I, Effing Feline, caught a mouse today. That makes me a great hunter! As great as the chap at right, and just as pleased with myself as he is.
In last week’s snippet from the soon-to-be-released Escapee, we saw Catt just before she dumped a cannon off a cliff (which was, unfortunately for her, sabotage in time of war). Back inside the airship, Hector advances on her, enraged.
We learn later that Catt was a battered woman, so she expects him to beat her. This is one of the first times she really sees Hector rather than the stereotype she imagines him to be.
He speaks first.
“If your female irrationality demands it, go ahead and scream,” he growled. “I’m curious, though—who’s going to charge to your rescue?”
Catt stared into his eyes. The phrase she bored deep into his soul came to mind, but that was meaningless twaddle. And yet something she saw made her stand a little straighter, a little less frightened.
“You,” she said, sounding puzzled and surprised.
“I’m the bad guy, according to you.”
“Yeah, you are, but … you have a soul in there.” She relaxed her defensive posture, her eyes wide with wonder. “Screaming would bring out the gentleman in you and you’d rescue me from yourself … I think.”
Effing Feline here again. Mr V says I have to fess up about my bragging, darn it. The mouse I caught was … well … it was —
Do I really have to admit this, Mr V?
He says yes. Sigh.
The mouse was grandson Wesley’s plush Mickey Mouse. There, I said it–but oh, the shame!
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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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