I, Effing Feline, just learned that I have sisters. Sisters! I feel like I’ve
slept leapt onto the pages of one of my pet human’s books. Talk about a plot twist.
I know this because Google says cats have more than one kitten in a litter — but clearly, no other males could stand comparison with me. Ergo ipso factotem, I must have sisters. Many sisters. Google also says the record for kittens in a litter is 19, but the Gooey folks don’t know about me. Clearly, my litter would have to be the greatest ever.
Okay, the fun stuff is over — back to a snippet from Ed’s sci fi romance, Escapee featuring the most lovable of ugly pets, the skoot. Skipping ahead a bit, Catt and Hank have fallen in love while making the long journey to attack the invader’s headquarters, filled with 10,000 enemies. Here Hank proves he’s a nice guy and really love Catt — by making out his will. Can you guess who he’s naming as his heirs?
“Hank, you don’t have to do this.”
“I want to. Who else am I going to name as my beneficiary?”
“Gee, I don’t know. How about your brother or sister or your parents? A pet mizzet? Your favorite charity?”
“Duke has a great job on Farflung Station, Helen is the stingiest person alive even though she’s rich, my parents are both generals, and their combined pensions alone make them richer than most of your hated patroons. I’m allergic to mizzets, and my friend the skoot doesn’t need money. My favorite charity is, I suddenly find, your family.”
Effing Feline here again. I’m considering going in search of my sisters. Think I should?
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 world, you’ll love Escapee.