The New Pack [An X1 Fanfic] [Complete]

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Yohan wasn't sure what he was getting himself into when he decided to lead a new pack so soon after he started changing. With Wooseok as his adviser and Hangyul as his beta, how will things go for Yohan?

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Hai~! Author-nim here with another story. Yes, I know, Jinyoung and CNU won the votes but [i SCREW] the votes. This story idea has been rolling around in my head for a while. I need to finish Wooseok's story arc before moving on. I will do Jinyoung's story next story, I promise.

Now, for those who are wondering why I decided to go this route, I never talked about how a brand new shapeshifter pack does after being newly formed by a person who just started changing.

Anyway, onto the characters~!

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Yohan: A shapeshifter who started changing very recently. He wasn't sure why he was given the alpha title before he started changing, but he felt confident about it. At least, as confident as one would think. He isn't the youngest in the pack, but he is one of the younger members. His animal form is an average size Kodiak bear with a notch in his left ear seen only in his animal form.

Wooseok: A shapeshifter who is one of the oldest members of the pack. He is Yohan's advisor, helping him with decisions in the pack that went passed Hangyul. He was around since the first world war, growing up in Germany before managing to escape Europe to the US before the second world war started. He is known for his cold persona that seemed to radiate off him after being alpha of another 'shifter pack for years prior to being convinced to joining Yohan's pack as an adviser. Yohan was the only one who seemed to break that exterior, as Wooseok had proven that he could be caring of others. Most of the time anyway. His animal form is a large polar bear with three claw marks on the left side of his face with the third claw mark going over his left eye seen in his animal and human forms.

Hangyul: A shapeshifter who is also one of the oldest members of the pack. He is Yohan's beta, taking any and all suggestions and thinking them over before suggesting them to Yohan if he thought it would benefit the pack as a whole. He is indifferent with Wooseok, understanding where he was coming from due to also growing up in Germany during the first world war. Unlike Wooseok however, he was unable to escape during the second world war and was forced to fight on the front lines in his animal form, that side of him earning quite the reputation as a monster. A lot has changed over the years, but the only thing that seemed to stay was a cold persona that seemed to cover a more caring side. His animal form is a large jet black colored wolf with a nasty looking scar on his back going from shoulder to shoulder shown in his animal and human forms.

Seungwoo: A pure blooded werewolf who is the only werewolf in the pack. He is the only person in the pack with quite the reputation for being Kris's top general despite not holding the position anymore. The only reason he joined the pack was due to Seungyoun taking it as payment when Seungwoo needed help finding someone. He still joined, since Wooseok agreed to join and is on okay terms with everyone except Hangyul. Something about Hangyul set Seungwoo off, even though he isn't sure of why. He was the one to help Wooseok out of Europe and into the states, becoming leader of his own pack and eventually making it as Kris's top general. He is known for his cold personality, despite him having a soft spot for the youngest members of the pack. His wolf form is a large timberwolf with stormy grey eyes.

Seungyoun: A shapeshifter who is the oldest in the pack. He was the one who convinced Yohan to become the alpha of a new pack after he had left his old one, knowing that having a new pack was better than being a lone wolf. He is known to be the joker, constantly playing pranks on the younger members to keep the mood bright. Deep down he is one of the best trackers in the pack, and took Minhee, another tracker, under his paw to teach him everything. His animal form is a large sandy colored wolf with white feet.

Junho: A shapeshifter who is one of the youngest members of the pack. He started changing a few weeks after Yohan did, and is having a bit of trouble with keeping his anger in check. He is getting better at controlling the change, but still has a hard time with it. He is training to be one of the fighters, and possibly take Wooseok's place as adviser when Wooseok feels it's time to leave. His animal form is a small spotted hyena.

Dongpyo: A shapeshifter who has yet to start changing. He isn't sure what he's going to be, but everyone kept saying that he would be a feline of some sort. He just hoped he didn't end up like a house cat or something. Despite everything he looks out for Wooseok and Hangyul, seeing the same war torn look in their eyes as his own father who had fought in the war in Afghanistan. He always looks out for the older members, and finds himself spending time with Seungwoo the most, seeing that the werewolf was lonely.

Minhee: A shapeshifter who would be considered the middle child between everyone. He is a good decade older than Yohan at least, despite looking younger. He is a tracker, being taken by Seungyoun who is teaching him everything about tracking. Despite his younger looks he does hold his own in the pack as a vampire hunter, having recently become one when Mashiho came over to ask about anyone joining the association. He is a part of Dongmyeong's faction, and is the only one in that faction to not live in the states, choosing to stay with his pack in Austria. His animal form is a large coyote.

Eunsang: A shapeshifter who has yet to start changing. He is part of a quickly diminishing clan of shapeshifters who can choose their animal form and he has yet to think of what he wants to be. He grew up with Yohan and joined the pack with him. It left everyone guessing what animal form he would end up choosing, but he takes advice from everyone to weigh his options. Depending on what he ends up choosing, Eunsang would either become another tracker or be a fighter.

Hyeongjun: A shapeshifter around Minhee's age. They never spoke to each other before becoming part of the same pack but Hyeongjun is the only werewolf hunter in the pack. He is somewhat of a veteran, only taking missions when they really needed him. He is a part of Wontak's faction, an ally to Dongmyeong's faction. His animal form is a large mountain lion.

Dohyun: A shapeshifter who has yet to start changing. He is the youngest in the pack, and despite a mature personality he tends to be childish at times. No one is sure what he is going to be yet, but Dohyun is determined to be at least one of the fighters. He is known to be the "act before thinking" kind of person, and it pissed off a few of the older members on a few occasions. He is learning though, and can't wait to see what he would end up being.

I hope you enjoy the story~!

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[center Epilogue]

"Aw, you guys are leaving," said Dongpyo as Seungwoo and Wooseok prepared to leave, waiting on their train to arrive at the station. "I wish we could stay a bit longer," said Wooseok as he scratched the back of his head. "But Seungwoo needs to get back to his pack," he said. "We'll keep things going here," said Yohan. "Stay safe yeah?" He asked. Wooseok nodded. "I had a good time, being here," he said. "Good luck to you then," he said. Yohan nodded.

"Time to go," said Seungwoo as he walked over, a horn sounding as their train arrived. "Have a safe trip," said Yohan as he looked at Seungwoo. The corners of Seungwoo's lips went up in a smile as he nodded. "Yeah, good luck here," he said. "We'll come visit soon," he said. "Whoa!" Gasped Dongpyo. "Stone faced Seungwoo finally smiled," he said with wide eyes, earning a chuckle from Wooseok. "Bye then," he said. Yohan nodded, waving them off as Wooseok and Seungwoo got on the train to leave. Yohan and Dongpyo waved to them again as the train left the station a few minutes later.

"I'm going to miss them," said Dongpyo. "Yeah, me too," said Yohan as he shook his head. "Well, let's go wait on Minhee and Hyeongjun," he said, turning to Dongpyo. Dongpyo nodded, and left with Yohan, going to wait on one more train by sitting on one of the benches.

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"Oi, did you forget about us?" Asked Minhee as he and Hyeongjun stepped onto the platform an hour after Wooseok's train left. "Hey you two," said Yohan as he got up and walked over with Dongpyo. "You [i just] missed Wooseok and Seungwoo leaving," he said. "Aw," said Hyeongjun. "If you had gotten here probably like an hour and a half ago you would've been able to say goodbye," said Yohan. "Ah well, I know we'll see them again," said Minhee. Hyeongjun nodded.

"Did Dohyun start changing yet?" Asked Minhee. "He's a lynx," said Yohan. "He wanted to become a fighter, but he found himself being better off as a messenger so he's being taught by Seungyoun who is still teaching Eunsang," he said. "I got to skip out today, because I did well on yesterday's stealth mission," Dongpyo said, puffing his chest out in pride. "Good job," Hyeongjun said with a chuckle.

"Did Junho ever get to spar against Wooseok before he left?" Asked Minhee as Yohan drove them home. "He did," said Yohan. "Managed to win too, the kid's a natural fighter," he said. "Nice, not too shabby for him," said Minhee. "He's been wanting to fight Wooseok in a spar for a long time now," he said.

"What about Seungwoo?" Asked Hyeongjun. "Seungwoo still refuses," said Yohan. "But he did fight Mingi once," he said. "Really?" Asked Hyeongjun. "How'd that go?" He asked. "As horrible as one would expect," said Dongpyo. "He [i tried]," he said. "But Mingi just swiped him off to the side like he was made of paper," he said. "Mingi's perfect for spars apparently," said Yohan. "He doesn't take any damage so he just sits there and becomes a training dummy," he said.

When they got home everyone welcomed Hyeongjun and Minhee back, and life returned to normal for the most part. Wooseok and Seungwoo's room became a guest room, since no one wanted to stop being roommates. The younger members of the pack worked to make the older members proud of them, and Yohan worked hard to gain the respect of everyone, including those in the alliance that he was now a part of.

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Yohan leaned against the railing on the dock, enjoying a quiet afternoon by himself as he took a break from everything for an hour or two. He felt proud of the way things had gone for his pack and the territory in general. Being a young alpha of a pack this large was hard, but he made it work by making sure everyone was doing fine, and taking care of the new information network he managed to gain from interacting with neighboring packs around the country.

"You're alone," came a voice, causing Yohan to turn towards it, spotting Yeosang walking onto the dock. "Yeah, for now," said Yohan as he nodded. "And I was alone before you showed up," he said. Yeosang shook his head in amusement, going to stand beside Yohan and lean against the railing.

"What brings you here?" Asked Yohan. "Mingi's here for another spar with Junho," said Yeosang. "Ah, I see," said Yohan. "Not going to watch the fight?" He asked. "Seonghwa is with him," said Yeosang. "I see," hummed Yohan.

"So," said Yeosang. "How long do you think it'll be before Seonghwa realizes that his mate is one of your 'shifters?" He asked. "Hangyul is cold as hell towards everyone, it'll be a while," said Yohan as he shrugged. "He'll ignore it until Seonghwa says something," he said. "So good luck with that," he said with a chuckle.

"Who has the contract now?" Asked Yohan. "I do, it's on my wrist," said Yeosang. "How did that transfer work anyway?" Asked Yohan. "He just let me touch the area the tattoo was in with my wrist and it transferred," Yeosang said, shrugging. "I see," said Yohan.

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"Seonghwa's staying here for a bit," called Mingi as he walked over to the dock after his spar with Junho. "He wants to work things out with Hangyul," he said. "Cool," said Yeosang. "I need to hunt, so talk with Yohan here," he said, before rushing off to hunt.

"How long did he know?" Asked Mingi as he went to stand beside Yohan. "Ever since we met you guys," Yohan said, shrugging. "Welp," said Mingi. "I guess Seonghwa is staying then, it explains why he asked to transfer contracts," he said. Yohan hummed in response.

"Well," said Mingi as he looked off towards the forest. "I am going now, keep Seonghwa out of trouble yeah?" He asked. "Sure sure," Yohan said with a chuckle. Mingi chuckled lightly before sprinting off.
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[center Chapter 18]

The confidence that Yohan gained from awakening his alpha's voice was enough for Wooseok to say that he would take a small break from the pack as a whole, going back to the states with Seungwoo to talk with their respective packs a couple years after the pack was formed. Yohan granted them permission to do so, as he prepared to make their territory public after confiding in Hangyul and Wooseok about it.

Hyeongjun and Minhee were making a name for themselves and their respective factions as they found themselves working rather well together, something that Minhee would've protested against a few years ago, when they were still a new pack.

Eunsang and Dongpyo both became the main messengers of the pack, with Dongpyo's cat form able to deliver messages discreetly while traveling with Eunsang. Junho was learning quickly how to fight, and Hangyul had taken over teaching him after Minhee deemed him ready to be facing larger opponents.

Dohyun had changed the most over the years, maturing and getting passed his "act before thinking" mindset. He was carefully guided by the older members of the pack, with Yohan including him in more and more pack decisions and officially declaring him as his second beta. He was 18 now, and just fresh out of high school as he had graduated top of his class. It wasn't long now, the others had surmised, until he would start changing. Everyone had expected him to start changing much earlier, but with everything going on in the passed couple years, they figured that Dohyun was fine with remaining human for just a little bit longer.

It was Yohan who noticed the smell first, a week before he was due to head out to Berlin with Hangyul and Dohyun. "Well, we got another feline on our hands," he said as they sat around the kitchen island discussing plans, earning a confused look from Dohyun and a chuckle from Hangyul. "Let's just hope you don't end up like Dongpyo hm?" Asked Hangyul. "Oi!" Came Dongpyo's shout from his spot in the livingroom. "I'm doing [i just] fine as a house cat!" He said.

"Who are we meeting anyway?" Dohyun asked after getting over the shock of finding out that the usual 'shifter smell was finally coming off him. "Moonbin, Sungjin, Chan, and Kyuhyun," said Yohan. "The big alphas in Europe huh?" Asked Hangyul. "Pretty much," said Yohan. "Though, Yixing'd be there but he was needed in Toronto to discuss further plans regarding Seungwoo," he said.

"How are things going for them anyway?" Asked Hangyul. "Fine, they'll be in Berlin when we get there, so they're coming back with us," said Yohan. "Last I heard Kris was granting them one more year here," he said. "So I'd assume they'd leave within the next year or so," he said. "I can say one thing, Wooseok's finally happy," said Dohyun. "Yes, yes he is," agreed Yohan and Hangyul.

"So what's the plan in Berlin?" Asked Hangyul. "I don't want to come off as overly cocky," said Yohan. "However, we're about to face the head honchos in Europe, as Eunsang once put it," he said. "So keep an air of indifference about you, don't even flinch from their gazes," he said. "Don't try to antagonize them, we're trying to get their approval of becoming a public territory," he said.

"What are the benefits of it?" Asked Dohyun. "If they approve of us going public with the territory we'll be able to have hunters come into the area without asking us for permission," said Hangyul. "I think," he added. "It'll take a load off of our resident hunters' shoulders anyway," he said. "They would still have to let us know that they were coming but, yeah that's the gist of it," said Yohan. "And if we get declared war on, we have the backing of mostly everyone," he said. "I know they can't be there for everything, but they will try," he said.

"We already send reports to Berlin every month or so, so they already know how things are here," said Hangyul. "But having the backing of the head honchos in Europe would be nice," he said. "An alliance as you will," he said.

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When they arrived in Berlin, Wooseok and Seungwoo were there to get them from the train station, Wooseok looking not as weary as before and Seungwoo showing a hint of happiness in his eyes behind his usual stoic and expressionless look. "Welcome back to Europe you two," said Yohan. "Thank you," said Wooseok. Seungwoo nodded.

"I see someone's finally starting to get the 'shifter smell," said Wooseok as he turned to Dohyun. Dohyun grinned. "I am quite nervous to see what I end up being, but we'll see what happens," he said.

"Everyone's already at the coffee shop, you're late," said Seungwoo. "How can I be late if I [i just] arrived? Come on now," Yohan said with a scowl. "Let's go then," sand Hangyul. Yohan nodded, sighing before heading to the coffee shop with the others.

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Jinhyuk grinned when he saw them enter the coffee shop. "Hey, welcome back," he said. "Yo," said said Yohan as he grinned in return. "Good to be back," he said. "The usual then?" Asked Jinhyuk as Yohan walked up to the counter. "Please," said Yohan as he handed over his card. Jinhyuk processed the order and handed back the card and receipt. "It'll be a few minutes," he said.

Yohan nodded and turned, spotting everyone they were going to meet at a table already. He also spotted everyone's betas sitting scattered around the coffee shop, so Yohan nodded to Hangyul and Dohyun to find a place to sit. Seungwoo and Wooseok inclined their heads at Yohan before going to sit where Eunwoo and Rocky were to have a chat. Dohyun and Hangyul went to sit near the big table, pretending to have a conversation and Yohan headed over to the big table.

"So you've decided to become public with your territory huh?" Asked Moonbin as he stared down Yohan with a slight calculating look. Yohan held a steady gaze with Moonbin for a few seconds before looking around the table. "Yes," he said.

"What brought this on exactly?" Asked Kyuhyun. "It's more to take a load off our hunters' backs," said Yohan. "We haven't had [i many] problems with vampires or werewolves, but they've been rather busy lately," he said. "Ah, I think they were in Spain last I checked," said Sungjin. "Woosung, you may know him as Sam, had told me they had gotten visitors," he said. "Well, one of them is," said Yohan. "I know Hyeongjun is in the states right now," he said.

"You're rather quiet Chan," remarked Sungjin as he looked at Chan. Chan hummed, shaking his head. "I'm just thinking," he said. "I think my mind's already made up," he said. "But I'd like to hear what the others say first," he added.

"I think opening another door farther into Europe won't hurt," said Moonbin. "Donghan is already in Switzerland, but Austria's farther west," he said. "We have yet to actually tackle Italy right now," said Kyuhyun. "I think if we were to establish a territory there, we'd need to make sure we have allies in the surrounding countries," he said.

"I think it's a good idea," said Sungjin. "It gives us a chance to explore that part of Europe and determine how things go from there," he said. "I have yet to infiltrate Portugal but," he added, shrugging. "I'm in no hurry right now, unless something gets brought up to me directly," he said.

Their conversation was interrupted by Dami, who with the help of Sanha, brought over their coffees and set them down. Everyone said thank you before taking a sip of coffee, with Yohan forcing down a gag from the taste. "I will never get used to the taste of coffee," Yohan said, shaking his head as he put his cup down, earning chuckles from everyone. "Depending on how it's made, it's not that bad," said Sungjin. Yohan hummed, taking a slower sip of coffee.

"Well," said Chan after he set his cup of coffee down. "I think I'm going to say yes to this," he said. "Having more allies out west would help a lot, I'm in the works of contacting another wolf pack over in Hungary but I can't make it out there yet due to the wolf council breathing down my neck after Woojin's... Retirement," he said.

"Say the word Chan, we'll put a stop to it," said Moonbin. "We're an alliance here, the European Union of the supernatural world," he said. Chan hummed. "I'll think about it," he said.

"So, we're allies now?" Asked Yohan. "Welcome to the alliance," said Moonbin as he held out his hand for a shake. Yohan shook his hand, nodding. "Thanks," he said. With that statement the tense atmosphere disappeared immediately, the friendly atmosphere that usually consumed the shop was back.

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"You know, if you wanted my approval you should've asked years ago, when we first met them," said Jinhyuk as he came to sit down beside Rocky. "Seungwoo here was pretty much denying it," Wooseok said with a snort. "What, afraid of the cavalry dog?" Asked Jinhyuk, and Seungwoo stiffened at the word.

"What's there to be afraid of? A lynx doesn't scare me," Seungwoo retorted after a minute of tense silence, earning a snicker from Wooseok. "You really need to learn when he's joking," said Wooseok. "It's hard to tell with me you know that," Jinhyuk said, laughing.

"Well," said Eunwoo. "I'd give the whole rant about taking care of him but I'm technically still the younger brother here," he said, shaking his head in amusement. "We [i already] went through that with Seungsik, and he's scary when he wants to be," grumbled Wooseok, earning an amused snort from Seungwoo.

"The only thing I'm going to ask of you is, just keep him happy," said Eunwoo. "I know, your attention is only half there due to only finding one of your mates but don't screw this up," he said. "I will send Sanggyun after you," he said. "The wolf dog? Please, I think I'd be more scared of Mingi, and he's not even a werewolf hunter," said Seungwoo. Wooseok shook his head, sighing. "Well, thanks for approving, I guess," he said. Eunwoo nodded.

"We should get going then," said Yohan as he walked over to their table with Hangyul and Dohyun. "We have a [i long] train ride back to Austria," he said. "Man," whined Wooseok. "I was enjoying the family reunion," he said. Yohan tried his hardest to not crack a smile as he shook his head. "Come on," he said. "[i Fine]," Wooseok said with a pout, getting up. "Aish," said Seungwoo as he got up.

"Have a safe trip back," called Moonbin. "Thanks, and I will," called Yohan before he headed out with the others following after him.
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[center Chapter 17]

Hangyul looked around the meadow he found himself in, having followed the instructions that Seungwoo had given him. For some reason, he had expected a completely different place, but he was fine with this. He walked until he saw his animal form up ahead, waiting for him. "Waiting for me huh?" He asked, pushing himself to run ahead, coming to a stop in front of his wolf form.

"I guess this is us reconnecting," he hummed, reaching out to pet the wolf on the head. Said wolf merely let out a low growl like sound, causing Hangyul to chuckle. "We are one in the same, you and I," said Hangyul. "Will you let me sleep now?" He asked. "I promise, we aren't in those times anymore," he said. "Will you let me become one with you?" He asked. When the wolf bumped Hangyul's and Hangyul smiled a genuine smile. "Thank you," said Hangyul as he went to hug the wolf, everything fading to white around them both.

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Hangyul opened his eyes, blinking a few times to come back to the world. Seungwoo was sitting on the bed beside him, a hint of concern in his eyes. "Did it work?" He asked. Hangyul propped up on his elbows, nodding. "How long was I out?" He asked. "Just a few minutes," said Seungwoo as he moved away, standing up. "Ah," hummed Hangyul as he fully sat up.

"Your wet dog smell became stronger," Seungwoo said, shaking his head. "I guess it worked then," Hangyul said with a small chuckle. Seungwoo managed to crack a small smile, nodding. "Wow, stone faced Seungwoo smiling? What?!" Hangyul asked, laughing lightly as he got up. "I [i do] show emotions, sometimes," Seungwoo said with a scowl.

"No hard feelings yeah?" Asked Hangyul, earning a confused look from Seungwoo. "I mean, about before, during the war," he added. Seungwoo shook his head. "I've moved on," he said. "If we met on friendly terms, I'm sure we'd be better friends," he said. "But yes, no hard feelings," he said. Hangyul nodded, and left the room with Seungwoo following after him.

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Wooseok flopped down on the porch swing with a sigh, being careful to not let it hit the wall behind the swing. Seungwoo went to sit at the opposite end of the swing, leaning against the arm of the swing.

"I am afraid to do this," confessed Wooseok. "Don't worry," said Seungwoo. "I'm here for you, as I always have been," he said. "Does that mean you finally admit that we are mates?" Asked Wooseok. "I never denied it," said Seungwoo. "But, you know that I still have my pure blood mate to find," he said. "I know," Wooseok said with a sigh. "Let's get this over with then," he said.

Seungwoo turned to Wooseok, who was staring at the forest on the left side of their property. He shook his head and reached out, taking Wooseok's hand and giving it an encouraging squeeze before taking a deep breath. Wooseok didn't move, but Seungwoo could tell that he was comforted by the gesture.

"Okay," said Seungwoo. "Relax, as much as you can," he said. "Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a meadow, or a snowy tundra or something, whatever is more comfortable for you," he said. "Now, imagine yourself in your animal form and you're surrounded by everyone you know," he said, once he saw Wooseok close his eyes. "Start running, leave your fears behind you," he said. "Encourage everyone to run with you, whatever it takes to leave the darkness behind you," he said. He heard Wooseok hum, before he fully relaxed in his seat.

Seungwoo allowed a rare gentle smile appear as he gently moved Wooseok to lay down, laying his head in his lap. He shifted slightly to get more comfortable, propping his feet on the railing of the porch and gently moving the swing back and forth.

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Yohan came outside to see how things went in the morning, spotting the two of them sleeping. He shook his head before turning and going back inside. "It worked then?" Asked Seungyoun as he met Yohan in the livingroom as he was going to start on breakfast. "Yeah," said Yohan. "And those two finally admitted they were mates it looks like," he said. Seungyoun shook his head in exasperation. "Those two, I swear," he said, going into the kitchen. Yohan went to let the others know to leave the two alone, before joining Seungyoun in the kitchen to help with breakfast.

Everyone stumbled into the kitchen a few minutes later, except for Wooseok and Seungwoo. It didn't go unnoticed by the others as Yohan told them to be quiet, his alpha's voice ringing loud and clear and causing even Dohyun to pause in his playful banter with Eunsang.

"Leave them be for today okay?" Asked Yohan. "Wooseok especially," he said. "Those two need to work things out between them, but leave them be," he said. Everyone nodded to the order, and Yohan smiled lightly, turning back to the coffee maker to get everyone's drinks made.

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Wooseok returned to the waking world a few hours later, blinking as he noticed where he was. He sat up, turning when he heard Seungwoo chuckle. "Comfortable eh?" Asked Seungwoo as a teasing glint showed in his eyes. "Oh shut up," grumbled Wooseok as he moved back to sitting at the other side of the swing.

"So," said Seungwoo. "We have a lot to think about don't we?" He asked. Wooseok hummed in response. "You heard him," said Seungwoo. "His alpha's voice seemed to be what woke you," he said. "He has that affect on people," said Wooseok. "Remember what you said," said Seungwoo.

"Yeah, that I'd leave when his alpha's voice activated," said Wooseok. "Would you leave though?" Asked Seungwoo. "I've given it a lot of thought," said Wooseok. "I think I may stay a little longer," he said. "But I know I have to return the old pack," he added. "To prepare for my permanent departure," he said.

"I can't stay here forever," said Seungwoo. "I know," said Wooseok. "Which, is why I think when the time comes I will go back with you," he said. "If you will let me," he said. Seungwoo nodded. "I'm fine with that," he said. Wooseok hummed, nodding.
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[center Chapter 16]

Yohan's eyes snapped open as he heard Wooseok wake up from another nightmare a few nights later. He sat up, looking at the time on the clock sitting on the console table in front of his bed and sighed, flopping back down onto his bed and burying himself into the blankets. He could hear Seungwoo console Wooseok, and then footsteps going passed his door as Wooseok headed downstairs again. Once the front door opened and closed Yohan got up, going to put on a shirt before leaving the room and heading over to Seungwoo and Wooseok's room.

"Another bad one," said Seungwoo as he noticed Yohan standing in the doorway after going to sit down at the desk in their room. "What's this idea that you think might work?" Asked Yohan. "Because sometimes I hear Hangyul get up too, and he's closer to my room than you two are," he said.

"It's something I've learned from Doyoung, who learned to control his nightmares," said Seungwoo. "I was going to get Wooseok to try it before he left the room but he refused," he said, sighing. "I think it's best to try it," said Yohan. "He's afraid to," said Seungwoo. "Dreams can be controlled to a certain extent," he said."But Wooseok doesn't want to try it," he said, sighing.

"What if I talked to him?" Asked Yohan. "You can give it a shot," said Seungwoo. "And see what he says but," he added, shrugging. "Who knows, he may try it if you convince him," he said. "I'll talk to him in the morning," said Yohan, his voice changing slightly as he yawned, covering his mouth with the back of his head.

It didn't go unnoticed by Seungwoo as he raised an eyebrow. "Alright," he said. "I'll go check on him before the night is over," he said. Yohan nodded, turning and walking back to his room, closing the door behind him.

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In the morning found Eunsang back in the house after finally feeling like he would be fine without changing uncontrollably. "Welcome back to the land of being semi human," said Seungyoun as he met Eunsang on the stairs going up to the bedrooms. "Hey," Eunsang said with a grin. "I see you found the spare clothes we left you," said Seungyoun. "Yeah, but I still need a shower," said Eunsang as he maneuvered around Seungyoun and ran straight for his and Dohyun's shared room. Seungyoun let out a small chuckle before heading downstairs to find Wooseok working on breakfast with Hangyul.

"No sleep for either of you huh?" Asked Seungyoun as he leaned against the kitchen island. "Apparently not," Hangyul said as he stood at the stove. "Coffee's in the machine," said Wooseok as he went to make hot chocolate for the younger members of their pack. "Get tea out of the cupboard too," said Hangyul. "Yohan finally asked if I could make some for him instead of coffee," he said. "On it," said Wooseok as he went to grab the tea.

Everyone else made their way downstairs, with Dohyun, Dongpyo and Eunsang getting their cups of hot chocolate from Wooseok and Yohan getting his cup of tea.

"Ah," said Yohan as he turned to Wooseok. "Can we have a talk?" He asked. "Another one of your talks huh?" Asked Wooseok as he turned to Yohan. "If you don't mind," said Yohan. "Sure," said Wooseok.

"When are our hunters coming back?" Asked Seungyoun. "I don't know," said Yohan. "I would've gotten something by now at least, they must be in a spot where they can't send a message to us quickly," he said. "Or their factions need them for something," said Wooseok. "Sometimes if they're gone for longer than usual their faction leader needs them for something important," he said.

"Ah," said Seungyoun. "Like the big Italy run that used to happen every year," he said. "Something like that, yeah," said Wooseok. "Those were fun," said Seungwoo. "I remember going to scout months before a planned run to see what was going on," he said. "Mashiho never trusted anyone else, maybe because of Byungchan and I's reputation for finding people," he said.

"I've always had this question on my mind," said Dongpyo as he leaned against the kitchen island. "If you were the general, why did it look like Byungchan was always in charge?" He asked.

"I kept the pack in line," said Seungwoo. "I [i do] have experience leading a pack," he said. "But out in the field, Byungchan was usually the one to take charge because he had a friendly front that was easier for people to approach," he said. "Officially I was the general, but Byungchan took charge when we were in the field due to his friendly nature," he said. "Any [i big] decisions he usually leaves to me," he said. "I see," said Dongpyo.

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"What did you need to talk to me about?" Asked Wooseok as he and Yohan took a walk around the property after breakfast. "Ah, well," said Yohan as he scratched the back of his head. "I wanted to talk to you about your nightmares," he said, his voice changing slightly again. "...Oh," said Wooseok, as he noticed a different, more commanding tone from Yohan.

"Everyone's concerned about you, you know?" Asked Yohan as he stopped and turned to Wooseok. "Seungwoo says he has a solution that might work," he said. "Just... Just try it alright?" He asked. "You don't have to if you don't want to, but I think it'd be easier on everyone, if you tried it," he said.

A mix of emotions crossed Wooseok's face before he schooled his expression to be blank. "Sure," he said, his voice flat and expressionless. "I'll give it a shot," he said. Yohan smiled slightly. "Thank you," he said his voice returning to normal, turning and continuing their walk, with Wooseok following after him.

"By the way," said Wooseok. "Congrats on awakening your alpha's voice," he said. "Eh?!" Asked Yohan as he blinked, freezing mid stride and stumbling. Wooseok chuckled lightly as he continued their walk. "Wait!" Said Yohan as he quickly caught up to Wooseok. "Don't just tell me I did that and walk away!" He said.

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"Hangyul," said Yohan as he walked into the livingroom. "You want to have the same chat as you did with Wooseok?" Asked Hangyul. "If you don't mind," said Yohan. "Let's go sit outside then," said Hangyul as he nodded, getting up from the couch and grabbing his phone. They both went to put on their shoes before heading outside, going to sit on the porch swing.

"I hear you get up at night too you know," said Yohan. "I don't mean to wake you up," said Hangyul as he sighed. "I know," said Yohan. "But most of the time I'm awake when you head out," he said. "It's getting to the point where it's become predictable," he said. "What's keeping you up at night?" He asked.

"I just need to run, is all," said Hangyul. "Part of me still has issues from the time during the war, it's why I never joined a pack until now," he said. "So your animal form just needs to run?" Asked Yohan. Hangyul nodded. "I'm strangely disconnected from that side of me, but I blame the war for that," he said. "I'm not out every night, but I'm out every other week," he said.

"Maybe you can try to meditate, try and get reconnected with that side of you again," said Yohan. "You know, I haven't tried that yet," hummed Hangyul. "I'll get around to it," he said. Yohan nodded.
  AkiraInu / 4d 10h 6m 1s
[center Chapter 15]

Wooseok stood outside in the backyard, looking around the property as he hooked his thumbs in his back pockets. "He ran off to change last night huh?" Asked Yohan as he walked over and stood beside Wooseok. "Just like Dongpyo did," Wooseok said, nodding.

"What did he end up choosing? I couldn't tell what it was," said Yohan. "A fox," said Wooseok as he shook his head in amusement. "A fox?!" Said Yohan. "I recognize that smell anywhere," said Wooseok. "There's no mistaking it," he said. "I've been around my brother too much, and Gyujin has the exact same scent," he said.

"It's a fox alright," said Hangyul as he stepped outside with coffees for them, calling into the house for someone to come close the door before walking over and handing Yohan and Wooseok their coffees. They heard someone close the back door as Wooseok and Yohan took a sip of their respective coffee.

"Ugh, I don't understand how you can drink this," said Yohan as he spat out his coffee. "You get used to the taste," said Wooseok as he shrugged. "There's tea, next time tell me what you want before I make you a cup of coffee," said Hangyul. "I don't want to bother you for that," grumbled Yohan as he sighed. "The kids already ask me to make hot chocolate instead of coffee for them," said Hangyul. "So making tea wouldn't be a problem," he said.

"How long before he comes back do you think?" Asked Yohan. "I don't know," said Wooseok. "You didn't take very long, just a couple hours," said Hangyul. "Dongpyo took a few days, same with Junho," he said. "It depends on when he wants to come back I guess," he said. "Why?" He asked. "Just curious," said Yohan. "I'm having one of those weird feelings again, like something is going to happen soon," he said.

"Well," said Wooseok. "You've been right about this before," he said. "If you [i really] think something is going to happen soon, say the word, someone will go get him," he said. "I need to wait before I act on this feeling I have," said Yohan. "It may just be nothing, who knows," he said.

"Hey," said Hangyul. "Maybe you'll activate your alpha's voice soon, who knows," he said. "That's right," said Wooseok. "You never had any real reason to use it," he said. "Why I was chosen as alpha I will never understand," Yohan said, sighing.

"I would've gladly taken over if it got too much for you to be honest," said Wooseok. "But I saw no reason to," he said. "You're doing a good job so far," he said. "And leave you to deal with the kids? I think you'd kill them," Hangyul said with a shake of his head.

"If I could handle my old pack for as long as I did, I can handle another pack just fine," said Wooseok. "Besides, you know not to mess with me," he said. "That's true," said Hangyul. "But the kids haven't seen you pissed off yet," he said. "That's also true," said Wooseok.

"How did you awaken your alpha's voice?" Asked Yohan. "It came naturally to me," said Wooseok as he shrugged, taking another sip of coffee. "But when I awakened it, it was during an argument between my two betas at the time," he said. "I was still struggling with English, and I finally got pissed enough to just yell at them in a mix of German and English to get them to shut up," he said.

"I never awakened mine," said Hangyul. "I'm beginning to think I'll never be a main alpha due to circumstances," he said. "No one would trust me to become one after my reputation got out," he said. "Seungyoun trusted you enough to invite you into the pack," said Yohan. "Only because I owed him," said Hangyul. "I would've never agreed to joining a pack, I've always been a lone wolf," he said.

"Was it the same for you?" Asked Yohan as he looked at Wooseok. Wooseok shrugged. "I got invited because of Seungwoo, who got invited as payment when Seungyoun found Dongmyeong," he said. "For me, I needed a break from the old pack," he said. "Seungwoo just went with it," he said. "It's always been like that huh?" Asked Yohan. "Pretty much," hummed Wooseok.

"How much longer are you going to be around?" Asked Yohan. "Not for too much longer," said Wooseok. "Probably after you awaken your alpha's voice is when I leave," he said. "As much as I'd [i love] to stay around, I do have an information network to run," he said. "Everything concerning my network is going to Xiao at the moment, but he's getting swamped apparently," he said. "So I told him to forward a bunch of things to me via email, and I would sort it out," he said.

"Breakfast is ready," came Seungyoun's voice as he came outside. "We'll be in in a second," said Wooseok as he turned his head to look at Seungyoun. "Anything else?" Asked Yohan. "No, but I'm going to look for him after breakfast," said Seungyoun. "I was going to ask if someone would," said Yohan as he nodded. "Let's eat breakfast then," he said. Wooseok and Hangyul nod before following Yohan into the house with Seungyoun going ahead of them.

[center ~]

After breakfast Wooseok took a nap, having spent most of the night outside after having yet another nightmare and Yohan told everyone to leave him be, taking everyone else out to the pond for the day for a relaxing day of swimming and hanging out at the dock.

"He really has bad PTSD," remarked Dongpyo as he sat beside Yohan as they sat at the edge of the dock. "It's pretty bad," agreed Yohan. "Maybe he's homesick?" Asked Dongpyo. "I granted him a long vacation before, I think it's time for another one," said Yohan.

"He doesn't need a vacation," said Seungwoo as he walked over and leaned against the railing a few feet behind them. "He just needs to get over it, somehow," he said. "Sending him away isn't going to help very much," he said. "I know, getting over something as bad as losing your parents during a war is not going to be easy but," he said, sighing.

"Talking about it seems to help some," said Yohan. "Not very much," said Seungwoo. "I talk to him every night," he said. "But I may know of [i one] solution that might work," he said. "If I could use my alpha's voice would that work?" Asked Yohan. "No," said Seungwoo. "He's older than you, you'd have to have a [i really] powerful alpha's voice to get passed his own," he said.

"We're just waiting on Dohyun now huh?" Asked Seungyoun as he walked over. "Yep," said Yohan. "I doubt it'll happen [i this] soon, but," he said, shrugging. "Who knows," said Seungyoun.

"Did you find Eunsang?" Asked Seungwoo. "I did, he was watching us a few minutes ago," said Seungyoun. "Dohyun is with him right now, he took a walk with Hangyul," he said. "No one wants to swim it seems," said Yohan. "A relaxing day for once eh?" Seungwoo asked with a chuckle. "Mm," hummed Yohan.
  AkiraInu / 6d 3h 59m 15s
[center Chapter 14]

Eunsang could finally feel it, the first signs of the change. It started off as becoming moody, snapping at every little thing. After that came him being sick for the first time in his life. It was that, that caught the attention of the older members, and Wooseok was the first to figure it out.

"Ah, your first change is coming," said Wooseok as Eunsang confided in him about the recent events. "I didn't think it'd come this soon," said Eunsang as he blinked. "I still don't know what I'll become yet," he said. "You still got time," said Wooseok. "Talk to the others, get their opinion on what it's like for them," he said.

"What's it like for you?" Asked Eunsang. "Well, I'm a polar bear," said Wooseok. "There are advantages to being one," he said. "But for me I'm not a fighter, despite my large size being able to take down most opponents," he said. "I'm a tank, I tank attacks instead of dealing them," he said. "I think the one disadvantage I have is being slow," he said. "But I counter it by being tanky as hell, taking all the attacks," he said. "I see," said Eunsang as he nodded.

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"Your first change is coming huh?" Asked Hangyul as he ran errands with Eunsang once he felt well enough to do so. "Yeah," said Eunsang. "Who'd you talk to first?" Asked Hangyul. "Wooseok," said Eunsang. "Because I confided in him first I guess, with him being an adviser and all," he added. "I see," hummed Hangyul.

"It's not like I'm in a hurry to figure out what I'm going to be," said Eunsang. "I know," said Hangyul. "It's just a bit shocking that your first change is finally here is all," he said. "I'm sure everyone was expecting it to happen sooner or later," said Eunsang. "Mm," hummed Hangyul.

"What's it like as a wolf?" Asked Eunsang. "I'm a messenger mostly," said Hangyul. "I'm the fastest runner between Seungyoun, Minhee and I," he said. "So I'm usually sent to deliver messages if it's quick," he said. "I see," said Eunsang.

"Dongpyo's learning from Seungyoun," said Eunsang. "Seungyoun knows how to be stealthy," said Hangyul. "I'm a fast runner but I know how to fight," he said. "I did gain quite the reputation back during the war anyway," he added. "I see," hummed Eunsang.

"Give it some thought, who knows, you may choose something different from the rest of us," said Hangyul as they finished running errands and headed home. "I'll think about it," said Eunsang.

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Talking to Junho and Dongpyo gained Eunsang pretty much the same response as the others. "It's different," said Junho. "Because you get to choose your animal form," he said. "Take our suggestions but it's really your choice in the matter," he said.

"Just for the love of god don't choose a house cat," said Dongpyo as he sighed. "You're still hung up on that one huh?" Asked Eunsang as he gave a teasing grin. "It's not like I don't [i like] being a house cat," whined Dongpyo. "I just wish I was something better sometimes," he said. "Being stuck as a messenger is great and all but," he said, sighing.

"I heard Yohan might send you to Berlin by yourself," said Junho. "Really?" Asked Dongpyo. "It's a test," said Eunsang. "To see how you would handle the long trip in your cat form and whether or not you get caught or not," he said. "Moonbin and them will know you're coming of course," said Junho. Dongpyo hummed.

"How are things for you two?" Asked Eunsang. "Been fine," said Junho. "Living as a 'shifter certainly changed things for me," he said. "Same," said Dongpyo. "It's like we finally have a place in the pack," he said. "It's nice," he said. "Even if we're still new at this, you can tell that they treat us a little bit differently than before," he said. Eunsang hummed in response.

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Getting an answer out of Seungwoo was easier than Eunsang thought, though Seungwoo had questioned why Eunsang wanted his opinion on something that mainly concerned shapeshifters. "It's because we're the same, I guess," explained Eunsang. "Our kinds change into different things, if that makes sense," he said. Seungwoo hummed. "I guess," he said.

"So how are things for you as a werewolf?" Asked Eunsang. "It's odd," said Seungwoo. "Not in a way that you'd think though," he added. "I'm a pure blood, so I was born a werewolf," he said. "Growing up, I knew in the back of my mind that I'd become a wolf but as time passed and I started changing it was weird," he said.

"How so?" Asked Eunsang. "Werewolves start changing at the age of 10," said Seungwoo. "At least, us pure bloods anyway," he added. "But we continue to age until our body feels like it's ready to just stop aging," he said. "Sometimes it's later, sometimes it's earlier," he said. "I have yet to see anyone stop aging passed 30 though," he said. "Jinyoung doesn't have much of an answer for it," he said. "And he's the second werewolf to ever come into existence, and the first turned werewolf," he said. "I see," said Eunsang.

"I'm sorry I can't help you much in the way of being a shapeshifter but," Seungwoo said, shrugging. "It's okay," said Eunsang. "Thank you, for taking the time to talk to me at least," he said. Seungwoo nodded.

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It was another few days before Eunsang felt a hot flash go through him, and he knew it was time. It was the middle of the night as he sat up in bed, panting as he was covered in sweat. He quickly and quietly ran to the desk and scribbled a note onto a piece of paper he found before rushing downstairs and out the back door. He felt more sure now, of what he would become, as he ran straight for the forest.

Eunsang managed to get somewhere out of view of the house, panting as he stopped by a tree. He looked up at the stars above the tree leaves above him, concentrating on them as he felt another hot flash go through him. "This is it huh?" He asked, before closing his eyes and focusing on his animal form. He focused until he felt a rippling effect go through his body and he was soon in his animal form, his clothes shredded into pieces around him. With one last look around him he ran off, making sure to keep within the property boundaries.
  AkiraInu / 10d 7h 58m 58s
[center Chapter 13]

"Before you get your spar started," came another voice, causing everyone to turn to spot Yeosang, Mingi and Seonghwa, along with a new person they haven't seen before. "Yeosang," said Seungwoo, a bit relieved with the distraction. Yeosang inclined his head in greeting.

"Here to hunt again or are you on official business?" Asked Yohan. "San wanted to check on Subin," said Yeosang. Subin inclined his head, looking between Seungsik and Seungwoo. "Go to him," said Seungsik. "I'm just here to make sure you weren't marked by any other vampire," said San. "You know I'd rather die before a vampire decides to sink their fangs into me," spat Subin, a growl escaping him as he clenched his hands into fists.

Wooseok blinked as realization hit him. "[i This] was the compromise you had come to?" He asked. "We had to mark one of them, to let Mingi join them for whatever they needed, yes," said Seonghwa. "Not in the way you think though," said San. "The necklace," he said, turning to Subin. Subin sighed, taking out the necklace from under his shirt and showing it to San. "Happy now?" He asked. San nodded, and Subin stuffed the necklace back into his shirt.

"Our venom can't really turn pure blood werewolves into hybrids, at least, from learning about others trying it to mark them or something," said Seonghwa. "I know there was one, but he was killed off not long afterwards," he said. "Mark, yeah," said Subin. "I remember him," he said. "Something about the way our venom works or something," said Yeosang. "There are hybrids out there but they're pretty much unheard of," he said.

"Wait, hybrids exist?" Asked Yohan. "Joshua became one didn't he?" Asked Seungwoo. "I wouldn't be surprised if there was a vampire and 'shifter or vampire and werewolf hybrid," he said. "A pure blood werewolf can't become a hybrid, the venom kills the wolf," said Seonghwa. "I wasn't the one who turned Mark, but it did happen to a few others I know," he said.

"A turned werewolf has a chance," said Seungwoo. "Isn't that right, Seungsik?" He asked. Seungsik merely shrugged, and everyone else but the vampires, Mingi, Wooseok, Seungwoo and Subin turned to Seungsik in shock. "What?!" Asked Dongpyo. "You act like it can't happen," said Seungsik. "It happened to me, [i way] before I came to be a part of Jinyoung's side of the pack," he said. "The only downside really is I can't turn anyone, but I'm now immune to silver but I can still die from other ways," he said. "I'm so in tuned with both sides of me that I don't even get fazed by blood anymore," he said.

"What do you hunt?" Asked Yohan. "Animals," said Seungsik. "Wait," said Junho. "During your fight with me something flashed in your eyes," he said. "What was that?" He asked. "You're not getting thirsty are you?" He asked. "No," said Seungsik. "I hunted before I left Berlin," he said. "And before our spar I hunted," he added.

"Subin," said San as he turned to Subin. "What?" Asked Subin as he looked at San. "Be careful," said San. "If you'll excuse me, I need to hunt," he said, turning to Yohan. "One human per vampire," said Yohan. "And if you hunt animals don't get caught," he said. San inclined his head before turning and running off, going into the forest that surrounded their property.

"And you two?" Asked Yohan as he turned to Yeosang and Seonghwa. "We're gonna stay around for this fight if you don't mind," said Yeosang. "Mingi was hoping to get a spar in," he said. "Bear versus bear huh?" Asked Wooseok as he turned to Mingi. Mingi smirked. "I may be virtually indestructible but I can put up a good fight," he said. "An all out brawl then? Between the three of us?" Asked Seungwoo. "I'm fine with that," said Wooseok. "Sure," said Mingi. Seungwoo and Wooseok nod before going off to strip and change.

"What are the rules of this brawl?" Asked Yohan. "Anything goes, but the main rule is no life threatening injuries," said Subin. "For Mingi that's not a problem," said Yeosang. "It's the other two that need to watch out," he said. Mingi dropped his human illusion, stretching as he leaned down on his front paws, before grunting and sitting back on his back paws, waiting for Seungwoo and Wooseok to get back.

"Damn, he's rather large, even for a 'shifter," said Yohan. "According to Mingi, he was going to be the next main alpha of his pack, before everything happened anyway," said Yeosang. "Mingi never trained to be a fighter, from what he's told me, but his large size makes it rather hard to believe that," he said.

When Wooseok and Seungwoo came back after changing Subin stood to go and address the three of them. "Remember, no life threatening injuries, anything goes in this fight," said Subin. Wooseok, Seungwoo and Mingi nod in agreement to the rules. "Alright, begin!" Said Subin before he quickly stepped back. Wooseok, Seungwoo and Mingi immediately charge at each other, Mingi and Wooseok slamming into each other so hard it caused everyone to flinch. Seungwoo was left in between the two polar bears, but managed to get out from between them and start circling, looking for a way into the fight.

"Where's his contract item?" Asked Yohan as he didn't see a visible one on Mingi. "It's a tattoo," said Seonghwa. "I have it here," he said, showing the tattoo on his shoulder. "Mingi has it on his chest, near his heart," he said. "You won't be able to see it in his animal form but you'll see it in his human form," he said.

"Damn, they're going toe to toe on this one," said Yohan as Wooseok and Mingi wrestled with each other. Seungwoo eventually managed to throw himself into the fray as he slammed into Wooseok, sending him a few feet away. Seungwoo growled low in his throat before being tackled by Mingi. The three of them continued fighting, Seungwoo keeping Wooseok and Mingi's attention divided as he got more involved with the fight.

"Mingi rarely loses a fight," said Yeosang. "With him not being able to be injured and such it's nice to have protection," he said. "How do you three get around anyway? Surely he's not that fast as you guys are going full speed," said Yohan. "The contract helps him with that," said Seonghwa. "Thanks to it not being a physical object, and being tied to me, a vampire, he gained the speed," he said. "He doesn't get thirsty or anything but," he said, shrugging.

It was Wooseok who backed out first, after Seungwoo and Mingi teamed up to tear into him. Subin was left to step in, and Seungwoo and Mingi turned to each other to continue the fight. "He lasted longer than I thought," hummed Yeosang. "Wooseok isn't a fighter, but he's damn good at it," said Yohan.

"I'm good at defending," said Wooseok as he came back after getting dressed. "I can tank attacks, and let the others go after the enemy or get away," he said. "I think all of the bears in my old pack were defenders," he added, shrugging.

A swipe from Mingi caused Seungwoo to earn a slash across the face, being too slow to avoid it. Seungwoo backed away, snarling as he bared his teeth. Mingi growled in return, rearing up to prepare for another strike with his paw. "He's done," said Subin as Seungwoo backed away, his ears folded back against his head as he continued to back away. "Mingi, this fight is over," called Yeosang. Mingi huffed, putting up his human illusion as he let his arm drop to his side.

"First Jinhwan, now Mingi? Are you going to your death here bud?" Asked Subin as he walked over to check on Seungwoo's injury. "Sorry about that," said Mingi as he scratched the back of his head with his non bloodied hand. "Go wash up, we're leaving after you're done," said Yeosang, his voice flat and expressionless, a blank look on his face. "Here," said Yohan as he went to get the hose. "Wash your hands off," he said, turning on the hose as Mingi walked over to clean himself off.

"Damn," said Wooseok as Seungwoo walked back after changing and getting dressed and Subin took care of the three claw marks that now marred the right side of his face. "We're twins now," he said with a humorless chuckle, earning a snort from Seungwoo. "I wasn't expecting that," said Seungwoo. "No wonder you backed out early," he said. Wooseok hummed in response.

"We should get going," said Seonghwa once Mingi walked over after thoroughly washing his hands. "San's expecting us," he said. "Of course he is," said Yeosang as he shook his head. "We'll be around then," he said to Yohan. "Remember the rules," said Yohan. "Yeah yeah," said Yeosang as he sped off, with Seonghwa and Mingi following after him.

"I think I need to hunt," said Seungsik. "We need to get going anyway," said Subin. "Can it wait?" He asked. "Unfortunately not," said Seungsik. "Go then, I'll pack our things," said Subin. Seungsik nodded and sped off into the forest to hunt.

"You two leaving already?" Asked Seungwoo as he turned to Subin. "Byungchan's expecting us back now," said Subin as he shrugged. "We'll be fine, don't worry," he said. "Stay safe you two," said Seungwoo. "We will, don't worry about that," said Subin as he nodded.
  AkiraInu / 11d 7h 7m 2s
[center Chapter 12]

Junho felt like everything was not going his way, despite him understanding that Seungwoo needed his space, and Seungsik was not tied to their pack in anyway. Subin was staying around because of Wooseok really, since he wasn't really needed at the moment. Wooseok was being plagued with nightmares once again, and everyone could only give him so much space before Wooseok went back to staying up most of the night and taking short naps throughout the day to ward off exhaustion as best as he could.

Junho sighed as he lay wide awake again, taking in the sounds of the house as he listened for the telltale sign of Wooseok leaving his room to go sit on the porch swing outside. Everyone else was asleep, at least, as far as Junho could tell. There wasn't much to do now a days except wait on Minhee's eventual return from his missions.

There, the distinct sound of a door opening and closing reached Junho's ears so he sat up, listening as Wooseok headed passed his door and headed downstairs. Junho then got up, going to make sure Dongpyo was still asleep before leaving the room and closing the door behind him. He headed downstairs and grabbed his shoes before heading out and joining Wooseok on the porch swing.

"Couldn't sleep either huh?" Asked Wooseok as he leaned against the arm of the porch swing with his chin in his hand as he rested his elbow on the arm. "No, not really," said Junho as he sat on the other side of the swing with a sigh, crossing his left leg over his right knee and resting his hands in his lap.

"It's crazy, this life we live," said Wooseok as he stared off into space. "Yeah," said Junho. "I know, I haven't been around as long as you or any of the others but," he said, shrugging. "It's been rather crazy recently," he said. Wooseok hummed in response.

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"Wooseok, I need you to go to Berlin," said Yohan as he went to grab the reports for that month. "Turning in reports huh?" Asked Wooseok as he eyed the folder he was given. "Yeah, if you don't mind," said Yohan as he looked at Wooseok. Something flashed across Wooseok's face before he blinked, his expression going blank. "No problem," he said, his voice flat and expressionless. "I'll be back in a week then," he said.

"I'm going with you," said Hyeongjun as he walked over. "I have missions, so," he said, shrugging. "Alright, let's go," said Wooseok as he he went to grab his phone, wallet and passport before leaving with Hyeongjun.

"You think he's going to finally confess that not so hidden crush on Jinhyuk?" Asked Hangyul as he walked over and stood beside Yohan. "I don't know," said Yohan. "But he looked like he needed to leave," he said.

"Fate won't let them be together though," hummed Hangyul. "That's the cruel thing about our kind as a whole," agreed Yohan as he sighed. "I will never understand how you 'shifters work," said Subin as he leaned against the doorway into the kitchen. "Then again, I never understood how my own kind works either," he said, shrugging, causing Yohan and Hangyul to turn to Subin.

"Any word on when Seungwoo will come back?" Asked Yohan. "No," said Subin as he shrugged again, pushing away from the doorframe and walking over with his hands in his pockets. "I'm going running, if you'd let me," he said. "Be careful," said Yohan. "No problem," said Subin before he turned and headed out the back door.

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When Wooseok came back he came back with Seungwoo, who had really just stayed in Berlin to go in an all out brawl with Jinhwan, who had also been facing weird flashes of anger. The brawl left Seungwoo with a new scar on his left hip, going from his left hip to his right across his stomach. Seungsik had also come back with them, having never left Europe since all he did was tell Byungchan that he and Subin were still alive.

"Well," said Subin as he observed the scar, checking to see if it would become any worse than it was. "You're fine," he said. "I know," said Seungwoo. "Yixing himself took a look at me, got stitched up and everything," he said.

"Should've seen Jinhwan," Wooseok said with a snort. "He got the worst of it, a new scar is now across his ear and down his neck, on the same side as the one on his face," he said. "Ouch," said Subin. "It's what I get for fighting the leader of iKon," Seungwoo said, sighing.

"Well, he [i was] a werewolf hunter," said Seungsik. "Can you really expect him to hold back?" He asked. "I guess not," hummed Seungwoo. "What's with you and going all berserk all of the sudden?" Asked Wooseok. "I don't know," said Seungwoo as he sighed again.

"Oh, you're back," said Yohan as he walked out onto the front porch. "How was it?" He asked. "Been fine," said Wooseok as he nodded. "Everything went fine, it was nice to see my brother and Jinhyuk again," he said. "I'm still up for the spar," said Seungsik as he turned to Yohan. "If the kid's up for it," he added. "I'll go see what he wants to do," said Yohan before he headed inside.

When Junho rushed outside to get ready for the spar Seungsik was already in the back yard in his wolf form, watching Junho's moves closely. Junho bowed in apology before rushing off to strip down and change, soon coming back in his animal form. "Remember you two, especially you Seungsik," said Wooseok as he was the judge of this spar. "No teeth or claws, the winner knocks their opponent off their feet," he said. When Seungsik and Junho nod in agreement of the rules Wooseok shouted for them to begin. Seungsik was wary as Junho started circling around him, looking for a weak spot to attack.

"This isn't going to end very well," hummed Subin as Wooseok went to sit down beside him. "I know," said Wooseok. The others had made their way outside to observe the spar, and it was only then that Yohan forgot about Hyeongjun not being there. "It's alright," called Wooseok. "I can stop Seungsik if it gets too far, don't you worry about that," he said. "And how far is far exactly?" Asked Yohan. "You'll know," said Seungwoo. "Trust me, you will," he said.

Everyone turned their attention back to the fight when Junho made a move, leaping at Seungsik's side when he noticed a peculiar shaped scar on one of his back legs. Seungsik was quick to react, jumping away and letting Junho get close before headbutting him and using the momentum to practically throw Junho to the side.

"What's the scar on his back leg?" Asked Yohan. "That is the one where he got turned," said Seungwoo. "Seriously?" Asked Yohan. "What, you thought he was a pure blood the entire time?" Asked Subin. "Yeah, kind of," said Yohan as he scratched the back of his head. "Well, he's not a pure blood," said Subin. "He's the only one out of all of us that's a turned werewolf, handpicked by Seungwoo himself," he said.

Seungsik eyed Junho as he tried another approach, Junho being heard growling as he tried to figure out how to get passed Seungsik's defenses. It was a lapse in judgement that proved to be Junho's downfall, with Seungsik going full offensive as he rushed forward, slamming into Junho, the momentum slamming him into a nearby tree. Junho grunted, getting to his feet when Seungsik backed away, launching himself at Seungsik at a last ditch effort to try and bring the larger wolf down. Something flashed in Seungsik's eyes as he hopped out of range of the attack, quickly turning and throwing himself into Junho as he was landing, rearing up and throwing him behind him. Junho landed in a heap a few feet away, huffing and struggling to get to his feet.

"He doesn't know when to give up does he?" Asked Dohyun. "I believe you will end up like him," remarked Yohan, earning a grumble from Dohyun. "No I won't," said Dohyun. "I know better than to attack head on like that," he said.

"Seungsik, it's over," said Wooseok as he stood, watching as Junho admitted defeat and flopped unceremoniously to the ground. Seungsik bared his teeth in a smirk before nodding, going to change and put on his clothes. Subin shook his head and went to check on Junho, helping the now human Junho back over to where his clothes were to let him get dressed.

"You know what kind of fight I'd like to see?" Asked Seungyoun. "A fight between Seungwoo and Wooseok," he said. "Two alphas facing off against each other?" Asked Seungwoo as he turned to Wooseok. "Would I win? Would you win? Who knows," said Wooseok.

"Are you up for a serious brawl?" Asked Seungwoo. "I haven't had a serious fight in years, I'm rusty," said Wooseok. "I'd like to see it," said Junho as he walked over after getting dressed with Subin. Everyone else nodded in agreement. "Try it," said Seungsik as he walked over. "Hm," hummed Wooseok and Seungwoo.
  AkiraInu / 15d 7h 19m 25s
[center Chapter 11]

"So what's your role in the pack?" Asked Yohan. "Me? I'm a soldier," said Hongjoong. "Same with the others in my group," he said. "I'm a medic, as well as a soldier," said Jongho. "One of the best ones according to Subin," he said. Subin had a proud smirk at the mention. "He's right," he said.

"You mentioned you knew Yeosang," said Yohan. "Yeah, him and Seonghwa are the ones who introduced Mingi to us," said Hongjoong. "We took him under our wing, after Kris said it was okay to of course," he said. "Officially he belongs to Yeosang and Seonghwa, but occasionally we'll need him for something," he said. "Of course, there's still one member of their coven you haven't seen yet," said Jongho. "But I doubt he'll come around, San's rather skittish when it comes to people he doesn't know," he said.

"Whose idea was it to get involved with vampires?" Asked Yohan. "Can blame Seungwoo here," said Seungsik. "We didn't have a need to do anything with them, but he was able to convince Kris to let certain vampires into the network," he said. "It proved to be a good investment," said Seungwoo as he crossed his arms. "Byungchan is handling it well, now that Chani's on board with taking that entire side of the information network," said Seungsik.

"Oh, Chani got on board with it?" Asked Seungwoo. "That's why there was so many vampires in Toronto," said Subin. "Chani was establishing that he had the information network in his control, and that Yuto would be the person to go to for any information," he said. "They're using a [i human]?" Asked Wooseok as he blinked. "He's been marked," said Seungsik. "At least, that's what Chani said," he said. "Vampires know not to mess with him, not with Hui and his pack keeping an eye on him," he said.

"That Starbucks is going to get even busier than ever," remarked Seungwoo. "Trust me, Yuto already complains about it and Byungchan's there daily to help out," Subin said with a shake of his head. "Sejun became an employee for that location too, after Yuto got promoted to manager," he said. "Kris owns that store in particular so Yuto doesn't have to worry about much of anything except corporate," he said.

"So there's more of you?" Asked Junho. "What do you mean?" Asked Hongjoong as he turned to Junho. "I mean, like there's more groups within the pack," said Junho. "Eh... There's really just my group," said Hongjoong. "Jinyoung owns the largest group, but they're trackers mostly," he said.

"Every general's pack has a specific job," said Seungwoo. "My side is the soldiers, Jinyoung has the trackers, the third general has the medics and the fourth has the hunters," he said. "Who are the other two?" Asked Junho. "Yixing and Yedam," said Seungwoo. "But as you've probably noticed, Yedam is never in Toronto for any extended period of time and Yixing controls part of Berlin," he said.

"The way Kris has it set up is kind of weird," said Subin. "But some of us were moved around," he said. "I was with Yixing's pack originally," he said. "I was with Jinyoung," said Seungsik. "We got moved around for the purpose of having a certain member of each group from each general," he said.

"Jinyoung got Sunwoo, who was with me," said Seungwoo. "I got Hanse and Chan from Yedam," he said. "The more violent prone wolves get sent to me, and those who have good tracking skills, is a medic, or wants to become a vampire or werewolf hunter go to their respective generals," he said.

"Who became the hunter in your side of the pack?" Asked Hyeongjun. "Yunho did," said Hongjoong. "As MK became a vampire hunter on Jinyoung's side, Yunho became a werewolf hunter on our side," he said. "I wondered how that would play out," said Seungwoo. "You and Minhee were discussing things about it when you got back from your missions," he said.

"Wontak got involved with Yunho's initiation mission," said Hyeongjun. "And he asked me to go help him with it," he said. "I know Kangmin got involved with MK's, we were there to help him as he did the same to us with Yunho's initiation mission," he said.

"You know," said Yohan. "Despite being in a new pack you're still heavily involved with the other pack," he remarked. "I mean, I'm a werewolf," said Seungwoo. "I have no real reason to be here," he said, shrugging.

"He has a point," said Wooseok. "To be honest I still keep tabs on my old pack," he said. "Xiao is still a fresh new alpha, same as you," he said. "So he comes to me for advice if no one else can help him," he said. "I agreed to help you," he said before Yohan said anything. "So that's why I haven't left yet," he said. "But when I deem you ready to be without me, then I will leave," he said. "I sometimes forget about this deal," Yohan said, scratching the back of his head.

"Well," said Hongjoong as he got up. "I think it's time we head off," he said. "Leaving already?" Asked Seungsik as he looked over at Hongjoong. "We need to go deeper into Europe from here," said Jongho. "Byungchan has a new lead and we need to find them," he said. "You guys are going in your wolf forms?" Asked Yohan as he blinked in realization. "It's easier to get places," said Hongjoong. "No worries though, we got it from here," he said. "You guys were lucky to live near the forest, we would've never come close when hearing the fighting going on," he said. "Be careful," said Seungwoo. "Yeah yeah," said Hongjoong as he turned to Jongho. They both nod to each other before leaving. A howl was heard a few minutes later before it went silent.

"So about that spar...?" Asked Junho as he turned to Seungsik. "Tomorrow kid," said Seungsik. "Don't worry," he added. "I don't go back on my word," he said. "Remember the rules Seungsik," said Seungwoo. "Yeah yeah," grumbled Seungsik.

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The fight looked like it would be delayed, as Seungsik had to make a trip back to Berlin to let Byungchan know he was still alive before Byungchan decided to send anyone else. Subin was still around, but he refused to fight Junho, and for good reason. Seungsik was the second strongest, and everyone went toe to toe with him in spars, but in terms of pure brawling, Subin always came out on top. A spar he couldn't do, but a serious fight would cause him to kill Junho.

Seungwoo was getting restless, something that didn't go unnoticed by the others as he was out running for most of the day. It took Wooseok going to find him before Seungwoo would come back, and Yohan decided to give him another vacation. "Go," said Yohan. "I know you need it, we'll be fine here," he said.

"Are you sure?" Asked Seungwoo. "I'm fine here," said Wooseok. "You need to go before you go crazy," he said. "I can man the fort while you're gone," said Subin. "Just tell Byungchan that I'm in your place for a bit," he said. "Tell Seungsik to head back to the states, you're going with him," he said. Seungwoo let out a deep sigh. "Alright," he said, going to get his passport and wallet. Wooseok drove him to the train station.

"Why'd you grant him a vacation?" Asked Junho as he turned to Yohan. "Seungwoo hasn't been in one of those moods in a while," he said. "He needs to fight something," said Subin. "And for some reason fighting someone like Chan calms him down," he said. "Looks like that spar isn't happening after all," he said. Junho hummed in response.
  AkiraInu / 16d 5h 32m 45s
[center Chapter 10]

"Huh," said Subin. "I thought this place would be bigger than this," he said as he stood in the front yard looking up at the house after getting dropped off by a taxi. "They know we're here," said Seungsik as he looked around the area. "So let's go," he said, walking over to the front porch and up the steps. Subin followed after him, going to ring the doorbell.

It was Seungwoo who opened the door, nodding to them in greeting. "Hey you two," he said. "Come on in," he said, moving to let them in before closing the door behind them. "Sorry about not going to get you from the train station," he said. "It's alright," said Subin. "We guessed that you were busy so," he said, shrugging.

"Wooseok took our only car to get groceries," said Seungwoo as he scratched the back of his head. "I'll let Yohan know you're here," he said before going to text Yohan. "I think he said you were sharing a room with Wooseok and I," he said. "That's fine," said Subin. Seungsik nodded. "Follow me then," said Seungwoo before he headed upstairs to his and Wooseok's room.

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"Huh," said Yohan as he came face to face with Subin and Seungsik. "I thought you two'd look more different than this," he said, earning a raised eyebrow from Subin. Seungsik shook his head in amusement. "Well," he said. "I can see why Seungwoo's still around," he said. "Oi," Yohan said with a scowl. "I'm not [i that] bad," he said.

"It's been a while you two," said Wooseok as he walked into the livingroom. "Yes, it has," said Seungsik. "Staying out of trouble?" Asked Subin. "Of course," Wooseok said with a snicker. "Why would I have [i any] motive to do anything bad?" He asked, earning a chuckle from Seungsik.

"Well," said Yohan. "When do you want to get this spar over with?" He asked. "Hm, I want to spar with Seungwoo first," hummed Seungsik. "I want to see if you are still in top shape here," he said. Seungwoo smirked. "I'm still good," he said. "Of course, that's for you to find out, if I've gotten any better than before," he said.

"What are the rules of the spar?" Asked Seungsik as he turned to Yohan. "No teeth or claws, the winner knocks his opponent off their feet," said Yohan. "Well, that changes things," said Seungsik. "It's a rule amongst the 'shifters," said Seungwoo. "Makes it only slightly easier for them though, but for us, it's an inconvenience," he said.

"We'll make it work," said Seungsik. "Where can we fight?" He asked. "The back yard, and if you don't mind, our werewolf hunter kind of needs to be there to make sure things don't go out of hand," said Yohan. Seungsik turned to Seungwoo. "It's the only way I could agree to the compromise when you get around to sparring with Junho," he said. "Ah," hummed Seungsik. "That's fine," he said.

Everyone headed out to watch the spar, curious about how Seungwoo would deal with having to fight his ex-beta. Only Wooseok and Subin would have any guess on the outcome, but even they were unsure of who would ultimately win. Hyeongjun was curious, as to what this fight would entail. He had been wary of what Seungsik would be like, but if Seungwoo was stronger he didn't have much to worry about until Seungsik's fight with Junho. Everyone gathered around the backyard to observe the spar, with Wooseok being the judge of this round.

When Seungsik and Seungwoo both came into view in their wolf forms Junho leaned forward to observe the fight more closely. "Remember you two," said Wooseok. "No teeth or claws, the winner knocks their opponent off their feet," he said. When Seungwoo and Seungsik nodded to the rules Wooseok brought his hand down for them to begin.

Seungwoo begun the fight by launching himself forward, slamming into Seungsik who moved just a little bit out of the way to push forward and shove Seungwoo away. They both stood their grounds, growling at each other before Seungsik took the initiative and attacked, leaping forward and slamming into Seungwoo. Seungwoo let him, using a trick that Wooseok did to get under Seungsik and rearing up, throwing Seungsik behind him. Seungsik skidded back on his paws, huffing as he landed rather hard into a nearby tree.

Seungwoo quickly turned around, growling at Seungsik as he stood his ground. Seungsik growled back, baring his teeth as he got to his feet. Seungwoo prepared to rush forward to slam into Seungsik again when Seungsik admitted defeat by bowing down on his front paws. "That's it huh?" Asked Wooseok. Seungwoo nodded.

"Alright," said Wooseok. Seungwoo nodded and turned to leave when Seungsik launched himself at Seungwoo, catching Seungwoo by surprise. Seungsik slammed into Seungwoo, the two of them wrestling around on the ground. "Aw, that's a cheap move," said Subin. "I know this is a spar but come on," he said.

A commanding snarl came from Seungwoo as he kicked Seungsik off him, getting to his feet as his fur stood on end. Seungsik grunted, slowly getting to his feet as he turned to face Seungwoo. Blood was coming from a slash mark on Seungsik's face, going from his left ear down to his cheek.

"Ah, now you've set him off," said Subin as he sighed. "Back out now, this fight is over," he called. Seungsik inclined his head and Seungwoo snorts, going to grab his clothes and change back before putting them on. Seungsik went to do the same, with Subin going over to check on the wound after he came back.

"Did you really need to do that?" Asked Seungwoo as he walked over to Subin and Seungsik. "Spar rules be damned," said Seungsik as he wiped blood away from his face, the wound practically healed now, leaving a pink line where it was. "We can't fight like that, and you know it," he said. "Well, you know the rules, and you're fighting a 'shifter next," said Seungwoo. "I know," Seungsik said sighing.

"Damn, werewolves heal fast," said Junho as he walked over. "Still want to fight me kid?" Asked Seungsik as he turned to Junho. "I'd like to try," said Junho. "Tomorrow," said Yohan as he walked over. "I think we've seen enough action today," he said.

"B-But hyung," whined Junho. "Listen to him kid," said Seungsik. "This may have been a regular spar between Seungwoo and I but I'm a bit sore from being slammed into a tree," he said. "Tomorrow, I promise," he said. "Unless Subin wants his turn," he added. "No, I'll go too far with the kid," said Subin.

"I don't think it's a good idea to proceed with the fight," said Hyeongjun as he walked over. "I was [i this] close to stepping in to stop the fight when Seungsik went after him after being slammed into a tree," he said, putting his thumb and index finger millimeters apart to emphasize the point.

"We heard a fight," came a new voice, causing everyone to turn to said voice. "Oh, Hongjoong," said Seungsik. "What brings you here?" He asked. "Europe runs, what else?" Asked Hongjoong. "Byungchan was wondering where you two went," he said. "Yeosang was in the area not too long ago, came to see what all the fuss was about," he said.

"Long time no see Hongjoong," said Seungwoo. "Same to you my friend," said Hongjoong as he put his hands in his pockets. "You're alone?" Asked Yohan. "For the most part, though Jongho's nearby," said Hongjoong. That's when they noticed another wolf off in the distance, observing them. "Come on over Jongho!" Called Seungwoo. "It's safe," he called. Jongho went to change and put on his clothes before coming over.

"Well, more werewolves," Hyeongjun said with a sigh. "They're with us," said Seungsik. "I figured," said Hyeongjun. "Let's take this inside," said Yohan. "Introductions can be done there," he said. Everyone agreed and headed inside.
  AkiraInu / 19d 8h 9m 46s
[center Chapter 9]

"He wants to do [i what]?" Asked Seungwoo as he turned to Yohan in confusion. "Junho wants to try fighting you," said Yohan. "Is he [i crazy]?" Asked Seungwoo. "I'm one of Kris's top generals for a [i reason]," he said. "The only other person that's stronger than me is Jinyoung," he said. "It's a spar," said Yohan. "So he thinks you won't take it too far," he said. Seungwoo's expression turned ice cold as he narrowed his eyes. "It's not happening," he said.

"Okay, that's fine," said Yohan. "Don't be alarmed when he still asks," he said. "He is still determined to try and spar with you," he said. Seungwoo nodded, his expression softening just a little bit. "Sorry," he said. "It's okay," said Yohan. "Do you need me for anything else?" Asked Seungwoo. "No, that's it," said Yohan. "I'm going for a run then," said Seungwoo. "Go ahead," said Yohan as he nodded. Seungwoo nodded and left, going to change and run around in his wolf form for a few hours.

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"I told you it was a bad idea to ask Seungwoo," said Wooseok as he sat beside Yohan and Junho who were sitting on the couch watching a movie. "I just wanted to see if he would say yes," said Junho.

"Why are you so determined to spar against him?" Asked Yohan. "Out of everyone I haven't seen him fight yet," said Junho. "I know it's probably because he doesn't want to seriously injure any of us but," he said, shrugging. "You want to see what really makes him the top general," finished Wooseok. Junho nodded. "As a fighter I need to learn to fight other opponents, and well," he said, shrugging. "Makes some sense," hummed Wooseok.

Chan came downstairs with Minhee, causing Yohan to look towards the stairway. "Heading home?" Asked Yohan. "Yeah, I need to get back," said Chan. "Have a safe trip," said Wooseok. "I have missions," said Minhee. "Need someone to take you two to the airport?" Asked Yohan. "Please," said Minhee. "I got it," said Wooseok as he got up and went to grab his shoes and keys. He then went to take them to the airport.

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"Kid," said Seungwoo as he stood in the doorway to Junho and Dongpyo's room, causing Junho to look towards the door. "Can we have a talk?" He asked. "Ah, sure?" Asked Junho as he went to grab his phone. "Don't be too harsh on him hyung," Dongpyo called from his spot on his bunk. "I'll try not to," said Seungwoo as Junho walked over. They left the room, going downstairs to put on their shoes before heading outside to sit on the porch swing.

"What kind of stupid idea was it to try and fight me, even in a spar?" Asked Seungwoo after a few minutes of silence. "I- I never saw you fight before," said Junho. "When everyone has their spars you just stay in the sidelines to make sure no one got too seriously hurt," he said.

"So you want a spar because you want to see how I fight?" Asked Seungwoo. "No no," said Junho. "Eventually I'm going to have to learn how to fight other species," he said. "I thought I'd see how you fight so I can learn how to fight against a werewolf," he said.

"Why not learn from Hyeongjun?" Asked Seungwoo. "He wouldn't be able to teach me anything," said Junho. "Hangyul would be the same way as his animal form is just a giant wolf, and Seungyoun isn't a fighter," he said. "And I can't learn from just watching, I need to do the fighting myself," he said.

"Tell you what," said Seungwoo as he shifted in his seat, sliding forward slightly as he crossed his left leg over his right knee. "I'm not going to fight against you, but I can ask a pack member of mine to come over," he said. "If they're not busy anyway," he added. "If you seem [i so] determined to spar with me, will you be alright with this compromise?" He asked. "Yes," said Junho. "I'm sorry for asking you," he said, sighing.

"It's alright," said Seungwoo. "I was anticipating when you were going to ask, but I didn't think you'd ask [i this] soon," he said. "Who will I be fighting?" Asked Junho. "Someone I trust," said Seungwoo. "I'll need to get Yohan's permission to let them come over first but," he said, shrugging. "It won't be that hard," he said. Junho nodded.

"I want one thing though, before we proceed with this," said Seungwoo. "Wooseok, Hyeongjun and I observe the fight to make sure that nothing gets too crazy," he said. "I was going to ask Wooseok if he'd come watch the fight to make sure nothing happened," said Junho. "And I know that Hyeongjun would need to be there," he added. "So, that's fine," he said. Seungwoo nodded.

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"A compromise?" Asked Yohan as he was making dinner with Seungwoo. "Yeah," said Seungwoo. "Do you really think you'd hurt him though?" Asked Yohan. "Believe me, I didn't become Kris's top general for the way I handle things," said Seungwoo.

"Hyeongjun's not going to be too pleased with more werewolves coming to visit," said Yohan. "I'll tell Subin to behave," said Seungwoo. "Besides, Seungsik's coming with him," he said. "They had to do a Europe run, so it was perfect timing," he said. Yohan hummed in response.

"Dinner," called Seungwoo, causing everyone to rush into the kitchen to get their share of food. Everyone then went to sit at the kitchen table to eat, having small chats here and there.

"So we're getting visitors huh?" Asked Hyeongjun. "Junho's determined," said Seungwoo. "So we made this compromise," he said. "You and your damn determination," Wooseok said with a shake of his head.

"When are they going to be here?" Asked Yohan. "Within the next couple days," said Seungwoo. "Subin's not going to be fighting however, Seungsik is," he said. "Out of everyone, he is the second strongest, with me being the strongest fighter," he said. "You think that's a good idea?" Asked Yohan. "Seungsik knows when to hold back," said Seungwoo. "If it was Hanse or Chan that was coming, that'd be a different story," he said. "There's a reason they rarely leave the territory," he said.

"You praise him well," remarked Yohan. "Seungsik's been one of the best betas I ever had," said Seungwoo. "In terms of experience as an alpha however, that title would go to Byungchan," he said. "It's why he became temporary general," he added. "I see," said Yohan.

"What are they like?" Asked Junho. "Subin's the youngest in my side of the pack," said Seungwoo. "Don't let that fool you though, Subin's a great fighter, and a medic on the side," he added. "Seungsik is a tracker by trade, but his ability as a fighter makes even [i me] wary of pissing him off sometimes," he said.

"Sounds like a werewolf I'd get sent after," said Hyeongjun. "Unfortunately for you," said Seungwoo. "They [i are] a part of Kris's pack, so be wary of that," he said. "I know I know," said Hyeongjun.
  AkiraInu / 20d 12h 9m 17s
[center Chapter 8]

Junho let out a deep breath, opening his eyes as he looked up at the bottom of the top bunk in his and Dongpyo's room. He had learned from the others that Yohan was talking to everyone, and had finished talking to Dohyun yesterday, leaving him to be the last person. He wanted to try and fight Seungwoo today, and was sure Seungwoo would say yes.

Junho heard movement in the bunk above him, and Dongpyo slowly climbed down from his bunk. He rubbed his eyes before going to turn on the light. "Morning," he said. "Good morning," said Junho as he moved to get up, stretching as he did so. "Have a good night's sleep?" He asked. "Mm," hummed Dongpyo as he went into the adjacent bathroom they were sharing with Eunsang and Dohyun. Junho went to get ready for the day, joining the others in the kitchen after getting his turn in the shower.

Seungwoo and Wooseok were making breakfast, as it was their turn to make breakfast while the others slowly made their way down into the kitchen to get breakfast.

"What's the plans today?" Asked Hangyul as Yohan entered the kitchen. "We're getting visitors," said Yohan. "Woojin's retiring from being a vampire hunter so Chan took him on one last mission and they're passing through here for the next couple days," he said. "He's retiring?" Asked Minhee as he blinked in confusion. "Yeah," said Yohan. "Said something about needing to get away from everything," he said.

"Vampire hunters don't just [i retire]," said Minhee. "The mental stress probably got to him," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised," said Hyeongjun before he drank some coffee. "Some people aren't cut out for being vampire hunters or werewolf hunters," he said. "What do you mean by that?" Asked Yohan.

"He means that those who retire are usually... Killed off," said Wooseok as he sighed. "If you're part of a faction it's fine but," he said, shrugging. "I think for Woojin he's leaving both so this last mission he's going to his death, to leave a lasting mark or something," he said. "If he had found his mate it'd be different, but last I heard Woojin's alone," he said.

"So wait," said Junho as he blinked. "He's going to be killed?" He asked. "It's possible," said Wooseok. "Let's not assume anything yet," said Yohan. "Let them come over and we'll see what happens," he said.

Right on cue the doorbell rang and Yohan went to answer, nodding to Chan and Woojin. "Come on in," he said, letting them in before closing the door. "We're just about to eat breakfast, if you want to join us," he said. "Yeah, we can do that," said Chan. Woojin nodded, and he followed Chan and Yohan into the kitchen.

"Hey Chan, Woojin," said Minhee. "Yo," said Chan. Woojin smiled slightly, nodding in greeting. "Breakfast is done," said Wooseok, causing the others to go get their share of breakfast, making sure to leave some for their guests.

"So who are you after?" Asked Minhee as he turned to Chan. "Someone nearby," said Chan. "Need some help?" Asked Minhee. "If you don't mind," said Chan. "And Woojin is fine with it of course," he added. "I'm fine with it," said Woojin. "In any hurry to head back after this?" Asked Minhee. "No, not really," said Chan. "We can go after breakfast then," said Minhee.

"Do you mind showing me the mission details?" Asked Yohan, still not believing the [i real] reason for this visit. Chan took a minute to pull it up on his phone before passing it over, and Yohan checked it, nodding. "Okay," he said, passing the phone back over. "Good luck," he said. Woojin nodded. "Thanks," he said. After breakfast Chan and Woojin headed out with Minhee to get their mission done.

[center ~]

"Junho," said Yohan. "Can we have a chat?" He asked. "Sure," said Junho as he nodded. "Come with me then," said Yohan as he went to put on his shoes and head outside. Junho followed after him after doing the same.

"So is what Minhee said true?" Asked Junho as they sat on the front porch swing. "Yeah," Yohan said with a sigh. "I didn't believe it either but I saw the information," he said. "Is- Is Hyeongjun and Minhee going to be like that one day?" Asked Junho. "No," said Yohan. "At least, I hope not," he said. "I think when they decide to retire it's going to be when they find their mates at least," he said. "It's a crazy life we live," mumbled Junho. "I know," Yohan said, sighing again.

"Woojin looked mentally exhausted," said Junho. "I saw," hummed Yohan as he shook his head. "Sometimes I fear what will happen to our hunters when they decide to call it quits," he said. "They've both been doing this for a long time," said Junho. "I doubt they'd quit now," he added. "You never know," hummed Yohan. "I guess," said Junho.

"Anyway," said Yohan. "I did this with everyone already, and since you decided to want to try and spar against our resident werewolf, I wanted to ask why," he said. "I thought to try it at least," said Junho. "I mean what's the worst he can do to me? It's a spar," he said.

"Minhee doesn't think you're ready," said Yohan. "It's not like I'm fighting you," Junho said with a pout. "Seungwoo was top general and leader of his pack for a reason you know," said Yohan. "I want to try," said Junho. "If I get defeated immediately I won't bother him again," he said. Yohan nodded. "I'll talk to him, okay?" He asked. Junho nodded.

"Anyway," said Yohan. "Other than that, how are you faring?" He asked. "With being a shapeshifter?" Asked Junho. Yohan nodded. "I'm doing fine," said Junho. "At least, I'm getting better at controlling when I change," he added. "I'm not having much trouble now," he said. "Minhee says I can start fighting larger opponents soon," he added. "That's good," said Yohan. "We'll see what Seungwoo says," he said. Junho nodded.

"If he says no?" Asked Yohan. "Then I'm fine with fighting Hangyul," said Junho. "Or Hyeongjun if he's still around when the spar happens," he added. "Okay," said Yohan as he nodded. "But we are having Wooseok and Hyeongjun observe the fight if Seungwoo agrees to the spar," he added. "That's fine," said Junho.

[center ~]

When Minhee came back with Chan, Chan had a solemn expression on his face as he kept looking at the ground. "Mission success?" Asked Yohan as they walked onto the front porch. "Yeah," said Minhee as he nodded.

"How long are you staying around for Chan?" Asked Yohan. "A few days, if you don't mind," said Chan. "Go for it," said Yohan. "Take all the time you need before heading home," he said. Chan nodded. "Thank you," he said.

"Minhee," said Yohan as Minhee almost walked into the house. "Chan's in your room, okay?" He asked. "Yeah," said Minhee as he nodded. "Hyeongjun understands," he said. "Okay," said Yohan. "Dismissed," he said. Minhee nodded and headed inside with Chan following after him.
  AkiraInu / 22d 4h 45m 36s
[center Chapter 7]

Finding out that he was nothing more than a [i house cat] frankly annoyed the hell of Dongpyo. He wanted to be something like Hyeongjun, or even Hwanhee. Hell, being a lynx would've been better for him but [i no]. Despite everything though, Dongpyo made the best of the situation, and decided to train in being their pack's only messenger. He could go around in his animal form with no one the wiser and deliver messages.

Right now Seungyoun was teaching him the ways of being stealthy in his animal form, and Dongpyo was tasked to deliver a message from point a to point b without getting noticed. He only had half an hour to do so, and the moment he got caught he would fail.

Dongpyo was currently crouched under the coffee table in his animal form, his ears twitching as he listened for movement. He held a small envelope in his mouth as he looked around the room from where he could see. Everyone was outside except for Wooseok who was the receiver of the note, as Seungyoun had said that this was a training exercise and Dongpyo needed to concentrate. Seungyoun was stalking him, and Dongpyo's goal was to get upstairs and into Wooseok and Seungwoo's room to deliver the note.

Footsteps alerted Dongpyo to a visitor in the room and he turned to spot Seungyoun's legs near the front door, freezing in place. "Come out little cat," Seungyoun said, walking around the livingroom. Dongpyo slowly moved, keeping his tail from sticking out of the coffee table and waited for the perfect moment to bolt for the stairs.

"I know you're in here," called Seungyoun, standing directly over the coffee table. Dongpyo nearly jumped in fear, but managed to lightly dig his claws into the wood to stay still, inching forward slowly when Seungyoun moved away from his spot. Footsteps moved into the kitchen and Dongpyo took the chance, leaping forward and bolting towards the stairs and squeezing himself through the railing and upstairs.

He seemed to succeed, rushing straight to Wooseok's room and scratching at the door. There was movement from the other side before Wooseok opened the door, looking down at Dongpyo. "A message for me?" He asked when he noticed the envelope before nodding and holding out his arms for Dongpyo to jump into. Dongpyo hopped up into Wooseok's arms and Wooseok took the envelope from him, opening it and reading it. "Seungyoun! He succeeded!" He called, putting Dongpyo down who sat down, his tail swishing from side to side.

"Damn," said Seungyoun as he walked upstairs. "You're getting better at stealth kid," he said. Dongpyo turned to Seungyoun, nodding before going into his and Junho's room to change. "Really though?" Asked Wooseok as he shook his head, going back into his room. "What? Yohan said no life threatening pranks," whined Seungyoun, earning a laugh from Wooseok as he closed the door.

"15 minutes, a new record," said Seungyoun as he turned to Dongpyo when he came back after changing and getting dressed. "Where were you?" He asked. "Under the coffee table," said Dongpyo as he scratched the back of his head. "Ah," said Seungyoun. "By the way, Yohan needs to talk to you," he said. "He's been doing this with the others too, so it's nothing bad," he said. "Okay," said Dongpyo before he headed out to find Yohan.

"Mission success?" Asked Yohan as Dongpyo found him returning from a walk with Minhee. "Yes," said Dongpyo as he grinned in triumph. "Good job," said Yohan as he chuckled some. "A messenger is what we need really," said Minhee. "All this land will attract a lot of attention from other shapeshifter packs," he said. "He has a point," hummed Dongpyo.

"Come to the lake with me?" Asked Yohan as he turned to Dongpyo. "Sure," said Dongpyo. "Have fun with your talk," called Minhee as he headed back to the house. Yohan waved before heading to the lake with Dongpyo.

"How are you doing?" Asked Yohan as they stood on the dock overlooking the water. "As a shapeshifter?" Asked Dongpyo. Yohan nodded. "I could be better," confessed Dongpyo. "I mean come on, I'm a [i house cat]," he said with a pout. "But I'm doing my best with the situation," he added. "I'm not having much trouble adjusting to it," he said. "Good," said Yohan.

"I know you must be disappointed that you ended up being a house cat," Yohan said, earning a grumble from Dongpyo. "But at least you found your place as a messenger," he said. "That's better than Eunsang right now at least," he added. "I guess," hummed Dongpyo.

"Has he given any indication of what he wanted to be yet?" Asked Dongpyo. "Not yet," said Yohan. "He's thinking about it though," he added. "I see," said Dongpyo.

[center ~]

Yohan's talk with Dohyun was not going to go as planned it seemed, as Dohyun played a prank on him by hiding his phone. That caused a shouting match to go between them and ended with Yohan storming out the back door to calm down before he changed and tore the kid to shreds. This was the closest [i anyone] saw to Yohan losing his temper, and it was for a harmless prank of all things.

Yohan went to the lake, going to lean against the railing on the dock as he thought over what he was about to do to Dohyun before he stormed out the back door. No one had pushed him that far before, and it seemed he needed to set some boundaries between himself and Dohyun before he killed the kid.

Hesitant footsteps alerted Yohan to a new presence as Dohyun walked over, looking at his feet in guilt as he came over and stood beside Yohan. "I'm sorry," mumbled Dohyun.

Yohan took a minute to think about the apology before sighing and turning to Dohyun. "It's okay," he said. "Really," he added. "I was getting news from the other information networks and needed to check my phone before you decided to hide it," he said. "I should've controlled myself better, I'm sorry," he said. "You were stressed out, I wasn't sure over what, so I thought that hiding your phone as a prank would've at least cheered you up some," said Dohyun as he scratched the back of his head, looking up at Yohan.

"Next time try and think before pulling something like that okay?" Asked Yohan. "Be careful with the 'shifters that looked stressed," he said. "Sometimes just talking to them will help," he said. "Like you've been doing with everyone?" Asked Dohyun. Yohan nodded. "Who are you talking to next?" Asked Dohyun. "Junho," said Yohan. "But it's more to try and convince him to not face off against Seungwoo," he added. "Oh," said Dohyun.

"How are you doing? With being in the pack anyway?" Asked Yohan. "I like it," said Dohyun. "My dad was a 'shifter too," he said. "He stopped changing before my mom had me so I never knew what he could change into," he said. "I didn't even know I had 'shifter genes until Seungyoun found me," he added. "My mom didn't want to give me up, but it happened anyway," he said, sighing. "I don't regret leaving though," he said. Yohan hummed.
  AkiraInu / 23d 5h 44m 26s
[center Chapter 6]

Hyeongjun often wondered why he was put into the same room as Minhee. It wasn't like he didn't mind being in the same room as the vampire hunter, but it made him wonder what was going through Yohan's head when he decided to make them roommates. He guessed that it had to do with them being gone a lot, as missions had them gone for most of the year depending on where they both went.

"How are you doing?" Asked Yohan as he went grocery shopping with Hyeongjun. "Doing fine," said Hyeongjun. "I've been wondering," he said. "Why did you group Minhee and I together?" He asked.

"I figured why not," said Yohan as he shrugged. "You two are the hunters in the group," he said. "Since the others are roommates and all," he added. "Everyone chose who their roommates would be while you two were gone so," he said, shrugging again. "Oh," said Hyeongjun.

"Are you unhappy with the arrangement?" Asked Yohan. "No no," said Hyeongjun as he shook his head no. "I'm fine with it," he said. "I assumed you were doing it because it was easier to group the hunters together," he said. Yohan shook his head. "Everyone chose their roommates, you can even ask the others to get a confirmation," he said. "We gave you the third biggest room in the house for compensation though," he said. "Right," said Hyeongjun.

"You said you were a veteran?" Asked Yohan as they went through the checkout line to pay for the food. "Yeah," said Hyeongjun. "How have missions been?" Asked Yohan. "I go for the more violent wolves," said Hyeongjun. "And I'm more needed when Wontak needs me," he said. "We work pretty well together, considering that it's just us in the faction," he said. "If I get missions it's usually by myself but I do find myself working with him," he added. "I see," said Yohan.

[center ~]

Eunsang was still undecided on what he would end up changing into. It was still quite a while before he would feel the first signs of the change according to Wooseok so he figured that he still had some time before he would begin to think about his animal form. He did have a lot of options to choose from, so he took his time to figure out what to change into.

"How are you doing?" Asked Yohan as he went to stand beside Eunsang as he was standing on the dock overlooking the small lake on their property. "I'm fine," said Eunsang. "Why do you ask?" He asked. "You've been avoiding everyone lately," said Yohan as he shrugged. "I thought I'd check on you, since even Dohyun couldn't get a conclusive answer from you," he said.

"Sometimes I feel like the outsider," said Eunsang. "Because of my family's history," he added. "My family got to choose their animal forms so that leaves a burden on me," he said. "I don't know what I'll end up being," he said. "So it makes it harder for me to expect it," he said.

"Well," Yohan said after contemplating what to say. "I'm not sure what you'll end up being either," he said. "But whatever you do end up being, I'm sure will be the right choice for you," he said. Eunsang hummed in response.

"Did you even know of your family being shapeshifters?" Asked Eunsang. "No," said Yohan. "I'm pretty sure I'm the first," he said. "A recessive gene maybe? I dunno why no one before me started changing," he said. "But my parents knew of our world, so I'm sure they were understanding when Seungyoun showed up at their house to explain that I would be changing very soon," he said.

"How Seungyoun found all of us I don't know," said Eunsang as he leaned against the railing. "I thought he was crazy to do this at first, but I like being in this pack," he said. "I don't have to face my parents when they ask when I'll start changing," he said. "You'll get there," said Yohan. "Take your time, when the time comes I'm sure you'll make the right decision," he said. Eunsang nodded.

[center ~]

Minhee found that walking around their giant property brought a sense of calmness. He wasn't sure why, but he chalked it up to having so much land thanks to Seungyoun's old pack. The younger ones would start changing soon, and ever since Dongpyo started changing everyone had kept a closer eye on Eunsang and Dohyun.

Training with Junho was going well, and his animal form's size was getting bigger every week it seemed so Wooseok was positive that Junho wouldn't need a partner when it came to fighting larger opponents. It was too early for him to face larger opponents like Wooseok, but Minhee would have to talk to Wooseok about letting Junho try his hand at fighting someone like Hyeongjun or Hangyul soon.

"Junho's been looking for you you know," called Yohan as he walked over after following the trail that Minhee took when he did his daily walks. "Ah, sorry," said Minhee as he turned to look at Yohan. "What did he need me for?" He asked. "He wants to try and fight someone bigger than you," said Yohan, earning a snort from Minhee.

"Yeah, and let him get squished?" Asked Minhee. "Not happening yet," he said. "I can see him fighting Hangyul and winning, but someone like you or Wooseok? Not happening," he said. "I told him that," said Yohan. "He wants to try and fight Seungwoo," he said.

"...Come again?" Asked Minhee as he blinked. "He wants to try and fight Seungwoo," Yohan said, scratching the back of his head. "Ah..." Said Minhee as he blinked several times. "I don't think he's ready to take on a [i werewolf] yet," he said. "What does Seungwoo say?" He asked. "I haven't talked to him about it yet," said Yohan as he sighed. "But I'll ask him," he said. Minhee nodded.

"Anyway," said Yohan. "I wanted to know how you were doing," he said, as he and Minhee continued walking. "I'm doing fine," said Minhee as he shrugged, putting his hands in his pockets. "Missions aren't wearing me down, I do like having these long breaks inbetween missions," he said.

"Dongmyeong's a good faction leader," hummed Yohan. "He tries his best," said Minhee as he nodded. "Now that there's more than just him, Hwanhee and Xion he tries to divide missions between the four of us," he said.

"What do you think of the roommate situation?" Asked Yohan. "I'm fine with it," said Minhee. "Hyeongjun and I make sure to keep our rooms clean, and such," he said, shrugging. "He once asked me what you were thinking when you made us roommates, but I figured that everyone else had their roommates already so it just left us to one room," he said. "Yeah," said Yohan. "Sorry about that," he said, scratching the back of his head. "It's okay," said Minhee, shaking his head.
  AkiraInu / 23d 10h 54m 52s
[center Chapter 5]

Seungwoo felt awkward, being in a pack of shapeshifters. He knew he had every reason to leave, as he wasn't tied here like Wooseok was but he stuck around for Wooseok's sake. He wasn't obligated to be here, but it seemed as if Yohan was fine with his presence. Hyeongjun was the only one who was hesitant with him, and Hangyul was even colder in his presence. Hyeongjun he could understand, but Seungwoo couldn't for the life of him figure out what Hangyul's problem was with him.

"Why do you choose to stick around?" Asked Yohan as he walked over and stood beside Seungwoo who was laying in the grass in the backyard with his hands behind his back, staring up at the sky. "Why? I don't know," hummed Seungwoo as he turned his head to look at Yohan. "Why do you ask?" He asked.

"I've noticed something," said Yohan as he shrugged, looking up at the sky as he sat cross legged, letting his hands rest in his lap. "Hangyul is being... Difficult around you," he said. "I don't know what his problem is with me," Seungwoo said honestly as he sighed. "I figured as much," said Yohan.

"It's odd, I know," said Seungwoo as he sat up, resting his arms on his knees as he hugged his knees. "That a werewolf decided to join a pack of shapeshifters," he said. "Seungyoun honestly thought I'd say no," he said. "But I told him that I would join only if Wooseok said that he would join," he said. "And he said he would so," he said, shrugging.

"You said he took it as payment on finding someone for you?" Asked Yohan. "Mhm," hummed Seungwoo. "Who were you looking for?" Asked Yohan. "You remember Hwanhee and the twins?" Asked Seungwoo. "Yeah," said Yohan. "I was asked to find Dongmyeong," said Seungwoo. "Oh, I see," said Yohan. "And you asked Seungyoun to help?" He asked. Seungwoo nodded.

"Why did you ask Wooseok to become my adviser?" Asked Yohan. "He needed to get away from his pack," said Seungwoo. "At least, for a little while," he added. "It wasn't as bad as most would think," he said. "But he didn't like the direction his pack was going," he said. "There's only so much he could do as a pack alpha before someone tried to take over," he said. "I see," said Yohan.

"Do you regret leaving your pack?" Asked Yohan. "No," said Seungwoo. "I knew what I was doing," he said. "And, it's temporary," he said. "I'll leave when Wooseok does," he said. "Unlike Wooseok, I do have a pack to return to," he added. "Kris was understanding when I told him what I was doing," he said. "It presented an opportunity to extend the information network that we run," he said. "I see," said Yohan.

[center ~]

Wooseok was the next target for Yohan's questioning, as Wooseok sat on the porch swing for another long night of no sleep. Nightmares were disturbing his sleep again, and Wooseok refused to wake everyone up so he took to staying awake at night and napping during the day.

"Nightmares bothering you again?" Asked Yohan as he stepped outside, closing the door and going to sit down beside Wooseok. "For the most part," hummed Wooseok as he nodded. "What are your nightmares even about?" Asked Yohan. "Maybe if you talk about them it'll help," he said.

"Flashbacks about the war mostly," said Wooseok as he shrugged. "I grew up during the first world war in Germany," he said. "My brother and I lost our parents to the war," he said. "We were lucky to stay out of the orphanage because of Mingi and the pack he belonged to," he said.

"So that's the kind of history you have with that guy?" Asked Yohan. "Seriously, everyone thought we were mates," Wooseok said with a snort. "I knew better," said Yohan. "I know," said Wooseok. "Mingi and his pack were the reason we learned of our history as shapeshifters, Eunwoo and I never learned about it from our parents, as it was pretty early for them to tell us about it when they died," he said. "I see," hummed Yohan.

"How'd you get the scar across your face again?" Asked Yohan. "I was sparring with Jinwook," said Wooseok. "It got a bit too far and this happened," he said, shrugging as he covered his mouth when he yawned.

"Why did you decide to become my adviser?" Yohan asked suddenly, causing Wooseok to blink in surprise at the question. "Why? I don't know really," said Wooseok. "I could've stepped down as alpha of my old pack," he said. "...But I didn't think that was enough I guess," he said after thinking it over. "Other than owing Seungwoo some favors of course," he added. "I see," hummed Yohan.

[center ~]

"Hangyul," said Yohan as he approached said person. "What's up?" Asked Hangyul as he turned to face Yohan. "What's with you and Seungwoo?" Asked Yohan. "You seem colder than usual towards him," he said.

"Ah..." Said Hangyul, sounding hesitant as he blinked. "It's nothing against Seungwoo," he said. "Part of it goes back to the war time," he said. "I had the nickname on the battlefield of "monster," he said. "I dunno what was going on at the time, as I was never really [i there], but," he said, sighing.

"We met on the battlefield, while Seungwoo was helping his pack get away," said Hangyul as he shrugged. "I was told to kill everything in sight and I did," he said. "Seungwoo was the one to snap me out of it, fighting in human form much to my embarrassment," he said, scratching the back of his head. "He's the one who gave me the large scar across my back, and he got away," he said. "I see," hummed Yohan.

"I don't hold a grudge against him, but seeing him has brought back some memories," said Hangyul. "I know he's only here because of Wooseok," he said. "I don't want to drive him away, Seungwoo seems like a good person but," he said, sighing. "Just try and keep things civil alright?" Asked Yohan. "I'll do my best," said Hangyul as he nodded.

[center ~]

"What, you're here to talk to me now?" Asked Seungyoun as he was sitting on the front porch swing, being in his thoughts when Yohan approached him. "I'm just looking out for the oldest members of the pack, you know that," said Yohan as he sat down on the opposite end of the swing. "I know, sorry for snapping at you like that," Seungyoun said, sighing. "It's okay, really," said Yohan. "You've been snapping at everyone lately, it's understandable," he said, earning a defeated sounding sigh from Seungyoun. "I guess," mumbled Seungyoun.

"How are things for you, really?" Asked Yohan. "Weird," Seungyoun said honestly. "I thought I'd be able to adjust quickly to being in a new pack," he said. "But you run things differently than Yixuan did," he said. "I'm doing my best," said Yohan. "I know," said Seungyoun. "I'm just used to different rules, different routines," he said. "It'll take some getting used to, I doubt I'll ever get used to it," he said.

"Well," said Yohan. "I'm here," he said. "As I'm sure everyone else will be, if you need us," he said. "We'll give you the space you need, just tell us when you need it," he said.

"...Thanks," Seungyoun said after a minute of silence. "I needed that," he said, turning to Yohan and grinning. Yohan grinned in return. "Does this mean you'll play pranks on the others again?" He asked. "If you let me," said Seungyoun. "Nothing life threatening," said Yohan. "Aw, but that's no fun," whined Seungyoun, causing Yohan to burst out laughing.
  AkiraInu / 24d 4h 25m 23s
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