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Half Drabble and Political Witterings - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Half Drabble and Political Witterings
Belated Happy Birthdays to tinpanalley and to scribll; Happy Birthday to mbangel10

2,620 words done on the next ‘Tabula Avatar’ chapter; back to work tonight so it won’t be finished for a while. I’ll try to work on it in the mornings, when I get home from work, alternating with the Dr. Horrible fic and my presentation for WriterCon UK. My back is quite a lot better now.

Here’s a political rant, inspired by a little post by redwolf50 about American politics, and a silly 50-word Buffyverse half-drabble with no particular point; Season 6, Life Serial.

An Easy Mistake to Make


Buffy gazed at Angel over the rim of her coffee cup. “So, you went off to a monastery to mourn me?”

“That’s right,” said Angel. “I studied with llamas.”

“So you were in Tibet, right? Hey, did you see Oz?”

“Oz?” Angel’s brows descended. “No, I wasn’t in Tibet. Peru.”

Good and Evil


In the country in which I was born, and which these days I can just see on the horizon from my office window if it's a clear day, there are two major political parties: the Good Party and the Evil Party.

The Evil Party was in power for a very long time and did many moderately Evil things. During the period out of office the Good Party thought about their position and decided that the reason they were out of office was that they weren't Evil enough. They chose a charismatic but insane and diabolically Evil front-man to be their leader and went into the next election on a platform of lies.

The country had tired of the Evil Party's promises of prosperity for all, now revealed as falsehoods, and yearned for a time of Good once more. The Evil Party were thrown out and yea, verily, there was great rejoicing throughout the land.

Unfortunately the so-called Good Party, once in office, turned out to be many times more Evil than the Evil Party at its worst. The populace were oppressed, money was taken from the poor and given to the rich, and the Liar launched a series of pointless wars the like of which the country had not known since the 14th and 15th Centuries. Some who spoke out against the wars, including one who was in the high echelons of the so-called Good Party, died in mysterious circumstances and none dared investigate their fate. A new crime was introduced, that of Being A Brazilian In A Public Place, for which the penalty was to be shot through the head seven times at point blank range.

Even when the Prince of Lies was finally persuaded to quit, and the people didst greatly rejoice, the Great Clunking Fist who took over turned out to be at least as Evil and also incompetent, stupid, and a vindictive control freak. It is said of him; “Br**n couldn't get more unpopular if he released a record called 'I Like To Kill Puppies With Hammers'.” Now the people lament, saying “We yearneth even for the return of Liar, for, verily, he might have been Satan incarnate but at least he was charming with it, unlike this sour git.”

The Evil Party looked at their time out of office and came to the conclusion that they had lost because they were not Good enough. They have been working hard at being Nice. They will win the next election, polls suggest by the biggest margin in all of recorded history, and then we shall see if it’s a genuine conversion.

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pinkfriction From: pinkfriction Date: August 5th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
and then we shall see if it’s a genuine conversion.

Highly doubt it!

This made me lol a lot.
woman_of_ From: woman_of_ Date: August 5th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, the British politicians and our system sucks!
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: August 5th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
AHA we are in agreement (I had Buffy say to Angel that he had been dallying with Llamas!). Too funny.

As for the politics...the saddest part is that in reading it I would not have been able to tell if it were about my own nation or yours. Insanity knows no borders.

Kathleen
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: August 5th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! The one-l lama,
He's a priest.
The two-l llama,
He's a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama
There isn't any
Three-l lllama.*


I'm somewhat saddened to find that your political rant makes total sense to me,,,
diachrony From: diachrony Date: August 6th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I guess your politics are about as bad as our politics! That was very entertaining as well as educational, I must say.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: August 6th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect I've made that mistake a few times.

As for the politics thing, neither lot ever got my vote, and at this rate never will.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: August 6th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I'm afraid I'm not terribly up on British politics - I'm mostly pleased that I know who the PM *is*. Could Br**n be less popular if the record were about kittens rather than puppies? They're cuter. Also, other than Iraq and possibly Afghanistan (slightly less pointless, and I don't remember the level of British involvement), which pointless wars were entered? I dislike being unable to remember entire wars.

Also, regarding your icon: Primeval starts on BBC America this Saturday, and I seem to recall you mentioning that you really liked it. Otherwise, all I know is that there are dinosaurs and other legitimate or pseudo-prehistorical animals, which I'm generally in favor of. So, on a scale of 1-10, how much do I need to be watching this series? How strongly do I need to recommend it to my coworkers at the natural history museum? ;-) Thanks!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 8th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I class Kosovo as a pointless war as well - I think the Liar just wanted an excuse to bomb the Serbs, who he classes as 'nasty', ignoring the fact that the Kosovar separatists are pretty nasty too.

I love 'Primeval' to pieces but be warned; a few of the animals are exaggerated a little for dramatic effect. The plot sneaks up on you; at first it seems as if the episodes are stand-alones, and it wouldn't matter much if you missed one or two, but that turns out to be not true at all. It's Britain's answer to Buffy. I'd rate it a 10 but part of that comes from cultural resonances that you might miss; maybe an 8 for reccing to co-workers?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 8th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the 'puppies' thing is a direct quote from comedian Russell Howard on the satirical news quiz 'Mock the Week'; I agree that kittens are cuter.
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