A 'Shifter's Tale [A HOTSHOT Fanfic] [Complete]

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Taehyun was never one to lose his cool over his pack, they were well behaved for the most part. Though, problems arise when a seemingly normal human moves into the apartment building Taehyun owns, and she has her own demons to deal with. How will Taehyun handle things? Let's find out.

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Hai~! Author-nim here with another story! Taehyun and his mystery ship is here after winning the polls! Who is it? Well, it's someone from a girl group! I was [i somewhat] inspired to write another story featuring someone from a girl group after completing Eunwoo and Rocky's story so here we are!

If you were curious, all the wolves mentioned are actual types of wolves found in the world! They can be found [http://www.caninest.com/types-of-wolf/ here]!

Now, onto the characters~!

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Taehyun: A shapeshifter who is the alpha of the pack. He also owns an apartment building in Detroit, Michigan and lets people stay there for free as long as they had work. It didn't mean he let everyone in though, because he refused to let those who were known to cause problems live in the apartment building. He is known for his strict but caring personality, making sure that everyone was okay while he also made sure that no rules were broken. He has a room to himself in the apartment he shares with his pack. His animal form is a large grey wolf with an x shaped scar across his chest seen in his animal and human forms.

Junhyuk: A shapeshifter who is one of Taehyun's betas. He and Sungwoon have been butting heads since Sungwoon returned after being exiled from the pack and frankly it annoyed the hell out of him. He knew better than to cause a scene though, because Taehyun wasn't merciful if someone pissed him off. He is the oldest in the pack, and yet his genetics make him at the bottom of the gene pool as a beta. He didn't mind his position as beta though, because nothing really happened in the pack that required him to help make decisions. He is roommates with Timoteo. His animal form is a large Arctic wolf with icy blue eyes.

Timoteo: A shapeshifter who is Taehyun's other beta. He is known in the pack for being the person who drove Sungwoon away because Sungwoon didn't agree with Timoteo's sexuality. Timoteo is asexual, and had been relieved when everyone else was on his side, thus letting him stay in the pack. He was indifferent when Sungwoon rejoined their pack, not really caring since he figured that Sungwoon had moved on from what had happened. His animal form is a large Mexican wolf with brown eyes.

Yoonsan: A shapeshifter who is technically the youngest in the pack. In terms of when he was born he would be considered the second youngest, but Hojung had started changing before him so he was considered the youngest in the pack. He is known for his temper, as he still had trouble controlling it when new werewolves came to visit their territory for a couple days. He is roommates with Hojung and Sungwoon. His animal form is a large Iberian wolf with grey colored eyes.

Hojung: A shapeshifter who is technically the youngest in the pack. He is considered the youngest in terms of when he was born, but he is the second youngest in terms of when he started changing. He is a werewolf hunter, having been recruited when Yunhyeong came through Detroit to purge the city of werewolves with a bunch of other werewolf hunters. He is now a part of the Treasure Box faction. Half of the money he earns from werewolf hunting goes towards the bills for the apartment building, since he figured that was the least he could do to help. His animal form is a large Russian wolf with blue green eyes.

Sungwoon: A shapeshifter who rejoined the pack after he became a lone shapeshifter due to his other pack's alpha getting killed. He was forced to leave when everyone was on Timoteo's side concerning Timoteo's sexuality. He had joined another pack for a while before the alpha was killed. He had changed a lot since then, and no longer had any qualms against Timoteo's sexuality. He is known to clash with Junhyuk a lot, getting into random small arguments here and there because of a difference in opinions. He works at a nearby cafe because Taehyun told him to work or get kicked out again. He was fine with that, not wanting to be kicked out again. His animal form is a large eastern wolf with sea green eyes.

Moonbyul: A human who came to Sungwoon about needing a place to stay. Nothing is known about her home life before meeting Sungwoon, but from the way she acts, it made Sungwoon tell Taehyun immediately. According to what Sungwoon managed to gather she had an alcoholic roommate, but that was all he knew about her.

Sandeul: A pure blooded werewolf who is a part of Kris's pack, being a beta to one of Kris's top generals Jinyoung. His job initially was to make sure things were fine within the territories in the states, more specifically the northern territories. As he was in Detroit he ended up finding his mate in Moonbyul, and couldn't figure out a way to approach the situation. After clearing up a misunderstanding between himself and Taehyun he ended up moving into the apartment building that Taehyun owns along with Jinyoung and Dongwoo. His wolf form is a large grey wolf with black markings on his chest and a large scar going shoulder to shoulder across his back seen in his wolf and human forms.

Jinyoung: A turned werewolf who is a part of Kris's pack, being one of his top generals. He is known to be one of the very first turned werewolves, having been turned by Yedam. He is the only surviving family member that Yedam has, being his older brother. He has a commanding presence with him, that affects even the shapeshifters who were initially slightly hostile with him. Despite the commanding presence, he is a rather caring person. He holds the contract over Dongwoo's soul, the contract given to him from winning a fight with werewolf hunters. His wolf form is a large dark brown wolf with a scar on his shoulder from being turned and a nasty looking scar going across his chest seen in his wolf and human forms.

Dongwoo: An animal-human who's soul is bound to Jinyoung by a contract. The contract had been passed from person to person, eventually ending up with a pair of werewolf hunters who were sent to kill Jinyoung. When Jinyoung won the fight Dongwoo was passed to him, and they've been together ever since. He isn't sure of when he came to be or what life was like before then, but Jinyoung often said he smelled like the brothers Daniel and Jaehyun, which meant either he was their distant relative, or he was a shapeshifter whose animal form was a polar bear. His animal form is a large polar bear with a silver necklace around his neck that held the contract. The necklace acted like a collar when seen in his animal form and a regular necklace when seen in his human form. The pendant of a bear head is seen attached to the necklace, and that held the symbol for the contract.

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[center Epilogue]


"It's crazy to think how far we've come in these past few months," said Taehyun as he looked out over the city from the balcony of his new apartment in a more populated part of town. "I never thought I'd see the day that we'd be able to get a new building too," he said. "I know," said Sandeul. "This one even has balconies," he said.

"We can thank Kris for that," said Taehyun. "I did ask for a favor," said Sandeul. "At least he was able to grant you the favor," said Taehyun. "How long did you have that apartment building anyway?" Asked Sandeul. "Since the 80's," said Taehyun. "I see," said Sandeul. "So it's a relatively older building," he said. "Pretty much," said Taehyun. "It was the first building we got after Detroit was purged of all their werewolves," he said. Sandeul hummed in response.

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"We even got a better cafe location," said Moonbyul as she looked around the new cafe location. "I like it," said Jihun as he examined the counter space. "So much more room to make drinks," he said. "When do we open?" Asked Moonbyul. "I think we moved everything, so tomorrow first thing," said Jihun. "We're going to need everyone in for work it seems," he said. "Everyone including Sungwoon huh?" Asked Moonbyul. "Pretty much," said Jihun. "It's safe to have everyone then to be understaffed," he said.

"I guess we're good then?" Asked Moonbyul. "Yeah, until tomorrow," said Jihun. "Come in early, even if we setup we need to be able to have time to prepare," he said. "I'll drag Sungwoon over," said Moonbyul. "And make sure Hyojin comes along," she added. "Alright, see you in the morning," said Jihun.

"What time do you want me to come in?" Asked Moonbyul. "7," said Jihun. "We open at 9 so two hours to get ready," he said. "Alright," said Moonbyul.

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"What, you guys are still here?" Asked Taehyun as he opened the door to spot Seungwoo and Wooseok standing in the hallway. "We're actually here to let you know that we're leaving," said Wooseok. "It was a nice vacation while it lasted, now Yohan needs us," he said. "Where were you guys staying?" Asked Taehyun. "With Kangmin's team," said Seungwoo as he shrugged. "Ah, I see," hummed Taehyun.

"Not gonna be around for the new cafe opening?" He asked. "No, we really need to head back," said Wooseok. "Stay safe then," said Taehyun. Wooseok nodded and left with Seungwoo and Taehyun closed the door.

"I think they needed that vacation," said Sandeul as he walked out of the kitchen. "It'd seem so," hummed Taehyun as he turned to Sandeul. "The cafe's opening tomorrow," he said. "Yeah, I know," said Sandeul. "We'll have even more humans coming through," he said. "It's what we get for moving into a busier part of town," he said, chuckling some. "Yeah," hummed Taehyun as he went to sit down on the couch. "Lunch will be ready in a bit," said Sandeul before he walked back into the kitchen. "Alright," said Taehyun.

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"I finally remembered my roommate's name!" Said Moonbyul as she sat on the couch with Taehyun and Sandeul, watching a movie. "What was it?" Asked Taehyun. "Seoho," said Moonbyul. Taehyun blinked. "Oh, oh no," he said, getting up to go grab his phone to message Xiao.

"I don't think Wontak's going to get punished," said Sandeul. "I mean, I remember Hwanhee saying he wasn't a part of their pack anymore," he said. "I'm just making sure," said Taehyun. "We need to be sure," he added. "Wontak's a good kid, he doesn't deserve to be punished like that," he said. "Neither does Yuvin," he said. "Since it was his mission in the first place," he added, coming back to sit down next to Moonbyul and putting his phone in his lap.

"Let's watch this movie until then," said Sandeul. "I need to get you two into this drama I started watching the other night," said Taehyun as he pressed play on the remote. "What's it about?" Asked Sandeul. "A pair of twins that get into some serious trouble because of this weird psychic link they have," said Taehyun. "It's what I've managed to gather after watching the first episode anyway," he added. "Huh," said Sandeul. "Sounds interesting," said Moonbyul.

"It's got werewolves too, it's like they took the twins' and Hwanhee and made a drama out of it," said Taehyun. "Maybe they are starring in it?" Asked Moonbyul. "Doubtful," said Taehyun as he got a message from Xiao. "The three of them are home right now," he said. "And Wontak is fine," he said. "So he won't get punished," said Moonbyul. "No, he won't," said Taehyun. "That's good," said Moonbyul.

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The cafe reopening was a blast, as Moonbyul had to drag Sungwoon, Hyojin and Sandeul down to the workplace to make sure they were able to keep up with the influx of customers. The apartments were just above the cafe, which that was fine with everyone. Taehyun was able to keep the original building, and that was given to Yuvin's pack while the third building he had was sold.

It had been fine with everyone, because Taehyun was getting tired of having to deal with human tenants and kept the original building for them and any visitors they got who were going to stay for more than a few days.

Taehyun walked into the cafe after the rush kind of slowed down, noticing that Wontak was there with Eunki enjoying a cup of fresh coffee and grinned at them. "Hey you two," he said. "Hello," said Wontak as he grinned in greeting. Eunki nodded in greeting. "Busy day huh?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to the counter where Sandeul was. "Yeah, been pretty busy," said Sandeul.

"A successful day I'd say," said Kihyun as he walked out of the back room. "When did you get back from missions?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to Kihyun. "A few days ago, was helping Jisung and Kangmin order more stuff to restock the back room," said Kihyun. "Ah, I see," said Taehyun.

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As the day ended Moonbyul and Sandeul headed back up to the apartment with Taehyun, going to start on the drama that Taehyun had talked about. "It's been a long day," said Moonbyul. "At least it was a good one," said Sandeul.

"I got the popcorn," said Moonbyul. "It'll take a minute to get the drama pulled up, take your time," said Taehyun as he went to grab his laptop and plug it into the TV via HDMI cable. He pulled up the website and went to grab the wireless keyboard, putting it in his lap as he sat on the couch. Moonbyul soon came back with popcorn and Sandeul joined them in front of the couch with his own bowl of popcorn. "Ready?" Asked Taehyun. "Yeah," said Moonbyul. "Yep," said Sandeul. Taehyun pressed play, sitting back and relaxing into the couch as he ate some popcorn from the bowl he was sharing with Moonbyul.

"Wow," said Moonbyul when the first episode finished. "Right? This is crazy already," said Taehyun. "Jin and Been are already hitting me in the feels and I don't even know them," said Moonbyul. "Jesus, this I'd hate to get in the way of those two and their mentor," said Sandeul. "Next episode?" Asked Taehyun. "Let's watch it," said Moonbyul.
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[center Chapter 19]

It surprised Taehyun, on how easy it was to take the neighboring city and turn it into a hub for vampires to hunt. Yuvin himself took his place as rightful alpha to his father's pack and most left, leaving six members of the pack left. Taehyun granted them access to the city, and Yuvin had left the pack to Chunjin who was the second oldest between the members of their new pack as a whole. Kookheon had stayed around to make sure things were set for the pack before going to join his brother on their batches of missions, meeting up with Wontak.

"Well, that went smoothly," said Taehyun as he flopped down on the couch with a sigh, joining Sandeul and Moonbyul who were watching a movie. "I'm surprised they didn't put up that big of a fight," said Sandeul. "From what it looked like I think they were expecting it," said Moonbyul. "I overheard Yuvin and Kookheon talking about throwing their father off his throne," she said. "Yeah, that makes sense," said Taehyun.

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"Is the amount of people showing up ever going to die down? Jesus," said Taehyun as he was told he was having a visitor outside the apartment building. He grabbed his shoes and put them on, making sure he had his walkie and phone before leaving the apartment and heading downstairs.

"What is it Jinyoung?" He asked as he spotted Jinyoung outside. "Ah, I was stopping by to let you know that Toronto is cleared," said Jinyoung. "It seems all your vampires were going there," he said. "[i My] vampires?" Asked Taehyun. "You act like I own them," he said with a snort. "But that's fine," he said. "I was getting tired of seeing random people show up only for them to wait on other people," he said.

"By the way," said Jinyoung. "One of the guys from my section of the pack are going to be staying here since Sandeul has announced that he's staying here permanently," he said. "What's his name?" Asked Taehyun. "Hyojin," said Jinyoung. "He won't get in the way, but he will need a place to stay," he said. "Hm..." Hummed Taehyun as he nodded.

"That's all then, I'll be heading back to Toronto," said Jinyoung. "When shall I be expecting Hyojin?" Asked Taehyun. "Within the next couple days," said Jinyoung. "Alright," said Taehyun.

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"Oh, Hyojin's coming to stay with us?" Asked Sandeul as he blinked, taking on the phone with Jinyoung before he had to head to the cafe. "[i MK would but he got sent out on missions]," said Jinyoung. "No, that's fine," said Sandeul. "I wasn't expecting Kris to tell you to send someone to stay with me," he said. "And when did MK become a hunter?" He asked. "[i A few months ago, while I was checking Europe]," said Jinyoung. "[i Mashiho asked Kris and Kris sent word out to everyone, MK and a few others from Byungchan's side joined the Treasure Box faction]," he said. "I see," hummed Sandeul.

"[i Oi, Sandeul your friend is here]," came Yoonsan's voice from the walkie. "I'll be right down," said Sandeul as he sighed. "I'll see you around Jinyoung," he said. "[i Yeah, see you]," said Jinyoung before Sandeul hung up the call. Sandeul sighed and got up, grabbing the walkie and hooking it to his belt before grabbing his shoes and putting them on. After making sure he had his phone he headed out of the apartment and downstairs.

"You're looking well," said Hyojin. "Hey Hyojin," said Sandeul. "I'm not sure where Taehyun's gonna have you stay but you can come put your stuff in the apartment before I need to head out to work," he said. "Alright," said Hyojin.

Wontak was leaning against the counter talking with Moonbyul when Sandeul walked in, with Sandeul raising an eyebrow at the sight. "Hey Sandeul," said Wontak as he grinned. "I was waiting on my order," he said. "So I struck up a conversation," he said. "I see," said Sandeul.

"Hello Hyojin!" Said Wontak as he grinned. "Been quite a while hm?" He asked. "It seems so," Hyojin said with a snort. "I'm happy to see you stayed out of trouble," he said. "Oh believe me, the crap with the recent missions were annoying as hell," said Wontak. "I'm glad to be done with them," he said.

"You're checking inventory again," said Moonbyul as she handed Wontak's drink to him. "I hate checking inventory," groaned Sandeul as he went to do so. "Where's Jihun?" He called from the backroom. "Missions," said Moonbyul. "Sungwoon was supposed to be here but he's late," she said.

"I'll take his spot for a bit, I helped out a lot at Yuto's spot in Toronto," said Hyojin. "Just man the register," said Moonbyul. Hyojin nodded and went to get an apron before going to do so.

Taehyun came into the cafe, dragging Sungwoon with him by the shirt collar. "I had to drag this one out of bed," he said, shoving Sungwoon over to the counter. "I'm sorry, I forgot I had work today," said Sungwoon as he sighed. "Help me clean the machines," said Moonbyul. "Yeah, yeah," said Sungwoon as he went to grab an apron before going to do so.

"You must be the new guy that Jinyoung sent over," said Taehyun as he noticed Hyojin. "Name's Hyojin," said Hyojin as he nodded. "I figured it was you, no one else from Jinyoung's side of the pack has showed up in a few weeks," said Taehyun.

"You know me then?" Asked Hyojin. "One of your packmates stopped by, MK? Kangmin was the one to get his initiation mission," said Taehyun. "He told me who was coming over," he said. "I see," said Hyojin.

"Well," said Taehyun. "We don't have an apartment open right now so you'll be with Sandeul and Hojung," he said. "That is, if you're fine with sharing rooms," he added. "No, I'm fine with that," said Hyojin. "Okay, that's that then," said Taehyun as he nodded.

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Things were different now, for Taehyun, Moonbyul and Sandeul. Sandeul was there for Moonbyul as much as he could be, but Moonbyul understood that when he found his pure blood mate things would be different for them. Taehyun on the other hand was fine with it, as he only had one mate, and wasn't going to blame Sandeul when he found his pure blood mate.

For now the dynamic mostly stayed the same, and Hojung moved into another apartment as soon as one opened up with Hyojin who now worked at the cafe, taking Sungwoon's place as Sungwoon helped Yoonsan with the camera system so that Yoonsan could sleep more than a few hours. Together they replaced the cameras and bought high quality ones that now recorded sounds for the people needing to talk to anyone in the building.

Junhyuk and Timoteo continued to be Taehyun's betas, keeping an eye on things while Taehyun was taking information from his side of the information network in the neighboring city. He had the compromise as long as they didn't take his city, and Yuvin's pack moved into another building that Taehyun owned in Detroit, going with the same rules as Taehyun did with the human clients that were moving in and out of the building every few months.

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"Long day?" Asked Moonbyul as Taehyun entered the cafe. "Yeah," Taehyun said, sighing as he went up to the register to order the usual. "Just you today?" He asked. "Nah, Sandeul's in the back doing inventory," said Moonbyul. "I see," hummed Taehyun as he handed over the money to pay for his drink. Moonbyul rung up the order and handed back the change, immediately going to make the drink.

"How's the network doing?" Asked Sandeul as he walked out of the backroom. "Fine," said Taehyun. "I'm just tired from having to deal with them right now," he said. "Take a break, I'm sure no one would mind," he said. "Your betas know how to run the network," he said. "Hm," said Taehyun. "I may do that," he said.
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[center Chapter 18]

Taehyun sighed as he stared at the letter he was given. "Well, someone's asking for it," he said. "I need to call for a pack meeting it seems," he hummed, putting the paper on the table. He went to grab the walkie and spoke into it. "Who's around? I'm calling for a pack meeting as soon as possible," he said.

"[i Pack meeting? Who pissed you off this time]?" Asked Yoonsan. "[i I'm at the cafe and not able to come back until three]," said Sungwoon. "[i Timoteo and I are here]," said Junhyuk. "[i I'm getting groceries]," said Hojung. "[i But I'll be returning soon]," he added. "Okay," said Taehyun. "We'll have the meeting when Sungwoon gets back," he said. "[i On it]," said everyone.

"[i Ah, where do you want us to be for the time being]?" Came Sandeul's voice. "Kangmin you there?" Asked Taehyun. "[i It's just me]," said Jihun. "[i Kangmin's doing missions with Jisung and Kihyun in the neighboring city]," he said. "Do you mind waiting until the meeting is over before coming back to the apartment?" Asked Taehyun. "[i We'll be with Jihun]?" Asked Moonbyul. "Yes," said Taehyun. "[i We can do that, just tell us when it's clear]," said Sandeul. "Will do," said Taehyun before he put the walkie on his belt.

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Three P.M. rolled around and Taehyun sat in the livingroom with Hojung, watching a movie as they waited for the others to come over. "The door's unlocked, just open it and come on in," Taehyun explained in the walkie. "[i Alright]," came everyone's voice.

Junhyuk and Timoteo were first as they knocked before entering, spotting Taehyun in the livingroom before going to sit down. "Must be pretty bad if you're calling a pack meeting," said Timoteo. "It's pretty bad," Taehyun said, sighing.

"Who you pissed off this time?" Asked Yoonsan as he entered the apartment with Sungwoon. "Well," said Taehyun as he got up and went to grab the letter he was sent and handed it to Junhyuk who scanned over it before passing it to Timoteo and so on and so forth.

"What the hell?" Asked Junhyuk. "Yeah," Taehyun said, sighing. "What are you going to do?" Asked Timoteo. "I called a pack meeting to discuss closing the city off to hunters," said Taehyun. "I warned him that if he continued his threats I would stop all hunters from going to help him," he said. "If he's continuing to do this then I think it's best to go ahead with it," said Junhyuk.

"Let the vampires take the city," said Yoonsan. "Most need it anyway, with your law of one human per vampire if they need to hunt here," he said. "Give them a city to hunt to their hearts content," he said. "I know who would [i love] that," Taehyun said with a shake of his head.

"I know Eunki would," Timoteo said with a snort. "Or Youngbin," he added. "This would work in our favor," he said. "It would," said Taehyun. "What do Kookheon and Yuvin say about this?" He asked. "Well, the city technically belongs to them, since they're hunters," said Taehyun. "But since they consider themselves part of my pack despite being nomadic, they left any decisions up to us," he said.

"So they wouldn't oppose to us cutting the city off from hunters?" Asked Sungwoon. "Yes," said Taehyun. "Because of that damn loophole," Junhyuk said with a snort.

"So what's the consensus?" Asked Taehyun. "I'm fine with that," said Junhyuk. "We need to keep our city blood den free," he said. "It'd kind of defeat the purpose of Kangmin and his team being here," he said. "They're supposed to prevent that from happening," he said. "Yeah, I'm fine with that," said Timoteo.

"Me too," said Yoonsan. "These guys have been breathing down our necks for years," he said. "Best to get rid of the problem," he said. "I'm fine with it," said Sungwoon. "Our neighbors are douche bags," he said. "Yeah, I'm fine with it," said Hojung.

"Alright," said Taehyun. "We'll call the neighboring city off limits then," he said. He went to put the call out, preparing for the backlash as soon as word got to Yuvin's father. "Serves him right for threatening me," grumbled Taehyun as he finished writing the email out to all the faction leaders of both the werewolf and vampire hunting associations.

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There wasn't much resistance from any of the factions, which was a great relief to Taehyun. On top of that Yuvin and Kookheon had come back from missions to make sure things were going in the direction Taehyun wanted. Eunki and Youngbin were on speed dial, ready to go and swoop in to take the neighboring city as a city for hunting for Taehyun's side of the information network.

Sandeul was told to keep Moonbyul out of it as much as he could and Sandeul agreed to do so. Humans didn't need to get involved in something like this, as it would be too dangerous. Even with everything that was happening, Taehyun didn't keep Moonbyul completely in the dark, he at least let her know that he was doing pack business and it would be too dangerous for her to snoop around for the moment.

The amount of people entering and leaving the cafe lately was enough cause for concern for Moonbyul, as she was seeing people she had never met or seen before, but with Jihun there most of the time she felt somewhat safe.

"The amount of people coming through is astounding," remarked Moonbyul as she was cleaning the espresso machines. "Most of them are hunters," said Jihun as he checked the amount of receipts for the day. "Just here to give confirmation that their faction leaders are fine with the information sent out," he said.

"How are missions handled?" Asked Moonbyul. "It's given to faction leaders who filter it through their teams until all the teams have missions," said Jihun. "Then it goes to other factions and passes down to them and so on," he added. "It's less complicated than you think, Hojung and I are the least active members of our respective factions, having to stay around to do things here," he said. "I see," said Moonbyul.

The door slammed open and in walked Yuvin's father. "Where the hell is Taehyun?" He growled, going up to Jihun. "He's busy right now," said Jihun. "What do you need?" He asked. "I need to speak with him," said Yuvin's father. "Hm," hummed Jihun as he grabbed the walkie, speaking into it.

"Taehyun," he said. "[i What's up]?" Asked Taehyun. "You have a visitor," said Jihun. "[i Who is it]?" Asked Taehyun. "I think you'd know," said Jihun. Taehyun sighed. "[i I'll be there in a minute]," he said. "[i Junhyuk, Timoteo meet me downstairs]," he said. "[i Coming]," said Junhyuk.

"Who the [i hell] do you think you are for calling [i my] city off limits to hunters?" Said Yuvin's father as he went over to Taehyun and slammed him into a wall. "Who are [i you] to send threats my way knowing the consequences of what would happen if you did them?" Asked Taehyun as he shoved Yuvin's father away from him. Junhyuk and Timoteo were flanking Taehyun, keeping their hands in their pockets as they watched and waited for something to happen.

"You forget that I control the city now that your [i sons] are a part of the pack," said Taehyun. "They were both fine with this by the way, so deal with it or move your pack elsewhere," he said. "With the rules I have set in Detroit and the surrounding areas, vampires can only hunt one human," he said. "Now we'll turn your city into their hunting grounds," he said. "And you can't do a thing about it," he said.

"[i We're on our way to the city now, entering radio silence]," came Eunki's voice. "Be careful, you might face resistance," Taehyun said into the walkie. "[i Alright]," said Eunki.
  AkiraInu / 127d 23h 44m 26s
[center Chapter 17]

Seungwoo was around for a couple days, as Wontak got to see him before he left for his own missions again. Wontak never had a permanent place to stay, so he usually stayed with people until missions called for him to leave. A rivalry had apparently sparked up between them both, because they took turns in seeing who could induce the most fear into Moonbyul. That was put to an end quickly much to Moonbyul's relief, but she had declared that yes, Seungwoo was scary when he wanted to be.

"Can you two [i stop] trying to scare my mate to death? Good lord," grumbled Sandeul. "That's no way to talk to your superior like that," said Seungwoo as he raised an eyebrow. "Leave it man," said Sandeul. "This is my mate we're talking about," he growled. "Oi," said Wontak. "We stopped alright? I'm just here to get my fix of coffee before I head off to where ever I'm needed next," he said. "Yeah yeah," grumbled Sandeul as he went to make the drinks and handing them both to Seungwoo and Wontak. "Have a good day then," Wontak said, shaking his head before leaving the cafe.

Seungwoo shook his head. "I'd hate to see your reaction when Wooseok walks in," he said. "Those scars on his face really throw people off," he said. "When is he coming again?" Asked Sungwoon. "Next few days I think," said Seungwoo. "The twins and Hwanhee have a mission outside Detroit so he's coming with them," he said.

"[i Is Seungwoo there]?" Came Yoonsan's voice from the walkie. "He is, what is it?" Asked Sandeul as he picked up the walkie and spoke into it. "[i His packmate is here with 3 others]," said Yoonsan. "Send him over?" Asked Sandeul as he blinked. "[i I'm coming down to get them hold your horses]," came Moonbyul's voice.

"I don't think she realizes who we're talking about," Sungwoon said with a snort. "No, Taehyun told her that Wooseok was coming," said Sandeul as he put the walkie down on the counter. "Her exact words were: "look for a guy with scars on his face? Okay," and that was that," he said. "Where is Taehyun anyway?" Asked Seungwoo. "I don't know," said Sungwoon. "He and Hojung had to go do something outside the city," he said.

"Um," said Seungwoo. "Have you [i seen] the scars on his face?" He asked with an eyebrow raised. "I think you need to be introduced to the guy," he said.

"See, this is why I'm less scared of you than Seungwoo," said Moonbyul as she entered the cafe with Wooseok and Hwanhee with Dongmyeong and Xion following behind him. "You don't [i look] scary but Seungwoo just looks [i scary]," she said. "I see," hummed Wooseok, chuckling at the fake offended look he saw Seungwoo give Moonbyul. "After all the time that I've tried to convince you otherwise," Seungwoo said, putting a hand to his chest.

"It's true," Moonbyul said with a pout. "Yeah yeah," Seungwoo said, shaking his head. "Come on, you're helping me check on inventory," said Sungwoon. "Okay," said Moonbyul as she went to help Sungwoon.

"She talks too much," said Dongmyeong as he scratched the back of his head. "You get used to it," Sandeul said with a chuckle. "And I think someone should've given you keys to an empty apartment?" He asked. "Yoonsan did," said Hwanhee as he nodded.

"I'll get your coffee made," said Sandeul as he went to do so. "Make one extra strong please?" Asked Dongmyeong. "Sure," said Sandeul.

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"I don't know how many times I have to tell you, but the [i reason] I keep such a tight hold on Detroit is due to the increased activity on [i my] city," said Taehyun. "Face it Taehyun, you're losing control over [i your] city," said Yuvin's father.

"See, that's where you're wrong," said Taehyun. "Because last I checked, I wasn't the one with vampire problems," he said. "I have the power to say to the team that was sent to help you out to not help out," he said. "Aren't Kookheon and Yuvin still part of my pack technically? That means I can declare a city off limits," he said. "You wouldn't dare," growled Yuvin's father. "Try me," Taehyun said with a smirk as he took out his phone.

"You wouldn't dare," said Yuvin's father. "Detroit is the main city in this state, and you know it," said Taehyun. "You know the deal we made," he added. "So unless you don't want your city to become a hub for vampires, don't be a douche bag," he said.

"Now," said Taehyun. "I'm going to leave, and you leave me and my business alone," he said. "The team you asked for help with is here by the way, so have fun with that," he said, turning and leaving. Hojung followed after him, shaking his head with a sigh.

"I hate dealing with these things," said Taehyun as he drove home with Hojung in the passenger seat. "I know," said Hojung. "But hopefully this is a wakeup call for our neighbors," he said. "I haven't had to declare a city off limits to someone in a good while," Taehyun said with a snort. "Oi, to be fair the reason for Detroit being off limits to Taeseon and his team were justified," said Hojung. "That's true," said Taehyun.

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Seungwoo and Wooseok were still sitting in the cafe when Taehyun arrived with Hojung, with Wooseok waving to Taehyun. "Welcome back," said Sandeul. "How was the trip?" Asked Sungwoon. "Horrible," Taehyun said, sighing. "To be honest I may call the neighboring city off limits due to how Yuvin's father acted today," he said. "Ah, I forgot that Yuvin and Kookheon technically consider themselves part of our pack," hummed Sungwoon.

"What happens when you declare a city off limits?" Asked Moonbyul. "Hunters aren't allowed to go to the city," said Taehyun. "It basically bans vampire or werewolf hunters from going to the city to help them out or whatever," he said. "It's an old loophole," he added. "Vampire hunters and werewolf hunters are supposed to let those who own the territories know they're coming so," he said, shrugging. "Ah, I see," said Moonbyul.

"How much long are you two staying around?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to Wooseok and Seungwoo. "Seungsik's supposed to come to me with some information," said Seungwoo. "So I'll be leaving after that," he added. "I'm just here with Seungwoo," said Wooseok as he shrugged. "Yohan hasn't bombarded us with messages yet so we're chilling for a bit so Seungsik could come over to us," he said. "I see," hummed Taehyun.
  AkiraInu / 141d 7h 12m 8s
[center Chapter 16]

Wontak being around was odd to Moonbyul, as she never really interacted with any hunters. Jihun and the others didn't count. She never got involved in their business, same with Hojung. But this involved her old roommate, therefore Wontak bombarded her with tons of questions about him whenever they saw each other at the cafe.

"Oh, I already got the mission over with," said Wontak when Moonbyul asked if he did the mission already. "I'm just trying to figure out why he decided to live in a city that's pretty much off limits to werewolves who aren't associated with Kris, the werewolf/vampire hunting associations, or Taehyun himself," he said, shrugging.

"He had to have some tie here right?" Asked Jihun. "Otherwise he wouldn't be here," he said. "Right," said Wontak. "Well, I've already told you everything I know about him," said Moonbyul. "If I get yelled at because he suddenly works for Kris or is part of the vampire hunting association somehow I'm going to be pissed," growled Wontak.

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"[i Taehyun you have a visitor]," came Yoonsan's voice. "What the hell is with all the visitors lately?" Asked Taehyun. "Byungchan's been rather busy, so everyone is coming to you," said Sandeul. "What the hell?" Asked Taehyun. Sandeul shrugged. Taehyun grabbed the walkie and spoke into it.

"Who is it?" Asked Taehyun. "[i Seungsik]," said Yoonsan. "The hell does he want?" Asked Taehyun as he blinked in confusion. "I'll be right down," he said into the walkie before putting it on his belt and going to grab his shoes, putting them on and heading out of the apartment and downstairs. Sandeul followed after him.

"What is it Seungsik?" Asked Taehyun as he stepped out the front door. "I come with some news," said Seungsik. "Your werewolf that Wontak was sent after isn't a part of any known packs," he said. "Therefore he was a lone wolf living in [i my] city?" Asked Taehyun. Seungsik nodded. Taehyun sighed. "Alright then, thank you," he said. "Anything else?" He asked.

"Byungchan said that Seungwoo might stop by, since he and Wooseok had to head to Boston for something," said Seungsik. "I see," said Taehyun. "I think it's for me," said Sandeul. "Jinyoung got sent to Europe again," he said, scratching the back of his head.

"Seungwoo is a good guy," hummed Taehyun. "I'm still surprised he took up the offer to join a pack of 'shifters," he said. "It's strange to me too," Seungsik said, shrugging.

"Also, why isn't everyone going to Toronto?" Asked Taehyun. "Byungchan isn't there, and Chani specifically said that it was off limits to people unless they were there for hunts or information," said Seungsik. "Kris actually agreed to it," he added. "They're having a problem with vampires then?" Asked Taehyun. "Apparently so," said Seungsik. "The others in Byungchan's side of the pack are keeping an eye on things around the city," he said.

"You became the errand boy then?" Asked Taehyun. "For the moment," hummed Seungsik. "I should get going then," he said. "Have a safe trip back," said Taehyun. Seungsik nodded, turning and leaving.

"Well," said Sandeul. "At least we're not having a problem with vampires," he said. "I guess," Taehyun said with a sigh. "The only vampire stupid enough to stop by is Eunki anyway," he said with a snicker, earning a snort from Sandeul.

"But in all seriousness, if a vampire stops by, it's normally with information," said Taehyun. "They don't hunt here, and even if they did, they're stuck to one human in the city," he said. "With Kangmin staying in the city with his team, it keeps vampires from even trying to go for more than one," he added. "That blood den just put a thorn in my side," he said, sighing. "Detroit has been werewolf free for years though," he added. "Kangmin and his team are the first werewolves to be around in a [i long] time," he said.

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Seungwoo showing up scared the hell out of Moonbyul. The aura he carried just screamed that he was danger despite the reassurances from everyone that he was harmless, unless someone pissed him off of course.

"Um," Moonbyul said into the walkie. "We have someone scary over at the cafe," she said, earning a raised eyebrow from Seungwoo. "[i It's probably Seungwoo, hand the walkie to him]?" Asked Taehyun. Moonbyul handed him the walkie, looking slightly apologetic. Seungwoo shook his head and took the walkie, speaking into it.

"Am I really that scary?" Asked Seungwoo. Taehyun laughs. "[i No, Moonbyul was like that when Wontak was around]," he said. "[i I'll be over in a few minutes, are you alone Moonbyul]?" He asked. Seungwoo handed her the walkie, shrugging as he put his hands in his pockets. "Except for Seungwoo here, I'm alone," said Moonbyul. "It's been a quiet day so Jihun went to get lunch," she said.

"Also, Sungwoon you have work, you're late," she said. "[i God damn it, I forgot, I'll head over with Taehyun]," came Sungwoon's voice. "[i I'm already out the door, hurry up]," said Taehyun. Sungwoon could be heard cursing before it got quiet.

"I'm sorry," said Moonbyul. "It's alright," said Seungwoo. "I know I can be intimidating, but believe me I'm harmless," he said, going to sit down.

Taehyun arrived with Sungwoon a few minutes later with Sungwoon immediately going to work behind the counter. Moonbyul shook her head at Sungwoon before going to clean up the counter in front of the register.

"So, what brings you around here?" Asked Taehyun as he sat in front of Seungwoo. "My pack has been rather busy with you it looks like," said Seungwoo. "Only Hanse and more recently Seungsik," said Taehyun. "I asked Byungchan to find someone for me, and he got too busy so he sent someone else to do it," he said. "I see," said Seungwoo.

"What, did you get an earful from Hanse when he was over there?" Asked Taehyun. "No, Byungchan had stopped by for a couple days before going deeper into Europe for a pack finding mission," said Seungwoo. "Who hired him for that?" Asked Taehyun. "Yohan actually," said Seungwoo. "It's why Yohan let Wooseok and I come back to the states for a bit," he said. Taehyun hummed in response.

"Where's Wooseok anyway?" Asked Taehyun. "He's visiting his old pack to see how things are," said Seungwoo. "Yohan thinks he can handle things for a bit so he gave us a break," he said. "Ah, I see," said Taehyun.
  AkiraInu / 143d 21h 7m 27s
[center Chapter 15]

Moonbyul was not one to be suspicious of everything but something wasn't right with the cafe. It wasn't like she didn't want to work there, no it was the complete opposite, but things seemed a lot more tense with everyone. When she asked Kihyun, he said it had to do with a certain visitor coming, and Moonbyul wondered who it would be.

"Don't worry about it," said Jihun as Moonbyul asked him. "It's not going to involve you, but everyone is extra wary when a werewolf hunter announces that they're coming over," he said. "It's different when everyone knows them, but when a [i new] hunter comes around that's when everyone becomes anxious," he said. "You don't know what he's like," said Moonbyul. Jihun nodded. "That makes sense, I think," said Moonbyul.

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Eunki stopped by the cafe again, much to Moonbyul's annoyance. "Don't worry, there's a reason," said Eunki when Moonbyul shook her head at him. "Hanse brought his guest," he said. "And asked if I could come and tell the mutt," he said.

Moonbyul grabbed the walkie on the counter and spoke into it. "Is Sandeul around?" She asked. "[i He's taking a shower, he'll be at work in an hour, what's up]?" Asked Taehyun. "Eunki stopped by again, said that Hanse is almost here with his guest," said Moonbyul. "[i Already? We weren't expecting him until next week]," said Taehyun. Eunki held out his hand for the walkie, and Moonbyul handed it to him.

"Look here mate," said Eunki, his British accent coming through. "We got your guy, so I'm out," he said. "[i Alright alright]," said Taehyun. "[i Remember, one human in the city]," he said. "Alright," said Eunki, handing the walkie back to Moonbyul before heading out the door.

"I swear," said Taehyun as he entered the cafe with Sandeul a few minutes later. "Some people can be impatient as hell," he said. "I don't think Eunki liked me," said Moonbyul. "He was thirsty," said Taehyun. "It's normal," he said. "He just wanted to get out of there before hurting you," he said.

"Just you today?" Asked Sandeul. "For the moment," said Moonbyul. "Sungwoon's supposed to be here in a bit," she said. "And plus you're joining me today," she said. "Of course I am," said Sandeul as he went to grab an apron. "Turn on the open sign please?" Asked Moonbyul as she turned to Taehyun. "Sure," said Taehyun as he went to do so.

Sandeul came out of the back room as Sungwoon entered the cafe, going to get his apron before going to his spot at the register. The walkie talkie was placed in a charger by the register in case someone at the cafe was needed. Taehyun went to sit down at a table, doing something on his phone.

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"Aish, the trouble I nearly got into trying to find you," came a new voice as the door chimed and in walked two new faces. "I wasn't [i that] hard to find," said the second person.

"Ah, Hanse!" said Sandeul. "What can I get you?" He asked. "Well, I'll take the usual, and next time you see Byungchan tell him he owes me big time," said Hanse as he shook his head. "And tell Eunki that he can stop threatening to tear me to shreds because I needed him for [i one] last thing," he added. "Sure," Sandeul said with a snicker, ringing up the order as Hanse passed him the money. "Keep the change," said Hanse. "It'll be a few minutes then," Sandeul said, nodding his head.

"Over here Hanse," said Taehyun as he waved him over. "God damn it, I nearly got myself killed trying to find this dude," said Hanse as he walked over with who everyone assumed was Wontak and sat down in front of Taehyun. Wontak sat beside Hanse, keeping his hands on the table in a way to show that he was harmless.

"So you're the werewolf hunter that everyone has been looking for," said Taehyun. Wontak snorts. "It's not that hard to find me," he said. "And yet I [i nearly] got killed for it," growled Hanse. "[i Excuse you]," said Wontak. "If you hadn't gotten in the middle of a [i war zone] you would've been completely fine," he said. "Well [i I'm] sorry, how was [i I] supposed to know that your latest mission took you into a literal war zone between humans?" Asked Hanse.

"Is that really where they're sending werewolf hunters now?" Asked Taehyun. "I've run into the occasional vampire hunting team, but yeah," said Wontak. "I'm just glad to be back in the states," he said.

"So, what was so important that Yuvin had to give me one last mission for?" Asked Wontak. "Well," said Taehyun. "How much do you know of your family?" He asked. "I know enough," said Wontak. "Then you know you have a brother then?" Asked Taehyun.

"I knew," said Wontak. "What?!" Said Sandeul. "Yeah, I knew of you the entire time," said Wontak as he looked over at Sandeul who walked over and sat beside Taehyun with their drinks. "I got pictures," said Wontak. "And learned of you from there," he explained. "Mom and dad didn't want you apparently," he said. "Said it was abnormal for you to start changing so late," he said.

"So you killed them for that?" Asked Sandeul. "No," said Wontak. "They were in trouble for other reasons," he said. "It's funny because Dongmyeong and I were both sent to hunt them down," he said. "His story is a bit tragic, but it's good that he's found his brother after all these years," he said.

"So where are we going to go with this?" Asked Sandeul. "I don't know," said Wontak. "I could retire but I have this last mission to do," he said. "And I have a reputation to keep," he said. "What kind of reputation?" Asked Sandeul. "You'll find out one day," said Wontak.

"Dongmyeong was known for his clean kills, what about you?" Asked Taehyun. "I'm known to get in and out within a few minutes," said Wontak. "I think when it comes to teams I prefer to work with him," he said. "I don't think there is a more famous duo than you two," said Taehyun. "Well, other thank Kookheon and Yuvin," he added. "We were never declared an official team," said Wontak. "But if we run into each other we will work together," he said.

"So, about the werewolf you're going after?" Asked Taehyun. "I'll be in and out in like 10 minutes," said Wontak. "No worries," he said. "I made sure to come around on a day where he was home," he said. "Good," said Taehyun.
  AkiraInu / 153d 7h 33m 6s
[center Chapter 14]

There was something about the amount of visitors visiting the cafe that Moonbyul was extra wary about. She figured it had something to do with her being no more than just a human but Jihun was still human, at least that was what he said when she asked, so she wondered if it had to do with being a normal human, one that wasn't really as exposed to the supernatural world as Jihun was.

There was one particular person that liked to hang around the cafe, and his presence honestly scared Moonbyul. Everyone assured her that Eunki was harmless, but the way Eunki held himself was what set Moonbyul off.

"I blame the fact that you're a vampire," said Moonbyul as Eunki stopped by again. Eunki snorts. "[i I] can't help being what I am," he said. "So get used to it human," he said. "You don't have to be here you know," said Jihun. "I know," said Eunki. "But I'm here anyway," he said.

"I get that you're part of the information network but is there any really important reason that you need to be here for?" Asked Jihun. "I actually do have a reason," said Eunki. "But the mutt named Sandeul needs to be here for it," he said. "I think he's back," said Moonbyul. "Radio him?" She asked.

Jihun grabbed the walkie and spoke into it. "Sandeul back yet?" He asked. "[i I am, what do you need]?" Asked Sandeul. "You got someone asking for you," said Jihun. "[i I'm on it]," said Sandeul before the line went silent. Jihun put the walkie on the counter by the register. "Anything else?" He asked. "No, that's it," said Eunki as he nodded, going to sit down. "If it was that easy I would've done so days ago," grumbled Moonbyul, earning a snort from Sungwoon who was cleaning tables.

Sandeul entered the cafe, an eyebrow raising in question when he saw Eunki. "What do you want now?" He asked as he went to sit down in front of Eunki. "Your brother," said Eunki. That caught Sandeul's attention as he sat up straighter. "What about him?" He asked. "And I have a brother?" He asked. "You're surprised," said Eunki. "I never knew I had one," said Sandeul.

"You've been out of the loop it seems," said Eunki. "But yes, they've been found," he said. "I wasn't here when Taehyun got any information regarding any family I have left," said Sandeul. "Well when you weren't here there wasn't much going on, except people looking for them," said Eunki.

"What about my parents?" Asked Sandeul. Eunki shook his head. "Dead," he said. "Who killed them?" Asked Sandeul. "Werewolf hunters," said Eunki. "What the hell?" Asked Sandeul. "They stopped working for Kris, you know how that law goes," said Eunki. "I guess," hummed Sandeul before he sighed.

"So when am I going to be able to see him?" Asked Sandeul. "I dunno," said Eunki. "It depends on him at that point," he said. "He doesn't work for Kris, nor does he know about you so," he said, shrugging. "What does he do for a living then?" Asked Sandeul. "I don't know actually, but word around says he's a local hunter," said Eunki. "Deer and things, he mostly does trades and stuff," he said. "I see," said Sandeul.

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"What the hell?" Asked Taehyun. "What?" Asked Sandeul. "You want to go find your brother even though you don't know what he does for a living?" Asked Taehyun. "It can't be that bad can it?" Asked Sandeul. "Kid, I think Eunki left something out when telling you you had family," said Taehyun.

"[i My] information tells me that he's a werewolf hunter," he said. "And his initiation mission was to kill your parents," he said. "He got the hunter part right, but I guess he didn't want to tell you what he did for a living," he said. "You realize how bad of an idea that would be?" He asked.

"Who came to you with that information?" Asked Sandeul. "Yedam himself," said Taehyun. "Look," he said, showing the email he had been sent. "Here's his picture," he said. "Ah," said Sandeul. "I see," he said.

"His name is Wontak," said Taehyun. "He's in the Treasure Box faction, but prefers to work alone than with other groups," he said. "He's been at this for a good 10 years now," he said. "And apparently he's your younger brother," he said. "According to Yedam, he was without a faction for most of his time as a hunter," he said. "He's one of the newer members of the faction, but he, along with Dongmyeong, were advocates of the now famous mantra," he said.

"Does he have a pack?" Asked Sandeul. "No," said Taehyun. "He is a lone wolf, and apparently prefers to be that way," he said. "Sounds like something he'd do," hummed Sandeul.

"Last I heard Byungchan was going after him, but he's busy with stuff in Toronto," said Taehyun. "He is," said Sandeul. "I was there talking to him with Jinyoung," he said. "He said he had something important to do but he sent one of his other pack members to do it," he said. "Seems he was asked to look for my brother," he said.

"Do Yuvin and Kookheon know him?" Asked Sandeul. "It's possible," said Taehyun. "Those two are one of the more well known teams due to them being brothers but," he said, shrugging. "Werewolf hunters tend to stick to their respective teams/factions," he said. "But thanks to the Treasure Box faction there's been a lot more teams and solo hunters working together," he said. "I see," said Sandeul.

"Don't go to him yet, wait until he comes here okay?" Asked Taehyun. "Right right," said Sandeul. "No problem," he said.

"Though, he may have to come around anyway," said Taehyun. "Apparently Moonbyul's alcoholic roommate is a werewolf, and his so called violent drunkenness is due to his wolf," he said. "If I remember anyway, that was what Yuvin was here for, but since he came to me with information before he left, he decided to pass the job onto your brother," he said. "I see," said Sandeul.

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"Did Eunki stop bothering you?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to Moonbyul. "He did," said Moonbyul as she nodded. "Good, I know he was only around to pass on information but he didn't need to stick around for that long," said Taehyun.

"I never knew that my old roommate was a werewolf," said Moonbyul. "Apparently he hid very well because werewolves aren't supposed to be living in this city, unless they're with me of course," said Taehyun. "I wonder how he managed to stay hidden for so long?" Asked Sandeul. "He was never home," said Moonbyul. "But when he was home he stayed in his room," she said. "That would explain it," hummed Taehyun.
  AkiraInu / 156d 4h 4m 15s
[center Chapter 13]

"It's funny, Eunki wasn't my first contact within the vampire world," said Taehyun as he was washing windows again with Sandeul. "Really? Who was your first contact?" Asked Sandeul. "Well, I can guarantee it wasn't Mashiho," said Taehyun as he shrugged. "I doubt you'd know the guy but," he added. "Mm," said Sandeul.

"His name was Youngbin," said Taehyun. "I believe he's still alive, but I'm not entirely sure," he said. "From asking around apparently Daniel killed him or something? But I doubt it," he said. "Eunki answers to him, as do a lot of other more well known vampires," he said.

"If Eunki showed up then Youngbin will?" Asked Sandeul. "It's a possibility," said Taehyun. "We'll see what happens within the next few days," he said, moving to the next window. Sandeul hummed and moved to the next window on his side of the building.

[center ~]

"[i Taehyun, you have a visitor]," came Yoonsan's voice through the walkie talkie. "I'm on it," Taehyun said into the walkie talkie as he left his apartment. It was a rare occasion where he was alone for once, Sandeul having had to go back to Toronto for something important and Moonbyul was working.

"Youngbin," said Taehyun as he stepped outside. "Hello," said Youngbin as he grinned. "What brings you here?" Asked Taehyun. "Eunki stopped by for a bit I heard," said Youngbin. "I was also here to check on that blood den, it seems your resident hunter took care of it," he said.

"What, did it belong to you?" Asked Taehyun. "Nah, marked humans were in it apparently, but they were moved it looks like," said Youngbin. "A team will be sent to track them down I'm sure," said Taehyun. "I'm sure they're already on it," said Youngbin.

"What information did you bring me?" Asked Taehyun. "The person you're looking for has been found," said Youngbin. "It's not my place to look for him though, so send someone who can," he said. "Which means they're a werewolf," said Taehyun. "Yep," said Youngbin. "I tend to avoid you 'shifters and werewolves regardless but," he said, shrugging. "You've been good to me though," he added.

"I think I'm one of [i very] few 'shifters who use your side of the information network for information," said Taehyun. "That you are," said Youngbin.

"So other than passing on information, what did you come over for?" asked Taehyun. "Eunki stopped by," said Youngbin. "I had to see what he was up to after he handed me the info you had given him," he said. "Ah, I see," said Taehyun. "So he passed the job onto you?" He asked. "For the moment," said Youngbin.

"Staying around or moving on?" Asked Taehyun. "I'll be moving on after hunting," said Youngbin. "That is, if I'm allowed to," he added. "One human," said Taehyun. "I can't risk another blood den showing up," he said. "Fine with me," said Youngbin as he nodded. "I'll be out of the city in about two hours then," he said. "I'll pass on a message when I leave," he said. "Alright," said Taehyun. Youngbin nodded and left, heading off to find a meal. Taehyun shook his head and headed back inside.

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"[i Taehyun, you have a visitor]," came Kihyun's voice through the walkie talkie. "Again?" Asked Taehyun as he blinked, grabbing the walkie talkie and speaking into it. "Who is it?" He asked. "[i Yuvin]," said Kihyun. "I'll be right over," said Taehyun before he put the walkie on his belt and went to grab his shoes and phone. He headed out and went to the cafe.

"You're the first non-vampire visitor in a while," said Taehyun as he entered the cafe. Yuvin snorts. "Oi, I'm just as important as those in your information network," he said. "Of course you are," Taehyun said with a teasing grin. Yuvin shook his head and went to sit down in a booth after getting his drink and Taehyun joined him, sitting across from him.

"What brings you here? I hope none of our werewolf friends were causing trouble," said Taehyun. "No," said Yuvin. "Kookheon has a break from missions so we decided to head home, I'm not done with them yet but I came over with him for a visit," he said. "Ah that's right, you have family here in Michigan," hummed Taehyun.

"Word around the network that Sandeul's staying permanently," said Yuvin. "He is," said Taehyun. "What convinced him to do that?" Asked Yuvin. "He found his mate," said Taehyun. "Ah, that makes sense," said Yuvin.

"How long you staying around for?" Asked Taehyun. "A few days, it's nice to have a break," said Yuvin. "But we'll be staying with family, so I'm heading back after our little chat," he added. "That's fine," said Taehyun. "I wasn't going to offer an apartment, it's full," he said. "Really? How many more tenants did you get?" Asked Yuvin. "Just your typical human tenants," said Taehyun. "Ah, I see," said Yuvin.

"Any interesting hunts lately?" Asked Taehyun as he left the cafe with Yuvin. "Not really," said Yuvin. "Been rather boring lately," he said. "I haven't had a good brawl with a werewolf in months," he said, sighing a bit. Taehyun hummed in response.

"By the way, my father says to stop keeping such a tight hold on Detroit, it's causing his pack to become nervous," said Yuvin. "[i I'm] sorry, I had to tighten my hold on Detroit when a [i blood den] popped up in the city," said Taehyun. "I know I control most of the vampire side of the information network but they should know the rules by now," he said, shaking his head.

"That's what Kookheon told him," said Yuvin. "But since my father lives in a smaller city they don't have that problem," he said. "He blames you for the recent increase in vampire activity," he said. "I've only had two vampires come through the city, it's not like an entire army is here," grumbled Taehyun. "I'll tell him that," said Yuvin.

"Well, I'll see you around then," said Taehyun. "See you," said Yuvin as he nodded before walking off. Taehyun shook his head and headed back to his apartment.

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"[i Taehyun you have a visitor]," came Yoonsan's voice. "Again? What the hell?" Asked Taehyun as he went to grab the walkie and speak into it. "Who is it?" He asked. "[i Yuvin and his brother]," said Yoonsan. "Alright I'm on my way out," said Taehyun before he put the walkie on his belt and went to grab his phone and put on his shoes. He headed out to the entrance, spotting Kookheon and Yuvin.

"Hey you two," said Taehyun. "Sorry for coming by unannounced but I'm heading back to doing my missions," said Yuvin. "I've had visitors all week," Taehyun said, scratching the back of his head. "So who knows who comes by next," he said.

"More vampires?" Asked Yuvin. "A team that came by to find out where that blood den leads actually," said Taehyun. "Ah, I see," said Yuvin. "We're heading out, so," he said, shrugging. "Good luck on your missions then," said Taehyun.

Yuvin nodded and turned to Kookheon. "Ready to go?" He asked. "Yeah," Kookheon said, sighing. "Missions are a pain in the butt," he said. "I know the feeling," Taehyun said with a chuckle. "See you around," he said. Yuvin nodded and left with Kookheon.
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[center Chapter 12]

There was something about the new arrangement that made Taehyun, Sandeul, and Moonbyul's relationship move forward. An unspoken agreement went on between the three of them, one that certainly told the others that the three were fine with the way things were going and everyone seemed to be okay with it.

It seemed that the werewolves that were in Sandeul's group were gone again, as once Jinyoung told them that Sandeul would be staying permanently everyone seemed to disappear, including Dongwoo who had gone to meet up with Jinyoung after Sandeul told him it was okay and he would be fine.

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"[i Taehyun, you have a visitor]," came Sungwoon's voice as Taehyun was making lunch. Taehyun blinked, looking over at Sandeul, who was leaning against the counter who shrugged, having no idea who it was. Sandeul went to grab the walkie talkie and spoke into it. "Who is it?" He asked. "[i His name is Eunki]?" Asked Sungwoon.

"Ah... Another contact of mine," hummed Taehyun. "What do you want me to say?" Asked Sandeul. "Tell Sungwoon to send him over to the apartment, and ask if someone could bring him to the door, I'm making lunch," said Taehyun. Sandeul relayed the message, and it was Kangmin who answered, saying that he'd bring Eunki up to the apartment before heading out for the day.

"[i Is Moonbyul there? She has work in an hour]," said Sungwoon. "[i I'm just down the street getting some... Things]," came Moonbyul's voice. "[i I'll be over in a bit after I get done shopping]," she said. "[i Alright]," said Sungwoon and the line went quiet.

"I forget that she's human sometimes," hummed Sandeul, earning a snort from Taehyun. "I'm used to it, from the female tenants we sometimes have," said Taehyun. "Errand running has us get some rather weird things," he said. "Mm," said Sandeul.

The walkie came to life again, and it was Yoonsan. "[i He's here]," he said. "[i I'm going to get him]," came Kangmin's voice before it went quiet again.

A few minutes later there was a knock on the door and Sandeul went to answer it, nodding to Kangmin who moved to let Eunki inside. "Do you need anything?" Asked Kangmin. "I'm fine here," said Sandeul. "No, we're good," called Taehyun. "Alright," said Kangmin before he left and Sandeul closed the door.

"What brings you around Eunki?" Asked Taehyun as he turned off the stove to let the food cool down a bit as he went to get plates. "Word around the information network says that you're looking for a relative," said Eunki. "That's not news," said Taehyun as he turned to Eunki.

"I may have found your guy," said Eunki. "I'm listening," said Taehyun as he went to put food on the plates, offering one to Eunki who declined the plate but went to lean against the counter. Sandeul got his own plate of food and started eating, waiting on Eunki to say something. Taehyun took the declined plate and started eating.

"Based on the information you gave me, your guy is somewhere in the states," said Eunki. "Where, I'm not completely sure," he said. "But I'll keep looking for him or her," he said. "You may need to contact Wooseok and get something from him hm?" Asked Taehyun. "Nah, I can find your guy, it'll just take a bit longer," said Eunki.

"What brings you here?" Asked Sandeul. "Other than passing on information? I have other jobs," said Eunki. "A blood den popped up in the city it seems," he said. "Kangmin talked about having something to do today, so it seems he's after the blood den," said Taehyun. "I was here scouting the area before going to the cafe," said Eunki. "You got a nice little hole in the wall spot," he said. "A good spot to get information," said Taehyun. "A lot of hunters pass through it seems," agreed Eunki.

"Staying for a few days?" Asked Taehyun. "Unfortunately not," said Eunki. "I have another place to check up on, Jaehyun is not going to be happy to see me but," he said, shrugging. "You cause them a lot of trouble," said Taehyun, earning a snort from Eunki. "I'm just doing my job," said Eunki.

"Well, I'm going to go," said Eunki as he pushed away from the counter. "It was nice catching up," he said. "See you around," said Taehyun as he went to open the door for Eunki. Eunki nodded and left, Taehyun closing the door behind him.

"What the hell was a [i vampire] doing here?" Asked Sandeul once Taehyun turned back to Sandeul. "What, you're surprised?" Asked Taehyun. "It's just odd to see one in a city owned by a pack of 'shifters," said Sandeul.

"Eunki is one of very few that I trust not to immediately go on a killing spree," said Taehyun. "He doesn't hunt animals, but he keeps his kills to one person per hunt," he said. "He's one of very few human drinking vampires who refuse blood dens, and actually helps hunters find them," he said. "I see," said Sandeul.

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"How was work?" Asked Taehyun when Moonbyul entered the apartment. "Went fine," said Moonbyul. "Hojung doing missions again?" She asked as she noticed that he was absent. "Yep," said Sandeul as he nodded.

"I'm surprised it took you this long to notice," said Taehyun. "[i I'm] sorry, I never notice these things," said Moonbyul, earning chuckles from Taehyun and Sandeul. "It's alright, Hojung's always like this," said Taehyun. "An introvert?" Asked Moonbyul.

"Well, he's the youngest in the pack," said Taehyun. "He's always kept to himself due to that," he said. "I see," said Moonbyul. "He's a good kid don't get me wrong," said Taehyun. "It'll take a bit for him to warm up to you is all," he said.

"We talk sometimes," said Sandeul. "I tend to keep to myself too but he doesn't mind that," he said. "As long as we keep our sides of the room clean anyway," he added. Moonbyul hummed in response.
  AkiraInu / 162d 2h 55m 45s
[center Chapter 11]

When Taehyun asked Sandeul and Moonbyul they agreed on moving in. With that everyone in Taehyun's pack except Hojung chose an apartment on the second floor, with Hojung sharing his room with Sandeul. Moonbyul moved into Junhyuk and Timoteo's room, with Timoteo leaving his bed and a dresser along with a desk for her. Yoonsan and Sungwoon decided to share an apartment since Sungwoon would be gone most of the day working anyway. Junhyuk and Timoteo decided to stay roommates also, since it seemed convenient to do so. Dongwoo decided to stay in the apartment he had been given for now, figuring that Jinyoung would be coming back soon enough.

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"So how'd the talk with her go?" Asked Taehyun as he leaned against the counter at the cafe, watching Sandeul make his drink. "Went fine," said Sandeul. "She figured it out immediately anyway," he added. "She knew that my attention was divided but she wasn't sure why until I explained it to her," he said. "I see," said Taehyun.

"So everyone moved to their own place huh?" Asked Jihun as he walked out of the back room. "Well, there were still people being roommates, but yes, pretty much everyone has their own apartment now," said Taehyun. "Kangmin has been thinking of doing that, so that Kihyun and Jisung can be on their own and he and I can be in the apartment," said Jihun.

"If he does decide to do that, talk to me, I think there's an apartment open," said Taehyun. "It is his choice in the matter, apparently he's the leader between your team," he said. "That's true," said Jihun. "He is," he added. "But I think ultimately it comes down to Kihyun and Jisung's decision too," he said. "Kangmin is fine with them in the apartment, but it's really up to them," he said.

"It seems he'd rather have Jisung around," said Sandeul. "More due to growing up with him as he's stated before," he added. "But who knows," he said. "Things could be different for you four," he said.

"So, when is Jinyoung coming back?" Asked Taehyun. "I don't know," said Sandeul. "Last I checked he was checking on the group we're a part of," he said. "Most of the group has their own pack they lead, and they live around Toronto," he said. "I think we're the only ones to do that anyway, Byungchan and the other generals don't live around Toronto," he said, putting Taehyun's order on the counter. Taehyun took the drink and took a sip, nodding.

"So I know that Jinyoung's group watches the northern territories but what's your involvement in it?" Asked Jihun. "I'm Jinyoung's beta," said Sandeul. "But I'm pretty sure that I'll be replaced soon," he said. "By who?" Asked Taehyun. "Dongwoo," said Sandeul. "The others aren't in the main group anymore, it's just Jinyoung, Dongwoo and I," he said. "Those two are too busy and I'm probably going to be here," he said. "Makes sense," hummed Taehyun.

The walkie talkie sitting on the counter came to life and it was Yoonsan. "[i Taehyun you got visitors]," he said. Taehyun took the walkie talkie and spoke into it. "Who is it?" He asked. "[i I dunno, they're just standing on the landing]," said Yoonsan.

"Who's home right now?" Asked Taehyun. "[i Junhyuk and I are, do you need us to check it out]?" Came Timoteo's voice. "If you can, I'll be over in a minute, I'm down at the cafe," said Taehyun. "[i Alright]," said Timoteo.

"What's Timoteo's role?" Asked Sandeul. "You're starting to recognize voices now," said Taehyun as he chuckled some. "I hang around you too much," Sandeul said with a snort. "Other than being one of my betas he's one of our fighters," said Taehyun. "I see," said Sandeul.

Jihun took the walkie talkie and spoke into it. "Can someone remind Moonbyul that it's her day off today?" He asked. "[i You forget that I have a walkie too, but thank you for reminding me]," came Moonbyul's voice. "Ah, sorry," Jihun said, chuckling awkwardly. "[i Anything else]?" Asked Moonbyul. "You're due for a morning shift, along with Sungwoon," said Jihun. "[i On it]," came Sungwoon's voice, and everyone heard him sigh before it went silent. "I'll be off then," said Taehyun before he left the cafe.

"Gongchan?" Asked Taehyun as he walked over. "Jinyoung got sent out again, Byungchan took his route," said Gongchan as he shrugged. "I assume Jinyoung is moving in?" He asked. "I mean, Sandeul already claims that he lives here," said Taehyun. "I don't think Jinyoung gave any indication that he was moving in," he said.

"His pet is here," said Gongchan. "Dongwoo is here on his own accord," said Taehyun. "Besides, I'd assume that if that was the case he'd've told at least Sandeul. "I see," said Gongchan. "Sorry for any confusion," said Taehyun. "No no," said Gongchan. "It's fine," he said. "I just came to the wrong conclusion," he said.

"So what'd you come here for?" Asked Taehyun as Timoteo and Junhyuk stepped outside. "Oh, it's Gongchan," said Timoteo. "Long time no see," he said. "Was just asked by Byungchan to check Detroit since he knew Sandeul was here with Dongwoo," said Gongchan. "You staying for long?" Asked Taehyun. "A few days if you don't mind, it was a tiring drive," said Gongchan. "Do you mind rooming with Dongwoo then?" Asked Taehyun. "Not at all," said Gongchan. "I'll take you to his room then," said Timoteo. "Lead the way," said Gongchan. Timoteo nodded and walked into the apartment building with Gongchan following after him.

"All this could've been avoided," Junhyuk said with a snort. "I know," said Taehyun as he sighed. "Damn people need to be let known of these kinds of things," he said. "Jinyoung isn't known for letting his group know that he's residing somewhere unfortunately," he added, sighing again. "Mm," said Junhyuk.

"How's living in a new apartment going for you?" Asked Taehyun. "Been fine, it's basically the same as before to be honest, but with less crowding in the apartment," said Junhyuk. "Well, at least the apartment smells like pine forest now," Taehyun said with a shake of his head. "The human doesn't smell it," Junhyuk said with a snicker. "Of course not," Taehyun said, shaking his head before heading inside.
  AkiraInu / 167d 20h 57m 45s
[center Chapter 10]

There was something different going on between Sandeul, Taehyun and Moonbyul. No one could figure out what, since the three of them didn't talk about it. When Jinyoung came back with Dongwoo however, the two of them figured it out immediately.

"You three are pushing on with your relationship aren't you?" Asked Jinyoung as he sat down beside Sandeul as he watched some TV. "I guess," said Sandeul. "It's not going anywhere big at the moment but Moonbyul is starting to want to hang with us more," he said. "How's that going for you?" Asked Jinyoung. "It's fine," said Sandeul. "I think at one point I'm going to have to explain that I do have two mates," he said. "I'm lucky, I don't get that," Jinyoung said with a snort. "It's not bad though," he added. "I see why everyone evolved like that," he said.

"You got to see as everyone progressed through the years," said Sandeul. "More like centuries," hummed Jinyoung. "But yes," he added. "It's a bit odd," he said. "I never thought that our species would evolve this much," he said. "Well, genetics change throughout the generations," said Sandeul. "It does," hummed Jinyoung.

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Taehyun looked at Sandeul with a dumbfounded expression after being asked something. "What?" He asked. "I know, it's out of the blue but why don't we move in together?" Asked Sandeul. "I mean, I think it'd make sense right? Plus Moonbyul can move in if she wants," he said. "I'll think about it," said Taehyun.

"I think it'd make sense though, why didn't your pack choose apartments of their own anyway?" Asked Sandeul. "We didn't think we'd need to," said Taehyun. "No one had yet to find their mates when we bought the apartment building so," he said, shrugging. "I see," said Sandeul. "We just went with it," said Taehyun. "I'm sure no one is going to object to it but that means everyone needs their walkie talkies on them," he said. "Well, everyone has one already but," he added. "If anyone needs anything then the walkie talkies are in reach, I get it," said Sandeul.

The walkie talkie on Taehyun's belt came to life and it was Yoonsan. "[i Hojung where are you? You got visitors]," said Yoonsan. "[i ...I was taking Moonbyul to work]," came Hojung's voice after a few minutes. "[i Who is it]?" He asked. "[i Kookheon and his brother]," said Yoonsan. "[i I'm on my way back, someone tell them that I'll meet them out front]," said Hojung. Taehyun took the walkie talkie off his belt and brought it up to speak into it. "I'll tell them now, also there's a pack meeting once Sungwoon comes in from work," he said. "[i Alright]," came everyone's voice. "Well, let's go greet the visitors," said Taehyun as he put the walkie talkie on his belt. "Yeah," said Sandeul as he followed Taehyun outside.

"Hey you two," said Taehyun as he spotted Yuvin and Kookheon sitting on the steps. "Hey," said Yuvin as he stood, turning to Taehyun. "Hojung will be over in a bit, he just had to drop one of the humans off at the cafe," said Taehyun. "Ah, I see," said Yuvin as he studied Sandeul with a tilt of his head.

"What brings you here?" Asked Sandeul. "Mm, just checking on Hojung, that last mission was brutal I heard," said Yuvin. "Hojung's been resting a lot since he got back," said Taehyun as he nodded.

"It was pretty bad," said Hojung as he walked over. "Luckily I can heal quickly still, but damn it was bad," he said. "This is why you join teams," said Yuvin. "I don't work well with teams," said Hojung. "I mean I'm stuck with my pack," he said, jokingly. "Oi, not all of us are bad," said Taehyun as he shook his head.

"On the subject of teams, I might just retire," said Hojung. "I'm better off here anyway," he said. "It's been hell with these recent missions," he said. "I know, it can be better if I was part of a team but I work better alone," he said.

"What's this meeting about anyway? You rarely hold any pack meetings," said Hojung as he turned to Taehyun. "It's regarding recent events," said Taehyun. "Involving the human?" Asked Hojung. "And the mutt," said Taehyun as he nudged Sandeul with his elbow. "Can you stop calling me that?" Whined Sandeul as he rubbed his arm. "Alright then," said Hojung.

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"Isn't it a bit soon to be asking me a question like that?" Asked Moonbyul as Sandeul walked her back to the apartment after her shift. "I think it's fine," said Sandeul. "Taehyun's holding a pack meeting, and isn't it expected by now at least? You'll have your own room, since I'm pretty sure Taehyun has a 3 bedroom apartment," he said. Moonbyul hummed in response.

"Besides," said Sandeul. "We need to have a talk too," he added. "About what?" Asked Moonbyul. "About me as a werewolf," said Sandeul. "There's some things that I need to explain to you so when it does happen it hopefully will make more sense," he said. "Oh," said Moonbyul. "It's nothing bad, at least I hope," said Sandeul. "It depends on how you take it I guess," he added. "Right," said Moonbyul.

Jinyoung sat on the front steps waiting on them as Sandeul and Moonbyul arrived in front of the apartment building. "What's up?" Asked Sandeul. "The others are getting quite restless," said Jinyoung as he shrugged. "What do you want [i me] to do about it?" Asked Sandeul. "You're the leader of the group," he said.

"I was heading back to Toronto," said Jinyoung. "So Dongwoo is staying here for a bit," he said. Sandeul sighed. "Okay," he said. "That's fine," he said. "Tell Gongchan I said hello," he said. "And tell Sunwoo that we need to spar next time we get together," he said. "Sure," said Jinyoung as he nodded, getting up. "I'll be back then," he said, walking off.

"Jinyoung is scary," said Moonbyul, earning a chuckle from Sandeul as he headed into the apartment building with her. "He may look scary but he's a big softy," said Sandeul. Moonbyul hummed.

"Do you want to come to my apartment or go to yours to talk?" Asked Sandeul. "Yours is fine," said Moonbyul. "Okay, don't mind Dongwoo if you see him in his animal form, back home he likes to lounge around in his polar bear form," said Sandeul as they headed to his apartment. "Got it," said Moonbyul.

Dongwoo was lounging on the couch, watching a movie as Sandeul and Moonbyul entered the apartment. "Hey you two," said Dongwoo. "Jinyoung left then?" He asked. "Yep," said Sandeul. "Go have your talk then," said Dongwoo. "I assume that's what the human is here for," he said. Moonbyul looked sheepish as she rubbed the back of her neck. "Come with me to my room then," said Sandeul as he headed into the hallway and into his room. Moonbyul followed after him.

"So," said Sandeul as he sat down on his bed, letting Moonbyul sit at the desk in the room. "There's something you should know about my kind as a whole," he said. "Since I was born a werewolf I have two mates," he said. "Don't ask me how or why, I don't know either," he added. "You are one of them," he said. "I have another mate who is another pure blooded werewolf," he said.

"...Oh," Moonbyul said after a few minutes. "And here I thought you were gonna say that you can change into a giant beast on two legs," she said. "Um, they do exist," Sandeul said with a snicker. "But no, I'm not able to do that," he said. "Really? Who?" Asked Moonbyul. "I'm sure you'll meet them one day," said Sandeul. "Donghun is rather... Hesitant to talk about his heritage," he said. "Apparently his blood line directly comes from Jinyoung but as far as I know Jinyoung's kids were human," he said. "From what Jinyoung himself has told me anyway," he added. "I see," said Moonbyul.

"You're taking this well," said Sandeul. "I've noticed that part of you is hesitant with me," said Moonbyul. "Like only half of your feelings for me are actually for me," she said. "But you try, and that's what matters," she added. Sandeul scratched the back of his head. "I'm just preparing you for the future, at least Taehyun isn't in the same situation," he said. "Right," said Moonbyul.

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"You want us to do what?" Asked Junhyuk. "I don't want you to do it," said Taehyun. "I only asked if you wanted to," he said. "I mean," said Yoonsan. "It'd give us a bit more freedom," he added. "Not everyone has to move right away, I still need to ask Moonbyul," said Taehyun. "Right," said Sungwoon.

"Nothing wrong with that," said Timoteo. "You're the first in the pack to find their mate, I wouldn't mind moving to another apartment on the same floor," he said. "I can finally set up a proper surveillance system with monitors for each camera!" Said Yoonsan. "You and your security cameras," snickered Hojung. "But I'm not opposed to it," he added. "I would like to stay here though, I'm still needed for missions so I won't be around much anyway," he said.

"Speaking of, what did Yuvin and Kookheon want?" Asked Taehyun. "They only came to check on me," said Hojung. "Left not long afterwards, they were headed south to check on Wooseok's old pack," he added. "Ah," said Taehyun.

"So who's moving and who's staying?" Asked Yoonsan. "I'll move," said Junhyuk. "Same here," said Timoteo. "Sure," said Sungwoon. "I'm staying, though you know why," said Hojung. "I'm moving also," said Yoonsan. "Alright," said Taehyun. "I'll ask Moonbyul and Sandeul about it in the morning," he added.
  AkiraInu / 172d 20h 32m 34s
[center Chapter 9]

"So when did you know you were different?" Asked Sandeul as he helped out Taehyun as they worked on general maintenance. "Different how?" Asked Taehyun. "When did you find out you were going to be a shapeshifter?" Asked Sandeul.

"I think I always knew," said Taehyun as he shrugged. "My older brother was one," he said. "So I kind of always knew," he said. "I didn't start changing until after my brother left but," he said, shrugging. "I see," said Sandeul.

"What about you?" Asked Taehyun. "What happened with you to make you start changing?" He asked. "My parents were a part of Kris's pack," said Sandeul. "But they never held a high position, they were a part of Jinyoung's group," he said. "They left though, after I started changing," he added. "So I don't know where they are now," he said. Taehyun hummed in acknowledgement.

"So I always knew what I was," said Sandeul. "But I started changing late," he added. "According to most I've talked to they started changing at age ten, I started changing at around sixteen," he said. "That's odd," hummed Taehyun.

A voice came through the walkie talkie, and it was Yoonsan. "[i Taehyun, Hojung wants you to go pick him up]," said Yoonsan. Taehyun looked towards the camera in the hallway, nodding. "I'll go get him," he said. "[i He has a visitor]," said Yoonsan. "Who is it?" Asked Taehyun as he immediately turned to look at Sandeul. "[i Yedam's here to check on Kangmin]," said Yoonsan. "Ah, I see," said Taehyun as he nodded. "Alright," he said. "I'll go get him then," he said. Sandeul blinked in surprise.

Taehyun shook his head and took the walkie talkie off his belt, going to speak into it. "I'm going to pick up Hojung, anyone need anything?" He asked. "[i Lunch please, I'm doing plumbing in 109]," said Junhyuk. "[i Tell Moonbyul she's due for work in an hour]," came Sungwoon's voice. "[i I'll take her to work]," came Timoteo's voice. "[i Also some lunch would be nice, I'm helping Junhyuk]," he added. "[i I'm fine]," said Yoonsan. "Alright, I'm going radio silent," said Taehyun before he silenced the walkie talkie, putting it back on his belt before putting the supplies away.

"Why is everyone using walkie talkies?" Asked Sandeul as he followed Taehyun out to the truck. "Easier to communicate," said Taehyun as he shrugged. "Especially with Yoonsan and his cameras," he said. "We can usually talk to him through the cameras while he speaks to us through the walkies," he said. "And it keeps our hands free if we're painting or something," he added. "Everyone's on the channel for work," he said.

"Welcome back, hello Yedam," said Taehyun as he stopped in front of the terminal. "Hello," said Yedam. "It's good to be back," said Hojung. "How was missions?" Asked Taehyun. "Fine fine," said Hojung. "We ran into each other on the way here," said Yedam. "So I figured why not stop by," he added.

"I see you picked up a new mutt," said Hojung as Taehyun drove to get lunch. "I'm not a mutt," grumbled Sandeul. "Leave it, he's here because mates be damned," said Taehyun as he sighed. "Who?" Asked Hojung. "Our new resident human," said Taehyun.

"What the hell did I miss?" Asked Hojung. "A [i lot]," said Taehyun. "I heard my brother stopped by," said Yedam. "It's why he's here," said Taehyun as he nudged Sandeul with his elbow. "Oh, fun," said Yedam.

"He still got the polar bear with him?" He asked. "Yep," said Taehyun. "Figures," said Yedam. "What's wrong with that?" Asked Sandeul. "Nothing, I'm just surprised that Dongwoo hasn't gotten tired of being with him yet," he said. "Jinyoung tends to have a [i very] commanding presence even if he doesn't mean to," he said.

"You do too to be honest," said Taehyun. "It's driving even my pack crazy," he said. "I know you don't mean to but," he said, shrugging. "It can't be helped, I know," said Yedam.

After getting lunch they returned back to the apartment building. Sandeul held onto the bags while Taehyun pinged everyone on the walkie talkies. "I'm back, if you want lunch come to the entrance," Taehyun said into the walkie talkie. "Also tell Kangmin that Yedam is here to see him," he added. A few minutes later Junhyuk came outside with Yoonsan and Kangmin, Yoonsan and Junhyuk getting their share of lunch while Kangmin went to talk with Yedam.

"Did Moonbyul go to work?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to Junhyuk. "Yes," said Junhyuk. "Alright," said Taehyun as he nodded before going back to working on the general building maintenance with Sandeul.

"So is it true?" Asked Sandeul as he held up a sign that was going to be attached to the door. "What?" Asked Taehyun. "That Jinyoung is Yedam's brother," said Sandeul. "You don't believe it?" Asked Taehyun as he drilled a nail into the sign to attach it to the door. "No," said Sandeul. "Not really anyway," he added. "They're both alphas in their own rights," said Taehyun as he drilled another nail into the sign and into the wall behind it. "But Jinyoung chooses to be in his position, same with Yedam," he said.

"I've been with Jinyoung for years, basically grew up in his group," said Sandeul. "It's still hard to believe that he has family sometimes," he said. "I guess," said Taehyun as he finished the sign. "Alright, next door," he said, going to start on the next door. Sandeul held the sign up and let Taehyun do his thing, being in his thoughts.

"Something on your mind?" Asked Taehyun. "A lot of things," said Sandeul. "Like what?" Asked Taehyun. "Nothing important," said Sandeul. "I see," said Taehyun.

"You said you had an older brother," Sandeul said suddenly. "Who is it?" He asked. "His name is Hongseok," said Taehyun as he shrugged. "He was a part of Hui's pack before joining Moonbin's pack," he said. "Mm," said Sandeul.

"What about you? Do you have any siblings?" Asked Taehyun. "Probably, I dunno," said Sandeul. "My parents left when I started changing and I was still an only child then," he said. "I never found out why they left," he said. "But if I did have any siblings I'd like to at least know they exist," he said. "I can find out," said Taehyun. "If you are willing to share such information," he added.

"I'll think about it," said Sandeul. "No problem," said Taehyun. "Take your time," he said. Sandeul nodded.
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[center Chapter 8]

"So, how'd you end up with one of Kris's top generals?" Asked Taehyun as he turned to Dongwoo. "I was with some werewolf hunters when they were sent after Jinyoung," said Dongwoo as he shrugged. "He bet that he could defeat them in battle, so they took the bet, using me as the prize if he won," he said. "He would've accepted death if he lost, but he ended up winning," he said. "This was [i years] before the law for Kris's employees passed by the way," he added. "So no repercussions would've come out of it," he said.

"I think that even if that happened, Yedam would've done something about it," said Taehyun. "How so?" Asked Dongwoo. "Jinyoung is Yedam's older brother, and the first turned werewolf, technically speaking anyway," said Taehyun. "How are you able to gather this information?" Asked Dongwoo. "I have my sources," said Taehyun as he shrugged.

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Jinyoung leaned against the counter at the cafe, waiting on his drink as Sandeul was the one making it. "What, you think I'm going to poison it?" Asked Sandeul as he poured the coffee. "No," said Jinyoung as he chuckled some. "You've been my beta for decades now, if you were to poison me you would've done it years ago," he said. Sandeul snorts, not entirely disagreeing with Jinyoung.

"When are you gonna leave anyway?" Asked Sandeul as he handed Jinyoung his drink. "Mm, not anytime soon," said Jinyoung as he took a sip of his drink. "I'm still a good ways away from needing to do anything for Kris at the moment," he said.

"What's your job anyway?" Asked Jihun as he cleaned the register. "I'm needed to check on the northern territories in the US," said Jinyoung. "The other generals usually take the other countries but," he said, shrugging. "Byungchan's been home a lot since Seungwoo went to help out another pack," he said. "Seungwoo isn't obligated to stay with the pack right?" Asked Sandeul. "Since it's a pack of 'shifters," he added. "Yeah, so he tells the pack leader when he's needed to do things," said Jinyoung. "He's their only source of income for the moment, so they've been rather lenient with him," he said.

"I'm still confused as to why this is a thing," said Moonbyul as she blinked. "Well, us supernatural creatures need to make extra income somehow hm?" Asked Jinyoung. Moonbyul nodded. "I get my income from checking on territories," said Jinyoung. "Others hunt, and you got the ones running information networks, like it is here," he said. "Most major cities have at least some sort of information network, Kihyun established one here, and there's one in Seattle and Boston," he said.

"The cafes and coffee shops are just that, cafes and coffee shops," explained Sandeul. "There's a lot more going on behind the scenes, if you look closely," he said. "The most famous one is in Berlin," said Jinyoung. "[i Everyone] ends up going there if they need to go to Europe for anything," he said.

"Toronto is a major hub for vampire hunters I hear," said Sandeul. "It is," said Jihun. "The information network there also spans all of Canada, or so I've learned from Chani," he said. "A lot of Canadian vampires hm?" Asked Jinyoung. "In a way," said Jihun. "Canada's rather large, I wouldn't be surprised if what’s left of Italy's vampires ended up there after the purge," he said.

"I'm surprised Kris was okay with it," said Sandeul. "Chani's on a list of vampires to not hunt, so Kris saw an opportunity to broaden the information network and pass it to someone else," said Jinyoung. "Remember, Seungwoo and Byungchan were the ones running it in Toronto," he said. "Right," said Sandeul.

"It let Byungchan look for unknown packs, it's how he found Wooseok," said Jinyoung. "Those two [i do] have a knack for finding unknown packs or unknown people," said Sandeul. "I think they were known, just not to Kris," said Jinyoung. "Everyone has their own information network," he said. "Just how extensive it is however, depends on who you know," he said.

"They say Chanwoo has the largest information network but," said Jihun as he shrugged. "I doubt it is now, especially after learning of [i who] Wooseok knows," said Jinyoung. "Wooseok's contacts reach even the hard to contact places," he said. "That and he knows to contact certain people that Chanwoo can't," he said.

"A shapeshifter's information network can be drastically different from a vampire's or werewolf's information network," said Sandeul. "Wooseok has ties in the werewolf hunting association through Yuvin and his brother," said Jinyoung. "He has ties to Kris's information network through Byungchan, access to Chanwoo's information network through Jinhyuk, Rocky and Eunwoo, and has Hwanhee and the twins as a way into the vampire hunting association," he said. "I'd say that he has the largest information network now," he said. "Even if he's in a new pack," he added. "He does still hold ties to his old pack," agreed Sandeul.

Jinyoung got a text, and he looked at his phone, sighing as he pushed away from the counter. "I'm needed then," he said. "Where are you going?" Asked Sandeul. "Byungchan needs me to do a Europe run since Seungwoo is busy," said Jinyoung. "I'll be back in a few months then," he called, leaving the cafe.

Sandeul sighed, shaking his head. "Well, I have the apartment to myself," he said. "How so?" Asked Moonbyul. "Dongwoo goes where ever Jinyoung goes," said Sandeul. "Unless Jinyoung told him to stay here," he added. "Which I doubt, I can take care of myself just fine," he said.

"Who are the other two generals?" Asked Jihun. "I dunno, I never met them in person," said Sandeul. "I know Byungchan and Seungwoo through Jinyoung because our old territory bordered theirs, when all four of us surrounded Toronto anyway," he said. "Seungwoo was the general and Byungchan was the beta," he added to clear up any confusion.

"Looks like you're alone for a bit," said Taehyun as he entered the cafe. "Mm," said Sandeul. "Anything new in the information network?" Asked Taehyun as he looked at Jihun. "Nothing really, but Hojung's coming back from missions soon," said Jihun. "He apparently ran into some trouble recently, but things should be good now," he said. "That's good," said Taehyun as he nodded.
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[center Chapter 7]

"You know at some point we'll have to tell Moonbyul about us right?" Asked Taehyun as he went to get groceries with Sandeul. "I know," said Sandeul. "But when?" He asked. "I was thinking of taking everyone to the forest within the next week under the guise of a hike," said Taehyun. "I don't think Moonbyul would mind," he added. "She talks about wanting to take a hike through the forest at work from what Sungwoon says," he said.

"You know," said Sandeul as he paused, looking thoughtful. Taehyun turned to look at him, his head tilting to the side in question. "It's been quite a while since I got to settle down," he said. "I wouldn't mind this, if you would let me," he said. "That would depend on you at that point," said Taehyun. "I know, I technically own the apartment building but," he said, shrugging. "I don't have any control over who does what," he said. "As long as they follow the rules set," he added. "Right," said Sandeul.

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When Taehyun announced a hike Moonbyul jumped to the occasion, as hikes were something she liked to do in her free time. Dongwoo and Jihun would be the only ones to stay back, the two of them needing to man the cafe. It wasn't like they didn't want to go, they did, but they both understood that everyone needed to go for a run in their animal forms for a few hours. Jihun was the only human left in Kangmin's group and Dongwoo wasn't really one for running since he was a polar bear. He was built for tanking attacks, not running. Everyone else was definitely up for the hike, knowing that it was really just a chance to run around in their animal forms for a few hours.

Everyone arrived to their designated spot in separate cars, with Taehyun being the one to drive Moonbyul over while Junhyuk drove the others in their pack over in another car. Jinyoung soon arrived with Sandeul and Kihyun was last, bringing along Kangmin and Jisung.

"This is gonna be fun," Jinyoung said, looking towards the forest. "It is," agreed Junhyuk. "We all know the plan right?" Asked Taehyun. "Groups stay together, yell if you get in trouble and be back before the sun goes over the tree line," he said. Everyone nodded to the plans.

Moonbyul eyed the forest in front of her in awe, immediately being reminded of the dreams she had, not really listening to the conversation. Two wolves were constantly in her dreams at night, and she had wanted to come out to the forest to possibly see them. It was something that she deemed nearly impossible, but a small part of her still hoped to see them.

"...Moonbyul," said Taehyun as he managed to catch her attention as he waved a hand in front of her face. "Hm?" Asked Moonbyul as she blinked, turning her attention to Taehyun and Sandeul. "Everyone's headed off now," said Taehyun. "We're the last people, want to head on in or are you gonna keep staring at the forest?" He asked, the last part in a joking manner. Moonbyul pouted before hitting Taehyun on the shoulder. "Yeah, yeah let's go," she said, heading into the forest and following the path. Sandeul and Taehyun chuckled before following after her.

"So why'd you agree to the idea of joining us in the forest?" Asked Taehyun as they walked. "It just felt nice to be away from the city for once you know?" Asked Moonbyul. "I dunno, it seems like something fun to do every once in a while," she said. "Mm," agreed Taehyun. Sandeul nodded. "It's a lot of fun to do," he said. "Especially with a group of friends," he said.

"Why did they go without us?" Asked Moonbyul. "I told them that it'd be better for us two to be with you," said Taehyun. "And I think you prefer to be alone or in a small group anyway," he added. "Since I know the area it's best," he said. "And I doubt you'd want to be alone with me," he said. Moonbyul hummed.

"So," said Taehyun. "What's this I hear about you dreaming of wolves?" He asked. "Damn it Sungwoon," said Moonbyul, earning chuckles from Taehyun and Sandeul. "But," she said, sighing. "I am having dreams of wolves," she added, scratching the back of her head.

"Would you believe us if we said we could turn into the wolves in your dreams?" Asked Sandeul. "What?" Asked Moonbyul as she turned to them, her eyes widened in surprise. "What did you think we came out here for?" Asked Taehyun as howls erupted from the forest around them. The howls sent a shiver down Moonbyul's spine, though she felt extremely safe in Sandeul and Taehyun's presence.

"I'm a werewolf, and he's a shapeshifter," said Sandeul as he shrugged. "What's the difference?" Asked Moonbyul. "My pack is rather famous for being actual types of wolves," said Taehyun. "But we don't reach horse size like Hui's pack does," he said. "We're just slightly larger than our real counterparts," he said.

"Werewolves are that, just werewolves," said Sandeul. "We hate silver, and we're structured like a normal gray wolf but with different fur colors depending on the person," he said.

"Can you show me your wolf forms?" Asked Moonbyul. Taehyun nodded, turning to Sandeul. "We'll be behind some trees," said Sandeul as he nodded. Taehyun and Sandeul went to change behind the tree as Moonbyul waited with curiosity, wondering if they really were the wolves she had been dreaming about.

Taehyun was the first to walk over after changing and Moonbyul fell back in shock, putting a hand over her mouth. Sandeul was next, and Moonbyul backed up, hitting a tree. "W-What?" Asked Moonbyul. It was then that she noticed the figures of the rest of Taehyun's pack, along with a few other wolves she could only assume was Kihyun and his group along with Jinyoung. Taehyun's pack was the easiest to recognize because they all had different color eyes while the others had regular gold colored eyes.

"I-I need time to process everything," said Moonbyul as she gulped, letting her hand drop to the ground. "B-But, I'm okay with this," she added. "So I guess it's time to go?" She asked. Taehyun turned to look at the sky, noticing how late it got. He then nodded, motioning for the others to go get their clothes. Everyone soon went out of view, and Taehyun and Sandeul went to change and put their clothes on.

"Where did you two get your scars?" Asked Moonbyul as she walked back with Sandeul and Taehyun. "We'll tell you one of these days," said Taehyun. Sandeul nodded in agreement. "Okay," said Moonbyul.
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[center Chapter 6]

As expected, Sandeul didn't bother them anymore, at least from what Moonbyul had observed. He left her alone, and the others were sure that Jinyoung and Sandeul would be back whenever they were finished with whatever else they had to do. Jinyoung sent a message when they left the city, telling Taehyun that they'd be back within the next month or so.

"Ah, it's strange," said Taehyun as he walked with Moonbyul, the two of them just taking a walk around the neighborhood. "Those two are good friends of mine," he said. "But they didn't say that they were coming for a visit," he said. "I'm sorry for causing you so much trouble," said Moonbyul. "No, it's okay," said Taehyun. "We were stressed due to not knowing who they were until Jinyoung approached us," he said.

"What does he do for a living?" Asked Moonbyul. "Jinyoung?" Asked Taehyun. Moonbyul nodded. "He does a lot of traveling for work," said Taehyun. "Just to check on things with people," he said. "I see," said Moonbyul. "Does this have to do with your building?" She asked. "In a way," hummed Taehyun as he nodded. "But it's nothing bad," he said. "We take care of the building while the owner pays for the bills," he said. "It's why no one really moves in permanently," he said. "And we are so careful with who moves in," he added. "I see," said Moonbyul.

"Not everything is covered though," said Taehyun. "Hojung makes sure that any repairs and stuff is paid for, but the general bills, like electricity and water and building taxes, are paid for by the building owner," he said. "I see," said Moonbyul.

"How is things at work?" Asked Taehyun. "It's been okay," said Moonbyul. "Jihun has been patient with me and Sungwoon isn't sure what to do with me since I've been able to handle all the tasks given," she said. "Kihyun comes in every few days to check on inventory and things, we've been very busy," she said. "They try not to overwork me though," she added. "That's good," said Taehyun.

"They had to close the cafe early today," said Moonbyul. "Apparently Jihun got called to something at last minute and no one was able to fill in for him," she said. "Ah..." said Taehyun. "Who knows, you might get a new employee soon," he said. "It's possible," said Moonbyul.

[center ~]

Repainting the hallways of the first and second floors of the apartment building was always a chore to go through. Taehyun got the first floor while Junhyuk got the second floor, and everyone got to watch in amusement as they did the arduous task themselves. There was a few new tenants, some humans looking for a temporary place to stay for the moment until a more permanent option became available. They learned pretty quickly not to mess with Yoonsan and his security cameras, and to keep things civil in the apartment building. Moonbyul got to get to know some of her neighbors, but stayed on a professional level with them, only being neighborly in saying hello.

"Why is painting hallways always so taxing?" Asked Taehyun as he looked around the hallway to examine his work. "It's funny to see you doing this," said Timoteo as he came over after bringing a drink for Taehyun. "[i You] try doing this then," Taehyun said, scowling as he took a sip of his drink.

"When are they coming back?" Asked Timoteo. "I dunno," said Taehyun as he took the roller and started painting the other side of the hallway. "Last I checked they were meeting up with another pack member of theirs but that was weeks ago," he said.

The walkie talkie attached to Taehyun's belt came to life for the first time in hours and it was Yoonsan. "[i You got visitors]," came Yoonsan's voice. Taehyun put down the paint roller and did a thumbs up to the camera in the hallway before going outside to see who it was. Timoteo was left to continue painting, grumbling about it after a few minutes.

"Sandeul, Jinyoung," said Taehyun as he met them on the steps to the apartment building. "Hello," said Jinyoung. Sandeul nodded in greeting. "I see you met up with your pack member," said Taehyun as he noticed a third person with them. "This is Dongwoo," said Jinyoung. "Hello," said Dongwoo as he nodded in greeting.

Taehyun blinked, nodding. "What brings you here?" He asked. "I'm here because Jinyoung wouldn't leave Sandeul to his own devices," Dongwoo said with a snort. "I'm just a fellow werewolf," he said, shrugging.

"If you were, I'd know," said Taehyun. "You don't smell like a werewolf," he said. "Well, that's shocking," said Dongwoo. "You knew what I was the entire time?" He asked. "I've only met one other animal-human like you," said Taehyun. "And he's a wolf-dog," he said. "How the hell did they manage to get a polar bear cub?" He asked. Dongwoo shrugged, putting his hands in his pockets.

"How long are you staying around for this time?" Asked Taehyun. "Mm, we're not due for anything so," Jinyoung said, shrugging. "You got an apartment open?" He asked. "We do," said Taehyun. "Need a place to stay for a bit?" He asked. "If that's alright," said Jinyoung. "Follow me then," said Taehyun as he turned and walked into the building.

Junhyuk noticed Dongwoo immediately, blinking in surprise. "What?" He asked as they walked passed him. "Don't question it," Taehyun called back as he went to get a key, leaving Jinyoung, Sandeul and Dongwoo to stand outside the apartment for a minute. Junhyuk shook his head, sighing as he went back to painting.

Taehyun came back out with a key a few minutes later, going down the hall to the apartment at the other side of the building. "Here you go," he said, turning to Jinyoung and handing him the key. "Keep the place clean, no parties, don't mess with Yoonsan and his prized security cameras, trust me he [i will] know something is up," he said. "Don't mind the other residents, and keep things civil yeah?" He asked. Jinyoung nodded, and Taehyun stepped aside to let them enter the apartment.

"What the hell?" Asked Junhyuk as Taehyun walked over. Taehyun shrugged. "I learn to not question logic anymore," he said, earning a snort from Junhyuk as he went back to painting. "I'm going to get back to painting now if you need me," he said. Junhyuk waved him off and Taehyun went back to paint, letting Timoteo get back to whatever he was doing.
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