By Marcus L. Rowland
Meet the new god. Born of a dark Angel, killed, risen, and martyred, he overcomes evil to become the Sun. Soon billions will believe. His enemy become saviour become lover has died, martyred, and risen twice, fought the demons of Hell, and prevented the apocalypse so often that it's become a joke. Her love redeems; demons become heroes, the witch who would destroy the world eventually saves it.
Their story is told, the authorised version. Around it are apocrypha; legends, often contradictory, and sometimes blasphemous to Him. Spike, demon become god, is getting annoyed, the tellers of tales should tremble.
Author's Note: Nobody is quite sure who invented the Drabble, a game played by science-fiction fans from the early 1980s onwards; the most likely source is the Birmingham University SF society in the UK. The rules are simple; write a story of exactly 100 words with no more than fifteen additional words for its title. What seems to be reasonably certain is that the idea really took off with the publication of The Drabble Project (Beccon Publications 1988, ed. Roger Robinson), a collection of 100 stories sold to raise money for charity, followed by two sequels Double Century and Drabble Who. If you ever find a copy of The Drabble Project at a reasonable price buy it - it's now out of print and contains some stories by well-known authors that can be found nowhere else. My story's on page 19; it's possibly the worst in the book, but I sometimes suspect it'll be remembered long after everything else I've written has been forgotten...