"Clary," Simon called out in a whiney voice as he stood in Clary's kitchen.
Clary giggled from her place on the couch, "what's wrong now Si?"
"There's nothing to eat in here and I'm starving," Simon was still pouting as he walked back into Clary's living room.
Clary pinched her eyebrows together, trying her best not to laugh, "there's plenty of food in there mister, maybe not what you want but if you're starving you'll find something."
Simon gasped, "I'm hurt Fray, treating my hunger pains like a big joke," Simon pointed down at Clary's stomach, "good thing my nephew will have me around, if not he'd starve."
Clary could no longer contain her laughter, "Si, you're outta your mind," Simon nodded in agreement, Clary's laughter finally died down allowing her to continue, "there is bread, peanut butter and jelly in the pantry, go make a PB and J, and since when are you going to be a uncle?"
Simon shrugged, "it's only natural for me to the kid's uncle, besides we both know you secretly wanted me too."
Clary couldn't argue with that, "Thanks Si, I mean it thank you."
Simon began to wipe fake tears from his eyes, "Yeah, yeah, talks cheap, if you really wanna thank me how about we order some Takis, you buy, I'll pick up," Simon began to wiggle his eyebrows at Clary hoping she would take the bait, "come on Fray, you know you want some good ole Takis take out."
Clary was already grinning from ear to ear, having Simon on board with the baby idea was all that she cared about, he could ask her for anything right now and she would give to him, "I buy and you pick up?"
"Yep," Simon was stretching in front of Clary pretending he was getting ready to run a marathon.
"Okay, okay, let's order Takis but on one condition Mr. Lewis," Clary was sitting up on the couch pointing an accusing finger at him, "you go to straight to Takis and you come straight back, I mean it."
"I got it," Simon rolled his eyes as he answered.
"I'm not kidding Simon, no stopping by the comic book store this time," Clary's emerald green eyes were fierce and demanding.
Simon started to slowly back away from the couch, holding his hands high up in the air, "I surrender, I swear never to stop by that evil comic book store ever again, just please Momma Fray don't shoot me with your deadly laser eyes."
"Shut up, now what do you want so I can call it in," Clary asked while giggling.
Isabelle's deep brown eyes were scanning the article in front of her, "holy hell, you're not going to believe this, Clarissa Adele Fray is freaking famous," Isabelle squealed as she turned to stare at her two brothers.
Alec and Jace shared a look before turning to take their previous positions on Isabelle's bed.
"Sorry, Iz, she must not be that famous, I've never heard of her," Alec replied as he sat down.
"Alec's right Iz, if this Clary girl was famous, then why did she go to some clinic to get pregnant," Jace's voice was muffled by the pillow he had placed over his face.
"Why me, what did I do to deserve this kind of punishment," Isabelle held her hands up in the air before allowing them to fall back down at her sides, "she's not the kind of famous you two nimrods are talking about, do you remember learning about the Morgenstern trial in school?" Isabelle's brown eyes darted from one brother to the next, when neither Alec nor Jace spoke up, she decided that they had no clue what she was talking.
"I can't believe you two don't remember, it was all over the news, not to mention we had to hear the teachers go on and on about it at school," Isabelle was glaring at Alec and Jace, Alec just rolled his eyes, he could care less about this Clary person and how she was famous.
Jace finally sat up on the bed, "alright already, you've got my attention, would you please share your knowledge of the Morgenstern trial with us."
"Speak for yourself," Alec muttered under his breath as he tried to stand only to be pulled back down by Jace's giant hand, "jackass," Alec nudged Jace in his side as he fell back to his sitting position.
"Alec, you need to watch your language," Jace snickered.
"You know what, just get out, get out now, I was trying to help out but now I don't give a damn," Isabelle screamed as she marched over toward her bedroom door.
Jace stood up, "Iz, I'm sorry," Isabelle shot Jace a look, he held his hands up in surrender, "seriously I'm sorry, I'm just nervous, you know me, when shit happens I turn into an arrogant ass, that's just the way it is."
Isabelle closed her eyes, taking a deep breath before opening them, "what's your excuse Alec," she peered past Jace and stared at her brother.
"What can I say Izzy, I've been hanging around Jace too much," Alec gave Isabelle a toothy grin causing her to giggle finally.
"Okay how about we make a deal, I'll share my knowledge with you two, if you buy me dinner at Takis when we're finished," Isabelle waited for the two boys to give her their answer.
"Deal," Jace answered.
"Ugh, I had plans to get online," Alec huffed, "I haven't had time to play my Xbox one in forever."
Isabelle turned back to her laptop, "Alec you sound like a girl, suck it up, your online buddies will still be there when we get back, and if not, you can always make new friends," Isabelle chimed as she began typing again on her keypad.
Alec grumbled as he crossed his arms across his chest.
"Okay, this is what I know; Clarissa Adele Fray is actually Clarissa Adele Morgenstern, daughter of the very talented Artist Jocelyn Fairchild and the notorious Valentine Morgenstern, Clarissa also had a brother a Johnathan Christopher Morgenstern," Isabelle took a breath, her face turning very serious as she continued, "here's the part where she became famous, Valentine, Clarissa's father, was absolutely drop dead gorgeous, he was also a brilliant man, he worked all the time, never coming home, that left Jocelyn, Clarissa's mother, at home alone with their two children, now rumors have circulated from far and wide that Jocelyn had a steamy affair with her manager, Luke Garroway but none of that was ever confirmed."
Isabelle clapped her hands together, "Um, that's it," Alec raised an eyebrow as he looked at his sister.
"No, of course not," Isabelle's eyes widen, "I just wanted to make sure you were listening, that's all, now let's continue, so it was said that when Valentine found out about his wife's affair, he went mad, that's where the trial comes in, Valentine worked at a government laboratory, he was one of the scientist in charge of making and sending out vaccines but instead he sent out deadly pathogens, still with me guys?"
"Nope, I've got no clue what you're talking about, I was with you until you got to the part about vaccines," Jace answered honestly.
"Thank you for your honesty Jace," Isabelle smiled at Jace.
"Suck up," Alec muttered.
"For that remark, you get to pay for dinner Alec," Isabelle spouted at her brother.
"Shit, this doesn't even have anything to do with me," Alec argued.
Isabelle ignored her brother Alec's statement completely, "where were we, oh, Valentine, like I said he was a government scientist enlisted to work on vaccinations but instead of sending out vaccinations he sent out deadly pathogens, it's like instead of sending out the flu vaccination he sent out vials containing deadly strains of Avian Flu, he killed hundreds of people before the government finally stopped him but before they arrested him he killed his wife Jocelyn and his son Johnathan, Clary was found in a hidden closet in her mother's studio, Johnathan her brother seemed to be guarding it or maybe he didn't have time to get in, his body was found just outside the door, Jocelyn was found in the kitchen making breakfast of all things."
"Damn, Isabelle that's cold, you acted as if this girl was famous, no wonder she changed her name," Alec said as he stood from Isabelle's bed.
"I didn't mean it like that, I never said it wasn't terrible Alec, this girl Clary has been through hell," Isabelle's voice was no longer cheerful, it had finally sunk in that this girl they were talking about had went through something horrific, she lost everyone.
Jace was still sitting on the bed when he spoke, "so this Valentine, Clary's dad, killed hundreds of people by sending out a poison of sorts instead of the vaccination and then when the government finally traced it to him, he went off and killed his whole family before they arrested him?"
"Did he inject them with poison too?"
Isabelle shook her head, "no, it was worse, much worse, he sprayed them with acid, he didn't want anyone to be able to recognize them, people said he really did it because of Luke Garroway, he wanted him to suffer by not being able to see Jocelyn's face one last time."
Jace ran his hands through his messy curls, sighing "where is he, did they kill him?"
"No, not yet, he is being held at a secured location, he's on death row but you know the legal system, his lawyers have made appeals and so on," Isabelle was studying Jace as she spoke, why did he seem so stressed, "Jace are you ok?"
"What do you mean he's still on death row, didn't that happen when we were in middle school or something, why haven't they killed him already?"
"Jace," Alec placed a hand on Jace's shoulder, "come on man let's take a break go get something to eat."
"Why, Isabelle," Jace pushed Alec's hand away, his golden eyes staring at his adopted sister.
EIsabelle stood from her chair and walked slowly over to Jace, "his lawyer keep appealing, they say he was mentally ill, something about the chemicals at the governments lab, Jace what does it matter, seriously tell us what's this all about?"
Jace frowned, "I don't know, I mean, what if this Clary girl is freaking crazy like her father, does that Bane character not do background checks on his patients, some people shouldn't be allowed to have kids."
Alec and Isabelle now knew where this was coming from and they knew better than to push him any further, Isabelle spoke quietly, "hey that's why we have her information right, the three of us will make sure this girl is of sound mind," Isabelle stopped for a moment, looking back at her laptop screen before continuing, "but to be honest from what I've read about her, she's fantastic, she followed in her mother's footsteps and became an artist, she owns an art gallery, and even though she was left with a shit load of money, you'd never know it, she keeps out of the public eye, I can't seem to find any pictures of her, all I know is that she goes by Clary Fray now."
Jace took a deep breath and nodded, "okay."
Isabelle linked her arm through one of Jace's, "we're going to find her Jace, Fray is not a common name around here, besides we already know where her gallery is located, that's a start, right?"
Jace looked back at Isabelle and carefully removed her arm from his, "I'm good Iz, don't worry."
Isabelle bit her bottom lip nodding; she was trying desperately hard not to let Jace know how much it hurt that he removed his arm from hers.
Jace was walking toward Alec, he was back to his usual self, "since you're buying, I think I'll have two of everything."
"Hardy har har, just get your ass in the elevator so we can go," Alec grumbled as Jace walked by him.
Alec and Isabelle shared a knowing look as she stepped onto the elevator, but said nothing to one another.
"And we're off to Takis," Jace shouted throwing an arm around each of his adopted siblings as the elevator began its descent.
"Alright, now that you finally made your decision, I guess I'll be going," Simon held his hand out, palm up toward Clary, "gimme some dough woman, this man is hungry."
Clary smiled at her goofy friend as she got up from the couch, "you were the one that couldn't decide on what to get Si, we both know I only ever get my usual, a simple burger and fries," Clary walked over to her purse, pulling out some cash and handing it over to Simon, before letting go of the cash Clary warned him one more time, "remember Takis and back, no stopping in between."
Simon gave Clary his best pouty face, "it probably won't even be ready when I get there though."
"I'm not kidding Simon Lewis, Takis and back, no comic store," Clary's voice was stern, reminding Simon of his first grade teacher that he did not particularly like.
"Yeah, yeah, I hear ya," Simon muttered as he walked out of Clary's front door.