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A New 'Verse-II-Plan
Monday, May 19, 2008

River has suffered a meltdown that put them all in danger and now the crew is faced with some desiscions they don't want to make. Does Mal have the answer? Revealed: Inside!...oh wait. Thanks for all the comments guys, helped me a bunch! Sorry about the dialogue chapter...


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A New ‘Verse II-Plan

The Firefly floated in orbit above Beaumonde. It had taken almost all of their fuel to get to safety, but it had been worth it. The alternative wasn’t exactly attractive. In truth, Serenity had been lucky; the pirate vessel had only been a short range fighter, only able to launch from a moon or space station. They were gathered around the table again but this time the mood was decidedly different. Zoe had her arm in a sling, her collarbone had been broken in the fall. She typically shrugged off the wound, saying it had been broken before but none of the crew liked seeing anyone injured. Well any of them anyway. Mal sat at the head of the table, tapping his hand impatiently. Jayne lounged indolently at one end of the table, shining a knife. Kaylee sat to one side of Mal, looking nervous, Zoe leaning on the kitchen bench behind her. Behind her Inara made a cup of tea, trying her best to look serene. Simon re-entered the room, sliding closed the door behind him. He lent against the door, one arm crossed over another. He smiled nervously at the crew. “She’s going to be fine.” Kaylee sighed with relief and the others looked well…. not happier, but a little less tense. “She’s sleeping now. I think that’s for the best. She needs time to get over this.” Jayne reached forward and stabbed an apple theatrically, “I think we all need time to get over this one doc. Damn crazy girl just about got us killed.” Kaylee spoke up instantly in her friend’s defence, “River didn’t mean to hurt nobody. She’d never hurt any of us, not on purpose.” Jayne took a bite of his apple and glared back at her, “I ain’t sayin’ she would, but she ain’t quite right in the brainpan remember? Now I’m mighty fond of the girl, seein’ as she saved us all from the gorram Reavers, but I don’t want her pilotin’ this ship while I’m on it!” Zoe looked at the doctor, stony faced at Jayne’s words. “I thought she was getting better, we haven’t seen anything even remotely this serous in months. What’s going on, Doc?” Simon sighed, not looking at them. “I don’t know,” he said finally “She was getting along fine, a few bad dreams but we’ve all had those.” Jayne stiffened momentarily, apple halfway to his mouth. “I suppose this is just a relapse. I haven’t seen any worse signs.” There was a crash from the kitchen, Inara had dropped a cup. Every head turned her way. “Something we need to know Inara?” asked Mal softly. The Companion turned to look at them all, her face pale. “I didn’t think anything of it at the time.” She paused, searching for the words, five pairs of eyes staring in her direction. “I found her in my shuttle a few days ago. She was, dancing. Just dancing with people who weren’t there. And talking to people who weren’t there. I put her to bed and she feel asleep straight away.” Mal ground his teeth audibly. “And you decided not to tell us this, why?” Inara shrugged, still pale. “I didn’t think it was serious. Just one of her moods.” Jayne sneered in the woman’s direction, “Well, no offense Inara, but that was a mighty stupid thing to be thinking.” Simon was still staring at Inara. “Did you say a few days ago? How many days? Three?” Inara nodded without speaking. Simon sagged visibly, his face creasing in worry. “Simon?” asked Kaylee, “What’s wrong?” “That was the day after I lessened her medication. I did tests, nothing had come up so far.” Mal looked at Simon from across the room. “Again, why did you decide not to tell me this?” Simon stood up straight, glaring back at Mal. “I didn’t think I had to divulge the details of every medical decision I make. Do you want reports perhaps, filed every morning at precisely the right time?” Mal stood up, his face angry now. “I think it’s important if you’re taking my pilot off the medication that’s supposed to be keeping her sane, without telling anyone!” “Do you know what would happen if I kept her on the drugs Captain?!” Zoe spoke up from one side, splitting the two angry men with her voice. “They would stop working after a while. Her body would develop immunity.” Simon sighed, his anger gone. “Exactly. And then I don’t know what would happen.” Jayne threw the core of his apple towards the sink. “It’s kinda irrelevant at the moment though, ain’t it? I mean, she can’t pilot for the time being. I ain’t waiting for her to decide the ships crawling with gorram spiders and she flies into the nearest asteroid to get ‘em off!” Mal sat back down his anger faded into consideration. “I agree with Jayne. “ The big man jumped, “You do?” Mal nodded, “She can’t pilot this ship no more. Whether she’s a danger to us or not.” Zoe nodded, grimacing, “I don’t like it, but that’s the way its gotta be. We can’t take this sort of risk every single moment.” “It’s rude.” Every head turned to the door. River was standing there, still in her pilot’s jumpsuit, dark hair spilling across her face. No one had heard her come in. “Its rude.” The girl repeated, “Shouldn’t talk about someone behind their back.” Simon rushed to her side and took her by the arm, “Mei mei, you need to sleep. You need to sleep to get better.” River turned her head towards him, blinking her big eyes. “I woke up. So loud. So much thinking. Couldn’t sleep.” A sense of awkwardness entered the room. None of them had discussed River’s abilities anymore than they had to. They had barely mentioned the way she had torn through all those Reavers, had tried to avoid talking about the way she could read minds. And maybe there was other abilities as well, ones that hadn’t turned up yet. Everyone thought about it, but no one wanted to talk about it. As Jayne would put it, it was downright unsettlin’. Inara broke the silence. “River, we’re sorry that we woke you up. Why don’t you go back to bed now, honey?” She smiled, a warm motherly smile. River shook her head and pouted stubbornly. “No. I’d like to stay. Mal is going to tell you all his plan for me.” Kaylee stared at her captain. “You had a plan to get rid off River before this? How could you?!” Mal grinned, covering up his uncomfortableness at River’s display of her ability, “River, if you’re gonna go rustlin’ around inside my head, I’d preciate it if you could explain what you find.” “It sounds as though you have some explaining to do of your own, Mal,” said Simon stiffly, “There was no good reason that my sister could not pilot this ship before today.” “Could I get a chance to explain myself here?” asked Mal, still grinning. There was silence as the crew let him continue. “A few weeks ago, I conjured up an idea to make us a bit of cash. I figured at the time that it was too risky for the pay-off. I was gonna turn myself in to the Bounty Slam on Erebos and then get you to break me back out again.” “Bounty Slam?” asked Simon Kaylee responded, “Alliance ain’t all that fond of awarding bounties themselves ya see. Half the time they would have to arrest the ones they are givin’ the bounties to. So Bounty Slams sprung up. The hunters deliver the crims to the Slams, the Slams pay ‘em the bounty money and the Alliance fixes em back up when they collect the prisoners. Easy as lyin’!” “And Mal’s right,” sneered Jayne. “Ain’t nobody that could break outa Erebos. Not without a fair bit of help at least.” “There’s a few of them around,” Zoe continued, “But the biggest ones are on Erebos, the black moon ‘round Olympus and Shiva, the Ceylon’s fourth moon.” Mal broke back in. “Anyway I didn’t think anything of the idea until a few days ago, when this notice came up on the Cortex.” He took a folded piece of paper out of his coat and dropped it on the table, the grin gone from his face. “Death notice,” breathed River softly. There was a glance her way, then Simon stepped forward, unfolded it and read out loud. “Let it be known, that for her heinous crimes Dashiella Patrice Simmons is to be executed. Viewing will take place at…” He read out the date and the rest of paper. The execution date was three weeks away. There was a silence. Then Inara spoke up. “You don’t mean…Fast Dash? The Independent hero?” Mal nodded. “That’s exactly who I mean. Dash met Zoe and me in the early days of the war. Best damn fighter pilot I ever saw.” River said “Dashiella Simmons. Fast Dash. Eighty-four confirmed kills. Twelve probable. Most successful flight record of the Independent side.” She blushed suddenly as she saw them all looking at her. “Simon used to read me stories about her.” Kaylee looked at Mal in surprise. “You know Fast Dash? That’s … wow. My papa read me and my brother stories about her too.” “We can’t let the Alliance get their greasy paws on Dash, Mal.” Zoe said, her eyes steeling. “You gotta plan?” asked Jayne, as interested as the rest. “No,” admitted Mal. “But I’m working on it”

COMMENTS

Monday, May 19, 2008 3:34 AM

ANGELLEMARCS


Now you have really peaked my interests. I am really wanting to know more about Dash.

Monday, May 19, 2008 5:14 AM

FREEVERSE


You've piqued mine as well!


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