Purr, purr, purr. I, Effing Feline, feel fat and happy. And sleepy, of course–I am, after all, a cat. Right after today’s snippet, I’ll tell you why I’m so full and contented.
Last week, if you remember, Marianne, the queen’s kid sister, got put in a tunnel for safekeeping after a bombing by rebels. Her would-be fiance’s last words were, “A Royal Guardian is stationed down there to protect you, so obey Captain Charleyjohn.”
Obey Captain Charleyjohn? Dumb move, you stupid human!
Feeling smug because the police hadn’t followed him into the tunnel, Quinn Lebatarde strutted along … until he found Captain Charleyjohn unmoving on the floor. The Royal Guardian’s nametag was stitched to the breast of his lime-green uniform jacket.
Broken rocks littered the tunnel around the corpse, and that set Quinn’s heart pounding. After a worried upward glance, he bent to feel the man’s neck–no pulse. From the bloody mess atop Charleyjohn’s head, he’d died fast.
Quinn dragged the body to a safer place. If the tunnel was going to collapse on him, he’d rather die as a Royal Guardian, so he stripped the captain and put on the uniform. Panting—the man was literally a dead weight — Quinn looked down at the corpse.
“Thanks for the uniform, man — best set of weaves I ever wore — and all these weapons, too.” Feeling invincible, Quinn strapped Charleyjohn’s needle gun to his belt and swaggered down the tunnel, whistling.
Obey Captain Charleyjohn? Quinn is a fun-loving con man. Methinks poor Marianne is in trouble.
But enough unimportant stuff. Why am I purring, your ask? I got a double helping of cat food, because Mr. V, aka Edward Hoornaert, releases Alien Contact for Kid Sisters today. (Burp.) It’s a great science fiction romance (burp) with a wildly lovable scam-artist hero, mysterious underground cities, humor, sex, mistaken (burp) identities, loving sisters, gun battles, an alien needle-gun that can out-shoot a platoon … but no cats.
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