Title: Of Captains And
Characters: Mal/Inara: Joss 100 challenge
Word Count: 995
Disclaimer: It all belongs to Joss
Timeframe: After Objects In Space
‘Something’s Gotta Give’ series: Shattered, Nothin Left To Lose, Of Companions And Whores, Of Captains and Desires
Of Captains And Desires
With one hand Mal ran callused fingers across a smooth
satin breast while the other hand was knotted deep in rich curly black hair
keeping the woman’s neck exposed for biting kisses that traveled from her ear
to her navel. The scent of warm flowers and
citrus filled his nostrils. “’
“Gorramit,” his voice cut through the silence as he battled the seductive dream that had him in its grips. “Leave me alone, woman!” He shook his head as he came awake in a tangle of blankets to find he was indeed alone.
“Ohhh,” Mal gasped when he tried to stand. The swelling in his pants made movement painful. Cussing a blue streak he pulled off the restrictive clothes and flopped back down on his bed. He ground his teeth as his hand moved lower. A week of dreams like the one he’d just woken from had taught him that there was only one way he was gonna get any sleep.
Later, when he lay in his bunk panting in relief he fought hard to bury the fantasy of Inara that had taken him through his release and hoped it was only his imagination that he’d cried out her name as his nerve endings exploded leaving him a quivering mass of almost sated desire.
The Captain blamed Shepherd Book
for his predicament. Up until the late
night conversation the two men had had regarding whores and Companions Mal’s
dreams about ‘
“Innocent, my ass,” he grumbled. “The damn woman earns her livin sexin up men.” But no matter how he tried to phrase it, Mal couldn’t think of her as he had in the past. That was what was eatin him up, confusin’ him, and makin’ him feel as if he were spinnin in a fog.
The dreams he was havin now were
about sex, but not like any sex he’d ever had. They were filled with feelings
and emotions. The prominent one being Mal’s ragin’ desire that ‘
He’d never thought of himself as a greedy lover, but in recent years when he’d been sexed, he usually paid for it. Though he always liked to get his money’s worth whenever cashy-money was exchanged, he liked to think he was careful that the woman received something more in return. But this was so much more than that.
In the morning he was usually
able to convince himself that the dreams about ‘
He didn’t dare to look any closer at his feelings than that. To do so would have been to have to ask what came next. His mind shied away from anything beyond having the dark-haired beauty in his bunk. To go there was dangerous territory and the only reason he was glad the woman had left.
By breakfast Mal was almost able to convince himself that his night time passions didn’t really exist. He had a tight reign on his feelings and though he missed some of the talks he had with Inara, he was his own man, free to go and do as he pleased. He sipped his coffee, contented as the crew chattered on about the plans for the day.
“How long will we be at this mining settlement, Captain?” Shepherd Book was looking forward to some time with ground beneath his feet.
“I reckon we’ll be at Haven for a day or two.” He shrugged. “They got supplies we need and there’s talk of a job a haulin they need doin’. They’s willin’ to do some barterin’.” ‘Yes,’ told himself, ‘it was startin to be a right nice day. A legal job was just what he needed to get his mind back on business.’
“Cap’n” Kaylee called as she came running into the dining area. “You ain’t never goin’a guess what I found!” She was grinning with pleasure. The first real smile Mal had seen since Inara left. “You just never goin’a guess.”
“Well then maybe it would be a good idea to tell me.” Mal nodded and took a sip of his coffee.
“I was in ‘