Side Story of Where He Belongs
Dawson has overcome emotional mountains in his childhood and by chance, or what he considers luck, is mated off to a rising Delta of Eastern Pines. Dawson has an image of a mate in his head: a protector, someone to love him despite his flaws and past, someone to want him, someone to save him.
Austin is not that mate.
Emotionally, verbally, and physically beaten his entire life, Dawson has given up. He considers it to be a fact of life that no one would ever love him. So when Chase Chandler, the two-named joke of a beta confesses his undying love, Dawson's delicate balance is thrown into disarray. Dawson doesn't know where to turn: the seemingly loving wolf who is not his mate, or the one who humiliated and beat him who is now the sweetest mate ever.
Are Austin's charms fake or is he honestly afraid of losing the mate he 'never wanted'? Does Dawson even consider himself eligible to be the mate of such a powerful wolf? When a face from the past appears at his doorstep he's forced to recognize aspects of his life he overlooked.
Maybe Austin didn't save him.
But perhaps Chase Chandler could?
Warnings: mentions of rape, abuse, language, sexual content, possible triggers, and manxman action.