In my infinite wisdom, I, Effing Feline, chose another ten-sentences from Ed Hoornaert’s The Trial of Tompa Lee.
It follows closely on last week’s snippet. Our lowly heroine, Tompa Lee, has been framed for terrorism on an alien planet, and Dante Roussel, a Space Navy policeman, was ordered to turn her over to cruel Shon justice. In this snippet, she arrives at her courtroom after being pelted by a mob with spit, garbage, and unidentifiable alien filth.
But she has survived her ordeal. Tompa Lee always survives.
Thrown off-balance by the handcuffs, Tompa stumbled and landed in a sprawl, her cheekbone exploding in pain as it smashed the floor.
“Get her off the floor.”
It was a male voice, familiar: Roussel, the flickin’ roach who’d pushed her into the goddamned arms of the maggoty Shons even though the Space Navy never, ever, yeah right, abandoned poor souls to aliens. She fought his two henchmen, flailing and kicking, but they lifted her like an empty garbage can and dumped her on her feet. Something warm and salty dribbled onto her lips. Blood, she hoped, because all other possibilities were too disgusting to contemplate.
“Dear God,” Roussel whispered. He got out his handkerchief, red initials in old-fashioned embroidery, and dabbed spit and filth from her face.
She went salsa, screaming and jerking her knee toward her tormenter’s balls … but he merely grunted as her knee struck his thigh.
What a time to miss.
Effing Feline again. Tompa has nowhere to go but up right? I hope, I hope? Even I feel sorry for her, and I’m a crusty old cat who really, truly doesn’t give a hairball for any of the silly old characters in Mr. V’s books.
No, that was not a tear. Cats don’t cry!
While I compose myself, go read 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.