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It's pretty empty, a few stacks of bills and random coins. "At last," snarks Zoe. "We can retire and give up this life of crime." Mal, his mouth a thin line, reaches up into the top of the safe that we didn't notice before. Jayne squeals as a panel in the floor opens up below his feet. "Hey!" exclaims the safe-opening dude. "You all are Browncoats, eh? Fought for independence? Petty thieving ain't exactly soldiers' work." Mal nods. "War's long done. We're all just folk now." Also known as the opposite of what Mal actually believes, which is why he named his ship Serenity, which was the valley where the final battle of his war took place, and he lost all track of what his life was about and abandoned belief altogether. "Listen up! We are coming down to empty that vault!" The guard kid downstairs, who is awesomely nonchalant about this whole thing, and has a pretty wry sense of humor his own self, calls back up: "You have to give me your authorization password!" Mal fires his gun, and the kid allows as how he's cleared for entry.
Upstairs, River gets scared. Outside, one heathen child notices the sound of Mal's gun, and his godless mother agrees that they might want to "run tell Lawman." Flash to a Reaver, killing somebody, and River screams and drops. Jayne -- although he'd be ashamed to admit it -- rushes to her side. "What the hell is up? You all right? What's going on?" She wriggles in panic, then whispers: "Reavers." Outside, several Reaver ships pull into position overhead, Reavers sliding down zip lines, twenty a ship, the townspeople shrieking and getting their asses killed but good.
Mal and the guard kid are negotiating where best to put his gunshot injury for the heist. "The leg is good. It'll bleed plenty, and we avoid any necessary organs." The kid's iffy on that: "I was thinking more of a graze..." Mal smiles into the kid's face, loving his collaboration on this. "No! You don't want it to look like you gave up," he says. "No, I get that," agrees the kid, and they smile at each other. Jayne comes running down the steps. "Mal!" Mal rolls his eyes. "Every heist, he's got to start yelling my name." Jayne comes to a stop on the steps, yelling, "Reavers! The girl's pitching a fit. They're here, or they're coming soon." Jayne and Zoe grab the cash and start loading the Mule upstairs, and Mal counsels the kid to get everyone he can into the vault, and lock it until they run out of air. The kid's scared, but Mal gets intense in his face about it.