SLEEPING DOGS

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PARANORMAL AND CONTEMPORARY MM EROTIC ROMANCES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SADIE SINS

NOTES

This is, now looking back at this fic, probably the story that started it all. My first actual dark fantasy I dared to put into words. I learned a ridiculous amount writing this thing. I was a pantser until after this story. This was the fic that got me to understand the importance of character development and growth even in the oddest of plots. It got me interested in the relationship of shame in sex and how that effects the emotional impact. Also, my first time writing bestiality and noncon. There is an actual scene where a shifter makes love in his wolf form--Oh, this fic is all over the place. But I love it. I can see the bones and now looking back, I know what I built out of them and it's pretty damn fantastic in my mind. One random, kinda rapey, wonderfully perverted fic that led me down a path of, well, joy. I love writing.

This story became the basis for City Howls. A different world, a different plot, but pretty similar character descriptions. City Howls of course became something completely different but I had seen the following Sleeping Dogs II gained (as quiet as my fans were) and I knew the kind of soap opera feel of the character dynamic mixed with filthy sex had a impact worth repeating. My hope is to not only finish up City Howls, but to also get through the rough outline of Sleeping Dogs II and the rest of my old fanfics. I might be a bit of a completionist. XD

This fic is far from perfect. It's a little manic and choppy--another cool thing to realize that I've gotten better with the flow of a story. Still, it gets the job done. I apologize in advance for all the '...' I just don't have it in me to edit it to less annoying when I have so much other work I should be doing. Still, enjoy! <3

DISCLAIMER

This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

This story contains graphic language and sexually explicit content between men, and shifter men with anatomy that knots and ties. All sexually active characters in this work are 18 years of age or older. This material is intended for adults only, and should not be viewed by anyone under the age of 18.

 

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The Drunk Email
A Brothercest Erotica

Nick has had a crush on his older brother for as long as he could remember. Justin is just so perfect; handsome, strong with blond hair and blue eyes. It's impossible to look anywhere else. Nick never thought he'd ever tell his brother how he felt. That was until Justin went on a school trip out of country and Nick got lonely and really drunk.
X 12,000+ wrds, contemporary, brothercest, dubcon, and angst. Published: May 1, 2016

Something Waiting In The Dark
Demon Bonded Episode #1


Ky finds himself in a new home in a new town with demons haunting the dark of his room. He doesn't need to see them to give in to the creatures who slink into his bed in the middle of the night. The first in an ongoing serial, we meet Ky, naive and idealistic, and the first of the mysterious demons who will claim him as his master.
X 10,000+ wrds, paranormal, dubcon, bondage, and demon. Published: 2015

Far From Home
Demon Bonded Bonus #1

Origin story of how Feral and Lovely met and were captured by Anselm. First published with Episode #4, Magnificent Night in the Demencious Saga story arc.
XX 10,000+ wrds, paranormal, noncon, dubcon, slavery, and demon. Published: 2016

The Forging Of An Apprentice
Demon Bonded Bonus #2

Liem’s personal tale of struggle, sorcery and madness. First published with Episode #9, The Fall, in the Apprentice Saga story arc.
10,000+ wrds, paranormal, slavery, and demon. Published: 2016

I’ll Tell
A Blackmailing Stepbrother Romance

Jayce has been doing everything to get his now official younger brother settled in to his new home, all while fighting some very unbrotherly feelings for the angry, isolated brat. After things get weird, Declan decides to turn the tables, blackmailing his older brother into greater heights of depravity. Can Jayce keep from getting sucked into Declan's twisted games?
XX 56,000+ wrds, contemporary, stepbrother psi, new adult, blackmail. Published: January 23, 2016

The Demon Virus

This is a rather intense, dripping wet, XX-XXX rated fic featuring a naïve main character, his manipulative best friend, a very sexually aggressive incubus that finds his victims through the Internet, and his big monster cock covered in ridges. Like the majority of my stories, it features dubcon and is intended for 18+ readers.
XXX 10,000+ wrds, paranormal, dubcon, noncon, and demon. Published: 2016

THE PARANORMAL ACADEMY FOR TROUBLED BOYS

PARANORMAL MM ROMANCE SERIES COMPLETE
DISCOVER SHIFTERS, SORCERERS, DEMONS AND PARANORMALS AS THEY STRUGGLE TO CONTROL THEIR POWERS WHILE FALLING IN LOVE

AWAKENING

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC ROMANCE IN PROGRESS
THE FAE, GODS, DEMONS AND POSSESSED CLASH IN THIS EPIC LOVE STORY

INTANGIBLE

WIP Harry/Draco, Multi

Harry is trapped in another plane of existence, with only Draco aware he even exists. Can Harry behave himself long enough to get Draco's help, or will he decide that watching and touching Draco is far better than being saved?

SLEEPING DOGS II

WIP Multi, beast, noncon

The continuation of Sleeping Dogs, Harry, Draco, Remus and Sirius's little pack of ragged beasts, and the many filthy things they get up to.

A Wayward Dragon In Little Whinging

WIP Harry/Draco

In the middle of summer break, Draco shows up on Harry's doorstep in need of help. Harry knows the sexy prat is up to something, he just can't figure out what.

Magical Reflection

WIP Harry/Draco

Harry meets a stranger in the Forbidden Forest with a familiar face. Hit with a lust spell, he must fight humans and veela alike to figure out if the past can ever be forgiven.

Sating The Dementor's Kiss

WIP Harry/Sirius

Harry must decide if Sirius Black lives or dies for his crimes against his parents. Pizza, bondage porn, video games and misunderstandings galore.

Oblivious As Fuck

WIP Harry/Draco

Draco is oblivious to the point of painful but Harry can't give up.

Child's Toy

WIP Lucius/Harry *shota*

Harry catches Lucius changing during his first trip to Diagon Alley.

Natural Magic

WIP Harry/Draco possibly Lucius/Harry *shota, noncon* This one gets pretty dark

Draco gets lost on an outing and meets Harry for the first time.

DOING WRONG

Harry/Draco

Fanfic turned original; this fic inspired me to self publish and neglect all my fanfics since. Lol, enjoy.

THE SLOW UNINTENDED SEDUCTION OF LUCIUS MALFOY

Lucius/Harry

If Lucius can get Harry out of his clothes, he probably won’t kill the brat. Probably. AU, 66,000+ wrds complete *This fic goes from cute, to sexy, to violent and dark, then back to cute and sexy again. I still love it even if it’s like watching me go on a bipolar swing. ^^

LOYALTIES

Harry/Draco

Chained, beaten and left for dead, Draco must decide which side to choose. Unfortunately, he’s very stubborn. Not that his new captor minds. AU, 66,000+ wrds, complete. Some violence between our lovers and an enemies to lovers fic. My fanfiction is apparently really erratic as I reread it after all this time, but it’s still fun. I did a little editing on this one. I used to have a strong habit of putting “…” everywhere.

BENDING TIME

Harry/Draco

Fourth year is just getting started when a mysterious stranger arrives at Hogwarts. What does he want and why is he sleeping in Draco’s bed? AU, 40,000+ wrds, minor, complete. A bit of a time bender; I really love the plot of this, although you can tell it was one of my first fics with the questionable execution of some scenes.

SLEEPING DOGS

Harry/Sirius, Harry/Remus, Harry/Draco

Harry keeps looking for someone to help him feel dirty for liking boys and dogs, Sirius, Remus and Draco more than willing to lend a hand and sometimes paw. 40,000 words+ minor, complete AU, Bestiality, noncon, dubcon

ASHES

Harry/Draco

A simple taunt gets Malfoy more than he was expecting from Harry.

THE LIBRARY

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PARANORMAL AND CONTEMPORARY MM EROTIC ROMANCES BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SADIE SINS

HELLCAT

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC ROMANCE FOR HALLOWEEN

SORCERER SLAYER

PARANORMAL MM ROMANCE: DEMON ARMS SEQUEL

AWAKENING

PARANORMAL MM EPIC ROMANCE

OBSESSION : STALKED

CONTEMPORARY MM EROTICA FEATURING INCEST

SHIFTER SAFE HAVEN

PARANORMAL MM ROMANCE

DEMON BONDED : COVEN SAGA

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL
KY FINDS OUT ANSELM'S YEARS OF EXPERIMENTS AND RESEARCH WEREN'T CONTAINED TO HIS DEMONS.

MY SECRET BRONICORN

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL
A GLITTERING HERD OF UNICORN SHIFTERS ENDS UP ON EARTH WHERE THEY STRUGGLE WITH THE RESTRICTIVE SEXUAL CUSTOM OF MONOGAMY

CITY HOWLS

PARANORMAL MM EROTIC SERIAL
SAGE WAKES WITH AN OVERWHELMING SEX SCENT AND MUST RUN FROM GANGS OF WEREWOLVES

TEDDY'S NAUGHTY ADVENTURES

CONTEMPORARY MM EROTIC SERIAL
TEDDY, A BEAUTIFUL ORPHAN, STUMBLES INTO A PROSTITUTION RING IN THE SUBURBS

FOX CLAIMS VINCE

contains bestiality

Vincent's obsession with Fox's fur might lead him into more trouble than anticipated.

CHASING RAIDER

*wip*

Raider is determined to find a way to get a certain golden sorcerer to fall in love with him. Instead, Chris breaks his sex scent.

CATALOGUE OF MM BOOKS BY SADIE SINS

All published, including bundled completed serials

Demon Arms
The Paranormal Academy For Troubled Boys: Book 1
Just dodging jail, dragon shifter Wylie ends up in the Academy, an institution for out of control paranormals. He falls for a sexy, troubled sorcerer whose magical infliction makes him too deadly to touch. Convincing Dorian to be his might just get them all killed.
X 101,000+ wrds, paranormal, dragon shifter, sorcery, first time, NA. Published: April 1, 2016

Demencious Saga
Demon Bonded Collection: Book 1
This volume contains episodes 1-4 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode 'Far From Home', written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2015-2016. Demencious Saga is the first saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

X-XX 50,000+ wrds, serial, paranormal, humanoid demons, sorcerers, and bondage. Published: January 28, 2017

Apprentice Saga
Demon Bonded Collection: Book 2
This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,' written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

XX 68,000+ wrds, serial, paranormal, humanoid demons, sorcerers, and bondage. Published: February 4, 2017

Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid
Wounded Hearts: Book One
Aiden didn't expect to spend Valentine's Day doing anything but cursing the color scheme. He's built a wall around his heart filled with bitterness and cynicism created by years of disappointment and neglect. A wall two winged boys are determined to ignore as they claim that Aiden is their destiny.
X 33,000+ wrds, paranormal, angels, threesome, NA. Published: February 12, 2016

My Broken Angel
Wounded Hearts: Book Two
I didn’t know that one bloody kiss could change my life forever. I‘ve found my soulmate and nothing makes sense anymore. He’s a half demon, half angel who just got out of the pit. Danyal doesn’t know how to be human—Worse, he doesn’t know how to keep living. There’s nothing I won’t do for him but I’m only human and when Danyal runs, he flies.
X 50,000+ wrds, paranormal, angels, demons, NA. Published: March 4, 2017

Home Invasion
Obsession: Book 1
When an intruder breaks into their house with a gun, Joshua, and his father Kyle are forced into a series of depraved acts by a deranged man that demands submission. Kyle will do anything to protect his son, but he can't help but notice that Joshy seems more than eager to do everything the armed thief tells him, just as long as his father is involved.
XXX 25,000+ wrds, contemporary, forced to fuck, father/son, incest, straight to gay. Published: January 15, 2017

Taken By Beasts
A M/M Erotic Halloween Collection
This collection contains five never before released, steamy paranormal stories of monsters and the innocent, handsome young men they call prey *cough* boyfriend.
X-XXX 66,000+ wrds, monsters, Hallowen, werewolves, sorcery, dubcon, NA. Published: October 28, 2016

The Autumn Prince

Eaves has spent a lifetime hiding from the elves that would kill him. After one dangerous night and an angry eyed prince, Eaves must decide if his future lies with humans or the elf he's fallen for.
X 36,000+ wrds, Fantasy, elves, action adventure, dubcon, NA. Published: September 9, 2016

StepDaddy

Jeff has been doing everything he can to keep his distance from his hunky new stepson. But when Ethan starts dressing provocatively to get the man's attention, there's only one way to handle the situation. Like a daddy.
X 35,000+ wrds, contemporary, straight to gay, first time, pseudo incest, NA. Published: August 27, 2016

Robyn: Forced To Be Their Sister
A MMMM Incest Dubcon Erotica
Rob is pissed that his brothers have once again humiliated him, calling him a chick in front of the team. He's sick of being treated like a girl. The only problem is, he keeps acting like one, his three older brothers done dealing with the little brat's hissy fits. They're going to teach their sis a lesson Rob won't forget.
XX 17,000+ wrds, contemporary, brothercest, dubcon, and angst. Published: June 11, 2016

HEAT: Abducted To Be His Mate
A Mate Of His Own: Book 1
If having to go through his first heat wasn't bad enough for werewolf Ryan Moss, kidnapping and tying up his rival of forever, Shane Cooper, guarantees to make it eventful. Too bad Ryan's wolf thinks the boy is perfect for mating no matter how straight Shane says he is.
XXX 23,000+ wrds, paranormal, werewolf, straight to gay, noncon, bdsm. Published: June 3, 2016

BITE: Claiming His Mate
A Mate Of His Own: Book 2
Shane thought facing Ryan after their day of confusing, overwhelming pleasure was going to be difficult. It's nothing compared to having to face his family and himself. If he fails, his inner spirit wolf could kill Ryan and everyone he knows.
XX 23,000+ wrds, paranormal, werewolf, straight to gay, dubcon, bdsm. Published: July 1, 2016

Bullying Teacher
Bullying Teacher: The Complete Serial
This book contains all five episodes of Bullying Teacher previously published by Sadie Sins and bonus material never before read, totaling in over 60,000 words of content. What starts as a bizarre protection scam quickly spirals into something else as Darien awakens dark, confusing desires in his once innocent, straight teacher. Can Beau find a way to free himself from the strange obsession taking him, or will he be bullied into something that could lose him his job and life as he knows it?
XXX 60,000 wrds, student/teacher, new adult, bdsm. Published: May 27, 2016

The Drunk Email
A Brothercest Erotica
Nick has had a crush on his older brother for as long as he could remember. Justin is just so perfect; handsome, strong with blond hair and blue eyes. It's impossible to look anywhere else. Nick never thought he'd ever tell his brother how he felt. That was until Justin went on a school trip out of country and Nick got lonely and really drunk.
X 12,000+ wrds, contemporary, brothercest, dubcon, and angst. Published: May 1, 2016

I’ll Tell
A Blackmailing Stepbrother Romance
Jayce has been doing everything to get his now official younger brother settled in to his new home, all while fighting some very unbrotherly feelings for the angry, isolated brat. After things get weird, Declan decides to turn the tables, blackmailing his older brother into greater heights of depravity. Can Jayce keep from getting sucked into Declan's twisted games?
XX 56,000+ wrds, contemporary, stepbrother psi, new adult, blackmail. Published: January 23, 2016

Dare

Brendon wasn't looking to be molested by his best friend's asshole of a friend, Mitch, forced to suck the kid's fingers for a dare. Worse, suddenly Jake finally admits his very gay feelings for his very pretty friend, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Brendon is straight. But Jake thinks his best friend is just repressed and he's willing to recruit some help to prove it.
XX 23,000+ wrds, contemporary, first time, dubcon, multi, NA. Published: January 2, 2016

Blackthorne
Dragon Shield: Book 1
Daniel Cross fell in love with the wrong sorcerer. Mason Blackthorne holds a conduit dragon inside, making him the target of every evil warlock that could conceive to capture him. Daniel has plenty of good reasons for avoiding Mason but his heart and body are completely at the conduit's mercy. Can Daniel be convinced to fight for Mason or will he lose the only boy he's ever truly loved to an ancient evil lurking in human flesh?
X 105,000+ wrds, paranormal, humanoid shifters, action adventure, and courting sorcerers. Published: December 19, 2015

Coffee Guy
Broken By Alphas
Galvin Starling, alpha werewolf and billionaire, runs a unique office. Jayden, the new coffee guy, has just found himself tied up in the same room as six large, strong alphas. He knows what's coming next, he just isn't sure he can handle it in such large numbers.
XXX 15,000+ wrds, paranormal, alpha wolf shifters, bondage, and office. Published: November 10, 2015

Doing Wrong
A Magical Romance
Chase wants someone he's not supposed to have. Tristan Bryant is sexy, talented and infuriating, not to mention already seeing someone. Chase crosses the line when he uses a spell to disguise himself as Tristan's boyfriend, all while falling for the brat. He doesn't know how to make things right and Tristan seems determined to hate him forever.
XX 33,000+ wrds, paranormal, dubcon, sorcerers, and school. Published: November 7, 2015

The Demon Virus
A Magical Romance
This is a rather intense, dripping wet, XX-XXX rated fic featuring a naïve main character, his manipulative best friend, a very sexually aggressive incubus that finds his victims through the Internet, and his big monster cock covered in ridges. Like the majority of my stories, it features dubcon and is intended for 18+ readers.
XXX 10,000+ wrds, paranormal, dubcon, noncon, and demon. Published: 2016

M/F BY NATALIE THORNS (AKA SADIE SINS)

Yeah, I write some straight stuff when I feel the urge. Dubcon, noncon and beast galore.

Bred By The Pack
Taken By Werewolves: Book 1
Laci Gayl’s weekend turns from an annoying camping trip with old friends to a confusing nightmare full of howling wolves and one very dead deer. If the monster-size wolves weren’t frightening enough, Laci feels inexplicably drawn to Justin no matter how crazy he is by calling himself a werewolf. With a dwindling population, Justin wants to breed Laci to his wolves so that she’ll bear their pups.

XXX 20,000+ wrds, dubcon/noncon, bestiality, paranormal, werewolves and multi. Published: August 8, 2016

Bitten
Dominated By His Inner Beast
Alexa never thought her best friend would obsessively try to mate with her after just one bite... To get over his latest breakup, Seth takes his best friend Alexa on the weekend trip, but fun turns deadly when Seth is bitten out in the woods. In minutes he's feverish, confused, and showing signs of being taken over by his baser instincts. Things turn wild when he ties her up in the middle of the night. Alexa might have enough power to escape her brutish friend, she's just not sure if she wants to once he gets his hands on her.

XXX 20,000+ wrds, dubcon/noncon, paranormal, alpha, sorcerers, and bondage. Published: September 2, 2016

Okay, looks like I'm going to have the next Demon Bonded ready by the end of this week. Huzzah. We're finally going to meet Liem's sorcerer master. I've been hesitating on this chapter because I just wasn't sure how soon and how bad I wanted him to be. I'm still a little off in the focus department, but I'm feeling a lot better now that I've had some time to recoup and my house is back in order. Should have another chapter of Awakening too at the end of next week, and will possibly finish up my first M/F fic. So that will be interesting. Maybe. It's like pure bestiality, actually, but there is a girl in there in the middle of it all. >_> I apparently don't like girls in fiction too much. It's been an interesting discovery. Writing a female character that doesn't annoy the fuck out of me has been difficult, but worth the work. I had the same issue with Sage from City Howls, actually. Yeah, he's a boy, but he's kind of 2-dimensional still and weak and he annoys me. Hopefully I'll be able to grow him in the fic. I like Gilda from Awakening but she's a total lesbian. Most of the female characters I write that I actually like end up being generals for other powerful characters. The same with Sonya (who none of you have had a chance to meet because it's one of those many novels in the making.) She's a badass supporting character, though. A ruthless villainous with a heart of gold. Anywho... Since I have nothing new for you, I have Doing Wrong free this week on Amazon, so go check that out if you haven't all ready. Hope you guys and gals are having a nice summer so far. doing-wrong
Doing Wrong: A Magical Romance Chase wants someone he’s not supposed to have. Tristan Bryant is sexy, talented and infuriating, not to mention already seeing someone. Chase crosses the line when he uses a spell to disguise himself as Tristan’s boyfriend, all while falling for the brat. He doesn’t know how to make things right and Tristan seems determined to hate him forever.

The White Wolf, Vale

Heller finds his pack on the outskirts of Dogtowne, revealing a crisis underway for the shifter wolves. One of their pups is missing and what the cursed werewolves will do to a shifter is a fate worse than death.

Sage can’t find any relief from his growing ache, no matter how much Frey and his gang helps. He’s ready to go home, hoping to spend the rest of his days hiding his scent in the Wastes. But the werewolf pack leader has made a decision, one that will change Sage’s life forever.

This serial is 10,000+ words long per episode. It contains graphic language, violence, sexually explicit content between men, and shifter bestiality including tying. 18+ Only

10,000+ wrds, Published June 10, 2016.
Heat level: XX

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CITY HOWLS

on April 20, 2016
on June 11, 2016

Review by: ann on Oct. 01, 2016 :

This book is nice and different looking forward to finding out why sage smells special. Thanks sadie your uploads on smashwords are way easier to download thsn those on amazon. Keep writing

READ AN EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONE

It was right before dawn when the black wolf Heller found his pack.

The verdant blue-green of the forest was how he remembered it, shadowed, fogged and deadly to any that didn’t belong. What would have been a simple wood was magically enhanced by his pack’s sorcery. Heller had found the warnings of new traps, scents that spooked his wolf and kept him from trails that two years ago had been safe. He found the remains of those less lucky, shredded bodies of the cursed that had dared to stalk in their territory during the full moon. There were more than a few picked away corpses left as a warning to those that might come next moon. It made Heller uneasy. The werewolves had rarely dared into their territory before. What had changed that made the crazed howlers think they could stand a chance?

The group of shifters was occupying one of the many private estates belonging to Vale. It was the west facing villa built right by the steep ravine, fortified and protected by both magic and the natural lay of the land. It was another concern because Vale had refrained from opening this last house for years because of the sentimental association it had for the alpha. Something had changed in the dynamic while Heller had been away and he hoped he had not lost his pale leader while he had sat in prison.

As Heller slipped into the manor, his dark paws padding near silent on the tile, he was overwhelmed with the scents of his pack. Breathing in, he could feel the last two years try to seep out of his bones and fur to be replaced with warmth and a feeling of security he had long thought gone. Home. It didn’t matter which building be it hovel or mansion; as long as his pack was there he was home.

He found his pack in the middle of the common room, the group of men, shifted wolves and dogs stretched out on the floor in a pile of fur, limbs and pillows, a few human mates and females among them. Heller recognized nearly all of them. Even though Vale was not among them, he had no fear that his alpha was nearby for the man’s scent was everywhere, still fresh and vibrant. Pack life was like no other. It provided many with a family beyond what they had been born into with stronger bonds and deeper loyalties that connected them together through magic and beast. Heller had not truly felt the loss of such a life until finally returning home.

Stepping surefootedly between the warm, hard bodies of his pack, Heller was greeted welcomingly if not sleepily. He took the spot between Blade and a fluffy Rusty and promptly curled up on the hardwood floor and sighed heavily. With his pack around him, it was nothing for him to close his eyes and slip into the darkness, for the first time free of the fear that had haunted him the last long months. Finally, Heller let himself sleep.

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Heller felt his pack leave him while the light of day warmed him, their scents clinging and keeping him safe. There were more than a few wet tongues kissing his snout as they left, hands petting him gently before they slipped away to go about their day. Shadowed and familiar, it was the kindest dream he'd had. He wasn’t roused from his deep sleep until hours later and only because of the pale, bare feet of his alpha standing before him, patiently waiting for him to awake. It might have been two years, but Heller was not one to deny Vale anything.

“You made it.”

Heller stretched and then shifted into his human form, sitting for a dazed moment on the floor as he adjusted. “Barely,” he grunted, peering up through his long, black tangle of hair to take in the form of his pack leader. It was strange to see Vale immaculate as always, his white hair sleek and thrown over his shoulder, aristocratic features calm with a hint of haughtiness that only added to the man’s charm. His muscular form was toned and compact and currently dressed in a thin pair of white pants, downplaying the power the man held physically and magically. Vale was a force and even if his human form showed him to be serene and still, his wolf form was a white beast of size and strength none were able to match.

Vale looked the same as always while Heller knew the man saw a different story as he gazed down at him. He had been changed; too thin, face unshaven and dirty. His blue eyes were different as if prison had drained a vitality from him and replaced it with madness. He had always been hard to tame but Heller was now more wild and manic than ever. He felt very much unworthy to kneel before his beautiful alpha after all that he had been through, all that he had survived and ruined to make it this far.

Silver eyes assessing the brunette for long minutes, Vale reached his hand out. The warmth of the man’s hand was a jolt to Heller’s senses, his fingers curling and gripping his pack leader's palm tightly. He allowed himself to be pulled to his feet, avoiding Vale’s piercing gaze as he swayed unsteadily for a moment. His alpha refused to release his hand and Heller didn’t complain, drawing strength from the simple connection.

“How was the escape route?”

Heller huffed. “I had to go through the entire cursed town. Ended up in the Wastes and nearly lost my nose… and my mind. There was nothing easy about that route.” He dared to meet the man’s patient gaze, glaring back almost challengingly as he waited for whatever judgment Vale had for him.

None came. Reading his gaze for another silent moment, Vale pulled Heller into a fierce embrace, wrapping the taller brunette so tight, Heller wasn’t sure he’d be able to breathe. Still, he hugged him back just as tightly, a desperation in his movements and the sting of tears to his eyes that threatened to have him fall apart if he let go too soon.

Heller sank into the feeling of Vale scenting him, the blond breathing him in deep and ingraining him into his memory. The man was always quiet—except when he was angry, then Vale was quiet and bloody. Very much a ghost, the pack leader had moon pale skin and nearly as white hair, his long silky locks looking to belong to a much older man. Many shifters aged differently, some were even thought to be immortal. Heller didn’t know Vale’s true age but he knew he looked only in his late thirties, all tall, limber muscle and cold, icy silver eyes. He had looked the same when Heller had joined Vale’s pack over twenty years ago when the brunette had turned fifteen. There was no one he trusted more than his white wolf alpha.

Vale pulled away all too soon, Heller left feeling lost and confused to no longer have the man’s warmth and strength around him. “Have you eaten?” Vale asked, eyes again reading something on his face he wished he could hide. “Flint saved you some breakfast.”

“I’m starving,” Heller admitted brusquely, summoning a pair of loose drawstring pants to step into. Two years had filled him with such coldness and he couldn’t find the words for anything just yet. He was home but he didn’t know if it was the same, if he still fit after so much time. Vale seemed to sense his distress, the shorter man wrapping an arm around Heller’s back and holding his bicep as they walked towards the kitchens as if afraid he would disappear if he let go.

“I didn’t expect to find the pack here,” Heller muttered, glancing around the manor as he tried to gain his bearings. He had been to the villa more times than he cared to remember, always alone with his pack leader. It had not only been a fortress to keep enemies out but also to imprison those that were too dangerous to let loose. Knowing his pack was living there was a concern on a different level for Heller.

“I had little choice in the matter,” Vale said simply. “The potion is still effective.”

Heller glanced sideways at the man, wondering how many months Vale had spent wondering if his pack would be wiped out from inside the manor instead of from without.

Shifter wolf packs were more necessity than tradition. There had been a time when shifters hadn’t felt the need to stay together beyond family, especially when the world had opened up with technology and communication. Magic and a simple internet connection could give every available luxury a shifter could dream of. But that was for other shifters, ones that didn’t have to face the cursed.

No one was sure exactly where the source of the werewolf population sprang from. There had of course been legends as far back as humans had been able to write, and before that, when they shared their tales around the fire. Werewolves had always existed in small numbers as had shifters, but something had changed less than a hundred years ago that had spread the werewolf infliction through the population. For a time, every month a new town was infected, the epidemic threatening to take out all of Europe and America until someone had finally made a stand.

Magic users were not the type to work together. They were freelancers at their best, egomaniacal and power hungry on a normal day; sorcerers and sorceresses were more likely to exploit a situation than save humanity. Shifters, not always strong in magic but magical enough to transform into their inner animal, were less prone to self-centered thinking but still preferred to be left alone. If the cursed hadn’t been enraged by the scent of all canines, including the shifters that transformed into the four-legged creatures, the wolf packs may have never taken on the task of destroying the werewolf population. But they had, and after word had gotten out that the cursed were systematically hunting and murdering every canine shifter they could find whether the moon was full or not, they'd had little choice. They could either fight back or be wiped out.

Packs had started to form beyond just family bonds, growing out of a need for survival. Sorcery was taught to every member no matter how little they had the skill. Werewolves had a magic to their cursed forms and physical attack alone could not harm them when they were transformed. Defenses and ways to single out a werewolf in the light of day and far from the full moon were adapted over time. They had even started working on potions in the hopes of finding a cure for the cursed, and if not that, at least a way to keep them from their beserker, howler ways when the moon did hit them.

The shifter wolf packs had come a long way in a short amount of time and while they had struggled to survive, the werewolf population had started to balance from their full out murderous assault and began to police themselves as only their kind could. Leaders had risen up among them, more intelligent and in control of their instincts than the untamed cursed. They had formed gangs that controlled territories, demanding loyalty from the werewolves and humans that if not given was met with ruthless, joyful violence. The shifters had not stopped their war for survival but they enjoyed the lull while the werewolf gangs fought each other for dominance of the cities.

Of the twenty-some shifters that made up Vale’s pack, they consisted mostly of wolves and a few large dog. All of them were accomplished sorcerers, powerful in magic in a way few shifters could claim. Most lived with their spouses and children, a few choosing to move as far away from Dogtowne as possible once they had bred even if it meant losing the pack’s immediate protection. Pack life was unique but it wasn’t always healthy for families. Their days were filled with magic, strategies, and patrols, ever watching the moon and anticipating the bloody fight to come.

Vale had one of the most powerful shifter packs around and Heller had once been second in command to his charismatic alpha. But that had been before the murder of Lorna by the werewolves, before he had been falsely convicted and imprisoned. Heller had no idea where he stood with his pack anymore or the enigmatic man he called alpha.

“I saw the dead cursed in the woods,” Heller remarked, his eyes sliding to what could only be a mounted cursed head. Someone had taken the time to preserve the hideous piece, the strange distortion of human and wolf face twisted in its final death throws. “Fresh. No older than a moon.”

Vale nodded, his grip on Heller’s shoulder tightening for a moment. “I had a room set up for you,” he said in his quiet way, eyes fixed straight ahead. “All your things are there; instruments, spell books, clothing. Even that dreadful ficus that you refused to let die. I need to leave soon—We're in the middle of a crisis. But I thought you could settle in, get caught up with the pack for now. I'm sure you're tired.”

Heller growled, trying to pull away, only to have Vale hold his arm tighter.

“I'm not excluding you. You've been on the run for weeks, Heller,” Vale said calmly. “You need rest and there is little of that outside these walls.”

“It was prison, not a retirement home,” Heller snapped. “I can help. I... Well, I actually might need your assistance for something.”

Vale raised a pale eyebrow, releasing the brunette once they reached the kitchen. The room was huge, tiled and filled with stainless steel appliances to go with the three large refrigerators and walk-in freezer. Shifters required a lot of food to handle their advanced metabolism. What they hunted and didn't eat, they froze for later. Food was already out, meat and vegetables waiting at the kitchen island making Heller's stomach growl at the scent.

“Is this someone from the prison?” Vale asked while Heller threw himself across the room at the plate.

“No, nothing like that.” Heller summoned his jacket one handed while grabbing a fork with the other. “Upper left pocket. Vial. I ran across some sort of... Well, I'll let you decide what the hell he was. Small, likely a runt if anything.”

Vale caught the long coat when it was thrown to him, picking through Heller's pockets until finding the item he was talking about. “Sperm?” He asked, his voice reflecting growing confusion.

“Smell it,” Heller grunted, his mouth full. Food had been sparse the last month, nonexistent his last week running for his life. That he felt hunger he took as a good sign that his body hadn’t given up just yet. Each bite was a return to himself, a reminder he wasn’t starving, wasn’t running. Home. He had made it home.

Eyebrow again raised, Vale stared curiously at the small vial, eventually popping the lid to give the contents a hesitant sniff. “Son of a—Fuck!” He snarled, immediately capping the vial and grabbing onto the nearest stool to keep from falling to the ground. “Heller... What the fuck are you trying to do to me?” He snapped, silver eyes flashing warningly.

“Just tell me what he is, Vale,” Heller said, not looking remotely apologetic as the pale man swayed and grasped the kitchen island hard. “I need to know I'm not going crazy here.”

“Bitch,” Vale gritted out, his glare only growing as his trembling arms gave out and he fell chest first against the marble top. “Fuck... Fuck, Heller, you know what that scent does to me.”

“It's stronger, right? Stronger than a normal bitch scent?” Heller pressed, dropping his fork as he reached over and took the vial from his alpha's fingers before the man accidentally crushed it.

“Yeah... He has some sort of magical enhancement. Whoever he is, he's powerful.” Vale continued to glare, his breath coming out in ragged gasps as he tried to gain control of himself. “Who is he? Is he in our territory?”

Heller grinned, his fangs glinting as he leaned down next to the panting man and met his gaze. “He lives in the Wastes.”

“What?” Vale wrinkled his nose in confusion. “In the dump?”

“He doesn't even know how to transform. His parents are dead. Lives with some dick that thinks shifters are the devil.”

Vale furrowed his brow, trying to focus on what the brunette was saying. “But he’s a shifter... How could he have been left behind? We always collect our own.”

“He said werewolves killed his family.” Heller paused, fingers combing into Vale's long, white hair, his alpha exhaling loudly from the touch. “He doesn't know he's a shifter. He's confused, scared... He begged so pretty when he took my wolf's knot. Wanted it so bad.”

Vale whimpered, turning his head so he was face to face with the brunette. “Heller.”

“Made me think of you, beautiful. How much you need it at times.” God but his alpha was beautiful like this. Heller tilted his head so he was resting it on the table, his mouth brushing close to Vale’s red lips. “You get so desperate to be filled. Do you want that, Vale? Do you want me?”

“Please,” Vale whispered, arching his back with a moan. “I missed you. Need you.”

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