"Captain?" Wash asked one day.

"WHAT?" Wash flinched. Lately the Captain had been angry at everyone.

"Is Inara what's classified as 'off-limits'?" Wash knew that he was verging on delicate territory. "cuz, y'know, she's kinda...Hot.."

"...Wash?"

"Yeah Captain?"

"...Did I ever tell you how Josh, our pilot during the war died?"

"No, Captain."

"Well, 'course not. Especially not in front of Kaylee."

"Why Captain?"

"Well, 'course not."

"C~apt~ain..."

"He died 'cuz..."

"CAPTAIN? Why did he die?"

"Well, 'cuz I shot 'im, of course."

"Oh."

"Do you understand my point?"

"Yes captain."