✧ In the House of Cosmos, the Cherubim - one of the High Orders of Angels in the heavenly hierarchy - are training newborn Angels to take over the posts that were left open when God threw the traitors from Heaven. But can the eternally adolescent divines ever live up to the great expectations? Will any of them be suited to fill out the posts of the High Orders, or will the Cherubim have to throw them all down to earth as Guardians? And what happens if one of them is playing with the same thoughts that once led Lucifer to his rebellion? ✧


2. Cosmos

One month. That's exactly how long they'd been teaching her. One month, and Lailah already felt like she'd been there for one eternity. Time is odd in Heaven, she thought to herself on her way to their classroom that morning. Of course it was the only kind of time she had ever known; she'd never crossed the borders of Heaven, not even before her spirit was granted divinity. 

"Morning, sunshine" Gabriel teased as he caught up behind her. She shrugged in response. Lailah had never been a morning person, and this one was certainly no different. 

"Ouch, your greeting was so warm it burned me" he said in the smug manner Lailah couldn't stand. But she was too tired to come up with a snappy comeback.

"Gabriel" Charmaine said, having suddenly joined them along their way, "that's so bad it's not even funny"

She said that, but Lailah could tell Charmaine's reaction was positive. Gabriel's jokes didn't repel her the way they did Lailah. Not that she cared, anyway. She just didn't understand.

"I know" sweet and caring Evangeline said, giving Lailah's arm a little squeeze as if she had read her thoughts. Lailah forced a smile. She liked Evangeline for always understanding even the smallest changes in people's mood or body language.

"Where's Raphael?" Lailah asked, forming the first real words that morning. 

"I'm here" Raphael answered, leaned against the wall by the classroom entrance. As every other morning, Lailah was struck by his beauty. Raphael was not like the other angels. They were all good-looking, but he was indescribably handsome, though he didn't act like it. Lailah couldn't tell whether he didn't realize or he just didn't care. Either way she was impressed. But Lailah didn't bother pursuing him. Every other female in Heaven had noticed as well and she didn't really care anyway. Angels didn't reproduce, so what use was there of good looks? 

"Good morning, Raph" Charmaine beamed. Lailah was pretty sure Charmaine felt different about pursue and looks. She watched in wonder as Charmaine closed the few meters between herself and Raphael and threw herself in his arms in a manner that was a little too intimate. Gabriel shrugged in silent agreement, but Evangeline seemed unaffected. Instead, she linked arms with both Gabriel and Lailah and led them into the only classroom of the House of Cosmos. But it was no ordinary classroom as it is no ordinary school. It was a huge, magnificent hall and it was meant for teaching one hundred newborn angels. Lailah sighed. So many confusing people in one room.

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