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Worth It

Title: Worth It
Author: jaune_chat
Fandoms: Firefly/Sherlock (BBC)
Characters/Pairings: Simon Tam, River Tam, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 700
Spoilers: None, really
Warnings: References to past medical experimentation
Disclaimer: Firefly is Joss’, Sherlock isn’t mine either!
A/N: Written for crossovers_las for the prompt “Time heals all wounds.”
Summary: Simon discovers two of Serenity’s passengers have far more in common with his family than he ever thought possible.

River clung to the railing of the staircase, watching one of their passengers. Sherlock had been curled up in a chair in the lounge outside medbay for the better part of two days. He’d scarcely spoke, and barely acknowledged the crew. Jayne thought he was spooky. Mal had found him merely unsettling. He wouldn’t even respond to Inara, not even to dismiss or exclaim, ogle or wonder. And everyone responded to Inara, one way or another.

That was very strange, as River was certain Sherlock missed nothing.

The first day out, John, the man who’d come on board with Sherlock, had managed to get him into the galley, though Sherlock had refused to let go of his Cortex comm. Sherlock had spent his entire tenure on Serenity locked in communion with his machine. Except when he was needed. That first day in the galley, Zoe had accused Jayne of taking the last bean bun she’s been saving for Wash. Without looking up, Sherlock had unexpectedly spoken up, reeling off two dozen devastatingly accurate predictions that proved Book had been sleep-eating.

River let herself down from the railing and curled up in a chair next to Sherlock, oblivious to everything else.


Simon felt a shard of ice stab his gut when he walked into Serenity’s tiny medbay to see one of the passengers reviewing a brain scan. River’s brain scan.

“What the hell are you doing?” Simon demanded, using every bit of authority he’d ever had as a preserver of life.

The passenger turned around; Dr. Watson. No hope for it. Simon couldn’t bluff his way out this, couldn’t use layman’s ignorance to explain away the damage visible even from the doorway.

“The captain said it would be all right to use these computers…” Dr. Watson said, holding a hand up. “I needed to examine the scans I brought with me.”

Like hell, Simon thought darkly. The doctor had to be another Alliance spy, hunting for the outlaw Tam siblings. Simon took a cautious half-step closer, ready to scream for help the minute Dr. Watson showed his true colors. “Those are my sister’s scans. You hacked my files.”

Watson started, growing pale. “These are Sherlock’s scans.”

Simon forgot about caution and stepped close, examining the scans minutely. Almost unbelieving, he tapped keys to bring River’s scans up side-by-side. One brain was definitely older, with slightly more remodeling from the same wounds. The same exact kinds of wounds…

“My God,” Watson said softly.


“You use your contradictory nature to diminish thanks for your accomplishments,” River said.

“I don’t need hangers-on. If they can’t observe, too bad,” Sherlock said, keeping his eyes fixed on the tiny screen in front of him.

“You could be more generous, but you won’t.”

“You’re stating the obvious,” Sherlock said, flicking his eyes up.

“I knew who ate the bean bun, but the words often come out in a spiral fashion at inopportune times.”

“Focus on the minutiae and speak out loud. It strengthens linear speech pathways,” Sherlock said, his pale gazing fixing on her.

“The datastream can be overwhelming,” River confessed.

“Reduce input. Limit your interactions to a specific timeframe.”

“I prefer motion to gain focus.”

Sherlock looked her over critically. “They went more physical after I escaped.”

“It was necessary for control and lucidity.” River’s hand shot out to touch Sherlock’s temple. “Consistency helps me.”

Sherlock smiled. “That’s why I have John. If you have at least one thing, and your work, it all stays together in a symmetrical whole.”

River pondered that. “I dance.”

“Then do.”


“So I wasn’t the first,” Simon said wonderingly.

John shook his head. “I took Sherlock out of the pilot program. They increased security after I left. I’m sorry it took so much to get your sister out.”

“Sherlock is… functional,” Simon said, questions in his eyes.

“Took us fifteen years,” John said, a great weariness in his voice.

“Was it worth it? Is he happy?” Simon asked.

John nodded toward the window, where River was dancing before Sherlock, the man enraptured by the formulas and mathematics of her movements.

“Yes. It was worth every minute.”


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Nov. 7th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Holy hell this is lovely. The concept of this parallel is fascinating, and you've done a great job bringing Simon and John, and Sherlock and River together. Sherlock and River's conversation was masterfully done. I especially loved this exchange:

River pondered that. “I dance.”

“Then do.”

*heart melts*

And of course John sees Sherlock as worth all the effort. Oh man, it hurts to imagine John working with Sherlock right after he got him out. Woe! Well done as usual, m'dear.
Nov. 7th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
I really, really liked this one. I thought the parallels with Simon and River were great, and Sherlock seemed so logical as an academy experiment. Those two damaged lovelies learning from each other made me want to hug them, and knowing they have such stalwart allies on their side gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Nov. 8th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I can't even put my awe into words - I love this blending of worlds. Such a clever idea!
Nov. 8th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased you like it! These guys melded together beautifully.
Nov. 8th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Ooh, what a neat idea! Of course Sherlock would have been an ideal candidate. He and River talking about how to function was quite touching. =)
Nov. 8th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
They were unexpectedly marvelous when interacting. :D
Nov. 8th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Ah! Such a good crossover. It just fits so nicely. Loved this.
Nov. 9th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm so very glad you like it! :)
Nov. 9th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)

My two favourites. My two favourites.

Nov. 9th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
Hee! So very happy you enjoyed it!
Nov. 9th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Whoa, brilliant! Why didn't I see it before? This works perfectly well.

It's amazingly written. It all fits, like it should. This is simply cool, to be honest. I love it.
Nov. 11th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you do! :)
Nov. 9th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
So beautifully written! And what a joyful ending!!
Nov. 11th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 9th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Backstory!! I neeeeeeeeeeeeed it! *L* BAMF!John and messed up Sherlock for the OMG!Win!!

This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
Nov. 11th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Perhaps at some juncture I will! Maybe for crossbigbang or something.
Nov. 9th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
That's incredible! I love how you blended the two worlds together and had Sherlock be one of the first experimented on—that's seriously brilliant! I love it! ♥

Man, you have opened up a whole new world...you should totally expand on this! Like John's experiences with Sherlock going missing, how he got him out, how they got on the Serenity...seriously you have created such an amazing potential!
Nov. 11th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Like I told starshine23mc, this might be my next crossbigbang, when round 3 starts. I'm so very glad you like it!
(no subject) - reidluver - Nov. 11th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 9th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Excellent crossover! Tantalizing and satisfying at once. :D
Nov. 11th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 9th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
beautiful, just...beautiful. It totally makes sense that Sherlock would have been chosen for the program, It makes me wonder what has happened to Mycroft in this 'verse?
Nov. 11th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting question. Perhaps he sent Sherlock there in the first place. Maybe he was in charge of the program. Or maybe he hired John Watson to get his brother out... The possibilities are endless!
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
This is amazing. Love it. :D
Nov. 11th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you do like it!
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
I love this!
Nov. 11th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm very pleased that you do!
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
That was lovely, especially the conversation between Sherlock and River. Thanks for sharing.
Nov. 11th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
I so loved writing that. :)
Jan. 20th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
It's rather difficult to find a good Sherlock/Firefly crossover. You did it with flying colors. Thank you so much for writing this. *hugs*
Jan. 20th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! *huggles*
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