Review of Francisco X. Stork, “Captain, My Captain”, in Marieke Nijkamp, ed., Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018): 157-176 — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology).
The Captain came to Alberto not long ago, with grand plans to help Alberto escape his servitude to his brother-in-law, and make a new life for himself. The only problem is, Alberto isn’t sure he either trusts the Captain or that he wants to leave!
There was nothing particularly speculative about this story, but I loved it anyway. I found Alberto a deeply sympathetic character, especially as I learned more about his past and his present as he made his decisions about his future. I think he might the right decision in the end, but I won’t spoil anything by saying what.