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Anticlimax - TDK vignette

Here's a little vignette based on an idea I had while seeing The Dark Knight. Contains --spoilers-- so be warned. 163 words (hey, I said it was little!). I don't call it a drabble, because to me a drabble is 100 words, exactly. I suppose I could have done a little pruning, but trimming Joker-prolixity just seems Wrong, you know?

The usual disclaimers: I don't own the Joker (like anybody could!)


 

Anticlimax

That was too bad about the ferries. Such a great gag, and it just fell flat. Perhaps it was a little too much like repeating himself? Too similar to Dent and Rachel, both in mortal straits, and only time to save one? Do you think? Well, maybe, maybe not.

And the trouble he had taken, too, making sure that the boat wouldn’t go up in one huge explosion, killing everybody instantly—charming though that might have been under other circumstances—but in a careful progression, quick enough and thorough enough so that they couldn’t escape, but with enough time built in so that they’d know that the Joker had stacked the deck again, ha ha! That the detonator they held wasn’t for the other ferry, but for their own. So perfect.

And then they went and all got noble or something—both ferries! And then he didn’t even get to blow them both himself. Not one of his successes. Ah, well, next time…

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Sid, it's SO great to see you writing again, you know I've always just adored your limericks and drabbles and yah! To see a Joker one!

Loved it. Just loved it. :)