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“Agents, I’ve heard & read a lot about you, but I have to say that it’s an honor to finally meet you in person.” Rod Simmons, the head of New York’s sanitation commission said as he shook Mulder & Scully’s hands briskly. “You said in you report that something’s been attacking your sewer workers?” Mulder said. “That’s right, only one survived & he’s in the hospital now, they’ve just allowed visitors in.”
“I didn’t see it, all I know is it had me before I could even turn around & the next thing I know, I wake up here in this bed without an arm.” A worker by the name of Ralph Benson said to Mulder & Scully. “Thank you, Mr. Benson.” Scully said as they exited his room to talk to his doctor. “The wound looked like what you’d see after a crocodile attack & there was a bacterium present that was consistent with that of a komodo dragon or a monitor lizard.” He said. “Thank you, Doctor.” Scully said as he excused himself. “What’s you’re thinking on this, Mulder?” She asked. “I think we need to see an expert.
Scully gave Mulder a look of intrigue as they walked into the Smithsonian museum. “Someone I know works here.” He replied to her look as they descended the stairs to the basement labs. “He works down in the basement, too… what are the odds.” Scully said wryly as Mulder knocked on the door of the office at the end of a dimly lit hallway, the ‘Dr. Cody Whiles’ was inserted into a decrepit nameplate. The door opened to reveal a tall, dark skinned man with rusty brown hair & a lean muscular frame. “Fox Mulder! The other ‘man of the basement’ it’s been years!” He said in a rich Australian accent as they embraced. “& who is this? You didn’t have her in tow the last time you visited; you had that other gal with you. Diana… something.” Dr. Whiles said. “Fowley, she left the X- Files shortly after we visited you. She was killed in the line of duty a few months ago.” Mulder said. It was obvious by the tone of his voice that he still thought of her as a friend; even after all she had done against him. “Well, it looks like they found you a fine replacement, Dr. Cody Whiles.” He said as he held out his hand to Scully. “Dana Scully, it’s nice to meet you.” “Pleasure’s all mine, Miss.” He said with a charming wink. “Cody, we’d like your two cents on this.” Mulder said as he handed him the case file, Dr. Whiles slipped his reading glasses on & skimmed through it. “A croc or a lizard of some kind, eh? Not in these parts, New York’s sewers get too cold in winter for anything cold blooded to survive.” He said as Mulder’s phone rang. “What?” Scully asked, eying Mulder’s downcast expression. “Another sanitation worker was just attacked.” He replied.
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