Rated R. Contains F-bombs. And Satan.
Why I Bought Satan Two Cokes on the Day I Graduated High School
by Nathaniel Lee
When I came out of the coffee shop with my latte and my fresh walnut
brownie, the Archangel Michael was beating the ever-loving shit out of
Satan down on the corner. I could see the impact crater, right in the
middle of the intersection, and one of the poles holding up the
traffic lights was cut right in two so the wires had all fallen in the
street and also it was on fire on account of the flaming sword, so it
was a real mess. All higgledy-piggledy. Michael was holding Satan up
by the neck with one hand and just slapping him across the face with
the other. Which also by the way was still holding the sword, so it
wasn’t so much like slapping as it was punching with brass knuckles.
Also it was still on fire.
People were honking, but only the ones far enough back that they
couldn’t see what was going on. Everyone else was kind of looking the
other way. Fiddling with their cell phones. Avoiding eye contact.
You know, like you do around angels.
I figured it was time.
“Hey,” I said. Michael turned. I lifted the hand with the coffee in
it and pointed at Satan, who was pretty beat up by then. Missing some
teeth and all bruises and stuff. “Not cool,” I told Michael.
The angel looked down at me with his bronze wings all clanging in the
wind. Then he snorted and tossed Satan to the ground and just took
off. I stumbled a little and nearly spilled my coffee. Angels got
By then Satan was staggering upright. “You okay, dude?” I asked him.
“Could’ve taken him,” Satan said. He spat out a tooth and flared his
nostrils. “Didn’t need your help.”
About the Author
Nathaniel Lee (aka Nathan Lee) is one of the busiest members of the genre fiction podcasting community. His bio says he puts words in various orders and intermittently receives money in return. His fiction can be found in dozens of venues online and off, and he serves as Editor at the Drabblecast. A full bibliography can be found at his writing blog, mirrorshards.org
About the Narrator
Dave Thompson (also known as the Easter Werewolf) has written stories featured or forthcoming at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Bull Spec, Drabblecast, Pseudopod, and Escape Pod, and has lost NaNoWriMo twice. Once upon a time, he edited and hosted PodCastle with Anna Schwind, and stepped down to focus on his own writing in 2015. His collection of stories And Welcome Back released in 2016. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three children. Learn more about him on his website, or follow him on Twitter @krylyr.