Chapter 1: A Man Never Stands Taller
Podfic Length: Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes
Alec is still standing just to the right of him and Magnus gestures fondly for Alec to join him on the plush leather seat. Alec smiles at him softly, evenly, and Magnus is helpless against returning that smile just as fondly even though he usually keeps himself sharper-edged here at his court.
And then, keeping his lover’s gaze, Alec drops gracefully to his knees in front of Magnus and Magnus’s breath catches sharply in his throat. Alec, however, just stretches up a single hand and gently rubs a soothing thumb over Magnus’s velvet-clad knee as though in one action he hasn’t just overturned thousands of years of tradition and practice.
Chapter 2: Dona Nobis Pacem
Podific Length: ~4 hours
“When Alec kneels before you on that dais, Magnus,” Jace keeps going, “he’s telling every person present that it is your judgement, your respect, that he places before all others. In you placing that rune on his neck, Alec is publicly proclaiming that it’s your blessing and your judgement on him and on his reign as Head that gives him the right and the authority to uphold the Covenant.”
Magnus' throat is too tight to speak, but there’s a distinct shimmer visible in his suddenly unglamoured eyes.
Several thanks are needed for this chapter!
Firstly, thank you as always to Ponk for lending their delightful voice to the words on the screen- you add a whole other dimension and it makes me so happy to listen to ❤️❤️
An additional thanks to Corvus Cloudburst for giving me permission to include the art they drew for this fic when it was originally posted for the 2020 Malec Big Bang. It never fails to make my heart go a-flutter when I get to see their creations!
Finally, the most delightful characters of Oberon and Qinemru were borrowed with permission and thanks from the fantastic and lovely Aria Lerendeair.
Chapter 3: Intolerable
Magnus wants nothing more than to flood Alec with his magic until it would be easier to separate the waters of two rivers than to untangle where Magnus ends and Alec begins, and the presence of another, the presence of a power that does not belong to Magnus touching Alec’s core is an acid-burn in Magnus’ mind.
It is intolerable and Magnus will not have it.
Podfic Length: 25 min