Chapter Four

The Firefly docked up with the scow and the crews split up: Tranquility headed down to the infirmary. Simon grabbed his med kit and headed for the cargo bay. He stopped when he saw the gear Mal and Zoey were strapping on.

Jayne came up behind him. "Where d' you think you're headed."

Simon pulled his kit to his chest. "Thought I'd offer my services." Jayne walked in front of him and turned. "In case anyone on board required medical attention."

Jayne looked to Mal and Zoey saying, "Well, cap'n and Zoey are goin' in first. We'll hollar if we need you." He shouldered his gun and watched Simon's discomfort. "Something wrong?"

"Hm? Oh! No, no, I-I- I suppose it's just the thought of a little Mylar and glass being the only thing separating a person from... nothing."

"It's impressive what nothing can do to a man," Jayne was clearly pleased with the turn of the conversation. "Like that fella we bumped into." Simon looked at him. "He likely stuck under our belly about now. 'S what space trash does, latches on the first big somethin' stops long enough." Jayne made a face like he had a thought. "Hey, now. That'd be a bit like you and your sister, wouldn't it?" He cocked his gun and walked away, leaving a terrified Simon in his wake.

Simon turned around and saw Cass looking at him. "Hey, Doc? Serens' looking like she might wake. Your sister's with her."

He nodded and went back to the infirmary. "River?" She was standing next to the sleeping warrior woman with a smile on her face.

"It's okay. All shiny now," River said smiling innocently to her brother.

"River, will you go wait in your room? I need to check Miss Christ and then I'll come see you." River only nodded and glided out of the room. Simon donned his gloves and began taking Serenity's pulse.

Serenity stored from her slumber. "Cold."

"Sorry about that. My name is Simon. What's your name?"

"Captain Doctor Serenity M. Christ, Boots and Butterfly's. Firefly class Tranquility."

"Good, can you tell me how you got here?"

"Something hit us in the ass."

"Yes. I'm going to give you something for the pain and then I'll leave you be." He gave her a shot to the neck and told Cass to let him know if Serenity became in pain again. After he headed up to see his sister.