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The hotel room doesn't exactly have a bearskin rug, but it does feature a fireplace; wood-burning and crackling merrily away when they come in. Since none of the other rooms feature fireplaces, the concierge was no doubt surprised when Aziraphael thought to ask that an extra bundle of wood be sent up just after they arrived. They hadn't actually needed it yet, but Aziraphael does like to poke the fire and go about the business of being helpful. They have, after all, come here on his suggestion; the fact that it is rarely dark (or cold, in the angel's opinion) enough for the fire to be truly appropriate is not so important. And the curtains are very heavy, which makes for a convincing artificial night.

It's daylight outside now, though that doesn't mean much in mid-August. Aziraphael has found a tourism book in English (no doubt sent by the helpful concierge along with the bundle of wood), and is marking pages with scraps torn from his airline ticket holder. Waste not, want not.

Date: 2008-08-09 09:39 pm (UTC)
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If the room did have a bearskin rug, it would certainly be in use. As it is, once they traipsed back upstairs last night after a late dinner in the hotel's (admittedly rather good) restaurant, Crowley took the opportunity - and the excuse of their current geographical latitude - to heap upon the bed anything remotely blanket or pillow-like that could be put to service. Considering the woollen throws and thick cushions that decorated much of the rest of the suite's furniture, this amounted to... quite a lot.

Really, you'd hardly be able to tell he was in there at all, were it not for the fact that a few minutes ago, when Aziraphael's absence finally registered, the squashy mountain started to shift very - very - slightly.




Eventually, a pillow shuffles aside, the corner of a blanket is poked out of the way, and one yellow eye squints out of the darkness.

"Time's't?"

Date: 2008-08-09 09:54 pm (UTC)
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"Local time is about 9:30 AM," Aziraphael says, entirely too brightly. "Did you have a nice lie-in?"

He doesn't look away from the book, but one hand meanders over to the nearest table to find his tea. The mug bears a striking resemblance to one of the chipped ones from his own cupboard.

Date: 2008-08-09 10:05 pm (UTC)
aj_crawley: (wstfgl)
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"...Not yet, 'parently."

Half nine indeed.

Nevertheless, the mountain of blankets rustles and whispers and shudders with sudden seismic activity, and after a moment, Crowley's head appears at the other end, followed by just enough of one arm to prop his chin on.

"How long've you been up?"

He may look as though he's looking blearily at Aziraphael, happily ensconced in his fireside armchair. He's not, exactly.

There's tea.

But it's all the way over there.

Ugh.

Date: 2008-08-09 10:25 pm (UTC)
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"Only about an hour," he says with a reassuring smile. "Did you know they have something called a super-jeep here? They do tours in them. All over, from the look of it." He takes a sip from the mug and turns a page with the other hand.

"And there are snowmobiles for sale, though I don't imagine you're in the market for--" He breaks off when he glances up to see Crowley looking like a disgruntled tortoise, poking out from the mountain of blankets and pillows. The hand on the book clenches, then comes up to (unsuccessfully) hide his low, sudden laughter.

Date: 2008-08-09 10:39 pm (UTC)
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"What," Crowley says, sleep-addled and bleary enough to be annoyed not so much at being laughed at, as because he doesn't follow the (apparent) joke.

Date: 2008-08-09 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Aziraphael clears his throat, mastering the fit of giggles but not the wide smile that accompanies them.

"It's like a particularly confused translation of The Princess on the Pea. Were you cold at all, during the night?"

Date: 2008-08-09 10:57 pm (UTC)
aj_crawley: (wstfgl)
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"Nuh," Crowley's forced to admit, which is something he'd hoped to avoid having to do. To make up the lost ground, he adds (with an automatic and tousle-haired leer), "'Course, I was too tired to care."

Date: 2008-08-09 11:25 pm (UTC)
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"Ah," he says. He looks quickly back to his book, but the smile doesn't fade much.

"Let's hope that you're equally tired this evening, then. Lots to do."

Date: 2008-08-09 11:39 pm (UTC)
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"Oh?" he asks, worming a little further out from under the mound - and then, after a moment's consideration, reaching back for a pillow to rest on. A good decision, as it quickly serves double duty; the oh doesn't end, quite, but instead becomes a startlingly wide yawn, which Crowley buries in the pillow until he can safely rest his chin on folded arms.

"Found anything good yet?"

(It's important to Show An Interest - he'll get away with so much more later, if he does - but Crowley still can't quite keep his eyes from drifting shut again of their own accord. He blinks, rubbing lazily at the left as he waits for Aziraphael's reply.)

Date: 2008-08-09 11:51 pm (UTC)
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"Lots to do with natural wonders," he says. "Lava fields, skiing - and we can still get someone to take us to the interior this time of year, it's completely uninhabited. And caves, though I'm not so sure about those."

Dark caverns aren't really his thing, but Crowley might like them. He wisely doesn't mention that many of the caves are made of ice, however.

Date: 2008-08-10 12:02 am (UTC)
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"Yeah?" he says, still not awake enough to be more than - well, moderately wary. Caves, though. They might be alright. It can be surprisingly warm underground.

"'N what about Culture? You like Culture," Crowley reminds him.

Indoors Culture.

Date: 2008-08-10 12:22 am (UTC)
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"The Saga Museum has life-size replicas of characters from literature of the Middle Ages," he says after a moment.

"Er. There are other museums. Nature. Natural, I mean. Having to do with animals and things."

Date: 2008-08-10 12:42 am (UTC)
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"Okay," Crowley agrees placidly, swallowing another yawn. "Long as it'sss not, you know, an ice museum, I think I'll manage."

The Saga Museum sounds quite tempting, actually. With a little luck, he might be able to convince Aziraphael that a viking hat would be an appropriate souvenir for Raguel.

Experimentally, Crowley wriggles a little further out from under the blankets - and blinks in surprise at the thoroughly habitable temperature of the room beyond.

"Oh," he says again.

(Not a question, this time.)

Date: 2008-08-10 12:54 am (UTC)
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"Not an ice museum," he says quickly, and closes the book quickly, blinking.

"Oh?" he repeats, glancing in Crowley's direction and looking a little dazed. "Are you getting up? The fire's nice."

And there's tea, but that sort of temptation is a last resort. The tea isn't exactly local.

Date: 2008-08-10 01:06 am (UTC)
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"Yeah," Crowley says, finally sitting up amongst the tangled covers.

He rubs the back of his neck, runs his fingers along the thick embroidery of a throw, and when he looks up again, he's wearing - that smile, sleepy and unselfconscious in the firelight.

"It is nice."

(What he means to say, and doesn't need to: thank you.)

Date: 2008-08-10 01:26 am (UTC)
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Aziraphael watches it for a moment, then beckons to him.

"Come over here, then, and have a look in that book. I marked a few of the places that might be of interest. Leaving out the ones that are only available in winter, of course."

He takes another sip from the mug, keeping his eyes on Crowley over the top of it.

Date: 2008-08-10 01:33 am (UTC)
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Crowley yawns again (wide as always), and stretches (not for so long as he might), and slithers out of bed to come and fold himself into the armchair opposite Aziraphael.

(He brings a sheet. It's not that warm.)

Date: 2008-08-10 01:46 am (UTC)
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"Tea?" Aziraphael asks, passing him the book. He didn't miss the stretching; the business with the book serves the second purpose of giving him something to do with his hands.

Date: 2008-08-10 01:53 am (UTC)
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"Please," Crowley says, before he thinks to ask, "What kind?"

The book, for the moment, goes in his lap, his fingernails tapping gently against the cover. The demon's still blinking sleep out of his eyes, after all; he's not sure yet that he's ready to process lovingly detailed tracts on the mani loveli attraktions of Iceland.

Date: 2008-08-10 02:06 am (UTC)
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"Just the usual," he says absently, "unless you want something else."

Without waiting for an answer, he holds out a steaming black mug. It's not clear where it came from, but there's a certain obvious familiarity about this cup as well. He looks mildly embarrassed even though Crowley hasn't said a word.

"We're on holiday," he explains plaintively.

Date: 2008-08-10 05:14 pm (UTC)
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"Right," Crowley says vaguely, not really following the connection. Instead, as he wraps his hands around the mug, he's only amused (just a little, in a confused sort of way), and suddenly and absurdly grateful.

Ridiculous, he thinks, which doesn't help at all when his fingers graze the angel's (warm, from the fire).

He breathes in, the steam curling softly up around his face, and sinks a little further into his seat.

Date: 2008-08-10 05:27 pm (UTC)
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The fire pops and crackles on cue, sending up a shower of sparks as one of the logs collapses onto another. Aziraphael realises he's been staring and turns toward it at the sound.

"And, of course, there are always the hot springs."

He'd imagined it to be something pleasant for the end of the day, but with the fire blazing and the curtains blocking out any trace of sunlight, the only concession to 'morning' right now is the fact that they're drinking tea instead of wine.

Date: 2008-08-10 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, that and the fact that Crowley's wearing his early, unguarded expression, and a sheet. It's something of a sight, to be perfectly honest, and the tea in his hands and the book in his lap only add to the spectacle - as does the comically exaggerated way the demon's face lights up at the mention of the hot springs.

"Yeah," he agrees, still largely monosyllabic - but his grin sort of makes up for it. "Be nice after a day of - "

'Traipsing' is the word he wants, but he's not really sure he can manage the complicated sibilant in there.

"A long day," he finishes finally.

Date: 2008-08-10 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Aziraphael's eyes wander away from the fire in time to catch the grin.

"Mm," he says. He might have been awake long enough to avoid monosyllables, but that doesn't mean that he's immune to the charms of tousled Crowley in a sheet. The book and the tea don't hurt, either. Ridiculous, he scolds himself.

"I think this will be a nice little getaway for both of us, despite the misleading name of the place," he says, trying for conversation again.

Date: 2008-08-10 06:02 pm (UTC)
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"Not sso misleading," Crowley reminds him, as dryly as he can manage (which isn't very dry at all). "But I'll live."

And his motives are entirely unselfish.

Yes.

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