“Checking on the Devil” by Alyson Dutemple (Fiction ’19)

Fiction alumn Alyson Dutemple was recently featured in The Cincinnati Review’s miCRo series. Read an excerpt from “Checking on the Devil” below:

Checking on the Devil

I checked in on the devil. He hadn’t been doing too hot. His place was dark and smelled weird. I asked if I could open a window. Sure, he wheezed. He put his feet up on his recliner. He asked me to tell him some things, about what had been going on in my life, around town, around New Jersey. I thought for a long time before I came up with something I thought might cheer him. I told him I went to a professional hockey game recently and that after tabulating the outrageous amount I spent on a ticket, on parking, on snacks and a couple of beers, I realized I could have probably paid for a trip to Europe.

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