In Cricket’s neighborhood, a few well-timed, well-placed parlor tricks probably keep the hostiles at a safe distance. As Bruce Wayne famously put it, “Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot.” Being the Witch Woman of West Side has intimidation points. It would certainly work on me, but then I’m a superstitious lot myself. Our hero, however, has his own reasons for not being impressed, and is frankly not about to put up with this kind of carnival side-show juju.

By the way, I hope it is clear that her cough is caused by the effects of her own homegrown pepper-gas and not because he’s strangling her or anything. The two of them may be pushing to see who dominates but our hero is still as gentlemanly as we can allow him to be under the circumstances.


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