15 Works by soft_october in Good Omens (TV)

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    Aziraphale is not built for administration.

    He is informed of this in clever language in the letter he received this morning, although he has known it for years. He is only surprised the bureaucracy of the city has taken so long to catch up to him.

    Somewhere in Nevaeh, there is a room. It is mostly dark, and damp, and dreary, and were it not for the row of plants on the windowsill, it would be quite intolerable indeed.
    There is a person inside this room, who is meant to be deprived of all earthly comforts, who is meant to take on all the suffering of the city, and without him, the great white towers of the city would surely topple into the sea.

    That's what everyone outside the room believes, anyway.

    Although the new guard, Aziraphale, has his doubts.

    They begin the moment the man behind the door begins to tell him a story.

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    Aziraphale’s hand sat rather obviously upon the table between them. It braced itself against the tablecloth, splayed under the soft lighting, the ridges of his knuckles, the finely manicured nails, the thumb which brushed back and forth in a rhythm so slow as to be almost unnoticeable, all of it beckoning in a way that said, our own side. It sounded like touch me. Like take my hand.

     

    Like please.

     

    Crowley is trying not to go to fast, ends up stalled out completely. Aziraphale decides he will have to get creative.

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    The bookseller and his friend must have gotten caught up in the general sense of joy that had encapsulated the street, because they seemed to have resolved things quite nicely. How else to explain the way they now held hands in the park, or walked arm in arm to the pastry shop around the corner, or kissed each other on the cheek when they thought no one else was looking and pulled away in a sort of silly, dazed euphoria. Anya said she had seen them snogging in alley, and Sharon even claimed to have heard all manner of unusual sounds coming from the backroom of the bookshop late at night.
    Now, that was all well and good, but this… hm.
     
    This was a little much.

    Or, one hopeless shop clerk's brave attempt to make sure two man shaped beings of the world don't get arrested mere weeks after they've finally figured everything out.

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    There were all these little hopes and musings Crowley buried so deep in his heart it ached to bring them out into the light to catalogue their faults and flaws, and each time Aziraphale sought him out, or asked his opinion on some weighty manner that was hanging on him, or even just smiled, those little wishings grew bigger and bigger, pressing in on him until he felt as if he was being crushed.

     

    “Princes do not fall in love with gardener boys,” he told himself one night, staring into the shard of looking glass he kept on a shelf, hoping it would help, hoping that hearing it out loud would make him believe it, would help him put all these ridiculous notions behind him.

     

    It didn't work.

     

    Crowley and Aziraphale, the gardener's boy and the prince, meet as children and develop an unlikely friendship.

    By the time they're twenty, everything has changed.

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    “I knew I'd find you here," the angel’s voice is choked, desperate, “This is one of yours, it has to be one of yours-” and for once Crowley wants to lie to him as much as Aziraphale wants it to be true.
     

    Hiding out from a battlefield in 1914 in uniforms of opposing sides, an angel and a demon witness both the destructive power of humanity and it's endless capacity for love.

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    It had been Crowley’s idea, the portrait. But so many things had been his idea, in those days, and so many hadn’t gone as planned. The sketch was no exception.
     

    Crowley takes Aziraphale to visit da Vinci's workshop, where he has a suprise planned.

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    What is it, when an angel falls?
    The despair upon waking to find that someone who loved you in dreams has been traded for a cold space in the bed beside you. The indescribable grief when an adult who once lifted you into their strong and capable arms is made weak and bent by age and can no longer recognize your face. The ache as you sit, trapped in the tangled snarl of your own emotions, trying to reach out, to touch, being met with only ash and dust and misunderstandings. The loss of certainty, the loss of innocence, the pain of understanding solitude for the first time and faced with the prospect of its constancy for all eternity.

     

     

    "I only ever asked questions. That's all it took to be a demon, in the old days."

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    Captain Young was charismatic, he was talented, he was the pride of the admirals who admired self-starters and the despair of those who were sticklers for decorum. He had seen combat dozens of times and always kept a cool head and a calm voice, even if Lt. Pulsifer had blown the computers yet again, and he was not about to lose that carefully cultivated exterior of sensible composure simply because two of the most preposterous diplomats he ever had the misfortune to welcome aboard the Hogsback couldn’t stand to be in the same room without winding each other up into a ship-shaking row.

    In 2405, the starship Hogsback embarked on a three year mission with two civilian representatives from the planets Hev-N and Hel on board. This is the story of their relationship, told through the eyes of the captain and crew.

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    "In plain terms, Mr. A. Fell was a man of impeccable conduct and unusual habits, and in a similar manner to many of whom bore the first two traits, he must also take up the third: dire loneliness. Yet it had not always been thus. Indeed, there once was a time when it seemed as if he should never know solitude or want of suitable company for the rest of his days, but the circumstances by which Aziraphale might have unwound the knot that now bound up his heart had long since dragged themselves, mortally wounded, to die in the shades of regret. Their ghosts hung in his past, growing in consequence with the singular passing of each year until they eclipsed even the death of those who had the foremost hand in their making, and had the effect of separating the sequence of his days of into a gentle, blooming Before, whose painful beauty made the egregious scars of the After that much more appalling."

     

    What Aziraphale does not know is that, from across the ocean, Mr. Anthony J. Crowley is returning to England with his newly aquired wealth, wanting nothing more than to rebuild his life after a terrible shock and, perhaps, discover why he had been abandoned by his fiancé ten long years ago.

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    Well, maybe there is one being listening to him, but he’s not Upstairs, not officially. It’s the angel from the Garden, from the beginning, Aziraphale, and on the odd century they run into each other Crowley goes about his wiles and his tempting with a clean conscience, certain that there is another working against him, that perhaps this balance is all a part of the plan after all, that maybe there is a reason, and god is not just running games and tests from behind a screen and making pointed little laughs and hums inspiring fury and triumph and despair.

     

     

     

    In the midst of trying to balance out the not-Antichrist, Aziraphale and Crowley take an evening to go to the theater.

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    Ongoing series of one shot fairy tale retellings starring two ethereal beings much better at loving the Earth and each other than following orders, sticking to tropes, and not mucking about in stories that don't belong to them.

    Newest Tale: The Tinder-Box- Crowley returns from a tempting with nothing to show for it but bad chocolate, and he is about to learn all about translation errors, witches with meddling grandmothers, that some princes locked in towers aren't really princes at all, why angels make bad research subjects, and why it might be a good idea to fund the education system so public executions can stop being the primary form of entertainment.

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    “I knew I'd find you here," the angel’s voice is choked, desperate, “This is one of yours, it has to be one of yours-” and for once Crowley wants to lie to him as much as Aziraphale wants it to be true.
     

    Hiding out from a battlefield in 1914 in uniforms of opposing sides, an angel and a demon witness both the destructive power of humanity and it's endless capacity for love.

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    '“Look I understand, you’ve got to check up on the new occupants, make sure I’m a proper ‘fit’ for the neighborhood or whatever euphemism you’re going to use this time, 'the greater good,' I saw the film, I get it. But I peeked in at the place next door the agent mentioned and if you aren’t bothering him I really don't think you should be-”

    “I’m your neighbor,” Aziraphale interrupted. “I own that place next door?”

    “Oh.”'

    Since the next shop over closed down, Aziraphale's had a peaceful few months, barring those unpleasant interactions with the men in cheap suits who keep trying to persuade him to sell his shop. But now a (handsome) new owner has taken up residence beside him and, horror of horrors, he wants to open up a coffee shop.

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    "When the ship puts in at port, Aziraphale is hustled away by the captain to the purser's office: rescuing the third son of an established lord will merit him a fat prize indeed. Aziraphale’s face is a pale oval caught between a pair of long blue coats as Crowley, who isn’t anything to anyone - except he thought he was, he thought - watches him go, peeking through the slats in the ship's railing. Those blue eyes - too innocent, too kind for what this world expects of him - keep lock with his until the last.

    Aziraphale is fussed over, put under the command of the captain who rescued him, gets a letter from his father that he carefully keeps in the cover of his bible, continues his slow rise through the ranks of His Majesty’s Navy.

    Crowley, he later learns, takes up piracy."

    Golden Age of Piracy AU.

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    "Watching over the Antichrist will bring people together, he supposes, even though Warlock isn't the real Antichrist and he doesn't yet know just how true those words will become. But Aziraphale is there, and so are dinners at the Ritz, lunches at Ajimura (Aziraphale still hasn't gotten the hang of the chopsticks, and their waiter takes enough pity on him to bring a fork along with the menus), late nights drinking in the back room of Aziraphale's bookshop, and the sort of comfortable certainty that comes with the knowledge that the person you're eating food with will probably want to do so again, preferably if you're free tomorrow at around noon, perhaps?"

    Its 1977, and Crowley finally coaxes Aziraphale into dinner at London's first sushi restaurant. Things develop from there.

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