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01 September 2008 @ 09:00 pm
Living Forever  
Title: Living Forever
Summary: And I will see you again / When I rise / ‘Cause I know and I believe / I will see you in eternity – “Eternity,” the Jonas Brothers
Author: Sarah-Beth (memorysdaughter)
Rating: PG
Character(s): River, Jayne
Word Count: 328
Disclaimer: Joss is Boss.
Soundtrack: “Family Guy” on TV

Author's Note: originally written for (and posted to) joss100, prompt #83 (eternal).


Living Forever
She never believed in eternity. It was a fuzzy concept at best, one that couldn’t be examined or even well-defined. It could be represented with a symbol, a sideways eight, that spoke of infinity. But was “infinity” the same as “eternity”? And if one existed for all eternity, if the soul went on after the body died, where was eternity? It was a puzzle that she could not figure out.

But none of that mattered now. Little curls of sweaty hair framed her face; her skin was flushed. She was exhausted, but deliriously happy. All of the pain was worth it, just to feel the rush of blood course through her body. It was fireworks going off in her head; it was an orchestra playing an overture at top volume.

And then at last the energy she felt condensed in her stomach and she put all of herself into the next wave, riding it, hoping it would end soon.

When she laid back, breathless, clutching Jayne’s hand until it was white from lack of blood, and that one brilliant sound arced through the room, it was then, then, that River knew the meaning of “eternal.”

This was eternal. Her love for Jayne, the way their bodies melded and molded and melted and morphed together, until they were no longer Jayne and River but Jayne-and-River, no longer two but one, that was eternal. The way they supported each other, the way he held her when the nightmares raged across her brain, the way she’d die for him, eternity laid in there. It was startling and shocking; the complexity and simplicity of it nearly threw her down with its beauty.

And now, eternity lay in their daughter, the tiny, sweet bundle of impossible potential, cradled in her arms.

“What’ll we call her?” Jayne says, his voice low, caressing her.

“We’ll call her Alice,” River answers, her eyes never leaving her daughter’s face, “’cause we’ve just fallen down the rabbit hole.”
 
 
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the girl with the mousy hair // stark raving sanean_ardent_rain on September 2nd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Aww! How adorable! Good job - that was really, really sweet. :)
Sarah Elizabeth: cross-leggedmemorysdaughter on September 2nd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
SunshineAlisunshineali on September 2nd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
How sweet. I love that they named her Alice. Very cute. :)Ali
Sarah Elizabeth: cross-leggedmemorysdaughter on September 2nd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I had a few other options, but I decided I liked Alice best.
cmk418: River Serenitycmk418 on September 2nd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Aw, that was lovely.
Sarah Elizabeth: cross-leggedmemorysdaughter on September 2nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
Ally Star: Alsunwunderlandalsunwunderland on September 2nd, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
This is beautiful. I love their daughters name, too. :)
Sarah Elizabeth: cross-leggedmemorysdaughter on September 2nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.
b.: jayne - hotgwenn_b on September 2nd, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
the way their bodies melded and molded and melted and morphed together
Beautiful, and so well written!
Sarah Elizabeth: cross-leggedmemorysdaughter on September 2nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Neisystheneis on July 19th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Awesome! "Sweet bundle of impossible potential" Brilliant!
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