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Kaylee's in her little hammock in Serenity's engine room today, eating a protein bar and looking very thoughtful. Usually when she has free time, lately, she's hung out in the living area or the infirmary, wherever Simon was. But today...

Well, it's a lot to think about, the implications. And she likes to think alone in her favorite spot on the ship.

Date: 2007-07-20 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"I just... āiyā, wŏmen wánle," she whispers. "I don't know if I can, Simon."

She's scared, frankly. That she won't know what to do, that she'll be bad at it, that Mal won't like it.

Date: 2007-07-20 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
He leans over to kiss her forehead, smoothing her hair. "I know. And if we can't... we'll find something to do about it. It's okay."

Date: 2007-07-20 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
She nods and leans into his touch, closing her eyes and just breathing him in. He smells like sanitizer and metal and the rosemary-scented soap she'd bought a few months ago to wash the laundry with.

A few minutes pass.

"Is it time yet?" she whispers.

Date: 2007-07-20 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
Simon looks up, gently pulling away from Kaylee and walking over to check the equipment. "I think so..."

He presses a couple buttons, and a readout pops up on a tiny screen. Simon stares at it in silence, having for a moment forgotten that Kaylee's sitting right there, waiting for an answer.

Date: 2007-07-20 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
Kaylee bites her lip, hard, and waits as long as she can stand. Which is not long at all.

"Simon?" her voice is wavering a bit.

Date: 2007-07-20 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
Simon jerks his head up, startled, and turns to face her. He smiles at her, shakily. "You're... pregnant."

Date: 2007-07-20 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
Kaylee stops breathing for a moment. It feels as if everything, everything has stopped.

Pregnant. Baby. With Simon. Pregnancy. Nine months.

"Tiānna..." she whispers, pressing a hand to her heart.

Date: 2007-07-20 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
He takes a step toward her, looking worried. "Are you alright?"

Date: 2007-07-20 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"I... think I might be sick," she says faintly, then promptly doubles over and spills her lunch over the infirmary floor.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
"Oh, Kaylee..." Simon steps forward quickly, smoothing her hair out of her face with one hand, rubbing her back with the other. "Do you want a drink of water?" he asks, pathetically concerned. It's all he can think of to offer her at the moment.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
She nods and pulls her hair back. She has an ever-present hair-tie on her wrist and she uses it gratefully. "Sorry," she says, her voice faint and wavering. "Didn't mean to make a mess."

Date: 2007-07-20 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morethangifted.livejournal.com
"Easily cleaned. Worse messes in worse places all over the room." River's voice drifts in moments before she does.

She stops in the doorway, frowning curiously at the both of them.

"Is Kaylee sick?"

Date: 2007-07-20 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
"It's okay," he murmurs to Kaylee softly, and then he jumps a little when River speaks, turning to the door.

"No, mei mei, she's just... She's not sick."

Date: 2007-07-20 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"I'm fine, River," Kaylee says with a wobbly and none-too-convincing smile. "Just a little stomach ache's all."

Date: 2007-07-20 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morethangifted.livejournal.com
River raises an eyebrow. Her expression clearly indicates that she knows they're lying.

She doesn't actually say anything, though. She just sits herself down comfortably in the doorway.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
"Um... alright then," Simon says slowly, eying River for a moment before turning back to Kaylee. After a moment, trying to remember what he was saying, he just repeats, "Do you want a glass of water?"

And from the top of the stairs, passing through the cargo bay, Mal notices them and asks, "Someone get hurt?"

Simon is just going to very quietly facepalm.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
Kaylee follows Simon's example. "Everything's shiny, Cap'n," she says, though her face, Simon's face, and the mess on the floor say otherwise.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morethangifted.livejournal.com
"Kaylee is not sick," River announces, still studying them both.

"Not sick, but not well," she adds in an undertone.

Date: 2007-07-20 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
"Everything's fine," Simon says loudly, giving his sister an I heard that look.

Mal's already making his way down the stairs, though. "What's goin' on?"

Date: 2007-07-20 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
Kaylee sighs. "Things, Cap'n."

She really doesn't want to have to tell him this. Really. This could not get any worse.

"What's all this?" Jayne leans against the doorway, eating something rather unidentifiable.

Kaylee sighs again.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
"Simon won't tell us," Mal says to Jayne, a little irritably, shooting the doctor a glare that implies he should speak up very soon.

"There's nothing to tell!" Simon insists.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"Prolly just got caught nailin' lil Kaylee and don't wanna admit it," Jayne says with a shrug. But he doesn't move on.

He wants to see what goes down.

Kaylee just sits there trying not to be nauseous. She looks rather queasy, actually. Too much nerves and morning sickness, probably.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
"Okay!" Simon says, raising his voice. It's very loud, in the small room. "This is my infirmary-"

He doesn't get further than that before Mal shoots him a look, saying firmly, "Last time I checked, it was my ship."

Simon ignores him and goes on, "This is my infirmary, and right now, you're all upsetting Kaylee. I want everyone to leave, right now or I swear the next one of you that gets shot will be left bleeding."

Date: 2007-07-20 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morethangifted.livejournal.com
River isn't worried. Considering she rarely gets shot, anyway, and that she highly doubts Simon will go through with that threat, even if it's Jayne who gets shot next.

In fact, she completely ignores Simon to fix a wide-eyed gaze on Kaylee, realizing that something about the unfamiliarity is a little familiar.

There's a question in that look, but I wouldn't even try to put it into words.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"No need t'get tetchy, Doc," Jayne grunts. "Just asking."

Kaylee, meanwhile, has locked eyes with River. Curious, wide-eyed River who's asking with her eyes whether or not she's guessed right.

"I'm pregnant," she says, oh so very faintly. Jayne, thankfully, doesn't hear.

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