Effing Feline Does Penance

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

I, Effing Feline, am serving penance for scratching the couch. Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr. V, insists that I post another funny video of a cat. It’s beneath my dignity, but a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do.

But first, this snippet from Mr. Valentine’s newest release, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters. This is the novel’s Black Moment , when everything seems lost for poor Marianne. After the final fight scene she has fallen out of a pontoon boat, leaving Elfy and Quinn, whom she now loves, in the clutches of the evil villain, Sergeant Squitt.

Thumbnail--Alien Contact for Kid Sisters_5A wave rose, blocking Marianne’s view. Her burst of strength died and she slipped back, her chin barely above the surface. That might be her last glimpse ever of Quinn and Elfy.

A gull landed nearby, squawked, folded its wings daintily, and looked at her expectantly, begging for a handout; it might as well have been a vulture. She felt too heavy to swim to shore, too heavy even to tread water. But what was the alternative?

The seagull squawked, its lonely cry piercing the air like mocking laughter. With a listless movement, she splashed water at the bird until it flew away, leaving her alone, alone, so alone.

After taking one last gulp of air, Marianne gave up treading water. Placing her arms at her sides, she let herself sink into the cold, airless Pacific.

Effing Feline here again. Mr. V. e-mailed me that I should apologize for him for not getting around to as many of the weekend writing warrior posts as usual. He’s on vacation at the moment.

And now here’s the undignified cat video. I remind you that this cat is not me! I maintain my dignity at all times.




  1. chellecordero · · Reply

    Oh no, this can’t be the end of Marianne. Hopefully she’ll drift onto land before it’s too late. Great visuals and her desperation is palpable. Good snippet.

    1. When I lived on the raincoast, rather than dry Arizona, I remember thinking that those #&%@ wiseacre seagulls would love to bob on the waves and watch me drown, hoping that scraps of food would fall out of my pockets and float to the surface. I finally got to use that thought in a book.

  2. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    What is Marianne doing? She can’t give up. Great snippet to make us beg for more. lol

    1. Marianne is severely depressed at the beginning of the book, so I hope readers worry about her even more than you do.

  3. Oh no! Mr V, you have to pull something miraculous to rescue her! She can’t drown now!

    1. I’m sorry, Kim, but there’s literally no one near enough to save her.

  4. What? No, she can’t give up now. Effing Feline should make YOU do penance for leaving us on a cliff-hanger for a week. And then going on vacation! Sheesh. 🙂

    1. Do you think readers will be able to stop at the end of this chapter, or will they hurry on to the last chapter?

      1. Naughty Ed! We are gasping with Marianne and now we have to wait. A. Whole. Week.

      2. Oh, I think they’ll keep reading. Unless they’re utterly heartless wretches who don’t care about anyone. 😀

  5. No rope or raft to save her? I think she’ll walk to shore under water after taking a deep breath.

    1. No rope, no raft, and these west coast fiords are usually a thousand or more feet deep.

  6. Uh oh. Don’t give up!!!

    1. Readers will simply have to turn the page to the next chapter.

  7. Things are looking pretty grim for her… It’s going to take something big to save her now!

    1. Well, I do have something in mind…

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