Beautiful little slice of life piece about Wash's past. I especially felt the heart-ache of his thinking that he had no choice but to throw away his dream and how hard that made it for him to face his family.
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I was also intrigued by the way you contrasted the detail you've sewn into his family life and the very generalized—almost non-existent—descriptions of the ships in the port with which he spends so much time, It's also very well done considering that about the only ship type we know of is the Firefly. There simply are no other descriptions to give.
PS. for the long dash: hold down the Alt key and use the number pad to type 0, 1, 5, 1.