The Strangers Part 3(of 3) January 30, 2010Posted by Devin in short story's.
Tags: fiction, noir, pulp, short story
Tony landed right next to the man himself, Bane. Bane was grumbling to one of his cohorts when Tony dropped in. Startled, Bane was unable to react. ” Lets have a little talk young sir, ” said Tony cockily. ” eh, ” Bane said taken aback. Then Bane sucked in a full breath of air revealing just how monstrously huge he was. Tony was not intimidated, however as he looked around the junkyard , he thought it looked cluttered like a painting with too many bright colors. ” Nice place you got here, its works wonders on the eyes,” Tony commented. ” Old man, if you don’t leave your going to have more than back problems, ” threatened Bane. Bane drew closer to Tony revealing a buzzards head. He had a bald head with piercings in all over; through his lip and nose , covering his eyes almost completely. Only after seeing this did Tony fully sense where he was. On a concrete plateau next to a pit of mud with rank smells like burning flesh. Tony knew that smell too well. Tony noticed a large crowd of Strangers spread around the junkyard. ” You came here for some’in or what?” inquired Bane. Feeling some hesitation Tony fumbled for something to say. ” I came here to….take you down.” ” Ha ha ha, your funny old man. ” laughed Bane genuinely amused. ” I’m always up for a good tumble.” With that Bane turned about and bellowed “Fight in the pit!” Bane turned around and smiled revealing a row of filed teeth, sharpened to points. ” Come on then.” Bane dropped down to the side of the mud pit. Tony bewildered about how things were turning out, followed uneasily. The entirety of of the Strangers were gathered around chanting. Bane! Bane! Bane! Tony’s head was ringing from the chanting and Banes cackling laughter. ” OK OK let’s get on with this” screamed Bane gleefully. Tony locked eyes with Bane. He knew there was only one way this would end. Bane leapt at Tony arms and fists extended. Tony strafed out of the way, but one leg slipped into the mud pit restricting his movement. Tony pulled on his leg trying to loosen the mud’s grip. At the same time Bane was reading himself for another go. Bane ran hurling his body straight at Tony’s torso. A split second later Tony ripped his leg free and fell over causing Bane to go over him. Tony saw his chance, he ran over to where Bane lay and kicked him in the face. Bane responded by pulling Tony down to the ground and head butted him. Tony tried to get up only to be held down. Tony rolled to the side and threw a slimy glob of mud at Banes face. With a roar Bane wiped from his now bloodshot eyes. ” I will end this, ” declared Bane. With that he tackled Tony right into the mud pit. Tony felt something crack maybe a rib, or the nose. Tony didn’t have have enough feeling to know or even care exactly where it was. Tony swung his fists aimlessly striking as fast as he could. Bane was an immovable object, solid, tough, however Tony was like an unstoppable force. He was unable to give up. The fight dragged on with kicking, punching, kneeing, biting, and snarling. Bane walked out of the pit with a bloody face and the broke and beaten body of Tony. ” I….. have…. won,” announced Bane in the loudest voice he could muster. “But the old man fought well. He deserves one last request.” Tony barely conscious could hardly believe his ears. ” I wish Gordon could go back to the way things were before you came.” muttered Tony in between coughs and wheezes. ” You want us to leave? ” inquired Bane. ” Yes.” ” Well, we can do that, there are plenty of other places to terrorize.” ” No, you have to stop all of this too. If you want action join the army, but don’t ruin other peoples lives just because you need a thrill! Trust me I wasn’t so different from you a long time ago.” ” Eh….you heard him boys were heading out,” Bane cried. ” What? ” yelled Franky from the crowd. ” come on you bums, this guys right we need a in this world. So let’s go find it!” Bane said as he walked away and out of the junkyard. One by one the Strangers did the same leaving Tony in peace. Tony’s only thoughts were : the city’s safe now. The city’s safe now. The city’s safe now……..