I, Effing Feline, am rich. My pet human, Ed Hoornaert, gave me another blog post to write and paid me eighteen cents! Do you have the foggiest notion how many millions eighteen cents is in cat money? I’m now the richest cat in the whole state!
I’m skipping ahead to the next turning point of Escapee. In The African Queen, Humphrey Bogart gets drunk because he’s angry at Kate Hepburn for wanting to go on to attack the enemy, even after experiencing river rapids. In Escapee, Catt is angry at Hector for wanting to go on to attack the enemy, even after flying through a volcanic eruption.
Does Catt get drunk? Nothing that tame! While her airship has landed for the night, she sneaks out of the cabin and into the cargo hold, where she uses a forklift to pick up a crate holding the cannon Dukelsky needed for his attack. (Her ship delivered military supplies, if you remember.) She’s going to dump the weapon off a cliff.
Or is she?
But as she drove the forklift over the bumpy rocks, her mind betrayed her. This was wrong. Dukelsky was right to fight against the invaders who had destroyed her world. She paused, looking around as though she’d never seen the looming bulk of Escapee before.
The seat of the forklift vibrated as the old machine idled, while she debated right and wrong on the barren, hostile crags of an uninhabitable world. If she debated long enough, the motor would run out of oxygen and its power would die of asphyxiation. Then she wouldn’t have to decide at all. Would that be better than committing the grossest act of mulishness in a life filled with stubbornness?
Uphill from her, the airlock opened — Dukelsky!
She gunned the motor.
Effing Feline here again. Looks like stubbornness is overruling Catt’s sense of right and wrong.
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The African Queen in Outer Space
Catt Sayer just wants to survive. The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on her decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. And now an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless voyage to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.
Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station). If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.
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