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It's late. Naomi's having a fitful night, but it seems like she's finally settled down for good.

Her parents? Not so much yet.

Wash falls back onto the bed with all due melodrama, seizes a pillow, and claps it down over his eyes. "Nnnnngh."

Date: 2006-07-20 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe stretches out next to him, reaching to pat his arm with one hand.

"Hang in there, dear."

Date: 2006-07-20 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
"Sure," Zoe answers soothingly, one arm going loosely around his shoulders.

"'Course, it ain't like she's never gonna wake us up again after that, but so long as it ain't every night, I think I can deal with that."

Date: 2006-07-20 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
"Everyone's gotta have a dream."

Zoe shifts into a more comfortable position, turning onto her side.

Date: 2006-07-23 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
That earns him an amused but somewhat dubious look.

"What, we don't get up t' enough trouble with th' one ship?"

Date: 2006-07-23 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe snorts, but good-naturedly, nestling a bit closer.

"Whatever you say, dear."

It's too late to maintain normal levels of snarky banter.

Date: 2006-07-23 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe lets out a small, tired sigh, and doesn't answer right away.

Finally, "Mal talk to you about settin' a new course yet?"

Date: 2006-07-23 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe nods against her pillow. "He did, yeah."

It's another moment or two before she adds, "I got no problem with him goin' back, I just...I'm not sure what I'm gonna do when we get there."

Date: 2006-07-23 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe smiles, albeit a bit wryly.

"Was thinkin' I might hide out in Milliways for a while. If I decide not t' go with Mal."

And that last part comes out as uncertain as anything Zoe ever says.

Date: 2006-07-23 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
There's a long pause. Then,

"...Would you want to?"

It's hard to think of Serenity Valley as a cleaned-up site with a memorial, as anything but the battlefield she knew it as. Which doesn't make the thought of Wash being there the most pleasant.

Date: 2006-07-23 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe talks about the Valley when she has to. When people don't know what it was like, and ought to; when something else brings it up, the way it happened with Atwood.

But there's a difference between delivering the facts as stoically as she can manage to someone else, and really talking about it to Wash.

Zoe's smile is faint, and a bit shaky, and she covers one of his hands with hers, rubbing gently.

"It means a lot t' know you would." That's a little shaky, too.

She pauses, then adds, in a firmer tone, "Thing is, though, 'm not sure I'd want Naomi there. So if I did end up goin'..."

Date: 2006-07-23 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe wouldn't deny that, if called on it. Wash and Naomi occupy one part of her life, the Valley another, and as much as the experience may not have wounded her as deep as it did Mal, she keeps those parts of her life seperate when she can.

When the kiss breaks, she drops her head against the curve of his neck, with another faint smile.

"Xiexie."

Date: 2006-07-23 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] righthandwoman.livejournal.com
Zoe lifts her head enough to give him a look that says a pillow to the face can be arranged, you know.

The effect is slightly spoiled by the fact that she leans in to kiss him a moment later.

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