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New Fic: Nearly Forgiven

Nearly Forgiven
Fandom: Firefly
Rated: PG
Category: Triple Drabble, Mal/Kaylee Friendship with hints of Mal/Inara Ship.
Spoilers:  Shindig
Summary:   Mal’s offhand remark tells Kaylee far more than you’d think.

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Kaylee gawked at the scene around her as Mal walked beside her.

She had little interest in the job at hand. Though she tried her best to stay focused, it was a losing battle.

She wanted to eat and dance and drink. She wanted to see how the other half lived. She had only one contact in that world, and finding that person was her first priority (after the eating, that is). She said as much to Mal, just to get him on the same page, as he talked shop.

“And Inara. We should look for her, right? Just to say hello at her?”

“If we see her,” answered Mal. “I think she’s wearing gold.”

Mal spoke without effort; without any apparent thought. Nothing about his answer was calculated or controlled. It was just an offhand remark.

Kaylee noticed. She found it interesting that Mal would know what Inara was wearing when she did not and that he wouldn’t have to think to recall the outfit. And suddenly, more of Mal’s words came rushing at Kaylee. She was reminded of his cruelty from earlier that day. The cruelty that had shocked her because even though she knew her captain could be a cold, hard bastard when he wanted to be, his mean side rarely targeted her. The cruelty that had been so unexpected that she truly hadn’t understood it then.

But now…

Now Malcolm Reynolds was making casual comments about ball gowns, which was something else Kaylee never would’ve expected.

Now she understood.

Now she realized she’d been talking about Inara when it happened.

Now she remembered that she and Zoe had been talking about the companion’s work (and her clients) when the captain had lashed out.

Now it made infinite sense.

Now she could almost forgive Mal’s harshness.

Almost.

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amberflyant
Jul. 26th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
very nice, kaylee bought a vowel it seems...good for her
jackwabbit
Jul. 26th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

And please tell me you mean that Kaylee put things together and that's why she gets Kudos, because I've read this seventeen times since I got this comment for typos just to be sure you didn't mean this literally, and I'm not seeing any extra vowels?

*grin*
amberflyant
Jul. 27th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
LOL....no....I mean the clever girl worked it out!! LOL! As if I'd comment on commas, pesky little things... thanks for the laugh!
jackwabbit
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Whew! Just checking! I thought maybe I had a Kayleee in there somewhere! *grin*
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