Sailing Beyond the Sunset, pt 01
Monday, May 1, 2006

The crew of Serenity tries to get back to the life they knew before the Miranda broadwave by attempting to pull off another train heist.


with apologies to Robert Heinlein for the bastardation of one of his titles...

This is the first in what I hope to be a long running fanfic, with several ideas inspired by other non completed fics on this site. I hope you enjoy it, and please leave feedback, as it will most assuredly be helpful.

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Good gorram, that girl could fly a spaceship.

Mal sat in the co-pilot seat on the bridge, while River had her hands on the main controls. It was only out of habit that Mal sat in the co-pilot seat, as River had been flying this boat by herself for a week solid. Mal thought she was ready for this job, and Simon hadn’t even protested, much. Truth is, Simon had been a lot happier since the battle with the reavers two weeks ago, and no one on the ship had any doubts as to why. More than once Mal had heard the sounds of their incessant humping.

“I have to hear it too, “ River said softly, not taking her eyes off of the approaching planet. “His bunk is right across from mine.”

Damn, but that was still more’n a little creepy. “Don’t go looking too deep, little albatross. There’s things there that no one needs to see.”

River smiled knowingly to herself, adjusting the thrusters to bring the ship gracefully into the planet’s atmosphere. She was very skilled, despite having just picked it up. Intuitive, that’s what Simon had called it.

“The city we are looking for is called…”

“Athenia,” River blurted out, not missing a beat. “It’s surrounded by lush green forests and 3 different natural hot springs.” It sounded almost as if she were reciting a travel brochure.

“Put her down in the clearing to the north of town, that’s where the lot is that we are going to get off.”

Mal watched for a moment, thinking that this girl was damn near as good as Wash, and with enough practice, she would surpass him someday. He then left the bridge before they got too close to the ground. One thing Wash had on her was a style of landing so as to not scare the ruttin’ piss out of anyone watching.

“Stay here, and wait for my signal. Should everything go according to plan, your part in this little job should be relatively easy, and just like we practiced.”

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As the ship broke atmo, Inara’s shuttle broke off in it’s own orbit. Mal had watched her fly away, until her shuttle was a speck on the horizon. As confusing as her staying with Serenity had been, he didn’t have time to think on that right now. Just focus on the job at hand, maybe things would go according to the gorram plan this time…

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Zoe met Mal in the cargo bay, pistol holstered on her hip. Kaylee and Simon were there too, dangerously close to each other, as was Jayne, already decked out in his ‘train-hopping’ gear.

Mal had already talked to them, immediately after the first time he had gone to take a shower and found them both inside, goofy grins on their blushing faces as they made to leave together. He really didn’t have a problem with the two of them doing what they were doing, as it made both of them happier than, well, than he had ever seen them. No, Kaylee was just about this happy when she “fixed” the engine on her first day and replaced Bester. The agreement that they had settled on was that they could keep it up so long as it did not interfere with a job. He gave them a quick, cool stare, then headed down the ramp, Zoe following in stride.

“See you soon, and good luck!” Kaylee said to them as she hit the button to raise the ramp. She turned to smile at Simon, gave him a peck on the cheek, then bounced off to the engine room, ready to make any necessary tweaks at a moment’s notice.

Simon watched her shapely rear until it was out of sight, then headed to the com to tell River the cargo door was shut. Before he was halfway there, the ship started to lift from the ground. He looked at Jayne, and they both shrugged, and as Simon wandered off to await his part in the job, he heard Jayne mutter, “Crazy moonbrained girl…”

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She had watched Simon and Kaylee a total of three times, and experienced it from both points of view another half a dozen. She was very happy for Simon, as he had changed a lot. Well, he was still her uptight, caring brother, and she was still his little mei-mei, but he was a lot more relaxed now, and he actually smiled. Watching them in their explicit acts was interesting, as was experiencing them from both points of view. She had been surprised to learn that Simon ended up being one of the best that Kaylee had ever had, once he had managed to let her know exactly how he felt. What a boob. There had only been one time that she had even come close to experiencing the physical act herself, long ago, buried deep, in the darkest memories of the unmentionable place. Thinking about it, she shuddered....


It was several years ago, in the top-secret non-existent Blue Sun labs, hundreds of meters below the surface of that tah mah de of a planet. The guard had her alone, and she was bound and gagged. She didn't stand to put up much of a fight. He closed in on her, alone with her in the metal box of a room she was kept in. His breath, rancid, like bad meat. His clothes smelled of death and gunpowder. Lust, driving sexual desire, rape, pain, all flooding through his mind. He was molested repeatedly as a little boy, made to do horrible things. Now he had the power, and wu de tyen ah if he wasn't going to use it. He grabbed her by the shoulders, started to force her down...

It was the first time she had ever killed anyone. Before combat training was implanted, before the nightmares, she had only been here for a few days. At that point, she had no idea how she did it, just that he was alive and on top of her one second and thrown against the wall like a ragdoll the next, falling into a pile on the floor.


She knew they were onto her trail. Since the Miranda broadwave, being as public as it was, they had picked up her scent. They were inhumanly good at finding even the slightest hint of a trail, and they had more than enough evidence at the installation on Mr. Universe’s moon. They had to keep moving, be extra careful, and try to keep from leaving too obvious of a trail. That meant no killing, and no high profile robberies, which was exactly what they were doing now. Somehow she had to explain to all of them, to Mal at the very least, the magnitude of the danger they were all in, because of her…

“Two by two, hands of blue, two by two, hands of blue…” she barely whispered in a singsong voice as she flew Serenity to the rendezvous spot.

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pt 02

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Translations (from ):

mei-mei: little sister

tah mah de: mother fucker

wu de tyen ah: dear god in heaven


Monday, May 1, 2006 4:48 PM


Shiny work, River, well done first fic. You've got the voices down handily, Mal's in particular. I could stand to see some more Jayne, but know how I am about there never being enough Jayne, no matter what.

I like where you're going with this gig the BDH's are going out on. And River's flashback...shivery stuff, well told.

Fave line: "Mal had already talked to them, immediately after the first time he had gone to take a shower and found them both inside, goofy grins on their blushing faces as they made to leave together."

More, please, now that we know how good you are at putting this stuff down.

Monday, May 1, 2006 5:05 PM


This is off to a great and very interesting start, can't wait for more!

Monday, May 1, 2006 6:32 PM


Very nice work! Will be looking for the next installment.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 4:07 AM


*gasp* this is not looking good for our BDH'sthe blue hands people are always an unwelcomed addition... (creepy music playing in background)

what will happen next? off to number two

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 9:53 AM


wow... thats all i have to say

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 3:29 PM


Very much enjoying this but troubled by the Hands of Blue insight from River. Gulp. Why don't things ever go smooth? Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 6:59 AM


Not too shabby, considering this was just going off insinct and not what happened in the show/BDM. The whole River almost getting molested thing...hmmm, I dunno...but apart from that, voices were constantly well-used, 'specially Mal and i really liked the whole Mal-River dialogue, very realistic...gonna read the second one now, hope it's as decent :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 9:02 AM


Good Job! I would have liked to see more of the ship and crew at the begining. I guess it's just habit. Also, and this just might be my screen writing side coming through, I find it more intriguing if you "Show, don't Tell." Also, it would have been quite shoking to have River's rape be first hinted with strange quirks and then revealed later on in your fic. You truly have a grasp of the voices and characters (although, I'm pretty sure you have to get Mal pretty angry before he says Gorram) I'd just improve on structure. Keep it up ;-)

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 8:25 PM


Excellent start here, River....really wanna know what's gonna happen as the HoBs inch ever closer to Serenity and her crew;)


Thursday, May 4, 2006 11:34 AM


Eep - Hands of Blue - now that's never good. I like this. I even liked the River flashbacks, and I didnt think I would. But I really liked the way Mal thought about River's flying compared to Wash's. :)

More please, RismyG!

Friday, May 12, 2006 2:35 PM


wow River that was soooooo mad i cant wait til u do the second part my first reading of a fanfic and it excellent. it was good how u used manderin in it, now i hav learnt some new words which i didnt no before.

Weldone FAN01

Monday, May 22, 2006 4:05 PM


Great beginning River!

Mal watched for a moment, thinking that this girl was damn near as good as Wash, and with enough practice, she would surpass him someday. He then left the bridge before they got too close to the ground. One thing Wash had on her was a style of landing so as to not scare the ruttin’ piss out of anyone watching.

Way to connect your story to the BDM!

I like it when fic writers make those subtle, but important connections for the reader.

On to pt 2

Saturday, July 8, 2006 5:39 AM


the thought of the blue hands coming after river makes my insides go all squicky in a "here be badness" kind of way.


Monday, August 7, 2006 11:04 AM


mmmm... I like. Hints of the characters stuff, and the very dark things in River, and let's bring on the hands of blue! Can't wait to see what they do!


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From Bad to Worse, chapters 1-10 (COMPLETE)
This is a re-post from before the BSR got hit a few weeks ago.

The story takes place in between ‘The Train Job’ and ‘Bushwhacked.’ According to Inara, there is a three-ish month gap here, so I thought it would be perfect for this little story and its epilogue.

From Bad to Worse, pt 10
Thrilling heroics ensue.

From Bad to Worse, pt 09
Mal, Zoe, and Jayne come to the rescue, and backup from the engine room arrives.

From Bad to Worse, pt 08
Claire is put to the ropes, though the cavalry is on the way.

From Bad to Worse, pt 07
Mal, Jayne, and Zoe make their way back to Serenity, and Claire and her posse run into even more troubles.

From Bad to Worse, pt 06
The fighting is ended for now, though revenge is on more than one person's mind.

From Bad to Worse, pt 05
The feds arrive, a shootout involving the BDHs and Claire's posse ensues.

From Bad to Worse, pt 04
The gold is recovered, and a getaway is planned.

Sailing Beyond the Sunset, pt 17
Several crew members dwell on things past while one reunion is made and a wave from an old aquaintence is received.

From Bad to Worse, pt 03
The crews search the wreckage for their valuable treasure as Wash and Book attempt some thrilling heriocs.