I, Effing Feline have returned from the animal hospital after a short absence resulting from an unfortunate accident (?) during my cousin’s Lee’s visit. As everyone knows, Lee is a lion, and he lives in a zoo because the last time he visited me, he was eating all the cat food. I look horrible when skinny, so I called Animal Control him.
I was understandably worried about this visit. Would he want revenge? Would he scratch me? Sharpen his teeth on my skull? Luckily, Lee promised the zookeepers that if they let him out, he’d be on his best behavior. And he was . . . I think.
Last week In Alien Contact for Runaway Moms, we saw Audra singing to her fussing baby — and when she looks up from Roxie, Tal, her guide, has vanished. When a hand from a doorway grabs her, she panics and stumbles. Last week we left her about to fall onto the harsh rocks. We pick up from there.
From behind, the hand grabbed her arm, hard; she’d be bruised, but Roxie didn’t slam into the damned rocks and Audra was poised at a forty-five degree angle, unstable and ominous.
“I’ve got you.”
It was Tal.
He pulled her upright, his hands around her waist, then under her armpits, strong and warm and so frighteningly comforting. As soon as she could stand on her own she stepped back, away from what was almost an embrace. “Where the hell did you disappear to?”
“Ushh.” Her back was already against a wall, and a swoop of meltrock bulged out to her left and cut off her escape.
What was she thinking? She didn’t need to escape from Tal . . .but she had to tell that to herself twice.
Effing Feline here again. About that incident that put me in the hospital . . . I don’t think Lee meant to do it. He was just giving me a hug because, as he put it, I’m just so darned lovable. That’s undeniably true, so . . . I guess I believe him. Do you?
Alien Contact for Runaway Moms
She’s running from an abusive lover…but what is she running to?
When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island. But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals—and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?
Tal Pelletier’s life has degenerated into drinking, fighting, and physical labor, but he used to be a brilliant technician. When Audra asks his help sneaking into Kwadra’s abandoned cities, it represents a second chance, because she and her baby remind him of the wife and child he lost. But can he protect them from the killers—and, more importantly, the demons inside him?
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