"Explain to me again why we're
here," Special Agent Dana Scully
Fox Mulder tried to keep a straight
face, but hints of a little-boy
"Mulder," she sighed, "this
is a world-class amusement park with a
"Scully, look at it this way...if
the government wants to pay for us
"Mulder, that's an urban legend and you know it."
The arms were still folded, but there
was a hint of laughter in her
"Come on," he said, grabbing
her hand and dragging her towards the
"Oh, Walker, isn't this wonderful!"
Alex Cahill exclaimed,
"Yes, Alex, it's wonderful,"
he said in a perfectly deadpan voice,
"This was a really great idea,"
Mac chimed in, "thanks for asking
"So, what do you guys want to ride first?" Harm asked.
"Big Thunder Mountain," Alex exclaimed.
"Space Mountain," Harm put in.
"Indiana Jones," Mac added.
"Small World," Walker voted.
"What?" he asked as the others turned
"Small World?" Harm mouthed with raised eyebrow.
"Walk-er," Alex moaned.
"We're standing right in front
of it, for one thing," Walker
"Major, when you said Trout
was sendin' us to Disneyland, I though
"It's no joke, Benny Ray,"
Matt replied firmly. "This place is one
"I hear ya, Boss," Benny
Ray answered, "it's just that...strange
"Ours is not to reason why," Margo quoted.
"I know that poem, too and I don't like the way that line ends!"
"Come on, you two," Matt instructed, "we've got work to do!"
"C'mon, Scully, what do you
want to ride first?" Mulder asked his
Dana Scully shook her head. "Mulder,
I thought we were supposed to
"That's right. We are investigating.
And since we're investigating,
"And that means we have to go
on every ride?" Scully raised an
"You got it," Mulder replied happily.
"And Skinner really approved this?" Scully asked skeptically.
"Mm-hm. You know what a disaster
it would be if there really was an
"That's the only reason I'm going along with this."
Mulder rested his hand lightly on
her shoulder. "Look, nobody really
Scully smiled slightly. "I think
we drew this one because we
"- or dry or foggy or filled
with people shooting at us. So someone
His grin was infectious and Scully
felt herself wavering. "Only if
"There's ghosts in there, you know," Mulder warned teasingly.
"That's OK, Mulder...I'll hold your hand if you get scared."
"That was some wild ride!"
Harm commented as they climbed out of the
Walker gave Alex a hand up to the
platform, steadying her when she
Alex caught her breath and smiled
up at him. "That was great...let's
THE FRENCH MARKET
"Hey Earth to Scully!"
Mulder waved a hand in front of his
Startled, she looked up and smiled
a crooked little smile for him.
"What's up? You've been very quiet all afternoon."
"It's nothing, I'm just overtired, I think."
"No, really you've been
acting weird...ever since we went through
She shook her head. "I'm tired, Mulder, not crazy."
"FBI agents hanging out in Disneyland
- either they're crazy or I
"Major Shepherd, Ms. Vincent,
Mister Riddle," Mulder greeted them
"Actually, Agent Mulder, I think
they call this one the 'land' the
"I stand corrected, Mister Riddle," Mulder replied dryly.
"Hey, I thought the convention
ended three days ago!" Harm called
"I hope you're not all here on business," Mac added more soberly.
"We're...just checking some things out," Matt hedged.
"I think some people's imaginations
just got the better of them,"
"I ain't seen nothin' to worry
about...'cept for the prices in the
Matt glanced at Margo out of the
corner of his eye. He would have
"So you are here on business," Harm concluded.
"That's classified," Matt joked, "I could tell you "
"But then you'd have to kill us," Harm chuckled.
"Aw, hell...I don't see the
harm in tellin' 'em," Benny Ray
Margo rolled her eyes. "Except for the "
"Haunted house?" Scully finished.
"Yeah," Margo agreed warily.
"Not you too!" Mulder exclaimed in exasperation.
Walker finally put down his sandwich
and looked around the table at
"Go ahead and say it," Scully told her partner acidly.
Fox Mulder's grin threatened to split
his face in two. He tried
"Something like that!" Matt laughed.
"Oh, I don't know...I was probably
imagining things," Margo muttered,
Harm finally took pity on her. "Hey,
these people make movies, you
"I know, but it just...felt...different," Margo struggled to explain.
"Well, why don't we settle this?"
Alex suggested. "Let's all go
Margo shivered as the 'stretch room' began its descent.
"You seein' ghosts already?" Benny Ray teased.
"I'm cold," Margo replied tartly.
The sniper's response was to slip
both arms around her in a warm hug.
I'm not better,"
she clarified, elbowing him away as the
Dana Scully's eyes tracked nervously
from side to side as they
"What about you, Alex?"
Walker asked as he ushered her into their
"No, but I'd still like you to put your arm around me."
Chuckling, Walker complied. None
of them noticed that the attendants
They boarded the ride and began their
eerie journey into the bowels
"Oh, Walker!" Alex exclaimed
delightedly, leaning against his arm as
Her voice carried to the car behind,
where Benny Ray, Matt and Margo
Margo elbowed him in the ribs and
he subsided back into his own
Matt dipped his head slightly to
whisper in her ear, "See? It's just
At that moment, the ride ground to
a halt. Seconds later, a recorded
"What's going on?" Scully
asked quietly as the voice continued to
"It's nothing," Harm called,
"when they need to board someone in a
Mulder took his partner's hand comfortingly.
"See? No big
"How long does it take to board
a coupl'a passengers, anyway?" Benny
"Well, actually...there aren't
any other passengers," a strange voice
There was a muffled chorus of "What?"
and "Who said that?"
"Now, just calm down, folks,"
the voice continued. "Nine Ninety
"Nine Ninety Eight?" Harm mouthed.
"Weren't you listening?"
Mac demanded, equally quiet, "They said that
Harm looked quizzically at his partner.
"They must put something in
The recording squawked into silence.
"As I was saying, you might
just as well leave all that stuff in your
There was a long, heavy silence for
several moments, broken finally
"We, my fine fellow, are three
of the residents of this
"And since this is a Haunted Mansion, then you would be...?"
"Ghosts, my dear boy, ghosts," the voice informed him jovially.
"Ghosts," Benny Ray said flatly. "Ain't no such thing."
"Well, either they're ghosts
or we're having some sort of group
"Ghosts or hallucination...I
don't think either one would look good
"Margo, what do you think?"
Matt muttered. He noted in passing that
"The young lady is recalling
certain tales of folklore that her
"Matt!" Margo whispered.
"Oh no...you don't mean...you
can't believe that we're stuck inside a
"Benny Ray," Margo hissed, "he knew what I was thinking!"
"Walker?" Alex asked quietly.
She was surprisingly calm. Although
"There's something here," Walker replied evenly. "Three somethings."
"Hey, dis guy's good!" a third voice observed cheerfully.
"Did somebody let Delvecchio in here?" Benny Ray demanded.
"Wassamatta? You never talked to a New Yawka befaw?"
"Boss, if these are ghosts,
then we must be in hell!" the sniper
Dana Scully's detached, clinical
tones cut off further creative
"Geez! She tawks real fancy...just like you, Nine Niney Eight!"
"Indeed. And I might add, it
is a pleasure to be in the presence of
"Answer the lady's question!" Matt challenged.
"Well, young man, you see, the
truth of the matter is that we wish to
"Well, can't y'all just float
on through the walls or somethin'?"
"No, we cannot," the cultured
spirit informed him. "And for your
"Why don't we test that theory?"
the sniper said with an unpleasant
"Benny Ray! Stand down," Matt ordered.
"I don't understand," Alex
said, "Why can't they just leave if they
"Because people don't believe,"
Walker mused. "That's it, isn't it?
"But you can't get beyond the gates," Mulder concluded.
"You think that's what all the
strange disturbances have been?"
"This is incredible!" Mulder
enthused, "Actual recorded instances of
"Ya mean somebody noticed?" the obnoxious ghost asked.
"They noticed all right...they
thought you were terrorists!" Matt
"Oh, my, that is most unfortunate," the first ghost lamented.
"I guess we betta just stick
ta hitch-hikin'," the third spirit
Before anyone could think of a suitable
answer to that, the ride
Once outside, they paused on the
path and looked back at the stately
"We're not," Margo informed him.
The sniper raised an eyebrow at that,
but Matt concurred. "He'd have
"Our boss is accustomed to taking
our reports with...shall we say, a
"Or in this case, a shovel," Scully added.
"But they were real," Alex protested.
"Only to people who believe in them," Mac reminded her gently.
"There are a lot of incredible
things in the world...if we only take
Alex pouted slightly. "Well,
just for once, I wish we could go on
"You think you've got it bad?"
Benny Ray challenged, "This one time,
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