"That's the kitchen, shared bathroom, living room, and your bedroom is on the left," Ryan said as he pointed.
Kyle barely looked at him. "Thanks." He went into his bedroom without another word and closed the door behind himself.
"Well, okay then." Ryan shrugged and figured that Kyle was shy or something. Whatever it was, Ryan wasn't too worried. He went to the kitchen and heated up a few frozen burritos in the microwave. Then, when he was in front of the TV with a warm plate of food on his lap, he decided to text Seth. Hey. Thanks for sending Kyle over. He and Seth were talking more, but he knew they would never be friends like they had been before. He was trying to get used to that.
He was nearly through his show when Kyle came out of the bedroom. He was still heavily dressed, including his gloves.
"Do you want to watch something?" Ryan asked.
Kyle looked at the screen, then at him. Then he sat down as far to the other end of the couch as he could possibly go.
Ryan held out the remote to him. "Here you go."
Kyle looked at it, then up at Ryan. "Can you put it on the cushion between us?"
That was pretty weird, but Ryan did it anyway. Once he had moved his hand away Kyle picked up the remote and he'd put on a movie for them to watch. Ryan hadn't seen the movie before and he wasn't sure how he felt about Kyle just putting on a movie without even asking him what he wanted to watch first. But that wasn't the biggest part of what was bugging him about his new roommate. "What's with you and touching?" he asked Kyle bluntly.
Kyle frowned and looked down at his hands. "How much do you know about werewolves?"
"Not much. The caffeine thing and the chocolate was pretty obvious really. But that's about it." Ryan shrugged.
"Some of us have...things. That we can do. Me not touching you is as much for my protection as it is for yours."
Ryan stared at him. "Uh...So you're dangerous. That's what you're saying?" He got up from the couch and moved across the room from him.
But Kyle shook his head. "Look, it's not like that. Some of us are, sure. But I'm not. What I do...it's..." He sighed and ran his hands roughly through his short hair.
"Why don't you tell me what it is that you're capable of? That might be a good place to start." And then Ryan would decide if he could handle living with Kyle or not, or if he had to go talk to the apartment manager about figuring out something else.
Kyle pulled his legs under him. "I know secrets, okay? Deep, dark stuff that you'd never tell anyone. The things you feel guiltiest for. I touch someone, even for a second, and suddenly I know that one horrible thing that they hate about themselves and I can't stop it. So I wear the gloves and I need you not to touch me, even on accident."
Ryan took a deep breath. Secrets. That wasn't so bad. "So...you're harmless unless I touch you? Right?"
Kyle gave him a quick nod. "Absolutely. And I'm always layered up like this so the chances of you actually touching me are pretty slim. I've had this my whole life and I've learned to deal with it. I'm not dangerous to be around at all. I'm sorry I didn't tell you before we signed the lease agreement. I'm still working out how to live with humans in general. This is all really new to me. If you're not comfortable though I can go."
"No. I'm okay. I'm just processing this I guess. Like holy shit you know things about people, random strangers, but eh it's not that bad because it's not like you're going around the government trying to spy on people. Right?"
"Yeah. None of that," Kyle said with a slight smile.
Ryan decided to sit back down next to him. "So it's really not that big of a deal. You don't touch me, I won't touch you, and you don't get to know about the things I feel guilty for."
"Thing," Kyle quietly corrected him. When Ryan looked over at him, Kyle explained. "Thing. Singular. I don't get a rush of guilty secrets, just the one thing that someone feels worst about. It's generally a big thing though, except for with children. Their secrets are usually safer to have. Like they took an extra cupcake when they weren't supposed to. But it's not just the act that hurts, it's how they felt about it. So a kid could think it's the worst thing in the world and I feel that pain and their fear and suffering just like if it was an adult with some horrible secret that I just accidently found out about." Kyle looked back down at his hands.