I, Effing Feline, got a question on last week’s post. Aurora Springer asked, “Why can’t Effing use his paws to paint? My cat uses his paw to drink water.”
- I can get a longer, more free-flowing line with my tail.
- Your cat gets its paws wet? On purpose? Insanity!
Today’s snippet is from a short story, Thimbleriggers, contained in Future Love, my pet human’s upcoming collection of short stories. The crook, Aldous, give his aged subject an injection that puts her into a light sleep and intensifies her recall of the memories he wants to buy. The first is a voyeuristic episode involving her babysitter.
Like the snap of a three-vee turning on, he was immersed in a memory of crystalline clarity.
“I’m not sleepy,” thirteen-year-old Kathy complained in a whisper so alive it made Aldous’s vocal cords vibrate in sympathy. She was in bed, staring at cracks in her bedroom ceiling. Her favorite crack looked like Rhett Butler’s profile; she could always find it, even though other shapes seemed to change from night to night.
Aldous sucked in his breath. His previous experiences with the breadbox hadn’t prepared him for the crisp lucidity of the old woman’s memories. He felt everything she felt, from the mosquito bites on her ankles to a sense of monumental unfairness about her parents hiring a babysitter. Part of him had become her — yet he was still himself, using the headset to watch the scene as though her eyes and ears were camera and microphone.
“Great job, old lady,” he said.
She didn’t respond, of course.
Effing Feline again. Here’s another of my etchings. Remember, framed, paw-printed copies are available for $97.62 each, payable in unmarked bills.
As some of you may have noticed, my SFRom Alien Contact for Idiots recently completed a ‘review-only’ virtual book tour. I thought some writers might be interested in my impressions, so I wrote about my impression of the tour.
… an entirely unique read.
The side characters are a great addition.
Every single one of them, including the President
of the United States are characters that I started to really adore
All in all a fab easy read.
… refreshingly fun at times with a really interesting set of characters