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09 February 2007 @ 01:44 pm
Missing Scene: War Stories  
Title: War Stories
Series: "Behind the Curtain" (over on ff.net)
Author: crazywriterchic/EreshkigalGirl
Rating: PG--for strong language  there at the end


War Stories

Disclaimer: no es mio; all hail Joss and Co.

“Uh, I just got a wave from Inara. No luck with the Councilor. What are they doin’?”

“Fixin'  to get themselves killed.”

“We're gonna go get the Captain.”

“Oh. Good! Can they do that?”

“No. “

“You know, there's a certain motto. A creed among folks like us. You may have heard it: Leave no man behind.”

“Suicide.”

 

Jayne strolled out of the galley headed to his bunk. Wash and Zoë were never coming back if they went to get Mal—if the Captain was even alive at this point. He thought back over the time since Mal and Wash were taken. Probably Mal was still alive. From what he’d seen at the first meet, Niska liked to keep his victims alive for as long as possible. Gave him the heebies. Jayne would kill a man easy enough. He would even go so far as to cut on ’em if they had information he needed and they were not in a sharing mood. But just as incentive. He would rather fight a man face to face than do violence while he was down. Just wasn’t as fun that way.

 

“Going to die.”

 

The little voice came from the other hallway made him jump half out of his skin. Jayne turned to see the crazy girl leaning against the wall in the narrow strip of hall connecting the stairwell to the main stretch of the ship. She wrung with her hands in front of her chest, and stared at the opposite wall like she could read the future written there.

 

Can she?

 

Jayne clamped his jaw tight, ashamed that he’d let the little dust mite spook him. “Yeah, they is. An’ when they’re gone, this’ll be my ship, an’ the first thing I’m gonna do is throw you an’ your pansy-ass brother off it.”

 

“No,” she whispered, still staring off. “Won’t get the chance.”

 

“That so?” he blustered.

 

“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are going to try to rescue him.” She sniffled, and started to rock. “Book gets closed. Hole in Simon’s head. Little ants invade our ship. Take it. Kaylee goes down, but it takes days for her to die. Inara gets away and takes the girl, but all the softness and beauty is gone. All the red goes blue.”

 

She looked up at him. Every hair on Jayne’s body stood on end as she stared through him. He took a step back.

 

“And Jayne goes squish.”

 

“River?” Inara’s voice interrupted. Jayne jumped again. A moment later, the Companion reached the landing. “Honey? You need to come with me now. You’re brother’s going to be busy for a while. Come on into my shuttle, and you can draw while I talk to the Counselor.”

 

Inara gave Jayne a disappointed, angry glance before mentally dismissing him. The girl’s eyes never left him as Inara put her arm around her shoulder and led her back down the stairs.

 

“They need you,” she murmured.

 

Jayne turned from them and went to his bunk. He loaded the fuck up with all his best girls, and joined the crew in the cargo bay.
 
 
 
Samson samson28 on February 9th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
I could see that happening, great stuff. :)
crazywriterchic: rayne crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you. =D
Missy: jayne cobb // lookin' to kill some folk ever_obsessed on February 9th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Book gets closed.

Such a River line, *g*

I love this one, even if I'm a bit pouty about how short it is but I'm blaming that on the fact that I'm just feeling pouty today for some reason I can't yet unravel, as much as I'm trying.
crazywriterchic: rayne crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Thank you. I always worry about getting her voice right.

Sorry for the shortness, but it was all I could think of.
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crazywriterchic: rayne crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Love that line, myself. I even tried to cut the "fuck" but Jayne wouldn't let me.
Missy: jayne cobb // lookin' to kill some folk ever_obsessed on February 10th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
*giggles insanely at the visual she now has in her head of Jayne, a la Bushwhacked, refusing to cooperate*

Oh, lordie, I needed that right now...
crazywriterchic: evil laff crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
More like grabbing the keyboard away from me, holding it above my head, and typing "f...u...c...k" back in after I had backspaced it out. Then he bopped me on the head with said keyboard and grinned.
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crazywriterchic: evil laff crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
I induced incoherency! Yay me!
ceslas: Jayne Hero ceslas on February 10th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
“They need you,” she murmured.

I am a sucker for Hero Jayne because he is so reluctant and so very, very capable of it. Give him the right motivation (Going squish himself maybehaps) and he could tear down the walls of Jericho with his bare hands, alone >:0)

River's voice? Sublime.
crazywriterchic: rayne crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
he could tear down the walls of Jericho with his bare hands, alone

He so could! And yay! I did a good River voice.
Sophia: dance vervassal on February 10th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
River was spot on, bravo. And I like that you didn't bring in swearing until you were using Jayne's voice.

Memoried!
crazywriterchic: rayne crazywriterchic on February 10th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yay! I got memoried! *wags tail feverishly*
Some ideas are better in theory…: River-monsters romanceguru on February 14th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men are going to try to rescue him.” She sniffled.

Oooh!!! Wonderful character voices! Jayne telling River Serenity will be his and her response. Creepifing. Love the idea that River was his motivation for taking the “suicidal” mission.
lattelady6: M/I - Pray for him. I do. lattelady6 on February 15th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
Wow, beautifully done. YOu do an amazing job with River. Perfect,just perfect!