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When her clanship's sensors are damaged, Captain Klarin-yal hires an expensive human expert to effect repairs. Unfortunately, the human is afraid of reptiles. More unfortunately, during the explosion, a reptilian pet escaped into the ship. Even worse, the pet is about to have babies...
Now it's up to Kinahran ("Moonfur" in Terran) and her little sister Embereyes (whose pet it was anyway) to find the animal before the human flees in disgust, leaving the clanship crippled -- an outcome that would surely have the Captain using their ears for belt-pouches, and their tails for a belt!
Originally published in the fanzine Pawprints, "Leaping Lizards" is the introductory short story for the science fiction universe of the Kintarans.
Good, but too short
The story was good. It just seemed too short to really stand alone.
Fun short story suitable for children
But not childish. I will see what else she has written.
Not enough "there" there
This felt like the first 75 pages of a book that hasn't been (and apparently won't be) written. There's the beginning of some decent world-building, with a feline vice hominid culture, that I would like to read more about... but this barely-novella length work is barely long enough to make it disappoints when it ends.
If it were worse I'd probably have given it a third star. The author's imagination is good enough, and her writing skillful enough, that my disappointment in "Leaping Lizards" is that much greater.