Step One: Complete

"Say it," she says. Her words are lost on the wind but she knows Mal saw her speak. They walk for another few seconds in silence before he asks her to repeat herself.

"What did you say?"

"Say it," she tells him.

"Say what?"

She tilts her head and looks at him as if he is the one the Alliance experimented on and sent crazy-like. "You know what I mean. You're thinking it right now." She pauses when she senses hesitation in those same thoughts. "Tell her."

"I...River," he tries. He lets out a heavy sigh.

"She would want to know."

"How could you possibly know that? Wait. Ignore that."

Rolling her eyes, she sends him a pointed look and then skips ahead of him. She can feel him behind her, pondering what she just said. Her lips twitch up into a wry smile.

Step 1: Implant the suggestion. Complete.