Effing Feline asks why #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, chose a snippet today in which the surprised hero finds himself asking Why? It’s a question I often ask myself.

  • Why don’t mice crawl into my food bowl at dinnertime?
  • Why is a lap not automatically available whenever I wish for one?
  • Why must I share a house with Twiggles the Dog?

I’m skipping ahead in Constellation XXI, the story of two people who were lovers years ago during their time at the Keening Astrospace Academy. They’d been torn apart by bad choices and guilt but now, under dangerous and mysterious circumstances, they’re reunited. Here Crispin Hunt thinks back to a crucial and puzzling meeting with the heroine, Sienna Dukelsky.

His mouth went dry as he remembered the moment she’d gone from cute schoolmate to fascinating female.

Along the path from Keening Academy’s library to the SimBooths was a large, climbable tangleyarn tree. As he walked under its sprawling shade, he’d heard a muttered curse. Sienna Dukelsky, a year behind him in school, was struggling with homework four meters up, on a broad snarl of branches.

Why had he climbed up to join her? The answer did him no credit — from below, the position of her skirt let him see shapely thighs, and he’d hoped to see more. Even at the time, it had seemed a rather unworthy motivation, and his secondary reason, to provoke a scandalized reaction from her, was no better; she would shriek and yank her skirt down, the reaction he usually got from ‘good girls’ who knew his reputation. She’d been a challenge, a momentary diversion; nothing more.

Moving slowly, as though approaching a skittish kitten, he climbed and sat nearby. Her eyes went wide but she didn’t shriek — and didn’t yank down her skirt, either.

Effing Feline here again. The most inexplicable WHY question of all is — are you ready? — why don’t I have as many Twitter followers as Katy Perry, Barack Obama, or Justin Bieber, the only three with 100K+ followers?

My only explanation seems utterly ridiculous for a cat of MY STATURE, but here goes. Could it be because I don’t have a Twitter account? Surely they don’t expect ME to be bothered with such trivia!

Be sure to visit the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

I have great news for you! Through my magical feline telekinetic powers, I have arranged for Constellation XXI to be on sale this week only for a mere $0.99 . What a fantastic cat I am!

There are some other books available, too, including some by Weekend Warriors. Click the pic to open another tab, and look in the Space Opera section.

Constellation XXI

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 blamed her startling decision on heartbreak after Crispin Hunt, the love of her life, got expelled.

Approaching Farflung years several later, Crispin’s freighter is met by Sienna’s tugship. Love rekindles, though dampened by old betrayals. And when her ship loses power while aimed straight at the space station, Sienna must confront astonishing secrets about Crispin and his cargo—secrets that make hers the most important job in the galaxy.




  1. Effing, I am a devoted follower.

    If you ever need a lap, let me know!

    (BTW mice are not very tasty – I have this on good authority from my felines.)

    1. I suspect it’s the chase cats love, more than the taste.

  2. And I just snagged a copy of Constellation XXI!

    1. What a wonderful lap you must have, Lisabet!

  3. Interesting situation, i like that already then she reacted opposite to what he expected

    1. He’s read her wrong. She’s a virgin but not a prude, and she’s delighted to h old this particular guy’s attention no matter what it might take.

  4. You never know what happens next in your weekly snippet and that’s a kick for me. Always exciting and gives me a good laugh. Best always, Ed.

    1. I enjoy that you enjoy my little snippets. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Interesting how Sienna didn’t react at all the way Crispin expected.

    1. As I mentioned in a previous comment, he may think he knows her ‘type’ well enough to predict what she’ll do, but he’s wrong.

  6. Seems like he made a miscalculation about Sienna. Gives her an edge from the beginning, which is good considering he’s a bad boy with a reputation. 🙂 Nice backstory, Ed!

    1. This young lady (and she is a lady despite not spoiling his view) has a serious crush on him. That’s where he miscalculated.

  7. Well good for her, I hope he’s managed to become more enlightened over the ensuing decades…and Effing surely does pose a lot of good questions this week!

    1. My question regarding Effing is an anguished “Why, God, why?”

  8. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    I would totally follow you on Twitter, Effing! Just saying. 😀

    Awesome little glimpse of these two in the past. Really enjoying the story as it progresses!

    1. I also show this same scene from her point of view, and that was fun. Her actions here (or rather, inaction) both scandalizes her and titillates her.

  9. I love this snippet! His admission of his motivations is funny! Good writing, Ed.

    Effing, you NEED a twitter account. lol I’d follow you.

    No new snippet for me this week.

    1. For once in a romance story I got to be the raunchy, sight-oriented guy that I am.

  10. Siren X Star · · Reply

    Really enjoyed this snippet! Looking forward to its continuation next week!

    1. Thanks so much, Siren.

  11. Cute snippet! Short skirts hahaha

    1. It just goes to show that you can never tell what decision will have lasting consequences.

  12. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    She didn’t react as he expected did she?

    1. Nope. He was hoping to shock her, but didn’t.

  13. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Effing asks very good questions. What a shame he can’t find a handy lap when he wants one.

    A charming snippet. What a cute memory.

    1. Just when I think I kind of understand women, they say that a guy looking up a skirt is charming. WTF?

  14. Seems like Sienna wasn’t at all like what Crispin expected. Maybe this is why he was attracted to her. Enjoyed the snippet.

    1. I’m sure you’re right, Karen.

  15. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always worn shorts under my skirts to hide my more from creepy guys who might wish to see it!
    My cat Tara often likes to play with my son’s cat Bart, but I think sometimes she wonders why she has to share a house with Bart when he can be such an ass.
    Bart keeps life interesting. I was writing a chapter which featured a pair of ghouls last night, and he came scrabbling up the side of the couch and scared the hell out of me.

    1. It sounds to me like Bart was just trying to help you get in the proper mood.

  16. It can be surprising but satisfying when people don’t react the way you expect them to. Love Effing’s list of whys. 🙂

    1. Being unexpected keeps him on his toes around her.

  17. Aw, Feline. I wish all your why questions could be answered. I loved the snippet, and that at least the hero is self aware enough to know his motivations were not the greatest. lol I’m curious about her. Clearly, she’s not a “good girl”.

    On Sun, May 5, 2019 at 2:31 AM Ed Hoornaert (Mr. Valentine) wrote:

    > Ed Hoornaert posted: ” I, Effing Feline, chose a snippet today in which > the surprised hero finds himself asking Why? It’s a question I often ask > myself. Why don’t mice crawl into my food bowl at dinnertime? Why is a lap > not automatically available whenever I wis” >

    1. But neither is she a ‘bad girl’. Just a girl who had a crush on him from afar.

  18. My first reaction to this was “Ugh, boys, really?” I have to admit I hate the “boys will be boys” trope in that kind of attitude. I’m quite glad she didn’t give him the reaction he wanted, but now also wondering if she’s not such a good girl herself. Would love to see how this scene plays out!

    1. Your reaction is much more what I would’ve expected, rather than some of the earlier reactions I got. This is as much of his bad boy side as we see — we need to know what he’s reformed from.

      1. Well darn. Would still love to know how she does react. Glad to know I didn’t disappoint in my reaction! (And I hope I didn’t offend, though it’s not a belief I would ever apologize for. There’s enough of that in the world already.)

      2. ??? There’s nothing to apologize for, Daelyn.

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