Effing Feline’s pet peeves #wewriwa

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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:

  • Dogs
  • Loud noises
  • Fur balls
  • Dry cat food
  • Dogs
  • Fur that doesn’t taste good
  • Politics on television
  • People who pet cats as thought we’re dogs
  • 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!

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. 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?

34 comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I wonder if she’ll be anything like the teen he remembers, or if she’ll have changed a great deal.

    1. Fifteen years is a long time — half of her life. Will her essence seem the same to him, though?

  2. Memories and imagination–over-inflating reality since time began. 🙂 lol

    Pet peeves…

    People who won’t refill the paper towel dispenser.

    That’s about all I can think of. 🙂

    1. My, are you ever an easygoing person!

  3. Just like Jessica, I wonder how much she’s change, and will he like the change.

    1. At a minimum, it’s safe to say she’s no longer a 15-year-old virgin. But just how experienced is she now?

  4. Pet peeves – people who leave comments on my blog to enter a contest but don’t include their email addresses!

    And Effing – if you weren’t Ed’s pet, would you just have “peeves”?

    1. Uh oh, Lisabet. You sure stepped in a deep pile now. “If you weren’t Ed’s pet?” Effing doesn’t acknowledge being my pet. He thinks it’s the other way around.

  5. Wondering how many times she gazed up at him from those mesmerizing eyes during their early days. He’s quite taken with her still.

    1. Over the years since they were fifteen, he’s never found a woman he’d rather kiss. To me, that’s totally believable. I found the love of my life at sixteen and never wanted another. The difference is that his family moved away and mine didn’t, so my teenage infatuation deepened while his became an impossible ideal.

  6. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Despite his memory, I’ll bet she’s changed a lot. Maybe not as fragile as he thinks?

    Pet peeve: politics. My guess is Efffing’s biggest peeve is dogs. LOL

    1. Right. Her fragility led to disastrous choices he hasn’t yet leaned of, but she survived the equally disastrous consequences — and to do that, she had to become strong.

  7. Sounds like Booker’s work is half way done for him. Wonder how Pandora will feel about this reunion?

    Pet Peeves: Cats who launch themselves off the dresser onto my chest when I don’t get up early enough. Cats who puke on my slippers. Cats who….you did say PET peeves, Effing. I can go on and on.

    1. Are you not a cat lover, Alexis? Or even if you are, do you feel they aren’t perfect? Don’t worry, Alexis, I’ll keep your shameful secrets away from Effing’s ears.

  8. I would guess she might not be pleased to see him. Why did he leave her?

    1. They were fifteen. His parents moved away. Not his fault.

  9. He really sees her through youthful eyes. So far, Pandora doesn’t seem like she will need a lot of protecting.

    1. True. She’s far from helpless.

  10. Enjoyed all the details here and the smooth way you’ve presented them. I hope he won’t be disappointed, not having seen her in so long! Great snippet…

    1. You know the old saying, “The eyes have it.” That’s true for my mental image of Pandora, which really helped my ability to describe her.

  11. I’m curious to find out if she is the same as he remembers her. I have a hunch she may have changed a bit.

    1. In fifteen years? I’d say your hunch was well founded.

  12. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    She can’t be the same person after fifteen years. I wonder how he’ll like the changes.

    1. Well, they’ll certainly surprise, even shock him.

  13. And if he does find her significantly different, will he like the changes? That might stop Booker’s plan in its tracks.

    Pet peeve: I hate when people back into parking spots! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jenna.

  14. Now, if I had to go back and talk to the boy who took my first kiss at sixteen (on my birthday, I might add), I don’t think I’d have such good fuzzy feelings as your character. Just sayin’ BTW – Effing Feline – I’m down with dogs being on the list 😉

  15. Well, then, how about your first boyfriend, Sue? Might he get a warmer welcome?

  16. Sounds like he’s still in love with the girl he knew. Can’t wait to see what happens with the woman!

    1. She remembers him fondly, too . . . but fifteen years is a long time.

  17. It seems he’s still infatuated with his perception of her at 15. This doesn’t bode well for Booker’s assignment.

    1. Unfortunately for Booker, neither of them is on board with his assignment.

  18. I’m curious to see if his memory of her adjusts with the reality of who she was and who she is. As for pet peeves, people who are late all the time!

    1. Late all the time? Gulp. That could mean me!

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