I, Effing Feline, have selected a decidedly unromantic snippet from Ed Hoornaert’s The Trial of Tompa Lee for today’s 10-sentence Sunday. Read it and weep, humans. Sometimes your species acts rather arrogant–I mean, you think you own us cats!–but let this be a reminder that when you meet ETs, you’ll be nothing special.
Our lowly heroine, Tompa Lee, has been framed for terrorism on an alien planet. Dante Roussel, a Space Navy policeman we met last week, must turn her over to cruel Shon justice. In this snippet, she is escorted through an alien city to her courtroom.
When Tompa’s two burly Navy escorts propelled her into the street, all the Shons stopped going about their business. The air changed, filling with . . . something. It wasn’t a smell or a sound, but it was there nonetheless; a sudden, almost palpable sense of shared malice aimed at her. What had been a hundred individuals became a single entity. A herd. The hair on the back of Tompa’s neck rose and the escorts glanced around nervously as they walked down the alien thoroughfare.
A Shon spat at her, whistling. A second later, another Shon spat, then another and another in a rhythm as precise as a machine gun. They pinched their supple mouths into a funnel shape, leaned their heads back and jumped as they spat, like kids taking jump shots on one of the glass-strewn basketball courts back home.
And they all whistled as they spat.
Effing Feline again. We cats have been accused of spitting, but it’s really more of a hiss. Cats are much more civilized than these nasty Shon creatures.
And now you should go drool over the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors.
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Tompa Lee is a homeless ‘street meat’ who has clawed her way up to the bottom-most rung of the Space Navy . . . but her dream job plummets into a nightmare when she’s framed for mass murder on an alien planet.
Dante Roussel is the Navy policemen who surrenders Tompa to the Shons . . . but he is horrified to learn that their justice requires trial-by-combat–and Tompa must conquer three hundred accusers.
Awmit is an old, lower-class Shon who is the sole witness to Tompa’s innocence . . . but to prove it, he must find the valor and the strength to fight to the death at her side.
AN UNFAIR TRIAL
Can Tompa learn to trust and love not only a member of the alien race that wants to slaughter her . . . but also the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice?
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The Trial of Tompa Lee is the first book in The Trilogy of Tompa Lee.
The Trial of Tompa Lee
Only her enemies can save her from alien injustice.
(The book is free, so you can’t go wrong. Click. Buy. Read. Write a review. Rejoice, because there is more!)
The Tribulations of Tompa Lee
Goddess or Madwoman? Even Tompa isn’t sure any more.
The Triumph of Tompa Lee
Now the prey stalks the hunter — to the death.
Finally, next Tuesday I’ll be posting my personal Top Ten List of Heroines. Drop on by; maybe we love some of the same heroines.