What could he do?
Thursday, December 29, 2005

My first little fic. Jayne wonders what he can do to make Zoe better.


This is my first. Any and all comments are welcomed. (be gentle! :-)

From the mind of Jayne Cobb

She is the only woman he’s ever been afraid of.

From the first day they met…rather, the first day he’d tried to hold her and Mal up he’s had a fascination with her. Tall, lookin him right in the eyes and that wild hair, like a mane. She was like a statue. An ass kickin statue with a great set of legs. He didn’t think about bedding her, like he usually did when coming across a woman. He thought, now there’s a girl who could kick my ass, and I’d like it. Never could he understand the bond between her and Mal, nor what she saw in that loopy pilot, but he marveled at her just the same.

And it did something to him, seeing her like this.

Ever since her husband died cuz of ‘em gorram reavers, she aint been the same. Wonderin’ round the ship at all hours, spacing out at the table (even when he said somethin’ stupid), and worse, almost getting herself killed on their last job. Their last measly job. Like she had a death wish or somethin’. He just couldn’t understand.

She was worse than River, who was no help cuz she was actin’ like Wash was somewhere still ‘round the ship. Freaked him out.

Mal was at his wits end, which wasn’t that far of a journey, heh. He needed all the help he could get and Zoe wasn’t givin. And whenever Mal asked him for help, he felt as if he was overstepping some boundary; as if he was fulfilling the duties only Zoe could and should. Everyone else seemed to be forcing themselves to move on. Kaylee and Simon were at it like rabbits. Inara was hardly ever around, busy with her whorin’ or whatever. That crazy girl mostly took over the piloting, unsettlingly enough. Mal was scouring the ‘verse for work and worrying about his first mate, who was oblivious to all. And there was him. He missed Book. The man didn’t have sex, but he knew a bunch about other stuff. Spotted him when he lifted weights. One of the only members of the crew who didn’t make him feel like a dope, conversing with him and such.

But he remained fixated on her.

What could he do? Make her laugh? She hasn’t done it since… Fix her something to eat? Protein can only be made in so many ways. Start a fight with her. No, she’d either kill him right off or let herself lose… Did she need manly comfort? He’s always been good at it, hell, he’s been known for it! Not her. That’s not what she needed. All the drugs in doc’s case couldn’t give her what she needed. Her faith had been shot to hell, just like Mal’s and it was only a matter of time before, like him, she replaced it with anger. Hell, that’d be better than how she was now. What could he do…


Zoe was on her way from Inara’s shuttle to her bunk. She’d put on a dress that Wash had given her some years ago and ‘nara coaxed her into taking some captures in it. Also had a girlie heart to heart which wasn’t exactly what she signed up for, but it did feel good getting some things off her chest. Mal was her in essence her best friend, but he was a man.

“You look nice.”

Zoe stopped. As Jayne walked by, she thought she heard him say something with not a drop of sarcasm or a hint of sexual suggestion. Floored and speechless, a small smile crept onto her lips…

He’d done it.


Thursday, December 29, 2005 6:53 PM



That's all I have to say 'bout that.


Thursday, December 29, 2005 7:14 PM


Whoa. Go Jayne!

Thursday, December 29, 2005 8:46 PM



I have a soft spot for Jayne/Zoe bonding. And that was just beautiful. I mean... honestly. He cares! And...he didn't know how to show it. And... just said the perfect right thing and... *sigh*

I love it.

I'm ready and willing to read more!

Thursday, December 29, 2005 10:45 PM


that was great! i think you really did an awesome job getting down jayne's voice :) - i loved the fact that his interest in zoe wasn't sexual even though he acknowledges pretty readily how hot she is. i just love this side of jayne in general... the almost little boy observations and concerns underneath all the gruffness and attitude. and nice mention of book - i always really liked their relationship. i'm looking forward to reading more of your stuff :)

Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:53 PM


I love it when we try to make Jayne more like a gentleman! Keep writin!!

Friday, December 30, 2005 2:09 AM


"You look nice" simple but effective, just like the man himself. Keep writing, you did well.

Friday, December 30, 2005 4:51 AM


I hardly ever read Jayne fics, but you may have just changed that, lol. I think you did an amazing job *two thumbs up*

Friday, December 30, 2005 8:58 AM


Amazing first, do plan on more?

Friday, December 30, 2005 6:51 PM


Best first time I've seen! Errr...not that I'm voyeristic or anything. I ain't sick, ya know.
You captured Jayne's patterns beautifully! I really liked the 'girly girl' bit with Zoe and Inara. And to have Jayne just pop out with something so honest, without a second thought was beautifully done.

Saturday, December 31, 2005 1:16 AM


nice. i liked that! so cute, without being schmatlzy or taking away from the "jayne-ness" of jayne. good job!

Saturday, December 31, 2005 5:33 PM


Straight talker, that's our Jayne. Not many see his as a great thinker though, and it's great that you showed some of the big man's inner workings. He's a tough character to crack, and you did a fantastic job.
Hope you continue writing.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006 9:59 AM


shiny! i really enjoyed reading this from the archives. what a pleasant surprise to find. thanks and write some more . . . please!

Wednesday, January 4, 2006 11:28 AM


so sweet...i love reading fics about this part of jayne, all gruff concern and softness. like a big, cuddly, grenade-carryin' teddy bear


Thursday, March 9, 2006 10:56 AM


Very nice! You hit Jayne on the figurative head.


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