Family Tradition – Mondays Finish the Story

Photo by: Barbara W. Beacham

Family Tradition

Delphine always wanted to pilot her father’s plane and when he forgot his keys on her tenth birthday, she knew that taking off would be easy. And it was easy. The controls came to her instinctively. Life often came to Delphine like that.

When kids her age learned to read, “See George run,” Delphine blasted through Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers.” When other kids struggled with Legos, Delphine hacked into the FBI’s mainframe. An angry visit followed, and another by DIA agents.

At least, when DARPA arrived, they offered her a job.

She often wondered why her brilliant father flew a common Piper Pawnee crop duster. As she flew high above the farm fields over Wisconsin it all became clear.

That’s when she pushed the blue button.

Navigating back from the star, Procyon A, proved challenging for the 10-year old, but she managed it.

When she returned home, her father was waiting.

“Are you mad?” she said.

He grinned. “On my birthday, your grandfather ‘forgot’ his keys…”
Author’s Notes:

If you read my stories often enough, you already know this stuff. Just in case…
FBI = Federal Bureau of Investigation
DIA = Defense Intelligence Agency
DARPA = Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Procyon A: Part of a binary star system 11.46 light-years from Earth:
Just for fun, the 26 nearest stars:

Barb, you really must know me well. I’m a big airplane fanatic, and I knew this airplane (Piper Pawnee) right off. Of course, I had to turn it into a starship. Generally I know military planes much better. If you’ve a pic of one of them, I might take a different angle.

Each week, it’s time to finish the story. Photographer Barbara W. Beacham provides a picture and an opening sentence as promptsfor flash fiction. This week, the story must begin with, “Delphine always wanted to pilot her father’s plane and when he forgot his keys on her tenth birthday, she knew that taking off would be easy.” Look for more stories right here:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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24 Responses to Family Tradition – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. ansumani says:

    Love the way you combine science with humour with all your stories…and should I add knowledge of the various goverment agencies. Nice one!

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  2. Good info and story! I know nothing about planes, so it’s interesting to read a story from someone who knows a little something! Glad her father took it so well. Likely, she’ll get involved in something even crazier soon.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I’ve been interested in aircraft since I was a child. That never quite went away. There’s always an ‘airplane’ story at the back of my mind. Her father simply followed the Family Tradition by letting the child ‘discover’ themselves by ‘accident.’ He couldn’t be mad because he set it up, just like his father did. And yes, she’ll be getting in far deeper as she gets older. 😉 Thanks so much!


  3. LOL! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She and her father are both brillliant. Great story Eric!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Absolutely true! She’s quite adventurous. Some day in the future, her child will go on an ‘unexpected voyage’ just like she did. It’s a Family Tradition. Thank you very much! 🙂

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  4. I like this girl! Brilliant, cunning and fearless!!! Another imaginative story!!

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    • EagleAye says:

      She really is. She’ll quite intelligently get herself into more trouble as the years go on. Luckily, her Dad understands her completely. Thank you kindly! 🙂


  5. babso2you says:

    Another really good one Oh WordMaster! I love the way it went into space, the way so many of my stories do too. You missed the link this week so there is no comment. 😦 Thanks for writing again for the Mondays Finish the Story and be well… ^..^

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  6. Family tradition is wonderful. Like Father, like daughter and in such an exciting way. Sci Fi adventures ahead! Loved it!

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  7. opat says:

    I Love the ending! 🙂

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  8. More please, sir! 🙂

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  9. What a lovely family tradition to have – great stuff.

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  10. Lyn says:

    LOL WordMaster…you’re so right Barb. Looks like another character who should be given on-going status — like Chummy (hint, hint). I like Delphine, she’s my kind of gal.

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  11. Quite a girl. Who knows what she’ll be up to next. Well written, Eric. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  12. Shey says:

    Wow, what a brilliant mind. Nice to know it runs in the family or that kind of genius might be a little bit scary for “normal” parents.

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