BLUE SUN ROOM FAN FICTION - GENERAL

RAINSTICK

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 1
Friday, October 20, 2006

Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----In this chapter Yong gets an unexpected message.


CATEGORY: FICTION    TIMES READ: 1181    RATING: 9    SERIES: FIREFLY

Sweat was streaming down on both Yong’s temples soaking the towel lying under his head on the bench, while Yong himself kept pressing up the last dozen, always keeping to the faint rhythmic humming of the engine that could even be heard here in the cargo hold.

The captain’s distorted voice cracked from the con: “Brian! You better interrupt your workout and come up here real quick.”

Yong stopped pushing the bar, wiped his face and neck and come over to the com. “What’s up, Ann?”

“Some interesting you might figure”, she answered in her usual oblique way. “Came up from the cortex just now. Seems kinda official-some to me.”

“What’s that got’do with me?”

“It’s addressed to you personally, man. Or should I say Mr Colonel-of-the-reserve-Brian-M-Yong, Sir?” there was a short pause, then a loud laugh over the com.

Yong rushed up the stairs and through the common area, which was in a mess as usual, towards the Zedong’s cockpit. Ann Doben, the old Firefly’s captain and pilot, was already awaiting him, smiling from one ear to the other as it seemed. The plump brunette was in her mid-thirties, around ten years younger than Yong himself.

“You read it?” Yong asked her.

“Can’t. It’s coded. Only said who’t was for, and that’s you. But Colonel, eh? Not bad. Knew you were ex-military, but colonel? My, I’m surprised you’re talking orders from a civilian draft-dodger like me.”

“You’re a woman, Ann.”

“I know. That’s how I dodged.”

“Okay, you’ve had your fun. Can you please send it to the terminal in my bunk so I can read it in private?”

“Secrets? From me? That might’ve hurt my feelings just a bit.”

“Put it through, will you. I’ll let you in on the details soon enough. Those you have to know.”

“Alright.”

In his bunk, Yong opened the message with a quick authentication of his fingerprint and his service identification number he was still wearing around his neck on a chain. Minutes later, his expression hardened with every line he read.

"Alliance Staff Headquarters Sihnon August 23, 2507

To: Colonel of the Reserve Brian Meria Yong ID 2460-JL29-2477-PSPH-337

On behalf of the Chief of Staff I inform you that your dishonorouble discharge has been revoked and congratulate you on your reinstatement in the armed forces with rank of colonel. You are to report to Major General Baker immediately on Osiris immediately and to take command of the 37th Regiment of the Persephone 3rd Airborne Infantry Division. Your relatives will be taken care of by the Alliance Senior Military Personnel Dependents Scheme in case of occurrence of unforeseen events.

Yours sincerely, Lieut. Gen. Osuda"

------------------------------------------------

Disclaimer: For the events of the war I am loosely orientating myself on the unofficial timeline on the Fireflywiki. The 'Verse is of course Joss Whedon's. But Book's alter ego Brian Yong is essentially my creation.

COMMENTS

Saturday, October 21, 2006 9:40 AM

RAINSTICK


I'd really appreciate comments on this, even if you think that the story sucks. I've never written this kind of stuff in English before (not my first language, you know), so please comment.

Sunday, October 22, 2006 6:33 PM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Well...it's damn short...too damn short for my taste. Pretty sure the BDM established Book's first names (at least as a Shepherd, anyway) as "Derrial" nor "Meria." And I am assuming Book got his commission reinstated after the war began...cuz I was under the impression the Unification War was 2506-11;)

Still...makes me wonder what Book did to get dishonourably discharged in the first place. I can see it being something that caused him to enter the priesthood after the war (getting drummed out)...but previously? Gonna want to see some plot;D

BEB

Monday, October 23, 2006 12:13 AM

RAINSTICK


maybe it's a bit confusing at first. i thought that Book had a military career long before the U-War but as he is also rather street-wise, knows things that are not strictly military and he mentions riding in a firefly a long time ago, it makes sense that he didn't spend all his life in the military. i needed a reason why he had to leave the military between his service and his reinstatement during U-War, and I wanted to have a new mystery around my Book, which is why he left the military the first time. it is going to be an issue in chapters to come. Of course the U-War started in 2506, but I figured that they didn't recall officers who had a blemish on their record unless they were really needed. but thanks for the comment


POST YOUR COMMENTS

You must log in to post comments.

YOUR OPTIONS

OTHER FANFICS BY AUTHOR

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 11
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----Finally, Yong sheds some light on his past and why he was kicked out of the army before.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 10
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----Spending several months in a POW camp on Three Hills gives Yong time to think about the reasons behind the war.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 9
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----Still on Three Hills, Yong and his troops now even have to take on the forces of nature.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 8
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----Back in action on Three Hills, Yong is given a hard time by the Independents.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 7
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----In hospital, Yong has time to dream about his criminal past.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 6
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----Yong and his men are involved in much fighting as they advance on their objective.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 5
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----Yong's troops are sent to Sihnon to help fend off them damn Browncoats.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 4
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----In this chapter Yong gets the first taste of battle.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 3
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----In this chapter Yong finds out why he was reinstated after so many years.

WAR DIARIES OF A SINNER Chapter 2
Book wasn't born a shepherd, he was born Brian M. Yong, an ex-colonel surprisingly, and unwillingly, brought out of retirement by the Alliance to fight in the Unification War.----In this chapter Yong explains to his crew why he has to go.