A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
BLURB: After a long night at work, all pastry chef Declan Morgan wants to do is have a run before he heads home to bed. His peaceful lope through the forest turns into a nightmare when he witnesses his Alpha kill a pack member in cold blood. Now Declan is on the run from the very people that should be protecting him.
Liam Anderson has never minded all the travel that comes with his position as a Beta to the Pennaeth Alpha. He's used the time to search far and wide for his mate. He never expected to find the man naked and scared on his back porch.
Liam's overjoyed at finally finding the one man fated for him, now if only he can get Declan to open up and trust him with the secrets he carries.
Please Note: This is a re-edited second edition. The only changes made were edits.
week passed with Saturday night arriving as it invariably did, and Declan Morgan
once again found himself alone. Sometimes the fact he had no friends really
bothered him. He had a younger brother, Tommy, and they were close, but the ten-year
age difference naturally kept some distance between them. Declan didn't really
want to hang out with his little brother all the time. They were members of the
Cairns pack, but neither of them had made many friends.
had really connected with two guys his own age. Declan, however, hadn't managed
to hit it off with a single person. Declan never felt very comfortable around
other people. He always worried he would say something stupid and end up
embarrassing himself, so most of the time he didn't say anything at all and
just kept to himself. Being a pastry chef wasn't conducive to gaining friends.
Declan woke up at four most mornings and crawled back into bed by no later than
nine at night.
their parents' deaths a couple of years ago, Declan had watched over Tommy.
They had packed up their lives last year and moved to Cairns, Queensland. Coming
from the sweltering heat of central Australia, it seemed the perfect place.
Declan hadn't really wanted to move halfway across the country, but he had to
go where he could find work.
he just had to stick it out at his current job for another year or so, until he'd
saved up enough cash to open his own bakery. As much as he loved what he did
for a living, he didn't really enjoy the job he had at the moment. It was much too
commercial for his liking. He didn't want anything huge, just a small little
bakery, and he thought with Cairns' large tourist population, it would suit his
needs. Declan had started to count down the days until he could realise the
dream he'd had since he'd been a little boy.
his phone from his pocket, Declan dialled his brother.
The voice of his younger brother came through the phone.
where are you, man? I expected you home hours ago." Tommy sounded worried,
and Declan really hadn't wanted that.
Tommy, got caught up at work. They had two staff call in sick, and I had to
stay back to make sure everything got done. I'm just out at the pack grounds. I
need a run. I should be home in about an hour," Declan told his brother.
no worries. Chase, Jackson, and I will save you some pizza."
like there's going to be any left when you get through with it," Declan
heard Chase say clearly through the phone line due to his enhanced hearing.
laughed. His brother's friends were right; the way those boys ate food, it
would be a miracle if any survived for him.
stress about it, Tommy, I can get my own food. Enjoy your evening with the guys
and I'll see you soon."
do. Later." Tommy hung up the phone. Declan checked to make sure the call
had been disconnected, then stored his phone and his wallet in the glove
compartment of his car before getting out.
Declan glanced around, making sure no one could see him, and then he stripped
his clothes and stashed them on the passenger seat. It had been forever since
he'd had an opportunity to change and let his wolf run free. Yes, he and Tommy
had joined the local pack, but Declan really didn't like the Alpha. The man really
epitomized the word sleaze, with a capital S. Declan had yet to attend a
meeting where the Alpha hadn't been leering at or trying—unsuccessfully most
times—to get into the pants of most of the pack members. He didn't seem to care
what gender they were or if they were already in a relationship. After the
Alpha's first attempt at Declan, which he shot down, he did his best to avoid
shivered in the cold night air before taking a deep breath; Declan relaxed his
body and let the change come over him. Once complete, Declan shook his entire
body, from snout to the tip of his tail. God
it feels good to once again be on all fours. Lifting his muzzle slightly,
he sniffed the air. Catching the scent of a nice juicy rabbit in the distance,
Declan took off through the trees.
been running for maybe twenty minutes when he finally got sick of playing with
his food and pounced. He didn't always hunt and eat when in his wolf form, but
it had been a while, and he could feel his wolf getting antsy. Hunting always
calmed his other half down.
chomping down his small feast, it took Declan a minute to realise what the
sounds were that drifted through the trees. Taking one last bite, Declan
cautiously got up from where he had been lying on the ground and slowly made
his way towards the angry voices.
after careful step, Declan didn't want to make any noise and alert whoever to
his presence. Crouching down low behind a shrub, Declan could see through into
a clearing on the other side. He had thought he would be alone out here, not
only because it was a Saturday night and people usually had something better to
do, but also because he hadn't seen any other vehicles in the car park. There
were two lots and he hadn't bothered to drive around to the other one because
it surrounded the entrance all the way on the other side of the pack lands.
angry voice of his Alpha brought his attention back to the group of men in the
middle of the clearing.
dare you steal from me?" Alpha Kegan Wallis's hard, icy tone caused the
fur on the back of Declan's neck to stand on end.
could finally recognise the man currently being held between the angry Alpha's
two Betas, Gregory Stone and Barry Stuart. Nigel Cummings stood slumped over,
and Declan believed the only reason he remained on his feet and not on the
ground was due to the two Betas holding him up.
looked like shit. Declan had no idea what he'd done to piss the Alpha off so
much, but whatever it had been, he was copping a beating for it. His eyes
looked to be almost swollen shut, blood steadily oozed from a split lip, and
his right cheek seemed to have split along his cheekbone.
didn't take anything. I swear, Alpha."
Declan watched Kegan Wallis punch Nigel in the stomach. Nigel doubled over, the
air expelling from his lungs before the two men holding his arms roughly grabbed
him and pulled him back upright.
you have any idea how much a kilo of coke is worth on the Australian market?"
Alpha Wallis snarled at the bruised and battered man.
sir, I don't do drugs," Nigel pleaded.
Wallis sneered. "You cost me upwards of a hundred grand. All because you
wanted to be cool and fit in with some fucking humans."
didn't, I swear. I don't do drugs. Please," Nigel begged, struggling
against the men holding him.
wouldn't have thought Nigel the type to steal or try to impress what sounded
like a bunch of drug-fucked humans if they wanted a kilo of coke.
watched in utter horror when his Alpha pulled out a gun and pointed it at
Nigel. "You really shouldn't have fucked with me, Nigel."
please, it wasn't me. You have to believe m—"
Wallis cut Nigel off in the middle of his struggles when he put a bullet
through his head. Declan whined quietly and quickly backed up, wanting to get away
as fast as possible. Unfortunately his back leg came down on a twig and snapped
it clean in half.