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Via coffeeandink: "When you see this on your flist, quote Firefly. Unless you don't happen to feel like it, which is perfectly fine by me."

Everyone else will quote the funny bits, so:
I am very smart.

Went to the best Medacad on Osiris, graduated top three percent of my class. Finished my internship in eight months. 'Gifted.' Is the term. So when I tell you that my little sister makes me look like an idiot child ... I want you to understand my full meaning.

River was more than 'gifted', she was ... a gift. Everything she did, music, maths, theoretical physics, even dance; there was nothing that didn't come as naturally to her as breathing does to you or me.

[smiles, remembering]

She could be a real brat about it, too. She used to tell me--


There was a school. A, uh, government-sponsored academy, we had never even heard of it but it had the most exciting program. The most challenging. We could have sent her anywhere, we had the money ... but she wanted to go. She wanted to learn. She was fourteen.

[A moment of bitterness, then he pulls it together.]

I got a few letters at first, and then I didn't hear from her for months. Finally I got a letter that made no sense. She talked about things that had never happened, jokes we had never ... it was a code. It just said, 'They're hurting us. Get me out.'

-- Simon, 'Serenity'
The occasion (as if you didn't know) is that Serenity is out in the US this Friday, and over here the week after.
Not sure it deserves its own entry so I'll post it here:

BESTER: Whaddya need two mechanics for?
MAL: I really don't.

The introduction of Kaylee and the last time she had sex. Poor Kaylee.