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Mal- Big Damn Quests Round 8 Challenge 2

March 26th, 2007 (06:41 pm)

A short snippet cross posted to big_damn_quests


Title: Regrets
Author: ceslas
Characters: Malcom Reynolds
Word Count: 318
Disclaimer: Firefly owns me, I own words
Warnings: Post-BDM



What is the thing you most regret NOT saying?


Don’t spend too much time on looking back with regrets. Life has a way of sweeping you right along. Wind carries you, you don’t fight it to hard, dong ma?

Fair number of folk I would give a lot to see again, add some final words to our good bye I suppose. My Ma, well, she never did cotton to long drawn out platitudes. She said what mattered, skipped all the jabberin’ that most folk generally fill empty air with. I think I may have to say I most regret not listening to her when I had the chance.

Wise woman Ma was, Elizabeth MacGregor Emslie Reynolds. Big name when she was a child to carry she said once when she was feeling loquacious. Need’nt be giving a big name like that to her only son, so Malcolm Reynolds it became. No more and no less. She never did call me Mal. It was always Malcolm…

Wish I could just ask her advice about some things today… seems she would have better insight into some stuff than others being as how she came from the Core herself as a young woman. Yup, my Ma, a Core-bred lady. She came on her own out to make a life for herself, found a man after her own desires and they started a life on Shadow. Joshua Ezekial Reynolds. God-fearin’ man he was. Ma tried to civilize him from the beginning. Don’t conjure as he would a’ had a chance if he had lived long enough. So she turned her efforts to her wild hare of a son. Figured she could pound some culture into my head if she just knocked it enough. Did learn to dance eventually…

Regrets? No, not as such… might tell her I remember what she taught me when I am being smart, which probably ain’t often enough.

Comments

Posted by: lvs2read (lvs2read)
Posted at: March 26th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Captain

Ooh! Very nice! Your Mal voice is spot on, and I can totally believe he'd feel this way about his mother. Well done!

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Mal Mean old Man

Thank you! Mal sometimes graces me with a few tidbits and this was one of them...:)

Posted by: Sounds like "Kay-nuh" (razycrandomgirl)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
wow ...
Captin love

Mal's Ma was from the Core! -mind is blown-

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: wow ...
Mal There'll be kissin' then?

*Carefully retrieve blown bits and replace them in Cana's head*

*Wink* I didn't tell ya that one did I? Makes all sorts of sense if you really think about it.

Posted by: Rosie (thewatch)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)

Nice little note this, not as sad as I was expecting from the title. I would have loved to have found out about Mal's mother in the series, I imagine she's a strong and independent woman like this.

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Mal down left profile

Yeah, I thought that myself..But Mal is such an interesting sort. He finds sadness in great joys and redemption in great sadnesses... Thank you for your comment, it makes what we do as fic writers that much more rewarding.

Posted by: nauticalgal (nauticalgal)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)

Sweet!

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Mal There'll be kissin' then?

Thanks! It was an interesting conversation.

Posted by: Ann (wildannuette)
Posted at: March 27th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)

Very cool, can just hear Mal saying it as i read it. His mum core-bred? Interesting, like his last line that relates to it.

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 28th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Mal The Message

Thank you! Mal is a complex man to me, seems like there was many layers he was concealing... Ma being Core-bred just struck the right note to me...

Posted by: alexis_laforge (alexis_laforge)
Posted at: March 28th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Didn't know all that about Mal's ma.
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Although I did suspect as much (and about his dad, too). Nice of him to share it with you!

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 28th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: Didn't know all that about Mal's ma.
Mal Mean old Man

Always a blessing when Mal gets to taling about his past. It doesn't happen often, so I try to listen really hard >;0)

Posted by: alexis_laforge (alexis_laforge)
Posted at: March 30th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
He's a close-mouthed chap, in a way, isn't he?
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Mal may talk a lot and make jokes sometimes, but it seems like he's talking to push things outward, sometimes, and to deflect away from himself. You always learn something important when he does open up, though.

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 30th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: He's a close-mouthed chap, in a way, isn't he?
Mal Jayne Whoa Maidenhead

The tough part for me is asking him the right quesitons and then waiting while he conjures on it for a time...
Thanks for your always accurate observations Alex! I miss you when you don't swing by >:0)

Posted by: alexis_laforge (alexis_laforge)
Posted at: March 31st, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Thank goodness spring break has rolled around
pic#59320035

I've been writing so much I thought my hands were going to fall off. But now I can do the important things, like watching telly and reading fanfiction. :)

Posted by: The journeywoman lives here (mieystrapurore)
Posted at: March 28th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Open road

WOW. Loved your voice, the character was spot on. I love reading your fics, they're always very developed and full of Fireflyisms =)

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 28th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Mal Jayne My Boys

Thank you very very much! That is high praise indeed. I try to let it flow as I hear it, sometimes I get lucky>;0)

I haven't seen your name before, cool that you posted a comment, means I am doing something right! (Apologies if I am densely forgetting a previous comment from you )

Posted by: The journeywoman lives here (mieystrapurore)
Posted at: March 28th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I've just been recently getting into Firefly fanfic, though been a fan of the fandom since I saw the movie. I think your Rayne fics were one of the first I read and I'm really impressed at the level of writing in this fandom. Good job!!

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: March 29th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Mal Jayne Lilac

There are some truly excellent writers here, no question of that. I am glad to be counted amongst them. Thank you... I hope you continue to enjoy what Jayne and River and the rest of the crew have to tell me, and others... Welcome home from one Browncoat to another.

Posted by: hoban_harper (hoban_harper)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)

Oh. Wonderful Mal voice there! Loved it! I was worried, seeing that it was post movie, but I didn't even have to feel sad about "you know what." Great little fic!

Posted by: ceslas (ceslas)
Posted at: April 5th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Mal down left profile

Thank you! I am really glad you enjoyed it and were not reminded of the unmentionable incident...

Mal was good to me on this one, I got interesting insights...

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