For Pride Month, Cassandra Clare revealed a lovely snippet which shows an intimate moment between Shadowhunter Diana Wrayburn and the leader of the Wild Hunt, faerie Gwyn ap Nudd in the final book of The Dark Artifices Trilogy, Queen of Air and Darkness.
Gwyn seated himself opposite her, large hands at his sides, his brow creased with concern. His size and bulk somehow made him seem more helpless than he would have otherwise. “I know what happened,” he said. “When death comes in great and unexpected ways, the Wild Hunt knows it. We hear the stories told by spilled blood.”
Diana didn’t know what to say — that death was unfair? That Livvy hadn’t deserved to die that way, or any way? That the broken hearts of the Blackthorns would never be the same? It all seemed trite, a hundred times said and understood already.
Instead, she said, “I think I would like it if you kissed me.”
Gwyn didn’t hesitate. He was beside her in a moment, graceful despite his bulk; he put his arms around her and she was surrounded by warmth and the smell of the forest and horses. She wrinkled her nose slightly and smiled, and he kissed her smiling mouth.
It was a gentle kiss, for all his size. The softness of his mouth contrasted with the scratch of his stubble and the hard musculature under her hands when she put them timidly on his shoulders and stroked.
It had been a long time, and she had never imagined something quite like this: moonlight and flowers and kissing in glades were for other people.
But apparently not.
These are the scenes in Cassandra Clare’s books that she does so well, combining moments of grief with moments of intimacy, leaving us an emotional mess. We love it all and we crave more of it.
The fact that this is a moment between not only a Shadowhunter and a popular faerie, even outside of Shadowhunter lore, but it’s a moment between a trans Shadowhunter and the leader of the Wild Hunt, makes this relationship even more exciting to see develop.
Queen of Air and Darkness hits stores December 4th, and you can pre-order it below: