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Written for serenitysummer: Wash.

Title: With Their Eyelids Shut
Author: voleuse
Fandom: Firefly
Ship: Wash/Zoe
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: They hide in pairs.
Notes: Pre-series, no spoilers



She makes the first move when he doesn't expect it.

One minute, he's explaining the difference between a triceratops and a stegosaurus, not because she asked, but because he thinks it's important to know.

The next minute, she's straddling his chair, her tongue is in his mouth, and he thinks his heart might slam out of his chest from the shock.

Given that, he thinks he recovers quite nicely.

*


The second time, he's just thankful the first time wasn't the fluke.

*


The seventh time, she lets him press her against the ladder of his quarters.

He is, he thinks, the luckiest man in the entire 'verse.

It's only when she laughs against his neck that he realizes he said that out loud.

But he doesn't take it back.

*


The next time they touch down on Persephone, Zoe drags him off the ship with a smile on her face.

He figures they're going to resupply, so when she stops in front of an inn, he's confused.

She tosses a few bills to the clerk in the front, lets someone escort them to a swank room.

The door's barely closed before she's kicking her boots off, yanking her shirt over her head.

Wash stares at her.

She raises an eyebrow. "Now, Wash." She smiles.

And he realizes he's actually, really, truly in love with her.

*


He strokes her hair as she sleeps, and he wonders how long this can last.

He wants it to be forever.

She opens her eyes, and he tells her so.

*


A deal goes bad, and it's a hard burn before they break atmo.

When they're finally in the black, she rubs his neck. He sighs.

"You'll live like this?" she asks, and her voice is quiet.

"Like what?" he asks, because his skin is still buzzing from the retreat.

She doesn't speak for a minute. He watches her reflection in the glass.

"Always on the make," she explains. "Always running. Not many folks'll live like this, by choice."

It clicks, finally, and he spins his chair, faces her.

She's dead serious, and for once, he is, too.

"You chose it," he tells her. "So will I."

She stoops down to kiss him, and he feels it to his toes.

*


On their wedding night, they sit on their bed, in their new quarters.

She's kneeling on the mattress, and he faces her, sitting cross-legged.

"Does this feel weird to you?" he asks. "Being a missus, I mean. You don't seem like one."

She smiles, bright enough to make him gasp.

"Not weird at all," she replies, and clasps his hands in hers. "Nothing weird about it at all."

The funny thing is, that makes perfect sense.

So he closes his eyes and kisses her fingertips.

And when he opens his eyes again, the look on her face is proof for all their vows.


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A/N: Title and summary adapted from Craig Raine's A Martian Sends a Postcard Home. Link courtesy of breathe_poetry.

Originally linked here. Linked on serenitysummer.

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tikvah
Aug. 29th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
That's simply lovely.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
bkwyrm
Aug. 29th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
*sniff* So very them.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
lyea
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
Ergh. Good.

I love Wash/Zoe.

And now I want to see flashbacks or something sometime. Darn that the show is gone.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!

Thanks!
seraphcelene
Aug. 29th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
came across this by way of serenity summer and I have to say that this is beautiful. really really loved it. great job. you've got the characters quite pat. just. love!
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
wedjateye
Aug. 29th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
Just beautiful.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
adjectivegirl
Aug. 29th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
Oh they're so my OTP. SO.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Best couple EVAH.

Thanks!
ship_recs
Aug. 29th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
This is lovely. I love Zoe/Wash.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
v_greyson
Aug. 29th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
hi.

i just read all of these, and they are mind-bendingly good, and pretty much my new canon.

thanks, man. seriously. these are awesome.
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked them!
poisontaster
Aug. 29th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! I've enjoyed all your ficlets... But this one hits me exactly where I live. It's...perfect. Thanks for sharing this!
voleuse
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed them.
_xehra
Aug. 30th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
I absolutely adore this. It's like their romance in gorgeous snapshots :)
voleuse
Sep. 8th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
viciouswishes
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
This is just lovely and so them. Your Zoe is great. I go 'awe' inside.
voleuse
Sep. 8th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
thegranddewru
Oct. 6th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I'm so glad I found this, it's just what I needed today.
voleuse
Oct. 10th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you!
pet_23
Oct. 12th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
Awww. *snif* I loved this. Thank god I followed the pimp from desuete
voleuse
Nov. 28th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you!
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voleuse
Nov. 28th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
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