A Man of Little Talent - 1
- It was a hot summer night in Gateway City. People
milled about the theater district as shows let out.
Among them, one couple seemed unhappy about more than
the heat.<br><br>"What do you mean, you're breaking
off our engagement? Alice, we've been a couple since
high school! You can't leave me, you're all I
have!"<br><br>"Do you think I don't know that? For God's sake, all
you've done since high school is bum around from one
dead-end job to another. What's the longest you've kept a
position? Two weeks? Three?" The young woman walked away
from the crowd, down the road that led to a bridge
spanning the Gateway River. "I'm not looking for a man to
support me, but I'd like to know that, when I marry, I
can at least depend on my husband to carry part of
the load."<br><br>"Oh, come on! Those jobs have all
been such a drag! Spend eight hours a day putting
bolts on a wheel, or flipping burgers, or replacing
light bulbs. I just haven't found something to interest
me yet, that's all." He hurried to keep up with
her.<br><br>"No, that's not it. I remember what you were like in
school. It was like you didn't want to learn anything."
Halfway across the bridge, she stopped, turned, and faced
him. "It's over. I want you out of my life!"<br><br>He
grabbed her by the shoulders and tried to pull her to
him. "Come on, baby, you don't mean that," he murmured
as he tried to kiss her.<br><br>"Leave me alone!"
she screamed, pulling away. As she did, she stumbled
on the curb at the edge of the roadway. She pitched
backward, toward the railing. As her companion closed in on
her, she back up more, finding herself up against the
rail as the river rushed past below her.<br><br>"You
didn't really mean that, Alice. Let's go back to your
place now, hmmm?" he said, reaching for her.
Instinctively, she flinched back. When she did, a rusted bracket
gave way and the railing snapped apart. With nothing
to hold her back, Alice fell backwards, down thirty
feet into the rushing water.<br><br>"Help! Help me,
you horrific bastard!" she screamed.<br><br>"I'm
sorry, Alice. I never did get around to learning how to
swim. Someday, perhaps." As he turned away, hearing her
screams replaced by a gurgling, strangled sound, Terry
Sloane thought about what she'd said. "Horrific, eh?
I'll show the people of this town what horrific really
- Ringmaster was the E-3 version of the Flash (Flash 261) villain of the same name. Not very creative of me to have used exact same names for A. Bug, Onyx, and Ringmaster for E-3 counterparts but they were just names and made no real appearances in the story.