Effing Feline takes over the universe

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

I, Effing Feline, am the most literary cat in the universe. Last week I thought I ruled the literary galaxy, but I’ve expanded my dominion to the whole universe.

A little romance, anyone? I’m presenting another selection from the latest WIP, Alien Contact for Heroines, by my pet human, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine. This selection comes a few chapters after the last one.  Dusty and Reese were kidnapped onto a trawler, but they overpowered the villains and took over the boat. Here we see them at the end of a long, terrifying day.

They anchored the ship and then stood arm in arm at the railing to admire their love nest for the night.  The bay was surrounded by steep but not high hills.  A rocky beach, gleaming a dull white, stretched for thirty meters off to the left.

“See that?” Reese said, pointing to the beach.  “The white means there was probably one of my ancestors’ settlements here, hundreds of years ago.  They ate so many clams and left the shells on the beach that you can tell where the villages were just by the color.”

When Dusty leaned against his arm, her touch stirred him despite bone-deep tiredness.  He was hungry and in desperate need of a shower.  Beyond that, his soul was weary from danger, worry about being a fugitive, and anxiety about Dusty’s safety.  Yet for one blessed moment, with this woman pressing against his side, he felt content.

Effing Feline again. Mr V knows about the white beaches because during his first teaching job at a one-room school on the northwest coast, archaeologists came and dug up the clamshell beach by the school.

P.S. (That stands for Paws Script)  Lording it over the universe is NOT megalomania if one is as masterful as I am.

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

Other science fiction romances in the same series:

Alien Contact for Idiots

When American Indians from the future of an alternate Earth move their entire island nation to our Earth, Seattle biologist Ell Harmon makes the first alien contact and yearns to help the newcomers settle peacefully. But can she hold to that dream during their long quarantine together when she learns that Prince Tro Eaglesbrood has seduced her heart solely for the good of his kingdom?

Alien Contact for Kid Sisters

Marianne Harmon is sick and tired of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.

Quinn Lebatarde, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?

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60 comments

  1. Oh, he’s got it bad, and all it took was a lilac scented specter. 🙂

    I wonder if my dog ever thinks of me as his pet human…

    1. A dog, probably not. A cat, definitely!

  2. Mr V, I am impressed. Cats seldom have pets. More often, their humans fall into the ‘servant’ category.

    What a lovely gentle interlude. Soft and sweet!

    1. Now you’ve done it, Kim. When Effing reads your comment, he’ll want me to become his footman. He watches Downton Abbey, you know.

      1. As all cats should 😉

  3. Love the touch of trash becoming something pretty. Makes you hope they can get something lovely out of an ugly situation!

    1. Somehow I don’t think our garbage dumps will ever turn into any pretty.

  4. I love the way you wove your own experience here. During the time my Accomplice and I lived at the Grand Canyon, years before our children were born, we visited Anasazi cliff dwellings. Things I saw and learned there have appeared piecemeal in my Trueborn series.

    This is poignant and, like Reese, I’m content – and yet, i find myself looking around for the next threat, and wanting to pull a protective bubble over them both, just for tonight…

    1. Grand Canyon, eh? I’m farther south in Arizona, in Tucson.

      I think we as writers have to use our personal experiences. Our year on Gilford Island has informed my writing in many ways. I have one published and one unpublished books set there.

  5. I particularly love the final line, and how they made their love nest on the beach. The seashore always evokes peace, safety, and beauty for me, as well as a great place for a romantic rendezvous if there’s total privacy.

    1. Except for the sand in sensitive places. Ouch.

  6. I thought I detected the presence of a new feline overlord!

    This snippet is such a peaceful moment in what I’m sure is otherwise a crazy, action-packed story.

    1. Exactly, Christina. I realized I had nearly ten thousand words of solid action, with no time for readers or characters to catch their breaths, so I decided to insert this short interlude. I think it greatly improves the story’s balance.

  7. The right woman can make everything right with the world (she says with a straight face).

    1. Actually, I agree with you, Cara, and I don’t have to struggle to keep my face straight.

  8. Great writing here, Ed.

    1. Thanks as always, Paula.

  9. He’ll feel even better after a shower. Great snippet

    1. True … although I’m not sure a shower is foremost in his thoughts.

  10. nancygideon · · Reply

    What a nice moment, Ed! So visual and subtly emotional.

    1. After all the action leading up to this moment, some subtlety and calmness were called for.

  11. Love the line after the lone about needed a shower. You can tell he’s had a bad “day”.
    Tweeted.

    1. Good in the sense that he’s survived, but all in all — yes. A dirty, rotten, horrible, no-good day.

  12. Lovely, Ed. Strong, sappy romance is not my thing (though obviously lots of people love it) but this bit is quite touching, even for me, LOL! Effing Feline is magnanimous to let you follow along on his conquest of the universe 😉
    ~Marcia

    1. Glad you find it touching. That’s the mood I was going for.

  13. Great snippet! And unlike in the action movies, we get the inner thoughts of the hero. He’d love a shower and some rest but will settle for a moment of being content with his woman.

    1. Life isn’t always about action and passion. Sometimes the quiet moments are the best.

  14. Great snippet and the detail about the clams – wonderful.

    1. We (the wife and I) had to take a floatplane in and out of the school where we taught, and flying over the islands of the north coast, it was fun to be able to pick out the old Indian settlements from the air.

  15. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I love the description and the sweetness of it all! Well done! 🙂

    1. I’ll take ‘sweet’ as a description of this scene.

  16. Awww how sweet. No matter how weary, tired, and hungry, he can still feel content by her side. Love the snippet and the beautiful descriptions.

    1. Another person who thinks the scene was sweet!

  17. A peaceful moment, but will it last?

    1. This is a novel. Of course it won’t last!

  18. I like the way you smoothly introduce or reinforce their mutual interest.

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Gotta love a guy who recognizes a moment like that! Great snippet.

    1. Good. I want Reese to be lovable.

  20. I like it, very effective moment (and I loved the detail about the beach as well). Great snippet!

    1. In context, I think (hope!) it may be even more effective, because of all the action and violence that preceded it.

    1. Thanks, Steven!

  21. I can sense his contentment as he looks at the beach, with a woman pressed to his side. Very romantic.

    1. Often the best romantic moments have nothing to do with body parts.

  22. This is one of those great moments between frantic action when we get to know and love the characters. Very well done.

    1. Yes, Alexis, that’s what I’m aiming for.

  23. chellecordero · · Reply

    What a lovely way to allow both your readers and your characters to catch their breath, and still keep them involved, after so much action. Great snippet.

    1. Thanks, Chelle.

  24. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    He’s smitten for sure. Great imagery too. I could see the beach so clearly,

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    1. Thanks for the cross promotion, Karen. It’s appreciated.

  26. Love this snippet. Between the description and the way Dusty moved, I definitely felt a sense of relaxation and calm.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amy.

  27. Love the subtlety of the moment, and the bit of history involving the colors on the beach. Nice!

    1. I appreciate your kind words, Rose.

  28. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I didn’t know about the shells on the beach. That’s neat, and I love the way she made him feel.

    1. The beaches are one of those facts that have stayed with me for decades. One time while following a game trail on Gilford Island, I came across a clamshell beach with a couple of well-rotted totem poles still recognizable — and that was a real high point for me.

  29. Feline, eh? Well that feline informs your writing quite well. Very romantic, without emasculating the hero.

    1. Emasculating the hero? All I can say is ouch ouch ouch ouch OUCH!

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