"Do you think I'm stupid?" Alec seethed, and Jace flinched.
It wasn't as if he'd expected his parabatai to buy his weak explanation, but he'd hoped Alec would somehow realize that everything Jace was doing was for Alec's own good, for his protection. "Isn't all that matters that I'm alive, that our bond is alive?"
Some of Jace's desperation had to be getting to Alec, because he softened imperceptibly. "Just... promise me you'll ask for my help if you need it."
"I promise." Jace jumped at the offered out, and for a moment they both pretended that Jace wasn't lying.