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naturaltalent ([personal profile] naturaltalent) wrote2007-07-19 03:26 pm
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OOI - Serenity

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.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:06 pm (UTC)(link)
He's trying not to slip into doctor mode right now, because that's just not appropriate to do with someone you're sleeping with. It's difficult, though.

"You could have told me earlier. Do you think you might be pregnant?" He's not sure how he feels about that. Doctor mode is safer after all.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Don't know," Kaylee says faintly, nervously. "But... I ain't been this late ever. Few days maybe, sometimes, but..."

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
"You should... um... I could do a blood test for you? I've got the equipment in the infirmary, it'll take maybe ten or fifteen minutes..."

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Kaylee nods mutely. Her throat's closed up a bit from nerves.

So many women do this and know the answer. Maybe it's a woman's intuition, but despite her age and her sexual activities, she's a girl. Woman's intuition just confuses her.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
He kisses her forehead lightly, returning to playing with her hair. "Do you want to... do it now? It might be good to get it over with."

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hăo," she says softly. She'll need Simon to move before she can get out of the hammock.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Simon rolls out of the hammock, just as carefully as he got into it, and holds a hand out to her. Not like she needs the hand, but sometimes he feels the need to act like she does. It makes him feel better, if nothing else.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Kaylee doesn't need the hand, no, but she likes it when he acts like she does. It makes her feel like a lady, like she's delicate, like she doesn't have grease on her face and knots in her hair but like she's got soft hands and fancy clothes and perfect hair. She likes that.

However, today it doesn't make her feel much better when she takes his hand and lets him help her out of the hammock.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Simon releases her hand gently as soon as she's out of the hammock and then leads the way out of the engine room, out into the hallway and to the stairs.

Mal passes by, giving Simon a suspicious look. Simon tries to ignore him, tries not to guess from Mal's look just what he thought Simon was doing with Kaylee in the engine room. Mal's the only one of the crew who still gives Simon looks like that - Zoe just acts amused, Jayne doesn't give a damn, Simon knows Kaylee talks to Inara about their sex life, and River is curious, albeit a bit too much for Simon's comfort.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 10:30 pm (UTC)(link)
The smile Kaylee flashes at Mal should be enough to allay any suspicion of sex. It's a slightly nervous smile, uncertain, but slightly reassuring too. Things are fine.

When they get to the infirmary, she sits gingerly on the chair in the middle of the room. "So... whaddaya need to do?"

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 10:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"I just need to draw blood... I got the equipment to run the tests when the Operative was fixing up the ship." Really, he'd all but bribed Mal to ask him for it. But you never knew what diseases the crew could pick up on whatever new planet they were visiting...

"It's really to test for sickness, mostly, but... pregnancy will show up too." As he speaks, he's finding a needle and a swab, his back turned to Kaylee.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hăo," Kaylee bites her lip nervously. Tough girl she may be, but needles make her queasy. "This ain't gonna hurt much, right?"

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"No, ài rén, it won't. I promise." He turns back to her, pushes up her sleeve lightly, and dabs at her arm with an alcohol swab.

While he's finding a vein, he asks gently, "Have you spoken to anyone about this? Inara?" And while she's hopefully distracted by his question, he slips the needle into her arm. She probably won't even notice.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
She'd been watching his hands, but she looks up to answer the question. "No. Wanted to be sure first, y'know? Anyway, it's our business first, right?"

She looks back down and notes with surprise that the needle's already in her arm. "How long'll it take?"

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"I just wondered," he says with a faint smile. "I never know what you tell Inara."

It doesn't take long to draw blood, and then he withdraws the needle. "Ten minutes, fifteen at the most. It would be faster if the equipment were a little newer, but..."

Almost nothing on Serenity is new, except the engine parts Kaylee talks Mal into.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
And even those parts are few and far between. Before the Operative, the last new part they'd gotten was a good four months before Simon and River were on the ship.

"Well." She takes a deep breath and tries to smile. "Kinda unexpected, huh?"

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Simon gives her a smile in response - weak, as smiles go, but he isn't exactly the most expressive person in the verse. "A bit, yes."

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"You ain't mad, are you?" she asks quietly, worried. That's her biggest fear.

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mad? No, Kaylee, I..." He stares at her, mouth open. "Why would you think I'd be mad?"

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Kaylee looks down at her hands. "Just... ain't exactly somethin' little. A baby's... well, it's years'n years'n... It's... a big thing. And maybe you don't wanna be a father."

Not that she's sure she wants to be a mother. But if she's pregnant...

[identity profile] 2007-07-19 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"I... I honestly hadn't thought about it. I was mostly thinking about... staying alive and taking care of River and..." He lets out a slow breath. "It'll be okay."

He's not, actually, sure of that. He just has to say it, for Kaylee's sake.

[identity profile] 2007-07-20 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
"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.

[identity profile] 2007-07-20 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
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."

[identity profile] 2007-07-20 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
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.

[identity profile] 2007-07-20 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
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.