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BLUE SUN ROOM FAN FICTION - GENERAL
Wash and Zoe have triplets; Mally, Gabe, and Amina who are a delight. Kaylee babysits for the Washburn trio.
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Simon walked slowly to the engine room. He peek his head in. He secretly wished that she wouldn’t be in there, but it was Kaylee she spent more time in the engine room than any other room in Serenity. He took a deep breath and knocked softly.
Kaylee was underneath the engine fiddling with some parts. Amina was right next to her helping, Gabe was in the hammock reading a book, and Mally sat by her tool box looking bored. Mally shook his head in disappointed when he saw Simon.
Kaylee pulled herself from under the engine. She saw it was Simon rolled her eyes and went back underneath the engine. “Mally can you please tell Dr. Tam that I’m not talking to him.” She said flatly.
Mally looked at her. “Kaylee he’s right here.”
Kaylee came from under the engine. “Malcolm Hoban Washburn that’s not what I asked. Please tell the doctor that I’m not talking to him…”
“Kaylee please, I’m sorry.” Simon pleaded.
“Mally, tell the doctor that I’m not interested in his apologies.”
Mally rolled his eyes. “She’s not interested in your apologies.”
Kaylee went back under the engine. “Mally hand me the pliers please.” He did what he was told.
“Kaylee talk to me. This is childish. I didn’t mean…”
“I’m sorry I don’t understand jack ass. Mally tell Dr. Tam that I don’t speak jack ass.”
Gabe and Mally both laughed. “Kaylee said she don’t speak jackass.”
Simon took another breath. “Kaylee this is ridiculous. Please just talk to me and not through a 5 year old.”
“Wei! I’m 6, jackass.” Mally protested.
“Mally language.” Kaylee said. She got up and stood in front of Simon. “What kind of person says you love someone then, take it back? Who does that? Come on, you three your mom should be back by now.”
Amina and Mally followed Kaylee out. Gabe lagged behind. He looked up to Simon. “You should try poetry. When ever Momma is mad at Poppa he recites poetry. It always works. They get all mushy. It’s gross.”
Kaylee and the triplets were greeted by the others as they walked aboard Serenity.
“You got the engine fixed?” Mal asked as he shut the airlock doors.
“I can’t fix it.”
“What do you mean you can’t fix it. You’re the mechanic that’s your job to fix it.”
Kaylee huffed and put her hands on her hips. “I’m sorry. When something’s broke it can’t be fixed. You have to buy a new one. I’ve told you that we needed to replace the daxiang lashi yuben de pianduan press regulator three times.”
Mal looked hurt. “What crawled up your overalls?”
“Dr. Simon told Kaylee that he loved her then he took it back.” Mally chimed in.
Zoë smiled. “Come on, let’s go see your father.” Zoë ushered the kids upstairs.
Mal wrapped his arm around Kaylee. “Do you want me to beat him up?”
Kaylee sighed. “No. Sorry Cap’n but Simon makes me so mad sometimes.”
Mal kissed her on the top of her head. He pulled out a brown bag from his pocket. “You’re one lucky mechanic today.” He smiled big. “We got paid.” He gave her some money. “This is for parts. I don’t want you coming back with no furry flippery, dong ma.”
Kaylee smiled brightly. “Xiexie.”
Kaylee ran up to the bridge. The triplets were in their “time out” spots. “Cap’n gave me some coin, to get some parts you need anything up here?” She asked Wash.
He thought a moment. “Nope. It’s all good here.” Wash noticed that Amina was scooting towards the door. “Bīng dòng.”
Amina froze and looked up at her father. She gave him a pitiful puppy dog face. “That might work on your mother, but not me.” He said non-convincingly, he turned and smiled at Zoë.
“Hey can I take the triplets with me? I promised them that I would spend the day with them.” Kaylee asked feeling sorry for the triplets.
Zoë rubbed her temples. She could use a break. She looked at Wash. “It’s up to him.”
Wash leaned back in his chair and stroked his chin. “I don’t know Kaylee…”
“Please Poppa…we’ll be real good for Kaylee. Promise.” Amina pleaded. She gave him another puppy eye look.
“If you be real good for Kaylee…”
Zoë looked at Wash. “What…I have a limit on puppy eye looks before I crack.” He got up and picked Amina up. “Look at this face. How could I say no to this adorable face.” He gave her a big kiss on the cheek and put her down. “Besides sweetie you had a hard day of robbing, you need a break and if Kaylee willin’ to watch the kids for a while, who are we to stand in her way?” He wrapped his arms around Zoë.
She still looked unconvinced. “Fine.”
The kids cheered. Simon walked on the bridge to see what all the commotion was about.
“What’s all the cheering about?” He asked.
“We get to go with Kaylee.” Mally screamed as he ran past Simon.
“Really that sounds fun. Where are you taking them?” Simon looked at Kaylee hoping that she would answer him.
Kaylee just ignored him. “Come on Amina and Gabe. We gotta make a list of all the things we need. Wash, Zoë enjoy your break.” Kaylee walked by Simon looked him in the eye, huff and continued walking.
Wash and Zoë watched the interchange in amusement. “Soooo, Doc is it true that you said you loved Kaylee, then took it back? Please tell me you didn’t do that.” Wash said laughing.
Simon looked embarrass. “It didn’t happen that way…I mean….yes I said it….then, I took it back…I didn’t….”
Zoë shook her head. “I’m going to make sure Kaylee gonna be alright.” She stopped when she got to Simon. “Just be prepared to grovel.”
Simon watched her leave. “Gabe tells me that you’re a poet.”
Zoë joined Kaylee and the kids in the kitchen. Kaylee was just finishing up her list of parts she wanted. Amina and Gabe were fighting over a pencil and Mally was standing on a chair reaching for one of the kitchen knives. “Malcolm.” Zoë said calmly. Mally turned around and gave her a sly smile. Then she turned her attention to her other two children. “Sit.” Zoë looked at Kaylee who was oblivious to what was going on. “Kaylee you sure you want to take the triplets out. They can be a handful.”
Kaylee looked up from her paper. “You don’t think I can handle the triplets?” Kaylee sounded offended.
“No, it’s just that you never took them planetside by yourself before. And…”
“And what Zoë?” Kaylee snapped. “I’ve watched them by myself since they was babes in a basket. Are you gonna take back what you said too? Is that the theme for the day? Say one thing to Kaylee, get her hopes all up, then take it back day?”
Zoë calmly smiled. “All I’m saying Kaylee is…you know you’re right. I’m sure you can handle the kids.”
Wash walked into the kitchen, he handed Kaylee a slip of paper. Kaylee looked at it. “You’re giving me the list? Are you seriously giving me the list? I helped you write the list. I can’t believe he’s giving me the list. Come on you three.” She handed Wash the list back. “I can handle this. Don’t worry I’ll bring your kids back in one piece.” Kaylee and the kids walked out the kitchen.
Wash and Zoë both looked at each other. “It’s not so much the kids I’m worried about coming back in one piece.” Wash said.
Kaylee strolled aimlessly down the road. The kids had run far ahead of her, but she didn’t notice. She was trying to replay the conversation with Simon in her head. “He did say he loved me right? Oh qinai de tian pusa he ta de wu zhi change shanyang , what if he didn’t say he loved me? What if he said he loved soup?” She stopped in her tracks. “Oh God! He didn’t say he loved me! Didn’t he?”
Kaylee’s inner monologue was disrupted by Mally. “Kaylee I’m starving.” He whined.
“You’re not starving.”
“Yes I am. And my feet hurt. I’m tired of walking. Can you give me a piggy back ride?”
Kaylee sighed. “Sure.” She bent down. “Hop on.” Mally climbed on her back.
“Hey no fair! How come Mally gets to ride on your back.” Gabe said.
“You can ride after him.” Kaylee suggested.
“Whattda bout me?” Amina asked.
“You can go after your brothers.”
“How come I gotta go after them? They always get to go first.” Amina huff.
“Look all three of you will get a chance. Ok. Let’s keep walking.”
Finally after switching each kid twice they reached the junkyard. The kids ran off in three different directions. “Don’t…” Kaylee yelled but it was too late they were gone. Kaylee just sighed and started shopping for parts.
“Kaywinnit Lee?” A man’s voice said.
Kaylee turned around. “Finny? Oh my God Finny I can’t believe it.” Kaylee ran over and hugged a very handsome looking young man. “What are you doing here?”
Fin smiled brightly. “This is my place.”
Kaylee punched him in the arm. “Get out of here.”
“Yep…gosh how long has it been.....”
Amina came up to Kaylee limping. “I scraped my knee.” Amina hobbled on her good leg and held up her bad knee to Kaylee.
“Obviously it’s been longer than I thought.” Fin said.
Amina scrunched up her face to Fin. “Oh, she’s not mine. She’s the pilot.” Kaylee corrected him.
“Oh.” Fin smiled again. Both of them were smiling at each other. Amina looked at the both of them.
“Kayleeeee, my knee.” Amina pointed to her bloody knee.
“I have some bandages in the back wait here.” Fin said.
Fin walked away. Kaylee stood there gazing at him as he left.
“Mmmm…what’s that sweetie?”
“Who’s that guy?” Amina pointed in the direction that Fin walked.
Kaylee looked down at the girl. “Oh right. Fin. Fin and I grew up together.”
Amina smiled. “Was he your boyfriennddd?”
“No. We were just friends.”
Amina laughed. “Kaylee and Fin sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G….”
Fin was coming back with the bandages. “Quiet.” Kaylee smiled again. “Fin thank you so much.”
“Any friend of yours is a friend of mine.” Fin picked up Amina and carried her inside the store and sat her on the counter.
“So Kaywinnit Lee, besides watching little girls what have you been up to?” Fin asked. He took a cloth and wiped Amina’s knee.
“Well, I’m the mechanic on a firefly, by the name of Serenity.” Kaylee said proudly.
Fin took the bandage and wrapped it around Amina’s knee. “Wow. A firefly. I always knew that you would do great things.” He smiled.
“Yeah, you’re not doing too shabby either. How’d you end up here?”
“It’s my uncle’s place. He needed some help so I came out here. Wasn’t much work back home, ya know.”
Kaylee nodded her head. “Yeah, I send money back home when ever I can.”
Fin smiled. “You always had a big heart Kaywinnit Lee.”
Kaylee smiled. “It’s Kaylee now.”
Fin laughed. “I like it. Kaylee.” They paused a moment and just looked at each other. “So..” Fin said.
“So.” Kaylee replied.
Fin and Kaylee talked, laughed, for what seemed like hours. Amina stretched out on the counter and fell asleep.
“I should get these.” She held up the bag of parts. “I got to get them back to Serenity soon.”
Fin started ringing up Kaylee’s things. “Them?”
“You said them. I only see shuìměirén here.” Fin noted.
Kaylee looked around the shop. “Lao tyen yeh ai ji gaowan …. Amina wake up…” Kaylee shook Amina.
“Huh…where’s Momma?” Amina sat up and rubbed her eyes. “I wanna go home.”
“In a minute, but where are your brothers?”
Amina shrugged her shoulders. “I dunno.”
“Brothers?” Fin asked.
“They’re gonna kill me. Wash isn’t prone to violence, but he’s gonna kill me. Oh God Zoë.” Kaylee looked at Fin. “Zoë is a bonafide killing machine. She’s gonna kill me. I would kill me too if someone lost my children.” Kaylee started to panic.
“Wait…Kaylee calm down. Shuìměirén has brothers?” Fin grabbed Kaylee’s shoulders and made her look at him. “I’m sure they’re playing some where in the junk yard. What’s their names.”
“Mally and Gabe.”
“Ok. Why don’t you wait here and I’ll go look for them ok. How far can a couple of kids get?” Fin smiled.
Kaylee looked at Amina who had fallen back asleep. “Great.”
Kaylee paced back and forth in the shop. She debated wither or not to us the com unit to tell Wash and Zoë that she had lost the boys. But, if Fin found them then what was the harm. “How far could a couple of 6 years go, right?” Then Kaylee remembered number one on the list. “Never let them out of your sight.” She started biting her nails.
“You shouldn’t bite your nails.” Fin said as he walked back into the shop.
“Where are the boys? Tell me you found them. Oh God. You didn’t find them. Or you did and they are lying in ditch somewhere. They’re dead aren’t they? Oh God. I killed Wash and Zoë’s kids….”
“Kaylee calm down. I’m sure the boys are fine.”
“Where are they Fin?”
Fin shrugged his shoulders. “Well I can tell you where they aren’t.”
Kaylee started biting her nails again. “I lost them.” Kaylee slumped down on the floor. “I can’t believe I lost them.”
Fin bent down to Kaylee. “I’m sure they’re fine. There’s a carnival today. I sure they must of wondered to the carnival.”
Kaylee perked up. “You think?”
“Yes, I think. Now come on. We should find them.”
Kaylee’s face glowed. “You’re gonna help me?”
Fin extended his hand to help her up. “Yeah, it’s partly my fault. If I hadn’t distracted you…”
Kaylee kissed Fin on the cheek. “Thanks.”
“I’ll carry shuìměirén.” Fin grabbed Amina and they headed to the carnival.
By the time they got to the carnival Amina had woken up and was bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Amina pointed to the Ferris wheel. “Kaylee can I ride the Ferris wheel?”
“We got to find your brothers.” Kaylee grabbed her hand. “I’ll go right and Fin you go left.”
Fin started to walk away when Kaylee called them. “Wait!”
He turned around, “Yeah.”
“Giganotosaurus, it’s a safe word. They won’t go with you unless you use the safe word.”
“No, it’s jee guh NOH toh sawr uhs it was the largest meat-eating dinosaurs that ever lived.”
Fin looked at Kaylee funny. “They’re Dad had a thing for dinosaurs.”
“So it’s Giganotosaurus?”
“Yep you got it.” Kaylee turned to leave. “Fin.”
“You know, us standing here won’t help us find the boys?”
“No problem, Kaywinnit Lee… I mean Kaylee.” Fin left in one direction and Kaylee in another.
“Kaylee?” Amina called.
“Who’s Kaywinnit Lee?”
“Ok. Help me find your brothers.”
“Do I have to?”
“Come on.” Kaylee dragged Amina forward. Kaylee noticed a huge pillar of smoke. “This way. Where’s there fire, there’s Mally.” They headed toward the smoke pillar. But, when they got there it was large bon fire. Kaylee sighed. She asked a few people if they had seen the boys but no luck.
Then a herd full of sheep ran past them. Several men where chasing after them. “The boys.” Kaylee said to herself. She dragged Amina in the direction of where the sheep were coming from. She found a shepherd trying to mend a broken fence.
“Seems you lost your flock.”
The man looked at her. “Seems like it.”
The man stopped and looked at her. “Fence broke. I told Rudy to tie the corners tight, but does that pig head boy ever listen.”
Kaylee sighed in relief. “Oh. Well, good luck.” She said all too chipper.
“Look Kaylee!” Amina pointed to a shuttle that was having a hard time taking off. “Betcha that’s Gabe. He can’t ever handle the up thrust. That’s why he’s always shaking.”
Kaylee’s eyes grew bigger. “Come on.” She dragged Amina towards the shuttle. To Kaylee’s relief the shuttle was a ride and Mally and Gabe didn’t highjack a shuttle. The barker for the ride approached them.
“Hey pretty lady, you and the girl wanna ride. It’s like ridin’ a real shuttle. Just 5 bits.”
Amina scrunched up her face. “You only got one coupling’ and you got the port thrust facing the wrong way.” She said shaking her head.
The man looked at her funny. “The port whattda?”
Amina sighed. “The port thrust, ya know the thing that makes the shuttle go forward. Ya got one facing the front and the other the back. If you we’re really gonna fire them up, your shuttle just gonna spin around in a circle.”
Kaylee proudly beamed. The man still looked confused.
“Amina we gotta go.” She pulled her away from the befuddled barker.
Kaylee and Amina walked around for a few more minutes when spotted Fin.
“Fin!” Kaylee waved to try to get his attention but he was focus on something else, so was a large crowd of people.
“Whattcha looking at?” Kaylee asked Fin.
“They’re juggling geese. Little baby goslings.” He pointed forward.
Kaylee looked to where he was pointing and sure enough there was Gabe and another man juggling geese.
Amina squealed. “Gabe!” She ran forward to the front of the crowd.
“Would you look at that.” Fin said in amazement. He tilted his head to the side. “How you figure they’re doing that?”
Kaylee was stunned. “I have no idea.”
Fin looked down and noticed that Amina wasn’t at Kaylee’s side. “Umm I think you lost shuìměirén.”
“Shit.” Kaylee made her way to the front of the crowd. Where Gabe and the man where finishing up their tricks.
“Gabriel Alleyne Washburn what in the name of all that is holy are you doing?
Gabe jumped down from the stage. “I juggled geese. Didya see!”
Mally chimed in. “Gabe’s gonna be a magician. He’s real good.”
The magician stepped off the stage to talk to Kaylee and the children. “You son has a talent. Most boys aren’t as quick as young Gabriel here.”
Kaylee blushed. “Oh he ain’t my son. I’m just babysitting.”
The magician smiled. “I thought you where too young.” He picked a strawberry from behind Kaylee’s ear. “For you. A sweet for a sweet.”
“Ya wanna know how he did that?” Gabe asked. “He…”
“Shhh! Young Gabriel remember the first rule about being a magician.”
“Never tell your secrets.”
“Kaylee…where in the verse are you….I sent you to get parts 5 hours ago…” Mal’s voice cracked through the com.
She pulled the com out of her pocket. “Sorry Cap’n got distracted. We’re on our way.”
“Better be.” Mal retorted.
“Come on you three we got to get home.”
“Bye Sir Walter.” Gabe and Mally waved.
“Wait, before you go. I must give Gabriel something.”
“Thanks, but we really should be going.”
“It will take only a moment.” Sir Walter ran to the back of the stage and came back with a white rabbit in a cage. “Every young magician must have a white rabbit.”
Gabe’s eyes grew big. “For me?”
“Yes, for you to practice your trade. You have a gift.” Sir Walter bowed. “Till we meet again Young Gabriel Washburn.”
“Thank you. Sir Walter, but we really should be going now. Mally, Gabe say good bye.”
“Bye.” The boys said in unison.
“Kaylee?” Mally asked.
Kaylee looked around. “Gorrammit!”
Kaylee grabbed both of the boys’ hands. “Great, just great, first I loose the boys…now I loose Amina. Best babysitter in the verse Kaylee. Shiny.”
Kaylee and the boys started to search for Amina. She went back to the shuttle ride, but Amina wasn’t there. Then they heard a loud explosion.
The boys looked at each other and laughed. “This ain’t funny. You two aren’t funny.”
The trio went to the source of the explosion and sure enough there was Amina in the mist of everything looking as innocent as apple pie.
A man ran up to Amina. “You ok, little girl? Teng get over here I think she’s hurt.”
Amina saw Kaylee and ran to her. “Kayleeee. I didn’t do it. Honest I didn’t.” She said crying.
Teng came over. “It’s just a flash bomb Dunny.” Teng examined the device. “Looks homemade.”
Kaylee looked at Amina. “What?” Amina said sweetly.
“Miss you might want to get the children away from here. There’s a lot of smoke.” Dunny said. “Are you sure you’re ok?” He asked Amina.
“Yes.” She replied sweetly.
“Kaylee on your way means that you are actually leaving and heading towards your destination. Not lollygagging along.” Mal’s voice came through the com again.
“Coming, Sir.” Kaylee grabbed Amina and Mally’s hand. “Gabe in front where I can see you. Walk you three.”
Kaylee and the triplets returned to Serenity in one piece. Mal and Janye were sitting on the ramp waiting.
“Kaylee what is that?” Mal pointed to the rabbit in the cage. “And where’s my parts. I don’t think Serenity runs on fluffy bunnies.”
Jayne looked greedily at the rabbit. “Looks like dinner to me.”
Mal and Kaylee both looked at Jayne. “What? Well, they better keep that rabbit away fore I make it stew.” Jayne returned inside of the ship.
“Sorry, Cap’n I must of forgot the parts.”
“Goddaddy. Say hi to BunnyBoy.” Gabe held up the cage.
“Shiny…why don’t you go and show your Momma.”
“Mally, PuppyBoy left you a present in the commons room. Why don’t you go and see to that.”
“Ewe gross. I hate PuppyBoy’s presents.”
“Well, son so does everyone else. Git to it fore your Momma sees.”
Mally headed off to the commons room.
“Goddaddy I hurt my knee.” Amina pointed to her injured knee. “Sing the booboo song for me? Kaylee didn’t do it.”
Mal feign shock. “Kaylee didn’t sing the booboo song. Seems there’s a lot of things Kaylee ain’t doing today.” Mal picked Amina up. “Come on princess…how does the song go again?”
“Goddaddy you know the words.”
Mal and Amina walked away singing the booboo song. Kaylee stood there tired. Wash came down the stairs.
“No, it’s shiny. Gabe told me he juggled geese. That’s my boy.” Wash said proudly.
“Don’t worry about the rabbit. I’ll help Gabe with it. Promise.” Kaylee crossed her heart.
Wash laughed. “If Jayne don’t cook it first.”
“Kaywinnit Lee.” Fin called.
“Fin, you brought the parts.” Kaylee ran and hugged him. “I thought I would have to go all the way back.”
“It gave me an excuse to see you again. After I lost you at the carnival, I figured you found the boys and went back to your ship.”
Kaylee blushed. “You didn’t have to come all the way out here. You just could of waved.”
“Yeah, I guess I could. But, then I wouldn’t of gotten to see you again.”
Wash cleared his throat.
Fin and Kaylee both looked at him. “I’m sorry where are my manners. Fin this is Wash. Wash this is Fin. Fin’s an old friend of mine.”
Wash looked strangely at Kaylee. “Any old friend of Kaylee’s is a new friend of mine.”
Zoë joined the group in the cargo bay. “Mal’s throwin’ a fit Kaylee about parts.”
“Look honey an old friend of Kaylee’s and a new friend of mine…Fin this is my wife Zoë.”
Fin shook Zoë’s hand. “I see where shuìměirén gets her looks.”
“I wouldn’t call my self beautiful. Ruggedly handsome maybe…or dashing exquisite…some might say magnificent even…” Wash smiled.
“Well I should get going.”
Fin and Kaylee stood there looking at each other. “Ya know when someone says ‘I should get going.’ They usually ya know walk away.” Noted Wash.
“Yeah. Nice to meet you both and your children.” Fin turned to leave then did a about face. “Wave me sometime. Tell me how the Amazing Gabe is doing.”
Kaylee’s face turned three shades of red. “I will.”
Kaylee stood there watching Fin walk away.
“You know people as much as I love watching handsome men walk away, fluffy bunnies, and singing songs I got a job to do. Kaylee seems you got your parts so why don’t you go and put them in the engine so we can get off this rock. And Wash we can’t get off this rock if you don’t fly us. And Zoë…” Mal paused a moment.
Zoë arched her eyebrow and looked at Mal. “Yes sir.”
Mal stood upright. “Zoë well, you know. Get to work everybody.” Mal ordered.
Wash stood there quiet for a moment. “Wait. What did he mean by ‘after you found the boys?’ Did you loose the boys?”
Kaylee just smiled.
Translations (They may be a bit off…well more than a bit.)
daxiang lashi yuben de pianduan stupid piece of elephant shit
Bīng dòng Freeze
qinai de tian pusa he ta de wu zhi change shanyang sweet Buddha and his five singing goats
shuìměirén sleeping beauty
Lao tyen yeh ai ji gaowan Jesus loving chicken balls
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