In my infinite wisdom, I, Effing Feline, chose another ten sentences from Ed Hoornaert’s The Trial of Tompa Lee. In last week’s snippet, Mr. V’s lowly heroine, Tompa Lee, has been framed for terrorism on an alien planet.
Now the trial-by-combat has begun in a cave. It’s Tompa and one aged, working-class Shon against 300 accusers, without even a cat on her side to even the odds. She found a narrow opening to the sunshine, and she’s going to make a stand there as her pursuers exit the cave in single file.
I figure it’s like waiting at a mouse hole for 300 mice. Murderous mice, but still … yum!
The black eye of the cave glared at her malevolently and the chant blossomed in volume as her pursuers reached the room near the cave mouth. They wanted a fight, they’d get a damned fight.
Tompa half-ran and half-slid to the bottom of the ravine and picked up a grey branch as thick as her arm. Swinging the club so fast it whistled through the air, she scrambled back up the slope.
“Graceful human possesses grandly both intelligence and courage,” said the old Shon.
The implied comradeship in the compliment almost made her want to cry, but there was no time for that. “Do you have any better ideas? Like, if we run, which direction to go?”
“All paths of life lead equally to death, says wisely old proverb. This one stands suggestionlessly in face of a hostile herd, graceful human.”
Effing Feline here again. I hope you love this snippet as much as I do. Can you hear me purr?
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Ed Hoornaert here. Thanks, Effing, you bloodthirsty soul.
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