Institute is calm, lulled into stillness; its usually dark and somber walls are
painted with blues, reds and pinks from the stained glass windows and the sun
dipping low enough to peek through them. Out in the main OPS room, there is
maybe a dozen of black-clad Shadowhunters, their fingers lazily swiping across
futuristic screens and carding through mission files as they exchange random
comments about their days.
But Alec is
alone, sat behind the large desk in his office, far away from everyone else; as
the Head of the Institute (while the novelty of it has worn off already,
thinking about it still sends a spark of satisfaction through his spine), most
of his time is taken up by paperwork, diplomatic business and occasional field
missions, but significantly less than Alec would like. He misses daily patrols
and bickering with his siblings while they kill demons with little to no effort.
After a while, staring at the dark walls and the elegant furniture becomes
boring and when it feels like the horsehead statue over on the mantelpiece is
watching him, Alec puts his pen down and presses the heels of his palms against
deeply, rustling the papers before him – new laws that need a bit of tweaking,
because after a consultation with the Downworld Cabinet, the feedback has been
decidedly positive, but some wording was advised to be changed and so here he
is, mulling over this lawyerly gibberish, while his mind is drifting to places
and people he’d rather be with. Alec leans back in the chair and pulls out his
phone with the intention of calling Magnus just to hear his voice, but decides
against it as he’s staring at the new message he received an hour ago and was
not aware of.
An impromptu meeting with other High Warlocks,
I’ll be home an hour late. I love you and miss you dearly.
TV viewers of the 1970s will see their programs on sets quite different from today’s, if designs now being worked out are developed. At the Home Furnishings Market in Chicago, Illinois, on June 21, 1961, a thin TV screen is a feature of this design model. Another feature is an automatic timing device which would record TV programs during the viewers’ absence to be played back later. The 32x22-inch color screen is four inches thick. (AP Photo/Edward Kitch) - Via