Clary pushed her hood back, shaking hair out of her eyes, and rummaged in her pocket for her keys. “Where have you been? I’ve been calling you all morning.”
Simon got to his feet, shoving the blinking rectangle into his messenger bag. “I was at Eric’s. Band practice.”
Clary stopped jiggling the key in the lock—it always stuck—long enough to frown at him.
“Band practice? You mean you’re still—”
“In the band? Why wouldn’t I be?” He reached around her. “Here, let me do it.”
Clary stood still while Simon expertly twisted the key with just the right amount of
pressure, making the stubborn old lock spring open. His hand brushed hers; his skin was cool, the temperature of the air outside. She shivered a little. They’d only called oʃ their attempt at a romantic relationship last week, and she still felt confused whenever she saw him.
“Thanks.” She took the key back without looking at him.
— “City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 1: The Portal
I am only who is kind of weirded out by this passage? My problem with this passage is that this was supposed to take place a week after ‘City of Ashes’ ended. I find it strange and a little bewildering that Clary can just demand Simon’s time after they just broke up after a week ago. She’s questioning his whereabouts like they are still in a romantic relationship. Clary doesn’t have that right in my opinion, especially when she cheated on him with her own fucking brother.
Honestly, I’m surprised that Simon is playing it this cool, because I know damn well I would just leave. And it seems to me Clary doesn’t feel guilty at all, oh she says she’s confused, but it’s one again Clare telling and not showing it. Honestly, if I was Simon I would tell her to get to stepping and block her on my phone. Yet, once again Simon still doesn’t hold any resentment towards her.
Speaking of Simon, I find it weird that any potential with his bloodlust is just gone! He’s going to band practice with his human friends. Yet, he’s showing no real struggle with adjusting to being a vampire. However, this really feels like Simon doesn’t give a shit that he’s potentially exposing his friends to the real danger of being killed. Again, Simon doesn’t give a shit that he’s a fatal threat to his own family.
No, as long as Simon can pretend that everything is oh so normal, fuck everyone else!