Title: "The Truth About Rats
Written by: Kristi
6, 7, 10-11 2005
Air Date: March 14, 2005
Series: FRVS - Episode #146
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
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Archiving: "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series
Disclaimer: "The X-Files" and its characters belong to 20th Century FOX Broadcasting. If you recognize it, it's not our own creation. Original characters belong to Cassie and Kristi (FRVS).
Author's Note: The personalities of the characters
within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know
from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them
and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor.
Any horrid behavior should not be mimicked in your every day life.
speaks with Krycek and his actions are no joke.
INT. QUANTICO SHOOTING RANGE Ė DAY
APRIL 1ST, FRIDAY
Monica Reyes stands very still, taking
a sharp aim with her gun and steadily fires a whole round of bullets
down at the shooting target. Behind her, Brad Follmer watches, making
sure sheís strong enough to handle the training. After sheís done
firing she sets her gun down on the table and takes off the hearing
and eye protection, as does Brad. She turns to face him as the target
Brad takes the target off itís hanger
and looks at it. Sheís a pretty damn good shot for not firing in a
Monica looks at it, her expression is
a mixture of being happy she can still hit a target well, but with
a little bit of insecurity with herself. Brad notices her mixed expression.
What is it?
Itís just... I donít know. (beat)
Should I really be proud to fire
my weapon at a human figure?
This catches Brad off guard. This whole
time sheís been saying that she is just fine with coming back to the
Bureau, and this is the first time sheís hesitant and doubting her
You donít think youíve made
the right choice? Is that what-
-No. I want to come back to
the Bureau, but...
Well, maybe that is what sheís saying
but sheíd rather not say it out loud. A Reyes canít back down from
a decision, it shows weakness, and sheís had enough of being weak.
Itís nothing, Brad. (beat)
Iíll be fine. (beat) Could
you set it up for another round?
Brad looks at her for a moment. She seems
unsure of this, heís not sure itís what sheís really wanting to do.
Especially after being back for a little over a month.
Monica looks into him, knowing what heís
Brad, Iím fine. I want to
do this, but how can I get
better if you wonít reload it for me?
He turns and goes to set it up for her.
She puts back on her protective eye and ear wear, as does Brad. She
starts to fire her weapon again. With each fire it frightens her that
sheís able to do this. To have the ability after this whole time to
fire a gun with this much precision scares her. Maybe she isnít making
the right choice in her life, but itís too late to back down now,
everyone will think she is a failure.
She finishes her second round and sets
her gun down again. She slowly takes off her eye and ear protection
as Brad brings the target forward again.
There was hesitation. Monica hears
Brad think as he approaches her.
She turns around to face him as he takes
the target to examine it closer.
The last round was better.
Yeah. (beat) This is still good though.
He smiles at her and notices sheís holding
Did you hurt yourself?
No, itís just a little sore.
Let me see it.
He carefully takes her hand to get a closer
look at her wrist to make sure nothing is damaged.
Monica watches him as he carefully examines
her wrist. She canít help but smile at him. He looks up at her.
Need a break?
You read my mind.
He laughs knowing there is no way to read
her mind the way she can read his.
Well in a way you did, even
if itís not in the same way
I read your mind.
She smiles at him.
I donít know about you, but
Iím starving. How Ďbout we
get out of here and grab
something to eat.
Sounds good to me.
Thatís the best pizza around.
INT. MULDER & KRYCEKíS OFFICE - DAY
Mulder sits quietly at his desk with a
pensive look on his face. He gave himself to the end of March to talk
to Krycek about what has happened with his friends, and now itís the
first of April. The last thing he wants to do is prolong the conversation
heís been meaning to have with that boy. The sooner he gets his feelings
out of the way, the better.
Krycek enters the office.
Man, Iím so happy that itís Friday!
This week has been a living nightmare.
A nightmare? What would you
know of a living nightmare?
Plenty, Spooky. (beat) Remember
when Svetlana came to visit us
last year? (beat) Man! That was hell.
Couldíve been worse, you know.
True... but she just... ugh!
You know? She gets under my
skin and crawls.
Krycek plops down in his chair.
Hey, you know what I did today?
Krycek lowers his voice and has a mischievous
look on his face.
I replaced the Janitorís P.B. and J.
sandwich with... something other than P.B. and J.
Thatís not very ni-
-Donít matter! Itís April Fools Day!
Really? (beat) Hmm... I didnít notice.
Krycek eyes him. This must be part of
the prank. Thereís no way in Hell Mulder could forget April Fools
Day. Itís tradition for him to do a prank.
Sure... (beat) So itís Friday,
what are we doing for the weekend?
I donít know. (beat) I was thinking
of staying in reading some more in
my new book I bought the other da-
-Thatís so boring!
Well, you donít have to do it then!
Krycek looks at Mulder as if heís gone
crazy. Mulder has never snapped at him...
Okay then... Geez, get a chill pill.
Mulder stands up and looks at him. Heís
had enough of this boy.
You know... You... I...
Mulderís so angry at Krycek for so many
things he doesnít even know where to start.
Iíve had enough of you!
With that, Mulder turns and leaves the
office. At work is not the place to have his conversation with Krycek.
Itíll have to wait until tonight if he can help it.
Krycek rolls his eyes as the office door
INT. TONYíS PIZZERIA Ė DAY
Doggett and Scully are sitting at a small
table in the restaurant. A large cheese pizza is between them and
they are both have raspberry lemonade for their drink.
You know, John, one of these
days Iím going to get you to
spice up your pizza. You know,
a little pepperoni, sausage,
You laugh now, but Iím serious.
She winks at him. He smiles as his eyes
wander to the window behind her. Scully takes a sip of her drink.
Doggettís eyes bug. He sees Monica and Brad outside the restaurant
talking. She and Dana havenít seen each other since Monica returned.
Hell, heís hardly seen her. What if Monica has some kind of Reyes
Revenge inside of her and sheís out to get Scully for what happened
to her when she was at that facility.
Scully notices his nervous scratches on
the back his neck.
What is it, John?
Huh? Oh. Nothing.
Scully looks at him suspicious and turns
to see where he was looking out the window. She sees Monica and her
Oh god. What if she hates me?!
She looks at John in a panic.
EXT. TONYíS PIZZERIA Ė CONíT
Brad is about to open the door when Monica
He turns to face her.
I did something.
He looks at her questioningly. She looks
What did you do?
Back at Quantico, I made you
think of coming here to Tonyís.
Brad is taken back. First she can read
minds, now she can control them?
Danaís in there, and I wanted to
finally see her, so I made you
think of coming here.
How is that possible?
Monica leans in close to him and whispers.
Itís not... but youíre very gullible.
She smiles up at him deviously. Brad relaxes
April Fools Day.
You had me.
He smiles at her.
I know. (beat) It was just
ironic that Iíve been wanting
to see her to see how Iíd react
since I donít know how Iíll react
and Iím a bit nervous about it. (beat)
But it was complete irony that you
thought of Tonyís on the day I had
a feeling she and John would be here.
What are you nervous about?
How Iíll react to seeing her. (beat)
A lot of bad things happened to me
and in a way sheís responsible for
that, but I know sheís not to blame
for it, but still. Iím really nervous.
Brad nods his head.
Iíll be here, all right? (beat) If
at any time you feel uncomfortable,
you just let me know, okay?
Monica nods her head.
All right. Letís go in.
He opens the door for her and she takes
a deep breath as she enters. For some reason she canít see how everything
will turn out, sheís found a way to block it, which surprises her.
Maybe there is a way to block her psychic ability when she wants to...
or, as in this case, when she doesnít want to. Right now, sheíd rather
know how the conversation will end... if, in fact there is a conversation
going to happen between them.
I hate being unsure.
Itíll be okay.
Monica looks in the direction of John
and Danaís table.
Okay, hereís what weíll do.
(beat) You get us a table and
Iíll go talk to them.
-Yes, Iím sure.
He gives her a kiss on the cheek, even
he can feel that sheís nervous, and heís not the psychic one.
With a deep breath, Monica takes her first
step into the unknown. For some reason she canít foresee how this
conversation will go. She has no idea how she will react to talking
to Dana. She has no idea what sheíll say.
Monica reaches their table, and with the
ďstage fright jittersĒ...
Okay, so far so good.
John and Dana look up at her. John watches
her carefully. There better be no Reyes Revenge up your sleeve.
Monica looks at him, having heard his
This isnít Reyes Revenge.
Doggett looks up at her. How the hell...?
How the hell what, Johnny?
Scully looks on in shock. She has got
to be reading his thoughts. Scully smiles at John, Mr. Skeptical.
I didnít say anything...
She bites her lower lip. She did it again.
Thought someone was saying something out loud when it was inside their
(under breath/mad at herself)
Shit. (beat) Iím sorry.
Itís okay, Monica.
Monica looks over at Scully. The moment
of truth has arrived. Scully has spoken to her, what will she say
I wanted to come over and say
hi to you since I havenít seen
you since I got back a month ago.
Scully smiles at her. She can sense that
Monica is nervous, which allows her to relax around her knowing that
sheís not the only nervous one.
Well, hi. (beat) Iíve heard from
otherís that youíre doing very well.
Yeah. (beat) I was at Quantico
not too long ago at the shooting range.
Really? (beat) How was that?
It seems I havenít lost it.
Wow. Thatís good.
Scully smiles, glad to see that Monica
is getting her life back in order.
Brad comes up to them.
They said we could sit anywhere.
Oh. All right.
How about you guys grab
the table next to us and
we can catch up?
Okay. Yeah. Thatíll be great.
Scully smiles. She too is relieved that
Monica doesnít have ďReyes RevengeĒ out for her.
INT. BRAD FOLLMERíS OUTER OFFICE Ė 1PM
Kim Cook is typing up a document at her
desk while Brad is out. Skinner stands quietly in the doorway without
her noticing. He lightly coughs to get her attention. She looks up
at him and stops her typing.
Skinner enters the office.
Heís out for lunch if youíre
-Actually, Iím not here to
speak with him.
Skinner is hesitant with his words. Kim
lets out a sigh knowing that this is about him and her.
Then what is this about, Assistant Director?
Do you have a break coming up?
Iíve already been out for lunch.
Skinner nods. He doesnít want to take
her away from her work. Sheís got a lot to do now that Brad Follmer
is her boss.
What time do you get off?
Iíd like to talk to you, thatís all.
Weíre at work and I donít think
itís something we should talk
about while on the clock.
Kim looks at him and sighs.
I get off at five, but Iíll
probably be out of here
All right. That works for me. (beat)
Could you meet me at the Starbucks
down the road about that time?
All right. Iíll let you get back
to work. (beat) Iíll see you then.
He gives her a small smile and walks out
of the room. Kim watches him walk away for a moment wondering what
he has to talk to her about.
INT. MULDER & KRYCEKíS APARTMENT Ė 3:37PM
The door opens and Mulder and Krycek walk
in. Krycek looks highly amused, and Mulder still has the conversation
he wishes to have with Krycek on his mind.
I canít believe someone called
in an April Fools Day ďbomb scareĒ
joke to the FBI.
Itís not funny Krycek. (beat) All
threats are taken seriously and
right now, while weíve evacuated
the building, some terrorist threat
could be happening, and we wouldnít know.
Weíve got other dudes on that. (beat)
But itís totally awesome that we
get to be home because of it.
Mulder lets out a frustrated sigh and tosses
his jacket down on the kitchen table.
Do you seriously have no
respect for anything, Krycek?
What are you talking about?
You disrespect women, Marita,
the government, me, your family...
The list goes on and on and on.
Krycek rolls his eyes.
Iím sick of it Alex.
I donít care.
Yeah, you seem not to care
about a lot of things. (beat)
Especially your friends.
Mulder emphasizes his last sentence. Krycek
sits down at the kitchen table and looks up at him.
Youíre selfish Krycek. (beat)
You allow some petty ego boosting
words to convince you to betray
your friends. Take away their lives.
Take away their loved oneís, and all
the while you think you have it bad.
What are you talking about Mulder?
Dana and Monica, and how that
smoking son-of-a-bitch boosted your ego.
Krycek stares at him deadpanned. He
knew about that?
(reading his expression)
Yeah, thatís right, buddy. (beat)
I know about a lot of things and
this is where I finally draw the
line. (beat) The next time you
ever think of betraying your friends
you better think twice about it.
I did what I had to d-
-Thatís bull shit, Alex!
Krycek shuts his mouth, heís never heard
Mulder yell at him like that before.
I knew this entire time. I knew
about Diana. I knew about you.
Howíd you know?
Wouldnít you like to know?
Mulder glares at him.
You know... Iíve tolerated enough
of you, Krycek. (beat) Iíve had
enough of your disrespect for everyone.
It makes me sick every time I hear
you open your mouth. (beat) You think
I donít know about the things you do,
but I do. I know. I know everything, Krycek.
He glares at Krycek for a moment to make
him feel uncomfortable.
I know about how you took advantage
of Dana when we went to Colorado when
John kicked you two out of the van. (beat)
I mean, my god, Krycek. Sheís your friend.
You know the pain sheís been through in the
past. Youíve helped her in the past and yet
you still took advantage of her. Youíre
a sick little bastard. A true punk with no
respect for anyone but himself.
Krycek is speechless. How the hell does
he know all of this?
And donít think I donít know about
that little bet you had with Robert
Alfredo and how you twisted it around
to make up and excuse for why you sexually
violated Monica when she was upset in London.
Krycek stands in defense of himself.
Whoa! I didnít do nothiní she
You think I havenít heard
rapists say the same thing before?
Mulder glares right into Krycekís emerald
green eyes with intensity.
You knew she was upset about Brad and
Marita so you brought the Krycek family
vodka. The most potent vodka in the world
and had her drink two bottles. (beat)
What you did was not consented by her, you
disgusting little shit.
Mulder is furious. Heís lived with all
of this inside of him for a long, long time.
You thought I didnít know, did you?
She never said ďnoĒ.
Marita always says ďnoĒ to you.
Have you done the same thing
to her too? Huh? (beat) You
just canít handle rejection
can you? (beat) How many times
has Marita said she didnít want
to be with you? Countless times.
(beat) And now youíre with her.
Is this against her will too? Are
you forcing her to be in a relationship?
You donít know a damn thing youíre
talking about, Mulder. (beat) Ask
Marita. Iíve never pressured her
to do anything. Anything.
You still take advantage of women.
(beat) Iím sure she doesnít appreciate that.
Mulder sits down at the table. Krycek
looks down at him and glares, then sits down across from him. Heís
never seen this side of Mulder before.
Is that all, Mulder? (beat)
Or do you have more lies to
throw my way?
You know Iím not telling lies.
(beat) Youíre probably wondering
what has caused all of this to
come out of me. Youíre probably
wondering why Iíve kept it all inside.
Krycek nods his head.
I know the truth about you Krycek.
I know all of your lies. (beat) What
I donít get, is why you would hand
Dana over to the Smoking Man, over
to that place where she lived a year
of her life in hell. (beat) A living nightmare.
I did what I had to do.
Bull shit. (beat) Thatís just an excuse
you made up so you feel better about your
mistake. You allowed that man to use you
to get to Dana. (beat) How can you live
with yourself? (beat) I donít even know
why I live with you.
(after a beat)
I pretended not to know because
I was living with the enemy.
Krycek looks into his eyes.
I knew why Diana suddenly re-entered
my life. (beat) To be a distraction
for me so I wouldnít notice Scully
had gone missing. (beat) But I did
notice. I couldnít do anything about
it, and I dared not to either. (beat)
I was surrounded by the enemy. The enemies
who have lied to me, betrayed me, stabbed
me in the back a thousand times over,
and then repeated the motion. (beat) I
played along with your game to protect
them from whatever was going on. (beat)
I couldnít give it away that I knew. Who
knows what that black-lunged-son-of-a-bitch
would do to Dana or Monica. (beat) I hold
you responsible for everything that has
happened to them in the past year.
Mulderís glare pierces into Krycek.
You, Alex Krycek, are to be blamed
for all of their loss, heartache,
and everything horrible that they
will have to face in their future.
(beat) I hold you responsible.
They sit in silence for a long time. Mulderís
words hit Krycek hard. Heís never looked at everything heís done this
way. He was always told that everything he did, he did because he
Mulder stands up and looks at Krycek.
I need to go for a walk.
He grabs his coat and walks out the door.
Krycek stays seated. This is the last thing he ever expected from
Mulder. Has he really been that horrible to everyone? He saved Scully,
and yet Mulder fails to mention that. Because of him, the Smoking
Man is dead and Scully was freed from that life of hell.
He sits in silence, listening to the sounds
coming from the street. What the hell is Mulder up to? There is no
way this is an April Fools Day joke. Not with this kind of conversation.
Not with everything Mulder has thrown at him.
EXT. STARBUCKS Ė 4:45PM
Walter Skinner paces nervously on the
corner of the street, standing just out side the Starbucks he asked
Kim to meet him at. Heís not one-hundred percent sure sheíll come,
and he doesnít blame her if sheís a no-show. He deserves to be ditched
and left standing alone on this sidewalk for being such a jerk to
He sips at his coffee. He probably shouldnít
have had it since heís already jittery with nervousness, but itís
too late now. He looks down the street and sees Kim walking towards
Okay, Walter. Donít screw it up again.
He stands up straight to be prepared to
talk to her. She approaches him.
Well, what did you need to talk about?
Skinner momentarily freezes. He was expecting
a little bit of beating around the bush, but Kim is very straight
I um... (beat) I wanted to
apologize to you Kim.
Kim says nothing. Sheís heard this before,
what makes this time any different?
I was a jerk to you.
Kim nods in agreement, and her posture
tells him she doesnít want to be here that much longer.
Iím sorry. (beat) I never meant
to hurt you, and I know thatís
not an original thing to say,
but itís true. (beat) Youíre a
wonderful woman and you deserve
a man who can respect you. (beat)
Iím sorry that I couldnít be that
man for you, Kim. (beat) I just...
I didnít know what I wanted in my
life and I panicked and didnít think.
Kimís expression doesnít give him any
answers to how she feels about this. Sheís simply listening to him
to get it out of the way.
Is this all you wanted to
say to me, Walter?
Skinner looks down slightly, and then
back up at her.
She starts to walk off, obviously still
bitter towards him. Skinner watches her walk away, wishing things
wouldíve been better between them.
She stops with her back towards him and
after a moment, she turns around to face him.
I donít want to have us leave
on a bad note.
Yes, I know. But youíre still
very mad at me.
Do you blame me, Walter?
She comes towards him again.
You propose marriage to me after
saying it was too soon to meet
my family. (beat) I donít think
you know what to do with your life.
(beat) I donít want that. I donít
need that. What more can I say?
Iím an asshole.
Yes, you are Walter. (beat) You
made it seem like you just wanted
to marry me because you wanted me
as some kind of award, but didnít
want to get to know me or my family.
And then you propose to me with an
engagement ring that was for Dana.
(beat) What did you expect me to do?
Go along with being your ďDana ReplacementĒ?
No. (beat) I was confused at the time.
Men do stupid things-
(bitter and sick of it)
-Donít I know it.
I fell in love with you Kim. (beat)
Yes, at one time I thought of you as
my ďDana ReplacementĒ, Iíll admit that
now because thatís not how I feel anymore.
(beat) Dana and I are over and will never
happen again. (beat) When I was with you,
I fell in love with you. You. Not Dana.
I just wish there was some way for you
to see that.
Even if I did believe you, it still
wouldnít change what happened between us.
She looks in his eyes and a tear falls
down her cheek. She hadnít even noticed she was crying.
(wiping away tear)
Do you know what itís like to be
in a relationship and not have
love returned to you?
Yes, I do.
Kim doesnít continue, she wasnít expecting
that to be his answer.
I was married once. A long time ago.
Kim listens, she didnít know this about
him. She thought he only proposed to Dana Scully twice but never went
all the way to saying ďI doĒ.
Her name was Sharon. We were married
over twenty years ago. (beat) At first it
was happy, then things changed.
Your job got in the way?
In a way... I had an affair with
Kim sighs, not surprised.
I loved my wife, but I still had
this affair with Dana. (beat) Iím
not sure why I did it, I just did.
(beat) Maybe it was her seduction,
or maybe it was because I thought
my wife didnít love me anymore.
And what made you think that?
Our marriage went from being
husband and wife to roommates.
(beat) My job did get in the way
and I didnít try to change it.
Weíd pay the bills, take the garbage
out, do the dishes, but never spent
time with one another. (beat) I felt
she was pushing me away and she felt
that I was doing the same. (beat) I
donít know if she loved me or not at the end.
Probably not if she found
out about your affair.
She never found out.
What does this have to do with us?
Miscommunication? (beat) Walter,
you proposed to me with a recycled
engagement ring with ďTurtle! Eek!Ē
engraved on the inside. (beat) And
then told me it was a sex joke between
you and Dana Scully. (beat) And all the
while Iím hearing from everyone about how
much I resemble Dana Scully.
Walter looks down. Why the hell was he
Kim looks at him and says nothing. She
still loves him, but every time she looks at him her mind races about
thinking how he saw her as a ďDana ReplacementĒ. She doesnít need
a man to treat her as second best.
I have to go, Walter.
She quickly turns away from him, not wanting
to continue this conversation. Sheíd rather not get upset about this.
The bomb scare was enough for one day. Skinner lets her leave this
time, knowing how she feels and that sheíd rather not deal with it.
Theyíre over and thereís nothing he can
do to win her back. He looks down and quietly walks down the street
in the opposite direction of Kim.
INT. MULDER & KRYCEKíS APARTMENT Ė 5:18PM
Krycek sits alone in the dim apartment.
Mulder has not yet returned from his walk and Krycek, deep inside
of himself, fears his return. What else will Mulder throw at him?
What else will happen? Mulderís very unpredictable right now.
The apartment door quietly opens and quietly
shuts. Krycek looks towards the door and sees that Mulder has returned.
Mulder quietly enters the living room
and stands in the doorway, looking at Krycek with a blank, numb expression.
Krycek waits, not knowing what will happen.
Krycek stares at him blankly and doesnít
say a word.
(after a beat)
I said get out. I donít want
to see you here ever again.
Krycek blinks in shock. Is Mulder kicking
him out? Krycek stands.
When can I come back?
Krycek looks at him. Is he serious? He
must have given this some thought, he was gone for a while. This is
not like when he ended Super Buddies.
(after a beat)
You can come by tomorrow to
get your things, then I never
want to see you again. (beat)
Do you understand me?
Krycek quietly nods his head and puts
on his leather jacket. He quietly leaves the apartment, at a loss
with what to do.
INT. HALLWAY Ė CONíT
His past is catching up with him, and
he deserves every bit that comes back at him. He knows this now. Krycek
reaches the elevator and presses the button. As the elevator doors
open, he looks back at apartment 42, and at the door that is now closed
to him, never to be entered again. He gets into the elevator and the