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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 08:05:46 )

Erica hesitated for a moment before answering. That hesitation could have been a million things, varying from her trying to collect her thoughts, to fear of answering. There was no way for Azazel to pinpoint where in that rather large spectrum it was for the reasoning.

"I don't know." She told him as he got her seated.

"I just... I don't know. I noticed it spreading earlier when I had a shower, didn't think much of it because I know it'll do that over time... but then it just ... triggered out of the blue." She added, lying. In her work, she had to be good at lying though.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 08:26:59 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Azazel raised an eyebrow as she said what she did.

"I.... see." he said.

'Hmph.' he thought. 'Well, I've mistaken that in the past.' he sighed.

"Well, here's hoping this doesn't happen again." he told her, showing her she'd managed to fool him.

For now.

"What shall I tell Zeke?" he asked.

"Besides the obvious fact that your café meet-up is postponed indefinitely."

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 09:01:50 )

Erica nodded.

"Just... be honest. Curse owned my ass again." She answered with a sigh.

"And.. thank him... for stopping by to check on me."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 21:32:26 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Azazel nodded in response.

"Right." he said.

"Yeah, it's... well, he's why I rushed over here, obviously." he told her.

"And no worries. It's what friends are for, after all." he then reasoned.

"...want me to order something in for you to eat for dinner?" he asked her after a pause. "Seeing as... odds are cooking is NOT in the cards for you tonight." he guessed.

"I'll even use a mage place so it's mana'd right into the place." he offered.

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 21:35:55 )

"I... what?" Erica asked, which just gave more credence to the idea of her preparing food herself being.... not exactly a good choice. Azazel just repeated himself, which net a sigh from Erica.

"I... yeah. Ok. Please." She said with a nod, having pulled her feet up onto the couch.

"My... my wallet is ... somewhere. I don't even know where..." She added with a sigh. "I'll pay you back later. Sorry."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 22:03:45 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Azazel just sighed and shook his head.

"Don't worry about it." he said.

"I'll order now." he told her, taking out his phone.

After a few minutes of minor discussion as to what she wanted, he made the order and looked over at her.

"Right." he muttered.

"Think you need to take some time off work?" he asked.

"As in, should I tell Agent Sharp not to expect you tomorrow?"

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 22:06:35 )

Erica paused.

"That... I'm not sure of." She admitted.

"Maybe?" she asked in response, knowing that it wasn't really an answer, and she knew it, but at the same time it was when she was like this that she tended to give answers like that.

"I just... I dunno. I think, hope? that I can get in tomrorrw, but my shift tonight is definitely a bust." She added, as she'd been scheduled in for a late nite questioning, due to how the one being questioned was coming in by their own choice, and could only do so late at night.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 22:27:35 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Azazel sighed when she said that that night was a bust.

"I'll tell him that." he said.

"Thankfully, we should be able to get someone to cover for you." he told her.

"Anyway, just... try and relax, all right?" he then said further.

"This seemed to be a bad one, but not your worst. Just try and have a peaceful night." he went on.

"I'll make sure to tell the people to not disturb you tonight, except for a key few to check up on you occasionally. Keep in touch with me if things go south again."

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/13 23:58:04 )

Erica nodded. It was a small movement, but he could tell there was gratitude in it.

"Thank you Az...just.. I have nothing more I can say. There is nothing more to say aside from that... just... just thank you. For all you and Zeke do to help me keep my head together." She added.

"I'm already older than those before me with this curse, having reached my thirties, but..." She paused, sighing. "that also means one could argue I'm on borrowed time."

"I'll let you know if anything comes up."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 00:27:40 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

"..." Az was silent for a moment, and then nodded in response.

"All right." he replied quietly.

"I'll see myself out, then." he told her.

"See you later." he finished, before taking a few steps back, away from her, and disappearing from where he was, to tell Zeke about this.

Which he did. And Zeke needed time to process this. What had happened, what Erica had said to Azazel... everything. When he got this way, his archangel half tended to get a bit out of hand due to stress and distraction, so during these times, he was allowed to be in the celestial realm, and the other archangels knew that when he was there, something was up and he was generally to be left alone with his thoughts.

...but there were two that got away with speaking to him during this; his father, and one other.

And they saw him sitting by the fountain in their area, staring at his reflection pensively.

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 00:30:36 )

"eh?" She wondered as she saw Zeke before making her way over, taking a seat by him.

"Hey, Ezekiel." She greeted.

"What's going on?" She asked, concern to her voice and features.

"It's rare you're up here."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 00:52:05 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Zeke seemed to be dazed and distracted for a moment, but looked at her after a moment, realising she was there.

"Oh!" he said.

"Sari..." he addressed her quietly, as the two had gotten decently close, and he had the best relationship with among the archangels, aside from his father.

"I... well..." he mumbled, before sighing heavily.

"I have... a lot on my mind, and it's stressing me out." he told her.

"Mostly about a friend of mine. And how it seems there's nothing I can do to help her, even with the strength I possess." he lamented.

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 00:53:15 )

Sari was silent for a moment.

"Oh?" She asked, her voice curious.

"Need someone to talk to?" She then asked. "I can make up some tea, coffee, cookies, or whatever you'd prefer."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 01:12:36 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Normally, Zeke would have said no. He was feeling stressed, he wanted to be alone with his thoughts... but this woman? She had the innate capability to calm people down and make them more open.

It was who she was.

So he nodded in response.

"Sure." he said.

"Some tea would be lovely." he told her.

"May calm me down a little."

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 01:17:05 )

"Come then. Your father just brought some more of that delightful minty one that she has an acquiantance of his make up." Sari said with a chuckle as she got to her feet, holding a hand out to him.

"I almost can't believe it's a mortal who makes it." She added. "However, he does take the supplies to her, so I suppose it's not that surprising."

---

About fifteen minutes later, they were sitting in the den, a refilling mug of tea in their hands, and each comfortably on some furniture.

"How is Angela doing?" She asked, figuring a distraction might help for the moment. Let him bring up the stress once he felt he could.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 01:47:29 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Zeke just smiled at her and took the offered hand.

"Heh. That is fair." he said, getting to his feet.

---

He took a sip of the tea and was silent for a moment, before looking at her.

"Oh, she's doing all right." he said.

"Thankfully, work's been less stressful for her, so she's had next to no late nights, and has been able to spend more time with Liv." he told her.

"Means there's been a marked improvement in her general attitude, as well."

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 01:48:47 )

"I don't doubt it." Sari commented with a chuckle.

"You'd think she'd be related to me with how my patience SHE has." She added.

"The woman almost puts me to shame - almost."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 02:17:03 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Zeke just laughed a little when she said that.

"Almost." he said.

"However, that's a biiiig 'almost'." he stressed.

"But it's good that she's doing well." he went on. "Not sure I could handle it if SHE wasn't having a good go of it right now, too." he admitted quietly.

"I mean... I was a guardian angel once. I... I have the powers of an archangel..." he went on.

"WHY can't I help a friend suffering from what is essentially a demonic curse...?"

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Moderator — Female Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 02:31:03 )

Sari paused.

"... A Demonic curse...?' She asked, her voice curious.

"It... well, it feels demonic when it flares up. And demons are immune to it, so it's probably demonic. But what sort of demonic power manipulates and amplifies emotions...?" Zeke answered, which caused Sari to hesitate.

"... really." She said. It wasn't even a question.

"I ... had not expected that."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 6 days ago ( 2021/01/14 02:44:51 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Zeke just sighed again.

"Sorry." he apologised.

"It's just... I have no idea what to do. Or if I can even do anything." he told her.

"It's... every time it gets worse, I can feel her lose that little bit of hope." he continued.

"And I've recently learned she essentially believes she's now on borrowed time." he went on.

"...it worries me that she's starting to truly give up, now."

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