|Every Exquisite Thing|
|Release Date|| June 12, 2018 (e-book)|
2019 (print edition)
| Released after|
Cast Long Shadows
| Released before|
Learn About Loss
Every Exquisite Thing is the third short story in Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales, co-written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.
Anna Lightwood, eldest child of Gabriel and Cecily, is mad, bad and dangerously dapper. Every rake has an origin story, though: now under Brother Zachariah's eye we see Anna's doomed love story unfold.
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A week later, Ariadne arrives at Anna's doorsteps and asks to transport to the Institute together and train. Anna guides Ariadne in blade-throwing, and catches her when she falls from the ceiling beam.
That evening, the pair go on an adventure to a Downworlder location where they find warlock Leopolda Stain surrounded by mundanes, summoning a demon. They attempt to free the mundanes, but find themselves attacked by a cluster of Ravener demons. Jem arrives at the scene (as Brother Zachariah) and aids them in fighting the demons; Anna is injured. Ariadne takes her home, heals her wounds and asks her to stay the night; she and Anna share a long and heartfelt kiss.
Jem makes his way to an empty shop where Woolsey Scott's werewolves have held Leopolda hostage. He interrogates her on the identity of Tessa's father, wishing to understand the implications of this heritage on Tessa's children. Rather than accepting her Shadowhunter-blood-for-information proposal, he threatens to kill her. She tells him Tessa's father was an Eiodolon Greater Demon, a Prince of Hell, refusing to give his name. She attempts to attack Jem, and the werewolves kill her.
Anna slips home at dawn. At noon, she arrives at Ariadne's house to discover that the Bridgestock family hoped for Ariadne to be married to Charles Fairchild in a few years. Ariadne tells Anna that though she is in love with her, she would choose to marry Charles; she wishes to become a mother one day, and does not wish to be disowned by her family for loving a woman. Ariadne proposes that they enjoy their forbidden relationship for the next year before Charles returns from Paris, before she must be faithful to him. Anna leaves, heartbroken.
Back at home, Cecily tells Anna she accepts her for who she is, and that she can spend her life with another woman even though marriage is forbidden; she tells her she can always mother a Shadowhunter orphan one day should she wish to do so. Anna receives a new suit, a necklace and cuts her hair short.
- This story is set in 1901.
- It tells the story of Anna Lightwood's first love.
- Charles Fairchild was assigned to take over the Paris Institute at the end of this installment.
- There was a revelation regarding Tessa's father in this installment.
Anna came up and guided her, forcing herself to maintain her composure as she took Ariadne's hand in hers and guided the toss. She was surprisingly good at climbing, but once on the ceiling beam, she took a bad tumble. Anna jumped underneath and caught her neatly.
"Oh, very impressive!" Ariadne said, smiling.
Anna stood there for a moment, Ariadne in her arms, unsure of what to do. There was something in Ariadne's gaze, in the way she was looking at Anna...as if mesmerized...
How did she ask? How did this happen with someone like Ariadne?
It was too much.
"A very good attempt," Anna said, gently setting Ariadne on her feet. "Just...watch your footing."
"I think I've had enough of that for today," Ariadne said. "How does one have fun in London?"
"Well," Anna said. "There is the theater—"
"No." Ariadne took hold of one of the pillars and gently spun around it. "Fun. Surely, you know a place."
"Well," Anna said, "I know a place full of writers and poets. It is quite louche. It is in Soho and starts after midnight."
"Then I assume you will be taking me," Ariadne said, eyes sparkling. "I will wait for you by my window at midnight tonight."
"Your brother’s eyes are quite extraordinary,” Ariadne noted.
Anna Lightwood heard this a good deal. Christopher’s eyes were lavender in color. “Yes,” Anna said. “He’s the good-looking one in the family.”
“I quite disagree!” Ariadne exclaimed, looking surprised. “Gentlemen must compliment you all the time on the shade of your eyes.”
She blushed and looked down, and Anna’s heart skipped a beat....
- A previous update on the Simon & Schuster & Kobo pages of the installment stated that it was to be narrated by the actress Kiernan Shipka, but it has since been removed.