A Hunter's Secret [A TRCNG Fanfic] [Complete]

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Kangmin is a newly turned werewolf who is a vampire hunter with a big secret. Being aromantic, he doesn't have the desire to form romantic relationships. After getting some advice from one of his closest friends Kangmin decides to come out to his team and pack. This is the story of Kangmin coming out to his friends, and the aftermath of it.

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Hai~! Author-nim here with another story! Kangmin is here with his story! I want to reiterate that I'm not here to bash people within the LGBTQ+ community, as I've kept an open mind with this. I have friends who are in the community and I'm not against it. I'm going to say right now that this story may be triggering to some people so if you don't like it then don't read it.

Also I know the kids of TRCNG and Stray Kids are still minors in real life, but in this story they are in their mid 20's, with Kangmin being 24. Everyone is between 24 and 25 years old in this story since time has passed and there's been about 5 stories between this one and the story they were introduced.

Now onto the characters~!

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Kangmin: A newly turned werewolf with a big secret. He wasn't sure when he came to the conclusion that he was aromantic but he had been encouraged to come out to his team by one of his closest friends, Chan. He had been turned by Chan, who turned him when he was on the brink of death. He was in University for a few years prior to being turned, on his way to becoming a doctor. He dropped out due to being turned and focused on other things. He is a vampire hunter in his free time, being in Taeseon's faction. His wolf form is a small brown wolf with white feet and a black patch of fur covering his right eye and three claw marks on his right hip where he had been turned and a large scar across his upper back seen in his wolf and human forms. He is roommates with Hohyeon at the house.

Chan: A turned werewolf who is one of Kangmin's closest friends. He was the first person that Kangmin came out to, and he was completely fine with it. He’s a part of a pack in the U.K., with his pack leader being Donghun. He has his responsibilities in the pack but he vowed to help Kangmin with whatever problems he has. His wolf form is a large white wolf with a brown patch on his back and a silver tipped tail with three claw marks on his right hip where he had been turned seen in his wolf and human forms.

Kino: A wolf shapeshifter who is Kangmin’s friend. He became Kangmin’s friend after Kino found out that he was aromantic, being aromantic himself. He belongs to a pack in Chicago, with his pack leader being Jinho. He had been weakened by a drug that was meant to keep shapeshifters who were unloyal to their pack, but he refuses to take the cure due to something that happened in his past. He owns a German Shepherd dog named Changgu who is always with him wherever he goes. His animal form is a large white wolf with a scar on his left eye seen only in his animal form.

Taeseon: A vampire hunter who is human. He leads his own faction and is a leader of the top vampire hunting team in the world. He is part of the team that does missions in Europe, being the leader of that team and the entire team in general. He cares for everyone, making sure everyone is okay. He was against Kangmin dropping out of university at first, but relented since he saw how much Kangmin had changed when he returned from Europe. He is roommates with Jihun.

Jihun: A vampire hunter who is human. He is Taeseon's right hand man and is the oldest in the team. He is a tracker, being perceptive and taking the little things and was one of the few people who noticed how much Kangmin had changed since returning from Europe. When he isn't busy with missions he keeps an eye on Kangmin, wanting to be there for him like an older sibling. He is roommates with Taeseon.

Hayoung: A vampire hunter who is human. He is Taeseon's best friend, being with him since the beginning. He is one of the very few people who's seen Taeseon at his worst, but he knows how much Taeseon cares for the team. He is the last person in the team that is part of the European team. He is roommates with Hakmin.

Hakmin: A vampire hunter who is human. He is part of the team that makes up the team that takes missions in the Americas. Between himself and Siwoo he is the leader. He has a friendly enough relationship with Kangmin, making sure Kangmin was okay. He is roommates with Hayoung.

Wooyeop: A vampire hunter who is human. He is part of the team that makes up the team that takes missions in Asia and Africa. His teammate is Hyunwoo who is the younger person between the both of them. Surprisingly enough he isn't the leader between the two of them. He is roommates with Hyunwoo and Siwoo.

Jisung: A newly turned werewolf who is a vampire hunter. He had been out on a long term mission with his mate Kihyun for about 4 years prior to returning to the states. He is now their current youngest, being turned a few months after Kangmin did. His wolf form is a large white wolf with a sort of black mask of fur covering his face with a scar on his left shoulder where he had been turned. He was roomates with Hyunwoo but Hyunwoo moved into Siwoo and Wooyeop's room and now Jisung is roommates with Kihyun.

Kihyun: A turned werewolf who became a vampire hunter after becoming mates with Jisung. He had become involved with Jisung after spending a few hours together at a lake behind their properties. He is in Taeseon's faction. His wolf form is a large light brown colored wolf with a scar on his right shoulder where he had been turned. He is roommates with Jisung.

Hyunwoo: A vampire hunter who is human. He is the leader between himself and Wooyeop, taking the missions in Asia and Africa. He moved into Siwoo and Wooyeop's room after Kihyun and Jisung returned, letting the two have the room to themselves.

Siwoo: A vampire hunter who is human. He is part of the team that takes missions in the Americas, being the one to take most of the kills between himself and Hakmin. He is roommates with Hyunwoo and Wooyeop.

Hohyeon: A vampire hunter who is human. He is the only one in the team who is in university right now, studying to become a nurse. When he's at the dorms he is roommates with a wolf-human named Jeongin but when he is back at the house he is roommates with Kangmin.

Jeongin: A wolf-human who is a vampire hunter. He is part of the pack that lives next door, going to university with Hohyeon. He is studying to become a nurse, finding his perceptive nature to help him in the field. In the dorms he is roommates with Hohyeon, but when he is home he lives in the house next door, belonging to a different pack and faction. He belongs to Chan's faction. His wolf form is a black colored wolf with silver feet and a white patch covering his right eye.

I hope you enjoy the story~!

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[center Epilogue]

A few months later Kangmin headed back to Changkhyun's pack house to see Hohyeon finally graduate from the University of Denver as a nurse along with Jeongin. The months leading up to the point were perfect, and Kangmin used the nearly 3 million dollar bank balance from Taeseon and Hayoung's combined bank accounts sparingly. Things were good, and Taehyun had respected Kangmin's wishes on keeping his apartment as Kangmin's main base. Kangmin had become busy with missions, but requested a week off to go see Hohyeon and Jeongin's graduation.

"Kangmin!" Said Changkhyun as Kangmin arrived with Jisung, Kihyun and Jihun. "Hello Changkhyun," said Kangmin as he got out of the jeep. "Hohyeon's graduating in a few days, are you excited?" Asked Changkhyun. "It's exciting to see for sure," said Kangmin. "It's hard to imagine that I would've been a part of it," he said. "You would've been a part of this years graduating class?" Asked Changkhyun. Kangmin nodded. "Though I had a chance to graduate early," he said.

"Do you regret leaving?" Asked Changkhyun. "Surprisingly, no," said Kangmin. "If I didn't leave when I did who knows where I'd be today," he said. "I think you made the right decision," said Jihun. "You wouldn't've made your faction," he said. "Maybe, but none of this would've happened," said Kangmin. "True," said Jihun. "I dunno, I was under the impression that everyone hated Taeseon, well, except for Hayoung," said Jisung.

"So who's left next door?" Asked Kangmin. "Just Hohyeon," said Changkhyun as he scratched the back of his head. "Everyone left after Taeseon got booted from the vampire hunting association, they all got put into different teams," he said. "Only Hohyeon was able to stay since he was finishing school but it won't be long until he goes to France to join Chan and his pack since Jeongin's going to be joining them after school ends," he said.

"So he's going to sell it?" Asked Kangmin. "No, we're moving in," said Changkhyun. "No way," said Jisung. "What changed?" He asked. "Well, we do need the bigger house," said Changkhyun. "And that way everyone will have their own room," he said. "So, Cory Jisung and Sunggyu in one, Youngjae and Jooheon in another, Doyoung and Hobi in another, Jungwoo and Hyunjin gets a room, and then you, Jungkook and Jeno in the last room?" Asked Kangmin. "Yeah," said Changkhyun. "Plus we can make this a guest house," he said. "Ah, nice," said Kihyun. "Everyone will actually have a room," he said.

"Aw," said Kangmin. "I'll miss my room," he said. "You'll get to see it one last time," said Changkhyun. "True," said Kangmin. "I've had some good memories in that room, and bad but I'll miss the old house," he said. "I will too to be fair," said Jihun. "Yeah," said Jisung. "We'll be so busy with missions," he said.

"So," said Kangmin. "Where is everyone?" He asked. "Jeno and Jungwoo went to visit Jaemin, the vampire hunters are busy with missions, Youngjae and Jooheon went west, and Jungkook went to South Korea to see Jin's home town," said Changkhyun. "Ah, I see," said Kangmin.

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A few days later Kangmin, Jihun, Jisung and Kihyun headed over to the University of Denver just in time to see Hohyeon before the ceremony started. "Kangmin! Hyungs!" Said Hohyeon as he ran over. "Hey," said Kangmin as he grinned. "Where's Jeongin?" He asked. "He's already in the auditorium," said Hohyeon. "But I warn you to be careful," he said. "Taeseon came over," he said. "I see," said Kangmin. "Let's hope it doesn't get to a big confrontation," he said. "Yeah," said Hohyeon.

"No worries," came a voice, causing everyone to turn to see Mashiho standing there with his hands in his pockets. "Taeseon isn't gonna be bothering you," he said. "I was the one to take him here and I can take him out if he gets out of hand," he said. "Thanks Mashiho," said Kangmin. "I'd really hate to deal with him," said Jihun as he scratched the back of his head. "Don't worry, I got this," said Mashiho as he nodded. "Should go then, we'll see you there," said Kangmin as he turned to Hohyeon. "Yeah, I'll see you there," said Hohyeon before he headed off. Kangmin and the others went to the auditorium to find their seats, spotting a disheveled Taeseon sitting nearby.

"Hello Taeseon," said Kangmin. Taeseon looked up to spy Kangmin standing next to him. "Hey," he said before looking ahead. Mashiho moved to sit beside Taeseon while the others piled in next to him. The ceremony soon started and everyone waited until Hohyeon and Jeongin got called to the stage to get their diplomas.

When a familiar name to Kangmin got called he cheered for them, seeing that some of his old classmates did end up graduating with Hohyeon and Jeongin. The others just chuckled at Kangmin's antics, but they knew that he missed it, being in university. Now Kangmin didn't have time. When Hohyeon got called and then Jeongin got called everyone stood and cheered, causing everyone else to look at the both of them like they were insane.

After the ceremony Kangmin ran to Hohyeon with the others not too far behind. "Congrats!" Said Kangmin as he tackled Hohyeon, bringing Jeongin into the hug. "Hey, thanks," said Hohyeon as he chuckled. "We did it eh?" Asked Jeongin as he grinned. "Heading to France after this?" Asked Kangmin. "Yeah," said Jeongin.

"Congrats you two," said Mashiho. "Hello Mashiho," said Hohyeon as he turned to Mashiho. "Hello Taeseon," he said when he noticed Taeseon. "Hello," said Taeseon. "Congrats," he said. "Thanks," said Hohyeon. "Well, we need to get going," said Mashiho. "I'll see you around then," he said. "See you around Mashiho," said Kangmin. Everyone parted ways after that, with Kangmin's group going back to the pack house and Hohyeon and Jeongin going to finish packing their things.

When Kangmin got back to the house Kino, Shinwon, Changgu, Chan and Jinwoo were waiting for them. "Hey guys," said Kangmin as he spotted them. "Hey," said Chan. "Never got a chance until now to come say congrats," he said. "I would've come by earlier but bad days and such," said Kino as he scratched the back of his head.

"Congrats on the new faction," said Jinwoo. "Moonbin sends his regards for not coming in person but," he said, scratching the back of his head. "Chanwoo's out and everyone's busy at the coffee shop," he said. "No problem, we'll come visit soon," said Kangmin.

"You should've seen the look on their faces when it happened," Chan said with a snicker. "I did wish I was there," said Kino as he chuckled some. "No worries though, the look of utter shock was enough to satisfy me when Jinho declared Chicago off limits to them," he said.

When Hohyeon and Jeongin got back everyone celebrated, having fun even though it was only Changkhyun at the house for now. He'd move when everyone got back to the house, and Hohyeon was fine with that. After a while though, Kangmin found himself going to the lake for one last time with Kino, Changgu and Chan.

"I'm going to miss being here," said Kangmin as he stood at the lake shore after paying his respects to the small graveyard. "I can see why," said Kino. Changgu sat at Kino's side, looking at the water while Chan stood beside Kangmin. "Here's to new beginnings then?" Asked Kangmin as he bent down to pick up a rock. Kino and Chan did the same. "Yeah, to new beginnings," said Chan. "Yep," said Kino. With that promise made the three of them skipped the rocks across the water.
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[center Chapter 18]

Kangmin prepared for the trip to Boston, only taking a few extra changes of clothes before going to see if his jeep needed to change oil. Jihun and Jisung would go with him, as Kangmin named them his betas while Kihyun had to go back to the pack house to tell Changkhyun that he was moving to Detroit and get the rest of his and Jisung's things.

"Kangmin," said Yoonsan as he walked over. Kangmin looked up from checking the Jeep and turned to Yoonsan. "What's up?" He asked. "I'm sorry for acting so hostile towards you," said Yoonsan as he scratched the back of his head. "It's alright," said Kangmin as he wiped his hands and closed the hood of the jeep. "Taehyun explained why everyone was so hostile," he said. "Well, except Hojung, I imagine he's run into a few of us that were vampire hunters," he said.

"I suppose we're good now then?" Asked Yoonsan. "Of course," Kangmin said with a grin. "I'm still the same person I was when I was living here before," he said. "Same with Jisung, we just smell different," he said. "To you guys anyway," he added. "I just hope that doesn't change anything," he said. "Nah, it doesn't," said Yoonsan. "We all just need to get used to the smell of werewolves," he said. "Oi, it's not like I fare any better, I have to deal with the wet dog smell," Kangmin said with a snicker.

"Is that what we smell like? No wonder Yedam was so tense around us," said Yoonsan. "Trust me, I think I prefer the pine forest scent," said Kangmin as he went to put the tools away.

"I see you two are finally getting along," said Taehyun as he walked over with Timotheo and Junhyuk. "Where's Sungwoon been anyway?" Asked Kangmin. "Around, he's working a job at the nearby cafe," said Taehyun. "Is this a similar situation to Moonbin?" Asked Kangmin. "Yes, and no," said Taehyun as he chuckled slightly. "It's his punishment," he said. "He has to work to stay or he's out," he said. "Right, since he left before," said Kangmin as he nodded.

"Congrats on winning the case, you're welcome to stay as long as you want, with your teammates/pack," said Taehyun. "Thank you," said Kangmin as he nodded. "Though we'll be heading to Boston soon to make sure the money got deposited and finalize everything," he said. "I'm turning in my pocketwatch for a new one," he said.

"What's gonna be the design on it?" Asked Timotheo. "A K," said Kangmin. "For my name," he added. "Simple, but effective," said Yoonsan. "No one else uses the letter K for a faction symbol I don't think," he said. "No, I can attest for that," said Hojung as he walked over with Jisung and Jihun.

"Must suck, being the only human in the faction now," said Kangmin as he turned to Jihun. Jihun snorts. "I'm happy to [i stay] human thanks," he said. "No offense," he added, causing the others to laugh. "Ready?" He asked. "Yeah," said Kangmin. Jisung nodded. "Have fun, tell Joshua we said hello," said Taehyun. "Sure," said Kangmin as he went to take his bags and put it in the trunk. Jisung and Jihun did the same.

Kangmin got into the driver's seat while Jihun got in the passenger seat and Jisung sat in the back. "See you guys in a week at the least then," said Kangmin. "See you," said Taehyun as he waved. Jisung and Jihun waved back as Kangmin started the jeep. After making sure traffic was clear Kangmin moved out of his parking space, driving towards Boston.

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The trip to Boston went smoothly, and Joshua let them stay at the pack house for the duration of their stay. "So you don't have to rent a hotel room," was Joshua's explanation when Kangmin asked if he was sure.

"Man I heard you took down your first faction," said Minho as he sat with Kangmin. "Yeah," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "I think it's been spread around already," he said. "But I know we won't be hearing from Taeseon for a while," he said. "It sucks though," he said. "It practically affected everyone, and though the others are actually doing quite well it sucks," he said.

"Hey," said Mingyu as he walked over and sat down. "Something good came out of it," he said. "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," he said. "I'm not," said Kangmin. "When are you going to the bank?" Asked Mingyu. "Tomorrow, I'm tired," said Kangmin. "Alright," said Mingyu.

The next day Kangmin headed down to the bank with Jihun and Jisung, bringing all the necessary papers with them to register a new faction. Jisung had Kihyun's information so they were fine. When they got there Joshua was waiting on them and took them up to his office.

"Okay," said Joshua as he sat down at his desk. "Got all the papers?" He asked. "Yeah," said Kangmin as he handed the papers over. Jihun and Jisung handed the papers they had over and Joshua went into the system to put all the information down.

"Okay," said Joshua once he was done. "Now hand over your old pocketwatches," he said. Kangmin, Jihun and Jisung handed them over and Joshua nodded. "You'll get your new ones within a week or so," said Joshua. "What kind of design do you want on it?" He asked. "The letter K," said Kangmin. "For my name," he added. "That is, if everyone's alright with it," he said. "Yeah," said Jihun. "It's your faction Kangmin, go for it," said Jisung. "A K then," said Joshua as he nodded. "We're all done here, good luck with your faction and future missions then," he said. "Thank you," said Kangmin as he stood. He then left with Jihun and Jisung.

"Anyone want anything before we head back?" Asked Kangmin. "I think I'm good," said Jihun. "Same," said Jisung. "We're done here then?" Asked Kangmin. "Pretty much," said Jihun. "We'll head on back then, unless anyone has any objections," said Kangmin. "Nah," said Jihun. Jisung shook his head no. "Let's go then," said Kangmin before he went back to the pack house to pack with Jihun and Jisung.

After packing they headed down to the jeep, with Mingyu coming to say goodbye. "Good luck then," said Mingyu. "Yeah, thanks," said Kangmin. "You too," he said. With that Kangmin got into the jeep after packing everything and Jihun got into the back while Jisung was in the passenger seat. The three of them waved before Kangmin started the jeep and drove off, heading back to Detroit.
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[center Chapter 17]

"[i Well, hello Kangmin]," said Yedam as he was the first one to pick up. Mashiho was sitting beside him. "[i It's time then]?" Asked Mashiho as he grinned. "[i Ah, I was waiting on this call]," said Moonbin as he appeared next with Jinwoo and Chan sitting beside him. "Hey Jinwoo, Chan," said Kangmin. "[i Hello Kangmin, Kihyun, Jihun, Jisung]," said Chan. Jinwoo waved. "Hello everyone," said Jihun. Jisung and Kihyun waved.

"[i And I was dragged into this call why]?" Asked Nickhun as he appeared in the next window. "[i We're welcoming a new faction that I approved of, and I'm stripping the top team of their title]," said Mashiho. "[i Well, this was something I didn't want to come into but I'm dragged into it anyway]," said Joshua as he appeared next. "[i Same, but let's hear it]," said Kyuhyun as he appeared next. "[i I'm curious as to what will happen then]," said Chanyeol as he popped up next.

Hojung soon entered the apartment and went to sit down. "[i Hello Hojung, missions treating you well]?" Asked Yedam. "Yeah, could say that," said Hojung as Taeseon soon popped up last, with Hayoung sitting beside him. "[i What is it]?" Asked Taeseon.

"[i Well, I was building up a case against Taeseon and his faction]," said Mashiho as he sent screenshots of the testimony to the chat. Everyone took a minute to read it. "[i You can't be serious]?" Asked Taeseon. "[i You can't pin anything against me without evidence]," Hayoung said with a smirk.

"That, is where you're wrong," said Kangmin as he got up, turning around and lifting up his shirt to show the giant scar across his back. "See this? Yeah that happened," he said before putting down his shirt. Hayoung sputtered, looking surprised. "[i You sneaky little]-" He said before he was interrupted. "[i That's enough evidence isn't it]?" Asked Mashiho. Moonbin hummed, knowing the full story behind the scar but he didn't say anything. "[i I'd think so]," he said. "[i Yes]," said Joshua. "[i I'd agree]," said Kyuhyun. "[i Only if it made this conversation go faster]," said Nickhun. Chanyeol hummed.

"I'd like to add," said Hojung. "When he got here Kangmin didn't smell like a werewolf, he smelled completely human," he said. "[i Ah, there's rumors of a drug going around]," said Moonbin. "[i Eunwoo mentioned something about it]," he said. "[i It renders the person completely human until they get in touch with their wolf again]," said Yedam. "Yedam and Mashiho were here to oversee me getting in touch with my wolf again," said Kangmin. "[i It did work, after an hour he smelled like a werewolf again]," said Mashiho.

"[i So it's true then]," said Joshua. "[i Taeseon kicked Kangmin out because of his sexuality]," he said. "As a witness, I testify for that," said Kihyun. "Same," said Jisung. "I also do," said Jihun. "[i As someone who wasn't a hunter and was just visiting, I testify for that]," said Chan. "[i I followed along due to the situation involving a hunter]," said Jinwoo.

"[i What do you plead]?" Asked Chanyeol. "[i Innocent]!" Said Taeseon. "[i It was a team decision]!" He said. "A decision that involved half the team going to your side because they waited on what you would say," said Kangmin. "[i What does the witness say]?" Asked Nickhun. "[i I, as a non-hunter witness was there for the whole thing]," said Chan. "[i It in fact came down to a team decision]," he said. "[i But when we talked about it before the confrontation with Taeseon, the members who were on Taeseon's side it were only waiting on Taeseon's decision in the matter before anything else]," he said.

"[i Is there another witness to testify for Kangmin]?" Asked Nickhun as he leaned forward, resting his chin on his hand. "Kino and Shinwon of Jinho's pack," said Kangmin. "After hearing of what happened, Jinho and MJ personally went to Taeseon's team house and declared Chicago off limits to his team," he said. "I can attest to that," said Hojung. "I was there when Jinho called Taehyun and Taehyun declared Detroit off limits to Taeseon's team, except for these three here," he said, motioning to Kihyun, Jisung and Jihun. "In fact, all of my pack were there when Taehyun declared Detroit off limits to Taeseon's team," he said.

"[i A bit much isn't it]?" Asked Chanyeol. "[i Actually, they both had the right to do so]," said Kyuhyun. "[i No matter the reason, if a pack doesn't want you to enter the city they can ban teams from entering]," he said. "[i An old loophole]," said Joshua. "[i One that hasn't been used in a] long [i time but a loophole nonetheless]," he said. "[i It's a compromise]," said Nickhun. "[i I remember when we had to make sure everyone had to get permission to enter certain cities if a pack occupied it]," he said. "[i Now we just tell them we're coming]," he said.

"[i Most of the time we avoid cities that now have hunters in it]," said Moonbin. "[i At least, that's what I think should've been the case since MJ started living in Chicago and Hojung's in Detroit]," he said. "I'd like to state the fact that I now have called Detroit my home," said Kangmin. "Taehyun has allowed Kangmin to stay as long as he has work," said Hojung. "It was the compromise we had when he was living here before," he said. "That would also extend to anyone who decides to come stay with him," he added.

"[i It's settled then]," said Mashiho. "[i I agree with banning Taeseon and Hayoung from ever becoming hunters again]," said Joshua. "[i You know what that means]?" Asked Moonbin. "[i It means all your bank accounts are off limits, given to the person who brought up the case]," said Chanyeol. "You done goofed bud," said Kangmin as he snickered when Taeseon and Hayoung protested. "Karma!" Said Jisung as he gave Jihun a high five.

"[i All in favor of Kangmin say aye]," said Joshua. "Aye," said everyone in the call but Taeseon and Hayoung. "[i Meeting adjourned, bye Taeseon]," said Mashiho before he kicked Taeseon out of the call.

"Alright," said Kangmin as he addressed the remaining people in the call. "I would like to announce a new faction, my own," he said. "[i All in favor of Kangmin gaining his own faction say aye]," said Mashiho. "Aye," said everyone in the call. "[i It's settled then]," said Joshua. "[i Come to Boston to fill out your forms]," said Joshua.

"[i Before you do that]," said Mashiho. "[i Who there is joining your faction]?" He asked. "I am," said Jihun. "Same," said Jisung and Kihyun. "I'm a werewolf hunter so I can't," said Hojung. "[i Alright]," said Mashiho. "[i We'll see you in Boston then]," said Joshua before leaving the call. "[i Good luck kid]," said Chanyeol before he left the call. "[i Good luck then]," said Moonbin. "[i I'll be coming over soon to congratulate you]," said Chan. "[i Yeah, good luck]," said Jinwoo before Moonbin hung up the call.

"[i Man, I never thought I'd get dragged into a case like this]," said Nickhun. "[i Neither did I]," said Kyuhyun. "[i Well, we have to remember to not discriminate against anyone's sexuality, that was a wake up call]," said Mashiho. Nickhun nodded. "[i Good luck with your faction]," he said before leaving the call. Kyuhyun waved before doing the same.

"[i Aw man, the look on their faces]," Yedam said, bursting into laughter as he fell onto his back. "[i It was a losing battle regardless]," said Mashiho as he chuckled. "[i Good luck to your new faction Kangmin, you deserved it]," he said. "Thank you, Mashiho," Kangmin said with a grin. Mashiho smiled before ending the call.

"Well," said Kangmin as he turned to everyone. "That was awesome!" Said Jisung. "I am still finding it hard to believe you won that battle," said Hojung. "It shows that what goes around comes around," said Kangmin. "That it does," said Hojung.

"Also, that scar wasn't inflicted by Hayoung was it?" Asked Kihyun. "No," said Kangmin. "But the only people who knew were Chan, Jinwoo and Moonbin," he said. "We wouldn't've had any evidence otherwise, I had to pull that trump card," he said. Kihyun hummed in response.
  AkiraInu / 161d 12h 51m 31s
[center Chapter 16]

Kangmin was enjoying life in Detroit again, taking missions in the city to help him pay for food. Taehyun had eventually come around and said that Kangmin was able to stay as long as he wanted, as the deal that was with him since before he moved was back. As long as he had work, he was allowed to stay for free in the apartment building. That now included his phone bill and internet.

As Kangmin finished another mission he got a text from Taehyun. Jihun was coming over along with Jisung and Kihyun and he was needed back at the apartment to see them. "Really now?" Asked Kangmin as he looked at his phone. "Alright," he said, sending a response to Taehyun. No one was aware of his new number, so any text messages went straight to Taehyun. He had one more vampire to hunt for the day then he was ready to head back. After emailing a picture of the item and throwing it into the bag of stuff he saved for sending to Boston Kangmin left the building to get his other vampire.

After getting that done, and nearly getting killed in the process, he headed home after emailing a picture of the second item and bandaging up his side where he had been wounded. Junhyuk would check his wounds to make sure nothing serious was going to happen he was sure, so he texted Taehyun asking to see if Junhyuk could see him.

Junhyuk was waiting for Kangmin outside the apartment building with his arms crossed. "Well," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head after getting out of the jeep. "What can I say, it's dangerous," he said. "Sure sure," said Junhyuk. "Come on," he said. "I'll take a look at you," he said. "Can you ask Hojung to see if he can take this to the post office to mail to Boston?" Asked Kangmin as he held out a box. Junhyuk nodded, motioning to follow him inside after taking the box. Kangmin headed inside the apartment building, going straight to his apartment.

Junhyuk entered the apartment a few minutes later with a first aid kit and went to check Kangmin's wound in his side. "Did you get a message from Taehyun?" Asked Junhyuk as he cleaned and put a new bandage on Kangmin's wound. "Yes," said Kangmin as he hissed at the alcohol being applied to his wound. "When are they gonna be here?" He asked. "In a couple days," said Junhyuk. "They need to get away from Taeseon first," he said. Kangmin nodded.

"You'll be fine," said Junhyuk as he moved away. "Just don't do anything too strenuous for the next few days, assuming your healing rate is back to werewolf healing speeds anyway," he said. Kangmin nodded. "You noticed then?" He asked. "What? That you now smell like a werewolf? Everyone has," said Junhyuk. "We're just being nice about it, trust me," he said. "Yoonsan [i still] isn't used to your presence, being used to Hojung killing your kind for a living anyway," he said. Kangmin hummed in response.

"Also," said Junhyuk. "Where'd the large scar on your back come from?" He asked. "That looks nasty as hell," he said. "It was the reason I was turned," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "It doesn't hurt anymore if that's what you're wondering," he said. "I might tell you one day, but I'm not ready for that yet," he said. Junhyuk hummed. "Alright, let Taehyun know if you need anything," he said. Kangmin nodded and Junhyuk left.

[center ~]

A couple days later Kangmin was in the livingroom watching a movie when there was a knock on the door. He got up and went to open it, grinning when he saw who it was. "Hey hyungs," he said, moving to let Jihun, Jisung and Kihyun into the apartment.

"I knew it," said Jisung as he turned to Kangmin after Kangmin closed the door. "How are you doing?" He asked, hugging Kangmin. "I'm alright," said Kangmin as he hugged Jisung back. "A lot better than before at least," he said, moving away. "That's good," said Jisung.

"What brings you three over?" Asked Kangmin. "Well, we don't have a way of contacting you since Taeseon deactivated your phone but," said Jisung as he scratched the back of his head. "Luckily someone knew how to contact Taehyun," he said. "I just drove them here," said Kihyun as he shrugged. "And I tagged along to get away from that environment," said Jihun. Kangmin nodded and went to sit down with the others.

"So what's happened since I've been gone?" Asked Kangmin. "The rampage," said Jihun. "Taeseon's pissed that they lost Detroit and Chicago, they were the highest paying cities," he said. Kangmin snorts. "Karma," he said. "Exactly," said Jisung. "Jinho himself came over to the pack house and stated that he needed to talk to Taeseon, with Doyoung and Hoseok present of course," he said. "He then walked over and declared Chicago off limits to the team, and Doyoung and Hoseok backed him up," he said.

"Just to put an even bigger wound in his pride Jinho called Taehyun and Taehyun declared Detroit off limits to the team," said Kihyun. "Well, except a select few to which he refused to name," he added. "Just to keep us out of danger," he said. "The hilarious part? The both of them were in their rights to do so," said Jihun.

"So," said Jisung. "What's your plans?" He asked. "I plan on confronting them for the last time," said Kangmin as he looked at Jisung. "And I have help in doing so," he said. "You know it's serious when the owner of the vampire hunting association gets involved," he said. "Ah, Mashiho," said Jihun as he hummed. "He did stop by to tell Taeseon and I quote "screw off, your team sucks," he said with a snicker.

"You officially left the faction huh?" Asked Kangmin. "Had to, Hohyeon joined Chan's faction and Jisung, Kihyun and I left after Mashiho said it was okay for us to leave the faction," said Jihun. "What are you going to do?" He asked. "Make my own," said Kangmin. "And follow Mashiho's example," he said. "He said that if I were to, to just tell everyone that Mashiho approved of it," he said.

"Well, let's see if we can get everyone together then," said Kangmin as he went to see who was available to chat, hooking up his laptop to the tv via hdmi cable and messaging Taeseon, Chanyeol, Moonbin, Joshua, Nickhun, Mashiho, Yedam, Kyuhyun, and as a bonus asked Hojung to come over. All they had to do now was wait on the response.
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[center Chapter 15]

When Kangmin opened his eyes he found himself standing in a large meadow with his wolf standing a few feet in front of him, snarling. "Why do you hate me so?" Asked Kangmin as he reached out a hand only for his wolf to snap at him. He let his arm drop to his side as he looked saddened by his wolf snapping at him. "We're friends, partners," he said. "Don't you remember?" He asked. "I would never lock you away, I welcomed your presence," he said, stepping forward.

Kangmin's wolf continued to snarl at him, though quieter this time. "I'm sorry," said Kangmin. "I just want you to be active in my mind again," he said, reaching forward and petting his wolf on the head. "Please?" He asked. "I promise, I won't let you get locked away again," he said. Kangmin's wolf stopped growling, bumping Kangmin's hand with his snout. "Thank you," Kangmin said, grinning. Everything around them soon faded to white.

[center ~]

Kangmin opened his eyes, seeing that he was back in the livingroom. "Did it work?" Asked Yedam as he leaned down in front of Kangmin. "I think so," said Kangmin. "I think I'm fine now at least," he said. "My wolf and I finally reconciled," he said. "That's good," said Yedam. "My mission here is done then," he said, getting up. "Where are you going to go now?" Asked Kangmin. "Believe it or not I have missions," said Yedam. "I'll see you around then, contact me when you go to confront your team, I want to see the look on Hayoung's face when he sees that his plan failed," he said with a snicker. Kangmin nodded. "Don't worry, I will," he said. Yedam nodded before leaving.

"Ah," said Mashiho as he took a deep breath. "There's that distinct werewolf smell," he said. "It did work then," he said. Kangmin turned to Mashiho. "What do I even smell like anyway?" He asked. "A pine forest," said Mashiho. "A pine forest after a rainstorm," he added. "It's a really distinctive smell, it's stronger in pure bloods though," he said. "Werewolves don't know the scent but 'shifters and vampires can tell a difference," he said.

"I thought we smelled like wet dog to you," said Kangmin as he tilted his head to the side. "No, that's the dogs that are wolf 'shifters," said Mashiho. "Believe me, if it wasn't for Yedam being here I would've fled the place before even coming over," he said.

"So," said Kangmin. "What really brings you over?" He asked. "Well," said Mashiho. "Other than Taeseon thinking he can get permission to enter Detroit for missions? I'm here to help you build up a case against your team," he said. "Trust me when I say this but," he said. "Everyone is on your side at this point," he said. "How so?" Asked Kangmin.

"When I created the vampire hunting association it was with no discrimination in mind," said Mashiho. "Anyone could get in, but they'd also have to know of our world," he said. "It's harder for those to get in unless you know who to talk to now," he said. "But we don't discriminate against those who are already in," he said. "So I'm here to help you develop a case against your old team," he said. "At least, those responsible for kicking you out," he added.

"Sexual assault and locking away your wolf brought this to light," said Kangmin as Mashiho sat across from him. "Really I don't know what Hayoung was thinking, thinking he could get away from something like that," he said. "Jeongin's training to be a nurse, he can pick up those kinds of things," he said. Mashiho nodded as he wrote down some things. "Even if there's no physical evidence the amount of witnesses should cover it," he said.

"You were with a pack of werewolves with vampire hunters in it right?" Asked Mashiho. Kangmin nodded. "And most, if not all of them work for Kris," he said. "I think the only people who didn't work for Kris was Jeongin, Jisung, Hohyeon, Jeno and Jungwoo," he said. Mashiho nodded and continued to write things down.

"Who are you going after the most for this?" Asked Mashiho. "Well," said Kangmin. "Mostly Hayoung and Taeseon," said Kangmin. "Because they were the ones to kick me out," he said. "The others that were on their side were only waiting on his decision on the matter," he said. "Who were those people?" Asked Mashiho. "Hyunwoo and Wooyeop," said Kangmin. "Siwoo and Hakmin were against me, but they waited on judgement from Taeseon before being fully against the idea," he said. Mashiho hummed, nodding as he wrote down what he was told.

"Alright," said Mashiho once everything was done. "I'll see what I can do here," he said. "But my job here is done until the day you bring this up to the others in the vampire hunting association," he said. "Which means contacting the other factions right?" Asked Kangmin. Mashiho nodded. "Also if you were to create a faction of your own, tell them that Mashiho approved, they will let you," he said. "I'm thinking of it," said Kangmin as he nodded.

"Well," said Mashiho as he stood, taking a picture of the notes with his phone. "I'm going to leave these notes with you," he said, handing the paper to Kangmin. "I'm going to build up a case, but remember that I can't do anything to help until you bring this up to the others," he said. Kangmin nodded. "Thank you, Mashiho," he said. Mashiho nodded. "I need to hunt, so I'm going to be leaving," he said. "My number and email are on the paper, contact me if you need anything," he said. Kangmin nodded. With that Mashiho left, leaving Kangmin by himself as he fell back against the couch.

A text pinged to his phone and Kangmin went to see who it was from, seeing that Taehyun had given him a new number. He sent a quick text of "thank you" to Taehyun before getting up and heading to his room to get his laptop to contact Chan and Kino for the first time in weeks.

"[i Kangmin]!" Said Chan and Kino once Kangmin started the Skype call. "Hey guys," said Kangmin as he grinned sheepishly, scratching the back of his head. "[i I see you're transitioning into the good days]," said Chan as he looked at Kino's camera on his end. "[i I'm doing a lot better, I'm sorry I couldn't do much]," said Kino. "It's alright," said Kangmin. "I expected that to happen to be honest," he said.

"[i I assume you came with good news since you finally decided to contact us]," said Chan. "I plan on confronting my team soon," said Kangmin. "Mashiho was here to put together a case," he said. "[i Mashiho]?" Asked Kino. "[i No way]," said Chan. "[i I didn't think that Moonbin was able to get him to go see you]!" He said.

"[i Who is Mashiho]?" Asked Kino. "He's the founder and owner of the vampire hunting association," said Kangmin. "I also met Yedam, who is also the owner and founder of the werewolf hunting association," he said. "[i I'm surprised they both came over]," said Chan. "I'm surprised they got yelled at by Taehyun," Kangmin said with a snicker. "[i Their fault for coming unannounced]," said Chan. Kino chuckled some.
  AkiraInu / 163d 13h 3m 36s
[center Chapter 14]

Taehyun had told Yedam what he had told Kangmin, to make sure he knew of any visitors before they showed up. It wasn't like he minded visitors, it was quite the opposite, but Yoonsan was the most temperamental out of all of them. Timotheo and Junhyuk didn't mind having Kangmin around but Yedam being around set everyone off. No one was used to his presence.

"Why is everyone so afraid of you?" Asked Kangmin. "I don't know," said Yedam. "I think it's because of the fact that I'm the first werewolf," he said. "I do give off that kind of vibe," he said. "I must be the only person in the world who doesn't think that," said Kangmin. "Well, werewolves, turned or pure bloods, in general are more calm around me," said Yedam. I bring a calming presence within a pack," he said.

"So when do you want to start the meditating?" Asked Yedam as he tilted his head to the side. "Tonight," said Kangmin. "I want to finally be able to be in touch with my wolf again," he said. "I don't want to get used to that silence, it's a constant reminder that I'll most likely end up alone," he said.

"Oi," said Yedam. "Don't ever think that," he said. "You are [i never] alone in this world, got it?" He asked. "You have more people that are here for you than you think," he said. Kangmin hummed in response.

"But," said Yedam. "I understand the way you think," he said. "I haven't led a pack in who knows how long," he said. "The only person I have left is myself, and my wolf," he said. "Is there anyone else from your first pack still alive?" Asked Kangmin. "One person," said Yedam. "But I haven't been in contact with them for years now," he said. "The only person who knows they're still alive is Moonbin, who gets emails from them every few months," he said. "He of course forwards the emails to me after seeing if there's a message for me but," he said, shrugging. "Lately there hasn't been anything for me so I'm out of contact with them," he said.

"Couldn't you just contact that email?" Asked Kangmin. "I tried once," said Yedam. "But they said not to contact them anymore," he said. "To keep the emails between them and Moonbin," he added. "Hm," said Kangmin.

"Oi," said Junhyuk as he knocked on the door. "Unexpected visitor again," he called. "How many times do I have to say that if they're unexpected I don't know they're coming either?" Asked Kangmin as he went to open the door to see Junhyuk standing there with someone new. "I honestly didn't expect anyone either," said Yedam as he came to the door. "Oh, Mashiho," he said. "What brings you here?" He asked.

"I [i did] say that I'd come over, I even let Taehyun know," said Mashiho as he scratched the back of his head. "But I guess no one checks their emails," he said. "And I'm here because Taeseon thinks he can get back permission to enter Detroit," he said. "With an apology at that," he added.

"No," said Kangmin. "A formal apology won't due for something like this," he said. "Who are you anyway?" He asked. "I'm the top dog of the vampire hunting association, Mashiho," said Mashiho. "That would explain why you're here," said Junhyuk. "Who's faction are you in?" He asked. "My own," said Mashiho. "I'll let Taehyun know you're here then," said Junhyuk. Mashiho nodded and Junhyuk left.

"So why would a vampire be running the vampire hunting association?" Asked Kangmin. "The same reason the werewolf hunting association would be run by a werewolf," said Yedam.

"Also," said Kangmin. "Why do they think they can get [i me] to let them take missions in Detroit again when it's not my call on it?" He asked. "Taehyun owns the territory," he said. "He thinks getting on your good side will give him a chance to talk to Taehyun," said Mashiho.

"No offense to Taehyun but," said Kangmin. "He has no vampire hunters in his pack," he said. "He never gave me the offer of joining his pack, I'm just here until he decides to kick me out," he said. "But I'm also working until I can move out," he said. "As much as I appreciate him letting me stay around I know it's not permanent," he said.

"So erm," said Kangmin. "What do you... Hunt?" He asked. "Me? Animals," said Mashiho. "I used to hunt humans, but since I have a reputation to keep as the top dog in the vampire hunting association, I changed my diet," he said.

"Is there a difference between being top dog and top vampire hunting team?" Asked Kangmin. "What kind of question is that?" Asked Mashiho. "All vampire hunters answer to me, I run the association," he said. "However," he added. "I don't interfere when a new top team gets announced," he said. "I leave that to the factions to decide," he said. "All of the more famous factions, like Chanyeol's, Yongguk's, Kyuhyun's and Nickhun's factions, are branched down from my own," he said. "I let them decide the next top team," he said.

"I think the current top team is not as good now since what happened," said Yedam as he walked over with some food. "I'm reconsidering stepping in and choosing the next top team myself," said Mashiho. "That decision put a thorn in my side and I don't even want to deal with those consequences," he said.

"Don't punish everyone," said Kangmin. "It was Taeseon and Hayoung that were really against it, those who weren't on my side only went to Taeseon because they waited on his decision," he said. "Unfortunately, that isn't my call," said Mashiho. "I can recommend not doing anything serious, however those who weren't really in the wrong would have to leave Taeseon's faction and team to not get punished [i as] severely as Taeseon and Hayoung," he said.

"Could I make my own faction and invite the others?" Asked Kangmin. "It's possible," said Mashiho. "But even then they'd have to agree to joining your faction," he said. Kangmin hummed in response.

"Well," said Yedam. "Let's get to meditating then," he said. Kangmin nodded and went to sit and relax, closing his eyes. "Just listen to the sound of my voice," said Yedam before walking Kangmin through to get to a point where he was in his mindscape.
  AkiraInu / 165d 12h 37m 15s
[center Chapter 13]

Before Kangmin could do any meditating Jinwoo and Chan had to return to Berlin and London respectively. Missions were keeping Kangmin busy anyway, as he still got them despite the fact that his team kicked him out. He had to earn money for food somehow.

Hojung started accompanying him on missions, more to provide back up. And since they were all in Detroit Hojung could stay around with the pack more. Werewolf hunting missions were always out of state, and Hojung didn't have many left without targeting those who were working for Kris so he just went with Kangmin to help him with missions.

"Did you ever think to become a vampire hunter?" Asked Kangmin as he finished his latest mission with Hojung. "Not really," said Hojung as he shrugged. "With werewolves it's easy, just take a picture of their wolf form and send it to the office," he said. "What if the objects that vampires had get lost in the mail? Some people can't make it to any of Dragon Enterprises's banks," he said. "Lately they've been having us email a picture of the item," said Kangmin. "They are aware of stuff getting lost in the mail so," he said, shrugging as he went to look for the item and found it, taking a picture and emailing it.

"That everything?" Asked Hojung. "Pretty much," said Kangmin as he looked at the item in question. He then put it in the bag he was using to store all the items. "Is it worth the trip to Boston I wonder?" He asked. "Do you want to make the trip?" Asked Hojung. "I don't want to risk running into my team," said Kangmin. "They're already banned from here," said Hojung. "Well, other than Kihyun, Jisung, Jihun, Hohyeon and Jeongin," he said. "Everyone else is banned from Detroit," he said.

"Let's go and turn this into the post office then," said Kangmin as he went to the jeep. Hojung followed after him, and they headed to the post office after Kangmin put it in a shipping box and wrote the address. They then headed back to the apartment building where Taehyun was waiting outside for them.

"What's up hyung?" Asked Hojung as he got out of the jeep. "Well," said Taehyun. "What did I say about having unannounced visitors?" He asked, turning to Kangmin as he got out of the jeep. "What?" Asked Kangmin. "If they were unannounced then even [i I] didn't know they were coming," he said. "No text, no calls, no nothing," he said. "They must've deactivated my phone," he said, checking his phone to see.

"Your team really must hate you that much then," said Taehyun as he tilted his head to the side. "Who's here?" Asked Kangmin as he looked up at Taehyun. "Someone who claims he can help you," said Taehyun. "Yedam or something like that," he said.

"An old classmate of mine?" Asked Kangmin as he blinked. "Why is he here?" He asked. "I don't know, should go see him before Yoonsan tears into him for trespassing," said Taehyun. Kangmin rushed into the apartment building with Taehyun and Hojung following after him.

"Oi, you can let me go now," said Yedam as he sat with his hands tied behind his back. "And why should I?" Asked Yoonsan. "Because my phone was deactivated," said Kangmin as he rushed into the room. "Leave him, he's an old classmate of mine," he said. Yoonsan turned to Taehyun who entered the room a second later. "Let him go," said Taehyun. Yoonsan nodded and untied Yedam from his restraints.

"Not like you could kill me anyway," grumbled Yedam as he rubbed at his wrists before standing. "Would you really kill a fellow werewolf hunter?" He asked. Hojung raised an eyebrow. "Faction?" He asked. "I'm the founder of iKon's faction," said Yedam. "However, because I'm stuck as a 16 year old, well," he said, shrugging.

"What brings you to Detroit?" Asked Kangmin as he tilted his head to the side. "Moonbin contacted me," said Yedam as he shrugged. "It's weird, the whole thing with your wolf," he said.

"Who are you really?" Asked Taehyun. "Other than being iKon's founder? I am known to be the [i very] first werewolf," said Yedam. "No way," said Yoonsan as he blinked. "You smell completely human to me," he said. "I've learned to mask my scent throughout the centuries," said Yedam as he shrugged. "To most I'm just a normal human," he said. "But to those who look closely there is definitely something there," he said.

"How have you been alive for centuries though?" Asked Taehyun. "I've learned to blend in," Yedam said, shrugging. "But that's beside the point," he said. "I'm here to help out Kangmin, who's wolf seemed to have disappeared," he said.

"Moonbin contacted you huh?" Asked Kangmin. "Well, Jinwoo did but it took Moonbin saying something to push me into coming to see you," said Yedam. "And uh, I want you to know that you have my support, when you eventually get to confronting your team," he said. "They messed with the wrong person," he said.

"So how are you going to go about this?" Asked Kangmin. "Easy, a meditation first," said Yedam. "If that doesn't work then I will force it," he said. "I have the most powerful alpha aura that causes the wolf to come to the surface," he said. "It [i shouldn't] do any harm to you, but we'll see what happens when it does," he said.

"I'll add another number to the phone lines for you," said Taehyun. "For now," he added. "Until you get back on your feet enough to be okay on your own," he said. "Thanks," said Kangmin.

"Well," said Yedam. "Let's go and get ready for it then," he said. "Sure," said Kangmin. They left Taehyun's apartment and headed back to Kangmin's apartment. "Sorry if it's a bit messy," said Kangmin as he opened the door. "It's alright," said Yedam.

"There's a guest room for you to stay in until you decide to leave then," said Kangmin. "Right," said Yedam. "Thanks," he said. Kangmin smiled slightly before going into the kitchen to start on lunch.
  AkiraInu / 167d 12h 4m 55s
[center Chapter 12]

They had stopped in Chicago to make sure Kino and Shinwon made it back safe, with Jinwoo having a reunion with MJ before they continued onto Detroit. Jinho was livid with what the decision was, and the only thing stopping him from declaring war was Kangmin begging them to not do anything. For now Kangmin wanted time to collect himself, and eventually get back to doing missions. He would deal with his ex team when the time came.

When they got to Detroit it was late at night and Jinwoo was driving with Chan in the passenger seat while Kangmin was curled up in the back seat sleeping. Just a few hours earlier they had to listen to Kangmin fight back his sobbing as he cried himself to sleep. Kangmin was stubborn and refused to let them stop for him, needing to cry this out.

Taehyun came outside when he spotted a new car in front of his building as Jinwoo parked the jeep. "Well, this is awkward," said Taehyun as he scratched the back of his head. Jinwoo turned and woke up Kangmin before getting out of the jeep, letting Kangmin out as Chan got out from the passenger side. "Hey hyung," said Kangmin as he gave a tired grin.

"I haven't had a werewolf in Detroit in who knows how long," said Taehyun. "Well, other than the hunters anyway," he said. "I've never had one ask for residence before," he said. "I hope you don't mind," said Kangmin. "No," said Taehyun. "A promise is a promise," he said. "Go get your stuff, your apartment is open," he said. Kangmin nodded and went to unpack with Jinwoo and Chan going to grab their things and follow Kangmin up to his apartment.

"Kangmin," said Chan. "Can you hear your wolf yet?" He asked. "No," said Kangmin as he looked down. "We'll figure this out alright?" Asked Chan. "There's no reason for you to not feel your wolf right now," he said. Kangmin nodded.

"Well, we're here," he said, standing in front of his apartment door. "There's two rooms, my room has a K on the door," he said. "Unless they removed it," he said, opening the door and going inside. "Looks like all they got rid of was the food," he said, looking around. "And kept it clean," said Chan. "Yep," said Kangmin as he went to his room. "Your room is next to mine, it used to be Jisung and Hohyeon's room," he said, turning to Chan and Jinwoo. Chan nodded. "Yell if you need anything," he said. Kangmin nodded and entered his room. Chan and Jinwoo entered the other room and got situated.

Early the next morning Kangmin had woke from nightmares, crying out as he sat up. Chan and Jinwoo ran into his room, with Chan going straight to Kangmin to see if he was alright. "Kangmin," said Chan as he put his hands on Kangmin's shoulders. "Kid, you okay?" He asked. Kangmin shook his head no. "Was it a nightmare?" Asked Chan. Kangmin nodded, looking down. "Don't worry about them alright?" Asked Chan. "It was just a dream," he said, bringing Kangmin into a hug. "I-I know," mumbled Kangmin. "But I can't help but be scared of the dreams," he said. "We're here," said Chan. "Nothing is going to happen to you while we're here okay?" He asked. Kangmin nodded.

"Besides," said Jinwoo. "They'd have to go through Taehyun and his pack before getting to you," he said. "Jinwoo is right," said Chan. "I've studied Taehyun and his pack for a bit," said Jinwoo. "They do care for you kid," he said.

"Anyway," said Chan. "It's still rather early but let's go on a morning walk," he said. "To clear our heads," he added. Kangmin nodded. "I know a spot in walking distance," he said. "I used to go there when I was younger," he said. "Sure," said Chan. "We'll leave you to get dressed then," he said. Kangmin nodded and went to get dressed with Chan and Jinwoo leaving to get dressed.

Kangmin met them in the livingroom, dressed and ready to go. "Ready?" Asked Chan. Kangmin nodded. "Let's go," he said. They headed out after Kangmin grabbed his phone and wallet, taking a walk to a nearby park. Chan and Jinwoo followed after him, walking in silence.

"I keep having nightmares," said Kangmin as he went to sit down on a swing. "About what?" Asked Chan as he went to sit next to Kangmin on another swing. "My wolf attacking me," said Kangmin. "What?" Asked Chan. "Why would it be attacking you?" He asked. "It might have to do with you being basically human now?" Asked Jinwoo. "How so?" Asked Kangmin.

"Well," said Jinwoo. "You smell human to me, I don't think werewolves can tell a difference with their kind but," he said, shrugging. "Your wolf is basically rejecting you, thus the nightmares," he said. "I suggest doing some meditating to try and contact your wolf," he said. "If that doesn't work then the last resort thing is to turn you again," he said. "If only it'll get your wolf to respond to you again," he added. Kangmin hummed in response.

"I think I want to try the meditating thing," said Kangmin as he looked down at his feet. "I don't want to be turned again, unless we [i need] to," he said. "Who knows what would happen if I get turned again," he said. Jinwoo nodded.

"This is where you guys went to?" Asked Taehyun as he walked over with Timotheo. "Hello Taehyun hyung," said Kangmin. "Timotheo," he added. "Hello Kangmin, Jinwoo and Chan," said Timotheo as he put his hands in his pockets. "Hello you three," said Taehyun.

"Care to explain what had happened for you to get kicked out of your team and faction?" Taehyun. "Well," said Kangmin as he looked down. "I came out to my team and well, they weren't too happy for it," he said. "So basically what happened with Sungwoon and I," said Timotheo. "Except he was the one against it and he got kicked out for it," he added. "Basically," said Kangmin.

"What had happened between you two?" Asked Jinwoo. "Moonbin was there for it but he never really gave us a straight answer as to what had happened," he said. "Well, I'm asexual," said Timotheo. "The idea of anything to do with sex just disgusts me," he explained. "Luckily everyone was on my side for it, and thus Sungwoon ended up leaving," he said. "But I don't know why Moonbin was involved," he said.

"I invited Moonbin over for a week to be aware of the vampires in Detroit," said Taehyun. "Hojung was busy with missions at the time so he wasn't around until the end of it," he said. "Moonbin got involved when it escalated to a fight between you two, and it caused everyone to try and break it up between you two," he said. "I wasn't even the one who initiated that fight," said Timotheo. "We know," said Taehyun.

"Well," said Taehyun as he turned to Kangmin. "I'm okay with you being here," he said. "But, any visitors are to come by me first," he said. "Jinwoo and Chan are okay because they came with you but," he said, scratching the back of his head. "Anyone else is to be run by you," said Kangmin. "Fine with me," he said.
  AkiraInu / 174d 51m 46s
[center Chapter 11]

"Kangmin," said Chan. "Where is home to you?" He asked. "Detroit," said Kangmin. "I want to go back to Detroit," he said. "We'll take you back," said Jinwoo. "But you need to bring this up to the vampire hunting association," he said. "No!" Said Kangmin as he turned to Jinwoo. "If this involved just Hayoung then I'm all for it," he said. "But this involves the entire team," he said.

"Kangmin," said Jinwoo. "You realize you need to tell the vampire hunting association that you left your team and faction?" He asked. "This will involve your entire team regardless," he said. "I don't want to face them yet," said Kangmin. "Okay?" He asked. Chan, being the tracker he was, picked up on fear as he put a hand on Jinwoo's shoulder. "Don't push it," he said softly. "We should get him home first," he said.

When they got back to the pack house Changkhyun didn't look happy. "It didn't go well did it?" He asked. "No," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "I don't want to cause tensions between my old team and your pack so I'll be leaving, whenever I can at least get some of my things," he said. "Kihyun and Jisung should be coming over with some stuff," said Changkhyun. "Kihyun had texted me saying he was moving back in," he said. "I see," said Kangmin.

"You know," said Doyoung as he walked over. "In all my years of being a hunter this is only the [i second] time a team has kicked one of their members out for going against someone's sexuality," he said. "The first time it happened with hunters it happened with Taehyun and his pack, and the person against it got kicked out," he said. "I do believe that he is back though," he added.

"Taeseon wasn't justified in the slightest for what he did, despite the fact that he did the smart thing and had his team choose what to do with you," he said. "I'm surprised that you didn't leave after everything happened," he said. "I wanted to confront Hayoung about it," said Kangmin. "I was expecting Taeseon to be on my side but," he said, sighing as he scratched the back of his head.

"Can't have everything," said Changkhyun. "What are you going to do when you get to Detroit?" He asked. "Talk to Taehyun," said Kangmin. "I used to live in his apartment building in Detroit," he said. "He gave Jisung, Hohyeon and I a place to live before we came here and he said that if I was to ever come back then my old apartment would be open for me," he said.

"We'll get you there," said Chan. "We will," said Jinwoo. "You have your jeep don't you?" He asked. "I don't know," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "I hope someone brings it over, I know Jeongin and Kihyun won't be coming back until they get everything that I need, including my laptop," he said.

"It was nice having you around kid," said Sunggyu as he walked over. "Out of everyone next door, you and Jisung were my favorite," he said. "That sounds creepy," said Kangmin as he laughs. "But thank you," he said. "I suggest not coming to Detroit unless you let me know, we don't want any accidents happening," he said. "Noted," said Sunggyu.

Shinwon walked into the house with Kino on his back and Changgu beside him. "I think we're due to head home," said Shinwon. "Need help packing?" Asked Kangmin. "Nah, I got the truck packed, we were heading back regardless, Kino's exhausted," said Shinwon. "Hope he snaps out of it soon," said Kangmin. "Yeah, see you around," said Shinwon. "See you," said Kangmin. Shinwon nodded and left with Changgu.

Kihyun, Jisung, Hohyeon and Jeongin came over after a few hours, bringing Kangmin's jeep with them. Kangmin headed outside, putting his hands in his pockets. "We tried to convince them to let you stay but," said Jisung. "It's alright," said Kangmin. "Your stuff is in the jeep," said Hohyeon. "Did they destroy anything?" Asked Kangmin. "No, but Chan and Jinwoo need to get their stuff before they throw it out," said Jisung. Chan and Jinwoo ran to get their stuff.

"You're going home huh?" Asked Jisung as he turned to Kangmin. Kangmin nodded. "At least I know that back home I'm wanted," he said. "If we ever move out, you're welcome to visit," said Hohyeon. Kangmin nodded. "Finish the school year on a good note," said Kangmin. "We will," said Hohyeon. Jeongin nodded in agreement.

Chan and Jinwoo entered the house after packing up their stuff in Kangmin's jeep. "Ready?" Asked Kangmin as he turned to them. Chan nodded. "Do you know the way?" He asked. "Yeah," said Kangmin. "Have a safe trip then," said Jisung as he went over and hugged Kangmin. "And don't fret over us alright? We'll do fine on our own," he said. "Sure, hyung," said Kangmin as he hugged Jisung back. He moved away, grinning. "I'll do fine on my own, I got Taehyun hyung," he said. Jisung laughs. "Of course," he said, tousling Kangmin's hair. "I'll see you around then," he said. Kangmin nodded and turned to Hohyeon.

"I didn't want to cry over this but damn it," said Hohyeon as he wiped away tears. "You'll do fine," said Kangmin as he brought Hohyeon into a hug. "Don't drop out when you're this close to graduating alright?" He asked. "Make it til the end of the school year, then come and see me," he said. Hohyeon nodded and moved away. "We'll make you proud," he said. Kangmin turned to Changkhyun. "Tell the others I left alright? I think Jeno and Jungwoo will be the ones who will miss me the most," he saiad. Changkhyun chuckled, nodding. "I will," he said. Kangmin grinned before leaving with Chan and Jinwoo.

"[i Hello]?" Came Taehyun's voice once Kangmin was driving. "Hey Taehyun hyung," Kangmin said. "[i Oh! Kid! What's up]?" Asked Taehyun. "I got kicked out of my team, can I come over and stay for a while?" Asked Kangmin. "[i Oh? Sure]," said Taehyun. "[i But you're telling me why before I go and declare war on them]," he growled. "It's to do with my sexuality," said Kangmin as he sighed. "[i Okay what the hell]?" Asked Taehyun. "I'll tell you when I get there okay?" Asked Kangmin. "[i Sure]," said Taehyun.
  akirainu / 189d 19h 21m 2s
[center Chapter 10]

When Kangmin came back to the world he was in a lot of pain, groaning as he tried to move. Everything hurt, and he wasn't sure why he was naked but he didn't care at this point. He just wanted to die. The most important thing, where the hell was his wolf? It was silent in his mind for the first time in months, and Kangmin was missing the constant presence of his wolf. He soon blacked out again from the pain.

"Kid? Kid!" Came someone's voice, causing Kangmin to come back to the world. "H-Huh?" Asked Kangmin as he opened his eyes to spot Sunggyu above him. "What happened to you?" Asked Sunggyu. "I-I..." Said Kangmin as he whimpered when more pain shot through him. "Can I pick you up?" Asked Sunggyu. Kangmin nodded, not trusting his voice right now. Sunggyu grabbed a discarded jacket and put it around Kangmin before picking him up.

"I'll take you back to the pack house okay?" Asked Sunggyu. Kangmin nodded again. "Close your eyes," said Sunggyu before he sped back to the house. Kangmin could only whimper slightly as he closed his eyes tightly, trying not to betray how much pain he was in.

"We need a medic!" Called Sunggyu as he managed to get into the house without causing Kangmin more pain. Jeongin ran out of his room, looking in horror at who Sunggyu brought in. "What happened?" He asked, as the others came out of their rooms to see what was going on. "I don't know," said Sunggyu. "I went to relax by the lake and found him on the ground, naked and in pain," he said.

"Kangmin, can I look at you?" Asked Jeongin as he walked over to Sunggyu who was still holding Kangmin. Kangmin peeked out from Sunggyu's shirt and nodded. Sunggyu went to put Kangmin onto the couch, staying nearby when Kangmin didn't want to let go of Sunggyu. "Jisung, can you get some spare clothes for Kangmin?" Asked Changkhyun. "Sure," said Jisung as he went to get the spare clothes.

Jeongin was careful as he checked over Kangmin. "Kangmin," said Sunggyu. "Did you kill Chan?" He asked. "N-No," said Kangmin. "I wouldn't kill him, he's my b-best friend," he said. "Why do I no longer smell your wolf on you?" Asked Sunggyu as he looked confused. "I-I don't know," mumbled Kangmin.

"Wait," said Changkhyun. "You said you don't smell Kangmin's wolf?" He asked. "No," said Sunggyu. "He smells completely human," he said. "He's a turned werewolf, so the smell is slightly different from pure blooded werewolves," he said. "The smell is stronger in pure bloods than in turned werewolves," he said. "But Kangmin smells like any normal human," he said.

"Who did you talk to before Sunggyu found you?" Asked Jeongin. "Hayoung," mumbled Kangmin. Jeongin hummed, getting up. "Can you go clean him up in the bathroom Sunggyu?" He asked, looking at Sunggyu. Sunggyu nodded. "I'm going to pick you up okay?" Asked Sunggyu. Kangmin nodded and Sunggyu picked him up, taking him into the bathroom.

"What's wrong Jeongin?" Asked Changkhyun. "Hyung, he was assaulted," said Jeongin as he kept his voice low. "He wasn't just assaulted, he was [i raped]," he said. "Are you sure?" Asked Changkhyun, a growl erupting from his chest. Jeongin nodded. "He's not doing too well, but I suggest going to see if Kino, Shinwon, Jinwoo and Chan want to spend the night, we can't trust them," he said. "Hohyeon too," he added.

"How late is it?" Asked Changkhyun. "A little passed 11," said Jeongin. "Text Hohyeon and see if he can come over with Chan, Jinwoo, Kino and Shinwon," said Changkhyun. "Tell them that you want them to spend the night if Taeseon asks," he said. Jeongin nodded and went to grab his phone to text Hohyeon.

Sunggyu came out of the bathroom after getting Kangmin to take a shower and get dressed in some of his leftover clothes, carrying him on his back. "Poor kid," said Cory as he met Sunggyu in the hallway. "I know," said Sunggyu as he walked into the livingroom. "Where's he sleeping? I need to hunt," he sad, causing Changkhyun to turn to Sunggyu.

"See if Doyoung and Youngjae can watch him for a bit, until the others get back," said Changkhyun. "He might relax in a familiar bed," he said. Sunggyu nodded and went to Doyoung and Youngjae's room, knocking on the door. After getting Kangmin to sleep in Hyunjin's bed with Hyunjin watching him Sunggyu left, needing to get a quick hunt in before returning.

There was a knock on the door and Changkhyun went to open the door. "Sorry to invite you over late but," he said, scratching the back of his head. "It's alright," said Hohyeon as he stood at the door with Changgu. "Shinwon's carrying Kino over, and Chan and Jinwoo are on their way here," he said. "What happened to Kangmin? He didn't return with Hayoung," he said. "He's here," said Changkhyun. "But I suggest letting him sleep, he's had a long night," he said. Shinwon appeared with Kino on his back and Chan and Jinwoo were right behind him. "Come on in," said Changkhyun. "I hope you don't mind the livingroom," he said. "We have no room," he said. "It's fine," said Kino. "I'll see you in the morning," said Changkhyun before he went into his room.

[center ~]

Kangmin woke to nightmares, sitting up and biting back a yell in fright as he covered his face with his hands. Hyunjin, who was sharing the top bunk with him, lifted his head, sitting up and putting up his human illusion. "Kangmin?" He asked. "I-I," said Kangmin as a sob escaped him. Hyunjin moved forward and brought Kangmin into his arms. "Shhh... It's okay, it's just nightmares," he said.

"I can't," mumbled Kangmin. "I can't face him again," he said. "You're gonna have to kiddo," said Hyunjin as he sighed. "If you don't then what's stopping him from telling Taeseon?" He asked. Kangmin hummed, shaking his head.

"Kangmin?" Asked Doyoung as he walked over to the bunk bed. "How are you feeling?" He asked. "A little better," mumbled Kangmin. "Do you feel your wolf yet?" Asked Doyoung. Kangmin shook his head no. "Are you in pain?" Asked Doyoung. Kangmin nodded. "Okay, can you come down? I'll get you something to drink," said Doyoung. Kangmin tried to move, whimpering some as he did so.

"Hobi? Can you get Kangmin and carry him into the kitchen?" Asked Doyoung as he turned to Hoseok. Hoseok nodded and got up, walking over. "Just get to the ladder and hop onto my back," said Hoseok as he stood with his back facing the ladder. Kangmin moved to the ladder and hopped down and onto Hoseok's back and Hoseok carried him into the kitchen. Doyoung went into the kitchen to start on breakfast, spotting Sunggyu in the kitchen with a cup of coffee. Hoseok gently put Kangmin in a kitchen chair beside Sunggyu as Hyunjin and Jeongin entered the kitchen with Youngjae and Jooheon. It wouldn't be long before the others woke up and started asking questions and Kangmin wasn't sure if he was ready to face them or his team yet.

"I'm going out," said Sunggyu. "I think if I stay around any longer I'm going to go slaughter the team next door and I don't want to do that," he said, getting up and rushing out the back door. Kangmin was left to look down at the table, shaking slightly as Doyoung an Hoseok started working on breakfast.

The others soon entered the kitchen, with Hohyeon immediately going to Kangmin. "Kangmin! What happened yesterday?" He asked. "I-I'll talk about it later," said Kangmin. Jinwoo tilted his head to the side, as did Shinwon. "You noticed then?" Asked Doyoung as he turned to them. "Werewolves have a [i very] distinct smell," said Jinwoo as he nodded. "I have a feeling that there's more to the story here," said Shinwon. "There is," said Kangmin. "But I will confront Hayoung about it and tell Taeseon," he said.

After breakfast Kino was feeling well enough to walk so they headed back to the team house with Jeongin. "Welcome back guys," said Taeseon. "Can we have a team meeting?" Asked Kangmin. "I think this would involve everyone," he said. Taeseon tilted his head to the side. "Sure," he said. "Team meeting!" Taeseon called upstairs, causing everyone to come downstairs.

"Oh, I know what this is about," said Hayoung once he spotted Kangmin. "Should be ashamed, really," spat Jeongin. "You went [i way] too far with this one," he growled. "Back off Jeongin," said Kangmin. "What's going on?" Asked Taeseon.

"I simply tried to [i fix] Kangmin after some information was revealed to me yesterday," said Hayoung. "I wouldn't call it fixing," said Kangmin. "You can't [i fix] someone's sexuality," he said. It slowly dawned on everyone then, what had happened.

"What the [i hell] Hayoung?" Asked Jihun. "I was [i justified] in this," spat Hayoung. "Forcing yourself on someone to fix what they can't help being? That's a new low," said Jisung.

"I'm sorry Kangmin," said Taeseon. "But Hayoung had told me last night after he got home," he said. "I simply can't have that in [i my] house," he said. "Oi," snarled Kino as he got up in Taeseon's face. "This kid survived a sexual assault and now you're kicking him out?" He snarled. "If I wasn't transitioning into my bad days you can bet whatever strength I have left in me that I'd take you down right this instant," he growled.

"This is contradicting your earlier statement, for when you were fine with Kihyun and I's relationship," said Jisung. "Team decision, original members," said Jihun. "Kangmin stays or Kangmin goes, make your decision," he said. "Team members only, sorry Kihyun, Jeongin," he added.

Kangmin watched as Jihun, Hohyeon, and Jisung headed to his side. "Sorry Kangmin," said Hakmin as he went to Taeseon's side. Siwoo soon joined his teammate, looking apologetic. "Sorry kid," He said. Hayoung, Wooyeop, and Hyunwoo shook their heads before going to Taeseon's side. "Sorry," said Wooyeop. "Nothing against you but we said we'd save judgement," he said. "I-I know," mumbled Kangmin as he looked down.

"That's that then," said Taeseon. "Sorry Kangmin," he said. "It's okay," said Kangmin. "I'll go then," he said. "Kangmin," said Jisung. "Where are you going?" He asked. "Home," said Kangmin before he left the house.

"You're going to regret this," growled Kino before he ran out after Kangmin with Changgu running after him. "Oi," said Chan. "This is a bit much," he said. "You're going to regret this," he said, leaving. Jinwoo sighed and turned to Shinwon. "Even I wouldn't do this," he said. "Neither would I," said Shinwon. They left, following after the others.
  AkiraInu / 123d 13h 42m 49s
[center Chapter 9]

The American team returned with Chan and Jinwoo, and Kino and Chan finally got to meet in person. "You're more different in person than I thought," said Chan. "I say the same thing," said Kino as he scratched the back of his head. "We'll get along I hope," said Chan. "We will, we're friends with Kangmin after all," Kino said with a chuckle, earning a slap on the shoulder from Kangmin. "Oi," said Kangmin as he pouted.

"Behave Jinwoo," said Chan as Jinwoo looked around the house. "I'm behaving," said Jinwoo as he shrugged. "I'm just checking out the place, it's out of habit," he said. "That's just your excuse for looking for trouble," Kangmin said with a teasing grin. "Oi!" Said Jinwoo as he lightly punched Kangmin in the shoulder. "Don't tell them that! It'll ruin my reputation!" He said, causing everyone to laugh.

"Welcome back Siwoo, Hakmin," said Kangmin as Siwoo and Hakmin entered the livingroom after they unpacked. "Hey Kangmin," said Hakmin. Siwoo nodded in greeting. "The European team was leaving Berlin when we left," said Jinwoo as he scratched the back of his head. "So they should be here within a few days, if they feel like coming back this soon anyway," he said.

"So what brings you along Jinwoo?" Asked Hakmin. "He's here because I asked Chan and Kino to be here for when Taeseon gets back and I eventually get to telling him and Hayoung," said Kangmin. "It involved a hunter so," said Jinwoo as he shrugged. "I see," said Hakmin. "Everyone knows by this point right?" Asked Siwoo. Kangmin nodded. "Except Hayoung and Taeseon," he said.

"What do you think about it then?" Asked Hakmin as he looked at Chan and Kino. "Well," said Kino as he shrugged. "The fact that you guys are keeping judgement until Taeseon says something shows how much you trust Kangmin," he said. "Not that it's a bad thing," he said. "Kangmin's a good kid," said Chan.

"You've become close with Kangmin," said Hakmin. "Well," said Kangmin. "Kino's like me, and Chan was going to be a doctor like I was going to be so," he said, shrugging. "I have my mate," said Kino as he deadpanned. "And Jinwoo is my mate," said Chan. "We're just friends," he said.

"And up until today Chan and I never met in person," said Kino. "We've heard of each other, through Kangmin and others," he said. "We've chatted through video calls but it's different, meeting in person," he said.

"So what's your first impression of me?" Asked Chan as he turned to Kino. "Hm," said Kino as he tilted his head to the side. "You're as energetic as Kangmin, you were meant to be a werewolf hunter, and you're a medic of some sorts," he said. "Nailed it," said Chan. "But I never became a werewolf hunter," he said. "So sure," he said. "I am considered the medic, and no, I'm not as hyper as Kangmin can be," he said, laughing some.

"What's your first impressions of me?" Asked Kino. "Well," said Chan as he tilted his head to the side. "You're suffering," he started. "But you're hiding it well," he said. "Your pride is keeping you from asking for some sort of help that might end it," he said. "You're perceptive as hell, and I think that's it," he said. Kino tilted his head to the side. "Spot on," he said, scratching the back of his head. Chan scratched the back of his head. "I mean, I am a tracker too, but I'm more needed as a medic in the pack," he said.

"Come on," said Kangmin. "It's my turn to make dinner and I'm going to go crazy if I'm doing it alone with all the people in the house," he said, grabbing Chan and Kino and dragging them into the kitchen.

[center ~]

When Taeseon, Jihun and Hayoung got back to the house a few days later Kino was starting to transition into the bad days. Kino would push through it, needing to be there for Kangmin through the last two people in his team. Kangmin told Kino not to worry about it, but he also had Chan keep an eye on him, when Shinwon wasn't by his side anyway.

"I think I can manage talking to Hayoung by myself," said Kangmin as he sat in his room with Kino and Chan. "Just focus on trying to stay strong alright?" He asked. "If something goes wrong, you can bet my life that I will go and tear him apart," growled Kino. "He just gives off some standoffish vibe and I already don't like him," he spat.

"Just be careful," said Chan as he looked at Kangmin. "He's your leader's right hand man right? Something doesn't seem right about him," he said. Kangmin nodded. "I'll be careful," he said.

"Chan," said Jinwoo as he opened the door. "What's up?" Asked Chan as he looked at Jinwoo. "The pack next door wants to meet you, so they don't think you're a lone wolf or anything," said Jinwoo. "Ah, right I'll be right over," said Chan as he got up. "Going to be okay by yourselves?" He asked, turning to Kino and Kangmin. "Yeah, no worries," said Kangmin. "I'll be alright," said Kino. "Shinwon's downstairs if I need him," he said. Chan nodded and left with Jinwoo.

"Kangmin!" Said Hohyeon as he entered the room. "Hey Hohyeon," said Kangmin as Hohyeon tackled him. "I passed my exams!" Said Hohyeon. "Yay!" Said Kangmin as he grinned. "So did Jeongin! One more semester to go!" Said Hohyeon. Kino chuckled from his spot on Hohyeon's bed. "Congrats kid," he said. "Thank you," said Hohyeon. "Hey Kino," he said, grinning as he turned to Kino. "Hello," said Kino as he scratched the back of his head.

"So how'd everything go?" Asked Hohyeon. Kangmin explained what had happened with the others. "Ah, Hayoung next huh?" Asked Hohyeon as he tilted his head to the side. "Well, we'll see what happens I guess," he said. Kangmin hummed in response as he nodded. "We'll be sharing beds again huh?" Asked Hohyeon. "Unless you're spending the night with the pack," he said. "No," said Kangmin. "I guess we're sharing beds tonight," he said.

After dinner Kangmin dressed warm, noticing how cold it was getting and invited Hayoung along for the evening trip out to the lake. To say that Kangmin was nervous was an understatement. He was nervous as all hell. This was Hayoung, Taeseon's right hand man, or beta as Chan had put it.

"How was missions?" Asked Kangmin as they went to sit by the shore. "It went okay," said Hayoung. "It's good to be home though," he said. "Yeah," said Kangmin.

"So," said Hayoung. "Hm?" Asked Kangmin. "Are you seeing anyone right now?" He asked. "Everyone has asked me that by now," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "But no, I'm not seeing anyone," he said.

"Hm," said Hayoung. "You're not gay are you?" He asked. "I don't know what I am," said Kangmin. "I just don't feel the need to be in those kinds of relationships," he said.

"So Jihun was right then," said Hayoung. "He told you?" Asked Kangmin. "Might've let it slip on accident," said Hayoung. "He was reminiscing about the team on our way back but Taeseon didn't hear it," he said. "Oh," said Kangmin as he let out a relieved breath.

"It doesn't mean that I'm for it," said Hayoung. "What?" Asked Kangmin. "I'm going to try and break you free of whatever the hell this is," said Hayoung as he brought out a syringe and stabbed Kangmin in the arm with it. "W-what?" Asked Kangmin as he felt himself start to fade into unconsciousness. "Shhh... Just let me fix you," was the last thing Kangmin heard before his mind went blank.
  AkiraInu / 198d 16h 32m 41s
[center Chapter 8]

Things changed as word from the other teams said they were on their way back. Kangmin knew that he had to tell Wooyeop but he also had Hayoung to deal with before he got everyone together to tell Taeseon. Luckily local missions were giving him some time to think about what he was going to say to Wooyeop and Hayoung and Taeseon weren't due back for another couple weeks at most.

Missions with Wooyeop were... Interesting to say the least. Wooyeop was more extroverted around Kangmin and he wasn't sure why. Maybe it was his attempt at flirting, but everyone knew how oblivious Kangmin was when it came to people flirting with him. He had learned to pick up on flirting but he was still oblivious to most flirting.

"Man, I know how you feel with these local missions now," said Wooyeop as Kangmin drove home after mailing the items back to Boston. "Yeah, well," said Kangmin as he shrugged. "At least I'm getting paid," he said. "Not as much as we do though," said Wooyeop. "You guys are doing international missions and such," said Kangmin. "Of course you get paid more," he said. "Half the pay goes towards getting you home," he said. "Well, true," said Wooyeop.

When they got home Kino was in the front yard playing fetch with Changgu and Kangmin went to join him while Wooyeop went into the house. "Hey, how was missions?" Asked Kino as he threw a ball for Changgu. "Horrible," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "I [i hate] local missions," he said. Kino laughs. "Yes, you keep telling me that," he said.

Changgu came back with the ball, dropping it at Kangmin's feet. "Hey Changgu," said Kangmin as he pet Changgu on the head. He picked up the ball and threw it, watching as Changgu ran after it. "I'm getting dense vibes from Wooyeop again," said Kino as Kangmin threw the ball for Changgu again. "I see," said Kangmin as he nodded.

"He may be stuck in the belief that you're seeing someone," said Kino as Kangmin picked up the ball, examining it. "I see," said Kangmin as he threw the ball again. "I don't know about Wooyeop but," he said, shrugging. "He was never really that open with Jisung and Kihyun," he said. "At least, when it came to their relationship," he added. Kino hummed, watching as Changgu came back with the ball, his tail wagging. "Good boy Changgu," said Kino as he pet Changgu on the head.

"Who do you think's coming back next?" Asked Kino. "The American team," said Kangmin. "We already got word about them being over in Chicago so," he said, shrugging. "They'll be back tomorrow at the earliest," he said. "Taeseon, Hayoung and Jihun are in Berlin right now, last we checked," he said, shrugging. "But from this point on, who knows what their reactions will be," he said.

"I can tell you this," said Kino. "I think that it'd be easier to ask what he thinks about it," he said. "Then sort of ease him into the thought of it," he said. "I don't know," said Kangmin. "I think he's hoping that I am looking to be in a relationship," he said. "Well," said Kino. "Maybe he is looking for a relationship," he said. "Maybe with all the missions he's doing with Hyunwoo you can push him in the right direction," he said. Kangmin hummed in response. "I do see them together at some point," he eventually said. Kino chuckled some.

Shinwon came outside to see what they were up to, and Changgu went to see him. "What are you two doing?" He asked. "Just talking," said Kangmin as he turned to Shinwon. Shinwon tilted his head to the side. "Nothing bad I hope," he said. "No," Kangmin said with a chuckle. "Nothing bad," Kino said, laughing some.

"Am I needed for something?" Asked Kangmin as he tilted his head to the side. "No, just came to see what you were doing," said Shinwon. "When do you plan on coming out to him?" He asked. "I don't know, probably after dinner," said Kangmin. "It's my turn at the lake so," he said, shrugging.

"Wasn't aware of you taking turns," said Kino. "Well, Jisung insisted that I went today with Wooyeop so," he said, shrugging. "We're usually left alone, unless I decide to ask someone from the pack to come along," he said. "I see," said Kino.

"Do you mind if I take Changgu along?" Asked Kangmin as he turned to Kino. "Not at all," said Kino. "Alright, let's go and get some dinner then," said Shinwon. Everyone went inside, and Kino went to get Changgu's dog bowl and filled it with some food and got a bowl of water for him.

Dinner was different, the atmosphere was tense at first. Wooyeop wasn't liking the way the atmosphere was but he chose to ignore it. Kangmin was nervous, but he tried to hide it as much as possible. Everyone made small talk amongst themselves, talking about missions and things they did while away from the team house.

After dinner Kangmin got ready to head out to the lake, grabbing his phone and calling for Changgu before asking Wooyeop to go with him. "Good luck," called Kino as Kangmin left the house with Wooyeop and Changgu.

"Do you want to pay respects to the graveyard before going to relax?" Asked Kangmin as he turned to Wooyeop. "Sure," said Wooyeop. "I never really done this before, what do I do?" He asked. "I'll give you a bunch of flowers and we drop them off at each grave," said Kangmin. "Easy enough right?" He asked. Wooyeop nodded. "Yeah," he said. Kangmin nodded and went to get some flowers before handing a bunch to Wooyeop.

After showing Wooyeop how he put the flowers down Kangmin stepped back and let Wooyeop do his thing, petting Changgu on the head and waiting patiently. When Wooyeop was done they headed over to the lake and sat down by the shore with Changgu sitting beside Kangmin.

"So," said Kangmin. "Do you have any interests in finding someone as your significant other?" He asked. "I mean," said Wooyeop as he shrugged. "I guess," he said. "Do you have a crush on anyone?" Asked Kangmin as he turned his head to look at Wooyeop. "I'd be lying if I said no," Wooyeop said, laughing some.

"Who is it?" Asked Kangmin. "Hyunwoo?" He asked. "How'd you know?" Asked Wooyeop. "I think you're trying to make him jealous, it's not working," Kangmin said, shaking his head. "I don't like him in that way anyway, I told him that," he said. "Well darn," said Wooyeop.

"So are you seeing someone?" He asked. "No," said Kangmin. "I'm not," he said, scratching the back of his head. "I don't want to be in a relationship," he said. "I don't think I ever will be in a romantic one anyway," he said. "Oh," said Wooyeop.

"Are you okay with that?" Asked Kangmin. "I mean, sure," said Wooyeop. "It lets me know that I can confess to Hyunwoo with no problems," he said. "Unless he likes someone else," he said. "He doesn't," said Kangmin. "I asked Kino," he said. "You know, since he's really perceptive and such," he said. Wooyeop nodded. "I am going to wait until Taeseon says something," he said. "Before completely saying I'm okay with this, who knows what my opinion will be when that happens," he said. Kangmin hummed. "I'm heading off then," he said. "If you want to come with me anyway," he added. "Nah, I'll be here for a bit longer, thanks for telling me," said Wooyeop. Kangmin nodded and headed back to the house with Changgu.

"How'd it go?" Asked Kino once Kangmin returned to the house. "Fine," said Kangmin. "We should go tell Chan then," he said. Kino nodded and headed upstairs with Kangmin.

"[i How'd it go]?" Asked Chan as he sat down with Jinwoo. "Went fine," said Kangmin as he explained what had happened. "[i He was jealous huh]?" Jinwoo asked, laughing as he shook his head. "Apparently," said Kino as he chuckled some. "Well, the teams should be back within the next couple weeks," said Kangmin. "[i We're in Chicago now, I had to come here on a mission]," said Jinwoo as he scratched the back of his head. "[i Your American team is here, we'll come over with them]," said Chan.

"Oi, get Jinho in frame will you?" Asked Kino. "So he can stop worrying," he added. Chan laughs and called for Jinho, Jinho soon coming into view. "[i What]?" Asked Jinho. "I'm fine damn it," said Kino. "We're completely fine here," he said. "[i I know, but I can't help but worry, you're our youngest]," said Jinho. "Yeah, yeah," said Kino as he sighed, scratching the back of his head.

"[i Well, one more person before Taeseon]," said Chan. "I'm nervous," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "Hayoung and I weren't particularly close and Taeseon's the team leader," he said. "[i We'll see what happens when it happens]," said Chan. "Right," said Kangmin.
  AkiraInu / 200d 14h 51m 17s
[center Chapter 7]

Missions. If there was something Kangmin hated with a passion it was missions. More specifically local missions. He was glad he got some missions after a seemingly 3 month hiatus but getting local missions seemed like a slap in the face. Sure he got paid, which was great considering how empty his bank account seemed to be getting after paying off the rest of his school bills, but he had to dive into the team account just to buy food the other day and he didn't want to do that when the team account was meant for getting teams home from international missions. He also didn't want to ask Jisung to help pay for groceries when he could pay for them himself.

After getting home from his latest local mission Kangmin flopped down on the couch in the livingroom with a deep sigh, deciding to just lay there and try to tune out the world. "You alright Kangmin?" Asked Kihyun as he walked out of the kitchen. "Just fine," came Kangmin's muffled reply as he kept his face buried in the couch cushions. "I just want to sleep," he said. Kihyun went to sit next to Kangmin, putting a hand on his arm.

"I hate local missions," said Kangmin as he lifted his head to look at Kihyun. "Like, before I could understand why I only got them but I hate them now," he said. "I think I understand," said Kihyun. "Because Jisung was the same way, before we left," he said. "It does get frustrating," he said.

"I know I have the power to ask for a long term mission but," said Kangmin as he sat up. "I don't want a [i really] long one you know?" He asked. "Like what yours had been," he added. "Yeah," said Kihyun. "Maybe one day I'll find someone to go with me," said Kangmin. "Can go with Hohyeon and Jeongin when they finally graduate," said Kihyun. "I heard they wanted a long mission after school ends, to help Hohyeon pay off the rest of his school bills," he said. "I might do that," said Kangmin. "We'll see what happens later I guess," he said. Kihyun nodded and got up, leaving the room and going back into the kitchen.

Kangmin was left to flop down on the couch again and lay there for a couple hours, wanting some time to himself. The Asian team was due back soon, and Kangmin was nervous. Hyunwoo and Wooyeop were always keeping to themselves, and it made it harder on Kangmin to determine who would have a bad reaction to his preferences.

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A surprise visit from the neighboring 'shifters lightened the mood and Kangmin finally got to meet Changgu. Kino had come over with Shinwon and Changgu, bringing their support for Kangmin coming out to the rest of the team.

"Good to see you again," said Kangmin as he grinned when he opened the door. "Hey," said Kino as he brought Kangmin into a hug. "I thought it'd be best to come over for a bit," he said, moving away. "I managed to contact Taeseon and made sure he was fine with us being over," he said.

"Are you truly okay though?" Asked Kangmin as he moved to let them in. "Yeah, I'm moving into the good days," said Kino. "We've managed to predict when the good days and bad days are starting," said Shinwon. "Can thank Changgu for that," he said. "I finally get to meet the pup!" Said Kangmin as he turned to Changgu. "Hello," he said, moving to scratch Changgu behind the ears.

"Who's here?" Called Jisung as he walked downstairs. "It's Kino and Shinwon," said Kangmin as he turned to Jisung. "Also their dog Changgu," he said. "Ah, hello neighbors," said Jisung as he scratched the back of his head. "Hello Jisung," said Kino.

"How long are you around for?" Asked Jisung. "Well," said Kino. "I think until all this is over and done with," he said. "And I'm not sure when my bad days start so we came early," he said. "If that's okay," he added. "Taeseon gave the okay?" Asked Jisung. "Yeah," said Shinwon.

"You heard from Chan yet?" Asked Kangmin as he turned to Kino. "No, not since we last talked," said Kino. "We're just waiting on him really aren't we?" Asked Kangmin. Kino nodded. "I think getting Moonbin to agree to letting Jinwoo come over with Chan is taking a bit longer than we thought," he said.

"Where'd Kihyun go?" Asked Kangmin as he looked at Jisung. "He's next door, the pack needed him for something," said Jisung. "I see," said Kangmin. "Well, I'll be in my room then," said Jisung before he headed back upstairs.

"Well, come on," said Kangmin. "I guess you'll be in my room for the time being," he said, heading upstairs. Kino, Shinwon and Changgu followed after him. "I don't know when Hohyeon's coming back but you can have his bed," said Kangmin as he opened the door.

"Not a bad room," said Kino. "Sorry if it's smaller than the room back at your place but," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "It's alright," said Kino. "From what I could see there's 5 rooms, so a room this size is fine," he said. Kangmin nodded, sitting on his bed.

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It would be another few days before the Asian team returned, and Kangmin was anticipating their reactions. Kino was helping out around the house when he could with Shinwon, and Changgu mostly stayed with Kangmin, when he was sure that Kino would be okay anyway.

"Care to explain why the neighboring 'shifters are here?" Asked Hyunwoo as he walked into the kitchen where Kangmin was making lunch. "Taeseon gave the okay," said Kangmin as he turned to Hyunwoo. "Welcome back," he said. "Is there a problem?" He asked. "No no," said Hyunwoo. "Just wasn't expecting it is all," he said. "And thank you," he added.

"Why is their dog with you?" Asked Hyunwoo. "He likes my company," said Kangmin as he looked back to see Changgu laying down a few feet away. "Besides, Kino's doing okay, Changgu wouldn't leave him alone if that wasn't the case," he said. Hyunwoo hummed in response.

"Oh yeah," said Kangmin as he finished making lunch. "Do you mind if we have a chat later?" He asked. "Sure," said Hyunwoo. "I assume you're heading out later to the lake with Jisung or something," he said. "Actually no," said Kangmin. "I'm staying home tonight, those two want some time to themselves," he said. "Lunch is ready," he called, and everyone rushed down to the kitchen to get their share of food.

Lunch was uneventful, Hyunwoo and Wooyeop still tired from all the travelling they did before coming home. Kangmin was unsure of how to approach the subject of his sexuality as he pondered how to bring it up to Hyunwoo when the others would leave them alone for the evening.

"If I may suggest something," said Kino as he and Kangmin were doing the dishes. "Be blunt about it," he said. "I don't know why but Hyunwoo gives off the dense vibe," he said. "You may have to be blunt when telling him," he said. "Noted," said Kangmin as he nodded. "Good luck then," said Kino. "Thanks," said Kangmin.

After a few hours Kino, Shinwon and Changgu went to explore, while Jisung and Kihyun went to the lake, taking Wooyeop with them. Kangmin sat with Hyunwoo in the livingroom, in his own thoughts as they both watched a movie.

"So," said Hyunwoo. "I've heard some interesting rumors on the way back," he said. "Mhm," said Kangmin as he kept his attention focused on the TV. "Are you in a relationship right now?" Asked Hyunwoo. Kangmin snorts. "No," he said. "Who told you that?" He asked. "Wooyeop," said Hyunwoo. "I think he suspects that you found someone, but haven't told anyone about them yet," he said.

Kangmin let out an awkward chuckle. "I'm not seeing anyone right now," he said. "I can guarantee that," he said. "But I'm not looking to be in a relationship," he said. "Really? Have you even tried?" Asked Hyunwoo. "Being in a romantic relationship disgusts me," said Kangmin. "Not saying that I'm against Kihyun and Jisung's relationship, no I'm fine with that," he said. "But I don't see myself in a relationship like that," he said.

"So you don't want to be in a relationship?" Asked Hyunwoo. "No," said Kangmin. "Are you okay with that?" He asked. "I mean," said Hyunwoo as he scratched the back of his head. "I guess?" He asked. "I want to see what Taeseon says though," he said. "I won't tell anyone else this," he said. "I assume you want to tell them yourself anyway," he said. Kangmin nodded. "Thanks, hyung," he said. Hyunwoo grinned, and the atmosphere in the livingroom was no longer tense.

[center ~]

When Kino, Shinwon and Changgu got back they noticed how relaxed Kangmin was with Hyunwoo in the room. "It went well then?" Asked Kino. Kangmin nodded. "I guess we go see if Chan's available," he said, getting up. "Have fun with that," said Shinwon. Kangmin nodded and headed upstairs with Kino and Changgu in tow, Kangmin going to get his laptop and sitting on the bed with Kino sitting beside him. "I think he'll be surprised," Kino said with a chuckle. "Definitely," said Kangmin as he waited on a response from Chan.

"[i Well, this is a surprise]," said Chan as he started the call. "Hey Chan," said Kino as he grinned. "Hello Chan," said Kangmin as he chuckled some. "[i Well, how'd it go]?" Asked Chan. "I came out to Hyunwoo, he seemed okay with it," said Kangmin. "However he's also wanting to wait until Taeseon says something before making final judgement," he said. Chan hummed in response.

"You saw this coming didn't you?" Asked Kangmin as he turned to Kino. Kino laughs. "No," he said. "But I overheard the two talking about this mysterious lover you seem to have," he said. "I figured I'd tell you to be blunt about it to clear up the confusion," he said. "[i I figured it'd be something like that]," said Chan. "[i Something about the amount of people being in the team having at least one or two people think that you secretly had a mate or something]," he said.

"So how's getting Jinwoo to come along going?" Asked Kino. "[i It's going]," said Chan. "[i We'll be heading over after getting word that the rest of your team returned]," he said. "I assume you want to wait til the rest of the team returns before telling Taeseon," said Kino. Kangmin nodded. "It's going to involve everyone," he said. "So I might as well," he said.

"[i I had to explain to Moonbin why Jinwoo was needed but]," said Chan as he shrugged. "[i He finds the situation similar to what happened with Chani, so he agreed immediately]," he said. "I see," said Kangmin. "[i I hope that was okay]," said Chan. "Was Moonbin okay with it?" Asked Kangmin. "[i If he allowed Jinwoo to come with me, then yes]," said Chan. Kangmin nodded. "You'd be surprised," said Kino. "At how many people are fine with who you are," he said. "I know, I know," said Kangmin.

"Well, three more people," said Kino as he leaned back on his hands, sighing a bit. "Two, technically but yes," said Kangmin. "[i Yeah]," said Chan. "[i I'll see you then, good luck with the others]," he said. "Thanks, goodnight Chan," said Kangmin. "[i Goodnight]," said Chan before he hung up.
  AkiraInu / 205d 16h 59m 2s
[center Chapter 6]

Kangmin found himself alone in the house again as Hakmin and Siwoo were eventually called out on missions. He never really liked the feeling of solitude but he grinned and bared it since if he needed to he could just go next door and spend a few nights with the pack until that feeling of solitude went away. Besides, according to the group chat Kihyun and Jisung were almost home, and he couldn't wait to see them again. He did miss the person who took care of him since they were living in Detroit. He just wanted to prove to Jisung that he was all grown up now.

"Here again?" Asked Changkhyun as he opened the door to see Kangmin with his bag. "Yep," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "Jisung and Kihyun should be back tomorrow," he said. "Ah, that's why you came over," said Changkhyun as he let Kangmin in before closing the door behind him. "You're in Hyunjin and Youngjae's room tonight," he said. "Cory, Sunggyu and wolf Jisung are back but Hobi, Hyunjin and Doyoung are out," he said. "Okay," said Kangmin as he went to sit on the couch, putting his overnight bag beside him.

"Hey Kangmin," said Jungkook as he walked out of the kitchen. "Hello Jungkook," said Kangmin as he nodded. "I guess I won't be alone tonight then," said Jooheon as he walked out of the laundry room. "Did Youngjae get called out?" Asked Kangmin. "Nah, he went to visit the old pack," said Changkhyun. "He'll be back in a couple days," he said. "I see," said Kangmin.

"Going out to the lake tonight?" Asked Jungkook. "I might," said Kangmin. "Depending on the weather," he said. "It doesn't look like it'll rain tonight so I think you're good," said Jungkook. Kangmin nodded. Jooheon and Jungkook went back into the laundry room and kitchen respectively, going back to whatever they were doing. Kangmin was left to sit on the couch for a bit and watch tv.

After a couple hours wolf Jisung, Cory and Sunggyu returned with Jeno and Jungwoo in tow and wolf Jisung jumped on Kangmin, causing Kangmin to fall off the couch with a groan. "Well hey there," said Kangmin as he chuckled some. "Hey Kangmin," wolf Jisung said with a grin. "Jisung," said Cory. "Sorry!" Said wolf Jisung as he got off Kangmin and helped him up. "Hello Cory, Sunggyu," said Kangmin. "Hello Kangmin," said Cory. Sunggyu nodded in greeting. "I'm going to hunt, if you don't mind," he said, turning to Cory. "Go," said Cory. "We'll be alright here," he said.

"Just be careful," said Kangmin. "I may be the only hunter around but who knows who's lurking," he said. Sunggyu nodded. "Thanks, and I will," he said before leaving.

"Who's room are you in?" Asked wolf Jisung. "I'm in Jooheon's room tonight," said Kangmin. "Jisung should be back tomorrow so," he said. "He's moving into your place isn't he?" Asked Cory. "For the time being yeah," said Kangmin. "Taeseon already said it was okay to but Kihyun requested to spend one last night in his room," he said.

"Damn it," said Jungwoo as he plopped down on the loveseat. "That means I'm without a bed tomorrow," he whined. Jeno snickered. "There's always Hyunjin's bed," he said. "I don't like sleeping in bunk beds," mumbled Jungwoo. "Can get Hobi's bed then, I'm fine with sleeping in Jeongin or Hyunjin's bed," said Kangmin. Jungwoo hummed in response.

After dinner Kangmin headed out to the lake with wolf Jisung in tow, going to sit on the boulder and sit in silence until Sunggyu decided to come spend the night outside like he usually did.

"How's coming out to the team going?" Asked wolf Jisung as he looked at Kangmin. "Could be better," said Kangmin. "So far the only people who accepted are Jihun and Hohyeon," he said. "Well," said wolf Jisung. "You gotta expect those who don't agree with your ideas," he said. "I know," said Kangmin. "But it makes me scared of the other's reactions," he said. "You have to push through it," said wolf Jisung. "If you chicken out now someone would spill your secret," he said. "Eventually," he added. Kangmin hummed in response.

When Sunggyu came to join them Kangmin headed back to the house with wolf Jisung. Kangmin said goodnight to wolf Jisung as he entered Jooheon's room after grabbing his overnight bag. After he changed clothes Kangmin went to sleep in Doyoung's bed for the night.

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When Jisung and Kihyun got back Kangmin was the first person to greet them, tackling Jisung. "Welcome back," Kangmin said with a grin. "It's good to be back," Jisung said, laughing some as he scratched the back of his head. "Welcome back guys," said Jungkook. "It really is good to be back," said Kihyun as he scratched the back of his head. "You wouldn't believe the amount of whining that Jisung here did on the home stretch coming home," he said with a snicker. "Oi!" Said Jisung as he slapped Kihyun on the shoulder. "I wasn't [i that] bad," he said.

"Spending one last night in your room huh?" Asked Changkhyun as they sat in the livingroom. "Yep," said Kihyun. "That means Jungwoo can finally have the bed to himself for good," he said chuckling some. "He's been enjoying having so much bed space the passed four years," Jungkook said with a chuckle.

"How's things been?" Asked Jisung as he walked with Kangmin to the lake to hang out for a bit before dinner. "Been okay," said Kangmin. "I will never be you though, I hated the solitude," he said. Jisung chuckled. "I guess no one will beat me in that aspect," he said. "Hey, at least now you can go enjoy non-local missions," he said. "Mhm," said Kangmin as they reached the lake. Kangmin and Jisung went to pay their respects to the small graveyard before going to sit at the shore.

"What happened to you since I've been gone?" Asked Jisung. "I'm sure you've heard by now but I've been turned," said Kangmin as he turned his head to look at Jisung. "And apparently I was turned before you," he said, fighting back a grin. "Well darn, looks like I'm the youngest now," Jisung said, laughing some. "It would seem so," Kangmin said with a chuckle.

"But why did you leave university?" Asked Jisung as he turned to Kangmin. "I was too stressed," confessed Kangmin as he looked down. "I tried it, after I got back anyway," he said. "I wanted to see if I could continue down the route I have been but I'm still new at the werewolf thing," he said. "I might return to it after I have more control of my wolf but we'll see when that ends up happening," he said.

"You know," said Jisung. "It feels weird to be home now after 4 years of being on the road," he said. "I can imagine," said Kangmin. "After so long it's weird to see you finally back home again," he said. "Yeah," agreed Jisung as he stared out at the water.

Kihyun came over with food a couple hours later, going to sit beside Jisung. "Almost missed dinner you know," he said. "Oops," said Kangmin as he scratched the back of his head. "It's a good thing you brought over dinner then," Jisung said, shaking his head in amusement as he handed Kangmin a container of food. Kihyun hummed, nodding.

"You know," said Jisung. "I bet everyone's asked why you haven't found a mate yet," he said. Kangmin snorts. "I'm not really looking to be in a relationship you know that," he said. "Is there a reason?" Asked Jisung. "I don't feel the desire to be in one," said Kangmin as he looked down. Kihyun blinked.

"Damn it," said Kangmin. "I didn't even mean to say it like that," he said, sighing as he shook his head. "Oi," said Jisung. "You didn't think I knew?" He asked. Kangmin blinked, turning to look at Jisung. Jisung smiled softly. "I grew up with you kid," he said, reaching over and tousling Kangmin's hair. "I've been waiting on you to come to me and say it, for like ever," he said. "I honestly had no clue," Kangmin said, scratching the back of his head.

Kihyun chuckled some. "Jisung told me randomly one day while he was reminiscing about the team," he said, looking out at the water. "So you both knew this entire time?!" Asked Kangmin. "Well, yeah," said Jisung. "I should've told you before you left then, would've saved me 4 years of trying to come up with a way of telling you," said Kangmin. Jisung chuckled softly.

"Out of everyone I feared yours and Hohyeon's reactions the most," confessed Kangmin as he looked down. "But now that I know that you both support me I don't have to worry about it too much," he said. "Just don't tell everyone else okay?" He asked. "I already told Siwoo, Hakmin, Hohyeon and Jihun," he said. "I want to tell everyone else myself," he said. "Sure," said Kihyun. Jisung nodded in agreement. "We won't tell anyone else," he said.

"Should get back to the house then, I'm sure you want to talk to Chan and Kino," he said. "How did you?" Asked Kangmin. "Ran into the Asian team while we were in Vietnam," said Jisung. "They told us how you were always talking to Chan and the neighboring 'shifter pack," he said. "I kind of figured you'd be talking to them and asking for advice," he said. Kangmin nodded. "I'll see you back home then," he said. "See you," said Jisung and Kihyun. Kangmin got up, taking the containers with him as he ran back to the house.

Kangmin went to sit on Hyunjin's bunk, which was the top bunk in the only bunk bed in that room with his laptop. He essentially kicked Jooheon out after explaining that he needed to talk to Chan and Kino and Jungwoo was out running with Jeno. He immediately went to see if Chan and Kino were available as he set his laptop in his lap and plugged in some headphones.

Chan started the call this time, and Kino answered, lying down on his side facing the camera. "Oh, Kino!" Said Kangmin. "[i Hey there]," said Kino. "[i I'm doing a little bit better, this is the first time I am actually here in like 2 weeks]," he said. "[i Good to see you again]," said Chan. "[i Good to be back in the world instead of being semi here like I have been]," said Kino.

"[i So what happened while I was gone]?" He asked. Kangmin explained who he had come out to up until Jisung, wanting to save that reaction for last. "[i I see]," said Kino as he moved to sit up, sitting against the headboard.

"[i So who'd you come out to next]?" Asked Chan. "Jisung and Kihyun," said Kangmin. "They finally got back from their trip," he said. "[i How'd that go]?" Asked Chan. "Very unexpectedly," said Kangmin. "[i Let me guess, he knew the whole time]?" Asked Kino. Kangmin nodded. Kino laughs. "[i What's funny is that Shinwon had said the same thing]," he said. "It would've saved me four years of waiting before telling him," Kangmin said, sighing a bit.

"[i Well, 4 more people]," said Chan. "Yep," said Kangmin as he leaned back, sighing a bit. "I'll let you two get some rest then, get better Kino," he said. "[i I'll try, I want to be there for Taeseon's reaction]," said Kino. "[i I talked to Donghun and he said he was okay with me coming over, however I'd need to bring someone along]," said Chan. "Bring Jinwoo," said Kangmin. "This involves hunters," he said. Chan nodded. "[i I'll be sure to ask to see if he can come along]," he said.

After the call Jooheon and Jungwoo walked into the room, spotting Kangmin in good spirits. "How'd the conversation go?" Asked Jooheon. "Great," said Kangmin. "I'm glad Jisung accepted me," he said. "He seemed to be in higher spirits when Jeno and I walked back with them," said Jungwoo. "Let's get to bed then," said Jooheon. "Goodnight," said Jungwoo. "Goodnight," said Kangmin and Jooheon.
  AkiraInu / 211d 14h 59m 29s
[center Chapter 5]

Kangmin didn't want to be a ball of sadness, but he found himself being in his own bubble of sadness despite Hakmin reassuring him that judgement would be saved until Taeseon was told of Kangmin's preferences. Siwoo tried his best to cheer up the youngest, and Kangmin was afraid. Kangmin was afraid of Siwoo's reaction and he didn't want to tell him. It seemed that Hakmin had kept his promise of not telling anyone else, as Siwoo was still oblivious to why Kangmin was quieter than usual.

"Kangmin!" Siwoo called from behind Kangmin's closed door. "What?" Yelled Kangmin as he looked back towards the door. "The door's open," he called. Siwoo opened the door, spotting Kangmin sitting at Hohyeon’s desk on Hohyeon’s gaming computer. "Going out today?" He asked. "I might," said Kangmin as he shrugged. "What's up?" He asked.

"You going to the lake?" Asked Siwoo. "A bit later, why?" Asked Kangmin. "Wondered if I could go with you today," said Siwoo. "We haven't really spent much time together and Hakmin's avoiding you like the plague apparently," he said. Kangmin sighed, nodding. "Sure," he said. "I guess you can come out with me later," he said. "Great! Just let me know when you head out," said Siwoo as he closed the door behind him.

Kangmin looked back at the main computer screen, putting his headphones back in as Chan just stared in disbelief. "[i Is he always like this]?" Asked Chan. "As far as I know yeah," said Kangmin as he chuckled some. "[i Come on, I want to show you something]," said Chan as he moved his character in front of Kangmin's as they played the game Dayz. "Where are we going?" Asked Kangmin as he moved his character. "[i Follow me]," said Chan as he moved his character. Kangmin moved his character and they ran out of the town they were in after looting it.

"God damn it," said Kangmin as he found his character dying from a gunshot from behind them. "Hurry and get my stuff Chan!" He said. "[i I'm trying]!" Said Chan as he moved to kill the person before going to quickly loot Kangmin's stuff. "[i Can you respawn nearby]?" He asked. "I can try," said Kangmin as he tried to respawn somewhere. "Aw damn it," he said. "I'm over by the big ship," he said. "[i I'll try and get over there, wait for me okay]?" Asked Chan. "I'll try," said Kangmin as he went to loot the ship.

After about 20 minutes Chan showed up while Kangmin had his character hidden from the zombies. "[i I'm here]," said Chan. "[i Where are you]?" He asked. "Over here," said Kangmin as he moved into Chan's view. "[i Alright, let's go towards the airfield]," said Chan as he dropped Kangmin's stuff down. Kangmin moved to pick up the stuff, and they continued playing for another couple hours.

"I'll see you later then," said Kangmin as he left the game, stretching in the chair. "[i Good luck to you]," said Chan. "Thanks," said Kangmin as he hung up the call. He got up, turning off the computer and stretching before heading out of the room and downstairs to find dinner.

"Had fun?" Asked Siwoo as he spotted Kangmin. "Yeah," said Kangmin as he shrugged. "What's for dinner?" He asked. "Curry," said Siwoo. "Cool," said Kangmin as he went to get a bowl of rice and curry. He went to sit at the table and ate his food, with Siwoo joining him after a few minutes with his own food.

"So why is Hakmin avoiding you like the plague?" Asked Siwoo, causing Kangmin to almost choke on his food as he coughed. "Ah, well it's just Hakmin," said Kangmin as he chuckled awkwardly, taking a sip of his drink. "You know how he tends to get," he said. "I've never seen him [i completely] avoid you though," said Siwoo. Kangmin hummed in response.

"Kangmin," said Siwoo. "Don't think your sobbing didn't go unnoticed yesterday," he said. Kangmin looked down. "What happened?" Asked Siwoo. "I'll tell you later," mumbled Kangmin. "Did Hakmin hurt you?" Asked Siwoo. "No!" Said Kangmin. "He didn't hurt me," he said. "Not in the way you're thinking," he said. "Then why is he avoiding you?" Asked Siwoo. "I'll tell you later, I promise," said Kangmin. "I'll hold you to that promise," said Siwoo. Kangmin nodded, looking down at his food.

After dinner Kangmin went to wash the dishes before going out to the backyard to see if it was raining or not. When it didn't look like it was going to rain anytime soon Kangmin shouted into the house saying he was heading out to the lake. He wanted some time alone before Siwoo joined him, wanting to get his thoughts together and find a way to tell him.

Siwoo ended up joining him an hour later as Kangmin sat on the boulder looking out at the water. "So what happened between you and Hakmin?" Asked Siwoo. "You two used to be [i great] friends and now it changed within the span of 24 hours," he said. "I may have said something that changed his view of me," said Kangmin as he shrugged. "What'd you tell him?" Asked Siwoo as he climbed up onto the boulder and sat beside Kangmin.

"Can you promise me something first?" Asked Kangmin as he turned to Siwoo. "Sure," said Siwoo. "Don't tell anyone else what I'm about to tell you?" Asked Kangmin. "I want to tell them myself," he said. "Well, who knows already?" Asked Siwoo. "Jihun, Hohyeon and Hakmin," said Kangmin. "And the pack," he added. "Well, except for Kihyun but I'll tell him when he gets back with Jisung," he said. "I see," said Siwoo. "Alright," he said. "You have my word," he said.

"Well, I'm different from other people," said Kangmin. "How so?" Asked Siwoo. "I'm not like you, when it comes to looking for a wife/husband or whatever," said Kangmin. "Oh," said Siwoo. "I see," he said. "So what are you then?" He asked. "I don't have a desire to be in a relationship," said Kangmin. "So I'm not looking for a relationship in general," he said.

"That explains why Hakmin's become cold towards you," said Siwoo. "He wasn't too happy with the idea was he?" He asked. Kangmin nodded. "I'm sorry Kangmin, but I'll have to agree with him," said Siwoo. "Oh," said Kangmin as he hummed. "Nothing against you or anything but," said Siwoo as he scratched the back of his head. "It's just hard to wrap my head around it you know?" He asked. "I'll save judgement for when Taeseon says something though," he added. "Because who knows, Taeseon might accept you, and with that we will too," he said. Kangmin nodded. "So you're saying no, but you're not really saying no until Taeseon makes his decision?" He asked. Siwoo nodded. "Hakmin said the same thing," mumbled Kangmin.

"It's not always bad," said Siwoo. "I never really said no, and neither did Hakmin," he said. "Don't go and cry in your room okay?" He asked. "I know you talk to Chan and the neighboring 'shifters," he said. "Look at this with confidence alright?" He asked. "They're helping you in coming out to us, I think that's brave," he said. Kangmin nodded.

"It's not going to be easy," he said. "Because I have Jisung, Hyunwoo, Wooyeop, Hayoung and Taeseon to come out to next," he said. "Right," said Siwoo. "But don't forget, you have us," he said. Kangmin nodded. "Even though you said no you're still my teammate," he said. "Exactly," said Siwoo. "I think it'll take Taeseon kicking you out for us to really not accept you," he said. Kangmin nodded.

"Well," said Siwoo as he stood, stretching. "I'm heading home," he said. "Don't stay out too late okay?" He asked. Kangmin nodded and waved Siwoo off as Siwoo headed home. Kangmin was left to sit there for another couple hours and contemplate what Siwoo had told him as he stared out at the water.

When Kangmin got home he ran up to his room, avoiding Siwoo and Hakmin as much as possible as he went to grab a change of clothes and shower. After showering and changing clothes Kangmin went to see if Chan or Kino were available, sitting at his desk and plugging some headphones in. He browsed the internet as he waited for a response, humming to himself.

Jinho answered again, along with Chan so Kangmin started the call, waving to Jinho, who was on Kino's Skype account and Chan. "[i How'd it go]?" Asked Jinho. "Siwoo said no," said Kangmin. "But he said the same thing as Hakmin," he said. "[i Waiting until Taeseon says something before making a decision]?" Asked Chan. Kangmin nodded.

"Also sorry for calling late again," he said. "[i It's okay, really]," said Chan. "[i Donghun had a talk with me after our gaming session, he's okay with it]," he said. "[i I had to tell him why I was having talks with you though]," he said. "He said he was okay with me?" Asked Kangmin. Chan nodded. "[i He promised not to tell anyone else however, he wanted to leave that to you, if you were to come over again]," he said. Kangmin nodded.

"[i You know what I feel about this]," said Jinho. "[i I don't want to see you go through what Kino did but I can't help but be reminded of what he went through when he came out to us]," he said. Kangmin hummed, looking down.

"Can you promise me something?" He asked suddenly, looking back up at the screen. "[i What's up]?" Asked Chan. Jinho tilted his head to the side. "Can you be there? For when I come out to Taeseon I mean," said Kangmin. "I don't think this encounter is going to end very well," he said. "[i Sure]," said Chan. "[i I'll have to run it through Donghun to be completely sure but]," he said. "[i I think Kino'd be fine with it]," said Jinho. "[i If anything, if he can't make it then we'll come ourselves]," he said.

"Bring Changgu along will you? I'd like to finally meet the dog who's kept Kino going after everything," said Kangmin. Jinho chuckled. "[i If Kino lets him]," he said. Chan and Kangmin chuckled.

"[i Well, 5 more people to go]," said Chan as they went back to the topic on hand. "[i Who's next]?" Asked Jinho. "I don't know, it depends on who comes back next," said Kangmin. "I hope I don't go insane before then," he said. "[i You won't]," said Chan. "[i You have our moral support]," said Jinho. Chan nodded in agreement. "Thanks guys," said Kangmin.
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