“I can’t stop smiling. My face is literally incapable of not smiling right now.”
Magnus chuckled as he rolled over on his side to look at Alec, who was on his back and staring at the ceiling, eyes wide and smile unusually bright, as if he hadn’t ever smiled like that in his whole life. His cheeks were flushed and his hair was messy and he was bundled up in the covers and he looked like an absolute vision. Magnus could watch him like this forever, the runes on his skin so exquisite and itching to be traced, the rise and fall of his chest with coarse hair and soft skin, the glow that seemed to illuminate from the Shadowhunter lying besides him. He took Alec in like fine wine, slow and savoring every single taste.
“Is this a side effect? Not being able to stop smiling? Wait, no, scratch that. ‘Side effect’ sounds like something related to a disease and that’s, you know, bad, and what just happened was not bad at all and I just-” Alec lolled his head to one side to gaze at Magnus and Magnus felt like he was looking at the moon, the glistening, gorgeous moon.
“Wow.” Alec breathed and he was smiling like the face time they met, one corner of his lips turned up and his teeth flashing a lovely white, unguarded and unashamed and almost wonder struck as if it snuck up on him. Magnus laughed, feeling free and light, tucking his legs closer to his body and reaching out to run his fingers down Alec’s arm.
“‘Wow’ indeed,” He hummed, giggles between his words, fingers making circular motions on a particular rune on Alec’s bicep. “I haven’t felt like this in a long time.” he murmured, more to himself than to Alec, so he was surprised when the other man nodded in agreement.
“I haven’t felt like this ever,” Alec mused, shifting onto his side to face Magnus, their faces so close Magnus forgot how to breathe. “I can’t even really put into words how I’m feeling right now. all I can think is-”
“Wow?” Magnus asked with a soft smile and Alec laughed, scrunching up his nose, pulling Magnus by the waist closer so that they were flush against each other. the heat and happiness radiating from Alec’s body combined with the light sheen of sweat made Magnus’ heart skip a beat.
“Yeah, wow,” Alec replied quietly, lifting his head a bit and accidentally brushing Magnus’ nose. He was quiet for a second, the close proximity causing his eyelashes to occasionally flutter across Magnus’ cheek. “Can I tell you something?”
“You’re the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen.”
Magnus smiled, laughing while his heart and mind raced. “But there are so many beautiful men in this world.” He replied jokingly, seeing if Alec would chuckle as well or agree.
Alec only stared at him with an intense, fixed gaze. “I’m serious. You’re the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen.”
Magnus blinked, not knowing what to say. A few seconds of silence passed before he rolled over on his back to stare at the ceiling. “I, um, thank you,” He said, overcome with emotion and cringing internally at his word choice. “You are, too.”
“Really?” Magnus looked back at Alec who was still on his side, an expression of surprise and a tiny smile on his face.
“Why are you so surprised?”
Alec shrugged, rolling his shoulders a bit. “I don’t know. I guess I’ve never thought about myself in that way before.”
Magnus studied him, the way Alec radiated a roughness accompanied by a tender aura, how his eyes seemed to contain galaxies yet how he still had so much to learn, how he had a mole at the base of his neck that shouldn’t be as adorable as Magnus found it. He reached over and stroked Alec’s hair and his heart soared when the other man leaned into his touch.
“But you are,” Magnus said softly, bringing their faces closer to kiss Alec’s forehead. “You’re beautiful, Alexander Lightwood.”
The blush on Alec’s face deepened as did the width of his smile.
“You have a way with words, Magnus Bane.” He replied turning his head to kiss the inside of Magnus’ palm. “Is it okay if I stay the night?”
“More than.” Magnus beamed at him and Alec made a happy noise, shifting so his back was to Magnus and allowing him to pull him into his arms.
“Night, Magnus.” Alec said groggily, squeezing the hand resting on his stomach.
“Goodnight, Alexander.” Magnus pressed a kiss to Alec’s shoulder blades, almost missing the soft giggle that escaped from Alec when he did so.