Murder Mysteries a Play for Voices (9781466109827)

Murder Mysteries a Play for Voices (9781466109827) by Neil Gaiman Read Free Book Online

Book: Murder Mysteries a Play for Voices (9781466109827) by Neil Gaiman Read Free Book Online
Authors: Neil Gaiman
Tags: Mystery, Angels, lucifer, gaiman
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believe any of this, do you?
     
    RAGUEL NOW
    Story’s not over yet, pal. Not quite.
     
    /SFX/ LOS ANGELES CROSSFADES TO
    /SFX/ ZEPHKIEL’S CELL...
     
    RAGUEL NARRATION
    I knew that he was right. But I couldn't
have left then -- not even if I had wanted to. My aspect had not
entirely left me; my function was not completely fulfilled. And
then it fell into place; I saw the whole picture. And like Lucifer,
I knelt. I touched my forehead to the silver floor.
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    No, Lord. Not yet.
     
    /SFX/ZEPHKIEL STANDS UP
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    Lord indeed! Get up, Raguel. It is not
fitting for one angel to act in this way to another. It is not
right. Get up!
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    Father, You are no angel.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    Do you know what you’re saying?
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    Father, I was charged to discover who was
responsible for Carasel's death. And I do know.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    You have taken your vengeance, Raguel.
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    Your vengeance, Lord.
     
    /SFX/ ZEPHKIEL SITS BACK DOWN IN HIS
CHAIR.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    Ah, little Raguel. The problem with creating
things is that they perform so much better than one had ever
planned. Shall I ask how you recognised me?
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    I... I am not certain, Lord. You have no
wings. You wait at the centre of the city, supervising the Creation
directly. When I destroyed Saraquael, You did not look away. You
know too many things. You...
    (beat)
    No, I do not know how I know. As You say,
You have created me well. But I only understood who You were and
the meaning of the drama we had enacted here for You, when I saw
Lucifer leave.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    What did you understand, child?
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    Who killed Carasel. Or at least, who was
pulling the strings. For example, who arranged for Carasel and
Saraquael to work together on Love, knowing Carasel's tendency to
involve himself too deeply in his work?
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    (condescending, like an adult speaking to a
child)
    Why should anyone have "pulled the strings",
Raguel? Please, get up. Off your knees.
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    Because nothing occurs without reason; and
all the reasons are Yours. You set Saraquael up: yes, he killed
Carasel. But he killed Carasel so that I could destroy him.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    And were you wrong to destroy him?
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    It was my function. But I do not think it
was just. I think perhaps it was needed that I destroy Saraquael,
in order to demonstrate to Lucifer the Injustice of the Lord.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    And whatever reason would I have for doing
that?
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    I... I do not know. I do not understand --
no more than I understand why You created the Dark, or the voices
in the darkness. But You did. You caused all this to occur.
     
    /SFX/ A MOMENT’S SILENCE AS THE WIND
BLOWS
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    Yes. I did. Lucifer must brood on the
unfairness of Saraquael's destruction. And that -- amongst other
things, -- will precipitate him into certain actions. Poor sweet
Lucifer. His way will be the hardest of all my children; for there
is a part he must play in the drama that is to come, and it is a
grand role.
    (pause)
    What will you do now, Raguel?
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    I must return to my cell. My function is now
fulfilled. I have taken vengeance, and I have revealed the
perpetrator. That is enough. But -- Lord?
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    Yes, child.
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    I feel dirty. I feel tarnished. I feel
befouled. Perhaps it is true that all that happens is in accordance
with Your will, and thus it is good. But sometimes You leave blood
on Your instruments.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    Perhaps I do. If you wish, Raguel, you may
forget all this. All that has happened this day. However, you will
not be able to speak of this to any other angels, whether you
choose to remember it or not.
     
    RAGUEL THEN
    I will remember it.
     
    ZEPHKIEL
    It is your choice. But sometimes you will
find it is easier by far not to remember. Forgetfulness can
sometimes bring freedom, of a sort. Now, if you do not mind, there
is work I should be getting on with.
     
    /SFX/

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