The Red Scrolls of Magic
from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, the city was spread at Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood’s feet like a gift. The stars twinkled as if they knew they had competition, the cobbled streets were narrow gold, and the Seine was a silver ribbon twined around a ﬁligree box of bonbons. Paris, city of boulevards and bohemians, of lovers and the Louvre. Paris had also been the setting for many of Magnus’s most embarrassing mishaps and ill-conceived plots, and several romantic catastrophes, but the past did not matter now.
This time Magnus intended to get Paris right. In his four hundred years of wandering the world, he had learned that wherever you traveled, it was the company that mattered. He looked across the small table at Alec Lightwood, who was ignoring the glitter and glamour of Paris in order to write postcards to his family back home, and smiled. Each time he ﬁnished a postcard, Alec wrote Wish you were here at the end. And each time, Magnus snatched the card and wrote, with a ﬂourish, Except not really.