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Detective London is tracking Kelli Rocha (wanted for assault) as a large German Shepherd, but her partner Detective Dale ends up on the wrong side of a crosswalk, and when London sees Kelli getting away, she chases Kelli all the way into an alley, where London hears noise and then silence.

I skipped nothing.



Worried, London darted into the mouth of the alley, not on the inside of the turn, but at the far side, away from where Kelli likely hid.

Sure enough, her precautions were warranted. Kelli hadn’t escaped the alley, but she had decided to fight. The woman clutched a knife in her hand, face set in angry lines, her body tense and leaning forward.

Growling low in her throat, the Shifted detective edged forward, keeping out of range.

The knife wavered as Kelli got a good look at the gleaming white curves of London’s teeth. “Don’t threaten me, bitch. I’ll cut you.”

The insult was oddly appropriate, and London let out an amused huff of air before she snarled, showing off those pointed teeth, her dark eyes fixed on Kelli.


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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.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

25 responses »

  1. Frank Fisher says:

    Oh that kept me on the edge of my seat! What’s London going to do about this? Very tense snippet, Caitlin!

  2. Exciting with a forward movement in every word. Always the touch of irony or hint of humor-this time Kelli calling London a bitch. Thanks, Caitlin

  3. Gemma Parkes says:

    Tense snippet full of the excitement displayed throughout this book!

  4. Sarah Cass says:

    Wonderful tension in this snippet…and I love the moment of amusement for London.

  5. Millie Burns says:

    Ah ha ha…bitch…clever! I think Kelli should be crapping her drawers about now…London is going to take her down, and not gently.

  6. Kelli’s brave (and dumb) to try facing down an angry, Shifted dog! But I loved the drama of the moment, great snippet.

  7. Lots of tension in this scene. I love your touch of humor — just the right amount at just the right moment.

  8. Carrie-Anne says:

    She’s one hardened criminal to not appear to be afraid of a menacing dog right in her path!

  9. Good thing she has a knife rather than a gun. (Does silver come into this kind of shifter?)

    • caitlinstern says:

      Nope, these Shifters are not Weres–no lunar cycle, no silver weakness–but also no super-strength and accelerated healing.

      If London gets stabbed, she will need a hospital and stitches, which is why she’s keeping an eye on that knife.

  10. Sarah W says:

    You don’t bring a knife to a weredog fight. Honestly, some people . . .

    Actually, that seems like a fairly good weapon, and Kelli clearly knows she can’t outrun London . . . but I’m not willing to give her any credit. 😀

    • caitlinstern says:

      Kelli’s flight-or-fight instinct leans towards the latter. But no, she’s not making the best decisions, here.

      Ever watched one of those police dog training videos? That’s what will happen if Kelli tries to attack London.

  11. chellecordero says:

    I really like the “oddly appropriate” comment, good tension.

    • caitlinstern says:

      London *is* currently a female dog–which Kelli can’t know, though she might have guessed.

      I have to have at least one character with a sense of humor, or I can’t write the story. 🙂

  12. ED Martin says:

    I love how London always seems to be able to maintain a sense of humor about her shifting situations.

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