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THE X-FILES FIC: Mything

In honor of Poetry Month, the best of my few fanfic poems (as opposed to filksongs). First published in 1998. Yes, I am old.

Title: Mything
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 231
Character(s): Samantha Mulder
Summary: A recounting of her abduction and the intervening years from Samantha's POV.

My personal Hades
was merely a messenger
He plied me with pomegranate
and kept me safe in his palatial tomb
Till ashes choked my ears
and filmed my compound eyes

My father whet the knife
Seeking winds strong enough
to drive him from himself
His success smelled fresh for a time
But he returned to find death on his doorstep
Welcome home, Father.
The truth is a harsh mistress
Your infidelity has defiled;
Struck down, struck down
Forgiveness died in your throat
Bright blood on your stunned son's hands

My mother, guilt delivered,
protested but did not prevent,
Shrieked, shattered, and drifted off
to sea in all directions
Now she gulps Lethe like a stranded fish
Half-paralyzed with half-remembered shame

My brother, trapped in amber,
Has been stretched by a scream
this quarter century and more
Staring upward with blinded eyes
He pierced them both himself
Well done - so symmetrical and pure

And who are you to restore him,
Asclepius descending
in a shower of red gold?
There is no salvation here,
only riddles and pestilence
And you are no goddess
and he, no saint.
Go back, go back
Retreat to your cold corpses
At least their doom is not contagious

And who am I to dissuade you?
I reign here sure and somnolent
Surrounded by swarms of sister-daughters,
My precious alien brood
I who was Iphigeneia
Now the Virgin Queen

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cuddyclothes
Apr. 18th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Not sure how to respond. It's well written, but I don't know the show. Amazing how many talents you have.
flywoman
Apr. 18th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's not going to make much sense if you aren't familiar with The X-Files. It was my attempt to point out the mythological parallels for many of the events/relationships on the show.
yarroway
Apr. 18th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Lovely poem...but does this imply we found out what had happened to Samantha...and if so, would you mind sharing? I watched intermittently.

Edited at 2013-04-18 04:33 pm (UTC)
flywoman
Apr. 18th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Well, we can infer that Bill Mulder was complicit in Samantha's abduction for alien-human hybrid experiments overseen by the Cigarette Smoking Man. Over the course of the series, we meet Samantha clones of various ages, but never the original Samantha. Long after I wrote this piece, it was revealed that she lived with the CSM and Jeffrey Spender after the abduction, ran away, was admitted to a hospital, and is now dead.
yarroway
Apr. 18th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I think I'm glad I didn't know any of that while I still cared about the show. How incredibly sad!
flywoman
Apr. 19th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
Although it had a sense of humor, this was a grim show at its heart. House imitated its tone while Bones imitated its power couple.
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