Without replying, Lucifer stepped off the terrace. He fell through the sea, feeling the water compressing against him as it propelled him downward. Just as he felt the suffocating pressure would be his end, he found himself standing in the garden beside the gold tree.
He glanced up to ensure the presence of the Sea of Glass, and was relieved to see a watery window hovering above him. Turning back to the tree, hesitating only for a moment, his breath quelling with expectancy, he reached for a piece of fruit.
The touch sent a tingle through his fingertips and down his arm. Anticipation mounting, he pressed the fruit against his lips, and the tingling sensation spread across his face.
With trembling hands, he took a bite.
A euphoric rush of energy surged through him, coursing through his ether. Every fibre of his being felt aflame, akin to his awakening, when he’d walked through the flames that had forged his ethereal body.
He glanced about, searching for something to test his power on, then strode to the riverbank. He stared at the rushing waters. “Arise,” he ordered. A column of water rose from the midst of the river, and Lucifer’s eyes widened in fascination and awe. “Take form,” he commanded.
The column took on the likeness of the Shekinah as a dove, separating from the rest of the water as it spread its liquid wings and soared. “No, one of those colossal lizards called dragon,” Lucifer said, his ecstasy echoing in his voice.
At once the dove changed shape, its body transforming into a great beast with scales and claws. Its liquid nostrils flared and its bulbous, unseeing eyes stared at him, as though awaiting his next command.
“Be as you were,” Lucifer said.
The water crashed back into the river as though it had never risen.
Shaking with excitement, Lucifer strode back to the gold tree, then vaulted upwards through the glass sea window. Once more standing on the terrace, he smiled in triumph at the others. “Now that you have witnessed the power of an inferior tree, imagine what the original possesses,” he said. “So I ask you again, are you with me or not?”
-- excerpt from Prophecy of the Heir, Volume I of The Chronicles of Time series. Based on Revelation 12:15 which demonstrates Lucifer's power over the elements when unrestrained. This excerpt takes place before the fall, before Lucifer is restrained and thrown out of heaven.