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
LizzieBDarcy would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

I aim to misbehave

By LizzieBDarcy

Humor

Chapter 1


“This is acting captain Zoe Washburne speaking. I’ve just been informed we’ve got Reavers in our space.”

The crew had started sniping at each other again, but at the mention of Reavers immediately fell silent. Only River continued to mumble, her jumbled warning suddenly making sense. Run and hide. Death flies near.

“Looks as though they ain’t seen us. But they did see the planet. And it looks like maybe they’re touchin down there. This.. this ain’t an everyday occurrence for us. But ain’t nothin we can do. If the reavers are on the planet, then them’s that are there are good as dead. We’ve sent an encoded distress signal to the nearest skyplex. Done all we can. Now we’re gonna go to blackout. And maybe, just maybe luck is with our little ship today. And if that’s the case, we won’t be seen or them reaver’s will have their fill and leave us be. Captain out.”

As the com went quiet, no one else could get past the words choking in their throat. Suddenly, it seemed to dawn on Simon what Zoe was saying.

“We send a signal and that’s it?! That’s all we can do?!”“More n’ I woulda done. Risky that, sending off a distress call.” Jayne murmured but even he seemed on edge about the decision.

“There’s gotta be at least some people we could save. This is a big ship-”

“Simon..” Kaylee began but he shook his head vehemently.

“No! I’m a doctor, I save lives, it’s what I’m supposed to do. Are you really all so heartless that you’d rather save your own skin then do what’s right?”Shepard sighed.

“Believe me, I know it’s a hard pill to swallow but those people on the planet-”

“That’s right. People. Men and women and children who need saving. And maybe we can’t get em all but we could at least try to save some! Shepard, you’re a man of god. So what would god ask us to do?”

At that, he was silent. And Simon smiled bitterly, past even trying to reassure River.

“You’re unbelievable. All of you. Long as we’re here and safe, no reason to mind anyone else’s suffering! Hey, we’ve got cosy beds and food, we just stocked up on goods so why should we care people are being raped and eaten and killed?! Let’s just let the monsters do their thing while we find our next job. That’s a great plan! And for whom? For yourselves? For an inanimate ship?! Huh?”

None could answer and Simon was exhausted from his rant. From the rant, from arguing and from everything in the whole ’verse.

“Mei mei? You.. you won’t let the monsters get me, right?”

Mal’s frightened and shaking little voice broke into the quiet like a tidal wave slamming against the rocks. Kaylee’s eyes filled and she kneeled down, holding her arms open for a hug.

“No why would I go an do that? Hmm?”“I was.. I got mad cause you and Zoe was mean to me an all so.. so I went and messed with y’alls things. I’m sorry! Please don’t let the reaver monsters get me Kaylee!” He hid his face in her neck, sniffling and his tiny frame shaking in terror. She looked up at the other adults who seemed equally speechless. And then Jayne, of all people, sat down beside them.

“You know.. them magazines were real old anyhow. Could always get the latest ones next time we touch down on one of them fancy rocks, right?”

Mal sniffed and peeked out cautiously.

“M’ sorry Jayne.”

“Me too. Shouldn’t be yellin like that round little ears like yours.”

They shared a smile while the other crew members settled in. The air was still tense but now, it was towards one cause: Waiting out the threat that turned them all to children on the inside.

“Kaylee I’m.. about what I said-”

“It’s alright. An you do smell but.. but I could probably help come up with somethin to get the stink out of your clothes at least.” She smiled shyly and rocked their toddler captain in her lap. Shepard murmured a prayer and Inara sighed.

“Funny, isn’t it?”

“What?”

Simon looked up at the young woman who seemed worried but was managing a smile all the same.

“Even when he’s like this.. Mal still brings us all together.”

There wasn’t really much cause for a response when they all knew they agreed with the sentiment. No matter what form he took, Malcolm Reynolds was the captain of Serenity. And his crew was with him till the end.

Eventually, Serenity was able to fire up and ship out. Despite a few more mishaps, (getting Mal to take a bath was a task when he was an adult but as a little boy? Near impossible and a very wet job to boot) Mal mostly behaved himself and the crew grew accustomed to taking turns playing with the toddler or keeping an eye on him. They also removed the dead fish from Zoe and Wash’s bunk (the source of the dead smell) and cleaned up Kaylee’s coveralls.

After another couple of days, ( and one attempt at repainting a wall of the ship by Mal and river) Simon was finally able to identify the foreign agent that had triggered this “youth holiday” and create a serum to bring their captain back to his normal self. Surprisingly there was an absence felt by all (even Jayne) and it actually took some getting used to before everyone was able to hold a normal conversation with the man.

Of course, Malcolm never admitted to breaking the vial in the original case, despite Inara’s adamant declaration that he must have. In fact, it mattered little because the effects were only temporary without the proper solvent added. Even if Simon had been at a loss, Mal would have eventually returned to his natural body and mindset.

“So what’s done is done.” Simon summed up, washing his hands. Malcolm stretched, luxuriating in being back in his own skin.

“Was I really so bad?”

“Only a little. Course I still say you were the cutest little rascal I ever did see Captain.” Kaylee teased. He squeezed her hand, faking shock.

“Why little Kaylee, you silver tongued devil.”

“I do my best sir.”

“Well for taking such good care of me… tada!” He uncovered the box he’d been hiding with a flourish and grinned and Kaylee’s mouth dropped.

“Don’t just stand there a-starin. Open it up.”

She beamed when the removing the top revealed chocolate covered strawberries.

“Still the cutest rascal I know.” She kissed his cheek and he smiled back, heading out.

“Oh.. by the way. There’s enough to share. Just puttin that out there.” He informed her, casual like. She glanced at Simon coyly and smiled back.

“I’ll keep that in mind.. you headed to your bunk captain? I could tell the others not to bug atcha.”

“Sleep? Oh no, I need to see River.”

Simon frowned, coming to stand beside Kaylee.

“What do you need River for? Has she done something?”

“Not yet. But we aim to misbehave.”

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

veeranng: This has become one of my best novels of all time...This story has the right amount of humour...I was hooked to it from the start and i was not able to keep my phone down for like entire 4 hours...The characters are all so adorable and relatable...The plot and the dialogues are just fantastic...I...

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...

JulieJeanette: I'm only on chapter nine, but so far I am loving this story!. I am on pins and needles hoping that they find good men in their lives by the end. I am American and so the British tone and lingo ('knickers,' 'sod it' ) of the book is very appealing. I had to find out how much '12 stone' was by goog...

M.Jones: Its rare i come across stories with women relationships and its rather realistic, but at the same time its as a fantasy in terms of a shinning knight and a princess type style. The only thing was I was having some issues at parts with keeping track of who was saying what and who was talking at ti...

mcase: I really enjoyed this story. Felt drawn to Cami as a genuine person. Great characters with funny honest perspective. Many subplots made this continually interesting. I was never bored and thought the overall plot was intriguing. I do wish that some elements had been excluded, such as some extrane...

ianwatson: The comedy is original and genuinely funny, I have laughed out loud many times reading this book. But the story and the plot are also really engaging. The opening two or three chapters seem quite character-dense but they all soon come to life and there is no padding, filling or wasted time readin...

Jaslyn: I loved reading this so much!! The transformation of Nina's self-esteem was incredible to read, and while I was rooting for Parker halfway through, I was very satisfied when Harrison and Nina finally got everything straight. The side characters were adorable - I especially loved Anna, Richel, Mic...

romboili000: No a fence to the people who wrote those reviews but u are being to judgmental for a few silly little mistakes anyway I really like your story maybe go back and try to fix those mistakes but also please do not give up I really liked your story. And I know you can get far with it so yeah.

Destiny Lee: This is amazing. It's totally realistic - cool girls have flaws, too, okay?? Totally awkward girl picks up her mom's old bass from her garage, messes around, and realizes, hey, maybe I can move on after all. She has moments where everything's hopeless for her, after all, an alcoholic dad and a fl...

More Recommendations

Taryn Odoms: this is a vey good book so far i came from wattpad and I'm thankful that you showed me this site.the thing says my reveiw is to short but I don't know what else to write but that this book is so good.👌😂👌😂😂😂😂😂👌😂😂😂👌👉👌👌👌👌👌👌❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

asianzwerg: its cliche, but in a good way. it captured my attention at once and ate its way through to my heart. it made me feel lots of emotions, from wanting to rip my hair out to crying myself to sleep coz irs just. stuck. in. my. mind.