Let No Man Put Asunder (Prologue)
- Astra Country Club sits on seventy-three acres of land just outside
Star City. It boasts a huge golf course, immaculately maintained; two
Olympic-sized swimming pools; eight tennis courts, with instruction
available from four professional instructors (two of whom former
Wimbledon champions); and banquet facilities prepared to cater to a
member's every whim.
Even former members, whose memberships have lapsed due to reversals
in personal fortune, are sometimes welcomed by this most exclusive of
"Good afternoon, sir, madam," the tuxedoed usher said with a
smile. "Friends of the groom, or friends of the bride?"
"Both, actually," the handsome young man said. "But we've known the
"Yes, sir--say, I know you!" the usher declared.
"Oh?" Bruce Wayne said, cocking an eyebrow.
"Well, not personally, of course," the usher explained, "but I've
seen you on the news! You're Bruce Wayne, the billionaire from Gotham
"Guilty as charged," Bruce admitted.
"Your fame does tend to walk in front of you, Bruce," Wayne's
companion, Silver St. Cloud, said with a sly smile.
"Please pardon my enthusiasm, Mr. Wayne," the usher said. "It's just
a surprise, is all. We don't get too many out-of-town celebrities
"Mr. Queen and I attended the same prep school," Bruce
explained. "We're old friends."
"Of course," the usher said. "Well, I do hope you enjoy the ceremony
and the reception. The groom's party is on the left."
"Thank you," Bruce said, and he led Silver into the hall where the
ceremony was to take place.
"You must get tired of that," Silver whispered humorously.
"The price one must pay," Bruce said, patting his companion's arm. It
was a rare feeling for the Batman, the warm glow he was experiencing
now. He realized that he was basking in his old friend's happiness.
Bruce glanced at Silver's lovely face, and smiled in anticipation of
the next such ceremony he would be attending.
- I enjoyed this immensely. It really rings true to what these
characters were about in the Silver Age. The involvement of the
Thunderbolt was pure genius and there were no doubts that Johnny
Thunder (E-2) would have wholeheartedly approved due to his friendship
with Dinah. Definitely worth the wait, Harvey.
--- In Earth1AftertheCrisis@yahoogroups.com, "lawrenceliberty"
> Nicely done. Infinitely superior to any "other" version of their
> wedding that I've read and naturally I loved the ending!