Small World
Sunday, June 11, 2006

Jayne has a talent for meeting the most interesting women.


“You aren’t much like my husband at all.”

Jayne ignores the words. Gotten to be a talent, his ability to tune out a woman’s voice. Not only a talent, but a requirement, he figures. Women, they got this hankerin’ to talk after sex, and he learned real early on, that they get ornery if he tries to stop ‘em.

So’s he lets them talk, an’ sometimes, when he’s lucky, they reward him with another round between the sheets free of charge.

Lucked out with this one straight off. She weren’t no whore at all. She’s a right proper woman. Well, proper as a married woman takin’ up with the likes of him can be.

Serenity is docked in Persephone for another four hours, at least. Knowin’, Badger the cargo wouldn’t show up ‘til long after that. Jayne figures he can stretch this out another two hours before the Cap’n gets himself into a killin’ sorta mood.

He reaches for her hand, bringin’ it up to the light streamin’ in through lace curtains and examines her ring, like it’s the first time he noticed it. “Husband, huh? Can’t be much’ve a man, lettin’ a girl like you slip through his fingers.”

She sure ain’t no girl, woman was probably older’n him, but she blushed like one. “You don’t have to flatter me, Jayne. You’ve already gotten me into bed.”

“Ain’t flattery when it’s the truth.”

“Truth is,” her voice dips low and she lets her fingers slide from his grasp to play across his chest. “I haven’t seen him in more than a year.”

“Why’d a fella leave a woman like you for?”

“Work.” She frowns and Jayne decides to gather her closer. “Some project he was assigned that took him off-world. I haven’t seen him since. I expect he‘s dead.”

Now, Jayne ain’t sure how he’s supposed to act hearin’ that. So he just follows instinct, and rolls ‘em both over so she’s nestled in the shadow of his body, “Woman like you shouldn’t be all alone. I‘m sure he did whatever he could t‘ get back to ya.”

The words fall from his lips awkwardly, he’s never been good at this.

“I’m not so sure,” she responds tearfully, and that just won’t do.

“Take a fool not to try,” he smoothed a hand along her side, feeling her shift closer to him. He lowers his mouth to her neck, feeling her shudder beneath his body. And this he can do. Wouldn’t be the first time he’s acted in another man’s stead.

He doesn’t hear her whisper her husband’s name.



Sunday, June 11, 2006 6:16 AM


What are the odds that Jayne would end up bedding Dobson's wife? Have to wonder if he will find out or not. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Sunday, June 11, 2006 6:28 AM


I was shocked when I first read this. Nice little twist.

Sunday, June 11, 2006 7:25 AM



Sunday, June 11, 2006 9:18 AM


As in Lawrence Dobson? Very well done.

Monday, June 12, 2006 10:34 AM


Great stuff, RinnyPJ! I sorta began wondering who the missing husband was. First I thought it was Badger for some really strange reason (probably the irony of a scuzzy noob like Badger having a wife that would attract Jayne's attention), but as soon as you mention he was missing...definite jump to Dobson;)

Still...this is mighty cool beans, Rinny:D


Tuesday, June 13, 2006 6:23 PM


I'm just skipping through all of these, it's a nice little ending to the day. I really liked this, made me feel bad for her that she lost her husband (even if he was Dobson), but she has Jayne to make up for it! ;)

Monday, July 17, 2006 7:25 AM


There's a wonderful sorta poetical irony that Jayne would be beddin' Dobson's wife. Bet Jayne's a much better roll in the sack when you recall how klutzy ol' Lawrence was!


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