- She’s sweet and chipper without being stupid.
- She’s unlike any other spaceship engineer I’ve ever met before.
- She can’t make much account of herself in a shooting fight, and that’s okay.
I’ve written four Firefly fanfic stories at this point, and including Kaylee is always a high point – in fact, one of them, “The Mechanic Diaries”, is entirely a prequel of Kaylee’s life aboard Serenity before the Big Damn Pilot began, and another, “The Bellerophon Baty Engine Heist,” was written just because I wanted to do an angsty Kaylee/Simon shipper piece set before the Big Damn Movie.
I’ll close this blog entry with one of my favorite lines from the beginning of The Mechanic Diaries – Kaylee’s parting words to the previous mechanic, Bester:
“I didn’t tell your Captain… my Captain now I guess, nothin’ but the truth. Ain’t my fault if you don’t know a bad reg couple from your own big toe! I won’t apologize neither for showin’ you up, not if it got me this opportunity. If you took care of that there Firefly right, and nothin’ would have happened to your job. But you didn’t, an’ she was cryin’ out for someone who would put her to rights. I’m just the one that heard her, is all.”