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SHINYTRINKET

NOTHIN' IN THE 'VERSE - PART II: Chapter 9
Friday, October 6, 2006

Takes place after the events of the series and before the BDM, and a few months after "Nothin' In The 'Verse Part I". The return of a former passenger to Serenity causes conflict among the crew - and creates a problem for Mal that he is unprepared to deal with.-------CHAPTER 9: Mal and Inara have a heart-to-heart...but Mal is still holding back.


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Disclaimers: Everything belongs to Joss, except for one character of my creation ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inara poured the tea into a delicate porcelain cup and handed it to him, as she had done with so many clients before. Only this wasn’t a client; it was Mal. He had actually knocked on the door of her shuttle instead of just barging in uninvited as he usually did. Formality called for formality; so she made a civilized pot of tea, and sat down to have a civilized conversation. Mal looked around her shuttle as he sipped the tea. She was starting to pack her things. Bags and crates were open and some of the lush appointments she had made to the space were already gone. It made him feel even worse about delaying her departure and taking her out of her way. He said as much. “I am very sorry about this,” he told her. “But time is of the essence here—we have to get to that prison before it’s too late.” If it’s not already... Inara was not used to seeing Mal so subdued, especially in her presence. He looked beaten down, and she could tell he was struggling with the decision he had made. “Mal.” She moved closer to him on the divan. She brushed a piece of hair away from his eyes. “All I know is when the nurse came on board you were in a bad place. When she left, you were doing better. She helped you through a rough time. Now you need to help her. I understand that.” Mal snorted. He suspected if Inara knew exactly what the nurse had done to help him she might not feel quite so generous. As far as he could tell Inara was unaware of the fact that he had actually slept with Alex. She had been off the ship on an extended job when that had occurred. How the crew had managed to keep it from her all this time he did not know; but he surely wanted it to stay that way for the short amount of time she had left. “Well, I’m surely grateful you understand,” he said, “but I’m not sure everyone does.” Inara shrugged. “Jayne, maybe,” she agreed. “But let him bluster. It doesn’t matter. The shepherd was right. You need to do this. We all need to help. And then you need to get me on my way.” “And I will,” he told her. “You’ll be our first stop after Zargon. I promise.” She smiled at him then, her achingly beautiful smile. “Thank you, Mal,” she said softly. She put a comforting hand on his knee, and he covered it with his own. For maybe the first time ever, neither of them pulled away. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Go to Chapter 10.

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COMMENTS

Friday, October 6, 2006 6:31 AM

HEWHOKICKSALOT


Keeps getting better and better. I've always thought of Mal as an honorable character who does everything in his power to do the right thing, relative to his own code. He tries to stand by his word. I wasn't surprised to see the crew argue with him, for they do have minds of their own and are usually in need of some R + R.

Keep up the good work.

"No, now that she's a killer woman we should be bringing her tea and dumplings."

Rob O.

Friday, October 6, 2006 7:40 AM

KACIDILLA


wow, Inara got all intimate-ish with Mal...

when is the next installment??

Friday, October 6, 2006 7:54 AM

AMDOBELL


This was lovely if short, leaves an ache behind that there cannot be anything more between them but all the while they have their set positions it can never be. I just hope that the crew don't eventually find Alex only to bury the poor girl. Seems to be taking forever to get to her. Hope she isn't holding her gorram breath. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Friday, October 6, 2006 7:54 AM

BORNTOFLY


Very short, not that thats necessarily a bad thing...it's just your being a tease.

Heh, Inara has no idea, silly girl.

It's 4:00am here is Aus, and I'm reading fanfic..I think it's worth it, especially with a series of this quality.

Friday, October 6, 2006 7:08 PM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Wow...mighty short, but definitely interesting, ShinyTrinket!

Not sure how I feel about Inara being this oblivious at the moment. Cuz I would lay good money down that Inara will find out in the course of this adventure...

BEB


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