Mulder watched as Skinner left the room, his attention back to the women he loved. "I'm sorry I wasn't here again," he said as he ran his hand protectively over her belly.
Scully watched him, yes she'd missed him and it always seems to happen with them that they are away from each other when they really need to be together. "I'm going to start handcuffing you to me so you never leave again," she teased as she rested her hand over his.
He couldn't believe what he was hearing. "Are you coming on to me Agent Scully? I don't think Skinner would like to know what you do with those cuffs outside of work." He winked at her.
She couldn't help but laugh. "Like he doesn't do the same thing," she shook her head.
"Now that, I REALLY don't want to know." He leaned forward and kissed her.
She returned the kiss and hugged him. She then pulled back some and checked his injury. "You're healing quickly."
"That's what they say." He rubbed her back some.
"How is that even..." she paused.
He could tell she was thinking about something. "What is it, Scully?"
"The artifact, it has healing properties. I've witnessed it! It's the only way you could heal fast. I don't recall anyone being in the room with us though. Maybe there's something on the cameras," she said.
Mulder nodded. "I'll have Agent Doggett look into it."
Scully sighed. "But we have to get out of here, Mulder, we're not safe here. I'm afraid for you and William and for us."
Mulder nodded. "All I need is the doctor's approval, but where to, Scully?"
"I don't know Mulder; do you have some place in mind?"
Mulder looked at her for a moment. "One, but we would have to stop someplace first before we leave. It was said to be once that if anything where to happen, to take the package and leave. There should be a note inside with all the information." He took a hold of her hand. "We'll be okay, Scully. Don't worry. As soon as Agent Doggett returns, I'll have him look into the cameras and then we'll be on our way."
Skinner was standing outside the door. Apparently, he couldn't trust anyone but himself to protect the two agents. He knew he had to get them out of here and secure new identities; it was the only way to save them. He sighed as Agent Doggett approached him. "Assistant Director?" Skinner nodded. "How are they doing?"
Skinner sighed. "Okay for now. They aren't safe here, Agent Doggett. I'm going to have to get them out of here, all of them."
Doggett eyed him skeptically. "How are you going to go about doing that, sir?"
"I know some friend's of Mulder's. We need to do this before it's too late. Can you stay here while I'm gone? You and Agent Reyes take turns?"
Doggett nodded. "Sure thing, sir."
Skinner was glad that Agent Doggett and Reyes would help him keep an eye on Mulder and Scully. Pulling out his cell phone he headed towards the main lobby of the hospital. He called a number he wasn't used to calling but he was good with numbers, so he remembered it.
Frohike was looking up information about the conspiracy on the Water Gate scandal when the phone rang. He looked over and saw Langley turning on the tapes to record before answering it.
"Lone Gunmen newspaper, Langley speaking," he said as he had a note pad ready for any new information that came in.
"It's Skinner, I need you to turn the tapes off... we have a 1013," he knew that it was for road conditions, but it was also Mulder's birth date and they knew if it had to do with him, they'd use that.
Langley did as was told. "What's it this time," he asked.
Frohike knew something was up. He walked over to him to try and listen.
"Attempts made upon and need new locations and information on all," he spoke in code.
"Consider it done." Langley was good with codes.
Byers was just walking in from the other room and when he saw them writing down stuff in a hurry, something big was going on. He walked over and saw the note pad. His eyes went wide as he looked at them. Crap, it was all starting now.
"Thanks guys. I'll be over soon," he said hanging up the phone and heading back up to the hospital room.
Langley hung up and looked at Frohike and Byers. "We have work to do," he said as he handed the paper to them so they knew what they talked about.
Frohike walked over and pulled up their pictures. He then pulled the drivers licenses. "What names should we give them?"
Langley was getting ready to hack into the data base to change everything. "How about, William M Holder for Mulder... and Katherine S Holder for Scully? We'll make them married."
Byers raised an eye brow at the names. "Really? Wont that be noticeable?"
Langley looked at him. "Shouldn't."
Frohike piped in. "What about William though?"
Langley thought about it for a moment as he was typing away making sure everything was in order. "Charles M Holder?" He shrugged looking over at his friends.
Byers nodded as he also started with their social security cards. "Works for me... just hope they like their names."
About thirty minutes later, Skinner arrived at the Gunmen's lair and knocked.
While proceeding to look at the video camera, Frohike asked. "Who is it?"
"Walter Skinner, expecting someone else," came the distorted reply on the screen.
"Alright, alright. I guess I can make an exception," he replied as he proceeded to unbolt all the locks on the door.
Skinner almost could have grinned at the three stooges standing in front of them, staring at him like he just arrived from another planet.
"You going to invite me in?"
Frohike quickly stepped aside. "Of course, what kind of idiot do you take me for? In case you were wondering, Langley is the idiot. Took him forever to get the information we needed."
Langley threw up his arms. "Hey now, while you were busy with your thumb up your ass, I was doing all the work. I'll let you do it next time."
Skinner looked questioningly from Frohike to Langley and then to Byers.
Byers rolled his eyes. "Sorry about this," he whispered. "Don't mind them. We got everything you need. From driver's licenses and passports being sent up to overseas checking accounts. Flight and transportation arrangements are currently being set up. We're also figuring out a way to get their stuff out of their apartments and safely transported to them."
Skinner nodded. "Thanks for the help, guys."
Skinner took the information the guys came up with and as he was leaving their place he glanced down at them. He shook his head. 'Really? They made them married?' He smiled and continued to his car. He looked at the other set of information and laughed. "Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada? Guess its better then timbucktwo," he said more to himself then anything.
After Skinner left and the door was closed Langley looked at Frohike. "If I was Skinner, I would have arrested you," he teased. "You know he could have done it."
"If you where Skinner, you'd be bald... Shut UP," Frohike said back to him and went to work at finding out how to get their things shipped to them with out no one knowing.
Byers piped in. "I would have arrested you both," he said and left it at that.
Skinner arrived back at the hospital and headed up to their rooms, glad to see both Agents', Doggett and Reyes sitting out front of the room. "Thanks, no one has been here have they?" Skinner asked.
"Nope, I did leave for a moment when Mulder asked me to look at the tape to see if anyone was in his room before this all happened," Agent Doggett said.
"What did you find?" Skinner wanted to know.
"You're not going to believe this," he said handing him a picture they printed out from the tape.
To be continued…. Please R&R!