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The Ominous (2)

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

Gabriel is sitting on a couch while Michael sits in the air above window level facing him. Shade of light is covering them.

MICHAEL
The last time I saw the Elders, I think they were up to something.

GABRIEL
Hmm, you read the Elders‘ minds now?

MICHAEL
It was Shafat; he gave me so many signs.

GABRIEL
How did you know what he meant when you don’t interpret signs?

MICHAEL
Haha! Did I say anything? Come on, I only said they were up to something.

GABRIEL
Maybe it’s about Satan.

MICHAEL
No! it’s about you. If that happens, Satan may never want to see you or hear your name anymore.

GABRIEL
Excuse me, what are you talking about?

MICHAEL
I said I don’t know.

GABRIEL
No, you never said that, you said, “Haha! Did I say anything? Come on, I only said they were up to something.” I could remember everything.

MICHAEL
Okay hear me now, I don’t know!
(hands blink red)

GABRIEL
(hands blink red)
Emergency call, what’s wrong?

MICHAEL
It’s from the Elders.

GABRIEL
And it’s at Mizbeach-Halal.
(amazed)
That is strange.

MICHAEL
Come on, we have to go now.

{EXT. MIZBEACH-HALAL}

The 24 Elders are standing on the platform and the platform is rotating slowly. All the angels are sitting on their tiered seats and watching at the Elders. While all the Archangels sit together on a long couch.

SHAFAT
The most shining one is no longer among us today. But this is what we want you to know, we are not happy that it ended the way it did. We are working on bringing a balance to the future of Shamayim, nevertheless, while we do such, we cannot leave that gap empty and starve the Most High; our beloved father of the honour he deserves. The former son of Boqer starved our Father intentionally before our eyes but that will not discourage us from doing what needs to be done. Therefore, the Council of Elders has chosen the second brightest being after Satan in his former glory as Lucifer, to stand in his place until father decides for himself the proper person to take that position. We shall do this before all of you and the Most High.
(The whole crowd claps (applauses).)
May all Archangels step before the Elders.

All the Archangels disappear from their seats, appear in between the 24 Elders, and stand on a straight horizontal line (no one stands behind no one). Then the Elders form a triangular line and surround them.

SHAFAT
Let the nations rise.

All the angels stand and look in the direction of the Elders.

ALL THE ELDERS
(in unison)
Holy Father, we present before you your light of love and satisfaction, may your love continue to reign in us forever for you shall accept the one who will succeed Lucifer your beloved in time like this. May this day be a sign of peace, love and harmony between your creatures and you forever.

CROWD
(in unison)
Amen!

SHAFAT
(walks back and forth in front of the Archs)
The Lord has chosen one of you to honour him today and forever. The Lord has chosen the one who frowns at evil, the one who doesn’t give room to deceit, the one who will be the only one standing on the side of the Most High if others fall,
(pauses)
the one who is called Gabriel the Archangel!
(The whole crowd applauds.)
Gabriel, step forward.
(Gabriel steps forward. He holds Gabriel’s hands and whispers.)
You’ve been honoured with dual purpose, you shall be the eyes of the Most High and remain the master of truth. The Lord is your strength.
(The sky thunders and the Elders disappear. The crowd applauds.)

BARACHIEL
(walks to Gabriel)
Congratulations.

GABRIEL
Thank you…

MICHAEL
Hey, bro, I told you. Congrats anyway.
(hugs Gabriel who smiles)

HANIEL
Cool, man, I’d love to see you orchestrate our first meeting
(both laugh)

All the Archs congratulate Gabriel for his new title while the crowd keep cheering and clapping.

{PLANET OUKHAH, OLAM-CHUPHSHAH}

Satan turns into a dragon, the crown of order is on his head unseen, and a staff is in his right hand. All his angels are below him.

SATAN
(shines his light bright)
Bow before me in worship and receive the breath of life into your bodies.

ALL
Thou art worthy, O Satan; the king of kings, lord of lords, ruler of the amidst, and the creator of the descended. We worship you for in your light shall we strive and in your power shall we walk. Live forever and ever for thou shall be greater than the Most High in time to come, Amen!

They all start singing.

MUSIC

ABYZOU
The great one true king

ALL
We worship you today

AGRAT
For you shall conquer the claimed mighty in the end

ALL
They shall fall beneath thy feet.

{AB-OLAM}

AHAVAH
I can hear the music, I can feel the impact, but I am not allowed access to my own creation, he cursed me with darkness for trying to retrieve my own stolen crown. No! no one shall share my glory with me, I will not allow it, hmm, I must not wither away from my creation, my glory must come to me! Because I made all things and for my glory; they were made!
(relaxes on his seat and pants)
Well, I’ll leave it for the Elders to handle, for this purpose I created them. I promised not to intervene, let me respect my promise.

MUSIC CONTINUE

EISHETH
The greats shall call us masters and sons of the Most High!

ALL
Because we will reign forever.

ABYZOU
Let the name of our Lord be magnified forever.

ALL
For he is great, and great, and great, and forever shall be the Lord of Host; the Most High forever shall he be. Amen!

END OF MUSIC

SATAN
(laughs loudly)
Hahahahahaaaahahahaha!
(a bright light comes out of him and cover all his angels that they begin to vibrate in pleasure; as it happens in Shamayim during worship hour at the presence of Ahavah.)
Receive my glory forever, my children. Hahaha!

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR}

The Elders are watching at Lucifer through a screen on the table between them. Shade of light is covering the hall.

TSALACH
He’s out of his mind.

YAKACH
Damn! He’s going crazy.

GEBURAH
For how long will he do this?

EMUNAH
His whole life is full of lies.

GADOL
One day his followers will discover his trick and that’s the end of his ambition.

SHAFAT
If he continues to stir up the glory of the Most High that’s already in them as he is doing already, they may think him to be the genuine Most High in time to come.

ROSH-SERAPH
And that may give them the encouragement that if they go into battle against us, they may win.

YAKACH
And that of course, can never happen.

TSALACH
We don’t know yet, Yakach. We never knew this would happen today.

TIQVAH
This is upon us, whatever he becomes; is against us.

AMATS
You’re right, he’ll aim all his powers toward our direction in order to destroy us.

ROSH-SERAPH
That would not be possible if we respond bravely.

CHEN
What about the Archs and angels?

SHAFAT
We’re all in this together.

KOACH
As far as I know, the Archs and angels are not his targets.

SHAFAT
They are. We all became his enemy the day he fell from among us. That’s why he turned down our offer.

AMAN
How a once perfect being, turned out to be a curse.

QARA
Well, if he won’t accept our offer, I think he should give his angels the choice.

SHAFAT
He’s very stubborn, that won’t be easy for him to do. Let them discover for themselves the rightful place to be.

ONE THOUSAND YEARS LATER

{EXT. ELIGOS‘ ROOM, GABRIEL’S TERRITORY}

Paimon, Valac, and Eligos are sitting on illuminating chairs independently. Shade of light covers the room. The room is glassy, glowing and oval in shape.

PAIMON
I see them often. They’ve lived in peace ever since they left.

VALAC
You mean the ex-children of Boqer?

PAIMON
Yes! Whom did you think I was talking about?

ELIGOS
Even though the Elders never plot against the Most High, they sometimes are quiet or slow to action.

VALAC
I thought I was the only one who observed this.

ELIGOS
That is not a good quality from good leaders. Satan and his men are left free without any punishment; they are living under no law. But they promise to punish us if we break a law.

PAIMON
Hey! It hasn’t gotten to that, what are you thinking?

ELIGOS
Yes, I want to join them.

PAIMON
Hey, hey, hey don’t tell me you were justifying yourself with those words because you’re planning to leave.

VALAC
(dazzled)
Hmn?

PAIMON
(wobbles his head)
Well, you may be somehow right.

VALAC
About what?

PAIMON
(to Valac)
Hey, don’t tell me you don’t want to be free too.

VALAC
Remember what happened the last time we lived in that universe, life was terrible. Besides, Gabriel is now the leader of the Archs, we should think twice.

ELIGOS
(to Valac)
I think the person to think twice is you. That master is now the eyes of the Most High puts us in the right direction to go away without facing any punishment.

VALAC
(keeps an agreeable face)
They gave us rules and lied to us that anyone who breaks it must be punished, yet there they are; not maintaining their own law.

PAIMON
Mind you, they said it’s the Most High’s law, not theirs.
(All laugh.)
Hey, guys, be careful, we can’t be alone in this and it works.

ELIGOS
There is nothing to hide. We have to go public.

VALAC
Hmm! Michael won’t let us.

PAIMON
It’s not Michael you should be afraid of, be afraid of Gabriel; our master, we can’t disobey him if he orders us down. We need to leave now, hey, you all should better be careful out there with Michael’s men for now. I’ll try to convince master. I’m gone.

Shade of light goes off. Paimon runs out of the room in the speed of light through the wall.

{INT. SATAN’S PALACE, PLANET OUKHAH, OLAM-CHUPHSHAH}

Satan sits on an illuminating chair, Azazel stands beside him.

SATAN
I know this war is not easy to win.

AZAZEL
But we will win, right?

SATAN
I made a mistake.

AZAZEL
Like what?

SATAN
I shouldn’t have closed Shamayim from the Elders’ reach and I should have visited their council and use the power on them there. I was over desperate and wanted everyone to see the Elders as evil. Now, they’ve used their powers and shut me out of the place I dreamt to rule.

AZAZEL
Master, we won’t fail, I believe in us.

SATAN
(looks at Azazel and smiles)
You’re a good boy. At least we’ve started something.
(Suddenly, Azazel begins to freeze gradually. He looks at Azazel with a surprised look on his face, Shade of light covers the room, and Tsalach appears. He stands and folds his hands)
What are you doing here?

TSALACH
That’s not a good way to welcome a friend.

SATAN
My foolish enemies.

TSALACH
Come on, this is a private matter.

SATAN
Why did you come?

TSALACH
I want to talk sense, let me think you still have a conscience in there. Believe me, I’m not here to persuade you to do what you don’t want, but I’m here to tell you the truth.

SATAN
(smiles)
Hmm… the truth.

TSALACH
The truth. See, you shouldn’t have turned down our offer. Besides, there is no signal that you can win this battle.

SATAN
(angrily)
I must win, I always have.

TSALACH
And you couldn’t raise your finger against Michael in ordinary combat?

SATAN
Michael is my brother and I know he didn’t fight me alone.

TSALACH
(points at Satan)
Well, that’s enough. You could have at least accepted our offer.

SATAN
(walks closer to Tsalach)
What makes you think I’d be a member of the Elders?

TSALACH
Because you don’t want to lose your battle.

SATAN
If I attempt to join, you guys, after taking the eternal oath my life and will cannot go against my fellow Elders.
(Tsalach keeps an interesting face)
Oh! You didn’t think I know that. Well, I’m not a fool to be meddled with. Ok?

TSALACH
Can you really withstand the power of the Almighty if he grows angry against you?

SATAN
He’ll never do that. I’ll put a price on that. He loves me and my angels better than all the creatures he has ever made. We have a connection with his only Son. In fact, we’re a representative of his son while he is yet to rise to his glory.

TSALACH
Exposing the Most High’s secrets in Rahah-Kol that he has a Son and intend to bring him back by creating us wouldn’t save you from damnation if you refuse to end your evil acts.

SATAN
Come, did they send you here to threaten me?

TSALACH
We understood that your mission was to replace the Most High’s Son by taking his place. You planned to rob His Son, but why?

SATAN
(interrupts)
Wait there! If I wasn’t clever enough to expose his secrets would you have known? Yes! I planned to take this world from his Son because his father was going to tie our wills to one person, which happen to be his son and live the entire kingdom in his hands to rule. I needed everyone to be in his or her will.

TSALACH
No leader has the intention to destroy his followers just as you love your own followers. Yes, at the end we will be out of our will and be tied to His Son’s will and everyone will have one will. I don’t think we won’t enjoy that. Whatever His Son wills, we will have the same privilege to enjoy what he enjoys without any barrier, something like we’re equal with the Son before the Father. We’ll be part of the Most High, come on, you’re ruining our future; His dreams.

SATAN
No, you are not getting me. You will be forced to obey the law because His Son would not want to go against the will of His Father.

TSALACH
We will be like the Son in the eyes of the Father.

SATAN
We didn’t matter to the Most High, it was because of His Son he made us. That is why He will tie our wills together with His Son’s so he’ll be seeing his Son instead of us. The real us, Tsalach!

TSALACH
Come on! We are His creation, we owe him our existence.

SATAN
Spare me that. Believe me, I hate him for that. I did this to save your asses. I did it for all life. I loved the free will I have now, I do not want to enslave the freedom of my will. I did this for you, Tsalach!

TSALACH
Hmm! You terribly broke laws to save us, hahaha, actually, we gave you a chance to be a member of the council to save your ass from the wrath of His Son when he will rise to his glory. We were the ones who tried to save you, kid!

SATAN
We shall see in the end who truly cares for who. I will wait for his son to come and he must bow to me.

TSALACH
Save that for your ignorant followers. Hmm! Such a terrible joke. You somehow may have a connection with the father because of the promise he made for your mother; Boqer, but you can never share the same blood with the Son. Well, the end only affects the Archangels and angels, it won’t affect the Elders, that’s why we were serious about the offer since you see the end as evil.

SATAN
That’s why, you guys, are so ambitious about serving him because he removed you from the end.

TSALACH
No, Satan, it won’t affect us just in case something strange happens to the Son.

SATAN
Nothing will ever go wrong when the end comes.

TSALACH
That’s what we thought when you were with us but today, the unbelievable has happened.

SATAN
Well, I’m above that shit offer of yours. My dreams are for supremacy, not a sitting job. The drive I have is far beyond what you call the council of Elders. I’m a god now, Tsalach!

TSALACH
Well, that’s by the way. You claimed we were evil, and now you said you wanted to save us? Believe me, we can never bow to someone who is not the Most High. You deceived us once, you cannot deceive us again.

SATAN
(walks very close to Tsalach)
We shall see.
(The Crown of Order on his head sparks and he suddenly points the power against Tsalach)
Bow to me!
(emits light from his body against Tsalach)

TSALACH
(light from Satan covers him and he walks out of the light)
Hahahaha!
(his body becomes as white as snow and glows)
You think I’m a fool?

SATAN
You came here with a false image, yet powerful enough to freeze this universe…

TSALACH
(interrupts)
Oh! Sorry for my appearance but I am an Elder,
(smiles)
seem like you’ve forgotten that.

SATAN
I would have considered your offer when I realized the level of powers in it but forgive me when I realized the risk involved, I remember that I have a goal to accomplish; I must become like the Most High someday, in place of His Son because he can never destroy me.

TSALACH
Yes, the father may not be able to destroy you, but believe me; His Son can, and he will if you don’t accept to change your evil ways.

SATAN
Hey, not if he wins me in battle, don’t forget; he is like his father; they are both weak and I am stronger than they are, I only have one barrier; the foolish fools whom he named Elders.

TSALACH
You are not even afraid to say that in my presence?

SATAN
Why should I be afraid of my future servants?

Tsalach waves his hand, Shade of light goes off and he disappears. Azazel’s body unfreezes.

AZAZEL
O, master, you left your seat! Did I make you angry?

SATAN
(eyes glow red)
Azazel!

AZAZEL
Yes, my lord?

SATAN
Shut up!!

CONTINUE…