Sorry for the short delay! I was busy with school and other stuff. But anyway, I had so much fun writing this chapter! Probably because there was a lot of Malec, which I just love writing... ;) I hope you all enjoy!

Disclaimer: Nope... I still don't own the Mortal Instruments. Or Subway (you'll see).

Chapter Five

As soon as Jace told him that Camille was the girl he should go out with, Alec's mind seemed to just explode. He wanted to laugh out loud, to burst into tears, to scream out of frustration, and even just throw something across the room. Had he actually said Camille...?

As Alec thought more about it, it made sense. As Jace said, it was the only other girl he actually talked to besides his sister, Clary or Maia. He probably thought she was a good pick because Sebastian and Jordan kept teasing him about her. So Jace thought that Alec kept on ignoring it because he thought he liked her?

There was also the fact that Alec helped Camille with her homework and let her stay over for supper. But he would have done that with Clary or Maia if he absolutely had to. Did Jace take that as another sign that there was attraction in between Alec and Camille? Because Alec definitely didn't like her like that, and he was positive Camille didn't like him in that way either. They were just friends.

Alec really didn't know how to react. At first he stared at his best friend with wide eyes, all of his feelings running around in his head. Then he got back to his senses and sighed lightly. "Camille?" he asked.

Jace nodded in an excited way. "Yes, Camille. Why, you don't like her? Not even a little?" he asked him.

Alec was never a good liar, so he had to try his best to sound convincing. It had worked for the past few days, after all. And he had managed to convince all of his friends that he wasn't gay. That should count for something. "I don't know..." he said slowly.

"Look, why don't you just give her a chance? Just ask her out on a date and see how it goes. She really does seem nice and everything." Jace went on, seeming quite persistent. He really did want his best friend to have a girlfriend.

"What about Magnus?" Alec asked before he could stop himself. He really wanted to slap himself for saying that.

"What do mean, what about Magnus?" Jace said with a frown on his face.

"I mean, uh... do you think he'll be okay with it? Him and Camille are best friends, so shouldn't I get his approval or something?" the words coming out of Alec's mouth sounded very strange as he said it.

Jace chuckled quietly, shaking his head. "Really, Alec? Are you worried about that...?" he questioned.

"Well, I guess. It just feels weird." Alec was surprised that he could lie so well. Actually, it wasn't necessarily a lie. It did feel weird, thinking about going out with Camille.

"Don't worry, I'm sure Magnus will be fine about it. He's pretty chill about everything." Jace explained.

"Yeah, you're probably right." Alec admitted, having no argument for that.

There were a few minutes of silence before Jace said, "So, are you going to give Camille a chance or not?"

Alec slowly nodded his head, silently dreading the whole thing. But it couldn't be as bad as he thought, right? "Yeah, why not?"

"Great," Jace beamed, clearly looking pleased with himself and his best friend.

After that, Jace had told Alec that he should ask her out on a date when school had ended today. Alec had no idea when or where the date should be, but Jace seemed to have all the answers to that. So, it was settled that he would ask her out to go have dinner at a restaurant downtown this Saturday. The more Alec thought about the idea, it seemed more and more weird.

After English, Alec had science, which he did not want to have right now. Magnus, Sebastian, and Jordan were in his class, and they would surely notice him being all quiet and deep in thought during class. Because usually he would at least talk to his friends a little.

As expected, Magnus seemed to have noticed that Alec was acting a little different than usual. Alec wasn't sure how he noticed these things sometimes—he could be very subtle at most times. Even Jordan and Sebastian didn't notice.

Magnus poked Alec's back with his pencil. "Hey, Alec." he whispered, his voice urgent.

Alec slowly turned around, a curious look on his face. "What is it? I'm trying to do my science work, here." he asked, trying not to sound too annoyed.

His friend didn't seem to be bother by his tone of voice, because he went on as if there was no difference. "You seem... more quiet than usual. Is something on your mind, perhaps?" he said with a smile.

Alec frowned. "You already seem to know there's something on my mind, don't you?"

Magnus only shrugged in response. "Maybe, maybe not."

Alec let out a small sigh, and shook his head. "It's nothing important." he answered.

"Are you sure about that?" Magnus asked, looking at him seriously.

"Well..." Alec said slowly, wondering if he should tell him about Camille now. Jordan and Sebastian didn't seem to be listening, anyway. For once, they seemed to be into their work. They were probably just determined to finish it before the bell rang. "I guess it's something sort of important."

"Alright, what is it?" Magnus' smile returned to his face as he said so.

"Okay," Alec took a deep breath. "Jace has tried to hook me up with a girl for about two weeks or so. He couldn't find someone for me, until today."

"And who is this girl, exactly?" the sparkly student asked, looking extremely curious, his arms crossed over his chest as he leaned closer towards Alec.

There was a long pause before Alec answered in a very low and quick voice, "Camille."

At first, Magnus took on a surprised look. Then, he looked as if he was trying to not laugh. He put his hands over his mouth and chuckled softly. "Really?" he asked, as if he couldn't believe it.

Alec looked at him with a similar shocked look on his face. "What? What's wrong?"

Magnus only shook his head. "It's just that you and Camille are an odd pair, you know? I don't exactly see it."

"Well, I'm going to give her a chance, and ask her out on a date. It was Jace's idea." Alec went on, keeping a close eye on his friend's reactions. "What do you think about that?"

"What do you mean, what do I think?" he asked, clearly looking confused.

"Like... are you okay with it?" the slightly awkward student asked more clearly.

Magnus seemed to have understood this time. "Why wouldn't I be?" he shrugged.

"I don't know. She's your best friend and everything, so I just—" Alec was quickly interrupted by his friend, who couldn't help but smile once again.

"I don't actually mind who Camille decides to go out with." he explained. Alec blinked, unsure of what to say, so Magnus went on. "Look, if Camille agrees to go out on a date with you, I'll help you pick out something to wear."

It was Alec's turn to look confused. "What do you mean? What's wrong with what I wear?"

"Nothing," Magnus answered. "It's just that everything you've worn at school is plain. Do you have anything that's sort of fun or fancy?"

"Not really," Alec shrugged. "I don't actually care about clothes."

"You don't?" Magnus smirked, giving him a suggestive smile.

Alec immediately caught on by what he meant, and he let out an annoyed sigh. "I mean I don't care about what I wear."

"Whatever you say." the amused student said, chuckling a bit before going on with the conversation. "All I'm saying is that usually when going on a date, both people like to clean themselves up and look all pretty and wear fancy clothes. And since you don't seem to have anything like that, I should help you find something to wear."

"What do you suggest?" Alec asked.

"That I take you to the mall. Where else do you buy clothes?" Magnus answered.

"Oh," Alec said slowly. "I don't like going to the mall."

Magnus smirked. "When you go shopping with me, it's always fun." he explained. "How about it, sweetheart?"

Alec's eyes grew wide when he called him by his nickname, and he quickly looked around to see if anyone had heard them. He was actually quite surprised that Jordan and Sebastian didn't hear it, or that the teacher didn't care about their constant whispering. Besides, there were other people talking among themselves in hushed voices too. "What did I tell you about calling me that in front of other people?"

"Oh come on," his sparkly friend said. "No one's listening or paying attention. Just answer the question."

Alec bit his bottom lip, thinking over the idea. "Fine," he said finally. "I guess it wouldn't hurt."

"Great," Magnus smiled from ear to ear, finally getting back to his work.

When Alec turned around to continue on with his own work, Jordan leaned over to whisper to him. "Hey, what was that all about?" he asked. Sebastian looked over in his direction as well, looking just as curious.

"What do you mean?" Alec said, trying to sound completely oblivious.

"I mean what were you talking about with Magnus?" Jordan asked, looking a little irritated. Obviously he hadn't fallen for Alec's stupid act.

"Nothing important. Just about the science homework." Alec lied, this time seeming a bit more convincing.

Jordan and Sebastian exchanged a look before looking back at their friend with the same confused look on their faces. "Okay," Jordan answered, and the two went back to their papers.

Alec let out a small sigh, shaking his head while picking up his pencil. He stared at his work he had barely started, just because he was talking to Magnus. He then looked back at his friend, who was writing answers in a quick pace. Magnus seemed to have noticed Alec staring at him, because he slowly looked up from his papers and gave him a wink. Alec couldn't help but blush and turn back around, trying his best to concentrate on science while many thoughts were swirling through his head.

Alec was silently flipping out on the inside as soon as the bell had rung, ending the school day. After agreeing to ask Camille out on a date—it being completely Jace's idea—and telling Magnus about it, there was no turning back. But Alec really wanted to run away from the whole thing, despite what he said. How the hell could he ask a girl out, when he didn't even like girls? Even worse, when Camille probably didn't like him either. It would be the worst date ever...

It was to happen right after school, before Camille left to go home, since she never really stayed for Alec's soccer practice with Magnus. That meant he would be all alone when he asked her. It was one thing when he was asking out the sex he wasn't interested in, but it would be another thing to be completely rejected. Alec kept telling himself that if it weren't for Jace, he wouldn't be doing this.

So, instead of heading to the changing rooms directly after the bell, he made his way to Camille's locker. He let out a sigh of relief when he saw she was alone, and not with her other friends. He really didn't want to get other people involved in this.

When he was in ear shot of her, Camille looked up from her bag and smiled at Alec. "Hi, Alec. What are you doing here? I thought you had practice." she asked, looking curious as she spoke.

"Yeah, I do." Alec sounded a little breathless. "But I wanted to ask you something before you left school."

Camille frowned, setting her bag down and putting her full attention on Alec. "Okay, what is it?" she asked slowly.

Alec took a deep breath, knowing that once he had asked, there was no turning back. He was to pretend to like girls for who knows how long. Alec wasn't sure if he could take that, knowing that there was now no chance with Jace, ever. Not that there really was any since he started dating Clary. "I was wondering if you would like to hang out with me on Saturday? Maybe have supper downtown or something..." he asked awkwardly.

Camille took on a surprised look, blinking once or twice. "Like... a date?" she said.

When he answered, Alec avoided complete eye contact with her. "Yeah, I guess you could say that. If you want to call it that." he replied. "Or just to hang out as friends."

There was a short pause from the surprised student. Camille's mouth was slightly hanging open, as if she really couldn't believe it. Alec was starting to get a little nervous. "To hang out...?" she repeated.

"If you don't want to, that's fine." Alec said, really hoping that would be her answer. He didn't want Jace to get any ideas from this.

"No, no... it's not that. I'm just a little shocked by your offer." Camille explained. "I wouldn't mind just hanging out, if that's all it is."

"Yeah, it's really up to you on what you want to call it." Alec said, scratching the back of his head, which was something he always did when he was nervous.

"Okay, let's hang out on Saturday." Camille gave him a small smile. "You have my number, right? How about we text each other about the details later this week?"

Alec nodded his head. "Sure," he said simply, giving her a much more awkward smile back.

After saying goodbye to his friend, Alec quickly made his way to his own locker, putting his stuff away and taking out his gym bag, along with his water bottle. He then jogged to the changing rooms, where he knew he would find a complaining Sebastian. His friend really liked to complain when he was late for something.

"Dude, where were you? Don't you know you have to go to the changing rooms right after the bell?" Sebastian asked, already changed and ready to go outside.

"Sorry, I had to go talk to someone first." Alec answered, immediately starting to get changed.

Sebastian gave him a curious look. "Who?" he said slowly. Then, his face lit up, and he smiled mischievously. "Was it Camille, perhaps?"

Alec looked away, not wanting to see his friend's face. "Yup," he replied quickly.

"Oh, I see." Sebastian said in an understanding voice.

Luckily for Alec, Sebastian didn't seem to ask him any more questions as he got changed. Instead, his friend decided to head out to the soccer field before Alec was ready. Although Alec had a feeling that when he would meet up with Magnus and Jace outside, they would ask him about Camille, and Sebastian and the others would know about it. There was no running away from it.

As soon as Alec met up with Magnus and Sebastian—he had to run towards them, since practice was starting very soon—his sparkly friend immediately asked the question he didn't want to be asked in front of anyone else.

"So, what did Camille say?" Magnus asked him.

Alec looked over at Sebastian, who looked extremely confused. He didn't say anything, but seemed to be awaiting an answer. Alec let out a small sigh. "She said yes."

"Said yes for what? What happened?" Sebastian said with a shocked look on his face.

"Alec's got a date with Camille." Magnus explained.

"Way to go, Alec!" Sebastian exclaimed, patting his back with an impossibly big grin on his face.

Alec gave him a small smile. "Thanks. But we're just hanging out, that's all." he corrected.

"Uh-huh. Call it whatever you want. It's definitely a date." Sebastian said, refusing to believe whatever explanation Alec had.

Even after soccer practice, Alec knew that the questions weren't over. When he, Magnus, and Sebastian went to see Jace and the others, he was afraid of what might happen. As soon as Jace started approaching him with a smile on his face, he knew exactly what he was thinking.

"Hey Alec," Jace said, "did you ask Camille out on a date like I suggested?"

Alec looked around, seeing Jordan, Maia and Clary's shocked faces. It was a good thing Max wasn't here, otherwise he could have accidentally slipped up and told everyone his big secret. That would have been very bad.

"Yes, I did. And she said yes." Alec answered, surprisingly not sounding upset by this supposedly good news.

"I knew this would work out. Good going, buddy." Jace said, patting his back just like Sebastian had done.

"Yeah, it's about time you got your first date." Jordan added, while Clary and Maia still looked pretty surprised.

"Yup," Alec said simply, glancing over at Magnus, who only shrugged in response. He was smiling too—everyone was—while Alec had a serious look on his face. There was no way he could grin like everyone else was, there was no way he could congratulate himself like everyone else was, when he didn't feel what everyone else felt.

"So, when's the date?" Sebastian asked, snapping Alec out of his train of thoughts.

"Um, this Saturday. We're going downtown for supper, that's all." he answered, glancing over at Sebastian.

"That was all my idea." Jace said proudly, pointing a thumb at himself.

"You're such a genius..." Clary said sarcastically, a small smile on her face.

"Well, he helped Alec get a date, so he's pretty much a miracle worker, if you ask me." Jordan pointed out.

"Oh, don't exaggerate." Maia said while rolling her eyes at her boyfriend.

"No, I don't think Jordan is exaggerating at all. I'm pretty much a miracle worker, if I can get Alec a date." Jace went on. "Now all that's left is for the date to go perfectly, and I'll be a god."

"Really, Jace? Enough with the god stuff." Clary said in an exasperated voice.

"Why?" Jace pouted, looking over at his girlfriend questioningly.

At that point, Alec stopped listening. He knew that the conversation had gone off topic, so there was no point in paying attention anymore. Instead, Alec started to wander, thinking about the Saturday coming up—the Saturday when he was supposed to go out with Camille—and was already starting to regret everything. But he kept telling himself that it couldn't be that bad, because they would just be hanging out. At least, that's what Alec saw it as, and it was probably what Camille saw it as, too. No one wanted to hear otherwise, though. It was a date to everyone else.

Alec could definitely wait for Saturday to come.

"So, you and Camille are going out on a date?" Isabelle asked for probably the millionth time that day. Well, she probably only asked about three times now, but Alec sure was annoyed already.

"We're just hanging out." Alec corrected, fiddling with the cellphone in his hands.

After the conversation after football practice, Alec went to go get his siblings by himself. Even Magnus had left, understanding that he didn't want anyone there with him. He had told Isabelle, Max, and Simon about the whole date thing before Jace could—that would have been a disaster—and he made sure Max didn't say anything that could reveal his secret. That was when Isabelle took on a surprised look the whole ride home. Simon seemed happy for Alec, probably because he thought that would get his mind off of him and Isabelle.

"I find that hard to believe." Isabelle pointed out. "But I suppose you want it to just be hanging out."

"Exactly," Alec sighed in relief. "And Camille doesn't seem to take it as a date, either."

"Yeah, it's also a good thing that Max didn't reveal your secret in front of everyone, too." his sister went on, looking in the direction of the living room, where Max was watching cartoons. "Otherwise everyone would believe it was just to hang out."

"I know," Alec said, running a hand through his hair tiredly. Suddenly, his phone buzzed loudly, and he saw that he was getting call. "It's Magnus." he said, staring at the phone.

"Well, answer it then!" Isabelle said hurriedly, lightly shoving her brother's shoulder.

With an intense glare at his sister, Alec slowly brought the phone up to his ear. "Magnus?"

"Of course it's me, sweetheart. You have caller ID, don't you?" Magnus said teasingly.

"Yes..." Alec answered annoyingly. "What's up?"

"Well, it's about our little shopping date." Magnus explained.

"Our date?" Alec said slowly, looking over at his sister, who was grinning from ear to ear.

"Yes," Magnus said, chuckling at his joke. "Since Camille said yes, we have to go shopping for you, remember?"

Alec scratched the back of his head, swearing silently. Isabelle seemed to hear him, and he wondered if Magnus heard him too. Not that it really mattered. "Yeah, I was thinking... can't I just wear some of your clothes?"

Magnus laughed even more now. "Do you honestly want to wear flashy and sparkly clothes? Not to mention I'm an inch taller than you. Everything would be a little too big."

"Okay, then I don't think I want to wear your clothes." Alec said, horrified by just the thought of wearing something sparkly.

There was a short pause. "Now that I think about it, you wouldn't look bad in flashy purple with sparkles..." his friend said, sounding deep in thought.

"No, Magnus. That's a terrible idea." Alec said quickly. "Let's just go shopping instead."

At this point, Alec could imagine Magnus smiling triumphantly. "Alright, that's more like it. So when did you want to go? Any day before Saturday, obviously."

"Well, I have soccer practice every day after school." Alec said. "So Friday seems to be the only option, since it's not a school night."

"Whatever you want, sweetheart." Magnus answered.

"When are you going to stop calling me that?" Alec asked, sounding exasperated.

"Never, of course." Magnus said, laughing afterward. "The nickname suits you, darling."

"And darling, too?"

"Of course it does. Why else would I call you that?"

"Good point." Alec said with a small sigh.

"I know." Magnus said. "So, after soccer practice on Friday, I follow you home to your house and we'll use my car to drive to the mall."

"Why? I can drive." Alec insisted.

"Because I know where the mall is, when I highly doubt you know." Magnus pointed out, and Alec had to admit he was right.

"Okay, fine. I guess it's the most logical decision." Alec admitted.

"Great, so it's settled. Friday, after practice. We can stay at the mall for as long as you want, too. I don't mind." Magnus explained.

"Yup, sounds good." Alec said, glancing over at his sister again, so was still smiling widely. If only he could wipe it off her face.

"Great," Magnus sounded very happy when he said that. "Can't wait, sweetheart."

"Goodbye, Magnus." Alec said, emphasizing on the last word before hanging up. He was still looking at his sister as he hung up, and she had her hands covering her mouth, clearly showing she was trying not to laugh.

As she slowly parted her hands from her mouth, and was about to speak, Alec quickly interrupted her. "I don't want to hear it." he said.

Isabelle was quiet for a minute, staring at her brother with a smile. Just when Alec thought she wasn't going to speak, she said, "Whatever you say, sweetheart."

The rest of the week had passed by pretty quickly. It was quite repetitive, though. Alec had the same classes with the same people everyday—just like it always has been—and he had soccer practice every day, nothing new happening. Jonathan hadn't even done anything yet.

Finally, it was Friday. The last bell had rung, and Alec went over to soccer practice with Sebastian, Magnus and Max waiting for them at the field. Clary and Maia were watching Jace and Jordan practice at the football field, which hadn't changed either. And of course, Simon was still watching Isabelle during cheerleading practice.

Not much had happened during those two hours, and Alec was a little relieved when it ended. Not that he was particularly looking forward to going shopping, it was just something different to do.

As soon as everyone was leaving to go home, Magnus went over to Alec at the parking lot and told him he would be driving behind him to his house. Then, they would go along with their plan, taking Magnus' car. Alec also added that he wanted to take a quick shower and grab his wallet before heading out to the mall.

The ride to Alec's house was basically Isabelle talking the whole time, with her teasing him and Magnus. Max was staying quiet, but laughed every now and then. However, the ride to the mall was much quieter. Magnus did most of the talking, telling Alec about what clothes he should buy and stuff of the sort.

It seemed to have been an eternity before they finally arrived at the mall—although it was probably about twenty to thirty minutes long at most—and Magnus was looking more and more excited. It seemed as if this was the best thing in the world for him, because he couldn't stand still and wouldn't stop talking either. Alec was surprised to see Magnus like this.

When they got inside the mall, Alec held his breath. It was probably one of the biggest malls he'd ever seen. That was because Alec never really went to any malls, let alone one like this. If Isabelle were here, she would never leave. She would love this place.

"Alright, so where do you want to start?" Magnus asked, grinning widely while looking at his friend.

"I don't know... I've never been here before. Why don't you lead the way?" Alec suggested, not sure if it was going to be the best decision. Who knew where Magnus would bring him?

"Sure," Magnus nodded. "Follow me, I'll show you where to really shop for clothes."

With that said, the two started their journey around the mall, looking in various stores for clothes. There were some places Alec refused to even enter, because as soon as he saw something flashy or sparkly, he didn't want anything to do with it. Magnus looked genuinely disappointed, but didn't complain.

Something that Alec had noticed was that a lot of people were staring at him and Magnus. Alec wasn't really surprised, though. If he saw two guys—one that looked completely boring and plain, and another that stood out with sparkles and flashy colors—it would cause someone to do a double take. Alec suspected most people were just staring at Magnus, which the sparkly student didn't seem to mind all that much. Again, Alec couldn't argue with them. Magnus was definitely someone to look at.

"What about this store?" Magnus asked, stopping for the millionth time in front of another clothing place. "There are no flashy or sparkly clothes in sight."

Alec peered into the store—it looked pretty safe to him. "Okay, why not? It's not like we've even stepped in a store yet."

And so, the two friends entered the store, Magnus stopping at every table and shelf to look through jeans and shirts of all kinds. All Alec was doing was standing beside his taller friend and watching him go through all those clothes.

"How many jeans and shirts are you going to take?" Alec asked in disbelief, staring at the pile of clothes in Magnus' arms.

"Sweetheart, you're getting your wardrobe updated. You need more than one outfit." Magnus explained.

"But you said we'd only buy an outfit for Saturday. Not change my whole wardrobe." Alec mumbled.

"Okay, well maybe not getting your whole wardrobe changed. But we should definitely buy a few more clothes for you. Add some color and... excitement." Magnus went on.

"Fine. But let's not buy a dozen jeans and nearly thirty shirts, okay?" Alec pleaded.

"Whatever you say goes, darling." Magnus winked.

With a heavy sigh from Alec, they both took a few more minutes to wander around the store before heading over to the changing rooms. When Alec looked over at the pile of clothes he had to try on, he wanted to run away. Never in his life had he tried so many clothes at once.

"Better get started, dear Alec. You've got a lot of clothes to try on. And this is only our first store." Magnus stated.

Alec scowled before heading into the changing room. He started to feeling miserable already when he changed into his first pair of jeans and shirt. He looked at himself in the mirror before opening the door to let Magnus take a look.

Magnus looked over at him, nodding his head slowly. "The color looks good on you." he said, pointing at his blue shirt. "But it's too baggy."

"Too baggy? It's fine like this." Alec protested.

"No, you see... when you wear something, it has to be fitted to your body, not hanging loose. If it's baggy, it doesn't show that you're actually in shape." Magnus explained. "Since you're thin and lean like I am, wearing tighter and fitting clothes is a good thing. It shows off the body."

Alec blushed a little. "What if I don't want to show off my body?" he asked.

"Why not? Everyone's missing out, sweetheart." Magnus said with a suggestive smile. "How about the jeans? Do you like them?"

Alec looked down at his uncomfortable skinny jeans. He didn't really like tight clothing on himself, but he had to admit it didn't look too bad. "It feels uncomfortable..." he said slowly.

"You'll get used to it, I promise." Magnus said, waving his hand lazily. "It looks great on you. Now let me get you that shirt in a smaller size."

The rest of their conversations were about the same as the first one. Alec would try on another pair of jeans, which would fit very well, and then Magnus would comment that the shirt was too baggy, so he would get the shirt in a size smaller. After Alec had tried on the smaller shirt, Magnus would add a comment that had something to do with how it showed off his figure perfectly, and then Alec couldn't help but blush after that.

"I think we should only buy a few things at each store you like, not everything in one store." Magnus explained once Alec had finally finished trying on everything.

"Okay," Alec shrugged, "you're the professional here."

After that first store they went to, Alec only got a few shirts and jeans, as Magnus suggested. They obviously didn't buy everything Magnus had picked out—that would be way too much to buy in one day—so they narrowed it down to the best looking clothes on Alec. And when Magnus offered to pay for everything, Alec stubbornly refused, stating it was his clothes they were buying.

The two friends headed into a few more stores, of which some Alec also refused to go into. Sometimes Alec didn't like the way some of the clothes fit, or how the style looked on him, but Magnus would always say anything he wore looked good. That would cause Alec to blush again—he hated it when people complimented him on those sorts of things, especially when it was Magnus who said it.

Another store they had gone into, Magnus had found a lot of nice jeans for Alec to wear. The shirts there were too plain, which was what Magnus had said. Alec didn't complain, because he preferred the pants at the store anyway.

When he tried on his first pair of jeans, and got out of the changing room to show Magnus, his friend took on a pleased look. Alec dismissed it and looked over at the mirror close by, admiring himself in every angle to see if it looked okay.

"Your ass looks perfect in those jeans, Alec." Magnus said with a big grin on his face.

Alec looked over at his friend, with his eyes wide in shock. He could instantly feel his face heat up, and it was probably as red as a tomato.

"Um... yeah, thanks." he said awkwardly, quickly making his way back into the changing room, closing the door behind him. He could hear Magnus laughing his head off.

After buying bags filled with new clothes, Alec had finally said it was enough stores they had went to for just random outfits. Besides, Alec was getting a little annoyed by all those embarrassing comments from Magnus. At first, it wasn't too bad, but now it was getting a little out of hand.

"So, how much longer are we going to be shopping for me?" Alec asked, once the two had found an empty bench to sit on.

"As soon as we find out a nice outfit for your date tomorrow." Magnus answered.

"But I have plenty of new shirts to wear now. What's the problem?" Alec said in an almost whining voice.

"What you bought were casual clothes. It's nice for school and every day stuff." Magnus explained. "What we need for tomorrow is something a little more fancy. Or at least, something you would never wear."

"I never wore skinny jeans before, or tighter fitting shirts. That has to count as something." Alec stated, pointing his index finger at his sparkly friend.

"True," Magnus nodded, "but it's not necessarily something you'd wear on a first date. Do you have a button down shirt at home?"

"No," Alec said, shaking his head. "If I do, it probably doesn't fit me anymore."

"I know just what to get you for your date, then." Magnus smiled. "Maybe another pair of pants to match, but we'll see."

"Can we at least take a break and eat? I'm starving and tired of trying on clothes." Alec protested.

"Sure, whatever you want." Magnus said with a wink.

With that said, the two walked towards the food court, which was filled with people. It wasn't surprising that it was so busy—it was a Friday, so most teenagers liked to hang out at the mall when the weekend had finally started. Alec and Magnus had to wait for a bit to get their food, with shopping bags in hand. They had both agreed that Subway was the best place to get their food—Magnus hated greasy food, and Alec loved their subs and chocolate chip cookies. Magnus also insisted he would pay—his treat.

Surprisingly, there was a free table for both Alec and Magnus to sit at, and they immediately went over to claim it before anyone else could. With the two extra seats beside them, Alec and Magnus placed the shopping bags on them.

"So, Alec," Magnus started, taking a bite out of his sub. "Admit that you had a great time at the mall with me so far."

Alec couldn't help but chuckle. "It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." he admitted. "Try going with Isabelle. She has to go into every single store she sees."

Magnus smiled brightly. "See? It's way better when people go shopping with me. I could even make grocery shopping fun."

"Is that so?" Alec asked, raising his eyebrows, as if not believing it.

"Yeah, we'd ride around in those shopping carts like we used to do as kids." Magnus explained.

"Well then, remind me to bring you with me next time I go grocery shopping." Alec said, cracking another smile.

There was a moment of comfortable silence, the two friends taking that time to enjoy their sandwich and think a little. Alec was thinking about why Magnus had agreed on taking Alec shopping for his date tomorrow. If anything, shouldn't it be awkward for Magnus that his best friend was going on a dinner date with Alec? Because Alec knew he felt awkward in every way possible just thinking about going out with Camille tomorrow. To him, it didn't make much sense.

"Is something on your mind?" Magnus asked suddenly, snapping Alec back to reality.

"Huh? What do you mean?" Alec asked slowly.

"I mean, you've been frowning at the people behind me for ten minutes. Either you really hate what that woman is wearing, or you're deep in thought about something." Magnus explained, pointing with his thumb at the people sitting right behind him. "And I'm going with the latter, because you clearly don't have much taste in what women wear."

"Well, yeah, I'm thinking about something." Alec answered.

"What is it?" Magnus said, leaning in closer as if he was about to hear a deep hidden secret.

"I was just thinking about why you're doing this for me. Because Camille is your best friend, and it would just seem weird that you really agree so strongly with this whole... idea." Alec said, averting is gaze away from Magnus.

"Who said I cared about who Camille dated? You know, it really doesn't bother me. But it's not like I see you two getting married or anything..." Magnus interjected. "I'm doing you a favor."

"A favor? How...? Besides helping me pick out clothes for tomorrow. Even then, I don't even know why you're doing this." Alec said confusingly.

"Isn't it obvious?" Magnus asked. "Why exactly are you going out on a date with Camille tomorrow? Who suggested you ask her out? Who are you doing this for...?"

Alec stared at him wide-eyed. "What does Jace have anything to do with this?" he asked.

Magnus smirked, trying not to laugh. "Look, Alec, I know that you care about him a lot. It's obvious."

"Obvious how?"

"Meaning, I see the way you look at him, the way you talk about him. And just by the way you act around him. It might be small things that you're friends don't notice, but I notice." Magnus said, looking straight at Alec.

"Are you saying I like him? Because I don't. I mean, it's impossible..." Alec said, struggling with his words. He was getting all flustered, his face starting to heat up.

"Oh come on, don't try to hide it." Magnus insisted.

"Hide what?" Alec said, almost shrieking, if he weren't in a public place.

Magnus stared at him for a minute, not saying anything. But then, his smirk turned into a wide grin. He seemed to be pleased about something, or looked as if he accomplished something. Alec was a little afraid of what he might answer, even though it was pretty predictable.

"Alec, I know you're gay."

Oh snap! Did you all see that coming? I think maybe you did... but it doesn't matter. How will Alec react after Magnus revealed he knew of his sexuality? I don't know, you'll just have to wait and see next chapter. And next time, I'll try to not be late on updating. I know I said every Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday the latest, but as I said, I was busy. It'll happen that I update my chapters a little later than usual. I'm sorry in advance if it happens again. But this chapter is a page longer than the others! Anyway, tell me what you guys think, and please review! Bye! :)