The Bamboo Stalks At Midnight
3rd place in Derby #198: Shirt Title Reinterpreted, with 699 votes!
“Why’d you do it, Lenny? You were king of the jungle and you threw it all away for what? Your pride or your pride?”
“Both. I did it for both. And I’d do it again, Peter. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
“But why? The mouse was nothing. A silly two-bit rodent. You didn’t have to kill him.”
“Of course, I had to kill him. You don’t know what it’s like for me. The pressures that come with being royalty, they eat at you, little by little, until there’s almost nothing left. And when that rodent came to my doorstep holding that stupid thorn he’d pulled out of my paw and started asking me for money, for power? I didn’t know what else to do! If anyone had found out about that day, I’d have been a laughing stock!”
“But you could’ve gone to someone for help, Lenny! You could’ve come to me!”
“Don’t you get it? I couldn’t risk the ridicule. I’M A KING, PETER! KINGS DEMAND RESPECT!”
“And what about murderers, Lenny? What do they demand, huh? What happens when what you’ve done hits the papers? What happens when you end up doing life in a jail cave? You think you’re gonna get any respect after that? The law of the jungle has changed, Lenny. It’s time you got used to it.”
“Over my dead body.”
“Yeah, well, that can certainly be arranged.”
Wear this shirt: to a noir film.
Don’t wear this shirt: to a Disney movie.
This shirt tell the world: “You’ve made me a very sad panda.”
We call this color: White At That Moment, A Shot Rang Out
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