Will you be my co-pilot?

An idea came to me at the beginning of 2012 that began with the phrase:

Will you be my co-pilot?

I love old fashioned airplanes, aviator caps, and thought I needed a story that focuses on kids and animals living together. And I’m seeing my storytelling taking a more poetic route – embracing telling a story that inspires and motivates the reader while depicting wondrous imagery.
So this concept of finding your confidante, your second-in-command, your best pal, inspired this piece:
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