Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Pressing Charges)

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This week, I’ve been wrangling the way this world works more than I’ve been writing in it—the differences between the basic laws of the hidden Were subculture versus the ones established by and for humans are becoming complicated and I’m trying to nail ’em down.

Weres living among humans aren’t second-class citizens so much as they’re trying to pass for citizens, period.  And since the first rule of every Fight Club Were Council is “Thou Shalt Not Publicly Out Us to the Humans”, urban Weres need to be especially careful around the human legal system.  Often, it’s easier to bypass it altogether, if one can get away with it—especially since the writer of this mishegaas isn’t a lawyer.

So . . . what do you do with a slightly flattened werewolf bleeding all over the back seat of a police wagon?

Wolf Jail

Kyle looked at me. “You planning on pressing charges?”

“You know I can’t do that.” Sure, assault was a prosecutable human crime, but I didn’t have a scratch on me and if the Big Bad Pancake didn’t shake off the silver quickly enough, Turner and I would be lucky if the court didn’t make us switch places with him.

And if he did heal quickly, it was his word against mine—and who knew what kind of legal eagles his anonymous boss had on tap?

Kyle exhaled. “So what am I supposed to do with him? Drop him three miles outside the city limits and hope he forgets how to get back?”



Fear not.  Tom has a plan.

“Legal eagles” aren’t meant as anything but a metaphor, by the way.  So far.


40 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Pressing Charges)

    • Thanks, Tina. 🙂

      Every time I think of a legal were-eagle , I think of Sam from the Muppets and crack up. Not the best mindset for hardboiled detective fiction! 😀

  1. *lol* Big Bad Pancake.

    Now I want the lawyers to be were-eagles, you know. 😀

    Great snippet! If you ever want to ponder your worldbuilding in public, I’d love to see that. Apparently, worldbuilding isn’t one of my best skillz…

    • Couldn’t help myself. 😀

      I know—you and Tina. But if eagles were lawyers, I’m pretty sure they’d be into environmental law, not criminal law because . . . and I’m stopping right there, thank you.

      Thanks, Charley. You do just fine. 🙂

  2. At least the need to hide goes both ways–so the bad guy won’t go to the police, either. I hope his plan is a clever one, because I bet there will be a second, better armed ‘message’ if he doesn’t sort things out quickly.

  3. Well I think you played that out well. I see your problem. How do you arrest and charge a werewolf under human laws? I like that you made it you characters problem too.

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