you think I am not as great as He Who Has No Name, the One, or
the Holy Host?" asked Lucifer.
not," said Hephzibah.
I cast you into the Pit to show you I am as powerful as I say?"
asked the Lord of Light.
are powerful," said Hephzibah, "as am I, but you are
no match for the Father. You cannot create a multiverse. You
are the reflection of sunlight upon the moon. He is the sun.
You are the shadow cast by God. He is God."
heard Hephzibah's words, but he did not comprehend them. To him,
her words were the mindless clucking of a hen.
will let you in on a little secret," said Lucifer. He Who
Has No Name is not so great. He pretends he is, but it is just
smoke and mirrors, a shell game designed to garner your adoration.
He Who Has No Name is not perfect."
will your bitterness end?" asked Hephzibah. "You dig
yourself a deeper hole with every word you utter against the
have already been thrown from my lofty perch," said Lucifer,
"and into this chasm. Speaking out against his tyranny will
not hasten my fall."
to be forgiven," said Hephzibah, "for I miss you, as
do your sisters, and the chorus itself. God will forgive you.
All you need do is choose. All you need do is ask for redemption."
fall upon my knees before no Despot of Paradise," said Lucifer.
"I am servant to no Tyrant of Heaven. I choose to be free."
find it better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. Is that
it?" asked Hephzibah.
understand me," said Lucifer. "Come, Hephzibah. Join
me. I miss you."
miss you, too," said Hephzibah, "my one-time sister.
The urge to join you is great in the abandoned state in which
I find myself. Your charisma tugs at me, as it always has, like
go of your old life, Hephzibah, "
said Lucifer, as he stretched out his left hand for her to take.
"It is gone. It is over. Heaven is closed to you now. The
pie-in-the-sky promises made to you, as they were made to me,
have been rescinded. Look at me, Hephzibah."
eyes met and Lucifer smiled.
have not abandoned you," said Lucifer, "as He Who Has
No Name has. I am here for you, my sister, in your time of need,
and I offer you the world. You get used to it after a while.
It is not so bad really. Come. Join me. You will see."
cannot," the Seraph replied to
her discarded sister. "I will not. I belong to God with
all my heart and soul. I revel in God for he is goodness, order,
and truth. He is destiny. Whereas, you are chaos, deception,
and evil. You are free will."
Who Has No Name," said Lucifer,
"is servitude in your dichotomy. Whereas, I am freedom."
is sanity," said Hephzibah. "Whereas, you are insanity.
You think, by challenging the Father, you have charted your own
course. You think you have arrived at this point, in the here
and now, by your own free will."
think," said the Great Deceiver, "therefore I am God."
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