Did you see the Joker?
The girl whispered, “I love you. ” It took a while for the words to sink in his consciousness. When they did, he broke into a brief silent smile. The trace of dismissive scorn did not miss the girl. She repeated, “I loved you . . . from the moment I saw you there at the corner table. ” He watched her with an amused mocking glint and said in a slurred voice, “It's okay. I paid you already. ”