Dollars and Sense

He was only a child when his parents were gunned down by a mugger in a dark alley. What they had been doing there he couldn’t remember, but it was no doubt important. The boy became heir to a vast empire of successful companies that he was too young to understand; this ensured him the best education at the world’s top schools, the kinds of places that didn’t have girls in them to distract from learning. He grew up in a world of fencing and philosophy, geometry and gymnastics, chemistry and cricket.

But deep inside, he could not be content. Out on the streets of the city where his parents had died lurked a cadre of criminals that the police were powerless to impede. If he was ever to be truly happy, he needed to slake his thirst for vengeance.

And so he did the only thing a brilliant, athletic, wealthy, determined man would do: invested in a host of high-tech gadgets and a secret lair, then paid a team of Special Forces operative to be masked vigilantes. No sense putting himself in danger unnecessarily.

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15 Responses to “Dollars and Sense”

  1. MKR says:

    more like hack

  2. Gracie says:

    Short, clean, and well told. The birth of a superhero, or a mercenary vigilante conglomerate. Either way, it works. Good one!

  3. Batman has always been a favorite of mine.

  4. John Wiswell says:

    Our #fridayflashes should fight! Mano-el… how many manos did you bring? Oh crap!

  5. MKR says:

    All the manos.

  6. Valerie, this is great in so many ways, especially how you got so much in such little space. Well done!

  7. Aidan Fritz says:

    Love John’s comment, would love to see the slugfest. Except I think they get to keep their minions. I like his sense.

  8. Icy Sedgwick says:

    Interesting take on Batman – surely Bruce Wayne could achieve more if he paid a whole team of special ops to fight crime instead of doing it himself?!

  9. I love it – I thought for sure we had the birth of a superhero going. I laughed out loud when I got to the end.

  10. Good take on Batman. It’s as good a reason as any to how Batman never seems to die.

  11. Jamie says:

    Fun stuff! This explains why Batman looks different in each movie. 😉 Nice twist on the superhero theme. Enjoyed it!

  12. Excellent, always get in the professionals: it’s been my way for years, plumbing, painting,revenge killings.

  13. Valerie says:

    Thanks, all! Glad you enjoyed it. John, I laughed when I saw yours mostly because of the crossover potential. What happened to that poor circus boy, indeed…

  14. Adam Byatt says:

    Loved the last line, giving it that quick turnaround of humour and subvert the build up.
    Adam B @revhappiness

  15. You know, I was bracing myself… I knew what was coming, but I said ‘ok VV, hit me as hard as you can.’ You averted the turn until the last moment. Worked.

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