Title: Alone

Word Count: 100

Characters: Malcolm Reynolds

Rating: T

Summary: Drabble. Mal worries in the night. Prompt: Angst.

Disclaimer - Not mine, not making any money.

The nightmares were different, but the themes were always the same. Loss. Death. Failure. The responsibilities of command weighed heavy, but he had always assumed them with outward confidence. He allowed the fear of failure a voice only in private, where no-one else would hear. He considered asking the doctor for a smoother to help him sleep, but the bitter taste of shame stayed both his hand and his tongue. He was Captain and he protected his crew, even from himself. He believed a strong man should fight his demons alone, not burden others with them. And he was tired.