Master Post: Top Secret (QL/XF/L&C, MSR, Lois/Clark)

Top Secret

Oh, wow, where to begin. This was probably the first long work of fanfic that I ever completed, and one of the most ambitious crossovers I ever wrote. That said, is it good? For me at the time I wrote it, yeah, it was pretty good. Whether it holds up against my more recent work is probably more debatable but I keep it around for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else. It came from a number of different places, such as: what happened to all of the random evidence of PQL’s existence that Sam and Al kept accidentally leaving in the past? What if someone found it? Where did the Evil Project come from? (I owe the answer given in this story to my college friend, Ed, who first thought of it.) What would happen if someone other than Sam stepped into the Accelerator? Would they wind up stuck too, or would God/Fate/Time/Whoever only have one task for that individual? I don’t know how good of a job I did answering those questions, but I had fun with it.

Also, I asked for and got permission from Michele Martin to make this a sequel to her story, The Witness, because it gave me a convenient shortcut to explain how Mulder and Scully knew certain things. I don’t think you have to read that story first to understand this one, but I’d recommend it anyway, because to this day I think it’s one of the best and most meta multi-fandom crossovers I’ve ever read. Even if (like me at the time) you don’t know all the fandoms. Oh, and lastly, this story is more or less directly responsible for me starting to watch The X-Files. I’d seen a few episodes before, which is what gave me the idea for the story, but I started watching regularly so I could write the characters better and wound up so obsessed that they, um, sort of took over the story.

Last, a bit of a disclaimer. I was in my late teens/early twenties when I wrote this, so the romance element is sappy in the extreme. But I think in spite of that, and all the other caveats I mentioned above, that it turned out to be a not-half-bad adventure. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Chapter 1: The Envelope
Chapter 2: Eavesdropping
Chapter 3: Future Shock
Chapter 4: Glimpses
Chapter 5: The Investigators
Chapter 6: Foresight
Chapter 7: Unexpected Convergence
Chapter 8: Curtain Rising
Chapter 9: Some Clarity
Chapter 10: Locked Doors
Chapter 11: Worlds Collide
Chapter 12: Travel Plans
Chapter 13: Arrival
Chapter 14: Confrontations, Revelations
Chapter 15: Time Stands Still
Chapter 16: Leaps and Bounds
Chapter 17: A Little Magic
Chapter 18: Stories to Tell
Chapter 19: Countdown to Eternity
Chapter 20: Homecoming
Chapter 21: Epilogue

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