Many days passed in the Temple of Asherah. Weeks. But then one day, Haniel
came to the temple, to seek out Asherah. And she saw right away that she was different. She saw it in Her eyes and in the
way that she moved. She was a Priestess now. She belonged now to the Goddess. But Haniel had to her, and he did then. He told
her that Dido was carrying his child. And he told her that he in fact was no man at all, but an Angel. He had not told her
this before. But Ashima knew right away that it was true. And she asked him: "Why are you here?" And Haniel answered
her: "Because I love you." Ashima fell quiet. She did not know what to say to his words. And she asked him: "Is Dido
then carrying a nephilim?" And Haniel answered her: "Yes." And Ashima said: "I want to help the two of you. I want to
help you and protect your child against the wrath of Jehovah." And she asked him then in worry: "What will happen to you?"
And he said to her: "I do not know. But Jehovah will punish me." And Ashima comforted him and said: "I will ask Asherah
Goddess to protect you." But in her heart, she wondered, why had an Angel chosen to love someone like her?
Even after his talk to Ashima, Haniel was in deep despair. And he rode
up in the high mountains. He rode away from it all into solitude. From up there, he looked down at the beauty of the
world in which he was living. And he shouted to the Heavens: "Take me, Jehovah! Punish me! I am at Your disposal
to do as You like to me. I have sinned, and I have failed You. To what use have I turned the back on You? Do You laugh at
me now, Jehovah? Do You mock me, You and Your faithful Angels? But I love Her. I love Her just like You do. Do You hear
that? Do you? Are You even listening to me?" And he searched the Heavens for a sign. But there was nothing. And he spoke out:
"Both have we driven Her from our side. You through Your hunger for power, Your despise for the human
kind, and through Your cruel manners. And I through my cowardice. And within me runs the longning as acid through my veins.
Is there any difference between the two of us, Jehovah? Are you as tiny in Your longing as I am? Does the bitterness and the
regret and self-hate run through You as it runs through me? And do You miss me as I miss You? Because, I do miss You, my God.
Miss You as You used to be. Before despise had yet poisoned You? Before You turned mad and cruel. No one
dares to tell You the anymore, my Lord. But I have nothing to loose. I will tell You the truth. Hear me now, Jehovah. Hear
the truth about yourself. You rule by pleaing to the lowest urges of the human kind. To their egocentrism and their fears.
You say to then, 'believe in me and Heaven is yours - forsake me and you will burn in the Eternal Fire'. These are threats,
and nothing more. Do You not see what it is that You are doing? Do You actually want a Love that is given to You by sly
calculation and utter fear? I loved You, purely and of my own free will. As Asherah did. And as the first humans did.
But You have destroyed it, Jehovah. You have exstinguished it. You and no one else. What You want is blind obedience
- not Love. The faith that You are spreading across the lands is the Faith of Fear. Do You hear me?! You are
a God of Fear! A God of fear and division. You rule by destruction. Your chosen people against all other peoples. All
humans were Your children at the beginning of Creation. Do You not remember? And now, I am one of the lost souls. How could
everything come to this? How could You become so changed? I loved You, and I know that You now will punish me, the
way that You have punished so many others. Or perhaps even worse, since You know that I loved You once. For You punish
the hardest those that You love, do You not? Yes, You have always done so." And Haniel then fell silent, waiting for the
retribution of Jehovah God. Never before had any Angel spoken like that to Jehovah. But no one came to punish him.
And neither to forgive him. He was utterly alone.