Chambers of the Heart...
Thursday, October 11, 2007


Voices – they will float through a dark place like dust on a hot night – they will catch the ear, play itchy on the mind - and the corridors of Serenity were so very, very dark.
“I don’t murder children.”
“I do.”

Zoe Alleyne heard the voices as she moved through the blackness, as she patrolled. It was typical of Malcolm Reynolds – she thought – not the obsessive playing and replaying of the Operative’s murderous statement… but just the plain fact that he was doing it here – in the darkened interior of Serenity.

The rest of the crew had at least attempted to make something of their stay in this place, on this moon – to make a show of trying out new, bigger, brighter, more private quarters - but not the Captain. He was right of course – Zoe knew that sooner or later they would gravitate back here - to the ship, to the heart. Except her. Zoe’s heart was broken. It had been impaled with a spear the size of a giant harpoon and bled away in an instant.

“I don’t murder children.”
“I do.”

Her husband had not been a child – oh, he could be childlike, she loved him for that – so many of the men she met made a big damn show of their all conquering manfullness – but not HIM no. Child like… And hell he was just plain childISH – at times but… he was not a child, he was a man. He had been a man. Had been a husband. She HAD loved him for it. Past tense – past damn tense. Had married him for it.

“I do.”

Murdered all the same.

And so there were voices in the dark – and the chambers of the heart rang hollow and empty with the slow pacing of her feet. But there were no faces, no lights, no husbands, no ghosts, no Wash and this was no place that she wanted to be.

But she was. She was patrolling. Someone had to do it.

............................ LockJaw - http://www.fireflyfans.net/bluesun.aspx?bid=18206&nid=25795


Friday, October 12, 2007 3:46 AM


Loved how you explained Zoe's attraction to Wash. All the knights slaying dragons to impress her and she falls for the court jester. It's sweet.

Friday, October 12, 2007 3:08 AM


I know that for Zoe, Wash can never be replaced. She deserves some joy though. It would be an interesting Fic to maybe see if Zoe finds a man that she would be -- dare i say it - even more loyal to than Mal. Perhaps the only thing that keeps things from getting pear shaped is that the man is also loyal to Mal. :)

Friday, October 12, 2007 2:47 AM


Nice! Everything is interwoven. Nice visuals too without having described a single thing.


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