Prompt: writerverse challenge #28 quick fic #9 (“that’s my sister!” & ‘future’)
Bonus: present tense
Word Count: 276
Pairings: River Tam/Jayne Cobb
Summary: Simon knows he should disapprove— but he also knows that he can’t.
Note(s): originally posted to the writerverse wv_library
Simon knows he should disapprove— really, he should strongly object and maybe even try to keep them apart— but he also knows that he can’t. Not now.
River is his sister, and he wants to protect her, but he can’t do it forever. Even if they were still on Osiris, if River had never gone to the Academy, if he was still a fancy doctor and River was a dancer or a mathematician or whatever her genius would have led her to be, eventually she would find someone and leave him behind.
If Simon had any choice, he would never have picked this someone, but wasn’t and River has made her choice.
Jayne is different since Miranda, since Ariel. He’s oddly less afraid of River now that he knows what she is. And maybe it isn’t that odd at all. Maybe that’s why Simon is content to lean against the galley hatchway, watching River and Jayne cleaning their guns at the dining table. Jayne asks something, softly, and River holds out a cleaning cloth, but she doesn’t release it until he has given her a brief, gentle kiss.
Simon turns away, back toward the engine room. Not long ago, Simon wouldn’t have let Jayne anywhere near his baby sister, and he still doesn’t really want to contemplate that he might someday have a mercenary as a brother-in-law, but he doesn’t get to plan River’s future anymore. He had been protecting the girl she had been, but the Alliance had taken her away and made her into a weapon.
And maybe, the best person to care for a weapon-woman is a man who is good with guns.