Shape-shifters don’t trust other shape-shifters. That would be like hamsters entrusting their newborns with other hamsters.
page 8 panel 1
(Alexey and Bradley talking)
Bradley: (whispering) Huh. You think it’s an illusion?
Alexey: (whispering) No, not an illusion. But it is weird.
(Alexey taps Bea on shoulder, she turns head)
Alexey: (whispering) Do me a favor and shapeshift for us.
Bea: (whispering) What, HERE? I’d have to take off my clothes!
Alexey: (whispering) No no, just a hand, a finger even, anything you want.
(Bea shifts hand to paw)
Alexey: Ah hah.
Bradley: (whispering) Crap, dude.
Bea: (whispering, concerned) What?
Alexey: (whispering) That Malinque girl’s a shapeshifter.
panel 9 (Bea glares at Malinque)