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Ficlet: Can't Take the Sky, PG

Title: Can’t Take the Sky
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Mal Reynolds, Shepherd Book
Word Count: 307
Summary: Star Trek/Firefly x-over. Mal Reynolds on Earth. Birthdayfic for rubynye.
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. Joss Whedon, Fox, or Universal, either. Just so you know.



Mal stares up at the cool blue of San Francisco's sky from the balcony of Cochrane Hall. He'd enjoyed the 'Fleeters' tour in his own way but it was all getting to be too much. He found he actually missed Kirk--that was one man who didn't hold with any gosse.

A welcomingly familiar voice behind him: "Penny for your thoughts?"

"Huh," he says intelligently.

"What did I tell you about faith, Captain?" Book looks contemplative, though only the warm glow of his eyes and slight quirk of the mouth reveal how truly--impressed he is with this place.

"What did I tell you 'bout bein' so gorram smug?" Mal replies mildly.

"I don't recall?" Book answers innocently.

"Mmm." Mal peers down, can see Kaylee talking animatedly with one of the Fleeters, River and Simon grinning nearby. "I always knew where I was out there in the black. Can't say as I know what to do here in the green," he admits. "It's all too good to be true, y'know? Easy life, as much of anything as I ever wanted.."

"'Safe' is the word I believe you're looking for, Captain," Book offers.

"Right. Safe." Mal tastes the word, completely foreign to a boy from Shadow, to a volunteer for the Independents, to the Captain of a ship. "I want to go back to Serenity," he says abruptly. "Back to the Rim. Thete's still things needin' doin' there."

To his surprise, the Shepherd smiles. "Thought you'd never say it."

Mal grunts, but feels the beginnings of a grin. "I'll need a crew..."

"Some say I'm handy in a fight, for a man of the cloth," says Book. "And I'm a decent cook."

He slaps the Shepherd on the shoulder. "That you are," he agrees. "C'mon, let's see if there's any Earthmen worth the name."

And off they go.

Comments

( 15 comments — Add your .02 )
queenmoony
Jan. 3rd, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I love this concept, of Mal on earth, and can't wait for the Firefly/Star Trek crossover to emerge.
Wonderful!
caitri
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks!!
queenmoony
Jan. 3rd, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
P.S. The title "Can't Take the Sky" from the Firefly theme song is INSPIRED!
joirerson
Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Eeeee! Mal would be discontented, wouldn't he? I love seeing Book again! This was a lovely little story, short and sweet.
caitri
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Hee, glad you enjoyed it!
amine_eyes
Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh I love how Mal is so disconcerted, but Book is still there to help him out :D

caitri
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I loved Book--I always felt so robbed that we never got to see more of him than we did.
aadarshinah
Jan. 3rd, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
hmmm... interesting and definately very Mal. Please say there's more, 'cause I've been compulisvely checking your lj since the last one for more of these.
caitri
Jan. 3rd, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
This is sort of a little standalone I did for rubynye's birthday, but there will be more in the Firefly/Trek x-over series that I'm trying to think of a good name for. :)
littlemissgriff
Jan. 4th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Mal's going to be cantankerous and unruly in his rocking chair. While he can do more than beat those damn kids with his cane, he's gonna do it, gorramit!
caitri
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
pretty much!!!! :D
suddenlyswept
Jan. 4th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I love the idea of Mal being on earth and not really enjoying it. Enjoying that it exists but not so much the easier life that would be available.

so YAY mal!

(tho, i am sad this will limit interactions with my beloved stxi crew!)
caitri
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Well, HE likes Jim and the gang. And he's about to go make some trouble. And where there's trouble, where else will the boys be?
alder_knight
Jan. 14th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Hooray for a great series of fics! I loved this crossover a lot. Very nice work.
caitri
Jan. 14th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Hee, I'm glad!
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