Half an hour
later, on a cozy cloud not far away …
Hmmm … can I sit down?
Gabriel: Ahhh, I could have bet on it. Now he’s
sending YOU after me. So, did he tell you to mollycoddle me? Win
me over again?
Raphael: Well … to be honest … yeah,
something along those lines. Look, he didn’t mean it that
Gabriel: He meant it exactly that way, and you
know it, Raph. Luce is always saying exactly what he thinks. I have
to give him credit for honesty at least. Doesn’t make it any
Raphael: Hmm … well, do you need more time
then? You’re still with us, I hope?
Gabriel: Ha, is he shitting his pants now, fearing
I would run to Rod and tell him everything? So he thinks I’m
a rat, right? I wonder why he wanted me in his group if that’s
his opinion of me. A chicken, a rat, one could open up a whole zoo
Raphael: No, Gabe, no-one's thinking you're a rat.
But you know how Luce is, it’s hard for him to apologize …
Gabriel: Pfff, who's expecting an apology? Not
me, for sure. Not from Luce. So, what do you want? Don’t think
I’m going back there today.
Raphael: No, don't worry, we have postponed the
meeting anyway. Look, I can understand you, Luce is sometimes a
bit … well … harsh …
Gabriel: Tyrannical and oblivious to other angels’
feelings, that’s how I call it.
Raphael: Huh? … Well, yeah, I suppose so.
Anyway, you know as well as me that he is not the most diplomatic
of us all …
Gabriel: Agreed. But that doesn't excuse his behaviour.
I cannot understand how you can bear it. It isn’t a way to
Raphael: Ok, I completely agree, but you know,
most of the times I don’t even listen to his ramblings. Sometimes,
when he goes on and on, my mind just drifts off. He wears me out
and I don’t want to get involved in a discussion with him.
It's simply not worth it, and way too much effort.
Gabriel: Oh, Raphy, I have never seen anybody so
laid-back. Well, good for you that you don’t mind Luce. I
wish I was like that, but I cannot hold back when he is attacking
me. If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s when people
tell me to shut up.
Raphael: Maybe you should tell him … Anyway,
you know as well as me that, even if he has his faults, he’s
not a bad person. And the things he does, he does with the best
Gabriel: Yeah, but a wise man once said “The
road to Hell is full of good intentions.” You mark my words,
I have a bad feeling about this whole revolution business.
Raphael: Ok, so, what shall I tell the others?
That you’re not in anymore?
Gabriel: Awww, no, come on. I’m still in,
don’t worry. No, you can tell our brightest of angels that
he can still count on me. If he'd just calm down his blazing temper
for a moment and talk to me calmly, I'd gladly help him make his
wildest dreams come true. … Don’t know why I feel that
way, but well, I guess it's at least an excitement, if nothing else.
Being Rod’s messenger is not the most fulfilling job, I can
tell you that. Come to think of it … who knows … missions
from Luce might be more fun …
Raphael: Ok, well, I leave you then. Glad you’re
still in. I’ll keep you informed when we have our next meeting.
Gabriel: Yeah, yeah, see ya, Raphy.