This is a reimagining of the classic fairy tale, and an alternative take on popular shifter stories. There’s no debunked alpha/beta tropes here!
Calista Hemming is a beauty with a duty. She is the sole healer for two factions of lycans. The "tame" lycans who live in secret among humans because that is where they see their species being able to survive in the long term, and the "wild" lycans who live in the woods outside the town's borders who believe the traditional way of life for their kind must be preserved. Calista is caught in the middle, and bears the responsibility of keeping the peace through an agreement her grandmother made between the two factions.
Gavin Lowell is the Lord of the castle, son of a reclusive alchemist. His parents died tragically when he was a child, and he carries a terrible demon curse from that incident. He lives alone, leaving the management of his duchy to his steward. The people he is meant to manage don't really notice a difference, as his father left his duties to them to the steward, preferring to focus on his alchemical research.
The two are thrown together, and they must learn to live with each other in order to solve the problems they both face. If they can't succeed together, everything will fall apart.
Content warning: This story will contain explicit scenes, violence, death, attempted rape, anxiety, depression and other dark or mature themes. Reader discretion is advised.
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