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Fatal Risk (2)

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{EXT. GRASSLAND, PLANET PHANTOGUS, OLAM-CHUPHSHAH}

Two angels are chasing each other. Suddenly Malphas appears in front of them and they stop running.

MALPHAS
Where is your leader?
(Eligos and Paimon appear.)

PAIMON
(to Eligos)
Don’t tempt me.

ELIGOS
(smiles)
What are you going to do?

MALPHAS
Hey, wait, guys! I came to deliver a message. Prepare, we are going to war against Shamayim.

ELIGOS
What? We just arrived here, at least you should give us some time.

PAIMON
(walks closer to Malphas)
Malphas, why should we fight against Shamayim?

MALPHAS
Because we are at war.

PAIMON
That’s you and your Master’s cause. Not ours.

ELIGOS
(to Paimon)
I said you are not in charge here. I became the leader the day you yielded to my plans.

PAIMON
(to Malphas)
Don’t mind him, it’s a brother thing. We are going nowhere.

MALPHAS
Then both of you has to see my master.

{INT. LARGE HALL, GABRIEL‘S TERRITORY}

Gabriel is standing on a plate of light with Uzziel and Zophiel. Thousands of angels are standing below them.

GABRIEL
Few days ago, Uzziel here with me received a message she didn’t understand, but the message was very clear and today I am making it a reality.
(to Uzziel)
Kneel.
(she kneels)
Today, I make you the second in command of my Territory, only in truth must you duel and in humbleness and love shall you serve the people.
(a light sparks in the hall)
Rise and live joyfully forever.
(Uzziel stands)

CROWD
Amen!

GABRIEL
Because Zophiel was there when you received the message, she shall be your second for eternity.
(walks in between Uzziel and Zophiel, holds and lifts their hands)
I present to you your Queens.

The crowd applaud and yell while Gabriel disappears. Uzziel and Zophiel joyfully laugh and celebrate with the crowd.

{HALL, MELTSAR}

Shade of light is covering the hall.

ROSH-SERAPH
Though it appeared as if the spell worked on Michael, his men would never have left him for something else.

KOACH
What do you mean?

ROSH-SERAPH
They became soldiers the day they were anointed. So, they only follow orders from higher and trusted authorities. Michael protected his Territory from Satan’s reach ever before the spell was cast on him.

SHAFAT
That suggests how special and brave they are.

{EXT. YAM-ESH}

The eleven Archangels are walking through the flames without been harmed. Shade of light surrounds them.

RAGUEL
I thought this fire could hurt us.

GABRIEL
No, Raguel, we are on the side of the Most High, no harm can ever come to us as long as we drink His blood and eat His body whenever He releases His presence on us during Worship hour. However, this fire will hurt us if we are ordered into it.

RAGUEL
My angels are suffering here and I can’t even get them out. What has he become?

MICHAEL
He was one of us and today he has made himself our enemy.

RAGUEL
I feel anger for him.

CHAMUEL
Believe me, we all do. I can sense it.

SELAPHIEL
Gabriel, no sign of your men here. How come?

GABRIEL
I definitely do not know why. But I know my people can’t stay without me for long.

MICHAEL
You really think so?

GABRIEL
I’m sure.

MICHAEL
Well, the rage at which Eligos was before he left doesn’t suggest he’ll come back so soon. I don’t know but their absence here kind of suggest how quickly your beloved angels united with Satan.
(Gabriel keeps a mean face.)

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR}

Shade of light is covering the hall.

ROSH-SERAPH
(walking back and forth)
War is coming and our preparation isn’t enough.

SHAFAT
We are doing our best, Rosh.

ROSH-SERAPH
He is getting stronger every second.

YAKACH
We will engage Michael with the gatekeepers then.

QARA
No, we can’t do that. He’s an Arch.

YAKACH
We should do it ourselves? Is that what you mean?

QARA
No, or maybe.

ROSH-SERAPH
Maybe? No?

SHAFAT
Qara is right, we should be at the gate ourselves. We did this, we have to end it ourselves.

ROSH-SERAPH
That’s the root he’ll be taking, are you sure about that?

SHAFAT
Yes, we will be at the gate and welcome him with our powers, Michael has to rest. Tsalach, tell Gabriel to announce that there is a threat coming and the Elders will prevent it at Shahar. Let the keepers go to their Territory as well and let everyone lock their Territories until we’re done.

ROSH-SERAPH
He’ll be coming with all his powers, though vulnerable to you, he can get control of your dynasty with his cunning tricks.

SHAFAT
And we can trap him in Tehom and end this for once.

ROSH-SERAPH
What if you fail and he controls you?

SHAFAT
Do not say such things, we can never fail as long as we are on the side of the Most High.

ROSH-SHAFAT
Both sides are taking risks. A fatal risk that could restore peace or destroy us all.

SHAFAT
Though the risk may be fatal, the Most High deserves the risking of our existence and loyalty to him in order to put things right. We owe him more than you can ever imagine, Rosh. Rosh, we will do all it takes to protect this kingdom, we’re not fools and stop thinking us to be one.
(Rosh-Seraph sighs.)

{INT. SATAN‘S PALACE, PLANET OUKHAH}

SATAN
(sitting on his throne)
Well, let me assume you told one of my boys. I want to hear it myself.

PAIMON
Shamayim; they’re not our enemies.

ELIGOS
(to Paimon)
Speak for yourself.

SATAN
Okay, they are not your enemies neither are they mine. That’s a good thing for us, at least that makes us even. But here is the order, prepare your men, we are going to war against Shamayim.

PAIMON
I am no part of such order.

ELIGOS
We came here to be free from laws, why are you doing this? What about the images you sent to Shamayim about freedom and good life here?

SATAN
Hahaha! That was when I was on good terms with them, but now they’ve pissed me off. So,

PAIMON
They let us go in peace, we cannot reply them with war.

SATAN
It’s like you didn’t listen to him when he said speak for yourself. Fine, if you don’t want to go to war then your men will.

PAIMON
My men follow my orders.

SATAN
Eligos, prepare your men and I will make you a leader and make him
(points at Paimon)
your servant.

ELIGOS
Well, I am undecided on going to war against Shamayim, I still have friends there.

SATAN
Don’t be deceived, they all became your enemies the day you denied them as good people to live among. However, if you wish not to go to war against Shamayim, then leave your men to follow me to battle so we can all live in peace.

PAIMON
My men can never disobey me. That’s a reminder.

SATAN
Shhh! I wasn’t talking to you.

ELIGOS
Uhm! Though he’s kind of acting weird. I think I may agree with him on this case. We all want peace as you’ve said, but we can’t achieve that by imposing inconveniencing orders on one another.

SATAN
Wait, don’t tell me that you are hoping to go back someday.

PAIMON
Maybe we will if this place turns out to be what we never expected.

SATAN
Hahaha! Let me tell you this, the moment you left Shamayim; the whole Kingdom of the Most High abandoned you and your men, you can never go back forever. You were accepted in this universe because of my presence and because it’s a free world where you can operate without accountability. I’ve talked with other Kings, they all accepted to go to war with me, though at first, they acted like you, when they know the truth, they have no choice than to accept to ride with me to battle. But the Gabriels, always the Gabriels; they always piss me off. I had issues with your master when I was there because of his nature. In fact, I hated him and will hate him forever. He is acting on my behalf, sitting on my seat and leading my family members right now. He sent a war plague to my doorstep and it’s because of him I am going to war now. I will not force you against anyone. One day you will know that the people you call friends are not your friends anymore. They are angry and will always be because we are free from some shit laws.

PAIMON
This place is becoming boring.

SATAN
You mean this universe?

PAIMON
No, I mean where I stand in your presence.

SATAN
(smiles)
You see, I am a good leader, I won’t harm you for your stubbornness.

ELIGOS
We may ride with you someday, but not right now.

SATAN
That I know and it must happen just as you’ve said.

PAIMON
I hope so.

SATAN
In battle, your men are the least that can raise a sword or even handle a knife. You are no choice of mine when it comes to war.

PAIMON
Then why are you insisting on us?

SATAN
Because I know the power in unity. I want us to have one voice and one order because with it; we can accomplish anything easily.

ELIGOS
Then give us time.

PAIMON
He is speaking for himself.

SATAN
I hope so. Please leave to your kingdoms in peace.
(Paimon and Eligos nod and disappear)
Wow.
(Malphas appears behind him and waves his hand, Shade of light covers the room)
What is it, why the Shade?

MALPHAS
You treat them as if you’re afraid of them but used harsh hands on others. Why?

SATAN
We all know who they are.
(a surprised look appears on Malphas’ face)
They speak the truth and one day we will need them. Now, we only need them to see us as friends. You don’t know what might become of us in the future and we may need them for the sake of truth. Understood?

MALPHAS
Okay. Yes, my lord.

SATAN
Great, don’t piss them off. I’m happy that they are here.

MALPHAS
I wished some Michaels came with them.

SATAN
You should be grateful they didn’t. If they were here, our troubles would be much. Though they may be important to us, we can’t control them, they are all fearless creatures, and they wouldn’t mind pointing their fingers in my face. In fact, I don’t like them, I only needed their loyalty and skills. They won’t obey even the Elders’ orders unless it comes from Michael their master. We’re lucky the spell didn’t get to any of them.

MALPHAS
Paimon said Hudiel nearly joined them, what if he comes later.

SATAN
(smiles)
No, those people are great deceivers, never ever trust them. He won’t come, even if an Elder orders him to. As I said, be grateful none of them came. They are my only threat. The rest are pigs. Worry about them. However, there’s one thing I like about them.

MALPHAS
What.

SATAN
They can’t attack without orders from Michael, in fact without Michael they are just like other pigs. I’ve studied how to trap him for years and this war will be a test of power. For the Gabriels with us, we will devise a means to control them, like the Michaels; they are important to us. Leave them to exercise their freedom under me for now.

{HALL, MELTSAR}

SHAFAT
(walks closer to the wall)
He claims wise, we will outsmart him.
(rests his left ear on the wall)

TIPHARAH
Come on, Shafat, that is strange. What is it?

SHAFAT
Don’t you hear it?

AMAN
I do…

YAKACH
Come on, we all do.

OSHER
Don’t tell me it’s what it is.

SHAFAT
It’s what it is.
(walks to the table between the Elders, touches it and a screen showing Yam-Esh appears on it. Two hundred angels are falling into the flame and are crying)
Unbelievable.

SIMCHAH
That’s the recently fallen angels.

ROSH-SERAPH
I knew he was not going to take it easy with them.

HADAR
What did they do?

ROSH-SERAPH
Isn’t it obvious, they disobeyed him.

SHAFAT
He’s a tyrant even unto the people he calls his own.

ROSH-SERAPH
As far as he’s concerned, they’re not his own.

TUB
(looks into the screen carefully)
No Gabriel’s men are in the fire.

CHESED
You’re right. But Gabriel’s angels were much. Why didn’t he touch them even though he hates them so much?

SHAFAT
The future has unforeseen circumstances. Maybe he fell in love with them.

ROSH-SERAPH
As I said, he’s getting stronger than you think. He’ll keep doing this to annoy you.

SHAFAT
Don’t worry, Rosh, you can watch us at the gate in battle with Satan, but whatever happens, do not engage. Just let the day take its cause and let it go.
(Rosh-Seraph raises his head in anguish and exhales heavily.)

CONTINUE…