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Drabble: To Shanshu with Strings Attached - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Drabble: To Shanshu with Strings Attached
Here is the fifth in my series of AtS/Moby Dick crossover drabbles. The previous ones are HERE.

100 words, G. Contains dialogue from the AtS Season 1 episode ‘To Shanshu in LA’.


To Shanshu with Strings Attached



“Shanshu has roots in many different languages,” Wesley explained. “The most ancient source is the Proto-Bantu and they consider life and death the same thing. It's part of a cycle. Only a thing that's not alive never dies. It's saying that you get to live until you die. You become human.”

“That's the prophecy?” Cordelia asked. “Angel, human?”

“The vampire with a soul, once he fulfills his destiny, will Shanshu. Become human,” Wesley confirmed. “It's his reward.”

Angel smiled. “That'd be nice.”

Queequeg frowned. “That’s odd. In my Polynesian tongue ‘Shanshu’ means ‘become a felt puppet with a detachable nose’.”

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bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: June 28th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
quinara From: quinara Date: June 28th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggles maniacally*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
frimfram From: frimfram Date: June 28th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a remarkably precise language, Polynesian.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
It is when I'm inventing it for the purposes of the punchline, anyway.
sammywol From: sammywol Date: June 28th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go Quequeg! You were always my favourite character!

Thanks for the much needed laugh!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ffutures From: ffutures Date: June 28th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remarkable...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Were you saying that in David Coleman's voice?
liz_marcs From: liz_marcs Date: June 28th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehe.

I love these Moby Dick snippets. Well, it maybe helps if you love Moby Dick.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: June 28th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! These are seriously fun little drabbles...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
kcarolj65 From: kcarolj65 Date: June 28th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
BWA! Totally didn't see that coming - loved it!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
sunnyd_lite From: sunnyd_lite Date: June 29th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
*snerk* No wonder Queequeg was a man of few words if "Shanshu" could mean so much!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Although it needs a little authorial help to mean that much...
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: June 29th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
spikereader From: spikereader Date: June 29th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
hesadevil From: hesadevil Date: June 29th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
That explains everything.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It would indeed. Prophecy fulfilled, at least temporarily.

And it opens up some interesting possibilities if Angel signing it away means that Spike gets it...
lilred26x From: lilred26x Date: June 29th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cute!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
From: averageshmoe Date: June 29th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Angel.

I really felt his pain.

pgavigan
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It all helps to stop him from getting that moment of pure happiness...
cbtreks From: cbtreks Date: June 29th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good thing Queequeg was there to set the record straight.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 1st, 2006 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
It's his function in this 'verse; harpooning Angel's ego regularly to keep him grounded.
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