The Prisoner: Day 10/10
Monday, September 11, 2006

A little more is revealed about the identity of Simon's cell-mate as Mal and Co. come to the rescue. The Epilogue will reveal the rest of the mystery.


Yes, its almost over. Epilogue will follow tomorrow - maybe.

The first nine 'days' can be found here:

Day 1. Day 2. Day 3. Day 4. Day 5. Day 6. Day 7.

Day 8.

Day 9

Thanks to Tamsibling for the beta.


The Prisoner


Day 10 - very early

“If they come for me, tell them that I’m sorry.” Simon’s weak voice cracked after being silent for countless hours.

The man had made a decision in those hours; one that would change the course of his service. “I won’t let you die in here, boy.”

Simon started at the determination in the man’s tone and his senses tingled at the firm familiarity of the man’s voice. He struggled to blink away the haze enough to get a better look, but it was too dark and his vision too clouded.

Simon’s much larger cell-mate hefted the younger and lighter man into his arms, amidst a bout of unhealthy coughing and groaning.

“Who are – “ Simon’s voice trailed away when the stone door slid open, revealing a very dimly lit corridor behind it and a very stone-faced Captain Malcolm Reynolds.

If anyone could have seen the smile on the prisoner’s face, they’d have known that he’d been expecting the rescue.

“Who are you?” Mal leveled his gun at Simon’s cell-mate as Zoe and Jayne hurried in behind him, gingerly taking Simon out of the bigger man’s arms.

“No one of importance.” The dark-skinned man raised his arms and made no move to exit the room.

Simon’s head swam with dizziness and his stomach churned with nausea but his eyes widened when he noticed a familiar face, and heard Jayne’s all-too-familiar grousing about moonbrain and women as he stepped back out of the cell to make sure the coast was clear.

Zoe held his head tenderly and without a word, injected Simon with the painkiller that Kaylee had given to her. If she looked surprised at the wounds that covered his pale skin, she gave no indication.

Simon tried to speak but Zoe shushed him with a warm finger to his lips. “Quiet now. We need to get you out of here.”

“I believe I know the way,” the prisoner ducked his head and entered the corridor. Glancing back, he motioned for them to follow. “The guards will be changing shifts right about now.” He smiled knowingly at Mal, “but I believe you already knew that.”

Mal smirked his response and leveled his gun around the nearest corner before motioning Zoe and Jayne to follow with Simon. River, he knew, was silently taking care of anyone they might encounter despite her desire to be first on the scene when they found her brother.

Mal’s eyes narrowed when he turned around and got a better look at Simon’s cell-mate.

“You’re a Shepherd?”

The man inclined his head respectfully. “Indeed I am.”

“Other than the knowin’ duds, you don’t look like one.”

“I haven’t always been a Shepherd, Captain Reynolds.”

Mal eyed him skeptically for a long moment, recalling those words coming out of another man’s mouth once upon a time. He didn’t bother to question how the man knew his name, figuring, instead, that Simon had spoken about him. He’d chastise the boy later.

The dark-skinned man glanced back at Jayne, carrying a very non-responsive Simon. “He needs medical attention – badly.”

Mal’s eyes swept down Simon’s bruised and bloody body. “I’m noticin’.”

“If you’ve got medical facilities –“

“We do,” Mal’s eyes shifted suspiciously toward the Shepherd before a small smile tugged at one end of his mouth. “But I’m guessin’ you already know that.” Familiarity tugged at the back of the Captain’s mind, but he pushed it away in favor of getting out of this facility before they were discovered.

“Let me help him?” The Shepherd owed Simon for the torture he’d endured. His eyes pleaded expertly with Mal, knowing the kind of man he was simply by what little information he had gleaned about the man from Simon. And he needed to know what had truly happened on Miranda, and the events directly preceding it; if Simon had been telling the truth, or lying. “I have some training in the medical field.”

Mal hesitated only a moment, knowing that a decision would have to be made quickly. He glanced at Simon again and winced. Torture, he was intimately familiar with. Knew how it felt, how it could break a man. And as strong as the doc was, The Captain didn’t figure his body could take the strain he knew the Alliance could inflict. He nodded almost imperceptively. “What’s a Shepherd doin’ in that cell?”

The man’s lips twisted into a brief smile as he caught the Captain’s small nod. “That is a very long story.”

“We get out of here,” Mal glanced around a corner as they began to move. “You’ll have plenty of time to tell it.”



Liked it? Hated it? Leave a comment and let me know.

Yes, there will be an Epilogue.


Monday, September 11, 2006 6:51 AM


Very interesting... I can't wait for the epilogue... you did say you had an epilogue, right?... RIGHT? Ok, good... I look forward to it.

Monday, September 11, 2006 6:51 AM


LOVE IT! The tension is just building and who the heck is this guy? Simon's plea to tell the crew he's sorry really hit me, I don't know why, maybe because it is so very Simon.

And of course, I love the BDHs striding into the rescue!

Although Mal allowing this shadowy man onto his boat could turn out to be a very, very bad idea ... But I hope not!

Monday, September 11, 2006 7:08 AM


The man had made a decision in those hours; one that would change the course of his service. “I won’t let you die in here, boy.”
~My latest theory, besides the prisoner being a part of the interrogation, is that it is Jubal Early. Don't know why, but this line re-iterated that in my mind.

Well, now that they have seen him, and no one recognizes him, I am a bit confused as to who he really is. Guess I will just have to wait for the epilogue. :)

Monday, September 11, 2006 7:14 AM


Sigh. SO wonderful, Leia! Now I can rest. Yeah, epilogue-good, but this? Nice and solid ending and I'm good to go now. Loved Mal's voice throughout, Simon's too, of course, but you do everybody justice with the dialogue, thoughts, deeds, everything. Thank you Writer-Woman!

Monday, September 11, 2006 8:42 AM


Hmm...I still dunno. I imagine it's a companion of Book's, since Book is dead.

Or we assume he's dead...

Still hoping for some tender S/K from you, Leiasky :-).

Monday, September 11, 2006 9:04 AM


Terrific read! Can't wait to read the epilogue...and perhaps "Rescue:Day 1" :)

Monday, September 11, 2006 9:13 AM


Love this part so much, and who is the Shepherd - really? Glad the Big Damn Rescue went off without a hitch, has to be something of a miracle for our wonderfully heroic crew. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Monday, September 11, 2006 9:38 AM


I don't have a very high opinion of the Shepherd. For a eschew-violence religion, he and his order are very bloodthirsty. It's almost like they've beaten Simon as some sort of penance - how dare he defy the will of Parliment - with the information gathering as a secondary objective.

If it was intel they were absolutely after, they could have drugged Simon up to the eyeballs and had him happily confessing his sins.

Instead, we've got one repentant Shepherd of a dubious order with nebulous links to Parliment now on board Serenity along with one badly injured doctor. And his psychic sister *grin*.

I wonder if Mal will think the same way I am? And how long will it take for River to take a knife to the Shepherd?

Want sequel!

Monday, September 11, 2006 12:58 PM


I told you they'd be beggin' for a sequel ... you work yourself into these corners so nicely, Leiasky.

And just to make it worse, I will add my voice to the cry for a sequel!

*chanting* Se-quel, se-quel, se-quel ...

Monday, September 11, 2006 1:38 PM


Se-quel, se-quel, se-quel!
Sorry, had to take up the cry.

Monday, September 11, 2006 1:42 PM


For the record. I hate you all!

No sequels! *bangs head against desk* Tamsibling, just remember who beta's your fic, who you're staying with for Flan. . . don't encourage them!


You'll all get an epilogue tomorrow or the next day, that will HAVE to do!


Monday, September 11, 2006 5:40 PM


i know you're up to something evil, miss leiasky. i just don't know what. but all is not what it seems. or something profound. *takes wild and probably incorrect guess and says these boys ain't alliance*

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 12:23 AM


Don't write a sequel if you don't want to. You shouldn't let others determine what you write about. :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 3:12 AM


“No one of importance.”

*Laughing* You brat.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 4:10 AM


Yeah, now how the heck do they not recognize him, when obviously it's someone we (the readers) will know?Maybe there's really good plastic surgery in the future???

Bring on that epilogue!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 5:08 AM


Okay now, you got me, who's the shep?

Talks like Book, acts like Book, has history like Book, but can't be Book, or couldn't be Book, or GEEZZ, maybe a twin brother....


I'll wait on the Epilogue.

Friday, September 15, 2006 7:24 PM


Oh...this is so dirty, Leiasky! We demand enlightenment...and a sequel! But at your own pace;)



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