Effing Feline teases dogs #8sunday

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I, Effing Feline, hate the cat videos on Youtube. Instead of glorifying my glorious species, they portray us as creatures to laugh at. That is so misguided. If you silly humans really must laugh at some animal, laugh at dogs instead!

Ed is working on rewrites of his near-future SFR tentatively titled Audra Fleeing Audra Finding. Audra Verhailey, a runaway young mother, flees with her baby from Oregon to Kwadra Island — a “duplicate” of Vancouver Island that its Native American rulers “hopped” here from an alternate Earth.

Penniless and desperate, twenty-something Audra lets a Kwadran construction worker guide her up a wilderness mountain to a back entrance to Kwadra’s abandoned underground cities. Eyes twinkling, he tells her they’ve reached their goal and challenges her to see what’s invisible. She succeeds, seeing bushes swaying in the breeze from the ventilation tunnel they were searching for.

The twinkle spread from his eyes to his whole face, revealing a different man underneath his impassive, unresponsive exterior. He was the opposite of Kwadran Island: Its buried cities were old and abandoned, but his buried features were young and full of life. For a second — two seconds — she was so startled by the change that she yearned to trust him.

“Your hiding spot awaits you, cheechako; whoever’s chasing you, they’ll never find you underground.” He rose effortlessly to his feet then reached a hand to help her rise.

Girding herself against that alluring moment of trust, she tightened her lips — but she was facing uphill, with Roxie on her chest. There was no way she could stand up on her own without undignified flopping and grunting and waking the baby, who’d want to eat, and no way was she breastfeeding in front of this guy — so she took his hand.

It was, she thought in surprise, a very nice hand, large, strong, and callused from honest hard work, though it somehow seemed delicate enough for more than mere hammering. He pulled both her and Roxie upright with ease, and she ended up nearer than she liked.

Audra discovered she didn’t mind this man’s closeness nearly as much as she expected.

Effing Feline here again. I told you about laughing at dogs — well, here is the absolutely perfect video for you to start on. This video is perfect. Ed can only hope to write something as timeless as this!


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44 comments

  1. Effing, people are fascinated by cats. And you have to admit, sometimes you play to the gallery and act silly, even when you’re not.

    1. I’ll tell Effing that you think people are fascinated by cats — and that by unspoken comparison, they aren’t fascinated by dogs. He’ll like that.

  2. Oooh, she’s finding a soft spot for him.

    Effing, you are being pretty tough on Ed. lol

    1. You’ll notice how long she wanted to trust him — two whole seconds. She still has some work to do. As for Effing being hard on me . . . did you just now notice that?

  3. I like the description of him … and can’t wait to read what happens next.

    1. What happens next is a break between chapters one and two. I hope that satisfied your curiosity? 😉

  4. Even two seconds of trust is an improvement for her. And in the end she doesn’t mind his closeness as much as she thought. She’s definitely thawing toward him!

    1. Yes, these are the first tiny steps toward a relationship.

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Oh, I do like this turn of events. Not only did she get a reaction out of him, but she’s learning to trust him. 🙂

    1. Two seconds of trust. That’s all she’s given him so far.

  6. Sometimes your heroine overthinks things, doesn’t she LOL? but I like that she’s starting to trust her companion as a result of all that analysis. Another great snippet…

    1. Somebody or other, don’t know who, already used the title Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but that phrase kind of describes how Audra feels right now

  7. Great description of him! Almost distracted me from the fact that she’s about to go into a creepy underground abandoned alien city.

    1. People who read book two in this series have already spent considerable time underground. I hope they don’t mind going down, down, down once again.

  8. Romance hits the spot. Well done in a beautiful way.

    1. I just now thought of an appropriate name for this scene: A Touch of Trust.

  9. Ooh – she’s almost ready to trust him. But, is she going alone into the underground city?

    1. That’s what she plans to do, but then as Bobby Burns taught us, plans “aft gang agley”.

  10. Love this snippet. There’s lots of foreshadowing about things to come.

    And Effing: If I were you, I’d think twice about teasing something with a mouthful of big sharp teeth.

    1. If you were Effie, he would undoubtedly show more sense than he does. Less egotism, too.

  11. Interesting, leaving me wondering who she’s running from and how she got the help of this man. Makes me want to read more.

    1. Some of those questions have been answered in previous snippets, which you’ve missed. Sorry about that!

  12. nancygideon · · Reply

    This is developing so nicely! Noticing his hands . . . She’s a goner.

    1. She’s not done struggling against him, though.

  13. Karen Michelle Nutt · · Reply

    I think she’s warming up to him. 🙂

    1. Two seconds worth of warming, yes.

  14. Ah, finally she’s thawing just a littl! Tell Effing we’re laughing with the cats, not at them. Much.

    1. If I tell that to Effing, do you think he’ll believe it?

  15. Oh I really like this man with the twinkling eyes. She’s melting, and I can see why! (well perhaps melting is a bit strong, I guess it’s more a case of starting to thaw a little! 🙂 ) Great snippet as always and I don’t know what to say about that video, Effing, except that cats and men (Ed excepted of course) can be very cruel! I feel so sorry for that poor deprived dog. 😦

    1. About the video . . . Perhaps you noticed that the man had a Canadian accent. I’ve been accused of having a Canadian accent. Coincidence, you think, or something more sinister?

  16. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    He sounds like a man who’d be easy to warm up to.

    1. She doesn’t find it easy to warm up to any man, which is why she resists him so long. FYI, she isn’t done resisting.

  17. Awesome, cozy snippet, and that video is one of my favourites!

    1. It’s a great video, in a twisted sort of way.

  18. Seems like she’s battling herself more than anyone else. I wonder what made her trust him enough to let him guide her into the wilderness.

    1. In a word: desperation.

  19. They’re having a nice moment, but it can’t last.

    1. Very perceptive of you, Caitlin.

  20. I love how you describe this entire scene. I can see them becoming friends eventually, though probably not right away.

    1. This is the end of chapter 1. I have to stretch out the tension for another 29 chapters, so darned right it won’t be right awaY.

  21. great snippet! Hope she learns to trust him, love the foreshadowing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dottie!

  22. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I like how she’s noticing more about him, in a pleasant way. Accepting his hand was smart. Good luck on those edits. I love dog videos, although this guy is kinda mean.

    1. The guy narrating the dog video is downright sadistic . . . yet I still find it amusing. I’m sure that says something horrible about me.

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