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The Mark

by on April 10, 2019

“All right,” he said wearily, “Let’s go through the plan one more time.”

“I’m not an idiot, you know,” Ben snapped. “I’m the freakin’ Antichrist, I can read.”

“So can the Enemy. They wrote the damn book, for hell’s sake. Now. The plan. Again.”

Ben sighed. “Fine. I show up, take over the world, start killing the good guys.”


“I wait for you know who to come back on his shiny white horse with all the angels.”


“I make everyone take a loyalty mark?”

“What number?”


A burst of flame shook the room. Ben froze. “No! Wait! 666! I was one off! Sorry!”

“Fine. But get it right. We’ve had two millennia to prepare for this; I don’t want to screw it all up because you had the wrong number. It’s written down, for-“

“I know, I know. But hey!” Ben brightened up. “I had a brilliant idea about application! You’ll love this! I’ll be right back.”

He disappeared in a puff of smoke, reappearing in a small waiting room decorated with brightly colored posters. The girl at the reception desk jumped in surprise. “Ben! What the heck?”

“Yeah, sorry, Lilith. Hey, you got a sec?”

“Not really,” Lilith said. “I’ve got an appointment. This guy wants a blue dolphin on a unicycle going across his left arm, and I’ve got about ten minutes to figure out how to do that.” She frowned. “What’s up? We weren’t supposed to go out again till Friday, yeah?”

Ben sighed. He hadn’t quite gotten around to explaining his day job yet. “Don’t be scared. I just need you to come with me for a second.” 

Lilith narrowed her eyes. “Where, exactly?”

“Down below.”

“Below where? You know this place doesn’t have a basement, right?”

“I meant further down. Way further down.”

“What the hell are you talking about?” Lilith said in exasperation.

“That’s kind of the point,” Ben said. “By the way, how are you on doing basic number tattoos? I’m thinking like a three-digit thing, easy to remember.”

“Psh, yeah,” Lilith said. “Better than some unicycle dolphin. What do you want, your area code?”

“It’s not for me,” Ben said. “Oh, also, how are you in doing large groups?”

“I did a biker gang once. They all wanted hearts and names of their exes. Took the whole day.”

“Right,” Ben said, doing some rapid mental math. It suddenly occurred to him that he hadn’t thought this part through. “I may need to get you some assistants. You’ll need help. Incidentally, one more thing before we go. Have you ever read the book of Revelation?”


  1. Very funny tale and good use of the prompt!

  2. ‘667’ made me grin. So entertaining, as usual. 😉

  3. My favorite: “I’m not an idiot, you know,” Ben snapped. “I’m the freakin’ Antichrist, I can read.”

    I l9ve showcasing comedic series on the trials of these poor hellions. Lilith … Nice touch. I found it funny that she was doing her own thing and meaningful she pleased. I didn’t think this story had a closure…I got to the end and thought there would be one more line to wrap it up…like …he asked her if she read revelations because he hadn’t …

  4. As usual, can’t wait to see where you go next!

  5. I really love these characters. With each story they grow in depth and scope. I especially like that poor Ben gets treated like a fool so often — even though he is the Antichrist. I felt for poor Lilith! I don’t imagine tattooing all of hell’s creatures would be a small feat. This is a great scene, but it did feel a little incomplete as a whole story. It would have been nice to see a bit more of a conclusion (though, I get that it fits beautifully into the other stories in this series).

  6. As usual, I love the characters and the tone. Good use of the prompts, too. As others have mentioned, I’d love to see one more sentence to tie it up a bit more. Nice job!

  7. And her name is Lilith, perfect. 😀

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