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FIREFLY: Liquid Courage (Simon)

For the Intoxication Challenge, organized by oxoniensis. My challenge phrase is below, and we were also required to use the words "blood" and "wine" somewhere.

Title: Liquid Courage
Author: voleuse
Fandom: Firefly
Character: Simon
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: Tomorrow, he's going to break the law.
Notes: Pre-series

Wake from your dreams, the drying of your tears,
today we escape, we escape.

- Radiohead

Tomorrow, Simon Tam is going to become a fugitive.

Through his knowledge, money, and name, he will rescue his sister from a government lab. He will break approximately 27 laws in the process. Their pictures will be plastered across the 'verse, stamped with the blood-red of Wanted.

He wonders what his mother will think.

He knows what she would say if she saw him now, her bright baby boy, becoming progressively drunk in a seedy tavern his father wouldn't see fit to spit on.

He doesn't care.

There's only one person in the world who ever treated him like him, and that's River. If she needs help, he'll burn all his bridges after getting her across.

He feels more alive than he's felt in weeks, and he thinks it's the rotgut in his glass, a far cry from the vintage wine that complemented his meal two nights ago. For all his tutelage in fine anesthetics, he knows for a fact that nothing numbs like a generous shot of whiskey.

Tomorrow, Simon is going to leave everything he knows behind. His career, his home, his friends, and most of his family; all vapor once the Alliance places their bounty.

He doesn't care.

Tomorrow, River will be free.


River Tam is supposed to be dead.

That's what her guards think, anyway, though they don't know what brain-twists the higher-ups have put her through. They only know what happened to the others in the program.

She's one of the last, and she should be dead.

When she starts laughing, they get nervous. She's trussed up three different ways, and her cell is locked with the best Alliance tech available.

She's laughing, and when one of them snaps, and asks her what's so funny, she smiles dead-serious.

"He's coming for me." She tosses her hair back, much as she can with her neck braced against the wall. "He's gonna come, and you're gonna die."

The guards are about to laugh at her.

Then the lights go out.


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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 1st, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh you just had the link to this over in your journal. This is great! Atmospheric and crazy-- just what did those men have to do to break her out? I love River's fortitude and confidence, and yay for Simon for doing it :)
Feb. 9th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. I thought it was interesting the show never went into exactly how they got River out, because it couldn't have been cleanly done.
Feb. 24th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
Lovely look at them.
Feb. 25th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
oOOOoooooOOOOoooohhhh, Simon's fear of change and River's manic crazy. Nice combination. Nice connection between two people of opposite life experiences.
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Nice piece. Short and powerful. I especially liked the epigraph by Radiohead. Added that extra edge to it. Well done.
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