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30 September 2011 @ 12:06 am
Fic: The Leaf And The Wind - Firefly, PG-13, Jayne, Wash/Zoe, Angst, Drabble, Romance  
The masses have spoken - Firefly fic it is! (Dean and his BFF came so close though). According to my author notes, I hadn't written fic in a year and a half when I wrote this. Guess Firefly kickstarted my muses. That also means this is my first Firefly fanfic I ever wrote. You will not be shocked to discover that all three of my Firefly fics are Jayne POVs. Is anyone surprised by this? Anyone? No? Thought not. The title is unoriginal, but whatever, it aptly describes them.

This one was written in 2005/2006 (I am not even sure at this point) for the lovely liptonrm, who was in denial about thethingthatneverhappened and beta'd by the awesome oselle. Jayne's observations on Wash & Zoe's relationship. PG-13. A little minor angst for Jayne, obvious romance for Wash/Zoe. 414 words.

Title: The Leaf And The Wind
Author: The Artful Dodger / dodger_sister
Fandom: Firefly
Category: Angst, Drabble, Romance
Character/Pairing: Jayne, Wash/Zoe
Rating: PG-13
Warning: Sexual Situations implied
Spoilers: None
Summary: Jayne reflects on Wash and Zoe's relationship.
Word Count: 414 words.
Date Written: Fall, 2005
Disclaimer: Don't know these people, don't own rights to this show, the characters, or basically anything. Also, I am very poor. All hail Joss Whedon!
Feedback: Bring it. dodger_sister / TheArtofDodger@comcast.net
Beta’d: All the stars the night sky can show me to oselle for the beta.
Author's Notes: This is the first fan-fiction I have written in a year and a half. Firefly has awoken the Beast within and then eaten my soul. The title isn't very original but is there a better way to describe the most perfect marriage in the whole of every fandom everywhere? Thought not.
Dedication: This is for liptonrm, because she has cried every night since seeing the movie of Serenity. May Their Love Live On Forever.

It wasn't like Jayne was envious or anything. He wasn't looking for a significant other. He didn't have time to deal with relationship issues, let alone get settled and make babies.

Though Wash and Zoe weren't exactly settled and they sure as hell weren't making any gorram babies.

Still, Jayne liked his brothels and his street corners. He liked the alleyways behind bars and the cellars that were dug into the earth. Jayne liked to do his business and be on his way. He didn't like the thought of having one person day in and day out, never being able to escape to the quiet empty of Serenity. His bunk was his bunk and nobody else's.

That's the way it was and that's the way Jayne liked it.

Except sometimes he found himself watching them. Watching the way Zoe perched on the console, her leg just brushing against Wash. Watching the way Wash automatically reached for his wife's hand, ran his thumb along the back of it in a reassuring way. Watching the way Zoe would come up behind him, wrap her arms around his neck in a possessive manner.

Jayne liked listening to them too. Wash would whisper to Zoe and she would smile, oblivious to the room full of people around them. Jayne liked the way Zoe referred to Wash as "my man" with a broad unashamed grin.

Jayne even liked the way they argued. Wash using a sterner tone when he was most worried about Zoe going on a mission. Zoe punctuating her words as she walked a tight line between loyalty to her Captain and her husband.

But Jayne especially liked the noises they made at night, as he lay in his bunk and listened through Serenity's thin walls. Zoe's gasps and moans beginning the second the two hit the bed, the only noise Wash making coming right before the end when Zoe's moans turn into little hiccups and Wash growls into her skin. Then Zoe releasing a sigh and Wash murmuring words into her ear, encouraging her to stay awake a few more minutes.

And then the silence that feeds Jayne's imagination. He could see Zoe asleep on her back, Wash leaning over to look at her, caressing her hair, watching the corners of her mouth turn upwards even as she slept.

But Jayne liked his brothels and street corners. He liked the quiet empty of Serenity and his bunk.

And it wasn't like he was envious or anything.

The End
xenaclone: Who would Jayne do?xenaclone on September 30th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
:-) Yeah, snuggling with Helen in the tin foil whorehouse kinda gave him away!
dodger_sister: jayne cobbdodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, Jayne is a little softer than he would like people to think. It's why I love him. ;)

Also, your icon FTW!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 30th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
Love the outsider looking in perspective - because even our Jayne can realize that, despite the arguing and tension and lack of perfection in Zoe and Wash's relationship, they really ARE perfect for each other, and fit together like no one else that we ever see in the 'verse.
dodger_sister: washzoedodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Love the outsider looking in perspective

Thank you, darling!

It always fascinated me how to anyone who doesn't see them the way they are together, Wash and Zoe would seem like the oddest couple from the outside - and yet they are perfect together. My favorite TV married couple by leaps and bounds. So I wanted someone to see all those little things about them that make them what they are.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 4th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
I'd say you nailed it!
ranua: gifted from denig37ranua on September 30th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I always thought Zoe and Wash had such a great relationship. I like Jaynes little bit of wistfulness (that he'd totally deny!)
dodger_sister: washzoedodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I always thought Zoe and Wash had such a great relationship.

Yes, totally. Wash and Zoe did not have the perfect relationship - but that is kind of what made it so perfect. My favorite husband/wife team ever.

I like Jaynes little bit of wistfulness (that he'd totally deny!)

I'm glad that came through the page! Jayne knows he wouldn't be no good in a relationship, but he maybe aches for it a little anyways - and hell yes, he would deny it!
Kate: OTP Jane and Tomceitfianna on September 30th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful and I love how Jayne is a voyeur in his own way, it fits.
dodger_sister: jayne cobbdodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! I always thought Jayne saw more than anyone realized he did. :)
Charlie: Firefly - Jayne serving the crewcharlie_bz on September 30th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I think you're spot on with your Jayne.

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed this fic.
dodger_sister: jayne cobbdodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I think you're spot on with your Jayne.

Jayne is hands-down my favorite (and that is saying something with how much I love everyone on this show) so that is like the best compliment ever. I am stupidly grinning like a loon now.

Thank you for the love!
wolfrider89: Em hugs?wolfrider89 on September 30th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaw, Jayne!

This made me all gooey inside. I really love their relationship, and it was great seeing it through Jayne's eyes.

dodger_sister: washzoedodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
There are so many subtle things I noticed between Wash and Zoe and the way they interact - and you know Jayne is in my head most of the time anyways, so it was fun to write it all from his POV.

I am sorry if I made you all gooey and it got on your sofa or anything, but I am thrilled you liked this, bb!!
wolfrider89wolfrider89 on October 4th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Nah, it just got on my desk, and that's a mess at the best of times. ;)
SamuelJames: Jossverse-Jayne Cobbsamueljames on October 1st, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Beautiful look at Jayne and the love he might want for himself at times.
dodger_sister: jayne cobbdodger_sister on October 4th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! That makes me happy to hear that you enjoyed Jayne in this. I was surprised when writing it how much it came out to be about what Jayne wanted, as well as what Wash/Zoe had. :)