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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, and Dale catches up as Kelli is trying to decide whether to use a knife to fight her way to freedom.

I skipped nothing.



Kelli took one good look at London’s bared teeth, and the tension in the enormous German Shepherd’s body as the Detective got ready to jump, and the knife drooped in her hand again. Her shoulders slumped, and she bent down to drop the knife on the ground, staring at the ground in a hunched position for a long moment. Finally, she straightened, backing away from the discarded weapon, hands rising to her head without prompting.

“On your knees,” Dale said, and Kelli complied, silent and passive now that she’d given up. She didn’t protest as the cuffs clicked closed on her wrists.

Pulling a glove from her pocket, and an evidence bag from another, Dale retrieved and secured the knife first. London came over to watch Kelli, and Dale gave her a nod as she stepped away to radio for a uniform to escort Kelli to booking.

They hadn’t gotten all that far from the original scene, so officers showed up in a squad car several minutes later.

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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.

16 responses »

  1. historysleuth1 says:

    I think your actual snippet got lost. 😦

  2. Gemma Parkes says:

    Phew, thought it was me!

  3. burnsmillie says:

    Lemme know when it shows up : ) I’ll be back!!!!! This story is one of my favorites!

  4. ED Martin says:

    I’m glad she got her suspect!

  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    Given Kelli’s behavior so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if she tries to start something in the car or at the police station.

    • caitlinstern says:

      She’s ten pounds of trouble in a five pound sack, for sure. Certainly Kelli will be causing trouble for much of her life–especially when she’s part of the legal system.

  6. burnsmillie says:

    Yahoo! I’m glad Kelli knew when to throw in the towel. I didn’t want London to have to bite her…she probably tastes nasty!

  7. Sarah W says:

    Excellent passage! I’m glad London didn’t have to bite Kelli—so much paperwork. 😉

  8. She got her suspect! Great snippet. 😀

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