A person of my acquaintance has started doing that internet dating they have now. I was inquiring how it was going and generally ‘taking an interest’ in his life, which my mother always taught me was important in the formation and maintenance of friendships.
Obviously, talk turned to weekend plans – his revolve around watching rugby and football in the pub, doing Bane impressions and sending ill-advised ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ messages on dating websites. (His Bane is very accurate and very loud, and he loves to dig it out, which can make public outings with him somewhat awkward).
Long story short, this happened:
Interested Woman: Hi! I saw your profile and thought you looked cute! Why don’t you tell me about yourself? : )
Bane: No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.
IW: Oh that’s a shame, but I’m here now. : ) So anyway…who are you beneath the mask? ; )
B: It doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is our plan.
IW: Wow, that’s pretty dark. You’re a little scary, huh? ; )
B: Now is not the time for fear – that comes later.
IW Girl: Oooh, I can be a bit dark too, sometimes… lol.
B: Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
IW: um… ok, so what do you get up to? I went to see Les Mis last night.
B: Theatricality and deception: powerful agents to the uninitiated. But we are initiated aren’t we, Bruce?
IW: Oh yeah, the costumes were really pretty. Who’s Bruce?
B: Let’s not stand on ceremony here, Mr Wayne.
IW: It’s Jane actually, with a J. So whereabouts in London are you based?
B: I will show you where I have made my home while preparing to bring vengeance. Then I will break you.
IW: Kinky. I dunno if you’ll be able to break me though. I do a yoga class 3 times a week so I’m pretty bendy 😉 lol
B: Oh yes? I wonder which will break first: your spirit or your body.
IW: Yeah I’m pretty spiritual too. I have a tattoo in Sanskrit which says “fear is a cage”
B: *Bane Block*