Connections Jan 2015 - Page 35

Shifter by Jennifer Reynolds Copyright ©2014 Jennifer Reynolds Chapter 1 ~~~Abby~~~ “Do you have any idea what you’re looking for?” the receptionist of Smith County Animal Clinic and Shelter asks as I step up to the counter and tell her that I am looking for a new pet. “I would like to adopt a kitten, but I’ll look at any older cats if you don’t have any babies,” I tell her in my quiet, self-conscious voice. Every time I open my mouth to speak to someone I don’t know or someone who, for some irrational reason intimidates me, I’m scared I’m going to stammer or stutter or fumble my words and sound like an uneducated woman that