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Cassandra Clare introduces new Tessa/Jem short story ‘After the Bridge’ — Read Part One now!

Photo Credit: Vania Stoyanova
Photo Credit: Vania Stoyanova

Photo Credit: Vania Stoyanova

Ever wondered what happened with Tessa and Jem after their meeting on Blackfriar’s Bridge in the epilogue of Clockwork Princess?

Well, we’re about to find out, thanks to Cassandra Clare, who has introduced a new story which will be shared in several installments.

Warning from Cassie: “Those who do not like Tessa&Jem together or Jessa sexytimes probably should skip this one. Those who like that sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.”

The story will alternate between Tessa and Jem’s POV.

Warning: Clockwork Princess spoilers:

Here is Part One:

AFTER THE BRIDGE

Now is the time of our comfort and plenty

These are the days we’ve been working for

Nothing can touch us and nothing can harm us

And nothing goes wrong anymore

 Keane – Love Is The End  

As it turned out, Tessa had a flat she owned in London. It was the second floor of a pale white townhouse in Kensington, and as she let them both inside — her hand only shaking very slightly as she turned the keys — she explained to Jem that Magnus had taught her how warlocks could finagle their way into owning homes over many centuries by willing the properties to themselves.

“After a while I just started picking silly names for myself,” she said, shutting the door behind them. “I think I own this place under the pseudonym Bedelia Codfish.”

Jem laughed, though his mind was only partly on her words. He was gazing around the flat — the walls were painted in bright colors: a lilac living room, scattered with white couches, an avocado-green kitchen. When had Tessa bought the flat, he wondered, and why? She had traveled so much, why make a home base in London?

The question dried up in his throat when he turned and realized that through a partly open door, he could glimpse the blue walls of what was likely a bedroom.

He swallowed at that, his mouth gone suddenly dry. Tessa’s bed. That she slept in.

She narrowed her eyes at him. “Are you all right?”

She took him by the wrist and he felt his pulse jump under her touch. Until he had become a Silent Brother, it always had. He’d wondered during his time in Idris, after the heavenly fire had cured him, if it would still be like that with them: if his human feelings would return to him. He had been able to touch her and be near her as a Silent Brother without wanting her as he had when he was a mortal. He had still loved her, but it had been a love of the spirit, not the body. He had wondered — feared, even, that the physical feelings and responses would not come back the way they had. He had told himself that even if Silent Brotherhood had killed the ability of his feelings to manifest themselves physically, he would not be disappointed. He had told himself to expect it.

He shouldn’t have worried.

The moment he had seen her on the bridge, coming toward him through the crowd in her modern jeans and Liberty scarf, her hair flying out behind her, he had felt his breath catch in his throat.

And when she had drawn the jade pendant he had given her out from around her neck and shyly proffered it to him, his blood had roared to life in his veins like a river undammed.

And when she had said, I love you. I always have, and I always will, it had taken everything he had not to kiss her in that moment. To do more than kiss her.

But if the Brotherhood had taught him anything, it was control. He looked at her now and fought his voice to steadiness. “A little tired,” he said. “And thirsty — I forget sometimes I need to eat and drink now.”

She dropped her keys on a small rosewood side table and turned to smile at him. “Tea,” she said, moving toward the avocado-green kitchen. “I haven’t got much food here, I don’t usually stay long, but I have got tea. And biscuits. Go into the drawing room; I’ll be right there.”

He had to smile at that; even he knew no one said drawing room any more. Perhaps she was as nervous as he was, then? He could only hope.

* * *

Tessa cursed silently for the fourth time as she bent to retrieve the box of sugar cubes from the floor. She had already put the kettle on without water in it, mixed up the tea bags, knocked over the milk, and now this. She dropped a cube of sugar into both teacups and told herself to count to ten, watching the cubes dissolve.

She knew her hands were shaking. Her heart raced. James Carstairs was in her flat. In her living room. Waiting for tea. Part of her mind screamed that it was just Jem, while the other part cried just as loudly that just Jem was someone she hadn’t seen in a hundred and thirty five years.

He had been Brother Zachariah for so long. And of course he had always been Jem at the heart of it all, with Jem’s wit and unfailing kindness. He had never failed in his love for her or his love for Will. But Silent Brothers — they did not feel things the way ordinary people did.

It was something she had thought of, sometimes, in later years, many decades after Will’s death. She had never wanted anyone else, never anyone but Will and Jem, and they were both gone from her, even though Jem still lived. She had wondered sometimes what they would have done if it had merely been forbidden for Silent Brothers to marry or love; but it was more than that: he could not desire her. He didn’t have those feelings. She’d felt like Pygmalion, yearning for the touch of a marble statue. Silent Brothers didn’t have physical desires for touch, any more than they had a need for food or water.

But now …

I forget sometimes I need to eat and drink now.

She picked up the tea mugs with still-shaking hands and walked into the living room.

(To be continued.)

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23 Comments on Cassandra Clare introduces new Tessa/Jem short story ‘After the Bridge’ — Read Part One now!

  1. SQUEEEEEE!!! I’m so excited that my favorite Shadowhunter is finally going to get some good lovin’! I always get upset when Tessa knocks the box over and puts an end to their fun in the series.

  2. Oh my….I want so much more. I love Jem. I love them together. 😊

  3. I would love to read about Tessa and Jem’s life together.Hint Hint Cassie Clare 😀

  4. I have always wondered what happened immediately after the CP2 epilogue. Thank you Cassie I absolutely love all of this. And I can’t wait for more.

  5. Mrs Michaela Hiddleston // August 30, 2014 at 5:49 AM // Reply

    THE FEELS ARE REAL

  6. Rosie Blackthorn // August 30, 2014 at 7:47 AM // Reply

    Jessa is the last dream of my soul

  7. OH MY GOD THANK YOU FOR THIS I LOVE JEM AMD TESSA AND FEEL LIKE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BETWEEN THEM SO THIS IS AMAZING

  8. Magnus Bane // August 30, 2014 at 8:27 AM // Reply

    OMFG THE SEXUAL TENSION,THOUGH!! JESSA FOR LIFE ❤

  9. I will forever and always hate tessa, but my love for Will AND Jem stand strong. Therefore as long as my wonderful Jem is happy, then I will accept their love. Also, I just love how Cassandra puts so much thought for her books. She thought about the worries Jem would have after losing his emotions for so long. I love her writings! Can’t wait for more, so much to look forward too.

  10. Reblogged this on Avid Reader and commented:
    Ohmygosh!!!!!!

  11. OMGGG Cassie you are killing me ..I love that Jem & Tessa are finally “TOGETHER”..I LOVE them so much!!

  12. gengenbookblog // August 31, 2014 at 7:29 PM // Reply

    Reblogged this on GenGen's Book Blog and commented:
    I always loved Wessa and Jessa. It was hard for me to choose but when I read Clockwork Princess, I was glad I didn’t pick just one. Everything worked out so perfectly.

  13. Jem and Tessa!!! Thank You Baby Jesus!

  14. First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question which I’d like
    to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to
    know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?
    Appreciate it!

  15. i love this Jem and Tessa short story! finally together!!! I missed them together 😀

  16. Eliza Lukins // May 7, 2015 at 7:31 AM // Reply

    I love how through everything, the Jessa soul- that part that is so… pure and undefiled, so innocent and gentle stays the same. That there is finally enough Jessa romance to satisfy without making it somehow crude and ugly. Cassandra Clare, you’re a genius!

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