Satan’s Bargain is a story in which the main character cuts a deal with Satan who promises him “The Good Life” in trade for his soul. Any exchange of virtue for material gain is known as a Faustian bargain, from the play Doctor Faust by the German Playwright, Goethe. “Satan’s Bargain” is a modern-day Faustian novel in which Satan appears as a beautiful woman. She offers the main character the chance to start his life over at any age he chooses, with the benefit of hindsight. Who among us has not wished for such an opportunity? The catch is that – unlike most Faustian stories – Satan does not want his soul. But then, what does Satan want?
“You’ve got great legs for The Devil.”
“That’s Satan – but thanks for the compliment.”
“ Satan ?”
“Yes. I’d rather be called Satan than The Devil .”
“Yes, semantics. As I recall, semantics deals with the meaning of words. The Devil is a creature of evil.”
“And Satan …?”
“ Satan is a multi-faceted being with complex motives, aspirations and methods. I am Satan .”
“But you’re a woman,” John Everson said, pushing himself back from his desk. He rose and moved to the window overlooking the street. It gave him an opportunity to check to see if his intruder might have an accomplice waiting, engine running. It also put him near a pool cue behind the curtain.
“Your point is?”
“Isn’t Satan a masculine being?”
“Normally that’s the case, but I am not a being as you interpret it.”
“ Normally , but now…?”
Satan leaned back slowly re-crossed long shapely legs, while smiling indulgently at John Everson. She rested her elbows on the arms of the easy chair and steepled long fingers before her face, pressing the tips against sensually parted lips.
“Why is this so important to you?”
Most works of fiction start when someone asks the question; What if ? Satan’s Bargain was begun with, What if I could live my life over, knowing what I now know … It was fun and challenging to write, and, like most first novels, is somewhat autobiographical (you write best that which you know best – yourself.) Even so, most characters and actions in this book are fictional; some are real, but with changed names and situations.
As I write these thoughts, I can’t help but think about you, the reader. How many What if questions do you have floating around in your head? What would it take to make you take that leap from thought to page? Like learning to bake pastries; it is a lot easier, and a lot harder than you would think. But the rewards are so satisfying. You have dozens of wonderful stories in your head worth reading. Why not share them?