Despite all the AUs that run around my journal like deranged lemmings, there is an actual "canon" Asmodeus/Raphael timeline. And for awhile it's been suffering from the worst type of writer's block.
As a I mentioned before
, it's mainly a characterization issue. I don't want Raphael to be a doormat, and I do
want Asmodeus to be evil. I also want them to end up together without compromising their innate characters. And I want Asmodeus and Raphael to have deeper motivations for wanting each other than because I like the pairing, lol.
I think I've finally found a way to do this. Originally in the canon series, Asmodeus and Raphael never knew each other well as angels, but that was really just an arbitrary decision. Lately, I've been playing around a bit with Asmodeus being the former Angel of Passionate Love and him and Raphael having been close, but Asmodeus does not remember his past.
Now I'm seriously considering incorporating this plot device into the main series. It would:
a) give Raphael a personal empathetic connection to Asmodeus, and an actual reason for Raphael to think the best of Asmodeus even when the latter seems to be only demonic now.
b) For Asmodeus, his former closeness to Raphael would explain why he subconsciously is drawn to the angel even though Asmodeus hates most angels. The Love is still there even though it's hidden. And when Asmodeus remembers his past toward the end of the series, it would horrify him but also make him admit to himself that Raphael really does mean so much to him.
So yeah, that's what I'm leaning towards. I don't know if it's because I'm traveling, but I'm feeling really
inspired as of late. forecast
: Here's a bit of what's on my to-do list right now for the next month or so...
- 70%: next set of Asmodeus Raphael 1sentence prompts
- 55%: Lucifer and Beelzebub's Fall (fic)
- 50%: Asmodeus/Raphael drabble100 prompts 036-040
- 15%: Asmodeus/Raphael reverse AU themed to the 7 Deadly Sins (vignette series)
- 0%: Lucifer/Beelzebub drabble100 prompts 001-005
- 0%: next five Asmodeus/Raphael fanart50 prompts
As that list suggests, I'm writing some fun filler stuff right now, but when I get back to the USA, I am going to plot out the timeline of the main A/R series. Then hopefully there'll be so more plot-driven, longer fics in the works. ;3