The Light brushed her fingertips, close enough to touch but not close enough to grasp. She knew that it
held the fading memories of all that was good and happy.
Cassiel looked down at the trap that held her. Her mission had been a simple one – gather intelligence on
a Black Mass. She had done it so many times throughout the millennia that she had lost count. She could
not remember having ever considered going beyond her orders before.
She stretched up towards the Light again. She touched the edge of it, felt a small amount of His love, but
it was fleeting. She knew that He was watching, and always testing her, as He always watched and tested
The air around her became cold, as the Light shrank away from her. She reflected on the decisions she had
made throughout her existence. Which step had brought her away from Salvation? The corpses around her,
were these the ones that she had created today? Or were the culmination of her choices?
Over the millennia she had seen too much. She didn’t know what had caused her to snap this time, but she
had done it. She had failed her Test, going beyond her assigned intelligence-gathering, to retribution.
Cassiel – could she even use that name anymore? - knelt down among the carnage around her and wept. She
had Fallen away from God’s Grace. She had damned herself.
And the worst part was, given the same circumstances, she would have changed nothing.