Here is another story written for a challenge.

TITLE: ELEMENT OF SURPRISE AUTHOR: XPHILERNJ RATING: R CATEGORY: MSR CLASSFICATION: V DISCLAIMER: Not mine.

SUMMARY: "You never know, the element of surprise, you might just get lucky."

Sept. 25,2003

Brevity Challenge II Response to Char's Elements: Cracker Jack, foot massage, amethyst, summer solstice, French kisses, mayonnaise, rope.

The amethyst glow from the setting sun cast a mystical light across the late summer solstice sky as they walked hand in hand among the noisy crowd. Mulder popped another caramel corn into his mouth and smiled down at Scully.

"Don't you just love it? The carnival? The excitement, the crowds and rides?" he said with all the enthusiasm of a little boy.

"Yeah, but I'm a little tired. Aren't you ready to go home yet?" she whined.

He shook his head then reached up and wiped a dollop of mayonnaise from the corner of her mouth. The hot dog he had talked her into getting was half eaten.

"Mmm...Thanks," she said with a sigh. "But you know what I would really like?"

"Oooo...Do tell. If it has anything to do with a blindfold and a rope, I'm game," he whispered in her ear.

"Actually I was thinking more of a foot massage. My feet are killing me," she said with a smirk. Then she reached up, grabbed the collar of his shirt, pulled him down to her lips. Not just any kiss. But an out of this world, toe curling French kiss. When Scully released him, she purred. "You never know, the element of surprise, you might just get lucky."

She turned and walked away, leaving him stunned and speechless. Gathering his wits about him, a grin growing by the minute. "Hot damn."

He hurried up to her, grabbed her hand and tugged her toward the exit forgetting about the carnival, crowds and rides.

*Hmmm...Works every time* Scully thought as she chuckled to herself.

THE END.