Title: The Space Mariner & His Celestial Albatross
Author: J.J. O’Robert (jezzjamer)
Rating: G (for now, rating may go up)
Word Count: 1,398 (per MW)
Disclaimer: The Firefly/Serenity characters and storyline are the Property of 20th Century Fox/Universal/Joss Whedon, I’m not sure who owns all the rights but I know its one (if not all) of them. However, the plot of this story and all additional characters are from my own imagination.
Warning(s): Mal is 32 years OLDER than River in this fic...and in the actual series. NOT pedophilic.
Pairing(s): Mal/River (eventually), Simon/Kaylee (eventually), Wash/Zoe (later established), Jayne/???, Inara/....Clients, Book/...um...God?
Summery: Altered Universe! Retelling of the Firefly story starting Pre Unification War through Post BDM. Mal/River friendship, later romance. Mal/River Centric. Mal first meets River when she's a very young child just before the start of the Unification War. Then a second time just before she's sent to the Academy. Then he meets her for the final time after she has escaped from the Academy. The story goes on from there to recount the adventures of the Crew of Serenity with a whole lot more involvement of/from River.
Author's Notes: Altered Universe, not alternate, just altered. Some proper names and events have been changed to fit the plot and my own sensibilities. Dates, when applicable, will be show as year-month-day. According to my sources, Firefly starts in A.D. 2516 and Serenity starts in A.D. 2517; Mal was born in A.D. 2468 September 20 and River was born in A.D. 2500 December 19. The Unification War began A.D. 2506 and ended A.D. 2511 with the victory of the Union of Allied Planets over the Independent Faction. Now for the purpose of this story, the Union of Allied Planets has been renamed to the Interstellar Union of Sinoanglia and the Independent Faction has been renamed to the Alliance of Independent Planets. I have also changed River birth date to A.D. 2500 July 24 to fit the plot. As well as the outcome and end of the Unification War which, for the integrity of the plot of this story, ended in a stalemate in A.D. 2513 and has carried on into a Cold War between the Interstellar Union and the Independent Alliance.
Thanks to Haloarcher for agreeing to beta this for me.
A/N2: There are footnotes at the end of the chapter to reference certain ideas in the story text. If there is something you didn't understand that is not referenced please leave a review and I will attempt to explain either in a reply or in a future chapter.
Prolog One: Part I
 2VIP — VIP stands for Very Important Person, there are three levels of VIP. First, there is Very Important Person (VIP) which could be celebrities, corporate officers, low-level politicians & generally rich people. Secondly, Very Very Important Person (VVIP/2VIP) could refer to mid/high-level politicians, wealthy people, religious leaders & corporate leaders. Then there is Very Very Very Important Person (VVVIP/3VIP); such a person could be considered a head of state, corporate tycoon or chief religious leader (the Pope).
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