| A potential immigrant arrives
||[Jun. 4th, 2011|03:52 am]
It's... the only word for it is shiny, Simon. There's technology there I never thought possible!
There may also be somethere there that would help your sister.
Book's right. I won't deny you've come in handy a few times, but that place would be out of reach and you'd be safe.
You want us to go there.
It's your call. I'm just saying it might not be a bad idea to consider it.
It's kind of a permanent decision, isn't it?
No more permanent than kidnapping your sister and becoming a fugitive.
Wait, Mal, we could get one of those 'porter things, those PINs, they called them. Simon could use that to return to the Serenity whenever he wants, right?
I suppose there is that. Wash?
That wouldn't work. They use coordinates, don't they? We're always moving around. Unless there's a way to get that thing to zero in on the ship no matter were we are, I can't see how that would work.
If I might offer a suggestion?
Suggest away, Shepherd.
We will be here for a few days longer, if I understand the situation correctly?
At least a week. We need to wait for the second part of the shipment to get here, and it's been delayed.
Simon, why don't you take a few days, you can spend the days there in the Nexus, look around, find out about the place and get a feel of things, and I'll watch your sister for you. You can see what it has to offer, and make your decision then.
We can still come back here though, right, Mal?
I don't know when we'll be back in these parts, but yeah, Kaylee. If the portal's still here, we'll come by and see if you're still wanting to stay there.
I'll look at those PINs. We might be able to use it to get there at least, even if he can't use it to return to Serenity. The Nexus isn't moving around. I need to find out what kind of range those have first.
Yeah, wouldn't want that thing to up and drop us halfway between here and who the hell knows where.
Fine. I'll go look at this place. You're not leaving without me, right?
Well, shit. He went and uncovered our plan.
Jayne. Like I said, we'll be here at least a week. And River's staying on board till you decide. I'm not about to up and go running off without her babysitter.
As Simon Tam walked around the Nexus, a small overnight bag on his shoulder, the conversation he'd had over dinner with the crew of the Serenity kept playing over in his mind, along with all the cons arguing with the pros the others had pointed out, Shepherd Book in particular.
He admitted he might not even consider checking the place out at all if not for the majority of the sound reasoning coming from Book. Anyone else, he'd be suspicious of ulterior motives, but he knew that Book, regardless of what secrets the man might be hiding, did seem to genuinely care about River.
And he was right; if they did move here, it would put River out of reach of the Alliance. From what he'd been told, even if they did discover the Nexus, as long as River remained within a certain area of the place, they would be powerless to even try to take her back, let alone hurt her in any manner.
That was the most tempting prospect.
Book had mentioned after dinner that he'd asked around about permanent residences in case Simon agreed to at least consider this as an option, and he stopped in front of the two brick buildings, looking at the directions and description Book had written down.
The sign above the office door simply said "Elric Apartments", and the door sported a smaller sign which indicated they were open. The grounds were well cared for, and the presence of a few toys on the walks told him that children lived there. He could make out greenhouses and growing plants on the roof, and a larger building without a sign stood a bit further away, and it looked like offices, or some sort of a professional building.
He opened the door and stuck his head inside. "Hello?"