Monday, 21 January 2013

City of Fallen Angels - Chapter 16

“We’re here,” Maureen said to Simon.
She had stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and was looking up at a massive glass-andstone
building that rose above them. It was clearly designed to look like one of the luxury
apartment complexes that had been built on Manhattan’s Upper East Side before the
Second World War, but the modern touches gave it away—the high sheets of windows,
the copper roof untouched by verdigris, the banner signs draping themselves down the
front of the edifice, promising LUXURY CONDOS STARTING AT $750,000 .
Apparently the purchase of one would entitle you to the use of a roof garden, a fitness
center, a heated pool, and twenty-four-hour doorman service, starting in December. At
the moment the place was still under construction, and KEEP OUT: PRIVATE
PROPERTY signs were tacked to the scaffolding that surrounded it.
Simon looked at Maureen. She seemed to be getting used to being a vampire pretty fast.
They had run over the Queensboro Bridge and up Second Avenue to get here, and her
white slippers were shredded. But she had never slowed, and had never seemed surprised
not to have gotten tired. She was looking up at the building now with a beatific
expression, her small face aglow with what Simon could only guess was anticipation.
“This place is closed,” he said, knowing he was stating the obvious. “Maureen—”
“Hush.” She reached out a small hand to pull at a placard attached to a corner of the
scaffolding. It came away with a sound of tearing plasterboard and ripped-out nails.
Some of them rattled to the ground at Simon’s feet. Maureen tossed the square of
plasterboard aside and grinned at the hole she’d made.
An old man who’d been passing by, walking a small plaid-jacketed poodle on a leash,
stopped and stared. “You ought to get a coat on your little sister there,” he said to Simon.
“Skinny thing like that, she’ll freeze in this weather.”
Before Simon could reply, Maureen turned on the man with a ferocious grin, showing all
her teeth, including her needle fangs. “I am not his sister,” she hissed.
The man blanched, picked up his dog, and hurried away.
Simon shook his head at Maureen. “You didn’t need to do that.”
Her fangs had pierced her lower lip, something that had happened to Simon often before
he’d gotten used to them. Thin trickles of blood ran down her chin. “Don’t tell me what
to do,” she said peevishly, but her fangs retracted. She wiped the back of her hand across
her chin, a childish gesture, smearing the blood. Then she turned back to the hole she’d
made. “Come on.”
She ducked through, and he followed her. They passed through an area where the
construction crew had clearly dumped their junk. There were broken tools lying around,
smashed bricks, old plastic bags, and Coke cans littering the ground. Maureen lifted her
skirts and picked her way daintily through the wreckage, a look of disgust on her face.
She hopped over a narrow trench, and up a row of cracked stone steps. Simon followed.
The steps led to a set of glass doors, propped open. Through the doors was an ornate
marble lobby. A massive unlit chandelier hung from the ceiling, though there was no
light to spark off its pendant crystals. It would have been too dark in the room for a
human to see at all. There was a marble desk for a doorman to sit at, a green chaise
longue beneath a gilt-edged mirror, and banks of elevators on either side of the room.
Maureen hit the button for the elevator, and to Simon’s surprise, it lit.
“Where are we going?” he asked.
The elevator pinged, and Maureen stepped in, Simon behind her. The elevator was
paneled in gold and red, with frosted glass mirrors on each of the walls. “Up.” She hit the
button for the roof and giggled. “Up to Heaven,” she said, and the doors closed.
“I can’t find Simon.”
Isabelle, who had been leaning against a pillar in the Ironworks and trying not to brood,
looked up to see Jordan looming over her. He really was most unreasonably tall, she
thought. He had to be at least six foot two. She had thought he was very attractive the
first time she’d seen him, with his tousled dark hair and greenish eyes, but now that she
knew he was Maia’s ex, she had moved him firmly into the mental space she reserved for
boys who were off-limits.
“Well, I haven’t seen him,” she said. “I thought you were supposed to be his keeper.”
“He told me he was going to be right back. That was forty minutes ago. I figured he was
going to the bathroom.”
“What kind of guardian are you? Shouldn’t you have gone to the bathroom with him?”
Isabelle demanded.
Jordan looked horrified. “Dudes,” he said, “do not follow other dudes to the bathroom.”
Isabelle sighed. “Latent homosexual panic will do you in every time,” she said. “Come
on. Let’s look for him.”
They circled the party, moving in and out among the guests. Alec was sulking alone at a
table, playing with an empty champagne glass. “No, I haven’t seen him,” he said in
response to their question. “Though admittedly I haven’t been looking.”
“Well, you can search along with us,” said Isabelle. “It’ll give you something to do
besides look miserable.”
Alec shrugged and joined them. They decided to split up and fan out across the party.
Alec headed upstairs to search the catwalks and the second level. Jordan went outside to
check the terraces and the entryway. Isabelle took the party area. She was just wondering
whether glancing under the tables would actually be ridiculous, when Maia came up
behind her. “Everything all right?” she inquired. She glanced up toward Alec, and then in
the direction Jordan had gone. “I know a searching formation when I see one. What are
you guys looking for? Is there trouble?”
Isabelle filled her in on the Simon situation.
“I just talked to him about half an hour ago.”
“So did Jordan, but he’s gone now. And since people have been trying to kill him lately .
. .”
Maia set her glass down on the table. “I’ll help you look.”
“You don’t have to. I know you’re not feeling super-fond of Simon right now—”
“That doesn’t mean I don’t want to help out if he’s in trouble,” Maia said, as if Isabelle
were being ridiculous.
“Wasn’t Jordan supposed to be watching him?”
Isabelle threw up her hands. “Yeah, but apparently dudes don’t follow other dudes to the
bathroom or something.
He wasn’t making a lot of sense.”
“Guys never do,” Maia said, and followed her. They glided in and out through the crowd,
though Isabelle was already pretty sure they weren’t going to find Simon. She had a small
cold spot in the middle of her stomach that was growing bigger and colder. By the time
they’d all convened back at their original table, she felt as if she’d swallowed a glass of
ice water.
“He isn’t here,” she said.
Jordan swore, then stared guiltily at Maia. “Sorry.”
“I’ve heard worse,” she said. “So what’s the next step? Anyone tried calling him?”
“Straight to voice mail,” Jordan said.
“Any idea where he might have gone?” asked Alec.
“Best-case scenario, maybe back to the apartment,” said Jordan. “Worst, those people
who’ve been after him finally got him.”
“People who what?” Alec looked bewildered; while Isabelle had told Maia Simon’s
story, she hadn’t had a chance to fill her brother in yet.
“I’m going to head back to the apartment and look for him,” said Jordan. “If he’s there,
great. If not, that’s still where I should start. They know where he lives; they’ve been
sending us messages there. Maybe there’ll be a message.”
He didn’t sound too hopeful.
Isabelle made a split-second decision. “I’ll go with you.”
“You don’t have to—”
“Yes, Ido. Itold Simonhe should come here tonight; I’m responsible.Besides, I’m having
a crap time at this party anyway.”
“Yeah,” Alec said, looking relieved at the prospect of getting out of there. “Me too.
Maybe we should all go. Should we tell Clary?”
Isabelle shook her head. “It’s her mom’s party. It wouldn’t be fair. Let’s see what we can
do just the three of us.”
“Three of you?” Maia asked, a tone of delicate annoyance shading her voice.
“Do you want to come with us, Maia?” It was Jordan. Isabelle froze; she wasn’t sure how
Maia would respond to having her ex-boyfriend speak to her directly. The other girl’s
mouth tightened a little, and for just a moment she looked at Jordan—not as if she hated
him, but thoughtfully.
“It’s Simon,” she said finally, as if that decided everything. “I’ll go get my coat.”
The elevator doors opened onto a swirl of dark air and shadows. Maureen gave another
high-pitched giggle and danced out into the darkness, leaving Simon to follow her with a
They stood in a large marble windowless room. There were no lights, but the wall to the
left of the elevator was fitted with a towering set of double glass doors. Through them
Simon could see the flat surface of the roof, and above it the black night sky overhead
pinpointed with faintly glowing stars.
The wind was blowing hard again. He followed Maureen through the doors and out into
the cold, gusting air, her dress fluttering around her like a moth beating its wings against
a gale. The roof garden was as elegant as the signs had promised. Smooth hexagonal
stone tiles made up the flooring; there were banks of flowers blooming under glass, and
carefully clipped topiary hedges in the shapes of monsters and animals. The walkway
they followed was lined with tiny gleaming lights. All around them rose high glass-andsteel
apartment buildings, their windows aglow with electricity.
The path dead-ended at a row of raised, tiled steps, atop which was a wide square
bordered on three sides by the high wall that encircled the garden. It was clearly intended
to be an area where the building’s eventual residents would socialize. There was a big
concrete block in the center of the square, which would probably someday hold a grill,
Simon guessed, and the area was encircled by neatly clipped rosebushes that in June
would bloom, just as the bare trellises adorning the walls would one day vanish under a
covering of leaves. It would be an attractive space eventually, a luxury Upper East Side
penthouse garden where you could relax on a lounge chair, with the East River glittering
under the sunset, and the city stretched out before you, a mosaic of shimmering light.
Except. The tile floor had been defaced, splattered with some sort of black, sticky fluid
that had been used to draw a rough circle, inside a larger circle. The space between the
two circles was filled with scrawled runes. Though Simon wasn’t a Shadowhunter, he’d
seen enough Nephilim runes to recognize what came from the Gray Book.
These didn’t. They looked menacing and wrong, like a curse scrawled in an unfamiliar
In the very center of the circle was the concrete block. On top of it a bulky rectangular
object sat, draped with a dark cloth. The shape of it was not unlike that of a coffin. More
runes were scribbled around the base of the block.
If Simon’s blood had run, it would have run cold.
Maureen clapped her hands together. “Oh,” she said in her elfin little voice. “It’s pretty.”
“Pretty?” Simon looked quickly at the hunched shape on top of the concrete block.
“Maureen, what the hell—”
“So you brought him.” It was a woman’s voice that spoke, cultured, strong, and—
familiar. Simon turned. Standing on the pathway behind him was a tall woman with short
dark hair. She was very slender, wearing a long dark coat, belted around the middle like a
femme fatale from a forties spy movie. “Maureen, thank you,” she went on. She had a
hard, beautiful face, sharply planed, with high cheekbones and wide dark eyes. “You’ve
done very well. You may go now.” She turned her gaze on Simon. “Simon Lewis,” she
said. “Thank you for coming.”
The moment she said his name he recognized her. The last time he’d seen her she’d been
standing in pouring rain outside the Alto Bar. “You. I remember you. You gave me your
card. The music promoter. Wow, you must really want to promote my band. I didn’t even
think we were that good.”
“Don’t be sarcastic,” the woman said. “There’s no point in it.” She glanced sideways.
“Maureen. You may go.” Her voice was firm this time, and Maureen, who had been
hovering like a little ghost, gave a tiny squeak and darted back the way they’d come. He
watched as she vanished through the doors that led to the elevators, feeling almost sorry
to see her go. Maureen wasn’t much company, but without her he felt very alone.
Whoever this strange woman was, she gave off a clear aura of dark power he’d been too
blood-drugged to notice before.
“You led me a dance, Simon,” she said, and now her voice was coming from another
direction, several feet away.
Simon spun, and saw that she was standing beside the concrete block, in the center of the
circle. The clouds were blowing swiftly across the moon, casting a moving pattern of
shadows across her face. Because he was at the foot of the steps, he had to crane his head
back to look up at her. “I thought getting hold of you would be easy.
Dealing with a simple vampire. A newly made one, at that. Even a Daylighter is nothing I
haven’t encountered before, though there has not been one for a hundred years. Yes,” she
added, with a smile at his glance, “I am older than I look.”
“You look pretty old.”
She ignored the insult. “I sent my best people after you, and only one returned, with some
babbled tale about holy fire and the wrath of God. He was quite useless to me after that. I
had to have him put down. It was most annoying.
After that Idecided Iought to deal withyoumyself. Ifollowed youto your sillymusical
show,and afterward,whenI came up to you, I saw it. Your Mark. As one who knew Cain
personally, I am intimately familiar with its shape.”
“Knew Cain personally?” Simon shook his head. “You can’t expect me to believe that.”
“Believe it or do not believe it,” she said. “It makes no difference to me. I am older than
the dreams of your kind, little boy. I walked the paths of the Garden of Eden. I knew
Adam before Eve did. I was his first wife, but I would not be obedient to him, so God
cast me out and made for Adam a new wife, one fashioned of his own body that she
might ever be subservient.” She smiled faintly. “I have many names. But you may call
me Lilith, first of all demons.”
At that, Simon, who had not felt cold in months, finally shivered. He had heard the name
Lilith before. He couldn’t remember where exactly, but he knew it was a name associated
with darkness, with evil and terrible things.
“Your Mark presented me with a conundrum,” said Lilith. “I need you, you see,
Daylighter. Your life force—your blood. But I could not force you or harm you.”
She said this as if needing his blood were the most natural thing in the world.
“You—drink blood?” Simon asked. He felt dazed, as if he were trapped in a strange
dream. Surely this couldn’t really be happening.
She laughed. “Blood is not the food of demons, silly child. What I want from you is not
for myself.” She held out a slender hand. “Come closer.”
Simon shook his head. “I’m not stepping inside that circle.”
She shrugged. “Very well, then. I intended only to give you a better view.” She moved
her fingers slightly, almost negligently, the gesture of someone twitching a curtain aside.
The black cloth covering the coffin-shaped object between them vanished.
Simon stared at what was revealed. He had not been wrong about the coffin shape. It was
a big glass box, just long and wide enough for a person to lie down in. A glass coffin, he
thought, like Snow White’s. But this was no fairy tale. Inside the coffin was a cloudy
liquid, and floating in that liquid—naked from the waist up, his white-blond hair drifting
around him like pale seaweed—was Sebastian.
There were no messages stuck to Jordan’s apartment door, nothing on or under the
welcome mat, and nothing immediately obvious inside the apartment, either. While Alec
stood guard downstairs and Maia and Jordan rummaged through Simon’s backpack in the
living room, Isabelle, standing in the doorway of Simon’s bedroom, looked silently at the
place he’d been sleeping for the past few days. It was so empty—just four walls, naked of
any decoration, a bare floor with a futon mattress on it and a white blanket folded at the
foot, and a single window that looked out onto Avenue B.
She could hear the city—the city she had grown up in, whose noises had always
surrounded her, since she was a baby. She had found the quiet of Idris terribly alien
without the sounds of car alarms, people shouting, ambulance sirens, and music playing
that never, in New York City, quite went away, even in the dead of night. But now,
standing here looking at Simon’s small room, she thought about how lonely those noises
sounded, how distant, and whether he had been lonely himself at night, lying here
looking up at the ceiling, alone.
Then again, it wasn’t as if she’d ever seen his bedroom at home, which presumably was
covered with band posters, sports trophies, boxes of those games he loved to play,
musical instruments, books—all the flotsam and jetsam of a normal life. She’d never
asked to come over, and he’d never suggested it. She’d been gun-shy of meeting his
mother, of doing anything that might bespeak a greater commitment than she was willing
to make. But now, looking at this empty shell of a room, feeling the vast dark bustle of
the city all around her, she felt a twinge of fear for Simon—mixed with an equal twinge
of regret. jetsam of a normal life. She’d never asked to come over, and he’d never
suggested it. She’d been gun-shy of meeting his mother, of doing anything that might
bespeak a greater commitment than she was willing to make. But now, looking at this
empty shell of a room, feeling the vast dark bustle of the city all around her, she felt a
twinge of fear for Simon—mixed with an equal twinge of regret.
She turned back toward the rest of the apartment, but paused when she heard a low
murmur of voices coming from the living room. She recognized Maia’s voice. She didn’t
sound angry, which was surprising in and of itself, considering how much she seemed to
hate Jordan.
“Nothing,” she was saying. “Some keys, a bunch of papers with game stats scrawled on
them.” Isabelle leaned around the doorway. She could see Maia, standing on one side of
the kitchen counter, her hand in the zip pocket of Simon’s backpack. Jordan, on the other
side of the counter, was watching her. Watching her, Isabelle thought, not what she was
doing—that way guys watched you when they were so into you they were fascinated by
every move you made. “I’ll check his wallet.”
Jordan, who had changed out of his formal wear into jeans and a leather jacket, frowned.
“Weird that he left it. Can I see?” He reached across the counter.
Maia jerked back so fast she dropped the wallet, her hand flying out.
“I wasn’t . . .” Jordan drew his hand back slowly. “I’m sorry.”
Maia took a deep breath.“Look,” she said, “Italked to Simon.Iknowyounevermeant to
Turnme.Iknowyou didn’t know what was happening to you. I remember what that was
like. I remember being terrified.”
Jordan put his hands down slowly, carefully, on the countertop. It was odd, Isabelle
thought, watching someone so tall try to make himself look harmless and small. “I should
have been there for you.”
“But the Praetor wouldn’t let you be,” Maia said. “And let’s face it, you didn’t know
anything about being a werewolf; we would have been like two blindfolded people
stumbling around in a circle. Maybe it’s better you weren’t there. It made me run away to
where I could get help. From the Pack.”
“At first I hoped the Praetor Lupus would bring you in,” he whispered. “So I could see
you again. Then I realized that was selfish and I should be wishing that I didn’t pass on
the disease to you. I knew it was fifty-fifty. I thought you might be one of the lucky
“Well, I wasn’t,” she said, matter-of-factly. “And over the years I built you up in my head
to be this sort of monster. I thought you knew what you were doing when you did this to
me. I thought it was revenge on me for kissing that boy. So I hated you. And hating you
made everything easier. Having someone to blame.”
“You should blame me,” he said. “It is my fault.”
She ranher finger along the countertop, avoiding his eyes. “Ido blame you. But . . . notthe
wayIdid before.”
Jordan reached up and grabbed his own hair with his fists, tugging on it hard. “There isn’t
a day goes by I don’t think about what I did to you. I bit you. I Turned you. I made you
what you are. I raised my hand to you. I hurt you.
The one person I loved more than anything else in the world.”
Maia’s eyes were shining with tears. “Don’t say that. That doesn’t help. You think that
Isabelle cleared her throat loudly, stepping into the living room. “So. Have you found
Maia looked away, blinking rapidly. Jordan, lowering his hands, said, “Not really. We
were just about to go through his wallet.” He picked it up from where Maia had dropped
it. “Here.” He tossed it to Isabelle.
She caught it and flicked it open. School pass, New York state nondriver’s ID, a guitar
pick tucked into the space that was supposed to hold credit cards. A ten-dollar bill and a
receipt for dice. Something else caught her eye—a business card, shoved carelessly
behind a photo of Simon and Clary, the kind of picture you might take in a cheap
drugstore photo booth. They were both smiling.
Isabelle took out the card and stared at it. It had a swirling, almost abstract design of a
floating guitar against clouds. Below that was a name.
Satrina Kendall. Band Promoter. Below that was a telephone number, and an Upper East
Side address. Isabelle frowned. Something, a memory, tugged at the back of her mind.
Isabelle held the card up toward Jordan and Maia, who were busy not looking at each
other. “What do you think of this?”
Before they could respond the apartment door opened, and Alec strode in. He was
scowling. “Have you found anything? I’ve been standing down there for thirty minutes,
and nothing even remotely threatening has come by.
Unless you count the NYU student who threw up on the front steps.”
“Here,” Isabelle said, handing the card over to her brother. “Look at this. Does anything
strike you as odd?”
“You mean besides the fact that no band promoter could possibly be interested in Lewis’s
sucky band?” Alec inquired, taking the card between two long fingers. Lines appeared
between his eyes. “Satrina?”
“Does that name mean something to you?” Maia asked. Her eyes were still red, but her
voice was steady.
“Satrina is one of the seventeen names of Lilith, the mother of all demons. She is why
warlocks are called Lilith’s children,” said Alec. “Because she mothered demons, and
they in turn brought forth the race of warlocks.”
“And you have all seventeen names committed to memory?” Jordan sounded dubious.
Alec gave him a cold look. “Who are you again?”
“Oh,shut up,Alec,” Isabelle said, inthe tone she onlyever took withher brother.
“Look,notallof us have your memory for boring facts. I don’t suppose you recall the other
names of Lilith?”
With a superior look Alec rattled them off, “Satrina, Lilith, Ita, Kali, Batna, Talto—”
“Talto!” Isabelle yelped. “That’s it. I knew I was remembering something. I knew there
was a connection!” Quickly she told them about the Church of Talto, what Clary had
found there, and how it connected to the dead half-demon baby at Beth Israel.
“I wish you’d told me about this before,” Alec said. “Yes, Talto is another name for
Lilith. And Lilith has always been associated with babies. She was Adam’s first wife, but
she fled from the Garden of Eden because she didn’twant to obeyAdam or God. God
cursed her forherdisobedience,though—anychild she bore would die.
The legend says she tried over and over to have a child, but they were all born dead.
Eventually she swore she would have vengeance against God by weakening and
murdering infant humans. You might say she’s the demon goddess of dead children.”
“But you said she was the mother of demons,” said Maia.
“She was able to create demons by scattering drops of her blood on the earth in a place
called Edom,” said Alec.
“Because they were born out of her hatred for God and mankind, they became demons.”
Aware that they were all staring at him, he shrugged. “It’s just a story.”
“All stories are true,” said Isabelle. This had been a tenet of her beliefs since she was a
child. All Shadowhunters believed it. There was no one religion, no one truth—and no
myth lacked meaning. “You know that, Alec.”
“I know something else, too,” Alec said, handing her back the card. “That telephone
number and that address are crap. No way they’re real.”
“Maybe,” Isabelle said, tucking the card into her pocket. “But we don’t have anywhere
else to start looking. So we’re going to start there.”
Simon could only stare. The body floating inside the coffin—Sebastian’s—didn’t appear
to be alive; at least, he wasn’t breathing. But he clearly wasn’t exactly dead, either. It had
been two months. If he were dead, Simon was fairly sure, he’d look like he was in a lot
worse shape than he did. His body was very white, like marble; one hand was a bandaged
stump, but he was otherwise unmarked. He appeared to be asleep, his eyes shut, his arms
loose at his sides. Only the fact that his chest wasn’t rising or falling indicated that
something was very wrong.
“But,” Simon said, knowing he sounded ridiculous, “he’s dead. Jace killed him.”
Lilith placed a pale hand on the glass surface of the coffin. “Jonathan,” she said, and
Simon remembered that that was, in fact, his name. Her voice had an odd soft quality
when she said it, as if she were crooning to a child. “He’s beautiful, isn’t he?”
“Um,” said Simon, looking with loathing at the creature inside the coffin—the boy who
had murdered nine-year-old Max Lightwood. The creature who had killed Hodge. Had
tried to kill them all. “Not my type, really.”
“Jonathan is unique,” she said. “He is the only Shadowhunter I have ever known of who
is part Greater Demon.
This makes him very powerful.”
“He’s dead,” Simon said. He felt that, somehow, it was important to keep making this
point, though Lilith didn’t seem to quite grasp it.
Lilith, gazing down at Sebastian, frowned. “It’s true. Jace Lightwood slipped up behind
him and stabbed him in the back, through to the heart.”
“How do you—”
“I was in Idris,” said Lilith. “When Valentine opened the doorway to the demon worlds, I
came through. Not to fight in his stupid battle. Out of curiosity more than anything else.
That Valentine should have such hubris—” She broke off, shrugging. “Heaven smote him
down for it, of course. I saw the sacrifice he made; I saw the Angel rise and turn on him. I
saw what was brought back. I am the oldest of demons; I know the Old Laws. A life for a
life. I raced to Jonathan. It was almost too late. That which was human about him died
instantly—his heart had ceased to beat, his lungs to inflate. The Old Laws were not
enough. I tried to bring him back then. He was too far gone. All I could do was this.
Preserve him for this moment.”
Simon wondered briefly what would happen if he made a run for it—dashed past this
insane demon and threw himself off the roof of the building. He couldn’t be harmed by
another living creature; that was the result of the Mark, but he doubted its power
extended to protecting him against the ground. Still, he was a vampire. If he fell forty
stories and smashed every bone in his body, would he heal from that? He swallowed hard
and found Lilith looking at him with amusement.
“Don’t you want to know,” she said in her cold, seductive voice, “what moment I mean?”
Before he could answer, she leaned forward, her elbows on the coffin. “I suppose you
know the story of the way the Nephilim came to be?
How the Angel Raziel mixed his blood with the blood of men, and gave it to a man to
drink, and that man became the first of the Nephilim?”
“I’ve heard it.”
“In effect the Angel created a new race of creature. And now, with Jonathan, a new race
has been born again. As Jonathan Shadowhunter led the first Nephilim, so shall this
Jonathan lead the new race that I intend to create.”
“The new race you intend—” Simon held up his hands. “You know what, you want to
lead a new race starting off with one dead guy, you go right ahead. I don’t see what this
has to do with me.”
“He is dead now. He need not remain so.” Lilith’s voice was cool, unemotional. “There
is, of course, one kind of Downworlder whose blood offers the possibility of, shall we
say, resurrection.”
“Vampires,” said Simon. “You want me to turn Sebastian into a vampire?”
“His name is Jonathan.” Her tone was sharp. “And yes, in a sense. I want you to bite him,
to drink his blood, and to give him your blood in exchange—”
“I won’t do it.”
“Are you so sure of that?”
“A world without Sebastian”—Simon used the name deliberately—“in it is a better world
than one with him in it. I
dead.Vampirescan’t bring back the dead. You ought to know that, if you know so much.
Once the soul is gone from the body, nothing can bring someone back. Thankfully.”
Lilith bent her gaze on him. “You really don’t know, do you?” she said. “Clary never told
Simon was getting fed up. “Never told me what?”
She chuckled. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. To prevent chaos
there must be order. If a life is given to the Light, a life is owed to the Dark as well.”
“I have,” Simon said slowly and deliberately, “literally no idea what you’re talking about.
And I don’t care. You villains and your creepy eugenics programs are starting to bore me.
So I’m going to leave now. You’re welcome to try to stop me by threatening or hurting
me. I encourage you to go ahead and try.”
She looked at him and chuckled. “‘Cain rose up,’” she said. “You are a bit like him
whose Mark you bear. He was stubborn, as you are. Foolhardy, too.”
“He went up against—” Simon choked on the word. God. “I’m just dealing with you.” He
turned to leave.
“I would not turn your back on me, Daylighter,” said Lilith, and there was something in
her voice that made him look back at her, where she leaned on Sebastian’s coffin. “You
think you cannot be hurt,” she said with a sneer. “And indeed I cannot lift a hand against
you. I am not a fool; I have seen the holy fire of the divine. I have no wish to see it turned
against me. I am not Valentine, to bargain with what I cannot understand. I am a demon,
but a very old one. I know humanity better than you might think. I understand the
weaknesses of pride, of lust for power, of desire of the flesh, of greed and vanity and
“Love isn’t a weakness.”
“Oh, isn’t it?” she said, and glanced past him, with a look as cold and pointed as an icicle.
He turned, not wanting to, knowing he must, and looked behind him.
There on the brick walkway was Jace. He wore a dark suit and a white shirt. Standing in
front of him was Clary, still in the pretty gold-colored dress she had worn to the
Ironworks party. Her long, wavy red hair had come out of its knot and hung down around
her shoulders. She stood very still in the circle of Jace’s arms. It would almost have
looked like a romantic picture if it were not for the fact that in one of his hands, Jace was
holding a long and glittering bone-handled knife, and the edge of it was pressed against
Clary’s throat.
Simon stared at Jace in total and absolute shock. There was no emotion on Jace’s face, no
light in his eyes. He seemed utterly blank.
Very slightly he inclined his head.
“I brought her, Lady Lilith,” he said. “Just as you asked.”


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