A/N: This fic was written for a request from xsoulquakex on livejournal: a Kaylee and River friendship fic with the prompt 'paint'. There's also quite a bit of Kaylee/Simon in it, too. Totally unintentional but it works well. Hope you like!


Kaylee sat cross-legged on the cargo bay floor, the paintbrush in her hand hovering over a half finished sign for her door. Her old one was faded, so she'd decided it was time for a change. An old dinner plate served as a palette and splotches of red, yellow and blue pain stained its smooth surface. It sat next to her with a pile of old rags that she had been using to clean up paint that she had spilled earlier. Jayne had been kind enough to let her have them.

"Kaylee," Simon called, startling her out of her reverie. She swung around and seeing him there, grinned widely and gestured at the ground beside her.

"Hey, Simon," she chirped. "Wanna help?"

"Actually, I was hoping that you'd let River help for awhile. She's been doing really well since I changed her medication, so she shouldn't be a problem."

"Sure! We can make a sign for your rooms, too!" Kaylee chattered excitedly, pulling herself to her feet and retrieving two more pieces of wood. She handed one to Simon and returned to her seat.

"What's this for?" Simon asked, a mite bewildered. He nervously played with the wood in his hands, turning it over and over and running his fingers along it's smooth surface.

"That's for you, Simon!" Kaylee grinned. "You're making one too, aren't you?"

"Oh, me? No thanks! I can't draw," he replied hurriedly.

Kaylee's face fell. "Doesn't matter none. You just need to be able to write, is all. You can write, can't you?" she teased, picking up her paintbrush and continuing with her sign.

"Sorry, I think I'll sit this one out," Simon told her. Building up his courage, he added, "Maybe you could make me one, though?"

Kaylee grinned. "Sure, that'd be shiny. Guess I'll see you later then!"

"Yes, see you later. I'll just go and get River," Simon turned and took maybe four steps towards the door leading down to the infirmary when River's head popped around the door startling him.

"I'm here," River informed him.