Effing Feline sees weird clocks

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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, have elected to select for your delectation another selection from the latest WIP, Alien Contact for Heroines, by my servant, Edward Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine.

This snippet comes shortly after the last one.  Dusty and Reese were kidnapped onto a trawler, but they overpowered the villains and took over the boat. After a long, violent day, they spend the night in a secluded cove. Dusty fears that their night of peace is only a respite before the struggle resumes.

Dawn’s glow caressed Reese’s stubbled cheeks, his biceps, his abs. Dusty longed to caress him in turn, but no.  Best let him sleep.


The Persistence of Memory, by Salvador Dali. Image via Wikipedia

Certain places from the past lingered in her dreams.  She visited them often, and though they changed in the way of dreams, like familiar clocks melting over unknown rocks, she always recognized them and treasured them.  The house on Cecelia Street, so much tinier in reality than in her memory; Abuelo Ramirez’s workshop, filled with tools she shouldn’t touch and the perfume of fresh-cut wood; Grandma Johnson’s cottage on a placid California lake.

Nothing bad ever happened in her dream places. If she had her way, this hidden cove would join those dream havens.

An hour later, Reese stirred, stretched, and gave her a lopsided grin.

“Promise me,” Dusty urged before saying anything else, “that you’ll bring me back to this place when”—she meant if but wouldn’t say it—”we get out of these troubles.”

Effing Feline again. Like Dusty, I have a safe dream place.  It’s the rumpled blankie where I lay as a newborn kitten, curled against my mommy’s soft, sweet fur.  Where is your dream haven?

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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  1. Mr V, you have been promoted! Very smart Effing! You do realise that some recompense is now in order? ;-}

    Poor Dusty has it bad! Love the clocks!

    1. Promoted, eh. So now I’m Sir Valentine? Or maybe Lord Valentine? Or even … His Majesty Valentine?

      I like the way you think, Kim!

  2. I love your poetic description of places from her past that lingered in her dreams. Nicely done, Ed! 🙂

    1. I have a couple dream places that I return to over and over, in particular our log house on five acres where we lived before moving to Tucson. And the dreams are never bad or scary.

  3. chellecordero · · Reply

    I agree with Teresa, the dream descriptions were great. Her yearning for this cove to become part of those “safe” places was very strong. Nicely done.

    1. There’s a huge bounty, from persons unknown, for Reese’s capture, so he and Dusty have dealt with three separate sets of bounty hunters in the last day. She could use some peace and safety.

  4. I love it when dream descriptions are so vivid and tangible 🙂

    1. To do so, you have to describe the dream’s dominant impression, rather than anything specific about it. Detailed dreams are just confusing.

  5. Very poetic, strong descriptions. I’m a sucker for good descriptions and you had me head-over-heels in love with your piece. You can really feel your MC’s longing in those descriptions — they matched the emotion. Great piece, and I look forward to reading more!

    1. For awhile now, I’ve had the idea of including my experience with dream places where I feel safe. I finally found a spot for such a passage.

      1. It’s a very strong piece. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Definitely feels like the calm before the storm. I want to have dreams like that. 🙂

    1. Just wait till they get back ‘home’. That’s where the worst of the storm awaits them.

  7. Consigning the place to her dreams–good way to wish for the all the bad stuff that’s going to happen to be over.

    1. I like your interpretation, Cara.

  8. I loved that first line. I was cheering for her to caress him, since dawn gets to.

    I love that Dali. Most of my dreams are something like that. :/

    1. The painting’s title “The Persistence of Memory” deepens my appreciation. Dali was right — memory is exactly like this.

  9. This is a terrific snippet. Nice job catching the essence of real dreams — the unreality yet familiarity, the nostalgia hanged with just a hint of regret when we realize we have to wake. Terrific work!

    1. I have no doubt Dusty feels a lot of regret at having to wake, considering there’s a huge bounty on Reese’s head and multiple kidnappers have already tried to seize them.

  10. Excellent details, Ed. The descriptions fit right in without sounding pretentious. The bit about the one house being tinier in reality than in dreams is true for me, too, so I like that bit. Kudos!

    1. I enjoyed slipping in a bit of Dusty’s backstory here. This is the first place we learn that she’s 1/4 Hispanic.

  11. Nice dream description, and her last line was fantastic. 🙂

  12. Love the concept she has of her dream places – beautiful excerpt today. Can’t wait for more!

    1. The passage was spurred by the umpteenth dream I’ve had of our gorgeous log house up in the Canadian Rockies, which we left to move to Tucson.

  13. Very Sweet. Can she get a kiss?

    1. Alas, there won’t be much time for kisses or anything else come daylight.

  14. Ah here are the clocks. Amazing description, indeed.

    1. Yup, here they are. Great minds think alike.

  15. I wonder if people who love that painting who read your book will catch the reference, Ed. I love it when authors hide little Easter Eggs like that.

    Sounds like Dusty is doubting they’ll get a chance to return to this special place. And yes, she deserves a kiss!

    Great excerpt!

    1. I usually have a couple such ‘Easter Eggs’ in every book. I don’t care if people catch the references or not, but I enjoy slipping them in.

  16. Love the discrepancy on the use of the word “when” and “if”.

    1. Yes, she’s putting up a brave front.

  17. This was just so beautiful and poignant. I do hope it’s when and not if! Fabulous snippet!

    1. Let’s just say they aren’t out of the woods yet.

  18. I always enjoy your description. A happy thought that this cove will join her dream havens. Great snippet 🙂

    1. Thanks, Stephanie!

  19. Lovely dream havens. My favorite is probably a small cottage in Ireland where I get to write full time and watch the sheep on the hillside. *sigh* So glad Dusty has her dream havens. I’m sure Reese will manage to make this hidden cove a real one.

    1. Be careful with this dream have, Jenna. Counting those sheep may put you to sleep.

  20. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I can feel her longing for those wonderful places in her past, but I’m afraid she’s right that the danger isn’t over.

    1. And that just makes her yearn harder for a peaceful spot.

  21. nancygideon · · Reply

    Perfume of fresh cut wood . . . Ahhh! What a great scene, Ed! Hoping this becomes a dream place for Dusty.

    1. Some woods, like cedar, smell so wonderful.

  22. Hopefully they get that ‘when’ instead of an ‘if.’

    1. I’m glad you’re rooting for them, Caitlin.

  23. Poignant moment. It’s scenes like these that really bring a character to life in our hearts. Great job, Ed!

    1. In our hearts and in our dreams, Alexis!

  24. Well done, (better late than never)

    1. Well said, sir. Thanks for stopping by!

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