A Mighty Thorn In a Mighty Paw Ch. 5
Saturday, October 7, 2006

A screenplay taking place not long after the events of "Serenity." A million thanks to Joss Whedon for introducing a needy world to a beautiful and fulfilling story, full of characters without equal.



Zoe remains by the door after Nils shuts it.

Two men sit at a long table in the center of the main room. ZIG and JACK, large men resembling Polson in their intimidating manner.

The table is littered with the gutted remains of several pieces of electronic equipment, as well as the tools to work on them. The walls are lined with sturdy shelves, also covered with innumerable devices in various states of disassembly.

Nils proceeds to the table and picks up one of the few completely intact devices resting on it. It is nondescript, a rounded box with a nine digit key pad and a small screen, roughly five by six by two inches.

NILS: This here be the job.

MAL:(unimpressed) Is that it? That little thing's what got us sailin' halfway 'cross the quadrant?

NILS: Don't let it fool you, boy. This little puppy will produce some sizable changes in this 'verse. Trick is, gettin' it to the right folk. That's the job, facilitatin' the transfer of this baby to some friends of mine a few worlds away.

Nils picks up a plain black briefcase, shoves aside a few items on the table, and sets it down. When opened it reveals anti-shock foam shaped to contain the device. Nils places the item inside as if he were putting a baby in a crib.

Nils then reaches into his vest pocket (cut to Zoe, who tenses and creeps a hand toward her hip) and removes a small wallet from which he extracts some cold hard platinum. He hands it to Mal.

NILS: As we agreed, Mal. Half now, half on delivery.

MAL: As agreed. Now, as for a destination...

NILS: That's where this little endeavor gets a bit hairy.

MAL: How hairy we talkin'? NILS: Men in blue hairy. MAL: Alliance hairy. Well, wouldn't be the first time we buzzed their tower.

NILS: Well, buddy, I need you to outright moon 'em, but without them knowin' it. If this little unit falls into their hands, well, we'd both be in go-se up to our ears. I got a guy on the inside, lets me know what those Alliance fruits are up to, 'specially when it might affect my business ventures. This piece of hardware needs to make its way into his possession without the girls in blue catchin' wind.

MAL: Do I even want to know what it is? (thinks for a moment)Ain't gonna blow a hole in my hull, is it?

NILS: If it survives the journey, and gets placed in the right hands, you'll know soon enough thereafter what it is. And, no, it ain't nothin' explosive. Not in the literal sense, anyway.

Mal accepts the case.

MAL: So, where exactly in the Alliance's mighty paw am I stickin' this thorn?

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 11:43 AM


Oooh, getting mighty interesting. I can't wait to find out what that thing is and why all the protective packing if it isn't explosive? I wonder if Nils was telling Mal the truth about that. Loved the touch with Zoe getting ready to go for her gun if Nils had pulled a firearm. Very cool, Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:21 PM


Wow, awesome series you've got going here. Just started it today, and was so disappointed to realize that this is as far is it goes so far. I'm on the edge of my seat now! Keep up the good work!


Saturday, October 7, 2006 6:26 PM


Yes yes yes yes yes! I MUST know what the mysterious box is. Of cousre, I expect you'll make u wait for that one, so I'll just sit here and twiddle my thumbs...waiting (im)patiently.

Love this, keep it up!

Sunday, October 8, 2006 4:03 AM


I believe I'm starting to smell something here, and it ain't roses! I'm afraid things ain't gonna go smooth...but what else is new?

Monday, October 9, 2006 12:02 PM


Oh...this is just great. Mal's got this wacky widget to ship and River's fight teacher to handle when he gets back to Serenity. Gonna lay good money he's gonna pop a vein or two;)


Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:39 PM


MAL: So, where exactly in the Alliance's mighty paw am I stickin' this thorn?

YEAH! That is indeed a line worthy of naming a fic after! Gave me a little thrill inside, it did.


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