I'm so sorry I haven't updated in a long time, but here I am doing it now. There are only three are four more chapters until the end. I hope you enjoy!

Chapter 19

I arrived at the Lightwood's a couple hours before the concert to get myself ready. When I say get my myself ready I mean Izzy preparing me to look somewhat nice. Simon, Jace and Jon were getting ready at our house and would meet up with us at the auditorium.

When we went shopping Izzy and I decided on a simple and chic black dress for me, while Jace was instructed by Izzy to wear black slacks with a white button down and tie. She puts my hair in some type of messy up-do and applies minimal make-up. "Wow Iz, you didn't over do it this time. I look pretty. Thank you so much!"

"No problem Clary," she mutters as she applies her own make-up, "I'm glad you are actually complimenting yourself because you're beautiful. Now, how much longer till we need to be at the auditorium?"

" We should be there in at least fifteen minutes." I confirm.

"Okay, let me finish. I will only be one more minute and we can be on our way!" She voices her excitement. "So Clary, are you nervous about tonight, with you and Jace being friends and all?" Izzy smirks at me.

"Well for your information we are just friends. Would you just give it up? We practically just got over wanting to kill each other!"

"If you say so missy. You are quite feisty tonight, I like it." Izzy giggles under her breath and continues, "but let's be on our way."

I follow Izzy down the hallway and out to her car. We both get in and make our way the concert. I get more and more nervous as we get closer, constantly thinking about the number of people that will be in the audience. The number of eyes and ears that will be tuned in on me. One mistake and I could be the biggest fool in the school. I try not to focus on that too hard and sing along to the song playing on the radio. I look over at Izzy and take in her beauty. She has no care in the world right now and is rocking out to the music. She senses my eyes on her and looks over at me. She reads my face and tries to give me a weak smile and gives my arm a quick squeeze. I look away and watch buildings pass in a blurr out the window.

We pull up to the auditorium and have an overwhelming feeling of nausea. I try to keep my lunch down as best as I can. I try to keep up with Izzy's long strides as we make our way to Simon and Jace. I keep my head down as I walk and try not to make eye contact with anyone until I run into a hard surface. I glance up and find the familiar golden eyes that I have always admired. I smile and give my apologies for running into Jace. Jace leans in and whispers "you look beautiful Clary Fray."

I begin to blush as he leans away. He smirks at me and pinches my cheek. Out of the corner of my eye I see Izzy and Simon watching us with curiosity. Instead of responding to Jace I enter the door and walk as fast as to the back of the stage. I peek my head around the curtain and see hundred of people, and the urge to puke becomes a necessity. I feel a tap on my shoulder and turn to find Simon. "Oh Clary, you are a bit green. You need to breathe. Are you nervous about the audience. I have noticed you are really shy."

"Yeah, I am. I just don't know if I can do it. This is just too much for me and I don't want to mess up and end up puking on the crowd."

"Clary, look out at those people, once one note exits your mouth they will be in love with everything that ends up coming out your mouth, even if it's a little vomit." Simon gives me a little nudge to comfort me. I smile and giggle a little. "Well thank you Simon, but you better be right about them loving me if I blow chunks."

"You remember your first day at school?" I nod and he continues. " Well when you went onto that stage in choir and sang for us it was one of the most beautifulest things I have heard in awhile. You have many talents and you don't give yourself enough credit for them. You will do great tonight, I believe in you. If you do get nervous look into the all too famous Jace Lightwood's eyes. I knew I fell for him when I first looked into his eyes and I know it's probably the same for you." Simon winks at me as I go into slap his arm in a playful way. I roll my eyes and thank him for his great advice.

I walk away for Simon and try to look for Jace knowing that we would be performing soon. I find him leaning against a wall with his eyes shut. "Golden Boy we shall be making our appearance on stage soon. You look like a nervous wreck." I chuckle.

"Oh I look like a nervous wreck? Shorty have you seen your reflection lately? You look like you might be getting caught for stealing something."

'Oh yes, now that you mention it I should return the gum I stole." I turn away from him and make my way to the entrance that leads to the stage. I stop right before the opening, preparing myself. I hear footsteps behind me and feel a warm presence to my right. Mr. Luke is on the stage introducing Jace and I. I feel my hand being clasped. I look down and find Jace holding my hand. I look into his shining eyes and give him a generous smile. We walk hand and hand onto the stage and both take a seat on the piano bench. I look into his eyes and then glance into the audience. I take a deep breath and whisper 'ready.'

Jace effortlessly begins playing, and I open up with the first verse.

All along it was a fever

A cold sweat hot-headed believer

I threw my hands in the air, said, "Show me something,"

He said, "If you dare, come a little closer."

Round and around and around and around we go

Oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know.

Not really sure how to feel about it.

Something in the way you move

Makes me feel like I can't live without you.

It takes me all the way.

I want you to stay

I hear Jace take a quick breath and he begins.

It's not much of a life you're living

It's not just something you take, it's given

Round and around and around and around we go

Oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know.

Not really sure how to feel about it.

Something in the way you move

Makes me feel like I can't live without you.

Yeah, it takes me all the way.

I want you to stay.

In unison we begin to sing together. We look into each other's eyes and I see a spark ignite in his golden eyes.

Ooh, ooh, ooh, the reason I hold on

Ooh, ooh, ooh, 'cause I need this hole gone

Funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving

'Cause when you never see the light it's hard to know which one of us is caving.

I finish with the last verse. I slowly rise to stand in front of the piano and be right in front of the crowd.

Not really sure how to feel about it.

Something in the way you move

Makes me feel like I can't live without you.

Yeah, it takes me all the way.

I want you to stay, stay.

I want you to stay, oooh.

Jace rises from the bench and stands beside me. We grab hands and bow together, then exit the stage. "You did wonderful Clary." Jace stands inches away from me. I feel his warm breath. "No Jace, we did lovely. Thank you for all you have done." And with that he leans in to hug me, but when he lets go he regrips me. I look into his eyes and see a burning fire. He leans in and kisses me. He quickly lets go and steps back. I hear a scoff and someone say 'just friends my ass.' I turn and see Izzy entering the stage with Simon.

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