Adventure Seed: Buoyancy
By Manny Nepomuceno
The image in the window took a long time to resolve itself, but when it did,
there was no doubt about it - the being on the other end was Dominic
himself. The cloaked and cowled Seraph was looking at the Webcam with two
of his eyes, his other four focused elsewhere. It was noted that the
Archangel of Judgment was not a touch-typist.
"Report," he pecked out on the keyboard.
Fortunately, Donovan was used to his Archangel's eccentricities. As an
Ofanite, he was often accused of being eccentric himself. "Sixteen
interviewed, Most Holy. Two with dissonance, but they're working it off at
a Tether. Angels of the Sword."
"Have they been dealt with?" Dominic asked.
"Yes, Most Holy. They are being watched. And one of Eli's reports that
he's seen him lately."
"Eli? In San Francisco?"
"Yes, Most Holy."
"What was he doing?"
"According to the angel of Creation, he was auditioning, sir."
Dominic paused. "Auditioning?"
Half an hour later, a triad of Judgment was dispatched from Heaven to San
Francisco with newly-minted vessels and very, very detailed instructions.
No Malakim were assigned to the triad, but all three of its members were
grim - this was dangerous duty, and the most unpleasant kind. None of their
fellows envied them their earthside assignment.
Donovan met them at the nearest Tether. "Greetings, I am Donovan," he
addressed the senior member of the Triad, a Seraph who had seen the fall of
"Ack-sellent," replied another member of the Triad, stressing the first
syllable. An Ofanite like himself, Donovan noted. The Seraph glared at
him, but said nothing.
"He's under orders not to talk unless he absolutely has to," the third
member of the Triad offered. A Mercurian this time - clearly, this Triad
didn't intend to get into any fights.
"I see...were you briefed beforehand?" Donovan asked.
"Thoroughly," the Mercurian replied, smiling. "Let's get to work."
It's Heaven's worst nightmare. Eli, Archangel of Creation, has finally
surfaced, and he's involved in one of Nybbas's biggest projects. This time
around, he's a 19-year old boy named Kevin Neil Simons, and one of the five
members of Buoyancy, the hottest new boy band to hit the charts since
N'Sync. (Or Westlife. Or Plus One.) Two members of a Judgment triad are
also in the band, ostensibly to observe the Archangel, but with orders to
report back to Dominic the instant they discover anything even remotely
alluding to collusion between Nybbas and Eli. Of course, they're in the
limelight too, and loving every moment of it. The third member of the triad
is one of their roadies, and is widely believed to be mute.
The great thing about having the Archangel of Creation in a band is that the
songs are always catchy. Even dour Michael has been heard to hum the latest
Buoyancy hit, although he denies having heard of the band. The difficult
thing about having Eli in the public eye is that he hogs the spotlight - the
fan mail addressed to "Kevin Neil" is carted to the agency twice a day.
That hasn't kept Eli from crafting all sorts of artifacts, however - just
the other day, one of the Dominicans had to pilfer a microphone that had the
Ethereal Song of Attraction bound into it, courtesy of the Archangel of
Unfortunately, things are coming to a head - Dominic wants some results, Eli
is getting more and more temperamental with each passing day, and Nybbas
(who is, after all, nobody's fool, unlike certain other Demon Princes) is
beginning to notice a lot of angelic interest in Buoyancy. Time is running
out for the three members of the triad, and there's no telling what will
happen when Eli decides he wants to do a duet with Britney Spears...
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