I know I should be working on my WiPs but this popped into my head. I have no idea where it is going but here it is.
A teenager portals into the loft looking for Max. Tissue warning is in effect.
Max looks up from his homework as a portal opens by the front door. A young man, thirteen maybe fourteen, steps out and looks around the loft with wide green eyes. Max has no idea who he is, but doesn't see him as a threat. Max calmly waits as the younger warlock walks around the living room, gently touching the furniture and muttering 'It's the same'.
The visitor walks into the kitchen and gently touches the Keurig machine. He looks at Max sitting at the kitchen table and whispers, "Are you Max?"
Max nods, "Yes, I am, and you are?"
"I'm Sidney James Lightwood-Bane."
Max smiles, "Nice to meet you, Sidney."
Sidney weakly smiles, "Nice to meet you too."
Magnus walks out of his office, "Max, who's your friend?"
Sidney turns and stares wild eyed at the older warlock. Tears suddenly fill his eyes and his hands start to tremble as he continues to stare.
Magnus glances at Max. His son drops the pen he's holding and runs to his bedroom for his laptop. Magnus smiles gently at Sidney, "It's okay, come here." He holds his arms open. Sidney swallows as tears run down his face. He walks into Magnus' embrace and grips the back of Magnus' shirt tightly in both hands.
Magnus holds him tight as he flashes back to a teary eyed Maxine arriving in the loft after her fathers were murdered in front of her eyes. He glances up to see Max glaring at his laptop, willing it to warm up faster.
Max looks at Magnus and mouths, "Daddy?"
Magnus nods as the young man in his arms continues to sob. Max takes out his phone, texts 911 to Alec, then opens a portal to his father's office.
A couple minutes later, Alec walks into the loft, putting his phone in his back pocket. He looks from Max to Magnus holding a stranger, "What's going on?"
Sidney spins around as he whispers, "Daddy?" He pulls away from Magnus and runs over to the ShadowHunter.
Alec quickly glances at a nodding Magnus, then smiles, "Hi." Sidney puts his arms around Alec and sobs into his shirt. Alec holds Sidney tight as he rubs the teenager's back with his right hand.
Max hisses, "Finally", then starts typing.
Magnus walks over and sits next to Max. He whispers to his son, "What's his name?"
"Is he ours?"
Max nods, "Yes, Poppa."
"This can't be good."
Max nods, then his eyes narrow, "Son of a bitch, Lamar."
Sidney hisses, and turns around. He holds his hands up and magic crackles at his fingertips as he looks around with cold green eyes. Alec's eyes widen as he looks at the warlock's hands. In his hurry to protect his 'father', Sidney lost the glamour on his hands. There is now thin webbing connecting each finger to the next, including his thumb, like a duck's foot.
Alec glances at his husband, "Magnus, he has webbed hands."
Magnus nods, "I can see that." He smiles gently at the teenager, "It's okay, Sidney, that man isn't here."
Sidney nods as he closes his hands, extinguishing his magic. He lowers his eyes as he holds his fists close to his chest. He whispers, "Daddy and Poppa used to call me their 'little ducky'."
Alec smiles as he takes Sidney's hands in his and kisses them, "And they will again."
Sidney looks up, "I miss them so much." He blinks as fresh tears come to his eyes. Alec gently pulls Sidney into his arms. The teenager buries his face in Alec's shirt as he starts crying again.
Magnus nods towards their bedroom, "Alec, Sidney has been through enough." Alec nods as he leads Sidney out the room.
Once Alec and Sidney are gone, Magnus asks, "What did that monster do?"
"He killed Sidney's fathers in front of him."
Magnus closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. He slowly opens them, "When?"
"Sidney was ten at the time, he's now thirteen."
Max nods, "Lamar was at the door. Alec opened it and Lamar ripped out his heart before Alec even knew what was going on." He points to the sofa, "Sidney was sitting over there with Magnus and they saw it. Magnus got to his feet, took a couple of steps then Lamar killed him with two fireballs."
"Portalled to the Institute and passed out in the War Room. According to Uncle Jace's report, Lamar set the building on fire after killing Magnus. Then he fled New York."
"Of course the coward fled. He killed the Head of an Institute and a High Warlock, a lot of people wanted him dead."
Max nods, "He still hasn't been found."
"So what happened to Sidney?"
"He went to live with Catarina." Max types then groans, "Aldertree was named the new head. I guess that's why he couldn't stay in the Institute."
Magnus nods, "That's not our main concern, right now, Max."
Max sniffs, "You're right, Poppa."
"How did Sidney end up with us?"
Max types then smiles, "Baby Sidney was left outside the Jade Wolf. Luke bought him here."
"Poppa, is Sidney the baby that nasty ShadowHunter killed?"
Magnus nods, "It's possible, blueberry. If not for Weatherspoon, that baby might have been your brother." Magnus kisses Max's forehead, "So why is Sidney here now?"
Max shrugs, "He knew who I was."
"Defender of his fathers is making a name for himself in other worlds."
"I guess so, Poppa."
Magnus stands up. He walks to his bedroom and peeks in. Alec is rubbing Sidney's back. The teenager is laying against Alec's right side, tracing the angelic power rune. Magnus nods, no matter what world it is, Alec Lightwood's children love his runes.
Sidney looks up at Magnus and gives him a weak smile.
Magnus steps in and says gently, "Sidney, how did you find Max?"
Sidney sits up, "A week ago, Aunt Clary ended up in a different world, where there were no ShadowHunters or DownWorlders." He closes his eyes and swallows, "Daddy and Poppa were there but they weren't together. Catarina was able to open a portal window to that world because I wanted to see them." He blinks as tears roll down his face.
Alec sits up and holds Sidney's hand tight, "It's okay."
Magnus nods as he sits on the bed and squeezes Sidney's leg, "Go on."
Sidney wipes his eyes, "I guess time had passed since Aunt Clary's visit because they were getting married." He smiles, "It was a lovely wedding."
"It was." Max is standing by the door, leaning against the wall.
Sidney nods, "Max, you were there with Aunt Izzy. You told them that you were only a portal away then the two of you left." Max nods.
Sidney continues, "Catarina and I wondered what you meant by that. She was able to open a portal window to another world and you were there with your fathers. Poppa was a ShadowHunter and Daddy was a warlock. They were thanking you."
Max smiles, "That world freaked me out."
Sidney nods, "I was confused but I was so happy to see them alive that it didn't matter. Catarina was able to find my fathers in many worlds and they were all thanking you. She was able to find this world." He looks down at his and Alec's hands, "I wanted to portal here right away but she told me to think about it because changing history can lead to many problems." He looks up at Max, as tears run down his face, "But I just want Daddy and Poppa back."
Max nods, "And I will get them back for you."
"But what about changing history?"
Magnus leans over and squeezes Sidney's other hand, "Don't worry about that."
Alec nods, "Sometimes history needs to be changed."
Sidney weakly smiles, "Okay."
Max nods, "But you have to go back."
Magnus nods, "After we fix things, you have to be in the timeline, in order for your memories to be replaced."
"Then what do I do?"
Alec kisses his nose, "Nothing. You will have new memories."
"So I won't remember crying all the time?"
Alec hugs him, "No you won't."
"Good." He kisses Alec's cheek, "When do I go back?"
Magnus smiles, "Now."
Sidney nods, "Okay. I guess the faster I go back, the faster you can fix things?"
Max smiles, "Exactly."
Sidney wipes his eyes as he gets off the bed, "Okay, how long will it take?"
Max shrugs, "Once we save them, it shouldn't take that long for the changes to go through the timeline."
Magnus gets off the bed and hugs Sidney, "Besides, you won't even notice that things have changed, since you will have new memories of being with your fathers all this time."
Sidney's smile brightens, "I like that."
Alec gets off the bed and walks over to them. He kisses the top of Sidney's head, "Then let's get started."
Max nods. He hugs Sidney, "Your Daddy and Poppa will soon be holding you again."
Sidney smiles, "Thank you." He kisses Max's cheek. Magnus hugs him then Alec hugs him. Sidney opens a portal, takes a deep breath as he looks at Alec and Magnus, then leaves the bedroom. The portal closes behind him.
Alec glances at Max, "Blueberry?"
Max nods, "Lamar is a dead man." He runs out the bedroom and goes to the kitchen table. He sits down and starts typing on his laptop.
Magnus holds Alec's hand, his thumb running across his husband's knuckles, "He must have blocked Magnus in some way to prevent him from protecting Alec."
Alec kisses Magnus, "Max will find out and we will prevent it from happening."
Magnus nods, "Max is right, Lamar is a dead man."
Alec smiles, "Lamar is always a dead man.
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