Beautiful People #8: The Angel in Love With a Demon

by - 12:26 AM

Hey, young bloods! Today I'm linking up with Cait and Sky to bring you Beautiful People, a linkup where you answer questions about your book characters. This month, the theme is "couples" in honor of Valentine's Day. Last year, I posted about Horatio and Juliet from my high fantasy quartet; this year, I present to you Safildor and Zaphrim! 

Safi is a smol, naive angel, and Zaphrim is a sarcastic, genderfluid demon. In Heaven Bleeds Fire, their novella, they team up to bring down the archangel Michael, have philosophical arguments about proper names for pieces of furniture, and eventually fall in love. Sans further ado, let's get on to the questions!

1. Why and how did they meet?
Well, Zaphrim and their cohorts sort of kidnapped Safi....

2. What were their first impressions of each other?
Well, Zaphrim and their cohorts sort of kidnapped Safi.... not great.
Safi, of course, hated Zaphrim, because they were a demon who was kidnapping him. Zaphrim thought Safi was a wimp, but they also felt a little pity for him - he'd just been tortured by a bunch of other angels, and some of Zaphrim's loved ones had gone through that same thing not too far back.

3. How would they prove their love for each other?
Near the end of the book, they fight legions of angels and the archangel Michael together. They would both throw themselves in front of the other in a heartbeat, although neither would admit it out loud.

4. What would be an ideal date?
They'd both definitely want a super formal dinner but be too shy to admit it. However, in their ideals, they'd wear suits and go to a fancy restaurant; Zaphrim would bring Safi a bouquet of yellow roses (his favorite flower), and Safi would bring Zaphrim a bouquet of black roses (their favorite flower). Then they'd probably drive out to a country hill and cuddle on the grass together. Safi would watch the stars, and Zaphrim would watch Safi.

5. Is there something they emphatically disagree on?
Well, one's an angel and one's a demon, so there's plenty of theological stuff. But their greatest disagreement by far has to be whether it's called couch (Safi) or sofa (Zaphrim).

6. List 5 "quirks" they know about each other.

  1. Zaphrim has a vendetta against the color orange.
  2. Safi hates escalators. Like, with a burning passion. He doesn't even know why. They just.....disturb him.
  3. Zaphrim is usually pretty austere and conservative, but the one thing they allow themselves to indulge in is their nails. They're always painting, filing, learning nail art.....and if anyone causes their nails to be chipped, all hell breaks loose.
  4. Safi always uses hand sanitizer. Always. But never the scented ones. Those are weird.
  5. Zaphrim's favorite food is ham and marmalade sandwiches. Yeah......don't ask.

7. What's one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
Safi knows about the other demons who abused Zaphrim because of their genderfluidity. Zaphrim knows about the angels who scared Safi to hell and back because he was afraid they'd find out about his bisexuality and cast him out of Heaven.

8. What's one thing they keep a secret from each other?
Probably the depth of their feelings for the other. Besides the angel/demon thing, they're both used to bottling up feelings and keeping them inside. Therefore, they never really express to the other how much they love them.

9. How would their lives be different without each other?
Safi would probably end up being executed in Heaven for treason, and Zaphrim.....well. Spoilers.

10. Where do they each see this relationship going?
They're both a bit preoccupied with surviving Michael to worry about that at the moment. But in both their dreams, they remain together with cats and an overflowing flower garden.


Let's chat! Who are your favorite bookish ships or ships in your own writing? Are you doing Beautiful People this month? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3


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  1. OKAY THESE TWO ARE PRECIOUS AND I LOVE THEM ALREADY. Particularly how they're an angel and a demon but the biggest fight is sofa vs couch. Like can I say I just love them again??? This is amazing. and your pinterest aesthetics are THE BEST. Your book sounds fantastic, Ellie. <33

  2. YAY I love hearing about all your WIPs, but I have to say that Heaven Bleeds Fire seriously sounds amazing! I already love your characters, and I WANT TO SEE MORE I WANT TO READ A BOOK LIKE THIS GIMME!

  3. ELLLLIIIEEE I NEED THIS. Almost as much as I need your other WIP (which I totally can't remember the title too and I feel so guilty about that because I still totally need it!).

    1. Karissa Goldlock's Guide to (Almost) Utterly Everything? It's a long title, mate, you're fine. And thank you!!

      - Ellie

  4. Ahh yes I love reading about your characterssss haha Safi and Zaphrim feel like buds to me at this point haha I love them ((also Zaphrim is me with the nails haha I wear like no makeup but I'm like nope gotta have nice nails XD)) Aww though the ideal date though I ship it so much help stopppp ELLIE YoU'Re gIVinG mE fEeLS cats and and overflowing flower garden I'm

  5. Aww, they seem like they'll make a very cute couple (albeit a very much forbidden one.) I really like Zaphrim, they seem like they'll make an interesting character! But on the "quirks" part I noticed that Safi hates escalators... same tbh. I'm always scared I'll get sucked into them, and I'm 18.

    1. Thank you! I'm like that with elevators - I'm always afraid they're going to fall from their cords and drop to the bottom of the shaft. XD

      - Ellie


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