"Catarina!" Magnus gave his friend a hug and then ushered her inside. "Come inside. Care for a coffee?"
"No, thanks," Catarina answered. "I need to be home early for Madzie because her nanny is having the night off. Alec not here?"
Magnus glanced at the clock. "No, he's probably picking up groceries just as we speak. My man is cooking me dinner tonight." His beaming smile probably spoke volumes about how much he was looking forward to spending a quiet night with Alec at home, but he didn't care. Catarina had been his friend for nearly as long as he could remember and he was happy that after all the difficult things she helped him deal with in the past, she was here with him to share in his happiness as well.
Catarina gave him a warm smile. "I love seeing you so happy, Magnus You and Alec... You guys are good together."
Magnus nodded. "That we are... Who would have thought? Me, Magnus Bane, looking forward to a night on the couch, snuggling up to my Shadowhunter boyfriend."
"Well, I always believed that you would find someone someday that would see you for the gem you truly are." Catarina grinned and playfully shoved him against the shoulder. "I actually remember us placing a bet on that on one of your hell-raising parties in the late eighties.'
"Yeah, I certainly knew how to throw a wild party back in the day..." But he didn't miss it at all. Sure, there had been some good times but he hadn't forgotten how empty he eventually had begun to feel. Each night he had been surrounded by hundreds of his supposed closest friends, but he had never felt more lonely In his life. With Alec, for the first time in his immortal life, he finally felt cherished and loved and it wasn't for what he could do or what he could bring, but it was just for who he was. He never wanted to go back to those lonely days ever again. "I don't remember anything about a bet though."
Catarina gave him a quizzical look that he didn't quite understand. "No, you wouldn't, would you?" Then she smiled. "Tell you what, just give me the potion and we'll call it even."
"Yeah, I'll just get it for you." Magnus walked outside to the balcony, retrieved the potion and went back in. "If I were you, I'd store it outside though, because it smells like death warmed up." He sniffed and wrinkled his nose. "I tried some spells today to get rid of the smells, but it still lingers like the fleas on a werewolf."
Catarina burst out laughing. "Have you tried air-freshener?"
"Air-freshener? Why would I do that when I have magic?"
"Because sometimes mundane stuff works better than any spell. Trust me."
Magnus shrugged. "Okay, I'll just get some air-freshener then." He was about to conjure a can with a flick of his wrist, but Catarina held him back.
"Let's just go to the shop together," she suggested. "I sometimes feel that you rely too much on magic."
"Well, if you got it, flaunt it. I practically invented that sentence. But if you want to go the shops, to the shops is where we will go. I suppose a portal is out of the question as well?" At Catarina's confirming nod, he continued, "I'll just grab my coat then." He nodded to Catarina's clothes because with her thermal jacket, woolen beanie, giant scarf and thick gloves, she looked as if she were about to embark on a polar expedition. "It isn't that cold outside, is it?" Because when he had gone outside to get the potion from the rooftop terrace he had actually found it to be quite pleasant for January.
"Eh... You know I get cold easily, so... And there might be snow later on, they said so on the news." She nodded to Magnus's coat. "I definitely would take a scarf and gloves as well, if I were you."
"Okay. Doesn't hurt to be prepared, I guess." He grabbed a glittery scarf and a pair of purple gloves adorned with tiny silver beads and put them on. "Well, ready if you are, my fair Cat."
A/N: A short update today! Hope you liked it. So not only is Magnus going to the supermarket, he's walking there like we mere mortals do, can you believe it? You know who else is going to the supermarket in the next chapter? Alec, accompanied by none other than Izzy. So be prepared!
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