Mr. Graves looked out his grimed window and glanced down at the perfect view of the fiery torture pits filled with the souls of everlasting sinners. This apartment was one of the high end residential dwellings in Hell but he found it more of an annoyance then an act of 'good' nature. Being one of Satan's higher ranking generals, he was granted the most comfortable of living conditions with a view of his handiwork, magma room lighting and a black hole portal for easy transport.
Graves was a Grim Reaper, the highest elite among Reapers that took the souls of the living, ordered hordes of demon souls and masked destruction in a cloak of darkness and pain. Two millenniums he had been doing this and it was growing to be a routine of eternal imprisonment. These were dangerous thoughts, so he never changed.
There was an image for Grim Reapers from old human legends. They were creatures who had skulls for faces, cloaks for attire and scythes for soul ripping. This was almost true. The only reason they were skeletons to begin with was because, once upon a time, every Reaper was a human soul. Their sins were so vile that when they died and entered Hell their skins were burned off.
Cloaks were traditional of the elite Grim Reapers. It represented old times and the truth of reign and evil. Grim's only had to wear them when in public service for Satan, otherwise they were free to choose attire as they so fit; except in battle where armor was preferred.
Scythes were like guns. It was fashionable to own one and impressive to know how to wield it correctly. They weren't the only soul ripper weapons available but for eons the job was only done right with a scythe at hand. Graves had revolutionized the art of Death with combining tools but all of that was history. He was a life taker and that's all he was ever going to be.
He sighed. Today was the day. It was going to be a long haul but it will be the start of judgment. A Revelation.
Mr. Graves had been chosen along with a few other Grim's to initiate the first steps. First they had to get God's attention. It was going to be a tedious battle but demons were expendable. A dime a dozen.
The field where his nearly invisible army stood was blanketed in snow surrounded by a mouth of tall entangled trees. Demons waited, clawing at the ground, maintained by the lower Reapers as the sky opened up signaling the Holy Glory. Graves knew all too well that it was a fool's mistake to stand in plain sight. He himself weaved in and out of the trees, watching as his living armor form fitted to induce camouflage. The battlefield came to life as the crusaders from heaven touched the ground, unleashing the fury within the hordes of cannibal creatures. Eventually he grew bored of this game and turned to walk further into forest till he was needed.
He stepped through frost, dark tendrils emanating off every footstep until he came to a seamlessly quiet place... a lake.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste looked up at the sun shining down on the heavens a smile forming her face, it was such a beautiful sight she became lost in her own thoughts. For as long as she could remember there was no better feeling that seeing god's beautiful creatures grow around her.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Ever since she was a child there was talks within the elders that she would play an important part in the future. Being a child Celeste didn't take much notice to what they said as she was too busy following her father around who was a general at the time. He was admired and love by many and Celeste wanted to grow up and be just like her father, but to become a general you had go through many difficulties to prove yourself worthy to take on the role.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Years passed and her father stepped down from his role and Celeste made sure within her every being she would take her fathers place and become the general. Due to her age elders were sceptical but she proved her worth and was given her title as the general to God's army.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste trained from morning until night until she was the best fighter throughout the army, she knew the day would come when they would need to go to war from the stories her father told her, so she needed to be at her strongest for when hell decided to show it's ugly face to her which would be anytime soon.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" One of her lower rank soldiers came flying towards her.]] [size14[+Blue[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Ma'am it's time, they're here..."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste gave a slight nod as she opened out her large white wings and picked up her axe as she made her way to the front of the army. She flew in front so all eyes were on her as she began to speak.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "This is the moment we have been been waiting for! This is what you trained for! It's time to smite then down and send them back to the depths of hell in which they came from!"]]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" There was a loud roar from the army as they flew past her and down to where hell's spawn were waiting. Celeste turned around joining them as she landed firmly on the ground cutting down the creatures that went to charge for her. She flicked the creatures blood from her axe as she looked around biting her lip in anger and drawing blood.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Hell's creatures had done a lot more damage to them than she had imagined, cutting down more of them in anger she looked down at the ground noticing black footprints leading into the forest. This intrigued Celeste with a war going it looked like someone was taking it lightly which caused an anger to burn deep inside her.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She turned her attention to one of her soliders,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "hold things for me, if things get too much to handle call for me"]]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" with that said she spread her wings open once more and flew into the forest with no time to lose.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Weaving in and out of the trees she suddenly stopped and landed when she saw one of them standing and staring into the lake, she was a little surprised to see a demon staring into the lake, she couldn't imagine something so evil would take notice of something so beautiful. Never the less he needed to be taken care of so with a smile on her face she slowly made her way over to the demon"]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Well well well... I never would have thought a demon would retreat into the woods, what a cowardly thing to do."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" A slight laugh escaped her lips as she held the axe tightly in her hand, it wouldn't surprise her in the slightest if the demon had set a trap to get her out here and ambush her.]]]
Graves felt it before it even landed. The presence of the good Lord’s Servants always had an arrogant aura of self conscious righteousness. For a moment, it lit a fire in his vacant soul as he turned around to gaze upon the winged creature.
It looked like a woman though angels were rarely fit to be human. No one truly knew what created angels down in the depths of Hell, but they did know they were skilled and cunning. It wasn’t his first slaughtered Servant after all.
The height of the afternoon sun glimmered off the creature as an awestruck distraction. God knew exactly what he was doing when he molded these. The darkness edged around his skull, inching across to give the illusion that the demon had a face. He felt it crease into a demented smile. [#AB2E2E “If it were retreating, I wouldn’t spend my leisure time around here and is it truly cowardly if such an act was beneath you?”]
He raised a hand out, manifesting a large scythe into his armored palm, the blade catching the light. [#AB2E2E “Please don’t let me take you away from anything you [i should] be doing.”]
Graves no doubt figured the angel knew he was an Elite Reaper by the presence of his weapon. A smart Servant would tell their leader. If this angel wasn’t a Servant... then that would be interesting.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste laughed at his comment]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "very well demon I have to agree with you there.]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Looking around at her surroundings she couldn't make out any figures or shadows in the woods, but still she kept her guard up, they were Lucifer's children after all and they never played fair. Resting her axe against her head she walked forward getting a little closer so she could analyse the demon more thoroughly and look for any weak points in case he decided to surprise her with an attack.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" One of Celeste's mainly abilities was to pinpoint weak points on any living thing, but it required a lot of time and concentration, if the demon for a split second figured out what she was trying to do then her plans would be ruined, so for the time being she decided to listen as to what the creature would have to say.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She turned her attention to the blade forming in the demons hand, but it wasn't just any regular blade it was a scythe and that could only mean one thing, he wasn't just a pawn in Lucifer's army, he was of importance, someone higher up, this intrigued Celeste but answered his question smiling.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Oh demon don't trouble yourself about taking up too much of my time, I have never been in the presence of a Reaper before, therefore you have piqued my interest".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste knew very well about Reapers as her father had gone into great detail about many of the creatures of hell, but he made sure to make her aware of the higher ranking and more powerful ones, however she had never been this close to a Reaper before and it wasn't going to be her last. Concentrating she slowly began to determine as to where the demons weakness was, feeling as though Reapers weren't the type of creatures to sit down for a conversation and she needed to prepare herself.]]
Mr. Graves relaxed his posture, curious as to the angel’s true nature. If she were a Servant, should would have been gone. If she were a Guardian or anything superior than that...
Though he did notice the way she looked at him- so intense and focused even trying to be inconspicuous about it. It amused him how much effort she was putting into it... but he didn’t reveal that he knew. That would be too boring.
Unconsciously, he gripped the weapon tighter the closer she got, the tendrils of darkness reacting as he did. [#AB2E2E “If you are to challenge me, I’d deem it unwise.”] he started, [#AB2E2E “I’ve perfected the art of killing.”] The demon began to pace, making sure she kept a considerable distance while they circled. [#AB2E2E “Who are you?”] he pried.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste raised her eyebrows a little surprised as the demon relaxed himself ever so slightly, she kept her concentration though she was very close to figuring it out, however she hoped he wouldn't attack her right away as she was finding all of this rather amusing. A creature of the night who was supposed to have no feelings, no emotions and it's first instinct was to kill everything insight was now standing here with her and having somewhat of a conversation.]]
[size14[i[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Found it....]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste could have attacked but she wanted to find more out about how a Reaper works, it was the perfect research for her and it would help in the future with her soldiers, however she was worried if there would be anyone left on the battlefield except for her and the Reaper.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She had never been this close to a demon of higher rank before and curiosity took over, she took another step closer seeing how the demon would react, still holding onto her axe she was prepared for any surprises, but she needed to hurry and return and that was only one of two ways, he would simply let her go which she doubted very much and secondly one of their corpses would be lying on the floor. It wouldn't be hers...]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Well it seems that's something we actually have in common, I have trained well and I'm currently undefeated, however a challenge? That piques my interest demon. What did you have in mind?"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" One thing was bothering Celeste though, she didn't feel much hatred which surprised her she was more interested in the research and it could be her downfall.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She couldn't help but smile as she let her wings hang down,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "you wish to know my name? How interesting. Very well I shall tell you after all I doubt it will be remembered for very long."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Standing tall and proud she politely bowed.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Seeing as I have manners I will be polite in greeting you whether you deserve it or not, My name is Celeste now let's see if that rings a bell".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She smiled awaiting the demon's response.]]
Suddenly he felt uneasy. While Graves appreciated a good chat, he was much too aware that the angel wasn’t jumping to radical conclusions like most of her kind so often did. She was different but in the end, still held the intensity and focus from which they first started. Her guard wouldn’t let down... and neither would his.
Challenges? There would be no challenge. In the instances where he did lose in battle, it was against other Elites. She had no idea what she was asking for. Willing to throw everything away... when they were so close to the end...
Though the name [i Celeste] was granted to him. He knew of her through the other Generals gossip. Graves, personally, knew more about her Father. Nearly an Arch. Leader of God’s first armies. [#AB2E2E “You talk down to me like I belong beneath you,”] he mused darkly. [#AB2E2E “Celeste, Crusader for God Himself.”] He hated it. He hated the loathing angels were taught to think about demons. Demons were at first humans. The lie that all of God’s Children were made equal. Well fuck their God.
[#AB2E2E “I am Graves. Elite Reaper of the 9th Circle of Hell.”] Never did he use his true name. Revealing the human part of a demon’s soul was shameful. Lucifer always believed in rising up beyond the shackles of past deceits. Additionally, he held the Devil’s favor by being one of the special nine. The Gladiator of Treachery.
[#AB2E2E “While I don’t necessarily like you, it would be pointless to kill you now.”] Call him soft, but he was feeling lethargic. If Satan wanted to end the world, that didn’t have much to do with him. [#AB2E2E “And would killing a Reaper do for you? Help you walk the steps of your Father?”]
Graves shrugged his skeletal shoulders, the shadows across his face showing his bland emotion.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste sighed a little knowing neither one of them wasn't going to let their guard down and regardless of whether he was a demon or not, he was someone she didn't know and therefore he couldn't be trusted.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She knew his weakness sure, but she couldn't sense his abilities or what skills he was capable of throwing at her that could have her head rolling in a split second. Continuing to keep their stances Celeste lowered her axe ever so slightly but not enough so she would be leaving herself open to an attack.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste couldn't help but look slightly confused at his comment of her seeing him as beneath her but she decided to make a little joke of it.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Well if you want to be technical I guess you are all beneath me seeing as you know..."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Unable to control herself she let out a laugh.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Deciding to take a chance Celeste stood up straight once more dropping her guard, she was prepared for surprise attacks but she had a feeling this demon maybe wanted the same thing as her, research, so she decided to risk it.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" It surprised her a little to know the Reaper decided to share his name and his rank, usually Satan's children never did such a thing so this new information made Celeste even more curious.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Yes your name does ring a bell, my father made sure I knew all of the names of the demons that controlled the 9 circles, as they are of great importance..."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Well well well wasn't this demon full of surprises, not only did he share his name and thus revealing his identity he was now letting her go? Surely this was some kind of a joke? This creature was very interesting indeed, Celeste would have been very eager to meet this demon again given the opportunity.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Well how very kind of you Graves, you have surprised me at your generosity, which is something I don't admit to very often, not even to my own soldiers. As for killing you personally? I would have nothing to gain from it, I find research is more rewarding to me, sure it would give me the same honour as my father but I'm already at my highest rank and therefore have no need to progress further. I could also say the same for you".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste looked over her shoulder knowing this conversation had gone on long enough, people would start to question as to where their general was. But she wanted to hear the demons reply to her comment and what action he would take next.]]
Oddly enough, the angel relaxed even to his pointed comments. Obviously she was too full of herself to see that her superiors taught her to think lowly of demons. Even higher ranking ones. It was curious.
He felt a smile creep up his features when she mentioned his generosity. It wasn’t every day he was blessed with a compliment. [#AB2E2E “It’s not common that someone like you listens to creatures like me.”] What a fucking stigma.
[#AB2E2E “Well... while this has been entertaining- if not enlightening, I must pull my pawns away from the massacre.”] The reaper tapped his scythe twice on the ground, dissipating the weapon in a cloud of smoke. [#AB2E2E “Till we meet again, Celeste.”] The Elite saluted with his skeletal fingers before boldly, striding past her. He gave her no signs of aggression. He gave no signs of a threat.
Mr. Graves cut through the trees until he made it to the edge of the clearing where, in swift motion of his hand, opened a gap in the ground where the army flooded back into the fires. He stole one last look at the angelic general in the sky which lingered in his mind till he too retreated.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste knew the Reaper didn't feel comfortable in her lowering her guard, knowing him he would think she was looking down on him. All demons thought the same way about angels, but then again majority of angels did think the demons to be nothing more but animals with nothing to think about but killing. Celeste used to think the same way until she became a general and learnt how to use her head better than to judge someone. Seemed like things had paid off as she was now face to face with not only a demon but a Reaper! On top of that she was having a conversation, people would not believe her even if she decided to tell them.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" However making up an excuse to her absence would be tricky, never the less it wasn't an impossible task to achieve. Celeste looked surprised at his comment, but let out a gently smile,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "my dear Graves how cruel of you to suggest I'm exactly like my race, if I was just like them, well let's just say we wouldn't be here having a conversation now would we? However I understand where you are coming from, I used to think the same about your kind".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste nodded in agreement to the Reapers comment, they had been gone too long and she needed to retreat and help the remainder of her troops, the one thing she wished to avoid was war. But the elders saw no other way. She smiled and glanced to the side as the Reaper made his way past her. Giving a graceful nod she spread open her large wings and took to the sky leaving a gush of wind beneath her.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste rejoined with her troops and shouted which echoed throughout the field. [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Soldiers fall back! Enough for now you have done your general well, I will not have our efforts go to waste! FALL BACK NOW!"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Within a few moments the angelic army were gone. She glanced back down at the Reaper also making his exit. Just giving him the faintest smile before she too vanished back to the heavens.]]
Oddly enough, he couldn’t stop thinking about the Celeste, the Angel of War. Even in the depths of Hell where even the slightest thought of the other God was frowned upon, he found it fulfilling. The taste of good banter instead of an easy fight. The spark of something different within his black world.
Mr. Graves stared out the large window at the lava filled ground swarming with crawling, slow bodies. The bodies of the most vile in the 9th Circle. Funny how Lucifer found him so special to be trusted with this realm. More favorable than the other eight on the Elite Reaper “Committee”. He chuckled at the thought. A group of old murderers and psychopaths sitting together at a pentagon shaped table with Satan at the helm. He wondered if they would all wear business suits instead of cloaks.
[i “What are you laughing about?”]
He turned slightly in his arm chair to stare at the imp, an ugly gray dwarf creature that housekept his apartment. [#AB2E2E “Something you won’t care for,”] he huffed, lighting a cigar.
[i “You’re right,”] she answered. [i “Because I’m just the bitch that cleans your filth.”]
He laughed and looked at her. [#AB2E2E “I wasn’t the one that turned you into that. Don’t be mad at me.”]
[i “We’ve been together longer then I can remember. I know something is occupying you.”]
A puff of smoke surrounded his skull. [#AB2E2E “I met a Guardian today. Top five tier.”]
[i “Satan will be pleased.”]
[#AB2E2E “I didn’t kill her.”]
[i “He will be disappointed.”]
[#AB2E2E “He doesn’t need to know.”] His hollow eyes landed on her. [#AB2E2E “He’s so occupied with these Nostradamus Prophecies that I think one angel getting away won’t hurt the end of the world.”]
She didn’t say anything for the rest of their time together which suited Graves well. He didn’t want to put Celeste’s name out too much in Hell. It was better suited as... a fantasy in his own mind. To think something so holy and beautiful was almost splattered across his scythe. Curious...
Lucifer conducted another attack in the serenity of another dense forest line where Graves, again, led. Apparently the Devil thought it was best to distract a divine God by fighting in obscure places while the other Elite Reaper’s implanted thoughts in Man’s heads to conduct worship of other idols. It gave the rumored Four Horseman the ‘power’, if you will, to appear on Earth. They would ultimately be the ushers come Judgement Day.
As Graves stood watching over his small army, he wondered if this end of the world stuff was even worth it. Fighting an eternal battle against a being that literally created [i everything] seemed daunting but... it was Satan’s vendetta. He was just the fighter.
He wore light armor today, showing off how tall and limber he was. He expected no Guardians or Angels but... what if the same occurrence happened like the last? If he just happened to wander away from the battlelines, would that be a trigger for a graceful power?
Slowly, the demon backed away from the forest line and looked about the tree tops. [#AB2E2E “Oh where, oh where can that little bird be?”] He manifested a cigarette between two fingers as he walked, inhaling the toxins deeply.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" The battle was over... for now, Celeste breathed out slightly relaxing her shoulders, there were many casualties more than she was expecting. A painful expression formed on her face as she looked around at people mourning the loss of their friend, family and comrades. Celeste hated war but this decision was out of her control, the only thing she could do was to keep as many alive as possible, she didn't want to see more death.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She was called to speak with the elders. Celeste sighed knowing it wasn't going to be good news but it was unavoidable, if she didn't show her face it would cause suspicion.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Opening her large wings once more she flew up to the tallest tower in the heavens, she walked along a glass bridge and stopped in front of large golden double doors. Before she even needed to knock they began to open slowly. Folding her wings in she walked up to the elders kneeling before them.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "My lords you requested me?"]]] [size14[b[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Rise my child, we wish to know what happened out there today, we suffered many casualties what went wrong?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste stood up straight making eye contact with them as she began to lay out the details of what happened.
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "We miscalculated how many there were going to be, it seems like Lucifer had a change of plan at the last minute and decided to add a few hundred more soldiers to his army. However I won't make the same mistake again my lords".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste remained calm as she new what the next question was going to be, she just hoped her excuse would be believable.]]
[size14[b[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Very well make sure this time you calculate correctly Celeste. Now for our next question, we asked some of the soldiers they said you were missing for quite some time, mind telling us where you were at such a crucial moment in time?"]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" A smile formed on Celeste's face as she began to speak]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "but of course my lords, I was with one of Lucifer's important soldiers, surprisingly enough it didn't end up bloodshed however with your permission, I would like to get closer to this Reaper to gain more knowledge for us to use at a later time, I believe if I get closer to this Reaper he may open up to me".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" The look on their faces did not disappoint Celeste in the slightest which excited her even. It didn't take long for them to come to a decision.]] [size14[b[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Very well Celeste you may get closer with this Reaper, he may become useful to us later on down the line to ending this war once and for all, however if you betray us you know what will happen".]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste knew exactly what would happen, she would be executed, something she did not want, she just hoped they wouldn't see through her lies so she could learn more about Graves who had piqued her interest. Plus it should be easier now she knew his aura to find him through the crowds and maybe he could see the same as her.]]
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[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste had orders to take a small group of the best fighters to patrol an area where there were rumours of Lucifer's army were stationed, he was planning something however Celeste now had more freedom to speak with Graves if she saw him, which was most likely if the group was to be small there would be someone of high rank with them to keep them in line. Celeste wanted to as avoid much conflict as possible though.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste's small group remained hidden as they didn't want to expose themselves unless absolutely necessary, something she was relieved about as she didn't want to lose anymore soldiers than she had already. She couldn't help but look for her Reaper though, she wanted to find out more about him, what he lived like and how different his life was to hers. She broke off from her group who were flying higher than usual so they were hidden in the clouds.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Flying a little lower she closed her eyes and concentrated, there was the same aura, Celeste couldn't help but smile wondering if he would be able to notice her as well. She quickly flew into the forest and rested on a large tree away from the enemy who hadn't seemed to notice her yet. She decided to wait for a little while to see if the Reaper would make himself known to her. She placed her axe next to her just in case there were any surprises.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "And now we wait. I wonder how Graves will appear to me today."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste let out a slight giggle to herself as she let her wings fall down behind her.]]
The branches creaked overhead as the Reaper slowly paced. A puff of smoke billowing into air and through his skull. Funny thing about being a demon, or well, undead. He could alter between forms thanks to the gifts bestowed from Lucifer. A reaper was required to expose the skeleton, displaying that he burned through the trials of Hell to earn the right to walk without skin. An analogy for walking without weakness. It was a bit morbid. Not exactly a pleasant look but it did the trick with striking fear into humans and making angels hesitate. At least the dark energy he possessed gave him the feel and illusion of having a body.
[i Speaking of angels...]
The Elite General stopped, the leaves crackling beneath his feet. There was a different wind flowing through the forest. A feeling of goodness and strength. The aura that gave humans epiphanies and waves of hope. Graves couldn’t remember what that felt like. He just knew that holiness crept over his bones and made them chill. There was a glorious being within range.
The tendrils of shadows twitched as the weaved around him, moving as he did as the demon looked towards the space where the creature would be hiding. Mr. Graves inhaled a long smoke, pausing as he stared into the blackened space in the trees. [#AB2E2E “Is it rude to hide instead of facing your enemy?”]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" What seemed like an eternity waiting for the demon Celeste breathed out a long sigh, she was bored... She hadn't sensed his aura yet which means he was no where to be seen. Maybe he wouldn't show up at all and Celeste would have to explain to the elders which was something she didn't look forward to. Everything was always so formal with them and everything had to be precise which Celeste found to be very exhausting.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste stretched her wings out slightly so they wouldn't fall to sleep in case she needed to make a quick escape. To pass the time she looked around to make sure the area was clear and when confirmed it was, Celeste opened her mouth and a melody began, it was a song her mother sang to her when she was little something she cherished dearly.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" It didn't take too long before Celeste picked up an aura she was becoming familiar with]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "he's here..."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She decided to wait though, just for safe measures in case it wasn't the reaper she knew.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" When she heard the reaper speak she couldn't help but laugh to herself at his comment. Spreading open her large wings she jumped down in front of the reaper their light glowing around the two. Celeste folded them up and stood in front of him smiling.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I was simply resting Graves, there is no need for me to fight today unless necessary. However Is it not rude to keep a lady waiting?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste looked at the reaper giving a playful smile.]]
She must have been feeling more light hearted then the first time they met. Relaxed and even being within attack proximity. [#AB2E2E “Are you a lady now?”] the Reaper shot back, chuckling between puffs of smoke.
Graves nodded towards the forest line he figured was a half a mile away from where they were standing. From where the army of demons was waiting. [#AB2E2E “Since there hasn’t been a battle cry, I have to ask why you are here with me and not tearing the scum of the earth apart instead?”] He watched the angel carefully, noticing her stance, her armor, her tone. The way her blonde hair fell and her wings fluttered.
For all the demon knew, this could all be an elaborate trap. He was by himself but he had slain many an angel in his time as a reaper. He didn’t believe she was harboring a vendetta of any kind but he had been wrong before.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste lightly placed her hand on her chest acting surprised and jokingly said]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Well I'm not sure you know this but my anatomy is that of a female. So that would mean I'm a lady would it not?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" giving a light smile, she quickly looked to the side slightly making sure her or the Reaper hadn't been spotted. She knew she was meant to be here, but she couldn't say the same for the Reaper.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Turning her attention back to the Reaper she smiled answering his question]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "we've heard reports of an army moving towards the villages and so far there has been no attack, we're just observing for the moment, we don't want to fight unless necessary, we dealt with enough of that yesterday do you not agree?"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste observed the Reaper, he looked different today, something perhaps Reapers did on a regular basis, Celeste's curiosity spiked and she couldn't help herself. Moving forward a little closing the gap between them, she placed her hand on her hip.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "So Graves tell me, your appearance is somewhat different today, which form is your true form, or has that not been revealed to me yet?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste wouldn't be too shocked if he didn't answer her, maybe it was forbidden for them to reveal their true form, but she wanted to know more about him and the best way to start was to ask.]]
The reaper felt himself smile, amused by her sense of humor. It was so hard to feel light like that now days... or rather any time at all. Did that make him desperate or stupid?
He watched her carefully, noticing the little motions of caution as if she was trying not to get caught out here with him. Graves knew fully well that he was safe but he knew it wasn’t the same for angels. [#AB2E2E “I agree entirely. I may be a violent creature but at some point it does become needless.”]
Barely a moment passed before Celeste suddenly closed the gap between them, catching him off guard but not showing it physically. The angel eyed him curiously, her sudden interest piquing his personal interest in her as well. How brave. [#AB2E2E “Technically all my forms are true but skinless is not really appealing with casual conversation. Might as well be naked.”] He chuckled, [#AB2E2E “I still have some form of dignity after all.”]
[#AB2E2E “What about you?”] he asked, gesturing slightly to her. [#AB2E2E “Always sporting over-the-top angel wings?”] The demon didn’t pull away from the close proximity, finding the encounter a tad on the dangerous side. An engaging experience.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" At the violent creature comment Celeste smirked a little]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "that is true Mr. Graves, but in this situation we have both surprised each other, you thought me to be arrogant and selfish did you not? And I thought you to be a mindless killing machine, but you have proved me to be wrong, so no I do not think of you of solely a violent creature."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" After Celeste stepped closer to the Reaper, she smiled a little, waiting for a reaction, although he didn't physically show his surprise, his aura changed for a split second. But Celeste decided she would keep that to herself and listen to his reply.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste crossed her arms and nodded in agreemnent.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I could see that making sense, I guess everyone has multiple forms which are still their own."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste put her hand in front of her mouth and laughed, somehow his comment made her genuinely giggle, but feeling a little embarrassed she composed herself and took her original stance.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "So I have another question, in hell can all creatures have multiple forms? Or even 'human' looking forms or is that only for the higher ranking demons?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" This information would be perfect to report to the elders, but Celeste wasn't done yet, no one in heaven had ever gotten this close to a demon, let alone conversed. And deep down somewhere this Reaper must have a certain level of trust with her to meet with her in private.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste snapped out of her thoughts as Graves asks a question himself. She smiled taking another step closer, the risk she found to be exciting, also to the reaction of the Reaper she desperately wanted to see.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "We do actually have multiple forms. Depending on your rank you're more 'over the top' as you call it. So you could call me near the very tip of over the top. However as we're in the human realm we don't look as near divinely as we would in heaven. Everything is bigger and more glowing but it's rather beautiful, maybe one day you shall see".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste gave a playful wink knowing all too well that would never happen, but she liked to joke and tease a little. She crossed her arms before continuing.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" But we can also remove our 'divine form' entirely if we wish to blend in with the mortals. But this is at our weakest as we have to suppress our angelic form and powers so the mortals will not suspect. If you didn't know already they're not very good with processing things they don't understand. I know they already know of the creatures Lucifer has sent however heaven has stated full confidentiality when showing them our true forms.]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste smiled her wings fluttering a little before tucking themselves back away as she turned her attention back to the Reaper.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Now Graves is there anything else you wish to know?"]]]
The demon smiled despite himself, a curious creature this angel was. Asking a lot of questions for someone whom was supposed to despise his kind in every shape and form. Has being deprived of interaction made him more gullible and weak then he thought?
[#AB2E2E “Only the highest ranking demons can shapeshift. Human looking or not is more of preference really.”] He listened closely to her information as well, quickly realizing how delicate it was to be delving into facts like these especially to a demon within the ranks of the Nine Circles, though he was sure she didn’t know that.
She mentioned she was at the ‘very top’ meaning she must have been the Head General of God’s army or something of the like. He wanted to know her official title but that meant she would want to know his, which would be very dangerous for the both of them. The elite did learn one important thing, however. This form, this moment, the General was her weakest.
Graves brought a finger to his chin, playing thoughtfulness at her question for further inquiry. [#AB2E2E “Do you truly prefer the look of humans rather than a form of your choice? I mean, us demons, we kind of [i hate] our former human selves. Were you born an angel?”]
The idea had been something the reaper had thought of before. Were angels born or created to be self righteous? To harbor a default hate for demons even though it’s against God’s rules to ‘hate’ in the first place?
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Although Celeste was putting herself at a huge risk by revealing her strongest and weakest forms, she truly believed if the Reaper wanted to attack her by now he would have done so already. Something they were both similar in was no one had ever gotten this close to a demon and vice versa, it always ended in bloodshed. Celeste was always curious as to how the other realm lived and she knew deep down Graves felt exactly the same.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" But his next comment caught her interest as she smiled a little]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "so tell me... if only the highest ranking demons can shapeshift, I take it you are a high ranking demon yourself? Well that's obvious being a Reaper of course but how high are we talking here?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" The smile on her face grew larger by the second. Although she didn't find it humorous, of all things she found it exciting, the risk of revealing so much to an enemy which could potentially turn around to bite her on the ass.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste placed her hands of her hips leaning forward closing the gap once more between the two and teasingly said]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "well now aren't you the inquisitive Reaper Graves?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste giggled a little but continued on answering his question]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" It's not so much we prefer the human appearance, I guess it's just what a lot of people are used to, most of the angels as you know were made. There is only a small amount of us that are 'purebloods' including myself. My father is of great importance".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Smiling to herself Celeste decided not to continue with information about her father as then things would get complicated, she also had a feeling the two would need to part soon before suspicions arose from both parties. But she did quickly add one more comment to see the reaction from the Reaper.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "However personally, it doesn't bother me either way. I tend not to judge someone on appearance alone, there is something very particular I look for to judge a person".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste moved even closer, the closest she imagined the Reaper would allow and whispered so quietly even the Reaper could barely hear.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "What I look for my dear Graves, is aura, everyone has one and some shine more brightly than others."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste stepped back smiling, before crossing her arms once more taking her original stance.]]
Oh he knew the question would arise but Graves knew better. It was safer to not know then they could at least place some sort of ignorance... or at least he can. Although Lucifer was no idiot. If any of the Nine found out what he was doing, he would be exposed to the Void. No doubt about that. But here he was... Risking it all just to be seen.
[#AB2E2E “Now you and I both know that we shouldn’t speak of titles here. We know we’re highly regarded. We know we’re powerful creatures. We know each other's ‘names’. Isn’t that enough for a curious winged warrior?”]
Then she did it again. Leaning forward into his personal space, making him almost uneasy. It was difficult to tell but he’d almost bet that Celeste was flirting with him. It peaked his mood like he was given permission to test boundaries with her.
The demon’s armor shifted around in it’s usual way, giving her the illusion of an amused face as she pulled away from her sensual whispering. Particular aura of judgement? Ha! The aura he carried was always a dark and twisted one. Full of the screams of victims and tendrils of sin. [#AB2E2E “Shine and bright aren’t usually words associated with me or any of my kind for that matter, angel,”] he laughed. [#AB2E2E “In fact, I dare say, you’ve been blinded for way too long from those around you.”]
Graves dissipated his cigarette and put his hands behind his back, leaning close enough that she could feel the cold brush of the black smokey darkness that steamed off his armor on her skin. [#AB2E2E “Do you feel it?”] he whispered. [#AB2E2E “Do you want to tangle with a creature like me? Judge this [i aura]? Because, as you might imagine, I went to hell for a reason, pureblood...”]
The reaper straightened his posture and suddenly felt a frigid pull. The pull of a higher entity calling back down to the hordes. They probably needed a different approach if they were going to meet again. Consorting on a battle ground wasn’t exactly ‘safe’ for him.
[#AB2E2E “Shall we continue this playful banter another time, Celeste? Maybe somewhere a little less important?”] Graves wasn’t exactly sure what response he wanted but really anything was better than sitting in that prison down below and... this was fun.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Raising her hand in agreement Celeste nodded to his comment. It would only complicate things if they were to address each others rankings. After all this was only their second meeting and she didn't know who or what could be listening nearby.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" At his next comment on auras Celeste leaned her head back and laughed before putting her index in front of Graves wiggling it followed by a 'tut tut'.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "My dear Graves I can see as clear as ever. Even though others might not be able to see as clear as me I have seen thousands upon thousands of auras and if you want to stereotype 'good' and 'evil' doesn't make a difference with aura. As I said before some shine more brightly than others. But I guess you'll have to trust me."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste smiled giving a playful wink.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She watched the Reaper throw his cigarette to the floor, something that never interested her but then again everyone was 'healthy' in heaven so cigarettes would be frowned upon. What he did next though surprised Celeste which was something that rarely happened. He leaned in close enough so she could feel the smoke from him on her skin, she felt herself flush and her heart skip slightly, she coughed controlling herself.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She smiled at his question, unsure whether it was rhetorical or not she answered anyway.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Whatever the reason you being sent to hell is no business of mine. However whether you will agree with me or not, we are both curious creatures desperate to see how the other lives, intrigued even as we have both lived hating either side. We have surprised ourselves by instead of fighting we have conversed, so regardless of 'aura' or what sins we have committed I'm happy to continue this and learn more about you and your world".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste looked behind her then back to Graves who mentioned they should part for now, Celeste smiled and nodded]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I couldn't agree more, it also gives you time to think on how you choose to reply to my statement. Now hold your hand open".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She waited for the Reaper to hold out his hand as she dropped a small red crystal into his palm and smiled.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "This little crystal here is a means to contact me without being traced, I chose the colour for the whole hell thing, something dark coloured won't be suspicious"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste waved her hands a little playfully and rolling her eyes smiling.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" We can decide where to meet up through these, it was nice speaking to you again Graves. Be safe..."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste opened her wings before giving the Reaper one last playful wink and shooting up and out the forest leaving a gust of wind behind her. She rejoined her comrades as they made their way back home, but not before taking one last glance at the Reaper now nothing but a dot in the forest.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size16 [Slabo+27px The angel honestly kept surprising him, seeming to, in fact, embrace this dark side of his instead of making the wise decision not to engage. Surely, this must have been against all those godly rules they seem to uphold there in Heaven.
[#AB2E2E “Intrigued and desperate indeed,”] the demon agreed, the tendrils fluttering as he held his hand towards her. A red crystal was dropped and instantly he knew exactly what it was and he almost quivered at the sight. The Reapers have been trying to get their hands on one of the Tears of Christ, as they called it in Hell, for eons, color distinction coincidence or not. Prime communication for a sinner into the holy world.
Graves gave her no indication that he knew more than he let on and was genuinely happy that she was interested in him as he was her. [#AB2E2E “Be safe,”] he replied, watching her spread out those glorious wings. He gazed after her till she disappeared from view and even then... spent a little more time there.
The crystal laid on his bedside table, glimmering in the light cast by the fiery flames of Hell coming from his window. This was risky. Troublesome. He shouldn’t have this... but he couldn’t help but to feel a sense of pride in it. Reapers would kill- shed thousands of skins for what he had stumbled upon. The blessing of an Angel who was willing to let him get close enough that he could have touched her. Skin... something he hadn’t felt in decades.
No. He won’t betray Celeste’s trust. At least not [i yet.]
Graves reached across for the Tear, rolling it between his two boney fingers. It began to pulse slowly, as if ready for something. Tilting his head curiously, he whispered, [#AB2E2E “Let’s meet in, oh... Paris for lunch? My treat. Day after the morrow.”]
Smiling, he pocketed the artifact into his breast canal. As long as he held the power of the 9th Reaper, no one would know his secret and he had to keep it that way. All the work he put into becoming what he was, wasn’t about to be lost in a day. ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Entering the large golden gates in front of her she breathed out a little, she knew the next thing she would have to do would be to tell the elders how the 'little' meeting went between her and the Reaper. She would give some information enough of what they wanted to hear, but giving him her crystal she would keep to herself. Not only is she putting herself at risk but heaven entirely. She just hoped she could trust Graves and not end up shooting herself in the foot so to speak.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Not bothering to close her wings away for she would need to fly to reach them. The safest place in the heaven where only winged creatures could enter, more specifically angels. But even the devil was once an angel. Celeste smiled at the thought as she flew up to the tower, thinking of what to say so the elders would let her arrange another meeting with the Reaper. She still had many things left unanswered, she wanted to know Graves' rank and she hoped over time when he trusted her more he would eventually open up and reveal to her exactly how high up he was.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Landing outside some rather large gates even more extravagant as the gates to heaven she folded her wings in and walked towards the door, opening again without the need to knock. Of course she was expected, they would want to know every little tiny detail. Celeste glided over to the elders and kneeled before them with a hand across her chest]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "My lords...]]]
[size14[b[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "You may rise Celeste"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Doing as instructed she took up standing with her hands behind her back awaiting permission to speak. The one elder waved his hand allowing her to do so,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" My lords the meeting with the Reaper was a success, he revealed a small amount of his ranking, but was still very cautious, but I have a feeling he may be very close to Lucifer if not his second in command. I feel if I meet with him a few more times he may let his guard down and reveal to me something either to do with himself or Lucifer's plans. However I wish to meet him alone, he knew I was with comrades and I feel this is the reason he didn't reveal too much to me. With your permission my graces I will meet alone with him once more and try and gain some more intel to help fight off Lucifer and his army".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste breathed out a little, she hoped it was what they wanted to hear, but most of all she wanted them to grant her wish, so she could meet Graves without eyes watching them from a distance, on both sides... They spoke amongst themselves and then one of the elders stood up,]] [size14[b[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "the elders and I are pleased with this information you have told us, you have done well for this Reaper to tell you this much, your beauty alone must have helped a great deal. We will allow you to meet with this Reaper alone as you are our most trusted servant and the fact of your father's reputation is also a great help in your favour. Do not let us down and report to us straight away as soon as you're back from your meeting. You may now leave".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste bowed once more and stood up turning her back to the elders she left the tower and flew to her room.]]
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[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Sitting on the edge of her bed she slammed her fist onto the mattress in anger,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "My beauty alone?! What fools! Is that why I rose in the ranks?! My father and my beauty! Such idiots!"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste bit her lip in anger, realising she stopped and took a deep breath remaining calm. She needed to keep her head clear to get away with what she was doing, maybe that's what they wanted her to do, testing her and testing her loyalty to them.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Just as she was about to lie down the crystal in her pocket began to glow, she pulled it out, a smile on her face, she didn't need to hear the voice she knew who it was... Graves. Celeste pulled the crystal close to her chest and smiled as he began to speak she couldn't help but let out a giggle.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "My dear Graves you're asking me to dinner at the most romantic city in the world? Is this a date?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste couldn't help herself and laughed a little louder]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "But yes of course I shall be there. And this time I will be fully alone, aren't I the trusted little angel?"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Once the call had ended Celeste decided to tuck the crystal into her breastplate where there was no chance of anyone taking it or her losing it, her life is on the line and she hoped luck was on her side. She smiled to herself, she knew very well it wasn't a date, but she couldn't help feel that twinge of excitement and nervousness in her chest.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px It was quite sometime before a message was received from the [i other] end. His fingers brushed against his breast pocket, reaching inside the bones to retrieve the Tear of Christ. It spoke, the tone of the Angel General ringing out in the small condominium- giggles and all.
Graves smiled to himself. A date, hm? That’s an intriguing notion and he was sure being alone was making that much more obvious. Though an angel willingly going out of her way to meet a demon in broad daylight amongst humans was definitely a leap in a dangerous direction. He wondered if God could see them from his throne. Well... there was only one way to find out.
Mr. Graves had to admit that he absolutely [i hated] being out in the human realm. Being an immortal entity, meant that he had more ‘experience’ seeing the sin in the living and it was one of his duties as the head of the 9th Circle of Hell to sway the minds of mortal men and, oh, were they so easily manipulated. Though today he wasn’t working. Today he was awaiting an angel to ascend from her castle in the sky to meet the dirt of a sinner for lunch.
The skin the demon chose was a human face. A tall, dark haired man dressed in a style to fit today’s standards without looking out of place or drawing too much attention and... well he quite liked the look even though he was born in a time where suits and ties were considered mandatory to show one’s worth. He wondered if Celeste would like this face. It certainly wasn’t his but what right-minded demon wanted his own anyhow?
The Reaper adjusted the leather jacket he wore and took a seat on a bench along the Seine River where he could see the Eiffel Tower. The weather was fair here in Paris which kind of uplifted his mood. A taste of normality. He vaguely wondered if the Angel would still be able to sense the evil that still rolled off his shoulders even in disguise. Of course she could. She was a fighter and so was he. He could pick out angels in a sea of people if given a chance. With the apocalypse coming, that may happen sooner rather than later. ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste was nervous for this day, she had spent hours perfecting her human form, she tried to keep it as similar as her usual look just 'toning' it down ever so slightly so she didn't draw attention to herself. Looking in her mirror she sighed a heavy sigh]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "this will have to do, I'm already late as it is, but then again aren't women supposed to be fashionably late?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She shrugged her soldiers and after fixing her hair and makeup a few times she finally decided it would do for now, she could always choose to change it later on if her looks and fashion weren't suited to today's 'standards of fashion'. Heaven was different, heaven was ALWAYS different.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Just a temporary fix Celeste opened her wings and flew down from the heavens, she landed a little outside of Paris so no one would see anything they shouldn't. As she landed the cool breeze hit her cheeks, she smiled a little as she closed her eyes, concentrating for a few seconds and when she opened them her wings had disappeared. She was now a 'human' and at her most vulnerable.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Looking around she felt a little lost, she rarely ever landed in mortal cities, they were far too busy and people were always in a hurry. Plus she was always so busy with training she never had the time. But she couldn't help but envy the mortals a little, this city was beautiful. No wonder Graves wanted to have dinner here. She giggled a little to herself walking along.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" A few moments later she picked up a familiar aura, Celeste's heart skipped a slight beat. She frowned hitting her chest once.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Calm down, you're here for research remember..."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She messed with her bangs a little more as she passed a shop window. When she was finally pleased with how it looked she moved closer to the aura now growing stronger.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" There on the bench she noticed someone, it was Graves' aura but he looked different... Human, was this his human form? No of course not there's no way he would reveal something so personal, but still it suited him. Celeste picked up the pace almost skipping as she closed the gap between them, standing to the side of him she tapped his shoulder lightly.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Graves is that you? It's me Celeste if you didn't know already."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste let out a light laugh as she stood up, she felt a light flush on her cheeks, what on earth was wrong with her?]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px The demon felt it in his chest at first, the indication of a holy being in the vicinity that was supposed to signal a threat. Today it was strange feeling the aura. His body told him one thing while his brain told him something else. That Celeste had arrived and he was excited.
Closer and closer it became until there was a light tap on his shoulder. Graves looked up, meeting the piercing gaze of a rather beautiful woman. It was her, no doubt about it, but seemed more ‘down to earth’. He smiled, fully aware that this face had a very nice one, and let himself relax as he looked her over. [#AB2E2E “Slumming it today with the humans, are we? Glad you could make it.”]
The demon stood from the bench, adjusting his leather jacket. [#AB2E2E “Honestly though, can’t say I really understand today’s standards on fashion but what do you think of these?”] He pointed to the gauges in his ears. [#AB2E2E “I thought only girls wore them. Not too mention that you look lovely as well.”] He gestured to all of her, feeling unnaturally nervous. He [i never] felt nervous. What in hell? ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Seeing Graves now standing in front of her she couldn't help but feel her cheeks flush, his appearance was very handsome, it was a different look compared to heaven. Of course the men and women looked perfect, but there was something about his appearance she found attractive. She coughed a little tucking her hair behind her ear. Although he still made her laugh even when she was experiencing all these new emotions.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Yes indeed, I wouldn't have missed it. We will behave like humans but try not to get into too much trouble?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste winked playfully, she couldn't help but giggle a little as he adjusted his jacket, knowing it wasn't something he usually had in his wardrobe, but Celeste felt the same, most of the time she was in her armor or in her divine clothing. Dressing down so much almost made her feel naked.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" It's okay I understand where you're coming from. The humans of today don't seem to dress like we used to, but times change and so does fashion. As for those thing in your ears, I wouldn't wear them for myself, but they suit your appearance and personality very well, you are certain to blend in with everyone else, which is what we're aiming for yes?"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste felt herself fidget a little on the spot, she had taken many compliments at home being who her father was, but outside of heaven it was different, but it felt nice somewhat. Maybe it was the person in particular who was in front of her though.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Thank you Graves, you look very smart yourself. I had to do some changes myself, make a more updated appearance and tone it down".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She rolled her eyes a little teasingly as she looked either side of his face admiring the work, then she asked something she hoped would be acceptable to him, but it would mean invading his personal space.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Taking a step forward she lifted her hands a little]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "You've done amazing work here, do you mind me asking how you did it? Or is that top secret? Also do you mind... If I touch your face, I've never been this close to human contact and I can't very well go around touching strangers faces now could I?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She knew it was a long shot, part of it was true, Celeste had never put her hands on human skin before and touching her own wouldn't be the same. But it was also an excuse for now Graves was in a form she could touch she wasn't about to miss out on the opportunity.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px The demon’s smile grew wider. It almost felt strange actually moving muscles to do things again. It had been so long since he’d given two shits about looking good for someone else- or specifically- going through such lengths as to create a new human form. Flesh was just so constricting and ever since that day... when he burned up in the entrance of Hell, there was nothing like feeling [i free] of mortal boundaries. The whole dead thing freaked people out. Wasn’t the greatest face to wear, unfortunately.
[#AB2E2E “Can’t make any promises about the trouble part though. You do know I’m still bred to be evil, right?”] Graves replied with a grin. Then she said something unnaturally strange that it actually made him laugh. How he made it and how it feels? [#AB2E2E “Basic satanic magic, I suppose. It was just a gift that was bestowed upon me when I finally impressed Lucifer enough but don’t let that scare you.”]
Without a hesitation, the reaper took her uplifted hand and grasped it in his, bringing it up to the left side of his face. Surprisingly, Celeste’s hand was warm in his cold fingers though he didn’t know why he thought hers would be cool too. Maybe he thought since she was an angel they would feel like stone. Smooth and perfect. Unlike the dead.
Then he thought about how her skin felt. Not quite like his, not quite like he remembered. Gentle. A touch he was definitely not used to and almost made him pull away for fear it might have been a demon’s trick. It wouldn’t have been the first time.
[#AB2E2E “Count me flattered that I’m the first human flesh you’ve touched,”] Graves teased, smiling gently this time. ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste laughed at his comment]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "that may be true, just as long as we don't draw any unwanted attention to ourselves. I suspect our higher ups wouldn't be best pleased to hear about it".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" However she was fascinated to how he was able to obtain human flesh. Basic magic? This was something not everyone in heaven had the ability of, which meant he was someone of importance. His next comment confirmed her theory, but also made her wonder just HOW close he was to Lucifer himself. Did she need to be worried?]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" In the next moment Graves grabbed her hands which caused Celeste to uncontrollably blush. Not much surprised her in life but this certainly did, she simply asked because she thought he would have objected but to grab her hand with his own there was no way of hiding her expression.
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She looked to the side a little trying to calm herself down as she felt her hand on the side of his face bringing her attention back to Graves' face once more. His skin felt cold, but not in a bad way, maybe it was because she felt flushed but this was a different feeling for Celeste something new and Celeste always loved to have her interests piqued.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Standing on the balls of her feet, Celeste reached up and ran her fingers lightly across his cheeks, jawline, lips, nose, eyes and lastly she touched his hair. It was remarkable how well his hair felt, it almost had a sort of rugged feeling to it. Lost in the moment she didn't realise how closed she had moved to him. Fascinated by the quality she finally spoke]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Graves I'm impressed! I thought I had made excellent quality but this is completely different, this is truly perfect. Even the elders would be impressed by this level of magic".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Realising she had touched his face long enough Celeste stepped back a little taking her original position.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Thank you Graves... That was very... helpful"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" she coughed once more to hide her embarrassment. Although she had now experienced the touch of actual human skin, a thought occurred to her that it was mostly likely too perfect for the average human, however she was extremely pleased she had the chance to experience touching something of such high quality magic.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Hearing his last comment Celeste shook her head smiling]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "not at all my dear Graves. If anything I should be the one feeling flattered for allowing me to put you through a few moments of discomfort for my own personal reasons, so again thank you..."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Looking around she noticed more people beginning crowd them and she had the uneasy feeling that at least one of them was undercover whether it be heaven or hell, she wanted to keep moving so as not to arouse suspicion. Celeste turned to look at Graves smiling]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "so tell me where are we going to eat? Did you have somewhere in mind?"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px Truly perfect? No, she was talking about his craftsmanship. His face was perfect. His flesh too but nothing more. His smile faded slightly, the angel’s proximity becoming dangerously close as she examined him from nose to hair. It was cute but oh so deceptive. There was no way she was a real captain of God having shown the increased interest in a creature beneath her.
Once Celeste was satisfied, she stepped back, relieving any fear he harbored in his chest and watched her cheeks flush with embarrassment. That... did soften his mood again, bringing him back to his normal content self. [#AB2E2E “Glad to be of service,”] Graves smiled.
The reaper had hardly noticed the mortals staring until the angel turned awkwardly. Damn tourists have gotten ruder the longer time passed. Humans were simply the worst. They act like they haven’t seen weirder things on the street then a girl touching a man’s face. Graves eyed a very nosey couple across the green, speaking amongst themselves.
[#AB2E2E “I do have a place in mind,”] Graves replied, landing his gaze back on her, [#AB2E2E “In my grand adventures of soul ripping, I have tried a few restaurants in passing and, if my guess is correct, you’ve never had much experience in mortal food either. This will be a treat.”] He reached out a hand, turning her bare shoulders gently in the direction they needed to go, and boldly put an arm over her, walking ahead as if they were a couple. As a personal embellishment, he flipped off the gossiping geezers across the way, smiling as he did so.
[#AB2E2E “Paris is beautiful but I feel it might just be a tad overrated,”] he started, leading her down a crowded pathway but keeping her close. When a demon brushes against another human, he is starting to progress a sinful influence so he did absolute best not to touch anyone. It was annoying and kept him from enjoying his time out more than it should have. His fellow generals, however, quite enjoyed instewing chaos.
They eventually stopped at a restaurant called L'Oiseau Blanc where Graves conducted his influential magic to get them a reservation seat in his favorite spot, a corner rooftop window view of the eiffel tower. [#AB2E2E “Order anything you like,”] he informed her once seated. Money was never an issue with a devil. ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" For a very brief moment the two stood in silence. It wasn't something either of them was used to, but the talk amongst the humans quickly bought them back to reality. As Celeste asked the question she couldn't help but overhear the gossip amongst some of the humans. Was it so bizarre to touch another person's face? Isn't that how the humans express their affections towards one another?]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste sighed a little, she really didn't have very much knowledge when it came to the humans and their beliefs and traditions. But then again it wasn't her job to see what the humans were up to. She was in charge of God's army so anything tactical or strategic then she was your gal. She turned her attention away from the nosey humans and back to Graves pleased to know he knew somewhere.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She smiled at his comment nodding in agreement]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "that you are right Graves, however we do have THE most exquisite food in the heavens so I have to say my food palate is that of a high standard, but I look forward to tasting their food."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Giving a playful wink Celeste began laughing shortly after.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Not the first time today Graves caught her off guard once more, feeling his hands on her shoulders caused her heart to skip a beat, unsure of what was happening she looked up at him, but his next action caused her face to flush, she looked down trying her best hide her face as he rested his arm around her.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste frowned becoming agitated with herself, she wasn't entirely sure if it was because this was the first time she'd allowed someone to get this close to her or just the fact of Graves' confidence. But then again they were with the humans now and she guessed they could let their guard down ever so slightly. Then she realised the reason behind it, the couple from earlier who were amazed that she had touched his face were still staring. Celeste understood now it was to keep up the disguise of them being a couple.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Watching as he made a rather rude gesture to the couple, Celeste looked in shock but somehow she couldn't help but let out a slight laugh. She almost envied what he could get away with. Heaven had such a reputation to uphold and everyone had to be on their best behaviour at all times, his action surely would have been a punishable offence if seen in heaven.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" As they arrived at the restaurant Celeste followed Graves and sat down when she was instructed, she looked at him with a sarcastic smile. Trust him to get the best seat in the place. She wondered what magic he might have used but that would be discussion for later. For the time being she wanted to enjoy herself and indulge in the humans food.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I plan to my dear graves, but fear not, I have my manners and will pay for some of it, although I may not look it but someone of my height and weight eats more than she should."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste let out a slight laugh as she picked up the menu and opened it,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I have to ask though, opinion of red wine? When I do indulge that is the only thing I drink, you know the whole blood of Christ thing,"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste rolled her eyes a little smiling, wondering if he was about to think her people are crazy for wanting to drink something reminding them of blood.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px Graves almost laughed at her comment. Oh sure, the angel can eat all she wants in Heaven while he went years without a single morsel. She had no idea how many demons and damned souls would [i kill] to have the power he did. [#AB2E2E “As strange as it might sound, I don’t eat very often. Maybe, I dunno, twice a month? Once you’ve gotten used to starving to death it’s difficult to deem one’s self worthy of eating again.”]
The reaper perused over the wine list, finding it interesting that wine was such a staple even in the clouds regardless whether it was His blood or not. [#AB2E2E “I greatly assume that it’s like sparkling cider up there. I thought drinking alcohol was a sin.”] No, he [i knew] it was. It was one of the many things he was sent below for. [#AB2E2E “Wine is so delicate. My choice of drink is usually a whiskey.”]
The waiter came by and Graves promptly ordered a finer red wine off of the list and a couple of appetizers to start. Waiting till the server returned with the glasses and the bottle before starting up conversation once more. [#AB2E2E “Hopefully something on this menu can impress your exquisite palate. Of course, nothing is going to be as good as whatever you angelics craft up there.”] He poured her a glass and then his, lifting it for a brief cheers before taking a sip. ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste lightly placed her menu down on the table with a saddened look on her face she turned her attention to Graves,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I'm sorry, that was rather rude of me to say how well we eat without knowing nothing about yourself. However I have to say I'm a little surprised I would have expected you to eat well or at least Lucifer's higher ranking demon's at least, but there's something else I have learnt about you".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She couldn't help but laugh a little at his next comment, picking her menu up once more.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Well I can't speak for everyone, but as a personal preference I prefer red wine, I'm sure there's an angel out there that loves a good old glass of sparkling cider. ".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste giggled a little placing her hand in front of her mouth, occasionally glancing at the menu and then back at Graves.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "As for the sin part, it is, however if taken in moderation and not for self reasons, say to get drunk then it is allowed. And it's usually only red wine as I mentioned before the whole blood of Christ.]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" The drink Graves mentioned piqued her interest, this was something unheard of in the heavens well at least her, heaven was a big place and she couldn't oversee everyone, that was the big guy's job.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "What is this whisky you speak of? Or better yet what are it's flavours?"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Shortly after the waiter came and took their order for drinks as she watched Graves lift his glass in cheers as Celeste smiled]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "to a new friendship".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Followed by a playful wink, the waiter returned asking if we were ready to order food, Celeste glanced at Graves and nodded to the waiter.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Yes I'll take the olive wagyu please with boiled potatoes and side salad please."]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" The two glanced at Graves as Celeste smirked a little wondering what dish he was going to choose.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px Mr. Graves mused for an additional minute over the menu before stating his order. [#AB2E2E “Scallops from Port-en-Bessin with the seasonal vegetables.”] He wasn’t terribly fond of an abundance of sides having already ordered appetizers.
Once the waiter had collected their menus and left them on their own did he proceed to answer the angel’s inquires, already finding their lunch date quite amusing. [#AB2E2E “Whiskey is nothing a pretty high ranking angel like you should be interested in. It’s a poor man’s drink when he wants to lose a bit of himself and no amount of flavoring can mask that.”] The demon sipped his wine, noting how long it had been since he’d consumed something this refined and definiley on the high proof end. [#AB2E2E “And just to defend myself and others, getting drunk is not always a selfish reason. It’s for fun too. God just doesn’t get that.”]
[#AB2E2E “But we don’t have to dwell on the sins of the world. There’s always time for that. Were you always destined to become a well-known Captain of God’s army or were you just lucky?”] ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste smiled over his meal choice, it was a personal favourite of hers in heaven, seafood was her delicacy, she leaned forward smiling.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Excellent choice there, I can see we're going to get on splendidly".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Taking her original position she listened as he described what whisky was and to her surprise it sounded rather disappointing, a poor man's drink? Then why on earth did people drink it?
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste smiled at his comment about drinking, how could something like that be fun? But she was here for research and she wanted to know everything about his life.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Well Graves please tell me if I've overstepped a line but I'm rather confused here. How is being intoxicated fun? Sure I've heard it gives some people confidence to talk to others. But I've also heard that your reaction time, balance, mood can be affected. Not to mention some people have difficulty containing their vomit and it can also cause unnecessary violence. But as you've said yourself it's what we have been told from the man himself, so I'm open to new information if you're willing to share?".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste picked up her wine glass and lightly brought it to her lips, feeling the cold liquid run down her throat she smiled, this was a high quality wine, she glanced down at the bottle remembering the name in case she were ever to mingle with the humans again.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" His next question made her frown a little, not to what he asked but the meaning behind it, she took a larger sip this time and returned the glass to the table, running her fingers up and down the stem of the glass, she thought for a moment but decided to answer honestly, she had a few personal questions to ask herself.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Making eye contact with Graves she smiled a little.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I guess it was always thought of and mentioned, but 'captains' as you call them were always male and were aged well enough to carry that title. I'm somewhat different, I'm the first female and the youngest 'captain' but I worked my ass off every day, I sparred with male soldiers, I refused to have lesser training than the males because I was a woman... However I'm beginning to think my father's title and ranking played a large part in that...]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Finishing the rest of her wine in one swig she slammed the glass down on the table biting her lip a little,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "oh of course you can't forget my looks either. Tell me Graves apart from this form and my divine form which you haven't seen, what do you think of my appearance?"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px The reaper almost spit out his wine, holding back a bit of laughter. How was getting intoxicated [i fun]? He supposed it was probably a normal thought for angels seeing how they could do no wrong while on the Heavenly plane. His smile grew, choosing to wait to answer till she had answered his question.
Graves watched curiously as she spoke, her delicate features barely flawed as Celeste explained her upbringing in a few short sentences, her fingers absentmindedly caressing the glass. The angel worked her way up through the ranks as he did, giving them something small in common though they couldn’t be any further on opposite spectrums.
She finished her drink, shyly asking his opinion on her physical appearance. Had he been the man he was before he died, he would have taken her to bed already but she didn’t need to know that.
The demon finished his drink before replying to all her inquires. [#AB2E2E “While it’s true, being intoxicated can lower your ‘performance’ abilities, it doesn’t mean the feeling you get from drinking isn’t any less enjoyable.”] He smiled, refilling their glasses. [#AB2E2E “Sickness is due to overindulgence and any violence is caused by whom you’re drinking with and whether or not you’re feeling sadness all the while. If the place is right and the celebration and people engaging, getting drunk is quite fun.”]
Graves continued to drink, thinking about his next words carefully. [#AB2E2E “As for your appearance in this form or the other, I find it quite beautiful.”] His gaze met hers, displaying his honesty. [#AB2E2E “You just look more divine and ‘out of my league’ as we humans call it when you’re as flawless as today. Perfect work.”] He consumed the last of the glass, thankfully feeling a slight buzz. He was beginning to feel nervous again, wondering if his comment might have seemed inappropriate.]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste couldn't help but look a little shocked at the reaper's move. Feeling slightly confused at what he found to be so funny she couldn't help but smile herself. Although the two hadn't spoken for long, this was the first time Celeste had seen Graves smile let alone nearly laugh. Maybe his sense of humour was slightly different than hers. Well that was to be expected. But she couldn't feel a little lost as she stared at him. Even his human smile was handsome.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Clearing her throat a little she reached for the bottle filling her own and Grave's glass back up. She thought about asking him but decided to act on her own. They were out unwatched and would it really hurt to let their hair down a little? She imagined his job to be just as stressful as hers, but that was all down to the ranking now wasn't it?]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste bought the glass to her lips, taking a larger sip than she did at first and placing it back into its original position. She leaned forward a little and listened to what she reaper had to say. This was all new to her, it was like a child being told right and wrong from an adult. She wanted to know everything about this world and his. But Celeste had a feeling learning more about this world would be easier than learning about his, so she would take what she could while it was being offered.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" After some explaining Celeste finally understood. Leaning her head onto her hand she looked at Graves and smiled,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I think I understand now, so basically these humans and of course you, drink to have... fun? So drinking alcohol if drank within moderation and you of course know your limits can be enjoyable? I have heard one or two stories in heaven that it helps some humans to actually gain some confidence? I thought that idea was silly, but now you have explained to me I see it as being more believable. Thank you Graves, you have opened my mind... well I guess to alcohol.]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste let out a slight laugh as she took another swig of wine.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" The comment Graves made about her appearance made Celeste lean back in her chair and let out a laugh. Something she hadn't done in a while. Part of it was slight embarrassment at how generous he was on the compliment and the rest was humour. Deep down she was expecting him to say something basic, she never saw herself as anything but average. She never had time to 'doll' herself up, The majority of her time went to training. But to hear a genuine comment from him made her cheeks flush a little and a smile to form on her lips. Maybe the elders were right, perhaps the interest he took in her was down to her appearance alone. But that would be a question for a later time, for now she wanted to enjoy her time with him.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Thank you Graves, that was definitely... a compliment I will remember".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste smiled as she finished her last glass of wine. Feeling rather warm she slowly started to understand what people meant by the whole alcohol thing now. Celeste leaned back in her chair stretching her legs out a little. She turned her attention to the reaper and smiled]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "so Graves did you have anything else planned for today or is this where we part ways?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Although Celeste didn't want to go back home just yet because of two reasons. The first was she was simply enjoying her time with the reaper and was able to relax, maybe for the first time in her life. The second was because she would have to report to the elders, something she didn't want to do at this moment. But if Graves had, had enough she wouldn't take up anymore of his time. But maybe he felt the same way as her at the moment?]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px Graves’ face widened into a much needed smile, warmed by something other than hell fire. Maybe she needed the same thing. A way to pull each other out of the stressful labels of good and evil and just... live. Well, in a manner of speaking.
And he definitely didn’t want it to end just yet.
[#AB2E2E “I don’t usually have a head for detailed planning but I’m in the mood for something a bit more exciting than this over-the-top fancy restaurant.”] He finished the last of his wine, hoping to keep the buzz till they reached the next destination he had in mind. Who needed to eat anyway? He waved his hand in the air, flicking his wrist to manifest a pair of slick sunglasses, slipping them on. The dead man gathered to his feet gesturing for the angel to follow him, making sure to overpay the bill.
Once back onto the sidewalk, Graves inhaled deeply to keep his cool, recognising that the streets have grown more crowded. The sun was beginning to set, giving breath to the night life of humans... Giving him more opportunities to screw up this once in a century meeting with a very beautiful entity.
With the dip of his head, the reaper held out his arm for the lady, hoping that his old traditional ways wouldn’t deter her, and led her down the street. He kept the right, trying his best to brush as little bodies as possible and soon enough, they were under a neon sign that read ‘RASPOUTINE’. Used to be one of his favorites in the early days of his promotion. [#AB2E2E “Ever been dancing amongst the mortals before?”]
Protectively, the demon pulled her close, paying their way in and directing her into a lively music bumping posh nightclub. He gestured to a table before leaving her momentarily to purchase a couple of drinks. Celeste wanted an experience- and he was more than happy to give it to her. God willing, she kept an open mind to things that her kind felt were sinful.
Graves smiled as he rejoined his companion, laying down a small tray of new drinks to try. [#AB2E2E “So what do you think?”] he asked, dissipating his sunglasses again into smoke and swapping it for an unlit cigarette. ]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Feeling a sense of relievement come over she smiled, she was happy Graves wanted to 'hang' out with her a little more as the humans would call it. Hearing him plan something more exciting piqued Celete's interest, they had parties up in heaven but she had a feeling the human's way of partying would have been completely different to her experience of a party. Taking one last large gulp of her wine she placed the glass onto the table and stood up, putting her small bag over her shoulder and followed the reaper out of the restaurant, feeling rather proud of him for paying a lot of money for the staff, which made her wonder if there was truly only evil in him.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" As they made their way back onto the sidewalk she noticed the human population seemed to have increased around them, she also noticed a lot of unwanted attention from the men, some winked, some called to get her attention but Celeste kept her eyes either on the pavement or on Graves. He seemed to know what he was doing so she decided to put all of her trust in him.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Seeing him hold his arm out to her made her smile, without hesitation she hooked her hand around his arm stepping closer to him, she felt that little bit safer which made her think. Did he do this because he knew she felt uncomfortable with the unwanted attention she was getting or was he simply doing it to be polite? Celeste felt them both dodging the endless bodies of people, both for different reasons, when an angel touches a human it's almost like a feeling of ecstacy or pleasurable warm feeling she has also heard. Celeste never really needed to get close to humans it wasn't her 'department' but she'd heard talk amongst the other angels over the years.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" As Graves lead her to a building Celeste stopped dead in her tracks letting go of the Reapers arm. The name instantly jumped out to her, she had never been here herself or any other angel for that matter. It was a place strictly forbidden for angels, she'd heard a lot of sin was committed in this club and a lot of demons went there to seek out 'prey'. Celeste placed her hand onto her chest calming herself, she glanced at Graves who had now disappeared into the building. Was this all a trick to lure her here? Would there be an ambush waiting for her when she stepped inside?]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Hearing some calls behind her the men from before began to make their way over to her, without giving them chance she stepped into the building after Graves holding tightly onto her bag. She had something of great importance in there if plans were to go sour later on in the night. With a sigh she put on her angelic face once more and quickly caught up to Graves hooking her hand around his arm once more.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "As it turns out I haven't which is such a pity as my dancing is something of the gods, or so i've been told".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste gave a playful wink, wondering if Grave's had seen it seeing as the club was incredibly dark but seeing the lights and everyone dancing woke something up in Celeste, she could feel her heartbeat beating in time with the music, she felt... excited? Part of her also couldn't understand why it was so forbidden, she was expecting it to be some dingey run down place and it was nothing at all like that.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Sitting down at the table while Graves disappeared to the bar she noticed he'd also caught the attention of some girls who were incredibly beautiful for humans. Celeste watched inquisitively wondering if they would get his attention or if they would act on their own. Celeste was all new to this so it was still knowledge. However her thoughts were soon interrupted as the Reaper returned to the table and set drinks down of all different pretty colours and shaped glasses.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" From what little knowledge Celeste did have of the human world she began to tease the Reaper,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Now Grave's I do know a thing or two about mixing drinks and it's not the wisest decision, do you have something rather sneaky up your sleeve?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Picking up a drink which was rather small she drank it in one sitting as she placed it on the table. She glanced over at the dancefloor at all the humans, girls dancing together and also men and women dancing rather close. This caught Celeste a little by surprise that strangers would dance this close with one another.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She could feel her legs bouncing under the table, part of her wanting to join in on the fun. But she removed the thought out of her head and turned her attention back to Grave's who was looking at her. She smiled picking up another drink from the tray and bringing it to her lips.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px His coy smile turned into a sly grin. For not knowing so much, she knew a simple rule of the drinking world. [#AB2E2E “True,”] the demon agreed, [#AB2E2E “It is not wise to mix drinks if you didn’t know what you were doing but we have an advantage.”] Graves leaned forward so that she could hear his lowered voice. [#AB2E2E “We’re immortal. It’s very unlikely that something could go wrong.”]
The reaper pulled back, downing back two shots easily. [#AB2E2E “And it seems you have no problem trusting what I put down in front of you.”] He snapped his fingers, lighting the cigarette in his fingers and taking a long drag. He noticed her curiously looking at the groups of mortals around them. All young and writing their lists to claim a seat in hell. Life was so full of mischief that he vaguely wondered how people even got into heaven with everything like this at their fingertips.
He also wondered if the on-lookers were bothering the angel, both men and women ogling the pair of them across all directions. It was this downside to being the creatures they were and mere mortals couldn’t help it.
Graves turned back to his companion, grabbing another glass off the tray and clinking it with hers. [#AB2E2E “Don’t worry about all the staring. We can’t help that our faces are of expert craftsmanship. How ‘bout this last one and you can show me those dance moves that gods speak of.”] The demon consumed the clear liquid with the slight wrinkle to his nose before taking one last puff and discarding it.
The buzz was turning more into a swimming sensation as he stood and held out his hand the beautiful angel. He led her through the crowd of bodies, hoping to find a space large enough to avoid touch... but it was a nightclub and there weren’t many options. [#AB2E2E “This will do,”] he spoke in her ear, pulling the delicate figure closer to him, savoring feeling the warmth of a living body. There was a strange sensation that urged his every fiber to get away from Celeste... This was wrong. If they found out-
But he would make sure no one would.
Very carefully, Graves moved, copying those around them but trying not to make Celeste feel awkward in any way. She was stunning under the patterned dim lighting, her hair aglow like she was radiating a captivating allure.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste tucked her hair behind her ear, exposing some of her pale neck, somehow she thought moving her hair would make it easier to hear what he was saying, it didn't really make a difference but Celeste found herself leaning over to hear what he was saying over the loud music. Once she could finally make out what he said she laughed and nodded in agreement. His comment definitely had some truth in it, mostly being surrounded by men Celeste over the years had gained a tolerance for being able to hold her alcohol. Although they were immortal to a certain extent they would easily be able to out drink the regular mortals of the world. But there was one difference, Celeste didn't know Grave's limit but she had a feeling he would easily be able to drink her under the table.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Not giving it much thought about the drinks laid out in front of her, she thought herself rather foolish for not even hesitating, but he hadn't planned anything yet, he could have easily slipped something into her food earlier, she just found herself to relax around him and was enjoying herself she didn't give it much thought. But Celeste guessed he was just teasing so she responded back,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "well it would be pretty low for even a Reaper such as yourself to slip something in my drink, I thought you liked a challenge".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Leaning on elbow on the table and resting her head on her hand she smirked at the Reaper, in almost a seductive manner. Celeste knew she was wanted for marriage back home, but that was down to her name and position, or so she thought, Celeste never dreamed in a million years that one of Lucifer's children so to speak would ever be truly interested in someone like her. A part of her wanted to explore more with the Graves, but it was strictly forbidden and if anyone were to find out they would both be executed without hesitation.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Too deep in thought Celeste didn't give much thought to the unwanted attention they were getting from the mortals until Graves made her aware. Bringing herself out of her thoughts which were quickly bringing her mood down she laughed at the Reapers comment and clinked her glass with his,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Cheers to that... And you're on Reaper"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste gave a playful wink and she finished her drink in one and gently placed the glass on the table. She stood up and smiled as Graves held his hand out towards her, without giving it a second thought she placed her hand on top of his cool palm, the coolness was almost refreshing for her as she followed his lead to the dancefloor.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" When he turned to face her, the brush of his lips against her ear almost made her weak at the knees, the only time Celeste was thankful of the dark room was so he couldn't see her flustered face. As she felt herself being pulled towards him it made her feel as though she was as light as a feather. Lightly placing her hand on his chest the two locked eyes as they began to move to the beat of the music.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if Graves could feel her heart beating as loud and as fast as it was. Feeling as though it was about to burst, she took a deep breath and took a step back creating the smallest distance between the two. Her emotions were running away with her and she needed to calm down, these emotions and feelings were all completely new to her. If they were both members of the same realm then maybe things would be different... but they weren't and she would do everything in her power to stop the elders from finding out about her feelings towards the Reaper.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" But she didn't want to think about the consequences for now, she wanted what little time she had with the Reaper to be everything she wanted and more. Shaking the thoughts out of her head she had a huge smile on her mouth, she was about to show this Reaper what he was missing out on. Throwing her arms above her head she began to swing her hips from side to side letting her hair fall through her fingers and flow around her shoulders and down her back.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste put one foot in front of the other closing the distance between her and Graves, lightly placing her hand on his shoulder she walked around him before spinning away and returning to the position of her arms above her head. You couldn't exactly call it the dance of the heavens but even angels wanted to feel sexy with needs and desires as long as things didn't go too far.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste looked to the side and realised she was getting unwanted attention again and decided to calm it down as she took her original position against the reaper, with her hand resting gently on his chest, she leaned in with a smile on her face and whispered into the Reapers ear.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" How was that? Godly enough for you or not as divine as you were expecting?".]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px At first, the reaper over thought the whole situation. It had been a while since he’d danced, let alone danced with someone he personally knew. Not that he and Celeste knew each other but she definitely knew enough to know how dangerous of a creature he was. Why would he like to dance? Shouldn’t demons specialize in more treacherous things like battle?
He mentally rolled his eyes. Once he had been told that it [i looked] like he danced on the battlefield. Not the kind of comment he ever strove for.
The angel, however, took the demon by surprise, taking the lead and tiptoeing around him in the most majestic way. The sway of her hips had him transfixed on the shape of her body, purposely keeping his attention on her. Her touch made him feel the illusion of warmth, even though the soldier inside him went stiff. He had to stay loose and the alcohol was definitely helping with that. He didn’t want to scare her off because old habits never died.
Celeste, whether intentional or not, had him wanting her... badly. Of course, every other male did too but were deterred when she leaned for a seductive whisper. [i Keep your cool, Reaper.] Ironically, he took a breath to calm his instincts and instead channeled them into his own form of dance.
Growing up in the era he did, Graves’ perception of the art was slightly dated but nevertheless a flawless approach. The demon stepped daringly closer wrapping an arm around her waist that she was holding on to him. He took a couple steps in a swing dance-like motion before dipping her back, her hair falling off her shoulders and exposing her pale skin to the light. He leaned forward over her, a breath caressing the skin under her perfect jawline.
[i Stop. Don’t cross that line. Don’t cross it.] Graves pulled back, lifting her upright and smiling. Was he nervous? Why? [#AB2E2E “Thirsty,”] he said, gesturing back to their table as the song ended, desperately hoping she wouldn’t catch his awkward behaviour. ]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Feeling a hand around her waist, the gap between the two grew even smaller. She could feel his breath on her cheek and neck as they began moving to the beat, Celeste's heart was racing, she was never not in the lead and now she was being lead around the dancefloor, glancing up at the Reaper a small smile appeared on her face, even in the dark his 'created' skin seemed to be glowing under the light. The coolness of his touch was refreshing and was the only thing keeping her temperature down.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" As the Reaper leaned her backwards Celeste leaned her head back, letting her hair hang back her pale kneck and shoulders were exposed to him. Feeling his cool breath on her jawline, Celeste almost thought at one point his lips may have brushed lightly. Standing her up and letting go rather suddenly she looked at the Graves who notioned her back towards their seats for more drinks. Celeste thought for a while if she had done something wrong, but hearing the song finish she put it down to that, not giving it much more thought she followed him back to the table and sat in the same seat as before.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Glancing up at the Reaper who in return was looking at her she came to realise something. Something she had never given thought to before, these emotions were growing stronger every hour she was with him. This was a very dangerous game she was playing and so was he, but Celeste didn't have it in her heart to end things. Why end something you wanted to feel so badly? She hadn't even got to feel Graves yet and there was a possibility his feelings for her wasn't the same as she felt for him.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste shook her head, the night would have to come to and end eventually and she wanted to enjoy what time she had with the Reaper. Who's to say when they would be able to meet up again. Smiling at Graves Celeste leaned forward so she was close enough to hear,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "How about I get the drinks this time? See if my knowledge of the mortals has paid off".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Before she could give him chance to object she was gone, during the short walk to the bar Celeste realised there was now a lot more people standing around, letting out a small sigh she tightened the grip on her bag and squeezed through until she came to an empty space. Luckily she recognised the bartender, it didn't take him long to head in her direction. After asking what the angel wanted to drink Celeste pointed to the table where Graves was sitting and said]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "same again please".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Of course she was going to play it safe, the last thing she wanted was some weird concoction that would knock her off her feet, she pulled out she mortals money from her bag and handed it to the bartender, luckily enough it was the right amount and she even got something metal back for it, shrugging her shoulders Celeste quickly walked back over to the table before anyone could grab her and joined Graves once more.]]
[size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "See that wasn't so bad now was it?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Giving the Reaper a playful wink she rested her hand across the table as more people joined the dancefloor for the current song playing. [size14[i[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Must be a popular one,]]][size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste thought to herself.]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px Graves was used to a fast paced environment but this was entirely different. It [i felt] different. He hadn’t had reactions like these for satan-knows how long- at least not since... not since before he died. Whilst he desperately longed for those emotions, he knew it never could be. He was evil, damned and always will be. Urg, the thought almost decompressed his entire mood.
The demon exhaled deeply, lounging back into the chair, watching Celeste as she joined him. She seemed to be enjoying his company which made him feel a tad better. He leaned in as she did announcing she would buy the next round of drinks. Before he could protest, the angel stood and made her way over to the bar. He looked after her, watching that attractive figure gracefully sway over to the neon bottle filled shelving. How could something so god blessed and holy be that sexy?
The reaper turned his head back to the worn wooden table, staring at the empty glasses refracting the colored light. He should be enjoying this more instead of wallowing in self pity. Just because he wasn’t used to touch anymore didn’t mean he had to be distant with the angel. He wondered if she had obligations back in Heaven. If there was someone in her life that she thought about. Together, they were here as- what? Enemies? They weren’t even friends. Just two creatures. He might have been looking for a different connection in his eternal empty afterlife but what about her? Why was she here with him?
There was a small clink as Celeste set down a new tray, sliding back into her chair, a victorious smile across her face. [#AB2E2E “Could have been worse,”] he teased back, grabbing a drink and knocking it back. Demon bodies never seemed to hold a buzz long enough for things to get fun. It was almost torturous which must have been some of Lucifer's twisted fun. [#AB2E2E “Be careful. I don’t think we want to get drunk together. Who knows what could happen if I allowed you to go dancing like that?”]
Graves tried to lighten the mood, having a small feeling that maybe Celeste was coming to the same conclusions as he was but no one wanted to admit it. This might be the last time they saw each other less they wanted to draw attention. Angels wouldn’t want to be caught with a reaper of his caliber. Well... if she even knew.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste smiled at the Reapers comment, but he was right it could have been worse. She looked over to the bar and noticed the men who she spotted outside were here. Celeste rolled her eyes as they winked at her, the lust was practically leaking out of them. Honestly mortals leave nothing to the imagination from what she's gathered here tonight. Now turning her attention to the Reaper she sat and wondered, leaning her head on her hand. What type of person was Graves into? Surely he'd never been this close to an angel before, or well at least one to have survived and so on. But did he have a personal type? Maybe his tastes changed once he moved from mortal to Reaper, but it wasn't exactly something she could just blurt out without things becoming awkward and fast.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste knew for a fact this is the closest she had been with a demon, let alone a Reaper of such high ranking on such a close and personal level. Let's face it seeing an angel and a reaper going out to dinner followed by dancing wasn't something that was seen or heard of every day. Picking a glass up from the tray she bought it to her lips, Celeste was never much of a drinker but her thoughts was bringing her mood down and alcohol made things happy and fun according to Graves. As long as she didn't leave herself vulnerable what hurt could it do?]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Moving her hair to the side Celeste was beginning to feel the heat from the club, it was all good and well when she was close to Graves, being cool to the touch somehow managed to keep her temperature down and this outfit she had on wasn't the thinnest of outfits. Leaning back in her chair she continued to watch the mortals dance and fondle each other. Angels were allowed to be intimate in heaven but only if feelings were involved. Intimacy for pleasure alone was forbidden, but never being in that position herself she never gave it much thought and having such a high rank she never had the time to date.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Not being able to hold in a laugh Celeste put her hand in front of her mouth, she nodded in agreement but leaned in with a smirk on her face.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "My dear Graves, whatever do you mean? I thought my dancing was that of the gods? Or would you prefer a more mortal way of dancing?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She leaned back in her chair once more with a teasing expression on her face. He never did mention anything of her dancing however the way he responded after gave her all she needed to know.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" But Celeste wasn't about to stop there, before she let her thoughts run away with her anymore she picked up another glass and knocked it back. She knew she could handle herself and decided to encourage the Reaper in front of her.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "I thought you said you had a high tolerance for alcohol, or was that just a bluff?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste held her glass towards him, giving him a playful wink. Would he back down from the challenge, from what she knew about him which was very little, she had a feeling in her gut this he wouldn't turn away from.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px Graves found himself mostly preoccupied with watching Celeste from across the table. Despite all the ogling of mortals around them, no woman could compare to the flawless beauty of his companion. Shamelessly, he’d seen a lot of expensive whores in his time to know. They must have looked like quite a pair sitting there. He was never shy among public displays and that was a toss up whether it was a good or bad thing.
The angel piqued his interest once more with a bold challenge, a wicked smile played across his lips. [#AB2E2E “You don’t want to call any bluff of mine,”] Graves replied, taking down another shot. [#AB2E2E “I thought goody-two-shoes angel’s like you wouldn’t be tempted by a devil.”] He locked eyes with her, enjoying teasing her as much as she teased him. What could it hurt? As long as he made it back to the without making a scene, everything should be on the sour end of [i fine].
Together they finished off her round of purchased drinks before Graves started conversation again. [#AB2E2E “I would like to see you dance again but I’m tempted to drink you under the table first. It was... a very stirring display.”] To say the least. He knocked on the table, gathering himself to a stand before she could come up with a retort. [#AB2E2E “Be back in a jiffy,”] he smiled before turning on his heel.
More drinks were bought from the neon bar, slipping a little extra to the bartender for his discretion. They didn’t want to get kicked out so early if they were drinking more than a normal mortal. That would be no fun. [#AB2E2E “I do wonder,”] Graves started once he returned to the table. [#AB2E2E “If the Captain of God’s Army is setting a good example to her underlings. Shouldn’t someone like you be schmoozing it up with some albino hunk in a crystal clear pond in Heaven drinking apple cider under the cloudless blue sky?”] The demon sipped slowly on the glass of liquor. ]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste laughed at his comment, tempted? oh no no no this was all her idea and he fell right into her trick. She leaned forward with a huge smile on her face,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "that is where you are wrong Reaper. I have in no way been tempted by you whatsoever, this is me and my thinking alone".]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Giving Graves a playful wink she leaned back in her seat. Of course she was wrong, she would never have dreamt of doing anything like this back home, mostly because there was no one there who piqued her interest. But she wasn't about to let him know that, some things needed to be kept a secret.]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" She felt herself flush a little at his comment on the dancing, so it looks like it did work, she wanted to get his attention and did exactly that. However she did scoff at the first lot of rubbish to leave his mouth, she circled her wrist with her index finger pointing upwards.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Oh well aren't we the foolish little Reaper. I see you have gotten your words crossed here, let me help you. By the end of the night I will have drank you under the table not the other way round".]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Relaxing her arm she watched the Reaper head back over to the bar, there was no point in stopping him for he wouldn't have taken no for an answer. This made Celeste smile, she sat there for a little while resting her head on her fingers. Watching the lights on his skin was truly a flawless creation, but what Celeste saw glowing was not just his skin but also his aura. There was no point in expressing that to the Reaper as he would never believe her. She just lightly shook her head and waited for him to return.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Thankfully by now the men from earlier who was staring at Celeste had lost interest, the amount of time she'd spent with Grave's must have finally sunk in that she was interested in no one else but him. The women from earlier however still hadn't gotten the picture, sure enough everytime Graves went to the bar the girls suddenly appeared. Celeste found it humorous at first but now was beginning to feel rather annoyed. Luckily Graves hadn't noticed and he made his way back over to her.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" As the drinks were laid out in front of her Celeste waited for him to have first pick as she decided to try a new colour of drink. She didn't even think this much alcohol could come in so many different colours. Bringing the glass to her lips Graves began to speak, what he said next though caught her by surprise as she spat some of her drink out. Swallowing what little she had in her mouth she burst out laughing followed by pure embarrassment knowing Graves had just seen that reaction.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Coughing in between laughs she adjusted herself and calmed herself down, taking a quick gulp swallowing what was left of the drink, placing the glass onto the table she leaned forward once more.]]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Excuse me for that but I couldn't quite believe what just came out of your mouth. Do you honestly think an angel of this stature would settle for some albino hunk and crystal clear ponds. That is so beneath me that I find it truly insulting of you Graves. I feel wounded.]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Acting as though she'd just been stabbed in the chest Celeste continued you to speak]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "But no you couldn't be more wrong. First of all I don't like apple cider, as for the albino hunk i'll pass, all those types care about is getting as high up the ranks as possible and all their intelligence has gone to their arms to support their overly large muscles. So now it's my turn, shouldn't you be sat in the fiery rings of hell with a big busty black haired succubus sitting at your feet waiting on you hand and foot?"]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste teased back a large smile on her face as she picked up another glass from the tray waiting for the Reapers answer.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Slabo+27px] [size14 [Slabo+27px At his comment, the angel practically spit all over the table, having Graves nearly spit out his. It was adorable seeing her do something so human that he might have mistaken her for someone mortal. He might have mistaken the both of them being human. Like they may have had a chance.
Pssh, who was he kidding? All this sappiness just because she did something cute? He was losing his hellish edge.
Celeste smiled, embarrassed of her reaction. He felt his expression soften with her or... maybe because he was starting to feel that welcoming buzz again. The demon revelled in her answer, enjoying the enthusiastic way she spoke. [#AB2E2E “Fine,”] he laughed, downing another drink, [#AB2E2E “To tell you the truth, I’ve had every kind of woman and while big bosoms are pleasant, I don’t need the whole nine yards to think a woman is attractive- let alone one that obeys my every command.”]
[#AB2E2E “So if you’re not into muscle head bible thumpers and you’re alone in a nightclub with me, then you must be into bad boys who ride motorcycles and wear earrings like these?”] He pointed to his own ears. [#AB2E2E “Oooooor you like bad boys who party- though hopefully not those who are sexist pricks.”]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Multiple things Graves had said in such a short amount of time Celeste found herself laughing at pretty much every one of them. She didn't know if it was pure humour or if the alcohol which was giving her a fuzzy feeling had a part to play. But it was nice to just be able to sit and relax, it had been many many years since Celeste had laughed as much as this. As soon as she became a general, the serious face had to appear and many people felt like they couldn't or shouldn't get close to her because of either her rank or her father, so she simply buried her head into her work and kept to herself, until now...]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste reached over for another drink and leaned back in her seat, watching the Reaper and listening to his response. This brought a smile to her lips. Not only was he admitting he'd had multiple women over the centuries which was to be expected from a creature of hell. But he also admitted he didn't have a particular taste which meant he preferred to have relationships, but short enough so no vulnerability was shown, which made Celeste smile.]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Setting her drink down on the table she leaned forward responding to Graves' letting out a slight laugh shaking her head.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "Of course, you got me. However did you know?]]] [size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Tucking her hair behind her ears she continued,]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" However... regardless of 'looks' or 'personality' they are of course added bonuses but I'm attracted to someone based on aura alone, in heaven everyone's aura's are pretty much the same, their personalities are what ruin them. I have been approached many times in my lifetime each one for their own personal greed, all have been rejected. They look at me and see themselves in my father's place, they will be respected by everyone. So I shoot that dream down for them. Not once did their aura reveal that they were genuinely interested in me..."]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Celeste sighed a little and looked at the Reaper with the faintest of smiles as she reached for glass and finished it one.]] [size14[b[#00BFFF[Font "SimSun-ExtB" "So regardless of the bad boy appearance or not, don't get me wrong though, the appearance you have right now is very attractive and it's not only me that thinks that way. Two girls over there have had their sights set on you all night. But your aura Graves... whether you choose to believe it or not is what first piqued my interest with you. I have met many demons and creatures of the damned in my time, but yours was the first that had a different light about it. So instead of charging in with my sword I decided on conversation and it worked out quite well wouldn't you say?"]]]
[size14[Font "SimSun-ExtB" Picking up another drink she was starting to feel the effects of the alcohol now, she looked over at the girls staring at the Reaper as a smile appeared on her face. Had he even noticed them previously? Or maybe he'd been down that road already, but Celeste was starting to regret revealing that information in case this would be the last moment they would be alone together. So her idea was to drink to forget about it as she awaited his answer.]]
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