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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.




“I didn’t—” Kelli’s gaze darted around the alley, bouncing from the confining walls, the dead end behind her, and the only open space blocked by the two detectives.

Dale stood in the mouth of the alley, her feet planted firmly, and hand ready to draw her gun at the slightest threat. London crouched a few feet in front her partner, eyes fixed on Kelli.

Seeing that there was nowhere to go, Kelli let out a huff of air, too angry and forceful to be called a sigh. Her feet shifted restlessly, and the knife slowly rose, not as high as before, but still threatening. The blade swung in London’s direction, and then back toward Dale.

London growled a warning.

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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.

22 responses »

  1. You drew me right into the scene as a bystander. Super eight, Caitlin The trapped space described so well with no outlet but her fury..

  2. Great scene painting. I could definitely visualize the dead-end alley — and the tension/fear in Kelli. Excellent snippet didn’t want it to end.

  3. Frank Fisher says:

    Great tension in this snippet. I don’t know who’s going to get it first? But if I were Kelli, I’d throw down that knife – she’s out of options.

  4. Well Kelli’s not giving up, which is interesting, considering the odds she’s facing. Great snippet!

  5. Gemma Parkes says:

    Exciting snippet, I particularly liked this line ‘Kelli let out a huff of air, too angry and forceful to be called a sigh.’ what a great description!

  6. alexissduran says:

    Nice tension and you do a great job of sketching the stance of each character. I’m thinking Kelli must have a really good reason to not want to give up, because the situation looks hopeless.

  7. I love the whole premise.

  8. Carrie-Anne says:

    If Kelli doesn’t heed that warning, London will probably be more than justified in finally biting her or lunging!

  9. chellecordero says:

    Very tense situation and London’s warning growl heightens that tension Great 8

  10. burnsmillie says:

    Oh c’mon Kelli, be a bad girl! i want you to get a big gnarly bite!!!! Love this Caitlin!

  11. Sarah Cass says:

    Oooh, not smart to threaten a shifter. Nice, though, that it shows her desperation. Great 8, as always. Loving this story.

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