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Art Title: Art for Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
Artist: loracine
Fandom: X-Files RPF
Warnings: none

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 Story Title: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Fandom: The X-Files RPF
Link: AO3
Summary: Just when Dr. David Duchovny thinks his blind date can't get any worse, his insipid dinner companion pulls out a gun. On the brink of a scientific breakthrough, Dr. Duchovny had knowledge that dangerous men would kill to possess. His only protection is Gillian Anderson, an agent with Tactical Executive Security. He desperately needed to trust someone, and Agent Anderson was it. But David senses that Gillian is keeping more secrets than she's revealing. With his life in chaos, can he trust the secret agent? 
Warnings: none
Characters: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
Pairings: David Duchovny/Gillian Anderson
When I Started: This fic was originally begun in February 2013 for the first round of [community profile] unconventionalcourtship. The idea was to select your summary from an existing Harlequin Romance novel, tailor it as needed to suit your characters, and go write! I signed up with two goals in mind: I wanted to stretch myself as a writer and I wanted to write the first true AU for The X-Files RPF fandom. My summary is a mash-up of two different Harlequin romances. My friend tree requested that the prompt be gender-swapped, which I was happy to do.
How I Lost My Shit: I just got stuck. I actually signed up to write this same prompt during three different rounds of Unconventional Courtship. (Those mods are saints. They even let me post the first four, completed chapters as a WIP last year.) As it turns out, I'm pretty good at inventing interesting plots and characters, but I'm terrible at romance. This presented a problem since I was working on a thriller/romance. 
How I Finished My Shit: Chapter Five, the one I got stuck on last year, was supposed to have an explicit sex scene. (I did read a few thriller/romances before I got started which is how I discovered that even thriller/romances have many such scenes. Yikes.) Spoiler alert: After eight drafts, I finally took the story in a different direction. That's how a fic with the working title of "Under Fire," ended up as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." 

Which leads us to wipbigbang. Predictably, I got stuck again. Writing is hard! Real life sucks! But then the amazing and talented Loracine made an adorable bookcover for the fic. I didn't want to let her down. I didn't want to let my beta/cheerleaders down--again. So I asked for an extension and kept plugging away at it. There are five brand new chapters going up today on AO3 just as fast as I can get them formatted for posting.

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