|• 8:56pm •| ||Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles|| The Lantern slams through another skyscraper, glass flying and covering the streets below. His opponent closes in on him immediately, grabbing him by the throat, squeezing with all his might. "In.....brightest day....iiiinnnnn blac-". |•10:00pm•| The monitor displaying a Justice League video game shuts off. Kyle Rayner turns and locks the door of the GameStop store. "Bullshit.", he grumbles to himself as he heads for his faded red 2001 Ford Focus. His eyes low and empty, face now covered in hair, the former Green Lantern now the shell of who he once was. His car vibrates loudly as it starts. Typical. The damn thing always has something wrong with it. The interior, a graveyard of clothing, marijuana dispensary baggies and half empty water bottles. His car was a manifestation of what was left inside of Kyle. Broken and barely alive. Disturbed's Down With The Sickness comes across the sound system of the car. Dark and angry music was all he listened to, and it was always LOUD. Cranking the system, the former galactic protector speeds out of the parking lot and heads for his local watering hole.
Twenty minutes later, Kyle arrives at the bar to see a group of drunks huddled around a fire pit. Not one looks up noticing his arrival. That was for a reason. Every night for 3 years, he's come here and never once left the cab of his Ford. He couldn't. He could never darken the doors of that bar ever again. Leaning his seat back, Kyle reaches behind him to find the warm remnants of a 40oz of Coors. "Fuck it." Tossing the cap, he chugs the warm beer. Self respect hadn't returned to Earth with him. As the alcohol and pot began to swirl inside, the former hero fades and slips into the oblivion he'd created for himself. This is what was left. A shell of a man drowning at the bottom of a bottle.
This is Kyle Rayner.
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