“The truth is you can be orphaned again and again and again.
“The truth is you will be.
“And the secret is, this will hurt less and less each time until you can’t feel a thing.”Tender branson, survivor
This Must Be The Place
Greathorn Diner, Ashburton 5:58 a.m.
“You two can follow me in if you don’t mind sittin’ in the dark for a minute, hon,” the waitress said, her breath hanging in clouds in the November morning air.
Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth did just that, removing their hats and coats in such synchronicity that George Gershwin would’ve had half a mind to consult the duo for choreography.
“I would say ‘it’s nice to meet you,’ but I don’t believe in time as a concept, so I’ll just say ‘we always met.'”Darius epps • Atlanta
Funeral For A Friend
Alfred Pennyworth cleared his throat.
“When I was 22 years old, my life changed forever, and it hasn’t stopped changing since. If you had asked me on that day if I was ready to be a father to a teenager who had just lost his mother and father, I would’ve said ‘Hell no!’ and that would’ve been that.”
Behind Alfred, Bruce Wayne cracked a smile. Alfred knew this because nervous lips throughout the gathered mourners began to twitch into cautious smiles.
It was a brisk, but clear Sunday in November, and Alfred pressed on with glassy eyes.
graphic violence • gun violence • violent death
“The wretches will suffer punishment and will shortly meet the end which they deserve“Nero Claudius Caesar
Oedipus In Exile
It was unseasonably warm for November, and thunder crashed in the night sky of Gotham City.
Votes were cast amid gunfire and the violent competition for territory by a fractured mob family.
Mayor Basil Karlo was re-elected in a curious (but only if you had the luxury of thinking about it for more than five minutes) landslide.
The Very Edge of Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, England 1322
(Oak Point Park, Midway City, Michigan, 1922)
The Sheriff of Nottingham was right behind him.
“I’m right behind you, scoundrel!”
And he would stop at nothing to make his arrest.
“I’ll stop at nothing to make my arrest, you fiendish outlaw!”
And so it was that the outlaw was running for his life.
graphic violence • gun violence • violent death
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”Mao Zedong • August 7, 1927
The sun was setting in Gotham City, casting the college campus in vibrant magenta, violet, and tangerine light that glittered off the calm waters of the Gotham Harbor.
There was something of an amphitheater set up here. There was hardly any slope to the hill, with just enough to make it easier to get a view of the stage, which had a concentric semicircular shell to provide for better projection of the performers. The area was located to the left of a standing placard that read:
graphic violence against the mentally ill • violent death
“Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by the power of inertia. Every year it gets harder to change.“Milan KundeRA • THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
TOP COP GELIO: “BATMAN IN CUSTODY”
By Lois Lane
Nov. 1 – (GOTHAM) Commissioner Yiannis “Johnny” Gelio, the top cop at Gotham City’s Police Department, claims to have the so-called “superhuman” vigilante and alleged child-killer known as The Batman in custody, according to an exclusive interview granted to this reporter.
“Today, Gotham City becomes the first city in the world to have peacefully apprehended a superhuman,” Gelio said. “The costumed criminal has terrorized our citizens long enough. We have the Batman in custody.”
gun violence • death • police violence
“Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”Kurt Vonnegut • Slaughterhouse Five
Sitting in the Commissioner’s office, hued a high blue-green by the fluorescent lighting, Aurelio Liberatore considered the work he was doing. Aurelio wore a badge and had access to every police building in Gotham, but he wasn’t truly an officer of the Gotham Police Department.
The job paid well, and he got to keep himself in fighting shape. But the title of officer wasn’t extended to contract workers. Contractors – like Aurelio – were placed with the department through a company called “Henshaw Allied,” a multifarious organization with a speciality in “private security services.”
November 29, 1917
October 4, 1917
Dear Mrs Martha, and Messrs. Thomas and Bruce,
This is Hell.
“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
Half The Sky
“I am pleased to announce that, this afternoon, with generous donations from The Pennyworth Foundation and Wayne Enterprises, the Project ALICE initiative has the funding it needs to operate for the next three years. In that time, it is our great hope that we will either have proven our program’s worth sufficiently to Gotham that our esteemed councilmembers will consider subsidizing a portion of our operating costs, or more optimistically, that we will, by that time, have ended poverty in Gotham altogether.”
“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.“Mary Wollstonecraft shelley • Frankenstein; or, The modern prometheus
And Into The Storm
A hail of brick and mortar pieces hit Batman in the back as he fell.
The only things he could hear were the tinnitus-muted murmuring of the gunman, and the low-volume static of a police scanner that had definitely had a wire knocked loose.
He’d plotted for a run from the rooftop, but he was falling toward the third floor of the speakeasy.