15,000 seconds Past Perdition
FADE IN. We watch a man, "The Pulp Original" Alias, adorned in a red hoody with an black anarchy "A" on the back and black track pants with red lining. He's jogging, but the intensity at which he's doing it at is obscured by the thick morning fog all around him. Alias's appearance and general dimensions are not only obscured by the fog, but offset by the massive structure that is the Golden Gate Bridge. So you realize that it might not be just fog on the bridge, but low set clouds, brought forward by the spring weather.
He's already halfway across the bridge, and has his eyes dead-set on the Presidio of San Francisco, even through all the fog. The camera shot is one that is following behind Alias ten to fifteen feet.
V/O"The world is a damned funny place, huh?"
CUT from the camera shot that was chasing behind him some fifteen feet, to one that now seems some fifty yards ahead. It's far enough, so as to keep you well aware just where Alias is, but obscure him in general... this image of him running towards the camera becomes more defined as he gets closer.
"Though maybe that's an odd choice of words, because that might draw on the sarcastic or tongue-in-cheek side of me, and make you think I'm talking about 'funny' haha. No, there's time for that, and there's time for where you and I find ourselves. On the 'funny' strange side of things.
Which happens to be our status quo, anyway. The strange days between us play right into our history, it seems. Though a history we might have, it seems almost dwarfed by that of this establishment. CSWA. History is sometimes all you have, and if that's what's left in the end, then it seems that this place'll have it in spades. Not just the federation though, of course not, but the men that built it...
Including yourself, Mike. You, the most decorated of Unified Champs they say.
And hell, if I where your atypical smart-ass opponent, looking the next step in his career, I'd pick at that. What you've done, who you've done it too, all the things you've accomplished, and the shockingly short span in which it was done in. I'd say something like... if I take you down, then I've almost already proven myself in this tournament. That you're the best possible stepping stone they could have thrown my way. Insert sardonic 'talking down' to said legend here." Alias has caught up the where the camera sits, being very much a clear image of the hardened old salt of all twenty-eight years. Yeah, an old salt at twenty-eight. He continues running though, keeping his same pace, as the camera now follows beside him, keeping pace. The hood is up on his anarchy "A" hoody, but because the fabric hugs the top and sides of his face instead of enveloping them, you can still make out those piercing blue eyes, locked onto there destination, and otherwise granite-etched profile, the slightly flattened nose and all. The voiceover continues.
"Thing is, that would have been my style six years ago... that's my history. My age of over-confidence and talent over brains. You know what? I believe if I come into a fight with you like that, I've already lost. I've underestimated the Wolf and what he's capable of... and I'm not about to put this golden chance on the line, because of that. I know what you're capable, I might not know -- all things considered -- but I know what you can do, what you've done.
When you do what you do, I'll be right there with you... we fought for a short time together, I mean it's been just as long apart now, but we've only really gone against each other once. Though in the end, I feel that I was fighting the Phoenix more then the Wolf, anyway, and you know what I mean.
That's the damn funny thing to me, when all is said and done. I might have a winning record against you, but I've never gotten a full match out of you either. You show-up halfway through and then you give up at the end, either that you don't show-up at all. Not against greater percentage of this wrestling world, oh know I know enough to have seen that you're in things for the fight of it, for the harsh days, the bloody days, the bad days... as long as it leads to the good days, and as long as it doesn't lead you through me.
Suffice to say we're in your house now, where you lived and breathed, not on any path powered by my own motivations. Wait, that's the trick, isn't it? You and I, Mike. For the <i>first</i> time because as much as this is where you might finally be comfortable to fight every last second, I have my own motivations. Motivations as powerful as ever." Alias stops running, as the camera continues his former place, and there he stands... as we distance ourselves from him a grin etches itself across that oddly attractive mug of his, and he slowly fades back into the San Francisco morning fog on the Bay Bridge.
"So here we are... and it's not funny anymore, it's fantastic, because we'll be fighting for every last second."
FADE TO WHITE.