Effing Feline, therapy animal #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am a great therapy animal. It’s not something I do all the time, of course — I’m far too busy for that, what with writing, blogging, and napping — but we cats love it when our pet humans are under the weather. Their laps remain stationary for longer than usual so we can stretch out and sleep without fear our human radiators will disturb us.

In today’s snippet, Sienna Dukelsky captains a tugship, outer space’s answer to a tugboat. She is guiding an incoming ship captained by Crispin Hunt, her first and best lover. She had parted with him years ago under circumstances that still caused insomnia and guilty tears. Skipping ahead, here’s an exchange that hints at some of their history.

When she was done, he flexed his shoulders and arms while she tried not to notice his torso, which was even more muscular than in the past. He must spend a lot of time in his ship’s gym. By accident, their gazes met. She wanted to turn away, but couldn’t.

His face softened and so did his voice. “Our kid would’ve been what now — six, seven?”

“How dare you bring that up.” Gritting her teeth, she jerked away from him. “How dare you!”

“It’s so hard to know about dates and ages when you’re in and out of hyperspace.”

Effing Feline here again. I mention my prodigious skill as a therapy animal because Mr V is a bit under the weather. I’m doing my best to get him well . . . which of course involves doing what I most love to do, and which I’m better at than every creature who has every lived.


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  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Oh, there is a lot of history hinted at in this snippet! Very intriguing!!

    1. The lost child is an important part of her backstory, even though I added it at the last minute. It made all their past troubles come together into a coherent whole.

  2. A child?? Wow … didn’t see that one coming. Nice little info from the past.

    1. Your reaction is similar to my beta readers’. It made them sit up and pay attention.

  3. I would definitely say a child counts as “history between them.” The plot thickens! 🙂 Great snippet!

    1. These two needed more involvement than just having been boyfriend and girlfriend. The child they almost had felt like it deepened their past.

      1. It definitely does that. And I wondered immediately if it was a choice they (or she) made or a miscarriage. Either one could tear a relationship apart.

      2. Tear it apart it did.

  4. Yeah, that was clumsy on his part, to just drop this piece of their past history into the conversation. Well, I guess we’ll see if she keeps talking to him! It was a very effective plot point – great snippet, quite startling.

    1. ‘Quite startling’ — I like that reaction. I considered having Sienna think about this, but it seems more effective (and startling!) this way.

  5. Another little insight! I’d guess she lost the baby, but he might not know what happened. She’s very touchy.

    1. It’s part of the load of guilt she’s carried around for years.

  6. nancygideon · · Reply

    Whoa! This is a complication I didn’t expect! That changes all the dynamics.

    Sorry you’re under the weather, Ed, but lucky Efffing to take advantage of the moment. A moment our hero in the story above totally missed by a mile!

    1. ‘Changes all the dynamics.’ This comment delights me.

  7. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Oh my, quite the bit of history these two have shared! Hope you feel better soon, human radiator. Take good care of him, Effing. 🙂

    1. When one has a fever, however slight, one makes a better radiator.

  8. And he just keeps right on like he didn’t notice her reaction. There’s a lot packed into this little snippet. Can’t wait to find out how the rest of the conversation goes.

    1. Effing does a good job selecting snippets that contain a lot of emotion.

  9. WOW! exceptional snippet! Every word angers her. Can’t wait ’til next week, Ed.

    1. These two need to have some sparks . . . though most of them come from her.

  10. Oooo this is quite a tense conversation. I like it!

    1. Tension in real life sucks. In fiction, though . . . gimme more!

  11. Ooh, gosh, that seems a touchy subject! His “tact” chip must be on the fritz.
    As for therapy animals, there was one unfortunate night when I had the norovirus, and I was burning up with fever. I was nice and warm so my buddies all came to sit on me. There were six of them at the time. I kept pushing them away because I did not need that extra heat!
    Only one of them is still alive. I miss them a lot. Took the heart right out of me to lose them over the years.

    1. Oh good. I’m glad you added that at the end. I wasn’t sure just how upset you were with them for making you hotter!

  12. What? They would have had a kid together. There is a lot of history still unfolding! I’m curious to know more.

    1. That sure got the attention of all the women in the audience.

  13. Diane Burton · · Reply

    That was startling. That one sentence throws their relationship into another realm. Not just her 1st love but the father of her child. You sure know how to complicate things.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, Ed.

    1. Yeah, there relationship should’ve been the one that lasted.

  14. I love the intensity between these two.

  15. Oh wow! That was certainly unexpected. So many questions have come up now. Can’t wait to read more. HOpe you feel better soon, Ed!

    1. Thanks, Elyzabeth!

  16. Sorry to hear your not well. I hope you are better soon. I am sure Effing is a comfort. Wow, an awkward moment. Even the future is a challenge to be a parent. The question is what planetary system has the best schools? A new twist on boarding school.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I’m all better now.

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