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Before the Fall (4)

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{EXT. FOOTBALL PITCH/MIZBEACH-HALAL – DAY}
Raguel’s clan plays football, displaying wonderful skills. Just in a sudden Ahavah shows his presence. The platform changes to its normal state and all the angels flap their wings in great happiness. Because it has been a long time, they received Ahavah’s presence.

MICHAEL

Father is highly impressed!

Immediately, Lucifer and all the other Archangels turn into their beastly form (which is their glorious form), fly to Lebab and bow before Ahavah.

Then Qadosh-Nabab opens to Mizbeach-Halal and the great light from Ahavah shines on all the Angels.

Then all the angels start flying in zigzag motions. Drops of water fall on each of the angels. As the water touches an angel, the angel stops flying, stays at a place, smiles, and vibrates like someone feeling a great pleasure. After that, a bright light then shines on the head of each of the angels.

AHAVAH

(Through their minds)
My children, you are welcome.

{INT. CENTRAL PALACE, LUCIFER’S TERRITORY – DAY}
Michael and Lucifer sit on golden chairs, which illuminate lights. Lucifer’s angels are playing music and dancing at the centre of the palace.

Abyzou, Agrat, Eisheth, Malphas, Azazel, and Beleth are standing around the seat of Lucifer and Michael.

LUCIFER

(points at the dancing angels)
Wow! Great skills. Second to none!

MICHAEL

Their steps remind me of Uriel’s.

LUCIFER

My children are magnificent in all their doings. Stop comparing them with learners.

MICHAEL

Hmm… Okay, but I don’t agree with that.

LUCIFER

You like argument.

MICHAEL

Next time, say something else.

LUCIFER

(stands)
Let’s take a walk.

MICHAEL

To where?

LUCIFER

No, just here, around the palace. Maybe you will like the designs on the building.

MICHAEL

I still don’t think it can be compared with that of Barachiel‘s.

LUCIFER

Spare me that. Anyway, when you see them you’ll be amazed.
(walks away and Michael follows him. They walk to another room, Michael starts seeing carvings on the wall)

MICHAEL

Wow!

LUCIFER

Yeah, my works are excellent.

MICHAEL

Hmmm, I see! These carvings, I love them.

LUCIFER

It’s free. Nevertheless, you will have to design for yourself if you really need them.

MICHAEL

Why.

LUCIFER

That’s the rule here; rule follower.

MICHAEL

You have rules?

LUCIFER

Damn, of course. This is my Territory.

MICHAEL

Wow!

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR}
Shade-of-light covers the hall.

ROSH-SERAPH

We have a problem.

YAKACH

What do you mean, Rosh?

ROSH-SERAPH

While they were away, father became weak.

TIQVAH

What happened?

ROSH-SERAPH

I don’t know yet.

YAKACH

What could possibly weaken father?

GADOL

Could it be that father missed the angels or that without the angels he would be weak?

SHAFAT

I don’t think so. This has never happened before.

HUPOMONE

Then what.

ROSH-SERAPH

We need to find out.

SIMCHAH

Oh, wait! You mean we should go and ask father what is weakening him.

ROSH-SERAPH

I didn’t say that.

SIMCHAH

Good! Because that would mean we are not capable of doing our duty.

KOACH

That’s not very easy to do. Nevertheless, we have to try.

CHEN

Try what, we are doing it. By the way, this is our responsibility and whatever happens to Father…

ALL THE ELDERS

(in unison)
Is our fault!

{MANSE, LEBAB}
Shade-of-light covers the house. The twelve Archangels are sitting around their table.

LUCIFER

(stands)
We’ve all seen and experienced life outside Shamayim. All the troubles, calamities, challenges we faced in Olam-Chuphshah was the making of the Elders.

GABRIEL

Thou shall not lie. You must not make such conclusions on the authorities.

LUCIFER

I don’t know, maybe some of you are conspiring against us.
(to Gabriel)
Why are you taking this so personal?

MICHAEL

Please!

LUCIFER

No, Michael! Don’t you see what is happening?

MICHAEL

Like what.

LUCIFER

(points at Michael and Gabriel)
Wait! Are you two up to something?
(Michael sighs)
Hey come on, guys, okay let me explain. Have you ever asked yourselves why the Elders shut us out of Shamayim while we were away?

GABRIEL

We demanded to leave Shamayim.

LUCIFER

No! They should have still let us in.

BARACHIEL

But why should we even blame the Elders for this?

CHAMUEL

(to Lucifer)
All the while we faced those problems at Olam-Chuphshah, where were you?

LUCIFER

Oh no! I hid from you guys because I was ashamed to face you guys knowing that it was the doings of the Elders. That’s why none of my angels was affected because I warned them.

HANIEL

Wait! What about Michael’s?

LUCIFER

I don’t know. Maybe he knew, you know he’s a good friend to Shafat.

MICHAEL

I didn’t know anything.

URIEL

(stands)
What!
(to Lucifer and Michael)
You guys knew and you didn’t tell us?

Everybody starts talking against Michael and Lucifer except Gabriel. The whole room becomes noisy.

GABRIEL

(shouts)
Silence! We are brothers, and if anything of that nature had happened, we should have noticed because we read ourselves.

LUCIFER

Seriously?

GABRIEL

But, Michael, I trusted you.

Michael angrily hits the table and refuses to utter a word.

RAPHAEL

That’s why the both of you sent your angels to make peace and tried to look holy before us.

GABRIEL

The both of you betrayed us.

LUCIFER

(observed that Michael is getting out of hand)
Dismiss. We shall meet in little time. Let me talk to Michael for a while.

Shade-of-light goes off. Lucifer and Michael disappear and appear outside.

{EXT. BALCONY OF THE MANSE, LEBAB}
Shade-of-light covers them.

MICHAEL

(eyes glow red. He faces Lucifer with an angry face)
What was that?

LUCIFER

Whoa! Whoa!! Whoa!!! I’ve never seen you like that. Hey take it easy, we’re both into this, they are getting out of their minds. We just need to control this.

MICHAEL

You lied against me.

LUCIFER

Hey, hold it there. I was just saying what I thought, and your reaction was kind of suggesting truth in it.

MICHAEL

(hits the ground with a great force from his fist. The ground opens and joins back)
What did you expect me to do when they were not ready to listen or even believe my words?

LUCIFER

I have so many things to tell you guys. Let’s go back to the council.

MICHAEL

Why the rush?

LUCIFER

Because I don’t want you to break any law. Don’t you see that you are not yourself?

MICHAEL

(sighs and keeps a concerned look)
You’re right. Let’s go.

Shade-of-light goes off. They walk through the wall and enter the manse.

{INT. MANSE, LEBAB}
All other council members are seated, Michael walks to his seat.

LUCIFER

(stands before the council, waves his hand and Shade-of-light covers the house)
I apologise for what happened a while ago. Let us learn to control our anger in other not to break the law. As I was saying, The Elders were never in support of our exit from Shamayim in the first place, simply because it was their idea for us to live in Shamayim forever. So, it became very easy for them to curse Olam-Chuphshah.

SELAPHIEL

Sorry but I don’t think so.

LUCIFER

They sent dinosaurs to us.
(to Selaphiel)
What does that tell you, why couldn’t they mind their own business?

ARIEL

I don’t believe that, it was a gift.

LUCIFER

See, the moment those creatures arrived in Olam-Chuphshah we started to experience problems.

GABRIEL

That’s what you’d see when you live without laws or even a principle.

RAGUEL

Their creatures though bigger than all our creatures were still under our control.

HANIEL

Wait, Lucifer, I’m forcing myself to believe you but it’s not working. If you’re telling the truth, why tell us now when it’s too late.

LUCIFER

We should learn to forgive one another, we’ve made mistakes
(points at Michael and himself)
and we are very sorry about that.

MICHAEL

(surprised)
We?

LUCIFER

Yes, we. They turned their back on us that we needed to pray for answers to come. If it was not their doing then we have a betrayer among us.

MICHAEL

Listen, guys, I’m very serious. I knew nothing about anything.

LUCIFER

Hey! Who is accusing you of anything? Stop making yourself look suspicious, Michael.

MICHAEL

(stunned)
Wow!

LUCIFER

Okay, please let’s not go back to the past. Let us face what is on the ground now. This was the reason why I separated myself from all of you.

URIEL

What reason?

LUCIFER

Because none of you would believe me. Let us all be very careful with how we work with the Elders because we don’t know what they may do to us to hinder our happiness. The great Archs no longer trust themselves. I have you all in mind. I’m trying to point out what could hinder our happiness because I care, even if you don’t believe or see the truth in me now, one day you will.

Suddenly, a strong wind blows all their hairs and lifts the table in-between them. Gabriel’s chest pulls forward, a light shines on it, his eyes glows, and he gazes up.

GABRIEL

One of you will betray me.

MICHAEL

Father, is it I?

SELAPHIEL

Father, is it I?

BARACHIEL

Father, is it I?

CHAMUEL

Father, is it I?

URIEL

Father, is it I?

HANIEL

Father, is it I?

JEREMIEL

Father, is it I?

ARIEL

Father, is it I?

RAGUEL

Father, is it I?

RAPHAEL

Father, is it I?

LUCIFER

Father, is it I?

GABRIEL

You said so.

The force holding Gabriel let go of him. The table falls, their hairs relax, and Shade-of-light goes off.

LUCIFER

I said it, now the Most High confirmed it. Dismiss!

{HALL, MELTSAR}
Shade-of-light covers the hall. Lucifer stands before the council of Elders.

SHAFAT

We know you may still not be happy for coming back here. Please tell us exactly what you want, and let us see how we can go about it.

LUCIFER

We do not need laws in order to live well. We just know how to live well.

SHAFAT

Believe us, if it was possible to reverse the law in your favour we would, but it’s irreversible.

TSALACH

(to Lucifer)
Yes, eternal laws are irreversible.

LUCIFER

Well, in that case, I am well pleased and satisfied with your government; there is nothing to worry about anymore. I have repented of my former thoughts.

SHAFAT

Look on this table.
(Lucifer looks on the table. A widescreen appears; showing an angel trapped in chains at Rahah-Kol)
Her name is VEPAR, she was caught breaking the law, and now she is suffering for it.

LUCIFER

Please have mercy on her; she will never do that again, I promise.

The Elders speak to themselves.

SHAFAT

Well, since you’ve solicited on her behalf, we also want you to know that we are merciful and can forgive law defaulters on one condition; that they will never do it again. On the ground that someone is pardoned thrice, the next time shall be for eternity. I’m afraid this is the third time she has been pardoned. And, it seems like she was carrying out an order which somehow came from you.

LUCIFER

Whoa!

SHAFAT

Don’t you know that?

LUCIFER

I don’t.

SHAFAT

We all doubted that as well. But now you’ve proven her wrong, which could mean we’re all good.

LUCIFER

She never told me.

SHAFAT

Well, of course, she wouldn’t tell you, maybe because she doesn’t want to upset you.

LUCIFER

I assure you, I will take care of this.

SHAFAT

No! We’ve done that, just make sure she doesn’t go back there for eternity.

LUCIFER

I will.

SHAFAT

(Shade-of-light goes off)
Okay.

Lucifer disappears together with the Archangels.

ROSH-SERAPH

I think we’ve discovered the best way to know his intentions.

YAKACH

How?

ROSH-SERAPH

By arresting his clan members and summon him to talk on their behalves. Well, he lied to us. He knew about everything, in fact, it was his doing for Vepar to break laws openly.

TIPHARAH

You see how clever he replied to us here. It will be very difficult to catch him red-handed and convince the host of angels of his crime.

SHAFAT

The thing is, we wouldn’t interfere much with his government, and I think that’s what he is trying to do.

AMATS

Then how are we going to approach him fairly?

SHAFAT

Discreetly, we can.

CONTINUED…