|sciencegeek (sciencegeek) wrote in axial_tilt,|
@ 2008-03-12 00:14:00
Fic: Safe, Fandom: Harry Potter/Serenity
Fandom: Harry Potter/Firefly
Notes: Much thanks to those that gave slight push to get me to participate in this - while nervous, I did enjoy writing this! To tenninch and florahart for the betaing, and general help, my thanks (and apologies for inflicting my inability to write in one tense on you). Oh, and dorrie6 for organising this.
Disclaimer: Not mine. If they were I’d likely have more than $39.42 in my account.
It's mid-afternoon when Luna sees two figures come over the crest toward her cottage. She wonders where they came from; they don’t look like wizards, she in her large black boots and blue dress, he in his brown pants and collarless shirt with purple waistcoat. He looks around, as if they are lost. She lets them in when they knock, the man polite and holding the girl’s elbow, the girl ignoring Luna in favour of looking around her cottage with her large piercing, dark eyes.
"My name is River," she says, eyes finally settling on Luna.
Luna smiles. "I'm Luna"
"Where are we?" Simon wonders when he realizes they are not with the rest of the crew. He's seen cities with their metallic buildings, and sterility, and the backwater towns that Serenity frequents, but never the lush, green grass, the wires on posts, or the trees he sees here. He sees the back end of a vehicle spewing a grey-ish gas from the back end as it moves away down the road. He doesn’t remember seeing places like this on the Cortex.
"We fell down the rabbit hole, Simon," River tells him. "We should follow the road to the wizard."
When Luna's friends stop by, it isn't like anyone expects. They let themselves in, which surprises River, who manages to knock three of them out before being Stunned. Luna is startled that the waif-like girl can act with such force, but rallies and introduces them while she finds a cloth for Ron’s nose. River apologizes quietly and the rest of the visit goes well; Hermione promises to look into ways of getting them back to Serenity, though Ron seems wary of River.
"You aren’t afraid of me," River says to Luna, after everyone has left.
"I suppose not," Luna replies
Days turn to weeks and Simon and River are still there. One evening, Luna turns on the Wireless, and watches River walk into the room to listen intently to the music before breaking into a dance. Simon and Luna watch her move across the room. Simon smiles – it's the first real smile Luna has seen from him since his arrival. When River passes by them, she grabs Luna’s waist, pulling her into the dance, and Luna allows herself to be led through the movements, and tries not to fall. When the song ends, Luna is breathless, and River is grinning.
Simon finds River sitting with Luna on the floor, with their heads bent together, and their voices low. “She seems happy here” he thinks, as he watches River sketch something, likely something they saw in the forest nearby, or a creature that Luna knew of. He wonders when the peace and calm will end, as the too short peaceful moments often did on Serenity. He wonders if, when a way back to Serenity is found, it is wrong to want to stay here.
River turns and looks up at him "Don't worry, I like it here, and we’re safe now".