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Firefly Ficlets: Tall Card (Fun and Games #1)

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it IS, in fact, the sequel series to Carnival

Welcome to Fun and Games.


Title: Tall Card
Author: alianora
Series: Fun and Games
Summery: Jayne plays cards. River…helps.
A/N: Find info on Tall Card here

He didn’t think much of it when the girl plunked herself and her gorram turtle beside him at the table.

He’d gotten used to her coming to bedevil him at all hours, so he really didn’t even do much besides grunt and try and shake her off his arm a time or two.

It wasn’t ‘til he gave up on getting his arm back and looked to his cards that he realized the whole table was staring at him.

The doc’s face was all kinds of funny, eyes all wide and mouth hanging open.


Maybe the doc got a bad hand or something.

Jayne ignored the weird look the captain was giving him, and turned back to his cards. The girl was leaning over his arm, her hair falling down over the cards and getting in the way. She was perched on the very edge of her chair, and was using his arm as a prop to keep her upright.

There weren’t no way this was gonna work.

“Girl, you gotta move,” he growled, trying to focus on the game.

Although the game weren’t exactly going nowhere. The preacher, the captain and the doc all seemed kinda frozen or something.

The girl turned her head to look up at him, pulling his attention from the bizarre actions of the others. She blinked those awful big eyes, and he tensed, trying to shield himself from whatever crazy thing she was about to talk him into. But she just looked back down at his cards, one little hand braced on his thigh, and her other one holding his wrist steady.

The captain cleared his throat, and Jayne jumped in surprise, nearly knocking the girl completely off the chair. But he managed to grab her by the wrist and drag her up far enough that she could use his leg as a ladder to climb back up.

Of course, this time, she climbed right over him and leaned back against him, nearly in his lap.

You’d think the girl would know better by now.

“We so ain’t doing this again,” he told the back of her head.

“Again?” the doc said faintly.

Jayne ignored him. “Git,” he told her sternly, wrapping the hand he weren’t holding cards with ‘round her waist and trying to move her.

She was awful hard to budge for someone so little.

She shook her head. “The cards would like help,” she explained, twisting in his lap to look at him earnestly. “They think you don’t know how to play.”

He glared at her.

She smiled innocently. “Turtle would like to play.”

“Turtle don’t know how to play.” He scowled again, but it weren’t doing any good.

Gorram girl knew he weren’t gonna do nothing. Not since he squired her ‘round that stupid carnival over two weeks ago. They had left that world long behind, but she was still dogging his steps. He couldn’t go for so much as a midnight snack without her popping up somewheres to lean on him and babble her crazy talk to him.

“Uh, Jayne?” The captain had one eyebrow raised.

“Sorry, Mal,” he jostled the girl in his lap so he could see his cards. “Didn’t realize it was my turn.” He frowned at the cards, not realizing the girl was mirroring his expression.

“That wasn’t…” Mal’s voice died out in confusion. “Doc, you wanna handle this?”

The doc shook his head, eyes fixed firmly on the cards in his hands. “I am convinced I am hallucinating. Please do not disturb my delusions.”

“Perhaps I could…” The preacher trailed off, also studying the girl perched in the mercenary’s lap. He shook his head. “I have no idea what to do here.”

“Whatcha mean?” Jayne wrinkled his forehead in puzzlement. “Play the game.”

“What’s this card?” The girl was trying to steal the cards out of his hand. “It’s pretty.” They resorted to a tug of war over it, the girl surprisingly strong for such a tiny thing.

“It’s mine,” Jayne snarled, snatching it back. “Get your own.” He stuffed the card back into his hand, hoping the others hadn’t caught sight of it.

The girl sighed and settled back against his shoulder with a pout.

That was fine. She weren’t turning those eyes on him or whining none, and after a couple of seconds, the rest of the crew got back to the game.

Sometimes Jayne would surprise one of the others studying him with a puzzled look, but they’d look away real quick.

It was making him a mite nervous, to tell the truth.

He scowled down at his cards, and absently rested his chin on the girl’s head as he tried to figure out his next move.

The captain coughed, “Doc…”

“Still not seeing anything,” The doc said firmly. “Apples are tall.”

Jayne tossed down two cards and took the ones the doc handed him, but before he could even look at it, the girl squealed loud enough to kill a dog, and snatched the gorram things right outta his hand.

“Gorramit, girl!” He made a grab for the cards, but she was waving them around excitedly.

“Look, Simon!” She shoved the cards in her brother’s face. “It’s Turtle!” She spun back around to beam at Jayne. “She didn’t know Turtle had his own card!”

“You just told ‘em all what my hand was,” he complained, hauling her back up against him so he could pry the Tortoise card outta her hand. “And I was doing good!”

While he was occupied with the squirming girl, who was trying to lean around him to show Turtle “his” card, the doc put down his hand.

“You know,” the doc said slowly, eying his sister’s happy smile carefully. “I think I’m going to take my delusions and..leave now.”

“You sure that’s a good idea?” The captain asked, dropping his cards on the table as well.

“No,” Doc answered honestly. “But if I sit here much longer, the delusions will leave, and then I will start babbling incoherently when I realize what I am watching.”

Jayne finally resorted to tickling and when the girl shrieked and kicked to get away, he sat on the card in question.

She gaped at him. “Turtle does not like your backside,” she told him sternly.

Jayne just grinned at her in satisfaction and turned back to the table.

“Hey!” He looked around in confusion. “Where did everybody go?”



LOL i so luv it :)

Simon!!!! And Mal and Book and everyone watching like Jayne grew an extra head.

“We so ain’t doing this again,” he told the back of her head.

“Again?” the doc said faintly.

*snicker* I can SO picture that I'm-going-mad face on Simon. *loves*
Why am I still up? *quick check of LJs* TURTLE!! Oh, THIS is why!

And now I'm too excited to sleep at all. The lovely image you've created will float in my head all night long. Not even Shepherd knows what to do!

I adored this! I really loved the image of Jyane resting his chin on River's head.


Will there be more? Or is this a one-shot?
Oh, nm. I see now where it says 'series.'

I'll just go be blonde in the corner there. LOL
I love Simon and his "delusions" :)
LMAO! Simon's gonna have an aneurysm.
Aww, so cute! Now there's fluffy fic to balance the dark, angsty fic! I bet you made Simon so cute to make up for him being an ass in Wingtip. ;)
Denial! Denial! Simon's in DENIAL!!!

Love it. More please!
PS I love turtle... HE HAS HIS OWN CARD!!!
This was so..great. I love Simon's denial and how Jayne didn't really notice the looks he was getting. I'm also a bit freaked out, seeing how the fic I just posted ended with almost the exact same line. Very freaky since I didn't read this until after I posted.
Yay! A sequel to Carnival!

And Simon in denial? *dies*
lmao! That was great. Love how no one knew what to do about it, and River and Jayne were just kinda out in their own world.

PS I love the new layout!
Sadly, I have never seen Firefly so I can't really comment on your fic... But I just wanted to say that I think your icon with the stuffed turtle is adorable! I want. That turtle. *g*

Emily :)
YAY!!! I am soo very happy that you decided to do another bit. These little snatches of life are like... heroin, I tell you what. Babyfic is crack, this is heroin.

I think we need to have a Jayne/River/Turtle Icon...
The part where Jayne rested his chin on River's head sounded soooo adorbable, I wish that Adam and Summer could do some poses like that...except Adam apparently thinks River is like 12 years old! LOL!
So very adorable. Jayne was so comfortable around River and vice versa. I loved the menfolk's reactions as well.
GASP! More of the Turtle!fic?! Thank you!
This is so adorable. I love how it lets you get used to the idea of Rayne (because even though I get it, I like seeing how people explain it and make it happen) with all the cuteness.

I bet Simon went to find a spoon to scrape his eyes out with.
I SO love and adore you at this moment.
You continued the Carnival story line. that makes you my personal hero!

this is the sweetest idea for a fic and i am exstatic that you are continuing with it.

“I am convinced I am hallucinating. Please do not disturb my delusions.”
it didn't let me finish my thoughts and praises! it just posted!! :)

so anyway. i'm thrilled and all giddy inside at your genius continuing.

this was wonderful fun.
oh. god. So funny! Especially Simon.

*iz ded from laughing*
So very sweet!
I am so slow; I didn't even realize you had a sequel going to carnival. This is great, I love Jayne's oblivion!

My most favorite Simon line: “I am convinced I am hallucinating. Please do not disturb my delusions.”


“No,” Doc answered honestly. “But if I sit here much longer, the delusions will leave, and then I will start babbling incoherently when I realize what I am watching.”

Simon was soooo funny in this. I love Jayne looking up and going 'Where did everybody go?".


I loved carnival! So far this is awesome as well!

Love the way Jayne seems oblivious to everyone else watching them.
BWAHAHAHA! “I am convinced I am hallucinating. Please do not disturb my delusions.” That is the best line ever. Also, "Turtle does not like your backside." So great!
ARASHI: Sho and Aiba - Laugh

October 2014



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