Kaylee leaned over the burner and smelled appreciatively at the contents of the pot.She glanced over at the table set with all its mismatched ware and smiled to see theplate filled with red ripe tomatos. The thin slices sat in a place of honor in thecenter of the table and made her mouth water just to look at them.Humming, she turned off the heat on the warm pot and set it aside, covered and warm.It wouldn't be long now. The lights had stayed on and Serenity was once more on herpath towards..."That good for nothin' piece of.."...BadgerKaylee yelled down the hall, "DINNER!"
Once Inara had made sure that everything on her shuttle was in working order, she slipped out and went in search of Mal. She passed River and Simon on the catwalk and saw Jayne in the cargo bay working out. She checked in the engine room only to find it empty. She wasn't surprised when she found him sitting on the bridge in Wash's chair just staring out into the black. She leaned in the doorway, watching him for a moment before slipping up behind him and putting her hands on his shoulders."They'll be back soon," she reminded him.
Zoe buckled up as Wash pulled the empty shuttle away from Serenity and headed for back for Wash's home planet. Zoe had her sawed off shot gun and extra ammo, even though they weren't necessarly expecting trouble."Pretty sure I saw a parts store 'bout middle of the market."
Simon walked up the stairs only managing to trip a few times in the mostly darkness. He found River on the catwalk laying with her face pressed to the grating. "River? Are you okay mei mei?" He knew that he was more worried than she would be. He hated the idea of drifting... it was frightening to him.
Zoe slid the metal cargo transport box into the cubby and placed the panel back on the wall. She walked through the cargo bay, making sure everything else was secure then walked over to the com system. "Think we're ready for take off, Flyboy," she told Wash on the bridge.
Mal walked into the galley, poured himself a cup of coffee and sat down at the table to begin going over Serenity's books. They needed to find work... after getting to Wash's home planet to let him see his family. That one proved to be interesting.He sipped from the coffee and spread a few sheets out before him. Without even looking he knew that they needed coin. He would send wavs to contacts and see if any was open while Wash was visiting his family. He didn't have to visit them, right?
After talking to Simon for a little while River had wandered through to Serenity until she'd gotten to Jayne's bunk. She knew he was still unloading things into the infirmary so she sat down crosslegged in front of his door and leaned her head back against the wall. She closed her eyes and hummed to herself, dancing in her head to a tune only she heard.
Once they'd gotten the medicines stored away in the infirmary and Wash had gotten them out of immediate danger, Zoe put her guns in her bunk and headed up toward the bridge. Wash was sitting there playing with the dinosaurs at his console. She smiled and walked over to him, putting her arms around him front behind. "Nice flyin' Baby."
Inara heard the other shuttle dock from her shuttle then they burned out into the black as fast as Wash and Kaylee could make her go. There had been no calls over the intercom, nothing to indicate that anyone had been hurt or that things were less than the way they should be. She smiled, knelt in front of her altar and lit some incense, thanking Buddha that everyone had returned alright.
Simon raced through the ship, doctors bag in hand as he heard the shuttle reattatch to Serenity and felt Wash and Kaylee put the ship into full burn. He always got worried when River went on missions, it was something he couldn't help or change. He looked up as people started filing out of the shuttle, a small breath of relief escaping him when he saw River. "How did it go?" He asked no one in particular.