Title: The Haircut III
Author: Girlie_girl 7
Category: Family fic
Spoilers: Existence then AU
Disclaimer: They belong to Fox
Summary: Mulder and Will visit the barber again.
~ The Haircut III ~
Tammy Chiddester is just finishing up a haircut at
Andy's barbershop in downtown Washington, DC. She
accepts the tip offered by the customer just as the
bell above the door rings. She looks up to see a tall
man in well-worn jeans and a leather jacket carrying a
small boy dressed in blue jeans and a blue wool coat
with a matching cap walk into the shop. The man sets
the toddler on his feet and takes off the child's hat
and coat. The little boy takes off running toward
Tammy hollering, "Tommeee," as he nears her with his
arms extended. Tammy scoops the reddish-brown haired
little boy up into her arms. "Well William, how have
you been?" She asks as she kisses his forehead while
he plays with the nametag on her dress.
Mulder removes his coat and whispers, "Will, say I'm
fine." William replies, "Fine," as Mulder smiles down
Tammy laughs, "Well that's good," then looks over at
Mulder. "Did Dana ev'r pop out that baby?"
Will chimes in," Da bee-bee!"
Mulder laughs. "Yes, she did, we now have a daughter,"
he says as he takes William from Tammy.
"Congratulations Mulder, what cha name 'er?"
Mulder pulls Will closer to him and whispers, "Say
"Kat-run," Will shouts then displays that patented
Mulder pats Will's back and smiles. "He said
Katherine," then adding, "we're trying to teach him
Tammy puts her hand on her apron covered hip and says,
"I kin see that, and a fine job yer doin' with 'em
Mulder." She then turns her chair around. "Okay,
who's gittin' a trim today?"
"He is," Mulder says holding out his son as he walks
Tammy smiles at him, "Ya sure Mulder, Ah think ya
could do with a lil' off the top too."
"No," Mulder laughs, "Scully likes me better a little
Tammy grabs the booster seat and places it on the
chair. "Ya sure she don't jus' wanna stop ol' Tammy
here from runnin' 'er fingers through yer locks?"
"No," Mulder laughs with a blush on his face, "I'm
He places William in the chair then Tammy straps the
toddler in place and puts a cape around his neck. She
turns his head to the side to look at his ear. "Will,
honey, ya got a wad a cotton in yer ear, how's come?"
Mulder grins at the confused look on Tammy's face.
"He's had two ear infections and his mother doesn't
want him out in the wind with out the cotton."
"Oh," Tammy says as she runs her fingers across
William's head. He shrugs his shoulder and giggles.
"Well momma knows best," she says as she pumps up the
"Especially when momma's a doctor," Mulder adds.
Tammy combs Will's baby-fine hair into the natural
part he has in it and grabs the shears, "Same as last
"Same as last time," Mulder parrots.
Tammy starts to cut Will's hair. "Ouch," Will says.
Tammy stops and frowns while Mulder laughs. "Don't
worry Tammy, Scully says he's at that stage where he
thinks every time he's touched it hurts."
"Aww," Tammy laughs, "Tammy wouldn't hurt a lil'
feller like you Will, 'specially one with such a cute
daddy who's packin' a gun."
Mulder chuckles and looks down at the floor.
Tammy begins to cut William's hair. "So Will, ya got
yerself a lil' sister?" Will doesn't respond.
Mulder leans into Tammy, "He's still not sure what a
"Oh," Tammy replies. "So Will, ya got a new baby at
"Okay," William answers.
Tammy laughs while Mulder smiles at his son. "'Okay'
and 'ouch' are his two favorite words now."
Tammy stops cutting Will's hair and turns the chair
around to face him. "Do ya like the new baby,
William?" Will nods his head. Tammy smiles at the
little boy who's trying to get his hands out from
under the cape. "You need to get yer momma to bring
that new baby in here so's Tammy can git a look at
Will's eyes light up, "Okay!" Tammy laughs.
Tammy spins the chair back around and begins to cut
Will's hair again. He sits quietly while locks of
soft reddish-brown curls fall to the floor.
Tammy speaks up, "So Mulder who does the baby look
Mulder crosses his arms while he intently stares at
his son. "She is the exact opposite of William. She
has dark hair and dark, deep eyes. She's tiny, like
her mother, with ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes.
She's so different than William was at that age. She
is quiet, unless she's hungry and she sleeps well at
"Ah'm sure Dana loves that," Tammy says.
"I've heard no complaints so far," Mulder says as he
leans against the wall.
"Ah swear Mulder, I never figgered ya fer a family man
but here ya are. Ya gone an' got yer self married
with two yungin's. What happened?" Tammy laughs.
Mulder looks up from the intense scrutiny he's been
giving his son's haircut. "Fate, destiny, the love of
a good woman."
Tammy winks. "She finally wore ya down huh? Turn yer
head hon'." She says as she gently turns Will's head
to the left.
"I think it would be safe to say the wearing down was
mutual." Mulder blushes.
Tammy tosses small wisps of hair onto the floor. "So
ya said ya weren't with the bureau anymore, what cha
Mulder leans away from the wall and moves to the side
of the chair. "I'm back with the FBI, but I teach now.
Scully and I thought we should both have safer jobs,
at least for awhile. She's my assistant and only
works two afternoons a week. We like it that way."
Tammy stops cutting Will's hair to look over at Mulder
and with a grin says, "If you was my teacher, Ah might
have come to school more often." Mulder grows red and
smiles, shaking his head.
Tammy pats Will's shoulder and removes the cape. "All
She turns the chair around so Mulder can see Will's
"That's more like it." Mulder laughs as he reaches out
for his son.
Tammy unbuckles the boy from the chair and Mulder
picks him up. Will turns around in Mulder's arms to
look at Tammy. Mulder whispers to Will, "Show Tammy
how you pout." Will sticks out his full bottom lip.
Tammy puts a hand over her mouth and laughs. Next
Mulder says, "Show her how you look when you're
surprised." Will's little mouth forms a perfect 'O'
while his bright blue eyes grow wide. Tammy lets out
a hardy laugh and claps and Will claps too. "Very good
William, bet yer daddy taught ya that?"
Mulder beams down at his son and says, "Well we better
go, mom's going to wonder where we are, isn't she
"Okay," Will replies and this time both Tammy and
Mulder sets Will down on his feet so he can put his
wool coat on him. Tammy rests her elbow on the top of
the chair and watches the two interact. "Ya sure got
yer daddy well trained there Will."
Mulder slips into his own coat and pulls out his
wallet, mindful that Will's wandering around the small
barbershop. He hands Tammy a twenty and tells her to
keep the change. Tammy pockets the bill and thanks
Mulder scoops up Will and adjusts the little boys cap
and says, "Come on son, time to go." He stops and
turns to face his friend, "Tammy, Scully and I are
having a get together this weekend, just a few friends
who helped us move, would you like to come?"
Tammy's face lights up, "Ah sure would, thanks fer the
invite." Mulder nods and heads for the door.
Tammy speaks up, "Mulder."
"Is that lil' guy Melvin, the one Ah met at yer
weddin' gonna be there?"
Mulder chuckles, "Yeah, he will."
"Hot damn!" Tammy laughs.
~ The End ~