The Four Winds, Epilogue
Sunday, June 19, 2011

The end...or maybe just another beginning.


Zoe found Mal on the bridge, alone. She closed the hatches, and locked them. Mal heard the bolts click.

He waited.

"What are you going to do about the Shepherd?" Zoe asked.

"You mean, about Shepherd Book?" Mal replied.

"He's not Shepherd Book."

"Mmmm. You mean, am I going to throw him out the lock?"

"I mean, are you going to let him stay?"

"Ain't asked him whether he even wants to stay."

"What if he does?"

Mal breathed deep, looking out at the vast black. "Shepherd's a member of this crew," he finally said.

"He's a creation of the Alliance, most probably their tool."

"Could be."

"You going to let him stay with us?"

"If he wants to."

Zoe took her own turn, staring out. "I don't think that's safe."

"Nothing we do is safe."

"There's such a thing as an unnecessary risk."

"Yes... yes, there is."

"Letting him stay is an unnecessary risk. Especially since he's so much like the Shepherd we knew, who knew us."

"Keeping that baby is an unnecessary risk, but you're going to do it." He shouldn't have said that. He knew it the second it was out of his mouth, but it was too late then to bite his tongue. He didn't dare look at her now. "What I know is this. I got to believe something. And right now, what I believe is that Shepherd Book is a member of this crew, until I change my mind or until he chooses not to be."

So there it was. Maybe it was the end.

Maybe it was just another beginning.


Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:36 AM


huh... so where's the next story?

Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:01 AM


And Mal speaks what we've all been thinking about Book, ever since you introduced the facial reconstruction machines in the last story.

Nice ending. Now we find out if this malicious, or not.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 6:25 PM


All that work for a "Huh"?

The next story is all in my head right now.

Thanks, Bytemite :-)

Monday, June 20, 2011 12:26 AM


If it was good enough for Mal Reynolds it's good enough for me to say. :)

Monday, June 20, 2011 2:25 AM


LOL Fair enough!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 9:33 AM


Oooh, way to set things up for a gorram sequel! I liked that Mal didn't automatically side with having Book leave his boat and make his own way. Part of that I'm thinking is his own affection for our original Book but also I suspect it is a deep seated desire to find out more about him. Who and what he is. Really liked this story, shiny! Ali D :~)
"You can't take the sky from me!"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:19 PM


It's been like two whole days... where's the sequel? :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:59 AM


Nutluck: the next story is in my head, still. There actually IS a next story, but whether it will actually be written is still up in the air...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00 AM


AMDobell: Thanks :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6:16 AM


So the door's wide open for the sequel.
Thanks so much, nauticalgal, this story has been a great read. Love it that you've managed to bring back both Wash and now Book. These characters were too fine to leave behind just because they got killed off in the BDM. Clever you for figuring out how to bring them back to play.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:33 AM


Then knock it out of your head and onto paper so to speak. Sorry but you left us no choice, now you have to write a sequel. It's as simple as that. So just give in and get to writing. :)


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The Four Winds, Epilogue
The end...or maybe just another beginning.

The Four Winds, Chapter 25
The rest of the crew return home.

The Four Winds, Chapter 24
Me and Elwood, we're puttin' the band back together.

The Four Winds, Chapter 23
Inara investigates matters; Mal discovers that the impossible has been done in his absence.

The Four Winds, Chapter 22
River needs Mal to solve her problem; Mal is forced to provide information to the Alliance.

The Four Winds, Chapter 21
When Mal tries to recover the cargo, will he lose more than he stands to gain?

The Four Winds, Chapter 20
Mal makes changes to his plan; River puts her plan into action; Inara decides on a plan of her own; Wash finds something he'd lost.

The Four Winds, Chapter 19
Simon gets an alias; Mal gets a look at his client; Wash gets a shock.

The Four Winds, Chapter 18
Our Heroes - and Our Villains - try to figure a way out of the mess they're in.

The Four Winds, Chapter 17
River finds out what's really going on; Simon and Zoe fall into the wrong hands.