Apr 1, 2012

Character Interviews - Contest Entry

Character Interviews
By
Marion Webb-De Sisto

Interviews with Archangel Samael and Angel Manah, the two main characters  in Final Retribution, which is Book Three of the Angelic Chronicles trilogy.


Interviewer: "I'm here today to chat to the archangel named Samael. Actually, you'll probably know him better as the devil, the one who rules Hell. So, Samael, I'd like to welcome you here. I’m Andrew and I'll be asking some questions and finding out more about you."

Samael: "You will address me as Prince Samael."

Interviewer: Oh, sorry, I didn't realize you have a title. Well, Prince Samael, let’s get started."

Samael: "I thought I was to be interviewed by a woman."

Interviewer: "Yes, well, how can I put this? My boss changed her mind about who should interview you. She heard you have an eye for the ladies and thought you might try to proposition a female interviewer rather than answer her questions."

Samael: "It is difficult for women to resist me. I’m the first-born archangel, who has more power than any other. Many men also cannot refuse what I ask of them."

Interviewer: "Oh, uh... I don't think I'll be one of them. I'm really just here to pass on information about you to our readers. So, Prince Samael, I’d like to ask you about the place you rule. Is it really filled with flames, fallen angels and demons?”

Samael: “There are many fallen angels and demons, as well as humans in my realm. Parts of it are very hot, like the Pit, and other parts are icy cold, such as the outer boundaries that lie close to the Abyss, but there are no flames. That is a human misconception.”

Interviewer: “Ok, no flames. Now, we call your realm Hell, but you have a different name for it. What is it?”

Samael: “Abbadon.”

Interviewer: “And while on the subject of names, I thought yours was Lucifer, not Samael.”

Samael: “On some of his visits to Earth, Angel Lucifer has boasted that he is me. I presume he does it in order to present himself as being more powerful than what he actually is. This is how the mistake has arisen.”

Interviewer: “I see. Does his pretence annoy you?”

Samael: “No, why should it? I admire deception and keeping humans unaware of my true identity gives me an advantage over them.”

Interviewer: “Well, you just lost that advantage over me and those who read this interview.”

Samael: “Be warned! That remark angers me and you would be wise not to incur my wrath.”

Interviewer: “Oh, my apologies, Prince Samael, I was just trying to state the obvious. I don’t want to make you angry; I’ve heard the consequences are terrible for those who do. Can you tell us about your punishments?”

Samael: “I can have you thrown into the Pit where demons will attack you and drink your life force essence, or I might extract your soul with my lodestone crystal. Another punishment would be me severely injuring you with my crystal light wand.”

Interviewer: “Those all sound quite frightening, but I do have a couple of questions about them. You mention demons drinking essence. Is that like vampires drinking someone’s blood?”

Samael: “It could be considered similar. The life force essence is energy that flows through the bodies of all life forms, just as blood flows through humans.”

Interviewer: “Ok, and what do you do with an extracted soul?”

Samael: “I keep it prisoner inside a dome where I keep all of the other extracted souls.”

Interviewer: “They say you collect souls, but I didn’t realize you do it literally. Continuing with the subject of punishment, I’d like to know if the holstered crystal on your left shoulder is the light wand you mentioned.”

Samael: “It is. My crystal wand is a trusty friend. Its three points emit rays, which can burn right through you. Their color is pale blue and they’re as powerful as what, in your world, is known as a laser. Would you like me to demonstrate?”

Interviewer: “No thanks, I’ll take your word for it. Now, some questions about something a little more personal. As I said before, you have an eye for the ladies. You were in love with Archangel Malkura and she loved you, but your drastic change of character from good to evil turned her away. She has given her attention to your brother, Seriel, and appears to be in love with him. This must...”

Samael: “Do not make mention of that! I have abandoned my feelings for Malkura and banished Seriel from my realm.”

Interviewer: “Oh dear, I guess I’m making you angry again, but I really didn’t mean to, Prince Samael. You see, our readers love to hear about the love life of those we talk to so we try to include any updated romance news as part of each interview. I’m supposed to ask you about your consorts. Ok?”

Samael: “It will depend on what you ask.”

Interviewer: “Well, I believe they are Lilith and Kokabel. Correct?”

Samael: “Yes, but Lilith is no longer with me. I sent her back to the other demons for a reason I’m not prepared to discuss with you. However, Angel Kokabel continues to live in my palace as my consort.”

Interviewer: “So may I ask if she’s important to you?”

Samael: “I hold little regard for her. She remains with me only because I know it infuriates Angel Azazel. Kokabel was his consort until he disobeyed my command. That is another subject I shall not elaborate on.”

Interviewer: “One more question in the romance department. There is an angel named Manah with whom you’ve been keeping company. This is surprising because she’s very different from you, being gentle and pure. Are you attracted to Manah or do you hope to corrupt her?”

Samael: “The reason why Angel Manah visits me in Abbadon is strictly a confidential matter. I have no desire to tell you anything more about her other than to say this. When she is interviewed, nothing must be said to upset or concern her. If this should happen, I shall take action against whoever is responsible.”

Interviewer: “I’ll make sure the interviewer is aware of what you’ve told me. Shall we move on to something else?”

Samael: “No, I have given you more than sufficient insight into myself. I’m leaving now.”

Interviewer: “Well, folks, he’s just flown away so that’s the end of our chat. Not the most enjoyable, but interesting. I think he’d probably have been more sociable if I was a woman.”

* * * *

Interviewer: "Today we have Angel Manah with us. There’s a lot of angelic gossip going around about her so we’re hoping to get the real scoop. Welcome, Manah, it’s great to have you here. My name is Janet and I’m looking forward to chatting with you.”

Manah: “Thank you, Janet, I’m happy to be here.”

Interviewer: “So where to begin? Your life seems to be rather hectic lately so I’m pleased you could find time to be interviewed. I’ve heard you keep visiting Samael in Hell. Oops! I guess I’m supposed to call him Prince Samael. My colleague, Andrew, was told to do that.”

Manah: “Yes, he thinks he should be addressed as such, but his real title is Lord Samael.

Interviewer: “Why does he want to be different?”

Manah: “He considers himself to be more important than the other archangels. Your colleague probably noticed he is very proud.”

Interviewer: “Andrew did remark on his apparent sense of importance, but, being the head honcho in Hell does carry some weight, I suppose.”

Manah: “You have many strange expressions in your 21st century world, but I think I know what you mean. We also refer to his domain as Abbadon, not Hell.”

Interviewer: “So can you tell us why someone, who is as wholesome as you, would want to be keeping company with the devil? I didn’t see him, but the girls in our office said he was a real hunk and nothing like how we would imagine him to look. No horns, cloven hooves, or tail and no pitchfork. Are you attracted to him, even though he is who he is, because he’s drop dead gorgeous?”

Manah: “Lord Samael is very handsome and he can be charming when he wants something from you. It’s difficult for me to ignore my attraction to him, but I must because I abhor his evil actions. If I became his consort, as he has suggested, that would mean I condone his wicked nature and I cannot.”

Interviewer: “Ah, he wants you to be his consort. He has others, too, doesn’t he?”

Manah: “He did have Lilith, but he sent her away from his palace so only Kokabel is with him now.”

Interviewer: “And he wants you to join him, as well. Hmm, I guess it’s quite flattering to have such an important guy wanting you to be his, and yet a little scary, too. Doesn’t it mean he would own your soul or something like that?”

Manah: “The manner in which he possesses a soul is by extracting it with his lodestone crystal, and then keeping it prisoner in a dome from which there is no escape. I trust he will never do that to my soul.”

Interviewer: “Well, Manah, if you stop going to see him, there would be no chance of him grabbing your soul, and that leads me to my next question. Why have you been back and forth, two or three times, to Abbadon?”

Manah: “It would take too much of your time for me to explain fully, I shall just try to give you a very brief summary. Lord Samael coerced Lady Malkura into living with him, but Lord Seriel, his brother, rescued her. I had accompanied Lady Malkura, my mistress, to his palace. When she escaped, he kept me prisoner as a way of forcing her to come back to him. She refused and he had to release me, but only on the condition I would visit him at least once. I did, and then he persuaded me to return one more time.”

Interviewer: “I guess it’s hard to refuse him even though you hate the things he does?”

Manah: “Yes, it is difficult. When his anger is not controlling him, he is charming and very persuasive. Lord Samael is also very generous. He gave me this comb and my armlet.”

Interviewer: “I’m going to describe these two items for our readers. The comb is made of tortoiseshell with what, I believe, are topaz gems across the top. It’s a really beautiful hair decoration. Manah is also wearing what looks like a solid gold snake wrapped twice around her upper arm. It has amethyst eyes and is a stunning piece of jewelry. I have to say I can understand why you’re feeling ambivalent about Lord Samael. These are lovely gifts.”

Manah: “He is perplexing. To me he is generous, complimentary and attentive, yet to others he is cruel and demanding. Lord Samael is very protective of me, as well.”

Interviewer: “Apparently he is. Andrew told me how during his interview he was warned by the archangel that nothing must be said to upset or concern you. If it was, he would punish the culprit. So, Manah, I would say Lord Samael has feelings for you.”

Manah: “It’s impossible for me to believe he does.”

Interviewer: “Then why would he give you gifts and be concerned about your welfare?”

Manah: “This has puzzled me, but I have come to a possible conclusion. I remind him of Lady Malkura and so he feels kindly toward me. If it’s not the reason, then he is amusing himself by pretending to be interested in me.”

Interviewer: “I suppose the devil could act affectionately for some twisted sense of humor. However, I’m sure it’s not why he’s good to you. Perhaps you don’t realize just how beautiful you are.”

Manah: “Thank you, Janet, for your kind words, but I cannot imagine Lord Samael being attracted to me. An angel is less than an archangel.”

Interviewer: “I really can’t comment on that. My knowledge of angelic matters is very limited. Now, you mentioned Lady Malkura and I’d like to ask you about her. Wasn’t Lord Samael in love with her?”

Manah: “Yes, they shared a deep love until he changed. His cruel acts and devious behaviour drove her away and she is now in love with his brother, Lord Seriel, who has always loved her. He’s a noble archangel and was loyal to Lord Samael until he helped my mistress escape. His action caused a great rift between them and he was banished from Abbadon by his sibling.”

Interviewer: “But he went back. Why?”

Manah: “Lord Seriel wanted to tell him how much he was saddened by his drastic change in character. They fought against each other with their crystal wands and both were injured. However, they did reclaim their former closeness.”

Interviewer: “I’ve heard about those weapons. They must be quite deadly?”

Manah: “They can cause terrible injuries, but they can also transport you instantly to wherever you wish to go.”

Interviewer: “Fascinating. Well, I’m getting the signal to wind this up so I’d like to thank you for being here, for answering my questions and giving us a better idea of what’s happening between you and Lord Samael. I do hope things work out for you. Maybe he’ll have another change of character and become a good guy once again. I think they call that redeemed.”

Manah: “Sadly, it will never happen. I have to make myself forget about him, but I’m grateful for your interest. Thank you, Janet.  


Marion Webb-De Sisto has held a keen interest in Women's Spirituality, Crystal Therapy and the Celestial Hierarchy for the past twenty-seven years. She is a graduate member and former tutor of the International College of Crystal Healing, a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner and a Reiki Master. Marion is also an experienced teacher/lecturer in both the UK and USA, being a guest speaker at holistic festivals, health shows and The Seeker's Trust. Having lived and worked in the US for many years, she presently resides in South East England with her American husband. Marion has two sons, two step sons, three daughter-in-laws and three grandchildren.

Marion's writings have been featured in Diane Stein's books - All Women Are Psychics, Prophetic Visions of the Future, Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats and The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats. Also in Dick Sutphen's Finding Your Answers Within. Her own books have been available since 2001. Reviewers considered her Angelic Chronicles to be "beautifully written;" a story that "just swoops one along," and then "leaves your heart panging." Marion's non-fiction books are described as "hard to put down," being written in "a clear and understandable fashion."

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