Valentine's Day: River
Monday, February 21, 2005

Yep the series ends with River.


Disclaimer: I do not own any of the Firefly characters or am in any way connected to the show.

Characters: River

Summary: River on Valentine’s Day.

Author’s Notes: Well I’m sad to say, but this is the last story in the Valentine’s Day series. I’ve just run out of characters.

Valentine’s Day: River By KaySky

She knows the mechanic is with her brother. She wakes up screaming. In under a second he is in her room, comforting her. The mechanic walks by. She sees the sadness in her eyes. She turns her head away. She doesn’t want to see it.

She has cast a spell on him. Her brother gets up and leaves. He said he’d be right back, but he wasn’t coming back. She had cast a spell on him.

She jumps out of bed and heads to the infirmary. As she stands in the doorway, she watches her brother lose himself in the mechanic. She feels hot. Sensations are tingling throughout her body from head to toe. The mechanic was casting her spell.

“You said you were coming right back.” She is angry at her brother for being so weak against the mechanic’s spell.

Her brother runs to her side. He apologizes for not coming back right away. She understood. It wasn’t him who was being selfish. He cannot be blamed for falling victim to a spell.

She taught him how to play jacks. The mechanic had been the one to teach her. She was saddened. She missed her friend. She wasn’t a friend anymore. She was selfish. She was trying to take her brother away and she would be all alone. No one else would love her. No one else would give up their life for her. No one else would risk their life to keep her safe.

“Your turn meimei.” He smiles.

She sees the enchantment in his eyes. The mechanic is there lurking about finding her way into his heart. She couldn’t let that happen.

* * * *

She headed towards the kitchen for breakfast. The Shepherd was the only one in the room. She sat at the table and conversation soon followed. They talked about love. She never realized there were different types. She never realized true love wasn’t selfish. She never thought Kaylee wouldn’t be selfish. The Shepherd said no one would be forgotten and she believes him. Her brother won’t forget her. He loves her, too.

* * * *

It was around lunch time when she found Simon sitting alone in his room.

“Simon, want to play?”

He forces a weak smile. “Sure, meimei.”

Something’s wrong. He’s sad. Why is he sad? “She makes you sad.”

“Who Kaylee?” He paused. River nodded her head. “No, she doesn’t make me sad. She makes me very happy.”

“Don’t look happy.” It was true he didn’t look happy at this point in time, but she knew he had looked happy before. When he’s with Kaylee, she can feel the warmth. The two of them work together like one of those old kettle fireplaces. Simon alone is nothing but a cold, metal canister. Kaylee is the firewood. She is content on just being firewood, but when she’s placed inside the canister, flames ignite, kindling their love. Warmth is spread through them and together they spread the warmth and heat to all others around them.

“We had a fight.” His voice was heartbreaking.

“About what?” She used to think that warmth was Kaylee’s spell. Now she knew it was simply true love.

“Nothing for you to worry about, meimei.” He smiled at her, but his eyes were staring at the doorway. She knew he was hoping Kaylee would come barging in. Her poor brother, he didn’t understand The Prince goes to Snow White.

* * * *

She wandered the ship. She was feeling all sorts of things. As she walked passed Wash and Zoe’s room she felt hot. The tingles she felt earlier in the infirmary were soaring through her body once again. Her heart started racing, her palms began to sweat. Breathing became challenging and her head was spinning. She felt like she was going to explode. She was convinced she had.

Suddenly the sensations had stopped. She still felt warm, but no longer flustered. She heard “I love yous” come from their bunk. So that’s what love feels like, she thought.

River continued wandering Serenity and stopped outside Jayne’s bunk. She was hot again, but not in the same way. She didn’t feel the warmth, just the heat. There weren’t any tingly sensations soaring throughout her body. Nor did she feel like she was going to explode. She just felt hot, nothing more. She continued wandering.

When she saw Mal walk into Inara’s shuttle, she felt warm again. She felt the tingles. Mal was in love. Inara was in love. She smiled. Being in love was a good feeling.

* * * *

Her wandering came to an end when she saw Kaylee running out of her brother’s room in tears.

She walked into Simon’s room. She was unsure of what she was going to find.

“I’m an idiot.” He slumped down onto his bed. “Such an idiot.”

She sat down next to him, wrapping her arms around him. “True love is a rarity.” She whispered.

* * * *

She found Kaylee in the engine room. It was time for her to fix what she had done. Kaylee was a good friend. When River explained to her that she thought she would be selfish, that she thought she would take her brother away, Kaylee did not get mad. Instead she comforted River.

As her head lay on Kaylee and her tears streamed down her face, she felt guilty. She felt guilty for trying to stop something Kaylee and her brother both needed. She felt guilty for trying to smother the warmth between them. She knew Kaylee forgave her, but she still felt guilty.

* * * *

When she left the engine room she went to the cargo bay. She sat on the stairs for hours, thinking about love, trying to come up with a plan to fix Simon and Kaylee. She found a plan.

She went running to Simon’s room, but she stopped when she felt the warmth. She was hot and tingly. Her head was spinning, her heart was racing. She felt like she was going to explode.

She smiled. True love was a rarity. So rare that when it occurred, a little selfishness couldn’t stifle it, it was so much more. She was glad.

The End. (Love it? Hate it? The only way I'll know is if you leave me feedback!)

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It's kind of sad. I don't have a reason to write smut anymore. Is it wrong that I am slightly disappointed? It was kind of fun.


Monday, February 21, 2005 7:02 PM


No, not at all. The overall arc of the series was very well thought out and executed. We come for the smut, but stay for the true emotions buried underneath. And even the non-smut ones are intellectually satisfying.

You should feel proud of yourself. You did good.

Monday, February 21, 2005 7:14 PM

KAYSKY're making me blush! Thanks!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 1:59 AM


This was very good and I loved it that you had River discovering from the Shepherd that there were all kinds of love and then wanting to put things right between Kaylee and Simon but you are wrong when you say you have run out of characters. What about Serenity? The *Tenth* crewmember? Who does she love? Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 6:43 AM


While it's sad to see this series end, it was a great ride. You had all of the characters down great. And I agree with Ali: what about Serenity?


- Soul

Saturday, March 5, 2005 12:08 AM


Sweet, sad and the slightly disconnected staccato style was perfect for River.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 3:15 PM


You definetely captured the essence of River. Great job.


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