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Wish Upon A Floating Lantern

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Magnus was bored out of his mind that day in particular. It was soon going to be his birthday and all that he really wanted for his birthday was a day in the outside world, but he knew that it was going to be difficult to make his father see that he was old enough to go out by himself. Asmodeus was a bit of an overprotective parent, though the word overprotective was kind of an understatement as Magnus was pretty much limited only to their castle, which was pretty well hidden from the other world and the young warlock, who was wishing to see the outside world, was dying to explore it a little bit more. But, his father would always say that the outside world was dangerous and too unpredictable for the young warlock. But, this was kind of a bullshit as Magnus was soon turning 19 and he was pretty sure he could handle himself well outside. 


It wasn’t like he couldn’t go out, but it was just his father always following him around and in the past he didn’t mind it too much. But as he grew older, he just decided to not bother leaving the castle grounds as his father was always there to keep him company and it was getting at this point a bit ridiculous and very embarrassing. Asmodeus was still hands on father and Magnus just wanted to breathe properly a little bit. But, well, there wasn’t much that he could do. 


Magnus did try sneaking out every now and then, but the magic that Asmodeus had put around the castle always told the man if his son wanted to sneak out, so by his tenth attempt, Magnus just stopped trying as his father would always find him. So, there he was, bored out of his mind, looking through the window of his room and was just gloomily sighing under his breath. It truly was a perfect day to be outside, but no. He was pouting and he then looked around his room. 


Magnus understood that his father was trying to keep him safe - they were both warlocks and warlocks were quite rare in the world. Some of the people weren’t really favourable to them and tended to hunt warlocks down and keep their warlock marks as trophies, which scared the hell out of Magnus. They were called Shadowhunters and to that day, Magnus didn’t meet one, but he heard enough stories that he didn’t even want to meet one. They were described as monsters by his father, enough to keep the young warlock still confined in the walls of the castle. Still, he wanted to see more of the outside world - he was really conflicted if he was being honest and he just sighed again.


“Alright, Raphi, what should we be doing this morning?” asked Magnus happily and clasped his hands together. He glanced down on the window stall and saw his little friend - Raphael, who was a chameleon. One of his rare friends if he was being honest and he then sighed, but nodded. “How about I dress you up very prettily?” asked Magnus, who loved creating outfits and Raphael quickly started backing away. Oh, no he wasn’t going to put him into dresses again! Raphael had quite the character and he didn’t let anyone mess around with him. Magnus snorted and then just sighed sadly. “Okay, then none of that,” said Magnus and glanced around the room and found the books.


“How about reading?” asked Magnus and Raphael stuck out his tongue. Yeah, the warlock felt him - all he did was read these days and he had read pretty much everything that he had in his room. He’d go out and buy more books, but well… He sighed and then leaned against the wall. “Well, if you’re so smart, then what do you reckon we should do?” asked Magnus as it seemed that Raphael knew better - they he should propose with something!


Raphael nodded and turned around, facing the outside world and he then pointed at it. Magnus crossed his arms on top of his chest when the chameleon pointed outside and Magnus only shook his head. “You know how much I wish to go out as well,” said Magnus and then picked up his little friend and carried him over to the bed. Raphael didn’t seem too impressed and Magnus chuckled a little bit. “I can’t just go out, dad will notice and then again send his search party after me,” said Magnus and shuddered when he remembered what happened the last time. “Do you even remember how embarrassing that was for me?”


Raphael nodded, but still insisted on going out. Instead, Magnus found another book and the little lizard whined and tried to prevent Magnus from reading as he started marching up and down the book cover, so that Magnus couldn’t open it up. Magnus snorted and then folded his arms on top of his chest. “Listen, Raphi, I’m really sorry I can’t go out with you on adventures,” said Magnus and then shook his head. “Though I’ve had an idea,” said Magnus and Raphael perked up. “You know how it’s soon gonna be my birthday in a few days?” asked Magnus and Raphael happily nodded. “I thought that maybe I would ask my father for permission to go to the Kingdom,” said Magnus and glanced up at the sky through the window. There was an event that happened every year that he’d love to see more up close.


Each year, on his birthday, Magnus would see something that he called floating lights above the kingdom and he always wished to go see them, but Asmodeus strictly forbade from ever setting a foot inside of the Kingdom of Alicante and Magnus was quite saddened by that. Unfortunately the place was where the Shadowhunters lived and he just shook his head. Maybe if he asked nicely enough, then the man would allow him to do so though. If he asked really nicely? Magnus then looked at Raphael, who liked the sound of that and he nodded happily. 


“Amazing,” said Magnus and winked, looking at the book and he then shook his head. Yeah, Raphi was correct, he really wasn’t in the mood to be reading, but something else caught his attention on the desk that was on his room and he pointed to it. Raphael cocked his head to the side a little bit and walked closer to Magnus. “How about a game of chess?” tried Magnus again and Raphael blinked a few times and then hunched his back down, getting into his competitive mood - the game was on! 



Alec was running - the royal guard was right above him and he needed to find a hiding place. Yes, the guard was after him with a very justified reason - he had stolen a crown , but in his defense he really needed the money. He didn’t come from a wealthy family and they needed the money, so while he didn’t really like doing what he did, he got desperate. Somehow he managed to creep into the castle and the royal crown was his . All that was left to do was for him to sell the crown and then the money was going to be his! If only the plan would really be that easy and he yelped when he heard the sounds of royal horses getting louder and he shuddered - yep, he needed to find a place to find quick!


Alec ran off the track, getting deeper into the woods, thinking that that way he would be able to get them off of his trail and for a second he actually thought that he managed to do that, but he heard screams again and he groaned, quickly climbing onto the tree and then he waited. His new plan was to knock one of the guards off of his horse, steal the horse and then ride away. That way he would be quicker, much quicker than only going by his feet. He put the crown into the small bag that he had with him and then waited for the guards to show up.


It seemed that he managed to get quite a lot of them off his trail before as there was only one guard that he had seen and he quickly snuck up on him and climbed onto the branch. It wasn’t too high, so he could easily knock the guard off of the horse and thus completely startled him. As the man was trying to figure out what had just happened, Alec grinned and then slapped the horse’s behind and startled it. The horse let out a loud neigh and then started galloping through the woods, running much faster and Alec grinned because they would never be able to catch him now! He grinned and then cheered. 


“See you, suckers!” said Alec and as soon as he spoke up, the horse suddenly stopped running and Alec narrowed his eyes, trying to make it run again, but it would budge. “Come on, forward, fleabag,” he said and thus completely pissed the horse off. The horse turned around and narrowed his eyes, glaring at Alec and his eyes travelled down, until he saw the bag in Alec’s hand and the horse came to the conclusion that there was where the precious crown had to be. The thief was going down! And he was going to be the one to bring him down! As the man royal horse, Jace was quite proud of himself just then!


“Hey, what the hell are you doing?” whined Alec as Jace was trying to knock him off and thus succeeded. As Alec flew off of him, so did the bag and Jace quickly started running towards Alec, who was in a desperate attempt to run away, but the horse wasn’t giving up. “Just what kind of a horse are you? Are you mad?!” shrieked Alec and then hid the bag behind his back, but Jace tried to kick him. He didn’t really succeed - what he did succeed was tripping Alec and the horse seemed really proud with him, taking the bag away from Alec and attempted to run back to the others, but Alec ran after him.


“Oh, no you don’t,” said Alec, who couldn’t believe that he was fighting with a horse. “Give it back!” shrieked Alec and somehow managed to snatch the bag away from him. Alec started running and Jace started running after him. Pissed off, Alec finally managed to jump into the nearest bush and started cackling. “You dumbass, you’ll never find me in here,” said Alec, but little did he know - the horse was in the bush with him and Alec yelped when the horse grinned and waggled his brows, almost as if he was saying boo, I found you!



Asmodeus was back and Magnus was pacing around the place. He was about to ask his father about his birthday present - for what he truly wished for and he was quite nervous. His father's reply was probably going to be a loud and clear no, but Raphael was encouraging him and in the end Magnus realised that it wouldn't hurt to ask. His father was a kind and a nice man so Magnus really shouldn't fear too much and he just nodded to himself and looked at the table. He had prepared a nice breakfast for his father while the man was out on the farmer's market and he smiled. Despite being warlocks, Magnus and Asmodeus didn't use magic a lot as they didn't want to seem suspicious to others. So, the Mundane lifestyle was what they were living.


Magnus prepared a nice soup and as soon as he heard the door opening, Magnus perked up and made the table quite quickly, hoping that his father was going to like the little surprise. Maybe he would say yes after this - Magnus also swept up the whole place and dusted it! Just because he wanted to get on his dad's good side and he then rubbed his palms together. "Magnus, Papa is home," announced Asmodeus as he stepped through the door. "I hope you didn't miss me too much, but it was such a long line today at the market, it took me a while to collect everything," said the older warlock and then stepped into the kitchen, where he found his son. "My boy!" exclaimed Asmodeus and Magnus smiled brightly.


"Welcome back, Papa," said Magnus happily and Asmodeus started looking around. Oh, he could smell that something delicious was on the stove and he came closer to it, Magnus hurrying to him and then he pointed to the pot. "I made you breakfast while you were out," said Magnus and Asmodeus smiled proudly - his boy was really amazing, wasn't he? "I also swept up and dusted the whole place," said Magnus and his heart was hammering a bit faster - he was getting close to asking his dad the important question.


"Magnus, my wonderful boy," said Asmodeus and pinched Magnus' cheek. "You're amazing. But something tells me that you're up to something," said Asmodeus and Magnus chuckled. His father really did know everything about him and Magnus clasped his hands together and looked towards Raphael who gave him thumbs up.


"Well, actually," said Magnus and Asmodeus chuckled - as expected. "It's about my birthday," started Magnus and swallowed thickly. He was quite nervous and Asmodeus nodded. Of course, he could never forget about Magnus' birthday and he just fondly sighed and smiled.


"Very well - what do you wish for this year?" asked the man and Magnus chewed on his lip.


"It's nothing much, Papa," said Magnus and the man nodded. It didn't really matter, he would give anything to his precious boy. "It's nothing material," said Magnus and Asmodeus arched a brow but allowed his son to continue. "You know how every year there are lights on the sky for my birthday?" asked Magnus and Asmodeus visibly tensed up, but nodded. "Can I please go see them this year? And I don't mean only from here, but I want to go out there," said Magnus and pointed to the direction of Alicante. "You could with me because I know that the Kingdom isn't safe. I just think-"


"No," said Asmodeus and Magnus felt his heart sinking to the pit of his stomach. It wasn't easy for the man to say no, but it was for the best. He knew that he was being unfair to his son for not allowing him to go out of the castle on his own, but he loved and worried about his son to let anything happen to him. And going to Alicante wasn't going to happen. Especially that place that was the home of Shadowhunters. No!


"But," said Magnus who had a whole speech remembered. "It would be both of us - we have magic. If they would try to do anything-"


"The answer is still no."


"But, dad, you're being unfair," said Magnus and Asmodeus' eyes darkened with sadness and he just pressed his lips together, but said nothing. "You would be there even. So why the fuck I can't go?"


"You don't know the Shadowhunters the way I do," said Asmodeus. "No. The answer is no. Trust me, I know the best."




"Enough about that, Magnus!" said Asmodeus and raised his voice at his son for the time first time ever and Magnus flinched. "Sorry. I didn't mean to yell," said Asmodeus and then shook his head. He felt horrible, but he wasn’t going to allow his boy to be anywhere near that horrible place. Especially not on his watch and he was putting his foot down. Though he felt quite guilty as Magnus looked upset and he didn’t mean want to make his boy look like that, so he was meaning to make it up to him. He’d buy him literally anything he’d ask instead, in the hope that it would cheer Magnus up. ‘’But,’’ said Asmodeus and Magnus looked his way. ‘’If there’s anything else that you would like,’’ said Asmodeus and Magnus’ face fell even a bit more, but then he forced himself to appear happy at least.


‘’Oh, okay,’’ said Magnus sadly and then looked down. He looked at Raphael, who was red instead of green, showing that he was mad at Asmodeus. He upset his friend! ‘’Then, how about, um,’’ said Magnus and started looking around the place. There was a new potion book that had just recently come out, so maybe that? Magnus sighed and then just decided to go with that. ‘’How about a new potion book?’’ asked Magnus and Asmodeus smiled, quickly nodding.


‘’And how about I add in a few extra ingredients to that as well?’’ asked Asmodeus and Magnus cheered up even more. Oh, that sounded amazing, but he still felt down. ‘’Trust me, Magnus, it’s for the best, okay?’’ asked Asmodeus in the end and Magnus only nodded, trying to show to his dad that he was okay. ‘’Papa knows best, right?’’


Magnus smiled. ‘’Papa knows best,’’ he mumbled back and then sighed. His mood only worsened when his father announced that he’d be on the road for the next couple of days. The book was quite far, and he had some other business to take care of, but he promised to be back until Magnus’ birthday. Magnus only nodded and then went back to feeling sorry for himself. The next few days were going to suck so much.



No matter what Alec did, he couldn’t seem to get rid of that fucking horse. He was going everywhere, so now he was finally free - or so it seemed and he needed to find a real hiding place this time! He still had the crown and he was running through the woods, running faster than his legs could carry him almost and he soon came to the end of the woods and his jaw dropped when he noticed that in the middle of it, there stood quite a large castle. Nowhere near as large as the one in Alicante, but still! He had no idea that there lived somewhere in the middle of the forest, but he didn’t really have the time to think and he just hurried up to it, hoping that whoever lived in there would give him the opportunity to hide. Though he was a wanted man and he hoped that they wouldn’t recognise him.


Alec hurried down to the castle, which for some reason didn’t have door. At least he couldn’t find one and in the end he decided to climb up at the side of it as there was a window open - maybe it was for the best as coming through the front door would give him more chances of getting caught, but coming through the window would give him the perfect opportunity to sneak in and hide! Just for a few hours until the horse would chill the fuck down and Alec didn’t even bother thinking too much. He took two of his bows and used those to start climbing up the wall. It helped kind of that the castle was in a shabby condition - it gave him a good grip and soon he was finally up, somehow managing to get himself through the window and he proudly smiled. 


He was finally a free man! Alec rubbed his palms together and then opened up the bag, taking a little peek and he grinned. ‘’Ah, here you are my precious!’’ he said and cracked a smile when he saw the reflection of himself in the crown and he then waggled his eyebrows. Oh, yes, he was amazing! And the stupid horse had no clue where he was! Though, he looked like a mess and Alec shook his head, but then started combing through his messy hair with his fingers and then looked himself again in the crown and chuckled. Ah, he looked much better and then he winked to himself. Truly, he looked amazing!


Alec continued checking himself out for a few more moments until he saw something coming closer to him from the back. He could see a shadow and he heard footsteps. He turned around, but before he knew what was going on he was smacked across the back of his head and he just let out a gasp and then landed on the floor.


There was a stranger suddenly in his room and Magnus started freaking out because he had no idea who this was! So, he decided to protect himself with the first thing that was on his reach. It was a frying pan of all things, but it didn’t matter - he acted quickly and just smacked the guy across the back of his head and the other ended up landing on the floor. Magnus shrieked and then shook his head. ‘’Oh my God, I killed him!’’ shrieked Magnus and Raphael grumbled next to him. ‘’I killed a… wait, it was self defense! He came into my room and-and-’’ muttered Magnus. ‘’Oh what did I do?!’’


‘’Okay, I have to calm down,’’ said Magnus and then started walking around the room. ‘’Yes, it’s just… what if this is a Shadowhunter?!’’ shrieked Magnus. Oh, it could be! Did he come to collect his warlock mark?! And kill him?! Magnus grabbed the frying pan tighter and then came closer to the man that was now unconscious on the floor and he poked him. ‘’I really killed him!’’ shrieked Magnus. But then Alec groaned and Magnus huffed oh thank God. 


Magnus didn’t know what to do! He decided to tie the guy up before he came back to his senses. He quickly lifted him up onto the chair, then tied him up and then hid behind the wardrobe, but kept his eyes on the man and he couldn’t look away. If this was a Shadowhunter, his father was wrong because he didn’t look like monster at all. He looked more like an angel because… damn. His long eyelashes and those cheekbones and Magnus felt his heart fastening a little bit.


Oh no. He was hot. Magnus gulped and then got ready because the guy opened his eyes and Magnus was freaking out - what to do, what to do?!



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Alec’s head hurt as he opened his eyes - he had a splitting headache and he let out a loud groan. He didn’t know where in the world he was, it needed him quite a while for him to remember everything that went down before he was attacked and he just shook his head. He soon remembered about the horse chasing him, him finding a castle in the middle of the woods, then climbing up it, getting inside of the castle and then- darkness. Someone crept up from behind him and attacked him ever so rudely. Alec shuddered and then shook his head again, trying to make the headache disappear. Whoever hit him, they hit him pretty hard and Alec whined. He tried touching his head, but only then noticed that he couldn’t actually move his hands. Nor legs after further inspections and he started freaking out because he didn’t understand - was he captured and the guard got him after passing out? Oh, that would be terrible news and he tried to get free, but it was no use. He was bound to that chair way too hard and he then whined - well, now what?


Magnus, who was still hiding behind the wardrobe sighed in relief, because it seemed that the guy was okay, but he was still pretty freaked out about the guy coming over to their home - was he there for his magic. He had to be! Magnus grabbed onto the frying pan tighter, but he still had his magic ready just in case, snapping his fingers because he was going to fight back if the fucker tried to get anywhere near him. Asmodeus tried telling him that they shouldn’t be using magic, but frankly, he wasn’t going to let a stranger attack him in his own home. So, he stepped a bit closer and Alec looked at his way as he could hear something shifting and he shuddered. That was the end for him! He was going to get caught and-


“You can struggle all you want, but it won’t help you,” said Magnus and didn’t sound scared at all. No matter how you looked at it, he was at the advantage even if this idiot was a Shadowhunter - he wasn’t scared of him. Though, he was pretty sure that this wasn’t a Shadowhunter; Shadowhunters probably had fangs and claws based on the description that his father gave him. It had to be a Mundane and Magnus finally gathered enough courage to step a bit closer and Alec narrowed his eyes when he could see a figure in the shadows. “I know why you’re here, by the way, but you’re not going to get anywhere near me or my magic, Mundane ,” said Magnus and Alec narrowed his eyes - what was going on?


“What?!” snapped Alec and then tried getting free again. What kind of a magic was he supposed to be after? Alec just wanted to get the crown and get back home. He didn’t want anything to do with someone’s magic. Ugh. What a terrible day it was and his head was still killing him, moaning out in discomfort.


“Don’t play dumb, I know you’re here to kill me and collect my warlock mark,” said Magnus and then finally dared to step out of the shadows. Then and only then did Alec see who his attacker was and his eyes grew huge because damn. Inside of the room, stepping out of the shadows, there stood a tall man, dressed up quite nicely - one could definitely tell that he was from a wealthy family. His hair was spiked up, he was wearing makeup (which Alec didn’t mind at all) and even his nails were painted. He was shiny , that was the best way Alec could describe him and he just couldn’t look away because he was hot as hell and he swallowed thickly. He just hoped that he wasn’t drooling way too obviously, but he couldn’t really help it and he then only grinned a little bit. Now, now… he did not mind being attacked and pushed down by someone like that. At all. Maybe it was his lucky day - he could score the crown and the hot warlock! If he played his cards right! Also, why was there a frog sitting on his shoulder? Weird.


“Literally I have no idea what you’re-”


“I won’t repeat myself again - who are you and how did you find me?” asked Magnus and then stepped closer to Alec, so that he could see him better and then he swallowed thickly. Oh, the warlock wasn’t just a snack, he was a three course meal and he bit into his lip. Magnus was still holding onto the frying pan and he lifted it up again, trying to show to Alec that he wasn’t playing games. “Who the fuck are you and why are you here? Come on, speak , I don’t have the whole day,” grumbled Magnus finally and Alec finally snapped out of admiring his hotness and then he cleared his throat.


Alec knew he was born lucky - with a handsome face, that was and that he had quite a lot of fans around the area. Not that he really got serious with any of the guys, but he usually used his good looks to get out of bad situations and that was exactly why he decided to use them this time as well. He was pretty sure it was going to work, flirting his way out usually helped and Alec then waggled his eyebrows. “I don’t know who you are or how I came to find you,” said Alec, trying to sound very collected and charming and it was working, kind of. Magnus felt his cheeks reddening a little bit as he wasn’t used to be in the company of hot people and Alec then carried on. “But may I just say damn, boy ,” said Alec. “How are you doing? The name’s Alec Lightwood, do you want some of this?” he asked, trying to point to himself, but couldn’t as his hands were bound behind his back and Magnus frowned - what the hell was the other doing? “How do you say you untie me and I show you a great time. Then again, you can keep me tied up if that’s one you’re into.”


Magnus rolled his eyes and then gagged - oh, okay, fine. The guy was a sleaze bag to top it all off and he just rolled his eyes. He might have been hot, but Magnus wasn’t falling for it and he just scoffed, but wasn’t backing down. “Nice try,” said Magnus. “Tell me, who else knows my location? Who did you send after me, Alec Lightwood?” asked Magnus and Alec whined because it wasn’t working ?! But how?! It usually did - he always got out of situations like this one with flirting. Ugh. He sighed and then stopped flirting because Magnus brought the frying back close to his face and he shuddered - not the face, anything but the face!


“Okay, listen to me, warlock. I have no idea-”


“Magnus,” said Magnus as he didn’t like being called warlock. 


“Fine, Magnus ,” said Alec and tried not to be too sarcastic about it. “Listen, I’ve been through a lot today. First I got chased by the guards, then a fucking horse stalked me down to…wait, hold on a second,” said Alec and quickly started looking around. “Where’s my bag, where-” he started, but then he soon found it not too far from him on the floor and he sighed happily. “My precious, come to daddy!” said Alec and tried to reach for it with his foot, but it wasn’t working. Instead, Magnus got curious and he picked the bag up, Alec shaking his head. “No, no, give it back to me!”


“This bag is important to you, is it?” asked Magnus and Alec nodded. He was planning to do literally anything to get it back, because a lot depended on it and he shuddered, eyes focused on the bag and Magnus narrowed his eyes when he reached inside and pulled out a crown. “Oh, it’s a crown? Are you some kind of a prince or?”




“Where did you get this?” asked Magnus as he was quite in awe. He had never held a royal crown in his hands and he was spinning it around, letting out a loud yelp when he saw the angelic rune on the front. That was one of the only runes that actually knew about - his father warned him about them and told him to stay away. They were evil and Magnus swallowed thickly. “I-is this a crown from Alicante?” asked Magnus and Alec rolled his eyes, but nodded. “Where in the world did you get it?”


“I, um, borrowed it?” asked Alec.


“You stole it.”


“Stealing is very subjective, it depends on how you look at it,” said Alec and Magnus shuddered - he was dealing with a thief. “Look, how about we make a deal. I’m prepared to do anything for that crown,” said Alec and Magnus perked up - a deal? He narrowed his eyes and glanced at the crown, putting it back inside of the bag and he was prepared to listen. He didn’t mean to make deals with thieves, but an idea popped into his mind - what if he would ask this guy to take him to see the floating lights? He could sneak him inside of the Alicante Kingdom and he then hummed. His father was going to be away from home for quite a while and if he used his magic to disarm his wards, he could actually get out of the castle and- Mangus let out an excited gasp and he looked at Raphael, who was sitting on his shoulder.


“So,” said Magnus. “You say you’re really not after my magic or my eyes,” said Magnus and Alec quickly nodded. Hmm, maybe Magnus believed him and he then looked at Raphael. “And you’re telling the truth?”


Yes! ” whined Alec and Magnus hummed again. It was time for Raphael to take matters into his own hands and he climbed up onto Alec’s shoulder and stared at him, sitting there for quite a while - vibe check. He needed to see just what kind of a guy this was, but as he continued to sit there, he decided that he was indeed telling the truth. Raphael returned back to Magnus, who was now thinking. Okay, so if he really wasn’t lying about that maybe he could make a deal with Alec. Magnus’ eyes then fell onto Alec’s face, going a bit down and he saw something on the side of his neck. A black tattoo - a rune. Magnus yelped and quickly got his frying pan ready again.


“You are not a Mundane, you are a Shadowhunter!” accused him Magnus and Alec sighed and then nodded - well, obviously!




“But!” said Magnus and then lowered the pan again. “He doesn’t have fangs or claws, Raphi,” said Magnus, speaking very seriously to the frog and Alec was just confused. Why would he have… it didn’t matter. “I know, he’s a thief, but I really want to see the lights. I’ll make a deal with him. Papa won’t know, he won’t be back for days,” said Magnus, who was now talking to the chameleon and Alec was just shaking his head - yep, he needed to get out from there. Magnus was hot, but… weird. “Well, maybe Papa was right. Maybe he’s different from others, he seems like a nice Shadowhunter. And you’ll be there. Plus I have magic, so if he tries to hurt me, I can just blast his away with my magic.”


And that was how Magnus decided on it - making a deal with the Shadowhunter. He’d give him back the bag after Alec would take him to the Kingdom to see the floating lights. “Okay, I’ll make a deal with you, Alec Lightwood. If you ever want to see this bag again,” said Magnus and with a swift snap of his fingers the bag was gone. Alec shrieked and started looking around, but the bag was gone. The crown was- “If you want to see your… precious again, you’ll have to do something for me,” said Magnus and Alec whined. Okay, fine, what was it?




“Take me to the Kingdom to see the floating lights,” said Magnus. 


“The floating what? ” asked Alec. “Oh you mean the lanterns that are released every year on the festival?” asked Alec and Magnus sighed happily - oh, there was a festival!


“Yes. That. So, in a few days they’ll release them and it’s exactly on my birthday. So my deal is - if you ever want to see your precious bag again, you’ll take me to see these lanterns and then take me back home. And only then you’ll be getting back your bag,” said Magnus and Alec whined. What? No! That was going to take days and did he not hear the part of him stealing the freaking crown?! The kingdom was after him - he was a wanted man and Magnus wanted him to be the one to take him to kingdom?!


“No can do,” said Alec. “I’m a wanted man in the Kingdom, so I’m not gonna be taking you anywhere,” said Alec and Magnus looked down at Raphael, who gave him a clear look - finish him. Magnus nodded in agreement and then stepped really close to Alec, who narrowed his eyes, but didn’t say anything.


‘’Something brought you here, Alec Lightwood,’’ said Magnus, who didn’t believe in coincidences. Everything happened for a reason and he was half convinced that he was destined to leaved with Alec. And maybe it was the way those big hazel eyes were looking up at him that he almost trusted Alec. Magnus didn’t know what it was, but he felt something and he couldn’t let it just go. Alexander was a thief, yes, but something about him made him want to trust him and usually he was a pretty good judge of character. He found it hard to trust others, so he was going to go what his gut was telling him. ‘’You can call it a destiny, faith-’’


‘’Or a horse,’’ deadpanned Alec, but Magnus didn’t listen to him.


‘’And I’ve made a decision to trust you.’’


‘’A horrible decision really,’’ said Alec completely unimpressed and couldn’t believe that he couldn’t get rid of this guy. Or at least that he wasn’t falling for his good looks - this really wasn’t his day, was it?


‘’You’re not getting your precious bag back until you promise to take me to see the lanterns,’’ said Magnus and Alec whined - fuck, he was a stubborn guy and he shook his head. ‘’If you don’t agree to these conditions, you’ll never see your stolen crown again,’’ said Magnus. ‘’I can promise you that - only I know where it is,’’ he carried on and Alec looked him into his eyes and then started thinking. And he was thinking for a long time, looking into Magnus’ eyes and he could see that Magnus’ cheeks were getting kind of red. Ah, ha! So maybe that would be his perfect chance to seduce the warlock and leave with the bag! There was still hope, of course. He was Alec Lightwood, of course!


Magnus’ heart was again racing when he was looking into Alec’s eyes and he couldn’t look away - they were just too beautiful and he swallowed thickly. It was such a shame that the guy was such a major douche, because he was exactly his type and he just stared back. He wasn’t giving up. He was going to be seeing those lanterns! ‘’Look, I didn’t want to do this, but here comes the look .’’


‘’The what?’’ asked Magnus, confused.


‘’You know,’’ said Alec and winked, biting into his lip and Magnus continued staring at him. Alec then knitted his eyebrows together and sent Magnus a wink - still nothing. Alec tried winking again, but Magnus just cocked his head to the side. 


‘’Something wrong with your eyes?’’ asked Magnus and Alec whined again.


‘’Today really isn’t my day… this is awkward,’’ said Alec as he couldn’t believe that his moves weren’t working at all and in the end he just bowed his head down and admitted defeat - fine, he was going to agree to his conditions. That was the only way that he was getting the crown back as it seemed and he was pissed off at himself. If only he didn’t climb the castle and sneak inside. This was karma, wasn’t it? ‘’Okay, fine, I’ll take you to see the fucking lanterns. Just untie me for fuck’s sake,’’ said Alec and Magnus happily clapped, snapped his fingers and just like that, Alec was free.


Oh, Magnus was beyond excited as he couldn’t believe that this was finally happening! Raphael seemed excited as even if he didn’t trust that Alec guy too much and he kept a careful eye on him. In the meantime, Magnus was getting ready to cast a spell that would disable his father’s wards around the castle and he quickly rubbed his palms together. The truth was, he was much stronger than Asmodeus himself, so he had no difficulties with disarming the castle. He clicked with his fingers, the sparks of blue magic pooling underneath his hands and Alec watched in awe how the magic started lifting up from the ground and then a swilf of it washed over the castle, his hair swooshing as the magic flew over him and he giggled. The magic tickled and he looked around, then back to Magnus, who was beyond excited - it seemed that this was a big deal for the warlock. Didn’t he leave the castle much?


‘’Now Papa shouldn’t notice that I’m gone,’’ said Magnus to Raphael and then looked down at his clothes - maybe he should have changed? Magnus nodded because he loved dressing up and he just used magic for that as well. Asmodeus wasn’t home so he could do whatever he wanted! Another wave of magic hit Magnus and he giggled when he was all ready - he was wearing tight black fitted jeans and a blue button up shirt with a low cut. He made sure to add all of the right accessories and he was impressed. And ready. Alec was drooling yet again. ‘’Are we all set?’’




‘’Alec, are you okay?’’


‘’Oh, I’m lovely, just peachy, I… yes, let’s gay… I mean go. Let’s go!’’ said Alec, stumbling over his words and Magnus snorted, but it was kind of cute the way Alec was when he was flustered. It was pretty clear to Magnus that Alec liked what he saw, but Magnus was going to make Alec work for it. Then again, his personality wasn’t too… great. Magnus was smiling as he created a portal through the castle and soon he was standing outside, taking in a deep breath. 


Meanwhile, Alec had to climb back down and he kept cursing under his breath. ‘’I’ll be a freaking babysitter, this is just fantastic. Ugh, I just… I… fuck my life. I’m tired,’’ he kept on chanting over and over again. He found Magnus by the flowers that were blooming by the castle and his heart throbbed yet again. Magnus plucked one flower and gave it to Raphael, while he tucked one behind his ear and looked… adorable. Too. Freaking. Adorable. Alec was a weak man and the lord was testing him. Maybe… maybe the trip wasn’t going to be that bad.

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Magnus was completely in awe when he was walking around the place – it wasn’t his first time out, but it was the first time that he was alone out there. For the first time in a long time. He would sneak out every now and then when he was still a younger teen, so a lot has changed in the last few years, so the warlock was taking all the time he had to take everything in. The beauty of nature has always intrigued and amazed him, so he was completely in awe as he was walking in front of Alec. For a moment he didn’t even remember that Alec was there with him as he was completely immersed into the beauty of nature. It was completely and utterly stunning and he was sighing happily, the birds’ singing welcoming him as he stepped under the tree and then looked up.


There were a lot of different birds sitting on the tree and Magnus waved up to them and then giggled because it looked like they were singing back to him as a greeting. He looked over to Raphael, who was beyond happy to see Magnus finally leaving the castle and he was happily humming along. He liked the outside world, but wouldn’t get out much since meeting Magnus – he wanted to be there for his friend, but now freedom was finally there and his tail was happily waving behind and he almost seemed like a dog, whose tail was waggling with happiness. Raphi was adorable and Magnus was shaking his head and then he looked around him, the castle slowly, but gradually disappearing in the distance and he happily sighed. Ah.


Magnus felt a little bit of guilt slipping through the cracks, but then he shook his head – no. This was finally his moment and he was going to let his conscious to get to him. While he did promise to his father to not bring it up again – going over to the Kingdom – he also wanted to do it. But he was breaking a promise that he made to his father and that he had never done. He had never broken a promise that he made to his dad and he then pressed his lips together. Asmodeus would be crushed if he came back early and wouldn’t see Magnus back there. He would be sick with worries and Magnus’ heart fell into the pit of his stomach.


“Raphi,” said Magnus and then looked at the chameleon, who perked up when he was spoken to. “Do you think that Papa would be mad if he came back home early and saw that I wasn’t back there?” asked Magnus and Raphael quickly shook his head because he knew that Magnus was having second thoughts, but he wasn’t going to let his friend do this to himself – he needed to do this, so he just shook his head and then pointed over to the world out there and Magnus pressed his lips together. “You’re right, I have to do this, I’m old enough to make my own decisions,” said Magnus and then nodded. “Besides, Papa won’t even find out,” said Magnus and Raphael nodded. As he nodded, Magnus happily giggled and then went back to observing the woods.


“Aw, look Raphi, there’s butterflies,” said Magnus and his voice was getting a little bit high pitched because the excitement was getting the best of him and he really couldn’t help himself because this was just too exciting and Magnus giggled when he tried catching the butterfly, but then it ran away and he pouted. “Oh, come on, let me take a closer look at you,” he said and started chasing the butterfly around the place, which was flying from one flower to the other and he was just in heaven basically. And while Magnus was running around the place excitedly, Alec was leaning against the tree and just shaking his head.


At this rate, it would take them a whole week to reach the Kingdom. It’s been about an hour since the two of them had made their way outside, but they haven’t really gotten far as they were still by the castle – Magnus was just taking too much time! But then again – he was so freaking adorable. When he was chasing around the butterfly and wearing that flower in his hair – he was just too precious, feeling his heart fasten a little bit because it was just really unfair. It was unfair that the warlock was so adorable yet hot. And not to mention his smile – now that shit was contagious and Alec found himself smiling way too widely even if he tried not to smile, but it was impossible. Magnus was too much for him to handle as he was literally sunshine and rainbows. Alec bit his lip and Magnus turned around, finding remembering that he wasn’t alone and he grinned, waving Alec to come and join him by the lake.


“Alec, come on,” said Magnus and then plucked up a flower for his guide as well. He hid it behind his back and he was grinning, but in the end Alec just rolled his eyes, making his way to Magnus. He was about to tell him to stop stalling and just get going, but then Magnus pulled out a flower from behind his back and then handed it to Alec, who didn’t know what to do with it. (a) he wasn’t a big fan of flowers and (b) yeah what the hell? He wanted to laugh, but then the sheer look of excitement in Magnus’ eyes made him keep it. Also, it made his heart throb a bit more and he then pressed his lips together. “For you as well,” said Magnus and Alec clicked with his tongue, trying not to show that he was a bit taken back. Maybe he was even flushing a little bit.


“Thanks,” said Alec and then tucked the flower behind his belt and Magnus happily smiled. “But, listen, we should really get going. I want to get this over with as quickly as possible,” said Alec and Magnus only rolled his eyes – where the hell was his sense for adventure? For a thief he sure was pretty plain and boring and Magnus only rolled his eyes.


“We have three days before the festival happens, so you’ll let me enjoy this,” said Magnus and then crossed his arms on top of his chest. “I’ve never been out of the castle without my father and I want to savour this few little moments I have,” said Magnus and then looked again towards the castle and then felt guilt creeping in again. Alec didn’t get what his whole problem was, but as he was picking up, Magnus had a pretty over-protective father. Alec continued thinking for a little while and then another idea popped into his mind – maybe he could somehow use that against Magnus and try to convince him into staying at the castle after all? Alec was desperate at that point and as much as he liked what he saw, he also wanted to go home because he was tired as hell.


“An over-protective father, huh?” asked Alec and Magnus nodded, feeling his heart sinking in a little bit more because he knew that Asmodeus was doing it out of love and not because he wanted to harm him. Then again, Magnus really wanted to do this so that he could prove to his father that he was old enough to be living on his own. Or at least have access to the outside world and he just clicked with his tongue. Still, he made a promise and Magnus never broke promises. He shuddered and Alec shook his head. “Ah, yes, yes,” said Alec and Magnus glanced at him. “I mean I can’t blame your old man for trying to want to keep you safe. It’s a dangerous world out here,” said Alec and then nodded. Magnus rolled his eyes.


“I mean I know he’s been doing it for my own good. Keeping me safe from Shadowhunters you like yourself,” said Magnus and his eyes pierced Alec, who just rolled his eyes again. “But I also have to do this. I can’t keep on living like this forever. I want to experience the world on my own. I promised that I wouldn’t sneak out again, but-”


Ouch,” said Alec and interrupted Magnus, who glanced at him and then he cocked his head to the side – what was that supposed to mean? That ‘ouch’ sounded like it was a way to make Magnus feel guilty and the warlock wasn’t wrong because that was exactly what Alec’s plan was all along. “And you just went ahead and broke that promise you made to your father, huh?” asked Alec and shook his head. “That’s cold, Magnus, cold. Ice cold,” said Alec and then shook his head. Magnus flinched and then glanced at Raphael, who was shaking his head and he saw right through Alec’s bullshit. “I mean I hear it – you have to do this, right? Be rebellious and stuff, but,” said Alec and clasped his hands together.


“But?” asked Magnus.


“You’ll hurt your old man’s feelings,” said Alec and shook his head. “You know,” said Alec and then pressed his lips together. “It’ll completely crush his soul when he comes back to your home and finds out that you aren’t there? Can you even imagine how worried he’s going to be?” asked Alec and Magnus wanted to tell him that he was being ridiculous, but then he didn’t say it because it a way, Alec was completely right. He broke a promise that he made to his father and he then looked down. It would crush his father’s soul? Did he really have to word it like that? That sounded like Magnus didn’t care about his dad at all and that couldn’t be further away from the truth as Magnus loved his father. But- And he didn’t even leave him a message!


“I’m a despicable human being,” said Magnus and threw himself into the grass. Alec grinned and then rubbed his palms together – his plan was working perfectly.


“Yep, you are,” said Alec, making Magnus’ mood sink ever lower. “If I were you, I would pack my things and return back home before your old man finds out that you’re missing,” said Alec. “Look, I’ll even be as kind as to help you out. Here is your frog,” said Alec and took Raphael into his hands as he was on the floor after Magnus laid down in despair and placed him on top of Magnus’ head. “I would hurry up and just-” started Alec, but then it finally clicked and Magnus glared at him. So, he was still trying to get out of the deal?! Pissed off, Magnus grumbled and then finally snapped out of it and he just snapped his fingers, the frying pan reappearing in his hand and he then pointed it at Alec.


“You’re not getting out of this, Pretty Boy,. I’m not afraid to use this again” said Magnus and Alec lifted his hands up when he was threatened by that… why was the warlock even using the frying pan as his weapon of choice? Though, Magnus was cute with it as he was hunched down a little bit – even when Magnus was threatening him, he was adorable and Alec clicked with his tongue. He was really no match for Magnus and in the end he admitted defeat and then just rolled his eyes. Raphael, who was back on Magnus’ shoulder kept an eye on him and glared – one day he was going to bite his ass if he wouldn’t stop acting so annoying!


“Yeah, yeah, I get it,” grumbled Alec and finally decided to give up fighting it. Warlock was stubborn as hell. Ugh. “Let’s get going then,” said Alec and Magnus nodded, following Alec into the woods and thus leaving the safety of his home for good… for now. He was going to be back soon though.



It was about three hours later and Magnus and Alec were still wandering around the forest – without a horse or any other means of transportation, it was really difficult to get anywhere on feet, mainly because Magnus was taking forever as he would inspect every fucking stone that was on that road and Alec was getting really pissed off. A part of him just wanted to smack Magnus and just snap at him, but the freaking frog kept an eye on him and if he did as little as roll his eyes, he would inform Magnus about it and Alec would again be threatened by that frying pan, which gave him great trauma – his head still hurt like a bitch and he was getting more and more grumpy. His legs hurt, he was cold and hungry.


“Ugh, why do you keep on stopping all of the fucking time,” whined Alec. “I’m tired and we haven’t even gotten anywhere,” said Alec and Magnus started cracking up because it seemed like someone was being a little bit whiny and they lacked Stamina, which was hilarious for a Shadowhunter.  “Not to mention I’m fucking starving,” said Alec and continued complaining because he was so pissed off and he didn’t really care if he would hurt Magnus’ feelings or not. Truth be told, Magnus felt getting hungry himself as well, but he didn’t really mind it as he was so in awe. The newly gained freedom really was something else and he just sighed, but then nodded. Okay, they could stop on the way for a picnic or something.


“Okay, I guess I’m feeling a bit peckish myself as well,” said Magnus and then rubbed his palms together. “What shall we be having?” he then asked and looked towards Alec, who was just.. lost for words. Did he look like someone who had food on him? Yep, Alec was grumpy and angry and he was hungry to top it all off – what a horrible day it was. He just wanted for it to be over and wanted to return back to normal. “Alec?”


“Does it seem like I have food with me?”


“Um, no?”


“Then why in the world are you asking me such useless things?!” asked Alec and shook his head. “This is officially the worst day ever. I just want to go back home,” said Alec and was already regretting the decision of stealing the crown even if it was to pay out his family’s debt to the Kingdom. It wasn’t worth all of the suffering he was being put through at the moment and he then just whined and looked at Magnus, who was now looking at him rather offended, but then decided not to let get Alec’s bad mood get the best of him. He was free and he was going to enjoy the freedom whether the grumpy Shadowhunter was going to like it or not. Alec was just so tired.


Magnus felt kind of bad for Alec even if he was kind of a douche and a dick. He looked really tired and he then looked around – they seemed to be completely alone and he then decided to perform a little magic thing for Alec. A little spell that would allow Alec to eat up something and maybe he would stop bitching by then. Magnus didn’t really want to use magic outside of the castle because his father made him believe that the Shadowhunters were always watching, but Alec was a Shadowhunter as well and he wasn’t interested in his magic at all. He wasn’t even interested in him  - apart from trying to get into his pants, but that was a different matter – and Magnus was just very much so confused. Was his father lying to him, or was he being just paranoid? Probably the latter and without thinking too much he summoned two pieces of bread – something that no one would really notice missing and Alec’s jaw dropped when he saw food.


“You have food!” shrieked Alec and pointed to the thing in Magnus’ hand and the warlock only nodded and then rolled his eyes. “Wait, if you have indeed magic, why don’t we just portal over to the Kingdom and why do we have to walk?” whined Alec. “You could literally create a portal to there and we could call it a day. Why-”


“That’s not how the portals work, Shadowhunter,” said Magnus and decided to not hold it against Alec because it sounded like he really didn’t know a lot about warlocks and their magic. As much as the portals were powerful, they were also very limited in their use. “I can only open portals to the places I’ve already visited,” said Magnus and shook his head. “And as I’ve never really been there, that wouldn’t be really useful now would it?” asked Magnus and as soon as Alec’s hope came, it was demolished into thin air and he was again feeling sorry for himself. “Still, I can offer you a piece of bread, if you want.”


Alec grumbled, but in the end, he took that piece of bread ate as he kept on cursing under his breath.



‘’Finally, we’ve made it back to civilization,’’ whined Alec as soon as he saw the familiar path and he was smiling. Ugh, finally someone else to hang out but Magnus. Not that he disliked his company, but still. Magnus was kind of hilarious and every single rustle in the bushes that they would stumble upon, the poor guy would get really freaked out and it made Alec laugh at him. It pissed Magnus off a lot and now he wasn’t talking to Alec because in his mind Alec was very much what he considered a traitor – so he was giving him silence treatment as that was what Alec deserved in his humble opinion. There was one situation that more than embarrassing. A squirrel suddenly jumped onto the path and the sound that Magnus let out was out of this world – it made Alec laugh so hard because he couldn’t believe that Magnus was scared of such an innocent animal.


Alec knew that he needed to stay low as he was a wanted man, so he decided to go to a pub that not many people went to – Hunter’s Moon. It was a place where usually Downworlders hung out, so not many Shadowhunters would go there. It was more than perfect because it was evening already and the two of them needed to find some proper meal, which they also had at the Hunter’s Moon and Alec felt his stomach rumbling. But, as the two of them made their way inside of Hunter’s Moon, Magnus gradually forgot all about his anger as he was in awe, because he had once been to this place when he was younger. But now it was completely changed and his eyes were wide, taking everything in. Alec rubbed the back of his neck and decided to make it up to Magnus – by buying him dinner. He didn’t have much money on him, but it would be enough for now.


‘’This still doesn’t mean I like you,’’ said Magnus as he was eating. He didn’t want to, but his stomach betrayed him and he allowed Alec to treat him to some food and he was grumbling under his breath when he watched Alec, who was staring at him. ‘’Now what?’’ grumbled Magnus because he didn’t like how Alec was looking at him.


‘’I was just thinking,’’ said Alec. ‘’You’re a screamer, when that squirrel attacked you, you really-‘’


‘’Okay, shut the fuck up,’’ said Magnus and glared at Alec. He was really tempted to portal Alec off to somewhere where the sun wouldn’t shine but then he was reminded that he needed him. So, he was stuck with Alec and he just kept feeling sorry for himself. But still, even if that was embarrassing as hell, he was still happy. Being out like this was truly freeing. Magnus then looked back up at Alec, his mouth full with food and Alec started laughing – Magnus looked like a hamster storing his food and he found him even more adorable. Thinking that Alec was still making fun of him, Magnus kicked Alec’s shin under the table.


‘’Ouch, that hurt – what was this for anyway?!’’


‘’You were staring at me!’’


‘’I didn’t mean to!?’


‘’You were making fun of me!’’


‘’Nuh-huh, I just thought you were cute,’’ said Alec without really holding back and Magnus felt his cheeks reddening and he then looked down. He opened his mouth to say something, but nothing came out and Alec grinned – oh, so his charms were working? He couldn’t tell and that was what was driving him insane. He just couldn’t seem to read Magnus. He was a challenge and Alec liked a challenge. Though, Magnus was an annoying challenge, too so-


‘’Stop it, it’s annoying,’’ said Magnus.


‘’I’ll stop when you stop being cute,’’ said Alec and leaned back in his chair and then winked.


Magnus said something that Alec couldn’t really make out what it was, but for now it didn’t matter.  He was having far too much fun making Magnus flustered like this! At least he’d get something out of this fun road trip. Still – ugh!