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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 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
"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]
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)
From: [identity profile]
"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]
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]
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]
"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]
"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]
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]
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]
"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]
"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]
"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]
"The crew can... adjust," Simon says, a little helplessly.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He steps forward, gently places his hands on either side of her head, and leans forward so his face is close to hers. He's kind of hoping it will calm her down a little. "Kaylee. It is much too early to be worrying about this."

Date: 2007-07-20 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She looks up, into his eyes, her expression scared and confused and uncertain. "It ain't?" she asks softly. Hopefully even. If it's too early to worry about this, she has time to get used to the idea before she has to worry.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yes." He smooths her hair lightly. "You should... go lie down. In our bunk. I'll clean up in here, and then I'll catch up with you."

Date: 2007-07-20 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Okay," Kaylee says, and smiles weakly. She gets off the chair and walks to the doorway, avoiding the mess on the floor. She hesitates for a second and turns back.

"It is gonna be okay?" she asks.

Date: 2007-07-20 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Simon smiles. This time, he manages to make it look like he's not slightly terrified. "Yes. It is."

Date: 2007-07-20 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a comforting thing, that Simon isn't scared (or at least that he doesn't seem to be). Kaylee smiles, a little more believably. "Alright."

She gratefully leaves Simon to clean up.


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