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The 24 Elders and Lucifer (7)

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{INT. HUDIEL’S PALACE, MICHAEL’S TERRITORY}
Michael and Gabriel appear. Shade-of-light covers the palace automatically. Hudiel is sitting on a crystal light at a corner.

GABRIEL

I thought you said it’s highly private?

MICHAEL

Hudiel is loyal.

GABRIEL

Okay, what is it?

MICHAEL

Lucifer is getting out of his mind.

GABRIEL

I knew about it.

MICHAEL

(gazes at Gabriel amazingly)
You what?

GABRIEL

Among all of us,
(glances at Hudiel and turns to Michael)
I mean our kind. Lucifer doesn’t like me because I see so many evil thoughts in him that cannot be aired out before anyone.

MICHAEL

Even to the Elders?

GABRIEL

No.

MICHAEL

Then why did you keep it a secret?

GABRIEL

Telling the Elders may warrant Lucifer‘s destruction. Or, is that what you want for him?

MICHAEL

No, never.

GABRIEL

That’s why I can’t let the Elders know anything. Some people like you who love him may revolt and that’s the biggest evil ever. Then, I’ll take responsibilities.
(Michael sighs)
We all know that you are very close to him. But, Michael, there’s something I’ll like you to know.

MICHAEL

(nods)
Hm hm…

GABRIEL

(through his mind)
Not in front of him.

MICHAEL

(waves his hand and Shade-of-light goes off)
All right!
(to Hudiel)
Please leave us.

HUDIEL

Okay, my Lord.

Hudiel disappears. Shade-of-light covers Michael and Gabriel automatically.

GABRIEL

I’ve been perceiving danger just recently.

MICHAEL

Danger?

GABRIEL

Yes.

MICHAEL

What danger?

GABRIEL

(keeps a mean face)
There may be war in Shamayim.

MICHAEL

(smiles and turns his face away)
You and Lucifer are almost the same; you guys see and say impossible things.
(stares at Gabriel)
Okay, now let’s assume what you are saying will happen because I know you are not prophesying right now, apart from me, who will attempt a fight in Shamayim?

GABRIEL

Of course, we may all think that there is no one. The question should be, “on whose side you fight?”

MICHAEL

There will be no division in this Kingdom as far as I’m concerned. Who am I even going to fight, the Elders?
(Michael’s statement discourages Gabriel. Gabriel sighs and sits in the air and an apprehensive look comes over him)
Sorry about that. Lucifer told me his vision of a Territory extension to other universes.

GABRIEL

That guy doesn’t honour the Elders, how does he think his vision will come to pass without the Elders’ consent?

MICHAEL

That’s why I’m here.

GABRIEL

Hmm… I’m not an Elder.

MICHAEL

Lucifer wants all of us to join him in his campaign. He knew that if I follow his ideas, the whole of Shamayim would follow us. That is why he is persuading me to join him.

GABRIEL

The whole of Shamayim, that’s maybe excluding me. Lucifer is a liar, he knows that your presence terrifies angels and no angel would attempt to oppose you or any member of your clan. He is trying to deceive you because he only needs your strength to accomplish his goal.

MICHAEL

Goal?

GABRIEL

Yes. The message I’ve perceived is becoming a bit clear, and I think you are the right person to hear it, not even the Elders.

MICHAEL

Are you saying?

GABRIEL

Michael, once you follow Lucifer, your duties will be tied to him and you can never please Father for eternity.

Michael sighs and backs Gabriel.

{EXT. FOREST, CHAMUEL’S TERRITORY/UNDERWATER}
Chamuel walks on pink-tree branches. Suddenly, a great wind blows his garment. Two wings come out of his back, and he struggles to escape the grip of the wind by flapping his wings. Yellow light rays cover him very fast and Chamuel disappears and appears under the sea. He struggles with his wings to set himself free.

A glowing hand touches his right shoulder and he stops struggling. He turns to see what touched him. Chamuel sees only a Blue light. Suddenly, Shade-of-light covers the blue light and him.

CHAMUEL

Who are you, and what do you want from me?

A voice that sounds like a male child’s voice comes out of the blue light.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

I sense a great confusion in Shamayim. You are ‘the all solution’, you must tell me what will be the solution in Shamayim if such things arise.

CHAMUEL

I answer only to Holy Father and the Elders, not to you.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

I command you to speak.

Chamuel’s mouth goes out of his control. He struggles to close his mouth but cannot.

CHAMUEL

My Lord, every angel should be granted independence outside Shamayim for a short time. Let them have an experience of living without laws.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

Why should I do that?

CHAMUEL

Because that is the answer you seek. Else, confusion may arise again and everyone will oppose the authorities.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

This is not easy to do.

CHAMUEL

You will also need to test all the clans while they are under no law.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

How will I be able to do that?

CHAMUEL

When the right time comes, you will know. But you must not permit this independence until one of the Archangels complains to the Elders’ council.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

And after this event, what is the fate of the host of Shamayim?

CHAMUEL

There shall be no confusion in Shamayim forever.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

Could it be possible for this confusion to arise again in the future after this is done?

CHAMUEL

No. Unless…
(keeps quiet)

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

Unless what?

CHAMUEL

I don’t know anymore.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

What could possibly wash your memory before me under the Shade-of-light? Chamuel, if confusion should rise again, what should be done?

CHAMUEL

Eternal destruction of the cause, and redemption to the casualties.

MALE CHILD’S VOICE

Thank you, you are truly ‘the all solution’.

Yellow dusts of light moves very fast out of the blue light into the eyes of Chamuel. Chamuel closes his eyes and immediately opens his eyes. Behold, he is back on the pink-tree at his Territory, walking on its leaves as usual. But he doesn’t seem to know what just happened to him, the forces that took him washed his memories about the short incidence.

{INT. HUDIEL’S PALACE, MICHAEL’S TERRITORY}

MICHAEL

Lucifer has been asking me to fight him under my free will. He thinks we are somehow slaves to the law.

GABRIEL

He has failed to realise that the voice of the Elders is the voice of the Most High. By the way, what did you do?

MICHAEL

Nothing to be precise! But I was very angry with him today. The only thing I could do was to leave his presence. The more he speaks, my anger grew.

GABRIEL

But you didn’t fight, right?

MICHAEL

No, I can’t fight him, I’ll be breaking the law.

GABRIEL

You are safe if you fight him under the Shade-of-light. But if there is someone Lucifer respects; it’s you.

MICHAEL

Do you think Father will do anything if we fight?

GABRIEL

Definitely not.

MICHAEL

Why

GABRIEL

Father cannot oppose himself or his children, he’ll be destroying everything. The Elders are there to take such action on His behalf.

MICHAEL

Oh! That’s why Lucifer is planning to free himself from the Elders’ laws because he knows that Father will never hurt him.

GABRIEL

And that’s why the Elders will only punish us if we disobey the law.

MICHAEL

Yam-Esh; where we came from. To me, that’s destruction because once there, there’s no return according to the Elders.

GABRIEL

And according to the Elders, you will not completely be part of the fire as you were before, but be tormented by it for eternity.

MICHAEL

That is terrible. Lucifer was right.

GABRIEL

What?

MICHAEL

We do not need laws because laws endanger our lives after revealing secrets to us.

GABRIEL

Michael, you are wrong.

MICHAEL

How

GABRIEL

Law guides our actions and besides, Lucifer has not really broken the Elders’ laws under broad daylight.

MICHAEL

What if he is breaking it secretly?

GABRIEL

As far as I know, he is only breaking natural laws openly. Maybe he thinks the Elders are not capable to govern us and he is trying to teach them indirectly.

MICHAEL

Or maybe he is reminding the Elders that something is wrong and it needs to be put right.

GABRIEL

Then he still has some respect for the Elders.

MICHAEL

(looks in another direction and keeps a mean face as if he is thinking for a while)
Who then will be accountable for those unknown broken laws?

GABRIEL

Hmm… Michael, I am as confused as you are when it comes to that. Because you will only leave the Elders with guilt.

MICHAEL

Hmm… When someone like you is confused, what do you expect us to be?

GABRIEL

(frowns)
At the time of ignorance, forgiveness is exercised. Lucifer knows this, that’s why he breaks the natural laws, he’ll pretend to have done it under ignorance. You can see that even the Elders don’t even give a damn about it.

MICHAEL

Then it is better to walk in ignorance than to know the truth and be tempted to break it.

GABRIEL

I wouldn’t say that.

MICHAEL

Hmm…

CONTINUE…