|Kaywinnit Lee "Kaylee" Frye|
The mind and its workin's... Edit
Strawberry-loving, sex-happy, the perfect mix of tomboy and girly-girl, and all around full of the joy of life. The cup is half full, always and forever. Kaylee is a very optimistic gal, tending to find the bright side of almost any situation, even when she or someone else is mortally wounded. The only exception to this rule was seen when the catalyzer of Serenity's compression coil blows, and there is no hope of repair. She loses all confidence in herself at this time, but it doesn't overshadow her thoughts and judgement later on. She moves forward, keeping the cheerful pace as best she can. This happiness also shows in the decor of the ship–Kaylee has painted flowers and decorated the common areas to give it a little more of a happy feel.
Because of her cheerful nature and small-town raising, Kaylee can be a bit naive towards the "real world." She learned as much as humanly possibly about ships from her daddy. Her life on this small world, however, did not expose her to the realities of life in the black, riddled with constant troubles, Reavers, and the not-so-shiny side of the Alliance. She's afraid of guns, and can barely hold one, let alone fire it at another human being. Even if she might not have been the perfect fit for the hard life of the crew aboard Serenity, the mechanic brings a ray of sunshine to the ship that would have otherwise been lost. She's very protective of her crewmates--her family--and this goes just as well for Serenity. Kaylee sees the ship as a living thing, and takes great offense to herself personally if anyone even gives a hint of an insult toward the ship.
Flyin' around the 'verse... Edit
Kaylee Frye previously lived on a small outer-rim planet where she worked with her father on ships. She was caught by Serenity’s captain, Malcolm Reynolds, having-a-good-time with the ships current mechanic (Bester) in the engine room. When she solves a problem that Bester had failed to see and was blaming on another part of the engine altogether, Mal hires Kaylee on the spot and fires Bester. The crew of Serenity take on Kaylee seamlessly, and she’s soon adopted in as the crews’ little sister.
Onboard Serenity Kaylee took part in whatever job she could. Many of their jobs tended to lean toward the illegal side, and because she didn’t leave the ship much, she was constantly on board trying to rework anything for the specific situation. A lot of their down-time was spent either decorating the ship or keeping the cranky bits and pieces in working order. When the need to take on passengers for extra money can't be passed up, Kaylee is put in charge of convincing folks to jump on board with them. One particular passenger transport goes sour, however, as one of the passengers turns out to be an Alliance mole. He confronts Dr. Simon Tam, another passenger, in the cargo bay, holding both him and Mal at gunpoint, and Kaylee makes the mistake of walking in to an already tense moment. The fidgety mole shoots her in the stomach, the missionary, Shepherd Derrial Book, takes down the mole, and Simon uses Kaylee's life as a bargaining chip: turn the ship and run from the Alliance, or he won't operate, which means Kaylee dies. Mal orders the ship around, and the operation commences.
Simon's reasoning for forcing Mal into running is revealed almost as soon as the operation is completed. His cargo in the bay is revealed to be a stasis chamber containing his younger sister, River. As it turns out, River had been attending a government academy, which had promised to offer some of the best programs for a genius of her level, and the facility in question had been experimenting on its students. Simon funded a rescue, and he and his sister were now on the run from the Alliance's attempts to get River back.
Despite their bumpy start, Simon, River, and Shepherd Book are eventually accepted as a part of the crew. Kaylee heals just fine, and develops a best-friendship with River. It is clear throughout much of the series that she also has a bit of a crush on Simon, and the two share several moments that...never go anywhere, thanks to Simon's bumbling manner.
Her timeline cut-off is post-series (after the final episode, “Objects in Space”), pre-BDM (Serenity the movie).
Livin' on the meatship... Edit
One moment, Kaylee's repainting some flowers in Serenity's kitchen, and the next she's falling out of a pod, naked and covered in slime. It's no different from anyone else who has awakened on Stacy, and the explanation is the same: your world has come to an end, welcome to the meatship.
(Will be updated when I have a brain.)
New people are shiny... Edit
- Billy Cranston
- Machinese is go.
- In all seriousness, though, Billy has become a fast friend, and one Kaylee has put complete faith in at that. He needs to cheer up a bit more, in her opinion, and Kaylee does what she can to make him smile. In return, she's gotten one of the best pep talks anyone could have asked for, and she's grateful to Billy for having been the one to deliver it.
- Dean Winchester
- Good-looking guy, awesome car. What's not to like?
There may or may not be a "thing" developing here...There is a thing developing here. And it's complicated. Very, very complicated.
- Fletcher Tringham
- They were pod-popped not too far from each other, and Kaylee took the kid under her wing until he found his brother. He's a smart kid, and she's happy he's adjusting semi-well to life on the ship.
- Jamie McCrimmon
- He's got a ship, what more is there to say!? Kaylee first met Jamie while wandering Stacy's halls, and they kicked it off pretty gorram well. He's a real sweetheart, and decently enthusiastic about the world. He's also the first person Kaylee has really, honestly talked to about Early and the nightmares. She knows he would do just about anything for her, and hopes he knows she would do exactly the same for him.
- After being mistaken for someone from Kang's home world, Kaylee and the Draconian got to talking and haven't really stopped since. It is Kaylee's very own personal goal to get Kang to lighten up a bit about life and get out on the dance floor every now and again.
- Lex Luthor
- Their first meeting had Kaylee helping Lex dissassemble his suit, which in itself was a nice lesson in technology for Kaylee. If someone can teach her about tech? She's definitely going to want to hang around them and learn more. She's also curious to know just what that suit was for...
- Nanoha Takamachi
- One of the only female friends Kaylee has on Stacy. The mechanic is constantly impressed by the amount of cheerful energy Nanoha puts out, which is saying quite a lot from Kaylee's standpoint...
- Simon Tam
- Oh boy. The doctor on Serenity back home, and Kaylee's crush. Kaylee's more than glad that someone from home is awake, and somewhat giddy that it's Simon, but with the way things have been moving along with Dean lately, the mechanic isn't so sure what to do between the two men.
- Kaylee met Tony just after he'd been pod-popped, and one thing led to another thing which led to...mechanics. They've been working together, comparing systems, and flirt with machine innuendo. Good luck to anyone trying to bust into the conversation.
- Wyn Callahan
- Another female mechanic, and an upbeat one at that. Kaylee absolutely loves Wyn. She's not only another female mechanic, but just as cheerful and happy to get up to make-the-others-smile shenanigans as Kaylee herself is.