Mal left the downstairs passenger lounge, leaving Kaylee and Simon (and now River) to their own devices. He heard Zoe and Wash talking in the kitchen but opted to steer away from the happy couple. Instead he turned down the catwalk and ended up going in the direction of Inara's shuttle. He reached it fairly easily and, seeing the door open, he entered. "Hope you ain't busy," he warned as he entered and looked around. He half hoped he'd catch her doing something ungraceful for once. "Hello?"