Effing Feline is, of course, priceless

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes the Weekend Writing Warrior / Sunday Snippet posts on Mr. V’s behalf. Click the pic for info.

I, Effing Feline, have been talking about music lately. Today I’d like to discuss one of my favorites, How much is that doggie in the window?  The common misconception is that it’s about a cute little puppy.

Wrong!  It’s really cat propaganda, designed to subtly convince humans that canines like Twiggles the dog can be bought and sold like cattle.  Only a stupid, ignorant person would ever ask this question about felines, of course, because we cats are valuable beyond any price!

Today, another selection from Constellation XXI, which will be released later this year. Sienna Dukelsky pilots a tugship in charge of guiding incoming freighters to a safe docking at Farflung Space Station.  In this snippet, she learns that the ship she’s about to guide is captained by her long-lost first lover, a ‘bad boy’ whom she’d betrayed to the authorities years ago.

The comm unit crackled to life, audio only.  “That you, Evening Star?”

Huh?  Evening Star?

Her full name was Sienna Vesper Dukelsky.  In one of Earth’s ancient languages, Vesper meant evening star, but nobody had ever called her that, except for—


“The vastly same man, love,” Crispin Hunt said in a teasing voice that hadn’t changed in six years.  Six years in which she’d changed completely.  Six years in which she’d fervently hoped never to see him again.

Effing Feline here again. If you don’t know the song How much is that doggie in the window, here it is:

You agree with me and all other cats about the relative value of priceless felines and mere dogs, right?

Not to threaten you or anything … but let me repeat the question.  You agree, RIGHT!?!?!?snarling-cat

Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday posts.



  1. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I agree, I agree! Don’t sic Effing Feline on me. Good excerpt, Ed. This sounds like an interesting story. Can’t wait to read it.

    1. I’m glad you’e so easily persuaded, Diane.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I agree! LOL Great excerpt! I can feel her brief moment of panic, but I’m anxious to find out what she says to him next.

    1. The poor woman is confronted with the last person she wants to meet — someone whom she hurt, which is even worse for someone with a conscience than the other way around.

  3. I love the surprise in this snippet. She sure sounds dumbfounded at first. 🙂 Nicely done, Ed!

    1. I don’t think Sienna would agree with you. This isn’t a pleasant surprise for her.

  4. Oh, love it. Can’t wait for the sparks!

    1. This is her inner conflict. The ship’s loss of power is her outer conflict. And then there’ll be the aliens….

  5. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Aaaaaand I’m already in love with this story! What a great hook! Can’t wait for more. 🙂 Also, Effing is totally right. Cats are priceless.

    1. Usually it’s the guy who had hurt the girl, so I thought I’d turn the situation on it’s head.

  6. Four cats here, Effing. Take your pick. Two pretty women and two guys.
    Nifty snippet-a cliff hanger type to draw this reader closer.
    So happy-thrilled-you’re in good health once again, my friend.

    1. Four, eh? If cats are indeed priceless, Charmaine, you’re rich!

  7. Well that no doubt indicates some forthcoming fireworks, of one kind or another. Great scene, Ed. Of course cats are priceless – although vet bills have very definite prices 😉


    1. But cats are worth every penny, right? (There, I said it, Effing, so now get your claws out of my thigh!)

  8. A bad boy from the past spells trouble! I definitely want to know more. Sounds like Effing Feline is feeling a little insecure and fishing for compliments. OK, Effing, your price is beyond rubies compared to a mere dog. Will that do?

    1. Yeah, he’s not just a former lover she betrayed, but a tough former lover.

  9. Whoa, is that Effing’s “before coffee face?” Give him what he wants, Ed! Really enjoyed the snippet, as usual. The betrayed ex is a fun twist.

    1. No, not ‘before coffee’, but ‘before coffee creamer’.

  10. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    Hmmm. I wonder if Crispin holds a grudge.

    1. Sienna is wondering the exact same thing.

  11. Well of course Effing is priceless LOL! Enjoyed the snippet, so much fun when an oldtime bad boy flame reappears.

    1. Fun for the old flame, perhaps, but not for Sienna. Not at first, that is.

  12. Uh-oh, this is gonna be awkward, at least for her, I have a feeling. I’m just agreeing with anything Effing says. It seems safer that way.

    1. I know what you mean about agreeing with anything Effing says.

  13. I hope this is a pleasant surprise. It seems to be. Also, I could never put a price on feline companionship.

    1. If nothing else, there’s some tension in the relationship. How they get along will remain to be seen.

  14. “The vastly same man, love,”

    Now there lies a long tale! He doesn’t sound all that phased by talking to her again. Is it a rematch or revenge?

    I can’t wait to find out!

    1. “Rematch or revenge?” I love your interpretation of this exchange, Kim.

  15. I agree–I love cats! Nice snippet–a blast from the past…can’t wait to see what happens!

    1. He’s a bit more like a shotgun blast from the past.

  16. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Hmm… I sense some interesting chemistry between these two. Can’t wait to hear her response. Enjoyed the snippet.

    1. I dislike making things easy for my characters, so their chemistry is complicated, and remains unresolved until virtually the last line of the book.

  17. He sounds like fun!
    We have one dog and two cats at home. I like most animals.

    1. Your cats outnumber the dog, so I imagine Effing will approve.

  18. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    I didn’t expect that last line. Nice.

    1. Not all blasts from the past are welcome.

  19. Boy, sounds like she’d rather it be the devil himself on the other end of the comm link. They certainly have some history by the sound of it.

    1. Yes, they have a history of both love and evil.

  20. Why is it always the people you really hope to never run into, that you always run into? Fate has a wicked sense of humor.

    Cats are absolutely priceless, Effing. I agree.

    1. And there couldn’t be a worse moment to run into him, since she’s just starting her new career.

  21. LOL! Effing you are certainly priceless! Great snippet here. It conveys her discomfort at the recipient of her communication perfectly.

    1. Yes, he’s priceless, as in the sense of never bringing in any money. There’s no pricetag on his services.

  22. Daryl Devore · · Reply

    Yes, I agree. No idea what I’m agreeing to but when a tiger asks – I agree.

    Great snippet – especially the the shift with the last line. Tweeted.

    1. Thanks for the tweet, Daryl!

  23. I loved this part of the story. Great snippet!

    1. I’m glad you like it, Amy.

  24. Oh, now that’s awkward… I’m looking forward to this.

    And I love all animals, but as the proud owner of two senior rescued Boxers, I’ll have to go with dogs. Sorry Effing, but Riley and Jazzy have my heart.

    Oh, and Ed, do you know this version of the song?

    1. LOL. No, I hadn’t heard this one. Not only that, I forgot all about Homer and Jethro, even though a cousin of mine owned a scratchy old record of theirs and played it all the time, along with Spike Jones.

  25. Oh I’m betting she wishes she could go crawl inside a hole and hide for the next six years now. LOL. This is going to be interesting, and oh so awkward… Which makes it great for us to read. XD

    1. And to think that the poor girl had been so enthusiastic about starting her new career.

  26. I think “fervently” wishing to never see him again smacks of the lady protesting a bit too much. 😀 She definitely remembers him.

    1. Trepidation mixed with a bit of anticipation, perhaps.

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