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Adrian Khöller

The role I've grown into, the role I'll die for...

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a character in “Marked 2”, as played by shmband

Description

My Name is: Adrian Khöller

I am the: Alpha

I am age: 39

My mate is: Tai Khöller

In human form I look like: I guess I've retained the roguish looks of my youth, and I've had to learn to stop appearing too 'smug' when I smile. A lifetime of rigorous activity had kept me in good shape, which is all the more important now I'm starting to feel my age a little...

Image: Image

As a wolf i look like: Deep black wolf with a slender, bullet-like shape and motion

Personality: (Link to his profile from the original RP)When he was young, Adrian was renowned for being a little too brash and arrogant, but thanks to the creative level-headedness of his mate (as well as the constant input of his still-living father, Cid) he has refined his approach to things and mellowed and matured over the years. He can still be a little "gung ho", but after years of successfully running the pack he no longer feels like he has so much to prove.

How you feel about the pack: The pack is my life, I've been living for it since I was a young boy and I'll do anything for them.

Other: Shortly before Tai revealed herself as his mate, Adrian achieved the rare feat of helping a female through her first shift even though he wasn't her mate.

So begins...

Adrian Khöller's Story

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#, as written by shmband
Adrian lay with his eyes open, having been away for about twenty minutes. It was still very early. It was the time of morning when his father, back in the day, would have been pottering about in the sub-level workshop which had always doubled up as a secure 'panic room'. But now that Cid Khöller was retired and living on the outskirts of the town, the workshop was no longer, and had become more of a glory-hole type store area. Every once in a while Adrian would go down there to make sure it was clear enough to serve as a safe-room if the occassion ever called for it, and it had been a while since he'd done that.

Tai was already in the en suite taking a shower. She liked to get started on the household jobs early to leave plenty of time for the other things she liked to do. In particular today she wanted to prepare some music for the group after school, dearly hoping that more people would turn up this time! There were quite a few of the kids who had a flare for music in various ways, but as with all teenagers the problem was often punctuality and motivation!

Rolling out of bed, Adrian put on some jogging pants and a baggy t-shirt - just to suffice for the first hour of the day or so - and ambled down the stairs. He avoided running into any of the others; he preferred to give them peace and space first thing in the morning. He remembered what it was like; as soon as the alpha was around the young people tended to assume that some sort of protocol had to be observed. Which was rediculous in a way. Sometimes Adrian felt like he hadn't grown up at all...and actually missed just chilling out in the morning. His mind wandered back to those days, and the people he'd spent time in the house with. In particular his thoughts turned to his old friend Lux...perhaps it was time he called in on her again. It had been a while and she had a habit of keeping to herself these days. Not healthy for a pack wolf.

Managing not to run into anyone, he took the short flight of steps opposite the kitchen down to a plain wooden door, and walked in.

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#, as written by shmband
Adrian thought he had made it through undetected, before the new boy crashed into his legs. He had, of course, been aware of the boy's presence, but hadn't expected him to come wandering out of the library so blithely.

"Woah easy there champ," he chuckled, grinning down at Ares, "pretty early to be in the library. Find anything interesting in there? Help yourself anytime, goodness knows I wish some of the others would take an interest. There's quite a few old volumes on the pack's record if you're interested, we've been here a few generations. If it takes your fancy, I'll introduce you to my dad sometime. He was one hell of an alpha in his day. Fought off the most dangerous pack of rogues the town's ever seen. It's a great story, all the guys and gals here have heard it."

He shook his head at the way Area flinched. But even so, there was something different about the boy. Slowly but surely he seemed to be coming out of his shell. Adrian decided not to point it out or make a big thing of it. Just be casual. Especially when James turned up.

"Good man." he said to his son, "Why don't you take Ares for breakfast, I think at least one person's already been in there...Kathy I think."

He ruffled Ares' hair and then continued towards the safe-room.

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Ares looked up as the beating didn't come and he quickly grasped the book and held it in front of his chest protectively. He gave the Alpha a quick apologize and a deep bow then left with James and walked into the kitchen. There, he saw the girl he had angered yesterday and he looked at her fearfully, unsure of how to act. But she didn't seem mad, she had even apologized to him yesterday. But it was all his fault. Ares guessed he had to come and apologize for not shaking hands with her, too. There was also another girl there. Hesitantly, he took a step forward and stuttered "...I-I..."

He took a deep, shaky breath and tried again, this time managed to speak a full sentence without stuttering "...I'm sorry for yesterday..." He looked at his hand, unsure if he should offer his hand to her but he had promised himself yesterday that he wouldn't be such a weakling anymore. Taking another deep breath, Ares mentally counted '...1...2...3...4...' and when he seemed to calm down again, Ares pressed his eyes tightly shut and thrust his hand forward "...IamAresItisapleasuretomeetyou..." He said as quickly as he could and then blushed bright red as he realized he just spoke in a none-exist language. He fidgeted uncomfortably and waited for her answer, his eyes darted back and forth between James' form, the other girl's form and Ray's form.

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Adrian stood in the doorway of the safe room, hand on his chin, grimacing. The mess down here really had gotten out of control; there were boxes of allsorts piled up everywhere. If there was ever a real emergency which they’d need to retreat into this room for...well, it’d be awkward to say the least. And worse still the escape tunnel at the back of the room wasn’t accessible without climbing over a bunch of stuff.

No two ways about it, it was time for a clear out. With a sigh he rolled up his sleeves, deciding there was no time like the present. If it got out of hand he’d get one of the guys to come down and help him (maybe there were some forgotten treasures down here...old video games, etc). As he clamped his hands onto a particularly interesting looking box, his PDA beeped in his pocket. Seizing the excuse to delay some tedious labour, he took it out and read the email.

Ade, after your message last night I thought I’d mention that someone reported a young female wolf around town yesterday that nobody recognised. Also, there were two people sleeping out in a car on the outskirts last night. Not hidden, nothing suspicious, but thought I’d let you know.

Adrian scratched his head thoughtfully. People roughing it in a car on the edge of town? Nothing sinister about that in itself, but Connorsford wasn’t exactly the sort of town people ‘passed through’ on a road trip very often. It wasn’t on any highway route. He forwarded the message to Duncan, adding the note:

Hey buddy, keep an eye out for this when you take the patrol later alrighty?

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Duncan dried his hair quickly as he walked out of the bathroom a towel wrapped around his middle, seeing his phone light up with a new message his eyes scanned the message his brow rising in slight confusion why would someone stop in this small town? the larger city was at least 5 or 6 miles away from the town with a better eason to stay there. Also a female wolf had been sighted too, nothing out of the ordinary for that most travellers passed through the forrest but they were always treated with caution incase of them working for other packs as spied finding out a packs weakness or even trying to assasinate members of the pack.

Thinking about his reply he tapped out a reply to Adrian. Sure thing, i'm heading out for morning patrol soon anyway round the grounds and town. See if i can pick up anything about our rough sleepers from some of the guys in town. I'm sure our female friend would have left a trace of something, young pups are so messy sometimes, need a hand with anything today after i get back?

Pressing send he dried the rest of his body getting dressed in a black shirt and baggy jeans making him look like an undercover officer of some sort, actually that was a good idea if he saw the two people roughing it in the car he could question them about why they were there. Opening a draw he picked out a police ID badge it was fake of course but a very convincing fake, slipping it into his back trouser pocket he pushed his phone into his other trouser pocket incase anything came up on the security system or if Duncan needed anything.

Perhaps the ID wasn't needed it was quite simple to find any new people in town everyone knew everyone.

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Duncan walked slowly down the forest path the night animals starting to emerge, the soft hoot of owls across the Forrest as they started their own hunt. Stepping over fallen tress he came to a clearing that was close to the community centre where Tai was teaching, he stood a little far back hidden by a couple of ferns and oak trees. Digging his phone out of his pocket he sent a quick text to Calvin

" hey dude I'm outside the community centre just out of sight, Lyra should be coming out soon."

He breathed in the cool night air slowly his eyes looking up at the moon, he felt a bitter pang in his heart as he knew this would be his fathers last moon if his wolf decided to stay with him that long. Lat time Duncam saw his father he could barely move or speak, his mother was worried beyond belief fearing that her mate would die before she did. Perhaps Duncan could speak to Adrian about burial arrangments since a majority of town were werewolves it was often a large burial in the graveyard with most pack members attending. Giving a light sigh Duncan sniffed around slightly the border wasn't that far from here about a ten minute walk depending how fast you were walking.

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#, as written by shmband
Tai suppressed her smirk...Sahvanna had really been planning on sleeping rough in the town? It was extremely unusual for a travelling wolf to make a stopover in another pack's territory without availing themselves of possible hospitality. But then, she had no idea what Sahvanna's real back story was.

"I'm sure we can do better than a couch." Tai replied, "And it certainly won't do for you to be sleeping rough unnecessarily."

She turned back to the road as if assuming the matter was settled, and looked in the direction from which she knew Adrian would be coming. As something else occured to her, she added, "Oh I should probably mention there's a social gathering at the pack house. A sixteenth birthday, so there will be people coming and going. Hopefully that's not a problem for you, but if it is then perhaps it will be offset by an unusual abundance of food."

She retained her benevolent smile, keen not to judge Sahvanna unduly. After all, it was entirely possible that the shewolf genuinely knew nothing of the other arrivals in town, and was in fact just a lone travelling wolf down on her luck.

At that moment the SUV rounded a corner and pulled up close to where Tai was standing. Adrian was in the driver's seat nodding his head to the stereo and briefly looking up to acknowledge his mate. He looked like he had much on his mind, and Tai wondered how much he had heard of everything that had been going on.

"Well if you're happy to come, this is our ride." Tai said, opening the trunk of the SUV and putting her guitar inside. "This is the head of our family, Adrian."

Adrian looked again and this time noticed Sahvanna, passing a look between her and Tai.

"Hey," he said cautiously, "nice to meet you."

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Sahvanna let Tai’s words sunk deep in – should couldn’t help but feel that she was being mocked – thus the same issue arising that she had with many packs before this. They didn’t understand her, or her ways, and it seemed as if they didn’t quite understand the ways of a lone wolf traveler in general– then again who was she to speak? She herself didn’t understand the ways of packs that stayed stationary – it made no sense and their ways seemed selfish. Never the less the comment of more than a couch was enough to push momentary thoughts from front and center – to bury them deep in a box.

Sahvanna quickly did up her sweater along with her duffle bag, and proceeded in a light jog to the SUV, and slowly slipped into the back seat. Her eyes widened only slightly when seeing Adrian but reverted back to the norm within the blink of an eye. “Aye, is nice to meet yooh as vell – Sahvanna, ‘Vanna – and yooh are Adrian as yoohr mate has pre-varned me.” Her lips pulled up to a full spread smile showing the long rows of pearly white teeth. She broke the direct eye contact with Adrian before looking back to Tai.

Lucky bitch – Adrian was hot – really good damn good looking - he kind of reminded her of her own mate, but that thought was cut off very quickly before she began speaking again.

“So Tai, yooh said a birthday party? Sveet Sixteen yeah? Do yooh need help setting ahp?” She asked questions to try and fill what could be a silent drive, to prepare herself for the house, and maybe to give these people the slightest inkling that she was no harm – it was a long process but one she had done many times before. “Are most ze members in yoohr pack so young?” She almost asked if there would be humans but she knew the answer already – of course there would be they might as well be humans themselves.

There sat Sahvanna in the back of a strange vehicle, her back perfectly straight and left leg crossed over the right. Her fingers fiddled and picked at a tattered hole near her wrist while she maintained the piercing delectable smile, and constantly kept her eyes on either Tai or Adrian(depending on who was speaking at the time) – never once did she gaze out the window in awe, never once did her sight land in her lap.

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"That's right." Adrian replied warmly, and glanced across at Tai, eagerly soliciting some information as to why the stranger was riding with them.

"Sahvanna is passing through." Tai said obligingly, "She doesn't know anybody in town and needed accomodation."

"Oh I see!" Adrian chirped, smiling back at Vanna, "Well it's serendipitous that you happened to run into us first."

He had to struggling not to allow his backward glance to linger longer than was necessary. Sahvanna was clearly a striking female, but his senses were keen enough to pick up from her that she probably was mated...although determining such things by scent alone was scarcely an exact science.

"Actually," Tai answered Vanna's question, "the party is for the youngest in the pack house but one, Reina. We've eleven under our roof at the moment, not including ourselves, all ranging up to the age of about twenty one."

She noted tacitly that Sahvanna was evidently unfamiliar with the working of a town pack, whereby the young people would stay in the Pack House under the care of the alpha from the ages of 12 - 21. Which merely corroborated the female's own story; that she was a lone traveller and probably had been for most of her life.

"We'd never ask a guest to help out," Tai added with a good humoured huff, "but we've yet to see the state of the place since the pups started arriving back from school! Most of the preparations have already been made. But Reina - the birthday girl - she's a little...unpredictable shall we say."

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Sahvanna knew that look - the look from Adrian - she'd received it many times before - he was being such a good little mate.

"Vill if all is nah ready I voahld love to help." Sahvanna said to Tai with a warm smile "even if I be a gahest." It seemed as if that was all she had to say at this moment, her legs switched to be rested left over right, and her hand ran through the length of her hair.

Sahvanna's bright gleaming eyes flash from Tai to Adrian one last time before becoming pinned to peer out the front dash - of course still watching from her peripheral's.

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Tai nodded and smiled congenially and peered up the road, as if employing X-Ray vision to try to see what chaos might be taking place in the house while all the young people were left unsupervised. ‘Young people’...it was a fairly loosely-applied description; a fair few of them were legally adults? There was just something about wolves while they were living in the pack-house that ensured it was never a dull time.

“Is Duncan still on patrol?” she asked Adrian.

“Ahm, not sure. He should probably have finished by now.”

“OK.” Tai nodded. Well, at least someone in authority would be in situ.

Adrian pulled the SUV up in the driveway and hopped out. Things seemed relatively quiet, which was encouraging. Tai got out of the car also and gestured for Sahvanna to follow.

“This is the pack house,” she said, speaking even more freely now that they were away from town, “people are probably a little exciteable what with the full moon coming and the party tonight and all.”

Adrian opened the front door and stepped inside. The hallway was vacant, but it was evident that most people were fairly close by. He groaned under his breath, and made a beeline for the control room. He needed to catch Duncan at some stage to get the details of his patrol, but he also wanted to see if there had been any correspondence from anyone else about the comings and goings in town today.

Tai invited Sahvanna in and took a few steps towards the lounge.

“Oh one more thing,” she said to the newcomer, “do you expect to be in town for the moon? I’m sure you’ve found your own way of handling it on the road, but maybe it would be a nice change for you to benefit from the cover of a territory pack? Entirely up to you of course.”

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Character Portrait: Lyra Khöller Character Portrait: Kathy Stone Character Portrait: Adrian Khöller Character Portrait: Tai Khöller Character Portrait: Gavroche "Gavin" Argentum Character Portrait: Sahvanna Ironclaw
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#, as written by Abalyth
Only mildly surprised, Gavin let Anya drag him and Kathy out to the kitchen. He had picked up the scent of another wolf, female, but he immediately decided that Adrian and Tai wouldn't let her in the pack house if she wasn't welcome. Though he knew it shouldn't be, his mind was still bogged down with the whole mating thing.

He suspected everyone, and he noticed that his hand went almost completely rigid as long as Anya was holding it. The side of his body that was closest to Kathy also seemed to stiffen. It was getting more difficult to be around so much...estrogen.

Then Lyra came down, beaming at the three of them. His mouth went dry... she was absolutely beautiful. Her hazel eyes turned to him and she gave him what felt like a private grin- a knowing grin. She had a secret, something about him. His stomach did a flip and he forced himself to smile back, not wanting to be rude, especially if...

"I'm going to go see this new person." He suddenly blurted as Kathy went to help put out food for the party. Kiyoshi made an entrance as Gavin walked out to the living room, taking a deep breath.

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Just as Reina left, Gavin walked in the living room and saw Tai and Adrian chatting with... someone completely unrecognizable.

Gavin found himself wishing Calvin was here.

"Hi."He stepped over, desperately seeking a distraction from his engrossing thoughts. He realized he must have looked as distracted as he felt. "Newbie?" He asked the new woman light heartedly, putting on one of his boyish grins. "Get out while you can, almost all the young ones are home, and that's when things really get crazy."

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"Yo, D." Adrian said, turning in his chair to face his friend. He had to double take for a second. "Hey you cleaned up well. Take it you're staying for the party then. Who persuaded you eh? Or was it the thought of another night of free food and - let's face it - we might crack a couple of beers open later."

He prodded a few controls, making sure all systems were fully active. He'd need to keep a close eye on whether people were coming in or out...as long as they remained within the grounds of the house itself they wouldn't trip anything. Adrian just had an odd feeling about...everything really, and there were still a lot of blanks that needed to be filled.

"So," Adrian began, "I know we got one outsider out there with Tai, and I'm told there's another young female arriving later. You know anything you need to add to that?"

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Duncan smiled " it was Anya's doing she managed to convince me to go with her....I mean accompany her" he stumbled over his words before Adrian asked about the new arrivals. He stepped forward looking at the screens also. Looking at Adrian he spoke only really relaying what he had heard from Lyra. " we'll the older female's scent exactly matches the scent I found this morning by the dead deer. As for the younger female it seems that she has absolutely no idea that she is a werewolf, apparently one of her parents sent her to a music camp every full moon, she'll need some serious education, or at least bring her along to the clearing when we shift"

Ducan thought back seeing if he had in fact relaying all the information that Adrian wanted, he suddenly realised that he was going to tell him about the rouge " oh whilst on patrol a rouge came close to the border, from the beach area I tried to trace the scent but it faded way to quickly" he added.

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Adrian's eyes widened as Duncan delivered all the news. By far the most troubling report was that of the rogue near the beach. Occassionally an individual rogue did come close to the territory; usually it was a scout. Nothing ever came of it because the fact of the matter was the Khöller pack was too large and well established to be threatened by any rogue pack.

"A rogue..." he repeated to himself, "...perhaps a scout then. I'm inclined to suppose it's not linked to the other two arrivals...but we can't be sure. But wait you say this girl doesn't know she's a wolf? That's a pretty hard secret to keep from someone. We'll have to find out where she's from and what her story is. For now...I wouldn't rush to enlighten her. We don't know how she'll react. Heck she'd probably think we're crazy and run a mile."

He stood up and looked Duncan over once again. "Hmm...well since you've made an effort I guess I'm gonna have to go clean up a bit too. Can't have the beta looking better than the alpha can we!"

He led Duncan back out into the hallway, and peered momentarily over at Tai and Sahvanna. There were too many unknowns in the whole situation. He had to try to balance keeping a guard up with not appearing inhospitable to the newcomers who may be in genuine need...

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Ducnan smiled and spoke " I'm starting to think that I must look like I woke up with mud rubbed into my skin, perhaps I'll start shaving more often than usuaul I do like a bit of stubble but not enough to look like chuck norris" he said giving a light laugh " I'll see you at the party mate" he gave Adrian a light thump on the shoulder before walking down the stairs. Walking into the living room where all the party food was. His eyes caught Anya outside talking to Jac he would give them some time of course he didn't really want to smoother Anya with attention but she did deserve it. Woah! What on earth was that of course he treated everyone in the house with the same amount of attention so why did he want to spend more time with Anya. His wolf stayed silent but snorted out a heavy breathe almost in disgust.

Duncan shook his head slightly and picked up a sausage roll taking a bite out of it he looked around the room.

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Sahvanna could practically feel the tendrils of awareness of her presence inching out through the house, and the sounds of conversation slowly converged on the dining room. And lastly when she detected that the alpha was once again among them, she decided that a few moments to gather herself would be quite expedient.

"Yes," she said, "I think that would be best. Thank you."

She followed as Tai led her out through the hall, where only one or two of the pack wolves remained, most of them having moved into the dining room, and up the stairs to a room some way along the upper hallway. It was a sparsely decorated room, in simple neutral colours, but clean and warm, just kept neutral for any prospective occupant. For a guest, it was wholly adequate.

Sahvannah set her bag down on the bed, but once again through instinct placed herself between it and the alpha female. Her defense had not yet allowed itself to relent, as worthy of trust as the Khöllers seemed. She turned to Tai and gave her a weary smile.

"You are very kind to offer this for me." she said, "Please do not allow me to detain you. I believe I shall join you later, so as not to cause too much disruption to your household."

"Don't worry about disruption," Tai laughed, "they are disruptive enough for themselves at the best of times. Make yourself comfortable, and hopefully we'll see you later. I'll make sure to put aside some food for you...the pups do tend to take no prisoners!"

Exiting the room and heading downstairs, Tai heard Sahvanna close the door after she left. She did not pause to listen to what the stranger might do; it was not becoming of her role to spy on her own guests. Inviting her into the house was an indication of trust. It was up to Sahvanna how she lived up to that.

At the bottom of the stairs she found Adrian leaning against the bannister with his arms folded and a small smile on his face.

"It's all happening tonight, eh?" he said in a low voice.

"Tell me about it." Tai replied. "You're aware of everything? Or should I say, everyone?"

"Sahvanna upstairs, a young girl arriving later who doesn't even know she's a wolf, and a rogue on the beach."

"I didn't know about the rogue," Tai said with a concerned tone, "that changes things a lot..."

"Actually I'm not sure it does." Adrian shook his head, "If there was any sinister plan afoot, it would make no sense to send someone right into the pack house and start an escapade on the beach when it was packed with humans."

"I see your point. What do you think then?"

"I think we should keep our eyes and ears open," Adrian shrugged, "but aside from that I think we should enjoy the party. Nothing's going to happen tonight, not with so many of our pack coming and going in the house."

"You know best." Tai said with a slightly crooked smirk, "In that case let's go and get things started."

She turned and took a few steps in the direction of the dining room, and then stopped. She had caught sight of Lyra and Kiyoshi in mid-kiss, and she quickly took a step back to stop Adrian from seeing. It was the least courtesy she could pay to her daughter to avoid her father - and the alpha - from becoming aware of the delicate situation too early. It was bad enough that Lyra would be duty bound to inform Adrian of it as soon as it was made official.

"On second thought," Tai said, distracting her mate's attention, "why don't we get a few more bottled of drink from the kitchen. I don't think I've laid any out. Would you come help me carry some?"

Adrian looked at her quizzically, and smiled. "Sure thing, anything for my worthy lady."

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With a blink Kathy realised that nobody had answered her question about the rogues, and that she'd been so preoccupied thinking of it that she'd drifted into her own thoughts and was standing in the kitchen by herself with an oven glove on and a tray of hours doerves. It was only Tai and Adrian walking in that brought her back from her thoughts. She hasting took hold of the tray, but realised she only had a glove on one hand and ended up sending more of the food flying onto the kitchen counter as she flinched.

"Ow!" she creased up her forehead in embarassment. Why am I so clumsy at the worst times! "Sorry Tai. I think there's plenty more in the oven. Tai do you mind me asking what's going on? People keep on talking about rogues and strange things going on. Is any of it really true?"

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The jolt of the tray made Tai jump as much as she had made Kathy jump, since her mind had been so caught up with what she’d just seen regarding her daughter and everything that it could potentially mean now. She put her hand to her collar and laughed.

“Sorry Kathy,” she said, as Adrian moved past her to start selecting some bottles of soft drinks, “I was miles away myself. Don’t worry about the food, go and have yourself a good time, I’ll bring the rest out in a minute.”

She picked up a few of the salvageable pieces of food from the work surface – which was clean after all – and placed them back on the tray before taking the tray off Kathy and putting it to one side. (Years of being ‘den mother’ had helped her to develop near-asbestos hands.) As she did so she saw the cake which Kiyoshi had prepared earlier, and smiled. No doubt Kiyoshi had other things on his mind right now, so she decided she’s do him a favour and bring it out in due course.

“It’s nothing to fret about,” she answered Kathy’s next question, “just a few wolves passing through at the same time. Nothing we haven’t seen before.”

Adrian came back past with two large bottled under each arm. “This should do to get us started right?”

“Looks fine to me, I’ll bring a couple more through.” Tai smiled, wondering what scene would greet Adrian when he went back through to the dining room. She grabbed another bottle and shuffled the hot food onto a serving tray, before following him across the hall to where everybody was slowly congregating. There were still a couple of conspicuous absences, but there was no strict rule that people had to attend.

“Food’s up everybody.” She announced.

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Adrian set the drinks down on the table and passed a cheery wave around at everybody in the room. He had to double take at Lyra and Kiyoshi; the two had always been close friends ever since the boy had been recieved into the pack. But there definitely seemed to be something more going on tonight. He smirked to himself, thinking of all the fun he could have by broaching one or the other of them about it. But for now he restrained himself. It was a confusing enough experience without the involvement of the alpha...which would come as a necessary matter of course anyway.

No sooner had he started to relax the doorbell went. Tai looked over at him and silently mouthed 'could you get that', and he sighed and made his way back out into the hall.

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Ducan couldn't help but feel a pang of jealousy as Lyra and Kiyoshi came walking I hand in hand, it wasn't jealousy of the couple themselves it was rather what they had. He always felt apart from everyone when the females would reveal themselves to a male of the group, it was almost annoying when he had to watch other pairs become closer together than they originally were.

The soft tap on his should caused Duncan to turn round seeing Anya he broke into a smile, his eyes lighting up with his smile. " I wondered where you got of too, always sneaking off to get outside, well I don't blame you the moon beautiful this time of night" he said as he explained Duncan enjoyed the moon the way that it seemed to charge you up with energy. Ducan's wolf chuckled. Your growing soft and getting all poetic

Seeing Adrian he nodded in response to his wave and looked down at Anya again.

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Lyra smiled up to Kiyoshi, unable to fathom how she was able to stay away from his side in the past years. Now that she was here, she could think of no other location she would rather be. "You can sit next to me, if you want, Ares," Kiyoshi said to the younger boy, continuously reminding Lyra of how kind her mate would always be. She had never seen him angered in her life. Then again, she had also never seen him upset. She frowned hesitantly at this thought, wondering why Kiyoshi kept all this to himself. She understood his grief over his lost parents were greater than she could understand, sending the boy into a mute state for a few years after his loss, but even when he did speak his emotions were contained and calm. She found herself wondering what his parents were like, her in-laws that she would never have the honor to meet. She wanted to ask about them, pry information from Kiyoshi, but also wondered what raw emotions she would release. And yet, perhaps a release of emotion would not be a horrible thing for him. After all, this was the happiest that Lyra had ever seen Kiyoshi in her life. The knowledge that it was her that caused this sudden change was exhilarating.

Lyra nodded to Ares, smiling warmly to the boy at Kiyoshi's offer as her mind pulled back to the present. She would never ask Kiyoshi to abandon his protege. It warmed her that he could care so much for another, and would easily welcome her new pack-brother into their little family. "Yes, you are welcomed to come with us Ares," she said, squeezing Kiyoshi's hand as she said this. His grip upon her was firm. Even if she wanted to release his hand (which she had no intention of), she would have been unable to with his heavy grasp. She smiled, walking into the dinning room with Kiyoshi with interlocked hands. Everything suddenly felt so different for Lyra. It was warmer and kinder also. She shrugged off this thought, watching as her father turned to answer the ringing door. Had he seen them? She couldn't tell. She desperately wanted to tell her parents, but was hesitant at the decision of finding the right time. For once, she didn't want and alpha-packmate relationship between them. She craved the father-daughter link that had limited time to foster between them. Tai slipped off into the kitchen with Kathy, leaving Lyra to watch the female with her eyes. Her mother seemed distant, as if a heavy thought was present. Lyra sighed heavily, fully realizing that, as with everything else, she was completely over-thinking what could be a simple matter. To distract herself from all this, she leaned her head against Kiyoshi's shoulder, her eyes wandering over the buffet of food. "So, Ares made a salad?" she asked in amusement, reminding herself to take extra of it in that case to please the younger wolf.

At Tai's call for dinner being serves, Lyra felt her stomach growl in anticipation. She only had an apple for breakfast and, in annoyance for missing her morning training even if the time had been spent with Kiyoshi, went for a run instead of partaking in lunch at school. Lyra chuckled, her face blushing. On top of that, nerves always made her unable to eat. Now that her nerves were calmed, her hunger came back rapidly. "Let's go eat, I'm starved," she said, pulling Kiyoshi with her. Her gaze lingered upon Duncan and Anya, smiling to them both as she waved in greeting. "Hey guys. Duncan, I hope you didn't run into any trouble after you abandoned Calvin and I on patrol," she joked, her good mood washing over any distaste she had for the action when it occurred. "Did you find the rogue?"

Lyra looked up to Kiyoshi again unconsciously, not wanting to leave him out of the conversation. "Duncan wouldn't let me follow him on patrol once mentioning of a rogue came along. I was. . . pretty ticked," she admitted shyly, knowing Kiyoshi, of all people, would understand. He had unfortunately accepted the offer to train with Lyra once or twice when she was in such moods. The phrase "show no mercy" fit pretty well to describe those situations.

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Adrian whistled to the tune of the music which started up in the dining room as he walked up to the front door. A part of him wondered why all the guests couldn't come together at once, seeing as they were all coming from the same place to the same place. That way he wouldn't have to keep an ear out for the door all night. But, the town pack was a family of sorts, and families never operated the simple way...

That though was broken when he opened the door an was greeted by a panda. That is to say, a man in a panda costume. The two of them stared at each other for a silent moment, before a muffled voice under the panda headgear said, "She tricked me didn't she."

"Jeff this isn't good." Adrian smirked, "You're her teacher and you just took her word for it?"

"Well at least a made an effort." Jeff said, "Look at you, what, you been playing video games all day?"

"Only the first half." Adrian laughed, stepping aside and letting his friend past. Jeff walked in an pulled off the panda head, looking distinctly flushed - no doubt from embarassment as well as the temperature inside the outfit. He took a deep breath and walked towards the dining room, bracing himself to confront the young people, and hoping that at least one of them had been duped into wearing fancy dress also. Adrian did not help the situation by shouting out "Here comes the entertainment" seconds before Jeff walked into the room. He walked in rolling his eyes and holding his hands up in greeting.

"Evening everyone." he said, trying to act as if people might not notice he was dressed as a panda. "Happy birthday Reina."

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Ray turned as James approached her" Happy birthday Ray," he said as he walked over to her, "I'll give you your present a bit later, once everything's cooled down a bit." She nodded appreciatively, in the midst of all that was happening there was no way she’d be able to properly thank him or enjoy her present.

Ray had just responded, “Sounds good, Thanks.” When Kathy walked up. “Hi James,” she said, “were you with the new girl? How is she getting on? Seemed to be a little tense with her and Jac last night.”

Ray snorted and couldn’t help but remark, “ A little tense? Try killing-each-other-with-their-eyes intense.” There was so much drama in the pack house now. Ray couldn’t help but smile, she’d known it was coming. They were, after all, a house full of werewolves.

Ray turned towards James, anxiously awaiting his answer. She had a million and one questions about recent events, and no answers. Hopefully James could solve one mystery for her.

However, her thought process was interrupted when her teacher, Mr.Dean, arrived in a Panda suit. As he walked in Adrian shouted, ” "Here comes the entertainment!" Ray let out a cackle that probably would have made most people worry about her sanity and the state of her moral compass.

"Evening everyone." he said, trying to act as if people might not notice he was dressed as a panda. "Happy birthday Reina." Ray was still grinning. At least her costume party ploy had worked with one person, and at least that person had been her teacher.

Ray strolled up to Mr.Dean with her hands behind her back, looking as innocent as someone who has just pranked their teacher can look. Ray smiled as she walked up to Adrian and Mr.Dean, “Hi Adrian, hi Mr.Dean.”

Ray paused a second before adding, “You know, I must say Mr.Dean, your outfit this evening is stunning.

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Ares stiffened as he heard his name was mentioned in the conversation between Kiyoshi and Lyra and he looked up from his plate. Slowly, he swallowed his food and chewed his lips when he looked at their interactions. Suddenly, he felt really uncomfortable . He lowered his head and ate in silence, his bottom lip quivered slightly as he imaged himself as a third wheel between them. The tension between him and them raised but they didn't seem to notice as they were too busy showing their affections toward each other. Ares sighed. He didn't want to become a burden nor did he want to get between them in their private moment.

Pushing the half-finished plate away, Ares stood up abruptly and stuttered softly underneath his breath, the tension still was still visible on his face as his movements were stiffed and robotic "I-I-I n-n-need t-to g-go..." He bowed his head, his hair hid his eyes as he felt them began to water but he refused to let his tears fall. He was not weak! He had promised himself not to cry over such pathetic reasons anymore. And he definitely didn't feel like he was being left out.

He bit his bottom lip hard enough to shed some blood and he took a deep breath to stop himself from shaking. He repeated, his voice became steadier "I n-need to g-go to my r-room...I-I d-don't f-feel so g-good..." He didn't even want to wait for their responds as he pushed his chair away and nearly ran through the door. He ran passed several persons, including Ray, the Alpha, James and Kathy but didn't acknowledge any of them. He just continued to push his feet to walk faster and didn't even bother to watch where he was going.

Ironically, his feet leaded him to the wood and Ares sat down immediately, like a puppet with its strings being cut. He hugged his knees in a protecting position and he thought bitterly 'What's wrong with me? I should have felt happy for them. . . I. . . I shouldn't have felt so jealous like this. . . am I turning into a bad person? I shouldn't have been jealous of Lyra...she has accepted me, too and so has Kiyoshi...why am I being so selfish?...' His gripped his shirt, no...Kiyoshi's shirt tightly and began to rock back and forth 'I...I just can't stand it...in their picture...there is no room for me...' He grasped his hair and buried his face into his lap. He wouldn't cry. He wouldn't cry over silly things like this. There was just dust in his eyes, that's all. Yeah, there's dust in his eyes right now. He clenched his teeth and mumbled "I'm a-a s-selfish b-b-bastard..."

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Ray loved this, making mischief and watching the consequences she stood next to Adrain and Mr dean waiting for their response, "Well you know Ray," he said good-naturedly, "sixteen is an important age in the life of a young wolf, so it's essential we all pay tribute in our own way. And perhaps it can be a reminder to all of us that no matter how old you get...you never stop learning things." Ray’s smile didn’t falter, he could try and avoid her pranks all he liked, but she was a master of the art and she’d gotten a bunch of new supplies via present.

Ray nodded and replied to Mr.Dean, “You’re right Mr.Dean, you never stop learning” Ray turned to head back to James and Kathy then added as an after thought, “Oh, and Mr.Dean, I wouldn’t drink too much water tonight.” Ray grinned and raced back towards Kathy and James. Of course she hadn’t put anything in the water. But mind games were almost as fun as pranks.

Ray walked up to Kathy and James and sat down. She was pleased to see Kathy laughing at her prank. After all, that was the main reason she pranked people, for the laughs.

You got Mr Dean?" she laughed, "You nearly got Anya too didn't you. Sorry I might have blown the whistle with her."

Ray frowned, “ Aww, you told Anya? Phooey, I was wondering how she figured it out.”

Ray smiled, “Hey Kathy, you want to hang out tomorrow? I was thinking maybe you could help me utilize some of my new pranking equipment.” Ray felt bad for Kathy, because she was so clumsy no one ever asked her to help with anything. Anyways, it would be fun to have an accomplice.