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Mal: “So, she’s added cussing and hurling about of things to her repertoire. She really is a prodigy.”
Simon: “It’s just a bad day.”
Mal: “No, a bad day is when someone’s yellin’ spooks the cattle. Understand? You ever see cattle stampede when they got no place to run? It’s kind of like a…a meat grinder. And it’ll lose us half the herd.”
Simon: “She hasn’t gone anywhere near the cattle.”
Mal: “No, but in case you hadn’t noticed, her voice kinda carries. We’re two miles above ground and they can probably hear her down there. Soon as we unload, she can holler until our ears bleed.” (to River) “Although I would take it as a kindness if she didn’t.”
River: “The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems.”
Mal:  (to Simon) “See, morbid and creepifying, I got no problem with, long as she does it quiet-like.”
Book: “That bad?”
Zoe:  “Battle wounds are nothing new to me, preacher. I’ve seen men live with a dozen holes in ’em this size.”
Book: “That right?”
Zoe: “Surely is. Knew a man once who had a hole clean through his whole shoulder. Used to keep a spare hankie in there.”
 
Jayne: (mock reading Simon’s journal) “Dear Diary…today I was pompous and my sister was crazy.” (flips page) “Today, we were kidnapped by hill folk never to be seen again. It was the best day ever.”
 
Kaylee: “Well, we’re headed for help… right?”
Zoe:  “Captain will come up with a plan.”
Kaylee: “That’s good. Right?”
Zoe: “Possibly you’re not recalling some of his previous plans.”
 
Zoe:  “You sanguine about the kind of reception we’re apt to receive on an Alliance ship, Cap’n?”
Mal: “Absolutely.” (beat) “What’s ‘sanguine’ mean?”
Zoe:  ” ‘Sanguine’. Hopeful. Plus — point of interest — it also means ‘bloody’.”
Mal:  “Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don’t it?”
 
Book: “I am a Shepherd. Folks like a man of God.”
Mal: “No, they don’t. Men of God make everyone feel guilty and judged.”
 
Mal: “Well, look at this! Appears we got here just in the nick of time. Whaddya suppose that makes us?”
Zoe: “Big damn heroes, sir.”
Mal: “Ain’t we just!”
 
Mal: “Y’all see the man hanging out of the spaceship with the really big gun? Now I’m not saying you weren’t easy to find but it was kinda out of our way, and he didn’t want to come in the first place. Man’s lookin’ to kill some folk. So really, it’s his will y’all should worry about thwarting.” (to Simon) “Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin’ folk is near miraculous.”
Simon: “Yes, I’m very proud.”
 
Mal: “Cut her down.”
Villager: “The girl is a witch.”
Mal: “Yeah, but she’s our witch-” (cocks gun, points it at him) “-so cut her the hell down.”
 
Simon:  “So finally…a decent wound on this ship, and I miss out. I’m sorry.”
Mal: “Well, you were busy trying to get yourself lit on fire. It happens.”
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About TJ

In 2015 my family moved from a small village in mid-Michigan to five beautifully forested acres in Northern Michigan. We love the lakes and rivers, the forests, and the billions of stars we can see in the night sky, as well as the many cultural and historical activities in our area. We also love that the deer and wild turkeys come right up to our house. This is where our hearts are! I have multiple cats (five the last time I counted), and a sweet introverted dog who rarely barks and who deeply loves the six adorable ducks and nine chickens that have become part of our family. I enjoy reading, studying, writing, and learning new things. I also enjoy walking my dog, cuddling my cats, and gardening. I love nature. The world fascinates me.

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