How our hero turns mercenary

The weirdest thing happened, but I sent my story to a publisher, and they agreed to print it in a chapbook of Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories by Authors from New Zealand, entitled "Nanonights" (Pipers' Ash Limited). So to read my first story, titled "The Hardest Part", you will have to go out and buy it, so that I get 1/12 of 10% of the royalties. So there! I know information should be free, but not if you can make money out of it.

The URL for Pipers' Ash is". Now go and buy a copy - it's good!

My second story, titled dumped is still online, unless it also gets published.

As a consilation prize, you can also get to read my first ever short story.
Please excuse my spelling and punctuation - this is as it was typed by me.

"Look Before You Leap"

by Tim Elphick
31 July 1980

The tabby cat stretched and let out an enormous yawn. It bounded off to catch some food. The cat felt ravishingly hungry, so hungry in fact, that he could eat a horse. (although he would not be able to catch one he still thought so)

As he prowled through the enormous forest of grass he saw a rat. Not an ordinary rat but a big fat rat all ready for eating.

The sight of food made his mouth water with starvation. He waited, tense, and then sprang on the innocent victim...... He snatched it with his claws, he tore it apart, and then devoured it. But, something black was also eyeing the rat, furious at the cat catching its prey first.

He grabbed the cat and bit its jugular vein, squirting blood everywhere, slowly draining life blood from the cat until it died. .......................

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