Title: Familiar Faces

by Nopporn Wongrassamee

Summary: A series of Firefly crossover shorts wherein Mal and his crew run into some familiar faces.

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Part 1. Trading Places

"Watch out for the lightning," River was saying. "It comes when you least expect it, and it'll spirit one of us away."

"Aw, no," Jayne moaned. He eyed the perfectly clear sky. There was no hint of cloud never mind lightning. The only notable feature aside from the sun was the arc of the gas giant dominating the horizon. "Doc, you're sis has gone all crazy again. Better get 'er back in the ship before she humps the deal. Right, Mal?"

"Our contacts did want to meet the crew," Mal said thoughtfully. "But if our lil albatross is becoming a might less lucid…" He sighed. "Doc, better take her back in."

"Of course, Captain." Simon said apologetically. "I…" His voice trailed off and his eyes widened.

"Simon?" Kaylee asked. "You okay?"

But Simon was not paying attention. His eyes had locked onto the gas giant in what looked to be surprise. Two words emerged from his lips, almost too faint to be heard.

"Oh boy."