BLUE SUN ROOM FAN FICTION - SUSPENSE

SHINY

Orphaned Soul, Part 4
Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Inara and Shephard Book try to help a troubled girl who has lost her brother, and perhaps her mind.


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“There!” Book said, pointing at the shuttle’s navigational display. “They’re right on top of us!”

As Book attempted to get a visual through the cockpit windows, Inara was already cycling open the shuttle’s airlock door. Squinting up into the sky, what she saw choked her with despair. Serenity was being dogged by a Reaver ship. And they were gaining on her.

Book appeared next to her, and cursed as he surveyed Serenity’s tactical situation. It was hopeless. Despite her pilot’s clear skill, the Reaver ship was simply faster. As they watched in horror, the trailing ship fired its large magnetic grappler, catching Serenity amidship as she spun sideways in a desperate attempt to change course. Serenity was being dragged to her doom.

“They better not wait much longer to take off in the other shuttle…”

Inara did not reply, knowing that Mal would never leave Serenity. Unlike her. Unreasoned guilt threatened to tear away her last threads of control.

Just as the massive Reaver ship collided violently with Serenity, shuttle two finally detached, fleeing the fused ships. But as it attempted to bank away, the twisted metal chimera suddenly lurched into a barrelroll, striking the smaller shuttle and sending it careening off course.

Inara gasped.

As the two larger ships wrestled in the Reavers’ death-grip, shuttle two fell gracelessly towards earth. Seconds before impact, the pilot was able to pull the shuttle out of its nosedive into a scarcely controlled crash landing, just beyond the next ridge.

“There may be survivors,” Book said as he made his way back into the shuttle, heading for the cockpit.

Inara watched, frozen, as Serenity and the Reaver ship descended in their death-spiral toward the horizon. The setting sun flared through her tears, mercifully blinding her to the explosion.

She stumbled backward into the shuttle, habit alone inducing her to trigger the door closed as the shuttle’s engines started up.

Inara wept.

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Continue to Part 5

COMMENTS

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 2:55 PM

MINDSEYE


You are the master of the cliff-hanger!

Shiny, Shiny! :-)

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 3:39 PM

MYORANGEHAT


Ooooo! Ahhhhhh! :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 8:46 PM

AMDOBELL


Ow! Not sure how I'll cope if you've killed off Mal. Seems all our friends in a very dark and dire place right now. Ali D :~)
Breathe, gorrammit, breathe!

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 4:52 AM

SOULOFSERENITY


You keep givin' me a reason to come back for more!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 6:37 AM

GUILDSISTER


Good golly! You created a very strong, well done, visual of the Serenity/Reaver ship encounter with very concise writing. And suspenseful.

I've very intrigued by this series you created and you've left me wanting more! Thanks for sharing. Wish the sections were a bit longer.

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 3:44 PM

SHINY


Guild sister -- thanks for your feedback! Sorry these sections are so short; as I mentioned in my post, this is my first time writing fan fic (or *any* fiction, for that matter). I hope you can bear with me while I work out the kinks. :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 3:46 PM

SHINY


AMDOBELL -- Don’t worry, things will get better…

Part 5 is posted: http://www.fireflyfans.net/bluesun.aspx?bid=1671

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 8:54 AM

COSMICFUGITIVE


Whoah... That was intense!

I have to agree with GuildSister. The description of the Reaver ship encounter was detailed and exciting.

Great cliffhanger too! Moving on to part 5!

Keep up the shiny work!


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