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The Angel Balthazar ([personal profile] tryingitall) wrote in [community profile] kore_logs2013-06-22 08:44 pm

consumed by either fire or fire

Who: Balthazar, everyone and anyone! (Balthazar's vessel may also make appearances!)
Where: Memories, mindscapes, and dreams.
When: Days 83-88
What: An orgy, the Titanic, Heavenly angst, and Art. The city is also an option, I just didn't write a blurb for it.
Warnings: Sex, angst, potential violence, possible deaths depending on scenario.

The room is a mess. Blankets and cushions are strewn about the floor, a lamp has been knocked over, and someone has spilled liquor across of the piled clothing in the corner. The scent is overwhelming in the humid heat: sex, incense, sweat, alcohol.
It’s hard to tell how many bodies are entwined together here. A dozen? More? There are four on the bed, one person clinging so hard to the headboard that it creaks with every movement. Three more are clustered around a chair, the occupant’s whines and moans muffled by the close press of nude bodies. In a corner, a young woman is giggling as another girl licks drops of wine out of her cleavage.
Somewhere amidst the knots of slick bodies, there is an angel. He may be hard to track at first, but his voice winds its way through the gathering, burning through the noises of panting and the smack of skin against skin, a litany of soft endearments and reverent curses. There, good, yes, don’t stop, don’t stop…

The sky is black overhead, dotted with frosty stars, and the water rolling beneath the hull of the ship is the color of gray pearls. Titanic is far from shore, and her passengers are cheerfully oblivious to the danger drawing near. Balthazar rode this ship once before, as a faux-first-mate. This time, he’s a stowaway, a dark figure leaning against the railing near the bow. Only an observer to a history irrevocably written down.
“Pretty night,” a man pauses to greet him, on a stroll around the deck. “Cold as hell, but pretty.”
“It is, isn’t it?” The angel agrees, looking up at the sky. “I daresay it’ll get colder before the morning comes, though. We’ll see if you still think it’s pretty then, shall we?”
The stranger laughs. “Or I could just go inside.”
“No. Enjoy the beauty while it lasts.” Balthazar gives a small, deadened smile. There’s ice close ahead. The tragedy will begin and end in only a few short hours.

Balthazar’s not sure why his mind works so selectively. He can remember vivid flashes from his first days in existence. Comets sailing past the earth, the bubble of the primordial sea, and laughter, from an archangel, that seemed too big and bright for the skies that echoed its refrain.
After Lucifer’s Fall, the memories get dim and tangled. Heaven went darker, quieter, but how quickly did it happen? How soon after the clash did Gabriel go, too? He can’t be sure, and it’s unsettling for a being that isn’t supposed to suffer from age.
Still, the young angel has his own recollection of the moments after Gabriel was gone, when it felt like Heaven itself had a gaping wound.
He’s in a garden drenched with dew, like a morning in late spring. There are no flowers, only bare lily stamens left after petals fall away. It’s quiet, and gray, and Balthazar can feel his Grace aching, trembling on the edge of collapse. Can’t you bring him back, Father? Can’t you bring them both back?
There’s no answer, but he’s not sure he expected one. God doesn’t talk to the youngest angels. Perhaps they’re too frail to hear the Divine Voice directly. Thy will be done, he adds as an afterthought, but he doesn’t mean it, and he knows it.
Still, if God isn’t hearing his prayer anyway, there’s no harm in lying. A thousand angelic eyes blink rapidly, as if to clear themselves of tears they weren’t even designed to shed.

Dead. Castiel: dead. Uriel: dead, along with the siblings he murdered. Anna: locked away, untouchable, maybe soon to die, too.
Cas. Dead.
The walls of the Heavenly armory are thick, and Balthazar is the only one inside it now. The snap and ripple of energy from a thousand enchanted weapons dances over the walls, casting shadows of his own wings that seem to shiver in constant motion. His Grace is clenched into a dense, dark knot in the center of his being, a core of emotion drawing tighter, tighter, until everything outside it feels numb. Floating.
One by one, he closes all of his eyes, and time twists away from him. He’s not sure how long he blacks out, but when he’s sensible again, the wards are smashed, the weapons strewn all over, and both vessel and trueform ache, blue with bruises.
Balthazar looks blankly at the mess for a long moment, then moves to pick things up, piece by piece. It’s not until his arms are full that he realizes he has no intention of putting them back in their proper places.

Everything is light and fire and eyes. The human within the angel feels the pressure of power and age, burned to cinders and crushed into diamonds by the being within him (or is he within the angel now?). He’s died a hundred thousand rapturous deaths, cried in pain until his voice is transmuted into something ethereal and sharp as an ofan’s wing. But he’s still there, here, everywhere the angel is, and he remembers, and dreams.
Ink slices across a page. A fine gray haze of graphite dust hangs in the air. Paint drips and rolls down the shaft of a brush, stains his hands and sleeves, rich and sensual. If he could erase his mistakes and paint himself over, he would use shades of blue and gold; he would rip himself off the canvas and re-stretch to his limits and beyond.
He curls and uncurls his fingers, and suddenly his hands are wings, fine-boned and light, brittle and soft at the edges and heavy all the way down his arms.
“I promise, you’ll have Heaven,” the angel told him. “Someday.”
“Fuck it,” he answered. “I don’t need Heaven.”
Levi has what he needs: a half-wild brainfever, an infinite blend of Paradise and Perdition where the Muse is the only God that matters. Being a vessel hasn’t taken that away. Nothing ever will.
bluesrat: (thinky)


[personal profile] bluesrat 2013-06-25 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
It's cold, cold as winter in Michigan, but Rat hasn't had time to prepare since he's been thrust into it unexpectedly. He cannot, in fact, remember how he got here. He's partly afraid he must be a stowaway, because there's something very glamorous about the rooms he sees through the windows on deck and it looks like the kind of place he's never belonged to.
Plagued by worry, he wraps his ragged coat tighter and ambles along the dark outer deck, until he nearly walks into somebody else along the railing. "Sorry!"
bluesrat: (cautious)

[personal profile] bluesrat 2013-07-02 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
He's just slightly dazed, but the voice and face make him pause, too. "You should. Where are we? How did we get here? It's freezing..."
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[personal profile] bluesrat 2013-07-06 03:00 am (UTC)(link)
He doesn't smell of alcohol, although Rat wouldn't say no to a drink, about now. He eyes Balthazar with wary skepticism, but gives a nod, and he'll allow the angel to lead him inside. "Sorry... I mean, it's okay. I'm Rat. Markus Rathbone..." He's half hoping the name will jog Balthazar's memory.
bluesrat: (thinky)

[personal profile] bluesrat 2013-07-07 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
The close space and smaller door frames of the boat have Rat ducking his head on instinct. He looms a little, in the stairwell, but looks too benign for it to be intimidating. "That's right, I'm a musician. It seems... like I've been having a lot of weird dreams lately. Or other people have, or something. When and where are we, anyway?"
bluesrat: (whut?)

[personal profile] bluesrat 2013-07-14 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
"...The Titanic??" Rat looks alarmed, and rubs his face, but he's not about to fly into a panic yet. "Do you remember me now? If... this is a dream, maybe we could not sink?"
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[personal profile] bluesrat 2013-08-06 10:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"You've never dreamed?" His eyebrows rise, and he shakes his head a little. "Sorry if this is a rotten first time, then. Seems like my dreams have been pretty weird lately, too." He shivers, long skinny arms wrapped around himself.