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An officer asks Detective London to use a piece of cloth to track Kelli Rocha (wanted for assault), she agrees, strips off all her clothes, Shifts to a large German Shepherd, howls to get her partner’s attention, and begins tracking, Dale following.
I skipped over London stopping at a corner to wait for the light to change, and hearing her partner shouting to get through the crowd on the sidewalk.
The light changed, and London trotted across the street, the stink of hot metal, oil, and asphalt filling her nose. She reached the safety of the concrete just before the light changed, but with her partner stuck on the wrong side of the traffic.
Her ears drooped as she considered—should she wait and risk losing Kelli, or go on and trust that Dale would catch up?
The responsible thing to do would be to wait, she thought, just as she saw her partner make a ‘stay’ hand motion from across the road.
‘Stay,’ as if she was a dog! A soft growl escaped her, and she turned to look at the path ahead, the small hill she stood on giving her a better view than usual. Down the street, she spotted a woman fitting Kelli Rocha’s description.
If that was Kelli, she was getting away.
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Four Feet and a Badge is my NaNoWriMo story.
In 1952, an event moved two and a half million people from one version of the Earth to another, a quarter of them Shifters (able to change their shape). It’s now 2015, and those people have married and had children. The Static (non-Shifters) fit in fine, but the Shifters often have to prove their worth.
Detective Amy London works in Seattle’s Narcotics Section, Shifting to four feet to sniff out drugs and chase down suspects. But she can be a little impulsive–like when she bit her previous partner, earning her a new one, strict, by-the-book Detective Janice Dale.
Dale tries to rein in her partner’s wilder behavior, not always with much success. And a new group of cocaine suppliers is muscling in on the city, and they’re leaving bodies behind. London and Dale will have to work through their differences to bring these dealers down, before the body count rises.