The Spotted Tail
PAXINE HAS A GIFT.
On her twelfth birthday, her grandma gives her an exotic spotted cat named Tache. As soon as their eyes meet, Paxine finds she can see and hear through Tache’s eyes and ears. She thinks Tache is special, but her grandma says it’s the other way around. Paxine is the one who is special. She can talk to cats and cats can talk to her. However, Paxine thinks her grandma is a little special, too. How many grandmas teach you how to read lips in order to eavesdrop?
Her dad thinks Tache is trouble and isn’t happy about a curious cat compromising his security. But how do you blame a kitten for intruders in the house? Or Explosives? And poison?
Paxine is discovering everyone seems to have a secret; secrets that need to stay secret. There is her great Uncle Garon who is a master gadget maker, who seems to think it’s best to have a weapon that isn’t a weapon. Her grandma is the director of an organization within which cats are Tail Guards, who protect the special people who can understand them.
Paxine finds herself relying more and more on Tache as the security of her parents crumbles around her. Even her grandma seems to be having security issues. And why is everyone worried about the approaching Charity Gala Ball? Aren’t parties supposed to be fun? What is this Child Protection Act that is upsetting her grandma? Is it coincidence that Paxine’s dad can’t seem to protect his own daughter? Or is someone making it appear that way?
Can Tache, her Tail, keep protecting her in the adult world of politics and murder? He is just a kitten after all. Isn’t he?
 
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