Reese nodded along, listening intently as Razielle talked. He definitely took a mental note when Raz mentioned he was gay, but didn't acknowledge it directly. "I guess it's good that they've gotten used to it. Like I said, Reese isn't too uncommon so people wouldn't question it at all." He hummed thoughtfully, considering. "I'm pan, by the way. I've dated my fair share of people, but you know." He shrugged. "I'm not currently seeing anybody."
Raz nodded with a small smile "you say it's common but you're the first Reese I've met being on earth." Raz noted, tipping his head slightly. "And none them worked out?" He asked carefully, silently chiding himself as a million more questions flooded his mind. What were they like? Why wouldn't someone want to be with Reese, someone who seemed so kind and outgoing. Raz realized a moment too late that he'd been silently staring for too long a moment and nodded quickly, "good! I-i mean not good but fine? I-im single too, which is fine, I'm sure you're not looking for anyone right now to start a relationship, not that it would be bad if you were. I'm just say good, for you! That you're I assume comfortable?" He groaned softly in embarrassment and buried his face in his arm to hide his blush.
"Mm, not really. Everyone has their reasons." Reese shrugged. "Most are scared of commitment, others simply aren't a good match. And some are dangerous and cruel and manipulative, and that's usually when I personally break it off." He watched Razielle curiously and laughed softly at the man's reaction. "I'm neutral on the subject. I'm not actively looking for a partner, but I'm open to anything, really. I like to go with the flow in life. It keeps things interesting, hm? I don't like sticking to the same routine every day. That's why I do my chores on the farm and then head to the city to see where the breeze takes me."
Raz peeked up from his hiding place and nodded in agreement. "I'm glad, not that you've had not great relationships but that you know your limits and when to leave something toxic. Many people who come in for my help have a hard time reizing what is an isn't a good relationship." He picked his head up and rested his chin in his palm, a light blush still on his cheek. He feigned annoyance and gently flicked Reese's ar when he heard him laughing but he couldn't help a smile plying at his lips. For a brief moment, as Reese spoke, Raz wondered if he had any chance. He wasn't looking for anyone either but it was nice to fantasies. Raz was the complete opposite of Reese. He liked order and knowing where life was taking him. Routine was close to essential to Raz. It kept him safe and sane, otherwise what would be his purpose down here. Would Reese want that? To be with someone who repied on that sort of stability in life or would he eventually grow bored. Raz shook his head slightly before the thought could go further. It. Was silly, Raz didn't know Reese, not to thmake ose assumptions so soon. They were just friends. "Yeah, me neither. Honestly I've been scare dto put myself out there like that, being an angel and stuff. I don't know if I could keep something so integral to my being hidden from someone I love so much."
"Mm. Some humans aren't very… good people. Especially here." Reese hummed thoughtfully, scratching at the back of his neck with one hand. He stretched out his wings for a moment, careful not to hit anything with them.
He'd been in a fair few relationships while he was down here, to be honest. Some of them, as he'd mentioned, had ended amicably enough with both he and his partner simply having different goals and interests. Others, however, were abusive and unsafe. Reese hadn't been treated kindly by everyone, for sure. Some of his partners had been manipulative and demanding and even threatening. Reese never stayed in relationships like that for very long, but that didn't mean he didn't still hold onto some scars from them.
"Yeah, I get that. It is hard keeping something like that from a partner." Reese sighed softly. "It's not like there's a whole lot of angel partners to choose from down here, either, so most of us are destined to be liars or lonely."
Raz' face fell into understanding. He breathed a humorless light "you can say that again." He had countless stories of abusers and narcissists from his patients, some patients even being said abusers and narcissists so far into their head to realize how much hurt they cause countless times Raz had question his ability, not as an angel but as a therapist. Could he helpbthese people or was it even worth it? Sometimes, as much as Raz thought of himself as a good angel, he thought some people truely deserved hell. He refocused his gaze on Reese as he broke the silence and thahnkfully is thoughts and offered a teasing smile. "Think their catching on?" He asked pointing skywards, to heaven. "Maybe this was meant to be. Us meeting. If too many human know about angel existence heaven will have a crisis. Maybe they'll send more angels down here, to give us more options instead if with humans." Raz rolled his eyes and giggled. He knew wit as impossible, but it was still funny to think about, how after all this time, he and Reese had met. "Well either way, I'm glad we met. Genuinely."
"Ha! Maybe they will." Reese laughed warmly, resting his arms against the table again. "I don't think heaven would much like us having our pick, though. They'd probably prefer us be alone and celibate. They don't really care for the whole… same-sex thing either." He ran his fingers through his hair and leaned back in his chair a bit. "Me, personally, I prefer it down here. Some people might suck, but most of them are a lot less judgemental of stuff. It's nice to be able to relax and be myself. Well… minus the whole 'having to hide being an angel' thing. It is what it is, I guess." After some hesitation, Reese got to his feet.
"It was nice to meet you as well, Razielle. I should probably get going to finish my chores, but I can meet you back around here tomorrow, right? You said you were occupied tonight."
Raz nodded solemly in agreement. "Unfortunately, you're not wrong." He replied. His years on Earth had finally opened his eyes to the problems of heaven. While back home, Raz had never really been a social butterfly, even after he discovered his preference towards other men, but he had tried to make connections with his fellow angels, just friends to not be so lonely. It was only now Raz realized heaven was never goingntontruly accept him. "Yeah, I suppose in that aspect earth is better." Raz agreed, a bit distractedly. He only glanced up when Reese moved and refocused "y-yes! yes of course. Im so sorry for keeping you for so long. And yes, I'll probably be back here after work, I quite liked this little cafe." He smiled softly and glanced around before giving a little wave to Reese. "I'll see you tomorrow for bar hoping."
"It's no problem! I enjoyed talking with you." Reese smiled and stretched, yawning a bit. His wings stretched out and fluttered for a moment as well when he stood, unbeknownst to the humans in the Cafe around them. "See you tomorrow." He waved and then headed out the door.
He headed back to the farm to finish doing the work he needed to do, although he was distracted thinking about Razielle. He didn't make any huge mistakes, but he did find himself going a bit slower than usual since he was having more trouble focusing. Once he was done, he decided to get ready and save the barhopping for tomorrow.
(Feel free to skip to the next day ^^)
Raz decided to stay at the cafe for a little longer, enjoying its ambiance as well as his cup of coffee. He hadn’t realized just how long he had stayed until he had glanced up to see the sun setting behind some buildings. He smiled to himself, finding that he had enjoyed his unexpected outing. He scooped up his belongings as well the remainder of his treats, and headed home, too excited to sleep but too tired to do much else.
Once home he flopped down onto his couch he pulled over his laptop to work for a bit, looking over new patients as well as the progress on the current kids he was in therapy with. As much as Raz wanted to be the ideal responsible angel, he, unfortunately was not perfect and fell asleep not even an hour from when he had began working.
The next morning, Raz awoke to his phone alarm buzzing away on his coffee table. Apparently he had been aware enough to set an alarm for the next day but not to plug in his now very dead computer. He supposed he would charge it at the office. With a huffed sigh, Raz set his computer to the side and stretched out his sore back and wings. He yawned widely before beginning his early morning with a cup of chocolate. Upon opening his phone when his alarm went off, he had seen that a few of his patients had canceled. It wasn’t something that Raz particularly liked but he understood life got in the way sometimes. He only prayed that they were okay. The free few hours he was given, Raz decided to do a bit of research on his still charging computer. After showering and throwing on some comfy clothes, Raz made breakfast and started looking up common drinks bars served, seeing if he would enjoy something. to his pleasant surprise most of the drinks he found, either warm spiced alcohols or fruity cocktails seemed genuinely good.