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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 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.

Date: 2007-07-20 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
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)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"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)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
"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)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
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)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
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)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"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)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
"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)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
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.

Date: 2007-07-20 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freedom-iswhat.livejournal.com
He shakes his head. "No, I'm not mad. Just a little startled, 's all."

Date: 2007-07-20 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"Yeah." Kaylee tries to smile a little. "Me too." She swallows hard.

She really isn't ready for this. "Cap'n, can we..." she looks at him pleadingly. She and Simon need some time alone to talk about this.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
"Yeah. 'Course. Anything you need, you come talk to me," Mal says before drifting out. He's probably going to go sit on the bridge for a while and stare at the black. If River's up there, so much the better.

Simon breathes a soft sigh of relief once he's gone. It had been feeling a little claustrophobic in here, even with just him, Kaylee and Mal.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
"He's right," she says quietly. "Can't have a baby on the ship. Throws a wrench in the workin's."

And god, it hurts to admit that.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mm-allfireburns.livejournal.com
"The crew can... adjust," Simon says, a little helplessly.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaywinnitfrye.livejournal.com
Kaylee looks down again. "I don't know what to do with a baby, Simon. I'm a mechanic, I'm just a workin' girl, and I ain't got the time or the money to deal with a baby!"

Maybe she's exaggerating a little, but not much.

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