Close to Midnight
Series: The Last Hours
Characters: James Herondale, Cordelia Carstairs, Lucie Herondale
Genre: Songfic, Halloween AU
Halloween event week 4: Free choice
“Ah, Daisy,” he said. “Daisies. Fun, affection, innocence, hope, new beginnings...”
“James?” Cordelia frowned. “What are you talking about?”
“What a wonderful nickname given to you...” he said, his fingers curling around Cordelia’s jaw.
“James, you’re scaring me, are you feverish? Did you have nightmares again?” She tried to pry his fingers from her face, gasping as she came into contact with ice-cold skin.
It’s close to midnight
Something evil’s lurking from the dark
She turned to grab a blanket for him, but he held her in place. “I will never have nightmares again,” he told her. “Because I have accepted my fate. My destiny since birth. A family reunion.”
She moved slowly, her eyes on him, her hands closing around the hilt of Cortana.
Under the moonlight
You see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream
But terror takes the sound before you make it
With little space between them, she still managed to draw Cortana from its sheath and slammed it into his side. It was like slamming a wooden sword into a stone sculpture.
He laughed, and it was not James’ warm, shy laugh. It was brittle and scratchy.
Cordelia saw with her own eyes Cortana being snapped into two halves and bounced once on the ground before coming to a motionless stop.
You start to freeze
As horror looks you right between the eyes
“It never fails to amuse me, how human souls are often deceived by the façade. Thank you for giving me Cortana,” said Belial. He lifted his shirt and shivered. Over his left ribs, two gashes were slowly healing until the skin was whole as new.
“Where is he?” Cordelia asked.
“He’s mine, you silly girl,” he laughed. “I was very frustrated when you were married, but it turned out all the better. Aren’t you interested in why I could break Cortana so easily?”
He broke off as they heard a knock at the door.
‘Cause this is thriller
And no-one’s gonna save you
From the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller
You’re fighting for your life
Inside a killer
Thriller tonight, yeah
Their voices drifted down the hallway.
“Why is it you, you Cruel Prince! Where’s Daisy?”
“She’s waiting for you in the drawing room.”
Her heart hammered. She could do it. She would do it.
You hear the door slam
And realise there’s nowhere left to run
“Daisy! You must join me at Anna’s tea party,” she said as she placed a firm grip on her arm.
She hugged her. “Lucie, I love you. Thank you for coming over. Could you give James and I a moment, though? I’ll join you outside soon enough.”
Lucie did not look like she wanted to go. “I will wait for you outside, okay? We will work everything out. I promise you we will.”
You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
You close your eyes
“What is it, James? Did you have a nightmare?”
“Can you promise me something?”
“What is it?”
“If I am not strong enough... If Belial succeeded in possessing me... I’d rather die,” he looked at her pleadingly.
“You cannot ask that of me, James!”
“That won’t be me anymore. That is just Belial wearing my skin.”
And hope that this is just imagination
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You’re outta time
She pointed the gun she got from Christopher at him.
Belial laughed again. “Why would you think that will hurt me when Cortana cannot?”
Cordelia nearly smiled. “One must keep up with the times.”
She fired the runed bullet straight into his heart.
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