I, Effing Feline, still like Cousin Lee … but he’s been here too hissing long.
If he gets to the food bowl before I do, there’s nothing left for me. He broke my cat climber by leaping to the top level. Yesterday we were playing with a catnip mouse, and when I actually got it from him for a moment, he roared at me. My ears are still ringing. And when he’s hungry, I don’t like the way he looks at me.
I want my bed all to myself. I want my food all to myself. I want Mr V’s lap all to myself. Poor me! Pity poor, poor me!
This is (sob) the last snippet from Escapee. In the movie, African Queen, after Bogart and Hepburn become lovers, offscreen of course, there’s a short stretch of (sob) happiness. Bogart screeches like a monkey and roars like a hippo. At least he doesn’t roar like Lee; my ears couldn’t take it. Here’s an equivalent scene in Escapee.
Although Catt is happy in her love, she worries about her mother and sister back home, whom she supports with her profits. To alleviate her (sob) concern, and fully expecting to die when they attack the enemy, Hank rewrites his Last Will and Testament.
“Hank, you don’t have to do this,” Catt said.
“I want to. Who else am I going to name as my beneficiary?”
“Gee, I don’t know. How about your brother, or your sister, your parents, a pet mizzet, or your favorite charity?”
“Duke has a great job on Farflung Station. Helen is the stingiest person alive even though she’s rich. My parents are both generals, and their combined pensions alone make them richer than most of your hated patroons. I’m allergic to mizzets, and my friend the skoot doesn’t need money. And my favorite charity is, I find, your family.”
I’m really ready for Lee to Leeve. Can he go live with one of you? Purrty please?
Now availabe — Escapee
The African Queen in Outer Space
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.
Don’t let this rousing adventure escape from you.