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18 February 2005 @ 05:44 pm
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Title: "Same Old Thing"
Rating: *looks around for MPAA* safe-for-all-readers
Category: X-Files. Doggett/Reyes friendship fic. UST if you squint. Totally pointless.
Summary: Little morning rituals.
Status: Unbeta'd. Author is ill and has not seen an episode of The X-Files in a long time. Don't hold it against me. Consider yourselves warned. I may make something less... pointless... of this someday, but I wanted to write something DRR-y for idle_dreamer and espirk.
Liner Notes: Inspired by James Taylor's "Something In The Way She Moves." Which I would have uploaded for you all if yousendit wasn't being MIA and crimping my ability to illegally share music.

Monica's already smiling when John Doggett gets to work in the morning.

"Isn't it a bit early to be that happy?" he asks, probably a little more gruffly than strictly necessary. Monday traffic into D.C. would do that to anyone. He drops a paper bag with a muffin in it -- something raisin-bran-related and the closest thing he could find to healthy in the lobby upstairs -- onto her desk.

She acknowledges his muttering with a roll of her eyes and a wave of her hand toward a steaming cup waiting on his desk, all without breaking her grin. "Coffee, John."

He knows without trying it that it'll be black, two sugars, just the way he'd make it for himself. It always tastes a bit better when Monica gets it for him, and he has the sneaking suspicion that she mixes in a little bit of the hazlenut flavored coffee also available in the break room upstairs. That, or it's just nice to have someone else keeping track of how he takes his coffee again.

Not that there's anything strange about that. He knows how she takes her coffee; it's the sort of thing that's difficult to avoid knowing with a work partner you spend days and weeks and months with. Hell, he spends more time with her than he spent with his wife.

John takes a tentative sip of coffee. Perfect. "Thanks."

"No problem," Monica says, adjusting her reading glasses and leaning closer to the stack of papers she's studying. "A small price to pay to make you easier to deal with in the mornings, I assure you."

She breaks her concentration long enough to temper the insult with a teasingly raised eyebrow.

"Well, I need it to keep up with you." It's not much of a counter-attack, but the caffeine hasn't had time to sink in yet. He'd accuse her of not being from this planet, but in their line of work that sort of accusation actually tends to hold weight, and, well, he just doesn't want to think about that until he has finished his coffee, either.

"Yoga, John." This isn't the first time she's suggested that. "Trust me. An hour of yoga every morning and you'll feel like a new man."

"Would it make me able to understand you more than half the time?" He sits down in his chair and pulls the phone toward him. She checks the office email in the morning, he checks the voicemail. They never officially decided on the division of labor, but it's become routine. She types faster than he does, anyway.

"It might," Monica pulls off her glasses and faces him head-on for the first time. "How was your weekend?"

He shrugs. "Same old." Boring, mostly. It's still too cold and rainy out to stain the deck. By Sunday afternoon he was actually longing for Monday, sick as that is. He didn't let himself think too much about whether he really missed Mulder's shop of horrors down here or just missed the company. "You?"

"Same old," Monica answers. There's something in her smile that suggests that her weekend really might have been more interesting than his, might have involved people or boyfriends or at least leaving her apartment, but he never presses her on the specifics and she never volunteers them. That's also part of their routine.

She opens the paper bag he brought her and picks away at her muffin, pulling out the raisins with her fingernails to eat separately, the way she does when she's bored. He used to think these quirks of hers were genuinely weird. He still thinks they're weird, of course, just... Monica-weird. And, really, when it comes to worrying about the strange things she does, he's got bigger things to gripe about than the way she dissects her breakfast.

That, and if it really bugged him, he could just stop bringing her baked goods with raisins in them. She gets a cute line between her eyebrows when she concentrates, and he can't help but find the whole scene amusing, even first thing in the morning.

"Anything interesting on the voicemail?" Monica asks, and licks an escaped crumb from her lower lip.

"That kid from Wisconsin called again."

"What, about the talking cow?" It took a lot for Monica to get that expression of disbelief on her face.

"Apparently it's quoting Shakespeare now. Whole sonnets. You should never have given him this number."

She shrugs helplessly. "We could always threaten him for harrassing government officials."

That actually gets a laugh out of him, and before 9:30 on a Monday, even. "You're gettin' mean in your old age, you know that?"

She balls up the napkin that came with her muffin and tosses it at his head. She misses by a mile, so he doesn't feel the need to immediately retaliate. Besides, that would be childish.

"What's on the docket for today?"

"Leeches," Monica announces seriously.

"Oh, no. Leeches?"

"Giant, man-sucking leaches with murderous intent." She's going for deadpan, but actually sounds a bit excited.

"You're kidding me."

"Nope." She rolls her chair over to his desk and hands him the highlighted paper that she must have printed out from email.

John reads the header first. "From the office of Deputy Director Kersh? What, he thinks man-killing leeches are right up our alley now?"

"Well... they kind of are." At least she has the good nature to wince. "But at least it's warm down South this time of year."

He groans. "Monica, it's just wrong to be this glass-half-full about everything on Monday morning."

"Yoga," she repeats. "It'll help your back, too."

"Not really my style," he reminds her. Maybe he'll have to break down and let her teach him someday. Wouldn't be a bad way to spend a Sunday, even if she would expect him to sit cross-legged on the floor. "So," he shakes the email printout toward her. "You got a theory?"

She smiles. "I always have a theory, John."

The caffeine must've had a chance to kick in, because he finds himself smiling back.

feel: sicksick
hear: James Taylor - "Something In The Way She Moves"
tarkheena lizzeeen: xf/sg - scully/samliminalliz on February 18th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Holy fuck and a half and squee and a bounce and a little wee spin in my chair.

DRR fic RIGHT when I was getting back into season 9. YOU PRINCESS OF A SINFUL LJ GIRLFRIEND. The characterizations are DEAD ON and GORGEOUS and yummy and it's totally USTy without squinting, silly. :) Or maybe I'm just a shipping shipper whore.

OY! You are brilliant. *ets fic with some tea and biscuits*

Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 18th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
We have permanent squinty-goggles!

Either that or they are SO VERY MEANT that really all of their interactions are UST. You know, like Mulder and Scully:

Mulder: "I need you to do an autopsy."
Scully: "K."
Audience: "SQUEEEEEE!"

The characterizations are DEAD ON

If you're telling the truth, this amuses me A LOT, because it means that Doggett and Reyes have been IMPRINTED ON MY BRAIN such that not having seen an episode with them in months and months still does not let me escape the squeee. OMG YAY! (There is so much hope for Sam/Jack yet!)
(no subject) - liminalliz on February 18th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on February 18th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
señora beaverhausen: [ csi: miami ] teh lust!!11!sombras_azules on February 18th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
Holy CRAP, DRR! Oh, how I've missed them. And your fics! Loves it. Loves you.

Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 18th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Mwah ha ha! My fic pounces upon you when you least expect it ;)

*loves you TOO for you have made teh pretty DRR icons that remind me of THEIR LOVE*
(no subject) - sombras_azules on February 19th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on February 19th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
Eeek! - idle_dreamer on February 19th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Eeek! - sombras_azules on February 19th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Eeek! - mylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sombras_azules on February 19th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
A.j.: pretty boyaj on February 18th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)

This makes me want to revisit my old fandoms. I was freaked out when I managed to do good Earth 2 fic recently. Especially since I never did good Earth 2 fic to begin with. I guess the characters just so imprinted themselves on me that I could just randomly pull them out and write them better. O.o

Little Red: xf - msr original 'ship - liminallizmylittleredgirl on February 18th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Eeee!
Yay!! Revisiting old fandoms is FUN! :)

Man, I miss John and Monnie sooooooo, and old-skool Moose and Squirrel even MORE! I need to go buy DVD sets I cannot afford. Hmm.

Of the Mulder/Scully seasons, which one would YOU buy?
Ack! - aj on February 19th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Ack! - mylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
MsRavenmsraven929 on February 18th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hee. That was a great fic - even though I really only saw one ep with them in it. But it was the one where he thought she was dead, so it was a good one. I think it was in syndication at, like, 2am, but I just *had* to watch the end.

Good to see you're up and writing fic. :)
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 18th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, yay! Thanks! :) And yes, that is THE episode... I tried to watch it today but my pirated DVD didn't work (sad!) so I had to make up for it by writing goofy fic.

Doggett/Reyes was what first brought me into the skeery world of online fandom.

Yay for being coherent enough to type! *gleees*
you're thinking of mr wizard: Borg of Joycleverocity on February 19th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
omg i miss x-files SO MUCH.
Yay! (How come I don't have any X-Files icons?)

You are such an awesome goodwriterperson.
Little Red: xf - msr original 'ship - liminallizmylittleredgirl on February 19th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
Re: omg i miss x-files SO MUCH.
*gasp* I don't know! Need icon! Yay.

And awwwww thank you. *squeees*
Quietly Bemused: katrin_folly John & Monicaquietlybemused on February 19th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
Woooooooooooot! LR wrote fic! LR wrote DRR fic! LR made me smile and laugh and *miss* them so much that I gave them both a virtual hug. Then I locked them in a room, stipped them naked and smooshed them together so they could get have lots of hot monkey sex.

*drippy sigh* Everyone must be feeling nostalgic lately. I've been writing DRR again too. Gonna shamelessly pimp myself for a bit:


Here Be Dragons

Mercy Dash

Go read and squee at the goodness that is Mon & John. *g* Or don't read, and squee along with me over your fic. May I be the first to please ask for more, thankyouverymuch?
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 19th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
It really *is* all about the DRR nostalgia lately! Squeeee. I'm glad you liked the fic!

And squeee! Fic by you!! I'm not going to read right now for omg SLEEP, but I will do soon! YAYYYYY thank you for the links! :)
(no subject) - quietlybemused on February 20th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
Stef: D/R Said Forever - by sombras_azulesstef94 on February 19th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
OMGTHUNKSQUEEE!! It's DRR fic! I *heart* John & Mon!!
Not as much as The Original Sin- errr Ship, but I am a Ship Whore, so SQUEEE!!

Characters were right on, and I love the way they drip ship in this really subtle way, quite unlike Muldy & Scully who ooze it out of every pore ;-)

Great icon, btw ;-)
Little Red: xf - msr original 'ship - liminallizmylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you :) And yay, icon twins! And John & Monica kicked ass with the 'ship... because they weren't epic like Mulder and Scully were. I mean, inside their own lives, they were, because traumatic past and taking forever to get their acts together, but not in the same way.
fyca: surprised moniidle_dreamer on February 19th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
How retarded is it to admit that I teared up at the end from sheer gleee at your having penned a new dripper fic? That was beautiful...so warm and fuzzy, I just wanna curl up inside it and go to sleep. The minutia and repetition of daily life - you are amazing. Monnie picks out her raisins like Anna K. twirls leaves. You are a goddess.
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
*laughs* I definitely was not thinking about Anna Karenina I mean, OF COURSE I tied in Anna K, JUST FOR YOU!

I'm all about the minutia and repetition of daily life in fic. ... maybe I really *did* belong as a Slavic Studies major.

And yay, DRR!! I'm falling all in love with them again. They're so cute. *must buy dvds*
fyca: surprised moniidle_dreamer on February 19th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
And Thank You!!! How could I not say thank you!?
Jessij_guda on February 19th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
*is dead from squeee*

Were I not dead from squeee I would tell you how amazing this is and that I adore you.
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
*pokes you*

Still dead?

*loves you madly*
Fimuldy on February 19th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)

OMG it's been so long since i seen/read anything Doggett/Reyes!!

*jumps around excitedly*
Little Red: xf - msr original 'ship - liminallizmylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
I KNOW!! This totally came out of nowhere. But eee! Old 'ships never die.
Natalie Von Doom: Cath & Gilnatushka on February 19th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
OMG! DR Fanfic!!!


Its been so long, and I miss them.. *sigh*

back to the orignals, I love it, so cute!!!!
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
YES! Old ships NEVAH DIEEEEEE!! :)

I miss them too! Gleee. It's so fun to play with them outside of a fandom, too...
callistacallista1159 on February 19th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)

Amaaaaaaaaaaazing. I love that damn show. I loved M/S UST but I too am permanently-squinty in the D/R way... In fact I am permanently shippysquinty and it's possible that's the only reason I *ever* watch tv anymore (but SHHH)

I officially love your ficlets and am very impressed with your retained XF viiiiiiibe. Amaaaaaaaaaazing.

(bowled over by the squee)
Little Red: xf - msr original 'ship - liminallizmylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
In fact I am permanently shippysquinty and it's possible that's the only reason I *ever* watch tv anymore (but SHHH)

It may be the only reason I *ever* watched TV, actually.

And yay!! I am totally psyched that I somehow retained my XF viiiibe. I so want to go back and revisit old pairings now for kicks. GLEEE.
espirk: DR Loveespirk on February 19th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! D/R Fic *and* James Taylor's "Something in the Way She Moves" (one of my favourites!) *and* for *me*! [is crying with glee] You have *really* made my day today, RaverBear. I can't even begin to tell you how bad a day it was for me yesterday. All the gory details are on my LJ, and I was feeling very worthless.

How do you do that? Know when I'm feeling down, and then you come up with something that makes my day just that little bit better and it's just enough to get me through the day?

Thank you for this lovely D/R UST fic. It couldn't have come at a better time. And they are, as always, the same John and Monica that you so beautifully write. I miss your D/R fics a lot and was actually reading "Tight Enough" a few days ago ::hearts you::

And wow, even talk of MSR! Remember "Memento Mori" - XF Season 4, Scully ends up in the hospital while Mulder does funky poaching with the help of the Lone Gunmen at the "fertility clinic". Then I started remembering "Redux I" and "Redux II" - and Mulder crying beside Scully's hospital bed. I miss Moose and Squirrel too.

But am totally *in love* with Doggett and Reyes! So sorry the pirated Audrey Pauley DVD did not work [am bummed about this and sent you e-mail]. But your D/R fic pushed me towards joy today and that is a very Good Thing. *huggles*
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
"Something in the Way She Moves" (one of my favourites!)

It really is the best 'ship song ever for almost all pairings. YAY.

And I am SO SAD that you were having a bad day, and yay that I cosmically managed to toss something out at the right time. :)

while Mulder does funky poaching with the help of the Lone Gunmen at the "fertility clinic".

And they end up in his freezer, and that's just WRONG.


Yay. I love you muchly. Hope things start to turn around...

LOVE your icon! :)
just another Pipsqueak in the crowd: back-mindedsnarky_freak on February 20th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
totally *loved* on this, littlered!

awesome job... now where's my Larry?!

lol, just kidding--no pressure. you know i'm really not one to talk about DRR WIPs and Doggett plot bunnies forcefully swept under the rug... eek!
Little Red: sga - teyla girls only think - lizmylittleredgirl on February 21st, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
LARRY!! I think I'll have to write a Larry!fic just for you. :)

Yes... let us not speak of those things... *looks around, all shifty*
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