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The Penance (1)

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{INT. SATAN’S PALACE, PLANET OUKHAH – NIGHT}

The Executive Council members are sitting on their thrones on the pulpit at the centre of the palace. While The Universal Council members are all seated on tiered seats in the palace. Satan’s staff is providing light for the house while the wall of the palace is slightly glowing.

SATAN
(eyes are glowing while standing)
You still have the gut to ask me to revive your worlds after betraying me in that battle?

ABYZOU
(kneels)
My lord, I…

SATAN
(interrupts)
Shut up!
(eyes become normal and he faces the council)
I’m afraid, your world will not be revived and you must all remain loyal to me as long as you are living in this universe.

KOKABIEL 
stands)
You won’t revive our planets.
(nods)
Hmm… that’s pretty nice. I’m sorry for what I’m going to say though. First of all, we went to the battlefield with you but it appears as if you didn’t see those creatures that attacked us. Mare looking into their eyes you become overwhelmed with a terrible fear. I think that’s why we couldn’t stay there for a moment, even, your demons were the ones who encouraged us with their skilful race towards Shahar Seeing their back, we took off after them as well.
(the council members giggle)

SATAN
(grunts)
Hmmm…

KOKABIEL
Secondly, you promised to release Paimon and Eligos when the war is over.
(looks around)
I don’t think they’re here. So, let’s assume it was a mistake, or the words just pop out of your mouth. If you don’t mind, you can withdraw that statement with a soothing apology, we’ll be glad to accept and move on, yeah, we’re listening.

SATAN
(faces Kokabiel)
This war is not over! So, what do you mean? Are you threatening me?

KOKABIEL
You must keep to your promise if you want our loyalty.

AZAZEL 
(to Kokabiel)
Speak for yourself!

KOKABIEL
(to the Council)
Paimon was right! He will never revive our worlds. You all can keep following him, I’m done here.

SATAN
Where are you going to go?

KOKABIEL
I’ll be right here in this universe.

Satan throws a lightning bolt against Kokabiel.

A shield appears around Kokabiel and swallows the lightning bolt.

Everyone becomes dazed.

SATAN
(stunned)
What?

KOKABIEL
Don’t tell me you don’t know that we just came here.

AZAZEL
And, what does that supposed to mean?

KOKABIEL
The power of the Most High is still fresh in us.
(looks at the newly fallen kings and leaders)
It’s fresh in all of us.
(faces Satan)
But old in you and your demons!
(disappears)

BELETH 
Did he just leave this council?

AGIEL 
(stands)
Kokabiel is right!
(faces Satan)
You must respect us. Secondly, you have to release Paimon and Eligos.
(to the Council)
If he will not revive our worlds or free Paimon and Eligos, then my loyalty to this council will end as well.

SATAN
(sits)
Hmm…

MALPHAS 
(stands)
Then prepare for war!

Malphas’ statement causes a great pandemonium in the palace.

SATAN
(stands)
Quiet!
(silence befalls the house)
Paimon, Eligos, that’s my business. I will do to them as I desire. They’re my property. And, as long as you live in this universe, you belong to me. I will not fight against you, my children.

AGIEL
We are not your children or property! I guess you’re afraid of us now.
(to the council)
We can overpower him if we come together against him.

SATAN
(the crown on his head glows and he points a blasting energy against Agiel. The force blasts Agiel and all the demons that were closer to Agiel)
I am your father as long as you live beneath the walls of this universe! You must do as I say!
(eyes glow)

{HALL, MELTSAR  – DAY}

Shafat is moving back and forth. Rosh-Seraph is standing behind Yakach.

SHAFAT
He went very far this time.

YAKACH
Who knows what he’s able to do next?

GADOL 
He has been bringing the war to us, it’s time we take it to him and give him no rest or time to think of any next move against us.

GEBURAH 
Gadol, you’re right. We have to distract him.

YAKACH
Wait, Geburah, for how long are we going to do this?

GADOL
For as long as forever.

{EXT. METALLIC GROUND, PLANET MERCURY – NIGHT}

Kokabiel is standing with Astaroth, Ipos and Bifrous.

KOKABIEL
(squats and knocks the ground)
Cursed.

ASTAROTH
Why did you do that?

KOKABIEL
Well, just trying to examine our curse.

ASTAROTH
No, I mean in the council.

KOKABIEL
I want him to know that he’s not the only powerful being here. Secondly, he lost some powers when he faced Michael in the last war. Before I did that, I knew he was going to react, so I had to protect myself. But then I wanted the council to know the kind of being we’re dealing with.

IPOS
You’ve opened their eyes. When you left, Agiel stood on your terms against him.

KOKABIEL
Damn, he shouldn’t. He could imprison him.

BIFROUS
He blasted him.

KOKABIEL
Good for him then, he’ll heal.
(stands)
See, I don’t know, but this is not a good place to stay.

BIFROUS
What?

KOKABIEL
I mean it was but, not anymore.

{UNDERGROUND}

Paimon and Eligos are panting on the ground with their heads bowed to Satan. They are naked with sore bodies. Their bodies begin to heal gradually. Garment appears on their bodies and they stand before Satan.

SATAN
Lessons learnt?

ELIGOS
We will never break any rule from you ever again.

PAIMON
Yes, we won’t.

SATAN
Yeah, I believe you. Am I not merciful?
(Paimon and Eligos remain silent)
Of course, I am, even though you will not admit it. I know I am.

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR – DAY}

SHAFAT
You know, father wants us to live in peace, and not in trouble. Besides, we’re not the type that looks for trouble, we’re the Elders of the living.

GADOL
So, what are you saying?

SHAFAT
I’m saying that we’re above any attempt to take the fight to him. Satan is a kid wandering in ignorance. I guess this will be fixed when The Son of The Most High comes.

{EXT. ROCKY GROUND, ROGHELAZ – NIGHT}

Two Centaurs and one Minotaur are under the Shade of light.

MINOTAUR
It is better to live under the laws of the Most High than to live in total darkness under Satan.

1ST CENTAUR
There is more freedom in Shamayim than it is here.

2ND CENTAUR
We’re already doomed. I don’t think we can face the Elders, they may cast us to Yam-Esh at once.

MINOTAUR
They’re merciful. Satan is just trying to use us to get what he wants.

1ST CENTAUR
I can’t believe that I accepted to strike the Most High.

MINOTAUR
Me too.

2ND CENTAUR
I’m going back.

MINOTAUR
Me too.

They look behind and see thousands of demons coming in their direction, all under the Shade of light and they all laugh.

{INT. HALL, MELTSAR – DAY}

CHEN
What if he figured out a way to avert or delay The Most High’s Son?

SHAFAT
He can’t.

GEBURAH
You don’t know what he’s capable of, Shafat.

SHAFAT
I know.

GEBURAH
How come you didn’t warn us earlier before all these things happened?

SHAFAT
Hmm…

GEBURAH
His recent skilful moves have proven his unaware abilities. I don’t think we want to allow him to get to the apex of his aspirations. We all know what he wants. Therefore, we must stop him for as long as he’s out there walking freely, he can do unimaginable things.

CONTINUE…