TITLE: Blood Ties 10: A Dish Served Cold
ARCHIVE: MTA, Xemplary, Jeopardy, Gossamer - others are fine, just let me know
SPOILERS: Up through Je Souhaite
SUMMARY: Eat the dish of revenge cold instead of hot. --Charles Lowe (1885)
DISCLAIMER: Mulder, Scully, and Skinner belong to Chris Carter and 1013 Productions. No copyright infringement is intended.

AUTHOR'S NOTES: Well, this is a first for me. I've never posted anything as a WIP before--at least, not in this fandom. I've been consistently amazed by the support and encouragement I've received for this series. There was a time, last year, when I feared I might never be motivated to write X-Files fanfic again. Many, many thanks to all of you who have written to ask when this story would be completed. You helped renew my enthusiasm to begin writing again (and that kiss that CC gave us at the end of season 8 didn't hurt!). I can't believe it's been nearly a year since the last installment of Blood Ties. You've waited patiently, so I'm going to give you what I have so far.

I'll be posting this on my Web site only, starting with a chapter every other day or so until all of the eleven completed chapters are up. After that, you'll have to bear with me! I'm hoping to finish within the next month, and I'll get the chapters up as soon as they've been beta'd.

A word about the series. Up until now, I've tried to parallel the show whenever possible. Those days are finished. With the developments in Requiem and season 8, I've made the decision to permanently diverge from the timeline after Je Souhaite. Scully may eventually get pregnant, and Mulder might one day be abducted, but those events will occur in my own way, by my own timing. Because of this, Doggett and Reyes will not be a part of the Blood Ties series.

Once again, a great big thank you goes to Vickie, Sally, Michelle, and Mary for their thoughtful beta. And a cyberhug to dtg for the lovely redesign and maintenance of my Web site. I'm honored to be the recipient of such talent.

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