The mirrors around the semi-circular studio reflected endless variations of a dancing angel, the only angel to have cried when she received her name. Unleashing the power of a tornado, Remiel spun to music loud enough to rattle all twenty windows. Arms, legs and six gold wings pumping to the rhythm, she whirled about the room.
During a pause in the cacophony, Remiel turned to find Saraquael, of the choir of Dominions, standing against the corner. The volume lowered instantly, and then the music stopped as the frown of her previous concentration transformed into a grin.
He inclined his head, as if to say, You can continue.
She opened her hands, communicating reassurance in the nonverbal manner of angels. Then, a smile still adorning her angular features, she shrugged.
"What were you playing?" Saraquael, like Remiel, was one of the Seven archangels that stand directly before God.
"I'm not sure. Israfel said it's a trend poised to dominate American radio, so she asked me to figure out if it fell under her dominion as
the angel of music." She rubbed a hand through her cropped hair, then along the gentle slope of her neck. "I can dance to it, so I'd say yes." As she lowered her arm, a half dozen bracelets jangled. "What brings you?"
"I just wanted to stop by." He gestured at the dance floor. "Keep going."
"I'm done." Her clothing changed from a black leotard into jeans and a red t-shirt, but her hair remained the same, standing away from her neck to reveal a row of piercings in each ear. "Are you sure everything is all right?"
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Jane Lebak has been writing since age three, although she's improved a bit since 1975. Her first novel "The Guardian" was published in 1994 under Jane Hamilton. She's had short fiction published in Catfantastic IV, Liguorian, and Dragons, Knights and Angels (among others) and some of her nonfiction has appeared in Chicken Soup For The Cat Lover's Soul, Mothering Magazine, and Celebrate Life. Her novel "Seven Archangels: Annihilation" will be serialized by The Sword Review and released by Double-Edged Publishing beginning in 2007.