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Detective London is tracks Kelli Rocha (wanted for assault) as a large German Shepherd, her partner Detective Dale catching up shortly after Kelli is cornered in an alley, and though Kelli pulls a knife, she eventually surrenders and is taken away with two other officers in a squad car, and Dale suggests London Shift back to human and dress.
I skipped nothing.
The alley wouldn’t make London’s top ten list of worst place she’d ever found herself naked and human, she thought, but woofed once in agreement, and took the backpack from her partner. With the strap held daintily in her teeth, she moved behind the dumpster, choosing a spot clear of debris, and Shifted back.
The air in the alley chilled her bare skin, so London shivered as she transferred the bag from her mouth to her hands, and quickly pulled on her clothes—underwear, slacks, and then shoes so she didn’t have to stand barefoot on the less than clean ground, and finally her bra and shirt.
Dressed, she stepped out into view, adjusting her holster and radio on her belt. “Not bad for a few minutes work, but Kelli Rocha’s a creature of habit, so I didn’t figure she’d gone far.”
“You didn’t figure?” Dale repeated, her voice icy. “Did you actually think at all?”
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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.