Chapter Thirty-Eight: What You Wouldn't Do
muggy air outside seeped through the cracks in the windows. The cracks
weren't there from age, though. They were there because Joker kept
throwing small rocks at them. He'd claw at the walls of his cell and
whenever a good piece would fall out of place, he'd throw it a million
times at the glass. He wasn't trying to escape, he was just trying to
cause some property damage. It amused him, what could he say? Though to
be honest, he was the only one it amused. Two Face, who could hear
Joker's maniacal laughter through the vent, was particularly tired of it
and annoyed that the Joker hadn't found another way to bug the
caretakers of the residents of Arkham Asylum (for the criminally
Insane was right.
Joker continued to throw the
rocks at the window. He had become quite good at aiming them through the
bars that kept him from the window itself. His laughter continued. A
stream of 'Ha's, 'Hehe's, and combinations of the two. Sometimes, he'd
almost lose his breath and consciousness he was laughing so hard. How
that was possible, Two Face could only assume it was because this was
the Joker that was doing it. He hoped though, that Joker would lose
consciousness soon enough... but he shortly admitted to himself that
that was probably a hopeless notion.
Two Face snarled, "Joker! Shut up!"
"Hehaheheee," Joker replied through the vent, "Don't tell me you're jealous 'cause I'm havin' some fun, Harvey?"
Face attempted to remain composed, "You know, I know having fun is your
field of expertise, but the noise you're making is quite... undesirable
for those of us who... are more concerned with other things..."
"Haha, oh yeah, you're still brooding over getting taken in by the Bat's bird brat," Joker brought up.
Two Face lost it, "SHUT UP!"
of course, Joker didn't and continued to mock his practical cell mate,
"How dare you tell me to 'shut up' Two Face old boy! We go so far back!"
"As if," Two Face growled.
made a comedic 'batter up' swing and let a small rock fling through the
bars. It shattered a small hole through the glass and continued to sail
"Heehee, hope that hurt someone," Joker mumbled, "Teeheeheehahee..."
"At least I wasn't stupid enough to gain the attention of Batman and the entire police force!" Two Face remarked back.
"Harvey, Harvey, Harvey," Joker said, "I'm hurt, that was intentional."
"And when is your payoff coming then?" Two Face asked, "I would have thought that you'd bust out by now."
Joker crossed his arms, "Well, excuse me for being a little slow on the escape plan. I'm working on it!"
"You should have had one before you got caught," Two Face remarked.
"Listen, you want to go, Dent?" Joker asked.
"Crawl through the air vent and the pleasure'll be all..."
something shot through Joker's window and it shattered into a thousand
pieces. Joker covered his eyes, but upon regaining his sight, Two Face
heard him begin to chuckle again.
"Well, well, well, perfect
timing," Joker laughed while picking up the same rock that he had thrown
out the window moments earlier.
"You two bicker like an old
married couple," Slade said, while holding onto the wall and setting up
small explosives on both windows.
"What are you doing here?" Two Face inquired.
Slade would have normally smiled, but at this point, he wasn't really in the mood to do so, "I have a job for you two."
"I work for no one," Two Face quickly snapped.
not saying you'd be doing it for free," Slade answered, securing the
explosives to the bars, "I'll free you from Arkham and get you to your
area of town, Two Face."
Two Face raised a brow, interested, maybe...
no incentive for me," Joker remarked, "I'm almost out of here and
besides, you were supposed to do that for me ages ago. What happened
"I was a little... distracted," Slade stated carefully, "Though I think you'd have fun doing this Joker."
"Doing what?" Joker spat back and Two Face listened.
glanced at the two of them through the windows, "I need a sufficient...
distraction. I need chaos to rule Gotham tonight. And who better than
'The Clown Prince of Crime' and 'Harvey Two-Face Dent' to create it for
"Chaos?" Joker asked, "You've got my attention!"
Justice League members as well as the Teen Titans are in Gotham
tonight. I want you to terrorize this city. Big time," Slade smirked,
"Your supplies will be waiting for you at these locations along with
directions to specific getaway routes."
Slade tossed them each a slip of paper, "There should be more than enough men and supplies. Keep the change."
count down began on the explosives. Joker and Two Face looked through
the vent and then at the lowering numbers on the TNT. The Joker started
laughing while Two Face began to smirk. This, he thought, might actually
be a bit fun.
The counters reached zero and a muffled blast tore
through the windows of their cells in Arkham Asylum. Alarms didn't even
blare, though. Joker and Two Face got out from behind the beds and
looked out to see two cables aimed in separate directions with a harness
on each. Joker's smile widened.
"Beat you to the bottom, Dent!" He yelled and jumped onto the harness and out of the Asylum.
Face watched Joker bounce up and down on the cable, not even bothering
to attach the harness to himself. He had to hand it to Deathstroke. He
knew how to seal a deal. Attaching the harness to his belt buckle, Two
Face took a running start and leaped off to catch the rest of the
harness and slide quickly down the cable line to freedom. Now this, this
would be fun.
Beast Boy was busy tapping his foot on
the steel floor of the Batcave. He couldn't believe that he was thinking
this, but he was bored stiff. He was in one of the most secret, most
secure, and coolest superhero bases in the world. And he was bored. For
the last hour, after Batman's confusing and ridiculous explanation of
how he was somehow still alive, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Cyborg had been going through files, emergency procedures and debating
over where Slade might be hiding or planning on doing next. As for the
other three Titans, Raven was meditating and attempting to sense any
signs of danger, Starfire was working with Alfred to take care of the
Manor's security, and he... well, Beast Boy really didn't have anything
He tried to pay attention and put in his two cents with
Cyborg and the others, but he ended up finding that most of it really
wasn't a conversation. Alfred had already put the Manor's security on
the highest level of alert, which was displayed on the right monitor
while Batman was positive that Slade wouldn't take such a humiliation
standing down. Wonder Woman worked on setting up a relay system between
Titans Tower and the Watch Tower while Cyborg was downloading
information on Wayne Manor's primary defenses, designs that Luthor had
made for his Sonic Cannon's technology (a nice find that Batman had
made), and a detailed map of Gotham City from the Batcave's system.
and Batman were taking the opportunity to discuss possible defenses, neither of them really agreeing on anything. Therefore, there wasn't
much to do, especially on Beast Boy's end. How on earth could he
possibly be bored?! It was sort of irritating... He stopped tapping his
foot and put his head in his hands. Seriously, dude... And the idea that
Slade was still out there gave him the creeps. It made him antsy. So he
did the only thing he could think to do. He walked over to Raven.
"Uh, hey, Raven?"
opened an eye and said nothing. Beast Boy pulled at his shirt's collar,
"Uh, hehe, um, hey, you uh, you don't think it's a bad idea, do you?
Just sitting' around here and all... I mean, Slade could be..."
"He's not here," She said, "I'd sense him."
"Uh... uh, huh, well..." Beast Boy said, rubbing the back of his neck, "Alright... if you say so..."
began to walk back to his spot. He should just sit down and chill.
Maybe he should just talk to Superman and Batman about... Then again,
they looked kind of busy. And by busy, he meant intimidatingly angry
with one another. For a moment, he pondered over who he thought would
win in a fight between the two of them when something bright and round
caught his peripheral vision. He gasped and turned to a darker corner of
the Batcave. Nothing. Though he could have sworn... He stepped a bit
closer and slowly a single eye came into view.
He screamed, "RAVEN!"
"What?" She yelled back and looked up.
"Raven!" He called.
"Quiet," She said.
Beast Boy asked, only to see everyone looking at the two of them like
they were crazy. Well, particularly like he was crazy. Though it didn't
take long for them to ignore him again.
"Listen, Raven, I just... I
just saw, what I could swear was an eyeball in the corner over there,"
He whispered and pointed to where he had seen the eye.
Raven glanced over and saw nothing, "You're seeing things. Slade's not over there and certainly no one else is."
"But, but Raven..." Beast Boy stuttered.
"Batman," She called, "How secure is the cave?"
"One hundred percent," He answered, before returning to work.
She had to admit, he really was blunt... "See, now don't bother me again."
"Friend Raven, is something the matter?" Starfire asked, floating over with a tray of medicine.
"No, Beast Boy's bored and seeing things. The dim light is playing tricks on him," Raven told her.
"Look, Raven, I know what I saw," Beast Boy said, a bit angry now.
glared at him, but upon seeing his reaction, she softened her demeanor
slightly, "Then maybe it was a reflection of someone else's eye. The
walls of the cave are as wet as a lake."
Beast Boy's frustration lowered a bit at the suggested explanation, "Maybe..."
yes, it does make sense when you put it that way, friend Raven,"
Starfire said, "Tamaran often has waterfalls that produce the same
effect on the walls opposite them."
"Alright, I get it, but that was seriously creepy," Beast Boy stated... "What are you doing?"
"Oh," Starfire answered, "I am delivering this up to Ms. Leslie. She requested it to help friend Robin."
"Oh, alright. Guess we'll see you when you get back down," Beast Boy said.
smiled and went on up the stairs to the Manor. She flew up to the exit
and upon entering the Manor itself, landed and walked the rest of the
way. She felt like she should while here. Somehow, it was a bit weird,
being in Robin's home, where he lived before he moved out to Titans
Tower. It almost invoked some sort of respect out of her, too, like she
would her own home as well. She climbed the staircase in the front and
followed Alfred's instructions to find Robin's room. Soon she found what
she believed was the right doorway. The Tamaranian knocked gently and
then opened the door only to find Catwoman leaning against the door,
blocking her way.
"Um, excuse me, Ms... Woman of the Cats, but I have medicine to give to Robin. May I please enter?" Starfire asked.
Catwoman looked at her with an eyebrow raised before standing up straight and answering, "Sure, kid, go ahead in."
smiled and walked into the room. She saw Leslie waiting by a door, but
saw no sign of Robin. Leslie smiled and answered the evident question on
"He's just cleaning up in the bathroom, dear," Leslie told her.
"Oh," Starfire replied, now understanding.
Just then the door by Leslie opened and Robin came into the room, a robe over his shoulders and a pair of shorts on.
"Oh, hey, Starfire," Robin said upon seeing her.
"Hello, friend, I brought you some remedies," She said, holding up the tray.
"Thanks," He said.
Then Starfire noticed, "Um, friend, why is your mask on?"
Robin smiled, "Not taking any chances. If I end up in a fight, I want Robin to be in it, not Dick Grayson."
"Alright then, well at least let me see if there's anything we missed," Leslie said, gesturing for him to take off the robe.
didn't argue; Leslie was a doctor before anything else after all. He
removed the robe and Leslie scanned for any signs of scrapes or bruises
that she had missed earlier. For the most part, he looked pretty cleaned
up. At least he hadn't needed any stitches, though he had several
bandages scattered across his back and chest. It didn't surprise
Starfire too much, after that explosion and seeing the mess he had been
when they had found him. Still, it reminded her of the time that Robin
had been seeing hallucinations of Slade due to inhaling the modified dust
that had been hidden in Slade's mask.
Leslie however, noticed
something that disturbed her on a higher level than his injuries from
the explosion. On his upper arm, there was a string of bruises... they
matched the pattern of a set of fingerprints, as though Robin had been
gripped by the arm and dragged multiple times in the course of the last
few weeks. He couldn't see them, and there weren't any more Leslie could
find, other than tell tale signs of fights that Robin had been in, so
she said nothing and made a mental note to talk to Bruce about it later.
Still, it was a clear indication, especially to Leslie, that Slade had
to be a horrible person.
She handed Robin a loose t-shirt and he
put it on while she took the medicine that Starfire had brought up. She
set aside a small amount of pills and filled a glass of water from the
sink so that Robin could swallow the meds. Afterwards, she ushered Robin
into bed, not wanting him to strain himself any further. Starfire
watched quietly, but with sympathy like any of the Titans would.
Catwoman remained silent the entire time and barely acknowledged what
was going on.
Earlier, when she had entered, Dick had nearly
attempted to attack her before she pulled up the Bat-communicator that
Bruce had given her earlier. It was only when he had heard Bruce confirm
that she was indeed on their side (at least at the moment) and was to
be keeping watch for him, that Dick really calmed down. Actually, no. He
quit trying to incriminate her. But he did continue to glare at her for
quite some time. At one point, when he had replaced his mask, he then
realized that Bruce had told her who they were. His head had snapped
over at her and if possible, his scowl turned worse. Leslie, however,
quickly returned his attention to mending his injuries.
then, Catwoman had taken to ignoring him and just keeping an eye out for
anything unusual. Leslie and Starfire decided to stay until Robin fell
into a light dose. They wouldn't have to wait very long, as all of the
medicine only sped up the process and Robin was already extremely tired.
While Leslie paced here and there while waiting, Starfire sat by
Robin's side. She was the only one that Catwoman really watched. Perhaps
it was the earlier title that she had given Catwoman (Ms. Woman of the
Cats), but she was a little struck by the girl's character.
they waited, Catwoman noticed Starfire slip her hand into Robin's. Her
eyes were soft and she had a warm smile on. She was happy... And that's
when it really hit Catwoman. Robin... Robin was a teenager. And these
two, they must, well, be into each other. She couldn't see Robin's
expression, but the fact that he continued to hold Starfire's hand was
enough for her to recognize it. And by the looks of it, unlike most
teenage couples who didn't know what they wanted or were dating for the
fun of it, they probably were some of the few... who really cared about
Leslie leaned over and tapped Starfire on the
shoulder. Robin was asleep and they both headed for the door. Leslie
nodded at Catwoman and Catwoman nodded back. They left and the door
clicked behind them as it was shut. It was just her and Robin. She
walked around the side of the bed and double-checked that Robin really
was out of it. He was. And his hand was in the same spot where Starfire
had left it. She grabbed the chair and brought it over to the other side
of the bed where she could be between the door and the windows.
sat on it backwards and pulled off her own cowl. Selina shook loose her
wavy black hair and leaned her chin on the back of the chair. Man, it
was hitting her. Like, when did he turn into a teenager with love
interests? The last time she saw him, she only saw that he had grown a
few inches. It didn't really click for her that the bratty kid in booty
shorts had grown up in more ways then one. He was still a little
annoying, but... Wow. She looked out the window. The view was absolutely
beautiful. She could see Gotham to one side and then the cliff that led
to the ocean on the other. The moon was full and gleamed despite
Gotham's attempts to hide it from existence. Batman was right, Gotham
never slept. It's lights were always there to sparkle for the stars.
was barely getting over the shock that Batman was Bruce Wayne... and
she had practically dated both of them! How did she not notice? Well, as
Batman, Bruce did drop his voice a couple octaves... But they were both
such good kissers! How could she not notice? How could she not tell?
She shook her head and decided not to debate it anymore.
remembered finding Batman that one night it was snowing and he had taken
her back to the Batcave, not really explaining anything. The fact that
Robin wasn't with him didn't register at first; he hadn't been with
Batman much the past year anyway. As they rode in the Batmobile in
stealth mode, she attempted to get some sort of explanation out of him.
He hadn't said anything.
Upon entering the Batcave, he stopped and
opened the doors to the Batmobile. She still had no idea of what to
expect. She asked why she hadn't seen him lately. She asked why he
wasn't talking. She asked if there was something really... And then he
had taken off his mask and she was finally just as quiet as he was.
Bruce Wayne. And then he answered her questions. He also asked many of
his own. Neither Dick or Robin, whichever alias they were talking about,
no one actually knew if he was alive. And he needed that. The trouble
with it was that he had to maintain a low profile, which was
particularly hard to do after a while. He rarely was able to visit the
Batcave itself and he couldn't fight anyone who would go blathering on
about 'It's the Batman!'.
That's where she came in. He asked her, as a personal favor, if she would help him.
when the richest man in Gotham, the Dark Knight, and a potential love
interest reveals to you their identity and asks you to do them a favor,
you say yes. She had come to understand since why he had kept it a
secret from her. He did it with everybody. It was strictly a need to
know thing. Only if you were lucky, like she was, he would trust you
enough to tell you.
She had received a Bat-communicator and since
then, she had worked to help him whenever possible. They'd meet at
random locations scattered through out Gotham. Bruce's network was
beyond anything that she had imagined. But the real surprises came as
she worked with him. The subtle things that he did. She saw more of who
he was. Why he did what he did.
Upon the day's discovery of the
new enemy in their midst, she had seen how much Robin mattered to him.
He wasn't just outraged because he had been outsmarted. He was furious
because this person's, Slade's, sole intention was to hurt Robin. His
only real family (outside of Alfred), one of the few that he had ever
gotten close to... And that's when it finally fell into place for her,
how much he cared about Robin, like they really were father and son. She
could now understand why every time she and Robin had clashed, he never
took sides and only separated them. He wasn't about to degrade either
of them. He valued them both.
And if he valued Robin, she guessed
that she could value him too. She still felt that he was a bit of a punk
around her, but... if he was important to Batman, he was important to
her too. And the kid was shaping up a little bit. A little. Selina
sighed and smirked. Whatever. She was here now. What else was she going
to do with her time, anyway?
The air turned on. She looked up at
the vent. It was a little hot in here... What she couldn't see though,
were the tiny nanobots (only a few of Slade's specialties) that had
entered the room and had proceeded to fly over to the window. A few
scouted, getting a good look at the room, and the table with the bottles
of medicine by Robin's bed. Slade smiled. Wayne's security system,
while at the top of the line, had some loopholes. He was sure that
Batman knew where they were, too. He could almost consider this a
thrill, if it wasn't for the situation at hand.
The one loophole
that allowed for the easiest access to Robin's room was the window. If
opened from the inside, it sent a message to the mainframe of the
system, but it wouldn't sound any alarms. He noticed he had ten seconds.
The nanobots pushed open the locks on the windows. Then, with a small
kick, they opened the windows, which slid out of place, making a small
creak. Selina looked up and noticed.
She got up and walked over to
the window and looked outside. Up, down and all around. She saw
nothing. Weird... She turned towards the door... was it a distra...
Instantly, Selina felt herself being attacked and found herself in a
"Rob..." She didn't get much farther as Slade placed a thick glue-like material over her mouth.
elbowed him and was able to get out of his grasp. She pulled her whip
from her side and let it unravel, going into a defensive position. Slade
chuckled. She reached for the Bat-communicator, but he attacked her arm
before she could get it. It fell to the floor and she had to instantly
engage in fighting him. She could tell his style came from the military
and it made her grateful that she had experience in kick boxing. For the
most part, it was a matter of dodging one another's attacks. And they
both did, equally well.
But Selina knew that she'd have to get to
the Bat-communicator soon. She couldn't fight this guy on her own and by
the way he was fighting, she knew it. Slade was motivated. His edge was
his drive. And despite the fact that they were both in the height of
physical condition, she knew that with only a few hits, she'd be down
for the count and it would take her many more to knock this guy off his
"I'm impressed, Catwoman," Slade whispered, "I didn't think it would take this long."
glared at him and they went at it again. Down below, Alfred looked up
at the monitor screen and saw the warning from the window being opened.
He looked over at Leslie.
"You didn't open the window for him or anything, did you?" He asked.
Leslie shook her head and Alfred looked over to Batman, "Master Wayne, the window up in Dick's bedroom has been opened."
head swiveled so quickly, Alfred was surprised that he could move so
fast with the cowl on. He was over at the screen in a second while the
others looked up and over at him. Up at the top of the Manor, Slade knew
that someone was bound to investigate the open window soon. There was
no time to deal with Catwoman anymore. She was a furious opponent,
almost like Adeline in many ways. That was probably the only reason he
could do this. His experiences fighting Adeline gave him an advantage
that Catwoman didn't know about.
Selina found herself weighing her
options. If she woke Robin up, he'd be drowsy and Slade's attention
would turn primarily to him. Who knew what kind of reinforcements Slade
had up his sleeve? She remembered reading over the file Batman had found
from Titans Tower that said he was a master at robotic technology. The
idea of leading him safely down stairs after that sounded nearly
impossible. She could just pick him up and run, but with the added
weight, she'd be slow and Slade would quickly catch up to her. She had
to call for back up. It was her only real chance.
Catwoman and Slade parted from combat and she took the opportunity to run to the fallen communicator. She turned it on. Yes!
While she couldn't make an intelligible word, she could still scream.
Batman saw the incoming call and put it on speaker. The sound of
Selina's muffled scream was all he needed. Then the communication was
cut off and Batman began to leave for the Manor when an incoming message
came to the screen that Superman was near.
"Possible trouble at Arkham," He relayed.
"Stay here, monitor it."
that's all he said. Wonder Woman looked over at Clark and he nodded. If
he needed to, he could always get to the top of Wayne Manor in an
instant. Batman, the Titans, and Wonder Woman rushed up to Robin's room,
where things were not going as well as one could hope. Slade had broken
the communicator and used Catwoman's fallen whip to restrain her arms
to her chest. He pulled out a small sedative and plunged it into her
mouth. Selina's eyes widened. No, no way would she go out like this...
She used her remaining energy to force herself into a flip and out of
She did a one-eighty in mid air with her body and
landed facing Slade, her fists up, but she saw that Slade wasn't
worried. And then she knew why. Slowly, Selina fell to her knees and
fell to the floor, losing sight of her surroundings. No... Slade walked
passed her and over to the bed, where Robin was barely stirring. He
grabbed Robin by the chin and looked at him.
"Wake up, Robin, it's time to go," He said.
eyes opened slightly and he squinted, but it wasn't long before he was
fully awake and attempted to make a struggle against the intruder. Slade
wasn't going to deal with this now, though. He held Robin's arms down
against the boy's sides with one arm and immediately dragged the teen
out of his bed. He barely caught sight of Catwoman's fallen form.
"Slade! No!" Robin yelled.
"I'll deal with your delinquency later," Slade said.
Robin struggled as panic began to rise in his chest. No, no, not again! Please, not again!
door burst open and in came seven superheroes just as Slade pushed the
door open further. It was beginning to mist outside and a clash of
thunder and lighting shook and lit up the room, illuminating Slade's new
policy, a hostage situation. Slade held a small hand blade in his hand
and upon seeing where he was holding it, Batman growled.
"Slade, release him!" Batman yelled.
really are back from the dead," Slade commented, "I should have known
that I'd have to kill you myself. But I won't be making that mistake
"Yo, Slade, drop him man," Beast Boy yelled.
"Unless you want to deal with seven very angry superheroes," Cyborg added.
Slade chuckled, "Are you sure you want to do that? Because... unlike you, I'm not too concerned..."
rested the blade on Robin's neck, almost drawing blood and Robin shut
his eyes tightly. He was still shaking. After all of this, he was still
going to lose. They were going to lose. Slade... Slade was going to win.
And that's what scared him. Somewhere, he heard Starfire and Wonder
Woman gasp, Cyborg and Beast Boy take steps back, and Batman and Raven
remained where they were, but at the same time, he didn't think their
expressions would be very friendly either.
Batman held an arm out,
ordering the others not to move as Slade continued, "…with roughing him
up a bit. You see, if he can't talk, he can't speak out against me. It
works out well either way for me. Though I'm sure that... you would
Slade let the knife fall so that he could turn Robin's face towards his comrades, "That I leave him unharmed."
the cave below, as Superman heard the ongoing conversation taking place
upstairs through Batman's communicator on speaker, he began to notice
incoming 911 calls all coming from two highly populated areas of the
city. What was going on?
"Alfred, does Batman have any cameras to give us a visual of the area?" He asked.
"I'll bring them up right away," Alfred replied.
reached Superman's ears, like someone tripping on the steel floors. But
everyone was upstairs, right? He felt someone tapping him and
immediately turned to see who it was. Before he could determine who it
was though, he felt himself involuntarily stiffen.
had slowly begun to make his way with Robin to the window, the knife
back in place. The look on Robin's face made Batman tense. He had never
seen Robin so... terrified and he couldn't...
Then in an instant, Superman rocked out through the floor boards and yelled, "Slade!"
turned to see the blue-eyed Kryptonian, but paused as he noticed
something different... this wasn't Superman... at least, alone.
"Drop it! I know you wouldn't do it!" Superman told him.
Slade found himself actually angry for once, "Why you..."
I know you couldn't do it! After what it put Mom through!" Superman
said, leaving most of the Titans and Wonder Woman incredibly confused.
Slade and Superman looked at each other, though soon Beast Boy noticed. Slade wasn't looking Superman in the eye. Why..?
"Drop the knife!" Superman yelled, "Or don't you remember? Because I sure do."
landed on the floor and suddenly slumped and regained posture. However,
the essence of a soul protruded from him and took solid form. A teenage
boy, about Beast Boy's age with curly blond hair appeared before them.
He was a little short and quiet. From just this appearance, you'd never
think anything special of him. But the fact that he could overshadow
Superman was enough to tell you he wasn't an ordinary teenager and the
bright purple and white outfit gave everyone the same idea.
"Wait, Jericho?" Beast Boy asked.
looked over at the Titans and nodded before looking back at Slade.
Slade's eye narrowed and Jericho pulled down on the high turtle neck
that he wore to reveal a deep scar across his vocal cords. Slade looked
from the scar to the rest of the superheroes standing behind Jericho.
"Very well," He said, "Have it your way, though... if I'm not mistaken, you might have other matters to attend to."
The others looked confused until Superman confirmed what Slade had said, "Batman, reports are coming in about two..."
Wonder Woman, take a Titan and take care of it, we'll handle Slade,"
Batman ordered, but neither seemed very willing to go with Slade just
standing there with the knife still poised. At least he hadn't moved it
since Jericho's appearance...
"Better decide soon," Slade taunted, "Or you won't have a chance to save either of them."
jumped out the window with Robin in tow and immediately everyone went
into action. Superman picked up Cyborg and Wonder Woman pulled Beast Boy
out with her and they headed for Gotham. That left Batman and three
other Titans and they didn't waste any time in chasing after Slade.
Starfire shot a starbolt of light into the air, illuminating the roof of
Wayne Manor. It was huge. And to make matters worse, there were
thousands of places to hide in the dark and rain.
"Split up," Batman ordered.
each headed in opposite directions. Raven glided over the rooftops
searching for Robin's aura. That's probably why she found Slade first.
Finding her center, she began to chant her incantation.
"Azarath Metrion Zinthos" She yelled and attempted to trap Slade within a cage of telekinetic energy.
he slipped through the bars and threw Robin aright into her, both of
them colliding into a glass window frame. Raven took most of the force
of the collision and could barely crawl out after Slade picked Robin up
again and continued on his way. Raven hit her locator button on her
T-communicator and Starfire received her location. But before Starfire
could get there, Slade felt himself being attacked by the third Titan.
jumped from a higher roof ledge and landed on Slade's back, attempting
to choke him. Robin struggled to get free again. 'Just a little
longer...' Jericho thought, 'Just a little...' He didn't get to finish
the thought as he felt himself being kicked off of Slade's back and
tackled to the ground. Jericho shook his head and looked up, confused to
see who his attacker was.
"Didn't forget me, did you?" Red X smirked and that's when Jericho could have sworn... That voice...
'Grant?' He signed.
X pulled off the mask, revealing the face of another teenager, maybe a
year older than Robin, but he resembled Jericho, save for the fact that
he had blue eyes and his hair was straight. It stuck out thanks to the
sweat that came from wearing a full facial mask and whipped around his
head in the wind and rain. It was a well known fact within their family
that Grant resembled his father at a younger age. He smiled.
"Miss me, little bro?" He asked.
remained shocked and in response, X kicked Jericho in the stomach and
pushed him off to a lower ledge of the rooftops. Red X replaced his mask
and jumped off to follow his brother. This was going to be good.