The sun went away. Just... melted away and now I can't find her and she's gone. She went away and everything's dim now.
She went home and it's better because she's safe there. People that care about her are there.
[River takes a deep breath because she knows she can't freak out now. Nobody to put her back together except herself.]
Kaylee went home. Serenity is still here but Kaylee's gone. I'll try to work on the beacon she had going, help boost the signal.
Black hole. Heavy gravity well.
It's hungry, keeps pulling in more. Pulling us in because we're the biggest bite it's had in a long time.
We get pulled in, even a ship this big won't make it. Not sure what'll give first. Windows might go first in the pressure, suck out everything before the safety protocols go up.
The lucky ones might pass out first from lack of oxygen, not feel themselves go. Unlucky ones might decompress. Explosively. Or go into hypoxia and have their blood boil.
Might be best to get lucky and be rescued.
[Sorry for the morbidity but this sort of TMI is something River has gone for in the past. She thinks she's doing a good thing telling stuff straight. Also apologies for any inaccuracies. River is very smart in these things but I am not.]
[River is sitting in the middle of her room in Serenity wearing a doctor's coat that is a little too big for her. Only thing off is the fact that there's a pair of scissors in her lap and her pillow has been given an autopsy cut across the front and has been thoroughly disemboweled.]
I can't find the pea. I can feel it sometimes like it's sitting in the corner of my vision, in the periphery.
Every time I look at it straight on it disappears.
I can feel it and it digs in but it won't stay and-
[A deep breath and she closes her eyes for a moment]
Purpose. What is our purpose when we don't have anything?
So many holidays today. Not just halloween. Not just any one thing.
Samhain. Reformation day. Allantide. Feast days for Abaidas and Quentin.
So many holidays and we keep cannibalizing them to make more.
We take them because we're greedy children who just want one more piece of candy and we don't want to go to bed yet.
[She stops and takes a deep breath. Trying to organize her thoughts into conherence.]
I need marigolds. And sugar. Lots of it.
[The feed starts off in Serenity's cargo bay- or what Serenity's cargo bay would look like if there were blankets and sheets hanging everywhere, with piles of pillows and cushions and even some mattresses propped up all over the place alongside boxes. Basically: a really awesome pillow fort.]
[Kaylee makes a trumpeting noise from where she's holding the camera]
Attention, people of the Thor! Lady River Magnifica Tam the First, Queen of the tent nation of Pillowtopia, is about to make a royal announcement!
[River is sitting in a nest of the fanciest sheets in all the land (so, Inara's) with a tea party laid out in front of her- as well as a few suspiciously empty-looking bottles of wine. She giggles before adopting a surprisingly regal-sounding voice.]
We're opening our borders to visitors in exchange for royal tribute!
[And Kaylee leans into view to clarify:]
Means we're outta blankets.
There aren't nearly enough on the ship right now, even with Inara's extra ones.
So if you wanna stop in, grab some to lend a hand and head down to Serenity! We'll be at it a while.
[...so yeah WHO WANTS IN ON A GIANT PILLOW FORT idek guys feel free to action it up and threadjack and whatever ALSO Kaylee and River.]
[The video that comes up is a little... odd.
The living room of Serenity through creative use of blankets has been turned into a battlefield for toy soldiers to fight against a wide assortment of... dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are all wearing carefully crafted brown coats made from pieces of paper.
This is River having a good day believe it or not. She's not in view except for when her hands shift the figurines around for new battle formations.]
The Alliance camp is getting flanked by the Independent's raptor forces. They're tricky, keep testing their borders for weaknesses.
They need reinforcements but I ran out of soldiers.
Things are looking very bleak unless I can find more.
[She ends the video just as a raptor invades the camp]