispered to herself, she needed to get a dress, and fast.
Scully searched the store with her eyes and smiled to herself. No one from the bureau was there, actually, she was the only one in there except for the sales woman who had a graceful smile.
"Hi Honey." She said with a smile on her face. Southern women always seemed to be nice.
"Hi." she replied back as she allowed her eyes to search around the store. "I need a dress, for tonight."
"Sure, do you want to look around or should I show you some dresses?"
"Well, I'm sorta in a hurry, so could you show me some dresses, please."
The sales woman walked over toward a rack and began shifting through and finally pulled out a blue dress.
It was ground length but strapless and backless. Scully's mouth opened slightly as she realized how much it would show.
"It's beautiful." She smiled.
"I'll wrap it up for you."
"Oh, How much does it cost?" Scully asked quickly as she suddenly realized that dresses cost money.
"What's your name, Honey?"
"Already paid for."
"Dr. Dana Scully. The dress has been paid for."
"Okay, Thank you." she smiled as she took the box with the dress in it and walked to her car. She glanced at her watch and noticed it was almost 6 o'clock. She was going to run home to take a bath and then fix her hair.
Scully walked in and closed the door behind her. She pressed 'play' on the answering machine and took off her coat and purse.
"Hey Dana, I hope you liked the dress, see you at 8." was the only message she heard. She smiled to herself.
"Alex Krycek, you're going to do fine." she smiled as she kicked off her shoes and began to take off her jacket. She walked into the bathroom and turned the water on. She proceeded to strip down and sit down in the bathtub. She hummed a tune to herself as she began to wash her hair.
Scully zipped the dress up and looked in the mirror. It was a perfect fit.
She was curious now, she wondered how Krycek knew that this dress was her's, how she would pick this dress, and how it would fit her so perfectly. She gently applied a light shade of lipstick and eye shadow.
The phone rang and Scully picked up.
"Hey Scully, It's Mulder."
"Hey Mulder, what's up?"
"Nothing, I just waned to call and see what you where doing."
She thought to herself how he sounded just like a teenager on the phone, but then again, she looked like she was going to the prom."
"Oh, nothing much, just getting ready for the ball."
"Woah, who are you going with?"
There was a dead silence on the other side of the line.
"Scully, I'll see you at the ball, all right?"
"Sure, see you then, bye Mulder."
She hung up and looked at the phone for a second.
She then looked at the clock and noticed it was 7:45.
"Well, here goes something." Scully whispered to herself as she stood up and left for the door. Sure, Mulder was great and all, but she was tired of being lonely, and maybe, just maybe, Alex was the one.
Scully looked around the room and noticed lots of people. She was familiar with most of them, riding in the elevator with them on her way down to the basement and back up again, but she was looking for one man tonight, and it wasn't Mulder.
"Hello Agent Scully." She heard a man say behind her as she turned around quickly and locked eyes with Skinner.
"Hello sir." she replied quickly.
"Waiting for Agent Mulder?" he asked, trying to start a conversation.
"No, I'm actually waiting for Agent Krycek." she replied, begging for a diversion, something to remove her from this uncomfortable spot.
"Agent Scully, would you care to dance?" Skinner suddenly asked, noting her discomfort but not reacting to it yet.
"Sure." she replied as she walked toward him and rested her left hand on his shoulder and gave him her right hand. She didn't notice that he had put his hand on her waist and they began to sway to the music. She was a little confused by his actions, but figured he was just being nice. She didn't really react to him because he reminded her so much of her father. She smiled and whispered.
"Sir, this reminds me of when I was a teenager and my dad taught my sister and me how to dance."
Skinner smiled at the comment.
"Sir, do you have any children?" she asked. She couldn't help but wonder, about the man she knew so little about.
"No, I'm afraid not." he replied and looked away for a second and turning his head back to face her.
"Oh, you'd make a wonderful father." she smiled. She was a little more comfortable around the older man now He scared her at first, with his huge body and glaring eyes. He was literally huge to her, and size scared her a little at first, but now that she knew he was gentle, she had no reason to fear him.
The music ended and she thanked him. She began to walk off to look for Krycek when she heard a call from the shadows that only she could hear.
She walked toward the shadows off the ball room, wondering who she'd find. "Alex." she whispered, a little surprised that he hadn't approached her out on the dance floor.
"Alex, why are you over in the corner by yourself?"
"I was waiting for you to finish so I could see you."
He raised his hand to stroke her cheek.
She moaned gently and quickly remembered her manners.
"Thank you for the dress, but how did you know?"
"I know lots of things Scully, but you, I don't really know you. Would you like to dance?" he asked as another slow dance came on and he reached his hand out. She accepted it they walked toward the dance floor.
"So are you serious, you want to get to know me?" she asked after a few measures of the song had passed. Krycek was a wonderful dancer, light no his feet and confident in his moves.
"Of course." he whispered into her ear. He began to whisper what sounded like Russian.
"You speak Russian?" she whispered back.
"Yeah, but I really think I'd like to learn about you, I'm just a normal guy from a normal place."
"I'm normal too."
"Then why did they stick you with a guy like Mulder?"
ohh, there it goes again, Scully and Mulder, Mulder and Scully, Mr. and Mrs. Spooky Mulder. She'd only been down there for a year, in fact, Krycek had taken her place down there, but she was considered insane for sticking with Mulder, starting to believe in the aliens and cover ups that he thrived on. "To debunk his work, to find the scientific value in the cases, why'd they stick you down there?"
Before Alex could answer, the music stopped and Scully felt someone behind her. The music started back up and Scully turned around.
"Mulder!" she cried out, a little surprised that he was wearing a Tux, she had never seen him in a tuxedo before.
"Scully, may I have the honor of the next dance?" he asked, playing around, but serious about the dance.
"Sure." she replied
"Excuse me, Alex." she replied as she walked into Mulder's arms and began to dance.
"Sure, see you later Dana." he called out after she had already began to dance with Mulder.
Alex knew he had felt something while they danced and after Mulder ripped her away from him. He thought Scully had felt it too. His job was too try to win Mulder's trust over, and by becoming close friends with Scully was not the angle to go. Mulder loved Scully, he could see it in his eyes, and was beginning to see it in her eyes too. They where empty when they danced but when she heard Mulder's voice, as hard as she tried, her eyes wouldn't stop shining. Alex walked back toward his dark corner and hoped he would still be alone back there. He wasn't in the mood to talk, since he had to go and think about a new way to try to get Mulder to react to him. He was distant, only willing to work with Scully, she trusted him, and he was starting to fear that Mulder would see right through the charade. The game that he was playing until he could learn, and eventually destroy, Fox Mulder.
"Krycek." a voice from the shadows said as he stood back there and looked at the people dancing.
He didn't move to look at the man, he knew who he was and he knew him too well.
"What the hell are you doing here?" Krycek asked as he followed Mulder and Scully with his eyes. Watching every painful spin and turn.
"What the hell am I doing here? Why aren't you out there with Agent Scully?"
"I don't belong out there, that angle is a bust, I'm going to stick with the angle of befriending Mulder, because he obviously." He stopped for a second, realizing that if he mentions Scully, something might happen to her. "That angle just doesn't work."
"Krycek, just do whatever it takes, but I want Mulder dead or trusting you, what ever is quicker."
Alex nodded his head and walked away from the corner.
He sometimes regretted working for the Smoking man, but if he didn't, he'd probably be dead by now.
The music ended and Alex walked back onto the dance floor. Scully spotted him and went over to him.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have danced with Mulder without asking you first."
"It's all right, we're here to have fun, plus, I can't expect you to spend the whole night with me."
Krycek smiled, he didn't feel the pressure anymore. His new goal was to befriend Mulder, and in that time, he'd probably become friends with Scully too. Befriend then destroy.
Scully's eyes shifted from Krycek to something behind him. Alex turned his body to notice Mulder walking out of the door with another woman next to him. "Ohh." Scully moaned quietly as Alex watched her eyes. Her eyes were the window to her soul, and her soul was broken, into thousands of pieces.
"I'm sorry." Alex murmured, it was all he could say. He didn't want to say too much and offend her or not say enough and leave her out to dry. "Come on, I'll get you some punch." he said, trying to sound a little cheerful as her eyes looked at the door for a minuet.
"Come on, Scully, let's get some punch. I'm sure some one's spiked it by now."
She laughed gently and followed him.
Alex dipped the cup into the punch and handed it to Scully and got one for himself.
"Do you know who that was?" She asked. She was still not making alot of sense, but he understood that.
"No, I think she was another agent, probably 4th or 5th floor."
Scully nodded as she took a sip of the punch.
"I think you're right, Krycek, someone's already spiked it."
He smiled and stepped over to Scully.
"Mulder's a jerk."
"Yeah, yeah he is sometimes."
Krycek looked up into her face. It was flushed and her cheeks where red. She looked like she was about to cry and explode at the same time.
"oh, God Alex, I'm so sorry." She said as she began to wipe the tears from her eyes.
"Come here." he said quietly and hugged her. He felt her tears begin to soak through on to his chest. She released a few muffled sobs and Alex stroked her hair. He let the whole world melt away for a few seconds as he realized where they were.
"Scully, Honey, come on, let's go outside." He stopped himself for a second and waited for her to attack him for saying honey, but she just walked with him. He had his arm around her and they headed for the door. He wasn't sure how he'd explain this on Monday, and he hoped he wouldn't have to.
Krycek opened the door and Scully went out first. They went into the parking lot and walked around. He still held her under his arm and against his chest but he occasionally looked up to make sure no one was watching.
"No, Thank you, I've never had anyone that wasn't a member of my family stay with me while I cried.
"Not even Mulder?"
"Well, he held me once when-" she thought back to the first night they where together on the X-Files. He'd taken her somewhere west, she couldn't remember where anymore, too many cases ago, but she was scared they'd been abducted. He had held on to her after he checked her lower back, while she stood there in her bra and panties, waiting for him to tell her something that she may not have wanted to hear.
"Once." she continued, "but I didn't really cry, I was just scared."
"Dana, I just want you to know, I'm going to be here for you for a very long time. Shaking me probably won't work. I'm with you guys."
"No, you're with Mulder, I'm not on the X-Files any more."
"Well, you are in spirit. Mulder talks about you all the time." he replied. Hating that he had to say that, but he needed to fix things so he could get back to his observation.
She smiled and let out a little laugh.
"Let's talk about something else." she whispered as she looked up to the moon. "It's beautiful." she said in a quiet tone. Krycek nodded and followed her stare up into the moon.
"There's the Sea of Tranquility." he pointed over toward the right.
"Where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed" she finished his thought for him.
"Poor Mike Collins, stuck circling the moon while they made history." Scully smiled.
"No, I think you could never be 'stuck' circling the moon, I mean, to be that close to something that only so few people have been too."
Krycek nodded and thought about it.
"You're right." he finally agreed.
"You make a good argument, Alex."
Krycek felt his heart pounding as he silently cursed it to stop.
Scully turned and looked into Alex's face. She took her right hand and began to stroke his cheek. His face was smooth, he must have shaved before he had come to the ball.
"Please, kiss me once Alex, once and only once. Show me the man inside, Show me that mysterious man who I dare to get to know, to learn about and learn to trust."
Krycek took his finger on his right hand and lifted her chin up so he could see her eyes. She gently lowered his lips and pressed them against hers. They stood there for a minuet, but it felt like an eternity. Heaven was all that Krycek could claim. He knew his chances of getting in there were slim, so he'd better take this for all it was worth.
After a minuet, they slowly pulled away and looked at eachother.
"Once." she whispered.
"Once." he whispered back.
"Let's go back in." she said in a lowered voice as two FBI agents passed them and looked for a second and went on with their conversation.
"Yeah." he said a little louder and they headed back in for the building.
"Krycek, Thank you." she said as she looked at him before they went back in.
"Scully, you're welcome."
"Alex, you do realize that once we go back into the building, we're back to Krycek and Scully, no more Alex or Dana?"
"Yes, I'm all aware of that."
"Okay." she whispered as she looked at him longingly but decided against it.
"You go ahead and go back in, Scully, I'll be back in soon."
"Okay." she said with a slight smile as she went back in with the other people. The people who would never know the battle that went on in her head right then, between Alex Krycek and Fox Mulder. The battle that she could not fight right now.
"Krycek?" a voice from about 40 yards back called.
"Who is it?" he called back. He wasn't going to take any risks of being killed tonight, not when he could still taste Scully on his lips.
"Mulder!" he yelled back.
"Mulder, did you enjoy your little trip?"
"What?" he yelled back as he sprinted toward Krycek.
"What?" he asked again, closer to him this time, maybe about one yard away.
"You left with another agent."
"Her car died and I was the only one with Jumpers, but luck being that she was just out of gas, and we only spent about ten minuets trying to jump the damn thing."
"Really?" he asked, realizing that Scully would never feel a thing for him now, all that had just happened was because Mulder had decided to be a gentleman instead of something else. Damn you, Mulder was all that he could put through his mind.
"Did-uh-did Scully see me leave?"
"I'm afraid so."
"oh, I need to go find her and explain to her, excuse me." he said as he went through the doors and began to look for Scully.
"Wait! Mulder, tell Scully I had to go home, an emergency came up, and I'll catch her around work on Monday."
"Okay!" he called back through the doors.
Krycek began to slowly walk toward the end of the parking lot to get into his car and go home. He was tired and confused. He passed by empty cars and was reminded of his Senior Prom. Back then, he had no worries, no problems. He intended to go to college and then sky's the limit. Instead, he was taken by the Smoking man and taught the ways of the shadows. He was an apprentice, still learning, but also somewhat master of his trade. He looked up and saw a cloud cover the moon. He took it as a sign. A sign that any time they Scully and he had spent together wasn't ment to be. Krycek knew the future. He had seen it. Been told it over and over. The future was ever present in his mind. It pounded against his temples over and over, day in and day out. He hated it, but knew he could never stop it. He finally reached his car and unlocked it. Before he opened the door he felt someone's presence behind him as he prepared his hand to reach and grab his gun from the holster. He counted to three silently and grabbed his gun.
"Krycek!" a voice cried out as he spun around and aimed the gun at her. He looked at the flash of blue and knew it was Scully without even looking into her face.
"Scully?" he asked as he put his gun back in the holster and snapped it shut. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare you, It's just Mulder said you where going home and I wanted to thank you for everything."
Krycek stopped and dropped the keys. He bent down and picked them up. "You're welcome, Scully. Do you need a ride home?"
"No, I brought my car, remember?"
It seemed like 8'o clock was an eternity ago, so many things had happened since then, and he had only danced once.
"Well, Alot's happened since then." he said with a smile.
He thought about leaning over and kissing her again, but the words still rang through his mind. Once and Only once.
She smiled back and glanced up at the moon.
"Oh, I bet it's going to rain." she said as she noticed all the clouds that began to form and darken.
"Well, you'd better get back in so you don't get that pretty dress wet."
"Okay, Thank you again, Alex." she said as she kissed him on the cheek for a moment.
"Good night, Krycek." she whispered as she released her lips from his cheek and looked into his dazzling green eyes for a second.
Stop it Dana, she thought to herself silently, you might wind up falling in love with Krycek.
"Good night, Scully." he said as he watched her head back toward the ball room. He forced himself to say there and not follow her. He couldn't. He wouldn't. He knew the future, and it wasn't with Scully.
He went back to his car after he saw her walk into through the doors and started the car. He pulled away and didn't look back. He knew that he was to never look back, because if he did, it might cost him everything, including his life. He knew so much better, but he couldn't help himself. He looked through the rear view mirror before he made a right turn. He sighed after a few minuets and reached his hand down to the radio and started to turn it on. "You looked back, Alex." an all but familiar voice said behind him.
"I had to." was his only response.
The two men sat in silence as he allowed the smoking man to get out of the car. Alex knew he had broken a rule, and he'd pay for that, someday, somehow.