The Mountain Man by aka "Jake"

Rating: NC-17 (Warning: contains explicit language, violence, adult situations, and sexual content.)

Classification: Historical AU, MSR, Guilty Pleasure, MT/SC, ST/MC

Summary: The year is 1865 and Dana Scully is headed west at the request of her father, who wants her to marry a lieutenant under his command -- a man she has never met. Her future seems set, until she encounters an alluring Montana mountain man. Will she bend to her father's will or surrender to her own passions?

Disclaimer: The characters Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, et al, are the property of Chris Carter, FOX, and 1013 Productions.

Author's Note: My last fic was a long sci-fi colonization story. This time, I wanted to write a more romantic story, pure guilty pleasure, something that might be classified as a "Chick Fic." You know the sort of story I mean -- the kind you curl up with on a rainy evening after a long, difficult day. No deep thinking required, just a tale about the wild frontier, manly men, and a confused damsel, who must choose between two loves.

Betas: Much appreciation goes to xdksfan and mimic117. Thank you, ladies, for all your time and effort. Thanks, too, to KP for providing several insightful suggestions.

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CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 6 CHAPTER 10 CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 7 CHAPTER 11 CHAPTER 15
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My reason for writing this story: For years I've been hearing that historical AUs are by definition out of character (OOC) because the time in which the characters live necessarily shapes who they are. In other words, 19th Century Mulder cannot possibly be the same man as present-day Mulder by virtue of their vastly different experiences. This argument presented a challenge I couldn't resist: place the characters in a historical setting while keeping them as true to their original selves as possible. Whether or not I succeeded is up to the reader, of course, but whatever the case, I enjoyed the exercise. I also enjoyed trying my hand at Historical AU, a genre I never, ever thought I would write. Just goes to prove, never say never.

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