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25 February 2006 @ 11:36 pm
A messenger  
It was just past noon at the club, and, as usual, it was pretty much deserted except from Tim. As far as anyone could tell, Tim never actually left.

The dance floor and the tables had been cleaned off from the previous night, and Tim was at the bar, drying off clean glasses and arranging them in the back, whistling to himself.

He stopped whistling, at some point, and frowned slightly as he looked over the bar, though he didn't stop what he was doing.

A tiny point of a shadow grew on the floor until it was about three feet wide, at which point a figure rose out of it as if there it was levitating through a hole in the floor. 'Figure' was a good enough name for it, too, since it seemed to be nothing more than a shadow wearing a black cloak.

Tim regarded it in silence for about five seconds.

"Nice wraith get-up," he said finally, as if he were commenting on the weather. "The Lord of the Rings try-outs are next door, though."

The cloak was apparently not amused.

"I seek the one called Crowley." It said finally, in a voice that sounded very raspy... even through that, though, the tone of annoyance was plain. "I wish to speak with him."

"Crowley? Hm... I might know somebody of the sort," Tim said slowly, setting down the glass he'd been working on. This wasn't someone from Crowley's world. He'd seen this one before, in fact, not that he was going to tell it that. "Yeah. I could call him up or something, I guess. You want to talk to him here?"


"Ah... I guess you know the rules around here? This is a neutral zone, pal, and I'll toss out anyone who gets on my nerves. Ghost, wraith, or whatever you are."

If it had eyes, it would have been glaring. "I know."

Tim was well aware of the concept of authors. He knew that Crowley would find his way here if he wanted to see what this guy wanted to say. In the meantime, he went back to drying newly-washed glasses, whistling again.
Maegan: Davidguardian_maegan on March 3rd, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
"Alright, alright, self-employed," David corrected himself. "Now, just so you know, I'm not from his world. His world isn't quite like Earth, and their Hell isn't the same. These demons aren't the kind that you're used to dealing with. I'm not sure if that would be a good or bad thing for you, to be honest."

He rested his chin on the back of the chair. "I come from a world a lot more like yours, but I travel a lot, and I freely admit that I meddle. I try to bring peace and good and all that to wherever I go."

"For that matter, I wouldn't like them to get all kinds of nasty plans to use technology to their advantage, here and at home. As for my reasons aside that? Well... I'm not going to say, because it would probably offend your delicate sensibilities," he said, grinning faintly.
Anthony J. Crowleyh8_ineffability on March 3rd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
"I wasn't aware I had any delicate sensibilities. How about that? You learn something new about yourself every day, don't you?"

Crowley stood up, pulling his keys back out of the pocket he'd tucked them into. "How about this? I tell both of you to take a hike and try me again after I've got myself moved into a place here. I think one major life decision is enough for this week."

He waved lazily to Tim as he headed for the door. "See you around."
zaelshadows on March 3rd, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Denrei simply disappeared, quite annoyed with the whole situation at this point. He hadn't expected to get an answer right now, he'd simply intended to present the idea, but then David had to come along and completely mess things up. But maybe it wasn't all lost. There would be more time to talk later.
_zaelia_ on March 3rd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Tim waved back. "See you later, Crowley."

He turned to David, eyebrows raised. "Not bad. Managed to clear both of them out in less than ten minutes. Is that a record for you?" He asked.
Maegan: Davidguardian_maegan on March 3rd, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
"Aw, that's harsh," David's expression shifted to a pouting frown. "I wasn't trying to scare anyone off. Well, maybe the shadow, since he doesn't have any sense of humor to speak of. And I wasn't trying to poke him into doing anything... Just wanted to tell him what Screechy's spiel was going to be about, you know, without all of the various little almost-lies and misleading information. Not that I think he's stupid. He's just new, so he doesn't know these people too well yet."

Even though Denrei couldn't actually lie here, he could do quite a bit of skipping around the truth, which was even worse than an outright lie in some cases.

"And why's everybody so grouchy in the morning? Sheesh."
_zaelia_ on March 3rd, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
"I really don't know if you're always annoying on purpose, or if you honestly don't intend to be sometimes," Tim said wryly, shaking his head.
Maegan: Davidguardian_maegan on March 4th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
"Well, I'm told that I'm annoying all the time, though sometimes it's not on purpose and sometimes it's even kind of endearing," David said thoughtfully. "I think that's true."

He watched Tim for a few minutes. "So what do you think will happen when he finds the bookstore? You know he will... And I know you know what I'm talking about, so don't pretend like you don't," he said seriously.
_zaelia_ on March 4th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
Tim sighed and put up another glass.

"I dunno, Dave. Why do you think that I haven't told him about it? He'll get there on his own. Whatever happens after that, well... happens. It'll work out one way or another. Hopefully for the best."
Maegan: Davidguardian_maegan on March 4th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
"That sounds a bit much like it's some kind of ineffable plan," David commented, a bit dryly. "Which is weird because all of this is outside the realm of any big plan that either world has, and this one... it's just a little dimension between dimensions, plenty of divine influences going this way and that, but some plan? Even I find that to be something of a stretch."

He frowned at Tim, though not too seriously. "Even when you say you don't know, it seems like you do, you just don't remember at the moment."
_zaelia_ on March 4th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
Tim chuckled at that.

"I think that there's a lot going on in the multiverse that people don't know about, David. It may look like nothing more than a whole bunch of different dimensions and worlds connected in various ways, but there's more out there. It's not as random as some people think."

Which, of course, wasn't a good answer, but David hadn't actually asked a question, either.