Will had been sitting on the floor, the rug bunched up under his feet, with his back against Tessa’s legs. He looked up when Jem came in, and Jem, in his Silent Brother robes, went over to Will and sat down beside him. He drew Will’s head against his shoulder, and Will held the front of Jem’s robes in his fists and he cried. It was the first time it had ever occurred to James that his father might cry about anything. — Chain of Gold, The Last Hours Book 1
Who broke the tea pot? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
I did. I broke it.
No. No you didn't. Lucie?
Don't look at me. Look at James.
What?! I didn't break it.
Oh, that's weird. How'd you even know it was broken?
Because it's sitting right in front of us and its broken!
No it's not!
If it matters, probably not, but Matthew was the last one to use it.
Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
Oh really? Than what were you doing by the tea cart earlier?
I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that Carstairs!
Okay let's not fight. I broke it. Let me pay for it Mr. Herondale.
No! Who broke it?
Dad... Anna has been awfully quiet.
[Everyone starts fighting]
[Later] I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict 10 minutes from now they'll be at each other's throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little too chummy around here.
I can never stop myself from thinking about Céline Herondale (née Montaclaire)
We know so little of her, and yet those pieces of information shatter my heart.
As a child she was abused by her own family (Montclaire) which lead to her constantly running away, but with nowhere else to go, she would always come back. She almost became an iron sister just to get away from her family, but then things changed, she found somewhere, or rather someone, to run to.
Céline then joined The Circle, with the intent of finding a place to belong and people to love her, she trusted Valentine with all she had.
At age of 18, she had to marry a man who Valentine forced to leave the wife he loved to be with Céline. Stephen Herondale was not in love with Céline, we know that from letters he wrote himself, the Montclaire lost not only her name but also the chance to be truly loved. She was now a Herondale, and as such, moved to the Herondale Manor with Stephen (her husband) and his parents.
Still there was hope, she soon was pregnant of Stephen's child, pregnant of the Jace Herondale we know and love. She was going to give birth to someone who would truly love her like she had always dreamed, she would belong with someone and that someone was her son. But that never happened.
When she was 8 months pregnant, Valentine had her husband murdered, and the same faith encountered her. The one person she trusted to change her life to the better plotted her death, and, if that wasn’t enough, the story that was told was that she committed suicide because of her husband’s death. Imagine having everyone think you took your life and, consequently, your son’s? Suicide is not at all accepted by shadowhunters, so she did not even get to be burned like the other Nephilim, instead she was buried at some crossroad in Idris.
Her child was then taken off her dead body and spent his childhood being raised by the one who plotted hers and her huband’s deaths.
Céline Herondale went through a lot, she deserved so much better and no one even bothers talking about her.