Effing Feline Gets Replaced … by a DOG!

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes the Weekend Writing Warrior posts on Mr. V’s behalf

Forget the stupid cat–he has a tummy ache from eating too much catfood. Filling in for him is me, Twiggles, Edward Hoornaert’s dog! Isn’t that great!  But this isn’t about me — after all, I’m not a cat, though I sure do hope you like me! — but about a bunch of really brilliant writers in the Weekend Writing Warriors group who share snippets of their work. Wonderful human beings, all of them!

Today’s snippet continues with Mr V’s recently released Alien Contact for Kid Sisters. Marianne, the queen’s kid sister, got put in a tunnel for safekeeping after a bombing by rebels, with orders to obey Captain Charleyjohn, her bodyguard. However, a fun-loving con man  is wearing the captain’s uniform with “Charleyjohn” embroidered on it. Here’s his first interaction with her:

Marianne had done TV interviews about Kwadra; she’d filmed dozens of commercials for Kwadran hair-care products; her affair with Prince Reese had been trumpeted by all the tabloids — but did anyone remember her? No, she was always Ell’s kid sister.

“Wow,” Charleyjohn said, “I never thought I’d meet Harmon’s sister.”

Against her will, Marianne smiled. No matter how tired she was of being overshadowed, no one had ever had a more famous—or better—big sister. In addition to making first alien contact, Ell had filmed a TV show with King Tro during their three weeks of quarantine, and Alien Contact for Idiots, as Ell had sarcastically named it, averted war by showing the world that the alien invaders were civilized humans worthy of a good woman’s love.

“Hey, you know my first name?” he asked

Wondering if Captain Charleyjohn was crazy, Marianne blinked. “Well, gee, let me guess … Rumpelstiltskin?”

Can anyone figure out why the con man asks about the first name?

Be sure to check out the other great snippets on Weekend Writing Warriors.

PS — Wanna know what I look like? Do ya?  Huh, huh?  Here I am staring lovingly at Mr. V’s grandson, Wesley. He’s a wonderful human being!




  1. Twiggles and Wesley look like a perfect match for each other, Mr. V.
    I can’t figure why the con man’s asking, but you’ve got me curious now.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Paula!

  2. Well Twiggles, you’re lucky I like dogs, too! 🙂 Love the way you worked the backstory into this. Rumpelstiltskin indeed!

    1. I’ll give her a scratch behind the ears and tell her it’s from you.

  3. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I don’t know why the con man is asking, but I’d like to know. The grandson is beautiful!!

    1. Wesley is usually a smiley child, even though he looks so solemn here.

  4. Hello, Twiggles and Wesley!
    I think your con man didn’t know who he stole the uniform, and is fishing… but i may be wrong?

    1. He’s fishing for a first name, yes. He knows Charleyjohn’s last name, but not his first–and he isn’t sure if Marianne was told Charleyjohn’s name.

  5. Marianne is a feisty one. Twiggles is a cutie–but not half as cute as Mr V’s grandson. 🙂

    I just bought this book. 🙂

    1. Thanks very much, Teresa. Hope you enjoy it!

  6. chellecordero · · Reply

    Trying again for some reason my first comment wouldn’t post.
    I think he wants to make sure she doesn’t know the real individual whose shirt/name tag he is wearing… if she doesn’t then he is in the clear.

    1. Excellent point, Chelle. The reason I asked is that I never explain why Quinn (the story’s scampish hero) asks about Charleyjohn’s first name, and I wondered if readers could supply reasons of their own.

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