title: Digging Up Faith
word count: 200
fandom: Firefly
challenge: #072 – Forgotten and Remembered
summary: what do you expect to find in a graveyard?
author: PaBurke

disclaimer: I own nothing and gain no money from these few words

It was a bad idea to return to Osiris. Sure enough, ten minutes after Serenity had touched down, River had disappeared. Simon hurried to his old home, certain he'd find his sister. She was there, but she hadn't tried to approach the house. Instead, Simon found her in the family cemetery muttering to herself and digging up the oldest grave.

"So sorry, we forgot. History turned to legend, to myth and then fairy tales. Then we forgot altogether."

"River?"

His sister barely looked at him. "We forgot, Simon. Other families came from Earth-That-Was with food or riches, but we came with a box of bones so that we wouldn't forget but we forgot." She finished digging and opened the casket.

"River!"

"We forgot our Faith. It's wrong! She could have helped us. She knew betrayal, confusion and even crazy. She knew being wrong and killing." She pulled a wicked ax-like weapon out of the box. "We remember now. Now, we're five-by-five."

Simon looked at the bones and noticed that the arm had been sawed off and then placed with the body. Also, the skull had been cut diagonally; a violent death for the respectable Tam family.

What had River unearthed?

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