For comparison purposes, at right is a photo of the dumb dog admiring one of the grandchildren. She looks sweet, right? Well, the camera lies! Below is the truth — a cat’s eye view of Twiggles the Dog!
Today’s snippet from Ed’s upcoming sci fi romance, Constellation XXI, picks up from where last week’s left off. Sienna Dukelsky is a young starship pilot on her first solo flight on a tugship. Tugships, like tugboats, are a key part of traffic control around Farflung Space Station; they guide incoming spaceships to safe berths without crashing into the station or other spacecraft.
But things get complicated when an incoming ship is piloted by none other than her first, best lover, Crispin Hunt — a lover she had hurt and betrayed. Here is the final line from last week: Now he was here, on this very ship, trailing rainbow memories that seduced her senses and shrouded her brain as powerfully as the shielding on the ship’s reactors.
It was no surprise, then, that Sienna’s first coherent thought, post-ship-death, was that Crispin had turned off the lights on the bridge to sneak up and throw his arms around her like old times and then —
No. The past was ashes. Love was just a cruel ghost. She had murdered it.
Her second thought when the ship died, a nanosecond after the first, forced a black scowl that banished all color.
Sergeant Vallant. The marine must be hazing her again for no better reason than she was a rookie from a rich and famous family, though a humble twig of the family tree. But how dare Vallant mess with the ship! Turning off lights and artificial gravity was surely a court-martial offense.
Effing Feline here again. It sounds to me like Sergeant Vallant will be Sienna’s antagonist, just like Twiggles is mine. And speaking of Twiggles, that painting captures the essence of dogdom but with one thing wrong. The dog has a tail. Twiggles doesn’t. Who ever heard of a dog without a tail to wag? Ha ha ha!
Rediscovering love at the worst possible time
Although Sienna Dukelsky had been the most promising student pilot at Keening AstroSpace Academy, she inexplicably settles for a routine, unglamorous job guiding incoming spaceships to safe berths at Farflung Space Station. Rumors, never verified, blamed her surprising decision on a boyfriend who got expelled from Keening.
Crispin Hunt, fleeing enemy forces, is greeted by a tugship captained by Sienna, his former girlfriend. Love rekindles — until an old betrayal boils to the surface. Her ship loses power while aimed dead at the space station, forcing Sienna to confront the terrifying truth about Crispin and his cargo . . . and her routine job suddenly becomes the most important in the entire galaxy.
Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Constellation XXI, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station and Escapee.