Title: Jace Morgenstern's Unlucky StreakSequel to: Jace Wayland's Unstealthy StalkingCharacters: Chloe/Jace, Lois, Clark, Magnus/Alec, Jocelyn, Luke, Isabelle, others...Rating: T+Disclaimer: Don't ownSummary: Chloe is settling into life as the last Wayland. Lois is training. Jace is highly annoyed with Lois and Jocelyn, who tend to interrupt him and Chloe when he least wants them to. But with Valentine still loose, the Inquisitor breathing down their necks, and an unexpected arrival, they all have more important things to worry about.My version of City of Ashes.
"I just can't believe you're here!" Chloe hugged Lucy tightly, a bright smile on her face. "It's so amazing to see you!"
"Finally, someone who doesn't just freeze up the second they see me and demand to know why I would dare come back." Lucy laughed. "How are you Big Cuz?"
"Happy and shocked to see you! You should've told us you were coming so we could be at the airport to greet you!" Chloe laughed as she pulled away and stared at Lucy. "How are you? You look amazing, and you've grown up so much since the last time I saw you! I can't believe just how much you've changed!"
Lucy smiled brighter. "I've got good genes." She reached out and touched Chloe's hair with her fingerless-gloved hand. "You're growing it out."
Chloe nodded. "I thought it was time for a change."
"I like it. Don't get me wrong, I liked the short flippy style too, but this seems more mature." Lucy smiled brightly. "So, you have a really happy glow to you. Does this mean that Clark Kent finally smartened up and groped your boobs?"
Chloe flushed before she burst into laughter, shaking her head the same time Lois choked on her saliva and cried out: "Don't tell me you ship them together?"
"Why not?" Lucy made a face at her sister before she turned to Chloe. "So it's not Clark? Does that mean some dark horse competitor is the one who has gobbled you up?"
Chloe nodded, clearly highly amused. "Not much gobbling being done yet, unfortunately, but yeah, it's not Clark. You don't know him, I only met him recently."
Lois looked uncomfortable for some reason.
"You'll have to introduce us then." Lucy decided with her hands on her hips before she made a face. "Any idea if Luke's gay? Because Lois has been flashing him her boobs since she was sixteen and if he still hasn't caved in-."
"Shut up!" Lois cried out in horror, going purple in embarrassment. "I have not-! He comes here you know! He could hear you!"
"So? He's not here now. And even if he was it's not like he could hear me even if he was in another room." Lucy rolled her eyes. "Since when have you become so paranoid?"
Since Lois had discovered that Luke was a Downworlder, a werewolf, which meant he most probably would've heard Lucy.
Lucy rolled her eyes and turned to Chloe. "So, tell me about this boyfriend of yours."
"Well, his name is Jace Way-Morgentstern." It was just so hard to think of Jace as a Morgenstern and herself as a Wayland. She just hadn't wrapped her head around that as yet.
"I think I met him tonight!" Lucy grinned.
"It couldn't have been him." Chloe shook her head with a smile. "He's out, uh, working, with his friend Alec."
"I see." Lucy sent Lois a look before she turned to Chloe and smiled. "So tell me about him. How did you two meet?"
Chloe smiled besottedly. "I tripped and fell into him-he caught me. It was very cheesy."
Lucy sent her sister another look before she turned to Chloe once more. "It really does sound cheesy."
"But then again, the whole story is weird and unreal, like out of some sort of romance novel." Lucy leaned back. "I mean, first he's the last Wayland, then he's the heir of Morgentstern and you are the last Wayland." Lucy face a face. "You should've heard the gossip the big wigs were going on with during the whole situation. It still hasn't calmed down. If anything, Valentine's presence, and the fact that he hid his only child amongst the Clave and in one of their Institutions right under their noses, has everyone in an uproar of epic proportions."
"Wait, what?" Chloe's eyes widened in shock, unable to believe everything she'd just heard.
"You know about the Shadow World?" Lois gasped at the same time, obviously just as shocked as the blonde.
Lucy raised an eyebrow. "Where do you think my boarding school is?" She smirked. "Idris." She obviously enjoyed their slack-jaw expressions. "I wasn't born with a blind inner eye so I was shipped off to the Academy as soon as I was old enough. I've been there ever since."
"Why didn't the General tell me the truth once he knew that I'd found out about the Shadow World?" Lois wanted to know.
"Don't ask me." Lucy shrugged. "You know how secretive he is." She made a face. "He wouldn't even let me come home during the holidays because he didn't want you getting suspicious and finding out about what I was. If you ask me, he resented the fact that I wasn't born the way you were."
Lois looked away and Chloe knew that the girl was feeling guilty for not only not knowing about all this, but for also having thought that the reason Lucy never came home was because she just didn't care about the family.
Chloe reached out and grabbed Lucy's hand. "Well, we know now, and this can only bring us closer."
Lucy gazed at Lois in an odd way before she turned to Chloe and hugged her.
Chloe could feel the tension in the air, the unsaid words between the sisters, but she ignored it, sure that no matter what was wrong they'd find a way to work through it.
The door opened. "Chloe, do you know if-?" Jocelyn frowned when she saw the new girl with them.
Chloe pulled away from her cousin and smiled. "Jocelyn, this is my cousin, Lucy. She's Lois' sister." She then turned to Lucy. "Luce, this is Jocelyn, my guardian."
Lucy yanked off her fingerless gloves, baring the Voyance rune on her right hand as she reached it out to Jocelyn. "Nice to meet you."
"You too." Jocelyn's gaze went to the rune before she shook that hand.
Lucy looked her over with curiosity. "So, you're Valentine's wife. You're not what I expected." She looked Jocelyn up and down before she shrugged and shoved her hands in her pants pockets. "Idris is abuzz about your return."
Jocelyn's face was emotionless and her only acknowledgment to that was a curt nod of her head.
"What did they-?" Luke froze behind Jocelyn in the doorway. "Lucy?"
Lucy grinned brightly as she pushed passed Jocelyn and flung herself at Luke. She wrapped her arms around his neck and laughed. "It's been so long, fuzz-ball!"
"Will you stop calling me that?" Luke pouted and yet patted her back with a snort of amusement. "What are you doing here, Luce?"
"Came to check up on all the gossip I've been hearing about Chloe and Valentine's son." Lucy pulled away and punched his shoulder playfully. "How exactly did you allow that to happen? I figured your wolfy protectiveness would keep her away from bad news like that."
"He's not bad news." Chloe defended, before her eyes widened. "Wait, you know about Luke?"
"I grew up in Idris, of course I know." Lucy snorted. "When I realized that Aunt Moira was our father's half sister, I figured out that she had to have been a Shadowhunter and so she must've gone to the same Academy as I did. I started researching her, and realized that she'd been a part of the Uprising. There are pictures in it that have Luke." She gave him a sideways glance. "You have aged well."
He looked highly uncomfortable. "How long have you known?"
"Since I was around nine." Lucy shrugged. "I didn't tell anyone, obviously, but it gave me a shrill of superiority to know all of this when no one else did."
Yep, that sounded like Lucy.
Chloe sat down on the bed, a little tired from these revelations.
"By the way, I've met your sister Amantis." Lucy eyed Luke. "She's... well, you know what she's like."
Luke looked more and more uncomfortable.
Lois, on the other hand, looked highly disturbed by the interaction between Lucy and Luke.
Lucy turned to Jocelyn. "I go to school with your cousin's kid. She is annoying." Her gaze went to Chloe and then back to Jocelyn. "Now that word has come out that Valentine had his kid infiltrated into the Metropolis Institution, being raised amongst them, well, things are uneasy back home. Also the fact that the actual last Wayland is actually a girl, and is with the son of Morgenstern, well, people are talking. A lot."
"What are they saying, exactly?" Jocelyn's eyes narrowed.
"That the Lightwoods knew that Jonathan Wayland was actually Jonathan Morgenstern; that they knew Valentine was still alive and aided him by raising his child in a way that he'd be deep into the workings of the Clave. People are saying that they knowingly helped Hodge Starkweather raise Jonathan Morgenstern in such a way that he would get into a position of trust." Lucy raised an eyebrow. "They're also saying that Valentine sent him, Lois and Chloe back as spies for him. It's the real reason I'm here." She let out a little breath as she turned to her cousin and sister. "Sorry for the subterfuge but I wanted to see how you'd react and if you'd tell me the truth. And from what I see, you haven't hidden anything. And honestly? I don't think that you're spies." She looked at Lois. "You lack the subtlety to pull off something like that and you," she turned to Chloe, "are just way too blindly in love at this moment and I feel that if you're a spy, you're one unknowingly." She made a face. "I can't say anything about Jonathan Morgenstern though. He seems more than able to deceive if you ask me."
"I'm not a spy." Chloe frowned. "None of us are."
"It's not me you have to convince." Lucy made a face. "They're going to send the Inquisitor." Her lips pulled in a grim line. "From what I hear, she's going to be paying the Silent Brothers a visit."
Jocelyn narrowed her eyes. "She's planning on using the Angel Blade on the kids."
"And on you." Lucy's gaze shot to Jocelyn. "No one's too sure you don't know more than you're saying."
Jocelyn's jaw clenched.
"The Angel Blade is one of the Mortal Instruments, right?" Lois looked between them.
"Correct." Luke took in a deep breath as he ran his hands over his face. "The Silent Brothers are its guardians, and the Clave use it whenever they need to interrogate someone. Whoever holds it is unable to lie." He shook his head. "It's also called the Soul-Sword, is used as a tool to compel Nephilim to tell the truth, mostly during trials. It's called a "trial by the Sword". In a trial by the Sword, a suitable judge, such as a Silent Brother or the Concul or Inquisitor, wields the sword and places it in the hands of the one being questioned, and the Sword can't be removed until the judge wills it." He sneered. "Thing is, the Sword is agonizing to bear. I myself haven't had it used against me, but from accounts of others who have, its weight and coldness gives the holder a tingling sensation, as if hooks have embedded their hands onto the sword, and it contributes to the mental pain that truth compulsion triggers."
Chloe narrowed her eyes. "So they want to do that to us?"
Lucy nodded. "Most of all, they want a trial by the Sword for Jonathan Morgenstern, but they will use it on you all. They'll know they can trust what you say under its effects." She made a face. "Hodge Starkweather's betrayal has left everyone paranoid." She looked around her. "Everyone in this room, other than Luke, will be put to trial by the Sword."
"Because Valentine hates Downworlders," Lois whispered.
"Partly because of that," Lucy conceded. "And partly because Downworlders and Mundanes can't be compelled by the Angel Blade."
Chloe's eyes widened at that news. She was about to ask more about the newest Mortal Instrument about to make their lives impossible, when her phone rang. The girl reached for the vibrating device and noticed Jace's number, so she answered immediately. "Jace? Is everything okay?"
"Maryse just returned from Idris and kicked me out of the Institute." Jace sounded vulnerable, like a lost little child. Then again, it was understandable considering that Maryse Lightwood had been the closest thing to a mother that he'd ever known. "She doesn't believe that I didn't know I was Valentine's son. She thinks that I was deceiving them all and that I'm dangerous."
Tears filled Chloe's eyes. "Where are you?"
She hurried to her window and stared out, placing her hand to the glass as she stared down at her boyfriend as he stared up at her, face emotionless and yet eyes shattered.
"I didn't know where else to go." Jace's voice was completely hollow.
Her heart broke as she turned and raced out of the room passed the others and hurried out of the apartment, down the winding steps, and out the front door into Jace's arms. She hid her face in his shirt and held him tightly, unable to hold her tears back when his arms wrapped painfully tight around her and she realized he was shaking with emotion.
Jace would never allow himself to cry, would never let himself be that vulnerable, so she cried for him.
Jocelyn didn't know how to feel about any of this.
First there was Lucy's appearance at such a crucial time, and while she knew that the girls were happy to have the younger Shadowhunter with them, Jocelyn wasn't sure they could trust her. She could easily be a spy, and Jocelyn realized she was going to have to talk to Chloe and Lois separately and warn them about what they said around the other girl. She had a feeling they would be insulted by the very suggestion that Lucy was the wolf set out amongst them, but Jocelyn knew that, considering those girls were being investigated, Lucy would be the perfect person to send to try and collect information from them.
Also, Lucy had been raised in Idris, by the Academy, and would've been taught that the Clave, the safety of Idris, and the well-being of Shadowhunters came before anything else, even family.
"I don't need all of this." Jace raised an eyebrow at Chloe as she kept bringing out more and more blankets and pillows so he could be comfortable on the sofa bed.
Jocelyn let out another sigh.
This was the other situation that had her on edge.
Luke had offered Jace a place to stay once he'd found out what'd happened, but Jocelyn had seen the looks that passed between Luke and Chloe. She's known that as the child's mother she should be the one who let him stay over, and yet it'd been hard to offer him a place under her roof. Admittedly, she was worried he'd come into her room one night and slit her throat, and she hated herself for her aversion and fear of her own son.
If she could accept Chloe, who shared the taint that Jonathan did, then Jocelyn knew that she had to learn to accept her son as well. She needed to get passed the memory of holding the child in her arms right after birth and seeing his eyes turn demon-black the second they opened and trained on her.
Moira was a much better mother than her.
"It gets cold in the night, and there's a spring in that mattress that digs into your spine if you don't have something between you and the mattress other than the sheet." Chloe was all into mothering mode as she made the bed, putting an extra padding over the mattress before she pulled on the sheet. "Otherwise it's a great bed and the few times I've spent on it were restful nights."
Jace stared at Chloe's back as she fluttered around getting things comfortable for him, and the utter adoration and gratitude in his expression was mind-blowing.
Jocelyn had no doubt that her son was genuinely in love with the girl she was raising, and that made things even more awkward and difficult for her.
But she'd been telling herself that she needed to try harder, that she needed to redeem herself, that her son had nearly turned to his evil father's side because of how she'd treated him. This was the opportunity for her to learn what it meant to be a mother to her son, if that was even possible.
Still, she was uneasy with the fact that those two would be sharing a roof.
Hormonal teenagers shouldn't be trusted that close to two beds.
If they were anything like their parents... Jocelyn shivered at the thought as she remembered her own teenaged years, as well as Moira's. They'd been quite wild (which wasn't surprising when one remembered that they'd founded the Circle of Raziel) and the thought of those genes being passed on to these kids, and that that wildness would be enhanced by whatever darkness coursed through their veins...
She shivered and realized she wouldn't be sleeping soundly for a very long time.
They'd dropped Lois off at Magnus', and now they parked outside of the General's home, silence in the car.
Luke turned off the engine with a sigh. "When are you going to tell them the truth as to why you're here?"
Lucy bit the inside of her cheek. "When did you figure it out?"
"As soon as I saw you," he admitted softly.
Lucy licked her lips as she turned in the seat to face him. "Are you going to tell them?" When he shook his head she frowned. "Why not?"
"Because I trust the little girl I knew."
She pursed her lips in thought. "Should you?"
He gave her a small smile.
She despaired with a sigh. "Thanks, Graymark."
She hesitated before she asked something that had been bothering her all night. "What is going on between Lois and Jonathan Morgenstern?"
Luke's eyes narrowed. "What do you mean?"
"They've been meeting in secret for a while now, and it seems to be behind Chloe's back."
Luke stared at Lucy. "How long have you really been back?"
Lucy licked her lips, shifted her gaze away from him, and didn't answer his question. "It's definitely not a romantic rendezvouz, but they're acting suspiciously. They're doing something together that they don't want Chloe to know about." Her gaze rose to Luke. "Any idea what it could be?"
"No." He shook his head. "But whatever it is, I trust those two."
"Should you?" Lucy questioned softly once more. "I'm not too sure you should."
Jace couldn't sleep, and it wasn't because he was uncomfortable on the sofa-bed. While he appreciated Chloe's need to make him comfortable, he was used to sleeping in places that weren't the most ideal while out in the field, and he'd learnt to fall fast asleep even if he merely lay on the ground.
What really bothered him was the look in Maryse's eyes when she'd come back. She'd kept Max from coming to greet him, and had sent everyone else out so she could tell Jace he was a traitor, that he couldn't be trusted, and that she wanted him gone. Now both 'mothers' in his life saw him as a monster and didn't want him.
He knew that Jocelyn hadn't really wanted to offer him a place to stay, and the only reason why he'd accepted her offer was because of Chloe. The blonde hadn't pushed him to accept the offer, but if he'd had to choose, he wanted to be close to her, now more than ever.
He heard the door open softly and turned his head to see Chloe's shadow tiptoeing towards him in the darkness. A small smile tilted his lips as he made space for her on the bed and lifted the sheets so she could slide in next to him.
She did so without a second thought and pressed a kiss to his heart before she rested her cheek against the rapid beats and curled around him. "You shouldn't have turned off your cell. Alec and Isabelle were worried, they'd found out what their mother did and were pissed at her and scared that you'd do something stupid. They both called me and I let them know you were here, safe and sound."
Jace didn't answer, merely pressed a kiss to her forehead.
Chloe sighed as she snuggled closer. "Everything's going to work out, Jace. We'll talk to Maryse and get her to see the truth."
"Why bother?" He wanted to know, finally speaking. "If this Inquisitor is really coming, if we're really going to be tested by the Sword, then just let her hear then that I didn't know and that I didn't betray anyone."
It wouldn't make any difference though, Jace would always know that she had doubted him to this extent, and their relationship would never be the same. His heart mourned for her loss.
"We're going to make them eat their suspicions," Chloe promised with a whisper. "How dare they think you'd do something like that? They're lucky they have you, that you came back!"
He smiled softly at her faithful defense of him. "I wouldn't have come back if it hadn't been for you."
She went silent.
He frowned slightly.
"Do you regret doing so?" Her voice was soft.
Jace reached out, cupped her chin, and tilted her head back so that she could see his face in the darkness. "All that matters to me is that I'm with you."
She visibly searched his eyes before she shifted upwards and kissed his lips.
Jace returned the kiss, his arms curling around her. He moved to shift her underneath him when he heard a deliberate sound from Jocelyn's room that proved that while the door was closed the woman was very much awake and knew what was going on.
A sigh escaped his lips as he pulled them from Chloe's and rested his forehead against hers.
She snuggled closer against him and seemed to settle in for the night.
He breathed in her scent and smiled as he closed his eyes and got comfortable. Slowly, with the sound of her soft breathing, he began to drift off to sleep as well.
He'd deal with all his problems tomorrow.
For tonight all he needed was right here in his arms.