Chapter 25Mature

Looking back at Marcus, he looked frustrated again, along with worried. A similar set of feelings stuck with Alex until 6:30 came around. By then, he had relaxed enough to become outgoing with the arriving customers again, though not without a few odd looks from Gwen from time to time.

Thankfully, even after his shift was over, Trevor didn’t bring up the encounter. The game had long since ended, leaving Alex to believe he hadn’t gotten any word of it.

Despite that, Marcus was quick to start firing off questions at the first chance he had. “What did he say to you?”

“He said, ‘Why would I stalk pack members?’” Alex said.

Marcus took a second to contemplate what he’d heard, one eyebrow raising as he did. “So that guy thinks we’re like a wolf pack?”

“I guess so.”

“Why exactly? You’re the only werewolf.”

Alex shook his head. “Marcus, if he tries to turn you, or Catherine, or Nathan…”

Marcus cut him off. “He didn’t say that, did he?”

“No, he didn’t. That’s the impression I got, and I don’t care if he’s lying or not.”

Neither of them spoke for a time. Alex couldn’t let go of the feeling that this guy was thinking of turning his friends. He had a feeling Marcus was thinking the same thing, if the look of terror in his eyes was any indication. Remembering that they had earlier plans to get some food, Alex brought the subject up. Hoping to give them a chance to think this over.

Ruckers was on the tail end of the rush hour crowd when they arrived, leaving only a few tables open for four people or less. With two glasses in hand, he filled a drink for himself and Marcus, returning to find him texting on his phone.

“Catherine wanted to know how the game went.” He said.

“I could hear you guys from time to time.” Alex said. “I should probably buy that game myself.”

“Well, you’re a Mage player, and it shows. D&D is a tactical game.” Marcus replied, matter-of-factually.

“I can tell.”

After the exchange, despite how uplifting it was, things became silent again for a time. Alex couldn’t bring himself to think more about the encounter, wanting to forget it for now.

When the silence was broken, it was because of Marcus. “Hey, mind if I ask you a question?”

“Sure. What?”

“About what that guy said…Do you consider all of us a pack?”

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