She finds the withered mistletoe while cleaning. Suddenly, it's no longer summer, and Fox is back, his voice echoing through her quiet apartment.
"Come here, Di, and see what I got at the store." He has one hand hidden behind his back and a huge smile on his face.
"Fox, I'm in the middle of something." Files cover the table before her, threatening to push a poinsettia onto the floor. "Can't it wait?"
"No," he says, and flourishes a sprig of mistletoe. When she makes no move to stand and join him, Fox walks over, tips her chin back, and kisses her deeply. "Let's go walk in the snow."
But she doesn't leave her table, no matter how much he begs, and the forgotten mistletoe falls behind a chair.
The memory melts like D.C. snow and Diana is back in the muggy heat, alone with regrets and the mistletoe. She crushes it in her hand.
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Title: Blue Christmas In July
Author: Kelly Keil [email] [website]
Details: Standalone | PG | 0k | 04/18/04
Summary: Like the King said, "I'll have a blue Christmas without you."
Notes: This is for the Harem's Mistletoe challenge issued by Maidenjedi
timeline: Pre X-files
classification: Mulder/Diana, angst, 155 words
parameters: Any woman who isn't Scully, mistletoe, and 155 words.
Disclaimer/Other: The X-files characters portrayed in this story belong to Fox, 1013, and Chris Carter.
archive: Anywhere, just keep my info attached.
feedback: Oh, why not?
further note: I ran this by a few folks and no one had anything they wanted to pick at and make me change for the good of humanity. If this scars your soul, blame them.
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