Disclaimer: I do not own the Infernal Devices, although I wish I did. Cassie Clare does. CASSIE YOU ROCK!

BTW Sorry if the genre I write in is very wide-I'm a writer with many interests. I like anime, but I'm also a MEGA Twilight/Cassie Clare fan.

Anyway, this is a very short fanfic on the Infernal Devices. It is set right after Clockwork Angel, and it is a short version of how I believe Tessa, Jem, and Will's luv triangle could go through. :D (Tessa POV in some parts, others just regular) It will probably come in several segments, and includes some of Cassandra Clare's CP teasers. (They are in italics) This is the first.

Apology and Frustration

"My angel", I said smiling. Jem smiled with me, and looked at the small bronze figure.

"It's very beautiful," he commented. "Just like you. Ni hen piao liang."

I remembered when Jem had last told me that I was piao liang. I had asked him: "Say something in Mandarin," I had said, with a smile.

Jem had said something that sounded like a lot of breathy vowels and consonants run together, his voice rising and falling melodically: "Ni hen piao liang."

"What did you say?" I had been curious.

Although I still did not know what piao liang meant, it made my heart thump. It beat even faster than when Will had kissed me (the memory still stung), if that was even possible. I also was at a loss for words.

"Tessa?" Jem questioned. He reached for my face. "Are you all right?"

I cringed back, almost as if a reflex. It was not intentional, but I still did.

Jem studied my face for a moment, and then a slight blush started to fade into view on his cheeks.

"I'm sorry," he apologized. "That was uncalled for, especially since it was so-" Jem broke off his sentence for a second. Then, he chose the word "sudden". He mumbled another apology and then made his way towards the door.

I stood there, grasping my angel. I knew that somehow, in some way I could not understand, I had stopped Jem from telling me something that he feared I would take wrongly.

Will still remained where Tessa had stomped away, thinking. Why did the things he even slightly cared about get hurt because, or even BY him? It made him frustrated and regretful. First practically everyone, and then Tessa.

He sighed but the air got stuck in his throat when he heard footsteps. He spun around quickly, only to find Jem behind him. Although he cared for his Parabatai companion, he was still disturbing him when he wanted to be alone. Will decided to just annoy the hell out of Jem to make him go away. (Nice going, Will. You're just like Jace.)

"Let me guess," he said in a drawn out tone that everyone hated. "Tessa shooed you out, saying that you were even more annoying than me. Well, I commend you for that. Nobody has ever surpassed my level of displeasure that I cause to others."

Jem didn't look at Will. For a moment, Will was worried. Jem, no matter how much pain he was in, put on a brave face.

"Hey," Will asked cautiously. "Did I truly offend you? I apologize."

Jem finally looked at Will. Will was shocked. In the many years the two boys were Parabatai, he had never seen Jem look so confused and even a little bit hurt.

"No," Jem spoke. "I should be the one apologizing to Tessa."

This caught Will's interest.

"You did something to Tessa?" He rudely inquired. "That's not something I hear every day, you know. Except maybe myself."

Jem sighed. He seemed like he was not in the mood to talk. Will, ever being the impolite friend, told him to just say it.

However, Jem knew that somewhere in his heart, Will felt for Tessa. So he said nothing, and shook his head. He felt no need to wound Will, as well. Will also eventually gave up.

"Since it couldn't make things worse," he offered. "Let us go downstairs. We must eat dinner soon, anyway." I'm digging my own grave, he thought as he said this. Tessa will murder both of us. I will attempt to overlook her, anyway.

Jem nodded, his eyes misty. The two of them went down the creaky stairs, somewhat dreading the meeting the same girl.

At dinner, Tessa was already sitting very ladylike at the table, talking to Charlotte. When she caught sight of Jem, and especially Will, she averted her eyes. A fine crease appeared between Jem's eyebrows, while Will began to studiously ignore Tessa.

Jem hesitantly walked over to Tessa.

"Tessa," he began unsurely, as if walking on a thin ground of ice. "I sincerely apologize for this afternoon's events. I promise never to offend you again."

Tessa was taken aback by this. She should be the one apologizing, not him! Since she had been thinking of what to say to him for a while, the words came quickly.

"Not at all, Jem." She said shyly. "It was me who caused you such confusion. I apologize for that."

Jem smiled and nodded. "Thank you for forgiving me, Tessa" was all he said. However, everyone could see that his eyes brimmed with content.

Will had never looked at anyone during this whole conversation, but what he heard made him frustrated at Jem. He could not place why he did, though.

- *Anyway, that's it! Please review, and if you have any ideas you want me to include feel free to send me a PM (private message)! I already know what I'm doing for the next mini-chapter, but I want other's opinions.