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He's hardly left the bridge since they lifted off from Beaumonde. Too many variables to track has made it way too much of a risk to stick Serenity on autopilot and leave her be, not for more than the time it takes to get some food or steal an hour's nap.

It ain't fair to leave all the baby care to Zoe, though. Not for this long.

(And it's unfounded, this far out in the black, but he doesn't like sitting in the pilot's chair with his daughter resting against his chest, her tiny hands bunched in a patch of shirt just over the thick scar that hasn't faded or smoothed out one bit.)

So he's on a couch in the kitchen lounge, buzzing with a hollow, detached energy that marks the weariness of a thirty-six hour adrenaline rush, with Naomi fast asleep in his arms.

Lucky kid.

Wash really wishes he could do the same right about now.

Date: 2006-06-26 10:07 pm (UTC)
gonna_live: (intent)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee comes in, eyes down, and sets about making a cup of tea. No breakfast.

She looks up, is about to say something --

-- sees Naomi asleep, and thinks better of it.

Back to tea.

Date: 2006-06-26 10:26 pm (UTC)
gonna_live: (tet)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
It's returned, with a smile that pretty well matches his.

Low: "Want anything?"

She knows he's been up there on the bridge probably more than he should be, considering the need to do things like...sleep. And that's the thing about being a crew, and not just a bunch of people on a ship: you do for each other.

Date: 2006-06-26 10:36 pm (UTC)
gonna_live: (shy and retiring)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee checks. They've been going through it fairly fast. Obviously. But there's the instant stuff, and she'll pick some up next time she's in the bar.

She turns around from the cabinet, nods at Wash, and sets to. There's enough hot water left from her tea, so it's not too long before she's holding out a mug carefully -- handle toward him.

Date: 2006-06-26 11:28 pm (UTC)
gonna_live: (this is what i do)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee nods, eyes going down and away.

Hands in her pockets.

"Figured." Still low.

Date: 2006-06-26 11:57 pm (UTC)
gonna_live: (shy and pleased)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee shakes her head. "I'm good." Another wan smile; she goes to retrieve her cup of tea.

Date: 2006-06-27 12:16 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (foxy lady)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
She looks up.

And says, "It really ain't." Smile turning crooked, briefly. "Tell you what. Either I cook and you two keep on like you are, or we switch."

There is no promise of eating in there anywhere.

Date: 2006-06-27 12:32 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (let's examine this carefully)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee is dubious.

About the eggs.

She holds out her arms. "It ain't too late to switch."

Date: 2006-06-27 12:49 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (intent)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee settles into Wash's old spot.

And eyes him.

And says, quiet, "You ought to take some time out."

Date: 2006-06-27 01:08 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (if hairs be wires)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
"What about what comes after?"

Barely audible.

Date: 2006-06-27 01:22 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (downcast)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Kaylee doesn't say anything. Looks down. Ostensibly looking at Naomi.

Date: 2006-06-27 01:41 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (downcast)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
Silence.






Low:

"It's fine."

Because she can't say there's no way they're coming home today. She just can't.

Date: 2006-06-27 01:56 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (this is what i do)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
"Hey." Kaylee shifts her a little. "Mornin'."

(A lot can change in a year or two. ...Or in ten minutes, sometimes.)

Kaylee closes her eyes, just for a couple of seconds.

Date: 2006-06-27 02:13 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (little soul big world)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
"Just fine." Half a smile -- and then she looks at the plates.

And considers protesting, because there's no way she'll be able to eat that much.

But decides against it.

Date: 2006-06-27 02:28 am (UTC)
gonna_live: (little soul big world)
From: [personal profile] gonna_live
"In a bit." Quiet. "Figure we can do it in shifts. You go on."

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