Tuesday Tales is a weekly blog featuring diverse authors who post excerpts from their WIPs based on word and picture prompts. Today’s prompt is the picture above. The resulting snippet features supporting characters from the 5th Wytchfae book. The story is a prequel to the appearance of these characters in Lord of Fire. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.
Ten pounds of hefty cat clung to Lucien’s chest, and he had no choice but to buffer her in his arms while the maniacal doorman spun around like a demented windmill.
“Dad blast that good for nothing stray mulecat! I ain’t never seen the like. What do you mean she’s your’n, Mister Silver? You’re pulling my leg. That alleycat was sneaking around this hotel long before you set foot here.”
The cat burrowed closer to Lucien, making little bumping motions beneath his chin with the top of her head, as if seeking shelter from the strident voice out for total feline annihilation. Pfft! He spoke through wisps of soft white fur attached to a warm body stiff and trembling from her frenetic encounter. “Ted, does this really look like a stray cat to you?”
The doorman eyed him from beneath furrowed brows, his thin lips curling up on one side. “What do you mean? There ain’t no collar, and it’s been prowling around here on the lookout for something good to eat.”
Lucien gritted his teeth, envisioning for a moment punching Ted’s lights out, just for the hell of it. “Perhaps the collar broke away, Ted. That’s how they’re made now, you know, to protect the animal in case it gets caught on something. No, Ted, this is not a stray by any means.”
Now the doorman’s pale squinty eyes widened. He couldn’t have looked more puzzled if Lucien had handed him an algebraic equation to solve. “How do you know?”
“Look at this snowy white fur, these periwinkle blue eyes. She smells sweet too. Want a sniff?”
Ted stepped back smartly, shaking his head.
“This is not a stray, Ted. This cat is obviously a high class package. Yessir, she’s champagne and caviar all the way.”
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