Chapter 22


Satan and Yahweh stood at the altar on the ridge above the plain. The calf lay on top of brush wood.

"Ashes to ashes," said Yahweh.

"Dust to dust," said Satan.

Then Yahweh moved his hand and the wood burst into flame. Satan was startled.

"How did you do that?" he asked.

"Do what?" asked Yahweh innocently. "Oh, that. Just a little trick I picked up somewhere. It wows 'em in Vegas."

And despite himself, Satan laughed out loud as smoke rose high into the air.