50. "People are staring."
“Are you sure you want to do this?” Isabelle asked for the millionth time as she helped straighten Alec’s tie. It was his graduation day, and he was the valedictorian. He had to make a speech in front of his entire class and their families. He was nervous, but mostly because of what he planned to tack on at the end of his speech.
Everyone knew that he was gay at that point, and if they didn’t they had been living under a rock for the past year. Coming out hadn’t been easy, but he was tired of pretending to be someone he wasn’t, and he was happier for it. Magnus had taken a big role in that as well, supporting him and making sure that he always felt safe. It was one of the million reasons why Alec loved him, and he was going to let him know that day.
“Yes, Iz. I’m sure. Now stop fussing,” he said, offering her a smile, and she stepped back, returning the sentiment.
“I’m so proud of you, Alec,” she said softly, and warmth spread through his chest. He wrapped her up in a hug, then stepped back, saying goodbye before moving backstage.
He gave the speech effortlessly, having memorized it weeks ago, but as his eyes met Magnus’ his heart began to race. His boyfriend gave him a warm and encouraging smile, his eyes glowing, and suddenly the rest of the audience disappeared.
“I want to thank all of you for making these last four years memorable, and I want to give a special mention to Magnus Bane, who showed me that being true to myself is so much more important than worrying about who everyone else wants me to be.”
Those warm brown eyes widened in shock, and Alec could barely tear his gaze away as he stepped back from the podium and made his way down the steps. He was supposed to go back to his own seat, but he couldn’t help himself.
He walked right up to Magnus, bent down, and whispered, “I love you,” before kissing him. Applause roared around them from all sides, but Alec didn’t pay it any mind, focused solely on his boyfriend’s face as he pulled back.
Magnus let out a breathless laugh, clutching Alec’s shoulder as if he needed it to stay upright. “People are staring,” he said, his voice low, and Alec smiled.
“Let them,” he replied, and Magnus beamed.
“Just for the record, I love you, too.”
Alec had never smiled so widely in his life.