My teaser this week is from my new release, Code Name Jack Rabbit!
Blair sucked in a breath and rubbed one ear with his palm. Lucas grabbed the device and switched it off in a hurry. “So, some sort of ultrasonic signal.” He pulled a small clear-plastic evidence bag containing one of the scales from his pocket. “Can you tell me about this?”
“Where did you get this?” Bronwen asked.
“From the hull of your damaged boat,” Lucas said without skipping a beat. “I saw the DNA sequencing for this thing.”
Bronwen looked from Lucas to Blair. “I can’t…. Mr. Grier….”
“You don’t have to be afraid of him anymore. He’s in jail and staying there,” Blair said. “What did he do that made you so afraid of him?”
“You wouldn’t believe me. It sounds crazy. No one would believe me.” She sat in the seat beside Blair.
“Try us,” Lucas said.
Bronwen focused on him for a second. “Who are you, exactly?”
“Oh, I’m a medical examiner.”
“You know about the genetic sequence for that scale. A medical examiner for who? The NSA?”
Lucas rubbed the back of his neck. “Boggslake PD.” He pulled out his wallet and showed her his police ID.
“You kept asking me if I believed in mythological creatures. Was Grier one?” Blair asked.
“His eyes and fingers would change and he’d get teeth like a wolf,” Bronwen said. “It’s crazy, I know, and I have no idea how he did it, but—” She shook her head. “It sounds insane, and I don’t blame anyone for thinking I’m unbalanced.”
Lucas looked around the dock, assuring himself they weren’t being watched, and turned so his back was to the marina. He began to unbutton his shirt.
“What are you doing?” Bronwen’s voice rose, and she began inching out of the seat.
“Don’t panic.” His voice was deeper, gravelly, and he had to speak more slowly after he changed just far enough he could still talk. Lucas kept his gaze riveted to her. As his facial features changed, long hair sprouted from his hands and chest, and his body shape morphed, Bronwen gripped her seat so hard her knuckles went white. Her breathing sped up, and Lucas smelled sweat more prominently than if it was just from the weather.
Bronwen’s eyes widened and her jaw dropped. “You’re like him."
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