When Henry, a deer shifter and lead stag of his herd, encounters Davey, a wounded beta dog shifter from a dangerous pack, they form an unlikely alliance to protect their people and each other from Davey’s ex, the pack’s ill-tempered alpha.
“Killing Gareth isn’t going to make things better, you know. Not necessarily. It might make things much worse,” Davey says. He stands in front of the window, looking out at bare trees and the gray evening sky. Henry comes to stand next to him. “And I don’t want to be responsible for that. And not just ‘cause he’s my pack leader or was or whatever. I just… I don’t want us to kill anyone.”
“It’s not actually at the top of my list of things to do either. But he’s killing on our land, won’t speak with me as a man, and has me keeping you effectively under house arrest. This can’t get much worse and still be a situation I can get us neatly out of.”
“I know,” Davey says, “I know.” His voice is slightly frantic, eyes darting forth as if looking for options he either can’t fathom or has never been allowed to have. “I just… I feel like I’m foundering,” he says.
His tone is gutting, as is the seconds he takes to find that one word to sum up how lost he surely must feel.
“Is that why you sat at my feet all evening?”
“You got up.” It’s too sad to be accusatory.
“Did you even know what you were doing?”
“Of course I did.”
“Then what are you doing, Davey?”
“Waiting,” he says desperately.
Henry takes a step toward him. Then another. The whole room is suddenly made of tension and waiting. “For what?”
“For you to be what I need.”
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Exchange of Power
exchange: the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another; power: the ability or right to control people or things
In matters of the heart, what happens when there’s an exchange of power, even for just one night?
Both veteran and new authors make up the eleven stories about the power shift between Doms/subs, vampires/werewolves, teacher/apprentice, Alpha/beta, Necromancer/zombie, superhero/arch nemesis, and incubus/medium.
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