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How we think the fight will go
Dr. Horrible should be having the time of his life.
Ever since he defeated Pennywise, his blog’s Technorati rating has skyrocketed, his inbox is overflowing with fanmail, and he’s won hundreds of new Twitter followers. And the other day Bad Horse—the Thoroughbred of Sin Himself—actually became his Facebook friend.
The e-mails just kept on coming. From CobraCommander10@aol.com: “Forget the Evil League of Evil…Come put your talents to work for COBRA!”
And a mysterious personage known only as M texted him: “Join me. With your genius at my side, Holmes will be no more!”
It is everything Horrible has ever dreamed of: notoriety, infamy, a link from BoingBoing.
And yet he is beginning to wish that Pennywise had driven him safely, comfortingly insane, so that he would be unaware of the dread horror about to befall him.
After all, it’s just hours before his battle with the Reaper, and Horrible still has no idea how to defeat him.
For the thousandth time, he reads over the Wikipedia page for the Elfstones of Shannara without understanding a word: “Wil destroyed the Reaper by focusing the power of the Elfstones upon his cloaked face…”
If only he had read those Shannara books that Penny had given them—her favorite books, she said!
No, if only I had a frakking Elfstone, whatever that is…He’s Googling “Elfstone” when he’s interrupted by a beep from his iPhone.
And then another. And then another.
In another sign of his growing Internet fame, he’s attracted an honest-to-goodness cyberstalker. “FrankenFan75” has e-mailed him over 100 all-caps declarations of his undying, passionate fandom. He comments dozens of times on every post. And he won’t stop sending Horrible those nauseating little FarmVille gifts.
FrankenFan75 has been texting Horrible all day:
ZOMG CANT WAIT 2 MEET U GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE
DR HORRIBLE + FRANKENFAN BFFs 4-EVA
I HOPE UR AS CUTE IN PERSON AS U ARE ONLINE
Dr. Horrible thought he was afraid—that last text, in particular, made his blood run cold, as if he had been zapped by his own Freeze Ray—but then the Reaper arrived.
Dr. Horrible’s basement lab had never felt so cold, so lonely, so silent, as when that dark, hooded figure entered. The Reaper’s shadow fell on him, and Horrible knew that he was facing the last moments of his life…
Then the Reaper emits the most horrifying sound he has ever heard.
The Reaper runs across the room and sweeps Horrible up in a big, foul-smelling glomp.
He says, in a voice as chill as cloudy skies over a funeral, “I am totally your biggest fan. I love what you and your blog are doing for supervillains! We are just so misunderstood.”
“Really? Um, well…gee, thanks!” Horrible says. He is still not altogether certain he is not about to die.
When Horrible still looks absolutely terrified, the Reaper asks gently, “So you don’t know who I am?”
“Um…the very last thing I’ll see before I die in incredible pain?”
“I’m FrankenFan 75! I’m your number one fan!” If it’s possible for a void of pure shadow to wear a grin, the Reaper just might possibly be grinning. “In fact, all of the villains in the Cage Match love you. We agree you’re doing very important work…
“In fact, I’m willing to let you pass to the next level of the draw…on one condition.”
“What is it?” Dr. Horrible is afraid it might be a fate worse than death.
“Let me be a guest star on your video blog!”
Actually, it kind of is a fate worse than death.
“Okay…What would you like to do on the show?”
The Reaper claps his hands. “Oh, goody! I’m a very good dancer. See?”
The Reaper does a little jump to the left, then a step to the right. When he puts his hands on his hips, Dr. Horrible can’t help but join in…
“…now bring your knees in tight. But it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane…Let’s do the time warp again…”
The Reaper is actually not a terrible singer. “I remember doing the Time Warp…drinking in those moments when…The blackness would hit me and the void would be calling…”
As he and the Reaper sing and dance together, Dr. Horrible has to admit that, finally, he is having the time of his life.
Predicted Winner: Dr. Horrible
NOTE: THIS MATCH ENDS ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 3:00 PM, ET
The Reaper is a character from the Shannara series by Terry Brooks; Dr. Horrible is a character from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Reaper image courtesy of layoutsparks.com. Dr. Horrible image courtesy of Timescience Bloodclub.