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The 24 Elders and Lucifer (5)

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{INT. GLASSY PYRAMID HOUSE, LUCIFER’S TERRITORY}
Lucifer stands on a shiny pyramid-crystal-light and stretches his two hands forward: all the chairs in the room rise and float. He flings his hands toward the wall and all the chairs hit the wall and break. He breaths heavily while his eyes glow.

The chairs fix themselves and move back to their initial position automatically. Lucifer steps down; the shiny pyramid-crystal-light disappears. He kicks the first chair that is in front of him with his right foot. All the chairs in the house hit another side of the wall and break. Lucifer tears his Purple garment apart and groans.

The chairs fix themselves and move back to their initial position automatically. Lucifer’s Purple garment fixes itself back automatically.
Abyzou, Agrat, Eisheth, Malphas, Beleth, and Azazel appear in the room immediately. Azazel waves his hand and Shade-of-light covers the room. They kneel and bow before Lucifer. After a little while.

AZAZEL

(faces Lucifer)
My Lord, expressing anger publicly is dangerous before the Elders.

Lucifer opens his palm and points it in the direction of Azazel. A very powerful wind carries Azazel up and hits him before the feet of Lucifer.

A mirror appears before Lucifer. He grasps Azazel’s neck, carries him up, and turns his face against the mirror. Azazel sees Lucifer’s glowing eyes through the mirror, closes his eyes, and shivers.

LUCIFER

Who are you to read the foolish law of your damned Elders to me huh?
(moves his mouth closer to Azazel’s right ear)
Didn’t your shit laws say it’s not a taboo to be angry but when you act wickedly it becomes a taboo?
(hits Azazel’s face to the mirror. The mirror breaks and disappears. Azazel falls on the floor and lies flat; facing down)

AZAZEL

(kneels and bows)
Please, my Lord.

LUCIFER

I am above that curse you call law.

AZAZEL

Father, forgive the sins of your beloved child.

LUCIFER

Get up, all of you.
(to Azazel)
I have nothing against you, son, it’s the Elders.

Abyzou, Agrat, Eisheth, Malphas, Beleth, and Azazel stand up and surround Lucifer.

ABYZOU

My loving father, please tell us what troubles you this day, we shall do all we could to help.

LUCIFER

(aggressively)
Shut up! Ten Thousand Legion of you can’t do anything than perish before the feet of your fellow angel from Michael’s clan.
(shouts at Abyzou)
You want to help! Go and bring the lowest angel in Michael’s clan to be on my side. Idiot!

Abyzou shivers and faces down. All the cabinet members keep quiet.

LUCIFER

The Elders have crossed the line. They will feel my wrath forever.
(Malphas and Beleth glance at each other with a shocking look on their faces. A strong wind carries Malphas’ head and hit with Beleth’s head and they fall on the floor)
How dare you doubt what I can do?

MALPHAS & BELETH

(in unison)
Please forgive us, Lord.

LUCIFER

(roars)
Arrrrrrrrrrh…!

{PALACE OF GOLD, GABRIEL’S TERRITORY}

Gabriel lies and floats in the air. Paimon sits on the window facing Gabriel. Shade-of-light covers them.

GABRIEL

Each time I want to think of how to please Father, I sense danger.

PAIMON

Danger?

GABRIEL

Yes, danger!

PAIMON

What kind of danger can harm us when Father and the Elders are with us?

GABRIEL

It’s a danger far beyond Father’s control. Seem like Father’s sickness.

PAIMON

(opens wide his eyes and mouth with a shocking look on his face)
That is unbelievable.

GABRIEL

Doubting me is like doubting Father himself.

PAIMON

My apologies.

GABRIEL

No need for that. Like Lucifer would say, “It’s against no law.”

PAIMON

But, this danger, what does it look like?

GABRIEL

Sometimes it wants to come out in words.

PAIMON

What stops it then?

GABRIEL

I don’t know.

PAIMON

Who can stop Father from speaking through us?

GABRIEL

No, it’s not a matter of who or what. The truth is, the message is not very clear.

PAIMON

That’s why no one from our clan can perceive it because the message isn’t clear to you.

GABRIEL

Exactly! I hope the Elders are not involved in this.

PAIMON

They can never betray father. They do say it themselves that father trusted them from their birth.

GABRIEL

(sits upright)
Thank you… That’s why this message is not clear.

PAIMON

Why?

GABRIEL

Wickedness! Someone has somehow managed to trigger a great power by thinking about controlling everyone with wickedness. That power itself is above the Elders‘ strength.

PAIMON

Hmm! whose mere thought of wickedness can do such things? It must be one of the Elders.

Gabriel stares at Paimon with a serious look.

{GLASSY-PYRAMID HOUSE, LUCIFER’S TERRITORY}

LUCIFER

The Elders somehow used their powers to bring down Father’s presence just to stop the match between Michael and me.

EISHETH

Forgive me, my Lord, but I thought no one could do that.

LUCIFER

Maybe no one can, because that’s what the Elders want us to believe.

AGRAT

(nods)
That’s why Gabriel prophesied.

BELETH

Maybe…
(looks at Agrat)
But I doubt that. Gabriel is the last being to deceive anyone.

LUCIFER

(to Beleth)
Shut up!
(faces another corner)
I almost got Michael into my trap. I wanted to see how he could attack an Archangel raving with rage. But to my greatest surprise, he was weak and vulnerable before me.

MALPHAS

I thought you once said the Elders would command him against you.

LUCIFER

Sometimes you’re not always right in your thoughts.
(his cabinet members slightly glance at each other in amazement)
I was thinking that the Elders were angry with me for setting an inter-relation match between two Archs. So I thought they would interfere, which of course means breaking a natural law, but they didn’t. I don’t understand why Michael was weak before me though.

AGRAT

I fear what may happen.

LUCIFER

You don’t need to fear, my child,
(touches Agrat’s cheek)
They will.

AZAZEL

Father!
(Lucifer looks at Azazel)
I think we should start planning how things should happen in our own way in Shamayim. I believe that Michael will always be weak before you in combat.

LUCIFER

(smiles)
You are very funny if not stupid, Azazel, sounds like you’ve not recovered from the fragment of my wrath which you somehow attracted to yourself. What we are doing now is part of the plans, fool.
(backs the cabinet)
I have trained with Michael; he has been tricky all the time.

AGRAT

(touches her chin)
What if his weakness was one of those tricks so that you will win him?

LUCIFER

Maybe.

ABYZOU

In that case, no hope for us to free ourselves from their laws?

LUCIFER

No, we have to find a way together and Michael must join us.

{EXT. GRASSLAND GARDEN, SELAPHIEL’S TERRITORY – DAY}
Selaphiel sits on the field with Amdusias and Sandalphon. Sandalphon holds a trumpet.

Angels of Selaphiel’s clan are dancing, singing, and playing music in the garden.

Selaphiel, Amdusias and Sandalphon eat fruits and watch at the operatic performances.

SELAPHIEL

(smiles at the performers)
Doing our best is what we do. Haha!

AMDUSIAS

My Lord, I want to ask you something.

SELAPHIEL

(quickly)
O yes, go on.

AMDUSIAS

Why can’t we do something else other than music?

SELAPHIEL

That’s our duty to Father, boy.

AMDUSIAS

But Lucifer’s clan performs music, fight, create things, in fact, they do anything and the Elders and Father enjoy them.

SELAPHIEL

(waves his hand and Shade-of-light covers them)
Yes, they can do music but not better than you can, because that is not their right path.

SANDALPHON

(looks at Selaphiel with a doubting look on his face)
But sometimes their performance brings Father’s presence.

SELAPHIEL

Yeah! Sometimes, not always.

AMDUSIAS

Lord, are you saying we are restricted from doing some certain things?

SELAPHIEL

Amdus! Who has been feeding your thoughts with that? Don’t you know we have rules guarding us here?

AMDUSIAS

But it’s against no law.

SELAPHIEL

The only person I do hear him say that is Lucifer. That guy has taught his clan what is naturally against our nature that is not in the Elders’ laws.

SANDALPHON

(nods)
Hmm… I see! Then why did they keep silence over such flaws?
(looks at Selaphiel)
I mean, the Elders.

SELAPHIEL

One, we are freewill creatures. Two, Lucifer is Father’s favourite. Three, There are consequences for breaking laws. Four, because they don’t want to intervene yet. They give you enough time to discover that you are wrong, so you learn from it and never do it again yourself. That’s the nature we were created.

AMDUSIAS

But sometimes I feel cheated.

SELAPHIEL

(a concerned look comes over him)
Of what? Come here, my boy.
(holds Amdusias on his head and drags his head to his laps. Amdusias rests his head on Selaphiel’s thigh. Selaphiel points at the beauties of his Territory)
You see the wonders of this place. We are free here. What we do gives us joy.
(Sandalphon lies down on the ground and faces him)
Beneath this world, there are consequences of breaking natural laws.

SANDALPHON

But what consequences await Lucifer and his clan who break natural laws?

SELAPHIEL

(smiles)
They will suffer the curse of dissatisfaction.

SANDALPHON

Dissatisfaction?

SELAPHIEL

They can never be satisfied with anything; they will be seeking for an answer forever, that alone is a natural curse for breaking natural laws.
(touches Sandalphon’s head)
You see, boy, lack of focus on your primary aim ends you nowhere than the land of imperfection and total lost, consumed by confusion.

AMDUSIAS

Then the Elders should give us more rules that will guard us against perishing.

SELAPHIEL

No, boy, the more a rule rings in your heart, the higher your chances of breaking it. Huh… this thing is a bit complicated.

SANDALPHON

How?

A blue fruit appears before them.

SELAPHIEL

Ok, let’s say you were asked not to touch this fruit. Each day you walk through the field you see this fruit, and the more you see it, it becomes more attractive, you will be tempted with thoughts like, “why must I not touch this fruit?”
(brings his hand closer to the fruit)
“Has someone touched it before?” “What happened to the one who touched it first?” “What will happen to me if I touch it?” “But am not feeling any harm as close as I am now.”
(looks around)
Well, no one is here now.
(closes his eyes)
Let me give a try.
(grasps the fruit)
Arrh!
(peeps with one eye)
Now what!
(sighs)
Then you’ll realize that you’ve broken a law and be tormented by regret when you begin to see the consequences.

AMDUSIAS

Why then did the Elders give us laws if they knew we would be tempted to fail the law each time it rings on our mind?

SELAPHIEL

Because they are the laws that if broken can lead to very bad things that the end would warrant your destruction. These natural laws are not needed to be told, you know them by intuition.

SANDALPHON

Huh…

SELAPHIEL

(interrupts)
Haaahahahahaha!
(points at the dancers)
Did you see that?

SANDALPHON

What the…

Shade-of-light goes off.

SELAPHIEL

(stands and holds Sandalphon and Amdusias to stand. Sandalphon and Amdusias stand with him)
Come on, boys! Let’s go and dance.
(drags Sandalphon and Amdusias to the middle of the dancers. Sandalphon plays his trumpet. They start dancing and laughing, while other angels throw glowing flowers at them)

{EXT. LUCIFER’S TERRITORY – DAY}
In the middle of the Territory, Lucifer is sitting in the sky.

LUCIFER

(looks up with a black eye. Red lights; flashes in the sky at the direction where he looks)
I must decipher what is hidden there.

CONTINUED…