“So will you please say hello, to the folks that I know. Tell them, I won’t be long.”
Best friends since childhood, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes were inseparable on both school yard and battlefield. But neither of them planned for the horrors that would face them. This is a tale of friendship, love and loss spanning a lifetime or two.
Your writing is wonderfully! Here's a prompt: What if Bruce had made it in time--after the Joker left Jason broken in that building, but before the explosion happened? What if he saved his son from that explosion, would it still have been too late?
Better late than never, this prompt has been haunting me for months and honestly, I want to keep writing Jason getting home to Alfred, Jason in recovery, Jason… living.
Also. I absolutely cried while writing this. So I hope you’re satisfied anon… THANK YOU FOR THE PROMPT.
‘What’s that verse Alfie always quotes…’ he said instead, a fond nostalgic glimmer brightening his eyes. ‘“O death… O death, where is thy fucking sting?”’
And Bruce chuckled, even as the tears streamed down his cheeks, falling on Jason’s chest and mixing blood with salt-water, hand pressed against the wounds, praying, pleading, urging the bleeding to stop.
A small smile graced the corner of Jason’s burst lip before fading, his face spasming with sudden fear.
‘I don’t want to die, Bruce,’ he said quietly.
The desert sands whipped around them as Bruce took his son in his arms and lifted him up, walking back towards the batmobile. The sun rose in a blinding golden haze across the horizon and bathed Jason’s beaten face in warmth. And in that moment, a shared calmness and filled them both as they dared to hope.
Bruce pressed his lips against the matted top of Jason’s crown of hair and closed his eyes in silent intercession.
Willing his son to live.
‘“O grave,’ he murmured. ‘Where is thy fucking victory?”’
Is there any evidence that Henry 'Headmaster' Masterson from Transformers Animated and Senator Masterson from Inhumanoids are related? Inhumanoids are canon in TFA - the events of the series are referenced in the AllSpark Almanac - but I can't find any confirmation that the two Mastersons are linked. Is there any?
HA! No, there isn’t, but wouldn’t that be hilarious and fitting! Jerky anti-social son of a rich senator, never wanted for anything in his life, always had the best tech, never been told “no” before - and when Isaac Sumdac is the one to finally do it, this loser jerk nerd stamps his feet and says “well them I’m gonna be a supervillain and I’m gonna SHOW YOU ALL!” It could certainly fit!
(Though we must be fair and point out that the reference to the Inhumanoids in the Almanac is noting that it’s canon for the G1 cartoon, not Animated, since the character of Hector Ramirez appears in both series. In Animated continuity, the Almanac only notes that the Inhumanoids were enemy characters in the “Ninja Gladiator” video game Bumblebee plays in “Where Is Thy Sting”!)
‘Golly!’ she said, as I wore to a close.‘You do live, don’t you, Bertie?’
I agreed that I lived, but expressed a doubt as to whether, the circumstances being what they were, it was worth while continuing to do so. One was rather inclined, I said, to murmur ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ and turn the toes up.
Man sentenced God to death; by His Resurrection, He sentenced man to immortality.
In return for a beating, He gives an embrace; for abuse, a blessing; for death, immortality.
Man never showed so much hate for God as when he crucified Him; and God never showed more love for man than when He arose.
Man even wanted to reduce God to a mortal, but God by His Resurrection made man immortal.
The crucified God is Risen and has killed death. Death is no more. Immortality has surrounded man and all the world.
By the Resurrection of the God-Man, human nature has been led irreversibly onto the path of immortality, and has become dreadful to death itself.
For before the Resurrection of Christ, death was dreadful to man, but after the Resurrection of Christ, man has become more dreadful to death.
When man lives by faith in the Risen God-Man, he lives above death, out of its reach; it is a footstool for his feet: “O Death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?” (I Cor. 15:55).
When a man belonging to Christ dies, he simply sets aside his body like clothing, in which he will again be vested on the day of Dread Judgement.
Before the Resurrection of the God-Man, death was the second nature of man: life first, death second.
But by His Resurrection, the Lord has changed everything: immortality has become the second nature of man, it has become natural for man; and death – unnatural.
As before the Resurrection of Christ, it was natural for men to be mortal, so after the Resurrection of Christ, it was natural for men to be immortal.
By sin, man became mortal and transient; by the Resurrection of the God-Man, he became immortal and perpetual. In this is the power, the might, the all-mightiness of the Resurrection of Christ.
[…] Because of the Resurrection of Christ, because of His victory over death, men have become, continue to become, and will continue becoming Christians.
The entire history of Christianity is nothing other than the history of a unique miracle, namely, the Resurrection of Christ, which is unbrokenly threaded through the hearts of Christians form one day to the next, from year to year, across the centuries, until the Dread Judgment.
Man is born, in fact, not when his mother bring him into the world, but when he comes to believe in the Risen Christ, for then he is born to life eternal, whereas a mother bears children for death, for the grave.
The Resurrection of Christ is the mother of us all, all Christians, the mother of immortals. By faith in the Resurrection, man is born anew, born for eternity.
O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.
To Him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.
“If time is a dream, then she was always there, wasn’t she? from the moment I took my first breath till the end of the world. Always at my side — offering me love and wisdom, companionship and challenge. My wife, my lover, my best friend. […] Maybe this feeling we share, Lois and I, is the doorway into a place that transcends death and life, Earth and Krypton. Perhaps it isn’t just time but all of creation that’s a dream. And the only thing that gives it meaning, binds it together — it’s love.” – Superman: Where is Thy Sting (2001)
O, Death Where Is Thy Sting? O, Grave, Where Is Thy Victory? etching by Joseph Haynes after John Mortimer. Wellcome Library, London.
A man rises from behind a gravestone as a skeleton in a shroud tries to keep it closed. The crown has fallen from Death’s head so he may have lost this one.
John Hamilton Mortimer, 1740-1779, was a British figure and landscape painter. Joseph Haynes, 1760-1829, was a British etcher and engraver. The gravestone quote is from 1 Corinthians 15, and has been used by many writers.
Can you point out the comics with Superman has experienced depression I want to keep them in handy whenever someone tries to tell me why Superman should be upbeat positive and 100% of the time as if he's not a complex person.
An official mention of his depression occurs in Superman: Grounded, and it is a major theme throughout
there are other times that arguably imply depression or at least extreme sadness. Superman: For Tomorrow is one example. Superman: Where is Thy Sting? is another.
Born Johnnie Mae Young in Sands Springs, Okla, the daughter of John and Lillie Mae Young would become “The Great Mae” and be considered one of the toughest in the wrestling business.
A career that began in 1940 would span seven decades. In 1945, “The Great Mae” would be the only lady to wrestle Champion Mildred Burke to a 30 minute draw in Louisville, KY., and was an undefeated U.S. Champion Lady Wrestler. At the young age of 80, “The Great Mae” and her partner in the squared circle, “The Fabulous Moolah” would sign a five year contract with WWE, and together win a Pro Wrestling Match in Columbia, SC in 2003.
Death is where thy sting; Grave is where thy victory; We have a building of God; A house not made with hands Eternal in the heavens.
Every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone. For, He was sold, to buy us back; captive, to deliver us; condemned, to absolve us; He was made a curse for our blessing, sin offering for our righteousness; marred that we may be made fair; He died for our life; so that by Him fury is made gentle, wrath appeased, darkness turned into light, fear reassured, despisal despised, debt canceled, labor lightened, sadness made merry, misfortune made fortunate, difficulty easy, disorder ordered, division united, ignominy ennobled, rebellion subjected, intimidation intimidated, ambush uncovered, assaults assailed, force forced back, combat combated, war warred against, vengeance avenged, torment tormented, damnation damned, the abyss sunk into the abyss, hell transfixed, death dead, mortality made immortal. In short, mercy has swallowed up all misery, and goodness all misfortune. For all these things which were to be the weapons of the devil in his battle against us, and the sting of death to pierce us, are turned for us into exercises which we can turn to our profit. If we are able to boast with the Apostle, saying, O hell, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? It is because by the Spirit of Christ, we live no longer, but Christ lives in us.