Sympathy for the Joker


Life has always dealt me a strange card.  In fact, Since I was a child, I suspected that the deck was stacked against me.

No, doctor, I’m not complaining.

It’s just that, every time things start to go my way, I turn over the next card and it is always, ALWAYS, well, you know.  Hint: it is never aces.

Yeah, he caught me again and that is just my luck.  I should have won, but another trick of the cards.

Yes, doctor, I know the routine.  I’ve been here before.

But despite the winged vigilante, I will be free soon…


word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ © Liz Young. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.


Yes, the title is a play on that Rolling Stones song… And, yes, the MC is a famous cartoon character turned movie star, played by many people from Jack to Heath to Joaquin (another Jack?) (of course, everyone loves Cesar…)

27 thoughts on “Sympathy for the Joker

  1. Bill

    Interesting approach, Trent. I liked the Stones video, too.

    Your story (and comments) sent me into a rabbit hole looking up nicknames for both characters. So clever. :-)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Not cards, comics… The MC here is the supervillain The Joker. I didn’t want to use his name anywhere except for the title. He has been captured by Batman (the wing vigilante in the story) and put in a mental institution (he is pretty insane). He is talk to a psychiatrist about himself as part of an in-brief. All of his references to cards are Jokers, like in the photo.
      Anyway, I know, might not work if it takes more words to explain than to tell ;)

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      1. granonine

        Well, honestly, I should have realized. . . .while not a great fan of the Batman genre, I am familiar with the characters and I should have picked up on it. Guess I was too concentrated on the cards :) Your story actually works extremely well . It’s my brain that wasn’t :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It’s a new trick – I make you watch that card there while I do a slight of hand and pull out a joker over here… lol, when you said you were too concentrated on the cards, the first thing I thought of was a magicians trick. There always is an issue with using characters from popular media.

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