"If Somebody Told Me" - Shepherd Book
Saturday, December 7, 2002

The crew of Serenity reflect on what brought them to the ship, and what makes them stay. (Written 11/02)


"If somebody told me..." Author: Allronix Universe: Firefly Category: V, Multiple POV Rating: PG (to be on the safe side) Archive: Sure If someone told me ten years ago that I'd be preaching the Good Book, I would have told them they were insane. I'm reading the tale of the prodigal son at the moment. That old story is one of my favorites - personal reasons. It's downtime on the ship, not much to do until we reach New Nebraska. I like this ship. I rent my bunk and do odd jobs to earn my keep, and the people here are plain folk - they're good company and not inclined to ask too many questions. All in all, perfect place for an old man like me. I used to be a gambler. Don't suppose you knew that, and I don't talk about it much. The Lord knows and that's the only one on this ship who needs to. Went from planet to planet, game to game. I'd earn a fortune at faro, then gamble or debauch it away again. Went through a lot of money that way, and earned my share of trouble, too. Lady Luck finally abandoned me on Minerva. I forget the name of the town - wasn't important anyway. Got carried away and gambled away all I had. My hidden ace got found, too - yes, I used to lie and cheat, too. Well, those boys took me to an alley and I got thrashed. I woke up in the rectory of the local church. The only one with some medical training on that piece of rock was the local preacher. A broken leg meant I'd not be going anywhere for a while. Hated it at first. Yet, the more I learned how to stay still and stay quiet, the more I could hear God. He's quite strict, no getting around that, but He is patient. I guess He likes to wait until you're ready to listen. My limp isn't so noticeable anymore. I stayed at the church for some time, teaching myself how to walk again, and trying to see what life was like when you're sober. By the time I was ready to leave, I'd heard the call and was on my way to get ordained. I'm thinking that the Lord put me here because these people are a lot like I used to be - good people deep down, but angry and a little lost. Maybe with a little time, they'll quiet down a bit and be able to hear God for themselves. If they ever do, it's my job to be there.


Tuesday, July 29, 2003 3:02 PM


This was wonderful and I could hear Book's voice in my head as I read this. I would have liked more insight into how he knows so much about the Alliance, have a feeling he was or is really high up in some chain of command or other. Perhaps Intelligence or Covert Operations, some kind of Black Ops stuff. Whatever this was very good indeed. Thank you, Ali D
You can't take the sky from me

Sunday, December 14, 2003 5:04 AM


Very nice, I like it. Book's voice was there, but suprisingly not as strong as I thought it would be. Not your fault, mine.


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