Something Old and Something New in Sector Alpha CMa

Written for Flash! Friday vol. 2-50. Prompt is to include a puppy, along with the photo prompt shown.

Caruso with phonograph, early 1900s. Baen photo owned by LOC; no known restrictions.

“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.”


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