Dualmask 1Dualmask 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
You read in comic books, how they do it. They make it seem so easy. I mean, everybody knows comic books aren't real life. Nobody goes around in flashy costumes and masks doing 'deeds of derring-do', vanquishing evil and all that crap.
See, sometimes, real life calls for that sort of thing. Certain kinds of employment call for the need to wear a mask. But it still feels a little silly. I mean, when you're out there, and you're leaping on the rooftops, and you're stalking some hapless target, and you take them out, it's hilarious. You might have seen that person earlier that day, walked past them; maybe excused yourself when you 'accidentally' bumped them on the shoulder-a.k.a. what we in the business call 'casing the target'. And the only reason they don't recognize you before you lay the stroke is because of some thin veil of fabric between your face and their eyes.
That's when your mask has to become more than physical. More important than the fabric is the mindset. You've got to beco