Summer 2010 Challenge: Prompt #37
Prompt: #37 - "People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." - Anton Chekov
Disclaimer: Joss is boss
A/N: I am so not happy with the ending of this but I am so so late.
"Gorrammit Mal! How could ya just leave her there?"
Mal flinched at Jayne's bellow. This anger, this rage, was something he expected from her brother Simon, not his supposed cold hearted mercenary.
"She got shot in the chest and we're just gonna run away? Scurry off to the black?" Jayne growled. "What happened to never leavin' a man stranded?"
Mal sighed. "The plan was –"
"Screw your gun hoe-tze bee dio-se plan! She is crew. Family." Jayne was looking more and more distressed. Mal could only stare incredulously at him. "What are you goin' to tell her brother? That we left her – her body to those shiong mao niao pisspots? She may have been still alive. We could have saved her, but we just..." He ran out of air and just waved dejectedly at the direction they had come from out the airlock.
Mal opened his mouth to reply but Jayne glared at him. Silence stretched between them, making the sound of the rain outside seem like the thundering of hooves.
He heard the shot before he saw it. Saw her crumple to the ground behind the crate before he heard the impact. Fear, guilt and anger bloomed in his chest painfully for a second before getting extinguished. Cool calm filled his head as he started firing at the enemy.
"Get in the mule, Jayne," called Mal, already starting up the vehicle.
"Riv—" started Jayne.
"Leave her. Get in the mule!" interrupted Mal harshly. Jayne, now livid, stared at the captain, unmoving. Mal cocked his gun. "Don't make me shoot you.
Jayne started for where River lay. "Jayne!" roared Mal. "I'll tell 'em what you did in Ariel. Get in the mule NOW!"
"Captain's plans would run smoother if he told everyone's parts to all."
Mal smiled at River as she stood in the rain at the foot of the airlock ramp. Jayne had froze, his eyes closed with the most peculiar expression on his face.
"Zoe's armor is most effective." River grinned at Mal. Jayne made a strangled noise before rushing out the airlock to sweep River up in what looked like a bone-crushing hug.
Mal continued to stare as Jayne grumbled something about her "bein' dead and don't never do that again Crazy Girl" and then promptly stared kissing her fiercely. He was about to pull his gun on the mercenary, when Mal suddenly noticed that River had wrapped her legs around the man’s waist and was kissing him back with the same amount of fierceness and passion.
The rain continued to fall, soaking the deadly pair, but they stayed oblivious to anything happening around them. Mal smiled crookedly and turned, walking through the cargo bay, wondering what form of food might still be lurking in the corners of the pantry.