22 July 2006 @ 09:22 pm
[OOM: For the past few weeks, Gabriel has been busy researching a particular issue. Finally, all the pieces come together to yield the answer he's been looking for.

As a result, Senator Gabriel Tam meets with Senator Fred Atwood later the same day. By the time their discussion is done, some things are made very clear.]
02 July 2006 @ 10:40 pm
[OOM: Everybody knows the old saw about actions leading to consequences.

Simon Tam is a free man. Actions were taken to get him to this point.

Here, then, are the consequences.]
02 July 2006 @ 01:19 am
There's a small group by the door -- five Tams and a captain -- who have somewhere to be, because there's somebody who played a huge part in this whole affair who deserves to see for himself that River and Simon are all right. And Andronicus Crowley can't come into Milliways.

Therefore, Regan Tam opens the front door onto a small alley on Lavinia, where a few blocks away, Crowley...

...has no idea they're coming.

The front door to Milliways closes behind them (Regan first, then Gabriel with his arm around River, and Simon and Kaylee, and Mal bringing up the rear). It'll reopen in a few hours, when Mal comes back to get the rest of the crew, because Crowley's going to let them stay at his place for the night -- soft beds are good things, after all, and if Crowley's offering, the crew isn't going to turn him down. Especially because it affords them a little privacy.

(Which Simon and Kaylee are more than happy to take advantage of.)

It's not over yet -- there are discussions and decisions and things to do in the coming days. There's still a storm.

They'll pass through soon enough.
02 July 2006 @ 12:09 am
Gabriel and Regan Tam had been waiting in Andronicus Crowley's flat on Lavinia. There's been too much waiting already, too much helplessness, and now that the end was in sight -- it has to go right, she thought desperately, sitting in tense silence next to Gabriel on Crowley's couch, waiting for the wave that would tell them everything was okay. It has to go right. If something happened now, so close to the end of this horrible nightmare... she doesn't know what she'd do. She doesn't want to think about it. She couldn't help thinking about it anyway, and shying away from the thought, her mind skittering in frantic little circles, and a cold knot of worry in her stomach.

And then--

We got 'em, Wash said.

And, they're safe.

And, for a moment, that was all she could hear, and the smile that started then hasn't left Regan's face yet.

Part of the reason they came to Lavinia with Crowley is that -- besides being familiar territory for them and for their children, and not being the stronghold of Alliance government like Londinium -- it has a reliable, stable door to Milliways. For Andronicus Crowley it opens on the same bar 500 years from now, but for Gabriel and Regan it opens on... well. Right here and now.

As soon as they're through the door, they're hurrying over.
01 July 2006 @ 10:58 pm
[OOM: Tonight, it's the endgame.

There's treachery, trickery, and murder afoot.

Good thing Mal Reynolds is a wily kind of man, with a crew to back him up.

Hilarity, as they say, ensues.]
01 July 2006 @ 10:57 pm
[After this.]

The door opens, and -- well. Here's a group that hasn't been seen together in a while.

Kaylee's guiding River, holding her close, and Simon's arm is around both of them. River is sobbing, clutching at both of their shirts as she cries. Mal follows them -- looking concerned, and businesslike, and with a vast grinning relief underneath -- and Inara with him, looking much the same. Jayne, with the beginnings of a large goose-egg forming on his forehead, takes up the rear.

Simon stops, just for a second, as they step into Milliways, and he looks out over the bar. And exhales, and starts unconsciously to smile again.


They're really back.

[OOC: Jayne, Inara, and Mal's muns are not around to respond to tags, say sorry. Edit: Mal-mun is present and accounted for now.]
01 July 2006 @ 09:46 pm
Zoe walks into the bar, Naomi in her sling.

Nothing unusual there, but there's a tense alertness to her that might suggest this isn't a run-of-the-mill visit to the bar.

She ends up at a table with a clear view of the door, glancing toward it often. If it seems as if she's waiting for something, that would be because she is.
30 June 2006 @ 11:15 pm
Simon and River are coming home.

They're free.

Even if that senator is likely to try something underhanded for who knows what reason.

While Mal is getting the plan together, Kaylee ducks in the bar, looking deeply cheerful (and her eyes a little red, maybe), figuring that any news this good deserves a beer.
30 June 2006 @ 10:06 pm
[OOM: Today, it's all about showdowns.

Simon and River Tam make their debut court appearance, as their parents, Crowley, and the crew of Serenity watch from remote locations.

And after the proceedings, Crowley, Gabriel, and Regan have their own run-in, and then hold a spot of palaver with the crew.]
30 June 2006 @ 01:56 am
[OOM: Late at night on Londinium, while awaiting Simon and River's upcoming arraignment hearing, Gabriel and Regan Tam try to sleep.

They're not particularly successful.]

[OOC: Warning for disturbing and violent images.]
29 June 2006 @ 11:27 pm
[OOM: Today, it's messages. Kaylee gets one from her father.

The 'verse knows that Simon and River Tam are going to start pre-trial proceedings. Their lawyer -- someone they've seen before -- lets them in on this piece of knowledge, and arranges to take some messages out for them.

And upon receiving those messages, Mal seeks out Kaylee.]
28 June 2006 @ 10:25 pm
After the ice cream fest, Kaylee went out back to keep working on rebuilding the swing with Mal. Because sometimes...things are a lot easier to ignore if you're thinking about measurements, and not whacking the hell out of your thumb with a hammer.

Which: Kaylee did not do this. But she's got a wet bandanna that she's pressing to her forehead, and a tall glass of ice water.

Swing's coming along pretty nicely.

And after the day's news...well. Kaylee's not hopeful. But she's looking marginally less grim.
28 June 2006 @ 10:19 pm
[OOM: Tonight, we have visitors.

This morning, with breakfast, Simon Tam receives Edward Chao in his cell. Then River Tam receives the same visitor, with results that are a lot more disturbing. Several hours after this, River gets another visitor.

In much lighter news, Lilly creates some visitors with a minor amount of aesthetic help from Kaylee.

And while all of this is going on, and after all of this is going on, there are many, many visits going on all over the 'verse.]
28 June 2006 @ 08:34 pm
Mal is an expert in very few subjects, above average in more, and competent in many.

He would like to think that carpentry falls into Category Number Two, but it's probably somewhere a smidge lower.

In any case, he comes in the bar in a loose shirt and pants, looking, well -- about the same since Saturday. Just sort of flat. He's heading outside though - Kaylee and Mal have finished the framework on Kaylee's swing, but there's still the seat to do.

Remind him to check on Tequila for more than ten minutes at a time while he's at it, if you feel like catching his attention.
27 June 2006 @ 10:23 pm
[OOM: Tonight, there are answers.

Simon does his best not to give any.

Nick Rosse tells Crowley, Gabriel, and Regan not to expect any if they obtain information in...supernatural ways. Good thing Mal has some answers.

After this, Crowley asks Kaylee a question, and she gives him an answer.

And after that, Edward Chao gives his loving uncle the only possible answer.]
27 June 2006 @ 08:14 pm
[OOM: After Inara waves the Guild for help, Mal and Inara have a little chat.

Rated A for Avoidance.]
26 June 2006 @ 10:32 pm
[OOM: Tonight, it's all about procedure. Eggs come first, this morning on Serenity. And this afternoon, Inara violates procedure, a little, when she sends a wave.

Elsewhere, River undergoes a procedure, and Simon gets to watch.

And not too far away from the Tam siblings, a low-grade Alliance officer gets new procedural orders, and then promptly violates them in the presence of Mal Reynolds, Jack Bauer, and Ace.]
26 June 2006 @ 09:23 pm
Mal enters the bar, with a look of flat determination on his face; a man with a goal.

He sees Jack Bauer before Ace; Ace poked him in the shoulder to get his attention mid-wry commentary on Jack's choice of garments, no matter how appropriate they actually are.

Ace leaves a note for Raven - she says it's to tell him to not eat all the cookies while she's away - and the trio leaves as Mal opens the door to Serenity's bridge.

There's work to be done.

[ooc: exit post. Stay tuned, folken.]
26 June 2006 @ 08:43 pm
It's late, on Londinium. He hasn't bothered to look at any of the clocks that show the hour on a variety of worlds. All Gabriel cares about is that it's somewhere in the darkened hours of the night here, with the dawn still too far away.

Over the past two days, they've discovered that this is the worst time-- when the circadian rhythms of various institutions in a number of locations overlap into that period known as 'outside business hours.' It means that there's nothing to do but wait... and think.

Crowley locked himself in another room several hours past, muttering under his breath about connections. Regan has finally gone to try to get a few hours of rest, if at all possible. Gabriel knows better than even to try. Whenever he closes his eyes he sees the too-bright, featureless room of his nightmares, with River and Simon trapped inside, and so he's given up the attempt.

Instead, he's prowling back and forth across the common room, trying to think of something else that he can do while he waits for the sun to rise, someone else he can contact, anyone who might be able to help, anything at all that he can do--

He almost doesn't notice, at first, that he's walked through the front door to Milliways instead of the archway to the kitchen. When he does, the temptation is strong to turn and go right back, but there are still a number of hours to wait through before daylight.

Gabriel scrubs a shaking hand over his face and heads for the bar in search of the strongest coffee he can obtain.