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[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" 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 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" 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 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" 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 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 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 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 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 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" 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 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" 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 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. ]
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