The Code of Randomness
Monday, October 5, 2009

Just a little written story to keep the wheels in my head from gettig to rusty. Hope you enjoy Z


The Code of Randomness

Wash sat back in his pilots seat. The cortex screen went blank and he settled himself to just looking out at the blankness of space. They ( Serenity) were in-between jobs and Malcolm Reynolds, the captain had given him the free duty of just taking the ship anywhere he pleased. Well, anywhere but Alliance patrolled territory or anything too far out in the blackness of space.

Wash pondered over the last thing he’d seen on the viewing monitor. A program from the old “Earth that Was” series. Wash knew that he could always tune in to Mr. Universes broadcasts to be entertained by old tv shows from humankinds original home planet.

The show he’d just finished watching was one about the wildlife that used to exists on a place called Africa. It had shown a herd of zebra animals being chased by some meat eating monster of a creature. No it hadn’t been a dinosaur. It was from the cat family……..a lion. Actually it was a lioness, the female of the species….out to get food for her young. Kinda reminded him of Zoey. Anyway, out of two zebra that were lagging behind the pack the female cat had chosen the one on the right. Why had she done that he’d questioned to himself? They’d both seemed to have been older animals, the zebras, and they both looked as if it would take the same amount of effort to catch either one. Why had she chosen the one on her right?

Wash thought for a second. He would apply the code of randomness to this quizitation. It was something that he’d just made up. Why, in the course of events and happening do things turn out the way that they do, or people choose certain options over another although the choices are the same?

He thought of this a while. He could have chosen any direction he had wanted to go, within the bounds of Mal’s instructions of course, so why had he chosen this direction to steer Serenity? Or for that matter why had Shepherd Book signed on to fly with this crew? Simon and River…..why had Simon put in with the merry band of bandits when he’d had other options? Why had he (Wash) himself selected to pilot this old bucket of bolts when other captains on better ships had wanted his abilities just as badly?

“ Sorry ‘ol girl.” Wash whispered an apology to the ship for his thoughts, a vessel he’d grown to love despite all of her flaws. He patted the consol in front of him.

The question was still up in the air, WHY?

He looked into the darkness of space. Witch direction to go? There were a multitude of stars. Which one would he head for? There was a twinkle. One of the heavenly bodies seemed to be winking at him. It shown brighter in the dark sky. Wash chose his pathway…..a somewhat dimmer star to the right of the bright shiny one. Wash had never been one to follow the obvious. Course he knew these weren’t stars but planets and moons. The ones giving off more light could simply be that there were more cities on that world, more civilization….maybe ALLIANCE!

Nope, better to stick to the more dimly lit destinations. See, that wasn’t a choice of randomness at all. Course he knew that that didn’t apply to every situation. There were some things that were completely random. He punched in the coordinates and sat back for the journey.

He decided to tune in to another entertainment program from Mr. Universe’s world. He felt like watching something with a “horror” slant to it. He punched in the code and was immediately given a list sub-categories.

“Comic-Horror. Yeah that’s one.” He whispered and brought up a menu of 50 titles.

He brought his finger down the list. Nothing seemed to interest him at first….but then he saw it, tenth from the top.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He pushed the select button.

It was a completely random choice of course.




Monday, October 5, 2009 2:07 PM


I just rated this a 10. Perfectly random of course.

Monday, October 5, 2009 3:24 PM


Ooooo.....very awesome! :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:22 AM


NCBrowncoat, Angelle……..good morning!

Thanks for you posts. Glad the you’ve enjoyed this little story of Wash and what he sometime does to get through many of those lonely times he spends on the bridge of Serenity. Piloting a spaceship for hours and hours while your shipmate sleep would become kinda dull I think…..evidenced by why he was so eager to have Saffron join him that time in “Our Mrs. Reynolds”.

Anyway, I know the crew of Serenity do give him breaks and they all take their turn at the ship controls navigating through space, but piloting is Wash’s job……so he’s likely to spend the most time there.

It’s been a busy summer, for everybody ( members) I’m sure and the fall ain’t slowing down much. I haven’t posted much for a while but I do still come and check out what’s going on in the FF universe. Glad to see that many of the people that call this forum their second home…..ok maybe just a friends house you enjoy going to, are still around.

Good to a hear from you guys.

NCB- Thanks for the 10.…I’m glad that you liked the story like that.

Angelle…you are still writing aren’t you?


Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1:41 AM


I did smile though I think Wash being the superior and brilliant pilot he is would have known the name of the 'random' planet he picked. Will we be seeing a sequel so we know where he ends up and what happens next? Ali D :~)
"You can't take the sky from me!"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:22 AM


Amdobell, thanks for the post.

You are so right…..Wash would likely know most constellations in the known FF universe, but there might be a couple areas of the black that he didn’t study so well on back in flight school ( C+ on his paper on those reigns) so he might have been just footing around.

A sequel? Interesting……. didn’t really think of doing one. Most of the time I write I like to keep it down to 4 or 5 chapters….with the occasional one-shotter in there,. Now you have me thinking about a sequel and it’s hurting my head……lol. If I do do a sequel it will be all your fault…….just jokin with ya.

Where would Wash go if he had the free opportunity to just head out someplace? Someplace where Zoe could enjoy a nice, peaceful dip in the water. She could enjoy bathing…..and he enjoy watching her bath.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6:20 AM


As long as there's real food, of course.

I think we need to know which episode of Buffy he watched, and whether River crept up on him and whispered things in his ear as he watched Caleb being all mean and nasty while looking pretty much like the captain.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:51 AM


Jane….ha..ha!! You hit the nail directly on the head my friend. Sure that you aren’t channeling Wash?


Friday, October 9, 2009 7:50 AM


Very nice catches Wash's tone perfectly.


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