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Summary: Months after Early's visit, things start to change. Will the crew of Serenity be able to handle a grown up River?

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Firefly > Non-BtVS/AtS Stories(Past Donor)sevangelFR1822121,019162445,4677 Nov 056 May 06No


Title: Cough
Series: A new day dawning
Author: Sevangel
Disclaimer: Not mine
Rating: R


“Jayne, you gonna slow down any?” Kaylee asks.

“No.” Jayne grunts, his legs eating up the distance to the general store in long, angry strides.

“No need to bark at us.” Wash says.

“Yeah.” Kaylee agrees.

Jayne ignores them and slams open the door to the general store. “You got that list?”

“Yep.” Kaylee pulls out a piece of paper and starts reading from it. “Cough suppressant, some kind of juice with vitamin C in it, cough drops, and chest rub.”

Jayne heads straight for the medicine aisle and starts looking.

“Here.” Kaylee grabs a bottle of cough suppressant and a jar of chest rub. “You grab the cough drops.”

Jayne grabs a bag of cherry flavored cough drops and follows Kaylee to the counter where Wash is waiting with a couple cans of condensed orange juice. He scowls at the clerk during the entire process and takes the bag without a word.

“He sure is grumpy.” Kaylee comments quietly to Wash. “Well, grumpier than normal.”

“His wife is sick.” Wash replies. “I can understand where he’s coming from although I wouldn’t have punched Simon.”

Kaylee can’t help but giggle though she does tone it down when Jayne’s shoulders tense. “Ya’d think he’d realize hittin’ the doctor who’s gonna fix her ain’t the smartest thing to do.”

“I think the punching was punishment for letting her play in the rain.” Wash says.

“She was havin’ fun though.” Kaylee points out. “Simon said she used to do all kinds of dancin’; she probably misses it.”

Jayne doesn’t say anything but he mentally makes plans to take River out to see some dancin’ or find some on the cortex for her to watch, once she’s better of course.

The walk back to Serenity is faster than the walk to the store, Jayne moving so fast Kaylee and Wash have to jog to keep up with him.

Jayne stomps through the bay and heads straight for the infirmary. He’s surprised and pissed to find Simon sitting on the couch outside instead of inside fixin’ River.

“She’s going to be fine.” Simon jumps up and assures the merc, seeing the livid look on his face.

“What’s wrong with her?” Jayne asks.

“I think she has bronchitis.” Simon replies. “I gave her a shot and within a few days, she should be back to normal.”

“What kinda shot?” Jayne questions, glaring at the doctor.

“An antibiotic.” Simon answers. “It will clear up the infection and help her heal.”

Jayne shoves the bag at him and walks into the infirmary.

“Jayne.” River whispers, trying to sit up on the bed.

“Lay on back down, kitten.” Jayne orders as he steps beside the bed. He pushes the hair off her face, grinding his teeth to find her still hotter than hell. “You need to sleep, kitten.”

“Can’t.” River protests. “Not without my Jayne.”

“I’m right here.” Jayne assures her.

“I had Inara make up the bed in Book’s old room.” Simon says from the doorway. “You two can sleep there and I’ll come check on her in a few hours.”

Jayne nods and scoops River up into his arms.

“Cooollld.” River whimpers.

“I know, kitten.” Jayne carries her out of the infirmary and towards the passenger wing. “We’ll get you warmed up in a second.”

River rests her head on his shoulder and closes her eyes, her body completely exhausted. She doesn’t even open them when Jayne lays her down, just curls up into a ball with a moan.

Jayne strips down to his boxers in a flash and then lies down beside River on the smallish bed. He grabs the covers folded neatly at the foot of the bed and pulls them up. Then he wraps himself completely around River until her body is cocooned by his.

River burrows into Jayne’s body with a sigh. He’s so warm and she’s so cold. She feels him press a kiss against her forehead and smiles softly at the gesture. “Love you, my Jayne.”

“Love you too, kitten.” Jayne whispers. “Now, go to sleep.”

River closes her eyes again and drifts off, knowing she’s completely safe surrounded by her Jayne.

Jayne waits until he knows she fast asleep before even closing his eyes. He doesn’t really sleep, just kinda rests. So, when after a few hours, somebody knocks softly on the door, he’s awake to answer. “Yeah.”

“It’s me.” Simon opens the door and walks over to the bed, his medpack in his hand. “How is she sleeping?”

“Okay.” Jayne replies.

“That’s good.” Simon sets the bag down on the table next to the bed. “Uh, where is she?”

Jayne rolls over, bringing River with him, until she’s on the edge of the bed. “Right here.”

Simon pulls out some equipment and quietly examines his sister. “Her temperature went down.” He comments. “But her breathing is still dragging.”

“What’s the gorram hell does that mean?” Jayne growls quietly.

“The mucus hasn’t broken up completely yet.” Simon explains. “When it does, she’s going to do a lot of heavy and painful coughing.”

“Then give her that cough stuff.” Jayne orders.

“It will only delay it.” Simon replies. “She needs to get it loose and out of her system. But I can apply some of the chest rub.” He grabs the jar and opens it.

Jayne glares at him. “You ain’t rubbin’ nothin’ on her.”

Simon rolls his eyes. “Jayne, she’s my sister.”

“Don’t matter.” Jayne holds out his hand. “I’ll do it.”

“Fine.” Simon hands him the jar. “Apply it generously all over her chest and let it dry before you cover her back up. I’ll be back to check on her again in a couple hours.”

Jayne nods and waits until Simon is gone before pulling River’s shirt up. He swallows heavily at the sight of his wife’s naked chest and has to remind himself that she’s sick and in no condition to be sexin’. But even so, he can’t help but to rub his thumbs over her little hard nipples.

River moans and opens her eyes.

“Oh, kitten, I’m sorry.” Jayne moves his hands back up to finish applying the cream. “Just couldn’t help myself.”

“It’s okay.” River whispers. “I like that you can’t not touch me.”

Jayne finishes applying the cream and then tosses the jar over to the table. “Your own fault for bein’ so gorram beautiful.” He says.

River smiles up at him. “Kiss me.”

Jayne leans down and kisses her nose.

River scowls up at him. “I didn’t mean like that.”

“I know.” Jayne replies. “But I ain’t even gonna torture myself that way. We ain’t doin’ nothin’ till your all better so you best get back to healin’.”

“Fine.” River pouts. “But you have to sleep this time too.”

“Fine.” Jayne agrees. He rolls them back over until River is against the wall.

River burrows back into Jayne’s body and closes her eyes again.

Jayne follows River’s lead and goes to sleep, his arms wrapped tight around her.


Jayne wakes up instantly, his body shaking with River’s cough. She’s still burrowed into him as far as she can get but she’s coughing so hard that he can feel tears on his bare chest. She stops for a second and he listens as she tries to take in air. He’s off the bed and opening the door within a second. “SIMON!” Then he runs back over to the bed and sits down beside River, rubbing gentle circles on her back as she coughs over and over again.

“What?” Simon pants, running into the room, Mal right on his heels.

“Fix her.” Jayne demands.

Simon listens to River cough for a second and grabs his stethoscope. “Sit her up.”

Jayne sits River up, despite her protests, and leans her against his side.

Simon places the stethoscope against her chest and listens to her cough a few times before placing it against her back. Once he’s done listening, he walks over to grab the trashcan and sets it beside the bed.

“Well?” Jayne bellows. “Why ain’t you fixin’ her?”

“Her body is fixing itself, Jayne.” Simon steps back until he’s standing partially behind the captain. “The antibiotic broke up the mucus and now her body is getting rid of it.”

“Gorramit, listen to her.” Jayne demands. “That can’t be good.”

“Actually, it is.” Simon replies. “The reason her coughs sound so wet is because she’s coughing up the mucus, which she needs to dispose of instead of swallowing.”

“It’s gross.” River protests around a cough.

“I know.” Simon agrees. “But I hardly think Jayne is going to be bothered by you spitting.”

“Won’t be bothered in the least, kitten.” Jayne assures her. “You just get rid of that snot.”

“Let her sleep on the edge this time.” Simon says. “So she’ll be closer to the trash can.”

“Alright.” Jayne agrees.

“Mei-mei, are you hungry or thirsty?” Simon asks.

“Thirsty.” River answers. “Not hungry.”

“Good thing I’m here than, ain’t it?” Kaylee says. “Got ya some orange juice, River.”

“Thank you.” River says, taking the glass Kaylee is holding out to her. She thirstily guzzles down the orange juice, liking how it feels going down her chest. She hands the empty glass back to Kaylee and lays down, ready to go back to sleep.

“I’ll be back in a few hours.” Simon tells Jayne.

“Okay.” Jayne replies as he lies back down. He rubs River’s back as she coughs and tries not to flinch each time she bends over to spit into the trashcan. This goes on for what has to be an hour before she finally stops coughing long enough for her to fall asleep. He goes back to his not sleeping state with his arms wrapped tight around her.


“How ya feelin’?” Kaylee asks, plopping down onto the bed River is sitting up on.

“Better.” River replies.

“Yeah, I figured ya had to be close to healed if’n Jayne left your side.” Kaylee comments. “Don’t think he’s been outa this room in three days.”

“I know.” River agrees. “But he kept pacing and it was driving me nuts so I made him go lift weights.”

“Gotta lot of build up energy?” Kaylee asks with a grin.

“Yes.” River grins back. “Seeing how he hasn’t had sex in four whole days.”

“Oh, mei-mei, I don’t want to hear about that.” Simon says from the doorway.

River and Kaylee giggle.

“Well, I haven’t heard that in a while.” Simon smiles. He sets his bag on the bedside table and pulls out equipment. “98.6, perfectly normal.” Then he finishes examining her and sets the equipment back into his back with a relieved sigh.

“What?” Jayne asks, rushing into the room at Simon’s sigh. “Somethin’ wrong?”

“No.” Simon replies. “She’s almost back to normal. The antibiotics should be out of her system in a day or so and by that time, her cough should be completely gone. Her temperature is back to normal.”

“You’re sure?” Jayne demands.

“Yes, I’m sure.” Simon assures him. “She’s fine, Jayne.”

Jayne closes his eyes briefly in relief. He then pats Simon on the back, the smaller man stumbling forward a few steps. “Thanks, doc.” Jayne says. “And I’m sorry bout the black eye.”

Simon nods. “You were worried, I understand.”

“Yeah.” Jayne agrees.

“Simon?” River says.

“Yes?” Simon looks down at his sister.

“Tell Jayne I can take a shower.” River says.

“Of course you can take a shower.” Simon’s forehead furrows in confusion. “Why wouldn’t you be able to take a shower?”

“Jayne thought it would be overtaxing.” River replies. She places her feet on the ground and stretches with a pain-filled moan.

“What’s wrong, kitten?” Jayne asks, knowing the moan wasn’t a pleasure one.

“My body was protesting.” River replies. “It is unused to standing up.”

“Then you ain’t takin’ a shower.” Jayne orders. “Ain’t havin’ you fallin’ down or somethin’.”

“Jayne, I feel dirty.” River argues. “My skin is filmy and my hair smells. I need to get clean.”

“Fine.” Jayne replies. “But I’m gonna be there to make sure you don’t fall or nothin’. Kaylee, help River on down to the shower room and I’ll go get our clothes.”

“Okay.” Kaylee holds out her hand to River. “C’mon, River.”

River takes Kaylee’s hand and lets the mechanic lead her out of the passenger room.

“You can sleep in your bunk tonight.” Simon says to Jayne.

“You sure?” Jayne replies.

“Yes.” Simon says. “I know if she so much as moves wrong you’ll call me and she’s well enough that she doesn’t need me checking up on her all the time. I’ll examine her in the morning but that’s it.”

Jayne nods and leaves the room. He makes a brief stop in their bunk to grab some clothes for both of them and then heads to the shower room.

“She’s brushin’ her teeth.” Kaylee says to Jayne as the pass.

“Thanks, Kaylee.” Jayne pats the mechanic gently on the back and opens the shower room door. “Hey, kitten.”

“Hello, Jayne.” River rinses off her toothbrush and sets it down before turning to face her husband. Looking him in the eyes, she pulls his shirt over her head and drops it to the ground. Then she places her fingers in the waistband of her panties and pushes them down her hips. She turns around and places her hand under the flow of water to test its temperature. Then throwing a look over her shoulder, she steps into the shower and leaves the curtain open.

Jayne’s fists clench at his sides as he watches River wash her hair, the wet locks sticking to her equally wet body. When she grabs a bar of soup and lathers up her hands, he takes a step forward. Then she’s rubbing her soapy hands all over her body and he has to bite his lip to keep from groaning. When she brushes her hands over the tiny triangle of hair between her legs, he unclenches his fists and strips down in seconds. He knows an invitation when he sees one and River rubbin’ at herself with soapy fingers is practically an engraved invitation.

“Took you long enough.” River whispers when Jayne steps into the shower.

“Maybe I just like watchin’.” Jayne says as he pulls her against his body.

River stands up on her tiptoes and wraps her arms around his neck. “Kiss me.”

Jayne kisses her nose, laughing when she growls at him. Then he places his mouth on hers and kisses her with all the pent-up lust of four days.

River whimpers as Jayne devours her mouth. And when his hands slide down her body, she jumps up and wraps her legs around his waist.

Jayne reaches between them to test River’s body. He slips three fingers inside her and pumps them until she breaks their kiss to lean back against the wall with a pant. “Inside.” River pleads. “Need you inside.”

Jayne pulls his fingers out and then uses them to spread open her folds. Then he pushes deep inside her and stops, just enjoying the sensation of being back inside her. He drags his mouth to lick at her breasts, missing the little globes. He starts thrusting shallowly, his teeth nipping and tugging at River’s nipples while his hands massage her ass.

“Oh…..mmm…Jayyynee….” River moans, tightening her legs around his hips. “Harder.”

Jayne obeys and pushes hard and deep into her body once before returning to his shallow thrusts.

River squeals and digs her nails into his shoulders. She squeezes her internal muscles around his cock, smiling when he groans. Then she does it again and again until he starts really thrusting into her.

Jayne groans around River’s breasts, his eyes crossing at the feel of her tight muscles clenching around him. Gorram, but if he didn’t miss bein’ inside her. He brings a hand around to find her clit as he thrusts heavily into her. He massages her clit in time with his thrusts and when she spasms around him, he lets himself follow her.

River moans as Jayne rubs her clit, thrusts inside her, and sucks at her breasts. She missed this, missed having him inside her. Then she’s screaming as he throws her into an orgasm, her nails digging into his back and her head leaning against the wall as she’s raked with pleasure.

“Gorram, if I ain’t missed this.” Jayne mumbles against River’s chest.

“Me too.” River agrees.

Jayne pulls out and helps River to her feet.

“Jayne.” River whispers.

“Yeah, kitten?” Jayne replies.

“I’m sorry for playing in the rain.” River says.

“I know you are.” Jayne pulls her against his chest and drops a kiss on her forehead. “Don’t go doin’ it again, dong ma?”

“Okay.” River agrees. “Jayne?”


“Will you dance with me?” River quietly.

“There ain’t no music.” Jayne replies.

“Don’t need music.” River wraps her arms around his neck and lays her head against his chest. “Please?”

Jayne wraps his arms around her waist and pulls her against his body as they sway softly, the shower spraying over them.

River smiles happily against Jayne’s chest as they dance under the shower. He’s not a very skilled dancer and she knows he wouldn’t do it in front of other people but that doesn’t matter. This is the best dance she’s ever had and he’s the only partner she’ll ever want.


The End?

You have reached the end of "A new Day Dawning" – so far. This story is incomplete and the last chapter was posted on 6 May 06.

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