I've proved my point, haven't I? I told you: just speak your mind.
"In my defense," I muttered, knowing it was useless, "I was trying to keep you from exposing yourself! Which would work better if the parents didn't know about what we are..."
"The tour's done. Your room is one the second floor, number 7," he said stiffly, heading to the arena.
I looked after him. "For someone who's brother is so nice, how can he be such an idiot?" I chuckled softly and turned to explore the Haven myself.
At the border, I saw a single wolf with black fur. I felt my blood run cold. The Haven had only been my home for less than a day, but I was already adapting. This was my home. I had to defend it.
I shifted into a wolf and loped up the hill. Teeth bared, I circled the newcomer, who I could now see had a white spot over his left eye. His tongue lolled out of his mouth in a very undignified manner. I lunged and pinned him down to the ground, teeth positioned over his throat in case he got any ideas.
His eyes widened as he changed back into a human. Immediately, I jumped off and changed back too. "What are you doing?" I hissed. "Who's leading the Government? I swear, if you left Lupus in charge..." I didn't have to finish my sentance. He knew me well enough to figure out what I meant.
"I was banished," he snarled. "The Government supports Lupus. He all but picked me up my the scruff and chucked me out a third floor window."
"She's fine... last I heard," he added angrily.
"When you," he coughed, glaring at me, "drugged me, she helped me remember. When Lupus took over, she didn't object. Who's side is she on?"
"Ours," I snapped. "She was afraid, you brainless idiotic coyote! She couldn't speak out against him without getting permanently injured or killed. She was trying to stay alive!"
Mrs. Wolfe walked up to stand beside us. "Who is this?" she asked me.
"Xavier S-" I caught Xavier's eye. "Xavier. Just Xavier."
"Xavier, eh?" She smiled. "I believe Mr. Steele had a brother by that name." Xavier and I exchanged a panicked glance. "Don't worry. I won't tell anyone. Why are you here, Xavier?"
"I got banished. Driven out by Lupus himself, the prejudiced jerk. I can't live by myself again. Please let me stay." I narrowed my eyes. He never begged.
"Very well. Probation for you too. Azalia, show him around."
"Yes, ma'am," I said politely.
"And that's pretty much it," I finished. "That's as much as Dommy showed me."
Xavier cracked a smile. "Dommy?"
"He hates me, I hate him. Why should I call him Dominic?"
I stopped outside of his room. "Second floor, room 8. I'm in 7 if you need me."
I walked next door and unlocked the door. "There's some stuff I want nobody to see," I remembered. "Can't I engineer the room to hide what I need hidden unless I need to see it?" I had an idea. Something I had done in the Government. A fingerprint lock. Only my fingerprint could show the important stuff. It was relatively easy to rig, I could do it in about three hours. I wasn't that popular, so the only visitors I might get were Xavier, Raven, Mrs. Wolfe, maybe Dominic, and very rarely anyone else.
Three hours later, I walked out of my room and locked the door, key inside. Time to see if it works. I pressed my left thumb to the center of the doorknob. The door opened with ease, the walls covered in security camera footage, television screens, bulletin boards, computer screens, and whiteboards, with weapon blueprints tacked in random places. Home, I thought, satisfied.
I exited the room and locked it, resetting the room to 'plain and boring' mode. Then, I used the key like all of the other recruits. No blueprints.
I looked at the small panel under the light switch with a thumb-sized indent in it and placed my left thumb inside. The light flickered, and the blueprints and everything else reappeared. I sat down at my desk and opened a messaging I had started several years with Diana. Hey, Dia. You okay?
Fine. Thanks for asking.
What's going on?
None of your business, she wrote harshly.
I winced. Okay.
I'm deleting this conversation. I don't want any contact with you. I am a loyal Government worker.
I felt my heart grow heavy, but didn't respond, instead closing the internet tab and powering off the laptop.
Sighing, I stood up and changed the light to hide the... private wall decorations... I had installed. Then, I walked out of the room and changed into a wolf, running to the arena to train.