I’m kind of jumping in here on a non-me day, but I have a question for everyone. What about the clothes? How does everyone handle this and how as a reader do you feel about it?
Some people do the whole, shred the clothes to pieces when they shift thing. I’ve always figured my shifters didn’t grow in size, so no clothes need be harmed. But after the shift, when they shift back…then what? Naked, right? Can be kind of tricky to coordinate as a writer.
I read a novella where the protagonist shifted magically, but not into an animal…into other people complete with clothes. This kind of icked me out to be honest. So when you touched her skirt, you were really touching her. If you know what I mean…basically it was like wearing one of those body paint shirts–it looked like clothing, but she was really naked all the time…
Right now, I’m working on something where a man shifts mid jump. I’ve done this before, but there’s a bit of an issue with what happens to the clothes…does he jump free of them? Possible for the pants at least–and he could go commando so no issues with being a wolf wearing tidy whities… or what if when he shifted, his clothes just disappeared? We are talking magic here. Then would they reappear when he shifted back? Doesn’t seem like they would. Or maybe as he is shifting and kind of not formed–think of it like while all the molecules are shifting around–his clothes just drop to the ground, but then they are there when he comes back and needs them.
What do you all think? What works for you?