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What happens when the devil starts bidding for souls online?
This is a story about my generation – Generation Y.
Born in 1983, I just barely missed the cutoff point for Generation X. I could have belonged to the “slacker” generation, a generation with a really cool name. Instead, I was born into Generation Y.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the symptoms of Generation Y-ers, look for people who have worked full-time while going to college, unemployed people holding Master’s degrees, and jaded retail workers scraping to get by. Generation Y is actually “Generation Why?” as its members are forced to wonder why it’s so hard to survive in today’s society.
The Devil’s Bidding” features a couple of model Generation Y-ers. The “hero” of the story, Tom Harper, is still living with his parents as he goes to college. His girlfriend, Brenda, is a dispirited retail worker. Disillusioned with his life, Tom makes a mistake that costs both he and Brenda dearly. His mistake is so big that Satan himself has to get involved, and even the Lord of the Underworld himself is revealed to be plagued by the addictions of modern times.
While this story can be read solely for its entertainment value, it is also a commentary on the Y Generation and its strange, terrifying, lonely struggles. Can technology save my Generation Y-ers from a primordial evil?
How much is your soul worth to you? If you’re Tom Harper, not a lot. Still reeling from the loss of his soul mate, he thinks a soul is worth nothing without someone to share it with. Grieving, broke and tired, he offers it up for sale. But with a few clicks of a mouse, he realizes that it is worth more than he ever knew and that some things are worth more than all the money in heaven… or Hell.