[identity profile] willow-reece.livejournal.com
Title: The Moonbrain And The Mercenary
Author: [profile] willow_reece
Fandom: Firefly
Pairing: River Tam/Jayne Cobb (Rayne)
Spoilers: Everything up to and including the BDM.
Disclaimer: I do not own Firefly or its characters. Joss is boss.♥
Author's Note: Episode order used is the one off the back of the DVD sets. Also, I wrote this whole thing in one day while main-lining caffeine and on three hours of sleep. It is a compilation of various notes taken over the last three-four months all pasted together. I apologize for any and all lame jokes, ramblings, possibly sounding long winded and most likely being a bit too wordy in places.

I've been asked 'the question' more times than I can count. Every Rayne shipper knows what question I'm talking about; the one that even when you try to answer it seems to somehow fall flat or the answer you give just isn't a 'good enough' explanation. Entire threads have been dedicated to this one simple question which holds no simple answer--"Why Rayne?"

Why is the sky blue? Why do birds sing? It just is and they just do. I know that may be an inadequate answer for most people--but have you ever tried defining something that resists defining? They are not Mal and Inara--a thwarted love, filled with many complications and tears--They are not Kaylee and Simon; shiny and new and fumbling. They are not Wash and Zoe--happily married with their fair share of burdens to bear. )

[identity profile] srichard.livejournal.com
TITLE: Season of the Witch
AUTHOR: [livejournal.com profile] srichard
PAIRING: Mal Reynolds/River Tam
FANDOM: Firefly
SPOILERS: Serenity spoilers
NOTES: The screencap comes from Leave me the White.

Season of the Witch )
[identity profile] jenish.livejournal.com
Title: The Sun, the Sunburn and the Flame
Fandom: Firefly/Serenity
Pairing: Kaylee/Mal/Inara
By: [livejournal.com profile] jenish
Spoilers: Mild, throughout the series and a little of the film.
Notes: I'm so sorry this is late, I've been under the weather lately. Scripts from here. Episode numbers based on part one of the pilot being 1x01 and part two of the pilot being 1x02. Thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] danachan and [livejournal.com profile] laurelcrowned for the betas ♥
Personal website: [livejournal.com profile] the_jenmark

sun, sunburn, flame )
calliopes_pen: (dramaturgca Wash Zoe Behind you)
[personal profile] calliopes_pen
Title: Autumn Leaves
Author: [profile] faith_of_borg
E-Mail: julia_hoffman2003@yahoo.com
Fandom: Firefly
Pairing: Wash/Zoe
Spoilers: Up to the final episode of Firefly. Major spoilers for Serenity (the movie) as well.
Notes: Disclaimer: Translations of the Chinese spoken in the episodes quotes were provided on the website Dusk Til Dawn. A link to that site can be found in the general links section. Personally, I don’t know Chinese. I would like to thank [community profile] crack_van for helping me locate some wonderful Firefly fanfics. [profile] grim_prime for convincing me to give the series a shot—and I would like to thank my entire Friends List for raving about the wonderfulness of the DVD’s of Firefly. And now, I would like to thank all of my beta readers. They include: [personal profile] seandc and [personal profile] hopefulnebula. And last, but not least: Thanks to [personal profile] seandc for the banner at the beginning and the end of this essay.

Zoe: " If I'm going to wear a dress, I'd want something with some slink."
Wash: "You want a slinky dress? I can buy you a slinky dress. Captain, can I have money for a slinky dress?"

--A conversation from Shindig. Wash and Zoe discuss a dress in a shop’s window.

Can’t stop the signal. )
[identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Title: The Soldier and His Sunshine
Pairing: Malcolm Reynolds/Kaylee Frye
Fandom: Firefly/Serenity
Spoilers: The original series. No spoilers for the Serenity movie.

The Soldier and His Sunshine )

ETA: There's a shiny new Mal/Kaylee community over at [livejournal.com profile] iluvmycaptain! Go there!
[identity profile] shetiger.livejournal.com
Title: Power Plays and Shiny Hats: Mal Reynolds/Jayne Cobb
Author: tigerlady aka [livejournal.com profile] docmichelle
E-mail: docmichelle at livejournal dot com
Pairing: Mal/Jayne - Firefly
Spoilers: All Episodes, but nothing from the movie Serenity
Notes: All quotes are from the transcripts at
or my own efforts. Images taken from screencaps at Can't Take the Sky.

"Jayne. Go play with your rainstick." Mal, Our Mrs. Reynolds

Power plays. Drinking games. From Mal's playful slap on the back of Jayne's hand to the wrench to the back of Jayne's head; from Jayne's careful preparations for Mal's last stand to his bungled betrayal--it's one gorram messy and complicated relationship.

Mal/Jayne is sort of the black sheep of the Firefly slash family. Sure, it exists, unlike say, Book/Wash. But the dominant pairings in this fandom are Jayne/Simon and Mal/Simon. Both of those pairings certainly have reason to be, but I think that Jayne and Mal have an interesting relationship that has plenty of room for exploration as well. The power and trust dynamics between all three men are fascinating, as are the possibilities for more. But one thing's for sure--

This ain't no ruttin' Valentine )
[identity profile] inlovewithnight.livejournal.com
Title: Gears and Guns
Author: [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight
Author's web site: Exaggeration and Blank Verse
Fandom: Firefly
Pairing: Jayne/Kaylee
Spoilers: All 14 little episodes.
Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mongrel_idiot for the title and everybody on my flist for their extreme patience while I shrieked and wailed about this essay in my journal for weeks.

She's a space Pollyanna in overalls. His favorite hobby is shooting people. Why on Earth would they ever get together?
Superficial answer: Because opposites attract.
Deeper answer: Because they have a lot in common, too.

Gears and Guns )
inalasahl: (otp)
[personal profile] inalasahl
Dear, If You Love Me, Hold Me Most Your Friend
Author: by [livejournal.com profile] inalasahl
Spoilers: May contain information from all DVD episodes, transcripts, shooting scripts and the unfilmed episode, "Dead or Alive." No movie spoilers contained herein. Because I'm unspoiled myself, I'd appreciate it if people didn't mention movie spoilers in the comments.
Personal Website: Troublesome Little Nook
Author's Notes: Thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] llaras, [livejournal.com profile] skripka and [livejournal.com profile] kernelm for read-throughs and suggestions. I apologize for the lateness of this essay.

Here it is. )
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[identity profile] butterfly.livejournal.com
Title: Broken Angels (Hallelujah)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] butterfly
Spoilers: All television episodes of Firefly, aired and unaired. No movie spoilers.
Email: butterflydm@gmail.com
Personal Website: http://dianamichelle.5u.com

Firefly can be summed as a 'space western' and it means about as much as summing up The Odyssey as a story about a guy who took the long way home. True from a certain perspective, but ultimately meaningless if that's all you say about it. Firefly is a space western, but it's about the meaning of freedom, of tolerance, and of humanity. To paraphrase Joss Whedon, it's about nine people looking into the black (the void, the Abyss) and each seeing something different.

In much the same way, Mal and Inara can be easily classified as a 'type', as bickering almost-lovers in the vein of Beatrice and Benedict. They know each other, insult each other, flirt and touch and care, without yet daring to go the next step. But, as with the show itself, the meaning of the pairing is very different and much more complicated, based on the difficulty of resolving fundamental differences in ethics. What does it mean to love someone who was on the opposite side of a moral war that, in your soul, you've never stopped fighting? What does it mean to love someone who thinks of what you do as beneath you, as dirty?

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. (Pearl Bailey) )
[identity profile] liquidize.livejournal.com
Sorry it’s a little late. Midterm rush is no fun.

Title: They never got to kiss!*
Author: [livejournal.com profile] liquidize
Spoilers: The entire series, but nothing for the upcoming movie.
Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] emeraldsedai for a superb and speedy beta, and to everyone who has ever discussed Simon and Kaylee with me;)
E-mail: stellargal at hotmail dot com
Website: http://www.liquideyes.compromisingpositions.net

Or Simon and Kaylee are complex people, gorramit. )

*Title taken from Joss Whedon’s exclamation from the Objects in Space commentary and one of my favourite Sean Maher stories from a convention with Jewel Staite:

Question: This is kind of a silly question, but did it just drive you crazy that Kaylee and Simon never to got to kiss on the show??

Jewel: Yeah! >>general laughter<< When we got canceled, I was shooting a scene with Gina and Nathan and Adam. And Nathan was like "Well, let's go to my house and drink." And we were like "Ok". So we all went to his place, and we called everybody from there and told them the news. And said "Come by. And bring booze." >>general laughter<< And umm, Sean walked into Nathan's place and he was like >>throws up arms, looks around<< "We never got to kiss!" It was like the first thing he said! And I started laughing. I was like "Oh my God!" But, it's true you know, it kind of bugged me a little bit. And it was like the running joke. Everybody was like "Goddam you guys. Get a room >>general laughter<< Do it"
[identity profile] gardendoor.livejournal.com
Author: T.W. Lewis
Spoilers: The whole series
Email: gardendoor @hotmail.com
Personal Website: The Gardendoor Fanfiction Archive
Crazy Space Incest )
[identity profile] skripka.livejournal.com
Title: Broken Girls
Spoilers: the entire series; none for the movie
Email: skripka @ livejournal.com
Personal Website: skripka.compromisingpositions.net

Oh, I'm hearin' a lot of talk there, genius. )
[identity profile] ladylakira.livejournal.com
What Might Have Been
by [livejournal.com profile] ladylakira

Spoilers: Snippets here and there throughout the series of Firefly. A passing mention of Willow's character development of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.
Is it so hard to extrapolate this relationship a little further? )
[identity profile] sparky77.livejournal.com
Title: The Pretty Fits
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sparky77
E-mail: queenb@naughtyspacepirates.com
Pairing: Mal/Simon - Firefly
Spoilers: All Episodes
Notes: We’re going by the DVD order, not Fox’s stupid order, so Serenity is first and Objects in Space is last. All quotes are from the transcripts at http://firefly.shriftweb.org/transcripts.shtm; icon borrowed from the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] skripka

Love with a side of sarcasm )
[identity profile] sffan.livejournal.com
Title: Opposites Attract
Author: sffan
Spoilers: the whole series
Email: sffan@compromisingpositions.net
Personal Website: Into the Black

What do you get when you cross a doctor with a pretty mouth and a man-ape-gone-wrong-thing? )


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