The Cloth Shifter
Jaquie leaned her forehead against the cool bars. "How the heck did I end up here?" she whispered.
She had been on the run for several weeks with her imposed guardian Zach since agents from the Aiguille de la Soie had located his safe house in New York. The pair had stopped in a small town near the border between Indiana and Illinois where Zach had arranged to meet with an old friend who was helping to secure new identities so they could leave the country. Jaquie had slipped out while the two talked to stretch her legs and enjoy a few moments of relative normalcy. Her problems started the moment she crossed a street to do a bit of window shopping.
A sheriff's deputy in mirrored shades had pulled up next to her in his cruiser. Stepping out he accused her of jaywalking and when she refused his suggestion of how to "pay off" the fine he slapped her in cuffs, claiming she'd assaulted an officer and resisted arrest. Tossed into the back seat of his cruiser she was t