“You realize the pointless nature of trying to talk to him?” Eternity sat under the small lamp on Eidolon’s desk enjoying its warmth as she expressed her concerns. Her loathing of Kage was understandable. In her time with Eidolon, his relationship with the demon had been a sour one. “The mans very words are poison.”
Eidolon tightened the ribbon that held back his hair as he reflected on her words. Poison. There was a time when Kage had been known among the Watchers as the Viper. Lucifer’s serpent, an eager assassin and a master a treachery. He and Eidolon were revered as the Dark Lords personal guard, his sword and shield. Each alone a force to be reckoned with, but as one they were honored and feared as they stood with Lucifer unequalled among their kind. The Falcon and the Viper. The friendship they shared long lost to unpleasant circumstances that left Kage bitter and resentful.
“He probably won’t even come.” Eternity continued her lecture, “He doesn’t even follow the orders he’s given, I doubt he’ll pull himself away from his narcissism long enough to acknowledge a request.”
“If he does not come I will have my answer.” Eidolon frowned knowing she was likely correct in her assumption. He had sent the letter not as a summons but as a plea. The bickering between the two of them had become tiresome and Eidolon wanted to put it aside. As they were required to work closely together, they should at the very least have some level of respect for one another. He explained as much in his message and hoped that Kage would at least be willing to consider it.
“I wouldn’t expect much,” Eternity fluttered across the desk and landed on his hand as he tapped his fingers on the desk. “I think he enjoys being universally despised.”
“I don’t despise him,” Eidolon told her. “Quite the opposite. I once called him friend.”
“Feeling Nostalgic, Eidolon?” Kage stood in the open doorway scowling. “You waste both of our time with this nonsense.”
“I would apologize,” Eidolon gestured for Kagami to come inside and he did, taking a seat in front of him. “But i doubt you were doing anything useful with your time anyway.”
“Charming.” Kage hissed at him, “Would it be any more useful to dutifully sit behind my desk as you do yours and cater to the complaints of these wastes of flesh? I will spend my time as I see fit.”
“You have your orders as I do,” Eidolon sighed. “Your defiance in Circle matters is inconvenient to me but not the reason I asked you here.”
“Of course,” Kage laughed, “You would rather reminisce about times long since dead.”
“When was it that we started to find each other so repulsive?” Eidolon closed his eyes hoping that this was not as pointless as Eternity suggested. “Do you have no regret for the loss of rapport between us?”
“My trust in you died when I felt your talons at my throat.” Kage hissed, “When he turned against me you stood at his side, not mine.”
“You turned against him first.” Eidolon pointed out the details Kage seemed to have forgotten. He had well earned Lucifer’s rage by his actions. “Did you expect me to defy him as well?”
“I would never ask you to do anything of the sort.” Kage’s eyes burned as he spoke. “You could however have show the least bit of hesitation in carrying out his command, eager as you were to please him, a hint of remorse-”
“And would you have accepted such pity?” Eidolon interrupted angrily. “We both know you would have found it far more abhorrent for me to beg forgiveness for your indiscretions. I refuse to let you play on my guilt. You knew full well that acting against her would insight his wrath.”
“You hated that useless witch as much as I did!” Kage shouted at him.
“You are mistaken.” Eidolon explained. “I never thought of his favor for her as competition and she had done nothing to offend me. Why would I hate her?”
“You disgust me,” Kage hissed. “Your blind loyalty to him even after he cast us aside.”
“He cast no one aside,” Eidolon tried to get the demon who sat across from him to see reason. “Even after the mess you created he kept us both at his side. You were the one that decided to recluse yourself.”
“I have no use for your lectures, Eidolon.” Kage laughed as he stood to leave. “Or your friendship.”
“Must you be so unreasonable?” Eidolon leaned forward to plea with him.
“I have wasted enough time on this,” Kage insisted as he walked out the door. “Good day, Eidolon.”
“Well, I guess it could have gone worse.” Eternity whispered.
“He is only being stubborn.” Eidolon smiled as he watched her walk up his sleeve to his shoulder as he went to gather his mail. “He would not have come if he truly despised me as he claims. I think it went rather well.”