|Born to Endless Night|
|Release Date||October 20, 2015 (e-book)|
| Released after|
The Fiery Trial
| Released before|
Angels Twice Descending
Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!
"Vampires are gross and dead, werewolves are gross and hairy, and fairies are treacherous and would sleep with your mom," said Julie. "Warlocks are the sexy Downworlders. Think about it. They all have daddy issues. And Magnus Bane is the sexiest of them all. He can be High Warlock of my pants."
"Uh, Magnus has a boyfriend," said Simon.
There was a frightening glint in Julie's eye. "There some mountains you still want to climb, even though there are 'No Trespassing' signs up."
Simon collapsed at his lunch table. "I just walked in on Alec and Magnus ... you know."
"What? Where? When? How? Did Magnus seem like an athletic yet tender lover?" Julie demanded.
"Julie!" said Beatriz.
"Thank you, Beatriz," said Simon.
"Don't say a word, Simon," said Beatriz. "Not until I have acquired a pen and paper so I can write down everything you say. I'm sorry, Simon, but they are famous, and celebrities have to bear with this interest in their love lives. They're like Brangelina."
"They are not like Brangelina," Simon said. "What would you even call that? Algnus? That sounds like a foot disease."
"Obviously, you would call it Malec," said Beatriz. "Are you stupid, Simon?"
"I will not be distracted!" said Julie. "Does Magnus have piercings? Of course he does, when would he miss an opportunity to shine?"
"I just thought..." Alec said. "Well, I guess I never expected anything like this to happen before we got married."
"What?" said Magnus.
Alec just stared up at him. One long, strong archer's hand was dangling into the baby's crib, but Alec was intent on Magnus, his dark blue eyes darker than ever in the shadows, one look from Alec more important than a kiss from anyone else. Magnus saw he meant it.
"Alec," he said. "My Alec. You have to know that's impossible."
"Babies love that," Robert claimed. "Babies love bouncing."
The fist was blue, the rich navy of the sea when it was deep and you were on a boat as evening fell. The blue of Captain America's suit.
"It's a baby," Beatriz breathed. "It's a warlock baby."
- The title may have been derived from the Auguries of Innocence, a poem by William Blake which tells of "a series of paradoxes which speak of innocence juxtaposed with evil and corruption."
- This short story is told from two characters' point of view, namely: Simon and Magnus.