Pairing: Mal & Kaylee gen
Word Count: 239
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters and I'm making no money off of this.
A/N: Chinese taken from this site. Translations at the bottom. I'm not sure I really have either of their speech patterns down yet, but I'm working on it. For 15minuteficlets Word 16.
Mal gaped as he boarded Serenity. This was an abomination.
The mechanic came running. “What is it, cap’n?”
“What are all these… these… huāngmiù things all over the place?”
Kaylee looked at Mal forlornly. “They’re Christmas decorations. You don’t like ’em?”
“Excuse me? Since when do we celebrate religious holidays on my ship?”
“Well, we don’t… but Shepherd Book wanted to have Christmas, and River knew lots about the old ways of doing things back on Earth-That-Was, so I thought it would be nice to make everything a little festive.”
Mal tried to find the right way to phrase this. “You can make your bunk as festive as you want, little Kaylee, okay? Now, let’s get these gorram silly light-things off the walls.”
“We can’t take them down now! The shepherd will be so heartbroken.” Kaylee looked like she would be the heartbroken one.
“Well, they can’t stay.”
“Oh, please, Mal? Just until Christmas is over?” She sounded so sad that Mal relented a little.
“How long will that be?”
“Four days, if River’s calculations are correct.”
He sighed. “Well, all right. I suppose they can stay – but only until Christmas is over. You’re taking them down in four days and no more, dong ma?”
She grinned up at him. “You really are a good man, cap’n.” And before he could protest or even open his mouth, she had returned to the engine room.
huāngmiù = ridiculous
dong ma = understand?