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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 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...
bookish_angel on March 25th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
"Might be a chance to turn over a new leaf," Aziraphale suggested.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 25th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Crowley eyed Aziraphale with immense suspicion. "...Define 'turn over a new leaf', angel."
bookish_angel on March 26th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
"Umm... Well, I don't know..." Aziraphale said non-commitally. "Ah, you know... Just a chance to try something different, maybe."
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 26th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
"Right," Crowley muttered, taking another drink. "I'll think of something to keep myself occupied, angel. I'm very creative that way."
bookish_angel on March 26th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
"Yes, I know," Azirphale replied, in a rather careful fashion with no inflection at all, going back to sipping his drink.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 27th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Crowley settled, taking another drink from his glass. Turn over a new leaf, indeed. He'd changed a bit, but certainly not enough to reform.

"I s'pose you've just been holed up in the shop since you got here, then? Trying to avoid selling books?"
bookish_angel on March 28th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
"Pretty much," Aziraphale replied cheerfully. "Harder to do here, too," he added solemnly.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 28th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
"Oh? More people actually interested in books around here?" Crowley asked idly, sipping his drink. Hm. It probably didn't help that the angel didn't have the porn shop next door here to draw the interest of passersby.
bookish_angel on March 29th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
"Mmm-hmm, they're... well, most of them know what I am," he said, peering into his empty glass. He really thought that it had been full a second ago.

It was hard to be terribly intimidating when a person knew that you were an angel. They knew that he couldn't do much more than glower at them, at the worst, aside from his various little tricks.

As for his erratic opening and closing times, people had a habit of showing up just as he was walking in, or whenever was a perfectly good time to wander in. It was positively uncanny.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 29th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
Crowley absently but carefully refilled Aziraphale's glass, scowling as the bottle emptied out. "Guess it's time for the gin... Anyway, this is just that sort of place, I guess. Not even any point pretending, because half the people 'round here can tell what's human and what isn't. Mostly because they aren't."
bookish_angel on March 30th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
"True... Really, your average human, average anything, just isn't likely to show up here," Aziraphale said, shaking his head.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on April 2nd, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
"Guess not," Crowley agreed, emptying his glass. "Wonder what that makes us..."
bookish_angel on April 3rd, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
"Weird," Aziraphale said solemnly.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on April 3rd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Crowley paused, just looking at Aziraphale for a second. Then he dropped his head to rest on his forearm, which was laying on the table, and started snickering.

"I guess that sums it up...."
bookish_angel on April 5th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Aziraphale stared at him, almost smiling, but looking a little confused, too.

"What's so funny 'bout it?"
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on April 7th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
"I dunno. Just is," Crowley replied, sitting back up and taking his sunglasses off, dropping them onto the table. "Always had a strange sense of humor, angel, you know that."
bookish_angel on April 9th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
"True, true."

Aziraphale took another drink, nearly emptying the glass. "Guess it is funny. Us, this, you know. Jus' when you think you've got things figured out... Out the window, all of it." He made a vague motion with his hands to emphasize.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on April 11th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
"Seems t'happen to us a lot. Life's goin' smooth, got a handle on it, then.. Bazamm!"

Crowley waved his glass for emphasis, ignoring the bit of alcohol that sloshed out. "Goes nuts. Abso-fuckin'-lutely crazy."
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