HeronGrayStairs Favorites

This weekend promises good times in the form of my boyfriend's birthday and Valentine's Day and so I find myself in a pretty lovey-dovey mood. But instead of writing a post about love in general or the love I have in my personal relationships, I figured I'd write about someone else's love. Three someone's in specific, three someone's that I love very dearly, also three someone's who don't technically exist. 

I'm pretty sure I established in post long ago that I so ship the HeronGrayStairs relationship from Cassandra Clare's book series, The Infernal Devices. Will Herondale, Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs are just the perfect trifecta. It's a love triangle but I live for it. My heart swells with just the thought of them. As I frequently find myself hysterically laughing, or crying, through the HeronGrayStairs hashtag, I thought I'd list a few of my favorite moments.  Clare writes some pretty amazing moments among these three characters, some of which are touching and others absolutely hilarious.    

I've chosen  some of my favorite funny interactions between these characters, because although there are so many sweet ones -- like Jem's assessment of his parabatai "When Will truly wants something, when he feels something - he can break your heart" or Will's proclamation to Jem "Our souls are knit. We are one person, James" -- the funny ones make me feel the most nostalgic for this story.  Trust me, even if you haven't read the series, this will still be entertaining and only very minimally spoilery. In fact, you can go ahead and treat this as my review of the trilogy (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess), since I haven't done one. It's my favorite trilogy ever. 5 million stars!

It's so beautiful :'(

It's so beautiful :'(

"Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be."
He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship."


“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. “What?”
“Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.”
“I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.”
Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?”
“Mauve,” said Will.”

Jem shook his head. "You bit de Quincey" he said. "You fool. He's a vampire. You know what it means to bite a vampire.
"I had no choice," said Will. " He was choking me."
"I know" Jem said. " But really, Will. Again?”


“What is this?” he went on now, spearing an unfortunate object on a fork and raising it to eye level. “This… this… thing?”
“A parsnip?” Jem suggested.
“A parsnip planted in Satan’s own garden.” said Will. He glanced about. “I don’t suppose there’s a dog I could feed it to.”
“There don’t seem to be any pets about,” Jem observed.
“Probably all poisoned by parsnips,” said Will.”


“Jem gave her a wistful look. “Must you go? I was rather hoping that you’d stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must.”
“I’ll stay,” Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. “I can minister angelically.”
“None too convincingly. And you’re not as pretty to look at as Tessa is,” Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow.
“How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared it to gazing at the radiance of the sun.”
Jem still had his eyes closed. “If they mean that it gives you a headache, they aren’t wrong.”


“I promise to charm the dickens out of him," said Will, sitting up and readjusting his crushed hat. "I shall charm him with such force that when I am done, he will be left lying limply on the ground, trying to remember his own name."
"The man's eighty-nine", muttered Jem. "He may well have the problem anyway.”

Also... this ^. Because I saw it while searching for a picture for this post and about died. Also, can you tell that Jem and Will are my favorites :)

Have you read The Infernal Devices trilogy? Does this make you want to read it?  Or am I just weirdly obsessed with fictional characters? (I think that too, don't worry.)