Title: Familiar Faces
by Nopporn Wongrassamee
Summary: A series of Firefly crossover shorts wherein Mal and his crew run into some familiar faces.
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to their owners who I'm too lazy to look up and list.Part 4. Bellerophon Hills
The buyer wasn’t exactly what Mal expected. Then again, what other Bellerophon aristocrat would pay to have moonshine
of all things shipped across the System? Although technically speaking, the buyer wasn’t really an aristocrat, or even a Bellerophon native for that matter.
But what really mattered was that he was friendly… and loaded.
“Lemme get this straight, Mr. Clampett,” Mal said to the other man over a glass of shared moonshine. “You was out hunting some game on your land and stumbled across the biggest platinum deposit this side of Earth-That-Was.”
“Ayup,” the buyer replied. “And please, you can just call me Jed.”
!” Granny screamed. “You’re a witch! Begone foul creature. We is good folk here. You’ll not be corrupting any of my family!”
“You’re a witch,” River pointed out quietly, nudging the old woman’s bubbling cauldron for emphasis.
“Don’t be contradictin’ your elders with facts, girl!”
“…so Blue Sun gave me something they called,” Jed’s face screwed up in concentration, “Row Yell Trees or somethin’ like that for the mining rights to my land. Now I’m a rich man. How about that?”
, Jed,” Mal said, impressed. “You must be the luckiest hwoon dahn
in the gorram System. What have you been doing with all your riches?”
“Bought me this here fancy floatin’ island,” Jed said with a negligent wave of his hand. “Aside from this, don’t really need much. Bought the kids a few things though.”
“Aw, look at that, Simon,” Kaylee cooed. “She likes you.”
“She’s certainly got a strong grip,” Simon grunted while being hugged near to death, He turned his head to avoid a sloppy kiss. “And she’s very friendly.”
Kaylee beamed at him then turned to Ellie May. “Don’t they look cute together?”
“Oh yeah,” Ellie May agreed. “I count my lucky stars that one of the ships from Earth-That-Was brought orangutans with ‘em.”
“So how’s your crew, Mal?” Jed asked. “They getting’ on all right?”
“Absolutely,” Mal replied with a grin. “Your family’s much more welcoming than your run of the mill rich folk. You all are a downright friendly bunch.”
Zoë’s punch knocked out the man-boy with the wandering hands. When Jethro came to, he had only one thing to say.
“I think I’m in love.”
“So why this, Jed?” Mal asked. “Why come all the way to Bellerophon to buy yourself a flying island? It’s pretty obvious you woulda been more comfortable back on the old homestead.”
Jed frowned as he considered the question. Then he shrugged.
“This is the place folks said we oughta be.”
Author’s Note: I was going to limit this part to just the Mal and Jed parts, but then gave into temptation.