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FIREFLY: The Lock Inside (Wash & Kaylee)

Written for serenitysummer: Wash.

Title: The Lock Inside
Author: voleuse
Fandom: Firefly
Characters: Wash & Kaylee
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: A key is turned to free the world.
Notes: Pre-series

When Mal introduces them to Kaylee, the new mechanic, Wash stands up and hugs her.

She sputters laughter. "You don't even know if I'm any good," she protests.

"Doesn't matter," Wash sing-songs against the top of her head. "Anybody'd be better than that ben tian sheng de yi dui rou."

With a snort, Zoe extricates Kaylee from Wash's arms. "Don't get too friendly now," she says with a smile.

Wash kisses Zoe on the cheek. "Didn't think you were a jealous woman, sweetheart."

"Didn't think I was." She rolls her eyes for the room to see. "But I'm the only one in this room not wanting to make sweet love to a transport ship."

"Wouldn't that be awkward," Wash retorts, then Zoe follows an exasperated Mal out of the engine room. Wash returns his attention to Kaylee.

"Sorry about that," he apologizes. "I get enthused."

Kaylee grins at him. "Ain't no shame in loving your job." She glances over, runs an affectionate hand against the engine's housing. "And she's a beauty."

Wash smiles. "That she is."


Kaylee, Wash discovers quite quickly, is very good at her job.

Serenity almost purrs under his hands, that first take-off, post-Bester.

He calls Mal to the bridge, has him steer for a while, but Mal doesn't feel the difference.

"That girl is a genius," Wash swears. "Pay her as much as she wants. Take some out of my cut, if you have to." He pauses. "Forget I said that last part."

Mal chuckles.


When next they dock, Wash saunters to the engine room, crouches next to Kaylee as she fiddles with the g-line.

She peers out from under the machinery. "Hey, Wash," she chirps. "How's she flying?"

"Better than new." At her gesture, he hands her a wrench. "Mal and Zoe are heading out to resupply. Asked me to see if you wanted to go along."

Kaylee slides out, sits up, and bites her lip. Finally, she shakes her head. "Not today." She hops up, pops open a panel in the wall. "I'm still getting acquainted."

"All right." Wash starts to head out, then stops in front of the hatch. "If you want," he calls back, "you could check out the bridge. I've rewired a few things."

"Sure," she says, her voice echoing back. "Soon as I've got things straightened out here."


On his way back to the bridge, Wash runs into Zoe, presses his lips against her neck.

She laughs. "You're in a good mood," she observes.

"I like the new mechanic." He shrugs.

Zoe wraps her arms around him, kisses him softly. "Then I like her, too."


A/N: Title and summary adapted from Craig Raine's A Martian Sends a Postcard Home. Link courtesy of breathe_poetry.

Originally linked here. Linked on serenitysummer.


( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 26th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
aww. perfect.
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yup, perfect.
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you!
Aug. 27th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
Aw, so cute. I could hear Wash babbling in my head. ;-)
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
This is sweet.
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!
Aug. 27th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah, it's a good thing that wash and zoe started up. I think Mal would have had to throw wash and kaylee off if they'd gotten together. All the "cheer" would knock him right out of his angst.
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)

They are so adorable and geektastic together.
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
and getting knocked out of angst is a bad thing?


Aug. 28th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
Aww, sweet and good. Your Wash begs me to ruffle my fingers through his hair.
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hee! He's such a sweetheart.

Thank you!
Aug. 28th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
Teh cute! Teh cute! I am slain.

It's fics like these that get me really appreciating how awesome the crew is and how *clicky* the family works. Great stuff
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you so much! It's great fun to play with the character interactions in this show.
Aug. 30th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
N'awwwww. This is sooo cute.
Sep. 8th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
Sep. 1st, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, but your Wash-voice is utterly perfect.
Those scenes feel like scenes from the show, the ones that never made the final cut but which should have been in there because - damn. They vibrate with the joy of life.
Thank you.
Sep. 8th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
me like, me like this fic!

it reminds me of a collection of related drabbles...and fine views of the life and times of Kaylee and Wash.

please keep up the good work, and have nice days.

Sep. 8th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: me like, me like this fic!
Jul. 24th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Wow. This is really really REALLY good. A nice touch of Kaylee and Wash :)

Sorry to comment so late in the game :(
Aug. 1st, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
I am happy to receive comments at any time, for any fic. *g* Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
Mar. 3rd, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, this is so cute. I really like that Kaylee gave up on touring so she and Serenity could get better acquainted. that's so in character!
Mar. 3rd, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
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