Everyone is Something
“What do you desire?” asked the Devil.
“Nothing,” I said. “I desire nothing.”
“Come now, yes you do. Every human does. Tell me, dear boy, what burning want do you have? What is it that you crave when you lie awake at night? What does your soul ache for?”
“Is it love?”
“A companion? I could whisk from the air the finest canine or the mightiest lion to stand beside you.”
I shook my head.
“Then what? There has to be something.”
“I told you. I don’t want anything. I am nothing. I can’t want anything”
“That’s not true. Everyone is something. Even the smallest of men is something. So, let me ask again. What, my dear, do you desire?”
I sat and thought for what felt like eons. The Devil sat and waited patiently.
“I think I’ve got it,” I told him.
“Tell me.” Flames danced across his charcoal eyes.
“I want to watch the world burn.”