I, Effing Feline, think English is weird. Take the saying “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.” Why shouldn’t you? You can tell a lot by looking in a horse’s mouth, like its age and health. Right, Hywela?
“Gift cats,” of course, are different. Don’t expect a gift from a cat. Instead, shower your cat with gifts.
Ed’s upcoming near-future SFR novel is Audra Fleeing Audra Finding. 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, where she hopes to be safe from the abusive lover who wants to take sole custody of her baby.
As they reach the ventilation tunnel that will allow her to visit the underworld, she asks her guide’s name. Talopas (Tal for short) means prairie wolf in his language. She tries to say goodbye, but he insists on accompanying her into the mountain.
“Why?” she said aloud; “what’s your angle, mister?”
He reached toward her chest, making her cringe back. Extending his index finger, he caressed Roxie’s cheek, and the baby gurgled.
“Oh.” So his selflessness had nothing to do with her? That was reassuring — or was it a tiny bit insulting, instead?
“Well, then . . .” She should be grateful to him, should smile and say thank you, should accept this token of the universe’s surprising love with grace and good humor. She grinned; what was that saying about not looking a gift wolf in the mouth?
Effing Feline here again. If you look a “Gift Wolf” in the mouth, all you’ll probably see is your nose being chewed. After all, wolves are related to (shudder) dogs.
Audra Fleeing Audra Finding
She’s running from an abusive lover…but what is she running to?
When her lover threatens to take sole custody of her baby, Audra Verhailey flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island.
But can the safe isolation she wants for her daughter survive a search party, a violent gang of criminals—and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?