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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 01:56 am (UTC)
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"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)
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"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)
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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)
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"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)
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"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)
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"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)
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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)
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"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)
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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)
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"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)
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"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)
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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)
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"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)
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"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)
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"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)
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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)
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"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.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:52 am (UTC)
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Mal, unfortunately, does hear. "What?" he says, a little too loudly. "I'm sorry, you're what? We can't have a baby on this boat, and you, Kaylee, oughta know that."

"Mal..." Simon says, his voice a little tight. It's not often Simon gets truly dangerous. This may be one of those times.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:59 am (UTC)
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"She's what?" Jayne asks, his jaw dropped.

Somehow, he has no lewd response to this.

"I know, Cap'n," Kaylee says faintly, head down, hands twisted together. She's ready to start crying, not that Mal can see it with her head down so low.

He might recognize the tone, though.

Date: 2007-07-20 04:05 am (UTC)
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"And you and the doc didn't think this was a possibility?" Mal demands, his rant going on for a second more before he recognizes Kaylee's tone and stops. Simon's still glaring at him.

"Will you leave now? Please." It's not really a request, despite the "please". Just once, Mal might overlook what he once said about Simon giving orders on his boat.

Date: 2007-07-20 04:15 am (UTC)
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Jayne normally wouldn't care about Simon. But he's sort of a secret marshmallow when it comes to Kaylee (not that it's immediately obvious). He quietly disappears into his bunk.

River smiles a little, knowingly, and wanders out dreamily.

Kaylee just sits there silently, fighting the urge to throw up again. Mal's upset with her, they can't have a baby on the ship, she screwed up.

"I'm sorry," she whispers, somewhat desperately.

Date: 2007-07-20 04:20 am (UTC)
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Mal glances from Simon to Kaylee and back, and decides he's not quite ready to leave. He steps forward carefully, tilting his head a little to try to catch her eye. "Kaylee. I'm... sorry. It'll be okay, xiao mei mei."

Simon shifts a little unhappily, glaring at Mal and rather wishing he'd leave. But when the initial order didn't work so well with Mal, he doesn't hold out hope for a second doing the job.

Date: 2007-07-20 04:26 am (UTC)
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"I didn't mean for it to happen, Cap'n, it's my fault, I'm sorry." She can't bring herself to look up. "I'll... I'll deal with it, it won't be a problem..."

Except that she's not sure she wants to. But if it's a choice between being a mother and being on Serenity... Well, it's not really a choice.

Date: 2007-07-20 04:36 am (UTC)
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"Kaylee. We'll talk about this later, got plenty of time." He leans in to kiss her forehead, a silent reassurance that everything will be alright, one way or another. Really, he couldn't kick Kaylee off the ship, not in a million years. "Let the doc take care of you, dŏng ma?"

Date: 2007-07-20 04:43 am (UTC)
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Kaylee looks up at him with a couple of tears streaked down her cheeks. "You ain't mad?" she asks hopefully. If Mal isn't mad... things'll be okay.

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