About One of Us
by JM Snyder
Conner Allen hasn't been feeling too well since he got a bite on his neck that he can't explain, but he can't afford to miss work waiting tables, even on Halloween. As the night goes on, he feels worse and worse; even getting to wait on the gorgeous and enigmatic Rand Davis doesn't help. As Conner slides into illness and tries to make it home, Rand finds him under the full moon with answers to all his questions, and more.
“No,” Rand said in his soft, smoked-out voice. “We came to see you.”
Conner’s heart leaped into his throat. He couldn’t imagine anyone coming to see him at work, least of all these three. “Really?”
But Price laughed, shattering the moment. “He’s just joshing you, kid,” he said, slapping Rand on the shoulder. He raised his voice and bellowed out, “We came to eat!”
Conner grinned self-consciously, but Rand didn’t drop his gaze and there was something in those dark eyes that suggested he was more serious than his friend believed.
They ordered burgers and beer. As Conner distributed the frosted mugs, Rand nodded at the bandage. “What happened to you?”
Remembering Sylvia’s question, Conner said, “Got a new tattoo.” With the piercings in his eyebrow and lower lip, and a snake tattooed around his left bicep, it wasn’t hard to pretend that the bandage covered another work of art. Before they could ask, he added, “I’m a free bleeder, so it’s still healing. I gotta keep it covered at work.”
“So we can’t see it?” Brett asked. He guzzled his beer in one long swallow and held the empty mug out to Conner. “Gimme another. What’s it of?”Conner glanced around the table, mind racing. When he looked at Rand, the guy was still staring at him, and something about his expression made Conner answer, “A wolf.”