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River ran to Kaylee's bunk and let herself in uninvited. Kaylee flew upright and shielded her eyes. “Wha--?”

“It worked!” River was breathless, and not from the short run. She sat on Kaylee's bed, and a huge smile lit her face. “That toy you made. Boy, did it work.”

Kaylee laughed. “Feel a bit more at ease in your skin?”

River ran her fingers lightly along her own arm. “You know, I think I do.” River looked at her, eyes suddenly hungry.

Kaylee gulped. “Good.” Her voice was husky.

“Very good.” River reached, running a warm finger down Kaylee's arm.