Rating: All ages
Word Count: 13.000
Author’s summary: "Crossover with Firefly. The wreck of a luxury liner is boarded, and Ace is kidnapped. Months later, the crew of the Serenity is caught up in the Doctor’s latest scheme.What experiments are being performed on Icarus? What's in the Box stolen from the Doctor's quarters? It's all a matter of timing, but events are slipping away from him. As tensions between the Doctor and Captain Reynolds mount, Ace’s time is running out."
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace, the Firefly crew.
Recommended because: To be really, brutally honest, this story could use a good going-over for some mechanical/spelling/punctuation issues. However, with that said up front, I still consider it well worth a rec for the quality of the characterizations, the fine ear for voices and dialogue, and the perfection with which Seven and Ace fit into the Firefly 'verse. Seven's hidden darkness and twisty mind are shown to good advantage -- and the sequences in which he plays chess with River are genuine standouts.
The Doctor didn’t look up from the game. “Best not to look too deeply in here,” he tapped his forehead. “Sometimes even I get lost.”
“But I can’t shut them out!”
“Practice makes perfect,” he answered lightly.
“How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?”
“Not enough,” the Doctor said.
“Eighth man bound,” River murmured.
The Doctor looked up sharply. “Not in the near future, I trust?” The Doctor paused. “Will I be ginger?”