Dear Lucky Agent Contest

Guide to Literary Agents is hosting a contest; the theme for this round is science fiction or fantasy. But only the first 200 words of your novel are eligible!

Here are the first 200 words of The Face of A Lion, slightly tweaked, for my contest entry:

Austin met the cat on his first day in Kusadasi.

Bored with helping his parents clean their villa, he set out to explore. He was standing at the boulevard’s edge, watching the waves crash against the shore, when an unearthly howl filled the air. It came again, a long-drawn out screech, close at hand.

Austin ran to the crossroads, skidding to a halt before an empty lot. Among the weeds, two kids crouched over the prone figure of a grey cat. One gripped its front paws as the other tied tin cans to its tail. The cat wrenched and jerked its back legs.

"Hey! What’re you doing?" They shot each other shifty glances but ignored him. He took a step forward, as if to grab the cat and, as one, they released their grip and ran off.

The cat crouched low, eyes wide and ears taut, but did not move as Austin approached. If it would just trust him… Slowly, he bent and untied the twine binding the tins to a tail puffed out and crackling with electricity. He stroked the cat between the ears and, to his surprise, heard the low rumble of purring.

"Thank you,” said the cat.

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