Better than Good
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another in the series of ficlets, this time Jayne and Mal, and one of Jayne's most favourite hobbies. STANDALONE (not slash)


She was the kind a man would kill for. Her shape spoke to something deep in his soul, reaching out, needing to be touched, protected …

He knew what she’d feel like in his hands, stroking her, making her perfect in every way.

She cost more than he was normally willing to pay, but that was to be expected. She was too fine for this place, and that meant cashey-money.

He swiftly counted what nestled in his pocket, realised he had enough. Just. There’d be nothing left after, but … hell, it was worth it.

“Okay,” he said, slapping the coin down on the counter. “Let’s do this.”

Some time later he strolled up the ramp into Serenity’s cargo bay, whistling some currently popular ditty and mangling it into tunelessness, a satisfied smirk plastered across his face.

Mal glared at him. “You wanna get left behind?” the captain asked peevishly.

“Why, ain't late, am I?”

“Oh, only ‘bout an hour. We’ve got that job on Greengage, and we need to get gone.”

“Well, I’m here now. Don’t get your panties in a bundle.” Jayne sauntered to the stairs, moving surprisingly quietly for someone of his bulk.

As the ramp lifted and the doors closed, Mal narrowed his eyes, staring at his merc. “Wait a sec, what’s that?”

Jayne paused, wondering what he had on him. Maybehaps a spider or something. “What? Where?” he asked, ready to swat it away.

“In your pocket.”

The big man looked down. “Oh, that.” He drew out an oiled cloth, pulling it to one side. “Ain't she a beauty?”

She’s a gun.” Mal barely suppressed the sigh that rippled through him. “Ain't you got enough guns?”

“She’s a Reilly smooth-bore .45, with exchangeable barrels and double magazine capacity.” He stroked the metal lovingly. “Took every penny I had on me, but … cao, she’s worth it.”

“It’s another gun, Jayne.”

Suspecting no sarcasm, the mercenary simply breathed, “Yeah.” Wrapping the pistol back in the cloth, he slipped it back into his pants. “Gonna call her Maud. After a whore I knew once back on Paquin. She had the cutest little –”


They exchanged a look, Mal’s being half-way between annoyance and exasperation, and Jayne’s being all disappointment that the other man just couldn’t see the pleasure in a gun that was better than good.

“Anyone wants me,” he said, “I’ll be in my bunk. Introducing Maud to the rest of the girls.” He strode up the stairs, his boots clanking at every step, until he disappeared through the top hatch.

Mal stared at the empty doorway, feeling the Firefly taking off under his feet. Sometimes, he thought to himself, he’d never understand Jayne Cobb.


Thursday, June 18, 2009 2:23 AM


Gah! I love it!! I can totally see this happening. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009 2:29 AM


Sounds like this could have happened any time in the series. Love your voices.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:41 AM


I love Maud!! LOL!! And I agree...soo could see this in my mind...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:49 AM


I like the irony. Jayne loving guns. Mal loving his ship.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:44 AM


Yep that's why we all love Jayne.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:19 PM


Jayne and guns, guns and Jayne. A match made in heaven.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:57 PM


Pretty damn good! BTW;why a smoothbore?Are the rounds stabilized in a fashion other than rifling?About 40 or so years back there was a (short lived design attempt) called the GyroJet;where the rounds(actually called "Trounds") were stabilized like a small rocket engine-did not work out very well;but an interesting curiosity nonetheless!).Are you projecting some type of refinement on the old technology from the gyrojet concept?

Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:59 PM


What gripper, just kidding, as gripper's informed comment sounded like Greek to my weapon-knowledgeless self. Lovely slice fo Jayne here! :)

Friday, June 19, 2009 12:52 AM


This made me chuckle. Yup. That's our Jayne. Ali D :~)
"You can't take the sky from me!"

Sunday, June 27, 2010 11:54 PM


LOL so Jayne gotta love him


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