A Mighty Thorn In a Mighty Paw - Ch. 46
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A screenplay taking place not long after the events of "Serenity."

Questions... answers... truths... lies...



Captain Gibson stands before Mal’s cell, his face impassive. The troops flank him, weapons ready.

GIBSON: So, Mr. Reynolds, how are you?

MAL: Not bad, all things considered. I have a question of my own begs answerin'.

GIBSON: By all means.

MAL (genuine curiosity): How’d ya find me out?

GIBSON: Since your near future is quite certain, I feel I can answer that. Your ident scan revealed two identities. One of your wondrous contacs had apparently been damaged. From heat exposure, it would appear.

Mal’s head drops and his eyes close with chagrin.

MAL (mumbling): Gorram incinerator.

GIBSON: Your counterfeit identity was nearly perfect. My best techs were fairly impressed with its depth. May I ask where you acquired such a technological work of art?

MAL: You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

GIBSON: Oh, I tend to keep a fairly open mind. I can, and will, find out, by your word or otherwise. You’ve been a formidable adversary, I must say. Whether leading troops or inciting insurrection via broadwave propaganda, you have a real talent for causing intracranial hemmorhage...

MAL: That don't fare bad as a compliment, though propaganda usually entails the spread o' misinformation. We did nothin' of the sort.

GIBSON: In that you are correct. But how often do the masses really need to know the truth? Millions enjoy the protection we provide for them, oblivious to the real threats lurking on their doorstep. Small measures of truth, son. Just enough to give the fabrications merit.

MAL: Truth gets hot and bright enough, eventually it’ll burn through that shroud ya'll have so carefully conjured.

GIBSON: Perhaps. Until then, whatever information stored in that troublesome mind of yours will be extracted for our use. I imagine we’ll find several names of questionable reputation.

Mal hangs his head.

Gibson accepts a transparent, vacuum sealed package from one of the troops. He shows it to Mal. It’s the device Mal had been contracted to deliver, along with the disc the Investigator brought aboard.

GIBSON: You really don’t know what this is, do you.

MAL: A rather cumbersome timepiece?

Gibson smiles.

GIBSON: If only. I have a feeling the list of charges against you will lengthen a great deal once its intent is discerned.

MAL: Somethin’ tells me that’s a moot point. Can't see a pardon anywhere in the near future for the likes of us.

GIBSON: Terrorists deserve no such thing. I look forward to your next... interview.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007 7:05 PM


I'm so glad your cortex is back up and you can continue this absorbing screenplay.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 8:16 PM


Too damn short for my tastes...but damn fine sight anyway, Rob;)


Tuesday, January 23, 2007 9:08 PM


This was so short it was almost a summary of the chapter! Talk about a tease. I love this story and can't wait for more especially as I am pretty worried for Mal and what those vainglorious *tamade hundans* who have him are going to do to empty his head of anything they can use against all and sundry. I particularly loved your dialogue for Mal in this one, you really have captured his voice and speech pattern as well as his beaten down emotion. Ali D :~)
You can't take the sky from me

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 2:30 AM


You're back! And about time too, I've been missing this.

Gibson has a "next interview" planned for Mal? This is all kinds of not good, which of course only makes things better for me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 3:27 AM


Hurray! More story.

Nicely written scene, very easy to visualize and especially to hear - Mal sounded perfect. But, yikes!

(And I can't complain about length, seeing as I've produced nothing in two weeks.) Looking forward to what comes next, even if Mal isn't.


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