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I've been sharing from my current work in progress, Book 2 of my Illuminati series, The Tree of Life. We just discovered that Rio, the hero is a Black Jaguar shapeshifter. He is in cat form and trying to discover who the intruders are in his jungle and what they are up to... ::Caution:: Some creative punctuation may follow to meet the requirements of the blog rules.
As soon as the men were far enough away, the cat jumped and raced after the vehicle. Sleek and sure-footed, able to move quickly through terrain where the truck must creep cautiously, it didn’t take long to find them; but once he did, he was surprised to discover their destination because he’d been to the ancient ruins many times in the past and it seemed an unlikely place to set up a base camp.
He would have liked to get closer, but care was needed if he was going to remain undetected and gather information. Rio jumped into a tree about fifty yards from the entrance he knew led nowhere but a collapsed wall overgrown with vines and waited to discover what further secrets would be revealed. The truck parked and as he had suspected the area was quickly flooded with lights.
Distracted by the activity of the men unloading, he didn’t at first notice Kirin because he scented her companion first. Ears back, nostrils flared, hairs bristling, his throat constricted, and only with a supreme effort did Rio manage to keep his other self from growling at the leopard brushing with casual affection against Kirin’s leg as she emerged from the darkness of the ruin. Then the smaller cat, having sensed Rio’s presence and with no need for concealment snapped its head in his direction and growled a warning.
“Easy, Raja,” Kirin said softly, bending to scratch the pet behind his ear, but she too looked in Rio’s direction as Roscoe stepped from the ruin and Rio’s nails dug deeply into the tree bark while he remembered the man’s remark regarding the tracking device and Rio becoming a pet. He looked at the leopard again, and was relieved to see that Kirin at least had the decency not to adorn it with a humiliating jeweled collar or bowed Velcro shirt. She turned to speak to Roscoe as the men approached with the gurney. The cat moved forward and sat, staring at him, clearly placing itself as sentry between his mistress and the perceived threat, Rio.
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6/19/2016 02:01:58 am
Hmm. Leopards as 'pets'?
6/19/2016 08:59:04 pm
IKR?! I wonder what will happen?
6/19/2016 03:30:44 am
A pet leopard? interesting snippet.
6/19/2016 09:00:31 pm
Yes, I thought it would be an interesting twist, since they were worshiped in Egypt and elsewhere...
6/19/2016 05:37:25 am
It's a cat shifter faceoff! Great snippet! :)
6/19/2016 09:01:33 pm
Thanks, Jessica! You guys are starting to catch onto things too quickly! LOL!
6/19/2016 10:28:27 am
I love the line where he's giving her credit for NOT dressing the leopard in a cutesy collar or outfit. I always wondered how animals feel dressed up. :-)
6/19/2016 09:03:16 pm
IKR? Those movies where they dogs choose their own "trendy" outfits crack me up. All they ever seem to really want to do is take them off, but my sister has a service dog that actually "loves" it's coat...of course she does live in the cold midwest..
6/19/2016 12:42:43 pm
I enjoyed the tone of the snippet and the animosity between the felines. Really well done!
6/19/2016 09:04:32 pm
Thanks for the kind words, Veronica. I really appreciate it. Did you notice I changed the font on my blog just for you? LOL!
6/19/2016 02:22:32 pm
Some cute stuff here about the pet leopard. Usually I'm all right with 'creative punctuation', but I have to admit that this time it made the snippet a hard slog.
6/19/2016 09:12:15 pm
Oy vey, Ed. I haven't posted early enough to see you here in weeks, and now that I'm lucky enough to get you here, I've given you a hard slog. You, the cat lover. I'm so sorry. I will try to do better. Honest. I did change my font for Veronica, so I can certainly post less and more correctly for you. That's what I get for rushing.
6/19/2016 02:34:14 pm
Enjoyed this piece! Wouldn't it be cool to be a shapeshifter and then your could spy on people in your animal form and they wouldn't even realize that you were there! Nice job!
6/19/2016 09:13:49 pm
Gives a whole new meaning to fly on the wall, doesn't it, M.J. Thanks for the kind words.
6/19/2016 07:22:50 pm
A pet leopard might be a good thing if it was a shifter.
6/19/2016 09:15:10 pm
Thanks, Elaine. Strickly speaking...it's not Kirin's "pet".
6/21/2016 08:04:47 am
I love the protectiveness of shapeshifters. Great snippet. :)
6/21/2016 09:36:07 pm
6/21/2016 08:43:22 pm
A bit of jealousy going on here?
6/21/2016 09:37:12 pm
I think you may be on to something there, P. T.! :)
6/23/2016 01:43:29 pm
Feline friction—I love it! Enjoyed the snippet.
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