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Music Under the Spotlight (Lumity Band Au)

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Boscha POV:

"Am I winning?" I asked, glancing up from my cards. Emira snorted while shaking her head, making sure to keep her cards covered.

"Not even close." She chuckled, placing down another card. I sighed, placing down a card as well. The cards then quickly sprung to life and started attacking one another, making small growling noises.

Edric sat on a bean bag by us, watching the cards fight. He had messaged me about half an hour ago, asking if I wanted to hang out with them. Since Willow was busy and I had nothing better to do, I agreed.

So I met up with them at the studio, finding out that he decided to have us meet here since Matt and Emira were already here. When I asked why they were already here, Matt gave a brief response of "Speaker checking." before he disappeared off to his room.

That left me with the Blight twins, where we just hung out chatting for a little while before Emira challenged me to a game of Hexes Hold'em, with Edric being our spectator.

"How are you so good at this?" I groaned, feeling frustrated that I was losing. Emira chuckled again, swiping away her few fallen cards. I copied her actions, though I was removing a lot more cards off the table.

"It's a mix of playing with Ed when we cut class and playing against a lot of people during lunch." Emira told me with a smirk, replacing her fallen cards with new ones from her hand.

"And how do I know you aren't cheating?" I squinted at her, placing down my next set of cards. The twin laughed as the cards came to life again, hissing and snapping at one another.

"Boscha, it's damn near impossible to cheat in Hexes Hold'em." Now it was Edric's turn to laugh, shaking his head at his twin.

"Yeah no, not impossible. After all, that's how the owl lady won against you." Emira froze up, then turned towards her brother, a look of shock flashing across her face.

"I... are you serious?" Her voice went slightly higher, making Edric laugh even more. He nodded his head, making her eyebrows furrow together. "I lost fifty snails to that game!"

"What'd you expect?" He paused, taking in a deep breath to stop his laughter. "You told her you were impossible to beat, and she was gonna do anything to prove you wrong. Not only that, but you put money on the line."

Emira scowled, but that quickly changed when the cards flopped back down. "Emira wins!" The game spat out, the flames dancing in the air for a moment before turning to thin wisps and disappearing.

I let out a long sigh and threw my remaining cards down on the table, Emira pumped her fist in the air. Then, she shot me a smug look, leaning against the table in her signature pose.

"Geez, fine." I fished around in my jacket's pockets for a minute, then pulled out five snails and slid them across the table to her. She stopped the coin from falling off with a quick flick of her finger, floating the money right into her pocket.

"Thank you." She said smugly, folding her arms over one another and placing them on the table. "Wanna play again?" Her eyes held the same mischievous glint it always had, making me roll my eyes.

"And lose more snails to you? No thanks." I muttered, pulling out my scroll. The Blight twin chuckled, shaking her head. Taking a glance at the time, I realized it was a little after three. "Where'd you say Amity was again?"

"Oh, she told us this morning that she was heading to the old band shop before hanging out with Luz!" Edric quickly said before stretching his arms over his head with a low sigh.

"Avalon's shop?" Both the twins nodded. "Oh, I haven't been there in awhile." I muttered, thinking back to the last time I went to that place. Now that I thought about it, I did need to get new strings.

"You should've seen the look on her face when we started to tease her over the fact she was going to hang out with Luz." Edric started, leaning onto the table. "She got so red in the face."

"That was also because she was also choking on her breakfast." Emira said, making me chuckle slightly. Edric waved her off, rolling his eyes as he rested his cheek in his palms.

"Think one of them will confess while they're hanging out?" I asked the two, making them shrug. "Well, let's hope they do it soon, I'm sick of watching them act all flirty."

"It'll only get worse once they confess." Emira pointed out with a sigh, softly shaking her head. "Poor Mittens is just gonna be bright red all the time. Everyone's gonna think the girl's got a sunburn or something."

We all chuckled at the thought. "How much were we betting on this again? Sixty-five snails?" Edric asked in between chuckles.

"Seventy-five snails." Emira quickly corrected, making Edric nod. "And, I hope you two are ready to lose." I rolled my eyes. Emira folded her arms over her chest, a smug smile plastered on her face.

Edric shook his head, giving his twin a rough pat on the shoulder. "Em, I can't wait for the moment you have to pay both of us, cause I want you to know, not only am I holding it against Mittens, but I'm also holding it against you till the day I die."

"If it happens, and that's a big if, you've gotta bring it up at their wedding first, then you can taunt me for it." Emira told him, making us laugh.

"Mittens would kill me for that." He chuckled, ducking under Emira's hand as she went to ruffle his hair. Edric leaned back into the bean bag chair, resting his head on the cushion before pointing a finger in Emira's direction. "But it would be funny."

"Oh definitely." I chimed in, leaning back slightly in my chair. "Did she say where they were hanging out at?" I asked, both of them shook their heads.

"Didn't seem like she knew. Though, if I had to guess, they're probably at the owl lady's house. Why do you ask?" I shrugged, turning my gaze back down to my scroll. It buzzed with a message from Willow that had an image attached. Opening the message I found her posing by one of her plants, then she sent me a heart.

"Just curious is all." Smiling, I sent Willow a few hearts in response before putting my scroll away again. We all fell silent, the twins both pulling out their scrolls for a moment. Out of the corner of my eye I could see Emira's eyebrows furrow together.

"Huh? I thought this thing had full battery?" She muttered, lightly tapping the side of her scroll before sighing. Edric snorted, shaking his head at his sister. Matt then wandered out of his room, dragging his feet as he kept his eyes glued down to his scroll.

"Heya there Matty!" Emira called out in a tone, making him groan and look up from his scroll. "Wanna play a game of Hexes Hold'em?" Matt furrowed his eyebrows together, looking Emira up and down for a moment.

"Against you?" He muttered, making Emira nod. "Not happening then." His voice held this tone of annoyance, but that didn't seem to phase Emira. She just shrugged, then started gathering up the cards to put them away, but I stopped her.

"Double or nothing." I told her, making her smirk.

"Why have you been cooped up in your room the whole time?" Edric asked Matt as he started to walk away, making him freeze in place. He free hand slowly balled into a fist.

"Because I don't want to deal with you three. I'm lucky that two of them are off somewhere right now." Matt growled, which only made me roll my eyes again. Edric stood up, moving over towards the opposite side of our table.

"Dude, if you don't want to deal with us, just leave. Nobody said you had to stay to hang out." I told him as I picked up my cards, watching as he softly shook his head. "I swear, you act like we hold you hostage here..." I said, this time under my breath. However, both the twins heard me and busted up laughing.

"Yeah Matty, if you don't want to be here, then don't be." Edric managed to say, wiping his eyes. "It's not like Mittens has some special spell on the studio preventing you from leaving." Edric's scroll suddenly started buzzing, and summoning it, he glanced it over. "Oh, speak of the devil." Quickly answering the call, he put it up to his ear. "Heya Mittens!"

Matt took that as his cue to leave, quickly walking down the hall back down to his room. I watched Edric, the cheery smile on his face quickly dropping as his eyes darted around. "Ready to play?" Emira asked with a grin, her eyes glinting with confidence.

"Woah woah woah! Hold on, slow down!" Edric said, his voice dropping the happy tone it had earlier. Emira glanced up at her brother, but then looked back down to her cards before placing one down.

I kept my eyes on Edric for a minute, watching his expression constantly change. "What's going on?" I thought to myself as a bad feeling slowly snared my chest. I kept one eye on him while I used the others to look down at my cards, placing one across from Emira's.

"I-" He got cut off, then he shook his head. "What? Hold on, Mit-" He got cut off again. "I can't-" There was another short pause. "Amity you need to calm down!" That made Emira and I go ridged, the twins never called Amity by her name unless something was up.

Emira turned around in her seat, not bothering to cover up her cards anymore. Her ears were down, staring at her twin while he tried to listen to what Amity was saying. "Ed, what's going on?" Emira asked with a slight waver in her voice, but Edric held his hand up, shushing her.

His eyes continued to dart around, the ear that wasn't against his scroll was pinned down. "She's what? I can't-" Both of us stood up, moving over by Edric's sides. All I could hear on the other end of the call was frantic, incoherent babbling coming from Amity.

I glanced over at Emira, noticing just how worried she had become. "Edric tell me what's going on." She said in a shaky voice, her eyes scanning over the look on his face. Edric ignored her, trying to listen to Amity.

"Alright Amity look, take a deep breath." I could hear Amity fall silent, following her brother's instructions. "Okay, now tell me where you're at now." There was a soft response on the other end, making Edric's breathing hitch. "We'll be down as fast as possible. Just remember to breathe, okay?"

He then hung up his scroll, his hands shaking slightly. "Will you tell me what in the Isles is going on?" Emira asked desperately, gripping onto her twin's arm with a death grip.

"Mittens and Luz are in trouble." I sighed, impatiently tapping my foot on the ground.

"No shit Edric! Who could tell?" He glanced at me for a moment, considering a remark before falling quiet. "What happened to them?" I felt surprised at the fact my voice wavered, but I didn't show it.

"I have no idea, Amity was losing it and I could barely understand a word she was saying. What I got was that Luz landed herself at the hospital somehow." That made Matt poke around the corner, his eyes wide.

"Wait wait wait, back up a minute." He walked around the corner, an amused tone laced in his voice. "You're telling me the human is in the hospital?" He didn't sound concerned, rather, his voice held this amused tone. My hands clenched into fists, I desperately wanted to slap the ever growing smirk off of his face.

"And based off of Amity's reaction, it doesn't sound good..." Edric said, quickly making his way to the door. "C'mon, we've gotta see what's going on." He suddenly froze when Matt's laughter echoed throughout the room.

"What's so funny?" My anger started to bubble up, but I tried to keep it down. Matt shook his head, his laughs getting a little louder.

"You guys really have to be pranking me again!" He said, wiping a tear from his eye. "This is too good to be true! The human is actually hurt? Maybe this will be a wake up call that she doesn't belong here. Gods it'll be so nice once she's gone." He said the last line a little quieter than the rest. Both the twins went wide eyed, staring at Matt in disbelief.

"You..." I bit back my words, feeling my ears go down in anger. Both of my hands shaking as I held them in tight fists. "Okay you know what? No. Not dealing with this right now." I drew a spell, floating Matt into the air. He yelped before shooting me a glare.

I could see him reach up to cast a spell to make me put him down, but I stopped him by drawing a quick binding spell, making sure to tie his hands flat against his sides. "Put me down!" He yelled as I dragged him down the hall, squirming in hopes to break the spell.

"Oh I'll put you down alright." I hissed, moving to the recording booth. With a rough kick that left my leg tingling, the door swung open and I tossed Matt inside, making sure to make him land face first. Before he could even move, I slammed the door and left him inside, making sure the door jammed real good.

Then, for good measures, I cast a spell on the door to lock it. "Try getting out of that you short tempered bitch." I spat, hoping he heard me from behind the door. Then, turning on my heel, I went back out into the main room with the twins.

They both stared at me, noticing how steam was practically coming out of my ears. "What did you do?" Emira asked me, her ears still down, but I just shook my head.

"Not important." I threw open the studio's front door and went outside, the two of them following behind me. "What is important is that he won't bug us now."

"Did ya kill him?" Edric asked, his eyes widening. I looked over at the Blight, giving him a look. "Hey, it was just a question!" He said making me shake my head. Emira gave her brother a sharp nudge, promptly shutting him up.

"No I didn't kill him." I sharply said as we picked up our pace, quickly heading in the direction of the hospital. "But once Amity hears about what he just said, she sure as fuck will." The twins shot each other wary glances, both of them thinking about Matt's fate.

We made it to the hospital in record time, throwing open the doors to spot Amity in a near empty room. She was shaking, rubbing her wrist, barely able to stand as she tried to pace the room with heavy tears rolling down her cheeks. The front of her clothes were covering in drying blood, making that bad feeling in my chest spike.

She saw us and froze, her face scrunching up in more pain as she dashed over to her siblings, throwing herself in Emira's arms as sobs wracked her body. Emira held her sister up, making sure she didn't collapse to the floor as she started running a hand up and down her back in an attempt to soothe her. "Amity, you need to breathe." She told her softly, slowly moving them over to a chair.

"In for four, hold for seven, out for eight." Edric said, coaxing her to breath with him. I took a few steps back from the three of them, pulling out my scroll.

Emira glanced up at me, raising an eyebrow. "I'm gonna make a call, fill people in on what's going on." She nodded, then returned her attention back down to her shaking sister.

I put in Willow's contact and hit call, praying she'd pick up. It rang once, then twice, then she finally picked up. "Hey babe!" She said cheerily, a lump in my throat forming at her tone.

"Willow..." I trailed off, my voice suddenly dying out.

"Boscha? What's the matter?" Her cheery tone dropped, turning into more of a concerned one. I took a deep breath before swallowing.

"That's a great question." I gave a halfhearted chuckle. "But, Luz is in the hospital." Willow gasped on the other end.

"She's what? Why?" There was a bit of shuffling on her end.

"No clue." I muttered, rubbing the back of my neck. "Amity's too frantic to fill us in on anything, we're lucky she managed to tell Edric where they were." I told her, glancing back at the siblings.

It looked like they had managed to get Amity to calm down a little, but she was still shaking in her sister's arms, tears still rolling down her cheeks. "She's gonna be alright Amity, I promise." I could hear Edric say to her.

"Look, just, get Augustus and get the owl lady, fill them in on what's going on." I told her, turning away from the siblings again. "I'd do it myself, but I don't have a way to contact them."

"I'll let them know as fast as possible." She told me, her voice wavering slightly. "I love you."

"I love you too." There was a click, meaning she hung up. I took a deep breath, putting away my scroll and turning back around to the siblings.

They all looked up at me and I could see just how shattered Amity was by looking in her eyes. "Alright, Willow's filled in and she's gonna be telling Augustus and the owl lady here soon. Now Am, what happened?"

Amity sniffled, rubbing her eyes in an attempt to clear them of tears. "Luz and I split up and I went to the shop. Some guy started following me after I got my stuff, and I tried to shake him off, but since I'm stupid, I got myself cornered int the alleyway." Her voice was shaky, struggling to get through her story without bursting into more tears.

"Sis, you aren't stupid." Emira said, lightly running her fingers through her hair. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Edric's fists tighten.

"Well, he pinned me against the wall and used some kind of spell to keep me in place, saying stuff like how I was his idol and he was my biggest fan. Then he started to lean in, and, and that's when Luz showed up." Amity's breathing hitched for a moment, a stifled sob escaping her. Both the twins let out a low growl, a fire of anger sparking in their eyes.

"Take your time Am, there's no rush." I said softly, placing a hand on her shoulder. She jumped slightly at the contact, her glossy eyes meeting with mine. Then, she gave me a slow nod, taking in a deep, albeit shaky breath.

"Not long after she showed up, the two of them started fighting. He threw some kind of potion or an acid that she managed to avoid, then Luz managed to land a few solid hits on him before he used a spell to throw her off, then he summoned some kind of weapon."

"Weapon? What kind of weapon?" Edric asked, concern clear in his voice.

"I don't know!" Her voice wavered as she brought her hands up to her head. "It was some kind of rectangle with a handle and a trigger! Whatever it was, Luz was able to recognize it..."

"So it had to be something from the human realm." I muttered, making Amity nod.

"He started pointing it at me and that made Luz panic so she tried to take it from him." She started and I could see her eyes fill with even more tears. "Then, he punched her, screaming how she has a death wish before... before there was this loud bang, and he was gonna do it again but I slammed him in the face with my guitar case."

She nuzzled back into her sister, a few choked sobs escaping her body. My eyebrows furrowed together, my head trying to wrap around what happened. "Shh, Amity it's gonna be okay..." Emira said to her, but I could see the look in her eyes.

The look that said she had no idea what was going to happen.

"There was so much blood... her blood was all over my hands and, and I couldn't do anything to stop it." Amity choked out, her voice sounding the most vulnerable I've heard in awhile.

Then there was a sudden loud bang as the doors flung open, and in stormed the owl lady, with her pet on her shoulders and her staff tightly gripped in her hand, my girlfriend and Augustus trailing not too far behind her. "Where's my kid?!" She growled, her voice wavering slightly.

Both the twins turned to the owl lady, then back to each other, both sharing a look that knew she was going to kill the witch that did this. Willow made her way to my side, her fingers intertwining with mine as she gave my hand a tight squeeze.

"Who hurt my buddy!?" The tiny demon asked, glaring at all of us. We shrugged, but Amity seemed to tense up. The owl lady's sharp eyes met hers, then she bent down to her level, placing a hand on her shoulder.

"Kid, what happened to Luz? Who did this? I'll make sure they're nothing more than a smear when I'm done with 'em" Amity's lip quivered, struggling to form words into a sentence.

"You think you're gonna take him out on you're own? Yeah, no way, we're joining you." Edric hissed, popping his knuckles. The silver haired witch rolled her eyes, ignoring the twin's remark.

"I... I don't..." Amity sniffled, trying to pull herself together enough to get out an answer. "I don't know who he is. All I know is he had silver blue hair, sharp teeth, snake eyes..." Emira's eyes widened, her eyes darting around as Amity described the guy.

"Oh my gods..." She softly murmured, her face paling. "It's that same creep from the market..." Amity pulled back from her sister, staring at her in disbelief. The owl lady's eyes widened as she caught a clear view of Amity's bloodstained shirt, then she growled.

"Alright, what did he do to Luz? Cause I'm gonna do the same thing except four times worse before really hurting him." Her voice was strong, but her eyes were glossy, giving away how she really felt. The demon jumped down from her shoulders and onto Amity's lap, trying to comfort her.

The twins started recapping the events while Amity tried to distract herself with the demon. Augustus moved over towards us, his hands nervously fidgeting. I gave Willow's hand another squeeze, feeling her trembling slightly.

When they got to the part where they were describing the weapon, the silver haired witch stopped them. "Rectangle weapon with a handle and trigger? I've seen one of those before." Her tone was serious, her eyebrows bunching together. "It's a human weapon alright, and a pretty illegal one to have here considering how dangerous they can be..."

Her voice slowly trailed off as she looked towards Amity, who now wore a mortified expression on her face while she shook like a leaf. "So that means she's seriously injured..." Augustus suddenly said, his eyes widening.

I gave him a somber nod, watching as the pet demon wrapped his small arms around Amity's neck, trying to give her some form of comfort. "Did she carry Luz all the way here?" Willow asked me, her voice barely above a whisper.

"I assume so." I mumbled back, my eyes staring back down at the dried blood on her shirt. A few healers passed by us, catching the owl lady's attention.

"Hey! You!" A healer froze in his tracks, turning towards all of us. His eyes first met with the owl lady's, then his eyes landed on Amity. "How's the human doing?" There was a bit of desperation laced in her voice.

"Oh, the human Ms. Blight brought in." The healer glanced over his clipboard for a minute, then quickly shook his head. "I'm sorry, but I don't have a clue about her status. However, I can get you a healer that does."

"Then get to it!" The silver haired witch snapped, making the healer jump. He gave her a quick nod, then headed off to find another healer. The second he left, the owl lady started to quickly pace, mumbling things about Luz under her breath.

A couple of minutes later, another healer dropped by, this one Amity seemed to recognize. "You had questions about the human?" They asked, instantly stopping the owl lady's pacing. Amity shot up out of her seat, wiping her eyes as she held the demon in her arms.

"How is she?" Amity asked, her voice still soft. The healer glanced over their clipboard, making a few clicks with their tongue.

"As of now, the human is in a stable condition." That made all of us collectively sigh in relief. "We managed to remove the metal from her system and stitch her up, and after quite a few rejections, we managed to find a blood type that her body hasn't rejected yet, so we're keeping a close eye on her now."

"Oh thank gods." The owl lady sighed, a ghost of a smile etched on her lips. The healer flipped through a few of their notes, not looking up at any of us.

"However..." They started, and even from where I was standing I could hear Amity's breath hitch. "We haven't tried to use any kind of healing spell on the human because we don't know how it would affect her system. And due to her state right now, we aren't going to be trying it anytime soon."

"Is she awake?" Edric asked, the healer responded by shaking their head.

"We aren't exactly sure when she will wake up. What we do know is that it should be some time soon, maybe a few days to a week at most." They said, eyeing all of us up and down for a minute. "Is there anything else you'd like to know?"

"I want to go see her." The owl lady told them, but they shook their head.

"I'm afraid that isn't possible-" The silver haired witch shot the healer a glare that would strike anyone dead, making them pause. They hesitated for a moment, then finally spoke in a soft voice. "Right this way."

The pet demon jumped out of Amity's arms and followed after the owl lady and the healer, trotting on all fours to keep up with them. "You can go see her if you want Amity." Edric told her, I watched her reach out for a moment before quickly bringing her hand to her chest.

She looked conflicted, her puffy eyes staring at the hallway the healer disappeared down. "I... I can't. I just... I wanna go home and change. I need to burn these." A few more tears slipped down her cheeks, her hands hovering close to her chest, away from the blood.

"That's one of your favorite shirts though." Emira muttered, making Amity whirl around to face her sister.

"It doesn't matter. I'm burning it." She hissed in a shaky voice. Then, there came the familiar click of the owl lady's heels come from down the hall, appearing just as quickly as she left. With one eye, I glanced back at her, noticing her trying to subtly wipe away tears from her eyes. The tiny demon was nowhere in sight, but I could hear his sniffles

She walked by us, pausing to glance at Augustus and Willow. "C'mon you two, I've gotta get you home." Her voice sounded so hurt and defeated, something so different from her usual tone. Before she walked away completely, I could hear her mumble under her breath. "I'm gonna make sure that bastard never sees the light of day again. No one hurts my kid and gets away with it."

Willow gave me a quick kiss then followed after the witch with Augustus. "I'll call you later." She told me and I nodded, my eyes following the three of them before the owl lady paused.

"Oh, and kids?" We all looked over at her, all of us noticing the tears welling in her eyes. "If you hear anything about a missing witch matching his description, you don't have a clue what happened to him." A single tear rolled down her cheek, then she turned around and left with Willow and Augustus in tow.

The rest of the band stood frozen in place, none of us saying a word. Finally, Edric spoke up. "Did you leave your guitar at the shop?" He turned slightly towards our singer, who softly nodded her head with a sniffle.

"It's in the alleyway..." She mumbled, rubbing her red eyes. Edric nodded, then looked up towards his twin.

"Take Mittens home, I'll go get her guitar." Emira nodded, gently placing a hand on her sister's shoulder before leading her towards the door.

"I'll go with you. Besides, I've gotta let Matt out of the recording booth." That made Amity freeze in place, turning around and raising an eyebrow at me.

"Why is he in there?" Both her siblings and I tensed up, glancing at one another for a moment.

"He's... I'll fill you in later. Now wouldn't be a good time." I told her, and she brought a hand to her wrist, giving it a rub.

We all walked out the doors, not saying a word. Edric and I went in the opposite direction of Emira and Amity. Our walk was silent, Edric didn't even try to crack a joke to help ease the tension.

I kept my arms folded across my chest while we walked and out of the corner of my eye I could see Edric fiddling with his hands. The two of us eventually made it to the market, then we made it to the band shop.

My eyes caught the alleyway and I slowed down my pace before coming to a full stop. Edric paused along with me, his gaze slowly turning to a glare before he let out a low growl. "If I ever find that guy, I will make sure he hurts." He mumbled, slowly walking towards the alleyway.

Following after him, we found Amity's guitar case sitting by a pool of blood with no one in sight. The metallic smell of blood still hung lightly in the air, stinging my nose with its scent.

The two of us carefully stepped over the red liquid, Edric snagged her guitar case off of the ground, carefully lifting it up and down for a moment. "Feels like her guitar's still in here." He said, glancing at one of the case's corners. The Blight sucked in a breath, squinting slightly at the sight. "I've gotta clean this when we get to the studio."

I stared at the rest of the alleyway for a moment, noticing the shattered bits of glass that gleamed in the pale light and the bit of the floor that was eaten away. It just left me with an uneasy feeling. "Let's get going." I muttered, stepping over the blood and heading in the direction of the studio, Edric following not too far behind me.

"Think Matt tore the place apart yet?" Edric asked, trying to spark up some kind of conversation so we weren't in silence. I shook my head, cracking half a smile as I remembered what I did.

"Unless he can break out of a binding spell, then no." The Blight twin let out a laugh, but it sounded kind of forced. We both walked to the studio, trying to start a conversation every once and awhile before it fell silent again.

When we made it to the studio, I opened the door for Edric, who gave me a small nod as a thank you. I walked in after him, closing the front door behind me. Edric moved to the main room, setting Amity's guitar case down before drawing a spell to clean it.

I made my way to the recording booth, disabling the lock spell I put on the door before giving it a rough kick to open it. The door swung open before stopping about halfway. A loud, drawn out hiss of pain came from Matt as I walked into the room.

Without saying a word, I drew a spell to cut him out of his bindings. He glared at me, slowly standing up and dusting himself off, rubbing his shoulder where he got hit. I could see both of his hands quickly clench in tight fists. "If you're thinking about hitting me, don't even try it."

"You're a bitch." He said, his voice dripping with enough venom to kill someone. I shrugged, giving him a glare.

"Y'know, you're lucky I didn't say a word to Amity about what you said." His ears drooped slightly, but then they quickly went back up. "You and I both know that she would've ripped you apart by now."

The sound director scoffed, turning on his heel and leaving the room. I followed him out into the main room, where Edric was sticking Amity's guitar case into the sound room.

Matt's eyes followed him for a minute, then he folded his arms over his chest. "Where's your sisters?" He asked when Edric popped out of the room, making him freeze for a minute.

"Home. Mittens wanted to go home." He said, his tone holding a bit of edge. Matt chuckled, shaking his head slightly.

"So she sent you to do her work?" Matt started to laugh again, but I gave him a powerful, sharp jab to the side, making him collapse on the floor with a gasp. Turning to Edric, I acted like I didn't do anything,

"If you're done, you can head out. I'll make sure he leaves." Edric gave me a quick nod, getting ready to leave. "And hey, let me know how Am is every once and awhile, alright?"

"Will do." He muttered, turning forward before turning back toward me. "I'll make sure to also fill you in on the gig, since now, we probably aren't doing it any time soon."

The gig completely left my mind, but he was right. Now that Luz was out of commission, it'd be a bad idea to do the show. I mean sure, we have Edric, who could easily take her place, but it still wouldn't work. Amity's distraught, she's not going to be able to do a show.

Edric gave me a small wave goodbye, then he left. I glanced down to the floor where Matt was still writhing in pain. Resisting the urge to kick him in the gut, I lightly tapped the bottom of his shoe with my foot.

"C'mon get up." I hissed, giving him another tap. "After all of this, I want to go home." I muttered as he slowly got up.

"Yeah, I wanted to go home about two hours ago too!" He gasped out, still clutching his side. Rolling my eyes, I gave him a shove.

"Well maybe, you should've kept your mouth shut." He glared at me, but didn't say anything else. Instead, he flipped me off and started to walk away. "Wow Matt, so original." I said sarcastically as I rolled my eyes, making him mutter something under his breath.

I followed him out the door, making sure to lock the studio's front door. Matt walked off in his own direction, luckily the complete opposite direction of where I was going.

Slowly starting to walk home, I was finally able to try and wrap my head around what happened. Most of the details that Amity told us were just a blur in my mind.

Pulling out my scroll, I hesitated before pulling up Amity's contact. "Hey Am, you don't need to respond, but I want you to know. If you want someone to talk to, I'm always here. Message or call whenever okay?" I sent with a sigh, making my scroll disappear again.

The rest of my walk home was silent, my thoughts stuck worrying about our drummer.