Effing Feline rejoices!

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I, Effing Feline, have my favorite radiator back!

That’s right. My pet human, author Ed Hoornaert, is back home after three+ weeks in hospital and then rehab. He didn’t realize his back surgery would be quite this debilitating, or that he’d have s scar running from tailbone to shoulder blade..

He’s not writing yet, so I’m selecting from one of his favorite books, The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station. Sandrina is a young woman whose wound is rather concrete.

She can’t talk. But that doesn’t keep her from developing a crush on Farflung Space Station’s new head of security — from a distance. She feels too defective to ever approach a man.

When she was little, she’d used the space station’s vast network of ventilation shafts as her private highways. In here she wasn’t substandard, she was the queen of this dark domain, able to travel without anyone seeing her though she could see and hear everything. The key was to move silently, without making the sheet metal walls pound like quasar-sized drums. That was a lot harder now, which was why she hadn’t gone ‘underground’ for years.

Until today.

She reached her destination. Lying prone in a ventilation shaft overlooking the males-only gym, Sandrina watched Principal Officer Dukelsky jab a punching bag. He wore a shock-absorbing slalom suit that hugged his body as though painted on. The view from the rear was tantalizing, but she wished he’d turn to face her.

On a whim—more like a compulsion—Sandrina had hacked into his personal records. Even his daybook.

That’s ten . . . but here are a few more.

She’d learned his gym time and that his sparing partner, T.X. Mooney, was a former soldier, now manager of Farflung’s branch of Bodhisattva Bank. She knew that Duke was the reformed black sheep of a ramrod-straight New Ontario military family, and that he was determined to make them proud of him again. His job ratings couldn’t get any better. His sperm count was high and his body fat low. He liked aromatic foods, as did she.

She rubbed her wrists where he’d grabbed her, remembering even that with fondness. What would happen if she rattled the ventilation grate to call attention to herself?

He’d arrest her, that’s what.

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  1. Hey, Ed!

    Welcome back! I have been thinking about you and sending you light. I know (from family experiences) that it’s a hard slog recovering from back surgery.

    Don’t get discouraged. Every day will be better.

    1. Thanks for the lights. It’s always welcome.

      I’m only a little discouraged. Yes, every day is a bit better — just not quick enough.

  2. Welcome back. Take it slow. Recovery is always a pain.

    Great excerpt. She likes what she sees.

    1. Thanks, Daryl. It’s great to be back!

  3. I’ve been away so didn’t know you’d had surgery. Hope you are now on the mend. But as Daryl said, take it slow!!

    Good call on the selection, Effing! Sounds like she’s going to become a Grade A stalker with her private vent system. Tweeted.

    1. The surgery went very well, though it took forever — over 10 hours. I can already tell I’ll probably be able to walk unassisted in a month or two.

  4. Welcome back, Effing! Hope your radiator is fully functional again soon.

    That is some impressive stalkery. Hope she doesn’t get busted!

    1. What would be the fun if she never gets caught?

  5. I hope you recover quickly.
    What sneaky comments – his sperm count was high and his body fat low! Good choice Effing.

    1. Those comments point out just how much access to computer records she has. And, of course, to emphasize that Duke is healthy, masculine specimen.

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    Welcome back Ed! Hope you’re recovering well!

    Wow, she quickly learned a lot of information about this man. That could be good or very bad.

    1. I am indeed recovering well. It’s just that I thought recovery would take 3 weeks, not 2-3 months.

  7. Welcome back! Sorry to hear the surgery was more than expected…but it’s great you’re at home. Enjoyed the exccerpt although wow, she’s getting carried away with her snooping. I hope she doesn’t decide to rattle the grate!

    1. Sandrina has lived on the underbelly of human society so long that she’s developed her own set of rules — but that doesn’t mean she’s a bad person.

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