I, Effing Feline, told you that the neighbors have a cute new kitten. Yesterday the kitty hopped over the wall into MY yard. Worse, it paraded up and down in front of the floor to ceiling window in the family room begging to be let in.
The dumb kitten wanted into MY house. I hissed and puffed up my fur, telling it to scoot back to its own yard.
Inspired by the obnoxious kitten, I’m sharing a snippet about an obnoxious pet from one of Mr V’s books I’ve featured here before, Escapee. This SFRom is loosely based on the movie The African Queen, so if you’ve seen the movie, you know the lead characters start out not liking each other but will be thrown together for a long time. In Escapee, however, the roles are reversed:
- The heroine, Catt Sayer, is the crusty captain of a decrepit airship.
- The hero, Hector Dukelsky, is a by-the-book army captain forced by an enemy invasion to take refuge on Catt’s airship.
From early in the book, here’s one reason why Catt (lovely name, eh?) dislikes Hector’s company on her ship.
When a woman-eating crocodile leaped on her chest and opened its long snout, filled with dozens of teeth, Catt let out an inarticulate gurgle and shrieked for help.
“Contain your whimpering,” Dukelsky ordered without looking at her. “It’s just a skoot.”
Trying to get the beast to behave, Catt flailed and shouted, “Go away!”
The pet skoot—for that’s what it was, not a crocodile—obeyed. It scrambled backward on six legs and thirty-six clicking toenails and sat in the middle of the floor, staring at her with its long tongue hanging out. Except for sparse fur, its head was crocodilian, as was its rough hide, but its short tail was plumed and its legs were like a dog’s, even if there were six of them. The lolling tongue was sort of doglike, too, except it was longer than an anteater’s. All in all, a hideous combination of features. She would never understand why people kept them as pets.
Effing Feline here again. The #*@^% kitten looks exactly like a skoot. I don’t understand why people keep the ugly things as pets!
Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday authors. And if you like pictures of cute little humans (although they’re almost as bad as cute kittens, because they pull tails) take a peak at Ed’s new grandson.
The African Queen in Outer Space
Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station). If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.
Don’t let this rousing adventure escape from you.