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Time to Say Good-bye

Mal was on the bridge after checking on Sadie and rebandaging his newly reopened wound. He lets out a groan and a whince as he sits in the pilot's seat to think.

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"Work you stupid freaking.... Oh, there we go," says a voice behind him.
He looks over his shoulder at her. "Should't you be restin', hue die?" he asks with his general straigth forewordness.
She looks back, old signs of strain and weariness on her face and a totally different outfit on than when he saw her last. A very tall, dark-haired young man looked over her shoulder with fey brown eyes.

"Ben doin' that plenty, Cap," she said softly, hugging what looked like the pair of pants she'd been borrowing.
BLINK BLINK!

He stands instantly which hurt his side more than ever which also made him wince and back up as he reaches for his gun.

"Sadie! Who th' HELL is THAT!?" he cries with slight anger and pain and well, surprise.
"Cap, ya don't understand. The place I don't belong... it's here." She bit her lip and looked up.
He stares at her a moment.

"What you talkin' about, Sadie? Course ya belong here! You're on my crew!"
She swallowed and shook her head. "I'm too different. I make this reality jangle. I... I'm sorry."
Mal just stares at his pilot.

"You know? I'd think you'd make up a better excuse, hue die." he states softly and slowly after a considerable pause. "I mean, geesh, we've got River an' Reavers an' Hell even Jayne! an' you think you're different?"

He shakes his head. "Fine. You wanna leave? Leave."

He was only a bit miffed. And hurt. Ok, maybe, very hurt and just a bit miffed.
She hugged them to her chest, sobs shaking her shoulders again.

Sam made a little motion toward her, as though he wanted to comfort her, but then stood back again watchfully.
Mal pushes his lips together for a moment before, after a slight moment of hesitation, he pulls her into a hug. "K now, hue die. Stop cryin'. he says softly.
She snuggled close with her eyes closed and her antennae hidden in her hair, falling silent though sobs still shook her from time to time.

And Sam turned away so that this other Cap couldn't see him crying too.
Mal sighs and holds her close. "It's gonna be alright, hue die. I ain't mad or nuthin'." he says trying to calm her. "Sad yeah. Mad no."

Another sigh.
*hugs* I'm so sorry, honey. When I'm not at school, I'm at work and when I not doing either of those I'm doing homework, so I appear offline. I do want to hear all about your crossover though :P I'll try to be on tonight and tag you! *hugs*
"Bend but not break," he said softly, eyes losing focus. "Tremble but not shake. That's not broken, Gabriel. It's a tear."

Sadie looked at him with concern.

September 2007

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