This was originally going to be my question for April 4th, but then I got a brainstorm to use something else. But now that April is over, I'm back to scrambling for "what ifs" so here it goes...
It's a popular trope in a certain sort of fiction. The deal with the devil. You sell your soul for some prize. A publishing contract. The love of your crush. Wealth. Success.
In the end, you lose, of course. The devil gets you. Somehow. But what does the devil get out of this?
What if the devil has a quota of deals he has to close? What if he meets that quota? What if he doesn't?