I, Effing Feline, have many things that bother me, and I’m sure you want to know what they are. Here’s a partial list of my pet peeves:
- Loud noises
- Fur balls
- Dry cat food
- Fur that doesn’t taste good
- Politics on television
- People who pet cats as thought we’re dogs
Today, another snippet from Pandora Uncaged, Ed’s WIP. You’ve met Booker, the Apprentice Cupid who has flown Aidan to the remote island where Pandora works. He hopes to mate them by rekindling their teenage passion. Here’s Aidan’s first glimpse of Pandora in fifteen years. (10 sentences plus two bonus sentences.)
Just before a jarring thump told Aidan the flitter had landed, he spotted Pandora. Wind from the rotors ran riot through short hair bleached by the sun to a toasty brown. Neither the style nor the color matched his memories , but no matter how much she’d changed, he’d recognize those wide eyes of hers.
As a teenager, he’d taken her eyes for granted, not realizing he would never see a more captivating pair. Her eyes dominated her thin face. They were so large that sometimes the whites were visible all the way around pupils that were light hazel, almost green. When she’d stood near him for a kiss and looked up by raising her eyes—not her head, just those spectacular eyes — she’d taken his breath away.
And now, standing on the beach, she took his breath away all over again.
She still looked shy, though she wasn’t…or at least she hadn’t been. She was uncertain of herself. Vulnerable, even, in a way that had made him want to wrap his arms around her, feel her heartbeat against his, and protect her from a world too harsh for an adorable pixie who was too sensitive for her own good.
Youthful innocence and desirability — that was, or rather had bee, Pandora.
Effing Feline here again. I’m sure you loved my list of pet peeves. However, one thing I’ve learned in my many years of blogging is that I must limit how much I talk about myself (no matter how fascinating!) and try to pretend to be interested in you boring humans.
So, why don’t you tell me some of your pet peeves? And for purr’s sake, try to make them interesting enough to keep me awake!
Pandora Dayle is her family’s black sheep. Ten years after running away from home, she’s rebuilt her self-respect at an isolated facility for saving animals native to her colony’s planet. Her redemption feels as fragile as a dream, but she’ll be okay 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. Since his teen years, he’s held heroic jobs—police officer and now Search and Rescue leader. He adored innocent young Pandora so much he compares every woman to 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. They’d been close friends, so his strategy is simple: He flies Aidan to her island and orders him to impregnate Pandora.
What could possibly go wrong?