Sing for Me
Saturday, February 18, 2006

River pitches a fit and Simon must resort to some embarrassing tactics to calm her. (PG)


Disclaimer: I do not own Firefly/Serenity, Joss Whedon does.


River screamed, curled up in the corner of the cargo bay. Her head was in her hands and her nails dug into her scalp. Tears trailed down her cheeks leaving streaks in their wake. She sobbed raggedly between screams and shook her head, shying away from Kaylee’s touch as the young mechanic tried desperately to calm River.

Simon and the rest of the crew were out on a job and so in the young doctor’s absence, Kaylee had taken over trying to comfort River as she pitched one of her usual fits. She shushed the younger girl gently, trying her best to reassure her that she was completely safe there. She swallowed thickly, however, at the same time afraid that what the girl was panicking about was something that had gone wrong on the job.

“Come on, River, it’s alright,” Kaylee cooed. “You’re safe, everyone’s alright, they’ll be back soon.”

“No, the shadows, they’re overwhelming me, they’re blocking out the light,” River whimpered. “Deception, disgrace, darkness, dread, doom...”

“There ain’t no shadows here, River, just us,” Kaylee soothed.

River shook her head and continued to shy away from Kaylee, whose hands had settled lightly on her shoulders. Darkness was falling, the eclipse was coming, she couldn’t escape the coming shadow. It was obscuring the light and making everything cold. She shivered and continued to cry, her eyes shut tightly. If she couldn’t see it coming, maybe it wouldn’t come at all.

Just then, a sound could be heard in the distance. Only Kaylee heard it, however. River was still too shaken by her fit to be much more than hysterical. The sound came closer with every minute and soon the mule sped into view. It glided into the cargo bay with Wash hitting the shut off on the ignition just in time to keep from hitting the crates at the back of the room.

As soon as the crew returned from their job and reached Serenity, Simon jumped from the mule before it had even come to a complete stop. He could hear the cries echoing around the room and his eyes searched frantically for their source. His heart wrenched when he found Kaylee and River in a far corner, the mechanic trying to comfort his sister.

Simon rushed over and knelt near Kaylee and River. He smiled softly at Kaylee, nodding the girl off, seeing the relieved expression come over her face. Simon’s hands replaced Kaylee’s on River’s shoulders, warming her a little.

“I don’t know wha’ happened,” Kaylee said lightly. “She jus’ started goin’ all panicky...”

“That’s alright,” Simon replied. “I’ve got it now.”

He turned his attention back to River and leaned in, one hand gently brushing a few stray strands of hair out of her eyes.

“Shh, meimei, it’s alright,” Simon cooed gently. “I’m here, it’s okay.”

“It’s coming Simon, the apocalypse, darkness, it’s falling, coming fast,” River cried.

“There’s no darkness, River,” Simon reasoned. “There’s nothing coming.”

River sniffled and finally opened her eyes. Sobs still wracked her body as she met Simon’s concerned gaze. He searched her eyes, waiting for the fear to recede in them, but to no avail. He was going to ask what he could do to comfort her when she answered his unvoiced query.

“You’d sing to her, when she was scared, had nightmares,” River sobbed. “There was a song that you’d sing to make her laugh.”

Simon deadpanned. He knew just what River was talking about. He remembered a song he used to sing to her to calm her down, to soothe her when she was hurt or scared. By then the whole crew had gathered and they, however, seemed oblivious as to what the girl meant. Most of them were still baffled that Simon was capable of singing. He sighed lightly and met River’s eyes.

“No, meimei,” Simon said lightly. “Please, no.”

“The darkness is coming, it’s close, closer,” River began again.

“Alright,” Simon gave in. “Alright.”

With the crew gathered around, watching intently and River’s large, innocent eyes focused on him, Simon took a deep breath and began to sing, much to his chagrin and the extreme amusement of the rest of the crew.

He’s the one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater...


Saturday, February 18, 2006 5:03 PM



It was written for a challenge on livejournal at the Joss100 fanfiction challenge community!

Saturday, February 18, 2006 7:16 PM


Very, Very, Funny. Loved it!

Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:35 PM


Cute stuff

But at the end it made it seem like River was just manipulating her fear to make Simon sing and embarass himself. But we forgive her shes hot.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:37 PM


Hmm, I don't know why it sounds like that at the end, I didn't mean it to sound like that at all...

Sunday, February 19, 2006 5:36 AM


I have the weird feeling I have read this before, perhaps on Anyway I love it, you have done a beautiful job! Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Sunday, February 19, 2006 4:40 PM


Ha ha! *rolls around on the floor laughing* Oh the mental image! *wipes a tear away* Okay, this was probably the funniest, most adorable Simon fic I've ever read, and that's saying a lot!

Sunday, February 19, 2006 4:42 PM


AMDOBELL; you may have read it on Livejournal, I post there as well, my username is saturnine_tears. =)

onesongglory; Well, what can I say, I try to be funny. *grin*

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:03 AM



too. gorram. funny.


Friday, June 23, 2006 6:35 AM


Yay for River, I will read any and everything you write involving her.

Bwahahahahaha @ Simon's song, wonderful stuff.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 1:16 PM


I fricking love that song!


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