I, Effing Feline, the Most Literary Cat in the Entire Universe, proudly present another snippet from The Trial of Tompa Lee, by my pet human, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine.
This scene follows soon after last week’s snippet, in which Tompa Lee violently refused help from Dante Roussel, the Space Navy policeman who disobeyed orders to come to her aid in a trial by combat. Dante has studied satellite photos of the island, and tries to tell her the best way to escape the 300 accusers who want to kill her.
Dante watched Tompa and the Shon head upstream. She didn’t want his help and he suspected she wouldn’t use the directions he’d given her. “Remember, take the tributary on the left, and when you get to the collapsed bridge, follow the road toward the volcano.”
Without missing a step, she glared at him over her shoulder and said, “Screw you.”
“Once the road starts to climb the mountain, it gets narrow. The Shons can’t overwhelm you with sheer numbers the way they can down here. Please believe me, there’s no other place where the topography works so much in your favor.”
She picked up a fist-sized rock and threw it. He didn’t bother to duck; she threw like a girl, and the rock thudded to the ground ten feet in front of him. A small cloud of dust marked its landing, a pitiful echo of the mushroom cloud she undoubtedly would have preferred.
I’d thought Tompa was smart, but this proves she’s as dumb as most human beings (i.e., really dumb). Any cat could tell her to scratch, not throw!
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Some of the Five Star Amazon reviews of The Trial of Tompa Lee:
“…superbly written, well-paced Science Fiction”
“…lots of actions, thrills, suspense and drama. It is riveting right through to the end.”
“Another one I couldn’t put down. It is 7:30 in the morning. Read this in one sitting.”