PHASE ONE - Prologue
Monday, May 28, 2007

Phase One is essential. It's time to dispose of Dr Simon Tam. (Angsty, eventual S/K)


Phase One

A/N: This fic just kinda popped up out of nowhere, in between adding the finishing touches to Job Satisfaction. I was originally gonna post it between Job Satisfaction and it’s sequel (tentatively titled Job Security) but I don’t want to fiddle with this anymore, so I’m posting it now. Here’s the prologue, and there are four more pretty short parts which I will post in the next couple of days. Please, comment, you know you want to.


The ship was silent. Apart from the dull humming of the engine, there was no sound. Satisfied that everyone was secure in their bunks, the agent stalked noiselessly through the dark ship, moving in the shadows, undetectable, a result of rigorous training and not a little natural skill. His biggest asset, of course, was his determination. This mission was essential to the retrieval of River Tam. And River Tam was essential to Blue Sun.

He reached River Tam’s bunk easily, and slid open the door. He observed her sleeping for a few moments. She slept peacefully, probably drugged near to unconsciousness by her doctor brother. But the agent didn’t approach her, or attempt to hurt her. That part of the plan was very clear. Before River Tam could be retrieved, certain obstacles had to be removed.

This was Phase One, and the agent felt a fleeting surge of pride about it as he slid the door shut again. He was, after all, the brains behind Phase One. Moving over to Simon Tam’s bunk, he squashed the emotion down. Agents were not encouraged to feel such emotions as pride. Pride was a selfish emotion.

Simon was sleeping too, but unlike his younger sister, he was not doing so peacefully. He murmured inaudibly, jerking fitfully as he tossed and turned. The agent presumed he was waiting for River to have an attack, or at least dreaming about it. But he didn’t ponder on it. Pity, like pride, was a pointless emotion.

He removed the syringe from his pocket, and turned it over in his blue-gloved hands. He could, of course, simply inject he young doctor with a lethal substance, and kill him instantly. But that seemed a little too good for the man who had single-handedly ruined the Agency’s plans. Besides, Phase One had another purpose besides getting rid of Simon Tam.

Simon, it had been proved, would stop at nothing to keep his sister safe, and was more than capable of doing so. This was why he had to be disposed of. But the Agency couldn’t risk another stepping up to fill Dr Tam’s shoes once he had been shuffled along. The agent was satisfied that once the crew of this run-down firefly saw how much the young doctor was suffering, they would be sufficiently scared into turning the other cheek when River Tam was finally retrieved.

Fear was a useful emotion, if correctly exploited.

Kneeling beside Simon’s bed, the agent filled the syringe, and emptied into the man’s veins. The amount had been carefully calculated, it would keep Simon feeling unwell for around a week, by which point, the agent knew, the doctor would concede to medicating himself. The symptoms, which would manifest as mild influenza, meant the agent could predict exactly which medication Simon would prescribe.

Careful to leave no trace of his presence in the tiny bunk, the agent exited and crept into the infirmary. He was pleased to find the drawers were kept impeccably well organised, which made it easy for him to find the bottled of medication Simon was likely to use. Moving as swiftly and as quietly as he could, he emptied each bottle down the tiny sink in the corner of the infirmary, and washed them so that every trace of the medication was gone.

As he opened the case he carried, he felt the first signs of adrenaline sparking in his body, and a twinge of excitement at his imminent success. He pushed the feelings to the back of his mind, closing them off expertly as he had been taught. With new found focus, he began to fill the empty medication bottles with a pale green liquid from his case.

Leaving the infirmary exactly as it had been, the agent moved quickly to the hatch, and donned the helmet of his space suit. He moved methodically and silently, and within seconds he was re-boarding his own ship, a long range shuttle that would return him to the nearest Blue Sun complex. Before activating the auto-pilot, he allowed himself, just for a small moment, a tiny smile.

Phase one completed.

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Monday, May 28, 2007 7:34 AM


Ohh, I'm twitching with excitement. Angsty Simon fic....can there be anything better?!

This was a great beginning, though I have one question . . . how did Simon not wake when Phase One injected him? One would think he'd have felt the skin being pierced, and something being sent into his veins? Unless he was sedated first.

Monday, May 28, 2007 9:34 AM


Theoretically, you can apply a little bit of local anesthetic to the tip of a needle and the recipient won't feel it - kind of like a mosquito's natural saliva does to humans so we don't immediately swat them. Given the amount of needles Simon bandies about with no complains from folks, I suppose they might have improved the concept somewhat.

However, I must agree with Leiasky: angsty Simon fics that turn into S/K are absolutely yummy.

Monday, May 28, 2007 11:26 AM


That was so cool. And so creepy.
I don't think I've ever read from the BH's point of view, you do it really well.
And I love how they're (probably correctly) predicting what meds Simon will use.

Monday, May 28, 2007 9:54 PM


Oh, this is brimming with all the great stuff that leads to great fic - including the promise of angst and some S/K. Gotta admit, the BHs figuring out that getting rid of Simon is really the key to getting their hands back on River is particularly astute. Although, I wonder if they might be underestimating the crew of the Serenity?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 10:26 AM


Oh ho...Mal is gonna be SO friggin' pissed that another screwhead seeking to capture River got aboard Serenity without detection. That and I don't think he'll be happy when the crew discovered River's been snatched and Simon's been poisoned;)

And I too am all kinds of eager to see where you take this angsty tale, Chazzer! Can't wait to see how Kaylee reacts to Simon getting sick. Since we all know it takes a pretty damn serious moment to get these two to be straight with one another:(



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Angst ahoy. Simon and Kaylee need to talk.

Things have to end, one way or the other. Simon takes aim, but can he pull the trigger? Action and Angst.

Vents are useful things. Mal plays the messenger boy, Simon learns how to be intimidating, and Jayne doesn’t take the hint. Big Damn Action ensues.

Regan plants the seed of doubt in Kaylee’s mind, while Jayne, Simon and River hatch a plan. A cunning hat and a girl with a gun? Yeah, this is gonna go great. Meanwhile, Mal rethinks his attitude to Simon.

Kaylee is in Regan Tam’s clutches, but all is not as it seems. River decides to clean up Simon’s mess. Mal clutches at straws, and Jayne clutches his big stick. Serenity has some visitors…and then she has some more.

Mal considers childproofing the ship when he discovers Simon and Jayne are gone. Regan makes some progress and Simon learns what it takes to buy a gun. As always, a little angsty, but not too much.

What’s going on? No one’s quite sure… Simon has some serious regrets and turns to an unusual source for comfort, and Mal is sick of the doctor causing trouble. More angst as the crew is being whittled down. S/K

When Simon has made his mind up on something, there’s no swaying him. And right now, he’s decided to be an idiot. Big Damn Angst, as the crew try to find the missing River.

Some people just can’t catch a break. Jayne thinks Simon had a deprived childhood, Wash is left out, Simon gets to go fishing and Kaylee has been waiting long enough. A little fluff, a little smut, and a whole lot of things going not smooth. R, I guess.

The crew decide to hide while figuring out their next move. Sun, sea and sand … all Kaylee is missing is her boyfriend. Simon is torn and River plays ‘I Spy.’ A good healthy mix of fluff and angst.