Effing Feling wreaks revenge

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

I, Effing Feline, have wreaked my revenge on Chico, the evil chihuahua next door. If you remember, he terrified me as I washed myself atop the fence. Genius that I am, I eventually realized that Chico is too pitifully small to reach the top of the fence … so I have lain there for half an hour every day, calmly enjoying the sun while he yaps himself hoarse. Ah, sweet victory!

Still purring from my success, I selected another snippet from Escapee, the upcoming science fiction romance by my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, aka Mr Valentine. In last week’s snippet, civilian pilot Catt Sayer found a lone survivor in the wreckage of the Castle Mountain fortress — the base commander, Captain Dukelsky, who was on leave during the attack.

Although surrounded by death and destruction, he is calmly typing and refuses to leave until he’s done. Catt fears he’s gone insane … until Dukelsky finally explains himself.

“As for leaving here before the Proximanian army returns, I thought of that long before you did, which was why I hastened to finish my reports.”

The entire moon had fallen into enemy hands and this man wrote reports? Her opinion must’ve shown on her face, because his flinty expression slipped, revealing exhaustion, despair, and a plea for understanding.

“I know I’ll never be able to send them, but…” He ran a hand over his eyes, and the unfeeling martinet was back. “The reports are letters to my men’s families, explaining that they died bravely at their posts, defending New Ontario’s interests.”

Catt opened her mouth. Closed it. Felt her face flame. Facing Dukelsky was like staring into a furnace.

Effing Feline here again.  He calmly types reports, just like I calmly sun myself. I like this Dukelsky dude!

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

The African Queen in Outer Space

A Disillusioned Soldier…  Hector Dukelsky, an upper-class career officer, yearns to fight a righteous war instead of defending corporate interests on Banff, an isolated mining moon. That dream seems dead when his entire command is slaughtered while he’s away, leaving him alone in smoldering rubble with no chance to survive, let alone strike back at the enemy.

A Pilot with a Chip on Her Shoulder…  Catt Sayer, a working-class fugitive from the law, earns a meager income carrying supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won life vanishes when invaders capture Banff. While searching for survivors, she rescues Hector and flies him to safety. But he doesn’t want safety. He wants her to risk her life on a hopeless journey to attack the enemy headquarters.

A Dying Moon…  Catt is sure Banff will kill them long before the enemy can … yet she agrees to Hector’s scheme, certain he’ll quit after experiencing one of the moon’s eruptions or ferocious storms. But he doesn’t quit, and slowly his noble dream—and his love—conquer her heart. She pits her life and love against Banff’s lethal environment, even though the only reward for success will be the opportunity to face ten thousand enemy warriors.

ESCAPEE SOON

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56 comments

  1. Well, Ed, that was an excellent surprise! Congrats on the imminent release!

    1. Had to do something to redeem Dukelsky in the reader’s eyes since he’s the hero.

  2. Ah, a punch in the emotional gut! He’s an upstanding guy with a steel spine. What’s not to love?

    1. Delighted you think so, Monica!

  3. Very nice descriptive details of their emotions in this piece.

    I’m wondering if Effing suggested the name Catt?

    1. Actually no, thought he approves, of course. The heroine’s name is a nod to Katherine Hepburn, the female lead in The African Queen. Hepburn’s character’s last name was Sayer — hence Catt (Catteroon, since the name would undoubtedly change over time) Sayer.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Ah, yes, that does explain it. Totally understandable and honorable. “New Ontario”… Love it! 🙂

    1. You would, Jessica. The name is a nod to two of my sons who live in Toronto — though one of them is moving to Amsterdam soon.

  5. Breathtaking, Ed. What an unusual take. I just pre-ordered Escapee.

    1. Thank you so much, Charmaine!

  6. This is awesome, Ed! What a terrific excerpt, I love this!

    1. Glad to hear it, Steven!

  7. Well, we know so much more about Dukelsky from this tiny snippet. I like him, and I can’t wait to read more.

    1. He’s stuffy, perhaps, but honorable. He has a lot to learn from Catt.

  8. Oh – and I’m sorta tickled Effing figured out the killer dog next door.

    1. Some cats love to tease dogs. And scratch their noses, of course.

  9. Congratulations on your upcoming release! Although I have missed quite a bit, I really enjoyed this week’s snippet and Effing Cat always makes me smile. 🙂

    1. Glad to hear it. From my POV, Effing’s purpose in virtual life is to make people smile. From his POV, I doubt he’d agree.

  10. A hero with resolve – he’s redeemed. His duty to his men is honorable, and that makes him a hero. Enjoyed the scene. A few words went a long way.

    1. This is a rather short novel, so I have to be sparing with my words.

  11. A great piece, and quite poignant. He is writing to the families of his men, even though he knows they will never be sent. I look forward to reading your book when it is published.

    1. And I look forward to you reading it, Rachel!

  12. Very revealing snippet about the characters!

    1. It’s one of the few moments in the first half of the book where we peak beneath Dukelsky’s mask.

  13. Aw, I love how the character reveals this bit of himself before bringing the mask back up.

    That’s right, Effing! Yon tiny yapper shall never ascend to your heights.

    1. He can’t stand to reveal too much of himself just yet. But he’ll learn.

  14. nancygideon · · Reply

    What a great gut twister, Ed! Pre-ordered and anxiously waiting. . .

    1. Bless you, Nancy!

  15. Doh! Now don’t I feel guilty, having thought the man odd for writing reports under fire. Nice!

    1. Just think how Catt feels, because she’d thought even worse about him.

  16. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I really liked Dukelsky. There’s a lot of emotion is this snippet.

    1. Glad to hear it. This is probably the first likable thing he’s done in the book.

  17. Aww, that’s very touching. Not at all the kind of reports I was expecting – well done! Best wishes on the release!

    1. I love to be able to set up readers through one character’s POV and then spring a surprise. I don’t do it often enough, I suspect, but I love it when it works out.

  18. Okay, he’s fairly well well redeemed, but I’m keeping an eye on him. He must learn to emote… 😉

    And..go Effing! Chico will never figure it out!

    1. LOL. Yesterday I spoke on a panel at the Tucson Festival of Books; the topic was writing from the POV of the opposite sex. Both of the women on the panel emphasized *exactly* what you’re saying — that male characters are hesitant to express their emotions.

  19. bonniegill · · Reply

    I love it. What a twist. The last line is awesome,

    1. I love this twist, too. That’s why this snippet got chosen.

  20. Oops…sure stepped in it with that one… 🙂

    1. Yep … but Catt recovers pretty quickly.

  21. I love that glimpse into his feelings–and how the mask is back when he reveals his reason. And that last line is really excellent.

    1. At this point Dukelsky has little respect for Catt, so he isn’t about to expose his inner self to her. Hence the quick return of his mask.

  22. chellecordero · · Reply

    This was really an emotional snippet and introduced so smoothly. Things aren’t always what they seem.

    1. Indeed they aren’t, Chelle.

  23. Daryl Devore · · Reply

    Oh wow – what a noble thing to do. Great excerpt.
    Tweeted.

    1. Tweeting about this post is equally noble, Daryl!

  24. Those are definitely good reasons. That was a great, emotional surprise. Awesome writing! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amy. I hope sales of Crimson Sky are going well. For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s a great book.

  25. Victoria Adams · · Reply

    Way to go Effing Feline – you show that nasty dog who is boss.

    And lol – on New Ontario. I rather like old Ontario myself. Great excerpt.
    Tweeted.

    1. Gee, the Canadian weekend warriors are all picking up on ‘New Ontario’. My dad lived in Ontario when he was a kid (Lundy’s Lane), and now two of my sons live there (Toronto’s Annex neighborhood neighbourhood), so this is a nod to my family tree.

  26. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    What a great insight to his character. Very noble.
    Adding the post link to Pinterest like usual.
    Congrats on the upcoming release.

    1. Thanks for the Pinterest pin!

  27. Where is the nearest hole to climb into when you need it? Great snippet!

    1. Ah, but that’s not how Catt reacts. Come back Saturday to see what happens next.

  28. I loved this scene. It reveals so much about both of them.

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