Little Ivan (flash day 2)

Here’s the second piece of flash fiction from the 10 for 10 challenge. I think I like this one better than the last one. I hope you enjoy it.

Little Ivan
Ivan loved to get into his dad’s office and pretend to be an adventurous space pilot. The office had all the right stuff for the game, big panels with illuminated readouts, dials and toggles, and a touch-screen monitor. Most of the time it was all turned off and Ivan didn’t know where the power switch was.
But today, today it was on. All the readouts showed data, the dials glowed, and there was the diagram of a spaceship up on the screen.
Ivan wasn’t supposed be in the office, but since his dad was in the bathroom with a newspaper, there was no one to chase him away. He jumped up into his father’s chair.
He recognized some of the words on the touch screen from one of the video games he liked to play.
That got him all excited. He knew just what to do. He paged through the menus on the touch screen, flipping toggles and turning dials wherever he needed to. He could see the changes coming up on the diagrams on screen. The graphics weren’t as good as his game; his dad liked the older ones better.
A satellite in high orbit turned its camera and took a picture of a parking lot in Nebraska.
The space station in orbit around Saturn lurched as it retro-thrusters fired, stopping the rotation that gave it gravity. The light in the crew quarters flashed on and off a couple times.
A satellite gathering data on the sun changed its orbit and began to fall into the star.
An outgoing colony ship altered its trajectory, beginning a long curve that would send it through the corona of a red giant.
Thanks to quantum entanglement, all of Ivan’s instructions had been received almost as soon as he sent them.
Ivan’s dad came back from the bathroom.
“No, no, no!” he yelled when he saw what Ivan had done. He lifted his seven-year-old son out of the chair and got to work on reversing everything the boy had caused.
“It’s all right, Dad,” said Ivan. “I’m good at this. It’s not game-over.”


~ by lamichaud on July 16, 2012.

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