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Before the Fall (1)

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{EXT. BOQER’S PLACE ABOVE LUCIFER’S TERRITORY – DAY}
Lucifer secretly goes to meditate before Boqer. He taps power from Boqer each time he goes there that THE POWER OF ORDER; which is a crown begins to shrink in size and draws closer to his head.

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR}
Michael stands before the Elders. All the Elders sit and pay attention to Michael. Rosh-Seraph is standing near the wall.

MICHAEL

Lords, I am here to ask you some questions.

Shafat waves his hand. Shade-of-light covers the hall.

TSALACH

Go on, boy!

MICHAEL

Some of us are having very serious worries on our minds that we are cheated.
(Yakach smiles)
We discovered a place called Navah-Bayith. The place is excellently beautiful, but may I know why we are not living there?

YAKACH

Because there is not meant for you, Michael.

MICHAEL

Then for whom?

YAKACH

You don’t have the right to know, Michael.

SHAFAT

You see, Michael, it seems Lucifer is not aware of your presence here.

GADOL

(to Michael)
I doubt if your council is aware too.

MICHAEL

Apologies my Lord. Please come to our aid. Some of us are beginning to get confused and if immediate answers to some certain questions are not given, there may be confusions among us. Many angels now question our ways.

SHAFAT

Thank you, Michael. We’ve heard you. Please leave us.
(Shade-of-light goes off. Michael disappears. He waves his hand, Shade-of-light covers the hall)
The little lad is right.

YAKACH

That they’re cheated?

SHAFAT

No, that there may be confusion among them if they continue to think that we are becoming an obstruction to them.

ROSH-SERAPH

That definitely must be the idea of Lucifer.

SIMCHAH

I agree with Rosh.

AMAN

Can’t you see that the confusion is already going on?

TIPHARAH

Now, what are we going to do?

SHAFAT

Please them.

YAKACH

Would that solve anything?

SHAFAT

I think so.

KOACH

What are we going to offer them?

SHAFAT

Freedom.

CHEN

Are they not free already?

SHAFAT

Maybe it’s time we give them the liberty to be by-gods off the shores of Shamayim.

All the Elders murmur.

AMATS

That is against the law.

Rosh-Seraph looks at Shafat.

SHAFAT

We made the law. It will be against the law if they become gods over what is not theirs.

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Shafat)
What are you trying to do?

YAKACH

We are not amending the law right?

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Yakach)
Eternal laws are not amendable by anyone, unless the Most High override it. But there could be a way to go around it.

BERAKAH

Shafat, tell us what you’re up to.

SHAFAT

(stands and walks)
We shall allow them to have their own creation in one of the universes. That’s what I meant by freedom.

YAKACH

Hmm…

SHAFAT

Before we punish them for anything, we have to let them exercise their freedom and realize for themselves the rightful things to do and the best place to be.

Everyone keeps quiet for a while.

ROSH-SERAPH

To me, keeping their creations in a universe other than Shamayim is not a good idea at all.

SHAFAT

(to Rosh-Seraph)
What do you mean, Rosh?

ROSH-SERAPH

Let them stay with their creations in their respective Territories. Allowing an angel to leave Shamayim to other universes just means they are bound to no law when outside Shamayim.

SHAFAT

That is exactly what I meant by freedom. Their eyes are now over the universes under Shamayim because they feel uncomfortable under the law.

EMUNAH

I’m afraid their minds will be affected if their creatures live with them in Shamayim.

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Emunah)
Quite the opposite.
(to the council)
The truth is, if they stay in Shamayim, their creatures together with them will obey the law and peace will continue to reign.

SHAFAT

Rosh, didn’t you see that they are already pissed obeying laws in Shamayim, is that what you call peace?

ROSH-SERAPH

They?

SHAFAT

Well, he is a major influence in Shamayim. Almost all the angels may believe him.

ROSH-SERAPH

They will exercise great happiness and freedom if they stay at same place, Shafat.

YAKACH

What if they don’t want their creatures to live with them in Shamayim.

Silence befalls the hall.

SHAFAT

I’ll suggest we give them what they want since it’s for a purpose.

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Shafat)
What they want, or what you want.
(Shafat sighs)

SHALOM

Please let us not argue over our children, I believe we can control them, wherever they are.

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Shalom)
That’s because you think so, Shalom.

BERAKAH

(raises his right hand and everyone keeps quiet)
Shafat, may we know the purpose you have for these creatures to share what you call freedom and law together.

SHAFAT

For peace and harmony to reign.

SHALOM

Can’t we look for some other way to maintain peace in Shamayim?

SHAFAT

Some of them are already thinking that we are evil which is an abomination before Father.

ROSH-SERAPH

Well, things get complicated each time we tend to make things better, Shafat.

SHAFAT

That is why we will never stop to make things right and we really need to be together in making decisions.

YAKACH

I really miss the peaceful time we were alone.

AMATS

Me too.

YAKACH

The more the people, the lesser your chances for peace and vice versa.

HADAR

Well, my greatest happiness is that Father takes glory in the end.
(Rosh-Seraph nods)

SHAFAT

All right, all right, all right Let us move into the business of the day.

YASHAR

I now understand what Shafat meant. Unlike other angels, it is very difficult for an Arch to oppose another Arch unless for the reason of treason, which means if we lost Lucifer or punish him without a very strong convincing reason, we may lost the whole Angels. Shafat is right; they need freedom for a while.

ROSH-SERAPH

Just wished it was possible for only Lucifer to have this experience. Well, please may I still suggest that we first allow them to stay in Shamayim with their creations unless they oppose?

ALL THE ELDERS

Granted!
(Rosh-Seraph smiles)

SHAFAT

(slowly moves towards the table before the Elders, and the table disappears. He stands before the Elders, waves his hand and Shade-of-light disappears)
The Council of Elders have decided to grant the entire inhabitants of Shamayim to create and rule over their creatures, as they wish.
(raises his right hand. A ring of light surrounds the Elders excluding Rosh-Seraph)
Those in favour of this motion should stand, those against should remain on their seats.

All the Elders stand immediately except Yakach. Everywhere is quiet. After a little while.

YAKACH

(stands slowly)
For the reason of Peace, I stand.

As Yakach completely stand, a bright light suddenly covers all the Elders.

{EXT. DESERT, LEBAB}
Lucifer and Michael are under the Shade-of-light fighting with swords.

LUCIFER

Your moves are good. At least, you are best at defence and retreat.

MICHAEL

What else should I have done?

LUCIFER

(yells)
Fight!
(runs against Michael and Michael disappear and appear behind him)
You like doing that.

MICHAEL

Haha! That’s another skill to defend myself.

LUCIFER

But, Michael, I bet it, you can never beat me even if father ordered you to. You’re not even a good soldier to start with.

MICHAEL

Don’t tempt Father’s strength, brother.

LUCIFER

I swear you can’t hurt anything with it. Father’s strength is just lying waste in you. That’s humiliating!

MICHAEL

(frowns)
Let’s do it.

LUCIFER

(amazingly)
Are you not joking?
(smiles)
Come on, let’s do this.

Michael drops his swords and they (the swords) disappear. Lucifer blows fire on his sword and it (the sword) becomes fiery. He (Lucifer) then set the sword high above his head.

Michael moves twelve foot backwards and stands at a spot. Lucifer runs gradually against Michael. Suddenly, Michael runs against Lucifer in the speed of light and passes near Lucifer with just a little touch. Lucifer falls on his back, somersaults three times, and let go of his sword.

LUCIFER

(yells)
Arrh!

MICHAEL

I’m sorry, Brother.

LUCIFER

(grunts for a while and sits up)
Wow! For the first time ever.

MICHAEL

Sorry, It wasn’t my intention.

LUCIFER

No, it’s none of that. You know, I have never been this weak.
(nods)
So, The adage is right, “The faster you are, the stronger you become.”

MICHAEL

What do you mean?

LUCIFER

Never mind. It’s just a poem anyway.

MICHAEL

(stretches his hand towards Lucifer. Lucifer holds his hand and stands)
Please don’t ask us to do this again because I won’t be part of it.
(leaves Lucifer to stand on his feet)

LUCIFER

Haha! Even if Father ask me to, where is the strength to even run?
(falls on his knees)
Wow! That was funny. Can you believe I’m still weak? But Michael is that the best you’ve got or there is more to that…
(Michael sighs)

{INT. TRAINING GROUND, LARGE PYRAMID HOUSE, LUCIFER’S TERRITORY – DAY}
Everywhere is covered with the Shade-of-light. Azazel is in front of TEN THOUSAND LEGION OF ARMY-ANGELS, he is teaching them some fighting skills. Lucifer, Abyzou, Agrat, Eisheth, Malphas, and Beleth stand in the air above the army-angels and watch them as they orderly train.

LUCIFER

(to the armies)
Stop!
(they all stop training)
Azazel, I want you to teach them how to master all the best defence of Michael I taught you.

AZAZEL

I bet, they can do it; I’ve taught them.

LUCIFER

I want to see it.

AZAZEL

(points at two armies)
The both of you come here.

Two soldiers walk out of the army and stand in front of Azazel. Azazel flies and attacks them with a sword, the two soldiers defend themselves without harm. Azazel travels at high speed and fights them, but they defend themselves pretty well.

LUCIFER

Stop!
(Azazel stops attacking)
It’s time to learn the weakness skill. Let me show you.
(disappears from the air and appears in front of the soldiers; on the ground)
Now,
(to Azazel)
I want you and your soldiers to attack me with the best of your destructive attacking skill ever.

AZAZEL

My Lord, are you sure about this?

LUCIFER

Trust me.

Azazel smiles. Lucifer moves twelve feet backwards and stands at a spot. Azazel and his two men blow air on their swords and their swords become fiery. They then set their swords above their heads.

AZAZEL

(loudly)
Attack!

Azazel and his two men run against Lucifer. Lucifer suddenly runs against them at a very high speed, passes and touches them with the tip of his smallest little finger. Azazel and his two men fall, somersault on the ground and groan. All the army-angels laugh and applaud Lucifer.

LUCIFER

Stand up!
(Azazel and his two men try to stand, they fall back to the floor)
Hahaha! The trick is simple, confuse your opponent and instil weakness into them very quickly. By that, they’ll be vulnerable and can’t even raise a finger against you.

AZAZEL

If that is one of the skills of Michael, I bet it, no one can survive it.

LUCIFER

No, that’s my invention. We’ve gotten all the skills of Michael, now it’s time to give them the real thing. I have defeated Michael with it several times in our private combat and he would confess that he could never do that. Besides, Michael will be on our side at the end.

ABYZOU

Hahaha! Cheers!

All the Soldiers and everybody applaud Lucifer. KUSHIEL (female soldier-angel) among the soldiers touches GOMORY (female soldier-angel) with her elbow.

KUSHIEL

(whispers)
Gomory! That skill is an alien skill, it doesn’t seem like something that originated from our line.

GOMORY

(whispers)
Leave me alone, Kushiel. Prepare to defend your speech before master.
(Kushiel suspires)

CONTINUE…