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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.