I, Effing Feline, am mollified. Last week I was hissing mad at my pet human, Ed Hoornaert, because he didn’t take me to his nephew’s wedding even though I got new clothes for the affair. But Mr V brought me a corsage from the wedding and let me bat it around until all the petals were spread over the floor. Fun!
Today I offer you another snippet from The Midas Rush. Naive shepherd Tresky Buffrum has married a beauty named Ebbril who is trying to get him drunk. He asks her what tribe she’s from; she evasively asks him what he thinks. When he says she looks like a Pilk, she answers that yes, she’s a Pilk. (Edited from the published version to fit the 10-sentence limit.)
“Glory to the Diggers, on my first day in the city I meet a Pilk and on the second day I marry her — whooha!
“What,” Ebbril demanded, “have you heard about Pilks?”
“Only what ever’one knows.”
“Well, Pilks are sorta like us Gasparres, ‘cept opposite. Gasparres are dreamy romantics given to sloppy poetry and staying virgins until they marry, and then staying fateful … uh, faithful forever.”
Staring as though truly seeing him for the first time, she whispered, “You’re a virgin?”
He made himself speak slowly, so the words would behave themselves like a flock under the watchful gaze of a sheep-lizard. “I suppose that’s shocking to a Pilk, whose people’ve raised sexual pleasure to its highest, mosht intense, mosht wildest levels—”
Effing Feline back again. Why would Ebbril be so surprised? Oh, who cares. I have more important things to think about. I need to bat flower petals into other rooms, to spread their beauty across every floor in the house.
All Tresky Buffrum wants is a taste of adventure and freedom before resigning himself to the simple life of a shepherd. What he gets instead is a mysterious wife (determined to remain chaste) who leads him to the Midas Crater, where some of the planet’s intelligent natives have been inexplicably transformed into gold. Can Tresky defeat the interplanetary conspirators who seek to destroy the Midas Crater before its mysteries can liberate humankind?
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