Effing Feline watches Youtube, too late #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, told you last week that instead of eating Twiggles the Dog, my cousin Lee adopted her as his new best friend just because she gave him a 50-lb bag of dogfood. I guess that proves that if blood is thicker than water, kibble is thicker than blood. Sigh.

In, my most recent release, Pandora Uncaged, Pandora is meeting with Aidan, an old friend from her teenage years. Now the four workers she supervises barge in. One of them, Su Yung speaks first.

“We won’t stay long,” Su Yung said. “Being stuck here on the edge of nothing, we never get to see anyone new, and we already know everything there is to know about each other.”

“Except Pandora,” Desmond teased. “None of us know much about her.”

“That’s not true,” Su Yung said. “We know she’s hardworking, a tough but fair boss, and she loves these animals more than any of us do. That tells a lot about her.”

Tough but fair? Su Yung really thought that, or was she just sucking up?

And a few more but not too many. I know you have a lot of snippets to get to.

“Also,” Desmond held up a finger, “she likes ochre. Don’t look at me like that Consuela, it’s true. That’s her favorite color.”

“No, it’s blue,” Aidan said. When the volunteers gaped, he looked at Pandora and backtracked. “At least it used to be.”

Eyebrows raised, Desmond leaned toward him. “And you know this because…?”

“We grew up together.”

“Pandora Dayle was once a child?” Desmond acted amazed. “I thought she might be one of those people who were born a responsible adult.”

Effing Feline here again. I got a chance to talk to Twiggles alone. When I asked her how she’d managed to get on good side, she responded by sending me several e-mails showing how well canines get along with lions. Here’s one of them:

I wish I knew this before I invited Lee to stay with me!

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

Pandora Uncaged

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

Pandora Dayle is her family’s disgraced black sheep. Ten years after running away from home, 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. That’s one gentle lion — and one brave dog!

  1. These two are a great addition to the current situation. Enjoyed the snippet, especially the last comment.

    1. Desmond has just a small role to play, but Aidan’s the love interest.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    I like that they believed Pandora was never a child. And their curiosity about new people is endearing. Great snippet!

    1. Having lived on an island that was isolated (though not nearly as isolated as theirs), I know that a new person is an item of curiosity.

  3. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Great job showing what a private person Pandora is. Her coworkers reveal a lot.

    Effing, you gotta admire Twiggles’ ingenuity.

    1. Sometimes you need a foil to show who our character is. As for Effing . . . he doesn’t GOTTA admire anything about a dog.

  4. The line “Pandora was once a child?” says so very much about her, and why we should like her. Enjoyed the snippet.

    1. If you knew her life story (which we don’t at this time) you’d realize just how startling that line is.

  5. Loved that last line! It tells so much about people’s perceptions of her. Great snippet!

    1. Yes, it does. She’s trying so very hard to be responsible, and apparently she’s succeeding.

  6. Hmm, interesting the snippets about her that each character is adding. I liked the scene and it was a great way to add details and back story. Terrific excerpt.

    1. That means a lot to me. Thanks!

  7. LOL – on his amazement that Pandora was once a child. WHo knew!

    1. Obviously, he didn’t (in a sarcastic way).

  8. nancygideon · · Reply

    LOL! Love that last line. Great use of dialogue to establish these characters and our heroine.

  9. Desmond is being fairly cheeky, talking this way about his boss, but then that’s Desmond.

  10. So much going on here and yet it flows very naturally. You could teach a course in “revealing character through dialogue’.

    1. Why thank you, Alexis. But I don’t ‘know how’ . . . I just do it, know what I mean?

  11. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    I felt we learned a lot about Pandora in this snippet. I liked those last two lines.

    1. It’s not an action scene, but the learning mostly came from showing, not telling.

  12. It’s gonna get interesting on this island, with the past and present versions of Pandora brought together. I’m guessing that’s not something she’s looking forward to.

    1. It’ll be busy for her, that’s for sure.

  13. I love the different perspectives they have of her. And now I’m wondering if Aiden is going to ruin her reputation with tales of her younger days. LOL

    1. LOL. The wrong childhood memory might be uncomfortable for most adults!

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