A dark and stormy night #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am whispering. Why? So no one finds my hiding place.

Why am I hiding? Because Bruiser, my sister Effie’s boyfriend, is coming to visit.

I mean, he’s her friend, but he’s not a human boy. That’d be perverted! Instead, he’s her fence-top yowling partner. Oh, you know what I mean, right? I’ll tell you why that’s a problem after this message from my sponsor, The Triple Wedding.

After Sterling’s humiliating, catastrophic attempt to hire Teegan a date off the street for her sisters’ wedding, he’s determined to do the right thing and leave, even though it’s a dark and storm night.**

Despite the storm, she doesn’t try too hard to get him to stay — until that is, her comm unit chimes the notes that indicates her baby sister is calling.

“You’ll never guess what,” Rayna said as soon as Teegan answered, even before the hologram of her face staticked into the air above her comm, one timid pixel at a time. The storm was toying with transmissions.

“Hello to you, too.”

“We’re sisters, so I don’t have to be polite to you. Anyway, I have big news. Two big hunks of news, actually. First, we’ve got a date and a venue. The wedding will be held at the Colonial Wildlife Containment Center. The new one, I mean. It’s now called the Murky River Sanctuary, not the old one that got wrecked by the hurricane.”

“I’ve never heard of either new or old.”

“Sure you have — it’s where Pandora works. I’m sending you a map and directions.”

Effing Feline here again. Apparently Bruiser is a HUGE catnip junkie, and Effie used up all I had. He’ll tear out some of my beautiful fur if he finds me, so don’t tell him where I am.

Nobody would ever think to look for a cat under the bed, right?

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Triple Wedding

Teegan Dayle is a businesswoman who’s determined to maintain her image as the family’s most successful sibling. To do this, she needs a gorgeous date for her sisters’ wedding — even if he’s just a fake boyfriend..

Sterling, her roommate’s brother, is a handsome biologist. When a desperate Teegan asks him to be her date, he refuses — until he realizes the wedding is his only chance to meet the creatures who fulfill his professional dreams.

Booker is a naïve young Cupid whose job is to make a match for Teegan — but not with Sterling. Can he break up matches as well as he makes them?

How far will Teegan and Sterling need to take their pretense? All the way?

** This reference to Snoopy’s favorite opening line is my small homage to a town that no long exists — Lytton, British Columbia. After recording a new all-time Canadian heat record, it promptly burned down. That line was originally written by a Victorian Englishman, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, whose name graces the burned-out ruins.

25 comments

  1. I think you need to locate a reliable source of catnip. Surely there must be soneone who delivers!

    1. To get deliveries, you need to order with a credit card, and there’s no way I’m trusting Effing with a credit card!

  2. “you’re my sister i don’t have to be nice to you”, LOL, true to life 😉 enjoyed the snippet.

    1. That’s my favorite line in this passage.

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Ah, the wedding is getting closer and closer. She must make some decisions!

    And why can’t Bruiser bring his own catnip?

    1. It’s about to become even more imperative that she decide!

  4. Coming down to the wire. Looks like her options are getting less and less and Sterling more and more like the only one left her.
    Just say NO to Nip! (even though my cats never do!).

    1. The clincher is coming soon now! She won’t have any other option!

  5. julieevelynjoyce · · Reply

    Why dark and “storm” and not “stormy”? Is that what the cool kids are saying these days? Enjoyed the snippet! I promise not to give away your hiding place, Effing!

    1. Oops! Typo. Fixed. Thanks.

  6. Waiting for the other piece of big news she said she has! Enjoyed the snippet, very realistic conversation going on here. You have a great ear for dialog.

    1. At the best of times, the characters kind of speak their own lines to me, if that makes any sense at all.

  7. Effing, you appear a tad pale hiding beneath that bed where no one will ever find you. *wink*wink*

    Teegan, go ahead and say yes now, lol. She’s fighting it a little too much. Sterling will make a stellar date. 🙂

    1. If Effing is pale, it must be from fear.

  8. “You’re my sister i don’t have to be nice to you.” LOl Yes, I have two sisters. I love my sisters and would do anything for them, but we don’t sugarcoat things. lol

    1. What do you know — I, a guy, made a correct guess about sisterly dynamics.

  9. I’m sure she’s thrilled to hear that the details are getting ironed out. 🙂

    1. Of course. These are her sisters and she loves them even though she can’t stand them.

  10. My oh my. Scratching my itch… no pun intended. Miss my Writing Community. Hope you are doing well Ed, oh yes, and Effing. Seems like I have missed the growing family. Great snippet, Ed. Glad to see Booker will be at it again.

    1. Long time no see, Jeff. Feeling better these days, I hope.

      1. Yes. I have had a couple of decent-sized seizures, but nothing major. My driving days are done. My wife does all of that now. Now I write Full-Time. Which is my dream job. So, it worked out, in a weird round-about way. Blessings in disguise. It’s how I need to look at it. My wife makes decent money, and I make okay money Freelance writing. So it’s all good.

  11. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    Sisters really aren’t always polite to each other, LOL. I like that line.

    1. But you have no choice (most of the time) but to forgive and forget.

  12. Now that things are going forward, she’s going to have to make some plans of her own. That ought to be fun to watch! Great snippet!

    1. That crunch time is coming up within the next couple of chapters.

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