Truth behind closed doors

find out how Alec and Magnus came to terms with their real feelings. will everyone agree or will they be pushed away


9. Un Cyfle Arall (welsh)

Alexander. He’s calling me Alexander again. That means we might still have a chance. I’ve had plenty of chances, but he’s giving me one more chance. One last chance.

    “Alec, call for backup from the Enclave and try to save the survivors.” If there are any. “Isabelle and Jace, start fighting!” Mother was throwing orders at us, and we had a limited amount of time to do carry them out. If we didn’t get there fast enough, more people could die; if more people die, we have failed at what we were created to accomplish. I have to get my emotions out of my mind. Emotions are a distraction. They distract you from what you need to do. As a shadowhunter, you can’t let emotions get to you. If they do, you find a way to ignore them, and you get back to what you need to do. Emotions will get you killed. I sent a message to the Enclave and rushed to find the survivors. There were mundanes all over lying on the grass, colored brown from the drying blood on each single blade beneath them. I walked among the graveyard of lost souls and there was not a single survivor. Every person had their whole chest ripped out. Some even had blood covering their arm as if they were the one to kill the person next to them. It was odd, they were lying dead on the ground in pairs. I stopped to look around me. From where I was, I couldn’t see any unusual formations. I wonder if one could be seen from above. I think I could probably find a balcony near-

    “Alec! Watch out!” What the fu- thud!

    “Fuck! He got knocked out cold,” Jace pointed out.

    “Are there any injuries?” Izzy asked worriedly.

    “By the angel, what happened?” Maryse asked running over to the three siblings.

    “He got knocked out by a demon wing,” Izzy recounted.

    “What?” Maryse asked concerned. I can faintly hear voices.

    “There was demon flying around, and it hit Alec in the back of the head. The demon was probably trying to escape,” Izzy explained worried for her brother’s well-being.

    “We need to check for injuries and get him back to the infirmary,” Jace interjected. I feel like I’m being lifted...Ah! My head feels like it’s going to burst. And what is that extreme warmth I’m feeling on the back of my neck.

    “I think he’s waking up!” Is that Izzy’s voice? “It’s okay Alec, we’re almost back to the institute. It will be okay. It has to be okay.” I’ve never heard her sound so vulnerable. I can’t open my eyes, and I can’t even move my legs. Actually, I can’t move anything. What happened. I don’t remember anything. “We’re back home, Alec. Soon, we’ll be in the infirmary.” I think if I try hard enough, I may be able to open my eyes.

    “Izzy, look! He’s opening his eyes!” Jace yelled excitedly. Yes, finally! I can see.

    “Thank the angel! We’re almost there, Alec. We just walked into the institute.” Izzy...

“We’re nearing the door, brother.” Jace? I don’t know how much longer I can stay awake.

“Jace! He’s closing his eyes!”

“No, Alec! Stay awake! Stay awake! You are not going to die! You hear me?”

“Okay, we’re here. Let’s lay him down on the bed, Jace.”

“Alec, we’re going to look for injuries now. Okay?”

“Shit, Izzy. He’s not responding.”

“He’s still breathing, Jace.”

“Who knows how long that will last if we don’t hurry!”

“He feels so limp, Jace,” Izzy stated defeatedly. The two of them worked together to look for injuries.

“Uh, Izzy? We have a major problem...”

“What! What’s wrong?”

“He has demon poison on the back of his neck.”

“We need Magnus to fix this.”

“I don’t know if Magnus will come...”

“And why is that?”

“Well, him and Alec have hit a rift in their friend-”

“Izzy, I know they were more than friends.”


“Yes. I know Alec more than I know myself. He’s my parabatai. I know everything. He’s never told me, but I could see it.”

“Jace, Magnus was upset Alec wasn’t telling mom and dad about them.”

“Do you really think he’d let Alec die? It’s worth a try to contact him.”

“Phone or fire message?”

“Fire message.” Izzy walked to the corner of the room to retrieve a piece of parchment paper and a pen. Unfortunately, these things have to be written with blood. Izzy sliced her skin open with a dagger in her weapons belt and filled the pen vial with her blood. She quickly applied an iratze to her skin and wrote out the message. She then used her stele to apply the fire rune to the parchment, so it was officially sent. Izzy walked back over to where Jace was by the bed.

“Jace, do you think Magnus will come?”

“Izzy, I don’t believe he’d let Alec die.” They waited for Magnus in silence until Izzy spoke.

“We should have called him. It’s been hours.”

“Izzy, it’s been two minutes.”

“Well, it feels like hours. A call would have been quicker. We would have known if he received it.”

“He probably would have ignored the call. At least a fire message is sure to draw his atten-” Jace was interrupted by the sound of the wall ripping apart. At least, it appeared to be tearing apart. That was, until a swirling appeared, and the image of Magnus became visible. Magnus stepped into the room as his portal dissipated. Izzy and Jace glanced at each other beside themselves. Magnus glanced over at them, but then he stared at the bed behind them.

¨What happened?” Magnus exclaimed. Is that Magnus?

¨He was hit by a demon wing in the back of the head,” Izzy recounted.

¨And there’s poison where the demon hit him,” Jace added. Magnus rushed over by the bedside. It hurt him to see Alec like this. Especially, with the terms they ended on. Magnus touched Alec’s shoulder, so he could use his magic to assess the damage. He started frantically muttering inaudibly under his breath, but Izzy and Jace could see his mouth moving. Izzy was the first to speak up.

“What are you saying?”

“I’m afraid the damage goes deeper than we think,” Magnus replied gravely.

“What do you mean?” Jace questioned.

“I’m not sure yet. I need some things from my apartment. For one, I need werewolf fangs, seelie blood, some hair of a pixie, candles, holy water, and a cauldron.” Magnus listed off quickly. Izzy and Jace rushed off to gather the materials while Magnus stayed with Alec to make attempts at healing him and to also make sure no changes occurred in his condition. Magnus sat beside Alec’s bedside and began to talk to him.

“Alec, try to hold on. I’m positive you can make a full recovery from this. I don’t know if I can fully heal you, but I am going to do my best, Alexander.” Alexander? It is Magnus. I can hear everything, but why am I unable to move my limbs or open my eyes. Why does he sound like he doubts I can make a full recovery? What is that terrible feeling I’m feeling down my spine? It’s agony. First, my heart. Now, my whole body. Except, I can’t feel my legs. There’s only a dull numbness. “Alec, if you survive this, I will give you un cyfle arall.” What does un cyfle arall mean? “I’ll tell you what I mean when you wake up.” Well, now he sounds confident. Wait...what is that noise? It sounds like footsteps.

“Magnus, we got everything you asked for.” That sounds like Jace.

“Good, put them on the table in front of the bed.” Once Jace had set everything down, Magnus got to work. He had a cauldron that had legs that could be pulled out from underneath it, so it could stand up on tables. There was a candle holder in the middle of the pulled out stand. He poured the holy water in the cauldron first. Then, he placed the candle in its holder and lit it. He had to wait for the holy water to begin boiling before he could do anything else, so he started to speak about Alec’s condition. “I think I know what’s wrong, you two.” Jace and Izzy asked at the same time,

“What is it?”

“I think he’s in some sort of shock or paralysis.”

“So he won’t be able to hunt demons anymore?” Jace asked frightened for his parabatai.

“I’m not really sure. It’s very unclear.”

“What do you mean?” Jace asked angrily.

“Jace, don’t get upset with Magnus. It isn’t his fault,” Izzy reasoned. Everyone became silent once they heard the roaring boil of the holy water. Magnus walked over to the cauldron and poured the three test tubes of seelie blood in.

“Two minutes,” Magnus muttered under his breath.

“What?” Jace asked.

“Two minutes before I can add the other stuff,” Magnus replied.

“Magnus, we don’t have that kind of time.”

“With something this serious, it is better to take the time and succeed than to rush and fail,” Magnus wisely stated.

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