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06 March 2006 @ 12:58 am
Heigh-ho...  
Crowley was driving about the city in the Bentley. Rather randomly, if truth be told. He didn't really have a destination in mind, he was just getting to know the place. Taking note of anything that looked interesting, or anything he might want to revisit. There was a restaurant, there was an electronics store, there was a...

There was a bookstore. A very strangely familiar-looking bookstore.

The Bentley screeched to a halt, Crowley unheeding of any commotion he might be causing. After a few moments, he pulled over and parked, sliding out of the Bentley slowly. He stood there for a minute before stepping up to the door. He glanced at the sign, the illegible listing of the store's hours, just like the one he'd seen a thousand times elsewhere.

"I'm going to bloody well regret this..."

He pushed the door open and stepped inside, letting it close behind him.
 
 
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Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 17th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
"My car did get torn up," Crowley reminded him, lifting his glass to take a drink. "Back during the whole end of the world business. Utter loss. Wrecked. Adam fixed it, I still don't know how he managed that. Then again, he's the AntiChrist, and I'm not."
bookish_angel on March 17th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
"Yes, I know that," Aziraphale replied patiently as he worked on getting the second bottle of wine open. "I was just being...um... metaphorical, yes, that's it. For that matter, my shop burned down completely, but I still have all of my books, plus a few extras," he said, gesturing around vaguely.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 18th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Crowley peered at him a bit suspiciously. "You can't trust metaphors. They're sneaky buggers. Anyway, I've still got my car, too. ...What were we talking about again?"
bookish_angel on March 18th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
"Er, before metaphors?" Aziraphale finally managed to get the bottle open. "Dunno... Something about strange creatures. Sounded like demons of some sort, to me."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 19th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
"Right... Wolfy..things. Not demons. I know a demon when I see one crash through a skylight, and they weren't," Crowley replied, shoving his glass towards Aziraphale for a refill.

"Not everything's a demon, just because it's nasty-looking. There are more things in Nexus and Earth, Aziraphale.... Something or other. Can't recall how the last bit went. Something philosophical."
bookish_angel on March 19th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
"I'm aware of that, yes," Aziraphale said as he filled up Crowley's glass. "It's just that the first thing I thought of was a hellhound with wings. Probably because you said they were snarling and all..."

He stared contemplatively at his own empty glass.

"'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' S'from Hamlet. Act one, scene five, I do believe."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 20th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
"Oh yeah, that one. Depressin' play, Hamlet. I told him not to write it, y'know. I said to him, 'Will, nobody's goin' t'want to see a play where everybody dies. People go to plays t'get away from reality.' Jus' goes to show, even I'm not right all the time," Crowley said thoughtfully, picking up his glass and drinking.
bookish_angel on March 20th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
"Things are different... Were different, then. But of course, it's still a literary classic, isn' it? Humans are strange sometimes."

He reached over to pour himself another glass of wine. It took him a few seconds to get things properly aligned.

"D'you think we'll need more to drink?" He asked, looking over at the bottle of gin.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 21st, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
"Amen," Crowley muttered. "Inna manner of speaking, o' course."

He sipped his drink and glanced at the bottles. "Might. Dunno."
bookish_angel on March 21st, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
"I'm feeling much better now, actually," Aziraphale commented. Of course, he couldn't exactly remember why he'd been uncomfortable in the first place, but that was the whole point, wasn't it?
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 21st, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
"Yeah. Me, too," Crowley agreed, taking another drink. The nagging voice in his mind was all but gone. This was Aziraphale. From his dimension or not, what did that matter? And now that he wasn't bothering about that, he felt better than he had in months. The angel sitting across from him, alcohol sitting in front of him, all was right with the world.

"Have you read the book about us?"

Random conversation-starter, of course, since he'd utterly lost the thread of what they'd been talking about before.
bookish_angel on March 22nd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
"Yes... It is odd, reading about oneself like that. I mean, it's all there..."

He vaguely remembered that there was at least one thing in the book that he wasn't particularly pleased with being in print. Crowley had probably been quite amused to read that Aziraphale had said 'fuck'. The circumstances had been extremely difficult, but still...
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 22nd, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
"Very weird, yes. Kind of interesting, though, to find out what all was happening with people when I wasn't around," Crowley said, waving a hand idly. "AND what they were thinkin', sometimes. All sorts of insight. I'm ver' cross about that bit at the end, though. I was really onto somethin' there, and then bam. All gone. Don't even remember it now I've read that I thought it inna first place."
bookish_angel on March 22nd, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
"At least you have it written down now," Azirphale pointed out as he sipped his wine. "Ineffability, just like I'm always telling you..."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 22nd, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
"Bah. Why make me forget it to ssstart with, if I'm jusst...meant t'find out about what I thought of later on?" Crowley asked, with a definite amount of skepticism. "That'sss not ineffable, angel, it'ss just ssstupid."
bookish_angel on March 22nd, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
"I think," Aziraphale said slowly, "that we've got two different... ineffable plans, y'know. I mean, you weren't meant to find out about it there. If you'd stayed, you never would have. But now you're here, and you found it, and it's probably meant to be that way."

He'd been doing a lot of thinking on the subject.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 22nd, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
"Is this one of those alternate universe theory things? Because I never really got a handle on those beyond 'It happened different somewhere else'."

Crowley finished off the wine in his glass and carefully refilled it. The bottle was getting towards empty.
bookish_angel on March 23rd, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
"Um... maybe?" He frowned. "The way I look at it... it's just like everything we knew about before is really just a small part of a bigger picture. Maybe it's all one big ineffable plan after all... Just a lot bigger than even I thought."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 23rd, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
"...Was pretty bloody big b'fore, angel," Crowley replied, a bit doubtfully. He stared down into his glass for a moment, then scowled. "Wait, wait, wait. Then wouldn' that mean, if it was all some really huge ineffable plan, that I was s'posed to find the Nexus places? And wouldn' THAT mean that I sorta owe Him for getting me out before things went really badly south? Don't think I like that idea, angel."

Really not. After all, He had kicked Crowley out. All-powerful and ineffable or not, He could bloody well stop meddling in a person's life once He tossed them out of Heaven. If He didn't want Crowley, He could damn well leave him alone.

Not that he didn't prefer being a demon to being an angel. It was just a matter of principle.
bookish_angel on March 23rd, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
"S'your own choice to make," Aziraphale said solemnly. "I mean, you could go back. Anyways, I dunno why you're worried about it... He's given you an opportunity here, and it's not like you signed some kind of contract to get it."

Even though he was about half-drunk, he knew better than to remind Crowley of the fact that he was still one of God's creatures, even now after he'd fallen (or sauntered, whatever you liked to call it).
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 23rd, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
"I'm only goin' back to get my stuff," Crowley grumbled. "Not interested in spendin' the rest of eternity screaming, thanks all the sssame."

He took another drink. "And I'm not worried. Just objecting. On...whatsit. Thing I'm not s'posed to have on account of being a demon. Principle."
bookish_angel on March 24th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
"Ah, right."

Principles. Those could be tricky things.

"I'm glad you are staying... Things just don't seem right without you around," Aziraphale said wistfully.

Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 24th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
"I know the feeling..." Crowley murmured, shaking his head. He lifted his glass and drank some more. "Hopefully won't take long t'find a flat. Then I just pop over, pick up my stuff, and settle in. New flat, new world, nice fresh start."

And if he was very lucky, he wouldn't make a botch of it.
bookish_angel on March 24th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
"What d'you plan on doing here? I've been... well, doing what I've been doing for the last... er, for a long time, more or less." Although really he'd spent more time in his shop with his books than doing much else, to be completely honest, not that he didn't spend a lot of time doing that before.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 25th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
"Dunno. I'll think of somethin'. Not like I haven't picked up plenty of marketable talents in the last six thousand years," Crowley said, waving a hand dismissively. He certainly had enough money tucked away back home to live on for a decent while. He wasn't entirely sure how much he had in the bank, but it had been piling up for a century or so...
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