Effing Feline snaps his fingers #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am excited! Why? Because I got a letter today from my cousin Lee. Do you remember him? Well, even if you don’t . . . he’s being released early for good behavior, and I’ve asked him to stay with me awhile. I haven’t heard back from him yet, but I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll come!

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. When she went into the cage and pulled its head out of the water it asked for food. That snippet ended with:  The sudden motion might startle the beast.

In the end, she fluttered her fingers to propel the fish through the water toward the mobeave. When the fish was close, it lunged at it so quickly Pandy shrieked and thrust herself up and across the pond. She tripped on the far bank, fell across the threshold, jerked her legs out of the cage, and slapped at the emergency closure at floor level.

Thank the stars for the foresight that had led her to install a lock down low. This used to be Harry’s cage, and since she went into see him on hands and knees, it’d seemed worthwhile to puzzle out how to install a second lock mechanism.

Sitting on the floor in cold, wet clothes, Pandora stared at the mobeave for a good ten minutes. It swam in lazy circles, ignoring her.

Why hadn’t it attacked?

Ember had impressed upon her how appalling the beast’s temper was. A dozen stunner bursts had been needed to quell it, though one would bring down a man. She’d shown Pandy pictures of a sturdy box it had punched its claws through as though the metal was mere tissue.

And a few more to finish the chapter:

Yet it had done nothing to her.

Why not?

She eventually rose on legs gone numb. She tossed handfuls of finger fish into the cage—a veritable feast. Then she left the room, with many backward glances.

Effing Feline here again. Some wise guy out there in internet land sent me a snarky message saying, and I quote: “Cats don’t have fingers, so  you can’t cross them. So there.”

I beg to differ! Ordinary cats don’t have fingers, but I am a very special cat. How do you think I manage to type my weekly blog post?

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Pandora Uncaged

Book Two in the Passion Island Trilogy — A friends-to-lovers future romance

Available April 5 at all major e-book vendors

Pandora Dayle is her family’s disgraced black sheep. Ten years after running away, she’s rebuilt her self-respect at an isolated facility for saving animals native to the 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 youth 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 tells him to impregnate Pandora.

What could possibly go wrong?

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  1. glad she got out safely, but wasn’t there anybody to help?

    1. Unfortunately, no. The facility she’s at is woefully understaffed and she, as the acting director, has to take a lot of work onto her own shoulders.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I wonder if she just got lucky, or if the mobeave is no threat to her. I don’t think I’d trust it yet.

    1. You and me both . . . and Pandora makes three!

  3. Great tension, Ed.

    I really like Pandora. She seems both smart and warm hearted.

    1. Your comment warms MY heart, because that’s exactly what I was trying to get across.

  4. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I always knew Effing was an amazing cat. I assumed he used something like Dragon to dictate his posts. 🙂

    Pandora is very brave…or foolish. I wonder if the mobeave recognizes her tender heart. Not exactly sure I’d trust it, either. BTW, congrats on the new releases.

    1. Cats don’t like dragons!
      You see, dragons can fly, so cats want to chase them — but if a cat actually catches a dragon, who do you think is likely to win? So, no dragons.

  5. nancygideon · · Reply

    Animals can sense someone trying to help them. But I wouldn’t drop caution just yet!

    1. Pandora is enough of a pro that she’ll continue to be cautious. The question, though, is whether caution is enough?

  6. Seems like she had a narrow escape. Probably not a good idea to be in the cage with a dangerous animal and no one close by to observe and to help but certainly an intense scene for us! Enjoyed the snippet for sure…

    1. She’s worried about the mobeave keeping its head under water for a long time, so unless there was someone in easy shouting distance (there isn’t), there’s no time to get backup.

  7. Oh effing!
    Maybe the mobeave likes Pandora or it appreciates her prompt delivery of food.

    1. Both of these are distinct possibilities.

  8. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Ahh, an interesting twist! I’m glad she made it out unharmed, but I wouldn’t be in a hurry to tempt fate again if I were her.

    Those are some handy…um, hands you’ve got there, Effing!

    1. Effing’s hands are made of plastic.

  9. Wow, this answers so many questions. I admit I did wonder how you typed the weekly post. lol

    So, the mobeave likes her? Hmm, that could be a lethal assumption.

    This is a good scene–really amps up the tension and then the questions. 🙂

    1. I like that phrase — lethal assumption.

  10. Maybe the mobeave has realized her usefulness, like how cats tolerate us because we can open cans and doors. Just keep the fish coming!

  11. Liking the mobeave more and more every snippet. Can’t wait to see what’s really going on there.

    1. You’ll have to wait awhile. The mystery of the mobeaves is part of the trilogy’s meta-story, so it isn’t wrapped up until the end of book 3.

  12. I’m glad she got out safely but now I’m curious too why the beast did not attack her. What an interesting creature.

    1. I’m so glad you think so, Karen!

  13. Had me on the edge of my chair, I can tell you. I thought for sure she’d end up missing a few fingers with the fish. I think she was lucky rather than considered a friend by the mobeave. I’m assuming she’ll continue to treat it with an abundance of caution.

    Effing, all of my cats cross their paws when they sit down. They stretch them out straight then cross them. That’s just as good as crossed fingers in my estimation.

    1. There seems to be several different opinions about why the mobeave didn’t attack, and I love that. It means I didn’t telegraph the beast’s motivation.

  14. I like that the mobeave seems to like her. I’m sure somewhere down the road this will play into the story.

    1. The mobeave’ relationship with her resurfaces more than once.

  15. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    The creature must like her. She sounds very lucky to have gotten out of that cage.

    1. Lucky? Oh yes.

  16. Maybe mobeave’s aren’t vicious, just misunderstood. They seem to have language/communication skills.

    And I always just figured that Effing dictated his posts to his human slave.

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