Who Is That On Your Instagram?
Jace looked at the photo one more time, a huge smile making his jaw almost ache. He’d been smiling so much more than usual lately and he knew the reason why. Making sure he copied it before he cropped it carefully, he made a small adjustment to the brightness and posted it to his Instagram with the caption ‘there is no stopping this smile’ adding the wink emoji as a secret message.
He hoped it was vague enough to not rile suspicion, Jace wasn’t ashamed, not in the least, he just wanted to keep this bit of happiness to himself for a little longer. Two minutes later his phone was ringing.
“Iz?”, he answered, “Everything alright?”
“Who is that?, she blurted, her voice full of accusation
“Who is who?”
Jace had no idea what his sister was on about now, but she’d always been the nosy one. His mind hadn’t found the connection to what he’d done to warrant her question, that was until she connected the dots for him.
“Who is that on your Instagram?”.
Oh boy, he thought, so much for keeping it to himself. But how did she notice, he was sure he was being so slick. It must have been that caption, he was so stupid and mentally kicked himself.
“What are you talking about, Iz? I posted a selfie”, he tried to redirect her playing innocent.
“And the arm around you?”, the accusatory and curious tone back.
Okay so it wasn’t the caption.
“It’s a friend”.
“And you cropped them out why?”
“To be polite and not post their photo in case they don’t want to be on social media”.
“So considerate”, she patronized, and he knew she had to be rolling her eyes. “Do I know this friend?”
“NO”, Jace spoke a bit loud but it was too late now.
“Oh really, that’s funny because Clary could have sworn that watch your friend is wearing is the one she bought for Simon last Hanukkah. And I’m pretty sure I got him a checked blue button down for his birthday, I think your friend is wearing a similar shirt. How funny is that?”
“Hilarious”, Jace deadpanned although his stomach felt nervous like it was flipping around in his gut.
“Even funnier is that Simon told Clary he was going on a date last night. When she asked if it was a first date he said no, and told her he really likes the guy a lot. Also pretty hilarious is that you’ve been kinda busy lately, and - um - smiling more”, she sounded so very smug in her assessment.
Check and mate, Izzy knew it, her tone of voice said as much, he knew it too. Busted, no way out now, perhaps it was time for him to let everyone in on why he was so happy lately. It wasn’t a bad thing, he really cared a lot about Simon, he even let himself think the word ‘love’ once or twice.
“Okay”, he huffed in resignation. “It’s Simon”
The squeal on the other end of the phone had Jace pulling it far from his ear.
“I knew you were seeing someone, but Simon? Oh my god this is too cute”.
“Can you calm down please, Iz”, Jace sighed.
“So it is Simon?”, a third voice came muffled over the phone from Isabelle’s end.
“Let me guess, Clary is with you?”.
“Of course”, Isabelle answered like he was ridiculous.
“Okay so I’m glad you two figured it out, but can you keep it to yourselves for now. I really like him too, and I just want to enjoy this before everyone starts freaking out over it”.
“Too late”, Clary giggled in the background.
“Too late, what? Iz what did you do?”.
“Your notifications are about to blow up. Alright bye love you see you later”
“Iz? Izzy? Isabelle what do you mean?”.
It was too late she’d ended the call, and then Jace’s phone started buzzing and chiming incessantly. He had a bunch of missed texts from Alec, Magnus and Raphael, but his Instagram was going off.
Opening the app he checked his last post and saw Izzy’s comment.
Oh fuck she didn’t.
‘Hi Simon, you two are so cute. Congrats big brother you landed a good one’ To add extra emphasis she plastered two lines of different color hearts and the heart eyes emoji .
The resulting comments were his friends and family in varying states of shock or delight, a bunch were congratulatory, some hilariously rude, and then there was Simon’s comment. It was life buoy in a sea of insanity, and Jace couldn’t help but let the smile take over yet again.
‘Cats out of the bag, huh Jace? Congrats to me, I landed a gorgeous one’ with the kiss emoji following.
Jace ignored every other comment and only answered one, the only one that mattered.
‘There is no stopping that smile because you’re so damn cute ’
The annoying ‘awwwwwwwwww’ Clary commented with right after made Jace roll his eyes but he didn’t care because he’d be meeting his boyfriend, Simon for a lunch date in thirty minutes. But before he could leave, Jace decided to make another post, this time he shared the full photo. Simon was looking at him with the sweetest look on his face, and that is what made Jace smile.