Effing Feline plans a holiday #wewriwa

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I, Effing Feline, am posting my last column for a few weeks. I’ll tell you why after this message from my sponsor, The Triple Wedding.

Last week’s snippet ended when Teegan gets a call from her baby sister, Rayna, who announces: 

“It’s not going to be a double wedding after all.”

“Oh, no.”

Rayna’s voice was as chirpy as usual, so it wasn’t her wedding that’d been canceled. Which meant it was Ember’s.

Teegan had gotten much better at controlling her competitive side — with everyone but Ember. She and Teegan had competed about everything. The only way she’d managed to escape that pernicious competition was go away and stay away. But here was a chance to practice non-competitiveness with her big sister.

Now if she could just tamp down the glow of schadenfreude before it escaped in a burst of sarcasm. “Tell Ember I’m so sorry, and…and I’ll call her, okay?”

And a few more:

Instead of commenting on this generous willingness to bridge the breach between sisters, Rayna just blinked. “You think Ember and Tyler…? No, that’s not it.”

“Oh.” Teegan lowered her voice to a sympathetic whisper. “You and Faraj, then? Sweetie, I’m so, so sorry.”

“No! That’d be absolutely impossible, and I’m disappointed in you for even thinking it. It’s not going to be a double wedding, but a triple! You’re never going to believe this, but—”

Effing Feline here again. I’m not being coy, ending in the middle of the sentence. You see, that’s where Ed, in his literary wisdom (?!?), ended the chapter, silently daring readers to put the book down.

But I’m not as nasty as Ed. I’ll tell you who else is getting married. It’s the last sister in the Dayle brood, Pandora. She the family’s black sheep, a former prostitute who’s now the head of a wildlife rescue organization. Growing up, she and Teegan don’t get along, either.

 Now for the important stuff — namely, my holiday. Ed is having back surgery on Monday and isn’t sure when the doctors will allow him to sit at a computer. In the meantime, maybe I’ll go to the south of France. Good idea?

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

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?

17 comments

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Well, I’m sure that was quite the announcement. Even more pressure on Teegan then.

    Ed, all the best with your back surgery and your recovery!

    Effing, enjoy your holidays!

    1. More pressure on Teegan . . . that’s the general idea!

  2. Uh oh! Daring the reader to turn the page??? lol. That is brilliant–and holy cow–I want to turn it. 🙂

    Effing, j’ai entendu dire que l’herbe à chat française est superbe! Et un chat de gouttière? Oh là là…

    Ed, I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hope all goes well, and your recovery is swift.

    1. Out of curiosity, where have you heard raves about French catnip? Is it from your cat? Does he/she meow in French?

  3. But? LOL, what a great cliffhanger. And I love the misunderstanding of the conversation. And don’t you just love the word Schadenfreude. I use it a lot ! 🙂

    1. You’re originally from Germany, I believe, so you have every right to use Schadenfreude a lot!

  4. Oh, Ed. I hope the surgery goes really smoothly and that you’ll be back soon.

    You’re in my thoughts.

    1. I’ll sleep through the whole thing, which is good. Otherwise, I couldn’t face eight and a half hours on the operating table.

  5. I love the line – Now if she could just tamp down the glow of schadenfreude before it escaped in a burst of sarcasm.

    Ed – you take care and do not rush back until dr says it is ok.

    Effing – have a blast at the south of France.

    1. Poor Effing. He doesn’t speak a word of French. I hope les chats aren’t too rude to him.

  6. What a surprise – and will Teegan make it a quadruple wedding?
    I hope your surgery goes smoothly and you recover quickly. I’ve just had cataract surgery on one eye. My vision will be wonky until I’ve had the second one in two weeks.

    1. Ouch! The idea of doctors poking around eyes with sharp objects is scary.

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt, although a triple wedding is a bit much LOL. Best wishes on the back surgery!

    1. A triple wedding sure puts the pressure on Teegan.

  8. I have a feeling that for Teegan things are about to go from bad to worse!

  9. Elaine Cantrell · · Reply

    But what? We must know!

  10. Hey Ed. Checking in, hoping you’re mending just fine. 🙂

    I miss Effing. lol

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