Effing Feline can’t get rid of his housemate #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, have a housemate of sorts — my pet human’s pet, Twiggles the dog. I’ve recently learned why that stupid dog (yes, I know that’s redundant) and I don’t get along. It’s because she had a chip on her shoulder. Really and truly, folks. I’ll tell you more about it, after this message from my sponsor, Pandora Uncaged.

Last week, Pandora carried medicine as she entered the room where dangerous mobeave was kept, only to find that it seemed to be trying to kill itself. She went into the cage and pulled its head out of the water. That snippet ended with: The beast opened its beady eyes. Then its mouth.

Pandy froze. Those razor-sharp buck teeth could chomp right through metal. Human flesh would be even easier.

The mobeave stared at her. She stared at it. Its fur felt silky…a dumb observation when staring death in the eyes.

Death’s eyes blinked. Then it stretched its mouth wide enough to take her arm up to the elbow. Pandy swallowed. Moving even that much felt like the most reckless thing she’d ever done.

. . . and a few more

“Ffffffd pliss pnnntorrr ffffd.” It closed its mouth.

“Food.” The word came out in a squeak barely audible over the thudding of her heart. “Of course, food.”

Without taking her gaze off Moby’s face, she carefully felt around in the pond until she touched a finger fish. No way would she risk her hand by putting it near the mobeave’s mouth, and throwing the fish was no good, either. The sudden motion might startle the beast.

Effing Feline here again. The worst thing about that chip is that this means I can’t get rid of Twiggles!

It’s a registered microchip to help people find Twiggles’ owner if she runs away. What a horrible waste of a microchip, right? If the dog wants to run away — and Twiggles doesn’t; she’s happy in her slavery — then I say, let her go!

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  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    A very tense scene! Once again, I hope she doesn’t get eaten by the mobeave!

    1. This is only chapter one and she’s the heroine, so that would make for a very short book!

  2. C’mon, Effing. You’ve got to admit that Twiggles is cute. Not as cute as you, but making allowances for her species…!

    Great snippet, as usual!

    1. Ahem. Do you really think Effing HAS to admit anything he doesn’t want to?

  3. Awww…. poor Effing Feline. As a future cat lady in training (three inside and one rescue kitty outside) I feel the pain a sweet, adorable, cuddly bundle of fur brings to you. BTW – good snippet Ed. Glad to see Effing isn’t keeping you from writing. (insert cheeky grin)

    1. “Sweet, adorable, cuddly” aren’t the kind of words Effing wants to be called. “Powerful, indomitable, fierce” are more to his liking.

  4. Twiggles is adorable! I am wondering if the Mobeave is pregnant, thus is need of sustenance and help. Makes her more open and more dangerous. Great job really stretching the tension.

    1. Interesting idea — pregnant.

  5. Apologies, Effin. Although I prefer cats, Twiggles looks like a very nice dog. Anyway, she surely seems less dangerous than a Mobeave. She wouldn’t be able to bite a person’s hand off. Maybe a finger.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~

    1. This would be an extreme case of biting the hand that feeds you.

  6. dumb observation when staring death in the eyes – LOL – the fact her brain is even working at that moment is good thing. My would just be -uhhhhhhhhhh


    1. So would my brain. That ‘observation’ is poetic license to fill space on the page.

  7. Now let’s just hope the Mobeave doesn’t decide she’s food.

    1. If she’s been handling the finger fish, she probably smells like fish . . . so that’s not a good thing.

  8. At least she knows what it wants and it hasn’t bitten her yet.

    Our pets are chipped.

    1. More pets with chips on their shoulders!

  9. Our dogs are chipped, so on the off chance that Paloma gets away and takes off after a cat she can be returned. (They also both wear their collars with their licenses and i.d. tags with our cell phone numbers.)

    Sounds like Pandora and the mobeav are communicating well. I don’t think it has any intentions of hurting her. (On the other hand, I did have a pet rat mistake my finger for a chicken bone once; after that the bones were offered on a plate.)

    1. Pandora really doesn’t know what to expect, but as the omniscient author, I agree with your assessment.

  10. And the scene continues to be intense and riveting – really well done snippet! I like the way you keep amping up the tension.

    1. And I’m not done amping yet!

  11. So the mobeave doesn’t seem to be “after” Pandora, but there is still a world of danger here. One false move and…but as you say, she’s the heroine, so probably nothing fatal will happen. Still, non-fatal things can also be extremely unpleasant. Can’t wait to see how Pandora figures out how to feed it without becoming dinner. Great snippet!

    1. This scene came to me fairly late in the writing process, but it’s now the opening scene — and it’s a much better one than the orriginal.

  12. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I don’t really think the creature will hurt her. I hope she has food handy.

    1. The only other time a person got really close to the mobeave, it slashed his leg, so she’s worried.

  13. What a tense scene. What will she do to feed the beast? I’m thinking it won’t harm her. I hope I’m right. 🙂

    1. Read on to find out.

  14. Uh oh. Now what? Between a rock and a mouth full of teeth. 😉

    Effing, you made me laugh out loud. Dogs do need chips because, unlike cats, they can’t climb up to treetops, utility poles, or rooftops to see which way is home. 🙂 Silly Effing…

  15. Thanks for stopping by, Teresa.

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