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Detective London 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 arrested, then Dale suggests London Shift back to human and dress–and scolds London for not following ‘protocol’ and waiting until Dale took possession of her firearm.

I skipped nothing.


“Didn’t you notice the cop I was with–or did you notice that I waited until you were close to start tracking? We don’t have to be glued at the hip, it’s fine.”

“It is not fine!” Dale’s voice wavered, almost rising to a shout, before being suppressed behind tightly clenched teeth.

“I tried to get your attention when I was heading over to him, but you were too busy chatting with your friends to pay attention to your partner.”

Dale opened her mouth, and then shut it with an audible click. Usually Dale carried her shoulders ramrod straight, but now they caved inward, making her crossed arms look defensive and huddled.

Shaking her head, London strode out of the alley, ready to get on with their day, since if things kept up this way, she suspected she was going to be getting another partner.

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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. Interesting! Why is Dale defensive like that? Still very much enjoying the interaction between the two of them and looking forward to finding out more. Great 8!

  2. Tough cookie, London. She has to be and I get it. For her, it’s a slam dunk. Is there a touch of regret realizing she’ll have to get used to another partner? Fascinating story, Caitlin.

  3. Your heroine is tough as nails for sure but I wonder what’s up with Dale? An intriguing snippet, enjoying the story and always want more!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Dale was going over her grievances in her head the whole time she was following London–and worrying about all the things that could have gone wrong, so she’s pretty worked up by now.

  4. Sounds like Dale considers herself perfect and isn’t very receptive to anything that shows she isn’t.

  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    London really could use another partner! This doesn’t seem like a good working match at all, unless Dale eventually learns a lesson about compromise and relaxes.

  6. Sarah W says:

    London has her there—sounds like Dale wants things done by the book as long as it’s HER book?

    • caitlinstern says:

      Oh, yes, Dale should have been paying better attention. London could have tried harder to get Dale’s attention, too… but she’s a bit frustrated with Dale.

      Understandably so, I think. 😉

  7. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Loved the tension packed banter. 🙂 I have a hunch there will be more.

  8. Millie Burns says:

    I think the conflict they go through now will bring them much closer together eventually. This will all be a little hiccup in their partnership road : ) I love this story Caitlin, currently I love London more, but I bet I’ll grow to love Dale too.

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