Title: Cinnamon Heart
Summery: Sugar is sweet.
“River, what are you doing?” Simon stood in the doorway, watching his sister place a careful line of candies across the floor.
By the look of it, she had been at it for quite a while, as Simon was fairly certain the candy lead all the way up from the cargo bay.
She didn’t answer, just continued lining up peppermints and butterscotch with lemon heads and cinnamon hearts.
Every four hard candies, she would stop, pop a cinnamon in her mouth and place a wrapped chocolate kiss on the floor instead.
“River?” He tried again, stepping over the candies to stand next to her.
She shot him a look that said he was stupid. “I have to have bait, Simon.”
“Bait?” He blinked at the candy covering the floor. “Are we trying to catch something?”
“Yes.” She continued placing the sweets, the line almost reaching all the way across the floor of the mess. “He will follow, and then I will catch him.”
“He? Who are we catching?”
“Me. I’m not planning to share.” She stuffed a peppermint in Simon’s mouth, catching him off guard.
“Ok,” he garbled. “Who are you catching?”
“Oh.” He looked down at the candy curiously. “Does it go all the way to his bunk?”
“Cargo bay. He will be finishing his set with weights in a few minutes.” River smiled. “He has no idea.”
“Um, River, I hate to ask, but…what are you planning to do with Jayne after you catch him?”
River smiled at her brother. “Jayne just finished his set. He likes butterscotch the best.” She sucked on a candy thoughtfully. “Or would he like a kiss?”
Simon felt his heart stop. Or his stomach turn over. One of those. “Oh, please tell me you’re talking about the chocolate.”
River unwrapped a chocolate kiss. She smirked down at it. “You have to throw it back if it’s too small.”
“Oh, God,” Simon sank into a chair. “I think I’m going to throw up.”
“Too many sweets,” his sister said knowingly.