It was all I could do not to jump into his arms. He looked so HOT, standing there in only a pair of shorts. His hair was damp, framing a perfect face. I stared at him as he wiped his face. He turned and looked at me. His mouth stretched into that smile that I had come to know extremely well.
"Admiring my beauty, as always," he smirked.
"Jace, stop joking around, and get your butt over here. I seriously need to talk to you," I told him in an extremely solemn voice.
He frowned. "What is it, Clare-Bear?"
"Come here first." I slid across the bed to make room for him.
He draped his towel across our dresser and walked toward me with a concerned expression on his face. He sat down on the sheets and extended an arm around my shoulders. He pulled me close, and lifted my chin with his other hand. He stared deep into my eyes, trying to figure out why I was so sullen.
"Jace . . . . . . . I . . . . . . . . I'm . . . . . . " I broke into a grin. "Pregnant."
"This is amazing, Clary!! A baby!!! Think about it! A baby!! When did you find out? Are you sure about it?"
Clary was still grinning her extremely sexy smile. "I'm sure about it. We ARE going to have a child."
I couldn't believe it. My dreams were coming true! My thoughts were jamming together in a rush. Was it going to be a girl? A boy? Was she actually pregnant? Was I really, truly, going to be the father of Clary's child?
My lips stretched into a grin. I gathered her into my arms and put my lips to hers. She responded quickly, weaving her fingers through my hair. I put one hand on the small of her back and pulled her closer to me. My other hand was on her waist. I felt a wave of protectiveness wash over me; this was MY Clary.
I whispered that,"My love, my Clary." I felt her smile against my lips. She pulled away, and looked up at me. I put a hand on her stomach and looked down at her with love in my eyes. She put her hand on mine.
"Think about it," she murmured, "that's our baby in there." Her eyes were shining with tears of joy. One escaped and rolled down her cheek. She looked up at me.
"We would never have thought this would happen four years ago," she whispered.
"Well, we barely knew each other four years ago," I told her.
"Shut up. You know what I mean," she grinned.
I closed my eyes and moved my mouth in sync with Jace's. I parted my lips and let him explore my mouth with his tongue. Suddenly, I heard the door open. Izzy stepped inside. She took one look at us and slowly backed out of the room. I pulled my mouth away from Jace's, but left my arms around him.
"It's okay! You can come in! We're done now!" I called out to her.
"Are we?" Jace had a mischievous look in his eye.
I swatted him with a pillow and turned to look at Isabelle.
"Izzy, can you tell everyone to meet at the library in fifteen minutes? We have something we'd like to tell you guys," I told her.
Isabelle replied,"Okay! Sure - Clary, watch out! Behind you!"
I ducked just as a pillow whizzed over my head and smacked into Izzy's nose.
I turned around and saw Jace howling with laughter, so I grabbed the other pillow and banged his head with it.
"What was that for, you - you - YOU BASTARD?!?!" Izzy bellowed with outrage. She picked up a pillow and was about to fling it at Jace when I spoke up.
"Okay, okay, everyone, calm down," I said, " Izzy, you can go now, and Jace, we can continue what we were doing."
The second the door closed behind Isabelle, Jace tackled me and wrapped his arms around my waist.
"CAREFUL, JACE, the baby!!" I screamed.
"Oh. Right. Sorry," he grinned and bent his head to kiss me.
***15 minutes later***
We were all seated in the library in our home, the New York Institute. Clary reached over and twined her fingers around mine, squeezing my hand. She looked at me with a question in her eyes. I inclined my head in a slight nod. She smiled and stood up. I stood up too, and cleared my throat. Everyone looked at me. Magnus, holding Alec's hand (Magnus was sleeping over) Simon, now a Shadowhunter, with his arm around Izzy's shoulders. Maryse and Robert, both a little old but still smiling, and Jocelyn and Luke, who were still together after so many years. A sense of love filled my heart. This was my family, and I would do anything for them.
"Hey, everyone!" Clary began.
"We have something to tell you," I continued.
"I- I- uhhh . . . . I . ." Clary stuttered, unsure of how to deliver the news.
I took over for her. "We are going to have a child!!"
As the news sank in, on by one everybody stood up and started clapping. Luke first, with a look of love in his smiling eyes, then Maryse, who was proud of becoming a grandmother. As Jocelyn stood up, a single tear made its way down her cheek. Isabelle, Alec, Simon, and Magnus were all beaming with joy. Robert finally walked over to me and clapped my back.
"I'm proud of you, son," he told me.
"We all are!" Jocelyn piped up.
Everyone surrounded Clary and I, and gave us their congratulations. Simon walked up to me and said, "I've actually started liking you, Jace! Congrats!" Jocelyn came up to me next and told me, "You'd better take good care of Clary. Pregnancy is hard. I'm watching you!" Then she gave me a motherly kiss on my cheek and hugged me. Everyone came and congratulated us. I wished this moment would last forever. I love my family.