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Before the Fall (2)

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{INT. MANSE, LEBAB – DAY}
The Twelve Archangels sit around an illuminating triangular table. Lucifer sits at the first edge of the triangular table, Michael sits at the second edge of the triangular table, and Gabriel sits at the third edge of the triangular table.

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The Archs’ sitting order

Shafat walks around them. Rosh-Seraph is standing (unseen) at a corner of the house.

SHAFAT

Father and the Council of Elders are watching at us in this meeting.
(stops moving and stand directly behind Haniel)
We discovered that some of you tend to be vulnerable to evil thoughts even under our watch.
(The Archangels glances at each other with a surprised look on their faces except Lucifer, Michael, and Gabriel who are seriously looking at one place on the table before them)
The Council of Elders have decided to offer you a gift. Nevertheless, before that happens, I’ll like to entertain questions from some of you who tend to ask questions.

RAPHAEL

Yes, Lord, I was wondering what you meant by “our vulnerability in this vicinity.”

SHAFAT

Yes, some of you are not satisfied with what is around you in Shamayim, based on that fact, you feel insecure and plan to change things to suit your course.

HANIEL

My Lord, may we know who have these thoughts, so it wouldn’t appear as if you are making an allegation in this holy kingdom against Holy people.

SHAFAT

(walks closer to Haniel and looks directly into his eyes)
Well, not all of you, maybe some of you or one.
(whispers to Haniel)
Mind you, no one under the law is holy.

Lucifer squeezes his face, his eyes turn red and glow. Lucifer’s state attracts attention. Michael sees that Lucifer is very angry and wants to cover it up.

MICHAEL

(quickly)
My Lord! Please, what is the gift you have for us this day?

They turn their attentions to Shafat.

SHAFAT

(smiles at Michael)
The council of Elders offer you the liberty to have your creations in your respective Territories. You now have the right to create anything you desire to create.

All the Archangels clap their hands including Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. Lucifer stands slowly and looks at Shafat in the eyes (his eyes are back to normal).

LUCIFER

Forgive me, my Lord, I was a bit angry because accusing my council before Father, to me, it was not a good idea. I think we deserve an apology for that.

SHAFAT

(quickly)
Well, for Peace to reign, the Elders forgive whoever was guilty of evil thoughts in Shamayim.

LUCIFER

(smiles)
Concerning our creatures my lord, will they worship us?

A discomforting look comes over Michael.

SHAFAT

(pretends as if he did not hear what Lucifer said)
What did you say?

LUCIFER

Will our creatures worship us?

SHAFAT

Why did you ask?

LUCIFER

If our creatures live the way we are living now, it makes no difference.

Shafat quickly looks at Rosh-Seraph carefully. Rosh-Seraph nods slowly.

SHAFAT

(faces Lucifer)
It is the will of Father that your creatures answer to you. If your creatures worship you in any way, I believe the glory still goes to Father because we are all his children. Besides they are your creatures, what you do with them is up to you.

LUCIFER

My lord, one more thing.

SHAFAT

Go on!

LUCIFER

If it is the will of Father and your council for us to have our creations, this day, we want our creation to be free of any law. Staying in Shamayim with our creatures makes no difference from what we are now.

SHAFAT

Almost similar with the first question which I’ve answered. What do you want Lucifer?

LUCIFER

As the leader of the Archangels; appointed by Father himself, an anointed of the Council of Elders before Father, and the gifted eye of Holy Father: I request on behalf of all the angels and Archangels that our creatures live in the universe called Navah-Bayith.

SHAFAT

(looks surprised)
Navah-Bayith is not a place for you and your creatures. But we shall give you any other place you desire.

LUCIFER

Can His Lordship tell the council of Archs why Navah-Bayith is not permitted for the dwelling of the angels and their creatures?

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Shafat through the mind)
He is trying to make the Archs think that they are under some cheats, just be careful and don’t fall into his trap.

SHAFAT

Well Father himself built and designed Navah-Bayith. Taking you there would prone a new law; the very thing you are trying to free your creatures from. Navah-Bayith is the most beautiful place in existence, we cannot risk that place unless the Most High insists. Nevertheless, in other places, you and your creatures are completely free from Father’s laws. However, we shall vote for a place now.

LUCIFER

Well understood. Then, I choose Olam-Chuphshah, so do they.

All the Archs glance at Lucifer with a surprised look on their faces.

SHAFAT

You talk on their behalf now?

LUCIFER

Don’t try to fool me, my lord, we both know what leadership means, besides, I don’t want to lead them astray. I know exactly what they want, they are my people and followers.

ROSH-SERAPH

(to Shafat through the mind)
If you go further in conversation with him, you may break a law before them. None of them are kicking against him, they think he’s right, though except one. Lucifer knows what he is doing, I’d advise you pass the order and leave there.

SHAFAT

(quickly)
Since Lucifer, the leader of your council and the eyes of Holy Father has made a request, for that reason, we must honour it. Your creatures and you will live in Olam-Chuphshah. Permitted.
(walks towards the table in between the Archangels. The table disappears and he stands in their midst)
Anyone in support of the Council’s decision should stand.
(all the Archangels stand except Gabriel)
Gabriel, I’m sorry, the judgment of many supersedes one. In this council, everyone must have one voice.
(Gabriel slowly stands)
Before I pronounce liberty of making creatures, from now on, any judgement that comes from the council of Elders shall be addressed as the judgment from the Most High; our Lord himself. The laws you call “The Elders’ laws” will be addressed as “The laws of the Most High.”
(looks up and expands his hands)
Today, the council of Elders release the gift of creation among the angels and their leaders. The council of Elders, therefore, approve the request of Lucifer on one condition: That those creations shall have no place in Shamayim but shall be free from laws of any kind and shall answer to its creators.
(light sparks on his head. He raises his right hand and bright lights cover all of them)
So be it!

{EXT. MIZBEACH-HALAL}
The platform suddenly turns into a pull of water, Lucifer appears on it and addresses the angels while walking on the water.

LUCIFER

The Elders have made you divinities!
(all the angels clap their hands and flap their wings)
You can now create things in any form in planets residing in Olam-Chuphshah, they shall worship you and the glory still goes to our loving Great Holy Father.
(laughs and shouts)
Hehehe! I now name your creatures “ANIMALS!!!”.

CROWD

(yells)
Yeah…!!!

All the angels clap, shout, and flap their wings vigorously. Some of the Archangels laugh while some smile apart from Michael who does not laugh or smile.

THREE DAYS LATER

{EXT. PLANET EARTH, OLAM-CHUPHSHAH – DAY}
Lucifer moulds Reptiles, Mammals, Dragons, etc. with Azazel (they create billions of different species of creatures). All his angels mould different species of Crocodile.

Abyzou walks toward Lucifer and gives him a rod. Lucifer takes the rod from her, bend it and pick a stone, place the stone at one edge of the rod, and blows red dust from his mouth on it. The stone turns into the image of a serpent’s head.

LUCIFER

(kisses the image)
I will rule this universe with this staff.
(Abyzou waves her hand. Shade-of-light covers them)
Why did you do that?

ABYZOU

Weren’t we exposed?

LUCIFER

No my child, here, we are free to do or say whatever we like; there is no law binding our will.

ABYZOU

Father will hear us.

LUCIFER

Of course, we only need it when we make our plans.

AZAZEL

(stands and faces Lucifer)
But father, creating so many species of creatures in one planet can lead to rebellion against one another.

LUCIFER

Yes, I know, and that’s how Shamayim is supposed to be. A place where people compete, fight for power and practice greed.

AZAZEL

But why.

LUCIFER

To be entirely free in all way.

AZAZEL

You mean people can just commit crimes and go free?

LUCIFER

Hmm… Crimes, crimes like what.

AZAZEL

Stealing powers and properties.

LUCIFER

You see, boy, when you do all these things and fall in love with it; you become truly free and happy. There is no freedom where there is law. That is the world I dream to give my people. Do you get that?

AZAZEL

(nods)
Okay.

LUCIFER

Good.
(to Abyzou)
Don’t worry about our privacy for now. Okay?
(blinks his eyes and Shade-of-light goes off)

{PLANET JUPITER}
Michael’s angels mould Lion, Leopard, Tiger, etc. (all Cat family). Hudiel, CASSIEL and NURIEL (male angels) are beside Michael.

CASSIEL

(to Hudiel)
This is a great idea, but not anywhere near Shamayim.

HUDIEL

I am already feeling a bit uncomfortable.

NURIEL

But we hope ‘thought of cheats’ will end.

HUDIEL

As well as envy and pride.

MICHAEL

Don’t be so sure boys.

HUDIEL

Well, that was my thoughts.

{PLANET PHANTOGUS}
Gabriel‘s angels mould Owl, Eagle, Dove, etc. (all species of birds). Gabriel walks among his angels as they mould creatures.

{UNDERWATER, PLANET PLUTO}
Barachiel’s angels create different types of fishes. Barachiel sits on a rock and watches at them.

{PLANET NEPTUNE}
Selaphiel‘s angels create Tortoise, Penguin, birds, etc.

{PLANET POPNENNUS}
Chamuel‘s angels create Wolf, Dog, Fox, etc. Chamuel sits on a flying stick, going about the planet and smiles as he passes over his angels.

{PLANET MERCURY}
Uriel‘s angels are creating many species of Cow. KOKABIEL walks with Uriel.

URIEL

(to Kokabiel)
Soon, the Glory of Father will fill here, Kokabiel. Be fast…

KOKABIEL

Yes, my Lord.

Kokabiel disappears.

{PLANET URANUS}
Ariel‘s angels create many species of Big Bats. Ariel sits between tree branches; he smiles and looks at his angels as they work.

{PLANET VENUS}
Raphael‘s angels create Rams, Goats, sheep, etc. Raphael makes the hair of a sheep.

{PLANET ROGHELAZ}
Raguel‘s angels create many species of Hippopotamus.

RAGUEL

(walks and touches his angels as they work)
Well done, boys…

{PLANET MARS}
Haniel‘s angels create many species of Crocodile. He sits on one of the Crocodiles.

{PLANET SATURN}
Jeremiel‘s angels create many species of Elephants.

JEREMIEL

(expands his hands, and looks up into the sky)
Father, Glory be unto you forever.

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR}
The council of the twenty-four Elders stand to make a decree. A red ring of light surrounds them. Rosh-Seraph is at a corner in the hall, he is not in the ring of light with the Elders.

ALL THE ELDERS

(in unison)
Olam-Chuphshah, we bring life to you this day, in you shall the creatures of the angels live. We bless you with divine Freedom and Life forever; Amen!

 

CONTINUE…