Embracing the Leopard
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by Michelle Houston
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica
Description: Born of leopard shifter parents, Erik had always known his feelings for other men weren't natural for his kind. Caught between two worlds, his desires for another man and his animal within, he has chosen to be alone rather than surround himself with what he cannot have. Then Brandon comes into his life, and he discovers a whole new way of looking at things, and of embracing both halves of his nature.
eBook Publisher: Phaze, 2009
eBookwise Release Date: June 2009
51 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [32 KB]
Reading time: 15-22 min.
Content for the moment, Erik admired the male's form as he rapidly put distance between himself and the shore, then suddenly dove under the water, only to surface again almost twenty feet from where he had been. As the unknown male started back toward him and reached the shore, the air currents shifted slightly and he could see the instant his scent reached the other man's nose.
He quickly grabbed his clothes and started pulling them on, while he scanned the area around him with a piercing gaze. Leisurely, Erik stood and worked his way down the slope of the hill he had rested upon. The closer he got the more agitated the other man's motions were. Slowing his pace, he allowed him time to dress, timing his arrival at the water's edge to the zipping of the man's jeans.
"Nice night for a swim," he drawled, a teasing note purposefully injected into his voice. He wanted to put the other man at ease for some reason.
"I'll leave." The other shifter held up his hands in front of his chest, palms facing outwards, fingers uncurled. He started to step sideways, moving to edge his way around and slip back into the night. Erik stalled his motions by stepped back himself, assuming a relaxed, non-threatening posture.
"I have no problem with you, my friend," he responded, pitching his voice lower and drawing his words out in a soothing manner. "You respect this area, and me, and we will continue to not have any problems." A hesitant jerky nod was his answer.
"I'm Erik, and you are?"
"Brandon. I didn't know this was pack land."
"Indeed, it isn't. This land isn't pack land, it's privately owned." Although they hadn't yet determined a hierarchy between them, since the land they were on was Erik's, his word was law.
"Ah." Brandon's stance relaxed. Trespassing on private land was one thing, pack land a totally different issue. The scent markers for pack land were generally more obvious, and the penalties harsher. Erik had purposefully not marked his land beyond the house area, wanting to encourage wildlife to visit. The scent of leopard would scare many of them off.
"Finish your swim if you wish. I don't mind."