The Lone Wolves
(This is for me and Celestial)
La Place, Louisiana a smaller city with under 35,000 people, in the middle of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. One side runs along the Mississippi River, while the other is surrounded by miles and miles of woodlands, which one can use to run and hide from townspeople during the shift, during the full moon to keep from hurting them. Miles of woods to hunt in, and to get away from the loud noises of the town. Yes, it would be loud here, it was loud everywhere when you could hear so well. Everywhere smelled of gasoline, perfume, and cheap air freshener when you had a better sense of smell. Almost every flaw was noticeable when your sight was better. Sure one could argue that the bigger cities were better. More people, jobs, and places to shop. However it was the woods that drew her here, because woods meant the one thing she wanted more than anything, solitude.
Selena closed her tried light green eyes letting her car idle for a few moments before turning it off, in front of the by weekly apartment building. It was so much easier to pay by week then by month, made it easier on her to keep on the move this way. Only taking the few things she needed or meant something to her, enough clothing for two weeks, and hidden money she had saved up for the first weeks rent and food. Like many of her kind she was very good at using her looks for things like getting a job, if her skills were not enough. Though she usually stuck with diner jobs or working in stores, jobs where she wouldn't be very noticed until she could save up the money. Sooner or later the packs would find her stating that she should join their pack, and she would leave again. She hated packs they played to much into their rules and politics, there was just something about someone believing they could tell her what to do because they were the Alpha of a pack. She was a lone wolf, the only one she wanted to be in control of her, was herself.
She rested her head against the seat of her car for a moment longer before popping the trunk of the car and getting out. There was only four or five boxes, which stacked outside her door as she went back to get the set of keys she had for the door. When she turned there was a man standing beside the door to her car smiling and staring at her. "Noisy neighbors, never seem to fail. Selena thought to herself looking past the man, seeing who by the pursed lips and crossed arms, she figured was the mans mate. Letting out an annoyed sigh Selena closed the car door giving the man a friendly smile, before turning to head back to the apartment. Just leave me be human, go back to your mate! She heard moving behind her, and she stopped at the door turning to face the man with an eyebrow raised.
"Is there some reason you are following me?" She asked, her voice had a slight southern accent and was silky smooth even in the annoyance of these human following her.
"I was just wanting to welcome you to the building, my name is Austin." Austin said holding his hand out to shake as he looked her up and down grinning.
Selena took his hand frowning slightly the mans checking her out was unwelcome as he had followed her to her door. "A pleasure." She said before turning back to her door, not wanting to talk to the man anymore he gave her a bad feeling. She grabbed three of her boxes she added, "If you will excuse me. I have some unpacking to do." Before sitting the boxes down inside and grabbing the other two shutting the door behind her before the man could follow her inside as well.
She honestly didn't know why she ended up here of all place. La Place, Louisiana was boring compared to the cities from where Victoria came from. The only upside she could find was the woodlands. The cities were scarce when it came to places to hunt. One had to also be careful not to piss off the local pack or tempt a witch hunt by the humans. Lord knows how she hated dealing with either. It was because of this she decided to sever her connection from her previous pack. There were far too many rules and political block blow to make staying with a pack worth it.
Other than tending to her lycan-side's needs, Victoria lived a 'normal' enough life. She took a job at the local Casey Jones Supermarket. The money wasn't a lot, but she made due. With the apartment she was living in now, her life style wasn't by any means poor. She still went out on weekends or stayed in, she'd go shopping with some of the girls, or traveled whenever she had time. Oddly enough, school was something she picked up along the way. Nursing really interested the hell out of her. Funny how she wanted to care for humans even with her abnormality.
It was setting up to be a quiet night. That is, until the new resident drove in. The evening news buzzed from the flat screen as she stood up and sauntered to the window. She smile bemusedly when Austin went out to greet the young lady. She watched from afar until a scent slowly trickled into her sense of smell. Her smile dropped. There was a peculiar scent that was inherently unique to her kind. It became stronger when the new resident arrived.
"Well, isn't this something," she said with a heavy southern drawl. "Hope you didn't bring the whole damn crowd with your pretty little thing."
She walked back and grabbed the remote to her TV and switched it off. The room was filled with silence save for passing cars and drunk hicks a ways away. Victoria was only dressed in a white tank and jeans when she caught her reflection in her bedroom mirror. She pushed her brown hair out of her eyes as she pulled on a blue and purple flannel. She loved the damn things.
Checking herself, she walked to her apartment door, opened and closed it behind her. She stuffed her hands in her pockets as she nodded to Austin. "Little late to be out, ain't it?"
"Just welcoming the new girl," he replied with smile. "You going to say hi?"
"That's probably why I walked over," she replied as she stood before the door. The scent was much stronger now. She rose her hand and knocked twice. "Why don't you call it a night Austin? Wife's probably not liking you moving on the newcomer."
"Victoria, I'm a christian man!"
She laughed as she turned to wait. "So says every other cheating bastard out there."
Selena looked around the apartment frowning, it was far from homey in this state. Though it was far more homey than her crappy car, as well as some of the other buildings she had stayed in. At least this one could past as an apartment instead of a motel. The couch was at least usable- though she threw a sheet over it just to be sure. If there was even a bed here, she wouldn't be sleeping on it, she should have had air mattress in one of these boxes. Never having time to buy things like beds or couches, besides she had no way to move them if she did. Pulling her hair into a ponytail she put a sheet over the couch moving a box towards the couch. As she sat down to start unpacking it there was a knock on the door.
Selena let out a deep sigh as she stood up, straightening up her clothes, a pair of dark blue colored jean short and black tank top. She figured that it was Austin again, bugging her for some reason. She could already tell that she dislike him. It wasn't until she was to the door that the scent of the other lyican reached her nose. Oh come on! She thought stopping with her hand on the door knob tensing up hesitating before opening it.
Austin laughed at Victoria's statement shaking his head a little. His skinny little blonde wife starting yelling for him to come back in for dinner. "Talk to you later Victoria." He said through a laugh winking at her before turning and going back to his house.
Selena frowned a little bit opening the door slowly and looked at the brunette timidly, her body was tense as she thought that the woman was clearly someone from this towns pack. It was surprising that they had found out about her already, she hadn't even been in La Place for twenty-four hours. How did they find out about her already? Though it was also chance that the woman wasn't in a pack, she realized noticing that she was alone. It only took her but a moment to realize this and when Selena did she stood a little straighter, giving the woman an uneasy smile. "Can I help you?"
Victoria gave Austin a curt smile as she watched him walk back to his apartment. The man always tried to get too friendly too quickly, in her opinion. She could smell nothing too disconcerting about the man. Simply friendly was what he was trying to be even if it did come off a little too strong at times. At the same time, he was a man, and lord knows what goes on their heads. Though a few ideas did come to mind, Victoria had been far too cut off from a pack that she hadn't really thought about it for some time.
The door finally opened as the red head from earlier stood before her. The lycan smell literally wafted over her. Victoria had her arms crossed as she offered a neighborly smile of her own. "The Landlord mentioned we had a new tenant moving in," she said. "Never you'd move in this late, but whatever suites your fancy, darlin'."
She stood quietly for a moment as she thought of how to breach her next topic. The last thing she wanted to do was piss off a pack member and have the whole damn herd come down on her. She didn't want to leave La Place either. Even though the city life fitted her so much better, she had grown attached to this place. "Look, other than Austin, this place has been pretty quiet. I've grown to like it, and I would hate for it to get busy," she said tentatively. "I'm beatin' around the bush a tad. The point is, are you with a pack? Don't worry. You've no doubt figured out what I am as quickly as I you. We're not going to have a problem, will we?"
Selena smirked a little when the brunette said something about moving in at the late hour. "It's a tiresome drive from Macon. I planed on arriving in the early morning, but the traffic was on my side." She said softly before shrugging slightly, sticking her hands in the pockets of her shorts. Truthfully she had planed to move into her apartment tomorrow in the early morning likely around seven. Only the traffic was lighter than she had thought it would be and she had thought it was a bit of luck that she made it here tonight. Though to find out there was another lycan here, living in the building her had planed on staying in for awhile, seemed to prove that thought wrong. Selena looked at the brunette, as she stood quietly, before tilting her head a little. A smile played on her lips as she came to the realization that if this other lycan was going to attack her, she would have done it already.
However she hadn't which Selena was thankful for, as it was, she was quite to tired to fight. She listened quietly as the woman explained that other than Austin. it was quiet around here, which was good maybe they didn't have a pack in this part of Louisiana. It wasn't very big of a place, so if there was a pack here, it couldn't be a very big pack either. When asked the question about being in a pack, she grinned her normal wide almost cocky grin at the woman. The way she phased her question, answered a few of Selena's, and she shook her head at the woman. "No I don't got a pack dear, I left them in Tampa 'bout a year ago. I'd whether be the one in control of myself, thank ya very much. That's actually what I thought you were going here, buggin' me to join, shoulda known though, usually takes a few days or weeks. I didn't notice you until ya came to my door though." She answered in a friendly and neighborly tone, or at least the best she could manage to give.
She took her hands out of her pocket, crossing her against her chest as she leaned against her door frame. "You shouldn't have any problem with me dear, I'll mostly keep to myself, and leave your humans alone. I'm only here til I gotta move again." She added before standing quietly looking at the woman thinking. "So....I guess the polite thing to do is offer for you to come in and talk? Sorry I don't got much, and usually don't talk to my neighbors."
Victoria listened in silence as she felt the tension that bottled up in her slowly release. For the last half hour or so, Victoria had been coming up with ways to broach the subject and act if needed. The thought of moving had also crossed her mind if it was necessary. Everything that Selena had said about being her own independent person was exactly how Victoria felt. The pack mentality was far too narrow minded for her. She hated the rules - particularly within her most recent pack - about the females role within that society. It disgusted her, for she felt like an animal. As if she wasn't already one already.
Victoria cracked open a smile. "And here I was thinking of a way to get rid of you. Or movin' out myself," she said. "Meant nothing rude by that either. Like you, I've had enough of 'my' kind. The last one I was in was awful. Plenty of stories there, but I won't bore you."
She was always the social one. It came with the territory of working within a retail environment. Day in, day out, she had to always smile and make small talk with the customers in La Place. Not that she minded or anything. It was fun on occasion. In fact, that was the reason she found out about the grill house and bar, which was only a few miles away from her place. They grilled up some mean steak. God, she loved it raw, but the seasoning was welcomed on occasion. There were a fair share of undesirable folks. She just ignored them as much as possible though. They never liked that one bit.
Her eyebrows rose slightly as Selena invited her in. The awkwardness in Selena's voice wasn't lost to her. "If you're busy or wanna sleep, I don't want to bother you," she said after a moment. The boxes that rested in the background weren't going to unpack themselves after all. "Why don't I give you a hand with those? We can talk while we're at it."
Selena gave a faint laugh when Victoria said she was trying to get rid of her. She didn't see the fact that Victoria was looking for ways to get rid of her as rude. In fact she completely understood why she would think about such things. If this had been her territory first, she would be thinking about how to get of her as well. Selena smirked shaking her head slightly. "I don't see it as rude. I was thinking about the same thing truthfully. I have quite a few stories about my old group as well." She retorted wriggling her noise slightly at the mere thought of them. Some the things that she had been focused to do before she had the courage to run of the pack, it discussed her. "Though I'm not sure you would like to hear about them very much." She added her tone clearly discussed by the thoughts.
Selena had always been an rather what humans would call an introvert person. Though she really wasn't, she wasn't shy, she had very good social skills. However she often tried to avoid social situations because being around humans and acting normal was tiring and seemed to drain her energy. She mainly just liked to have time to be with her own thoughts. Though she lived around humans, she preferred not to interact with them more than needed. Sooner or later they seemed to realize something was wrong with her, than came the packs.
Selena nodded when she offered to give her a hand with her boxes, moving back a little so that Victoria could come inside, then closing the door after she had came in. "That sounds good thank you. I'm Selena by the way." She said rubbing the back of her neck a little bit before moving to one of the boxes and pulling out a few glasses. "Something to drink?" She asked heading to the kitchen.
As Victoria walked in, she looked around. She sighed. When she moved in, the landlord didn't bother to repaint her walls. The old bat must've been getting soft. Couldn't really blame her though. With the death of her husband and her new drinking problem, no one could blame how she acted. Victoria just felt somewhat miffed that she had to pay for the walls in her place. If they had been painted like the one's in Selena's unit, she'd been more than happy with it.
"Victoria," she said as she stopped by a box and spun around. "I should've introduced myself in the beginning. Hope you can pardon that. I was too caught up in the ... excitement in having another lycan take residence. Water'd be great! So, these boxes. I said I'd help you, but I'm not entirely sure where you want them. I know you just got it. Have you had a chance to look around yet?"
Selena smiled shaking her head when Victoria said she was caught up the excitement of her taking residence. "Excitement? I'm not quite sure you could call me exciting dear, I'm rather annoying and quiet to most people." She said laughing lightly as she turned on the water, letting it run for moment, waiting for the copper smell from it not running to work it's way through the water. Filling the two glasses of water, she came back to Victoria and handed her the glass she wasn't drinking out of already. Selena shook her head at the other woman's question.
"No, I haven't gotten a chance to look around much yet. This one is just mostly clothes." She answered picking up a box and moved it to the side, there was another reason she moved it to the side though, it had her money hidden in it. "As for the boxes these two have things like pictures and stuff I got from the places I've lived since leaving my pack, they stay in here. That box goes in my room, and this one has my dishes." She said pointing at each of the boxes, Victoria was standing by one of the boxes with pictures in it.
"Anyway it is pretty much it other than the air mattress in my car. The less you have the quicker you can leave." She explained. Grabbing the box with dishes Selena moved it to the kitchen. Before sitting on the couch with the other living room box in front of her. "So Victoria where did you come from? I mean your first pack of course. You seem more social than the pack members from Florida." She asked as she started pulling a small collection of snow globes she gotten as she moved around.