"I came from a family of Fallens that serve under Lucifer's reign. However, the story you humans believe in is quite different from the reality of what actually happened.
Eons ago, the universe had vast amounts of energy. It was collected by immortal beings as sources to maintain divine cities.
These beings? They are Arches.
I think you guys would know them better as angels.
So uh, the Arches can travel faster than light-years, terraforming inhabitable planets into livable ones, and pretty much expanded the empire universally.
Then one day, our so-called 'leader' Lucifer studied magic.
Back then, you'd be surprised how magic is seen as taboo. It's the equivalent of witchcraft, I think you humans had something against that too. I uh, read a book about it when I was younger and I still don't understand the bias behind it."
"Hold on," Toshiro interrupted, "Did you say, Lucifer?"
"You know what," my brother held his hands up and gestured at Kingston to proceed, "Go on."
"Anyway, Lucifer was once a high-ranking Arch who became "selfish" for more power. His curiosity led him to the discovery of magic, and he continued to study higher efficient spells behind everyone's backs.
The next thing you know, he was discovered, reprimanded, and banned from pursuing further academics.
That didn't stop him though. He gathered a good number of followers who believed in the use of magic.
Then a war ensued."
"A galactic war, that's crazy," I stared at the sky.
"Mmhm, a war, and a long one too," Kingston lowered his eyes, "Obviously Lucifer and his followers were no match with the Arches. They had this thing called the Orb, which contained a suppressed form of divine power that grants the user any wish."
The Orb. It sounded a bit familiar.
"Some high-ranking Arch used it to banish the traitors outside the boundaries of Arch territory, but in exchange for overusing the Orb, I heard they became mute."
"A mute angel? Now that's new," Toshiro kicked a pebble on the road, "Looks like our knowledge of angels and demons really differs from what's out there."
"Yeah man," Kingston glanced to the side of the road. A squirrel ran into a bush. "Hmm..."
"What? Oh! That was a squirrel," I explained.
"I see. Well, here's the juicy part you guys are in for. My ancestors? Hah. Gotta be one of Lucifer's original nine commanders. Tough luck for me, because that meant my people will forever serve under his reign even if we aren't agreeing with his methods."
"And you?" Toshiro asked.
"I ran away."
"What!" I yelped, "Isn't that-"
"Don't worry, they won't look for me...for now. I'm not all for Lucifer and his ruling. It sounds rare within the ears of Fallens but it's more common in thought. Many have tried escaping and many have died doing so."
Kingston shivered a little.
"I'm honestly a bit afraid of Lucifer. He's as scary as any book describes him. I sincerely hope you guys won't ever meet him."
The birds stopped chirping as we approached the end of the trail. A vast dirt road welcomed us into the forest, which led as a shortcut directly into the backyard of our home.
"Well, I hope not," Toshiro walked ahead, "but seeing that we know the existence of demons let alone you, I wouldn't be surprised if the king of demons come for us for intel."
"But if demons who ran away got killed, what inspired you to leave?" I leaned in closer to Kingston, "Do you have like, a death wish?"
"What? No!" He leaned away, "there are things I simply couldn't take anymore so I left. Let's just say because of my ancestors, I have the privilege of um..."
He glanced away, embarrassed. "Not being killed."
"Ah, I see how it is, you're a special boy," I teased, my hands playfully slapping his shoulder.
"Did you study magic, Kingston?" Toshiro asked.
"Do erase our memories if we ever get stuck with Lucifer."