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They call it the ghost months.

It used to keep time with the moon of Earth-That-Was, and it used to happen every year. They'd tell stories of the dead walking the earth: ancestors returned to visit their families, ghosts sent to snatch the living back through the gates of Hell. They'd burn offerings, perform plays; they'd avoid weddings, water, and open spaces after dark.

They still tell the stories, but only once every seven years now, and for two months straight instead of the ancient tradition of one.

On Sihnon, fires burn bright on the streetcorners, kept in tightly tamped containers with narrow grates along the top. The only paper money this side of the system will ever see (available in packets from the vendor across the street, ten fake bills for one credit) gets tossed inside by passerby, a tourist novelty, a casual afterthought.

Beaumonde's known for its giant theater festival that spans the entire two months, one new play every day. Traditionally, only the best new drama debuts here. A work based on Sing Hua's three-act novels is slated to take center stage at the exact midpoint of this decade's festival, a time slot accompanied by an elaborate all-day buffet and one that's fiercely contested over for years leading up to it. Tickets have been sold out for well over a year and a half.

Nobody living in the Bellerophon Estates will claim to believe the myths, but travel over the vast ocean slows come nightfall anyway. Some even walk to the edge of their property, lean over to look down at the waters, and silently drop paper boats over the side before retreating indoors.

On Serenity, they hold a moment of silence, and nobody finishes their entire meal or cleans up the dishes after dinner.

In Wash and Zoe's bunk, Wash falls asleep within minutes of his head hitting the pillow.

Date: 2006-08-27 01:15 am (UTC)
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He is not asleep for very long.

She's pretty much everywhere. She is, especially, here.

There may be poking.

"Hey. You and me, we've gotta talk."

Date: 2006-08-27 01:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
She snatches the pillow, and bops him over the head with it.

"Wake up, silly pilot!"

Date: 2006-08-27 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
"Relax."

She perches on the end of the bed. Carefully. Non-threateningly!

"I'm not here to collect you, or anything. Well. Not yet. Not exactly."

Date: 2006-08-27 01:38 am (UTC)
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"There's no easy way to say this, so I'll just say it."

A breath.

"You have to go back."

Date: 2006-08-27 01:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
"Not forever. Not even for very long. But you have to go back."

He doesn't get it, does he?

He's one of the lucky ones.

Look what happened to Orpheus.

Date: 2006-08-30 12:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
She looks at him, suddenly serious.

"You can. Look. First off, it's not forever. Second, you're going to have some time to tell them, and third? Third, kiddo, you don't have a choice."

Date: 2006-08-30 01:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
She looks up, sighs a little.

"Three months? Ish."

She's a little irked. This is so much more than most people get.

Date: 2006-08-30 01:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
"There's always a price, Wash. I thought you knew that."

Date: 2006-08-30 01:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] locks_it_up
She just eyes him.

"Don't lie."

She is what she is.

"Everyone gets the same thing, Wash. A lifetime. I've given you more. Don't make me rethink my decision."

Date: 2006-08-30 01:21 am (UTC)
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"It's alright."

She looks down, at her hands.

"Four days."

Date: 2006-08-30 01:32 am (UTC)
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"There are worse things, kiddo. It ain't so bad."

She ruffles his hair.

"I think you should get laid. A lot."

There's a smile, and--

(the sound of her wings)

--she's gone.

Date: 2006-08-30 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe shifts and mutters something unintelligble, the gist of which is fairly clearly go away I'm ASLEEP.

When the shaking doesn't stop, she rolls from her side to her back, opening her eyes just enough to squint up at him.

"Wash? Shenme?"

Date: 2006-08-30 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
...If Wash was looking to get Zoe as awake as possible as quickly as possible, he's succeeded admirably.

She jerks up into a sitting position, staring at him.

"What?"

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