I wanted to give a little background to a story of mine that will be going up soon, called As Nature Intended. For those of you who haven’t come across the Alpha-Omega dynamic before, I’d like to maybe give you a gentle introduction to this world. This dynamic, also referred to as ABO and a few other terms, is, I suppose, a kind of dystopian view of our world. It is one where there are three ‘hierarchies’ of people; Alpha, Beta and Omega, all of which can be any gender.
Now, depending on what you read in this world, there will be differing opinions on those distinctions I’ve just given, but there is one that is likely not going to be disputed, and that is that Alphas can impregnate Omegas, and both Alphas and Omegas are driven by quite animalistic urges to, well. Breed. This is usually shown in Omegas as Heats – where they crave/need to be knotted/impregnated, and in Alphas as Ruts – where all they carve/need is to knot/impregnate. If you know anything about how some of our canine species breed, you’ll already know about terms like knotting, and if that makes you a little faint-hearted (and you got past the idea of male pregnancy – mpreg, for those in the know), then perhaps Alpha Omega fiction is not for you.
However, if you are intrigued, this is an area of fiction that explores a lot of the things in our own world that some of us are guilty of overlooking. The assumption that all women want to have children, the societal expectations of how men and women are supposed to act, the excuses we make for behaviour that is not appropriate at all, such as rape – and these are just for starters; it’s actually a really interesting study of what we think of as social norms from an entirely different perspective. And about a year and a half ago I might be sat there as you might be currently, pulling a squick face and saying urgh, no, that’s just wrong. But then I read, and my mind was broadened a little, which I don’t think can ever be a bad thing. And please don’t think of my explanation as the definitive one, because it isn’t, it’s just a very simple summary of what I’ve taken away from the ABO dynamic and there will be far more writers/readers of it out there with more knowledge than myself.
That being said. As Nature Intended is a rather tame introduction to the ABO world. It’s about having the instinct to act a certain way and fighting against it. It’s about fighting to live your life how you want to without society/nature telling you to behave otherwise. And ultimately, it’s about two people falling in love (and lust). Like most ABO stories, there is a fair amount of sex; in this story that happens from about halfway in – the first half is about fighting those urges and kind of gets you used to the idea of what it is to be an Alpha or Omega – and even builds a little depth into my version of this dynamic, for why the ABO dynamics even came to be.
So. If you like your romance, we have that. If you like your smut, well, there’s plenty of that too. There’s also enough twists and turns to make this a story rather than a full blown gratuitous erotica (not that there’s anything wrong with that either).
So if you’re interested, keep an eye out, take a look, and see if this is something you could get into reading 😉