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sam_storyteller ([personal profile] sam_storyteller) wrote2005-07-06 01:04 am
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GOOD OMENS: Risotto and Fishes; G, Gen (C/A implied)

Summary: Church, and Sunday lunch.
Warnings: None.

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Aziraphael rarely went to church.

It wasn't that he didn't like church, but angels weren't supposed to get angry, and anyhow the last few times he'd gone he'd been forcibly removed for standing up in the middle of the sermon and contradicting the preacher. He was fairly sure one wasn't supposed to do that, and sooner or later someone was going to push his last button and then the wings were going to come out. It wouldn't do to blow his cover.

Crowley liked church. He felt it was good to check up on the other side, and if it was a bad sermon, well, in some small way he'd done his part to witness a minor victory for his own.

Crowley could also stand and talk to streetcorner preachers for hours.

"Is there a reason you don't catch on fire and run screaming from the building?" Aziraphael asked, as Crowley arrived at their usual Sunday lunch table still dressed for church. "I ordered you the fish."

"I go with every good intention and I never fidget." Crowley eyed the plate of bread and butter. "Loaves and fishes?"

"Must everything be theology with you?" Aziraphael sighed, filling Crowley's wineglass and topping off his own.

"Well...yeah, Angel, that's the point," Crowley replied, loosening his tie. He felt it was very good of him to dress conservatively for church, and that it ought to be recognised that he had, in fact, worn a tie.

"It can't simply be that it's good fish?" the Angel asked. Crowley lifted an eyebrow behind his sunglasses. "It comes with a delicious risotto."

"Oh, well, risotto and fishes, that's all right then," Crowley drawled.

"Suit yourself. Which was it this week?"

"Methodists in Newcastle."

"Ah. And the sermon?"


"Wasn't the sermon last week Revelations? At, where was it, the Anglicans in Lincoln?"

"I like Revelations," Crowley said defensively.

"And lo, there came unto the armageddon a flash b*stard in a flaming Bentley who said unto them -- "

"How is it," Crowley asked, interrupting him, "That you still manage to get the asterisk in place of the a in Bastard?"

"Eight hundred years' practice," Azraphael replied, leaning back as the waiter appeared with their lunches.

"Lamb?" Crowley demanded. "You're eating lamb on Sunday? I know it's traditional but isn't that a bit gauche, Angel?"

Aziraphael looked guilty and muttered something about eating of His flesh and living forever, and also how good the mint sauce was.

"You should come along next week," Crowley said suddenly, watching Aziraphael bow his head over his food and close his eyes for a brief moment. "I'm going to America."

"What sermon is so important that you've got to go all the way to America for?" Aziraphael asked when he was finished.

"Song of Songs," Crowley replied. Aziraphael beamed.

"That's my favourite and no one ever does it!" he said joyfully.

"You should come."

"I shall! And you'll be there to elbow me if I start to stand up," Aziraphael said.

"His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set," Crowley murmured.

"Sorry?" Aziraphael asked.

Crowley smiled. "Nothing," he said. "Sunday next, then, in Boston."

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

[identity profile] 2005-11-16 11:08 am (UTC)(link)
You have inspired a sudden desire to read the Song of Songs in me, whatever it may be. Must go Google...
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[personal profile] admiral 2006-02-08 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
......You've made me hungry. Drats. But I loved this ficcie too, yes.....

[identity profile] 2006-05-02 10:53 am (UTC)(link)
I LOVE THE SONG OF SONGS! Eeeeee!!! And the image of Azi standing up and protesting in church about the sermon had me goin 'Yeah Azi!'.

[identity profile] 2008-03-21 07:06 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome snippet. You picked some lovely, well-placed quotes.

[identity profile] 2008-06-23 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I liked C's reasons for turning up at services, and A's reasons for not going. I can really see C talking to the high street evangelicals, looking very serious and concerned and interested, with a wicked twinkle in his eye.

Oh, and I wish I could hear A pronouncing asterisks!

"Methodists in Newcastle" is fine, because it's 'some Methodists' not 'the Methodists', and besides, there aren't quite as many of them, but "the Anglicans in Lincoln" sounds a bit vague given that there will probably be an Anglican church to every square mile or two.

Lamb is a traditional Sunday lunch (especially for Easter Sunday: it's symbolic, seasonal, and tastes good roasted) so I'm afraid there's nothing wrong with A eating it then. It would be a bit off to eat it on a Friday, for those that pay attention to these things.

The last book of the Bible is generally called 'Revelation' in the UK - I've only ever heard 'Revelations' from people in the US.

[identity profile] 2012-07-04 11:29 am (UTC)(link)
the reason for why they go, or not, to church are especially clever :-)

(Anonymous) 2012-11-20 12:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I love it! Lovely story that makes me want to go out and re-read the book.
It's only 9:30 pm I go. ^_^