Mugshots: Suicide Blonde and Black Tar Heroine

Following the collapse of his film career (“The King of Handcuffs Versus the Nazi Terror!” was a terrible film despite commercial success), his dissolved engagement to superstar Julie Lovegood and an overall dip in his popularity, The Ouroboros realised he’d need a new strategy to preserve his status.

Trolling the Atlantic City scene, he stumbled across the mesmerising lounge act, The Damsels. Comprised of two Gram-A-Phone Records execs’ daughters, Sunrise Arkwright, and Melody Risk were forced into music careers at the tender ages of seventeen and eighteen, respectively.

The jailbait gals were as enraptured with the mysterious rogue as he was with them. The Ouroboros was often found gambling only in casinos or drinking in clubs they performed. He began showering them with gifts which evolved into taking them with him on long, extended vacations in some of the most beautiful spots in the world. During these retreats, the three engaged in a torrid love triangle, full of romance, lust and contention.

Against his natural inclinations, The Ouroboros was wise enough to keep these trysts away from his paparazzi, fearing further damage to his waning popularity. A confirmed love affair with two young (one underage) impressionable girls would have surely spelled doom.

The Damsels as an act never really took off nationally. They became popular along the Eastern Seaboard, but amounted to little more than a minor draw. This was in part because of The Ouroboros’ guidance. No one could deny these girls were budding bombshells of a long-lost tradition, and while singing seemed not to be in their future, he saw something else.

He took the two girls on as wards, training them in both his professions: stage performance and heroing.

The girls were polar opposites. Sunrise was a cool-eyed, raven haired intellectual while Melody was a fiery, brutish blonde. The Ouroboros would capitalise on this greatly. During their Damsels career, the girls were made to mirror each other but The Ouroboros chose to do the opposite. He christened Sunrise Black Tar Heroine and gave her his skills as a trap-maker and inventor. Alternately, Melody became Suicide Blonde and was given skills as an escape artist.

Furthermore, there were given domino masks that matched The Ouroboros; one in white, the other in black. The Ouroboros rebuffed the ideas of costumes, instead understanding the appeal of sultry and revealing lounge gowns and fishnets would have. The girls had plenty of these, which were used as costume; again keeping the two-tone theme.

When he felt they were ready, The Ouroboros unveiled his trio. Naturally, the exciting beauties that were equal parts performance and vigilantism were wildly successful, reinvigorating his career as well as launching them into stardom.

Eventually, after decades of working, The Ouroboros retired his costumed lifestyle and left the girls do as they wished. Without their nucleus, however, the girls become highly competitive in their graps at their aging beau’s attention. This would eventually rip the contentious and secret love affair to pieces. Both went separate ways, leaving behind their master.

Both continued to hero, stationing in different cities while resurrecting their singing careers. Fans of the Damsels wait eagerly for a reunion as do fans of Black Tar Heroine and Suicide Blonde. No one the wiser that both are one in the same.

One thought on “Mugshots: Suicide Blonde and Black Tar Heroine

  1. What a deft narrative sleight of hand. Introducing a girl named Sunrise, evoking nothing less than the resplendent rays of dawn, only to have her be Black Tar Heroine.

    But, the reveal was there all along, wasn’t it? Hiding in the surname. Arkwright. Like May Arkwright. Sensible suffragette of your own stomping grounds, the Pacific Northwest.

    Well played, my friend. Well played.

    And, of course, there’s no better surname for an escape artist than Risk, is there?

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