Camping Is Always An Option

Quaxo9
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Riff

He woke up to the sight of Maria admiring her ring and he smiled along with her. In fact, Riff wasn't sure he'd be able to stop smiling at all today. From Sofie's excitement to just having those words out there and reciprocated...it was the best feeling ever.

"We'll have to move fast if we want to tell anyone ourselves, that's for sure!" he joked as he put Sofie's lunch box into her tiny backpack. Of course he wanted to be the one to tell Asif, but that would only happen if he found his friend before his daughter got home from school. This wasn't the sort of news you shared by text, after all.

After dropping Maria and Sofie off at Sofie's school - Maria would walk from there to the library for work - Riff decided to run some errands while in town. First stop was the grocery store. He'd used up the last two slices of bread for Sofie's lunch that day. As luck would have it, Asif was standing by the store.

Riff barely let the the truck come to a stop before he put it in park and jumped out to go tell his friend the news. He was so happy today that he almost missed the signs that Asif was busy noticing something. Instead of leaping into conversation, Riff stood next to the other man and inhaled deeply, picking up on the scent. It seemed familiar....

"Oh! Barista dude! I totally forgot about him!" Riff looked down at Asif and remembered that he hadn't told anyone about the young Lycan at the cafe because...he really had forgotten about him.

"He was working at the cafe right before the uh...thing...with Nick. Pepper noticed him and he noticed me...I haven't seen him since to introduce myself and the Pack."
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Asif Zaidi

Asif smiled slightly at Riff's description of 'Barista Dude.' A coffee shop employee seemed to match what Asif had gotten from the scent - a young male Lycan, traveling alone.

"He must have fled after seeing you," Asif mused. "If he had stayed in town, surely one of us would have crossed paths with him by now. But why would he run? Perhaps he feared his presence would violate some territorial claim our Pack has staked. It wouldn't be the first time I had heard such a tale. I am confident Isaac wouldn't give him a hard time about being here, as long as he is no threat. Still, I think we should locate him - both to determine that for sure, and to offer him help if he needs it. Being a Lycan alone is a difficult life... as well you know."

Asif had lived that life, before Boris and his Pack, before finding Lina again. He knew Riff had lived it too. Neither of them were eager to repeat it - and surely this young man was ready to come in from the cold. Assuming, of course, that he did not pose a threat to the Pack's safety if they allowed him into the fold.

"I'm glad you're here, Riff. Would you be willing to help me track him? Two noses are better than one." He smiled at Pepper, and added. "Or rather, three."

Fortunately, the trail was fresh. It appeared the young werewolf had done his dumpster diving just the night before, in the wee hours while the island slept. There had been fog and dew, but no rain. Following the trail led them deep into the woods, to a tiny campsite with a single forlorn tent.
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Riff

"Yeah, we definitely should. I feel like maybe I made a bad impression."

Pepper let out a quiet 'wuf' and wagged her tail. Riff took this as a good sign. At least Pepper wasn't alarmed by the scent of the young man. He supposed that she hadn't been upset by him the first time, either - she'd simply alerted him of the other lycan's presence.

"Hold on just one minute - I'll be right with you."

Riff dashed into the store and reappeared moments later with a bag of freshly made submarine sandwiches and some bottled water. He was hoping his second impression would be better with a little encouragement. If nothing else, it would be less weird to wander off into the woods without lunch...wouldn't it?

The scent grew stronger further into the woods and Riff and Asif moved to stand upwind of the small camp. By presenting themselves, hopefully the young man wouldn't take their presence as an ambush - though of course, he could still take it as a threat.

"Hey, we're just here to meet you. We don't mean you harm. Also, we brought lunch."
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Hamza Karim

Cautiously, hesitantly, Hamza emerged from the tent.

Although he was indeed 'Barista Dude,' he looked rougher than when Riff had last seen him. He had lost weight, there were dark circles under his eyes, his clothes were dingy from stream washing, and he was growing a patchy beard. He looked tired and nervous. But he was also hungry, and although he was keeping most of his attention on the other two werewolves, it was plain that the food had not escaped his notice.

Hamza put his hands up.

"I know," he said. "That this is your territory. Everywhere is someone's territory."

He'd been run off by other Lycans before, plenty of times. A few times, he'd been invited to join their Packs instead - but had discovered they were far from the kind of people he was interested in joining.

"I don't want a fight. Please. Just let me leave here. I promise I'll be gone by tomorrow morning."

Hamza had no idea where he was going to go. That was a problem for the future. The current concern was just not getting taken out by these people who, despite their pleasant guises, he was sure were just another set of Pack enforcers sent to chase away the stranger.
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Riff

The lad had every right to be cautious. He would have been, if he were in his shoes. Of course, they had every right to be cautious too.

Riff took a seat on the ground, setting the food out between he and Hamza. He settled into a comfortable cross-legged stance, his gangling limbs sticking out at odd angles. While he kept his face and stance relaxed, he was internally prepared for this meeting to go in a multitude of directions. He'd had plenty of experience with lone wolves and packs of all sorts in his years with the Underground, after all.

"Well, how about lunch first and we'll talk for a bit. I'm Riff, this is my friend Asif. I'm sorry, but I don't remember what your nametag said back at the cafe."

He'd wait for young man to introduce himself or not, then carried on to the perhaps more concerning portion of the conversation.

"We joined this Pack not too long ago, ourselves. What brings you out this way without a Pack of your own? Are you looking for something in particular?"
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Hamza Karim

Hamza picked up a sandwich, sniffed it tentatively. He was checking for poison, not quality; a man who had been eating out of the garbage cared little about the latter. He hunched over as he ate, still staring at the ground, forcing himself to eat slowly.

Don't show them how hungry you are...

"My name is Hamza," the young man finally said softly. "I am looking for... peace."

'Peace' wasn't quite what he ached for, though. Not quite the longing that made it hard for him to sleep at night. What he wanted was for things to go back to normal. To wake up one day and find this was all a bad dream, and he could resume his human life. That was a fool's fantasy, though. There was no going back. Peace would suffice.

"This bite." He gestured to his shoulder, currently covered by his jacket, but a Lycan would know what he meant. "It ruined my life. I had a plan. I was in school. I was going to be a radiologist. Have a good life. But then I got this... this curse. And it's all gone."

He was speaking fast now. Breathing fast. His heartbeat rapid.

"You wonder why I have no Pack? I've seen Packs. But I didn't want to stay. I am not... an animal. I did not want to be a predator. I did not want to live that way. I moved on. But everywhere belongs to someone. There aren't many places to go. Thank you for the sandwich. Will you just let me leave this place? I won't bother you anymore. I didn't know it belonged to anyone when I came here. I left as fast as I could once I knew."

And yet even here, at what felt like the ends of the earth, it seemed he could never flee far enough.
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