No, but can we really, really talk about the fact that Alec went in the span of two months from never-killed-a-demon-in-his-life to submerged-in-a-huge-fucking-bloody-battle-that-ended-with-the-death-of-his-little-brother, and then to entering-a-hell-realm-to-save-the-world in another month or so??
Can we just
talk about that
Can you imagine the trauma?
I mean, he literally never even had actually fought before! It says right in TBC that Alec spent so much time defending and watching Jace and Isabelle’s backs that he didn’t have very much practice with attacking.
You know where Jace was in the middle of that battle? Riding a horse to go see Sebastian. Where was Isabelle? Apparently riding after him. Clary? Doing her thing being kidnapped.
And Alec was smack dab in the middle of a ruthless, merciless battle caused by legions of demons invading his beloved city, and endangering everyone he loved.
And yes, Alec was a trained warrior. “Trained” being the key word. Not experienced. Jace and Isabelle are experienced warriors. Alec is trained. It’s the difference between a solider in combat training, and a soldier sent to war. Jace and Isabelle have fought loads of demons, killed nearly all of them, too, since they were 13 or 14, I’d guess. What’s Alec been doing? Shooting arrows there, distracting that demon here, keeping them off Jace and Isabelle’s backs so that they could do the dirty work and dispose of them.
Hell, even Alec’s weapon of choice, bow and arrow, as opposed to a sword, or even an average seraph blade says everything.
And he’s just been thrown into the worst side of his world.
Imagine the PTSD, the countless nightmares, for weeks, months afterwards, possibly longer, Magnus having to comfort him almost every night at the beginning. Imagine typically anxious Alec freaking out whenever Jace or Isabelle do something dangerous, or even slightly careless, because after all, he’s just been shown that nothing in his life, no matter how hard he tries, or how hard he fights, is safe, that anyone of his loved ones could be gone in an instant. And of course he knew that before, all shadowhunters know that, but there’s a big difference between knowing something logically, and actually experiencing and realizing it, and if Max could be taken from him, then anybody could.
I just want to give Alec a hug.