Friday, May 11, 2007


Since Lomie demanded it, here's my attempt at Green Lantern. It's not a short story/vignette, nor is it in verse.

It is, however, in the 'Verse. Consider it an Elseworlds pitch or suchlike.

"Here's how it is: Earth got used up, so we terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths, some rich and flush with new technologies, some not so much. Central Planets, them was formed the Alliance, waged war to bring everyone under their rule; a few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself.

I'm Malcolm Reynolds. Didn't put much stock in aliens till I met one. He gave me this here ring, told me I was a Green Lantern and his replacement, on account of him bein' busy dyin' at the time.

Best I can reckon, I'm some kind of interstellar sheriff. Not sure if it's karma or irony, givin' me a superweapon and telling me I can't use it 'gainst the Alliance, but rules is rules as they say. Serenity draws a distinction 'tween the gov'ment and corrupt folks, leastwise, so I still get some fun.

Her? No, that's Zoe Alleyne. She was under my command during the Unification War, or as I like to call it, "The War of Core Aggression". We've watched each other's backs for years now, about as close as two people can without ever gettin' horizontal about it.

Serenity is the name of my pretty li'l green ring here. She may say I'm a Green Lantern, but I prefer another name.

Call me Greencoat."

If you do evil,
I swear by my pretty green ring
I will finish you.
-- Charging Oath of Malcolm "Greencoat" Reynolds,
Green Lantern of Sector 8929

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  1. id jus like to say that i enjoyed that a lot more than i should have.

  2. One thing keeping that from being perfect.

    " my SHINY green ring.."

  3. Good point, Salem. In my defense I offer the following:

    1. It's riffing off Mal's line in Our Mrs. Reynolds where he says "If your hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you."

    2. It's supposed to be a haiku. Now, I know you're going to say, "But Palette, pretty is TWO syllables," to which I say, "Not if you're a Southerner. Just like little is pronounced li'l, pretty is often pronounced as pre'y." I suppose I should I have inserted the apostrophe but I didn't want confusion with "prey".

    Besides, we have always been at war with Eastasia. ;)

  4. Mm, quite. And let's face it, I'd probably end up a member of the Alliance, knowing my luck, had I been in the 'Fly-verse.

    I see your reasoning though. Linguistic differences abound, as my family tends to shoot in one of three directions. Pikeys, well-spoken Posh, and the rednecks("I can't understand them mom!" "Just smile and nod, pet."


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