After some time on the beach they decided to go to one of the many boardwalk arcades.
"Look Simon," Kaylee smiled slyly. "An old-fashioned capture booth!"
She led him away towards it.
Jayne looked around for something to do. "Don't they got real guns?" he grunted.
"It's an arcade Jayne," Zoe sighed. "It has games for children."
"You can play games with guns!" he argued.
"Never mind…" she muttered as she headed towards a flight simulator.
Jayne spotted a pretty lady by the ticket counter. He headed towards her with a leer.
"What do you wanna play?" Mal asked River as they meandered around the room.
"That looks enjoyable," she stated. He followed her eyes to a booth. It looked like you had to knock the jugs down with a ball.
They walked over to it. "Do you wanna go or do you want me to?"
"You can go, Captain."
He paid and picked the ball up. He chucked the ball at the jugs effectively knocking half down.
"What do ya want?" the bored attendant asked as he held up two stuffed toys.
"You pick," he told River. She pointed to a brown puppy dog. Mal took it from the man and handed it to her with a grin.
"May I try?" she asked.
"Yeah. Give the lady a go," he told the man. The man grunted and handed River a ball, already expecting her to miss completely.
She paused, eyeing the target carefully. She threw the ball and every jug toppled over. The attendant's eyes practically popped out of his head.
"No one…I mean no one…has ever been able ta do that," he gaped.
"She's gifted. What does she win?" Mal smiled at her.
"Whatever ruttin' toy she wants."
"I don't want anything."
"What?" Mal and the attendant asked in unison.
"I like this one the best," she explained as she held the puppy Mal won up.
Mal knew he looked like an idiot smiling like he was, but he didn't give a good gorram.
They continued on their way. She held the puppy to her chest with one hand and wrapped the other arm around his waist. He leapt at the sudden contact, but then put his arm around her.
"Thank you for the puppy, Captain."
"You're very welcome, sweetheart."
I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoyed writing them! I love the beach, so I figured I'd write some drabbles based on it…