Are Your Cases
Always this Eerie?

by Kris

An ATF Magnificent Seven - X-Files Crossover

Fairfax, Virginia 10:30am
Vin Tanner watched as Nathan climbed back into the Bronco with the four coffees. This fourth trip was his turn. Vin took his eagerly as Nathan shook his head at the two sleeping in the back.

"I take it, there has been no movement?" Nathan asked.


From the back seat, "well, I for one, wish he would get going. I would dearly love to have a shower." Ezra's comment was not unexpected.

Chris' rejoinder, "I also wish you could get one," was unexpected.

Ezra turned his head quickly to see if he could gage if Chris was serious. But the smile hovering at the corner of his lips allowed Ezra to relax. Smelling poorly on a stakeout was not an attribute Ezra wanted connected with his name.

Nathan was passing the coffees back as Vin said, "we've got movement." Vin passed the tracking unit over to Nathan as he started the vehicle. A gray Mercedes Benz exited the parking structure and turned left into traffic. Letting several cars come between them, Vin pulled out with Mercedes just barely in view.

They traveled on surface streets, sometimes with their quarry in view, sometimes not. Ezra checked the Thomas Guide, and he surmised, "we heading for the business district."

Twenty minutes in the stop and go traffic was not getting on Chris' good side. Finally they turned on a side road that had no outlet, and only had one business located there. Vin slowed, seeing his objective turn into the lot and park.

Vin asked of Nathan, "is he getting out of his vehicle?"

"No, seems to be sitting tight." Nathan answered without taking his eyes off the unit.

"What's the name of the company?" Ezra asked as he placed his brief case on his lap.

Vin pulled forward enough to read the building, "GovCorp....all one word."

"uh," Ezra handed Vin a plug, "place it in the cigarette lighter, I'll look it up on my laptop." Ezra's fingers were flying over the keys.

Chris rolled his eyes, "you give the man a present and he thinks he has to carry it around." Chris smiled at the front seat.

"The man thinks himself a comedian." Ezra clicked the mouse, scrolling to the part he wanted. "GovCorp, a government research agency. Does not accept outside work. Everything here is considered top secret." Ezra paused, reading, then, "that's curious, this agency was the site of a very recent double murder."

"How recent?" Chris asked.

"Last Saturday."

"Coincidental timing?" Vin asked quickly.

Nathan broke into the pondering, "someone's leaving, not our guy. T-o-p-d-o-g . Virginia plate, black Audi." Nathan read the information, knowing that Ezra would input it immediately.

"Vehicle is registered to Richard Howard. Has three outstanding parking tickets." Ezra read straight off the DMV file.

Pulling the car ahead, Vin told them, "I'm just gonna park in the lot. We will be closer, and we might need the information." He parked near the back, but with a view of their perp's car.

They watched as four cars left, carrying what looked like to them, FBI agents. They usually weren't that hard to spot. Only minutes after the four cars left, the tracking unit emitted a different beep and they saw a man emerge from the Mercedes. Ezra took his digital camera from his briefcase and snapped a picture of their quarry. Instead of walking up to the building, the man crouched behind the back of a large truck.

"Odd, unless he plans on perpetrating a crime of one sort or another." Ezra commented aloud, echoing the others thoughts. "I believe we should vacate our own vehicle, and place ourselves in a more advantages position."

Chris looked at Vin, "it's really beginning to scare me that I can understand him now." Ezra missed the answering smile from Vin as he exited the vehicle. The four of them moved stealthily into positions behind their quarry.

Three people exited the building, moving toward the closest car. They must of stood there all of thirty seconds before two shots rang out, busting the windshield of the car they stood near. They saw the man push the younger girl to the ground, then he withdrew a weapon. Vin said aloud, "standard FBI issue. They should be the good guys."

Just after the female agent drew her gun, they received more shots fired at them. Chris nodded at his men, giving them the go-ahead to return fire. They sent a volley of shots toward the culprit. At first he returned their fire, then must have thought better of it as he jumped into his vehicle and sped out of the lot backwards and continued that way till halfway down the block before he righted the car. They took a few more shots, but not really aiming, as they still needed him alive to lead them to his partners.

Chris turned with gun extended and watched the three others carefully. When the male and one female did not lower their weapons, Chris called out, "We're with ATF, lower your weapons." Chris whipped out and flipped open his badge. "I assume you're FBI, show your badges."

Scully looked over at Mulder, his eyebrows posed the question she was asking. Her eyes nodded, Mulder gave his head a slight nod. They both reached for their badges as they lowered their weapons.

Chris lowered his weapon, that action signaling the others to do the same as they stepped into view. The four of them approached the FBI agents. Chris kept his badge and ID in view as he walked up to the agents, "Larabee, Chris Larabee." He extended his hand outward.

Mulder shook his hand as he said, "Fox Mulder, this is my partner Dana Scully." She shook his hand, then reholstered her weapon. Mulder added, "this is Abby Jenkins, a GovCorp employee." Mulder paused as the three other men came up behind Larabee.

Looking at Mulder, Chris introduced, "Vin Tanner, Nathan Jackson, and Ezra Standish, my partners."

Dana Scully asked, "what brings Denver based ATF agents to Virginia?"

"A firearms case, most likely the contact buyer works here."

Ezra asked, "does the double murder committed here involve the FBI?" His southern accent, in direct contrast to Chris' even tones.

Mulder nodded, his thoughts jumping ahead, linking the ATF investigation with their own.

Ezra expression became guarded, "why the FBI, and not the local police?"

"We're with the X-Files." Mulder explained.

"Oh, the odd and bizarre," Ezra mused.

"Sometimes," Scully conceded.

"Our case might link with yours, are you up for exchanging information?" Chris tested the waters, seeing if these were typical FBI agents.

"Actually, that would be a good idea. For it seem that your perp was shooting at our witness. Let's head for our motel." Dana was firm in her summation of the past few minutes events.

Abby left her car in the lot and traveled with Mulder and Scully. The Bronco with the ATF agents followed behind. At the motel, Dana led them to her room, where they all scrambled to sit on the beds, chairs and Ezra sat on the edge of the dresser.

They shared information, each contributing what they knew. Looking for ways the two investigations overlapped. "Obviously, GovCorp and Ms. Jenkins here are connected to both." Ezra summed aloud, theorizing, he continued, "if our informant said a US target was the destination for the stolen weapons, and a top secret research project is destroyed, along with it's creators, it would not be a long shot to feel that these two are connected."

Mulder nodded, seemingly lost in thought, so Dana answered, "yes, that would be my take on it."

With a look from Chris, Ezra continued, "then, let us pool our resources."

"We ain't interested in the credit, just aiming to get those weapons off the street. We actually try to stay out of the papers." Vin spoke for the first time.

Nathan put down the receiver and announced, "the truck is headed for Virginia. Big surprise. Should arrive tomorrow. The meeting place has not yet been set, Jimmy will call when it comes through. Also," Nathan looked at the tracking unit, "our objective has returned to his hotel."

Dana noted the device that Nathan held and asked, "what do you have there?"

Nathan walked over to Scully, handed her the tracking unit, and began a long explanation on its use. Chris almost smiled at Nathan's enthusiasm for Ezra's play toy.

Mulder shared, "we are on our way to view a video of the fire that caused her brother's death. You can tag along," Mulder smiled as he said the last part.

Chris looked over at Vin and Ezra, "why don't the two of you go," Chris turned to Mulder as he explained, "Ezra's got his laptop and Vin's got enough connections, that the two of them together can cover just about the whole US." Chris directed his words back to Vin and Ezra, "Nathan and I will keep track of our shooter and link up with you by phone if there's any action. You take the Bronco, we'll get a cab and rent another vehicle." Vin and Ezra both nodded agreement.

Vin and Ezra joined Abby in the back seat of the Audi sedan. Mulder took an indirect route to the Warehouse District. He wanted to be sure they weren't being followed. As they pulled up to nondescript abode of the Lone Gunmen, Mulder noticed a new security camera cleverly disguised in the outdoor light. The group of five climbed out of the sedan and headed for the entrance. Mulder waved as he passed the camera and the electronic door opened wide for them.

Mulder led them to the computer room and introduced Frohicke, Langly and Byers to Ezra, Vin and Abby. Frohicke wasted no time in discussing his findings, "ran it through every test, analyzed it with a new program and's real." Frohicke paused, letting it sink in.

Mulder smiled, "play it for Scully and these ATF boys."

"I may have lived it, but I never saw the tape," Abby said quietly from behind Ezra.

"Well, step right here in front of me little lady," Ezra used his killer smile eliciting an answering smile from Abby.

Byers placed it in the VCR, hitting play and immediately starting keying his keyboard. "I've set it up so that a tentative script will be produced based on the lip movement."

"Interesting," Ezra said as he came up and stood behind Byers.

Dana, Abby, Ezra and Vin watched as Abby and her brothers entered the lab, the shorter brother walked over to the window. It looked as though Jason had started to say something, but the fire erupted very quickly and he turned to contain it.

Abby and Eric turned to help when the fire ran crazily about the lab. All thought of containment gone Jason rushed over to his sister. Eric leans over and whispers something in her ear then the two brothers say goodbye aloud. They join hands about Abby and it looked as if they begin humming. Abby's face was tightly contorted, then relaxed as she looked about her. Once she saw what was actually happening, her expression became one of horror. When the fire started burning her brothers, Abby screamed. It was hard for the viewers to tell if she ever stopped. The fire consumed the two men, but completely missed the girl in the middle. She knelt there, face in hands for many minutes as the last remnants of the fire died down. Then the door was batted in and firemen swarmed into the lab.

It was obvious that a firefighter tried to reach Abby, but it looked like he bounced away or was pushed away. Again he reached out to her, and to all eyes it was apparent that he slowly traced the bubble surrounding the girl. The firefighter's expression was no less bewildered than Scully's was as she watched it.

The Abby in the bubble moved her lips and suddenly the firefighter was able to reach down and pick her up. She was rushed out the room. The tape goes black at this point.

"My lord," was Ezra's only flabbergasted reply.

Vin wasn't as bewildered as he was surprised. He made no outward comment though.

Abby sat stunned to watch the death of her brothers and their sacrifice to save her. Tears ran down her cheeks and sobs wracked her body as she mourned their loss again. Ezra, ever the gentleman went over and offered his shoulder in an attempt to comfort her.

Dana was also dumbfounded, knowing that the tape had not been altered did not help. "There should be a scientific explanation, but I can't for the life of me come up with one." She looked at Mulder as she said this.

Byers was still at his terminal, he took off his glasses and rubbed the bridge of his nose, then replaced his glasses. "There wasn't much dialog, the program got the words said to you as, 'check homeworld.' Does that mean something to you?"

Abby's voice quivered as she looked up from Ezra's shoulder and said, "yes, that's my name for my home computer."

Mulder stood up and said, "lets go get it. We don't want the culprit to think of your place." Abby picked up her purse and left with Mulder.

Ezra turned to Scully, "you said this was a secret research project?"

Dana nodded, "a government sponsored project."

Ezra opened his laptop and began fingering keys as he said to the group, "let's see who's footing the bill." Ezra smiled as he cracked into a government database.

Vin quietly moved over to Byers and looked over his shoulder, "I know a couple of folks that have dealt with some uncommon occurrences."

Byers rolled his chair aside and pointed his hand at the computer keyboard. "Please, have a go."

Vin sat down and typed in a name and then hit enter. As he waited, Vin was once again pleased at the computer skills that Ezra had taught him. He didn't expect to make his fingers fly about the board as Ezra's did. He was just satisfied to know what key to hit.

Byers' brows raised at what appeared on the screen. He looked up at Vin, "there's seems to be unexpected sides to ATF agents."

Vin just smiled, hit his pass word and said, "describe what happened in detail." Byers did as Vin asked, and his fingers flew as he described what happened.

Ezra's, "ah, ha," had all eyes turning his way. "It seems that all the funds come from black ops within the CIA. How very seems that's its just one man putting up the money, using the black ops as a cover..........four million has been put up, but only one million was actually put in into the Shield Project. "

"We've got motive," Langly said, "now if we cross reference the personal list from GovCorp with that of the CIA, we might get some red flags." His fingers hit keys, entered a break code and set the program perimeters. "A couple of hours should bring us closer."

Byers was about to share the information Vin had instigated but was interrupted by Mulder's and Abby's return. The pleased look on Mulder's face told Scully that they had gotten what they wanted.

"The disk was in the slot but hadn't been downloaded." Abby handed the disk to Byers outstretched hand.

He placed the disk in and loaded it. The title of Shield Project appeared, but all that followed was obviously in code. Byers ran his decoding program. After a few minutes it came up with a resolution. "It's not a know language, or a known code. Here...." Byers increased the font so all could read it easily.

Abby said, "oh, geez.....I know that language, it's Minbari.......I know, I know," holding up her hands to the bewildered looks. "My brothers and I watched a TV show, Babylon 5, a sci/fi program. With the ten to fifteen words of an alien language they provided we created a complete language. I can read this and I will give your program the breakdown sequence." She input the sequence code then started reading the project.

"Wow, my brothers discovered that they could use sound harmonics to create energy fields. Originally they thought that the government wanted it for troop protection, then they came to realize it was to be used for assignation purposes. But before they had come to that realization, they had perfected the harmonics to such a degree that they could create any type of forcefield. Their voices were of such perfect tone, that by humming alone, the two of them were capable of creating the fields without the aid of electronics." The impact of what she just said hit her, they were killed because they could do that unaided. She put her head into her hands.

The others were able to read the rest for themselves as the translation was complete. The brothers did believe that one of their team had sold them out. They team had been approached several times with offers of great sums of money. Jason and Eric had refused, but they believed that a team member had accepted an offer. But they hadn't known who to go to with the information, they weren't sure whom they could trust.

"Seems both Dick Howard and Brad Walters had tremendously large increases in their bank accounts recently. Coincidentally, a Richard Howard was leaving rather quickly this morning from the GovCorp parking lot." Ezra announced with restrained excitement.

Mulder shared, "someone bugged the lab and office. Someone also wanted Ms. Jenkins out of the way. They must believe she has reverent information."

"If Howard or Walters set up the fire, then the fingerprints from the lab won't be helpful," Scully had been hopeful that some of the clear prints would have been useful.

Since there seem to be a pause in the brainstorming, Byers interrupted, "Tanner's lead here shows that there are at least three similar projects going on. Two are solely sponsored by Terces 4, a holding company,.....that seems to lead to a larger company, Roush."

"That's the company that the FBI Section Chief was involved with. His betrayal was exposed last year." Dana added, knowing this from personal experience.

"Tanner's source also reveled that research in this same vein is being conducted in Sweden and Bulgaria. Although, the entire facility in Bulgaria was sabotaged. US Army issue hand grenades."

"Could be the same buyers." Vin said as he looked at Ezra.

Ezra nodded, "if we could just....ah, seems our Mr. Walters was in Bulgaria at that time, and ..... .....yes, he is scheduled for Sweden next Month. We have a link." Ezra was pleased with Frohicke's hardware enhancement. He looked over at Vin and raised his brows.

Vin understood the look and stepped back to put in a call to Chris.

"So now we have the question of what was Howard doing here today?" Scully asked aloud.

Vin interrupted as he closed his cell phone, "the truck has set up a meet with our shooter. The pick up is at the harbor at 4:30. Chris and Nathan are following the buyer."

Ezra closed down his Internet use and disconnected his laptop. "Agents," Ezra looked at Mulder and Scully, "would you like to join us, as your case is intertwined with ours?"

"Indeed," Mulder said as he got up. He thanked his friends for their help. "For the moment, I think it would be best if you held onto the video and the disk. So that's it's not inadvertently lost or destroyed." Frohicke nodded his understanding.

Scully said to Abby, "you'll be going with us, as it's still too dangerous for you to go home or to work. We don't have time to arrange FBI protective custody." Abby nodded and followed the agent, she wanted to see her brother's killers caught.

Harbor, Southern Virginia 4:10pm

Josiah Sanchez, Buck Wilmington, and JD Dunn had arrived before the truck they were tracking. Since they knew the spot, it was decided they would do the reconnoitering. Choosing several high points gave them a view of the entire area. Josiah knew that Vin would want one of these positions. From his high perch he saw Ezra and Vin arrive early to set up, bringing with them the two FBI agents they'd seemed to collect on the way.

JD had a warehouse bay door open for them, Ezra pulled right in, with Mulder's car right behind. JD quickly shut and locked the door. He met up with Buck and they went in the side door. Ezra introduced the new players to Mulder and Scully.

Buck added after the nice to meet you, "Josiah's at lookout, and found a couple spots for you Vin."

Vin nodded, went to the trunk of their car and pulled out a high powered scope, along with the Remington and box of magazines. He placed the head mic on, tipped his imagery hat to the group, then followed the directions he received from the headset.

Buck showed them the meet area and all decided how to cover it. They went to the trunk of the cars to fetch their weapons. Ezra offered additional ammo to Mulder and Scully. The both accepted gratefully.

JD then relayed, "Chris is on approach with the buyer. Josiah says that the truck has just entered the lot. We have about four minutes to get into place." This news had all hurrying to their positions.

Mulder and Ezra headed in the same direction, taking Abby with them. Both believed that if you left a person behind for their own safety, they usually ended up caught by the bad-guy.

Jimmy drove the truck into the designated section, parked and turned off the engine. Buck came up the blind side and spoke to him, "leave the keys on the seat. Slowly, but steadily walk around back and disappear into the warehouse. This is the most likely spot that your contact would off you."

Jimmy nodded, Buck had gone over this on his drive out here. These agents seemed to be really trying to keep him safe. So he planned to do just as they asked.

Buck disappeared into the background just as the buyer's car pulled into view. Via the headsets, the six ATF agents heard Josiah's signal that an additional car pulled into the area. Both cars were parked before Chris and Nathan arrived.

Two men exited the second, unexpected car. All eyes were watching, but the only one person reacted. Abby tapped Mulder on the arm, after getting his attention, she whispered, "the taller man is Brad Walters, one member of the research team. Mulder nodded, Ezra nodded also and quietly relayed that info to the group.

The man with Walters spoke with an apparent Middle-Eastern accent, "the truck ez here, but where ez dee driver?"

The solitary man, the man the team had followed spoke, "I saw him go round back, probably to take a leak. Let's check the merchandise." He walked to the truck, retrieved the keys from the seat and opened the rear doors. The inside was filled with crates of grenades, plastic explosives, rifles, ammo and hand guns. The three of them inspected the order.

When the three men stepped to the back of the truck, Chris gave his ATF agents the go-ahead for the capture. The men stealthily moved forward, Vin kept his high perch and the FBI agents worked right along side the ATF team.

Josiah held out his badge with one hand, his gun in the other as his voice boomed, "This is the ATF. Throw out your weapons. Come out with your hands up. We have you surrounded." Josiah had his weapon on Walters and Buck kept his on the Middle-Easterner as he stepped up behind Josiah.

The Russian grabbed a hand grenade, pulled it's pin and threw it Josiah's feet. Before Josiah could even react, JD ran out, rolled in front of Josiah, grabbed the grenade and tossed it as far as he could to the opposite end of the alley way. The explosion was loud, but offered no real problem for them.

Nathan and Chris stepped up immediately following JD, Ezra, Mulder and Scully backed them up, and Vin had his scope's red dot trained on the Russian. So the attempted distraction failed and the three men were apprehended without further problems.

As the men were handcuffed, Chris called for a transport team to haul them off. Buck reholstered his gun and immediately set his sights on JD. "What in hell were you thinking....Oh, that's right you weren't. You just wanted to play the boy hero. Well you coulda gotten yerself killed and the whole lot of us. What a damn fool thing to do...."

JD finally just jumped in caused it looked like Buck was never coming up for air. "Listen, Buck...... hey......shut up would ya!" The tone of JD's voice musta gotten through, for Buck hesitated. "Buck, I knew what I was doing. I saw the guy go for the grenade and I timed the roll to the second. Just like I learned at the academy. I wasn't playing no hero! Quit being a mother hen."

Buck kinda unfluffed his feathers and stepped up to JD, saying in a quieter voice as they walked away, "look, I was jus kinda worried....."

Mulder looked at Scully and the two of them burst out laughing. Ezra turned to them and with his crooked, half smile said, "after a few years, you just get used to it. Our Mr. Wilmington does take his mentoring job rather seriously." Then he too chuckled.

Mulder then rounded up Abby while Vin brought Jimmy with him so the group could decide their next moves. Ezra, Vin and Josiah decided to accompany Mulder, Scully and Abby back to GovCorp. Abby's car was still parked there.

Chris and Buck were going to interview the culprits, while JD and Nathan inventoried and charted their haul.

GovCorp Parking Lot 6:45pm

Mulder pulled into the parking lot and Ezra pulled in right behind him. Cars doors opened and the six people got out the vehicles. Vin's cell phone rang and he stepped back to answer.

Ezra came up along side Mulder and spoke quietly, "on the drive over, we couldn't decipher the reason that this group targeted Ms. Jenkins."

Mulder looked about him quickly as the sense of Ezra's words took hold, to Abby and Scully he said, "hold up." Ezra and Mulder joined them and restated their concerns. Scully nodded, withdrew her weapon and headed for the building door.

At that moment Vin spoke up sharply, "Chris just informed us that the terrorists had no designs on that FBI witness.....they were after the FBI agents themselves.........."

The rest of his words were drowned out by the sound of gunfire. The shots were all aimed at Abby Jenkins. Mulder and Ezra pulled her down, but there was not adequate cover. The array of shots continued, but none seem to land about them. As Ezra tried to raise his head to ascertain why, he found that he could not, just as if there was someone restraining him. Mulder then tried to raise himself and found that like Ezra, he could not. Abby knelt there with her head down, doing nothing. Ezra put his hand out and actually encountered an invisible wall restraining him. He could see bullets land all about him. They just bounced off.

Dick Howard was beyond mad. He worked his way down, closer to his target. He stepped out, almost at point blank range and shot at Abby. The bullet bounced and ricocheted back at him. Striking him first, before the other bullets from Vin, Josiah and Scully's guns struck him. He fell to the ground, dead.

As the life of Howard expired, the forcefield lifted. Ezra put his hand out to Abby to help her stand. Then to the group at large, "would someone be so kind as to explain what just happened here?"

"Well, I saw it, but I don't rightly believe that I could explain it." This was all Josiah would say.

Vin's quiet, "I saw it," was the only comment from him.

Ezra turned to Mulder and Abby, "well....."

Mulder attempted to explain, "I believe that Abby's brothers were so intent on saving her life that they placed their forcefield about her until her life was no longer in danger."

"But, they're deceased."

"Even so." Mulder looked convinced.

"My good man, are all your cases this eerie?" Ezra asked seriously.

"Many more so."


Scully asked bewilderedly, "see what? What are you all talking about. Howard was just a bad shot."

Mulder looked at her imploringly, "Dana, didn't you see what went on right with us?"

"Mulder, I was doing my job, trying to capture the shooter. I didn't stand around and watch you."

Mulder shook his head, and under his breath, said to Ezra, "she never sees any of the good stuff." Ezra smiled back.

The five agents were thanking each other for their help, when Vin commented, "our suspect ended up not being your suspect."

"Well, I for one am pleased that our cases intersected, it was a pleasure working with truly competent FBI agents." Ezra was ever gallant.

"I, too liked the bizarreness of it." Vin stated.

Josiah said to Ezra and Vin, reminding them, "Chris is gonna want some wrap up before we can get dinner."

Josiah and Vin said good bye and headed to their vehicle. Ezra put out his hand to Mulder, "hope we can work together again."

Mulder accepted his hand shake and added, "it's possible." Ezra nodded his head and turned to his vehicle. With a wave, they left the lot.

Abby asked Mulder, "do you think it would be okay if I went back to your friend's house to retrieve the tape?"

Mulder looked over to Scully, she answered his silent question, "I'll wait for the clean-up team. You get a copy of that tape for our report. Otherwise, Skinner'll never believe us."

+ + + + + + +

Mulder waved into the camera as they pulled up to the warehouse. The electronic door already open as they approached. Mulder filled the trio in on the events since that morning.

Frohicke seemed disappointed, "then our findings are unnecessary."

"Never. What did you find out?" Mulder said emphatically.

Langly answered, "seems that Howard promised the Treces 4 that he could produce the shield. They paid him an additional six million on top of the three he already had. When the brother's prepared to pull the plug, he panicked. He believed that they kept it in their computer. Then figured it was in the sister's. He would have had to give back the money, so he tried to destroy the lad. But, due to the brother's again, he failed."

Abby silently thanked Jason and Eric. Mulder asked if he could have a copy of the tape. Adding, "I'm not including the disk or the information on it. No one can yet be trusted with that."

As Byers duped the taped, Langley signaled to Abby that he wanted to talk with her. He walked her over to his terminal. He brought up the translation. "I, too watched Babylon 5. Those last two paragraphs are in Vorlon, aren't they?"

Abby nodded, " yeah, I was actually able to read it earlier. That information....."

Langly cut in, "no one is ready for that information." Abby turned big eyes at the blond haired man. He smiled as he nodded, "With my thoughts on that TV show, I recognized the writing, and used your same translation technique. I erased the translation from my hard drive, and I told no one."

"Thank you, people aren't ready for that knowledge." Langley handed Abby back her disk. She smiled.

Fairfax, Virginia 10:30pm

Seven men were sitting kicked back in Chris' hotel room. With cheese burgers in hand and fries, the team was having diner. Due to a convention, there were no other available rooms so the seven men had only the two rooms to sleep in. They were still arguing who had to sleep with Josiah and JD, "They both snore." Buck did say it good naturally, but he meant it.

"Oh, and like you don't?" JD came back with.

"Hey," Chris said sternly, then smiled, "before we digress into pillow fights, are we done with this case, but for the final paper work?"

Nathan asked of Chris, "are we gonna include the...ah....the odd stuff?"

Six pairs of eyes looked over to Chris. "As the FBI case was only running parallel with ours, nothing pertinent will be missing if we don't mention the....ah.....odd stuff."

"We got a lot of weapons off the street and prevented two places from being blown up." Vin seemed to sum it all up for them.

"Okay, case closed." Chris ducked as Ezra threw the first pillow.

Kennedy Airport, Friday 2:00am

Thelma Sisken was last to leave the airplane, she walked down the long corridor to the baggage claim. Her bag was already off the ramp waiting. She walked to the ramp edge and bent to pick up her bag when a man stepped out.

"You failed, and the project is lost." He said to her.

Thelma stood and faced the man, "France looked most promising."

"Not the caliber we had here."

"Maybe not, but hopeful."

Did you discover if there was a hard copy?"

"If there was, it was destroyed in the fire. I have found absolutely no information contrary to that."
"Mulder was there, he may have discovered something?"

"His report was thorough, and it mentioned nothing of the experiments or their findings."

"Well see," said the man as he threw his cigarette on the floor and ground it with his foot. The smoke swirled thickly about. When it cleared, he was gone. Thelma picked up her bag and left.


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