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Pitter Patter: Chapter 4-Complete (firefly)

Mal and Inara
Story Title: Pitter Patter
Chapter Title: Bedtime is for Bargaining
Fandom: Firefly
Story: Pitter Patter
Story Part: 4 of 4
Author: truthmaker
Characters: Mal, Inara, River, Jayne
Pairings: Mal/Inara, Rayne
Rating: PG
Setting: Post BDM
Word Count: 875
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em and couldn’t afford ‘em if I wanted to.
Beta: Beta by the beautiful night_lotus
Chapter Summary: Explainations are given, plans are made. And the mother is finally revealed.

Part 1: No Pitter Patter of Little Feet
Part 2: A Night of Revelations
Part 3: A Breakfast of Pistols and Truth

This verse also contains a oneshot prequel Dance With Me but it is not essential for this story.



“So, she really doesn’t know who the father is?”

Inara lifted her head from its resting place on Mal’s chest before responding. “Not really. She said she knew when it happened, but that she was, well, uncertain as to the other person involved.”

Mal reclined back into his pillow with a sigh. “You’d think that would be one of those details you’d catch.”

Inara chuckled with her reply. “It seems alcohol may have played a part.”

Mal chuckled as well, before turning serious once again.

“Things are gonna have to change,” he said, placing the captain hat firmly on his head. “We’ll have to keep to safer jobs.”

Inara’s expression hardened, and her voice was distant when she replied. “Zoe’s pregnant, Mal, not an invalid.”

He raised his head, meeting her narrowed eyes. “Think I don’t know that?” He allowed his weariness to show as he continued. “Truth is, ain’t one on this ship don’t feel like family. It’d hurt to lose any one of them.”

Her expression softened. “Even Jayne?” she asked.

His smile reached his eyes as he replied. “Even Jayne.”

Eventually, Inara’s head returned to its resting position, but not before she adorned a scar on his chest with a kiss.

Mal sighed with appreciation, but the weariness and tension did not leave him. Finally he put words to his thoughts. “Safer jobs means less risk. Less risk means less reward.”

Inara’s words wafted up to him, though her head still rested upon his chest. “You are worried that we will go broke and end up adrift.”

He smiled, still resting his head on the pillow. “How is it you know me so well?”

“I’m a retired Companion, trained to read men.” Trepidation slipped into her voice as she continued, “And I may have snuck a glance at your ledgers last week.”

His replying chuckle allowed her to again relax.

Inara looked up, meeting his eye as she continued. “I have a suggestion in that area. I think we should rent out Shuttle One .”

“Your shuttle?” the surprise was clearly evident in Mal’s voice. “But that’s your sanctuary. You said…”

“Mal,” she cut him off, “I’m not a Companion anymore. I’m no longer entertaining clients.” She held up a hand, cutting short his interruption before it was uttered. “It is nice, having my own space, but renting that shuttle can bring in some real credits on a regular basis. While a sanctuary is nice, I like to eat on a regular basis even more.”

Mal thought on it for a while before asking, “Are you sure?”

“Yes,” Inara nodded with her reply, “It’s the best choice for the good of the crew.”

“Ya know,” Mal began. “Just ‘cause you’re givin’ up your shuttle don’t mean you can’t have a sanctuary. We can move your stuff down to one of the passenger dorms. There’d be plenty o’ room for you to sanctuarize.”

“Sanctuarize?” Inara inquired with a grin on her lips.

Mal met her grin with a smile of his own. “Likely even be room for when you ladies wanna gather and make yourselves all pretty like.”

“So, are you saying I’m not pretty now?”

Mal didn’t even pause before responding. “You are the most beautiful lady I’ve ever known.”

He was rewarded once again with a kiss, this time on the lips.

***

River smiled a deep, joyful grin.

“What you smilin’ at, baby doll?” Jayne asked in a gruff tone.

“Captain and Companion… both sacrificed… damage mended… wounds healed.”

“Well ya don’t hafta sound so smug about it,” Jayne grumbled.

She lifted her head from its resting place, trying to catch his eye, but he refused to meet her gaze.

“He is angry,” River observed; the confusion evident in her tone. “Does he not want peace between their crewmates?”

“Ain’t that,” Jayne replied, still refusing to look her in the face.

Realization dawned for River, “He is angry with me.”

“Not angry,” he was quick to correct, “Just…”

She waited, knowing he had to find the words for this himself.

Finally he broke the silence. “You broke yer word…”

“Promised to protect,” she quietly supplied.

“And Mal…” he stutteringly continued.

“There was no danger,” she assured him. “I saw no malice in his heart. He just wanted to hear.” In barely more than a whisper, she added, “As did she.”

“Hear? What…” realization dawned for the gun hand this time, “I never?”

“She has felt it, here.” River placed a hand over her heart. “Seen it here,” her hand moved to her eye. “But never before here,” she finished with her hand cupped to her ear.

“I’m sorry.” The words seemed far too little, but they were the only ones Jayne had.

“He speaks with actions,” she explained before the silence could draw out too long. “Words are not his native tongue. She knows this and loves him for it.” “Still,” she added, “It was nice to hear.”

He placed a kiss on her forehead before replying. “You are too good for me.”

“That,” she stated firmly, “is an impossibility.”

They shared a quick kiss before lying down for sleep. “Good night, my Janye,” she said, her words heavy with sleep.

“Good night, baby doll,” he responded. “I love you, River.”

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
goddessofbirth
Nov. 15th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww!!! Lovely end to the series.
truthmaker
Nov. 16th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Thanks!
sunshineali
Nov. 15th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
Sweet as spun sugar. Now I've got a toothache. :)
truthmaker
Nov. 16th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
My work here is done. :)
eneumann
Nov. 15th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
And now I can start my day at work happily! Thanks! :)
truthmaker
Nov. 16th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Any time lass.
night_lotus
Nov. 19th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I loved the big reveal in this and Jayne, of course, made me melt yet again.

I hope there will be more, more, more! :-)

~NL
truthmaker
Nov. 21st, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
That's it for this particular story. There is more in this verse. And there will be still more in this verse.

I've got 1 oneshot posted, 1 written (needs beta before posting) and at least one more that is in the process of being written.

Also, there will be 1 (maybe 2) more multi-part fics in this verse.

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