First of all, Merry Christmas to all of you!
Earlier today Cassandra Clare shared a new snippet of City of Heavenly Fire and the December artwork for the Shadowhunter calendar by Cassandra Jean, which she promised to do earlier this week. The snippet features Simon and Clary discussing some Christmas gifts. The December artwork for the calendar features all the characters of the previous months all together. The guys we’ve already seen having a snowball fight, and the girls are looking very festive!
Als eerste, Vrolijk Kerstfeest iedereen!
Eerder vandaag heeft Cassandra Clare een nieuw fragment van City of Heavenly Fire en de December illustraties voor de Shadowhunter kalender van Cassandra Jean gedeeld, zoals zij eerder deze week al beloofde. Het fragment gaat over Simon en Clary die over kerst cadeau’s praten. In de illustraties voor December zijn alle personages van de voorgaande maanden te zien. De heren hebben we al een sneeuwbal gevecht zien houden, en de dames zien er erg feestelijk uit!
The Frays had never been a religiously observant family, but Clary loved Fifth Avenue at Christmas time. The air smelled like sweet roasted chestnuts, and the window displays sparkled with silver and blue, green and red. This year there were fat round crystal snowflakes attached to each lamppost, sending back the winter sunlight in shafts of gold. Not to mention the huge tree at Rockefeller Center. It threw its shadow across them as she and Simon draped themselves over the gate at the side of the skating rink, watching tourists fall down as they tried to navigate the ice.
Clary had a hot chocolate wrapped in her hands, the warmth spreading through her body. She felt almost normal—this, coming to Fifth to see the window displays and the tree, had been a winter tradition for her and Simon for as long as she could remember.
“Feels like old times, doesn’t it?” he said, echoing her thoughts as he propped his chin on his folded arms.
She chanced a sideways look at him. He was wearing a black topcoat and scarf that emphasized the winter pallor of his skin. His eyes were shadowed, indicating that he hadn’t fed on blood recently. He looked like what he was—a hungry, tired vampire.
Well, she thought. Almost like old times. “More people to buy presents for,” she said. “Plus, the always traumatic what-to-buy-someone-for-the-first-Christmas-after-you’ve-started-dating question.”
“What to get the Shadowhunter who has everything,” Simon said with a grin.
“Jace mostly likes weapons,” Clary sighed. “He likes books, but they have a huge library at the Institute. He likes classical music …” She brightened. Simon was a musician; even though his band was terrible, and was always changing their name—currently they were Lethal Soufflé—he did have training. “What would you give someone who likes to play the piano?”
“A really huge metronome that could also double as a weapon?”
Clary sighed, exasperated.
“Sheet music. Rachmaninoff is tough stuff, but he likes a challenge.”
“Now you’re talking. I’m going to see if there’s a music store around here.” Clary, done with her hot chocolate, tossed the cup into a nearby trash can and pulled her phone out. “What about you? What are you giving Isabelle?”
“I have absolutely no idea,” Simon said. They had started heading toward the avenue, where a steady stream of pedestrians gawking at the windows clogged the streets.
“Oh, come on. Isabelle’s easy.”
“That’s my girlfriend you’re talking about.” Simon’s brows drew together. “I think. I’m not sure. We haven’t discussed it. The relationship, I mean.”
“You really have to DTR, Simon.”
“Define the relationship. What it is, where it’s going. Are you boyfriend and girlfriend, just having fun, ‘it’s complicated,’ or what? When’s she going to tell her parents? Are you allowed to see other people?”
Simon blanched. “What? Seriously?”
“Seriously. In the meantime—perfume!” Clary grabbed Simon by the back of his coat and hauled him into a cosmetics store that had once been a bank. It was massive on the inside, with rows of gleaming bottles everywhere. “And something unusual,” she said, heading for the fragrance area. “Isabelle isn’t going to want to smell like everyone else. She’s going to want to smell like figs, or vetiver, or—”
“Figs? Figs have a smell?” Simon looked horrified; Clary was about to laugh at him when her phone buzzed. It was her mother.
where are you? It’s an emergency.
From left to right / van links naar rechts:
First row / eerste rij: Aline, Maia, Isabelle, Cecily, Grace.
Second row / tweede rij: Helen, Cristina, Emma, Clary, Tessa, Lucie, Jessamine.
Clockwise / met de klok mee:
James, Jace, Will, Jaime, Julian, Mark, Jem, Matthew, Magnus, Alec, Raphael, Simon.