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19 January 2006 @ 08:06 am
Strange...  
The whining noise had stopped, quite inexplicably. Shade hadn't even done much investigating into the matter before it was suddenly as peaceful as it ever got around this place. Nevertheless, she wasn't going to assume that they were forever rid of it. Things were never that easy, not in her experience.

Logic aside, her instincts told her that there was something off about the silence.

She leaned against the wall of the nightclub, in the shadows. She wasn't a big fan of doing anything before nightfall, and the sun wasn't quite down yet. Just about another half hour or so...
 
 
 
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on January 20th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Crowley wandered into the club, sliding his sunglasses into a pocket. He was humming 'Bohemian Rhapsody', slightly off-key. He walked over to the bar and waved to the bartender.

"I just want something that's not one of those bloody tourist trap fruity drinks."
_zaelia_ on January 20th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
It was relatively quiet in the club, since it wasn't quite dark yet. In a few hours the place would really come alive, but for now business was slow. Tim plunked a glass down on the counter.

"You look like you could use some good, strong scotch." He picked a bottle off the shelf without even looking at it and poured the glass full. "Well, Crowley, what d'ya think think the odds are for all of the windows in this place surviving the night intact?" He asked casually as he slid the glass down the well-polished bar. It came to a stop just in front of Crowley without spilling a drop.
Shadeshadows_of_grey on January 20th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
Shade wandered in a few moments later. She found it somewhat odd that this place seemed to be the designated center of activity for this entire dimension, and she spent a decent amount of time in it, yet she didn't actually interact with people that much. Although she didn't always admit it she had a bad habit of depriving herself of the things that she wanted and needed most. Blood was the most obvious one, but there were other things.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on January 21st, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
"The skylight was not my fault," Crowley objected, picking up his glass and taking a drink. "Now that is a drink. I think I've had my fill of drinks with umbrellas in for this century."

He looked around idly and caught sight of her. He quirked an eyebrow and waved lazily. "Hullo, Shady."
Shadeshadows_of_grey on January 22nd, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
"You're welcome. And I'm not saying it was your fault, precisely, but it might be a karma sort of thing. Or just someone's idea of a joke, you never know," Tim commented before moving on to the other side of the bar.

Shade made her way over to the bar and sat down. "Hello, Crowley. Been spending too much time in the Bahamas lately?"
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on January 22nd, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
"And other points near the equator," Crowley said, sipping his drink. "Been having a holiday, you see."
Shadeshadows_of_grey on January 22nd, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
"Hmm... Yes, I can see you stretched out on a beach towel, wearing one of those bright yellow and orange Hawaiian shirts and sipping one of those coconut drinks. Complete with a little pink umbrella in it." She paused thoughtfully.

She smirked. "Did you get some cute girls in bikinis to rub in the tanning lotion for you, too?"
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on January 22nd, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
"Minus the shirt, please. I like to believe I have taste," Crowley told her with a mildly pained expression.

"There may possibly have been cute girls with bikinis involved."
Shadeshadows_of_grey on January 22nd, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
"No shirt. Right, I should have figured. Green swimming trunks, then... or are you a speedo kind of guy?"

She tapped her fingernails on the bar. "Are you going to get me a drink or am I going to have to get it myself?"

"Tch, I'm getting to it," Tim called back as he pulled out another glass.

"I'd kill to be able to have a decent day at the beach," she said with a sigh. "If I stay out in strong sunlight like that for more than an hour I get the worst sunburn."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on January 23rd, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
"Black with red piping, actually. One has to keep up appearances, after all," Crowley told her, waving one hand airily.

"Maybe you just need a better SPF, Shady."
Shadeshadows_of_grey on January 23rd, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
"That's the best I can get with 30 SPF, and they say that it doesn't get much better than that." She wasn't precisely weak to sunlight in the same way that some vampires were. Her skin was very pale, and since it has so little pigment it was highly prone to burning. She might not have to worry about turning into dust, but a bad sunburn is nothing to scoff at.

"It's a shame that I couldn't just fleece a vampire Sue for one of those 'magick' rings that let her stay out in the sun," she mused as Tim gave her a drink, something with gin and champagne in it.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on January 23rd, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
"Magic rings are bad news anyway, that's practically axiomatic," Crowley said, taking another drink from his glass. "What in G-... Sa-...somebody's name is a Sue, anyway? I've heard that before and have bugger all idea what it means."
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Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 4th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
((We can either keep working on that thread or just jump a bit... Tim's would probably prattle on all night, but it's going to start getting busy on him, so he'll have less time for that.))

As Tim had predicted, Shade wasn't gone for long. Just a little over two hours after she'd left she slipped back inside the door. By this time the club had it's usual full house. Somewhat loud patrons, she thought, though maybe not quite as loud to other people.

She stepped around the group at the door, heading towards the bar.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on February 5th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
((Jumping is fine... Crowley was starting to ramble on anyway, he does that when he's drunk.))

Crowley, by this time, was well and truly in his cups. Drunk as a skunk and rather enjoying himself. He was idly watching some of the people dancing and pondering trying it himself. Once he was sober enough to stand up, at least.
Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 5th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
((Good thing Tim got distracted, then, because he's excellent at rambling even when sober, and he doesn't mind talking to drunk people.))

Tim looked up. "Hey there, Shade. You want a drink?"

"How did you ever guess?" Shade asked a bit dryly as she walked up to the bar, over to her former seat, which was empty at the moment.

"You're looking a bit paler than usual," Tim commented as he handed over a glass. "Didn't get into any trouble, did you?"

"Only as much trouble as usual, and I'm fine," she said as she took the glass, a very subtle edge to her voice which made it clear that this was the only definitive answer he was going to get, so he shouldn't pester.

Then she looked over at Crowley, chuckling a bit. "Well, looks like you're enjoying yourself. I'm positively envious."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on February 5th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
"Hullo, Shady. Welcome back," Crowley said affably, turning back to the bar to pick up his glass. "'S a good bar, I like it. In London, I would've been cut off by now, prob'ly with some comments about alcohol pois'ning. Sodding stupid, too, I'm not going to get alcohol poisoning."

Which, of course, given how Crowley's powers worked, meant that indeed, he wasn't. No matter how much he drank. A demon's belief was a powerful thing, and while it wasn't certain how well he could affect his surroundings in this new place, it would still work just fine on himself.
Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 5th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Shade smiled faintly. "Tim knows a lot of different people, and he's pretty good at knowing when someone's hit their limit." She slid onto her former seat with her back to the bar, sipping her drink idly. "We're understanding about non-human standards around here. So, did I miss anything interesting, or have you been waiting for me to get back before you start causing trouble?"
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on February 6th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
"I don't cause trouble when'm drinking," Crowley told her, waving one hand. "S'too much like work. Been talking to Tim."
Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 6th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
"Ah." She glanced over at Tim, but he wasn't paying attention. Oh well, if he had said anything particularly annoying, she'd forgive him, for the moment anyway. He did give her the drink, which she thought was some kind of very strong rum. It was strong enough to nearly burn her throat, but she didn't mind so much. She was feeling better already.

"Talking about what?" She asked, quirking an eyebrow. She might have to hurt him later, after all. Tim was one of those people who never quite knew when to shut up.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on February 7th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
"Humans and not humans and changes of scenery. Some city off somewhere not far from here."

"I'm thinking," Crowley added solemnly, "of moving."

He finished off his drink.
Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 7th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
"Hmm... I see. You'd probably find plenty to do up in Anath. And you wouldn't have to worry about any old buddies from Hell showing up, too."

"They have real roads up there, too," she said thoughtfully.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on February 7th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
"Right. Buddies," Crowley said, saying the word like it tasted bad. "Real roads, thank Sa-..G-.. somebody. These bloody country paths aren't good for the Bentley, they can't be. S'not one of those blessed tanks they claim are cars. The Bentley is a quality vehicle."

He set his empty glass down on the bar and raked a hand through his hair. "Anath, that was it, yeah. I could use a change. Home just isn't the same anymore."
Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 7th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
Shade thought briefly about ruffling his hair. She hated seeing other people depressed. Crowley definitely needed things to distract him from brooding over the angel's absense. If anything would work, he'd probably find it in the city.

But no, she's need another couple of drinks, possibly just one if it was more of this stuff, before she'd do anything like that.

"Have you had too much to drink or not enough?" She asked instead. "You're looking nearly as stressed out as I am." She might have admitted to this without the alcohol. Really.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on February 7th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
"Good question, that. I could sober up. But if it turns out I haven't had enough, then I have to go get drunk all over again," Crowley said, waving one hand rather randomly. "Easier all 'round to assume I'm just not drunk enough. Rough night, Shady?"
Shadeshadows_of_grey on February 7th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
"Eh... Not really, no. I've had rough nights, and this doesn't come close to some of the messes that I've had to deal with." She continued sipping her drink. "It's just... well, I guess you might not understand how hunger can wear a person down, since you don't have to eat. It's nothing that I'm not used to, though."
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