The Power of the Bill

Photo by: Yarnspinner

The creature claimed a solitary tree and an acre of scorched, lifeless land. Locals called it the Demon of Harrow Hill. Some said it had lived there, defeating heroes, for centuries.

Cohen Monoghan, the famed killer of hellish beasts, fared no better than his predecessors. He’d lost one hundred heavily armored mercenaries attacking the demon. Flummoxed by seven ignominious defeats, he sat in a tavern, thinking.

“Don’t ye worry,” encouraged the bartender, Liam. “Ye’ll kill that devil.”

“Devil?” said Monoghan. “Everyone calls it a demon.”

“Ach, I know. But mark me word, it’s a devil.”

“Blast!” gasped Monoghan. “That’s a different beastie altogether!”

He returned with a slender man in silk clothing. Mr. Pettigrew, a lawyer, wielded a mere abacus. Monoghan took him to the hill. Within an hour, the “Demon” of Harrow Hill had fled.

“Demons love chaos,” explained Monoghan to a crowd of admiring onlookers. “But Devils love bureaucracy.

“So how did you slay it?” queried a bystander.

“Easy, grinned Monoghan. “Mr. Pettigrew presented it with a bill for unpaid taxes.”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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24 Responses to The Power of the Bill

  1. Hahahahaha! Monaghan knew exactly what to do to get rid of the devil! Give him a bill for his unpaid taxes! LOL!!! Cute story!

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    Unpaid taxes, made me laugh, its always best to be on good terms with the tax man.🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Shivangi says:

    Hilarious…. loved every word!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jmwwriting says:

    Very nice!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. yarnspinnerr says:

    Very clever ……. the devil lies in unpaid taxes.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Bryan Aiello says:

    Much skillz, and yes I used the religious formal Z ending, you deserve it.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Martin Cororan says:

    …When folklore meets satire!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Leaking Ink says:

    Interesting spin. I like your differentiation between the devil and the demon 😉

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  9. James says:

    Clever. That’s what they got Al Capone on.

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  10. Hahahahaha! Monaghan knows how to circumvent the devilish ways. A laugh riot, this.

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  11. swritings says:

    Haha! This was great! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. luckyjc007 says:

    Ha! Ha! Leave it to a lawyer! They will find way to win one way or the other! Great story and not far from the truth! 😄

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