Effing Feline lusts after the white cat

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I, Effing Feline, endure a plethora of problematic, possibly painful possibilities. Case in point: Ed (Mr V, my pet human) plays the oboe. All you need to know about the oboe is that it’s LOUD.

But lately he’s been practicing some music I love. Next week, his group will be in the pit for a live performance of Sleeping Beauty Ballet by some dude named Chai . . . cough . . . ski.  One of the dances features a long oboe solo about A CAT.

Suddenly I like the oboe.

Don’t tell Ed, but I’m getting tired of choosing snippets from his science fiction romance, Rescuing Prince Charming. This may be the last one. Or it may not.

Dusty Johnson and Reese, her alien companion, heroically got rid of a saboteur’s bomb. Soaring on adrenaline-fueled lust, he drags her into the big boss’s office, where they enjoy a quickie without getting caught. In this snippet, a Kwadran duke explains the bomb incident to the assembled workers on the spaceship project — but he gives Dusty all the credit, and none to Reese. (Edited from the released text.)

Shocked that the duke hadn’t mentioned Reese’s role, Dusty turned to him. “Wait a minute,” she cried, “this brave man did as much as I. More. Tell them, Reese.”

“I assisted.”

“No, no, I’d be dead without Reese…” She paused and turned toward him, saying, “What’s your last name?”

He dipped his chin as though apologizing; “Eaglesbrood,” he whispered to her alone.

“Eaglesbrood,” she repeated for the crowd to hear. For a nanosecond, the name meant nothing.

Then it meant everything, all of it bad.

“Oh, my God,” she whispered.

Effing Feline here again. Here’s the delightful dance of Puss in Boots and the sexxxy White Cat. Sigh.

Unless you spend the rest of the day replaying this video (I know I will!) be sure to visit the other writers in the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. And oh yeah — Happy Easter.

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  1. Effing, you should be glad that Ed doesn’t play the trumpet. Or the tuba!

    1. True. Effing doesn’t realize what loud really is.

  2. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    Oh my, what did he do that was so bad? I curious to know.

    1. Your reaction is precisely why this line ended a chapter. I do NOT want readers putting down my books just because they reach the end of a chapter.

  3. Oh, I can’t believe you stopped here. Can’t wait to find out more details about “the name”.

    1. See the above.

  4. Ooh… now, did he do the bad thing, or did his family? I’m betting it’s his family.

  5. Ooooh, I’m intrigued to know more about why his name is linked to bad. Great snippet.

    1. Good. You’re supposed to be intrigued.

  6. Nothing….then everything. Lolol. Ahhh, that Eaglesbrood name.

    Poor Effing. The torment you endure at Ed’s hands… 🙂

    1. Hey, Teresa, whose side are you on, mine or Effing’s?

  7. What a moment! Plus I enjoy effing feline 🙂 My cats used to complain by meowing when I practiced the recorder. Enjoy Sleeping Beauty!

    1. Your can’t didn’t complain, Adriana; they sang along.

  8. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    The oboe is better than the clarinet. That’s all that matters. I played the french horn in high school.

    Uh oh! Are they in more danger now than when they had the bomb? Fabulously intriguing snippet!

    1. Yes, she’s in great danger — but of a totally different sort.

  9. Yea yea – just leave us hanging there – what’s wrong with his last name??????

    1. As I said somewhere up above: Grin. 😉

  10. Either Eaglesbrood is someone she admires or hates. Either way, it sets up an interesting situation in the following scene, I’m sure. Great snippet!

    1. I love all the speculation about why she reacts the way she does. It’s an author’s dream come true.

  11. Uh oh… cliffhanger!

    1. As an author I LOVE cliffhangers at the end of chapters.

  12. Great moment. I bet he wishes she hadn’t announced his name to the entire crew!
    I feel Effing’s pain. I work for the ballet and it’s so annoying having to listen to all that music and watch those beautiful people jumping around all the time. Phfft.

    1. The only thing worse than watching the beautiful people jumping around is being in the pit, being able to hear only the four or five players sitting closest to you, and being unable to see the people jumping around.

  13. OK, so the name is significant, but why? Intrigued to know more.

    1. And so you should be, Ian, so you should.

  14. She’s just shouted his name and now I bet she wishes she hadn’t – whatever the reason behind her shock of recognition.

    1. Yeah, she can’t pretend she doesn’t know who he is when she’s just shouted it out to all and sundry.

  15. Not sure if Eaglesbrood is friend or foe, but the plot thickens methinks. How does Effing feel about Puss’ dancing abilities. Is he jealous?

    1. This is Effing we’re talking about, okay? I’m sure he thinks he could dance better than the well-shod puss.

  16. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    Oops. She let the cat out of the bag.
    Speaking of which, I didn’t know about that cat scene in Sleeping Beauty. Lovely choreography! Ed, you’re playing that solo? You’re so multi-talented.

    1. Just don’t ask me to dance.

  17. I love cliff hangers! (well when I’m writing ’em, not so much when I get left on one when I’m reading! 🙂 Well done Ed – I’m just going to have to buy the darned book now aren’t I – and when am I going to find time to write my next book when I’m up to my ears in books I’ve bought from reading snippets on this blog hop? Seriously though I’ve loved reading these and I’m sorry Effing’s thinking of stopping them. Effing, no, good cat, sweet cat, kind cat! (By the way, thanks for the pas de deux clip, I really enjoyed it.)

    1. I hear you about having too darned many books to read. I have yours, but haven’t read it yet, so mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

  18. You’re a cruel, Ed, and I like in a writer. What a great ending to this week’s snippet. Can’t wait for the next installment.

    1. In the book, that’s the end of chapter 4. I sincerely hope that no reader can put the book down and turn out the lights without proceeding to chapter 5.

  19. Uh oh, so of course now I want to know the significance of the name Eaglesbrood! I cringed when she yelled it out to the crowd. You crafty, talented writer, you, LOL. Very well done and of course I have to keep reading 🙂 Great excerpt! (Loved the ballet snippet too…)

    1. I’m blushing, can you tell?

  20. That last name certainly sounds important. Is it royalty, perhaps? The name itself suggests it. I hope she didn’t just get Reese in worse trouble! Great snippet!

    1. Being a cruel writer, as Libby pointed out, I’m enjoyed all the guesses people are making!

  21. People like you are the reason why “just one more chapter” doesn’t work. Have pity! 😉

    1. In person, I’d likely be full of pity for a reader (i.e., pitiful). On the page, though, NO PITY!

  22. Oh come on! You had to leave us with THAT ending! What was so bad about his last name? What does it mean? Gah! Great cliffhanger. Effing, you better give us at least one more snippet to know what the last name means. LOL

    1. Well, you can always buy the book, you know. 😉

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