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Kyle had spent very little time around humans, but Ryan wasn't so bad. He was sharing his food at least. And in the last few hours since Kyle had met him, Ryan hadn't tried to use what he could do for his own advantage. It wasn't much to ask for, but Kyle was still thankful for it all the same. It was nice for him to realize that humans weren't the impossible, hard to understand, idiots that his old pack had made them out to be. As long as Ryan left him alone and Kyle could keep to himself as much as possible things might not be so bad.
"What'd you do before you moved here?" Ryan called to him as Kyle waited for the burrito to heat up in the microwave.
"Not much. Odd jobs here and there." Kyle really didn't want to talk about his previous life in the pack more than that. "Mostly I just used what I could do to help the pack out. I got paid a bit for that." And he'd saved it all up. He hadn't been given a choice in that, but he did get to decide not to spend the money, which he hadn't, and now he didn't have to worry about work so much as long as he was careful with his finances from here on out.
"I work at a bookstore. I just started and the pay isn't good but it's only about ten minutes away and I get an employee discount if you ever want anything."
The microwave dinged and his burrito was done so Kyle brought it back to the couch to eat it with Ryan. A bookstore job sounded nice. He'd never worked retail but as long as someone liked dealing with people it probably wasn't too bad. "That's cool." He nibbled on his burrito and watched Ryan while he focused on the movie. Kyle didn't really care about the movie. He was more interested in the human he was currently sharing a space with.
"Why'd you leave home?" Ryan asked him after a bit.
Kyle just shrugged. "I needed a change." He'd needed to get away from people who were more focused on using him for what he could do and less on how it made him feel and the damage it was doing to him to know all those secrets all the time. "Are you close to your family?"
"Not really. We were never all that close though, so I'm not losing much. I had more time with babysitters and the TV than I ever did with my parents when I was growing up. When I was eighteen moving out seemed like the best thing for me. I think my parents liked the idea of having kids more than the actual experience."
Ryan shrugged him off. "Don't worry about it. It's all good."
He didn't seem bothered by his family history at all so Kyle left it alone. Kyle was nearly done with his burrito when Ryan abruptly got up from the couch. "I'm about to go for a run. Do you want to come?"
"Like for fun?" Kyle didn't understand the need to run other than to get away from someone, or to chase them.
Ryan laughed and got his shoes on. "Yeah. So I take it that's a no?"
"Hard pass for sure." Kyle had absolutely no interest in going running at all for any reason right that moment.
"See you later then." Ryan took his keys and his phone and then he was gone, leaving Kyle alone in the apartment for the first time. He could have snooped, and he might have been curious enough to as well, but stretching out on the couch with his burrito was a lot more fun and it was nice to consider trusting someone for once. He hadn't really been able to do that much before.
After a while he turned off the TV and headed into his bedroom. There was nothing there, not that he had expected there to be anything. He had some basics with him and he dug his thin sleeping bag out of his backpack. It wasn't much support, but it was something and it kept him warm as he lay there looking up at the ceiling. It wasn't that late but he was tired. Kyle had been on the move for days, largely walking but getting rides where he could, and when he couldn't and he was just too tired to walk anymore, he'd taken a taxi or two. He sighed and pulled off his gloves. He was alone, it would be safe to be exposed for a little while. His fingernails were dirty from the last time he'd shifted and it had been a while since he'd been safe enough to get a shower.
With Ryan gone he thought that he might be able to get that done now. Kyle got up again and slipped into the bathroom. He didn't have a towel, but if he managed to get back to his sleeping bag to dry off before Ryan got back he didn't think that he would need one.
The water was warm and he realized that he needed to go to the store for more than just a shower as he started borrowing small amounts of Ryan's shampoo and body wash as well. It sucked that he was already starting out as a crappy roommate.
He didn't shower long, just enough to feel clean again, before he hurried back into his room and lay naked in his sleeping bag as he got dry again. After always being bundled up, being naked was a relief. Shifting was even better, and he quickly did that as well. He was best when he was alone and he hoped that Ryan wouldn't want to do a lot of roommate things with him that would get in the way of him being alone.
Ryan came back while Kyle was still getting dry.
"Kyle?" he called out.
He shifted so that he could talk again. It had felt good to be a wolf for a while, but now it was time to be a human again. "Hey. I'm in here. I'll be out soon." He didn't want to get dressed in all of his layers again, but he couldn't very well expect Ryan to stay way on the other side of the room from him either. He started pulling on some clean clothes. Well, cleaner clothes anyway. He needed to do laundry too.