Always Had Faith
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Faith in a higher power? That was always Mal's thing, the Captain, back in the war.


Title: Always Had Faith
Written for Round 4 Challenge 2 of "big_damn_quests" on LJ as Zoe
Word Count: 103

Challenge 2
Do you have faith in a higher power that guides your life? Fate, Karma, God, anything?

Faith in a higher power? That was always Mal's thing, the Captain, back in the war.

Back before the surrender.

That day broke him. But before then, oh yeah, he was full of holy piss and vinegar. Kept us going through the worst of it, his faith that we would win, that our cause was just and God would see to it. Almost made you believe too, he was so fervent about it.

Never did put too much stock in the higher powers myself though. Just didn't seem likely, in the face of it all. Mal though; always had faith in the Captain.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:04 PM


I like how you frame it here, the Captain as a religious term, again maybe in keeping with the family Zoe knew and her life experience growing up on a ship.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:04 PM


Hmm, interesting idea. I wasn't really thinking of it in those terms, but I could see it! THanks :)


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There’s no reason to keep it, damaged as it is. Save one. Doesn’t matter that it’s finer than any other cup on the ship, even with the crack. Doesn’t matter that it would never hold liquid again without some of it seeping through. Burning your fingers. Was only one reason he still has the cup.

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The night was warm. Clouds, low on the horizon, blue black in the last light of the setting sun. Nothing but the breeze and the buzz of the cicadas breaking the stillness. A perfect evening.

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“Dead ’re in my head tonight,” he said finally. “Can’t get ‘em out. Don’t got the booze or the bar to distract me. Don’t know why I’m here ‘cept I don’t think I can go through it alone.”

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"This is-," he said at the same time.

They looked at each other. "Awkward," they both said, laughing lightly.

Always Had Faith
Faith in a higher power? That was always Mal's thing, the Captain, back in the war.

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