For the Love of Mother Not

12/18/2015 Science fictionteen  8 comments

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When Mother Mastiff walks by a slave market one day she sees a skinny red headed kid  with a compelling stare that she can’t help buying. So it was that Mother Mastiff found herself leaning on her cane , clutching the bag of artwork, and staring at the covered disbursement platform while she tried to catch her breath. One curios attendee moved too close, crowding her. He glowered when she jabbed him in the foot with her cane but moved aside, not daring to confront her. Standing motionless on the platform within the Circle of Compensation was a thin, solemn boy of eight or nine years. His red hair was slicked down from the rain and contrasted sharply with his dark skin. Wide, innocent eyes, so big they seemed to wrapped around the sides of his face, stared out across the rain-dampened assembly. He kept his hands clasped behind his back. Only those eyes moved, their gaze flickering like an insect over the upturned faces of the crowd. I’ll just keep him for a month or two and then sell him again she thinks, and that is how Flinx became part or her family.

As Flinx grows up in the slums of Drallar, he realizes he is like no ordinary boy, he has talents other people don’t have. That night after the shop had closed, after supper, Mother Mastiff said casually,” you know boy, that couple who bought the caulderwood carving today”? “Yes Mother?” They must been in and out of the shop half a dozen times before they made up their minds.””That’s interesting,” Flinx said absently… “Yes” she continued. ” They barely had the money for it. I pressed them, I backed off, I did everything I could think of to convince them of its worth once I saw that they were really serious about buying the thing. Every time, no matter what I said, they left the shop and went off arguing between themselves. ” Then ye put in an appearance and stood there and watched them, and lo-de-do-de, sudden-like, their sales resistance just crumbled up and went aflight. Be not that interesting?” “Not really ,” he replied. “doesn’t  that happen lots of times?” ” Not with an item as expensive as the caulderwood, it doesn’t.” It hardly ever happened that way. Now I don’t suppose ye had anything to do with the sudden change of heart on the part of those two?”‘Tis not likely ye sensed their hesitation and maybe did something to help them along?”

When Pip the flying minidrag comes into his life he has a connection that he has never had with any other living being. Mother Mastiff is stolen away from her home and Flinx sets off to find her with only the minidrag, to help him.

I read this first book in 1998 and fell in love with the characters. Alan Dean Foster wrote a series of books about Pip and flinx. I read all of them, there is nothing I like more that to read a series and watch the characters grow and change. In more recent years he has written a few more adventures for Pip and Flinx.

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