The museum hall was empty and quiet; the lights had all been dimmed so that pale yellow lights cast a faint glow over the rooms. Johnathan cast side glances at the girl who stood observing a single painting in wonderment. The painting's lumenance was barely dimmed by the lack of light; within it seven winged figures were standing in a circle suffused with brilliance.
"I'm going to say something now, but you can't laugh at me," Cindy said, peering closely at the figures.
"I won't," he promised.
She took a deep breath, and turned away form the painting, focusing on him completely. She took a second long breath, her eyes flickering over him, watching for any sign of laughter. Finally, she spoke.
"Well, I believe in angels."
Jonhathan gave her a smile that was half amusement and half bitterness. "As do I," he told her as gently as he could manage, then looked back at the painting.
This is going to be easier then I thought.
Journal entry of Jonathan Taylis, June 22, 1999
I had meetings with 'clients' today. They are angels, and so I might normally be more hesitant about selling the work to them- after all, they already understand the images on them- but one is going to be on public display at Raphael's, and the other....the other.
Until lately, I have kept a low profile in the demon world. That time has changed. I am entering dangerous territory by walking into a house I know to be owned by a member of the legion of chaos; yet I must speak with him, new recruit that he is, because he is my only contact among that faction and I need to more about what they are planning. I had hopes, too, that he might turn against them after learning more of what they were, but after hearing his celestial name I can say only that even I need watch my step to avoid whatever it is he intends with me when he looks at me the way he does.
I find myself, now, watching those I am close with carefully too; I do not think they would betray me, but I am inclined to believe they might be in danger from those who wish to get to me. I was asked by 'Sarah' and 'Johan' that I speak to their friend, Cindy, because she was at the bar two nights ago and was seen with us by that group. She has taken to it pretty well. I...want to stay with her, but I'm not certain if it will put her in unneccesary danger. I need more time to think about it.