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Kit was standing in the hallway, walking back and forth in front of the wall Tessa would usually use for portals. It was summer vacations and Kit was excited to spend the entire summer at the LA Institute. Since the last time he'd seen Ty they had been texting non-stop, and he couldn't wait to see him again. Luckily neither Tessa nor Jem were suspicious of his request to spend summer in LA. On the opposite, not only were they happy that Kit and Ty were talking to each other again, they were excited for Mina to spend some time with the Blackthorns too. Kit couldn't agree more. Tessa and Jem deserved some time for themselves and there wasn't any better babysitter in the world than Julian Blackthorn.

There was just one teeny, tiny problem and that problem was a pretty brunette called Hannah.

Kit sighed.

No, that wasn't fair. Hannah wasn't a problem. He actually quite liked her!

It's been almost a year ago, that he had been dating her for a little while and for some reason Tessa thought it would be a nice surprise for him if she'd tag along. He couldn't blame her - after all Hannah was still a great friend to him and because of that he'd never found the need to clarify their relationship to Tessa. And he hadn't told her about Ty either, so how could she possibly know that the real reason why Kit had been acting rather different was because he just missed his boyfriend like crazy.
Boyfriend

Just the thought of that word made Kit grin like a lovesick idiot. And to be fair, this was exactly what he was.

And it wasn't just Tessa - and Jem - who didn't know about their relationship. He hadn't have the chance to tell Hannah about Ty either.
Kit wasn't uncomfortable in his sexuality. He knew he was bisexual since he was 15. It was just that he got used to not talk about Ty. After all, they were still fighting when he left.  
Everything it took was to someone mention the blackthorn boy, and Kit would shut down. So he never got around to tell them:"Hey? Remember how no one was allowed to even mention Ty around me? Well, we didn't just make up we also made out!"
So there he was,waiting for Hannah to arrive, both almost bursting with excitement to see Ty again yet worried about how to tell everyone about their relationship.

 

As soon as Kits feet touched the ground of the LA Institute his eyes met Ty's who was sitting at the stairs. Seeing Kit, he jumped up immediately.
"Ty!"
He ran towards him and pulled him into a hug.  For a moment he forgot about Hannah and his family.  With Ty in his arms, all he could think of was him and only him.
"Sorry!", he said when he finally let go of his boyfriend.  "I didn't mean to startle you."
Ty chuckled.  "It's fine."
Kit smiled.   He   wanted  to  reach  for  Tys   face  and brush his  fingers  over his  face.  But just when  he  was about to give in to this  temptation,   he   felt  a  hand  on his  shoulder  and  Hannahs   face  showed up next to his.
"Hi!  I'm Hannah! ", she introduced herself cheerily.
"Oh. Hello."

Now  Ty was startled.
He realised that he had been too excited to see Kit again that he hadn't paid attention to his environment like he usually he did.  Therefore, he hadn't noticed the brunette girl standing next to Kit.
But now that he did he couldn't help but noticethat she was standing a little bit too close to Kit. He gave his boyfriend a questioning look.
"Oh.  Hannah, thats Ty. Ty, Hannah my friend from school. "
Ty cocked his head slightly.  Something felt off but he couldn't point a finger on it.
It must be because she surprised me
Finally, he gave her a slight nod.
"Nice to meet you."

"No way! Is that Christopher Herondale?!"
Kit almost sighed in relieve when another familiar face showed up on top of the stairs.
"Can this be true?"
"Dru!", he waived his hands.  She grinned and slid down the railing.
"Good to see you agai-ough"

While laughing, she practically jumped into his arms.

"Good to see you again? Thats everything I get?
I've missed you stupid! You're like - the worst texter!"

He chuckled and patted her on the back.

She let go of him and finally her gaze shifted to his company. "Oh, hi!"
"Hey!  Nice shirt.  I got the exact same one. ", Hannah pointed at Dru's shirt.  A plain white shirt except for the letters 'werewolf lives matter' that were written across her chest.
"I know!" ,Dru said happily.  "Kit mentioned it!  Oh, I'm Dru by the way. "
"Really?" ,Hannah raised her eyebrows in surprise.  Her gaze shifted to Kit — who obviously tried to avoid it — and back to Dru.
" Huh." ,she cocked her head slightly.  "That's weird.  He never mentioned this to me. "

"Um, well.  I should probably show you your room! ", Kit tried to change the topic.
"I'll see you later.",he gave Ty a long look hoping no one else would notice it before grabbing Hannahs arm and puling her after him. "C’mon lets go!"

Kit walked her to the room Tessa had told him to bring her to before their department. She put her bags down and walked up to the window from where you could see directly over the sea.  Hannah gasped in excitement.  "It's beautiful!" ,she sounded thrilled.
"Isn't it?  It's really easy to miss the view. "
She smiled.  "I believe that."
She gave him a long look before turning away from the window.
She walked up to her bags again and started to unpack.  Kit leaned against the window.
"Sooo…." ,she began.  "Dru seems nice!"
"Yeah, she's great.  You're gonna love her. "
Hannah raised an eyebrow but said nothing.
"Um, actually.  There is something I wanted to talk to you about. "
Finally, Hannah thought.
This was the moment she had been waiting for.  Finally, Kit would be honest with her.  She turned around and sat down on the bed, waiting for Kit to continue.
"Soo…"

"Did someone call for a Herondale reunion?"
blond head appeared in the doorway.
"By the angel!" , Hannah jumped off the bed in excitement.  "You're Jace herondale!"
"The one and only", jace grinned. " Sorry Kiddo, I didn't know you had this lovely lady over. "
He winked at Hannah, and Kit could swear that she started blushing.  He rolled his eyes.  This was Jace Herondale for you.
"Hey I wanted a hug, but I guess you're out of that age now?"
"I'm practically not a teenager anymore.  If anything I'm exactly in that age again. "
Jace just laughed.  Kit walked up to him and hugged him.  He hadn't realized how much he had missed the older one.
Maybe this was a Herondale thing.  That Herondales would always need other Herondales.
"I didn't know you'd be here."
"Yeah, me either." ,Jace said.  "The sorry miss, I'm afraid I'll have kidnap that one for a second. Would that be alright with you?"
Hannah giggled.  "As long as you return him in one piece!"
"No promises."
Kit looked at Hannah to see if she was really okay with that but she merely nodded.
"Go. We'll talk later."

The two of them had decided to leave the institute and take a walk at the beach. It was a hot and sunny day - Kit definitely missed those. As if Jace could read his mind, he suddenly looked at Kit.
"Not a lot like these days in Devon, huh?"
Kit just shrugged.
"You get used to it.",he looked up and grinned. "But then again - you don't really."
Jace grinned. Then he suddenly got serious.
"I was surprised to hear that Tessa would bring you here."
Kit just nodded. He bit the inside of his cheek and thought about it. He knew it wasn't exactly safe for him there but then again was it anywhere?
"I know what you're thinking.",he finally said. "But it's not the first time I've been back here and nothing happened. Besides, they can find me at Devon just as well as in the Institute. It's not as if I'd attend any shadowhunters business."
"Not yet at least."
Kit raised an eyebrow. "What are you talking about?"
Jace sighed.
"Listen. I probably shouldn't say this but you're almost 18 and someone has to have that talk with you."
"That talk? I hope you're not referring to…"
"By the angel, no!",Jace shook his head in horror.
"I'm talking about your future. Y'know - Tessa and Brother Zachariah mean well but they can't hide you forever. And both of them don't really know what it means to be a shadowhunter anymore
Listen, I think it's great that you have people that show you that being a shadowhunter isn't the only thing you can be. And that we're flawed - I didn't have that luck. I grew up thinking being a shadowhunter is the best thing you could be. I know now that that's wrong - but personally I still think being a shadowhunter is darn great."
He gave Kit one of his Herondale grins and Kit tried not to roll his eyes.
"What I'm trying to say is - you don't have to be a shadowhunter. But you can be one if thats what you want."
"Tessa and Jem just want me to be safe."
"I know. They're good people but they can't protect you forever."
Kit nodded.
"Hey, you don't have to decide now."
He knew Jace was right. He had tried not to think about it. The truth was while he liked how normal his life had been — except at home — he was a bit sad that he couldn't go to school like a shadowhunter. Like he had planned a long time ago, together with Ty. And Livvy.

They walked for a while in silence when Kit could make out another silhouette in the distance. A smile appeared on his lips. He would recognize that guy from miles away.
"Sooo…was that everything?"
Jace followed his gaze to the blackthorn boy and a grin formed on his lips. He clapped Kits back.
"Go. Have fun.",he said.
"But Kit, you should really talk to that girl in your room."
With these words he turned around and left Kit on his own.

Kit would probably have had a harder time worrying about Jaces words but as soon as he saw his boyfriend standing in front of the Sea, his black curls getting messed up by the wind, he seemed to forget about everything else.
He picked up his pace but just before he arrived he slowed down again. He didn't want to startle Ty knowing he'd probably hate this. But Ty must have heard him coming anyway because he turned around before Kit could even reach him.
"Hey."
"Hi."
They smiled at each other coyly. Kit scratched the back of his head nervously. "What are you doing?"
Ty stepped forward and took Kits hand in his own. Kit felt something cold and heavy in his palm and when Ty stepped back there was a big black Seashell in his hand.
"I'm searching for these seashells", he said. "They're known for glowing in the dark, and I think I might be able to create a kind of paint that works almost like a witchlight."
"So you could paint a whole wall if you need lightning instead of using one rock!"
Ty smiled at him and nodded. "I knew you'd understand."
Kit looked at Tys smiling face and sighed. "By the angel, Ty. I've missed you like crazy."
"I know. I've missed you too.", he stepped up and gave Kit a quick kiss on the lips.
"Now help me collect these shells."

Still startled he watched as Ty turned around and started searching for more shells. He had yet to get used to this bold side of Ty. He watched him reach into the sand with his long fingers, carefully searching the ground. The wind whipped through Ty's hair, yet he didn't seem to notice it. Kit, if he were an artist like Julian, would paint this scene. A grin appeared on his lips and just when Ty stood up again, he threw his arms around him and they stumbled into the sand. 

They tumbled over on the sand, tangled together until Kit ended up on top of him. He laughed.

"Not funny!",Ty complained. "I lost my seashells."
"Sorry, sorry." ,he was still laughing. "I'll help you find new ones."
"No.  My shirt is full of sand now. It's itchy. "
Kit smirked.  With one hand he wandered over Tys chest and tucked on his shirt.
"Maybe you should get rid of it then."

Ty felt the heat crawl up his face as he turned red.
With one push he threw his boyfriend off of him.
"What are you talking about?" ,he turned his face away as he sat up.
Kit still laughed while watching his boyfriend getting all flustered.  He was adorable.
"Okay, okay!  How about we go inside so you can clean up and then we'll come back once it's dark.  That way we'll be able to find the seashells that glow the strongest. "
"Don't think I don't know you're just trying to talk yourself out of accountability." ,Ty said.  "But... that's actually a good idea. "
He got up and tucked on his shirt.  The sand rubbing on his skin made him feel itchy and uncomfortable.  He really needed a shower.
Then he turned and offered Kit his hand.
"Lets go inside."

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"You really didn't plan on greeting us, huh?"
 
After Ty had taken a shower to get rid of the sand, Kit and Ty stayed in Ty's bedroom. Kit was reading one of Tys Sherlock Holmes books when he came out of the shower. He sat down on the bed next to him and asked him to read out loud, and Kit obliged.
He didn't know how much time had passed when another blonde head showed up in the doorway. Just this time it wasn't Jace Herondale. Kit smiled.
 "Sorry, Emma.", he apologized. "Good to see you again."
 
"Herondales.", she rolled her eyes but Kit could see her grin. 
 "Anyway, food is done. Be down in a minute or else Jules is going to beat you up with a wooden spoon"
 And just like that, she was gone again.
 
"We better don't risk it. Julian can be quite scary"
 Ty raised an eyebrow. "He won't actually beat us up with a wooden spoon."
 Kit wanted to tell him that he knew, but then again, he wouldn't put it past Julian.
He showed him a smirk instead. "Can you promise that?"
 Ty cocked his head and seemed to think about this for a moment.
 "We should go.",
 
Despite Emma's warning - and their mutual agreement to take it seriously -  they weren't in a hurry. And so they took their time strolling down the stairs.
"Before we go in there", Kit started. "Did you tell Emma and Julian about…you know - us?"
"Oh."
 Ty stopped and for a moment he looked surprised.
"Actually, I didn't think about that."
He paused. 
 "I mean Mark has a boyfriend. And a girlfriend as well. Do you think Julian will mind?"
 Kit shook his head and took Ty's hand.
 "Not at all", he was quick to reassure him. 
 "I didn't tell Tessa and Jem for the same reason. I don't think it's something anyone will mind but I'd like…I thought it would be nice to tell them you know?"
  A smile appeared on Ty's face, and just like that Kit felt like smiling as well.  
"It would be nice."
 "Besides, I haven't had time to tell my friend-"

 Oh shit
 
He'd totally forgotten about Hannah! 
A sense of guilt overcame him. Hannah had escaped his mind since he'd seen Ty standing on the beach. They hurried to the kitchen and found Hannah already leaning against the wall next to the door. She had her arms crossed in front of her body, her eyebrows furrowed - she looked pissed. 
 "Shit, Hannah. I'm so sorry I was-"
 "No. I get it.", she stemmed her hands into her hips. "You ditched me so you could play with your friend. Do you have any idea how shitty it is to be left alone in this big place where I know no one?"
better than you know
Ty frowned. 
 "Why are you so angry? Maybe Kit should've told you that he'd be gone for a little while but that's no reason to shout. Is it?"
 Hannah raised an eyebrow. 
 "Are you for real right now?!"
 "Hey.", instinctively Kit stepped forward. "Don't raise your voice at him. He didn't mean it in a bad way."
 She scoffed. "You know what? I'm not hungry anymore."
 She turned on her heel and left. 
 "Hannah, wait….!", he sighed. He looked at the kitchen door and then at her walking away before sighing again. 
 "I'm sorry, Ty. I think I should…"
 "I get it. Your friend is upset. We'll tell them another time."
 Smiling Kit reached for his hand.
 "Thank you. You're the absolute best!"
 And then he walked after her.

"Hannah!"
It didn't take Kit long to catch up to her. After all, he was a head taller than she was and therefore had longer legs. He could've easily grabbed her shoulder but instead, he walked next to her.
"Leave me alone."
"Please, I'm really sorry for ditching you. Seriously. Let me make it up to you!"
"Urgh", finally she stopped and turned around facing him. "You cannot make it up to me!"
Her eyes flashed. Instinctively he took a step back.
"It's bad enough meeting the girl you like without warning; to make things worse, you left me hanging like this!"
Kit raised his eyebrows in surprise.
"The girl I…what? What are you talking about?"
He reminisced about the day. He had no idea what she was talking about; the only woman she had seen him with was...
"Are you talking about…Dru?"
"Yes, it is that obvious.", she crossed her arms in front of her body like a shield.
"I could see the look on your face when she showed up. She's very pretty. She even owns the same shirt I do - and you've never even mentioned her to me! I thought we were friends."
Kit opened his mouth and then closed it again. He shook his head.
"Hannah…", He couldn't even begin to explain how far off she was.
"I'm not in love with Dru."
She laughed a joyless laugh.
"Wow. You can't even be honest with me. I don't even know why I came."
"Then why did you? I didn't ask you to come!"
"Because!", she raised her voice again. "I thought that this way you'd finally let me in! It didn't even matter that you broke up with me because even when we were dating you'd always keep me at arm length. I don't know anything about your life here."
"I didn't like to talk about it."
"Really? Or did you just not want to talk to me about it?"
She turned around and started walking away again. And this time Kit let her go.

 

After the fight Kit took a stroll at the beach. He was trying to clear his head and thought that Ty would join him as soon as the sun set but when the other boy didn't show up he got worried. He collected a few Seashells and then decided to search for his boyfriend.

"Hey.", he smiled as he entered Ty's bedroom. Ty was laying in his bed and didn't even look up when Kit entered. He walked towards Ty's desk and put the glowing shells down. "I was waiting for you. Where have you been?"
He turned to Ty who was still avoiding his gaze. That wasn't unusual - Ty hated eye contact. What was unusual was that he seemed to not even take notice of Kit.
"Ty?"
"Must've slipped my mind.", he finally replied. "Thanks for the shells."
Kit looked at him for a second before he decided to sit down next to him. "Hey", he said gently.
"What's wrong? You're acting kind of weird."
"You mean more than usual?"
Kit was caught off guard by Ty's sharp tone. It wasn't like Ty to blow off like that. Usually, he was the one who was calm and collected. Gently he tucked on Tys Shirt. "I didn't mean it like that. And I'd never mean it like that."
Finally, Ty looked at him and sighed. He opened his mouth for a reply but then he closed it again and averted his eyes.
"Maybe.", he finally said. "Maybe I'm just tired."
"Do you want me to…go?"
Instead of a reply Ty just slightly moved his head. Even though Kit had asked, he was surprised, but he just nodded.
"Okay."
After a moment, he got up because Ty did not say anything else.
"Um. Sleep well.", he said rather awkwardly.
Ty closed his eyes as Kit's footsteps grew farther away. He listened to Kit's door opening and he knew that Kit waited for something, for a sign, for a response - but he did not speak.
Finally, he heard the door latch.

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"Was this really the smartest move?" 

Ty didn't even glance up, as his twin sister's ghost glided down beside him. Usually, he'd have felt her presence before she announced herself and it irritated him that he hadn't realized her appearance this time.
How much did she know?
Had she followed him since after dinner?
He had been too focused on finding his boyfriend to tell.  His boyfriend.  Ty had liked the sound of that word even though it had taken him some time to get used to. However, now it had somewhat of an irritating ring to it. 

 

Earlier, when Kit didn't return until dinner was over - and even then there was no sight of him - Ty had decided to start searching for him in his old room.
Back then, Ty had spent many nights in front of that room, waiting for the blond one to stop sulking and to finally agree to become his Watson. Sleeping on the floor had been a rather uncomfortable price he had to pay, and his sister had whined about sleeping in their shared room all by herself but he had been on a mission. Now he was on another mission: Find Watson. Go back to the beach.
He opened the door to Kit's old room without knocking but instead of the blond shadowhunter, a brunette girl was standing in front of the window.
As soon as she heard him enter, she whirled around in a fury and her gaze was steadfast and angry. But as soon as she recognized Ty, her gaze softened. 
"Oh. It's you." 

Instead of taking notice of her, his gaze wandered through the room. Kit wasn't here. But he could still feel the girl's eyes on him. Just as he was turning around to leave, she opened her mouth again.
"I'm sorry about before."
Ty stopped in his movement and slowly turned around again. For the first time that he had met the girl, he looked at her. Actually looked at her. He noticed her wild brown curls that reminded him of his younger sisters. What was her name again? He was sure that she had introduced herself.
Something with an H. Was it Holly? 
He noticed that her eyes were reddened and so was her nose. An indicator that she had cried before he had entered the room. She looked sad, he realized.
"Are you sad?"
For some reason that made her laugh but it didn't sound happy. Maybe he had said something funny.
"That's a weird question when you see someone who just cried you know."

Ty didn't reply. Personally, he didn't think it was a weird question at all - People cried about all sorts of things after all. Some people cried when they were happy or when they were surprised. But he was used to people thinking he was weird - and since he didn't know Kit's friend very well he didn't particularly care. 
Kit. He wanted to go find him. But the girl wasn't done yet.
"I just…hate fighting with Kit."
Ty nodded. That was something he could understand. Having been in a fight with Kit before, he knew what that felt like.
Sighing, she turned away.
"Maybe I just hadn't expected that…I'm still in love with him."

It was that moment, Ty felt like someone had slapped him across the face. Startled, he stumbled backwards, but she didn't seem to notice. 
"The two of you were…together?" 
Again, that joyless laugh. He decided that he hated the sound of it. Something in his chest turned. 
"I'm not surprised he kept that to himself."
He didn't know how to respond. There was this strange feeling inside him. His stomach hurt and his chest felt like it had been pierced by something sharp. His heart was racing. Hannah looked like she was about to say something else. He turned and left.

 

He wasn't exactly sure why he felt like this, but he knew that Livvy was right - he wasn't acting smart. He could've told Kit about this encounter but when he had opened his mouth to address it a weird feeling of anxiety overwhelmed him.

Why hadn't Kit told him anything about dating this girl? And why did he bring her here?

He wanted to be smart about this. Ignoring Livvy's intense gaze, he again walked over to his desk and started writing.

        1. They hadn't seen each other in two years and those two years he was dating someone else.

Wasn't it reasonable to date someone else when they hadn't seen each other for so long? Probably. 

        2. Kit was hiding the fact that he used to date someone else.

But why hide it? He wouldn't hide it if it was just a fling. And the girl had said that he was still in love with him so maybe…

He shook his head. No, he decided. Concentrate on the list.

          3.Kit had brought her to the institute

He stared at his list in contemplation, biting his lip. Why did he bring her to the institute?
Was he still in love with her? 
Slowly, Ty raised his gaze. The ink began to run on the list, but he did not even notice. 

What if he was still in love with her? Wouldnt that make sense?
She was pretty. Ty hadn't cared about that before but now that he played it through in his head he could definitely see it. And she wasn't just pretty - she seemed friendly. Uncomplicated.

Surely, no one would think of her as weird.

His gaze returned to his list, trying to ignore the black puddle of ink, but that worked just as well as not thinking about Kit's girlfriend. He crumbled the list in his right hand before getting up again, frustrated.

How long did they even date?

And how far did they go? Further than....?

Ty felt the heat rush into his cheeks as his thoughts wandered back to when Kit discovered the dagger under his pillow 6 months ago.

Maybe...

He grits his teeth.
He was still embarrassed about the way he had acted that day, maybe Kit thought it was embarrassing as well. Maybe he was so embarrassed for Ty that he decided to date him out of responsibility. Would Kit think that it would be the decent thing to do? Was he just some kind of second choice and hadn't even realized it until now?
Worse, had Kit just realized it and now he wanted to get back together with her?

"By the angel, just go and talk to him!" 

He looked up at Livvy, who had been watching him this whole time. 
It wasn't as if she could read his mind but she was his twin sister and knew him like no one else - besides, apparently she had watched them for a while now. "What am I supposed to tell him?", he said shaking his head.

"Well, what are you thinking?"

Ty hesitated. "I'm tired."

He walked up to his bed again. 

Livvy rolled her eyes. "You're not thinking that."

She was right, of course. He was thinking about searching for Kit's room. In his head, he walked through the corridors. But when he imagined his face in front of him, his stomach seemed to turn. 

Tomorrow, Ty promised himself. Tomorrow I'll talk to him.