I, Effing Feline, got in trouble AGAIN. Not fair; I was just trying to make up for scratching the couch when I put the prickly pear pads under my pet humans’ pillows. Now I have to make up for the prickles, too. Poor me!
Twiggles the Dog apologized, because she’s the one who suggested the prickly pears. She feels so bad that she suggested a gift Mr V is bound to love: a furball in each of his shoes. I was skeptical at first, but Twiggles says Bucky Katt (of Get Fuzzy fame) does this all the time. If it’s good enough for my hero, it’s good enough for me!
Today, another selection from The Trial of Tompa Lee. Tompa is being turned over for trial to the Shons, intelligent herd creatures. She is led down a busy street from the landing strip to the courtroom.
Tompa’s two burly Navy escorts propelled her into the street. The Shons stopped all at once, then gave the humans a wide berth. The air seemed to change, filling with . . . something. It wasn’t a smell or a sound, but it was there nonetheless; a sudden, almost palpable sense of shared malice aimed squarely at her. Every last one of the Shons stared at her, murmuring, then shouting. What had been a crowd of individuals was, suddenly, a single entity. A herd.
A Shon spat at her, whistling. Another Shon spat, then another and another in a rhythm as precise as the spitting of a machine gun. They pinched their supple mouths into a funnel shape, leaned their heads back and jumped as they spat, like kids taking jump shots on one of the glass-strewn basketball courts back home; and they all whistled as they spat.
Thick, mucousy spittle hit Tompa’s cheek.
Effing Feline here again. Coughing up two furballs at once was hard work — harder even than spitting like a basketball player — but Ed is worth it.
And Twiggles … I hate to admit this, but that dog is a pretty darned good friend, don’t you think?
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 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 aliens who want to slaughter her.
Edward Hoornaert’s science fiction saga begins The Trilogy of Tompa Lee, though each book in the series stands alone. If you enjoy seeing lowly underdogs overcoming awe-inspiring odds, you’ll love The Trial of Tompa Lee.