Happy Ever Afters
Friday, April 20, 2007

Mal thinks Kaylee would make a good companion. But Simon thinks she's looking for something more... Tiny oneshot, Implied S/K


A/N: Well, I woke up this morning with this little conversation in my head and thought I'd share. Just a little break from writing my longer S/K fic, which looks to be about eleven chapters plus epilogue. I've got about six written, and I'm looking for a beta reader if anyone is interested. Anyway, enjoy this and please comment, though bear in mind I wrote this in about twenty minutes. xxxx

Happy Ever Afters

“Look at that,” Mal said gruffly.

He needn’t have said it, the three of them were already watching as Kaylee smiled flirtatiously at a potential passenger, flicking her hair back over her shoulders as it glistened cheerfully in the Persephone sunlight. It was something Simon had been wondering for a while now; did Mal always choose Kaylee to act as a barker for Serenity? As a group of passengers collected in the cargo bay, he had to concede she had a natural aptitude for it.

“Look at that!” Mal repeated. It was about the fifth time he’d said it. “Look at her, I think she’s more into him than that last guy!”

Inara rolled her eyes. “She’s just being friendly, Mal.”

“Like hell she is. On several planets, that is an out an’ out sex invitation.”

Sighing, Inara shot Mal an unreadable look. “I’m sure she doesn’t even realise what she’s doing.”

Mal snorted. “My pi gu she doesn’t. She’s using wiles.” He looked at Inara, angrily. “You’ve been teachin’ her wiles!” he accused.

Inara smiled softly. “All women have wiles, Mal. We’re born with them.”

Folding his arms, Mal turned back to watch as the girl he half thought of as a daughter as she brushed some imaginary dirt of a young man’s shoulder. He felt Simon stiffen beside him, but ignored it. “Whatever you say. I’m thinkin’ if’n lil’ Kaylee had been born in the core, she’da ended up like you.”

“Like me?”

“You know, a fancy lady. With wiles. Attracting rich young men with stamina.” Like Simon here, he added silently.

“You think Kaylee would make a good companion?” Inara asked, sounding as though the thought had never occurred to her before.

“’Course,” Mal said, “look at her! She’s got every one of them hooked. Now she just has to reel ‘em in.”

“It doesn’t work like th-”

“I don’t think so,” Simon interrupted Inara, speaking up for the first time. He hadn’t taken his eyes off Kaylee for this entire exchange, and his expression was glaringly clear to Inara; one of longing.

“Kaylee seems so…idealistic,” Simon continued. He looked sideways at Inara. “No offence, Inara, but I think she’s looking for a happy ever after.”

Inara smiled. “None taken, Simon, I think you’re right.”

Mal cocked his eyebrow at Simon. “You a psychologist now?”

“Mal,” Inara said deploringly, “you hardly need to be an expert to see that Kaylee isn’t cut out for the Guild. She’s too open. To be a companion, you must practice a certain level of …control.”

“Kaylee wears her heart on her sleeve,” Simon added.

“She falls in love too easily,” Inara said, almost to herself. As one, she and Simon turned to gaze at Kaylee, very different expressions on their silent faces.

Mal rolled his eyes. “Well, I weren’t planning on suggesting a career change.” He nodded over at the cheerful mechanic. “Jus’ saying she’s got wiles, is all.”

He turned to Simon. “An’ you can stop gawpin’ at her like that,” he added.

Simon blushed. “I’m not…”

“Sure you ain’t,” Mal said disbelievingly. “I’m tellin’ you, that girl is like a little sister to me, an’ if’n you lay one finger… or, er, any other body part… on her, I’m gonna…”

“Throw me out the airlock?” Simon asked.

Mal looked nonplussed. “Well…yeah.”

Simon gave Mal a long suffering look and, turning back to Kaylee, didn’t respond.

Muttering heavily. Mal walked away, barely acknowledged, as Kaylee let out a high pitched giggled. Simon found himself frowning and quickly shook the expression from his face. An unpleasant feeling was unfurling in his gut, seeming to intensify at every move Kaylee made. The only logical solution, Simon decided, was to leave.

“She doesn’t think, you know,” Inara said softly, interrupting his thoughts.

“What do you mean?”

Inara nodded towards Kaylee, who was patting the arm of her current target. “She isn’t calculating each move, like Mal seems to think. She’s just… incredibly friendly.”

Simon thought back to the way she smiled at him the first time they’d met. For a second, he’d felt like the only man in the ‘verse.

“Right,” he said dully, getting to his feet. “She’s that way with everyone.”

“Simon,” Inara said quickly, and he turned back to face her.

“What if you were her happy ever after?”

The words hung in the air as Simon gaped at her, speechless. “I…I…”

“It’s just a thought,” Inara said, barely covering her amusement at the young doctor’s reaction.

Simon glanced over his shoulder at Kaylee, who was taking a spare moment to glance up at the blue sky. Her eyes danced in the sunlight and she let out a happy sigh, stretching out her arms as if to catch a few stray drops of light. A peculiar twisting feeling in Simon’s stomach threatened to envelope him as he watched her.

His thoughts turned dark and he turned back to Inara. “If I am… then God help her. Because from where I’m standing, my ‘ever after’ doesn’t look particularly bright,” he muttered bitterly, and with those words, he strode from the cargo bay.

Inara turned back to Kaylee, who was now ignoring the man before her, and staring over her shoulder after Simon, a mixture of longing and hope colouring her features. Excusing herself politely from the newest passenger, she stepped over to where Inara sat, and perched down beside her.

“Well?” she asked quietly.

Inara lowered her eyes.

“Oh mei mei,” she said softly. “I think it worked a little too well.”


Friday, April 20, 2007 4:40 AM


*Sad aww*
I hope there's a sequel where all this is sorted out.

I wondered if Kaylee was trying to make him jealous, it seemed odd for her to do that otherwise.

Another great fic Chazz, you have to post more often.

Friday, April 20, 2007 5:06 AM


Kaylee you little heart breaker.

Loved it, kinda sad though, hope there's a sequel.

Friday, April 20, 2007 6:18 AM


>>I started out thinking Kaylee was WAY out of character by openly flirting with someone right in front of Simon since in the series she seemed to be fixated only just on him.<<

What about Tracey?

I think this is an intersting point. To me, Kaylee in the series still hasn't quite cottoned on that she gets so annoyed at Simon because her feeling's run a little deeper than they have before. Which is why she let's Tracey in, it's kinda like she's thinking 'finally, someone showing interest in me.' It's only after she is rudely brought to her senses that she wakes up to the truth. I see the hand holding moment as her showing that even though they have a long way to go, she's realised that she's willing to wait.

Oh and, thanks for all the shiny comments.

Friday, April 20, 2007 9:22 AM


Feh! Where did my comment go? *pout* You quoted part of it!

I started out thinking Kaylee was WAY out of character by openly flirting with someone right in front of Simon since in the series she seemed to be fixated only just on him.

And you ask about Tracy, maybe I need to watch that episode again but I don't see where she flirted too heavily with him at all. She liked his interest, and could very well have wanted to make Simon jealous because he didn't seem to want her - and Tracy does seem to.

But you're right in that I think she doesn't get that why she's so easily hurt by things Simon does or says is because she does like him so much.

Anyway, it ended perfectly and with me not thinking even her actions earlier were out of character.

Friday, April 20, 2007 11:12 AM


Yep, wiles. I have to say I wasn't too happy with Inara instructing Kaylee how to flirt to make Simon jealous and then pretending what she did was all innocent and natural. Sometimes Inara should just stop meddling. I don't think Kaylee needs to be anything but herself for Simon to love her. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:51 PM


Well now...for once, Mal ain't blowing smoke up someone's pigu with his rants about "wiles." Just hope nobody finds out or he's gonna be all kinds of insufferable.

And I personally don't know how to take this, so I am offering up a 9 under the banner of "too complex for my brain to fully sort out right now." I can see Inara giving Kaylee advice about interacting with Simon or getting him to show his obvious interest in her...but basically pimp-slapping Simon via flirting with passengers? Hmm...could see this after a missing episode where Simon did or said something that really pissed her off...maybe.

Definitely wanna see a follow-up to this, Chazzer. Cuz there are a number of things needing to be further explored or dealt with from this tale;)


Sunday, April 22, 2007 8:00 AM


that was good. I liked Mal and him going on about wiles. And threatening Simon.

Thursday, May 3, 2007 1:02 PM


This was a nice one shot. I found everyone in character, especially Mal as he was seeing Kaylee as a lil' sister and Simon as he was staying quiet throughout the conversation. As for the flirting to get Simon's attention, I could imagine it happening but I never thought about that when I was reading it as she does it naturally anyway.

So good job. It was very well written and now I feel inclined to check out your other stories... if you have any of course.


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Angst ahoy. Simon and Kaylee need to talk.

Things have to end, one way or the other. Simon takes aim, but can he pull the trigger? Action and Angst.

Vents are useful things. Mal plays the messenger boy, Simon learns how to be intimidating, and Jayne doesn’t take the hint. Big Damn Action ensues.

Regan plants the seed of doubt in Kaylee’s mind, while Jayne, Simon and River hatch a plan. A cunning hat and a girl with a gun? Yeah, this is gonna go great. Meanwhile, Mal rethinks his attitude to Simon.

Kaylee is in Regan Tam’s clutches, but all is not as it seems. River decides to clean up Simon’s mess. Mal clutches at straws, and Jayne clutches his big stick. Serenity has some visitors…and then she has some more.

Mal considers childproofing the ship when he discovers Simon and Jayne are gone. Regan makes some progress and Simon learns what it takes to buy a gun. As always, a little angsty, but not too much.

What’s going on? No one’s quite sure… Simon has some serious regrets and turns to an unusual source for comfort, and Mal is sick of the doctor causing trouble. More angst as the crew is being whittled down. S/K

When Simon has made his mind up on something, there’s no swaying him. And right now, he’s decided to be an idiot. Big Damn Angst, as the crew try to find the missing River.

Some people just can’t catch a break. Jayne thinks Simon had a deprived childhood, Wash is left out, Simon gets to go fishing and Kaylee has been waiting long enough. A little fluff, a little smut, and a whole lot of things going not smooth. R, I guess.

The crew decide to hide while figuring out their next move. Sun, sea and sand … all Kaylee is missing is her boyfriend. Simon is torn and River plays ‘I Spy.’ A good healthy mix of fluff and angst.