Chapter 4: Jace and Alec to the rescue

I feel the apartment shaking sometime later and come into the living room.

“You will need to find the Komodo Scales and add it to the potion.” My dad says strained “I’m running out of magic”

Alec appears through the door just as my dad start swaying. My dad starts to fall, and Alec catches him.

“Clary you look here” I tell her pointing to a cupboard while I look through a different one.

“Help me. I need your strength” I hear my dad say to Alec.

“Take what you need” I hear Alec say as I look over to see my dad take Alec’s hand. I do an inner squeal. My plan is working.

Jace and Simon run in.

“Clary!” They yell.

“Daniella!” I yell back “Do you have the ingredients”

“Yeah!” Jace says as he holds out a bag. I grab the ingredients and mix them in to the cauldron with the base of the potion. I put the potion into a cup and go give it to Luke. Luke drinks it thankfully. My dad stops his constant magic and Luke wakes up. My dad collapses into Alec’s side. I smile at my dad. Clary sits down beside me.

“Clary!” Luke says.

“You okay” Alec says looking down at my dad.

“Yeah” My dad says looking up at Alec.

Alec helps my dad to his room. I just stand with my hands on the couch. Alec comes back “Alec wait, if you hadn’t gotten here in time. I would be saying my last good-bye to my dad and my uncle. I owe you a big thank you.” I say to him “I’m glad you and Jace seem to be doing alright. I was afraid there for a minute.”

“I didn’t do this for Jace” He says

“I’m glad you did it for you then.” I say smiling up at him “I think you need to do more for yourself.”

Jace walks into the room and walks right over to Alec. They do a bro hand shake hug thing that I never understood.

“Thank you” I hear Jace whisper. Alec walks out of the room. Jace turns to me.

“You have an interesting effect on people Daniella Bane.” Jace says to me.

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“He helped save my dad and Luke’s life. You all did.” I say “Thank you”

“For what running an errand?” He asks

“For having my back” I reply smiling he reaches up and brushes my hair away from my face.

“I’m always going to have your back.” He replies. I lean in and kiss him. He kisses me back and it’s magical. It only lasts a second, but it feels like forever. I just look into his eyes.

“Wow” I say

“Wow” He copies

“I uhh I am very grateful to have you here right now.” I say awkwardly. Jace chuckles at my awkwardness.

The mundane walks in breaking the moment.

“Clary” He says

“Why am I always being called Clary?” I ask.

“No, I was going to ask where she is. Luke is asking for her.” He says.

“Check the kitchen” I reply.

I step back into the living room and see my dad pouring himself a drink and Alec cleaning the couch the old-fashioned way.

“You know we have magic for the right?” I say to Alec chuckling. “My dad can do it.” I make myself a drink.

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“I think he’s exerted himself enough for one day.” Alec says

“Drink break” My dad says holding up two drinks. I giggle. They both look up at me.

“Sorry I’ll leave” I leave the room but stay in the doorway to watch.

Alec gets up and takes the drink my dad snaps his fingers and it lights the top with a small fire. “To us” He says.

Alec takes a sip and makes a face. I think he thinks the drink is strong.

“Why did your daughter ask for me? I mean Jace and Clary were both here.”

“Hmm, Jace didn’t tell you? It doesn’t matter. She lied anyway.”

“Are warlocks always this cryptic?”

“I’m not being cryptic. I’m being coy. Let me spell it out for you. My daughter new I wanted to see you again.”

“Why?”

Why’d you come?”

“I’m not sure”

“For almost a century I’ve closed myself off to feeling anything for anyone.

Man or woman. You’ve unlocked something in me.”

Alec then gets a phone call ruining the moment. My dad goes to look out the window to give Alec some privacy.

“Duty calls” Alec says to my dad as he hangs up the phone.

“Ah, oh, the furrowed brow.” My dad says “Maryse must be recruiting you for something unseemly.”

I feel Jace walk up behind me. I turn around.

“What are you doing?” Jace asks

“Nothing” I say as I take his hand and lead him to my room. “Let’s talk.”

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“Alright,” He says “What do you want to talk about?”

“Anything and everything. What is it like being a shadow hunter?”

“For filling, like it is my life’s purpose.”

“Well isn’t it?”

“I guess it is. What’s it like being a warlock?”

“For filling” we laugh “I’m joking, it’s exhilarating. Like all your nerves are on fire and magic is the water that puts it out. I feel alive when I do strong magic. When I do the stuff I usually do well it’s like having my arm attached to my body. It’s just there. What do you like to do in your spare time?”

“Train”

“Other then train.”

“for the past few days it’s been seeing you.”

“I like the sound of that”

We both lie down side by side on my bed and wee keep talking like that for hours. I tell him about my parents and family. He tells me about his. I tell him my hopes and dreams. He tells me his. He tells me about Shadow hunter culture, mannerisms and rules. I tell him about warlocks. We go on for hours till I hear a knock on my door.

“Come in” I say

My dad pokes his head in “Jace! I thought you left with Alec?” He says

“Alec left?” Jace says getting up.

“I guess you have to go then huh?” I say

“Yeah sorry” He replies. I walk him to the door, and he turns to me. He takes my face into his hands

“Bye” I say gently. He kisses me quickly.

“Bye” He whispers turning away and walking out the door. I close the door behind me and sign.

“So, you really like him” My dad says behind me making me jump.

“So, you really like Alec” I reply back

“Touché, Angel. Well goodnight have a good sleep.” My dad says kissing me on the forehead and walking to his room.

“Goodnight” I say walking to my room. Closing the door and crawling into bed.

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