48 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-10-17, 19:55:30 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

I dagens nedräkning till Queen of Air and Darkness får ni ett ganska långt citat med Emma och Julian som Cassandra delade i sitt nyhetsbrev i maj.
 

Julian's room was small, and painted an incongruously cheerful shade of blue. A white-painted four-poster bed dominated the space. Emma tugged him toward it, sitting him down gently, and went to bolt on the door.

“Why are you locking the door?” Julian raised his head. It was the first thing he'd said since they'd left Ty's room, though he’d followed her calmly enough.

"You need some privacy, Julian," she said. She turned toward him; God, the way he looked broke her heart. Blood freckled his skin, darkened his stiff clothes, had dried in patches on his boots. Livvy's locket glittered in the hollow of his throat, though it had dangled against Livvy's sternum. Emma remembered that locket: a gift from Julian to his sister when she'd turned thirteen, it had belonged to their grandmother. It had a circlet of the family thorns on the front, and Julian had added an etching to the back: a pair of crossed sabres, Livvy's weapon.

It held a picture of Ty, Emma knew. She'd barely noticed Livvy wearing it at the Council meeting, though she knew Livvy often wore it when she was feeling nervous, the same way Emma kept tight hold of Cortana.

She wished she'd noticed Livvy more in those last moments, paid more attention to her, rather than worrying about the Cohort, about Manuel and Zara and Jessica, about Robert Lightwood and exile, about her own broken, messed-up heart. She wished she had held Livvy one more time, marveling at how tall and grown-up she was, how she had changed from the chubby toddler she recalled in her own earliest memories.

"Don't," Julian said, roughly.

Emma came closer to him; she couldn't stop herself. He had to look up to meet her eyes. "Don't do what?"

"Blame yourself," he said. "I can feel you thinking about how you should have done something different. I can't let those kind of thoughts in, or I'll go to pieces."

He was sitting on the very edge of the bed, as if he couldn't bear the thought of lying down. Very gently, Emma touched his face, sliding the palm of her hand across his jaw. He shuddered and caught her wrist, hard.

"Emma," he said, and for one of the first times in her life, she couldn't read his voice — it was low and dark, rough without being angry, wanting something, but she didn't know what.

"What can I do," she breathed. "What can I do, I'm your parabatai, Julian, I need to help you."

50 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-10-15, 22:33:19 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

50 dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness släpps och idag får ni ett citat delat av Cassandra via hennes tumblr, som är med Cristina och Kieran.
 
"I am not a princess," Cristina said; she was leaning over him, one of her hands braced against the blanket. Kieran's face was close to hers, so close she could see the dark fringe of his eyelashes. "And I do not want you to go."

54 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-10-11, 19:40:35 i Cassandra Clare, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

Idag får ni en bild på Annabel och Ash som är från en scen i Queen of Air and Darkness, delad av Cassandra Clare. Annabel och Ash är i "the court of the Unseelie King" (Jag har ingen aning om vad Unseelie king skulle översättas till på svenska!! Någon som har någon idé?)
Denna affisch gavs till de fans som var på YALLFest 2017.
 
 
 
 

Ghosts of the Shadow Market - omslag bok 8

Publicerat: 2018-10-06, 18:39:59 i Cassandra Clare, Ghosts of the Shadow Market,

Ni som prenumererar på Cassandra Clares nyhetsbrev har säkert redan sett omslaget till Ghosts of the Shadow Market #8 - Through Blood, Through Fire med Jem och Tessa på omslaget.
 
Men för alla er som möjligen inte har sett det ännu (plus att det finns väldigt lite annat att skriva om just nu) så får ni här se en bild av omslaget till den åttonden novellen i serien som släpps 13 november.
 
 
Handlingen av Through Blood, Through Fire är följande:
 
Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray are finally united after waiting over a century to be together, but they become aware a dark threat is looming over a child of the Shadow Market: a lost Herondale, from a line of Herondales who have used the Market to hide from their fellow Nephilim. Now is the time for the lost Herondale to be discovered. Jem and Tessa have to find him before his enemies can. (x)

Skuggjägare & Sagor - Askungen

Publicerat: 2018-10-05, 18:59:00 i Cassandra Clare, Skuggjägare & Sagor, The Infernal Devices,

 
Cassandra Clare har gett oss en ny bild från hennes projekt Skuggjägare och sagor som hon gör tillsammans med Cassandra Jean.
 
I denna bild kan vi se Askungen och Prinsen som har tolkats med karaktärerna Tessa och Will från The Infernal Devices serien.
 
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Efter att flera fans har efterfrågat att få dessa bilder i tryckt format, så har Cassie meddelat att alla fans i USA kommer att kunna få ett gratis exemplar av boken med bilderna - genom att de har förhandsbokat Queen of Air and Darkness. Men som sagt, det är endast för de som är bosatta i USA. Vilket jag personligen kan tycka är lite synd, då Cassie har fans över hela världen som säkert är supersugna på att få ett exemplar.
 
Personligen skulle jag inte ha något emot att betala en liten summa för att få den skickad till mig. Tycker inte det borde vara något större problem för dem att skicka till fans internationellt - bara de betala frakten. 
 
Men tydligen har de bestämt sig för att begränsa det till USA. *suck*
 
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De tidigare bilderna föreställer:

Nytt citat från Ghosts of the Shadow Market #7 - "The Land I Lost"

Publicerat: 2018-10-04, 18:35:39 i Cassandra Clare, Ghosts of the Shadow Market,

När vi nu har kommit in i en ny månad betyder det ju inte bara att vi är närmare releasen av Queen of Air and Darkness, utan att vi även kommer att kunna läsa en ny Ghosts of the Shadow Market novell.
 
Den 9 oktober släpps "The Land I Lost" där vi kommer att få följa med Alec Lightwood till Buenos Aires där han kommer att stöta på en liten kille vid namn Rafael.
 
I Cassandra Clares senaste nyhetsbrev gav hon oss ett nytt citat från den kommande novellen där vi får läsa om just Alec och Rafael.
 

“What’s that you have there, sweetie?” Lily asked as Alec came in.

“What he has is my phone,” said Alec. “Which he stole.”

In Rafael’s hands, Alec’s phone buzzed. Alec reached for it, but Rafael moved casually out of reach. He didn’t seem terribly concerned that Alec had grabbed for him. He was staring at the phone.

Alec reached for the phone, then stopped, caught off guard. As Rafael studied the phone, the sullen line of his mouth twitched, then slowly curved into a smile. The smile, slow and warm and sweet, altered his whole face.

Alec’s hand dropped. Rafael turned a suddenly-bright countenance up to him and chirped a question. Even his voice sounded different when he was happy.

“I don’t understand you,” Alec said helplessly.

Rafael waved the phone in Alec’s face to illustrate his point. Alec looked at the screen, and kept looking. He’d had a sick unsteady feeling in his chest since he realized what the Shadowhunters were doing here, but the world felt steady again now.

Magnus had sent a picture with the caption “Blueberry and I home from a wild and dangerous mission with a swingset.

Magnus was leaning against their front door. Max was laughing, all dimples, the way he did whenever Magnus did magic to amuse him. There were blue and golden lights streaming all around them, and huge iridescent bubbles that seemed made of light too. Magnus was smiling a small fond smile, and the black spikes of his hair were wreathed with radiant ribbons of magic.

Alec had asked Magnus to send him pictures whenever he was away, after their first mission when Max was a baby. To remind Alec what he was fighting for.

Lily cleared her throat. “The kid asked: ‘Who is that cool man?’”

“Oh,” said Alec, kneeling by the bed. “Oh, that’s—that’s Magnus. His name is Magnus Bane. He’s my—I’m his–he and I are going to get married.”

One day, they would.

Alec wasn’t sure why it felt important to tell this child.

Lily translated. Rafael looked from the phone to Alec’s face, then back again, his brow furrowed in clear surprise. Alec waited. He’d heard kids say terrible things before now. Adults poured poison in their minds and then it came out of their mouths.

Lily laughed.

“He said,” Lily reported with unholy joy, “‘What is that cool man doing with you?’”

Alec said: “Rafael, give me back my phone.”

 
The Land I Lost har följande handling:
 

Alec Lightwood, partner of the High Warlock of Brooklyn and father of a warlock child, is sent to Buenos Aires to re-establish the Shadowhunters amidst the ruins left by the Dark War. When he arrives, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark secret to him under cover of the Shadow Market.

Novellen kommer släppas som en e-bok och kan köpas via bl.a. bokus, adlibris, ibooks, amazon och kobo.

Nytt citat från "Queen of Air and Darkness" med Emma

Publicerat: 2018-10-03, 17:53:36 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

Queen of Air and Darkness släpps om mindre än 9 veckor och för att fira detta valde Cassandra Clare att igår, via Instagram ge oss ett nytt citat från boken med Emma.
 

The morning air caught the edge of Emma’s hood as she turned. “What is this about?” One of the Faerie girls shook her head. “The King is suspicious, naturally. Too long has there been enmity between the Courts. The Riders are inspecting each guest.” Emma froze in horror. “The Riders of Mannan?”

Queen of Air and Darkness - den avslutande delen i The Dark Artifices trilogin släpps 4 december.

63 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-10-02, 22:08:01 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

I dagens nedräkning får ni ett citat med Gwyn och Diana som Cassandra Clare delade via tumblr för några månader sedan.
 

"They fear your influence," said Gwyn. "They know others listen to you. You are very persuasive, Diana, and startlingly wise."

She made a face at him. "Flatterer."

"I am not flattering you." He stood up. "I am afraid for you. Horace Dearborn may not be a dictator yet, but he yearns to be one. His first move will to be to eliminate all who stand against him. He will move to extinguish the brightest lights first, those who illuminate the pathway for others."

Diana shivered. "You are cynical, Gwyn."

"It is possible I do not always see the best in people," he said, "as I hunt down the souls of slain warriors on the battlefield."

She raised her eyebrows. "Are you making a joke?"

"Maybe." He looked puzzled. "I think I might have. Was it funny?"

65 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-09-30, 18:45:24 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

I dagens nedräkning får ni ett citat med Emma som Cassandra Clare delade för några månader sedan.
 

The pyres were still burning as the procession turned and headed back toward the city. It was customary for the smoke to rise all night, and for families to gather in Angel Square to mourn among others.

Not that Emma thought it was likely the Blackthorns would do that. They would remain in their house, closeted in with each other: they had been too much apart all their lives to want comfort from other Shadowhunters who they barely knew.

She had trailed away from the rest of the group, too raw to want to try to talk to Julian again in front of his family. Besides, he was holding Tavvy, who was cried out and almost asleep.

"Emma," said a voice beside her.

She turned and saw Jem Carstairs.

68 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-09-27, 19:26:30 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

Nedräkningen fortsätter och idag får ni ett lite längre citat som Cassandra delade via tumblr för några månader sedan:
 

"Please. I've taught at Shadowhunter Academy. I —" Catarina began to cough, her shoulders shaking. Her eyes widened in alarm.

Cristina slid out of bed, alarmed. "Are you all right —?"

But Catarina had vanished. There wasn't even a swirl of air to show where her Projection had been.

Cristina hastily threw on her clothes: jeans, an old t-shirt. She wished with all her heart that Emma was here, that they could talk about last night, that Emma could give her advice and a shoulder to cry on.

But she wasn't. Cristina touched her necklace, whispered a quick prayer to the Angel, and headed down the hall to Mark’s room.

He'd been up as late as she was, so there was a high possibility he was still sleeping. She knocked on the door hesitantly and then harder; finally Mark threw it open, yawning and stark naked.

"Híjole!" Cristina shrieked, and pulled her t-shirt collar up over her face. "Put your pants on!"

"Sorry," he called, ducking behind the door. "At least you've already seen it all."

74 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-09-21, 21:16:55 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

74 dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness och det firar vi givetvis med ett citat delat av Cassie.
 

"You hated the Shadow Market in London," Kit said. "It really bothered you. The noises, and the crowd —"

Ty’s gaze flicked down to Kit. "I'll wear my headphones. I’ll be all right."

"...and I don't know if we should go again so soon," Kit added. "What if Helen and Aline get suspicious?"

Ty's gaze darkened. "Julian told me once," he said, "that when people keep coming up with reasons not do something, it's because they don't want to do it. Do you not want to do this?"

Ty's voice sounded tight. The thrumming wire again, sharp with tension. Under the cotton of his shirt, his too-thin shoulders had tightened as well. The neck of his shirt was loose, the delicate line of his collarbones just visible.

Kit felt a rush of tenderness toward Ty, mixed with near-panic. In other circumstances, he thought, he would just have lied. But he couldn't lie to Ty.

Omslaget till Ghosts of the Shadow Market #7 - "The Land I Lost"

Publicerat: 2018-09-19, 19:08:02 i Cassandra Clare, Ghosts of the Shadow Market,

I Cassandra Clares senaste nyhetsbrev så fick vi lite godsaker från Queen of Air and Darkness. Cassie gav oss även bild på omslaget till Ghosts of the Shadow Market #7 - "The Land I Lost" som släpps 9 oktober.
 
 
Beskrivningen av The Land I Lost är följande:
Alec Lightwood, partner of the High Warlock of Brooklyn and father of a warlock child, is sent to Buenos Aires to re-establish the Shadowhunters amidst the ruins left by the Dark War. When he arrives, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark secret to him under cover of the Shadow Market.(x)

Nytt citat från "Queen of Air and Darkness" med Cristina, Mark & Kieran

Publicerat: 2018-09-18, 18:32:52 i Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours,

Vi är bara lite mer än två månader ifrån releasen av Queen of Air and Darkness något som Cassandra Clare även uppmärksammar i sitt senaste nyhetsbrev. I nyhetsbrevet denna gången fick vi en lite uppdatering om att Cassie är mitt inne i att skriva Chain of Gold - den första boken i serien The Last Hours.
 
I'm working incredibly hard on Chain of Gold, the first book in the Last Hours series. It's great to plunge back into historical fantasy. It's so much fun to be writing about Cordelia, James and Lucie in Edwardian England — the clothes, the adventure, the romance of the city, the carriages, the changing face of London, the secret Downworlder club called the Hell Ruelle, the clothes . . .
 
Vi fick även se omslaget till nästa e-bok i Ghosts of the Shadow Market (som ni får i ett senare inlägg), och nu till kanske det bästa - ett nytt citat från Queen of Air and Darkness:
 
Reluctantly Cristina followed as they pushed swiftly through the crowd. The air was full of sweet, harsh smoke, mixing with the mist from the occasional pool of water.

“Prince Kieran.” A faerie woman with hair like a dandelion clock drifted up to them. She wore a dress of white filaments, and her eyes were green as stems. “You come to us in disguise.”

Mark’s hand had gone to his weapons belt, but Kieran made a quick settling gesture at him. “I can trust you to keep my secret, can I not?”

 “If you tell me why an Unseelie Prince would come hidden to his own brother’s revel, perhaps,” said the woman, her green eyes keen.

“I seek a friend,” Kieran said.

The woman’s eyes darted over Cristina and then Mark. Her mouth widened into a smile. “You seem to have several.”

“That’s enough,” said Mark. “The prince would proceed unhindered.”

“Now, if it were a love potion you sought, you might come to me,” said the faerie woman, ignoring Mark. “But which of these two Nephilim do you love? And which loves you?”

Kieran raised a warning hand. “Enough.”

“Ah, I see, I see.” Cristina wondered what it was she saw. “No love potion could assist with this.” Her eyes danced.

“Enough, I said!” Kieran flushed. “What would it take to end this bedevilment?”
 
Cassie gav oss även en Queen of Air and Darkness poster med Ash, ritad av Charlie Bowater, som de lyckliga personerna som besöker New York Comic-Con i oktober kommer att kunna få med sig hem.
 
 

78 Dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness

Publicerat: 2018-09-17, 22:28:51 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

78 dagar kvar till Queen of Air and Darkness - idag får ni ett ganska långt citat, med Emma, Cristina och Mark, som Cassandra Clare delade via sitt nyhetsbrev i december förra året.
 

Emma had been halfway up the stairs on the way to Cristina's room when she had seen Mark, leaning against the wall on the landing and looking dejected. “Dru won't let me in to talk to her," he said. "I am worried. It is like a faerie to grieve alone, but not, I understand, like a Shadowhunter."

Emma hesitated. She was about to say that it wasn't unlike Dru to lock herself in her room alone, but Dru had looked more than a little upset when she'd left the kitchen. "Keep trying," she advised. "Sometimes you have to knock for twenty minutes or so. Or you could offer to watch a horror movie with her."

Mark looked glum. "I do not think I would enjoy a horror movie."

"You never know," Emma said. 

He turned to head back up the stairs, and hesitated. "I am worried about you and Jules as well," he said, more quietly. "I do not like the Inquisitor, or the idea of you being questioned by him. He reminds me of the King of Unseelie."

Emma was startled. "He does?"

"They give me the same feeling," Mark said. "I cannot explain it, but —"

A door opened on the landing overhead: it was Cristina's. She stepped out, glancing down. "Emma? I wondered if you were —"

She stopped when she saw Mark, and she and Mark stared at each other in a way that made Emma feel as if she had disappeared completely. 

"I didn't mean to interrupt," Cristina said, but she was still looking at Mark, and he was looking back as if their gazes were hopelessly tied together. 

Mark had shaken himself, as if he were casting off cobwebs or dreams. "It is all right — I must go speak with Drusilla." He had bounded up the stairs and out of sight, disappearing around the bend in the corridor.

Cristina had snapped out of it and invited Emma in, and now it was as if the moment with Mark had never happened, though Emma was itching to ask about it. "Mark will need you," she said again, and Cristina twisted her hands in her lap.

"Mark," she said, and paused. "I don’t know what Mark is thinking. If he is angry at me."

"Why would he be angry at you?"  

"Because of Kieran," she said. "They did not end things well, and now Kieran is at the Scholomance, and far away, which was my doing."

"You didn't break him up with Kieran," Emma protested. "If anything, you helped keep them together longer. Remember — hot faerie threesome."

Cristina dropped her face into her hands. "Mrfuffhfhsh," she said.

"What?"

"I said," Cristina repeated, lifting her face, "that Kieran sent me a note."

"He did? How? When?"

"This morning. In an acorn." Cristina passed a small piece of paper to Emma. "It isn't very illuminating."

Lady of Roses,

Though the Scholomance is cold, and Diego is boring, I am still grateful that you found enough value in my life to save it. You are as kind as you are beautiful. My thoughts are with you.

Kieran

"Why did he send you this?" Emma handed the note back to Cristina, shaking her head. "It's weird. He's so weird!"

"I think he just wanted to thank me for the escape plan," Cristina protested. "That's all."

"Faeries don't like thanking people," said Emma. "This is a romantic note."

Cristina blushed. "It's just the way faeries talk. It doesn't mean anything."

"When it comes to faeries," Emma said darkly, "everything means something."

Nytt citat från "Queen of Air and Darkness" med Clary

Publicerat: 2018-09-16, 18:18:21 i Cassandra Clare, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Artifices,

Cassandra Clare har återigen öppnat sin frågebox på tumblr och fansen har under några dagar haft möjligheten att få svar på sina frågor om Cassies böcker. Ett fan undrade om vi kunde få ett citat med Clary från Queen of Air and Darkness, något som Cassie har varit sparsam med då många av de scener där Clary är med är väldigt spoilery för handlingen.
Men Cassie har nu valt ut ett väldigt kort citat från QoAaD:
 
“Have you heard of the First Heir?” said Clary.
 
"The First Heir?" - vem är det? Alltså gud vill ju så sjukt gärna läsa boken NU. 
 
Queen of Air and Darkness släpps om 79 dagar - 4 december.

Cassandra Clare delar Alec citat

Publicerat: 2018-09-13, 17:43:00 i Cassandra Clare, Citat, Ghosts of the Shadow Market, The Eldest Curses, The Red Scrolls of Magic,

Vår älskade bokkaraktär Alec Lightwood hade igår, 12 september, födelsedag och Cassandra Clare delade tre citat - de två första är från boken Red Scrolls of Magic som är den första boken i serien The Eldest Curses som släpps 2 april, 2019.
 
Till citaten har vi även fått en bild ritad av Cassandra Jean.
 
Cassie delade ett citat via Tumblr och ett via Instagram.
 

YOU. ARE. LOVED.
This is the best message for Alec on his birthday I could think of. Alec, my love, I remember inventing you and loving you when no one else had met you; I remember thinking of one of my best friends, who is now no longer with us, and...

YOU. ARE. LOVED.

This is the best message for Alec on his birthday I could think of. Alec, my love, I remember inventing you and loving you when no one else had met you; I remember thinking of one of my best friends, who is now no longer with us, and wanting to give him the happy ending that he never got. 

Alec, you will get the moon and the stars, the leadership you deserve, and the man you love. And there’s still so much more for you to experience. :)

Thank you Cassandra Jean for this gorgeous art!

And now a snippet from Red Scrolls. Don’t worry I’ve got a little Malecy one for later, but I wanted to post something just about Alec, his heart and his growth.

"Helen," Alec said. "The Clave tells us not to trust Downworlders. Despite the Accords, despite everything, we all get indoctrinated, and we —" He broke off, looking up at the clear, cold stars. "I used to follow the rules because I thought it would keep everyone I cared about safe," he said. "But I’ve started to realize that everyone I care about is a bigger group and a different group than the Clave was built to accept."

"So what are you suggesting we do?" Helen said.

"We change the Clave," said Alec. "From inside. We make new Laws. Better ones."

"Institute Heads can suggest new laws," said Aline. "Your mother —"

"I want to do this myself," said Alec. "I’ve realized — I don’t need to change. And neither do you, Helen, or you, Aline. It’s the world that needs to change, and we’re going to be the ones to change it."

 Happy Birthday Alec Lightwood! You deserve the sun moon and stars. A tiny snippet just for Instagram from the Red Scrolls of Magic (and check my stories for a tiny treat ;) ******************
"I might have gone a little overboard," Magnus admitted. "But I wanted to lay all the grandeur and dazzle of Europe at your feet. I wanted you to have fun." "I have had fun," Alec said. "But I didn’t need any of that. They were just places. You don’t have to set any scene to convince me. I don’t need Paris, or Venice, or Rome. I just want you."
Cassie delade även ett citat från den kommande sjunde novellen i serien Ghosts of the Shadow Market - The Land I Lost, där vi kommer att läsa en del om en av Alecs resor. Novellen släpps 9 oktober.
 
Land I Lost snippet for Alec’s birthday!

Rafe held up his hands to be carried. Alec swung him up in his arms. Warlock hearts beat differently, and Alec was used to hearing the sound of Magnus and Max’s hearts, infinitely steady and reassuring. It was odd, holding a child with a mortal heartbeat, but Alec was getting used to the new rhythm.

The evening sun was scorching on whitewashed walls of the street they were heading down. Their shadows were long behind them, but the town was still bright, and Alec saw for the first time that it could be lovely.

Occasionally Alec despaired: that the world couldn’t be changed, or even that it wouldn’t change fast enough. He was not immortal, and didn’t want to be, but there were times he was afraid he wouldn’t live long enough, that he’d never have the chance to take Magnus’s hands in front of everyone they loved and make a sacred promise.        

At those times, there was an image Alec held against exhaustion or surrender, a reminder to always keep fighting for that day, for their day.

When he was gone, when he was dust and ashes, Magnus would still be walking through this world. If the world was changed for the better, then that unknowable future would be better for Magnus. Alec could imagine that on some scorching hot day like this, on a strange street in a strange land, Magnus might see something good that reminded him of Alec, some way that the world was changed because Alec had lived. Alec couldn’t imagine what the world would be like then.

But he could imagine, in some faraway future, the face he loved best.