Title: Big Damn Heroes Author: windu4 Timeframe: AU, 3 ABY Summary: It's been three years since the Rebellion made its first major victory agains the Empire when Red Squadron destroyed the Death Star. Yet they've been on the run ever since and things are looking bleak for the Rebellion. Yet the tide of the war begins to change when a space pirate and his crew show up out of seemingly nowhere and claim to be from a different galaxy. Author Notes: I am writing this as an AU alternative to the Original Trilogy. It takes place after A New Hope and I'm hoping that it'll be a truly great epic. I have some parts of the story planned out and some I'm making up on the go! I'll be doing my best to update twice a week [I might be slow since its NaNoWriMo this month]. The prelude is a little boring but it'll pick up next chapter, I promise! Anyway I hope you guys appreciate this and I'm as always looking for a beta to help me with my grammar, plot points and dialogue. Feedback is always appreciated. Dramatis Personae Serenity Crew Mal Reynold's - Ship Captain Zoe Washburne - First Mate Hoban Washburne - Pilot Kaywinnet "Kaylee" Lee-Frye - Engineer Simon Tam - Medic River Tam - Refugee Jayne Cobb - Mercenary Derrial Book - Shepherd Rebel Alliance Luke Skywalker - Commander of Rogue Squadron Wedge Antilles - XO of Rogue Squadron Tycho Celchu - Pilot Wes Janson - Pilot Derek Klivian - Pilot Plourr Illo - Pilot Dack Ralter - Pilot Leia Organa - Alliance Officer/Senator Han Solo - Captain of Millenium Falcon Arhul Narra - Commander of Renegade Squadron Mon Mothma - Leader of the Rebel Alliance Empire Darth Sidious - Dark Lord Of The Sith Darth Vader - Sith Apprentice Mara Jade - Emperor's Hand Mitth'raw'nuruodo - Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon - Admiral Maxillian Veers - Major General Galen Marek - Dark Jedi Unaffiliated Lando Calrissian - Entrepreneur Corran Horn - CorSec Officer Yoda - Jedi Master Boba Fett - Bounty Hunter ----- Prelude "Here's how it is: Earth got used up, so we terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths, some rich and flush with new technologies, some not so much. Central Planets, thems formed the Alliance, waged war to bring everyone under their rule; a few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself. I'm Malcolm Reynolds, captain of Serenity. She's a transport ship, Firefly class. Got a good crew: fighters, pilot, mechanic. We even picked up a preacher for some reason, and a bona fide companion. There's a doctor, too, took his genius sister outta some Alliance camp, so they're keeping a low profile. You understand. You got a job, we can do it. Don't much care what it is." ---- There were many ways to die in space. It was an infinite frontier with no oxygen, food or water. Before his sister had gone missing Simon had been content with his life as a trauma surgeon on Osiris. There was no need for him to constantly fly from planet to planet while fearing that they’d run out of oxygen or run into an EMP Net that could boil everyone alive. Those were only two of the more recent disasters that had befallen the Serenity crew. Yet when it came down to it the crew members of Serenity could easily succumb to clumsiness or just plain bad luck that had nothing to do with the ship. This bad luck had befallen Jayne. During their hurried attempts to escape the Reavers that were currently firing at the ship Jayne had fallen off the deck and onto the cargo bay. His leg was broken and the only thing keeping him from lashing out against Simon for being “too rough” was Book pinning his arms down. “Stop moving! I’m trying to set the leg brace.” It was hard enough for Simon to do so as it was. The gravity regulators on the Firefly were flickering on and off. Every minute or so he would find himself floating in the air before being slammed back to the ground. It was frustrating enough for Simon and he could only imagine how Jayne felt. As Simon struggled to side Jayne’s leg into a brace the ship shuddered again. “That’s it! Book, go into my medical bag and look into the first pouch. There’s a shot of pain reliever in it. Pass it here!” The bone was protruding from Jayne’s leg and he knew he simply wouldn’t be able to treat it without Jayne shifting or struggling. Under normal circumstances he could handle it but he felt as if the Firefly was going through some sort of tail spin. As he struggled to inject the needle into Jayne’s thigh an explosion of sparks showered over their heads. Book glanced urgently at Simon and then at Jayne who was staring up at the ceiling repeatedly muttering violent acts he was planning for Simon when this was all over with. “The ship is responding much more violently than usual. We’re only dealing with one ship and it’s not much bigger than ours. Something’s happening.” Simon managed to inject the serum into Jayne’s leg and the man grunted and then relaxed. The moment Book said that a loud shrill whistling sound emanated throughout the ship. Then the comm. unit was opened. The urgent voice of Captain Malcolm Reynolds crackled over the speakers. For a moment Simon couldn’t make out what he was saying. Then his voice came in loud and clear. Simon figured that he had either punched or shot the comm. console in an attempt to make himself more recognizable. “EVERYONE…BRACE FOR IMPACT! THE REACTOR CORE ON THE REAVER SHIP IS GOING TO EXPLODE! WASH! HOOF IT! WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE” “Shiny.” Simon muttered. He reached under the medical slab that Jayne was resting on and pulled a brown strap from underneath it. He hurriedly began to strap Jayne to the chair as Book grabbed onto the nearest hold. Another explosion rocked the ship so hard that Simon was knocked off of his feet and landed flat on his back. The lights flickered on and off yet again. “That wasn’t so bad…” He muttered as he managed to stand to his feet. As his fears began to fade he sincerely hoped that River was alright. She had been doing better ever since she had saved the crew from that bounty hunter but that hadn’t completely alleviated his concerns. Wash had been giving her lessons in piloting and she was currently in the cockpit of the Serenity. “I need to find Ri-” Book leaned over and grabbed Simon by the scruff of his shirt and with surprising strength pulled him to his feet. “Grab onto something! You think that little quake was a reactor going off?” Simon hurriedly did what he was told as his fears tripled. He managed to grab onto a brown leather strap protruding from the ceiling of the med bay before the ship shuddered yet again. He heard a loud explosion in the distance and the ship suddenly felt unbalanced. Then the ship felt as if it were free falling through an atmosphere with no engines. The gravity regulators on the Serenity shorted out for good and suddenly Simon was floating through the air. Then the lights flickered out and the ship shook so hard that Simon feared it would fall apart. His fears were never fully realized because a sudden shift in direction sent him flying out the med bay through one of the two windows that surrounded it. The last thing he hoped before the darkness claimed him was that River had survived.