Kyle quickly shook his head. "I'm new in town. I need to introduce myself to the local alpha so that I can try to get his permission to stay in his territory and..." Kyle's words trailed off as Jeremy chuckled, almost sounding as if he was laughing at him. "What?" Kyle snapped defensively.
"We don't really do that here. Any of it. It's great to have another one of us in town, but probably most of what you're used to won't apply here. Any pack or alpha type of thing you were thinking, it won't be happening here," Jeremy said.
Kyle had no idea how that could be, but he was more than willing to listen to the older werewolf. "So..." He looked between Jeremy and Marius. "I'd like to stay here for a bit. I don't know how long, but normally when I enter a werewolf's territory I need to announce myself and get permission. If you have a set time of how long I can stay I won't go over that. I'm just--"
"Are you running from something? If you are, we can help you," Marius interrupted.
"Not really," Kyle hedged. He wasn't. He was just trying something new for a while.
"Have you ever lived on your own before?" Jeremy asked.
Kyle shook his head. Most people might have thought that Jeremy was only asking if he'd always lived with his parents, but that wouldn't have been a yes either. To a werewolf though, the answer Jeremy wanted was whether or not he'd ever been away from a pack before now. "The smallest pack I've ever lived in was ten adults. The largest was thirty."
Marius shared a look with his brother. "And you left them to strike out on your own because...?"
Kyle held up his gloved hand in explanation. Marius nodded, seeming to get what Kyle was saying. "Do you have a place to stay already?"
Kyle shook his head. "I was hoping to find a place after I got into town."
"I can ask Ryan if he's still looking for someone," Seth spoke up. Jeremy shot him a dark look and Kyle wondered what kind of a person would make a werewolf angry like that. "He's not that bad," Seth protested as he shared a look with Jeremy.
"Would I be safe there?" Kyle quietly asked. Whatever was going on that he didn't understand, it really didn't matter to him as long as he wouldn't be bothered there. He'd had far more than enough of that to last him a lifetime.
Seth turned his attention onto him and his expression softened. "Ryan was one of my best friends, but then he screwed up. That was almost a year ago. He's getting better and he understands what he did and why it was wrong, even though his heart was in the right place. You're a werewolf though, if you let him know that I'm sure he won't bug you. He doesn't mind you all, he's just not about to do anything to piss you off either."
Kyle smiled. He could live with that. "Can I get his number from you?"
"Seth..." Jeremy sounded upset.
Seth rolled his eyes. "He's better now, I promise. Besides, he's not stupid enough to try anything with a werewolf. I can promise you that. Not many people are."
"You'd be surprised." Marius sighed. "Kyle, Ryan isn't a bad guy. I've met him a few times. He's just young and stupid. You'd be fine there if you two hit it off and you wanted to stay there. You don't have to worry about him at all."
Kyle really wasn't all that worried. He could handle humans. It was werewolves he had to be careful around. "If he's still looking for a roommate, I think I'd like to go talk to him."
Seth grabbed a piece of paper and quickly wrote down a phone number before handing it to Kyle. "That's his cell. He lives in the big square brick apartment building. Really those are the only apartments in town. They're not awful but they're not great either. I used to live there, as did Jack, who also works here and he's with Marius. If you stick around you'll meet him too."
Kyle did want to meet him. He wanted to get to know the people that were important to these werewolves who were so different than any other werewolves he'd ever met before. But first he needed to find a place to sleep that night since bus stations and bathrooms seemed to be out of the question in a town of this size.