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09 August 2011 @ 10:27 pm
Outtake from City of Lost Souls  
I'm not up for crashing my site again, so here it goes. And don't forget to vote for Jace in the YA Tourney tomorrow for more outtakes and Too Hot For TV scenes.



Maia was waiting for them in MacCarren Park, on one of the narrow paths dusted with the skeletons of fallen leaves. She wore a gray leather jacket and a soft pink hat, pulled down over her ears, from which her wildly curling hair escaped in a golden-brown halo. She waved tentatively as they neared her; the first words out of her mouth were:
“Did you hear about Luke?”
They all nodded — Simon had told Isabelle and Jordan what he knew on the L-train ride over — and she fell into step beside Jordan as they went through the park, a moving foursome. Jordan had his hands in his pockets and was talking quietly to Maia, werewolf to werewolf. Simon glanced at Isabelle,walking silently beside him.
Weak November sunlight had come out from behind the clouds and picked out reddish highlights in her hair. She smelled like his own apple shampoo and Shadowhunter. “So,” he said. “Do you want me to ask why you were passed out in my bed last night when I came home, or not?”
“I didn’t pass out in your bed,” she said, as they swung left on Manhattan Avenue. The G train stop was there, and a guy was leaning against the railing, picking out a tuneless song on a guitar. Across the street was a Thrifty store where you could still get ice cream cones for 50 cents. “I passed out in your living room and Jordan put me in your bedroom.”
“He did?”
“Well, if it wasn’t Jordan, someone broke into your house and put me in your bed. Personally I prefer the Jordan theory. Less creepy.”
“It’s not that, it — what were you doing, drunk, with Jordan? He doesn’t drink much.”
“I’d imagine not. He has awful taste in tequila.”
“Iz.” Simon put his hand on her wrist. “I only want to know why you came over.”
She turned her head away from him, her shining black hair slipping across her back. There was a small Mark on the lower left side of her throat, just above her collarbone. It looked vulnerable, somehow. Simon wanted to brush it with his fingertips, but kept his hands in his pockets. “Everything sucks,” she said. “I saw Helen and Aline last night. We had dinner. They’re just so happy, and I keep thinking —” She bit her lip. “My parents are getting divorced, I think,” she said. “Alec is happy but I never see him. Jace is [redacted-sorry guys!]. Max is dead. Clary —”
“I get it,” he said, gently. “You needed someone to talk to and you couldn’t think of anyone else.”
“No!” Isabelle said, frustration clear in her voice. “I wanted to talk to you. I always — I mean, I like to talk to you. Even if things weren’t like this, I would . . . “ She looked at him, sidelong. “I mean, we did date.”
“But it wasn’t — it was never serious,” Simon said awkwardly. “I didn’t think you wanted . . .”
“Did you? Want it to be serious?” Isabelle asked. There was a certain stiffness in her voice — pride, Simon guessed. Isabelle wasn’t the sort of girl who made the first move with guys. She wasn’t the sort of girl who had to.
“Did you?”
Isabelle made an exasperated noise. “Look, I didn’t come by last night because you’re number six on some list and everyone else is unavailable. I came because — I like you. You make me feel better. Maybe it’s something about your face.”
“My face makes you feel better?” So she was saying he was reassuring, sweet, dependable, all of those things; things he knew Clary thought he was; things that hadn’t helped her look at him instead of Jace, not for five minutes. And Isabelle liked her guys dangerous, not . . . reassuring. Reassuring was for stuffed animals. How could you be a vampire and not be sexually threatening? He wasn’t sure, but somehow, he’d managed it.
He was saved more torturous conversation by their arrival at Magnus’ apartment, the lobby of which, as usual, smelled like a combination of cat pee and old pizza. Simon made his way up the stairs after Isabelle — remembering the first time he’d been here, crushed out on Izzy and secretly hoping to make Clary jealous, not that that had worked. Magnus’ apartment had been full of rainbow smoke and Downworlders; now, as they filed in, it was quiet and full of late morning sunlight.
Magnus, Jocelyn and Alec were seated around a long rectangular table. Magnus was clutching a cup of coffee, wearing a dark green jumpsuit with yellow racing stripes, his dark hair an unruly mass of bed-head. Alec looked like . . . Alec. He raised his eyebrows at his sister as she came into the room, but didn’t seem inclined to kill either her, or Simon.
But Jocelyn looked at Simon with eyes as piercing as nails.“Where’s Clary?” she said, tightly.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
"Redacted guys, sorry!"

Gah! I really cannot wait for this book! :D
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
!!!!!
great, now i really really want to read this book!!
Brittany WeaverBrinnyXOX on August 10th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
AWE
thats cute the little moment that simon and isabelle had :P what I dont get though is when it says "Jace is [redacted-sorry guys!]" what does that mean? :) thanks alot cassie for the awesome excerpt:)!!
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: AWE
it means that she removed that detail because it's a super major spoiler! gah, so frustrating to have to wait until next year!
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(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! omg... I want to finish this... And start... Sure we can't get the book in days?
Kelsey Garnerk5renee on August 10th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm so happy!!! I always wanted Isabelle and Simon to be together :D
bribrimcb on August 10th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Scene
Can you tell us how far into the book this is?
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 10th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Scene
It's not in the book — that's why it's an outtake. It was deleted/rewritten.
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Rebecca SuttonRebecca Sutton on August 10th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
I can't wait!
I can't wait for this book to come out. Next year seems so far away!!
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: I can't wait!
Next year may seem far away.. but its so quick for an author to pump out a book.. anfit will e hrs bfore we know it! With all these outtakes and extra scenes, it will seem like an even shorter wait!! Yay, thanks Cassie!!
~annie marie
Jennifer Smithjendsmit on August 10th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Can't Wait!!
Geeez I can't wait for CoLS to come out in May 2012! I mean this didn't make it in and it's good - book is going to be LEDG -wait for it ... - ARY !!!!!
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: Can't Wait!!
The book is going to be ledgary?

That isn't a word. I think you meant legendary.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Anyone know when the book will be released? Do we got a date yet?
Holli Beckstrom WerkauHolli Beckstrom Werkau on August 10th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
LOVE IT!!!! Such a fan I cannot wait for this book!
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
soooo can't wait
Why must you do this to me. I can't wait for this book. Just another
one to add to my collection. I'm going to need another book shelf soon.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
amazing
I can't wait for this book to come out! Just this little insert here has me wishing it continued! Now you've got me on the edge of my seat wondering what happened to Jace because of the "[redacted-sorry guys!]" insert. I've read plenty of books and your series is one of the most perfectly, awesomely, fantastic ones out there. Thanks for being an amazing writer :)
Becky YanezBecky Yanez on August 10th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh my god this is is going to be forever!!!! I can't wait I need more...
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
OH man! :Sigh: I can only assume where Jace is & why Alec might want to kill them two. And the assumptions make my heart hurt. :'[

P.S Clary's ___? Well that doesn't help my Jace theory. T,T
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
omg
omg!wow i cant wait until this book comes out its going to be amazing, Cassandra Clare you are an amazing author <3