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22 November 2012 @ 02:04 pm
Ficlet: Just Good Business [Firefly]  
Title: Just Good Business
Word Count: 184
Rating: T
Original/Fandom: Firefly
Characters/Pairings: Jayne, Kaylee
Summary: Jayne couldn't figure out Kaylee.
Notes: Written to writerverse quick fic prompt: social change. My first attempt at writing Jayne.

Just Good Business

Jayne couldn't figure out Kaylee. Mal and Zoe thought she was some sorta genius and Jayne hadn't seen nothin' could argue that. And he’d worked with plenty of females in his years, in all manner of jobs. But Kaylee... it wasn’t just that Kaylee was a girl. It was that Kaylee looked like a girl. Worse, she acted like one. And on some o’ the rocks they put down on, that could bring on all sorts of danger.

So, if Jayne caused a runt or two to piss himself in the process of making it clear that they were to give his engineer a wide berth, it was just good business. Ship’s mechanic gets herself into a mess, ship don’t run. Ship don’t run, can’t pull no jobs. No jobs means no money.

So, yeah, Jayne thought to himself as he muscled past a group of no-good mi tian gohn, he was just protecting his interests. He slung an arm around her shoulders and tried to keep his scowl strong as smiled sunnily up at him.

“Let's get a move on, Kaylee. Captain’s waiting.”

Ami Ven: Team Proseami_ven on November 23rd, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
Very nice! I think you wrote Jayne's voice pretty well, and this seems just like something he would be thinking.
magickmoons: Mal Inaramagickmoons on November 25th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I have trouble with the whole Firefly dialect in general, but Jayne in particular - both his speech and his thought processes. But I was watching the 10th anniversary special they aired recently and was struck by Jewel Staite talking about how much she liked the brother-sister relationship between Kaylee and Jayne - I guess it inspired me a bit.