The normal process of the Tease is interrupted this week, because today is when FIXED (Gin & Tonic Investigations #2) by L.A. Kornetsky officially hits the streets!
So today’s excerpt will be clearly identified. Don’t get used to it. :-D
The dogs were gossiping.
The grey tabby paused, halfway down the fire escape, and surveyed the sidewalk below her.Â It was late afternoon, the sun cool and fading, dappling the pavement with shadows. The humans she could see from her vantage point were walking faster than they did in the evening, heading somewhere important.Â And the two dogs out in front of the Busy Place, one a shaggy black mutt of dubious Labrador ancestry, the other a fawn-coated shar-pei, were paw-to-paw, sprawled next to the bike rack, which tended to hold more leashes than bikes.
Dogs gossiped about everything, very little of it interesting.Â But she had a vested interest in one of those dogs, so she made her way down to the street, and joined the conversation.
The smaller dog acknowledged her with a sniff at her ears, which she allowed only because it was Georgie, and she allowed Georgie things other dogs would get hissed at, for.Â The larger dog ignored her utterly, still talking.Â â€œThey donâ€™t like it.Â They donâ€™t like it at all.â€Â
The tabby thought that the Labrador sounded more like a hound, mournful and worried.Â
â€œThey never like anything,â€ Georgie said.Â â€œDo they know what they donâ€™t like?â€Â
â€œWho doesnâ€™t like what?â€ the cat asked, inserting herself into the conversation.
â€œThereâ€™s something happening at the old place,â€ Georgie said, as though that explained everything.Â
It took Penny a minute to remember: the old place was the shelter Georgie had been at, before her human took her away.Â The Labrador had been there too, apparently, or at least knew enough to spread gossip.
â€œYou keep track of what happens there?â€Â She couldnâ€™t fathom why.Â
â€œMmmm.â€ Â Â Georgie put her head down on her paws, her square-jowled face level with Pennyâ€™s.Â â€œThe dogs there are unhappy.Â Not that anyone is every really happy there, itâ€™s not a happy-place, but this is different.Â Things arenâ€™t right.Â Theyâ€™reâ€¦. wrong.â€
â€œA little more detail, please?â€Â Anything that bothered Georgie bothered Penny, but â€˜wrongâ€™ wasnâ€™t helpful.Â
Dogs werenâ€™t built to shrug, but both the Labrador and Georgie managed it.
â€œWrong,â€ Georgie repeated.Â â€œSmells wrong, sounds wrong.Â For months now, it comes and goes and comes back. Thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re saying, anyway. But itâ€™s not where they are, itâ€™s happening somewhere else in the building, so they donâ€™t know.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œNo way to know.Â But everyoneâ€™s upset.â€Â The Lab definitely had hound in him, somewhere.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œSo?â€Â Penny looked at them, then sat down and began washing her paw, waiting for them to figure it out.Â When they just stared at her, she paused mid-groom and twitched her whiskers at them, half-annoyed, half-superior. Â Dogs. â€œSo if you need to know something, and you canâ€™t sniff it out, get someone who can open doors.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Georgie lifted her head, one ear flopping over while the other stayed upright.Â Her wrinkled face didnâ€™t really have expressions, but Penny could see comprehension gleaming behind those dark brown eyes, finally.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œHumans,â€ the shar-pei said to her canine companion with the air of solving the problem.Â â€œHumans can do it.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œHumans?â€Â The Labrador looked confused but excited.Â Then again, Penny thought with a sniff, they usually did.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œOur humans,â€ Georgie clarified.Â â€œThey sniff things.â€
â€œHumans sniffing?â€Â The confusion turned to a dubious disdain for human noses.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œHuman-sniffing.Â And door-opening. They go anywhere, look at anything. We just have to figure out how to get them to look.â€Â Georgie turned her head to look at Penny.Â â€œHow do we get them to look?â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Penny finished grooming her paw, and swiped it over her ears.Â â€œLeave that to me.â€
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