The angel and the demon stood over the body, waiting for the soul to detach from the mortal remains, ready to begin the journey to the afterlife. "He was a brave heart," the angel said. "Going into battle again and again. He deserves to find Heaven."
"He was Jewish," said the demon. "Fighting the Christians and trying to stop them over-running Israel."
"Was he?" The angel frowned and looked about the landscape and pointed to a dome. "Isn't that The Church of the Holy Sepulchre?"
"No." The demon smiled. "That's the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He pointed the other way. "The Anastasis is over there."
"Damn," said the angel. "He looked down at the newly emerged soul and gave it a kick. "Get thee down to Hell, you damned Republican."
The demon watched him go. "Come on old chap," he said. "Sheol awaits."
"It is terrible in Sheol?" the soldier asked.
The devil shrugged. "That depends," he said. "They serve dreadful tea."
Image: Jerusalem and the Holy Land (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)