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20 November 2012 @ 11:59 pm
Brimstone Fic: The Devil's Playground  
Written for varietypack100 Multi-Fandom Challenge
Emma DeMarais VarietyPack100 Prompt Table
Crossposted to lucifen


Title: The Devil's Playground
Pairing/Characters: Zeke, The Devil
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Pilot
Summary: Prompt - Death
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ



In the not so copious time Zeke has between almost losing his life for good to yet another evil soul, he wonders about things metaphysical, beyond what the average human does. He knows Hell exists; that knowledge is firsthand. And he's seen enough to believe in Heaven, even if God does play by the rules for no good reason Zeke can think of. No, he doesn't wonder if there's a Devil tormenting lost souls. He wonders what the Devil does when he's not busy tormenting Zeke's soul on earth. Zeke figures these senseless visits are for more than just nagging. He believes the Devil enjoys a good excuse to leave the toil of punishment behind in order to go topside. It's like his vacation or coffee break or something. Do any work for millennia and even if you love it, it will get boring at times. It's not like there's a demonic water cooler to hang out at, Recalling the joke about ice water in Hell makes Zeke almost laugh, but the memories are still just fresh enough that the threat of return keeps it from being actually funny. So the Devil has to make his fun where he can.

Surprisingly, Zeke notices a subtle yet distinct dampening of his employer's enthusiasm when he finally hits Las Vegas. When he asks about it, the answer comes back, snarky as ever: 'Too crass, too easy... The cheap hooker of vice-ridden villages.' Apparently the Devil has a bit of a thing for small towns and small-mindedness. Each time Zeke ends up in some nameless burg in the middle of nowhere he'll show up all full of delight, rubbing his hands together in anticipation. 'The gossip! The backstabbing! And that all important Good Christian hypocrisy! Love thy fellow neighbor! Yeah, by screwing her husband! Church on Sunday, but get home in time to beat your wife! Ahh... Good times...'

Sometimes, and only very rarely, the Devil asks Zeke if he's sure he wants to come back to all this chaos and pain and betrayal that is part and parcel of the human existence. They both know the answer, know who Zeke was doing this for even if she doesn't know. Still, while the cop in Zeke keeps seeing all the evil around him, the man inside keeps looking for the good.

So whether it's a foster child finally finding a good home, a young couple taking their vows as husband and wife or even a blind priest feeding his flock, Zeke spends his death taking his own joy where he can as well. And if he can piss off the Devil in doing so? Well, that's just an added bonus.

-666-
 
 
 
melissima: Garcia Bravamelissima on November 28th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
. Each time Zeke ends up in some nameless burg in the middle of nowhere he'll show up all full of delight, rubbing his hands together in anticipation. 'The gossip! The backstabbing! And that all important Good Christian hypocrisy! Love thy fellow neighbor! Yeah, by screwing her husband! Church on Sunday, but get home in time to beat your wife! Ahh... Good times...'

I can hear and see Jon Glover saying this. :D

You always do such a good job with Zeke too, his longing, his humanity and insight. Brava!
lonelywalker: brimstonelonelywalker on November 28th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Yay, Brimfic! I love the Devil's appreciation for the "traditional values" of small towns.
keenoled marvelkeenoled on November 28th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Nice. :)