This is the 25th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
The Fisherman’s Son, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 26th December 2012
Word count: 876
Theme: father and son, bonding, learning the ropes, the paths of our fathers, sci fi, civilian sci fi
“Okay, let’s just fix that right there, shall we?” the captain said with fatherly tenderness.
Jack just looked at him, he was eight but didn’t say much. This was the first time his father had taken him out on his old boat.
“Fix that line!” the Captain shouted down to the deck. Jack looked out over the railing, down below men scattered around fixing cables in place.
“All set for star drive, Captain,” the first mate said.
“Course set?” Captain asked his first mate.
“Alpha Centauri, on the slow route,” the first mate confirmed.
“The word is go,” the captain said, then turned to his son, “Okay I want you to hold on to this handle, it’s going to be a bumpy, and it’s always scary the first time you go to star drive.”