Prompt: writerverse challenge #34 quick fic amnesty, prompt “One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.” (Jack Keroac)
Word Count: 100
Original/Fandom: Firefly (immediately post-Big Damn Movie)
Pairings: Inara Serra/Mal Reynolds
Summary: “Stay, ‘Nara. Just… stay.”
Note(s): originally posted to the writerverse wv_library
After everything was over, when Serenity was spaceworthy again, they moved to a planet near the core, and Inara took her shuttle off to the largest city. She was gone most of the day, and when she returned, she wore a simple dark gown.
“My Companion license lapses in three days,” she said. “And I haven’t renewed it.”
“Any specific plans?” Mal asked.
“I thought I might join a crew,” said Inara. “Know anyone hiring?”
“I…” he began, then stopped. “Stay, ‘Nara. Just… stay, with me. Please.”
She reached for his hand, holding tight. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”