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The Long Halloween

A life lived in darkness.  Surrounded by violence and evil in order to understand it.  Sense it.  Fight it.

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While others looked away, tacitly consenting to the rot of society from the inside, I answered the call.  I did what was necessary - even when I was branded an outlaw and a threat.


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But no matter how many mobsters I terrified, or thugs I left broken, I was still haunted.  Not by my deeds, but, strangely, by the more noble deeds of another.  My father.  The shadow that clung to me, even in the pitch black.


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A ghost that could not be exorcised.  Blood could not wash it away.  Screams could not silence it. 


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I had to learn to stop trying to kill what was already dead.  I had to accept that my father's murder - perhaps more so than his life - was what had made me into the dread arbiter of unflinching justice I've spent so lon --

(bedroom door opens)

-- Son, for the last time, will you take out the recyclDAMMIT ARE YOU PRETENDING YOUR MOTHER AND I ARE DEAD AGAIN?  I TOLD YOU TO KNOCK THAT STUFF OFF, LANE!!!


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(door slams)

(in whispered hush)  I'm BatKiff.


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