p data-p-id="09d5e9136e6506d3b991bef20119bc97"emA few/emem weeks later.../em/p
p data-p-id="5cfd70acb781b728f5ff643e59059c7f"It was funny how strange Hound felt being surrounded by people after being alone for so long./p
p data-p-id="e6f75456cfaf1e5396165f825aba9986"Well, mostly alone./p
p data-p-id="8df8b660cac8aaff685bb282aa22c0dc"He sat in his new room amidst mostly unpacked boxes of things that some people had kindly taken out from his house for him./p
p data-p-id="6aeb2882abfe234eef63a2fad12dd33a"He looked up at the full moon, out once again. While it no longer bore any ill effects (or any effects, aside from a minor boost of energy), it did make him wonder about Lycan and how her training went./p
p data-p-id="4da6fb80b3cbc419e42d7816c631ffef"She had went off the grid when she had left with that "friend" of Max's, so any contact with her was limited. At least he knew that she was safe and continuing her training from the letters that had gotten to the "classified location" he was in./p
p data-p-id="8b6c02f6c6f4391ec79d3a94aebbfac8"A knock at the door brought him out of his thoughts./p
p data-p-id="794857b2cf77f2ae8a7ce8965a83c836""Come in!"/p
p data-p-id="15c4e4641c8f30cb8f5baca4baa18b4d"The door opened to reveal a somewhat thin teenager with blonde hair that seemed to be going more platinum white than anything else. Apparently, hair and skin coloring changes were rather normal for those manifesting powers. The mullet he had decided to style his hair into, however, was his own decision./p
p data-p-id="b0df83636ed2343e0b4c4ef173ecec25"He considered his superhero name to be Houdini, named for the world famous escape artist, but he would always be Andy to Hound as well as his brother. Mitchell. It was better than being called Stone, in his opinion, though./p
p data-p-id="b9e403eeb59feb2d2962b5c31d29845c""So this is where you've been hiding," he said, closing the door behind him. "Why are you in here so often?"/p
p data-p-id="e5c1d25d917704f7e1d09bdd1b3cb6a3"Hound turned to face him. The boy was physically smiling in greeting, but it didn't seem to really reach his eyes. There was something profoundly hard to look at in them. They seemed much too close to those of a war veteran. In fact, the same could be said for his brother. That didn't even mention the now-recovering Peter.../p
p data-p-id="1f6914346f0a4f6c2985e9c7159dfbba""I just come here... I just come here to think, you know?"/p
p data-p-id="d2344fd5cce66e8063f3a5cb9a818b09"He seemed like he wanted to say something, but then thought better of it. "Yeah, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, too." His voice went downcast. In fact, in places, it started to crack. "About my parents, I guess. They died trying to protect..."/p
p data-p-id="d9c4b6c855b8b1d452e6b5b5e159bcda""Stop it. You don't have to talk about this right now."/p
p data-p-id="8bc5394535b80b3c7d48fbf2471e20c2""I... Yeah..." Andy wiped the burgeoning tears away. "I guess I'll tell you about them someday... There was something else I came here to tell you..."/p
p data-p-id="852b1fdf1788f0ab06f3f5e750c3441d""Aw, would you just let me in, already?"/p
p data-p-id="b9abe637609e88500263de639711b46a"The voice came in from outside. It was unmistakable. Hound's jaw dropped./p
p data-p-id="51f52706ba7c513a422267431fed621c"It couldn't be.../p
p data-p-id="c3e663ac694c8ab57add722efd82bc11"Andy slowly opened the door, only for a blur of red and white to rush in, tackling Hound. The only reason why Andy himself got out of the way was because of his evasion powers./p
p data-p-id="b9e37ed98a63efb064a8047359e24938"He found himself being hugged to death by none other than his older sister, Tabitha./p
p data-p-id="e7786fc6ccff9ed4e582bee50d4e225f""Tabby..." He managed to choke out./p
p data-p-id="ba6a05fdc594dab1a0ab6a0110389af5""I thought you were dead!" She squealed, her accent being more audible than his./p
p data-p-id="e9e442664f552ae25fc6c46d02801de8""You. Tabby, I..."/p
p data-p-id="34dcc7a1cd24635d18445012b4734f20"Her expression turned stern in the blink of an eye. "Before you ask, no I don't care that you are a werewolf. I wouldn't care if you were part vacuum cleaner, to be honest." She squinted at him in mock suspicion. Even if you do look a little like a monster movie reject..." She promptly br /returned to her state of joy. She was baffling that way... "Besides, I've seen much worse during my stay here, believe me. Did you know that there's a boy here that's literally got emtank/em emtreads/em for feet?"/p
p data-p-id="72b6dd6a1d220993238c95389e4b0b9c""I... Uh..."/p
p data-p-id="f2232e47165cb685c97b9fab15a08711"She stopped. "What's up? You want me to slow down?"/p
p data-p-id="568152d1418021e2e21a91eb925dbf48""That would be lovely..."/p
p data-p-id="023ecbba759d062985a82c31003f8fd0""Sorry. I'm just so glad to see you after so long! Oh, I need to show you what I can do."/p
p data-p-id="d6d216ebda94a1dbe474934cf873a0c8"She stood back, and instantly, her hand formed into a ceiling fan, a sword, and a broomstick before becoming normal again./p
p data-p-id="cf0b49e626d1871905d3cfa1737e2075""I have so many questions..." Hound said this, but found it nigh impossible not to smile at this. He truly had missed his sister./p
p data-p-id="cac34b3e3de4d9e43148b261039ce245""I can answer them after you tell me about your fabulous adventures with this Lycan person I keep hearing so much about!"/p
p data-p-id="5a71c87f90533190d0036198aac56fc7"He was quickly dragged out of the room, with Andy following not far behind./p
p data-p-id="8753c5c7cc6d0b396ffdfcba8d950cb9"The two Smith siblings had some serious catching up to do.../p
p data-p-id="8a7ab20ec0ab3262ce329c7dcb399a4e"***/p
p data-p-id="942e3df92f800f57653861fc30589961"In a hidden lair, a certain menacing figure plots. He pounded on his desk./p
p data-p-id="bf601f88b5482630207352a0822fab58""My time ran out far too quickly! I need some way to increase that time."/p
p data-p-id="86a8c0007c60f05cc656f0ddb159f8a9"He hit on an epiphany./p
p data-p-id="744d2c7262bf0d6a6628e3fd9b9f7f3c""I need to find that scientist. He fled after his little game with those two. I guess I will just have to find him and wait. Let Trip play his games with them now. Soon, they will all know what fear is all about!"/p
p data-p-id="14c57d0d3b2c6f46796636e6e7f1e82d"A maniacal laugh echoed from the installation../p