Effing Feline feels depressed

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I, Effing Feline, am depressed. And sad. And bereft. Forlorn, miserable, and heartbroken, even. Sigh.

For over a week, the house was filled with Hoornaerts — Mr Valentine’s three sons visited, after traveling over 20,000 miles for the holidays, and his daughter’s family came from a couple miles away. Even though they wasted far too much time playing with Twiggles the Dog, I got so much attention I purred my fur off.

Now they’re gone. Gone. They’ve abandoned me!

Life goes on, I suppose. Her’s another snippet from Rescuing Prince Charming. Dusty Johnson, a tech writer working on Earth’s first starship, is racing against time to help a stranger (a native American from an alternate Earth) get a saboteur’s time bomb out of a starship under construction. Here we get the first hint of the secret Dusty hopes he won’t learn.

“I’m surprised”– she slowed to climb over the warm sewer pipe –“to hear a Kwadran admit an American can do anything well.”

He glanced back at her. She wished he wouldn’t do that; if he ran into something, the bomb might explode almost in her face. It wasn’t a world-class face, but her head would look bloody awful without it.

Reaching an open stretch, he sprinted. “You dislike Kwadrans?”

“Stuff a sock in it and run.”

Too late, she realized she should’ve denied her disdain for the aliens. Even though he was just a security flunky who’d skipped bomb disposal class, her careless admission might go on her record — and if the Kwadrans started investigating, they might discover her secret. She’d get kicked off the project before they’d finished thanking her for saving the starship.

Effing Feline here again. I know you all worried that I’d lost some of my stunning handsomeness, so let me reassure you. When I said, “I purred my fur off,” that was hyperbole.

Be sure to visit the other writers in the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

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  1. Effing, I am sending you a virtual catnip mouse. Happy New Year!

    1. That’ll snap him out of his depression after one sniff. Thanks Lisabet, and Happy New Year!

  2. Intriguing snippet – I have the feeling she has more than one secret going on. Happy New Year!

    1. And her secrets will cause problems in the future.

  3. Well I hope they get this bomb disposed of or her secret isn’t going to matter at all! Effing, I bet Mr. V is also missing his loved ones and will probably start petting you more to make up for it. So hang in there! Happy New Year, Ed and Effing!

    1. Yes, Mr. V is definitely missing the family. The house seems so quiet now.

  4. Never skip bomb disposal class. 😉 Happy New Year.

    1. I’ll keep that in mind, Lyn!

  5. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Finding out more tidbits about her as they run for their lives. Great snippet.
    Happy New Year!!

    1. Happy New Year to you, as well, Karen

  6. It doesn’t seem fair that admitting that her kind isn’t too well liked by his can get her in trouble. Makes me wonder what she’s hiding, though! Funny snippet. 🙂

    1. Is it ever fair when one kind of people holds all the cards? In this case, it’s the alien Kwadrans.

  7. Poor little Effing. Please don’t cry. Tears will ruin whatever fur you have left. Great snippet though.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year to you, too.

  8. Secrets and hidden agendas. Smooth writing and great characters. I really like this story. Happy New Year, Ed!

    1. Reading this comment is a great way to start a new year. Thanks, Gem.

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