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A New Player In Town

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This story is No. 1 in the series "The Puzzle of Daniel Osbourne". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: Richard thought he had enough problems but he feels like he may have just got one more. A birthday fic for jedibuttercup.

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Anita Blake > Oz-CenteredziliFR719984175,97031 Mar 0831 Mar 08Yes
Disclaimer: I don't own Oz or Richard, the other two I do.

A/N: This is a birthday fic written for jedibuttercup in appreciation for running the birthday mod challenge at tthdrabbles at livejournal.com

A/N2: It's 1000 word fic, I don't know what's wrong with the word counter.
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Richard was reveling in the new moon. Okay so he had some doubts in the back of his mind, being the new leader of the pack, the most forethought doubt and Anita being a close second. But at the moment running through his woods with the rest of his pack and two new wolves was all that mattered.

After chasing several deer and rabbits, they were all heading back to the Lupanar. Richard slowed down as they neared their sanctuary, something was off. There was a strange smell, almost like an emotion but not one he’d ever associated with the Lupanar. As they finally reached the clearing he stopped short.

There was an intruder leaning against his throne. The intruder was a kid who couldn’t possibly be older than 22 with fire engine red hair and frayed worn clothing. He was currently sitting down with his head against the side of the throne, his eyes were closed.
Richard tried to think rationally but all he was thinking was ‘intruder’ and ‘prey’. He also knew that the only thing keeping the rest of his pack behind him was the low growl he was emitting. If the kid starting running or showed fear…

Finally the kid opened his eyes and noticed that he was surrounded by wolves. But instead of freaking out, the kid just raised an eyebrow. He stood slowly, “Hey.” He turned to grab a book off the ground, “Guess I’ll have to find another midnight reading spot.” Then the kid started walking away.

Richard could not believe he was this lucky. One of the new werewolves howled and took a few steps closer to the kid. But all the boy did was made a shushing sound at the wolf and actually petted her. Ten seconds later the kid was lost in the density of the forest.

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Richard was rushing into the school. The pack were all very concerned about the kid and the new werewolf, Lindsay, was freaking out about nearly eating the boy. He was late for the meeting they were having for the new computer teacher. “Sorry I’m late, I had a bit of car trouble.” Richard said as he took a seat.

The principal Linda Temps smiled, “Oh no you’re just in time. This is Daniel Ozbourne. Oz this is Richard Zeeman.” Richard sat back in shock. It was the kid from last night. Richard tried to breath evenly after all there was no way that the kid could know who he—

“We met the other night.” Oz waved from his seat. “Catch anything good?”

Richard tried not to freeze but that one sentence stopped him cold. After a few moments he managed to shake his head and said, “No wasn’t much out there. Are you even old enough to be teaching?”

Oz smirked, “Hope so. Since I’m thirty.”

Linda smiled at the two of them and continued the meeting. Richard stared at Oz trying to evaluate him. Was he a threat? The boy- man looked very different today. Gone were the ratty clothes, now he was wearing dark blue slacks and a button down shirt. His hair was no longer fire engine red but a white blonde. Yet he could still see glimpses of the kid from last night. Oz was wearing black combat boots and there were beads wrapped around his wrists. Also he had a small stud in each ear.

But how could this kid- man know that he was at the Lupanar last night. Richard knew that the kid had left and not hiding out anywhere last night. That smell from last night was definitely Oz, he could smell the emotion now. But he couldn’t be a were. Oz would have to be extremely powerful for Richard not to be able to sense his beast from across the table. The only problem with this is that would mean he was a major threat. Especially if he was planning to try to take his throne. Or was he just a normal human? Could this guy be planning to expose him for being a were? What was Daniel Ozbourne’s angle?

“Hey.”

Richard looked up to see Oz looking down at him.

“Going to class?” Oz had a small smirk on his face. He shrugged and then left Richard who now realized he was in an empty room. Richard quickly hurried to his first class.

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Richard spent the entire day trying to figure out what to do about Oz. He even almost caused a mini explosion when he was showing an example for what chemicals not to mix together. Finally the last bell for the day rang and Richard made his way to the computer lab.

Most of the students had left the class with the exception of two boys who were staring in awe at whatever Oz was doing on the computer. They saw Richard and then looked back at Oz. The two boys said thanks and quickly ran out the door.

Richard walked in and shut the door. “What’s up?” Oz asked as he stood up.

The werewolf grabbed the younger man, “What are you playing at?” The smell around Oz didn’t change in fact it increased. And finally Richard realized what it was. Calming patience.

“Nothing man.” Oz had his hands up in a surrendering motion. “Didn’t mean to freak you out or anything. I was just looking for a place to read.” Richard opened his mouth to say something but Oz interrupted him. “I don’t care if you turn furry three nights a month and I’m not going to say anything to anybody else.” Richard let go of Oz and took a couple steps back.

“What are you?” Richard asked.

“Traveler, teacher, musician.” Oz shrugged, “Someone you do not have to worry about.”

“We’ll see.” Richard said. “I’ll be watching you.”

Oz shrugged and grabbed his bag from the desk. “As long as there are unsupervised bathroom and shower breaks, I’m kinda shy.”

Richard could not help but smirk.

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