I, Effing Feline, hate the kitten next door. My sometimes friend, Twiggles the dog, is allowed outside even though I’m not. Yesterday the kitten came right up to the floor-to-ceiling window and drank from Twiggles’ water bowl — and Ed thought it was cute! He took pictures!
I’m sharing another snippet from Mr V’s sci fi romance, Escapee. After their remote mining moon is attack by enemies, Catt Sayer, the crusty captain of a decrepit airship lands at a destroyed army base to look for survivors. She finds only one, Hector Dukelsky, a by-the-book army captain.
Her ship, named Escapee, is so old that she can’t possibly be competent, right? That’s what Hector worries when they take off for the first time. And of course, our friend the skoot is onboard, as well.
Hector studied her from the back — purely out of a desire to learn how to deal with her and not, he told himself, to enjoy the view. She flew the ship with calm assurance and competence. Even when she banged on a recalcitrant piece of equipment with the flat of her hand, she moved with confidence.
She leaned forward in the captain’s chair to reach a device that required more banging. Her angle must not have been right, because she half-stood, giving him an interesting view of her backside.
Another gust tipped the ship. The skoot slid across the floor while its six paws scrabbled on the metal floor. This couch needed seatbelts—and it did, indeed, have them. As Hector buckled up, he speculated on the peculiarities of an environment in which you needed to strap into a sofa.
The skoot leaped onto the couch and quivered against his side.
Effing Feline here again. You know the worst thing about the kitten? Even Twiggles thought it was cute when it drank from her bowl. The little monster can do no wrong!
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.