“Too Poor to Sin” by H.L. Fullerton
(Originally published in Mysterion.)
Grandfather squandered our family’s fortune on forgiveness, forcing Father to enlist in the Legion and serve the angels. This was before he met Mother and they had me, though the angels’ war still rages. Father doesn’t say much about his years of service, except that it would’ve bankrupted us had he bought an honorable discharge. Instead he quit, kept his wages and is banking on God’s leniency. He says he amassed those sins in God’s name — he only killed those the angels ordered him to — and that should count for something, despite the angels’ claim that sin belongs solely to the sinner. Father says God knows you can’t climb to heaven without breaking a few bones.
H.L. Fullerton writes fiction — mostly speculative, occasionally about angels — which is sometimes published in places such as Lackington’s, Daily Science Fiction, and Tales to Terrify. On Twitter as @ByHLFullerton.
About the Narrator:
Devin Martin is just starting out as a writer, editor, and narrator. He almost had a career teaching robots how to kill, but escaped at the last moment. He lives with his brilliant scientist of a spouse and they call Cardiff their home. He almost never tweets @devinxmartin.