He loves grilled cheese. The two of them have a stash of microwave dinners and wilting leftovers in the warehouse, and Isaac hasn’t complained about their diet. But the few times they’ve gone to a diner for dinner, Isaac doesn’t even look at a menu. He orders chocolate milk and grilled cheese. When the waitress comes with their food, Isaac’s heart rate picks up and doesn’t go down until he’s taken the first bite. It’s probably the oddest thing about him.
Isaac is an insomniac. Derek had warned him that the bite would make him sleep less, to which Isaac laughed. Derek assumed he didn’t sleep much before—having been forced to dig graves at night—and would be fine without a full night’s sleep. But even on the rare incident free night, Isaac paces the warehouse basement and taps his fingers against the walls. His restlessness makes it hard for Derek to sleep, so sometimes he drags Isaac over to the mattress and forces him to lie down. It doesn’t seem to help.
He doesn’t like Boyd. The first time Derek brought Boyd to the warehouse Erica grinned and ran her fingers over his chest. Derek did everything he could not to react to the way Boyd’s eyes widened and he immediately stood straighter. Isaac hung back, doing his best not to leave the subway car. Boyd noticed, and Derek wished he hadn’t. He’d promised the kid instant friendship.
Derek knows that it’s not just that Isaac loves hurting people. He loves that he’s able to hurt them.
Isaac loves it when Derek holds him. It began as necessity when Isaac reacted badly to the bite, and Derek was worried the kid would start seizing. When Derek pulled him to the ground and in his arms, Isaac’s heart stayed steady for the first time since the graveyard. The bite—and his father’s death—all but eliminated Isaac’s anxiety. But he still hovered around Derek and seemed happiest when his alpha rolled his eyes and opened his arms. “Is this normal?” Isaac asked once. “Do all alphas do this?” Derek didn’t answer, because the truth would embarrass him.
His bike is six years old. There doesn’t seem to be a sentimental story behind the bike, but Isaac bristled when Derek suggested it was too small for him and he should get a new one. The day Isaac realized he could bike miles in minutes, he ran into the den to tell Derek, like a kid with a new drawing. Isaac bikes everywhere, even if Derek and the others are taking the car. Isaac won’t get in Derek’s car because his alpha would make him wear a seatbelt.
French is his favorite class. Even when he wasn’t going to school, Isaac lay on the mattress conjugating verbs out loud. He overheard Erica ask Isaac if he wanted to go to France one day, and Isaac said that if he lived, that sounded good.
Isaac kissed him first.