I am completely overwhelmed by everyone’s amazing and encouraging responses to my first chapter. It’s hard to explain just how much your comments mean to me! You guys are just the best. I hope you enjoy everything to come!
Special thanks to Corinna, my amazing Mandarin translator!! And always Kaiya and Liz. Love yall. =)
“Do I have to go to school today?” Daisy looked up at Melinda imploringly from behind her bowl of cereal.
“Eat another bite, Daisy, and yes.” Melinda answered, glancing at her daughter from the island where she was assembling a turkey and cheese sandwich for Daisy’s lunchbox. The disappointment on Daisy’s little face made her want to change her mind, but her shift started in an hour. She couldn’t call out now unless there was some kind of emergency.
“But-but I wanna go to work with you.” Daisy sounded like she was on the verge of tears.
Melinda set down the sandwich and immediately went to crouch beside her little girl. She was used to Daisy’s reluctance to part from her. Especially when she was a baby, her separation anxiety had made it difficult for Melinda to go anywhere alone. But this was something different. She usually wasn’t this clingy anymore unless she was sick…or something was upsetting her.
“Daisy, xiǎo huā,” Melinda had given Daisy the Mandarin nickname when she was still just a baby: little flower. Melinda put a hand on her back and switched to Mandarin, as she frequently did at the house with Daisy. “What’s wrong?” She probed.
i was just thinking about how magnus is going to plan all of rafael and max's bday parties. they are going to have the most elaborate childrens parties
Well, to be more specific, Max will have the most elaborate birthday parties. Rafa will have small, low-key parties. But the important thing is that they both have parties that are absolutely perfect for them.
And of course, with the way their lives are set up, these kids hit the birthday jackpot. Because they both go to mundane school, and they have mundane friends, and entire mundane existences that are in no way involved with the shadow world. So they can’t very well have a party with all of their mundane friends AND all of their shadow world friends and relatives (I mean, realistically they COULD, but why bother when you have an excuse to have two birthday parties???). So for the bulk of their childhoods, they each get two separate parties every year, one for ‘Friends’ (mundanes) and one for ‘Family’ (anyone they know from the shadow world). When they get old enough to not really need the parent-planned birthday party anymore, they each come up with their own way to compromise and only have one party or celebration.
But when they’re still kids, Magnus absolutely goes all-out. It’s inevitable. Think of how much he loves parties, and how much he loves his kids, then let him plan a party for his kids. Ridiculous. Max’s parties are huge, lavish, and horribly detailed. Max gets to pick the theme every year, and Magnus fucking runs with it. And he gets to plan TWO parties around the one theme every year, once with a fun challenge of keeping it mundane-friendly, and once where he can go to town and do whatever ridiculous shit he wants. And Max adores all of it. His birthday is his favorite month of the year (since he spreads his parties out so he can look forward to them for longer), and his parties are his favorite part of it.
Rafa, on the other hand, likes things to be a bit more reasonable. For the most part, he likes his Family party to feel like a regular dinner, just with everyone in his family all in the same room for once. Apart from the cake and the presents, he doesn’t like having the focus all on him, so it’s really more of an excuse to get everyone together for a nice dinner party. And for his Friend party, he likes going to some separate location where there’s a really specific activity. His mundane birthday parties are at bowling alleys, gymnastics studios, beaches, amusement parks, or even just a regular park. He likes having things to do, instead of having to feel like he’s responsible for keeping all of his friends entertained the whole time.
But both of the boys agree that their favorite birthday ever was the year Rafa turned 8 and Max turned 6, when they agreed to forgo both of their usual parties, and the Lightwood-Bane family went to Disneyland instead.
Iman was interviewed together with her real mom today while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
The interviewer asked her mom how it feels to have a daughter that has become so well known.
She says that it’s been a journey and that she is very proud of her. Iman says that her mom is her role model.
Her mom also says that they’ve followed Iman closely and had many discussions together alone. x