Author's Note: I wrote this after watching Mad Men, a show that's just stuffed with double lives, mysterious pasts, and deceit...much like Sweeney Todd, where almost half the characters have some kind of secret identity. Anyway, I have a sort of soft spot for Pirelli. He's a squirmy little lowlife cheat and blackmailer, obviously, and the way he abuses Toby is unforgivable, but I always get a kick out of how much he enjoys being a squirmy little lowlife cheat and blackmailer. That right there is a man with a calling. Anyway, the title is from "Giants in the Sky" from Into the Woods.

Disclaimer: I don't own Sweeney Todd.

After the Sky

The trick of acting—or advertising, or lying—is to believe what you tell your audience. Not all of it, of course. Davey knows he never shaved the Pope and that his elixir does nothing to cure baldness. When he talks about the art of barbering, though, he sees the light reflected in Benjamin Barker's razor and he means every word. It fills him with longing to do something beautiful; it makes him want more than applause and a trunk of cheap finery. He tries to ignore it. A little conviction is useful, but too much makes you a fool.