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The Alpha - 15. Voice From The Grave

As Dorian’s image appeared on the screens, a thin smile spread across Marshal’s face as he saw panic in Levi’s eyes.

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“What was so urgent you called me in after closing time, Dorian?” He moved to take his usual seat. “It’s date night with Lance and Heather before seeing who moans the loudest.”

“You will remain standing, Levi. It’s time we discuss something that’s been going on for years.” Dorian looked unusually serious, as he sat behind his desk with arms folded.

“Excuse me? Remain standing?” He cocked his head, puzzled by his alpha’s demeanor. “What the fuck’s going on? You never act like this towards me?”

“I’ll cut to the chase. I know about the silver nitrate poisoning.”

“Poisoning? What are you talking about, Dorian?” His well tuned mask faltered for a moment, as he took a step back. “You’re not making any sense.”

“The constant pain I was in, my aggressiveness and downright viciousness towards our neighbors, towards my former bear and avian friends, my being a downright asshole to people. The brutality I showed my own wolves during training. It was caused by silver nitrate in my system.”

“I still don’t understand what you’re talking about. Are you saying someone’s been poisoning you?” Concern covered his face.

“We both know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I’m not stupid either. Well, maybe I am for not opening my eyes sooner and listening to what people were saying. Once I got it out of my system, I could see clearly what you’d been doing for years. What I stupidly allowed you to do with my stamp of approval. Pulling people loyal to the pack out of key positions and replacing them with ones devoted to you and your family.”

Levi crossed his arms and stood his ground. “I replaced corrupt people with ones I could trust to do the job. We talked about each of those before the changes. You approved them all. Should I get the orders out of the file so you can see your signature?”

“Yes, ones you could trust. Unfortunately, not people I or the pack as a whole could trust. You were always meticulous about presenting me with hard facts and letting me come to the decision you wanted. I’ve been watching things around here since the congress last year. I didn’t want to believe it when I figured out who was doing this to me. But there was no other conclusion I could reach.” He pounded his fist on the desk. “Goddamn it, Levi, you’ve been my best friend since we were pups. The fabricated documents, lies, and manipulative security briefings. Fuck, all those allies I attacked over your security briefings and urging to bring them into our pack for the good of all. Everything I’ve done that went against what I once believed in.”

“Dorian, you can’t really think…”

“CUT THE BULLSHIT, LEVI. I sent the fuckin’ cookies to a lab last year.” His eyes flashed with rage. “I know that’s why you never touched them. I also know your aunt falsified my lab results to say there was nothing in my blood. It’s the only way you could keep feeding me that poison in ever-increasing doses.

“She and I had a long, private talk this morning. I’m sorry for your loss, she didn’t survive past giving her signed confession. I guess we could chalk that up to the aggression you and your mother caused. Pity I couldn’t get ahold of her for a little chat today and ask about her baking. Your dad didn’t know where she was. Don’t worry, I told a couple trackers and hunters loyal to me she is in danger. They’re trying to find her as we speak.” He leaned back and took a deep breath.

“You killed my aunt? What have you done with my father?”

Dorian ignored the man’s growling query. “As to your original question of why I called you in so late, this meeting is to tell you your services as beta are no longer needed. In other words, you’re fired. I’m giving you the option to walk out that door and leave the territory. If you do, no action will be taken against your family as they also quietly move away. That will include your dad’s release.” Dorian’s stony glare hardened even more. “Otherwise, we settle this in the challenge ring and I’ll drag your sorry ass there right now. You should put your affairs in order if you go that route. I suspect that cowering fur ball in your mind just pissed himself.

“Right now, your family controls the pack’s finances thanks to the companies you’ve given them power over. The warriors and hunters back me, though I don’t know why with how I’ve treated them, so I’ve got the Army and Marines. If I hit send to a text on my phone, we’ll have a civil war before morning. My guys know how to fight. Has anyone in your family even killed a deer? I can’t remember you even catching a rabbit. Guessing you buy your meat from the butcher, when you’re not too busy sucking it.” Dorian smirked. “Let’s settle this like adults without involving innocent bystanders. You’ve lost, Levi. Accept my offer and leave.”

Levi ran his hand through his hair, pacing around room. Shoving his hand into his pockets, the right one came to rest on something he always carried as insurance against a stronger wolf. He stepped to the bar behind Dorian’s desk and poured a good amount of whisky in the glass. Pulling out his phone, he tapped out a quick text.

“From the sound of it, you’ve chosen the civil war option. I should probably kill you right now for what you’ve done.” Dorian kept his back to the man he once thought of as his friend. “But we both know with that text you sent, someone will be waiting outside. I doubt I’ll survive the walk to my truck before a silver bullet finds the back of my head. Even with the hunters, I won’t be able to defend myself from your entire family and allies before one of their mercenaries kill me.

“I guess assassination is a family favorite of yours. Pushing Alpha Clark into a challenge to remove him. Trying to stab Alpha Wagner once Clark was dead but getting me instead. Shooting Randy and the leadership not sympathetic to your family. And finally, making your move to eliminate me once you’ve lost control of the situation. Each time a McKinney was hiding in the shadows to run things behind the scenes. And every time your family has ultimately failed to maintain control. Watching you all these years, I’ve learned your family plays the long game. I have too since I’ve had over a year to prepare for today and try to set some things right. By the way, I never intended to let you or your family live.”

Levi took a gulp of the amber liquid and pulled the syringe from his pocked, as he rounded on his alpha. The needle found its mark at Dorian’s neck, and the beta pushed the plunger.

Pain shot from the alpha’s neck to his leg as he felt a burning sensation spreading through his body. “Why, Levi? Why?”

An indignant Levi watched as paralysis took Dorian’s body. “Why? You really want to know? Because you saved Alpha Wagner’s life.”

“That was so long ago, and we’ve accomplished so much together since then. Wolves don’t attack the injured like that. I acted out of instinct the way my father taught me. All these years we’ve never actually been friends, have we?”

“Spare me the wolves fight honorably speech. It’s bullshit and you know it. Doesn’t seem very honorable when a big, powerful alpha kills two grieving teenage pups and steals their uncle’s pack at a funeral. Or threatens to kill all the males in a family if they don’t join the pack. The consolation was that manipulating you was even easier than it was with Clark. He just got greedy and overstepped the authority my family granted him. Randy did well for the pack, but he wouldn’t bargain when he was approached, and threatened to expose the family. A bullet to the head works wonders in a negotiation.

“You’re really a fuckin’ idiot, Dorian. Friends? Us?” Levi laughed hysterically. “You never figured I only kept you around as a bodyguard so the other low lifes like you didn’t mess with me? Well, that and you’ve got a great cock. Too bad the poison took some of the steel out of it.” Levi paced around the office as he continued his rant. “When you saved that man, you took away my family’s position in the pack. My uncle had a new alpha picked out and waiting to take control when Randy died from the stabbing, but he and my cousins were exiled because of what you did. You nearly destroyed my parents due to their apparent loyalty to Alpha Clark. We almost lost everything. You and your family, who were barely more than omegas before Randy took over, gained prominence when your bloodline wasn’t deserving. You don’t have the fur of a leader like my family.”

He turned Dorian’s chair and leaned right into the man’s face. “Cannon fodder making it to captain of the hunters? What an insult to the Corps. I never imagined you’d become alpha after the family assassinated your beloved leader. It sucked that Marshal moved and survived the one meant for him. They didn’t know you’d be off duty that day. You should have been standing with Randy like you always did to accept the bullet we bought for you. It would have solved some early problems until I got you under control. You had to fuckin’ insist on handling the transition of power and do it by the book. Fuckin’ boy scout. You were never supposed to survive that challenge. Thad and Wade really fucked that night up for us by helping you. We had the surviving council in our pocket until you killed them.

“It was hard to stomach you sitting behind this desk for so many years, but knowing I was the one pulling your strings made it bearable. In a way, it was a benefit to me. Anything bad that happened was the fault of the alpha’s orders since you had the final say in everything.” Levi moved away from the chair and laughed hard. “Fuck, Dorian, I had my hand so far up your ass making your mouth move, you’d think you were a Muppet. You never realized who was running the show each time we added territory, or I moved someone loyal to me into an important position.”

Levi sat on the edge of the desk with a gleeful smile on his face, savoring his victory. “Yes, for years I’ve been giving you the poison to keep you in line. To manipulate the aggressiveness I caused, so you’d move against neighbors, giving my relatives territory to manage and exploit. I’ve had time to rebuild my family far beyond what we were. I didn’t lie when I said Mom always baked those cookies special, just for you.

“If you’d stayed ignorant, I’d have let you live while I continued to run the pack. Maybe even allowed you to mate that bitch and suggest you move to her territory while I run things here. Since you know, there’s little point in keeping you alive. The one gold lining is seeing that hurt look in your eyes now.” Levi theatrically wiped a nonexistent tear from his eyes. “It’s time for me to take over as alpha. Not that I haven’t already been for years. To faithfully serve the people in memory of my dear best friend. And to show the McKinneys have always owned this pack.”

Dorian was barely able to move his eyes as his body felt frozen. He managed to gaze at Levi’s face, seeing nothing but evil staring back at him.

Levi’s back was to the camera. “In front of the pack, I’ll announce your family has been offered a home elsewhere to make a fresh start. Someplace they can be away from the sad memories of their lost son, brother, and uncle. Sadly, there’ll be a traffic accident during the move. Very soon, your bloodline will be extinct. Can’t risk one of them coming back for revenge if someone suspects I killed you. Tempting to see if your brothers fuck as good as you once did. Might still find out. Your little brother was always the hottest one in the family.” He shoved his hand into Dorian’s crotch. “I should have gotten you hard before the injection took hold. Taken one last ride.” Straddling the alpha’s legs he looked directly into the man’s eyes. ”Your sisters and nieces will survive long enough to provide some entertainment to a group of wolves who’ve been very supportive of my family. You know… Spoils of war and all that.”

Alpha Jackman’s body stilled as the sound of his heart stopped. His eyes eerily remained open in a defiant glare.

Levi moved off Dorian’s lap once he was satisfied the man was dead. He picked up the alpha’s cell phone and pocketed it to destroy later. He began searching the office as the shot on the screen changed. The timestamp at the bottom was highlighted to show a little over an hour had passed. Levi finally called 911. “Dorian’s not breathing. I need help now.” There was a momentary pause. “He feels cold. I think he’s dead.”

The image faded to black.

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Let the war begin.....I can imagine the entire pack, with the exception of levi's family of course, is ready for blood. Poor Levi (LOL) looks like he's going to die, better late than never.

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*sits on edge of seat* is it monday yet? How about now? Now? Has it been a week? Uggghhhhhh. Too much suspense. I wanna see the blood and exile, I want to see the family destroyed for the safety off all Lycans. How about cover him in silver till he dies? Retribution from the elementals? Will the other species attack Levi's family now? I hope so. Is it monday yet? 

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1 minute ago, RainbowPhoenixWI said:

How about cover him in silver till he dies? 

That sounds lovely, I never thought about that.

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And! There is it! As I said? Getting rid of Dorian was stupid. It took Levi 5 seconds after losing Dorian's protection to get pwned. And as he himself admitted? Having a figurehead alpha of the pack is great. Even dumber, he killed someone who he'd been relying on to protect him literally his entire life. And sure, he'd kind of backed himself into a corner? But that was also dumb! And then killing him in the office after being called there specifically to be called out? That was also monumentally stupid. Since it was obviously a setup by someone who knew what was going on, there's no way there wouldn't be a contingency plan for that exact instance. I mean come on! Levi HIMSELF would have a contingency plan if their situations were reversed. Or at least, I'd hope he would. Since "kill the witness" is one of the oldest things in the book.

And let's be frank? Even if Dorian HADN'T had the video? The chances of Levi not being challenged as alpha are low. And the chances of him being able to manipulate himself into not being killed? Either by one of his own pack members or some outside force, like the Silver Pines pack or someone from the Lycan Council? Are even lower. Since I'm sure that video? Is more confirming what people already thought rather than revealing anything new. Certainly, the only important character who actually trusted Levi was Dorian. Literally everyone else who was actually in the story? Was wary of him at least. And what was he going to do at the alpha conference when he was surrounded by actual alphas? Start a war with every other pack in North America? Especially once it came out what actually was going on. He's definitely been breaking lycan council laws, and since the packs that are nearby can vet for that, not to mention other people outside the pack know about the poison now, it would only be a matter of time before someone stepped in. Especially since he reached outside of his local pack.

Perhaps if he'd left it just within the pack, then no one would care. Certainly, packs with terrible leadership happen on a regular basis, but manipulating others and taking over other packs, not by force, but by underhanded deals? That's cowardly and un-lycan, and the other lycan around would not let him get away with it for long. If nothing else? They'd want to make sure it doesn't happen to them.

It's kind of unfortunate, I was kind of hoping Levi wasn't involved, that he was more of a tragic figure, because him being just the evil dick that he is? Is a bit predictable. Probably my only gripe with the story so far, and even then that's a minor personal taste issue. That he was manipulating Dorian the whole time is wholly believable though. As I said? Dorian was never an alpha personality. He's always been both a follower and someone who interacts with things reactively. He's also very trusting when in his sane state of mind, as shown by how fast he came to trust Ethan and his friends. That Ethan and his friends were actually trustworthy? Is lucky on his part.

I am still holding out hope that he's not dead though. He has enough people who trust him in the pack who don't trust Levi that he didn't need an outside force to hand this video too. Certainly not an outside force as specific as the elementals, and yet, he did ask them for help specifically in a way that highly implies it needed to be them. Dorian also had to know that Levi was likely to pull something like that, so he could easily have been prepared. And if he is dead, then we still don't know what he asked Ethan for, because as I said, ANYONE loyal to him in the pack could have gotten the video and presented it at the funeral. Ethan has a specific role to play that is still undisclosed, and I have a feeling that's going to be the true climax of the scene.

I'm looking forward to it.

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1 hour ago, avidreadr said:

I was still holding out some hope for Dorian,  Maybe I still am,  I want Levi to get what he deserves.   

Yes I still hope for Dorian too, but but given Ethan's grief at the funeral seemed genuine, my hopes are very small

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Damn another cliffhanger. I sure hope Levi gets what's coming to him along with his slimy family. I still hold old out hope for some miracle from Ethan regarding Dorian, otherwise let civil war begin.

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About time we really see the real slimeball that is Levi , I think his punishment and the rest of his family should undergo Ethan's version of punishment, I think that him and his gifts could be really excellent in that regard, 

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If every single member of Levi's family is not killed; I am going to find a certain person and make sure that they are badly injured; maybe not the hands, have to keep typing.  I was still hoping that some how or another that Dorian managed to survive this ordeal; I sort of hope that maybe he was able to get Karissa pregnant and continue his direct line.  

Well written, but these damn cliffhangers are starting to really wear on me...

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There's bad.

There's evil.

Then there are your varying degrees of evil.

I think Levi is somewhere between Hitler and Disney's Jafaraladdin love GIF

And everyone knows how to deal with those kinds of problems 

halloween death GIF

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The video is brilliant.  Levi taking full advantage of his mustache twirling moment and condemning himself at the same time.  I think all of us had made Levi for the rat a while ago.  Knowing the particular abilities of the Unwanted Guests, Levi's end could be particularly unpleasant.

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12 hours ago, centexhairysub said:

I vote that Levi gets a large pure silver dildo stuck and locked deep in his ass....

Sounds like a great option to me! 

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I love the comments!

However, I hate to announce I'm not quite finished editing the next chapter. It may take a couple of weeks for it to be published..

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23 hours ago, Wesley8890 said:

why must you continue to leave us on cliffhangers?!?!??

That little slimy bastardo! Oh i cant wait until he is dead! 

The cliffhangers just sort of happened. I wasn't actually trying to write them. ;)

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23 hours ago, avidreadr said:

I was still holding out some hope for Dorian,  Maybe I still am,  I want Levi to get what he deserves.   

I have some vicious readers. I do enjoy that. :)

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22 hours ago, 1brokNangel said:

Let the war begin.....I can imagine the entire pack, with the exception of levi's family of course, is ready for blood. Poor Levi (LOL) looks like he's going to die, better late than never.

:whistle:😈 So in other words, let the fur fly.

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22 hours ago, RainbowPhoenixWI said:

*sits on edge of seat* is it monday yet? How about now? Now? Has it been a week? Uggghhhhhh. Too much suspense. I wanna see the blood and exile, I want to see the family destroyed for the safety off all Lycans. How about cover him in silver till he dies? Retribution from the elementals? Will the other species attack Levi's family now? I hope so. Is it monday yet? 

Don't make me skip a week. ;) I'm starting to think my readers like the guy they thought was an asshole in RWTP. Hmm... Cover him in silver. I like that.

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22 hours ago, 1brokNangel said:

That sounds lovely, I never thought about that.

I'm sure you're suggestion would have been just as enjoyable to watch.

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22 hours ago, Nightlit said:

And! There is it! As I said? Getting rid of Dorian was stupid. It took Levi 5 seconds after losing Dorian's protection to get pwned. And as he himself admitted? Having a figurehead alpha of the pack is great. Even dumber, he killed someone who he'd been relying on to protect him literally his entire life. And sure, he'd kind of backed himself into a corner? But that was also dumb! And then killing him in the office after being called there specifically to be called out? That was also monumentally stupid. Since it was obviously a setup by someone who knew what was going on, there's no way there wouldn't be a contingency plan for that exact instance. I mean come on! Levi HIMSELF would have a contingency plan if their situations were reversed. Or at least, I'd hope he would. Since "kill the witness" is one of the oldest things in the book.

And let's be frank? Even if Dorian HADN'T had the video? The chances of Levi not being challenged as alpha are low. And the chances of him being able to manipulate himself into not being killed? Either by one of his own pack members or some outside force, like the Silver Pines pack or someone from the Lycan Council? Are even lower. Since I'm sure that video? Is more confirming what people already thought rather than revealing anything new. Certainly, the only important character who actually trusted Levi was Dorian. Literally everyone else who was actually in the story? Was wary of him at least. And what was he going to do at the alpha conference when he was surrounded by actual alphas? Start a war with every other pack in North America? Especially once it came out what actually was going on. He's definitely been breaking lycan council laws, and since the packs that are nearby can vet for that, not to mention other people outside the pack know about the poison now, it would only be a matter of time before someone stepped in. Especially since he reached outside of his local pack.

Perhaps if he'd left it just within the pack, then no one would care. Certainly, packs with terrible leadership happen on a regular basis, but manipulating others and taking over other packs, not by force, but by underhanded deals? That's cowardly and un-lycan, and the other lycan around would not let him get away with it for long. If nothing else? They'd want to make sure it doesn't happen to them.

It's kind of unfortunate, I was kind of hoping Levi wasn't involved, that he was more of a tragic figure, because him being just the evil dick that he is? Is a bit predictable. Probably my only gripe with the story so far, and even then that's a minor personal taste issue. That he was manipulating Dorian the whole time is wholly believable though. As I said? Dorian was never an alpha personality. He's always been both a follower and someone who interacts with things reactively. He's also very trusting when in his sane state of mind, as shown by how fast he came to trust Ethan and his friends. That Ethan and his friends were actually trustworthy? Is lucky on his part.

I am still holding out hope that he's not dead though. He has enough people who trust him in the pack who don't trust Levi that he didn't need an outside force to hand this video too. Certainly not an outside force as specific as the elementals, and yet, he did ask them for help specifically in a way that highly implies it needed to be them. Dorian also had to know that Levi was likely to pull something like that, so he could easily have been prepared. And if he is dead, then we still don't know what he asked Ethan for, because as I said, ANYONE loyal to him in the pack could have gotten the video and presented it at the funeral. Ethan has a specific role to play that is still undisclosed, and I have a feeling that's going to be the true climax of the scene.

I'm looking forward to it.

Once Dorian knew of the McKinney families actions as Levi said there was no point in keeping him alive. He would have presented a problem for the family since they’d lost control of him. With how powerful they were, most if not all the wolves would reluctantly or otherwise follow out of caution. The pack members have their livelihood to consider and the McKinney’s ultimately were their employer. As Dorian said, the family played the long game. They most likely had contingency plans if the alpha became aware of what was happening. Levi underestimated Dorian’s intelligence and his ability to strategize beyond the short term. He also failed to find the cameras in his hour long search of the office before calling for help.

Remember, when the call was made for anyone wishing to lead to step forward, no one stood. Even the leader of the Hunters didn’t make a move to challenge Levi. In the hierarchy of wolves, the lower ranks tend to follow like sheep. Levi, though not well liked, was viewed as an accomplished leader. Through all the expansion of the pack, no one challenged Dorian for leadership to put a stop to the territorial ambitions even though he made plenty of enemies.

No Lycan Council laws were broken, except possibly for Dorian’s murder. Levi used underhanded tactics to get Dorian to challenge others, but they were all legal fights that resulted in both packs going to the victor. As Levi pointed out when the Shasta Pack was taken, he’d submitted the merger paperwork with the Council as soon as their alpha was dead. If other alphas at the Congress found out about the poisoning, there’s no way of knowing how they would react. If Pit River willingly accepted Levi as their alpha, it’s an internal decision that would not affect the Council or Congress. The most someone could do is challenge him for leadership and odds are, the family would have some plan for winning.

Yes, it was predictable that Levi was the bad guy. I did consider changes to that, but was happy with the story as the way it unfolded in my mind. Dorian’s trust in his “friend” while misplaced was based on how he perceived the world around him. It was both emotional and physical. For Levi’s part, he could be a good friend when it suited him and he did have feelings for Dorian in his own way. But he didn’t have the physical strength to fight guys like Dorian. A wealthy runt with a strong mind who knew how I find protection until he became powerful enough that his strength didn’t need to be physical.

Dorian going outside the pack to Ethan and Aiden, instead of finding someone within to confide in was based on the McKinney’s hold on everyone. No matter how loyal he thought someone might be, there was a chance, a risk the family could have their claws embedded in that person. For Dorian that meant enlisting the assistance of the men who’d helped put things right at the Council.

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22 hours ago, dutch woman said:

Yes I still hope for Dorian too, but but given Ethan's grief at the funeral seemed genuine, my hopes are very small

:whistle: Snowflakes, tears falling as ice crystals, that is very genuine for Ethan.

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20 hours ago, chris191070 said:

Damn another cliffhanger. I sure hope Levi gets what's coming to him along with his slimy family. I still hold old out hope for some miracle from Ethan regarding Dorian, otherwise let civil war begin.

Thanks, Chris. Damn my readers are all succumbing to blood lust. I love it.

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19 hours ago, mikedup said:

About time we really see the real slimeball that is Levi , I think his punishment and the rest of his family should undergo Ethan's version of punishment, I think that him and his gifts could be really excellent in that regard, 

:whistle: Levi was actually a fun character to write.

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