Author note: Chapter 12 is really late, and I'm so sorry but I've had midterms and have been busy. Anyway, here's the chapter. Disclaimer: I do not own Mortal Instruments

Chapter 12: A Mother's Hate

Jocelyn had been thinking. She knew Kaie's mother was in the city, so wouldn't she be worried about her daughter? Jocelyn went and talked to the group of Shadowhunters about it.

"I don't think it's a good idea to talk to Kaie's family, Mom." Clary stated.

"According to Kaie, they don't like her." Jace added from where he was casually leaning against the wall. Jocelyn sighed.

"I know that, Clary, but a mother is a mother and we all worry about our children, no matter how mad we are." They fell into silence as Kaie entered the room, Shadow trailing behind her.

"Hey, Princess." Jace ruffled her hair as she came to a stop at his side.

"Would you like to play with me and Shadow, Jace?" she looked up at him with her big doe eyes.

"Can't today, Princess. Clary, Alec and I have somewhere to be. But Isabelle's free, so she'll play." He said and she nodded before running out of the room.

"Does that mean you'll talk to her mother?" Jocelyn asked.

"Fifteen minutes. We go, tell her Kaie's staying with us, see what she has to say and leave."

"I'll get Alec." Clary said and disappeared, coming back a few moments later with Alec in tow.

"So Kaie told Luke where her mom is, so we know where we're going, but is this a good idea?" Alec asked as they walked. Jace shrugged.

"We'll just humor Jocelyn so she'll stop pestering us." He said.

"I'm kind of worried. Kaie says her mother hates her." Clary said.

"It'll be fine, Clary." Alec reassured her. They fell into silence as they stopped on front of the address Jocelyn had given them. Clary hesitantly knocked on the door. A pretty older woman with brown hair answered it.

"Mrs. Hayes?" Clary asked.

"Yes?" the woman responded.

"We'd like to talk to you, please." Clary said and she nodded before letting the group in.

"Would you like something to drink?" she asked as she led them to a living room.

"If it's not too much trouble." Clary smiled. Kaie's mother disappeared in the kitchen and came back a few minutes later holding a tray with four glasses of tea.

"Thank you Mrs. Hayes."

"Call me Melanie."

"Ok then, Melanie, we're here to talk to you about your daughter." Jace went straight to the point.

"Scarlett?" Melanie looked confused.

"No, Kaie." Jace said and her eyes darkened.

"If you're letting her stay with you, you shouldn't." she said.

"Why?" Clary asked.

"That girl is a monster. A demon. She deserves to die."

"Why would you think that?" Alec asked before Jace could speak.

"There is great evil in her. She has no pulse. She has no heartbeat. I don't even think she has a soul. Now get out. Please, I don't want you to bring her darkness here." She stood up and practically threw the startled Alec and Clary and the furious Jace out the door. After the door was closed and they heard it lock, Jace cursed the woman under her breath.

"Come on, it's starting to rain." Clary grabbed Jace's arm and he looked down at her. She was right. Raindrops were falling and running down Clary's cheeks and off her red hair. He nodded and the group of three made their way back to the Institute. When they came in, Isabelle looked up from where she and Kaie were playing a game of war.

"Where have you been? Your soaked." She looked at them. Jace ignored her and went straight to Kaie.

"Hey, Princess how was your day?" he asked softly. She smiled at him.

"It was fun. Izzy and I baked brownies, then we played with Shadow, we trained for a while, then we played war."

"Then I'm glad you had a good time." He ruffled her hair and then went to change into dry clothes.

"What happened?" Isabelle asked her brother. He shook his head.

"I'll tell you later." He promised before also going to change out of his wet clothes. Clary walked over and pulled Kaie into a massive hug before following the boys' lead and going to take a hot shower and get out of her clothes. Kaie looked to Isabelle, confusion clear on her face.

"Something must've happened." Isabelle wrapped an arm around Kaie, as though wanting to shield her from the hate that was coming from her mother.