"What Holds Us Down"
Firefly: Still Flying
Written by Jane Espenson
(Page numbers come from the first edition, May 2010)
A junkyard heist goes wrong, leaving Kaylee
to play the hero to get herself and the injured Wash out alive.
During a heist to steal some ship parts from a floating junkyard
in space, Wash and Kaylee are injured, Wash seriously so.
Serenity has no choice but escape without the two of them.
Hiding inside an old Series One Firefly, Kaylee comes up with an idea to
get the old girl's engine running again to make their own escape.
She begins scrounging the parts she needs to make the engine
work, all while trying to keep Wash from slipping into
death's embrace and remaining hidden from the Bad Guys who run
During their intermittent conversation between his periods of
unconsciousness and Kaylee running back-and-forth to get the
engine running, Wash remarks that, while he's not heroic, he's a
carrier of heroism for others; all the people around him act
heroic, having caught the "disease" from him. After he convinces
her that the ship is ready to go, that she just needs to trust her
work and start 'er up, they make a successful escape and
rendezvous with Serenity. Kaylee begins to think Wash
is a carrier indeed.