Written for Flash! Friday vol. 2-50. Prompt is to include a puppy, along with the photo prompt shown.
“Galloway, you old space dog!” The voice startled me. My hand audibly scratched the stylus across the vinyl recording of Santa Lucia.
“Senator?” Memories flooded back as I turned. After twenty years, her hair was grayer, but that disarming smile had changed little. “What brings you out here?”
“Senator?” she mocked. “Is that all I am to you? I’ve been promoted: governor of Sirius colony.”
A figure cowered behind her like a frightened puppy. “This is Dr. Vannevar, your new biolab chief.” He looked like a child dressed in daddy’s lab coat.
“Can’t Earth send someone… experienced?”
“Older, you mean? Antique, like that anachronism of a music player?”
“It’s a link to the past.”
“Past. That’s Earth. Past. Kaput. Moribund. Dr. Vannevar was kind enough to use the biolab to make you a gift.”
My gift yipped at me and wagged his tail. I scratched behind his furry ears and smiled.
“Consider this a link to the future.”