I had a story idea and I swear I wrote it out – and the amazing thing was that it was a complete idea, with an ending (which is something I don’t usually have). It was called Cat Burgler, about a shapeshifting cat woman who cases native American item auctions and then goes to steal the items back. She turns into a cat to get into or out of the house in question. She sells or returns the items to a museum friendly to her cause (native peoples’ ancient art being stolen from native lands and sold for a profit that is not seen by the tribes).
She meets the love interest at an auction. She also sees her rival/the villain at the auction. The cat girl arranges for her cat self to be adopted by the love interest – a nerdy and rich guy who collects interesting artifacts.
The artifact in question has something to do with her shapeshifting abilities and the end of the world. Her rival is also a shapeshifter (unknown to cat girl).
Girl gets jealous when villain tries to purchase item from guy. Cat girl (as a girl) and guy start to date.
Ugh, the details are fading. The climax was the villain, the girl, and the guy at a cliff edge. The villain gets the item, the girl turns into a cat to attach herself to the villain so the guy could take her. The villain, the item, and the cat all fall off the cliff. The villain turns into a condor and carries the item away. The guy thinks the girl is dead.
Girl meets him at the bottom of the cliff saying something cheesy like “cats always land on their feet” – but they don’t get the item back and the villain escapes – leading to book 2 maybe.
This is an urban fantasy romance.
Anyway, I can’t find it. I wrote it long hand, I think. I can’t find it now. And I’m bummed. The story is never as tasty as when it first comes to you. If you have to recreate it, it is not the same. Things that work out at first imagining are to be treasured (at least, I treasure them because it almost never happens to me). Maybe it will show up. Sigh.