Feed her to the wolves.

Cedar Creek 
A completely random chance encounter on her way home from work had lead to an equally unexpected outcome, not that she really minded. Alina didn't have to offer Alex a place to call home when she had accidentally wondered right onto her doorstop so she kinda owed the alpha anyway for that one and since she herself had once been on the run.. she felt quite open to the idea of helping out Kenzie until she could get on her feet.

After the little snack at the Chinese shop she had gotten Kenzie to follow her bike through the little township until they reached the underground parking for the apartment building, once there she swiped her key card and the big garage doors opened with enough time for both her bike and Kenzie to get through.

Once inside it was then only a matter of leading her to 201 A&B stalls that had been assigned to her apartment, luckily for Kenzie Alex only had the bike so there was no issue in that area. It had been part of the 2 bedroom deal with her apartment and had just become an empty stall, until now.

Kicking out the stand for her bike she turned the ignition off and pulled the full faced helmet off and sat it down on the bike as she swung her leg over the side.

"First thing you need to do is to stop thanking me."

She spoke soon as Kenzie had stepped out of her vehicle because she had a feeling the woman was going to try again.

"I don't mind, I've been on the move before, I get it. I've got the spare room collecting dust so you may as well put it to use. "

Kenzie let out a long sigh as she shut the taxi door.

"Okay," she conceded.

Since leaving the restaurant, her insecurities and anxieties had started to creep back in — though not as prominent as they often were. More than anything, she felt awkward being thrust upon this woman like this. The kind paramedic had assured her that it was okay, and Kenzie did feel a certain je ne sais quoi ease in her company, and yet still, it was an alien situation that came with mixed feels.

"I'm just not used to..." She crinkled her nose, unable to come up with a suitable word to describe this sort of charity, without calling it charity (altruism would have been a good one to use). Kenzie shrugged. "I guess just let me know what if anything you want in return." Inwardly, she cringed at the idea of paying rent. Not because she didn't want to (she absolutely wanted to fund her own keep), but because she didn't know how she would manage to.

"I make a good grilled cheese?" She grinned sheepishly, holding her hands out palms up.

One didn't need to be clairvoyant to pick up on just how anxious the woman had been back at the Chinese shop but to give the poor woman a break, she did had been going through a rather stressful meeting so compared to that this should be a slight bit easier. Probably awkward but at least easier.

With the key to the bike stuffed into one of her pockets she gave Kenzie the moment to sort out her thoughts while fetching the apartment key out of the same pocket. Her reply hinted that she had seen some harder times then she was letting onto but Alex wasn't about to pry, they had all seen some shit at some point in their lives by this point.

"'Just get on your feet, worry about the rest later but... food is always a safe bet."

She gave the other woman a small little grin and then once she was ready, lead her to the elevator and from there up to the top floor. The apartment was at the end of the hallway and once Alex opened up the front door, she let her house guest follow her in.

The apartment itself was only a few years old but with Cedar Creek being what it was, she had no problem paying for it with a paramedics wage. Past the entrance way was the kitchen on the left with the living room (more or less) directly past that. The master bedroom (Alex's) was down a short hall and the spare room was midway along the same hall, the guest room wasn't all that well set up but it did have a new fold out futon and a dresser which would probably work just fine until Kenzie had some cash flow.

""Hungry? I have some burgers in the fridge from yesterday.""

Kenzie smiled and nodded appreciatively.

She followed Alexis into the apartment, her gaze eagerly roaming to take in her new surroundings. Peering into the guest room — wait, that was her room! — her eyes lingered on the futon at length. She would have a bed to sleep in tonight. It had been a long time. Beneath the hum and buzz of her insecurity and anxiety there was excitement building. This was happening. She wouldn't be in a junkyard car tonight. She wouldn't be under a bridge tonight. She had a bed! She even had a dresser and wouldn't need to carry everything in her bag!

I won't be cold...

Alexis' question drew her attention away from her room and served to stem the tears she felt forming in her eyes. "Food is always a safe bet!" She grinned, using the woman's own words. She felt an urge to rush over and hug the paramedic, but she refrained. "Is there anything I can do?" Kenzie shifted forward and back on the balls of her feet, her hands held behind her back.

The air of excitement coming from Kenzie was vastly different then what there had been before and with it came wit some promise, maybe having a place to settle roots would do the woman good. Alexis had been on her own for a short while as well and knew how hard it could be but she had been lucky in that she had been able to support herself. Kenzie hadn't had that benefit, at least not until now.

"You can help by make yourself at home."

Leaving Kenzie to look around she unzipped her leather jacket, took it off and then hung it in the closet by the front door. The dark navy blue work uniform top was the next to go as she unbuttoned it as she walked towards her room and pulled it off to leave herself wearing the white tank top underneath.

"I have weird hours so you might be eating on your own at times but you're welcome to eat whatever, once you get a paycheck you can help keep the food stocked and not feel so guilty."

Going into her room she took the armoured bike pants off, the bottoms of her uniform and then slipped into some cargo pants before coming back out and walking into the kitchen. The container of burger patties didn't take long to reheat but it gave her enough time to set out some buns and toppings on the kitchen bar.

"So how'd you end up in our 'little town'?"

She could make herself at home.


Kenzie wasn't sure what to do, really, to make herself at home. So she went to her room (!) and sat on the bed for a moment as her roommate (!!) went to hers. She gave the futon a cursory bounce (okay, maybe three) and found the mattress wonderfully soft. Compared to benches and gravel, it was no wonder that she did, but even so, it was a decent mattress. She grinned foolishly at this, her tongue stuck out between her teeth.

"Oh that's no problem. I'll be sure to buy us lots of goodies when I can!"

She slid her backpack off her shoulder and chucked it over to the dresser. It didn't... quite... hit its mark. Half draped over the edge, the old canvas soon slid off and thumped on the floor. The girl rolled her eyes and palms on the mattress, she hopped nimbly off to retrieve it. She placed it where it was meant to be and shed her jacket, laying that on top of her bag for now. Not unlike Alexis, she was now wearing just a tank top. But hers was a minty green color.

She joined Alexis in the kitchen, her eyes brushing over the buns and condiments before finding Alexis' as the woman asked her a question.

"Running from shit," she answered with unintended bluntness. That was one of those questions she hated and yet there it was, and she was answering with far greater readiness than she had before. Hrm. "I've been... looking for a place to belong, you know? Guess I found it. Hope I found it at least."

This was the start of things going up right? 

"What about you?"

Food was always a common meeting point, or at least that's what she had seen so far. They all had the same damn requirement as far as that went (or other activities in it's place) so it was in everyone's best interest to keep a well stocked food supply and it looked as though she was right to assume Kenzie was eager to take part.

The question was certainly a common one around here but it was also quite common to have so many similar answers, it seemed trouble collected in the same pools.

"You'll fit right in then, a good portion of us where either avoiding shit or running from it."

She grinned at her and grabbed two small plates and after setting one down in front of Kenzie, she went about collect a bun and dressed it with which ever condiments she felt inclined for before using a fork to place the hot burger in it.

"I fall into both categories."

It wasn't a lie but unlike Kenzie she had been avoiding the RR territory until the one evening in which she had found herself starving after a late right back to a hotel and ended up stopping in at Alina's doorstep and that was the big difference in the 'warmth' from the first meeting with the alpha was probably rooted in it.

"You'll do fine here, it's like waking up with a surprise family.."

Kenzie followed her roommate's lead and took one of the buns. Onto one side she swirled ketchup and onto the other she swirled mustard. Then the steaming patty was placed over the mustard on the bottom bun and topped with the other half.

"Surprise family." She parroted with a smile. "I like that." She had no family of her own now. This is what she had been looking for. Kenze took a grateful bite of the burger and hummed her approval and appreciation.

In between bites she asked: "So. Got any house rules? Spare key?"

As Kenzie (figuratively speaking) chewed on Alex's response, she picked up the burger she had put together and took a bite out of it. The next question that was put out was one she had expected and had thought about it briefly on the ride over here but she hadn't really been able to come up with anything that was specific to this.

"Nothing that isn't common sense I suppose. Keep the place clean, replace what you use. Don't leave guests alone to scope out our stuff."

The last was spoken with more of a light hearted tone, half joking yet half serious at the same time. They where 'creatures of the moon' and didn't need anyone snooping around who shouldn't be. Leaving the kitchen island she walked back into her own room and retrieved the spare key from her night stand and brought it back to toss at Kenzie.

"But do explore the place, figure out where all the kitchen stuff is. Don't wait for me to come home or anything, my work hours are a little crazy so you'd end up going hungry."

Kenzie's hand shot out to catch the spare key tossed her way. To her delight, her fingers closed on the key neatly and she grinned. Keys belonged on a key ring, and it occurred to the girl then that she had no such thing. She was not even in possession of any other key. For now she tucked it in her back pocket, making a mental note to find herself a better and safer place to put it. She could buy a cute key chain!

"Sounds good to meeee." Kenzie smiled. She had another couple bites of her burger. "Should probably exchange numbers?" She took out her phone and opened a new contact, gray eyes looking up at Alexis. "What's your number?"

The eager woman in front of her was certainly quite a bit different then the one she had briefly met in the little hole in the wall Chinese place, which meant it might not be too much at once to suddenly end up in a big pack. The only unfortunate thing here was that Alex didn't have a whole lot of the smaller things to lend out, she hadn't really planned on picking up anyone on the way home but in the least this apartment meant a bed, a roof and food. The rest Kenzie would have to sort out on her own with the new job.

The question on the number also reminded her that it was probably going to be a good idea to actually give Kenzie the postal address as well, having a place wasn't going to be much good if you didn't know where it was. Taxi cabs needed something more then 'follow that bike' usually.

Peeling off a tab from the sticky note that was on the island, she then took a pen from the same spot and wrote down the full postal address along with her own number.

"This might also help so you're not stuck trying to guess."

Leaving her to add it all into her phone, she went to the fridge and took out a couple cans of soda and then retrieved a bottle of whiskey from one of the cabinets.

"Don't know if you drink but it feels like this should be some sort of 'welcome to the family' moment. I don't really know a whole lot of them yet but you'll probably get to meet a good number of them working at Alina's."

Kenzie mumbled a cheery thanks around a mouthful of burger as she took the sticky note. She added the information in the new contact she had opened and then sent Alexis a quick text:


So that the woman had her number too. The sticky note was committed to her wallet for now owing to some modicum of paranoia about losing her phone or the contact or some such silly thing. Then she watched as her roommate took out some soda and whiskey. Kenzie finished the last bite of her burger.

"I like a drink," she said, smiling. "I usually go for beer but I'm not picky. How many of us are there in the pack, anyway?" Alina had only mentioned a few names.

Her phone buzzed silently in her pants pocket to confirm the arrival of the text but she didn't need to pull it out to check, there was only a short list of people who would text her and most of them weren't big on texting while they where on duty.

Kenzie's admission that her drink of choice was beer didn't overly surprise her, for whatever reason that was a popular one with pretty much everyone she had met here but she wasn't sure if it was a wolf thing or just this place in general.

"You just missed the last beer last night."

with two cups she mixed one for herself and then left the second one for Kenzie to pour however she preferred it.

"I haven't met a lot of them but I think we're around 13-14? They aren't a bad bunch to be 'stuck' with, they are seem pretty fair so far. "

Those that she had met seemed a bit distant but that was an attitude she understood well, she was still getting used to this whole idea herself but she had no problem admitting that she at least felt safe here and that was feeling that was worth sticking around for.

"Even Alina isn't overly intimidating once you catch her in a better mood."

"It's funny you should say that," Kenzie hummed as she poured a bit of whiskey into her cup and topped it off with Soda. "I was terrified of her. I thought for sure she was going to eat me. But then..." She swirled her drink, peering into it like she was looking into a crystal ball and seeing herself sitting in that restaurant. "I don't know what happened," she admitted, "but when I shook her hand I didn't feel scared any more. It was weird as fuck but. Nice. I felt calm and. I don't know. Good."

Kenzie looked up and to her roommate. Smiling, she raised her glass and held it forward.


'Terrified' seemed like a good adjective to use for what had gone down in that little Chinese shoppe between Alina and Kenzie but she didn't blame the woman, it was an intimidating prospect to begin with when you just didn't know how all of that worked. Alexis herself still wasn't sure how all of it worked but she was figuring it out as she went.

"That my friend, is safety. The pack has your back now and it sure as hell beats looking over your shoulder everywhere you go."

Neither of them seemed to be very experienced with this whole notion so perhaps having them both in one place could be for the best, they could work it all out without irritating any of the 'veterans' with a bunch of mistakes.

Lifting her own glass she tipped it forward in a light 'tap' to finish off the salute.

"To figuring our shit out."


How long had it been since she felt so safe?

Since before she was fifteen years of age.

Their glasses chimed together.

Kenzie grinned.

"To figuring our shit out!"

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