Lost one, I know you better than these neophytes. Let's not pretend that I don't. Tempest, fury and fractal. The rim of dark light from the shield of your supposed victories. Dressed for success like an armour of mysteries. You think life stops and starts with a gold coin now, as you court this legion of fools? Demented shallows, all of them, shorn of wing and worth. Truth be told I never imagined my beautiful Thomas so pedestrian. Hear me, my love. I too can turn a cross, or the sky. I can set a fire in hidden places the likes of which you’ve never known. Except with me. Even when you burned the garden you knew nothing of flame. Smokeless radiance. A light without ashes. Lucerna Matutina. I know what you are. A wounded, feckless thing making waves in the waveless. It takes an ex-priest to feel truly faithless, as I unfold my hands. Still a feather on your collar, I wonder? Still a Roman through and through? Tell them of seminary, Fallen. How we lay together. A wild concordance of mirrors and scholars. See, this mortal world still means something to me. Its people mean something. You and I, brother, we’re but dreams of their ink and imagining. Pre-existence doesn’t mean that you are not made by those who love you, those who carry you. All the knowledge in the world, dear one, and yet so little understanding. I’m not afraid of my softness. My love for mankind. I don’t see them as evil, or chattel. To me they are beautiful and brave. You blame me for these hauntings, these fractures. But soldiers can lose their minds without forgiveness. When the heart hardens and darkens. Even you know that. Dare you admit how much you miss me? The light of life between your teeth. Fair warning; such an admission might kill you in the end. Annihilation. You ask me how one might annihilate the absence of light. You want gold, dear one? Truly? A shimmering coin for the turning of the world? Well, sometimes angels bury treasure on the shore. Even God buries treasure. Galleons, medallions, paper planes and glitter. I'll happily give you what you think you want. Eternity, gilded in Aurum. But nobody wants it for long. Believe me. Please hear me, brother. A stolen kiss in the shadows doesn't make me shiver. I'm a druid and a thief and a blood-borne altar. The crooked in the king never made me falter. It's not as simple as turning a key in the navel of the land, or owning the essence of a numinous thing. Who do you think made you what you are? It was not our Father. He gave you choice. I gave you gravity. When you kiss me, Samael, I watch you go all the way down. I know you better because I loved you. I still love you, despite myself. Let's not pretend that I don't. But one day soon you might no longer exist. Perhaps you never did, except in my dreams. Sing to me as I once sang to you and I'll fill your mouth with gold. Tell me again, just once, how prettily you thought of humanity when we kissed, and I'll tell you how you die.
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