Effing Feline explains Christmas part 3 #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, find it tedious to explain things that every cat just knows. You humans get Christmas all wrong.

For example, the day after Christmas. In much of the world, it’s called Boxing Day. In case you don’t know it, that’s a Feline holiday — the day we get to play with all the boxes and wrappings left over from Christmas. So, for all you neat freaks who want to clean up around the tree — don’t. Let your cats play, first!

I continue to tear apart — or as Ed calls it, take snippets from — book 2 of Ed’s Passion Island Trilogy. You’ve met Booker, who is an Apprentice Cupid for a secret eugenics organization. In the middle of the night, he flies Aidan Forester to the remote island where his childhood girlfriend, Pandora, has worked for six years.

In his snippet, Aidan asks Booker why he’s doing this.

“What is it you want me to do? Pandora is one of the best people I’ve ever known, so I warn you, I won’t betray her just because she’s an Eastie and I’m a Westerner.”

Before answering, Booker checked instrument lights on the dashboard and set the automatic pilot. When he turned in his seat to face Aidan, orange light from the instruments cast shadows over his face from below. He looked demonic. Aidan tensed.

But Booker’s words were hesitant. “How can I put this without sounding like some sort of . . . crazy maniac? It’s not the sort of thing one usually asks, you know. Or rather tells. Yes, tells, because it’s very important. You know what I mean, don’t you?”

Frowning, Aidan shook his head

“Oh, dear. Well, then, for the good of the human race, I wish that you — or rather, we wish it, and I’m afraid we must insist — we wish for you to impregnate Pandora Dayle.”

Effing Feline here again. I know it’s not of interest to anyone, but my pet human, Ed, got a belated Christmas present. It turns out he’s been exposed to Covid (whatever that is). The exhibitionist who exposed him is none other than (get this!) his doctor. Now Ed awaits the results of a test of some sort.

Is the test yet another present? Not fair. I want another present, too!

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

Pandora Uncaged

Pandora Dayle is her family’s black sheep. She’s rebuilt her battered self-respect by working at an isolated facility for saving animals, but her redemption feels as fragile as a dream. She’ll be okay, though, if nothing traumatic happens.

But when the best friend from her innocent childhood arrives, her insecurities mushroom.

Aidan used to be Pandora’s best friend. As an adult, he’s been a policeman and now a Search and Rescue leader. He adored innocent young Pandora so much he judges every woman by her idealized memory . . . and finds them wanting.

But when he rediscovers the real thing, she’s not at all what he expected.

Booker, a naïve Apprentice Cupid for a secret organization, receives his second assignment: get Pandora and Aidan to mate. It should be easy, because they were best friends fifteen years ago. His strategy: Fly Aidan to her island and tell him to impregnate her.

What could possibly go wrong?



  1. Warmest after-Christmas wishes to you, Ed!

    Looking forward to the new books. Are there two coming out together?

  2. Thanks for the post-Xmas wishes, and a truckload of them right back at you!

    My plans are to release the three books in the trilogy one every 3-6 weeks. The first book is with my editor. The second (i.e. this one) is back from beta readers and getting ready for the editor, which means another 2-3 passes through the whole MS. Book 3 is 3/4 drafted, but I’ve hit a block.

  3. ohh … what a task. I wonder how he’ll react to it.

    1. A task indeed. No one’s every demanded such a thing of me.

      1. LOL …. something that is on your wishlist ?

  4. nancygideon · · Reply

    Now that’s a request I’m sure he doesn’t hear every day!

    My cats wish Effing a Happy Boxing day, having enjoyed their own in my office for the past few days of present wrapping and revealing – even without the nip.

    1. A happy cat doesn’t require catnip to play. Obviously, you keep your cats happy.

  5. When I click on your link at the WWW page – I got page not found. I searched around to find your link for today.
    That was a rather shocking Christmas gift. get healthy.

    1. Oops! I wonder what happened.

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    That is definitely an awkward request, especially if she doesn’t know about it.

    And I hope you are negative! It’s definitely a scary thing.

    1. You and me both.

  7. Well, that last request is an attention grabber. I wonder how Pandora will feel about that. I hope and pray your test is negative, Ed. From a doctor, no less? I’m aware of emotions going on while waiting for the same test result. Twice. This makes me want to change my mind about two upcoming medical tests I have scheduled.

    1. I hear you, Mary, but at the same time we can’t just ignore other medical issues just because of Covid. Good luck with your tests.

  8. Quite the unexpected request he got there! Loved the snippet…and best wishes for a negative COVID test.

    1. Yes, I guess no one could anticipate a request like this.

  9. What an ask, or is it really an order? Fun snippet. Best wishes for a happy new year and a negative covid test. My daughter was also in an exposure situation–from a nurse (and it was negative).

    1. I’m supposed to hear tomorrow. Thanks for the wishes!, Shari.

  10. I wonder how he’ll react to that “request.” I can think of several ways and none of them very polite! Hope your Christmas was merry Ed and I’m pulling for that negative result. Please let us all know.

    1. Oh, but he’s nothing if not polite.

  11. I would think that one would ask someone, rather than tell them, to get pregnant, but I’m not Cupid so what do I know.

    COVID sucks. COVID tests suck. I hope your results are negative!

    1. I suspect you’d make a better job of it than this Cupid.

  12. I’m curious to the response to this request.

    1. Aidan is not impressed, and Pandora even less so.

  13. I believe my response would be “excuse you?” followed by a request for the song “Stupid Cupid.”
    I hope your test results come back negative.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. No test results yet.

  14. Catching up here, no pun intended. Sorry for your exposure. Guess by now you’ll know and my next reading will tell us the news. Interesting snippet. Insisting. Wonder how this will go over.

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