BLUE SUN ROOM FAN FICTION - GENERAL

JANE0904

Bethany
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Seventh in the short episodes following BIRTHDAY. Okay, TamSibling - you asked! And it's only short, because Bethany's only small.


CATEGORY: FICTION    TIMES READ: 2055    RATING: 9    SERIES: FIREFLY

She was warm, and safe. And when you’re little more than a week old, that’s more or less all that matters. Oh, and fed. And changed occasionally, although that end tends to deal with itself.

But even that young, you tend to know when something isn’t right. Particularly if it involves loud noises. And the loud noise coming from the pinkish blob that supplied food was not a happy noise. Bethany wailed. Immediately she felt hands around her, and movement through the air, before being enfolded into warmth. She could tell it was her mother, although the word meant nothing, simply from the scent. There was some sound, a pleasant whispering that soothed, and she stopped crying, just enjoying being held. She didn’t even mind it when the blob put her back in the small area, that smelled of someone else, but not unpleasant.

She started to doze, but something woke her up. She could feel tension, and she filled her lungs to wail again.

Suddenly something was in front of her, not the pink blob she knew, but another, someone different, a different smell. She was about to cry, but stopped. It picked her up, holding her tenderly, and all at once she felt secure. This was nice. No point in crying when it felt as nice as this. All friendly. All safe.

Simon picked up his daughter just as she was taking breath to fill Serenity once more with the wail of a distressed baby, holding her to him secure in his arms, stroking her head.

“It’s okay,” he whispered. “Nothing’s going to hurt you. I’ll see to that.”

Bethany opened sky blue eyes on him, filled with such contentment that he gasped.

“Simon?” Kaylee asked, stepping close to look down at their daughter.

“She’s beautiful,” he said, love filling him to the very top of his head.

“I told you she was,” Kaylee said, putting her arms around them both and smiling.

COMMENTS

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 7:59 AM

TAMSIBLING


Thank you!

Today is my lucky day ... hmmm, what other stories can I ask you for? Bwhahaha!

This was beautiful, in not only its simplicity, but in the way you captured how a baby would look at the world. Safe, warm and fed. That's all that matters.

And I absolutely adored the moment at the end with Simon and Kaylee. It was absolutely perfect and got me a little teary ... and I don't cry often!

So, who's left? Freya, Inara and Zoe? Ah, Serenity's formidable women ... I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 1:19 PM

AMDOBELL


Kaylee is a pink blob? That explains so much! This was wonderful and so nice to have the three of them together - lovely job. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 7:22 PM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Ya know...I could make a joke that the "pink blob" label is better suited for Bethany's specific source of food, but I won't;)

Still...this was utterly brilliant, Jane0904! Totally in character for her - babies are amazingly focused beings - and the final part with Simon? Brings a tear to this cynical old sod;D

BEB

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 2:25 AM

BLACKBEANIE


That's the cutest thing I've ever read.


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