(urth) PF - Chris' father

thalassocrat at nym.hush.com thalassocrat at nym.hush.com
Thu Dec 13 21:11:12 PST 2007

There are some things which make Burt an attractive candidate as 
Chris' father - somehow or other.

- Burt takes to Chris early on for no very apparent reason 
(although there's always the possibility that Burt is simply gay). 
Chris also seems to take to Burt very easily as a father figure.

- At the end Burt seems strangely content to die with Chris in 
control of his treasure.

- The marriage issue - Burt has some issues with it (though maybe 
just because he doesn't want "settled" crew members), and there is 
a complete absence of any hint that Chris' dad was ever married.

- Chris' narrative stresses that Burt isn't as tall as he is in at 
least a couple of places - which might fit somehow with the 
"engineered height" thing.

- Burt is blonde versus Chris dark - but no big deal, particularly 
with "engineering". Sicilian vs British doesn't have to be a big 

- Burt has lots of face hair obscuring his features, and possibly 
obscuring a resemblance.

In the end, I don't see how it would work. Burt is close to Chris' 
age, and he does seem really to die at Rio Hato.

Very speculatively, you can also put together a story in which 
Chris is his own father. 

Something like this: Soon after Chris sets off for his trip to the 
future, Novia tumbles to Ignacio. She's smart, she learns 
something, maybe she figures out that Ignacio conspired with 
Lesage; or maybe Ignacio just can't help making a premature move on 

They fight; Ignacio has to mess her up badly, too badly for 17th 
century medicine. He takes her and sets off after Chris, whatever 
he needs to do to follow him to the future, as he did to the past.

They arrive back in 2007 at the same time as the narrator, but 
unknown to him. By my chronology, the return date is around about 
the same time as Chris' birth. Call the returned Ignacio "Daddy 

Novia dies; the Chris-foetus is saved (maybe with some 
"engineering"? Novia is short and maybe a natural Chris will grow 
up short too. Or something.) 

Over the next few years, the narrator does "this and that" & almost 
lands in jail a couple of times before entering the seminary 
(presumably to launder his identity and avoid whatever heat is 
after him). But Daddy Chris takes advantage of having lived through 
the period already to do better, prospering in the rackets and 
becoming some kind of executive-level mafioso ...

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