"Damn that sucks."
Kyle nodded. "It really does."
They fell into silence, but it didn't really bother Ryan that Kyle got quiet. He just seemed to curl up in all of his clothes as he sat there next to him. As if he was used to being quiet and trying to stay out of the way.
"Where did you move here from?" Ryan asked him after a while.
Kyle didn't look over at him. "West of here."
That told him absolutely nothing. "West like California? Or west like eventually you'd hit Japan?"
"Not Japan," Kyle replied. Ryan caught his small smile.
"We're you born a werewolf or how does that work?" Ryan wasn't really trying to be nosey, but he was curious about Kyle. It would probably have helped his curiosity some if Kyle had been willing to open up a little more about himself. Sure, Ryan knew the big scary thing of why Kyle kept his gloves on and why he didn't touch anyone, but Ryan wanted to know about the little things in Kyle's life too. Ryan and Seth had been best friends and living with someone he was that close to had been great. He missed feeling connected to another person and now that he had a roommate again he wanted that kind of friendship back. Kyle wouldn't be replacing Seth, that was pretty clear right from the start since Kyle seemed really secretive about everything, but he wanted some kind of a relationship with him at least.
Kyle switched positions on the couch so that he was facing Ryan, but he still had his knees between them. "I know werewolves coming out was supposed to normalize conversations like this, but it still feels weird to me to be talking about werewolf stuff, which is all stuff I swore never to tell a human about, with an actual human." He made a face and Ryan laughed.
"Hey, I'm just curious. I'd like to get to know you better?"
Kyle wrinkled his nose. "Why?"
"Because you're my roommate..." Ryan thought the answer would have been obvious. He shrugged. "I just want to know who I'm living with."
"That's fair." Kyle sighed and grew quiet again. After a few minutes he said, "We're born as werewolves. The whole biting thing doesn't really work. I could gnaw on your arm all I wanted and it wouldn't do anything. Shifting doesn't hurt either, if you were thinking about asking. And since I don't shift it's not really an issue for me."
"You don't like to?" If Ryan was able to turn into a wolf he knew that he'd be running around doing that like crazy. It had to be better than being human all the time. He wouldn't have to sit around in traffic or anything. He could just run wherever he wanted to go.
"When I'm a wolf I don't have any clothes on to protect myself," Kyle quietly explained. "I don't want to start mooching off of you already, but can I have a burrito too? I'll go to the store tomorrow. Or we can order something. I've got money."
Ryan didn't really care if Kyle ate his food, as long as he replaced it later. "You can eat whatever you want. Just buy another later."
Kyle got up from the couch and Ryan went back to watching the movie.