Chapter 2

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Calum's POV

I woke up to loud voices coming from the hallway. I quickly rolled out of bed and grabbed a pair of sweatpants, putting them on without bothering to find a shirt. I checked my phone as I ran a hand through my messy hair. The display showed that it was almost 6 in the morning. What the fuck was everyone doing up this early? 

I walked out of my room trying to find someone to talk to, but the voices had quieted down and there was no longer any footsteps to be heard. I decided to look in the library because, it sounded like voices and footsteps were leaving that direction.

As I was about to enter, Michael came out of the door and almost walked right into me.

"Oh, there you are, we-" he started, but interrupted himself as his eyes looked down at my body. "You're not dressed." he stated. 

"Well observed", I answered sarcastically. "Mind telling me what's going on?!"

He sighed, "Are you seriously telling me you slept through the meeting?"

"What meeting? How was I supposed to know, it's not like anyone woke me up?!" I was starting to get annoyed, all I wanted to know was what was up. I pushed past him and walked into the library, only to get more confused as I found Ashton, Luke and Brenda with a group of kids in front of them. I recognized most of them as Shadowhunter children, as well as Ashton's little brother and sister. I turned back to Michael with a questioning look on my face. "Explain, please."

"Everyone in this room are the only people left in the Institute. All the adult Shadowhunters had to go to Idris for an emergency. Your parents and sister left, too. It's up to us and Brenda to look after the kids while they're gone."

"Are you kidding me? For how long? What about the band?"

"I don't know, a week, maybe two. We'll just have to make it work." He shrugged. I couldn't believe it. It was already hard enough to keep up with hunting demons and keeping our band going. Now we were going to have look after a bunch of kids as well?

"Weeks?! I did not sign up for this." Angrily, I walked out of the library with the intentions of going back to bed and sleep. I had only walked a few steps before Michael caught up to me. I hadn't thought he was going to come after me, but I had to admit I was glad he did. I could get worked up pretty easily, and he was usually the only one who could calm  me down. He grabbed my arm to stop me from walking.

"Cal", he said, trying to get my attention. I turned towards him and crossed my arms over my chest. "It's going to be okay", he continued, "I know you're stressed but we can make this work. We have Brenda to help us, and some of the kids are old enough to look after themselves most of the time. And I bet if we really need him, Damien would help us out. He was here earlier to make the portal everyone went through, so he knows about our situation. We don't have any scheduled shows or anything else with the band right now either, so it's not that bad." He was right.

"I'm sorry. I haven't slept a lot lately and I'm just stressed out, that's all."

"Don't worry about it. Go back to bed, me and the other boys will take care of everything for now, okay?" I nodded.

"Thanks." He gave me a quick hug, and for some reason I wished he wouldn't have let go so fast. I just shrugged it off and started walking towards my room. 

***

Days passed. Brenda would cook and do the laundry, while me and the boys looked after the youngest ones, we tried to keep them entertained and happy. Ashton was everyone's obvious favorite. They would climb up in his lap and let him read to them, and if someone was sad they'd go to him first. Luke and I did our best, but I wasn't patient enough and he would be the clumsy giant everyone was scared of. To be honest, I found that quite hilarious, especially when he would come to me pouting, complaining about how no one liked him. I didn't see much of Mikey, which was weird, but I didn't want to disturb him when he clearly wanted to be alone. He spent most of the time locked up in his room, god knows what he was up to. However, it wasn't as bad as I'd thought. As long as it would all go back to normal soon.

The older kids had started to complain since their training had been postponed until everyone came back, and we always had to keep an eye on them so they wouldn't run off to the training room and start playing with stuff on their own. I remember how much I'd enjoyed those training lessons myself, learning the ways of Shadowhunting.

Back then, I barely even listened to music at all, and now it had become such a big part of my life. Not that we were very popular among other Shadowhunters, but in the mundane world we were famous. It had all just started out when the four of us spent a summer together. We'd known each other forever since we grew up as neighbors in Idris, but that was when we became close friends. We'd just been playing around in an old garage, after killing a Ravener demon that we'd tracked to the house connected to it. Luckily, no one had been home at the time, and we never got an answer to why the demon had been there in the first place.

But we'd found the garage, with all these instruments and just decided to have some fun. Somewhere along the way we became serious, and eventually we got discovered, which had all led to where we were now. Now there was a room in the Institute dedicated to our band, and we all lived there even though our families didn't. They all lived in separate houses close by. We were all just happy that we got to do what we loved, as long as we kept up with our job to protect the world from the demons that didn't seem to ever want to leave us alone. Why couldn't they just stick to their own damn dimension?

"Hey Cal!" I snapped out of my thoughts as Luke's voice reached me. I had probably been sitting here, staring out the window, for a long time. I looked up at him and saw that he had a six something year old girl in his arms. He seemed pleased with himself, having found someone who didn't just run away from him.

"What is it?" I asked as I stood up.

"Brenda already made dinner for the youngest kids, but she said we could order pizza if we want?"

"Sounds great!" I replied. "I'll just take a walk until it gets here, okay? Where's Mikey?" Luke put down the girl, and told her to go to Brenda in the kitchen.

"I haven't seen him since a few hours. Think he went to his room." I just nodded.

As I was about to go outside, I drew a glamour rune on my arm. I didn't want to risk running into a fan right now. I stepped outside and realized it was already turning dark. There was a faint smell of rain and the air was chilly. I took a deep breath and started walking in a random direction.

***

I had been walking for about 20 minutes when I decided it was time to go back. By then it was 9 pm and dark all around me, except for the occasional streetlights. Not that I needed them, anyway, another perk of  being part of the Nephilim.

I kept walking until I passed a dark alley, and heard voices. Whispering. It's probably nothing, I said to myself. But  I still thought I'd check it out.

I pulled out my stele and quickly drew a soundless rune onto my skin, and then I followed the voices into the alley. As I got closer, I could tell there were no more than two people, though only one was talking at the moment. I couldn't make out the words, but it was definitely a male, and it felt oddly familiar.

I recognized it, and I immediately got confused. It couldn't be, could it? I thought... I just had to see him. I walked a little closer and my suspicions were confirmed when I saw the bright, red hair I'd recognize anywhere. I still couldn't see who the other person was since their back was turned to me. I walked up to them.

"Michael?" I asked, drawing his attention towards me.

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NEW CHAPTER YAY
I've been kinda busy so I'm sorry it took me a while.
Anyway this is the first fanfic I've ever written and the first thing I've ever published like this so it's kinda scary but I hope you like it

-A

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