FarFetchedFables No 125 Michael Rimar and David_Steffen

“Reckoning” by David Steffen

(Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, September 2013.)

"The Day of Reckoning is upon us," Preacher Paul said.

"You reckon?"

"I reckon."

Paul watched Jake for telltale signs of guilt, but his friend only nodded and went on rocking his chair on the general store's porch.

"You'd best do everything you can to prepare," Paul added. "I'm here to offer you counsel if you need it."

"Before you get too far in that sermon of yours, you ought to know I don't have any money for you, Preacher."

Paul shook his head and stroked his beard. "That's just what the Devil's telling you to say."

David Steffen is a writer, editor, and software engineer. He edits Diabolical Plots, which began publishing original fiction in 2015. He runs the Submission Grinder, a tool for writers to find markets for their work. He recently published The Long List Anthology, which is a collection of 21 stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list last year. His own stories have... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy