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Tales From the Nordic Troll - #7: Strange Bedfellows (part 1). by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Loomie pointed out the window. Gerrin stiffened as his gaze followed her arm. The small town in the window in front of them was dotted with flaming buildings and plumes of rising smoke. Several buildings along the landing field stood half-charred, while some had already collapsed in on themselves. Several bodies were strewn across the ground on the landing field. “Ni gan shenme ne (What the hell?), Gerrin murmured. - - - - Loomie looked at him. “Turn back?” - - - - “Not an option”, Gerrin snorted. After a pause he mused “First the business with that packet, then St. Ekaterina, now this. Is it just me, or does the ‘Verse hate us lately?”
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #6: Baggage (part 6). by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Turning to Gerrin Nadia announced gravely “I gotta get you out of here. Someone in the hospital tagged you”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #6: Baggage (part 5) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
They continued to peer out the open door until suddenly hands grabbed both of them from behind and whirled them around. They faced two men, guns drawn, staring them down. “What the hell you doing on my ship?” the red-haired man on the left demanded.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #6: Baggage (part 4) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Aldous took her arm and turned toward the nearest buildings, pretending to point to one. As they turned and walked toward the building Aldous murmured under his breath “Look back the way we were heading. Don’t turn your head”. - - - - - Loomie looked out of the corner of her eye. One of the enforcers who took their old crew was making his way among the pedestrians, looking as if he was searching for something or someone. “What do we do?” she whispered.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #6: Baggage (part 3) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Aldous jerked his head toward the group of men marching in their direction. “Looks like they honked someone else off”, he muttered. - - - - Loomie turned and looked. Several men dressed in the fashion of the local enforcers marched down the street on either side of members of their former crew, each with his arms bound behind him.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #6: Baggage (part 2) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Her eyes growing cold, the doctor advanced slowly on Gerrin. As she reached him, she suddenly drew back her right arm and struck him across his face. Gerrin took the blow, regained his composure, and sighed “Yeah, I knew that was coming”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #6: Baggage (part 1) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
The guard looked at him for a second, then turned toward the truck, moving cautiously. As he came alongside the cargo bed he shined the light in the bed and looked. Straddling the bed was a makeshift stretcher, bearing a young dark-skinned woman wrapped in a blanket. As the guard watched suspiciously, the short-haired woman riding alongside the stretcher reached down and pulled back the blanket to reveal a blood-stained bandage taped roughly over the wounded woman’s abdomen.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #5: Sidetracked (part 6) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Gerrin turned to look out the door. “I’m not looking for salvation that never comes". After a short pause he continued "People just drop the name to get others to jump through hoops, then when they do something they don’t want to own up to, or that blows up in their faces, they play it off as ‘God’s will’ - or someone else’s fault. Sorry, I don’t feel like playing that game any more”. - - - - McGarrity moved beside him. “You’re denying God because of the actions of men, son”. After another pause, he added “Consider the possibility that maybe your problem is with the messengers, rather than the message”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #5: Sidetracked (part 5) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Stopping thirty feet from the door, “Jeffe” bellowed “All right, amigo! I tried to do this easy, now we do it hard! You have ten seconds to come out and drop your weapons or I shoot the girl!” He leveled his weapon at Inabran’s head as she exclaimed “You’re as devolved as they are!” - - - - From his hiding place, Gerrin pondered “Think anybody’d miss her?” - - - - “Tough call” Wilkins opined from behind him.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #5: Sidetracked (part 4) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Peering carefully he recognized the Troll’s captain and engineer moving out from behind a large fern-like plant. Gerrin motioned to them to keep the guards’ attention toward them. McGarrity nodded slightly, indicating he understood, then pushed as if to move the tree. Bracing himself once more, he pushed with Park, grunting loudly so neither of their captors would hear Gerrin and Aldous creeping up behind them.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #5: Sidetracked (part 3) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
The pirate turned and rammed the butt of his rifle into Aldous’s stomach. Aldous doubled over in pain. The rest of the crew tried to move toward him, but the guards blocked them. “What, you throwing words at me now, boy?” the attacker demanded. - - - Despite his pain, Aldous glared up at the man. “Why? You need help with the big ones?” - - - The guard turned his muzzle toward Aldous. “Cerrado (enough)!” his boss snapped. “We get the package first!” Turning back to Gerrin, the leader ordered “Now, give us the runner, or you get to watch us have some fun with your lady friends, here”. - - - Gerrin started to protest, but Inabran cut him off. “Why are you talking to HIM?” she demanded. Pointing at Ammon, she declared “HE’s the courier”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #5: Sidetracked (part 2) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
No one paid attention to a passenger kneeling away from the others rearranging his belongings. Reaching into one pack, he pulled forth a small sealed pouch emblazoned with the official emblem of the Alliance, marked EYES ONLY, NO COPIES, in English and Chinese. Looking around him, he tucked the pouch into a smaller bag.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #5: Sidetracked (part 1) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
"So, what’s the job?” “Cargo run” Reilly answered. “He’s looking to transport something offworld, fast, no Alliance red tape”. Gerrin grew suspicious. “The ‘no red tape’ part makes me cautious”.
Escape Part 1 - Introduction by BROWNCOATREBELS
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING:    DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
"Wash! What in the hell is goin' on?!" Mal demanded. Wash turned, his face pale. "Reavers,"
Tales From the Nordic Troll #4: Man-Made Monsters (part 6) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
As they turned to face each other, River suddenly looked old and tired, as if she had aged years within seconds. Her voice became pained. “I have memories that aren’t mine, and I don’t want them, but they’re there. They’ll always be there. I know things that scare me. I’ve done things that scare me, and I can’t change any of it…I can’t go back like I was”. Gerrin’s tone softened somewhat. “So what do you do?” River smiled wistfully. “My captain likes to say – ‘When you can’t run any more, you crawl. And when you can’t do that, you find someone to carry you’. Either way it’s the same – you just go on” she said.
Tales From the Nordic Troll #4: Man-Made Monsters (part 5) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
Suddenly the door burst open, slamming into the crates in front of it and slowly pushing them back. Several monstrous-looking forms poured into the opening roaring like animals and firing on the crew. The crew immediately returned fire on their attackers.
Tales From the Nordic Troll #4: Man-Made Monsters (part 4) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
Aldous began to look the vehicle over. Halfway through his inspection he looked at Reilly. “You think he’ll have to put her down?” - Reilly nodded gravely. “Most likely”. He paused before adding “And it’ll kill him”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll #4: Man-Made Monsters (part 3) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
“Are you insane?” Simon demanded from the med bay door, looking back at Doc and Gerrin. “Do you know what you have strapped to that table?”
Tales From the Nordic Troll #4: Man-Made Monsters (part 2) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Gerrin stepped out to meet them. “Ah, good afternoon. Are you the ship that called for a doctor?” the man asked. Gerrin nodded. “Nick Gerrin, captain of the Nordic Troll”. The man introduced himself. “I’m doctor Tam – Simon”. Indicating the woman, he continued “This is my sister, River”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll #4: Man-Made Monsters (part 1) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
As he noticed the tattoo, Gerrin froze, the color draining from his face. “Uvazhyemye Gospoda, nyet (Dear God, no)” he whispered. The crew looked at him. “What’s wrong?” Gerrin looked up, his face ashen. “It’s Irina”. “Who’s Irina?” Aldous demanded. “My sister!”
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #3: Shanghai'd (Part 6) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Anna examined Gerrin carefully for a few seconds. “I can’t figure you out” she said at last. “You don’t let anyone get too close, but you’d put your own life on the line to protect people you barely know.” She added “And sometimes in really crazy ways”.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #3: Shanghai'd (part 5) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Gerrin thought for The better part of a minute. Finally he turned toward Anna. “Okay, here’s the plan”. Anna listened as Gerrin explained his plan. When he finished, she simply said “You’ve got to be out of your mind.”
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #3: Shanghai'd (part 4) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Halfway into the hills they came to a spot where the trees thinned out enough that they could be seen from further down the hills. Anna stopped. “Get down!” she ordered quietly but urgently.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #3: Shanghai'd (part 3) by MikeBroome
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
“Forget about the plan, just run!” Still holding Lewis by the arm, Anna darted for the thick patch of bamboo reeds on the side of the road.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #3: Shanghai'd (part 2) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Lewis managed to break free for a moment and attacked the two men holding his mother. He managed to get in two good hits before the third man grabbed him and threw him roughly to the ground. He then picked Lewis up, hitting him across the back of the head, and dragging him, struggling, behind the two men dragging his mother toward a nearby doorway.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #3: Shanghai'd (part 1) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
“Are you sure you want to do this?” Lewis asked. - Anna looked at him. “It’s too dangerous here. It’s time to go home.” - With that, they went to their quarters, picked up their jackets and left the ship, with no idea that the next time they set foot on the Nordic Troll, they would have no desire to leave again soon.
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #2: Legacy (Part 6) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 10   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Reilly raised his hands in resignation. “Do what you will.” He started to leave, but turned back. “But Lotus Ridge will be your legacy until you do something about it."
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #2: Legacy (part 5) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
As the Troll began to trail fuel, Pearsoll commented. “Something’s up. They’re trailing fuel.” -- Maddox leapt to the console. “This is it!”
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #2: Legacy (Part 4) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Lewis caught up with him. “Who’s after us?” “I don’t know.” Gerrin admitted. ”All we know is they’re mad about something.” “Is it something to do with Nikolai Turgenyev and Lotus Ridge?”
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #2: Legacy (Part 3) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Loomie pointed to the comm screen “They sent a message.” -- “What kind of message?” Gerrin leaned over and looked at the screen. In plain text was the message: * * * The wheel never stops turning. * * *
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #2: Legacy (Part 2) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
The explosion sent shards of rock into the ship above the left wing, but she continued to fly. After a moment Gerrin reached for the handset. “Everyone okay?” - Doc’s voice came back “No. I’m in the Howards’ berthing. Anna’s down.”
Tales from the Nordic Troll - #2: Legacy (Part 1) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Had they been in the cockpit, they would have seen the radar blip indicating a ship behind them...
Tales from the Nordic Troll - #1: Fight Night (part 6) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
...but in the end it all works out.
Tales from the Nordic Troll - #1: Fight Night (part 5) by MIKEBROOME
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Things never quite go ccording to plan...
Tales From the Nordic Troll - #1: Fight Night (part 4) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
The board is set, the pieces are ready to move...
Tales from the Nordic Troll - #1: Fight Night (part 3) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 8   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
At the end of the day, it always come to this: If you can't do something smart, do something right.
Tales from the Nordic Troll - #1: Fight Night (part 2) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Sometimes you don't know what you've stepped in until you're up to your belt in it...
Tales from the Nordic Troll - #1: Fight Night (part 1) by MikeBroome
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 9   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Serenity wasn't the only ship in the 'verse to have troubles. Nick Gerrin and the crew of the Nordic Troll have their own share of problems, starting with how to rob a locally run fighting ring...
THE DEVIL'S CRADLE: 69. "Inside Out" by AMDOBELL
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 10   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Now they had that girl out of the escape pod everything had changed and not for the better neither. Who knew how long he had before his gorram cover was blown?
Sihnon Standard Time (Adventures of the Jin Dui #5) by Captain_Cooper
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 0   DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014
Now under new management, the Jin Dui makes her first call at the Persephone’s Eavesdown Docks. (WARNING: Long fic!)
River's Run - Part 18 by cbsteve
GENRE: ADVENTURE   RATING: 10   DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
Mal’s heading for a hangman’s noose. Will a rescue party come in the nick of time?
Lost Conversations - Part 15 by cbsteve
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 10   DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
A few more slices of the Firelfy verse that somehow went missing all those years ago.
THE DEVIL'S CRADLE: 68. "A Better World" by AMDOBELL
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 10   DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
Immediately three Gate Keepers slammed down blocking her out. So. They knew enough to protect each other by combining forces. Interesting.
Five Years Pt.17 by Brenda
GENRE: DRAMA   RATING: 8   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
"What's got his britches in a twist?" Mal asked.
Blue Sun Launches new game by BLUESUNKEVIN
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 0   DATE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014
This is actually not fiction - the Blue Sun corporation has launched its first game on kickstarter - its first step to domination of the system? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bluesun/tic-tac-bullshit I would love your feedback and support. Kevin
Firefly - Albatross Chapter 8 and Epilogue by m52nickerson
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 10   DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
A message from River set the final events into motion.
Firefly: Albatross - Chapter 7 by m52nickerson
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 9   DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014
River and Aleksander look for a way to contact Serenity, while a Fed follows an unusual trail.
THE DEVIL'S CRADLE: 66. "Wild Card" by AMDOBELL
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 10   DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
Before the Captain could finish his sentence there was a soft hiss and the sealed hatched popped up and slid open. Mal and Jayne took a hasty step back, startled by the unexpected movement. Zoe stepped passed them and peered through the opening.
THE DEVIL'S CRADLE: 67. "Choices" by AMDOBELL
GENRE: GENERAL   RATING: 10   DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
Sometimes she forgot the depth and breadth of Malcolm Reynolds paranoia. And sometimes when they were entwined in passion she fancied he forgot it too but this was not that time.
Another Random Snapshot: Butterscotch by BardofShadow
GENRE: HUMOR   RATING: 10   DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014
River being goofy.

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