Effing Feline plays with cat toys

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

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I, Effing Feline, the Most Literary Cat in the Entire Universe (c), love my pet human, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine. He put a tree in the house and hung up dozens of shiny cat-toys (ornaments, he calls them). All for me!Xmas tree

In return, I’m presenting another selection from his latest WIP. It picks  up right after last week’s snippet.

Dusty Johnson lives and works at an underground research facility run by alien Kwadrans. One night she awakens to find her dead brother at the foot of her bed.

Dead or not, the shadow was indeed her half-brother. Familiar dark hair in need of trimming, familiar gaunt face, and the clincher—a familiar scar above his left eye from a knife fight.

“You aren’t Juan,” Dusty said calmly, because this had to be a dream.

The shadow said nothing.

“Juan was older when he vanished. He looked like this back in high school.”

When he was this age, she’d been starting middle school. After cruising through grade school relatively unscathed, she was suddenly tormented by classmates. In her neighborhood, getting good grades made her a target, and being a shy loner made her easy prey.

She’d survived only because of Juan. He was the tough kid in the family, and he’d taught her a few martial arts moves to use when someone pushed her or knocked her books away.

Effing Feline again. Mr V wants me to wish all of you a merry Christmas. Can I come play with the cat toys hanging on your tree?

Picture courtesy Deposit Photos

Picture of me, courtesy of Deposit Photos

Make sure you read the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors.

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  1. Hmmm Juan vanished? And this apparition appears to be the wrong age? And our heroine is still calm and collected? Lots of intriguing suggestions Mr V!

    1. Well, she thinks she’s sleeping and dreaming. Other wise she’d be freaking out.

  2. Dusty believes she is dreaming, hmm?
    Seeing a supposedly dead apparition would kind of shake me up. Very intriguing snippet.

    1. Yeah, especially come morning, when she finds its footprints.

  3. chellecordero · · Reply

    …just might be a duplicate comment???)
    Dusty believes she is dreaming — seeing an apparition of a dead brother would still shake me up. This is a very intriguing snippet.

    1. Duplicate, yes, but no problem, Chelle. You can say it’s intriguing as often as you wish!

  4. Pile it on, Mr. V. Intrigue, dead brother, bad and good memories. You have it all and give it to us, your fans.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas. P.S. Our 3 cats love their tree toys.

    1. It’s very considerate of you to supply toys for your cats, Charmaine.

  5. So many questions! The apparition is the wrong age? Did the apparition pick that age on purpose or what the heck is going on? Looking forward to the next excerpt!

    1. Excellent questions to be asking yourself.

  6. So if it is her brother but not really her brother – then who exactly could it be and why appear to her in this form? I am even more intrigued to keep reading.

    1. Glad to hear it Stephanie.

  7. Spooky! Lots of questions here. Definitely makes me want to keep reading!

    1. That’s right, Caitlin. Lots of questions in this section, and no answers … yet.

  8. Oh, you are teasing us readers!

    1. Isn’t that the point of writing a story? To tease the emotions?

  9. Interesting that she’s seeing him as a teenager. I’m highly intrigued and enjoyed the descriptions! Great snippet…

    1. I snuck in some of the heroine’s backstory, too.

  10. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Intriguing snippet. Her brother appears at the foot of her bed. She has to be freaked out, happy to see him, and confused all rolled into one. Fantastic imagery.

    1. In my rewrite, I’ll have to make sure I hit all these emotions. Thanks for the list, Karen.

  11. Hm, interesting. Is it him or something pulling from her memories of the age he was when he was most influential in her life? What does he-or it-want?? Great buildup of tension here.

    1. Those are all excellent questions, Rose — exactly what I hope readers will wonder.

  12. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    She’s so calm and logical. I’m not so fond of ghosts! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    1. And Happy Holidays to you as well, Elaine!

  13. A lucid dream. 🙂 I’m thinking it’s not a dream at all.

    Nice of you to hang ornaments for Effing. 🙂

    1. I hope the scene is memorable enough that readers remember it well, because the explanation doesn’t come until later, when it solves the mystery surrounding sabotage on the spaceship project.

  14. I like the smooth way the retrospection is brought in.

    1. Thanks. Flashbacks can be hard to fit in smoothly.

  15. First off – yes Effing Feline can come over and play with the cat toys on my tree – that is if my cat has left any.
    This is a great scene – the importance of Juan in her life – the curiousness of whether this is real or dream.

    1. Sounds great, Daryl … I’ll ship him off for a virtual visit tomorrow, returning … I don’t know … 2017?

  16. So he vanished, meaning he might not be dead after all? Considering this is a Mr. V universe, anything is possible. Part of what makes it so fun.

    1. It’s not a spoiler, because she knows “where” he is — shunted off to an alternate universe, where she can’t get at him … at least at this point in the book.

  17. I do enjoy Effing’s little intros,

    I’m hoping the brother speaks! I want to hear what he has to say.

    1. Now you’ve done it, Cara! Whenever people compliment him, Effing becomes (more) insufferable for days.

  18. No toys for our cat, but she doesn’t like them, anyway. She prefers real mice.

    I’m very interested in how this is going to play out. My dreams are often vivid enough that I feel they’re real. This is sort of the opposite.

    1. I hope your Christmas dreams were all happy and bright!

      1. And yours, too, Ed! They were, indeed, and now a peaceful New Year’s Eve. Once my chef Accomplice is home, we’ll just be all hanging together as the year changes.

        May 2016 be delightful for you! =)

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