Effing Feline likes Valentines


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

Cat valentineI, Effing Feline, was gratified last week when Teresa worried about my poor paws getting sore from all the typing that Ed Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine, forces me to do.  You care about me, Teresa — so will you be my valentine?

However, I must admit that I don’t do my own typing — I’m above such menial tasks.  Here’s my secretary, hunting and pecking at today’s blog post:

Effings editorial staff

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Overseeing her work is my cousin, Willie.  He’s been known to chase after the secretary — the naughty boy!

Today’s snippet continues from where last week’s snippet left off. It’s from a soon-to-be-released book called Future Love, Mr V’s upcoming science fiction short story collection. This particular story, Devil, Devil was a winner in an annual contest run by On Spec, a science fiction magazine.

“Hello. My name is Laila.”

Around us, people mingle in threes and fours on the church lawn, holding disposable plates as they nibble at their Last Supper. Behind Laila, the white cone of Mount Baker on the mainland floats like a halo around her head.

I know, I know—that’s an illusion. The low mountains at the volcano’s base are hidden by haze and the earth’s curvature, creating the illusion of floating mountain and angelic halo. But I have lived my life, amphibian-like, in dual worlds of reason and marvel, without one ever seeming to negate the other. And if God can make mountains float, whatever the scientific explanation, what other miracles might He perform?

Such as having the most gorgeous woman at the Last Supper picnic introduce herself to me.

Effing Feline again. A devil who believes in God and goes to church … that’s as odd as a typing budgie.  What will Mr V think of next?

Make sure you read the snippets by other great weekend writing warriors and Sunday Snippets folks.



  1. Love the ominous overtones of “The Last Supper.”

    1. Good. That’s why it’s there — religious overtones, yet ominous.

  2. chellecordero · · Reply

    An absolutely fantastic line “And if God can make mountains float, whatever the scientific explanation, what other miracles might He perform?” This line and the references to the last supper give this snippet a truly ethereal feel. Nicely done.

    1. We’re kind of sniffing around the story’s theme here.

  3. Lovely descriptions ! Well done.

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day, Effing.
    And to Mr V too!

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Effing!

    And to himself, Mr V, too!

    Last Supper- interesting idea. Last before?

    1. Last before the inciting incident that is the beginning of the end.

  5. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love the snippet, what with the mention of church, God, an angelic like creature, the last supper and a volcano in the distance, one can’t help what wonder if something big is about to happen.

    1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, as well.

  6. The term “Last Supper” has ominous overtones. Either someone’s bizarre sense of humor, or someone’s put poison in the potato salad. Can’t wait to find out which.

    1. Ominous, indeed … but also religious overtones. The whole story has ominous overtones … but also religious overtones.

  7. Fun snippet today! I like it.

    1. Glad to hear it, Cara. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hilarious with undertones of weirdness. The Last Supper, indeed, you rascal.

    1. I’m glad you’re catching those undertones, Charmaine.

  9. I love the idea of balancing reason and marvel. Now I wonder why she did introduce herself. Maybe she was just being friendly…

  10. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I’m intrigued as to how much significance the last supper and the volcano will play in this story. Great snippet! 🙂

    1. The volcano is a symbol. I was feeling literary, i.e. pretentious, when I wrote this.

  11. Last super picnic sounds ominous!

    1. It’s the last supper before his life changes forever.

  12. I like the flow of the beautiful language in the snippet (whoever is typing it for you LOL). Really a terrific excerpt, and I too am wondering abut the significance of The Last Supper.

    1. This story is as close to poetry as I’m ever likely to get, Veronica.

  13. I agree that this snippet conveys an ethereal feeling. Like it’s the end of the world.

    1. The end of the narrator’s world, yes.

  14. I’m a little worried about your secretary, Effing. Hope she has good workers’ comp. Love the snippet. Such an other-worldly church picnic.

    1. You don’t think Effing has ‘good taste’ in secretaries?

  15. I think living in “dual worlds of reason and marvel” is the BEST way to live. Nicely done.

    1. I have to agree with you Lisa!

  16. The descriptions here are a marvel to read, Ed. Nice work!

    1. I enjoyed writing them, too, Steven.

  17. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    The “Last Supper”– What is about to happen? Love the references that were ‘purposely’ placed within the snippet.

    1. What happens is he meets a girl. Oldest story in the world, boy meets girl.

    2. Ooh, I’m glad you want to know what happens next!

  18. Lololol! Oh my, you just made my day. Of course I’ll be your Valentine, Effing! lol.

    Too funny, Ed. I wish you’d write a book form Effing’s POV. 🙂

    Excellent snippet. I especilly like the way you have the narrative: “And if God can make mountains float, whatever the scientific explanation, what other miracles might He perform?” segue into the last line about the beautiful woman introducing herself to the narrator. Nicely done!

    1. Effing will be thrilled, Teresa. You’ll be able to hear his purrs all the way back east.

  19. Love the overtone of the “Last Supper”, sounds rather ominous considering who she just introduced herself too. And so he IS more than a voice now if someone just introduced themselves to the devil, or is he both? Love the irony of where they are too for it. Nice snippet.

    1. Thanks very much, Daelyn!

  20. Like everyone else, I love The Last Supper bit. The whole snippet is great and cleverly crafted. 😀

    1. This story is a bit mannered, IMO, but it’s not too bad for something I wrote 12 years ago.

  21. This is just dripping with tone! Really, really enjoyed the read.

    1. Yep. Dripping and making a mess all over the floor. Yuck! 😉

  22. Lovely bit of writing! And I worry a bit about the folks having their “last supper.”

    1. One hopes they eat a hearty meal. That’s typical of condemned men, right?

  23. Great snippet. The devil goes to church and believes in miracles…awesome. 🙂

  24. Last supper? What’s up with that? Great snippet! Completely intrigued!

  25. This is great, Ed! With just a few sentences, you really pique readers’ curiosity. Hoping we’ll see more from this story. And by the way, the budgie who lives with me, Herschel, thinks Willie looks very brave, facing up to that naughty cat! 🙂

  26. He sounds like a very strange devil indeed. I wonder if there is not real floating mountain somewhere like in the Laputa story.

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