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Ryan was just about to go for a run when his phone started ringing. He frowned down at the unfamiliar number and took his phone with him as he left his apartment. It wasn't what he usual did, but he figured that he could walk for a bit and talk to whoever was calling him before he started running. "Hello?"
"Hey, is this Ryan?"
He was already down a flight of stairs. "Yeah. Who are you?"
"My name's Kyle. Seth gave me your number."
Ryan stumbled on the stair. "Seth? How is he?"
"He seems to be okay, I guess. I really only just met him so I couldn't say for sure. Are you still looking for a roommate? I need a place to stay."
He was still looking, but he didn't want to share his apartment, however insanely expensive it was, with just anyone just because he was in a bind. "Uh. Can you tell me a bit about yourself first?"
Kyle's voice got soft. "I'm twenty-one and I'm a werewolf. You don't really need to know that much more about me than that since you're human and generally humans don't like my kind, or at least they don't tolerate us too well."
Ryan swallowed thickly. He knew a werewolf. Everyone in town did. And Marius was nice and all, but that didn't mean that every werewolf was going to be. "Uh..." Ryan really wasn't okay having a werewolf living with him, but he needed to share the rent with someone and in a small town that wasn't always easy to do. "I'd like to meet you and then decide. When's best for you?"
"Are you busy now? Literally I just got out of a taxi, did a few things in town, and I've got no where else to go. I'm okay with a trial basis or whatever you need. I've got cash."
Ryan walked down the few flights of stairs to the front of the building and then he went out onto the sidewalk where the was fresh air and plenty of sunshine. He'd met a few rash people before, but never any quite like Kyle was making himself out to be.
"Why here?" was all Ryan thought to ask him.
A guy came around the corner. He had short, spiky black hair that was obviously dyed since his brown roots were starting to show through. But his hair went with his black hoodie and the gloves he had on. He had a phone in his hand, which he put away, and Ryan heard his call end. "Because there are werewolves here that I don't know."
"Kyle?" Ryan asked.
He nodded. "Ryan?"
"Yeah. So... Hi." He offered Kyle his hand, but Kyle just shoved his hands into the front pocket of his hoodie instead of touching him. "Uh..."
"I can't touch people. Ever." Kyle scrunched up his face and Ryan was starting to think this guy was a bit crazy.
"How do you go through life without touching anyone?" Surely Kyle had to run into people on occasion. Ryan did it all the time.
Kyle shrugged. "I'm careful, I guess. Want to get something to drink and talk for a while? I promise I'm not a serial killer."
Ryan was still hesitant. "Then what are you? Why here? Did you get kicked out or something and decide a town in the middle of nowhere was a good place to crash for a while? Because that's not the smartest thing ever."
Kyle snorted and leaned back against the brick. Ryan stood beside him as he waited for answers that had better start making some sense if Kyle had any hope of living with him. "This isn't going to make much sense to a human--"
"Try me anyway."
Kyle glanced at him before continuing. Ryan was surprised at just how bright blue his eyes were, almost like he was looking at a blue topaz when he looked over at Kyle. "Werewolves live in family groups, like packs, and sometimes they become suffocating. When leaving one of these groups we're not really allowed to stay in the same area as we were before. So we have to leave and either join a new group or strike out on our own."
"Which is what you did. Right?"
Kyle nodded and Ryan thought about that for a moment. "Do you drink?" Ryan asked. Kyle quickly shook his head. "Do drugs?" Kyle just rolled his eyes. "Do you care that I'm gay?"
With a smirk, Kyle shook his head again. "I am too, not that it matters."
Kyle shot him a look that made Ryan think that he must have been missing something. "I don't date or do anything that would even come close to dating."
That made Ryan think of Seth, and how Seth had first explained his being asexual to him. "Are you ace? I had a friend who was."
"No, I'm not. It's more complicated than that for me unfortunately."
Ryan quickly dropped it. "Do you want to know if I drink or do drugs or anything like that? You're not asking me any questions."
Kyle just shrugged and looked across the street from them. There weren't too many people out yet so Ryan figured he had to be looking at a man walking along with a couple kids, all under the age of five. When they went into the grocery store Kyle looked back at him again. "If you're dangerous, you won't be to me. I'm a werewolf. I'm faster and stronger than you. If you do drugs, smoke, or drink a lot that's on you. I don't but I'm not in the position to tell you not to do something. I'm not allergic to any kinds of pets and you don't smell like you have any so I figured that wasn't worth asking about. I can't have chocolate or caffeine but I don't care if you do. I don't shift much, I won't leave wolf hair all over the place, and I mostly just keep to myself. I just really need a place to crash for a while. If you give me that then I'll mostly just stay out of your way."
Ryan grew quiet as he thought about what Kyle was saying. "There aren't a whole lot of places in town to rent."
"I figured that, given how small the town is and all. Are you willing to give me a chance?"
Ryan figured that he probably was. Kyle seemed decent enough anyway. "Month to month at four hundred with a security deposit that costs the same? Can you do that?"
Kyle took out his wallet and dug out a few hundreds while Ryan was watching. "I can." He offered the money to Ryan, who shook his head. Kyle put it away again.
"We need to get you on the lease first. That money doesn't go to me, it goes to the office. But they won't require a background check or anything."
"Even though I'm a wolf?" Kyle sounded uncertain.
Ryan wasn't really sure about that actually. "Can you maybe not tell the manager that? I honestly have no idea if it would matter or not, but I'd hate for it to be one just in case. And you said that you don't shift that much anyway so I doubt it would matter to begin with."
Kyle pursed his lips, but after a moment he nodded anyway. "Sure. It's not like it'll be the first time I've pretended to be human anyway."
"Great. Then let's go get you introduced to the manager."
Getting Kyle on the lease didn't take long, and neither did moving him in. Especially since Kyle didn't actually have anything to move in with him to begin with. Ryan had never seen anyone with so few things.
As soon as the lease was signed Ryan took him upstairs to the apartment. It wasn't too messy, but he was still a bit embarrassed by it and he really hadn't been expecting someone to move in with him when he woke up that morning. Seth was always much better at keeping their place neat. He missed living with Seth, but that wasn't going to be happening ever again, mostly because Ryan had screwed up so badly, and he had to remember that.