Angels Behaving Badly by Joanna Bugeja
In the heavenly sky above, among God’s archangels, was Lucas. He was clothed in celestial silver clouds, wore stars on his feet, had the moon for a crown, and bestowed a gentle waterfall of graces among the faithful. He was of a beauty so rare that the Morning Star was envious and vowed to disgrace and dishonour him. His seething resentment led Aurora’s son to morph into the beautiful, golden-haired Selene in a bid to seduce Lucas and banish him from heaven.
Lucas stumbled across Selene crying disconsolately. She showed him her broken wing and said that the Dark One had tried to break into Heaven’s Gates. In so doing, he had almost tore out her wings with his poisonous spear. Lucas tried to console Selene and gently bandaged her wounds. His tears of empathy fell onto her bloody wing and healed her pain.
She threw herself into his arms and confessed her love for him. She looked into his eyes, her seductive, deep-set brown eyes gleaming as she wiped the tears away from her lovely face. She put her hand over his heart and told him how much his kindness had touched her soul to the very core. His bright azure eyes lit up and he smiled kindly at her. She brought her face closer to his, her full red lips slightly parted, and captured his lips with her own.
Lucas was bewildered and pushed her aside, “We must not engage in frolics. We are here to serve God and be a guiding light to the faithful.”
She blushed and got down on her knees crying and begging for his forgiveness. She said, “One request I pray; do not deny me. Allow me to offer you some freshly squeezed grapes as a token of my appreciation.”
She handed him a golden chalice encrusted with emeralds and rubies. Lucas found himself incapable of hurting her feelings, especially given the vulnerable state that she was in, so he drank heartily from her cup.
Upon drinking the last drop, he found himself overcome with the desire to possess her. He pulled her closer to him and whispered, “Stay with me. Tonight you belong to me.” They made love until dawn. He pledged his undying love and devotion to her.
“My loyalties lie first and foremost with you, my beloved.” She smiled sweetly and coyly gave him an affectionate kiss.
Little did he know that Selene had enchanted those fresh grapes with a potent love potion. While Lucas was sleeping, Selene morphed back into Lucifer, who hastily requested an audience with God to report Lucas’s transgressions. Feeling angered by Lucas’ betrayal, He decided he should be stripped of his title of archangel and be sent to earth as a mortal. One of God’s most trusted angels, Hope, had witnessed Lucifer’s trickery. Having watched him morph into the beautiful Selene, she intervened and told God what truly happened, revealing how the envious Lucifer had manipulated Lucas so as to replace him as archangel.
The Lord decided to give a more lenient punishment and sent Lucas to earth for 150 years, in which he had to perform 150 good deeds. Only then would he be able to return to heaven and claim his rightful position as Chief of Archangels. Lucifer was disgraced for his treachery and enviousness and sent to the underworld.