Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
selimpensfiction would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

An Unlikely Meeting

By selimpensfiction

Scifi / Humor

Chapter 1

“Wray? Wray Nerely?”

Wray Nerely froze in front of the display. He’d been just about to pick up a Jack Moore action figure when the person behind him spoke. 

It wasn’t too late to wriggle out of this. 

“No,” Wray said without turning. At times like this, he was grateful for the all the voice work he’d done. He had a host of voices to choose from. Right now he was drawing on an animated fantasy vid where he'd played an old man not quite right in the head. 

“No I’m not.”

Wray let his left shoulder droop and started to limp away with a decidedly hunchback-like gait. Scrunching up his face so that his eyes were slits, and with his mouth drooped into an ugly leer, he glanced at the person behind him. It was a teenager with long, oily hair wearing a Spectrum T-shirt. In his right hand he held a brightly lit, white sphere. 

The teenager backed away slowly.  

When he was around the corner, in the midst of comic and T-shirt vendors and surrounded by ninjas, Wray let himself straighten up and rubbed his aching back. Why oh why had he let Bobbie talk him into attending a Con on Persephone? What a dump. 


“Is this hell?” said Wash. 

“I imagine to some folk it’s heaven,” said Mal. 

The captain and pilot of Serenity had just entered Persephone’s convention centre and stood in the midst of hundreds of people in every manner of dress. Wash wasn’t much for vids, but even he recognized some of the characters here. Heroes, villains, monsters, and even walking spaceships. Aside from the people, the displays were dazzling: clothing, weapons, action figures, and decorative data stores of science fiction vids. There was aisle after aisle after aisle of the stuff. 

With a sigh, Wash said, “Remind me again why I need to be here?”

“‘Cause we need a job,” said Mal. “And to get this job, they need to meet the pilot. So you need to to be here.”

“Okay, alright, so what kind of cargo are we taking on, anyway?” said Wash.

Mal didn’t answer at first. Wash shot him a glance. 

“You’re not going to like it,” Mal said finally.

“Weapons?” suggested Wash. Mal shook his head. “Cattle? Please don’t let it be another herd of cattle. The mess they made…”

“Not cattle,” said Mal. “People.”

“What’s wrong with people? I like people. Wait. Oh no, it’s not…”

“Afraid so.”

“It’s not… actors? Oh God, it is. Why did it have to be actors? Of all the gluten-free, self-absorbed, jing-tzahng mei yong-duh…


Lost in thought, Wray strolled past vendors selling pre-autographed photos (sure, they were all authentic) when he nearly tumbled forward upon receiving a sound slap on the back. 

“I’ll see you in hell you… Oh. Hi Jack. Quite an arm you’ve got there.”

“Isn’t this great?” said Jack Moore, beaming as he wrapped his arm around Wray’s shoulders. “You, me, on the road. We haven’t done this since…” 

“Spectrum,” said Wray, finishing his sentence. “Yes, I know.”

“What a time,” said Jack. “Do you remember that hotel on Beaumonde? There was that maid who brought us room service…”

“Much as I like to reminisce, Jack, have you seen Bobbie? She said to meet her here, but was a bit vague as to where in here.”

“Haven’t seen her,” said Jack. “What say we split up? I’ll head over this way, you take that way.”

“That wouldn’t have anything to do with the bar being in that direction, would it?”

“Wray!” said Jack with a wink. And with that, Jack was off into the crowd. He was wearing a fez and carried a mop, items he’d picked up at one of the science fiction booths. It seemed to work. No one recognized him. 

Wray put on a baseball cap, lifted his suit jacket collar, and strolled off, looking hither and thither for Bobbie.


His rant finished, Wash paused, then asked, “Where’s our contact?”

“Truly, I don’t know,” said Mal. “But he should be here somewhere. Name’s Bobbie. I’m guessing he’ll find us.”

“Well that’s just great,” said Wash. “I wonder how many guys named Bobbie are here?”

“We’ll split up,” said Mal. “I’ll start with the aisles to the left, you take the right.”

“Right,” said Wash. “I’ll just wander about and wait for someone named Bobbie to trip over me.”

Mal disappeared into the crowd. With a sigh, Wash headed to the far right and began to wander the aisles. He was almost bowled over by a slap on the back. 

“What the…” began Wash. “Oh, hey Cap’n. Did you find him?”

“Cap’n,” he said and elbowed Wash. “Nice one. Find who?”

“Um, you know. Him. Bobbie,” said Wash.

“What a sense of humour,” he said. He was about to slap Wash on the back again, but Wash stepped back gingerly. 

“You feelin’ okay?” said Wash. “Say, did you change clothes? And why are you carrying a mop?”


“What’re you doin’ over here?” Mal asked when he saw Wash approach him. “You find him?”

“Find who?”

“You know. Bobbie. Did you find Bobbie?”

“Not yet. Say, good strategy changing clothes. No one’s going to recognize you dressed like some dusty old backworld Browncoat.”

Mal’s eyes narrowed. “What did you just say?”


The PA system rang out: “Would Malcolm Reynolds and Hoban Washburn please report to the Spectrum booth.”

“That’s us,” said Mal, grabbing his pilot’s arm. 

“That’s who?” his pilot said.

A few aisles over, Wash said, “That’s us." When the captain didn’t move Wash grabbed him by the arm. “Come on Cap’n, let’s get this over with.”

The captain said, “Um, you do know that I was only pretending to be captain, right?”

“Often thought so,” said Wash. 


“Gentlemen,” said the woman behind the booth. “There you all are. Excellent!”

The two actors and two crew members were stunned as they looked at each other. 

“Bobbie,” said Wray, “what the hell is going on?”

“That’s Bobbie?” said Wash. He turned to Mal. “Bobbie’s a woman.”

“Would appear so,” said Mal. 

“These fine men,” said Bobbie to Wray, “are your ride. They’re going to take you and Jack on to Beaumonde.”

“Beaumonde!” said Jack. Then he whispered to Wray, “I wonder if that maid still works there.” 

Looking at Wash and Mal, Wray said, “No disrespect, but what kind of ship do you fly?”

Serenity,” said Mal. “Firefly class. Best ship in the ‘verse.”

Firefly class? Are you kidding me? Bobbie, what the hell? A cargo boat?”

Bobbie shrugged. “They’re cheap.”

With a sigh, Wray nodded his understanding. He should have known. 

“But why am I here?” asked Wash. 

“Because,” said Bobbie. She stepped out in front of Wash, gazed into his eyes and ran her hands down his arms. “I really like pilots.”

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, selimpensfiction
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

bethnaloza: Good book... bad grammar though it gets a little annoying though but otherwise it's good..I stayed up like almost 4am for this damn book!!!It's good and frickn *JehshhsDjjdjxjxmsdbhsjDhsjkakanabshjsjssA

Dina Husseini: It was a great hook. I do not like reading scifi because they end up being like all the rest but this one kept me wanting more.

AASTHA SHARMA: really...one of the best novel i've ever read...a very touching story....really loved it...thanks for writing such a masterpeice...the struggle of the narrator but still remaining satisfied is the thing that i liked the most...another nice thing is the concept of talking with god...in short i wou...

hridhyaraj: I am only able to read till the bonus chapter of boyband...please someone tell me what happens after that.... I can't wait to know what happens next. does aqueela and jt get back together? what about Troy? I feel pity for the guy...and where does Emma and Xavier move to? I'm just flooded with ...

re8622: The Last Exodus quickly grabbed my attention. Almost as soon as I started reading the story, I couldn't put it down. I found that the ideas the author put forth were very thought provoking given the turmoil we have seen gradually rise over the last several years. I felt that I could understand th...

jigglypuff314: Feeling sad that you can't watch your harem hentai in class? This is the book for you! No one will suspect a thing (other than your boner) as you scroll through pages of some of the best porn you'll ever be able to imagine!Spectacular details and a wonderful tug of emotions, you won't know whethe...

More Recommendations

borkarprasad: Nicely laid story. Needed a little more ghost and Raven conversations. Initially, Had everyone on suspect list but satisfied by the precision to capture the killer. Waiting for more Raven and Cade adventures.

heavyreader: great scifi novels but needs a better spell checker (check auto-substitution level) and grammar checker!!! otherwise, ready for mass market publishing!!

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

themyronus: Vanessa has made 'amazing' the norme. I didn't want to read this as I am waiting for the finished and polished book to come out. But then I decided to read one chapter for kicks...well hours later I finished what was posted. Fortunately, my memory is not to good and I hope I will read the book wi...

Ding Fernando: very nice read.so realistic you can hardly put it down,i really like the character so human despite posessing immortality and eternal youth.though i would prefer a better ending..i still love this novel and i am recommending it to all sci fi fans to give it a try .you will love it too!!

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.