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Fic: Alliance Escapees - New Recruit

Kaylee was pretty sure she liked Serenity’s latest crewmember.  Max could be a little creepy sometimes, but not nearly as much as River, and she had all sorts of good things to say about Kaylee’s girl.  That went pretty far in Kaylee’s book.  Besides, she knew Simon liked how patient the other woman was with his sister.  When River took to someone as much as she had to Max, it made Simon relax a little.  Simon relaxed was a Simon who could spend a little of his attention on Kaylee, and she wasn’t ashamed to admit that she enjoyed the chance to have sex a little more often.  It had been a long dry spell before Simon finally stepped up and Kaylee wanted to make up for it now.

Of course, now that she’d gotten a look at the guy Max had dragged back to the ship, Kaylee had revised her opinion.  She <I>definitely</I> liked Max.  Just because Kaylee was spoken for didn’t mean she couldn’t look.  And enjoy, and possibly fantasize just for a minute or so.

“Hey, Mal,” the other (younger?  Kaylee was never quite sure.) woman cried out, looking up from the bottom of the ramp.  “Got a loser looking for a job here.”

The Captain stepped out of the cockpit and onto the catwalk, River sliding out behind him with that eerily graceful walk of hers.  She climbed up onto the railing, a smile breaking across her face.  “Pretty kitty,” she murmured.

“I don’t recollect putting the shingle out for anyone, Max.”  Mal leaned over the rail, ignoring the girl who’d stepped up onto the top rung and was balancing there.

“I’ve got a lot of really great qualities that you might be looking for in an employee,” the stranger said, hands in his pockets.  “Just ask Max here.”

“You vouch for this jackass, Max?”  Kaylee frowned and looked up at the captain.  The others might treat her like she was naïve, but she’d learned to read him years ago and something was strange about his tone of voice.

“I wouldn’t trust him with anyone’s virtue or anything, but he’s solid.  Alec and I go way back.”

Mal nodded.  “What about you, River?”

River smiled, looking down at the man.  “A cat can jump up to five times its own height.  Simon should be told that aspirin can be toxic.”  With that she walked back into the cockpit, answer apparently given.

Mal shook his head.  “That’s as good of a recommendation as anything else.  We’ll give you a shot on the next job, see how things go.  And just so you know, you hurt any of mine and I’ll put a bullet in your head.”

And just like that, the crew of Serenity got a little bit bigger.

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nyx_girl
May. 11th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yay Alec, does he and Max still bicker all the time?
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