Fandom Category: Doctor Who/Firefly
Pairing: Rose Tyler/Malcolm Reynolds
Fic Title: Passing the Years Among the Stars
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13. Implied character deaths.
Why This Must Be Read: "Me? I’ve always been more about the journey. She’s a ship that flies and she has a captain who clearly loves her enough to keep her that way. The rest is just dressin’."
Firely and Doctor Who is a relatively common crossover choice. This pairing isn't, but this story makes me ache for what could be. Set after Journey's End and Serenity (the film), Rose finds herself on Serenity, and meets the captain. It's wonderfully intriguing to see two damaged souls as they get to know each other.
“All right,” he finally agrees. “But you so much as look at one of my crew with shifty eyes and I’ll put you down quicker than you can draw that gun you’ve got concealed under your coat.”
Rose is impressed that he’s noticed it, knowing she’s concealed it just as well as she always does. “I can draw it pretty quick, Captain – got loads of practice lately – but I’ll still take your word for it.”
“Shiny,” he says, dipping his head slightly in acknowledgement. “Long as we’re clear.”
She waits for him to lead the way, but he doesn’t budge. She chuckles lightly at how obvious he is about his mistrust. She decides it’s probably safe to have him at her back instead of the other way around if that’s the way he wants to play it, figuring that he doesn’t seem the kind to shoot or stab her without her seeing it coming.
She lugs her heavy pack over her shoulder, not even bothering to try to get rid of the coating of dust from where the pack has been resting on the ground. She doubts anyone on the Firefly-class ship, the loading plank of which she’s walking up, is in any state to judge her cleanliness if they’ve spent any time at all out on the surface of the dustbowl planet.
It doesn’t mean she can’t still feel judging eyes on her the whole way, coming from the Captain himself.