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City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones Chapter 20 Summary How It All Goes Down
In Rats' Alley
Hodge traps Clary in an invisible box (a real, magic invisible box, not a fake, weird invisible box like the kind used by mimes) so that she can't pursue him when he flees the Institute. But before he does that, he spends a lot of time trying to convince her that he's not a bad guy, even though he just let Valentine take the Cup and Jace. Also, he tells Clary, "You were not raised as one of us. You have no part of this life of scars and killing. […] Leave the Institute, Clary. Leave, and never come back" (20.21). Dude, you just locked her inside an invisible magic box. She can't even leave the room, much less the Institute. Anyway, Hodge leaves, and Clary pounds futilely for a while until she realizes she still has Jace's stele in her pocket. She uses that to get out of the box and chase Hodge. Clary corners Hodge in an alley and demands to know where Valentine is. As if he'd give up the information that easily. Hodge attacks Clary with his chakram, a sharp flying metal disk (you know, like the kind Xena used?). She ducks, but Hodge has another ready to throw. Before he can attack again, a giant werewolf leaps into the alley. Hodge throws his chakram into the wolf's side and the wolf drives his teeth into Hodge's shoulder. We'd say this is a tie so far. Luckily, this big hairy distraction gives Clary the opportunity to make a break for it. She's almost made it out of the alley when the werewolf grabs her by the ankle and drags her to the ground. Hitting her head on the pavement, she passes out, coming to later in the werewolf's lair. It's not just any werewolf that kidnapped her. It's her Uncle Luke, last seen leaving his house/bookshop with a duffel bag full of glowing weapons. A couple of other werewolves in human form, Gretel and Alaric, bustle around Clary and tend to her injuries as Luke tells Clary a bit about what's going on. Looks like he's been watching her a while. It was his wolf pack that attacked the vampires at the Hotel Dumort. Clary's still mad at Luke for abandoning her mother, so he decides to tell her his side of the story.
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