Elizabeth had no sooner sat down in her office to finally get some work done, then her twelve-year-old daughter came bounding into the room.
“Mommy, have I ever told you that you are the best Mommy in the whole city?”
“Charlotte. What do you want?”
“Well, Daddy and I were wondering if maybe we could go down to the main land to go surfing.”
“I suppose that would be alright.”
“Okay good. And we were kind of hoping that Iwouldbeallowedtoflythepersonalshuttle, okay thanks bye!” Charlotte muttered, then turned to run from the office.
“Charlotte Sharpe! You stop right there!” Charlotte stopped, turned on her heel, and gave her mom her very best ‘who me?’ look. Elizabeth put her hand up to her ear piece.
“Yes, Dr. Sharpe?”
“Report to my office immediately. Your daughter is in trouble.” John Sharpe was in Elizabeth’s office only seconds later.
“Charly, what did you do? I said be nice to your mother so we could go surfing.”
“Your lovely daughter suggested that she was going to fly our personal shuttle down to the main land.”
“Oh, that. Well, Elizabeth, don’t you think it’s time that our baby girl learned the skill she was born to learn.”
“John, do you really think it’s safe for a twelve-year-old to be behind the controls of an advanced space vehicle.”
“Safer than letting Rodrick behind the controls of an advanced space vehicle.”
Elizabeth put her hand up to her ear piece again. “Rodrick, is it safe for a twelve-year-old girl to be driving a personal shuttle.”
“No, no, no. Don’t drag me into the middle of your lover’s spats. If I side with Elizabeth, then missions will become hell. If I side with John, the spending time in the city becomes hell. No, no, no don’t put me in the middle.”
“Rodrick, no one is going to make your life hell. Just tell me, scientifically, is it safe for a twelve-year-old girl to drive a personal shuttle.”
“Scientifically, yes, it’s safe. The shuttle won’t know the difference between a twelve-year-old girl and a forty-year old man.” Upon hearing this news, both John and Charlotte ran from the room before Elizabeth could utter a protest. Elizabeth followed, and she watched as they ran up to the stairs to the shuttle bay.
“Just be careful, you two!”
“Yes, Ma’am!” They replied in unison before disappearing away.