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BLUE SUN ROOM FAN FICTION - GENERAL
"Shindig" is one of my favorite episodes, though I do like them all. So much happens in Shindig for each of the characters even though it’s largely a Mal/Inara centric episode. I decided to fill in some plot gaps to that episode, but also elaborate on each of the characters’ thoughts.
River’s was a fun one to write. I may not make much sense, but at this point in the season, River still isn’t very coherent.
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River wanted the captain to pick her to dance with at the party. She loved dancing so much and it had been years since she had actually been to a ball. Kaylee was still in her greasy coveralls when she left the ship with captain and as soon as the door shut with a resolute thud that sent vibrations the through the air and metal that her brain perceived as sound, she let her head fall.
“Doesn’t even know how to dance.”
With that River, proceeds to have her own ball. A few spare crates supply scenery and the captain’s coat supplies a dance partner. That’s when she discovers the lack of music. She makes her own music by humming a tune based on mathematically assigned pitches in an algorithmic sequence that supply melody and chord structure.
The tune is happy a jaunty at times but slowly shifts to something reminiscent of Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave.” She rocks back and forth, enjoying the algorithmic sequence she created.
She leads the coat-partner in a semi-turn, approximately pi halves in radians or ninety degrees. Dance is a careful calculation she comes to realize. It makes her cohesive, and she likes that, but she suddenly feels lonesome, and hungry. And she knows she can’t join the pilot and his wife’s party; that’s private and doesn’t much amend the hunger issue. In fact, the activity they’re engaging in is a form of cardio-vascular activity that burns calories. River hops on one foot. No she’ll join the men in the mess.
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