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SHINYTRINKET

NOTHIN' IN THE VERSE - PART I: Chapter 9
Sunday, September 10, 2006

Takes place after "War Stories". Mal is having trouble sleeping after being tortured. A passenger aboard Serenity discovers an old friend - and makes a new one.-------CHAPTER 9: Kaylee and Alex talk about things hidden and not so hidden.


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Disclaimers: Everything belongs to Joss, except for one character of my creation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “She’s certainly glamorous,” Alex remarked, watching Inara ascend the stairs and head toward her shuttle. They were parked on Verbena while Mal and Zoë met Inara’s contact. Alex had stepped into the cargo bay in time to see Inara return from making the introduction, clad, as she nearly always was, in a flowing gown and shawl, bracelets jingling on her arms. Kaylee looked up from tinkering with the mule. She was dressed in overalls and covered with engine grease. The contrast was so stark that Alex laughed out loud. Kaylee grinned at her. “Yeah, ain’t she the most beautiful thing you ever saw?” she agreed wistfully. “Such a romantic life...” Alex sat down on a shipping crate, chewing on a stray piece of straw she found on the floor. She was suddenly very aware of her own tee shirt, cargo pants and worn boots, and how decidedly unfeminine she also must look in comparison. “I still don’t get what she’s doing here,” she commented. “A luxury liner maybe, but...” She stopped, afraid she might have offended Kaylee, but that didn’t seem to be the case. “I mean, you guys are wonderful, and your ship is great, but, really; she’s pretty fancy for this.” Kaylee shrugged. “I guess, but she sure helps us get in places we’d never be able to go otherwise,” Kaylee said. “Plus, she’s just a really great friend.” “Did I maybe detect a little...something...between her and Captain Reynolds?” Alex asked slyly. “You picked up on that, huh?” Kaylee shook her head and said, half to herself, “And they think nobody can see.” “Let me guess,” Alex ventured. “One more thing your captain thinks he’s hiding that he’s not.” Kaylee laughed. “Yeah, pretty much.” Alex stretched out on the crate. “You were right about the nightmares,” she said. “I ran into him last night when I couldn’t sleep. He looked like hell.” “Yeah? Did you talk at all?” “Mostly about me and about the war; nothing about what’s eatin’ him.” She rose up on her elbows and looked at Kaylee. “What about Inara?” she asked. “I mean, if they’re...why can’t Inara get him to talk?” Kaylee rolled her eyes and wiped her sweaty face, smearing more grease. “’Cause it ain’t like that between ‘em,” she answered. “They’re too busy pretendin’ they don’t like each other.” “What a shame,” Alex said, lying back again. “Life’s too short for that crap.” “Yeah, don’t I know it,” Kaylee said softly. She looked a little sad. “The doctor?” Alex asked. Kaylee dropped her eyes. “He’s pretty fine.” “Yeah,” Kaylee murmured. “He is.” She assessed her greasy attire and sighed. “Too fine, prob’ly.” She sounded regretful. Alex patted her hand. “He likes you.” Kaylee looked up at her, eyes round. “What makes you say that?” Alex shrugged. “I don’t know...I can just tell.” Kaylee didn’t ask how Alex could tell, but she looked pleased as she went back to work on the mule. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Go to Chapter 10. Back to Chapter 8.

COMMENTS

Sunday, September 10, 2006 6:12 PM

AMDOBELL


I liked how Alex wondered what Inara was doing on Serenity, her being such a high class Companion and all. It was something I have wondered about from time to time, especially as her lifestyle contrasts so starkly with that of Serenity's crew. Wonder what she is really running away from (apart from admitting any feelings for the Captain that is). Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Sunday, September 10, 2006 6:33 PM

HEWHOKICKSALOT


I just read all nine parts this evening, and I must say, your story so far is wonderful. You have a great read on all the characters; their flaws, their subtlties, and especially their language. Keep up the good work. I'll be reading for sure.




"How did your brain ever learn humans speech? Really, I'm curious."

Rob O.

Sunday, September 10, 2006 9:17 PM

JETFLAIR


Sorry I've been lazy about reviewing each chapter. I like this story a lot and it's always fun to see such quick updates. Felt really sad for Alex and her husband, and I hope she gets to spend some more time with Mal soon!

Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:48 PM

BORNTOFLY


The plot thickens.... I now wonder if it's gonna be Alex who gets Mal to open up, what with the attention paid to Inara this chapter, I hesitate to say it might just be the good Ambassodor.

And I also wonder if Kaylee will get her man.

Again, much thanks for the fast posting, helps keep the impatience at bay:)

Friday, September 15, 2006 3:02 PM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Ooh...loved how you had Alex compare herself to Inara and get all self-conscious, ShinyTrinket! Though I do hope that these two woman can help Mal out...even if Mal falls for Alex;)

BEB


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