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After making his circuit of the island, Drake shimmered into the library, a place he always felt at home. It was closed for the day, but that was how he wanted. He didn't want anyone else around when made his exit. "Best year of my life," he murmured to himself. It was a statement of fact, not an attempt to reassure himself. He'd spent two hundred years in the Underworld, but from the day he was hatched he was the most undemony demon that ever did demon. He'd venture into the mortal world to explore the libraries and museums and just to watch the people go about their lives. He envied them their love and joy, something a demon could never know. He had a human shape, but not a human heart or a human soul, but still he found humans absolutely fascinating.

Back in the Underworld, he'd been ordered to do all manner of evil acts, including innocents and witches and anyone the Source felt threatened by or wanted out of the way. More than once he'd been threatened with death for refusing to obey, but he'd always found some way to worm out of it, even if it just meant running for his life. He'd latched on to Cole soon after they'd met, intrigued by the half-demon and trying to make sure he remembered that part of him and treasured his human blood. He hadn't been successful in making Cole turn his back on the Underworld, but he'd kept that spark of humanity alive until a pretty little witch could truly ignite the fire.

Of course, it hadn't gone completely well for Cole, and now his friend was trapped in limbo, though he wasn't entirely bound and helpless. And when Cole had come to him with the bargain the Sorcerer was offering, he'd jumped at the chance. Cole didn't trust the Sorcerer, but Drake was more than willing to take the chance. A year of life with a soul, and all he had to do was not use his powers for evil. No problem. He never had, and he never would. And he'd sucked the marrow out of life, just like he told his students, over that year. Fandom had been the perfect place to live those days out.

And now that year was over. He had no regrets, but as cheerful as he was, there was sadness, too. He was going to miss teaching and the friends he had made, and he desperately hoped that wherever he ended up now, he could still check in on them from time to time.


[ooc: for one, well, for two if you count other me, but OOC is welcome.]

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
Suddenly he wasn't alone. Cole appeared in swirl of grey smoke behind him. "You did good," he said.

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
"I’ve come to terms with my fate," Cole said, a slight pang of longing in his voice, "especially now that I know it won't be Phoebe's, too."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
"Well, I had to risk everything for this one," Cole said.

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
"So now what?" Cole asked. "Your year's up. Any chance you can...?"

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 11:12 pm (UTC)
living_endless: ([death] heart)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
And lo, the someone he was waiting for came in, as if on cue.

"You weren't waiting, were you?" Death asked, then turned to Cole with plain curiosity. "Hi. I'm ... well, in my universe, I'm Death. I was also one of your young minds Drake molded. It's a long story."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
Cole had to take a moment to just stare at Death. "Most demons just explode and end up in the Wastelands," he said. "They don't get a personal escort." He shook his head to collect himself. "Cole Turner," he said. "Resident of limbo and restless spirit."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 11:32 pm (UTC)
living_endless: ([death] profile)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
"I got to be alive for a whole year," Death answered with a tiny smile. "It's still settling. But mostly ... I'm good. And honored to be an escort."

To Cole, she added, "Drake's not most demons. How'd you end up out of limbo?"

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
"Holding on to love," Cole said with a wry smile. "I can't seem to entirely let go, not yet, not if there's still a chance."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-26 11:56 pm (UTC)
living_endless: ([neu] come this way)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
"Exactly," Death agreed with a nod. "We got a year. Now I go back to work and you -- move on."

Stepping closer to the pair, she added, "Whenever you feel ready, take my hand."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:11 am (UTC)
living_endless: ([death]smile)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
"It's always different," Death noted. By her lights, that had been fast and clean. There was some slight sorrow behind her eyes as she spoke.

"And it's always the same, in a way. Goodbye, Drake."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:32 am (UTC)
living_endless: ([neg] serious and thoughtful)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
Death watched that for a moment, eyes widening a bit. It was an unusual way to go.

"Hope that means he went someplace peaceful," she murmured, to herself as much as to Cole. "Where do you go now? I have one person to find, then it's back to work."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
"Back to limbo," Cole said. "I can get out, but I'm still bound there, forever. I'm just glad I could help Drake have his year. He deserved it."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-27 01:04 am (UTC)
living_endless: ([comic] artsy name)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
"He was amazing," Death answered with conviction. "It was good to meet you, Cole. Maybe someday I'll see you when things are a little happier."

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-27 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demon-in-limbo.livejournal.com
"If I'm lucky," Cole said. "Thanks for seeing him on his way."

He gave Death a nod of farewell, then vanished in a swirl of grey mist.

Re: IC

Date: 2010-08-27 01:29 am (UTC)
living_endless: ([ooc] in red)
From: [personal profile] living_endless
"'Bye," Death whispered into the silence.

Then she walked out of the school, going slowly. She knew she'd probably never be inside it again.

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:21 am (UTC)
weetuskenraider: (Hand Over Mouth (Ew))
From: [personal profile] weetuskenraider
I KNOW I TOLD YOU TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT BUT OMG. *DENIES*

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-26 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mathletenomore.livejournal.com
Oh man, I'm seriously wibbling over here already. D:

*cliiiings*

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canadianpopstar.livejournal.com
NO. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT ANY OF THIS.

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blondecanary.livejournal.com
*wiiiiiibbbble* *HUGS* Damnit...

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blondecanary.livejournal.com
YOU ARE ON A BOAT!!! *CLING AND HUG* And you smell like freedom!

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 12:45 am (UTC)
likethegun: (i'm sobbing)
From: [personal profile] likethegun
NO. STOP IT, ALL OF YOU.

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 01:05 am (UTC)
life_inshadow: ([people] hug!)
From: [personal profile] life_inshadow
DAMMIT NO.

(Now that my part is over, I can cliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.)

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 04:01 am (UTC)
puppy_fair: (Hugs of wibble)
From: [personal profile] puppy_fair
Okay, I'd just finished crying over my own thread with Didi, and then I read this, and now I'm wibbling again. *clings* That was beautifully done. Drake was an awesome teacher, and he'll be missed.

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 04:06 am (UTC)
glacial_queen: (Hugging for comfort)
From: [personal profile] glacial_queen
I am so filled with sadness!

Draaaaaaaaake!

Re: OOC

Date: 2010-08-27 11:55 am (UTC)
awakestheghosts: (Tears)
From: [personal profile] awakestheghosts
*wibbles and clings like a clinging thing*

DRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!

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