The first baby on Serenity was born exactly seven months and twenty-one days after her father died, born in Simon's clinic like all the others who would follow her. Zoe hadn't smiled in all those months until she looked down at the girl who had her hair and eyes, but, oh, she had Wash's face, and Zoe smiled and laughed and cried all together until Mal put a hand on her shoulder and she looked up at him.

"Miranda," she said and saw that Mal understood – didn't agree, but understood.

"Miranda Washburn," she whispered.

(River wasn't surprised. She had, of course, already known.)


The End!