Fandom: The Dark Knight Rises (movieverse)
Characters: Talia, Bane (Gen, Drabble)
Summary: Gotham was not their first playground.
Author's Notes: Written for tigriswolf's comment_fic request for these two characters going from country to country and messing things up and burning the world just because they can.
Also for 5_prompts (Table 31, "Set This House On Fire"), and writers_choice ("Dangerous").
People believe there is no beauty in destruction, but they are wrong.
There is nothing purer than the damned crying "Mercy!" against the roaring onslaught of fire, nothing freer than the billowing cloud of dust rising from the collapse of an exploded building.
Riches and artistry are untrustworthy. They distract us from the truth of what life really is.
The liberation of humanity from its unchecked misery may be misunderstood, but those severed souls are then free to fly away.
One day, we too will soar as they do. But until then, we are the agency of their glorious release.
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