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Serene
Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wash and River get to know each other better a friendship fic.


CATEGORY: FICTION    TIMES READ: 2669    RATING: 9    SERIES: FIREFLY

“Aaaah!” Wash jumped in his chair. “Could you be a little bit louder with the approaching next time? What’s serene?”

“All is well, she is safe.” River stood in the doorway, brown eyes surveying him steadily; “the constant companion, warrior woman, lambie-toes.”

Whenever the others went out on jobs, she could hear the pilot’s anxiety all over the ship. The anxiety increased exponentially the longer they were away. It disturbed Serenity, it disturbed her.

Wash shifted through the girl’s words. “Zoe’s alright?”

“No need for concern.”

“Well that’s good then.” Wash leaned back in his chair and watched her as she drifted around the bridge.

He never could quite fathom River. He knew she was damaged and all that and maybe a possible reader – but the girl was seriously spooky. It didn’t help that she made no noise while she moved around.

“Auditory indicators are required?” River tilted her head. “Jayne hears me.”

“Jayne’s paranoid.” She wasn’t a possible reader; she was a real one, “the rest of us, not so much. Sometimes it’s a good thing to let people know you’re in the room. They wouldn’t get so tetchy with you maybe.”

“They wouldn’t jump and be nervous around me?”

“Well they might be nervous, you can’t change that.” The pilot peered at her, “you being a bit different and all. But they’d be less jumpy and that’s always a plus for people with guns.”

River nodded solemnly and continued to drift round the bridge, fingers brushing over the instruments till they rested on one of the many dinosaurs littering the console.

“Dinosauria OrnithischiaMarginocephalia Ceratopsidae – Triceratops horridus – late cretaceous period.” She lifted it up to examine it.

“You sure know your dinosaurs.” Wash said appreciatively.

“But some are not correct. They aren’t from the same period.”

“Period, smeriod. That doesn’t matter when you’re playing a game.”

“A game?” River’s attention was caught. “May I join in?”

******************

“Wash have you seen River?” Simon had been searching all over the ship. He’d been concentrating too hard on his research and hadn’t realised she’d left the infirmary. The Captain didn’t like her wandering around on her own and nor did he. “I’ve lost track…”

“Sssh!” Two heads turned towards him.

“The battle is about to commence.” River whispered excitedly. “My generalship of the troops is masterful and we shall prevail.”

“I’ve had more experience and am tricky. I’m going to win!” Wash countered.

“River,” Simon interrupted.

“Don’t worry Doc, she’s not hurting anything.” Wash nudged his Stegosaurus forward in an opening move.

Simon relaxed as his sister swept her dinosaur sideways in a flanking manoeuvre. “I’m warning you Wash, River is very good at battlefield simulations.”

“They’re simulations. This is real. I’m going to win.”

“I’m going to win!” River argued.

“Well since you won’t be needing me for awhile,” Simon paused at the doorway, “I’ll be in the infirmary if required.”

******************

The two combatants were eyeing the floor littered with the aftermath of battle when River spoke.

“Ship mates are approaching rapidly.”

“Is anyone hurt?”

“There are no injuries except to the ego.”

“Whose ego?” Wash asked.

“Captain Daddy.”

“Well that’s nothing new then.” He moved back to the pilot’s chair, ready for any orders. “Thanks for the game. You were good.”

“Not good enough.” River pouted. “How is it that you defeated me? I have studied many battles, I’m smarter.”

“Hey!” Wash protested grinning at her. “You might be smarter, but never underestimate the older, trickier guy.”

“I will remember.” River nodded wisely. “A rematch,” she suggested. “Next job?”

“Have you been keeping me company to stop me worrying about Zoe?”

River nodded. “The concern is great and very loud…”

Wash flushed, “sorry about that.”

“The Shepherd says worrying for a loved one is a natural occurrence.”

“Were you worrying for someone then?”

“I worry for Serenity. She loves her family.” River started drifting around the bridge again, uncomfortable with Wash’s questions.

“Well next time there’s a job. Just come up here and we can worry together.” Wash suggested not pushing further. “I’ll beat you even more next time.”

“I learn from my mistakes.” River grinned at him, teasing.

“You’re still no match for my cunning.” Wash laughed as they walked together to the cargo bay.

“Wait and see.” River smiled as he lowered the ramp. “See – all serene.” She gestured toward the approaching crew.

“Yeah, all serene,” Wash sighed in relief.

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COMMENTS

Thursday, September 28, 2006 3:24 AM

JONDESU


LOL, so perfect. Exactly like River and Wash, though I think it's perhaps a bit more like River post-BDM. Still very cunning.

"Jayne’s paranoid"

Heh, so true.

jW

Thursday, September 28, 2006 5:39 AM

BANZAIBILL


Ah, I think that was great! I think it could easily be River post-OIS. She had a lot of Serenity-empathy going then, too.

Thanks for the refreshing read!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:14 AM

AMDOBELL


Loved the Wash and River dialogue. Shiny! So nice for Wash to have another playmate. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Thursday, September 28, 2006 7:39 AM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Oh....this some mighty fine work here, bookaddict! Definitely loving bonding moment between Serenity's proclaimed oddballs (for different reasons, of course) ;D

Two things: 1) Can we see more? Cuz I would love to see more River/Wash bonding; and 2) I wonder who River worrying after amongst the usual job crew? Mal or Jayne? Unless Kaylee or Inara was out on the job too;)

BEB

Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:06 AM

SOFI


squee! extremely cute! your river's perfect. i love that wash's anxiety for zoe is hurting river. he he. adorable!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:06 AM

SOFI


squee! extremely cute! your river's perfect. i love that wash's anxiety for zoe is hurting river. he he. adorable!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:06 AM

SOFI


squee! extremely cute! your river's perfect. i love that wash's anxiety for zoe is hurting river. he he. adorable!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:06 AM

SOFI


squee! extremely cute! your river's perfect. i love that wash's anxiety for zoe is hurting river. he he. adorable!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:06 AM

SOFI


squee! extremely cute! your river's perfect. i love that wash's anxiety for zoe is hurting river. he he. adorable!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:06 AM

SOFI


squee! extremely cute! your river's perfect. i love that wash's anxiety for zoe is hurting river. he he. adorable!

Thursday, September 28, 2006 10:04 AM

HISGOODGIRL


Delightful! What a sweet li'l fic. More is definitely in order...pretty please?


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