Reckless Flames

Chapter 9

"Let's get you home." Alec snagged a half knitted blanket from the outside of a house, and wrapped it around my hips. He put his arm around me, leading me back to my tent. "I'm going to make sure that guy get thrown into the jail. I'll be back in a minute, or do you want me to get Izzy?" He suggested softly, helping me to the bed. I shook my head, clutching at the small blanket.

"You should change while I'm gone, but I'll be back in a minute." He stammered, hurrying out the door. I shakily got to my feet, and changed into my more modest night gown. I sat back on my bed, wrapping the blanket around me. I couldn't believe that just happened to me. I was almost...

By the Angel, I wish Jace was here. Alec came back in with a bowl of water and rag. He kneeled in front of me, wiping the dirt from my face. I winced quietly, as he washed just above my eye.

"You have a small cut right there, but it should be fine." He explained softly, taking my hands to wash off.

"Ok." I murmured, heavily a heavy sigh.

"Will you be ok by yourself?" He adjusted awkwardly, and I realized I was putting him in an strange position.

"Yeah I'll be fine." I lied, putting on a strong face.

"If you need anything, you know where my tent is." He nodded, as he made his way out of the tent. I felt more tears come, but I ignored them, curling up under the covers. I want Jace.

I wasn't able to fall asleep, so when Jace finally got home at just before dawn, I was awake. He laid down in bed quietly, keeping to his own side. That wasn't what I wanted. I wanted him to snuggle me like he had been doing all week. I rolled onto my other side, curling up against his body. My face was in neck, my arm thrown over his waist, and my leg mingling with his. "Did I wake you?" He stroked my hair, as I held onto him tighter. I shook my head, taking a deep breath. I clung to him tightly, never wanting to let him go. "What's wrong?" He hummed, kissing my forehead. I sniffed, squeezing my eyes shut. "Have you been crying?" His thumb moved along my cheek, as I nodded. "What happened?" He asked softly, propping himself up just enough to see my face.

"Some guy attacked me." I shuddered, holding onto him snugger.

"What?!" He exclaimed, starting to sit up. I pulled him back down, probably crushing him in my grip. I didn’t want him to let me go.

"Alec saved me. I'm ok, but it scared me." My lip quivered, as I looked up at him.

"I've got you now. I'm sorry I wasn't here." He arms wrapped around me. He rubbed my arms soothingly, as I let my eyes slip shut. "I'm going to kill the man who tried to touch you." He rested his chin on my head, keeping me securely against him.

"Good." I yawned, feeling at ease.

"Go to sleep. I'll protect you." He assured me, as I hooked my leg with his. He stroked with my hair, slowly lulling me to sleep.

When we woke up, we were spooning again, and for once I wasn't annoyed by it. I laced my fingers with his, kissing his knuckles lightly. "This is a much more pleasant morning then yesterday." Jace teased, taking a deep breath. It tickled against my skin, making me shiver.

"Shut up." I muttered, glancing back at him.

"Are you ok?" He asked quietly, resting his chin on my shoulder.

"Yeah. I was just a little frazzled last night." I huffed, playing with his fingers. His hands were so much bigger than mine.

"You sure?" He questioned kindly. I nodded, humming quietly. "Well I was thinking that you should get some combat training." He explained, urging me onto my back so I could look at him.

"Do I have to? Couldn't I just get some guards to follow me?" I continued fiddling with his large fingers. I kept my eyes on his hands, feeling embarrassed about last night. I tried to fight him off, but I was too weak. I'm a small person. I couldn't possibly fight off a man that strong.

"No, you need to learn how to defend yourself." He sighed, sitting up. I started to think about it, and I realized having guards follow me around wasn't the best. If I have to creep around, I can't have two guards stalking me.

"Fine." I huffed, running my hands over my hands over my face. Today is going to suck.

Since our little bath time, I gave up not changing in front of him. We face different directions, and tug on our clothes. I hopped, as I pulled on the leather pants I needed to wear. My hair was still braided from yesterday, so I don't need to get Izzy to help me. I followed him out the door, feeling very weird. I am not a huge fan of pants. We walked over to the training area, where I felt eyes leering on me. I took a shaky breath, trying to ignore them.

"Hey, you ok?" Jace slung his arm over my shoulder, pulling me against him.

"Yeah, I'm fine." I looked up at him with a faint smile.

"Good." He walked across from me in one of the smaller arenas. "Now basic defense." He clapped.

After he taught me how to defend myself, I practice for a little while until he started having us use practice swords. They were a lot heavier than I thought they would be. "You need to hold the sword like this." He stood behind me, wrapping his hand around mine to adjust my grip.

"Ok." I nodded, doing what he told me. He released me, and stood across from me. I flung my sword at him, but he defected it, smacking me on the thigh lightly. I growled, fixing my hold, as Jace told me how to improve.

"Go again." He gestured for me to swing at him again. I hit him in the side, making him grunt, but he knocked the sword out of my hand. I huffed.

We continued sparing for an hour before I was any good at this. I circled around him, and he watched me carefully. How should I approach this? I could fake right go left? Before I could do anything, Jace struck first. I barely blocked it. I quickly made my move, and he circled our swords around, knocking me onto my butt. The wind was knocked out of me, but it got worse when Jace fell on me. I coughed, gasping for breath.

"Whoops." He murmured, bracing himself above me.

"I think you killed me." I groaned trying to move, but I was lodged into place from Jace’s crushing weight.

"Oh, you’re fine." He scoffed, raising my hands above my head to pin me down. "Escape." He ordered with a smile.

"But I can't breathe." I whined, struggling against his hands.

"I don't care. Get out or I'll lick you." He stuck his tongue out, wiggling it above my nose.

"No, stop!" I laughed, squirming around violently.

"Escape." He chuckled, trying to move his face around with mine. Some drool dropped into my face, which made me squeal.

"You are so gross." I groaned, stomping my feet on the ground.

"If you get out, then I wouldn't have to drool/lick you." He teased, continuing to stick his tongue out at me. I grumbled to myself, trying to figure out what to do. "Or should I tickle you?" He suggested, releasing my hands to attack my side. I screeched with laughter, rolling around the best I could, as I begged him to stop. The next thing I knew, my knee connected with his waist, making him fall off of me.

"Ha! I escaped!" I bounced up to my feet, kicking him lightly.

"Good job." He inhaled a ragged breath, crawling up to his feet.

We spent the entire day training, and when we stumbled into our room, my entire body was sore. I collapsed face first into the bed, moaning in discomfort. "You ok?" Jace chuckled, as he changed into his pjs.

"I hurt everywhere." I sighed, glancing back at him.

"Get undressed and put on a robe." He nudged me out of bed, turning the other way, so he wasn't looking at me. I shimmed out of my clothes, slipping my silk robe over my shoulders. I laid back down on my stomach, and I heard him shifting around. Suddenly, I felt weight on my butt, making me look back at him.

"What are you doing?" I raised my eye brows at him.

"I'm giving you a back rub." He said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

"I don't know if I like this." I settled my head back against the pillows.

"Yeah you will. You wiped out quite a few times. It will feel good." He assured me. "Can you slip the robe off of your waist?" He asked softly. I propped myself up, tugging the sleeves off, as Jace slid the material down my back. I laid back down, tucking my arms underneath me.

I felt some warm liquid pour over my back, making me shiver.

"What is that?" I asked quickly, not knowing what substance he just put on my back.

"Some oil. You need to calm down Clary." He chuckled, gliding his hands over my back. "Close your eyes and relax." He told me quietly, as his fingers started to knead the flesh around my spine. My eyes flicked shut at the relaxing feeling of his fingers. I sighed, losing myself in my mind. I didn't let any bad thoughts in, even though a lot of bad things have happened to me recently. I glanced back at him, and realized that Jace really cared for me. His palms dug into my skin, relieving more tension that had been built up in my body. Jace had been taking care of me all week. I nuzzled my head back against the pillows, putting together everything that we have been developing over the past week. We've been talking a lot about everything, and if I tried, I think this could work. I hope that they aren't planning anything stupid because I want to stay. I have to write my brother when Jace falls asleep. "Stop thinking." I felt two fingers press to my temples, making all current thoughts escape me.

"I can't." I sighed, holding onto the pillow tightly.

"Why? What could possibly be distracting you?" He stopped, as he rolled onto side, drawing my gown up over my shoulders.

"My brother sent a knight to give me a pigeon. He wants to keep in contact, and honestly I hate the man." I huffed, turning my head to look at him.

"Then don't write him." He smiled faintly, tracing his thumb over my cheek.

"I have to. He's unpredictable. He could just show up here himself, and we wouldn't want that." I sighed, keeping our eyes locked together. He didn't respond, which made me furrow my brow at him. "Now you’re thinking too much."

"Sorry." He shook his head, turning his attention back to me. "No, we wouldn't want your brother to show up." He agreed with me.

"What were you thinking about?" I asked.

"That I wanted to kiss you." He pursed his lips, knowing that I probably wouldn't want to.

"Oh." I rolled all the way onto my side, dragging the blanket up my shoulders.

"Sorry, I shouldn't have said that." He rubbed his hands over face, moving onto his back.

"It's ok." I curled my legs to touch his slightly, keeping my eyes locked with his. He took my hand, mingling our fingers together, as he brought it to his lips. He dropped out joined hands on his chest, looking back over at me. I leaned over kissing him lightly. I drew back just as quickly as I kissed him.

"That was cute." He smiled, holding my chin lightly.

"You wanted to kiss me, and I kissed you." I shrugged my shoulders, feeling a little awkward about it.

"Can I?" He leaned in, stopping in front of my mouth slightly. I gulped, nodding at him. His lips gently brushed across mine. He slowly mingled them together, as butterflies filled my stomach. He scooted closer to me, cupping his hand around my neck to deepen the kiss. I broke away from him, resting on my back. "You ok?" He played with a few strands of my hair, trying to keep my attention.

"Why wouldn't I be?" I grinned over to him, forcing back the fluttering of my heart.

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