Shift – Interrogation

Continued from scene forty


As we left the room, George Bradshaw’s men were loading Borya’s body onto a stretcher while Cathy stood nearby in hands cuffs. How strange it must be to kill oneself, I thought

“Robert, is Doc in the surveillance room?” asked Karen.

“Chief, he’s here with Nicky.”

“Thank you, we’re on our way.”

The surveillance room was on the opposite side of a one-way mirror, of which Echo stared intently. Her eyes dark with a smile that made you want to kill her right then and there.

As the minutes passed, she began pacing back and forth like a caged animal. Refusing to sit back down until she heard Karen’s voice over the speaker. “Echo, this is Karen Davis, Chief of Elysian. I plan to send you home with a message, but first, I want to know where Lex is.”

“Screw you, and tell his mom the horny bastard was an easy catch.”

Before Karen could respond, Robert stepped up to the window and handed her a note that read: Olivia was able to retrieve Echo’s memories. Lex is alive and well. Jeff is on his way with a security team to pick him up now.

Karen nodded and stared back through the glass. “It’s too bad Borya died instead of you, Echo. A bimbo like yourself has only the skill of a whore with nothing to say.”

“I have plenty to say, Bitch, and your day is coming. Ghosts are not outliers; Elysians are. Who’s your friend, who’s not. You might be surprised to know which American tribes have already sided with us.”

“Sleep tight,” Karen replied as gas filled the room. “Robert, secure Echo in the chair so Doc can make contact. And Doc, don’t walk out of that room until you’re sure there’s nothing left in that trashy brain of hers. Understood?”

Doc seemed as stunned as I with her demeanor.

“Understood. And Chief, what do you want us to do with her when she wakes up?”

“I haven’t decided. Hold her there for the time being.”

Mitch was coming in as Karen and I made our way out. “Chief, it was brutal what Borya did to Cathy. Don’t be too hard on her. I would have killed him myself had she not beat me to it.”

Karen studied him for a moment, then moved on down the hallway to a waiting golf cart where she radioed back to Doc. “Put Mitch under hypnosis when you’re finished with Echo. I think he’s had plenty of time to access Cathy’s memories, and I want them all.”

“You got it.”

Linda, I want to talk with Jill Hanson. Go pick her up after you drop us off. I’ll meet you in your office after I close things out with the Wilcox family.”

Office and safe-room were interchangeable underground, every Elysian family had one. But Linda, Robert, and Karen’s have security features that allow them to monitor and control the entire complex. So Jeff, Olivia, and Lex were well aware of Echo’s comments, making our meeting with them a tearful one.

Continue to scene forty-two


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The story centers around shapeshifting.

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Shift – Isabella

Continued from scene twenty-four


“Christian, come stand by me.”

“What’s wrong?” I asked, placing my hand on her shoulder.

“Our baby won’t look like me.”

“Of course, it will.”

No, it won’t. I got pregnant in Isabella’s body. That’s why Keith called the other day. He told me what I already knew, but I was hoping—.”

“Hoping what?”

“That he would tell me I was wrong, that if I shifted early in the pregnancy, everything would be okay.

“I should have never gotten pregnant. I knew the risk, but wanted to be with you. So I convinced myself to use my own birth control pills in her body. A mistake I can’t take back.”

“What are you saying? Do you want an abortion?”

She looked up sharply. “Never, The baby will be of me. But the physical traits will be Isabella’s. I’ll just have to live with that.”

“I’m so used to seeing you in this body it never crossed my mind that the baby would not look like you. I’ll see you in our baby’s face regardless. Remember what you told me the first time we made love?”

She paused, then said, “I do,” in a standing embrace. “And thank you for reminding me; you could not have chosen better words. You’re going to be a great father, you know that?”

“Husband too. And we should probably move up the wedding. Don’t you think?”

“How about October 31st? I can’t wait any longer.”

“My favorite month and a halloween wedding. I’m in.”

“I need to call Linda. We have a wedding to plan,” she said excitedly.

“I imagine shifters have sex all the time in different bodies. What happens if they get pregnant and shift?”

“The baby ceases to exist. And to answer your actual question. You would have never known, but I could not bear the thought of losing our little girl.”

“It’s a girl?”

She smiled and kissed me on the cheek. “Yes, It’s a girl.”

Continue to scene twenty-six

Shift – The Harvest

Continued from scene twenty-three


Cremation was the only choice for Kate as no trace of Carol’s doppelganger could be left behind. George Bradshaw, the local crematorium owner, made sure it was done discreetly.

Karen remained somber on the way home. Inside she sat beside the window, looking out across the fields. The final harvest would be in soon, adding to our stores, which will last for several years, according to Mr. Wilcox.

The whole farm was in a state of preparation. Last week, the Elysian Woman’s Club completed the baby’s room, and Karen painted, then repainted our bedroom until she finally found the right color. Her nesting urges were on full display, and for the first time in my life, I knew what it felt like to live in a house full of love.`

Continue to scene twenty-five


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This is the first draft of my manuscript Shift – Don’t judge a book by its cover. I am writing it online in sections as I go. So feel free to comment, good or bad. If you see mistakes, point them out.

The story centers around shapeshifting.

I’m currently working on chapter nine.

Shift – Ashes & Rain

Continued from scene twenty-two


Chapter Five

Black umbrella’s opened as Karen made her closing remarks before an approaching storm. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, let us take heed lest we become lost ourselves. Do not let Kate Addison’s death be in vain.”

A flash of lightning and thunderclap concluded the service, causing all in attendance to scatter to their respective vehicles. Driving away, I saw Keith standing alone as rain washed his friend away.

Continue to scene twenty-four


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This is the first draft of my manuscript Shift – Don’t judge a book by its cover. I am writing it online in sections as I go. So feel free to comment, good or bad. If you see mistakes, point them out.

The story centers around shapeshifting.

I’m currently working on chapter nine.

Shift – Hell

Continued from scene twenty-one


Over the next few weeks, we went back to that room, each day starting with hope and ending in failure.

“Carol, what if I told you the crazy woman’s eyes were yours.”

‘I’d say you’re as crazy as she is. Now unstrap me from this chair.”

“Look at me; you’re Kate, not Carol. You’re stuck in a body that looks like Carol, that’s all. You’re a shapeshifter, Kate. You’re trapped in a body that’s not yours, and you need to take control of it so you can shift back.”

“You’re bat shit crazy, you know that, Doc.”

“Am I,” he said, shifting into Kate’s body.

Jerking side to side, she screamed, “Let me go, you demon! Somebody help me get out of here!”

“Look in the mirror, your NOT Carol—Christian, hold her head so she can’t turn away.”

As tears streamed down her face, Keith shifted to his original. “You’ve seen me transition twice, Kate. You know it’s true. Please shift back!”

Her eyes switched back and forth as she railed violently in the chair. Then it stopped. “Keith, is that you?”

“It’s me, Kate. You got lost in Carol’s body. You need to take control right now and shift back.”

I’m trying, but it’s not working; please help me, Keith. I don’t know how.”

“Focus, Kate, It’s your mind, not hers.”

“I’m fading, Keith, please do something,” she said desperately.

“I don’t know what else to do,” he said, sobbing as their eyes locked. “I don’t know what else to do.”

“Yes, you do, Keith; please don’t let me down. I can’t live in this hell any longer. Please,” she said again as green eyes turned blue.

The needle dropped to the floor as he exited the room, leaving me to stare at a lost shifter’s body. For a moment, I thought she might shift back, like werewolves do when they die.

Continue to scene twenty three


Shift is an online work of fiction.

This is the first draft of my manuscript Shift – Don’t judge a book by its cover. I am writing it online in sections as I go. So feel free to comment, good or bad. If you see mistakes, point them out.

The story centers around shapeshifting.

I’m currently working on chapter nine.