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Fic: Gao Guhn, Star Trek/Firefly x-over, PG

Title: Gao Guhn
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: n/a
Word Count: 831
Summary: Star Trek/Firefly x-over. Captain and Captain. Written for mallorypen's birthday.
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Paramount or Bad Robot. Just so you know.



Gao Guhn

“Dude. You’ve got to be kidding me!” The man-boy’s words are appalled, and Mal winces as he quite literally bites his tongue.

“What?” he asks with false patience. For the millionth time, he wonders why he of all people seems predisposed to pick up strange folks like lost cats. First the doctor and the moonbeam—and yeah, okay, they have a first rate surgeon on the crew now, but his sister is a handful. And now this…this… Mal sighs. He doesn’t even know what this guy is.

“It’s just—you know—“ Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise—if that even is a real ship, Dao-Gao-Yee-Chi Moh-Gao-Yee-Juhn, and Mal is not entirely inclined to believe it—looks slightly apologetic, possibly even embarassed.

“Spit it out, son,” Mal says harshly. “You got words, use ‘em. Dong ma?

Kirk makes a face. “Got it. It’s just—“ He sticks his thumbs under the suspenders—Mal’s own, most worn pair, thanks much—and pulls them up illustratively. “I feel like Huckleberry Finn in these.”

“Beggars ought not be choosers, chwen,” Mal answers. “We found you with nothin’, and I’m relyin’ on you to keep your word. We get you back to your folk, I’m expecting that—that—whatever Kaylee wanted.” Some piece of equipment; whatever it was made his mechanic’s eyes grow large, and Wash wasn’t far behind on the coveting side.

“You’ll get it,” Kirk says, making another face. “Dilithium converter. Scotty won’t argue. Don’t worry, I’m good for it.”

“Better. C’mon then.” Mal gestures, and Kirk follows him to the common room, still tucking in the battered linen shirt. It’s about time to head out, and the rest of the crew needs to meet their new guest.

Everyone is civil enough, at least. The man-boy has most of the women folk charmed in minutes, Kaylee and Zoe both beaming at him. Wash is polite and cheerful, the Shepherd reserved. Tam eyes him skittishly at first, then more so when Jayne spies the still-fading bruises over Kirk’s cheekbones.

“What’s that then, pretty boy?”

Kirk looks rueful. “Alliance trooper and his four best friends wanted to dance. I didn’t.” He grins a little, then, sharing a look with Mal. “I wasn’t doing too bad, when your Captain jumped in. I appreciated the help.”

Mal grins back. “It was a good fight,” he says to Jayne. “Shoulda been there.”

The mercenary snorts with approval. “Five troopers, huh? Can’t be too bad then, huh, Shwei.” He punches Kirk in the shoulder, making a small grunt of surprise when he discovers the lithe, wiry form is well-muscled beneath the loose-fitting clothing.

Kirk absorbs the impact, and meets Jayne’s gaze, eyes half-lidded in lazy arrogance. “I’m good in a fight,” is all he says.

“He survives. It’s what he does best.” A quiet voice, and they all turn to it. River joins them carefully, bare feet moving across the ship in that odd, balletic way of hers, until she’s face to face with Kirk herself. “You ran the numbers, you always do. Eight thousand, four thousand, and you make up nine.”

They are all silent, none of them with a clue of what she’s talking about.

Kirk does, though. “That’s right,” he says quietly, head cocked to the side. “Telepath?”

River shakes her head. “I hear and see, but I can’t sift. Infinite diversity in infinite combinations cannot compensate for human hybrids, not even now.” She pauses. “He’ll be here soon, though, him and the lonely man.”

Kirk relaxes visibly. “Any idea how soon?”

River shrugs, and gives him a small grin. “Soon enough.” She turns to her brother. “His friend is a doctor, dammit, not an engineer, but he might be able to reintegrate some of my circuits back to their authorized settings.” She spits her tongue out. “You won’t like his language. No Mandarin.”

“I see,” Tam says slowly, clearly not. He takes River by the arm. “Let’s get you to the infirmary, it’s time for your medicine.”

As they go, Kirk says, “When we find my ship, we might be able to help her.”

Tam turns back, opening his mouth to say something. He thinks better of it, then nods. “Thank you for the offer,” he says, and the two disappear.

As if that were some sort of signal, the others melt away, back to their jobs. All but Mal and Zoe, and Kirk.

Zoe turns to Kirk, frowning. “You seem awful certain of your people, ‘Captain,’” she says, emphasizing his title. “You think you can deliver all you promise?”

The other man grins—an honest one, this time. “I am certain of my people, Captain,” he says, to him and Zoe both. “They’re the best crew in the fleet.”

Zoe shoots him another look, then nods to Mal and heads up to the bridge to see her husband.

The two Captains are left on their own. “This’ll be interestin’,” Mal says. “Shiny even.”

“Tell me about it,” Kirk agrees.

And of course, it is.

Comments

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thistlerose
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
This was so much fun. I especially loved River's reaction to Jim. Not only could I hear Summer Glau quite clearly, her reference to Bones made me laugh.
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
<3333

You have no idea how much it means to me that you "hear" River. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
rozenmakai
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Is there gonna be more?? because this is quite awesome, I wanna see the Firefly crew meet the Star Trek crew :D

Really <3 River in this
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Good question. gadgetorious and I have been planning an epic x-over fic at some point, we just need to find time to do it.

In the meantime, have a little drabble.
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wyntreaurora
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
OMG! bb you *must* write more of this, even if it's just little snippets here and there bc your Firefly voices are just as spot-on as your Trek voices and the idea?! I'm sure it exists in other places but I haven't seen it and I don't know how I never thought of the x-over sooner :D soooo awesome!
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
gadgetorious and I have talked about doing a crossover together, so it's on the list. With, er, all the other things I need to be doing.

So, er, have a drabble for the meantime.

Edited at 2010-12-11 06:05 am (UTC)
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sail_aweigh
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
You wrote Firefly/AOS?? ::runs to hit 'friend' button:: There's no way I can miss more of this! ::hustles off to read drabble::
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
*complete deadpan* Hi, my name is Cait. I am an epic nerd.
avictoriangirl
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
YAY! Another awesome x-over! And I must agree with thistlerose, you write a perfect River. ♥
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
*beams at you* Dude, that makes me so happy you don't even know.
tocourtdisaster
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
This is awesome! I love how you've written everyone and I'd love to see more of Jim and Mal interacting (and butting heads?). :)
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
Jim and Mal. Epic best friends who would jump into a fist fight, then after everyone is down, get into an argument and fight each other. Then crack each other up and get drunk.

Totes.
rovardotter
Dec. 11th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Yay, it's priceless! Jim and Mel, they are real something together. As must be Keylee and Scotty, doctor and Spock (with all their stick-in-the-rear-end attitude) and McCoy and all these crazy and amazing people \o/
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks!!
joirerson
Dec. 11th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
*incomprehensible squeeing sounds*

I am a little bit of a crazed fangirl for Firefly, so you don't even know how happy this is making me! Oh, I'm just going to go back to squeeing, now.
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
*pat pat* Completely understood. *grins*
adafrog
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Loved it!
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks!
elfsausage
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
*flails* Oh I hope you write some more of this one day coz it's just brilliant! I like that River & Jim understand each other :D
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hee, yeah, here's hoping. Thank you!!! :)
amine_eyes
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh!!!!! I love how Mal notices the difference between Jim's grins :D

Also, just in love with this :D
caitri
Dec. 11th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Mal's an observant fellow. And he and Jim have had time to get into some nandu together. :D
greek_jester
Dec. 11th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is nice. Very nice, indeed. I could 'hear' them all so clearly, particularly River - you got her so perfectly that it was almost creepy!

You do realise that this snippet has a teaser feel to it, don't you? It just feels like there should be a whole, multi chapter epic following/preceding it.
caitri
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
*sheepish look* So people keep telling me. I'll see what I can do...
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normalhumanbein
Dec. 11th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
...And now I'm just going to stare plaintively at my screen until more appears.

I love that this manages to feel fun and dangerous at the same time, and the bit of River/Jim interaction was lovely - it's great that she makes perfect sense once she's talking to the right person.
caitri
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
In my head Jim and River have quite the connection--IDEK. I appreciate the thoughts on the fun/dangerous vibe a lot--that was something that hadn't occured to me! :)
rhiannon_flying
Dec. 11th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Okay, first of all *flails* so much love for you for writing Firefly. I agree with those above that say you write River perfectly.

And Mal. And Jim. Okay, I'm gonna shut up now and go re-read. Please can we have more soon?
caitri
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
It's in the queue, trust me. ;)
kilala10
Dec. 12th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I love you *W* best crossover ever~~
caitri
Dec. 12th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
:D <3
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