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Detective London is tracking Kelli Rocha (wanted for assault) as a large German Shepherd, her partner Detective Dale trailing behind, and London chases Kelli into an alley, where London hears noises and then silence–so the Detective followed and found Kelli holding a knife.

I skipped nothing.




London barked, using her teeth as a warning of the consequences of attacking her, and the threat worked, as Kelli’s hand lowered slowly.

For a long moment, Kelli stared at the dog in front of her, knife hanging by her side, loosely held in her fingers.

London stared back, falling silent, but with her lips still peeled in a snarl. She wouldn’t attack unprovoked, but the other woman’s flight ended here.

“You…you can’t bite me,” Kelli said finally, though her wavering tone revealed her doubt.

“Yes, she can,” Dale came up behind London, her hand resting on her holster. “You’re armed, and threatening a police officer.  Aren’t you in enough trouble for today?”

*      *       *        *

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.

27 responses »

  1. Absolutely wonderful. Bravo in eight. Well told, you capture the tense moment.. Thank you, Caitlin.

  2. I’m enjoying the uniqueness of this story. Great scene. Ya, I’d stay put if I were her. 🙂
    History Sleuth – Murders of Polly Frisch.

  3. Frank Fisher says:

    Terrific snippet. Although, I think Kelli isn’t about to give up just yet.

  4. Such an interesting story and I’m really enjoying the idea of the K-9 being an actual, Shifted person! Great premise, terrific 8!

  5. Millie Burns says:

    Yay! Dale arrived before London had to take a bite out of nasty vile lady! I love this unique story and look forward to it every week!

    • caitlinstern says:

      I figure there’d be all kinds of paperwork when London bites people, so it’s a last resort. Also, I bet Kelli tastes bad–she’s a bit sweaty and scuzzy.

  6. I’m glad Dale finally caught up!

    • caitlinstern says:

      It was bound to happen eventually! Though she had some more work than her partner, not being able to track by scent.

      But London’s pretty distinctive–people would have noticed her going by.

  7. Cara Bristol says:

    Such a unique twist on a shifter story.

    • caitlinstern says:

      Thanks! I read a lot of monster stories–and I’m not quite nerdy enough to make charts of how one kind of monster varies from story to story…
      But I am nerdy enough to think about it! 🙂

  8. Excellent scene that shows London’s abilities. Although she can’t talk, her message is clear. I’d say Kelli was smart to lower her knife.

  9. Sarah W says:

    The last two lines are pure gold. London may be in trouble, but Dale still has her back—I really like that.

  10. alexissduran says:

    Great tension in this scene. You do a great job showing her dog-ness.

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m glad they caught up to her, though it seems like Kelli might not surrender so easily.

  12. Gemma Parkes says:

    Lots of tension in this snippet, very visual.

  13. Uh oh! Yes, she can bite! Love that.

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