The Beggar’s Billions

randomlychad  —  December 20, 2013 — 7 Comments

“The Beggar’s billions,” he said. “We’ve got work to do.” It was then that his appearance changed before me: where a moment before stood Lucifer, Prince of Darkness, now stood a figure familiar to billions:

A rotund, jolly, jowly red-cheeked, bearded man bedecked in a festal red suit. Where there had been cloven hooves there were now black boots.

“Come along, Rancidspoor, we’ve the Beggar’s billions to deceive,” he said, donning his Santa cap. “Ready to be an elf?”

“Tis the season,” I replied, reflecting upon the chance encounter with Beelzebub in the lower echelons which led to this sugar plum of an assignment.

“Ho, ho, ho,” Santa said. “Let’s go.”


This piece is part of a sudden writing challenge issued by Joseph Craven and Ricky Anderson. The requirements were to:

Call the story “Beggar’s Billions”
Have a Santa cap
Include a chance encounter

I had fun doing this, and look forward to future challenges.




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  • Good stuff, Chad

    • Thanks, Larry! Did you participate this time around?

      • No, I didn’t know about it until I saw your post.

  • i’ll admit, chad. at first, i was offended. “santa is not the devil!” but that goes to show you how good the piece is. i’d definitely keep reading if you keep going. 🙂 i’m gonna have to get hooked into these challenges with you and ricky.

    • Thanks, Tim! I like to challenge myself to pack as much story as I can into as few words as possible. I’ll admit that one the idea came to me a world, fully formed, sprung into my mind. 🙂

  • Ricky Anderson

    Nice twist.

    • Thanks, Ricky!

      I’m thinking of continuing. It would be called “Santa, You Devil.”