I, Effing Feline, really loved last week’s practice for catching mice. I’m ready for the real thing; all I have to do is find a mouse. Here’s my plan:
- Swipe a bag of shredded cheddar from the fridge and scatter the cheese all over the house. You know, for bait.
- Rip apart all the couch cushions to see if mice hide there
- Claw apart Mr V’s computer screen and look inside. Maybe that’s where computer mice live.
I’ve chosen another snippet from The Trial of Tompa Lee. During the first ever human shore leave on planet Zee Shode, their Shon guide leads Tompa’s group of sailors to a large pub/cafe. The sailors drink a local wine — except for Tompa. The guide warned her not to. The wine is an aphrodisiac, and when the sailors try to molest her, she flees the pub.
The plot to frame poor Tompa is now in motion.
Tompa spun into a defensive crouch. She saw what the crowd was afraid of, bouncing along the concrete pavement toward the pub windows: An A-140 grenade, the most destructive explosive in the Navy’s arsenal.
“Get down,” she shouted to the old Shon beside her. (Paragraph deleted to fit...)
The blast was so loud she felt it rather than heard it.
As though her entire remaining life was compressed into the moment, things happened in slow motion. Wide-hipped bodies tumbled like dust motes through bright summer sun — bright, because massive chunks of the overhead roadway were tumbling onto the crowd of Shons. A long, snake-like bus fell from the roadway and exploded in a cascade of sparks and flame.
A severed, six-fingered hand shot from the inferno toward Tompa’s head. Inexplicably sitting in a shop doorway atop the old Shon, she tried to duck, but the gory hand slammed into her with the force of a sledgehammer.
Effing Feline here again. My plan for finding a mouse is purrfect, no? Any suggestions where else I should look?
A big wave and a hug to Weekend Warriors Elizabeth Alsobrooks and Nancy Gideon, whom Ed had the pleasure of meeting today at the Tucson Festival of Books.
The Trial of Tompa Lee
Tompa Lee thinks joining the Space Navy is a dream come true, but it turns into a nightmare when she’s framed for mass murder on an alien planet. To prove her innocence, she’ll have to trust the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice—and defeat 300 vengeful aliens who want to slaughter her.
If you enjoy watching lowly underdogs overcome awe-inspiring odds, you’ll love The Trial of Tompa Lee.