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Good Omens Summer Prompt Fill #1 [May. 8th, 2012|03:55 pm]
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind


It's not the first time Aziraphale has grudgingly emerged from the back room in response to a customer's startled shout. A young man, this time, from the sound of things. He sighs and puts down his crossword. Such flighty creatures, humans.

"Where is it?" asks Aziraphale, wearily.

The poor lad stands with his back against the shelves lining the far wall, trembling in his trendy canvas flats. "There," he says, pointing at the low, sunny window ledge, which offers a fine view of the alley. "Behind the stack of record catalogues."

Aziraphale bends with a huff, shifting the hefty stack (Bloody be-bop, he thinks, thanks to bloody Adam Young). The offending party lies curled up and content in the late afternoon glow, tongue flicking lazily at its reflection in the glass.

"It's an adder," insists the traumatized customer. "Don't get too close!"

"It's no such thing," Aziraphale sighs, sliding his fingers beneath the coils he knows to be most ticklish. "Natrix natrix helvetica," he says, rising, holding out his captive for the young man to inspect. "Common grass snake. Note the yellow markings on the neck. They don't even bite, dear boy. Mock-strike, yes, but never bite."

Just as the customer edges forward to peer wonderingly into Aziraphale's palms, the snake sinks its rather unimpressive fangs into Aziraphale's thumb. Aziraphale doesn't flinch, but the young man flings himself back against the bookshelves.

"Not poisonous, either," adds Aziraphale, and brushes the snake's belly with his pinkie.

It writhes, gnawing ineffectually at Aziraphale's thumb before reluctantly letting go.

"Is it your pet?" asks the young man, his voice tinged with relieved amusement.

"They're better suited to captivity than most, but difficult to feed," Aziraphale explains, unbuttoning his cuff in irritation as the snake glides head-first up the sleeve of his shirt. "And no, he's not, but he comes and goes as he pleases."

"How do you know it's a he?" asks the customer, grinning a little as Aziraphale hauls the snake out of its hiding place by the tip of its tail. "The markings?"

"Males are smaller than females by eight inches or more when fully grown," says Aziraphale, coaxing the snake back onto the window ledge. It uncurls from his wrist leisurely, nosing its way back towards the warm, dusty glass.

"Neat," says the young man, and proceeds to leave the shop in a hurry.

Aziraphale turns to find Crowley, perched naked on the ledge, idly flipping through a catalogue. He's the very picture of disheveled grace, and entirely too endearing.

"You're a menace, my dear," Aziraphale tells him, tilting Crowley's chin up with his much-abused thumb. "Although you may be right about that hole in the wall."

"Smaller?" Crowley asks with an air of mock offense, raising his eyebrows.

"Hush," says Aziraphale, fondly, and tugs him away from the window.
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[User Picture]From: auroramama
2012-05-08 08:13 pm (UTC)

I never bite?

Pure pleasure. Showoff!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
It was a pleasure to write, yes :) Thank you for reading!
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[User Picture]From: miss_morland
2012-05-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, adorable! Crowley, you old serpent, you. <3
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
I do love snakes. I used to catch them all the time when I was a kid!

Thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: icarus_chained
2012-05-08 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, so adorable. Though you were kind of asking for that one, Aziraphale. *smiles at him*

Lovely.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, he really was ;) Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: soul_bonnie
2012-05-08 08:37 pm (UTC)

Perfect! And interesting to know that Crowley is so very, very harmless..
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:08 pm (UTC)
There's not an ounce of venom in him, whatever he'd like you to think...

Thank you ;)
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[User Picture]From: gemini_melia
2012-05-08 08:37 pm (UTC)
heh, this was so cute! I think I want a naked Crowley in my window ;)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:10 pm (UTC)
Kind of makes me want to pinch his skinny arse. Agreed.

Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: littlegothsin
2012-05-08 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh this is sweet ! Thanks, I needed that smile.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:10 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. Thanks for reading :)
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[User Picture]From: enchantersnight
2012-05-08 08:39 pm (UTC)
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant :)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear :-D
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[User Picture]From: uwsannajane
2012-05-08 08:40 pm (UTC)
OK, am so laughing! Also, charmed. The run up Aziraphale's sleeve is just perfect.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:12 pm (UTC)
That's one of the first things snakes will do to me: go up my sleeve (or anybody's, really) because they're after the warmth of your body heat. It's better than sitting in the sun, if my friend's pythons are to be believed...

Thank you <3
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[User Picture]From: arcadiaego
2012-05-08 09:32 pm (UTC)
Adorable! (I love snakes.)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:12 pm (UTC)
I love them, too. Thanks <3
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading <3
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-05-08 10:02 pm (UTC)
unbuttoning his cuff in irritation as the snake glides head-first up the sleeve of his shirt.

Well, that's adorable.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:16 pm (UTC)
It feels funny when a snake does that, but not altogether unpleasant. My friend's ball pythons love to do that to, well, just about everybody. They're suckers for body heat, snakes.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: orionthe_hunter
2012-05-08 10:37 pm (UTC)
a;lksdjfalk;djf *flails*

That was amazing!! :DDDD
And so cute.

I will return with coherence later.

And thanks so much for filling my prompt!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:17 pm (UTC)
I do my best to keep promises! It helps that your prompt was amazing, too.

Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: linda3m
2012-05-08 10:55 pm (UTC)
Awww! Ticklish coils! Very sweet and charming.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm convinced Crowley is very ticklish, regardless what form he takes ;)

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: pinigir
2012-05-08 11:11 pm (UTC)
Loved it! Loved Crowley's way of enjoying himself (testing something) and simultaneously repelling costumers. Loved Aziraphale spouting the facts on the type of snake he was; that he was in fact perfectly harmless (heh) and that the males were smaller than the females. (Which is perfectly true according to Wikipedia.) :-)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:20 pm (UTC)
I did a bit of research on British/European grass snakes (not to be confused with the North American variety, which are bright green) before writing this one. They're the only indigenous British snake that sometimes has yellow/golden eyes. I'm convinced of their Englishness right from the start, even as far back as Eden.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: laceymcbain
2012-05-08 11:37 pm (UTC)

out of sight ...

Aw, Crowley. It's strange to say that a snake can be sweet, but you've managed to convey that.

I kind of want to rub him under his snakey chin and say, "oh, look at his wittle fangs!"

(See what you've done?)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2012-05-15 02:20 pm (UTC)
Right up there with "little toesie-woesies" and "he was very sweet" re: baby Adam!

Thank you :)
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