Sal had kind of zoned out for a while during breakfast. He couldn't really help it, and while he hated to admit it, he was still fuzzy after the vision last night. He had seen some vivid images in his dreams but nothing coherent. Times like this he wished he wasn't this type of seer. He hated seeing possible ways the world could end, especially when he couldn't remember them right away. But at the same time, he knew his subconscious would allow him to see more when it was worked through.
When Willow brought up the park, he snapped back. "We will. I know Clary and Cole are off today too, and maybe we could see if some others want to go with. It's always nice to have picnics in the park on days like today. Especially with a group of us." He said. He could feel what Tiffany was getting at, but he also knew that if push came to shove they would be okay. Even if it was just him and Willow. His lessons with Drake and Billie about fighting had been going relatively well, even if it wasn't the best. Willow was strong on her own too, but there was always safety in numbers.
"How is your project coming anyway?" Sal asked.
Drake left the Reid house after breakfast, knowing Sal and Willow had plans for the day. And that Sal had stuff there already. So, when he walked into the empty house that was shared between him, Cole, Sal, Billie, and Alex, he was only slightly surprised. He figured Alex would be there at least, knowing Billie was probably still out for her run and that Cole stayed with Clary. He quickly got ready for the day and slung a bag over his arm. His clean gym stuff for when he went back in. It was always nice to have it there after a couple of days off.
When he opened the door to leave, he saw Billie coming in. "Morning." He said.
"Hey. Alex up yet?" She asked and Drake gave a look.
"He's not even home right now." He said. He saw the look on her face and he patted her shoulder. "Good luck B. I'll let you and Joe know about new prospects. I told Jo I'd go into town with her."
He saw Billie take a minute to process what he said before he got a thank you. Billie had been texting and he sighed a bit and headed back over to head out with Jo.
When Jo thanked him, he just smiled. "Of course. It's not a big deal. There is a record store near the gym, and I'm sure we'll run into a liquor store. Unless you were up to going to the one Billie owns, considering we all know it has everything."
They began heading off and Drake looked down to her. "You okay? Last night was pretty rough all around."
Once Logan told her what he wanted in his omelete, Cole started making it and smiled. "It was a long night, man. Coffee is necessary." She went back to cooking before thinking a moment. "Fortunately, yeah I'm off. Not sure what we are doing yet though. Probably going to eat and go back to bed for a while. She's probably still going to be tired. She was mumbling in her sleep when I got up."
"Who was doing what?" Clary's voice came out as a yawn. She stretched a bit and gave Logan a sleepy hug. "Morning." After she let go of him, she smelled the air. "Mmmm… smells good."
"Thanks." Cole said before putting some tea in front of Clary and a plate. It wasn't long after she put Logan's plate in front of him.
"When did you come in, Lo?" She asked, taking a sip of her tea before Cole joined them. Clary gave a sleepy smile to Logan when he answered. "Sorry you ended up awake so early, but I do enjoy when we have breakfast together."
Cole couldn't help but smile. She loved how endearing Clary and Logan could be. Especially in the morning before Clary got really hyper. That was endearing too, but since she had become a reaper, Clary's calm just added to it.
"What have you got planned for the day, Logan?" Cole asked after a few minutes.
Once the bedroom door opened, Alex and Randa both looked to Garret. Alex just sighed and shook his head. "I don't hate sleep…"
"Could have fooled me. Or is it a vendetta against our doorbell? Speaking of. Babe, I might have melted the damn thing to the point it can't be used." Randa said. What Garret had said next to Alex, though, made him look away. He wanted to say something, but Garret had already walked over to Randa. When he kissed her lips and then her neck, she smiled a little before nodding a bit.
"I really do." She whispered back. She watched him walk back into the bedroom and she looked back over to Alex. "He has a point. Walking away was a jackass move. Leaving things unresolved is unhealthy, doc. And walking away leaves them unresolved."
"I say shit I regret when I get that mad. I didn't want to do that. Not to Jo." He said. "Plus, who would she have told?"
Randa rolled her eyes. "Seriously Al? Is that the whole point that is bothering you? And you blame her for not telling you? Frankly, I don't blame her for not. You get so uptight and you act like the girl can't defend herself. In certain situations, sure it is endearing that you protect her and help her, but it was a fucking hunter. Not like it was a fire being. She has the capabilities to take care of herself, whether or not you want to totally accept that."
"How would you feel-"
"For one thing." Randa started. "Don't get in on that. While I do appreciate when Garret gets protective over me, I also have no reason to think he's going to go off the deep end if I tell him something I was able to handle happened. Obviously Jo was able to handle it. Sure, I get your point on wanting to know, but you overdo. You two work in opposite directions and you would either insist on walking with her all the time or something. And the only other person I expect to get that protective over me is Daylen, and even with him being my brother he doesn't get to your level of protective unless I'm not doing well."
Alex sighed, "But you and Jo are different."
"If you'd give her a fucking chance, you would see she is just as capable. Plus she is a fucking fae! She's not like you or I where our power is as strong as our control over it. She has to learn her things or run the risk of never being able to, or did you nod off during those lessons. Besides, whoever she told, I'm sure if it were concerning enough, would have mentioned it. We may be a big fucking group, but respect is something we have all managed to maintain for each other." Alex fell quiet again and soon Randa heard her phone. She took it from her robe pocket and saw it was Billie.
Please for the love of Lucifer tell me Alex isn't over there.
Randa peered over Alex's glasses at him and sighed before she answered her that he was. She heard Alex's phone ring not a moment later. When he answered it, she saw him motion for his glasses back and he took his legal pad. Randa could hear Billie bitching at him and soon he headed out the door. Randa walked over and locked the door again before seeing Alex head back home and she chuckled. She saw Billie messaged her again.
Try to go back to bed, babe. I'm sorry he woke you guys. I'll make sure he doesn't bother you more today.
Randa just smiled. She took another sip of coffee and headed back into the bedroom. She had heard the shower going, but instead she took off her robe and laid back in bed. "Babe! Hurry up! Dr. Pain in the Ass has already left!" She called.
She was honestly surprised too, but she wouldn't deny how grateful she was for Billie at the moment. When they had been talking at lunch a few days ago about it, she knew Billie could tell how much she had been looking forward to having a day off with Garret. Especially after last night. Randa didn't like to show it, but when shit like that happened it made her worry. Not because the people she cared about couldn't handle it, but because of how out of nowhere it felt.
Dahl couldn't help but to smile when she felt Zach's arms around her. "Good morning." She said and she turned and kissed his cheek too. "Mind watching the bacon? I swear I will forever undercook or overcook it. Just happens with bacon though." She chuckled a little. She got out a couple of plates before flipping the French toast. She placed a cup of coffee near Zach before Poppy started barking softly again. Dahl poked her head around to check on her and shook her head. "Her puppy dreams still catch me off guard." She said.
She began plating breakfast as it was ready and set it on the table before getting out a few other things for them. She stretched a bit again and felt part of her back pop and blinked a bit. "I can't believe neither one of us woke up until this morning sleeping on the couch." She said before sitting down with him for breakfast. "This is always nice though. Not often we actually get to sit down for breakfast together."
When Billie got back after watching Joe head back to his house, she was not happy to hear that Drake was the only one in the house at the moment. That meant Alex went to go bug the only person he would after something like last night. Randa. She had texted Randa and when she confirmed Alex was in fact over there, she groaned and called him. She was getting his breakfast set up for him when he answered.
"Where are you?" Billie asked and when Alex answered he was at Randa and Garret's she huffed. "Are you brain dead?! Why the fuck are you bothering them before at least 10?! You of all people should understand how they need a day off together!"
"I'm on my way home." He said before hanging up. Billie rolled her eyes and shot Randa another message. Seriously, she loved her brother but he needed to consider other people too. He was a great brother and person over all, but when he starts having issues with things, sometimes it seemed questionable. When he walked in the house, Billie gave him a look. "What?"
"How long have you been over there?" She asked and he groaned.
"About 15-20 minutes." He said and Billie motioned for him to sit down. "I barely slept last night."
"And whose fucking fault is that?" She asked. "Certainly not theirs. I'm honestly surprised Garret didn't deck you." She said.
Alex rolled his eyes. "Talking to you is impossible, especially when it comes to things like last night." He said. "You never seem to take my side on anything when it comes down to it."
"I'm also not exactly picking sides. I just call the shit like I see it, and I can't help when you are definitely more in the wrong." She quipped.
"I just don't get why she never mentioned anything to me and went running to someone else." He said.
"You have got to let that go. Don't you think whoever she told would have told you if it were dire?" She pointed out and Alex rolled his eyes. "You do that because there is a point to it. Especially since she came to me about it."
Alex blinked and saw the look Billie shot him. "Why didn't you tell me?" He asked.
"Because it was a non issue. It was handled and Jo and I came up with plans if she ever felt she was in enough danger to need help. That hunter wasn't all that great anyway." Billie said, taking a bite of her breakfast. She could see Alex getting mad and she just waited for him to open his mouth.
"How would Logan feel if you did that to him?" He asked.
"Logan also knows that while the protectiveness is appreciated, that something as small as an inexperienced hunter is a non issue for me. He trusts me and my skills, and he knows if I ever need him, I will tell him. I get that you don't like it being hidden from you, but Al, you go off the deep end with her over small stuff. When was the last time you asked her to show you her newest skill?" She asked and Alex looked away. "Exactly the point. I get it. There is wrong on both sides, but how about instead of getting angry about it, you find a way to talk about it. And work shit out."
He took a bite of food and watched Billie a moment. She took off her hoody and he could see the faint scar from where she got shot. He sighed. He didn't really want to fight with her anymore. "Mind coming into town with me in a bit?" He asked, quietly. She had her points, it was true. He and Jo did need to talk it out, but after everything last night and tensions being so high anyway, it wasn't a good time. Timing seemed to be a lot of the problem.
Billie gave a nod. "Yeah. Sure. I've got to go to the store and take the deposit to the drop box anyway. Why?"
"I want to find something to give to Jo so she knows I am sorry. She and I do need to work it out, and I don't think saying sorry will be enough." He said.
"Alright. I just need to wash up and get dressed. I also need to double check that the order for the bar got put together right. Having promoted a new guy to handle deliveries has caused me to reevaluate a few things." She said and he nodded. He gave a nod and his eyes fell to the other scar she had from getting shot. He knew both scars would be gone by the end of the day, but he couldn't help the worry he felt over her even. "I'm fine, Al. A little sore, but fine."
He nodded. "Sorry. Just can't believe how quickly even gunshots heal on you."
She waved a hand and went to cleaning the dishes.
Lia woke early the next morning, like she always did, but for once she allowed herself to lay in bed cuddled up to Mitch for just a while longer. He was warm and when she heard movement in the hallway, she moved as carefully as she could so to not wake him. She kissed his temple before grabbing her robe and leaving the bedroom. She gently shut the door behind her and saw Atticus very sleepily heading back into his room. She let out a soft sigh and headed into the kitchen and started both a pot of coffee and a pot for tea. With both things started, she headed to start some laundry before heading back into the kitchen.
Aless was already awake and her head was laying on the counter, and she saw Mal looking through the fridge. "Top shelf, if you're looking for the leftover muffins from yesterday." She said. Aless walked over and hugged Lia before sitting back down.
"Mom. Tell me that the sage is ready now. I have to redo Roland's compounds again." She said and Lia nodded.
"I'll be pruning more later too." She said, "If you need help, let me know."
Aless nodded. She watched as Lia started going on to make more stuff for breakfast and she asked, "So, mom, are we still going to do something for Kat's birthday?"
"Of course we are. Though, after last night we may need to figure something else out." She said. She looked to Mal but before the conversation could get into full swing, Lia saw Kat. She went to speak, but felt Kat cling to her. Lia held her close, gently stroking her hair. "Shhh…." She whispered against her hair. "Breathe."
Aless looked to Mal and frowned a bit, watching as Lia tried to calm Kat. If anyone could, it was Lia, but still. "She was mumbling in her sleep but I couldn't make out what she was saying." She whispered back. Still watching her mother and sister.
"Kat, what's wrong?" Lia asked after a few moments and getting Kat to at least breathe normally. When Kat told her what was wrong, she held her closer. "I know how hard that dream must have been on you, but we all made it out safely. You're okay, I'm okay, everyone is okay." She brought Kat's face into her hands and kissed her forehead. "Just breathe."
Lia led her to sit down and made her something small for breakfast. She knew when Kat got like this, she didn't eat much, but she was glad to at least see her eating. She got everyone else some breakfast and saw Kat being turned into a cat not long after they were finished. She gently rubbed behind Kat's left ear before excusing herself to check on the laundry.
Atty groaned after he tossed again in bed. He was having trouble sleeping and was kind of glad that Kat had opted to stay in her room with Aless. He didn't know how long he had laid there again, but when he finally dragged himself out of bed he rubbed his face. He got dressed and when he got into the kitchen he saw Mal, Aless, and a cat? It took him only a moment to process it was Kat and he sat near where she was. "Bad night, Kitty?" He whispered to her, gently petting her.
Aless looked over and watched as Atticus just petted Kat. It was endearing to say the least and she smiled a bit before seeing Lia come back in. "Morning." He said and Lia nodded and put his tea in front of him.
"Morning." She said before giving him a plate for breakfast. He smiled, weakly, and just kept petting Kat for a few minutes.
"So do I get literal Kitty cuddles today or are you going to be pouncing on everything?" He chuckled before taking a bite of his food. He was glad that Mal did this for Kat. It helped calm her down better than most anything, and after last night he was glad she could at least have that.