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Summary: River begins to notice new things about one of her shipmates. Post Serenity.

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Firefly > Non-BtVS/AtS StoriesJmariaFR15103,64201215,1093 Feb 0625 Apr 06Yes

What My Eyes Beheld

Title: What My Eyes Beheld
Author: Jmaria
Theme: Attraction
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Joss is Boss. He owns ‘em
Pairing: Jayne/River
Words: 358
Summary: River notices something she didn’t expect.
Author's Notes: set post Serenity, so spoilers for it.


What My Eyes Beheld

“Is a girl. She’s cute, too. ‘Cept I don’t think she’s all there, you know? Course, not all of her has to be.”

River Tam’s eyes snapped open. Jayne Cobb glared down at the pale skinned girl, his mind flooding hers with his thoughts. Too skinny, too pale, ain’t never seen the sunlight. Off-limits, dong ma? River blinked up at the man, confused at his thoughts.

“Didn’t the captain say somethin’ bout you not sleepin’ on the catwalks no more, moonbrain?” Jayne snapped.

“Not sleeping. Contemplating each screw and bolt and how love keeps her flying,” River replied, sticking her tongue out as if that made her point more solid.

I liked it better when crazy was in her box, Jayne thought as he skirted past her.

“She was naked then,” River murmured, watching his figure faded down the dark corridors.

She took notice of him, now that her mind was clearer and she could function like a girl. She watched him at the meals that seemed to smother them all. It was too quiet, had been since Miranda. Watched his reactions when Zoe announced she was pregnant, saw him smile and suggest Jayne as a name. Mal, Zoe, Inara, Simon and Kaylee were all scarred and fractured images of their former selves, dimmed by the tragedy she led them too. But Jayne was still Jayne, there was nothing to complicate him, make him harder.

She tiptoed past him onto the bridge, heard him hiss and felt him jerk away. But she felt his pull, gravity working it’s will when they would not. Her eyes caught his in a brief moment, chilling her and heating her all at once. Blue to brown, victims of gravity and confinement.



Too skinny, too small, fights like a devil, falls like a girl. Crazy, River, Weapon, Reader. Small. Ain’t right, just unsettlin’. His thoughts pounded at her, worse than Miranda because he was thinking on her. “Please, God, make me a stone, “ she whispered, her eyes steady on his. Jayne just glared and turned from her.

And despite her prayers, she could not tear her gaze away from his fading form.
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