Boots 16

“Blind as bluddy bats, the lot of you!! It should stick out like ….. like horns on a bluddy bull-dog!! A unicorn in the city!! How can you bluddy miss it?!!” Bat’s Avenging Demon of Death and Destruction and current leader for perhaps not much longer glowered at the objects of his disgust assembled before him in the bar of the Hell’s Bats Club-Room.

Feet shuffled, leather creaked, chrome glittered in the smoky haze of the fluoro-lights. An embarrassed cough got passed around. Bat’s Mad Bat from Hell lifted his head. “Fair go, BadBoy ….” he protested.

BadBoy responded with, “Shut up, DingBat!”* His eyes narrowed, his voice lowered, the words came out one at a time. He’d been told this made him sound deadly serious and threatening. Truth was, it just made him hard to hear, if you were standing behind a big Hell’sBat and couldn’t read his lips.

This is what he said: “I … want … that … unicorn … in … its … box … in … the … yard … before … the … day’s … done. Now get out there and find him!”

Twenty-one pairs of polished leather and chrome boots shuffled out the ClubRoom door. “What’d he say?” muttered Bat’s Bat of War and Carnage.

“We gotta box that unicorn before sundown,” Bat’s Fearless Warrior of Doom muttered back.


part 1


*while heroic names of menace are very impressive and look great tattooed across the chest or where-ever, along with the appropriate art to illustrate the words in case their meaning isn’t clear enough, when it comes to everyday conversation such names are a bit of mouthful, especially if time is of the essence and something’s about to explode. After a few such mishaps, the Hells’Bats have adopted shorter versions. Except of course, during ceremonial piss-ups, when it’s obligatory to use the full, formal title, or else.

Boots 16

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Stonebow, Australia

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