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Futures Past 01: The Awakening

by Arvy

Home Futures Past 02: The Light of Day

RATING - G
CATEGORY - C(rossover)
SPOILERS - Redux II(XF)
KEYWORDS - X-files/? crossover

SUMMARY

Scully's miraculous recovery, a possible explanation.

DISCLAIMER

None of these characters belong to me, and like so many worthy people before me, I'm only borrowing them for a short while. All characters referred to herein belong to CC, or 1013, or Fox, whoever owns the rights to them.

Author's Notes

Thanks to all of you who responded to my first fanfic post. I can't believe all the positive responses. Your favorable reviews are what convinced me to post this. Be aware that this is the first piece of fiction I ever wrote. So, I don't know how good the style is.

This has nothing to do with the previous post though. This short could probably stand completely on its own, but I'm not sure how well. If it totally confuses you, I'm sorry. I originally intended for it to be a lead in to my next post. And there will be a next story, as you can tell from the title.

This story is safe for all you non-shippers out there. But, my fellow shippers, clear the shipping lanes, cause the next couple will have UST, and the ones after that, when I finish them, will progress into solid MSR. This just sets the stage for them.

So, with a few milligrams of ado...


Trinity Hospital
Wednesday, October 15, 1997
8:19 PM

The room was quiet except for the slow, unsteady blip of the heart monitor next to the bed. A minute later, it too stopped.

"Code Blue, Code Blue!!!, Dr. Zuckerman to Room 21 stat. Code Blue, Dr. Zuckerman to Room 21 stat."

Robert Zuckerman looked up when he heard the call. He ran to the room followed by a couple of nurses. When he reached the room, he found a nurse looking at the monitors next to the patient's bed.

"Status?" he barked, reaching for the patient's chart, prepared for the worst. He knew this patient, and a code blue alarm at this stage probably meant that it was already too late to save her.

"I... I'm... I'm not sure, doctor."

Zuckerman looked up to see the nurse staring at the heart monitor, and at the steady blip flickering across it. "What do you mean, nurse?" he asked. "Was that or was that not a code blue alert I just heard?"

"Yes sir. But, uh, I don't see anything wrong with this patient. The heart monitor seems to show a normal heartbeat. If anything it's steadier than it was when I checked up on her a couple of hours ago. I don't know how to explain the alert."

Zuckerman looked at the monitor himself. Noting the steady pulse, he muttered, "Probably just a false alarm." Looking back at the nurse, he said, "But, to be on the safe side, I want a complete work up done on her. Send me the results as soon as possible. I'll be in my office. Good night, nurse." With that, he stalked out of the room.


Trinity Hospital, Dr. Zuckerman's office
Wednesday, October 15, 1997
10:10 PM

Robert Zuckerman could not remember when he had been more shaken. He looked at the two x-rays on the lighted screen in front of him. Both showed images of the same patient, one taken the day before, the other, an hour ago. Moving closer to the older picture, he slowly traced the outline of the cancerous mass shown clearly at the bridge of the patient's nose. He then glanced at the other x-ray. There were no signs of any abnormalities, and not even a hint of the cancer remained.

He was at a loss to explain this seemingly miraculous recovery. Yesterday, he would have given her another week at the most. When he had performed the surgery to implant the chip in her neck, at the insistence of both the patient and her partner, he had not fully understood the effect it would have on her condition. He had almost agreed with the patient's family, deciding to wait until he had had a chance to examine the chip in more detail. Almost...

He would have been surprised if the tumor had stopped spreading, or even slowed down. What he had not expected was a complete and total remission. There seemed to be no sign of the deadly disease that, until a few hours before, had been slowly ravaging her body. There were miracles, and then, there were miracles... He shook his head and reached for his coffee.

The End


End Notes

Feedback, please. And for those who have noticed, my email address is unmai@bigfoot.com now. I got tired of using hotmail. Now, this is only my second post, and after the great reviews you guys gave me for my first, I'm not sure how this will be received. If it confused you, send feedback anyway, just to tell me you read it, or ask for an explanation. If you figured out the crossover, email me, and I'll personally congratulate you (Actually a shameless ploy to get more feedback, but never mind that :) Here's a hint... the best clue you could hope for is in the first line.

I wanted to keep the intro short, so I think I'll put any stuff about the story itself, along with deep personal thoughts, in the end notes. That way you can skip it if you want, or read it to experience the whole enchilada. And it's starting to look like the notes section's gonna be longer than the story. Go figure.

Ok. Possible causes for Scully's remission: the chip, her faith, the chemo and radiation treatments, Mulder's beliefs, her family's prayers, Father McCue's magic rosary... and the list goes on. I thought, what the hey, here's the real reason :) If you can't figure out the crossover, either read the next installment, where it'll be obvious, or assume Father McCue and Nurse Owens attended the same convent, or even more simple, ask me!

BTW, from what a future doctor in my family told me, a code blue is when a patient's going into cardiac arrest. I hope that's right. For all I know, she got that piece of info from er or something. No offense to er fans.

Futures Past Chronology:

01 - The Awakening(Oct 1997)

Home Futures Past 02: The Light of Day