Yes! Today is really the day! Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters should be alive and kicking in Amazon and a few other places.
To celebrate… yes, I’d like to have a party or something, but I have the other two books to get ready too, so not much time. But still, I thought we should celebrate somehow.
First, I’d given you a bit of the conversation between Pink and G before, in a chapter called ‘Liar, liar’, for good reason, but I thought I’d give you a bit more:
“OK. You know the angel thing?” I said.
“You mean the thing you’ve never believed despite all evidence I’ve showed you? What about it?”
“Somebody told me it’s not exactly true.”
“You’ve told somebody? After I had to make your friends forget all about it and then…I thought we had a deal.”
“Calm down. I didn’t tell anybody. Somebody came to me. We were coming out of Lorna’s house yesterday and this guy…”
“You stop to talk to somebody you’ve never met before?” he asked, serious.
“I couldn’t do much else. He performed your favourite trick. The time-out thing. You know what I mean. Everybody stopped but me and him. He told me…”
“Azrael…” G had stopped pacing but instead of looking at me he was looking at the floor.
“Yep. That’s him. So you know him.”
“We’re a relatively small community.”
“Anyway, he told me…you’re not really an angel. Or not any longer. You’re a fallen angel. Or, to put it in another way, a demon. You’ve ever so slightly misrepresented yourself. If that’s true that is.”
He shrugged his shoulders. “Same difference.”
“Come on, now. You rebelled against God following Lucifer that as far as I understand was his favourite. If one is to believe the stories…You lost and were cast down to hell.”
G looked up now, directly into my eyes.
“Well, God likes these casting outs. After all, if we’re to believe the story of Adam and Eve, humans have also been cast out.”
“Lucifer had something to do with it…If we do believe the stories, that is..…” For some unknown reason to me I wanted to laugh. Instead of feeling angry I was starting to think it was all rather funny. And it probably was, from an observer’s point of view, but that was exactly how I felt. As if all of that had nothing whatsoever to do with me. As if I was watching it all from a distance. I couldn’t help myself. “Does that mean your boss is a snake?”
“What?…” G looked genuinely surprised, but finally caught on. “Oh, the Bible is just a fiction, maybe faction is a better word…or an interpretation of facts. If he wanted to attract a woman, a snake isn’t necessarily the best option.”
“No. Maybe a nice pair of shoes or a handbag.”
“Or Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp,” G added also getting into the same slightly jokey mood.
We both laughed. If nothing else, G seemed lighter, more humorous and less ponderous than Azrael.
“So, does that change anything?” G asked.
“I don’t know. For one it makes you not very trustworthy. And I don’t mean because you’re a demon, that might not help, but because you’re a liar.”
“I just don’t think one should put too much stock on that kind of stuff. I see myself more as an anti-hero. Or a morally ambiguous hero. Maybe.”
And a few couple of songs with angels on them…
Here, Erasure ‘Send Me an Angel’ (This is the funniest, I was thinking of Eurythmics and I wrote Erasure, and hop, they have a song with angels too that I didn’t remember. I think angels are at play here…)
Eurythmics ‘There Must Be an Angel’ (This is a super video!)
Antonio Machín. ‘Angelitos Negros’ (Antonio Machín was a singer from Cuba who lived and sang in Spain for many years and was very popular when I was a child. This song, that is one of his most famous, it’s called ‘Little Black Angels’ and in it, he basically is asking a painter why he never paints black angels when everybody knows they also go to heaven. He has a very personal style but it’s a wonderful song).
Here are the links to the book, before I forget:
Thanks so much for reading and you know… like, comment, share and if you fancy it, CLICK!