TITLE: The Morning Star
GENRE: Supernatural Fantasy
Unable to control Lucifer’s perceived slide into madness, Michael needs to reaffirm his faith by defending God’s kingdom as war in Heaven leads to horror and destruction. Yet with God strangely unreachable, rumors contend that He not only condones the conflict, but secretly ordered it Himself - but why would the Creator invent evil?
Azazel walked a cautionary stride, side by side with Lucifer in the Garden of Eden. His great claymore sword hung deep from his belt, leaving a slight imprint as it caressed the glistening greenish-blue blades of grass. With a tight grip on its handle, he pondered his next few words with careful attention.
“I realize professing my thoughts may bring discomfort,” Azazel admitted. “But what the Lord has declared is pure cruelty. Why does He take away our authority and give it to petulant, unclean organisms? Why remove your rank and award it to a being not yet created? It was you who protected His Throne Room while He plotted with his precious Seraphim. You administered the second Heaven. And what was your reward? Giving the honor of witnessing the third Heaven’s creation to meager Archangels?”
Lucifer marched with his hands locked behind his back as an inspecting general. His earlier anger-filled outbursts had subsided. Aside from a fervent scowl, his body was rigid and unpredictable.
“I have not forgotten your punishment in the Seven Mountains of Magnificent Stone,” Azazel continued. “Although I fear your wrath, my mind must be known to you. God’s commands are detrimental to our existence. He relegates us to slavery or banishment into the perpetual darkness of Hell.”
The lack of Lucifer’s expected backlash emboldened Azazel. He clutched the breastplate of his red steel armor as he searched for greater strength. The angels continued a brisk pace north as Lucifer began to fidget.