Effing Feline tells Bastille Day truth #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, may lie down a few dozen times a day, but I never lie! Therefore you can trust me when I tell you the TRUTH about today, which France’s National Day. Bastille Day commemorates 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. The TRUTH? The revolution was all about cats!

Marie Antoinette? A cat.  __________________________  Napoleon? Also a cat!

I’ll save the most shocking, incontrovertible proof of the cattiness of the French Revolution after this word from our sponsor — Love thy Galactic Enemy.

A woman currently calling herself Lou was a secretary for a business that was a front for a spy team. The team has abandoned her, trapped and fearful, on Farflung Space Station, which orbits a planet inhabited by her home world’s enemies. She goes to sleep in a flophouse, which is the only place she can afford.

Later — it felt like the middle of the night — light and noise woke Lou up.

The door was opening. A blade of light speared across the far wall. After a pause, as though the light was reconnoitering, the sliver widened to admit an invading army of photons.

Lou struggled toward alertness, but exhaustion fogged her mind. She blinked as a shadow joined the photons. A man’s shadow. Tall, broad shoulders. And when the shadow moved, it limped.

The cop she’d met, Dukelsky, was coming for her. She was cornered, stupid with sleep, almost nude, and without options except surrender or fight.

Effing Feline here again. Cover your eyes if you’re squeamish — because here is proof that the real victims of the Revolution’s guillotines were, in fact, poor PUDDYCATS!

Now that you know the truth, be sure to visit the other great writers in Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday. And and feel free to critique this snippet, as it’s unedited.

Love thy Galactic Enemy

Abandoned to the enemy’s tender mercy

Minta, the reserved secretary for a spy team that spread a man-made plague, leaves the planet too late — the team abandons her on the enemy’s space station. She’s forced to fend for herself until she can make contact with an elusive spy, Watcher, who can take her home. To avoid arrest, she nurses a plague victim — a gentle, whimsical man who spouts Lewis Carroll. But to know this enemy is to love him . . .

When Finn Shanwing falls ill, he doesn’t intend to hide that he’s actually a high-ranking commando. Neither does he intend to fall in love with the secretive nurse who saves his life . . . but by the time he reveals to Minta she saved an enemy commando, it’s too late for his heart. Or hers. Also too late to escape the wrath of Watcher — half-human, half-machine, and both halves obsessed with her.

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28 comments

  1. Thanks for the enlightenment, Effing.

    Although to be honest, I don’t know that Napoleon was involved in the French Revolution.

    “the sliver widened to admit an invading army of photons”

    Great image, Ed!

    1. The sliver line was an attempt to make the light sound ominous.

  2. Great snippet … even better cliffhanger 🙂

    1. Actually, it’s not a cliff hanger. It’s a bunkbed hanger, because that’s where she is.

  3. I knew cats were behind it! No other species is so clever and ruthless.

    Great scene, Ed. Evokes all the right emotions of confusion and danger.

    1. I’m glad to hear I succeeded, then.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I hate that feeling between wakefulness and sleep. But to feel like that in her situation is horrible. Definitely piqued my curiosity!

    1. The one thing about that half-wakefulness (the hypnogogic state) I like is that it’s rather creative, in an off-the-wall sort of way.

  5. Vive le chat Roi!
    Oh no – she’s almost naked and the hero/cop is coming!

    1. There are possibilities, no?

  6. Wow, a snippet full of drama and great details! Can’t wait to see what happens next…terrific excerpt. And thanks for setting history straight on the role cats played in the French Revolution LOL.

    1. What comes next is the seminal moment from which all the book derives.

  7. That’s a pretty gruesome photo, Effing. I suspect revolutionary dogs had something to do with it.

    Loved the snippet. So much tension!

    1. Dogs? How quickly you slip into Effing’s frame of mind, Alexis!

  8. Boy, she’s in one tight spot. She must have been beyond exhausted because I would have thought she’d be able to snap awake much quicker. I hope she can devise a plan to escape and quickly.

    Effing, you’ve solved the question that’s baffled historians for centuries! Are you, perhaps, part French yourself?

    1. Is Effing French? Hmm. There might be an entire post lurking somewhere in that question. Thanks, Jenna.

  9. Note to self: If ever on the run on an enemy’s space station, wear your clothes to bed.

    1. Good point . . . although when she hit the sack she couldn’t stand to where the same sweaty clothes she’d worn two days straight.

  10. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Good luck with your preorders!

    1. So far so good.

  11. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Nice history lesson Effing. Lou’s in a bit of a predicament, isn’t she? I hope she can think of a way out.

    1. Effing’s ideas of history is always informative, if rarely accurate.

  12. Not dressed for the company with the hero approaching… Surrendering could be interesting as well as the fight could prove tantalizingly fun. I’m intrigued to know the outcome of this encounter.

    1. I’m glad the hook hooked you.

  13. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Love the French Revolution pics. Poor cats!

    Great snippet. I can feel her terror as she realizes she’s trapped. Can’t wait for this book to come out, Ed.

    1. Diane, I’m starting to get beta feedback now, so the book is coming. I’m not one of those people who can just shove a manuscript out into the world until I feel it’s really ready.

  14. Teresa Cypher · · Reply

    Hahaha! You are a hoot, Effing!

    Still waiting for the Effing book. Grumpy cat has nothing on Effing.

    I am looking forward to this book. After this snippet, I went to preorder. I already had. 🙂

    1. It’s all right, Teresa — you can order it twice. I don’t mind!

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