Tyler woke up at late at night. He shifted as he reached for the radio, now playing some late night advertisement when it normally plays the likes of Nirvana. He shifted the channel to one not known by most, almost as if driven to change the channel. A late night news show, almost nonsensical stories, but they seem to make sense to him. He continued to lie back and listen to the radio show. The rough but light hearted voice seemed to delight in the story hiding the real news, as if recalling old times.
What he just heard about may have taken place nearby, but there was nothing he could do. That didn’t mean he couldn’t prepare for it and keep the place safe. Right now, he felt he had time for now. He had a more important thing to check out, or more important to him anyway. He crawled out of bed, not bothering to get dressed. He walked down the hallway towards his parents’ room.
Every night he had done this with dread, peeking into his parents’ room to see if they were still there. The worst fear he had was looking in and finding the bed empty. To his relief, he found both of his parents sleeping soundly. Breathing a sigh of relief, but not relaxing, he walked back toward his room. He knew his parents were safe for now, but he had to make absolutely certain they were.
As he got back to the room, he opened up his laptop waiting for the operating system to boot up. The moment he was able to, he opened the word processor and started typing, describing the surroundings around him and the neighborhood as he was aware of them. In doing so, his vision started to reach out, beyond the building he was in and throughout the neighborhood. He reached out as if to find every little detail around him to find out if it was a threat, every car that passed through, every person walking the late night hours.
This went on for several hours. If it weren’t for how important this was, he would have fallen asleep from boredom. Then, he found the threat, a troubled mage that had been causing problems looking for its next victim. He suddenly looked up, as if looking straight at Tyler. “I don’t think so,” Tyler thought. Immediately looking for any mages in the area he could warn.
Thankfully, he found a Euthanos nearby where the young mage was. Such a mage could always use the glory of taking down a criminal. Tyler wasn’t interested in that stuff, only to make sure this kid got nowhere near him or his family. He quickly typed a mental suggestion for the mage to wake up and begin his ‘training’ early.
It was starting to reach the morning hours anyway. He continued to watch the Euthanos get up and take the early morning session. The young mage that had ‘seen’ Tyler was now distracted by something new, trying to figure out if the Euthanos was a target or a threat. He watched as the young mage try to assault the Euthanos, only to be repelled easy by the warrior mage, now recognizing it as the threat from the reports. He was more than happy to subdue the rogue mage.
Satisfied that the threat was gone, Tyler ended the ritualized spell. He knew the Euthanos would gladly take credit for stopping the criminal, but didn’t care. He got what he wanted and that was his family’s safety. He closed the laptop, shutting it down. Despite letting out a yawn, he was still too restless to go back to sleep, so he sat up on the side of the bed, rolling through his thoughts.
“Tyler?” his mother asked. Tyler looked up at the woman, already looking like she was ready for work. “What’s wrong?”
“Just woke up early. Usual nightmares, he half lied. It may have been nightmares that woke him up, but he had been up longer than he let on. He stood up and walked up to the doorway, embracing the woman hat took him in not too long ago. “Thank you,” he told her. After awhile, the woman swore she heard her son snoring as he fell asleep on her shoulder. She slowly let the young man fall asleep, needing it after last night. She just wasn’t aware what all last night entailed.