Guide, Whiskey had decided to call him that, needed a little time to pull himself together after the outburst before. She made herself some Tea while he lay closed on her desk.
Taking long sips, Whiskey thought about the mess she had gotten herself into. She also half browsed an image-board for entertaining pictures using the tablet. ‘Guide’s from Alexandria, Egypt, BC. How long was he stuck in an empty book until Isaac rescued him? If it was only a short time then how old is Isaac? He must use magic to stay young some how. That would be a nice trick to learn. Guide called David ‘the apprentice’ so David trained under Isaac. Now they see each other as equals though. How long have they been working together?’
She laughed at a picture of cat sitting on someone’s sandwich, forgetting about her tea.
“Girl, are you ready now?”
“My name is Whiskey. And I was waiting for you.”
“Thank you for that. It has been a very long time before I have thought about that time.”
“It’s okay, you can take breaks or anything whenever you need.”
“Do you have any further burning questions before we start going into everything then?”
“How does Magic work?”
“So right into it then?” The book dropped and raised a few inches as he laughed at that.
“There are several stories about the birth of magic and it’s inner workings. I was studying many of them during my time in the Great Library.”
“You studied in the Great Library of Alexandria?”
“Yes! Don’t interrupt me. Right, the only thing we can be sure of is that during the early days of the human race, right on the cusp of being the most intelligent life, there was a fight among the gods. One of the most powerful deities fought against the others for reasons unknown. They were eventually defeated and cast out.”
“That wasn’t her name at the time…”
“Hold on, you mean the Lucifer story is true?”
“In part, yes. I imagine several of the fictions you have been told are somewhat truth.”
“Okay, I think I better save my questions till the end then.”
“Quite a good idea. So Lucifer, known in my time as the Morning Star due to her being surrounded in that mythology of celestial bodies. Has many other names; Venus, Light-Bringer, Bright Queen. Also, she is actually genderless, as far as we know all gods and demons are. Normally we refer to them by the body they currently or most recently inhabit. Makes things easy really.”
“What does this have to do with Magic? Sounds like you’re just giving me a creation myth.”
“Weren’t you going to let me speak? This is the reason magic exists! When Lucifer was kicked out from Mount Olympus something in the realm of the living broke. The reflection of Lucifer, Satan was also pulled from the Inferno. The most powerful God and the darkest Demon roam this earth. Their magnetic tug on the inner and outer parts of our souls generate most of our magic.”
“I’m finding this a little hard to believe. It’s like some bastardised version of science and christianity.”
“A higher form of science to a lower aptitude of mind can be indistinguishable from magic.”
“Is that right? So I’m a lower mind then huh?”
“No, you misunderstand.” Guide softened his voice “We humans are all lower than those gods. The control they have over this world may one day be explained through our own science. I am not telling you how it really is, I am only telling you how most of us have come to understand it.”
“If my soul is the place where magic is generated, how come I haven’t accidentally used it.”
“You have, you are right now, energy is flowing out of you like an open faucet.” Whiskey wrapped her hands around herself.
“Okay, so I’m wasteful, tell me something I don’t know.”
David lent on the counter, he stirred a bubbling beaker sitting above a bunsen burner. The goop in the glass even popped with the same feeling of boredom.
“Why couldn’t we have started teaching her to manage the store today?”
“Because she has to come to terms with the world how it truly is. Before she starts selling potions to half human creatures or other magicians looking for female apprentices.”
“Was that a stab at me?”
“Of course not.”
“Well, I wasn’t the one who got defensive when she questioned my sexuality.”
Isaac threw one of the frail leaves he was counting on to the ground.
“Don’t even go there. You know that I have been in five different cultural scenarios where just mentioning that would have got me burned.”
“Were many mages gay before christ came to change the calendar?” Isaac swiped what was left of the leaf off the ground and went back to counting.
“Do you want to wake the Afreet soon?”
“The knockout potion I gave him should keep him under until tomorrow. I’m sure Whiskey would appreciate an apology don’t you?”
“Then what am I supposed to do around here? You’re counting the stock, I’ve already swept and dusted every surface four times this week. Why did we buy this shop? We get maybe three customers on a busy day.”
“But they’re all different.”
“Sorry? I didn’t hear you?”
“They’re all different, every day, different people come in and buy different things. We hold orders for several different accounts. And you, you know why you wanted to help me run this.”
“Yeah, yeah. Doesn’t mean this isn’t boring.”
“You probably have another eternity to live through. You might want to find something to occupy your time.”
“The trail goes cold here.” Maeve was extremely uncomfortable around this Angel. They physically cannot keep their volatile souls in check. She could barely keep the emotions out in an ocean of people but this was tidal wave after tidal wave.
“Thank you for you help.” Reese stood between them, blocking it just enough for Maeve to stay sane.
“It was my pleasure.” There was the sound of thunder and the Angel was gone. Maeve took deep breaths.
“This is a ley-line, the soulless that killed Saida ran over it on purpose.”
“Of course.” Maeve coughed out “Then he would have jumped up onto this building and followed it as far as he could. We’re in the middle of the main ley-line of the city, probably chose the dumping ground of her body for exactly this reason. If we knew what kind of soulless he was then maybe we could find out how long he could have stayed on the line. At least until he lit up like a christmas tree.”
“Good point, how do you know it was a he?”
“Saw a footprint in the blood it’s either a guy or lady sasquatch.”
“Sasquatch aren’t soulless… oh, okay, too literal.” Maeve just shook her head.
“We’ll have to see if your medical examiner turns up any DNA or defensive wounds. Might at least give us closest known breed, us soulless mate more like rabbits though.”
“My nose is telling me that it was definitely purebred for a couple of generations.”
“Can’t tell us what it is though?”
“I’ve smelt too many of your kind before, the only way that I can stop myself from being instantly repulsed is to not take much notice. I may have smelt him or his kind before, but there’s no way I would remember.”
“Nice to know that you care about our friendship so much that you don’t tell me when I smell bad.”
“You smell like a fifty year old corpse that has been frozen, thawed and burnt twice too many times.”
“You wanna buy me a drink before or after your done flirting with me?”
Reese pointed out a small cafe across the road, they didn’t talk much while he ate a large turkey sandwich and she drank her flat white. They don’t normally hold much conversation outside of sassing each other.