The Mortal Instruments Jace Quotes

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There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?' Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself." ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland." "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?" "If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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We came to see Jace. Is he alright?" "I don't know," Magnus said. "Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead." "Well," said Luke, "you're doing a fantastic job.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234'.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Don't touch any of my weapons without my permission." "Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay," Clary muttered. "Selling them on what?" Clary smiled blandly at him. "A mythical place of great magical power.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Not everything is about you," Clary said furiously. "Possibly," Jace said, "but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you'll kill me?" "No" Simon said, "If you hurt Clary she's quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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That does it," said Jace. "I'm going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year." "Why?" Isabelle said. "So you can look up 'fun.' I'm not sure you know what it means.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Well, I’m not kissing the mundane," said Jace. "I’d rather stay down here and rot." "Forever?" said Simon. "Forever’s an awfully long time." Jace raised his eyebrows. "I knew it," he said. "You want to kiss me, don’t you?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?" "A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me." She smiled up at him. Filthy as he was, covered in blood and dirt, he was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen. "But I don't want anything else in the world.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?" asked Jace. "It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath." "As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome," said Simon. "I knew we should have left you a rat.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Investigation?" Isabelle laughed. "Now we're detectives? Maybe we should all have code names." "Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Don't." Clary raised a warning hand. "I'm not really in the mood right now." "That's got to be the first time a girl's ever said that to me," Jace mused.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Usually I'm remarkably good natured. Try me on a day that doesn't end in y.
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Cassandra Clare
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Just because you call an electric eel a rubber duck doesn't make it a rubber duck, does it? And God help the poor bastard who decides they want to take a bath with the duckie. (Jace Wayland)
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Is standing by the window muttering about blood something he does all the time?" asked Simon. "No," Jace said. "Sometimes he sits on the couch and does it.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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And now I’m looking at you,” he said, β€œand you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it's 5 a.m., I figured you'd be less cranky if you had something nice to look at." "Meaning you?" "What else?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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What's this?" he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there. "It's a girl," Jace said,recovering his composure. "Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Can I help you with something?" Clary turned instant traitor against her gender. "Those girls on the other side of the car are staring at you." Jace assumed an air of mellow gratification. "Of course they are," he said, "I am stunningly attractive.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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It wouldn't be my move," Jace agreed. "First the candy and flowers, then the apology letters, then the ravenous demon hordes. In that order.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Did you ever think that in a past life Alec was an old woman with ninety cats who was always yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off her lawn? Because I do,
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Don't order any of the faerie food," said Jace, looking at her over the top of his menu. "It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not," he added hastily, "that this has ever happened to me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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It's not gray," Clary felt compelled to point out. "It's green." "If there was such a thing as terminal literalism, you'd have died in childhood," said Jace.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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A diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Jace shook his blond head in exasperation. "You had to make a crazy jail friend, didn't you? You couldn't just count ceiling tiles or tame a pet mouse like normal prisoners do?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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My rapier wit hides my inner pain.
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Cassandra Clare
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You're the first Shadowhunter I've ever met." β€œThat’s too bad,” said Jace, β€œsince all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I know it's wrong - God, it's all kinds of wrong - but I just want to lie down with you and wake up with you, just once, just once ever in my life.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Don't stop there. I suppose there are also, what, vampires and werewolves and zombies?" "Of course there are. Although you mostly find zombies farther south, where the voudun priests are." "What about mummies? Do they only hang around Egypt?" "Don't be ridiculous. No one believes in mummies.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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I don't care," Clary said. "He'd do it for me. Tell me he wouldn't. If I were missing-" "He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know," Alec said.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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We need to talk. All of us About what we're going to do now." "I was going to watch Project Runway.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I figured all your classes were stuff like Slaughter 101 and Beheading for Beginners." Jace flipped a page. "Very funny, Fray.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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It's the mortal cup Jace, not the mortal toilet bowl.
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Cassandra Clare
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If you ever meet the man who could take advantage of Isabelle, you’ll have to let me know. I’d like to shake his hand. Or run away from him very fast, I’m not sure which.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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I forgot that's what gets you all hot and bothered, Jace, girls killing things." "I like anyone killing things, especially me." he said with a smile.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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You know, some people think Shadowhunters are just myths. Like mummies and genies." Kyle grinned at Jace. "Can you grant wishes?" "That depends," he said. "Do you wish to be punched in the face?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I've heard the word 'fear'. I simply choose to believe it doesn't apply to me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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You see, cuckoos are parasites. They lay their eggs in other birds' nests. When the egg hatches, the baby cuckoo pushes the other baby birds out of the nest. The poor parent birds work themselves to death trying to find enough food to feed the enormous cuckoo child who has murdered their babies and taken their places." "Enormous?" said Jace. "Did you just call me fat?" "It was an analogy." "I am not fat.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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So what was that all about?" "I think," Jace said, "that she asked if she could touch my mango." "She said that?" Jace shrugged. "Yeah, then she gave me her number.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Is there some particular reason that you're here?" ... "Not this again." "Not what again?" said Clary. "Every time I annoy him, he retreats into his No Mundanes Allowed tree house." Simon pointed at Jace.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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It’s fascinating. You know all these words, and they’re all English, but when you string them together into sentences, they just don’t make any sense.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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And next time you're planning to injure yourself to get me attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Even in half demon hunter clothes, Clary thought, he looked like the kind of boy who'd come over your house to pick you up for a date and be polite to your parents and nice to your pets. Jace on the other hand, looked like the kind of boy who'd come over your house and burn it down just for kicks.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Come in. And try not to murder any of my guests." Jace edged into the doorway, sizing up Magnus with his eyes. "Even if one of them spills a drink on my new shoes?" "Even then.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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How awfully convenient for you, regardless. And for him. He won't have to worry about you spilling his secrets." "Yeah," Jace said. "He's terrified I'll tell everyone that he's always wanted to be a ballerina.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I guess it’s true what they say," observed Jace. "There are no straight men in the trenches." "That’s atheists, jackass," said Simon furiously. "There are no atheists in the trenches.
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Cassandra Clare
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Just kissing? How quickly you dismiss our love.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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What are all these?" Clary asked. "Vials of holy water, blessed knives, steel and silver blades," Jace said, piling the weapons on the floor beside him, "electrum wire - not much use at the moment but it's always good to have spares - silver bullets, charms of protetion, crucifixes, stars of David-" "Jesus," said Clary "I doubt he'd fit." "Jace." Clary was appalled.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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I suppose you've always been amazing at this stuff."- Clary "I was born amazing." - Jace
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I don't do what I'm told, but I might do what you want if you ask me nicely.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Jace slammed his hand down on the stele. β€œClary-β€œ β€œShe said she doesn’t want it,” said Simon. β€œHa-ha.” β€œHa-ha?” Jace looked incredulous. β€œThat’s your comeback?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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She turned and looked at him. "Ducks?" she said again. A smile tugged the edge of his mouth. "I hate ducks. Don't know why. I just always have.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Since I've met you, everything I've done has been in part because of you. I can't untie myself from you, Clary- not my heart or my blood or my mind or any other part of me. And I don't want to." ~Jace Wayland
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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You're so easy to tease. And yes, your friend is just fine. Well, except that he keeps putting all my things away and trying to clean up. Now I can't find anything. He's compulsive.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Magnus, standing by the door, snapped his fingers impatiently. "Move it along, teenagers. The only person who gets to canoodle in my bedroom is my magnificent self." "Canoodle?" repeated Clary, never having heard the word before. "Magnificent?" repeated Jace, who was just being nasty. Magnus growled. The growl sounded like "Get out.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Clary felt suddenly annoyed. "When the self-congratulatory part of the evening is over, maybe we could get back to saving my best friend from being exsanguinated to death?" "Exsanguinated," said Jace, impressed. "That's a big word." "And you're a big-" "Tsk tsk," he interupted. "No swearing in church.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Watching Jace hug Isabelle, she tried to school her features into a happy and loving expression. "Are you all right?" Simon asked, with some concern. "Your eyes are crossing.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Some guys look at you like they only want sex. Jace looks at you like you've had sex - it was great and now you're just friends. Drives girls crazy. Know what I mean?" Yes. Clary thought. "No." Clary said.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Basia coquum," Simon said. "Or whatever their motto is." "It's 'Descensus Averno facilis est.' 'The descent into hell is easy," said Alec. "You just said "Kiss the cook." "Dammit," said Simon. "I knew Jace was screwing with me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Sebastian just smiled. β€œI could hear your heart beating,” he said softly. β€œWhen you were watching me with Valentine. Did it bother you?” β€œThat you seem to be dating my dad?” Jace shrugged. "You’re a little young for him, to be honest.” β€œWhat?” For the first time since Jace had met him, Sebastian seemed flabbergasted.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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I get the feeling," Alec said, and smiled, "she hasn't forgiven me for betraying you, as she sees it." "Good girl," said Jace with appreciation. "I didn't betray you, idiot." "It's the thought that counts.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Out of the corner of her eye she thought she saw Jace shoot her a look of white rage - but when she glanced at him, he looked as he always did: easy, confident, slightly bored. "In future, Clarissa," he said, "it might be wise to mention that you already have a man in your bed, to avoid such tedious situations." "You invited him into bed?" Simon demanded, looking shaken. "Ridiculous, isn't it?" said Jace. "We would never have all fit." "I didn't invite him into bed," Clary snapped. "We were just kissing." "Just kissing?" Jace's tone mocked her with its false hurt. "How swiftly you dismiss our love.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you." Jace's eyebrows went up. "Hotter than me?" "It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically." "Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I stabbed you. With a massive sword. You caught on fire." His lips twitched, almost imperceptibly. "Okay, so maybe our problems aren't like other couples.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle. "It means that love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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As far as I’m concerned, this is the worst thing that’s happened since I found out why Magnus was banned from Peru.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Actually," said Jace, "I prefer to think that I'm a liar in a way that's uniquely my own.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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You're not going," he said as soon as she'd finished. "If I have to tie you up and sit on you until this insane whim of yours passes, you are not going to Idris." - Jace
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy. Answers to 'Jace' or 'Hot Stuff
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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The thing about the Mirror is that no one knows where it is. In fact, no one knows what it is.” "It’s a mirror,” Simon said. β€œYou know – reflective, glass. I’m just assuming.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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It's a coffee cup." She could hear the irritation in her own voice. "I know it's a coffee cup." "I can't wait till you draw something really complicated, like the Brooklyn Bridge or a lobster. You'll probably send me a singing telegram.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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It's not funny, Jace," Alec interrupted, starting to his feet. "Are you just going to let her stand there and call me names?" "Yes," Jace said kindly. "It'll do you good-- try to think of it as endurance training.
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Cassandra Clare
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Hey," said Jace. who was sitting on an overturned speaker, looking at his cellphone, "do you want to see a photo of Alec and Magnus in Berlin?" "Not really," said Simon. "Magnus is wearing lederhosen." "And yet, still no.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Alec keeps sending me annoying photos. Lots of captions like Wish you were here, except not really.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Something inside Clary cracked and broke, and words came pouring out. 'What do you want me to tell you? The truth? The truth is that I love Simon like I should love you, and I wish he was my brother and you weren't, but I can't do anything about that and neither can you!
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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He looks," Simon had once said to Isabelle, "like he's thinking about something deep and meaningful, but if you ask him what it is, he'll punch you in the face.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I can only assume," said Jace, "that mortal emotions amuse you because you have none of your own.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Enough, both of you,' Clary said. 'You can't be complete jerks to each other forever, you know.' Technically,' said Simon, 'I can.' Jace made an inelegant noise; after a moment Clary realized that he was trying not to laugh, and only semi-succeeding.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Don't tell me," Jace said, "Simon's turned himself into an ocelot and you want me to do something about it before Isabelle makes him into a stole. Well, you'll have have to wait till tomorrow. I'm out of commission." He pointed at himself - he was wearing blue pajamas with a hole in the sleeve. "Look. Jammies." "Jace," Clary said, "this is important." "Don't tell me," he said. "You've got a drawing emergency. You need a nude model. Well, I'm not in the mood. You could always ask Hodge," he said as an afterthought. "I hear he'll do anything for a -" "JACE!" she interrupted him, her voice rising to a scream. "JUST SHUT UP FOR A SECOND AND LISTEN, WILL YOU?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Look, did you ask me to come all the way uptown just so you could stare at me like I was something in a petri dish? Next time I'll send you a photo." "And I'll frame it and put it on my nightstand," said Jace.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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If you knew how to cook, maybe I would eat," Jace muttered. Isabelle froze, her spoon poised dangerously. "What did you say?" Jace edged toward the fridge. "I said I'm going to look for a snack to eat." That's what I thought you said." Isabelle turned her attention to the soup.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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There is no pretending",Jace said with absolute clarity."I love you,and I will love you until I die,and if there's a life after that,I'll love you then." She caught her breath.He had said it-the words there was no going back from.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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If there were such a thing as terminal literalism, you'd have died in childhood.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Isabelle drifted over, Jace a pace behind her. She was wearing a long black dress with boots and an even longer cutaway coat of soft green velvet, the color of moss. "I can't believe you did it!" she exclaimed. "How did you get Magnus to let Jace leave?" "Traded him for Alec," Clary said. Isabelle looked mildly alarmed. "Not permanently?" "No," said Jace. "Just for a few hours. Unless I don't come back," he added thoughtfully. "In which case, maybe he does get to keep Alec. Think of it as a lease with an option to buy." Isabelle looked dubious. "Mom and Dad won't be pleased if they find out." "That you freed a possible criminal by trading away your brother to a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog and dresses like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Simon inquired. "No, probably not.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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You're pining," said Jace. Alec shrugged. "Look who's talking. 'oh I love her. Oh, she's my sister. Oh why, why, whyβ€”
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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White for Shadowhunters is the color of funerals," Luke explained. β€œ But for mundanes, Jace, it’ s the color of weddings. Brides wear white to symbolize their purity.” β€œI thought Jocelyn said her dress wasn’t white,” Simon said. β€œWell,” said Jace, β€œI suppose that ship has sailed.” Luke choked on his coffee.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Clary screamed out loud as he fell like a stone- And landed lightly on his feet just in front of her. Clary stared with her mouth open as he rose up out of a shallow crouch and grinned at her. "If I made a joke about just dropping in," he said, "would you write me off as a clichΓ©?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I never cared,” he said. β€œI wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, β€œfor three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually know how to make a pie.” He paused, clearly waiting. Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, β€œAnd three?” β€œBecause I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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So you're trying to make her happy despite the fact that the reason she's unhappy in the first place is you," said Simon, not very kindly. "That seems contradictory, doesn't it?" "Love is a contradiction," said Jace.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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You don't get to decide," she said, "where I go, or when." "I know." His voice was ragged. "I've always known that about you. I don't know why I had to fall in love with someone who's more stubborn than I am.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I think they’ll probably put that on my gravestone. β€˜He Was Heterosexual and Had Low Expectations.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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They think they're better than everyone else." "No," said Jace. "I think I'm better than everyone else. An opinion that has been backed up with ample evidence." Kyle looked at Simon. "Does he always talk like this?" "Yes.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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She turned back to Jace. "Do you have to be so-," she began, but stopped when she saw his face. It looked stripped down, oddly vulnerable. "Unpleasant?" he finishes for her. "Only at days when my adoptive mother tosses me out of the house with instructions never to darken her door again. Usually I'm remarkably good-natured. Try me on any day that doesn't end in y.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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All that existed was Jace; all she felt, hoped, breathed, wanted, and saw was Jace. Nothing else mattered.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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My hair is naturally blonde... Just for the record. ~ Jace
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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I should have warned her about your habit of never doing what you're told." Jace squinted at her. "Are those Isabelle's clothes? They look ridiculous on you." "I could point out that you burned my clothes." -Jace and Clary pg. 63
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Jem: Come in. Jace: Where's Brother Zachariah? Jem: I'm right here. Jace Herondale. And once more a Herondale is the object of my deliverance. I should have anticipated.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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I love you Clary. More then I ever-- God. More than i probably should. You know that, don't you?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Well, when I was five, I wanted my mother to let me go around and around inside a dryer with the clothes,” Clary said. β€œThe difference is, she didn’t let me.” β€œProbably because going around and around in a dryer can be fatal,” Jace pointed out, β€œwhereas pasta is rarely fatal. Unless Isabelle makes it.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Every time I think I'm missing a piece of me, you give it back.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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And quit baring your fangs at me. It's making me nervous." "Good," Simon said. "if you want to know why, it's because you smell like blood." "It's my cologne. Eau de Recent Injury." Jace raised his left hand.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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We can buy you one of those books they have for little kids 'Timmy Has Two Dads'. Except I don't think they have one called 'Timmy Has Two Dads and One of Them Was Evil'. That part you're just going to have to work through on your own.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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He made a sound like a choked laughed before he reached out and pulled her into her arms. She was aware of Luke watching them from the window, but she shut her eyes resolutely and buried her face against Jace's shoulder. He smelled of salt and blood, and only when his mouth came close to her ear did she understand what he was saying, and it was the simplest litany of all: her name, just her name.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Medium clever,” Simon acknowledged. β€œLike a cross between George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven and those MythBusters guys, but, you know, better-looking.” β€œI’m always so glad I have no idea what you’re vacantly chattering about,” said Jace. β€œIt fills me with a sense of peace and well-being.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I should have guessed you were Jace's sister," he said. "You both have the same artistic talent." Clary paused, her foot on the lowest stair. She was taken aback. "Jace can draw?" Nah." When Alec smiled, his eyes lit like blue lamps and Clary could see what Magnus had found so captivating about him. "I was just kidding. He can't draw a straight line.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Look, I asked you here for a reason. Much as I hate to admit it, vampire, we have something in common." "Totally awesome hair?" Simon suggested.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Love is a contradiction.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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You're my sister," he said finally. "My sister, my blood, my family. I should want to protect you" - he laughed soundlessly and without any humor - "to protect you from the sort of boys who want to do with you exactly what I want to do." Clary's breath caught. "You said you just wanted to be my brother from now on." "I lied," he said.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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I will have you know I practiced that speech. In front of a mirror before you got here." "So what do you think it meant?" "I'm not sure," Jace admitted, "but I know I look damn good delivering it.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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You think she’ll be able to talk sense into him?” she asked. β€œHis sister?” "If he listens to anyone, it would be her.” β€œThat’s sweet,” said Maia. β€œThat he loves his sister like that.” β€œYeah,” Simon said. β€œIt’s precious
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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He's my neophyte Downworlder to mock and boss around, not yours.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Beautiful. He'd called her beautiful. Nobody had ever called her that before, except her mother, which didn't count. Mothers were required to think you were beautiful.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Aren’t they supposed to be hiring someone else to train me full-time anyway?” β€œYes,” he said, getting up and pulling her to her feet along with him,β€œ and I’m worried that if you get into the habit of making out with your instructors, you’ll wind up making out with him, too.” β€œ Don’t be sexist. They could find me a female instructor.” β€œIn that case you have my permission to make out with her, as long as I can watch.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Jace's eyes sparkled, but he said calmly, "Not at all. the Silent Brothers can help her retrieve her memories." "You hate the Silent Brothers," protested Isabelle. "I don't hate them," said Jace candidly."I'm afraid of them. It's not the same thing." "I thought you said they were libarians," said Clary. "They are librarians." Simon whistled. "Those must be some killer late fees.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Just because you said dragon demons were extinctβ€”" "I said mostly extinct." Alec jabbed a finger toward him. "Mostly extinct," he said, his voice trembling with rage, "is NOT EXTINCT ENOUGH." "I see," said Jace. "I'll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from 'almost extinct' to 'not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.' Will that make you happy?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I'm not an angel, Jace," she repeated. "I don't return library books. I steal illegal music off the internet. I lie to my mom. I am completely ordinary.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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By the Angel," Jace said, looking the demon up and down. "I knew Greater Demons were meant to be ugly, but no one ever warned me about the smell." Abbadon opened its mouth and hissed. Inside its mouth were two rows of jagged glass-sharp teeth. "I'm not sure about this wind and howling darkness business," Jace went on, "smells more like landfill to me. You sure you're not from Staten Island?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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You and your name-dropping. 'I knew Michael'. 'I knew Sammael'. 'The angel Gabriel did my hair'. It's like I'm with the Band with biblical figures.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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This is bad," said Jace. "You said that before." "It seemed worth repeating.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Alec looked down at the shattered pieces in disbelief. β€œYou BROKE my PHONE.” Jace shrugged. β€œGuys don’t let other guys keep calling other guys. Okay, that came out wrong. Friends don’t let friends keep calling their exes and hanging up. Seriously. You have to stop.” Alec looked furious. β€œSo you broke my brand new phone? Thanks a lot.” Jace smiled serenely and lay back on the grass. β€œYou’re welcome.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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Fresh is better. But you've never drunk fresh blood. Have you?" Simon raised his eyebrow in response. "Well, aside from mine of course," Jace said. "And I'm pretty sure my blood is fan-tastic.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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A pair of werewolves occupied another booth. They were eating raw shanks of lamb and arguing about who would win in a fight: Dumbledore from Harry Potter books or Magnus Bane. "Dumbledore would totally win," said the first one. "He has the badass Killing Curse." The second lycanthrope made a trenchant point. "But Dumbledore isn't real." "I don't think Magnus Bane is real either," scoffed the first. "Have you ever met him?" "This is so weird," said Clary, slinking down in her seat. "Are you listening to them?" "No. It's rude to eavesdrop," said Jace.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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The rat, huddled in the hollow of her palms, squeaked glumly. Delighted, she hugged him to her chest. "Oh poor baby," she crooned, almost as if he really were a pet. "Poor Simon, it'll be fine, I promise-" "I wouldn't feel too sorry for him," Jace said. "That's probably the closest he's ever gotten to second base." "Shut up!" Clary glared at Jace furiously, but she did loosen her grip on the rat.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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And I would do it again. I love you, Jace Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood-whatever you want to call yourself. I don't care. I love you and I will always love you, and pretending it could be any other ways is just a waste of time.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Jace perched on the windowsill and looked down at him. "You really don't get this bodyguard thing, do you?" "I didn't even think you liked me all that much," said Simon. "Is this one of those keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies-closer things?" "I thought it was keep your friends close so you have someone to drive the car when you sneak over to your enemy's house a night and throw up in his mailbox." "I'm pretty sure that's not it
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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It's a girl," Jace said, recovering his composure. "Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Jace likes to pretend that everyone isn’t talking about him, even when he knows they are.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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We shouldn’t,” protested Isabelle. β€œThe Clave has a plan.” β€œThe Clave has the collective intelligence of a pineapple,” said Jace. Alec blinked up at them. β€œJace is right.” Isabelle turned on her brother. β€œWhat do you know? You weren’t even paying attention.” β€œI was,” Alec said, injured. β€œI said Jace was right.” β€œYeah, but there’s like a 90% chance of me being right most of the time, so that’s not proof you were listening,” said Jace. β€œThat’s just a good guess.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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Why are you always trying to get yourself killed?" "It's my job." "It's a hazard of your job. At least for most Shadowhunters. For you it seems to be the purpose.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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You don't believe me?" Jace asked. "Fine. Go ahead. Kiss me right now." Alec stared at him in horror. "Exactly. Despite my staggering good lucks, you actually don't like me that way.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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If we're going to the Silent City, you might want to get dressed. I mean, I appreciate the bra-and-panties look, but I don't know if the Silent Brothers will. There are only a few of the left, and I don't want them to die of excitement.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Even the Inquisitor's eyebrows shot up when Magnus strode through the gate. The High Warlock was wearing black leather pants, a belt with a buckle in the shape of a jeweled M, and a cobalt-blue Prussian military jacket open over a white lace shirt. He shimmered with layers of glitter. His gaze rested for a moment on Alec's face with amusement and a hint of something else before moving on to Jace, prone on the ground. "Is he dead?" he inquired. "He looks dead." "No," snapped Maryse. "He's not dead." "Have you checked? I could kick him if you want." Magnus moved toward Jace. "Stop that!" the Inquisitor snapped, sounding like Clary's third-grade teacher demanding that she stop doodling on her desk with a marker.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I can't believe he didn't have the dignity and presence of mind just to get drunk and pass out in some gutter," said Jace. "I must say, I'm disappointed in the little fellow.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I've never felt so... light.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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She pulled away. "That doesn't make any sense." "Neither does this," he said, "but I don't care. I'm sick of trying to pretend I can live without you. Don't you understand that? Can't you see it's killing me?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Haven't you ever heard that modesty is an attractive trait?" "Only from ugly people," Jace confided. "The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me." He winked at the girls, who giggled and hid behind their hair.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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And I don’t see how Sebastian can be all that fond of Jace, either. He was horribly jealous of him all his life. He thought Jace was Valentine’s favorite,” added Clary. β€œNot to mention,” Magnus noted, β€œthat Jace killed him. That would put anyone off.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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You look lousy,' he said. Jace blinked. 'Seems an odd time to start an insult contest, but if you insist, I could probably think up something good.' 'No I mean it. You don't look good.' 'This is from a guy ho has all the sex appeal of a penguin. Look, I realize you may be jealous that the good Lord didn't deal you the same chiseled hand he dealt me, but that's no reason to-' 'I am not trying to insult you.' Simon snapped.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Jace?" "Yeah?" "How did you know I had Shadowhunter blood? Was there some way you could tell?" The elevator arrived with a final groan. Jace unlatched the gate and slid it open. The inside reminded Clary of a birdcage, all black metal and decorative bits of gilt. "I guessed," he said, latching the door behind them. "It seemed like the most likely explanation." "You guessed? You must have been pretty sure, considering you could have killed me." He pressed a button in the wall, and the elevator lurched into action with a vibrating groan that she felt all through the bones in her feet. "I was ninety percent sure." "I see," Clary said. There must have been something in her voice, because he turned to look at her. Her hand cracked across his face, a slap that rocked him back on his heels. He put a hand to his cheek, more in surprise than pain. "What the hell was that for?" The other ten percent," she said, and they rode the rest of the way down to the street in silence.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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What's this?" "That's a mango." Simon stared at Jace. Sometimes it really is like Shadowhunters were from an alien planet. "I don't think I've seen one of those that wasn't already cut up," Jace mused. "I like mangoes." Simon grabbed the mango and tossed it into the cart. "Great. What else do you like?" Jace pondered for a moment. "Tomato soup," he said finally. "Tomato soup? You want tomato soup and a mango for dinner?" Jace shrugged. "I don't really care about food.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Take off your shirt." Jace raised his eyebrows. "I'm not going to attack you," she said impatiently. "I can take the sight of your naked chest without swooning." "Are you sure?" he asked, obediently sliding the shirt off his shoulders. "Because viewing my naked chest has caused many women to seriously injure themselves stampeding to get to me.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Magnus rolled onto his back and put his feet up on the arm of the sofa. β€œWhat do you care if Alec’s miserable?” β€œWhat do I care?” Jace said, so loudly that Chairman Meow rolled off the couch and landed on the floor. β€œOf course I care about Alec; he’s my best friend, my parabatai. And he’s unhappy. And so are you, by the look of things. Takeout containers everywhere, you haven’t done anything to fix up the place, your cat looks dead β€”β€œ β€œHe’s not dead.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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Clary stopped dead in her tracks. "Simon?" "Oh, God," said Jace, sounding resigned. "And here I'd actually hoped I'd got hold of something interesting." -Clary and Jace pg. 114
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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My shoulder will never be the same. I expect you to nurse me back to health.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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JACE WAYLAND," she said. "Explain yourself." Jace was glaring at the cat. "I told you to bring me to Alec! Backstabing Judas." Church rolled onto his back, purring contentedly.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Herondales." Zachariah's voice was a breath, half laughter, half pain. "I had almost forgotten. No other family does so much for love, or feels so much guilt for it. Don't carry the weight of the world on you, Jace. It's too heavy for even a Herondale to bear.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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Now very much against her will, she thought of the way Jace had looked at her then, the blaze of faith in his eyes, his belief in her. He had always thought she was strong. He had showed it in everything he did, in every look and every touch. Simon had faith in her too, yet when he'd held her, it had been as if she were something fragile, something made of delicate glass. But Jace had held her with all the strength he had, never wondering if she could take it--he'd known she was as strong has he was.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Catching sight of himself in the long mirrors that ran along the walls, he stiffened in shock...His eyes were surrounded by black shadows, his shirt smeared with dried blood and filthy mud... "Admiring yourself?" The Inquisitor's voice cut through his reverie. "You won't look so pretty when the Clave gets through with you." "You do seem obsessed with my look...Could it be that you're attracted to me?" "Don't be revolting...You could be my son.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Just take the weapon you hold in your hand and drive it through his heart," Valentine's voice was soft. "One simple motion. Nothing you haven't done before." Jace met his father's stare with a level gaze. "I saw Agramon," he said. "It had your face." "You saw Agramon?" The Soul-Sword glittered as Valentine moved toward his son. "And you lived?" "I killed it." "You killed the Demon of Fear, but you won't kill a single vampire, not even at my order?" Jace stood watching Valentine without expression. "He's a vampire, that's true," he said. "But his name is Simon.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I'm glad you think this is funny." "You're not happy to see me, then?" Jace asked. "I have to say, I'm surprised. I've always been told my presence brightened up any room. One might think that went doubly for dank underground cells.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Hey, pretty thing," he said. "What's in the bag?" "Holy water," said Jace, reappearing beside her as if he'd been conjured up like a genie. A sarcastic blond genie with a bad attitude. "Oooh, a Shadowhunter," said the vampire. "Scary." With a wink he melted back into the crowd. "Vampires are such prima donnas," Magnus sighed from the doorway. "Honestly, I don't know why I have these parties." "Because of your cat," Clary reminded him. Magnus perked up. "That's true. Chairman Meow deserves my every effort.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Romanian? That's impressive," said Jace. "Not many people speak it." "Do you?" Sebastian asked with interest. "Not really," Jace said with a smile so disarming Simon knew he was lying. "My Romanian is pretty much limited to useful phrases like, 'Are these snakes poisonous?' and 'But you look much too young to be a police officer.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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This time Magnus answered it, his voice booming through the tiny entryway. "WHO DARES DISTURB MY REST?" Jace looked almost nervous. "Jace Wayland. Remember? I'm from the Clave." "Oh, yes." Magnus seemed to have perked up. "Are you the one with the blue eyes?" "He means Alec," Clary said helpfully. "No. My eyes are usually described as golden," Jace told the intercom. "And luminous." "Oh, you're that one." Magnus sounded disappointed. If Clary hadn't been so upset, she would have laughed. "I suppose you'd better come up.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Was it weird hearing from Jace?" asked Simon, his voice carefully neutral. "I mean, since you found out..." His voice trailed off. Yes?"said Clary, her voice sharply edged. "Since I found out what? That he's a killer transvestite who molests cats?" No wonder that cat of his hates everyone." Oh, shut up, Simon," Clary said crossly.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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He grinned. It was a wicked grin, the kind that made the blood in Clary's veins run a little faster. "You want to go on a date?" Caught off guard, she stammered. "A wh-what?" "A date," Jace repeated. "Often 'a boring thing you have to memorize in history class,' but in this case, 'an offering of an evening of blisteringly white-hot romance with yours truly." "Really?" Clary was not sure what to make of this. "Blisteringly white-hot?" "It's me," said Jace. "Watching me play Scrabble is enough to make most women swoon. Imagine if I actually put in some effort.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Simon stepped between them. β€œI’m not going to let you fight with each other.” β€œAnd what are you going to do about it if . . . Oh.” Jace's gaze trailed up to Simon’s forehead, and he grinned reluctantly. β€œ So basically you’re threatening to turn me into something you can sprinkle on popcorn if I don’t do what you say?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Clary, Despite everything, I can't bear the thought of this ring being lost forever, any more then I can bear the thought of leaving you forever. And though I have no choice about the one, at least I can choose about the other. I'm leaving you our family ring because you have as much right to it as I do. I'm writing this watching the sun come up. You're asleep, dreams moving behind your restless eyelids. I wish I knew what you were thinking. I wish I could slip into your head and see the world the way you do. I wish I could see myself the way you do. But maybe I dont want to see that. Maybe it would make me feel even more than I already do that I'm perpetuating some kind of Great Lie on you, and I couldn't stand that. I belong to you. You could do anything you wanted with me and I would let you. You could ask anything of me and I'd break myself trying to make you happy. My heart tells me this is the best and greatest feeling I have ever had. But my mind knows the difference between wanting what you can't have and wanting what you shouldn't want. And I shouldn't want you. All night I've watched you sleeping, watched the moonlight come and go, casting its shadows across your face in black and white. I've never seen anything more beautiful. I think of the life we could have had if things were different, a life where this night is not a singular event, separate from everything else that's real, but every night. But things aren't different, and I can't look at you without feeling like I've tricked you into loving me. The truth no one is willing to say out loud is that no one has a shot against Valentine but me. I can get close to him like no one else can. I can pretend I want to join him and he'll believe me, up until that last moment where I end it all, one way or another. I have something of Sebastian's; I can track him to where my father's hiding, and that's what I'm going to do. So I lied to you last night. I said I just wanted one night with you. But I want every night with you. And that's why I have to slip out of your window now, like a coward. Because if I had to tell you this to your face, I couldn't make myself go. I don't blame you if you hate me, I wish you would. As long as I can still dream, I will dream of you. _Jace
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Where's Simon?" Clary interrupted. Isabelle wobbled. "He's a rat," she said darkly. Did he do something to you?" Alec was full of brotherly concern. "Did he touch you? If he tried anything-" No, Alec," Isabelle said irritably. "Not like that. He's a rat." She's drunk," said Jace, beginning to turn away in disgust. I'm not," Isabelle said indignantly. "Well, maybe a little, but that's not the point. The point is, Simon drank one of those blue drinks- I told him not to, but he didn't listen- and he turned into a rat.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Then you're aping him. Valentine was one of the most arrogant and disrespectful men I've ever met. I suppose he brought you up to be just like him." "Yes," Jace said, unable to help himself, "I was trained to be an evil mastermind from a young age. Pulling the wings off flies, poisoning the earth's water supply β€” I was covering that stuff in kindergarten. I guess we're all just lucky my father faked his own death before he got to the raping and pillaging part of my education, or no one would be safe.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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The surface of the pond was green with fallen leaves. "How could you have been happy there? I know what you thought, but Valentine was a terrible father. He killed your pets, lied to you, and I know he hit you- don't even try to pretend he didn't." A flicker of a smile ghosted across Jace's face. "Only on alternate Thursdays.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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A parabatai. Like he was. And Jace knew, too, what that faded rune meant: a parabatai whose other half was dead. He felt his sympathy leap toward Brother Zachariah, as he imagined himself without Alec, with only that faded rune to remind him where once he had been bonded to someone who knew all the best and worst parts of his soul.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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Oh, you know. Jace reminds me of an old boyfriend. Some guys look at you like they want sex. Jace looks at you like you've already had sex, it was great, and now you're just friends--even though you want more. Drives girls crazy. You know what I mean?" Yes, Clary thought. "No," she said. pg. 280
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Yeah, well, you clearly also couldn't be bothered to call me and tell me you were shacking up with some dyed-blond wanna-be goth you probably met at Pandemonium. After I spent the past three days wondering if you were dead." "I was not shacking up," Clary said, glad of the darkness as the blood rushed to her face. "And my hair is naturally blond," said Jace. "Just for the record." Simon, Clary, and Jace, pg. 115
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Do you remember,” he said, β€œwhen we first met and I told you I was ninety percent sure putting a rune on you wouldn’t kill youβ€”and you slapped me in the face and told me it was for the other ten percent?” Clary nodded. β€œI always figured a demon would kill me,” he said. β€œA rogue Downworlder. A battle. But I realized then that I just might die if I didn’t get to kiss you, and soon.” Clary licked her dry lips. β€œWell, you did,” she said. β€œKiss me, I mean.” He reached up and took a curl of her hair between his fingers. He was close enough that she could feel the warmth of his body, smell his soap and skin and hair. β€œNot enough,” he said, letting her hair slip through his fingers. β€œIf I kiss you all day every day for the rest of my life, it won’t be enough.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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It's Simon. He's missing." "Ah," said Magnus, delicately, "missing what, exactly?" "Missing," Jace repeated, "as in gone, absent, notable for his lack of presence, disappeared." "Maybe he's gone and hidden under something," Magnus suggested. "It can't be easy getting used to being a rat, especially for someone so dim-witted in the first place." "Simon's not dim-witted," Clary protested angrily. "It's true," Jace agreed. "He just looks dim-witted. Really his intelligence is quite average.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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That seems like stealing, doesn't it?" Simon pulled a cup toward him. He drew the lid back. "Ooh. Mochaccino." He looked at Magnus. "Did you pay for these?" "Sure," said Magnus, while Jace and Alec snickered. "I make dollar bills magically appear in their cash register." "Really?" "No." Magnus popped the lid off his own coffee. "But you can pretend I did if it makes you feel better. So, first order of business is what?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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It's my special magical power. I can read your mind when you're thinking dirty thoughts." "So, ninety-five percent of the time." She craned her head back to look up at him. "Ninety-five percent? What's the other five percent?" "Oh, you know, the usual--demons I might kill, runes I need to learn, people who've annoyed me recently, people who've annoyed me not so recently, ducks." "Ducks?
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Isabelle looked at him thoughtfully. "Did you seriously jump thirty feet out of a Malachi Configuration? Did he, Alec?" "He did," Alec confirmed. "I've never seen anything like it." "I've never seen anything like this." Jace lifted a ten-inch dagger from the floor. One of Isabelle's pink brassiers was spread on the wickedly sharp tip. Isabelle snached it off, scowling.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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He grinned. β€œI was trying to remember all the deadly sins the other day,” he said. β€œGreed,envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry…” β€œI’m pretty sure irony isn’t a deadly sin.” β€œI’m pretty sure it is.” β€œLust,” she said. β€œLust is a deadly sin.” β€œAnd spanking.” β€œI think that falls under lust.” β€œI think it should have its own category,” said Jace. β€œGreed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry, lust, and spanking.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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I don't hate you, Jace." "I don't hate you, either." She looked up at him, relieved. "I'm glad to hear thatβ€”" "I wish I could hate you," he said. His voice was light, his mouth curved in an unconcerned half smile, his eyes sick with misery. "I want to hate you. I try to hate you. It would be so much easier if I did hate you. Sometimes I think I do hate you and then I see you and Iβ€”" Her hands had grown numb with their grip on the blanket. "And you what?" "What do you think?" Jace shook his head. "Why should I tell you everything about how I feel when you never tell me anything? It's like banging my head on a wall, except at least if I were banging my head on a wall, I'd be able to make myself stop." Clary's lips were trembling so violently that she found it hard to speak. "Do you think it's easy for me?" she demanded.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Magnus stood up and went to the window. He pushed the curtain back, letting in just enough light to silhouette his hawklike profile. "Blood," he said, half to himself. "I had a dream two nights ago. I saw a city all of blood, with towers made of bone, and blood ran in the streets like water." Simon slewed his eyes over to Jace. "Is standing by the window muttering about blood something he does all the time?" "No," said Jace, "sometimes he sits on the couch and does it.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Let me put it this way, my father believed in a righteous God. Deus volt, that was his motto- 'because God wills it.' It was the Crusaders' motto, and they went into battle and were slaughtered just like my father. And when I saw him lying dead in a pool of his own blood, I knew then that I hadn't stopped believing in God. I'd just stopped believing God cared. There might be a God, Clary, and there might not, but I don't think it matters. Either way we're on our own.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Despite the heat in her face, it felt as if cold needles of ice were running up and down her veins. "What are you doing here?" He drew back slightly, looking disappointed. "That isn't really an answer to my question, you know. I was expecting more of a "Hallelujah Chorus.' I mean, it's not every day your boyfriend comes back from the dead." "I already knew you weren't dead." She spoke through numb lips. "I saw you in the library. With--" "Colonel Mustard?" "Sebastian.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Isabelle and Jace had left the topic of dead Shadowhunters behind and had moved on to something Jace apparently found even more horrifying__Isabelle's date with Simon. "I can't believe he took you to an actual restaurant." Jace was on his feet now, putting away the floor mats and training gear while Isabelle leaned against the wall and played with her new gloves. "I assumed his idea of a date would be making you watch him play World of Warcraft with his nerd friends." "I," Clary pointed out, "am one of his nerd friends, thank you.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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Jace threw his hands up. "So it doesn't work." "Not necessarily," Luke said. "There might simply be nothing going on that might activate it. Perhaps there isn't anything here that Alec is afraid of." Magnus glanced at Alec and raised his eyebrows. "Boo," he said. Jace was grinning. "Come on, surely you've got a phobia or two. What scares you?" Alec thought for a moment. "Spiders," he said. Clary turned to Luke. "Have you got a spider anywhere?" Luke looked exasperated. "Why would I have a spider? Do I look like someone who would collect them?" "No offense," Jace said, "but you kind of do.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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No killing,” Jordan said. β€œWe’re trying to make you feel peaceful, so you don’t go up in flames. Blood, killing, war, those are all non-peaceful things. Isn’t there anything else you like? Rainforests? Chirping birds?” β€œWeapons,” said Jace. β€œI like weapons.” β€œI’m starting to think we have a problematic issue of personal philosophy here.” Jace leaned forward, his palms flat on the ground. β€œI’m a warrior,” he said. β€œI was brought up as a warrior. I didn’t have toys, I had weapons. I slept with a wooden sword until I was five. My first books were medieval demonologies with illuminated pages. The first songs I learned were chants to banish demons. I know what brings me peace, and it isn’t sandy beaches or chirping birds in rainforests. I want a weapon in my hand and a strategy to win.” Jordan looked at him levelly. β€œSo you’re saying that what brings you peace … is war.” β€œNow you get it.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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You’re here!” Isabelle danced up to them in delight, carrying a glass of fuchsia liquid, which she thrust at Clary. β€œHave some of this!” Clary squinted at it. β€œIs it going to turn me into a rodent?” β€œWhere is the trust? I think it’s strawberry juice,” Isabelle said. β€œAnyways, it’s yummy. Jace?” She offered him the glass. β€œI am a man,” he told her, β€œand men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown.” β€œBrown?” Isabelle made a face. β€œBrown is a manly color,” said Jace, and yanked on a stray lock of Isabelle’s hair with his free hand. β€œIn fact, look – Alec is wearing it.” Alec looked mournfully down at his sweater. β€œIt was black,” he said. β€œBut then it faded.” β€œYou could dress it up with a sequined headband,” Magnus suggested, offering his boyfriend something blue and sparkly. β€œJust a thought.” β€œResist the urge, Alec.” Simon was sitting on the edge of a low wall with Maia beside him, though she appeared to be deep in conversation with Aline. β€œYou’ll look like Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu.” β€œThere are worse things,” Magnus observed.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Alec pulled his knees up to his chest and looked thoughtfully at Jace. β€œI know,” he said. β€œI’m not jealous. I always knew, from the first, that everyone thought you were better than me. My dad thought it. The Clave thought it. Izzy and Max looked up to you as the great warrior they wanted to be like. But the day you asked me to be your parabatai, I knew you meant that you trusted me enough to ask me to help you. You were telling me that you weren’t this lone and self-sufficient warrior able to do everything alone. You needed me. So I realized that there was one person who didn’t assume you were better than me. You.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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You're a Shadowhunter," he said. "You know how to deal with injuries." He slid his stele across the table toward her. "Use it." "No," Clary said, and pushed the stele back across the table at him. Jace slammed his hand down on the stele. "Claryβ€”" "She said she doesn't want it," said Simon. "Ha-ha." "Ha-ha?" Jace looked incredulous. "That's your comeback?" Alec, folding his phone, approached the table with a puzzled look. "What's going on?" "We seem to be trapped in an episode of One Life to Waste," Magnus observed. "It's all very dull.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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We need to talk,” she said. β€œAll of us. About what weβ€˜re going to do now.” β€œI was going to watch Project Runway,” said Jace. β€œIts on next.” β€œNo youβ€˜re not,” said Magnus. He snapped his fingers and the TV went off, releasing a small puff of smoke as the picture died. β€œYou need to deal with this.” β€œSuddenly youβ€˜re interested in solving my problems?” β€œIβ€˜m interested in getting my apartment back. Iβ€˜m tired of you cleaning all the time.” Magnus snapped his fingers again menacingly. β€œGet up.” β€œOr youβ€˜ll be the next one to go up in smoke,” said Simon with relish. β€œThere’s no need to clarify my snap,” said Magnus. β€œThe implication was clear in the snap itself.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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Clary wasn't sure what she'd expected -exclamations of delight, perhaps a smattering of applause. Instead there was silence, broken only when Jace said, "Somehow, I thought it would be bigger." Clary looked at the Cup in her hand. It was the size, perhaps, of an ordinary wineglass, only much heavier. Power thrummed through it, like blood through living veins. "It's a perfectly nice size," she said indignantly. "Oh, it's big enough," he said patronizingly, "but somehow I was expecting something… you know." He gestured with his hands, indicating something roughly the size of a house cat. "It's the Mortal Cup, Jace, not the Mortal Toilet Bowl," said Isabelle.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Jace set what he was holding down on the windowsill and reached out to her. She came to lean against him, and his hand slid up under her t-shirt and rested caressingly, possessively, on the small of her back. He bent to kiss her, gently at first, but the gentleness went quickly and soon she was pressed up against the glass of the window, his hands at the hem of her shirt β€” his shirt β€” β€œJace.” She moved a little bit away. β€œI’m pretty sure people down there in the street can see us.” β€œWe could …” He gestured toward the bed. β€œMove…over there.” She grinned. β€œYou said that like it took you a while to come up with the idea.” When he spoke, his voice was muffled against her neck. β€œWhat can I say, you make my thought processes slow down. Now I know what it’s like to be a normal person.” β€œHow … is it?” The things he was doing with his hands under the t-shirt were distracting. β€œTerrible. I’m already way behind on my quota of witty comments for the day.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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Lost in thought, it took her several moments to realize that Jace had been saying something to her. When she blinked at him, she saw a wry grin spread across his face. "What?" she asked, ungraciously. "I wish you'd stop desperately trying to get my attention like this," he said. "It's become embarrassing." "Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt," she told him. "I can't help it. I use my rapier wit to hide my inner pain." "Your pain will be outer soon if you don't get out of traffic. Are you trying to get run over by a cab?" "Don't be ridiculous," he said. "We could never get a cab that easily in this neighborhood.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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But that's not what you said when she walked into the room," said Simon quietly. "You said, 'Why didn't you ever tell me I had a brother?'" "I know." Clary yanked a blade of grass out of the dirt, worrying it between her fingers. "I guess I can't help thinking that if I'd known the truth, I wouldn't have met Jace the way I did. I wouldn't have fallen in love with him." Simon was silent for a moment. "I don't think I've ever heard you say that before." "That I love him?" She laughed, but it sounded dreary even to her ears. "Seems useless to pretend like I don't, at this point. Maybe it doesn't matter. I probably won't ever see him again, anyway." "He'll come back." "Maybe." "He'll come back," Simon said again. "For you.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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The alley and the music all fell away, and there was nothing but her and the rain and Jace, his hands on her. . . He made a noise of surprise, low in his throat, and dug his fingers into the thin fabric of her tights. Not unexpectedly, they ripped, and his wet fingers were suddenly on the bare skin of her legs. Not to be outdone, Clary slid her hands under the hem of his soaked shirt, and let her fingers explore what was underneath: the tight, hot skin over his ribs, the ridges of his abdomen, the scars on his back. This was uncharted territory for her, but it seemed to be driving him crazy: he was moaning softly against her mouth, kissing her harder and harder, as if it would never be enough, not quite enough β€”
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Cassandra Clare (City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4))
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This could be the last night of our lives, certainly the last even barely ordinary one. The last night we go to sleep and get up just as we always have. And all I could think of was that I wanted to spend it with you." Her heart skipped a beat. "Jace-" "I don't mean it like that," he said. "I won't touch you, not if you don't want me to. I know it's wrong - God, it's all kinds of wrong - but I just want to lie down with you and wake up with you, just once, just once ever in my life." There was desperation in his voice. "It's just this one night. In the grand scheme of things, how much can this one night matter?" ...There was nothing she had ever wanted in her life more than she wanted this night with Jace. "Close the curtains, then, before you come to bed," she said. "I can't sleep with this much light in the room.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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His hands lay flat on either side of him, his arms at his sides. He seemed barely to be breathing; she wasn't sure she was breathing herself. She slid her own hand across the bedsheet, just far enough that their fingers touched-so lightly that she would have probably hardly been aware of it had she been touching anyone but Jace; as it was, the nerve endings in her fingertips pricked softly, as if she were holding them over a low flame. She felt him tense beside her and then relax. He had shut his eyes, and his lashes cast fine shadows against the curve of his cheekbones. His mouth curled into a smile as if he sensed her watching him, and she wondered how he would look in the morning, with his hair messed and sleep circles under his eyes. Despite everything, the thought gave her a jolt of happiness. She laced her fingers through his. "Good night," she whispered. With their hands clasped like children in a fairy tale, she fell asleep beside him in the dark.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3))
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Alec isn’t happy,” said Magnus, as if she hadn’t spoken. β€œOf course he isn’t,” Isabelle snapped. β€œJace—” β€œJace,” said Magnus, and his hands made fists at his sides. Isabelle stared at him. She had always thought that he didn’t mind Jace; liked him, even, once the question of Alec’s affections had been settled. Out loud, she said: β€œI thought you were friends.” β€œIt’s not that,” said Magnus. β€œThere are some people β€” people the universe seems to have singled out for special destinies. Special favors and special torments. God knows we’re all drawn toward what’s beautiful and broken; I have been, but some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it’s only by love and sacrifice so great it destroys the giver.” Isabelle shook her head slowly. β€œYou’ve lost me. Jace is our brother, but for Alec β€” he’s Jace’s parabatai too —” β€œI know about parabatai,” said Magnus, his voice rising in pitch. β€œI’ve known parabatai so close they were almost the same person; do you know what happens, when one of them dies, to the one that’s left—” β€œStop it!” Isabelle clapped her hands over her ears, then lowered them slowly. β€œHow dare you, Magnus Bane,” she said. β€œHow dare you make this worse than it is —” β€œIsabelle.” Magnus’ hands loosened; he looked a little wide-eyed, as if his outburst had startled even him. β€œI am sorry. I forget, sometimes . . . that with all your self-control and strength, you possess the same vulnerability that Alec does.” β€œThere is nothing weak about Alec,” said Isabelle. β€œNo,” said Magnus. β€œTo love as you choose, that takes strength. The thing is, I wanted you here for him. There are things I can’t do for him, can’t give him . . .” For a moment Magnus looked oddly vulnerable. β€œYou have known Jace as long as he has. You can give him understanding I can’t. And he loves you.” β€œOf course he loves me. I’m his sister.” β€œBlood isn’t love,” said Magnus, and his voice was bitter. β€œJust ask Clary.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5))
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While this is all very amusing, the kiss that will free the girl is the kiss that she most desires,” she said. β€œOnly that and nothing more.” Jace’s heart started to pound. He met the Queen’s eyes with his own. β€œWhy are you doing this?” … β€œDesire is not always lessened by disgust…And as my words bind my magic, so you can know the truth. If she doesn’t desire your kiss, she won’t be free.” β€œYou don’t have to do this, Clary, it’s a trick—” (Simon) ...Isabelle sounded exasperated. β€˜Who cares, anyway? It’s just a kiss.” β€œThat’s right,” Jace said. Clary looked up, then finally, and her wide green eyes rested on him. He moved toward her... and put his hand on her shoulder, turning her to face him… He could feel the tension in his own body, the effort of holding back, of not pulling her against him and taking this one chance, however dangerous and stupid and unwise, and kissing her the way he had thought he would never, in his life, be able to kiss her again. β€œIt’s just a kiss,” he said, and heard the roughness in his own voice, and wondered if she heard it, too. Not that it matteredβ€”there was no way to hide it. It was too much. He had never wanted like this before... She understood him, laughed when he laughed, saw through the defenses he put up to what was underneath. There was no Jace Wayland more real than the one he saw in her eyes when she looked at him… All he knew was that whatever he had to owe to Hell or Heaven for this chance, he was going to make it count. He...whispered in her ear. β€œYou can close your eyes and think of England, if you like,” he said. Her eyes fluttered shut, her lashes coppery lines against her pale, fragile skin. β€œI’ve never even been to England,” she said, and the softness, the anxiety in her voice almost undid him. He had never kissed a girl without knowing she wanted it too, usually more than he did, and this was Clary, and he didn’t know what she wanted. Her eyes were still closed, but she shivered, and leaned into him β€” barely, but it was permission enough. His mouth came down on hers. And that was it. All the self-control he’d exerted over the past weeks went, like water crashing through a broken dam. Her arms came up around his neck and he pulled her against him… His hands flattened against her back... and she was up on the tips of her toes, kissing him as fiercely as he was kissing her... He clung to her more tightly, knotting his hands in her hair, trying to tell her, with the press of his mouth on hers, all the things he could never say out loud... His hands slid down to her waist... he had no idea what he would have done or said next, if it would have been something he could never have pretended away or taken back, but he heard a soft hiss of laughter β€” the Faerie Queen β€” in his ears, and it jolted him back to reality. He pulled away from Clary before he it was too late, unlocking her hands from around his neck and stepping back... Clary was staring at him. Her lips were parted, her hands still open. Her eyes were wide. Behind her, Alec and Isabelle were gaping at them; Simon looked as if he was about to throw up. ...If there had ever been any hope that he could have come to think of Clary as just his sister, this β€” what had just happened between them β€” had exploded it into a thousand pieces... He tried to read Clary’s face β€” did she feel the same? … I know you felt it, he said to her with his eyes, and it was half bitter triumph and half pleading. I know you felt it, too…She glanced away from him... He whirled on the Queen. β€œWas that good enough?” he demanded. β€œDid that entertain you?” The Queen gave him a look: special and secretive and shared between the two of them. β€œWe are quite entertained," she said. β€œBut not, I think, so much as the both of you.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))