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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Apparition


Creator: Wayne Greenough
Bryan Sloane
David Stryker
Police Lieutenant Jackson McCoy
Edgar Wells
Mike Johnson
Alicia Johnson
Mr. Know
Professor Mobous Proctorius

The Apparition: A figure appeared in the doorway. The hooded shape in black wore a menacing hood, and a blood-curdling laugh chilled the bones of room’s occupants, and chiseled fear into their faces.
            Mobsters brought .45 automatics up to confront the intruder, and the room filled with gun smoke, the hooded figure firing a pair of old-fashioned six-shooters.
            When it was over, one dying hood gasped, “I shot you three times … you’re not human.”
            “I was once. Not anymore,” The Apparition said.
Bryan Sloane is a young billionaire. He had killed Nick Putty Stryker, the son of mob boss, David Stryker, in a fistfight. Attired in all black, suit, shirt, fedora and gloves, he was almost invisible at night. His automobile, a powerful Daimler, is also black. Behind the steering wheel, Sloane pressed a secret button, and a small compartment opened revealing a black costume and a black hood. The ominous darkness of the night was joined by Sloane’s laughter.
Police Lieutenant Jackson McCoy is a long time acquaintance of Sloane.
Professor Mobous Proctorius is an experimental scientist. The scientific community mocks his inventions. His nicknames among the scientific establishment are Mad Scientist, Crank, and Insane Madman, to name a few. He had turned Bryan Sloane into a zombie-like slave, but when the chemical wears off, Mobous is forced to kill the billionaire.

Jordan is Sloane’s butler, a giant of a man, but suffers from ulcers.
Edgar Wells is about 35. The death of his wife leaves him a wreck; now The Apparition wants Edgar to work for him. He is to care for, and assist Alicia.
Mike Johnson was the original Apparition. He was shot down, and died in the streets.
Alicia Johnson, Mike’s granddaughter was helping him walk the day he was killed, and she was gunned down, her spine shattered. She now must live in a wheelchair. She is a lovely young woman, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Mr. Know always wears a gray suit; shirt, tie, socks, and shoes. He has piercing blue eyes, and pure white hair. Perhaps an angel, he offers a favor for a favor.
I’m not going to identify The Apparition, as I’m sure the author plans to build on the characters in future stories. I’ll just say there were numerous plots and character twists in the story, but with a little thought you should be able to make the right choice.
There has only been one story so for:

“The Apparition” (Devine Destinies) February 14, 2016.

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