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PARABIOSIS fanart finished by skuuri PARABIOSIS fanart finished by skuuri

Earlier WIP version went to scraps.

A scene from Penumbra's epic story "Parabiosis" that I've always wanted to draw:

The descent of evening imbues the dirty snow with a sculptural
bluntness. There on the sidewalk is a coffee vendor, incongruous in a
district of carpet stores and loading docks. She leaves the engine
idling and climbs a rough-hewn berm of snow to sniff the heavenly steam
from his cappuccino maker. The vendor is great and solid in his overcoat
and mink hat, and doesn't appear to even feel the cold, whereas Scully
is chilled within seconds, holding her cup to her chest with both hands.

Mulder comes back down the sidewalk, defeat evident in his flagging
pace, and she has another cup ready to press into his cold-burned hands.
They stand curbside, close to the red cart, which ekes a subtle propane
heat. He slides his wind-stung eyes to her. "They wouldn't put out an
APB on a mummy."

She shrugs. What did he expect?

He hesitates, studying her face. "I guess we gave them something to talk

She tries to sigh, exasperated, takes a bite of cold wind, shudders, and
instead a smile is called forth. She tries to tuck it away. "The world
just isn't ready for you, Fox Mulder."

Heartened, his eyes crinkle and he reaches for a napkin to blow his
nose. He sniffs and takes a chug of coffee. "Good stuff," he says to the
barista, who grunts, polishing spotless stainless steel. "Scully..."
Mulder says confidingly, looking past her down the street. "I know I
should apologize, but to tell the truth," - he leans over and mutters
against her temple - "that was the best kiss of my life." He straightens
up, eyes on the raveling skyline. "And I don't regret it for a second.
So you see my dilemma." He buries his nose in his cup.

Cold and lust are a painful combination, and she has to close her eyes.
"You're kidding," she says weakly, regrouping.

His wonderful curvilinear lips look cold and chapped, but he grins
softly at her. "Have you ever known me to kid?"

"Well, if that's the case, Mulder, we can probably do better than that."

"You think?" There is great interest behind his squint.

"Well, it remains to be seen," she says, shivering hard.

"Luff," rumbles the coffee vendor dismissively, rattling oily black
beans into a hopper.

"It is indeed," Mulder says tenderly, leaning his shoulder against hers
for a moment.

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nilescclover Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
great job, we become one!
everdeer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
So I have known about this art since you posted it and it has been in my personal collection for years HOWEVER I don't think I initially realized it was Parabiosis fanart BECAUSE I SUCK OK.

So props to you for making a beautiful piece to the most amazingly written fic of all time. There is none better. I wonder if penumbra knows the effect she has had on us all.
afraidtobelieve Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Fantastic fanart for one of the greatest X-Files fanfics of all time. Flawless.
Wakko666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
I want Mulder's trench Coats ALL OF THEM!
wendelah1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I love this.
Jana-plays Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
Really nice drawings! I need to draw more... then I see good drawers and you guys make me see small damn! LOL
iCruzHeR Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Love it,went to the site in search of the story, but the link is not active :-(
skuuri Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! and yeah, i know. try googling it or checking gossamer.
gaiascully Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful! love the faces, they look very cold! Time they warm each other up XD
kamisch42 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I've read that fan fic! And I don't read much of them, so I was surprised it was one of the few I had :giggle: It was a great story...and this is a great illustration for it!
Messenger-Of-Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful.


fraziu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Wielce zimowe, sypie jak u was w Wawie! Spodobuje mi się kolorystyka, zwłaszcza to światło na M&S i na tym narożniku w tle:) Pięknie!
BedAndBreakfast Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
J'ai pensé à toi en voyant le dessin de Valentine's day de Flash :3


est magnifique. (B
skuuri Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, flash et moi, nous sommes OTP. <3

ThePerlaNation Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
zoeyjusko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
This is such a beautiful picture. I've been keeping track of it all along. What happened to the street lamp and cart? I always imagined the cart to be selling newspapers, coffee and hot cocoa. Zoey.
skuuri Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I KNOOOOW. me too! it would be more complete that way. i guess i just tend to get really impatient with backgrounds and prefer to focus on the people.
although ironically backgrounds (for animation) are exactly what i am doing at work right now. ;) but then again, in there it is only backgrounds i have to worry about, so i can concentrate on them.
and thanks! happy you like!!
OrenAsher Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
:dance: YAY!! I'm always happy when skuuri posts something!! I love the colors and the way Mulder's coat is flapping in the wind! :heart:
JHPinay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Aww, that is very adorable. ^^

Good job! You captured the scene well.
lunexor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Lol, this is totally awesome.
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