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Freaky Family: Prologue
Thunder rolled and lightning flashed outside the small apartment, throwing the interior into a brief, bright relief before fading, leaving only the rain that slid continuously from the sliding glass door. Outside the trees bent in the wind like bizarre hands, all pointing in the same direction. It was the sort of weather the Batman would have been perfectly comfortable in.
Jervis Tetch shuddered at the thought and turned his attention back to the laptop he'd placed rather precariously on a stool. Lines and lines of text scrolled down the screen monotonously, making his eyes droop. He shook his head, snapping himself out of it, and forced his attention back to the article he was reading.
Ever since the encounter with Professor Achilles Milo in the park that one evening, it had been eating away at Jervis as he tried to rack his brains and remember where he'd seen the man before. Be
BtAS: Freaky Family ch. 3Chapter 3: Twitch's EncountersBtAS: Freaky Family ch. 34 years ago in Drama More Like This
Ulysses Cutter, better known as "Twitch" in the Gotham underworld, was the sort of man you could depend upon. Not because he had numerous useful skills, nor because he excelled at everything did, but rather because he was the sort of person who would do his best to carry out and accomplish a task given to him. There were times he didn't succeed, but they were few and far between, and usually the result of something being too far outside the range of his abilities.
The day was dark, gray, and damp, but it made little difference to Twitch, who considered himself to be on a very important errand. Though he tended to be a gofer in the services of many of the Rogues Gallery, it was well-known that he was primarily the Scarecrow's right-hand man, and he was loyal to a fault. So loyal, in fact, that he was grocery shopping to stock up the kitchen at the Scarecrow's hideout, even though Jonathan Crane had been taken bac
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The old mansion had a damp, empty feel to it, and the air was cold and stale in several places. It had been abandoned quite some time before. Abandoned, but not left to a state of disarray. Lancelot Pendragon had abhorred everything about his father, and when the inheritance had passed over to him, he'd fired most of his father's staff, keeping only a select few whose job it had become to maintain and upkeep the Pendragon mansion just enough so it wouldn't fall into disrepair.
The servants had been told they had this job in the event Lancelot ever chose to return to the mansion. Personally, they all thought such a thing would never happen; the young master was changed after he'd returned from that long vacation as a child to that bizarre boarding school, and more likely than not, he'd never come to his senses and open the Pendragon mansion again. And two months ago, the young master had vanished into t
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Ink squirmed to one side of the sofa, curling herself up into a ball as best she could. New arrivals at Arkham didn't occur too terribly often; more or less, the asylum always seemed to be bringing their regulars back in again, but getting a new person or two in wasn't a rare occurrence.
This one, however, made her slightly uncomfortable.
"What troubles you, dear Ptah? Simply say the word, and I shall remove it from your sight!" the big man declared flamboyantly, dark brown eyes watching her as though she was the most fascinating thing he'd ever seen.
You giving me so much attention, for starters, she thought grimly, but she stayed quiet.
Ramsey Samuel Kingston had been brought in late last night, and had somehow wound up in the same schedule as Ink for group therapy, as well as recreation time. He'd been found in the office of Marshall Parker of Gothcorp, wearing a rather unorthodox mummy costume and claiming he was Phara
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Chapter seven: Let Us Be Partners, Then.
His reverie of that most wonderful place where he went to when he needed the rest was abruptly shattered when he'd heard the news.
He'd been once more frolicking through the meadows of talking flowers and edible mushrooms that overlapped thoughts of wielding power over the human brain and manipulation of the weak-minded, when he'd heard the Batman's voice rip through his peaceful thoughts, like the deep-throated hunting growl of a jabberwock, ready to kill.
"Miss Pendragon has disappeared. Security cameras reveal the Scarecrow escaping yesterday, and taking her and her car hostage."
Almost at once his eyes withdrew from that inner world, and he sat bolt upright on his cot, listening intently.
"No! Not Guen!" he heard a different voice cry, "Not her!! You are not playing some twisted, cruel joke on me, Batman?"
"That would be dear Nygma, then." Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter, proclaimed under his breath.
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Chapter 16: The Slumber Party Goes Wrong
Dr. Kirk Langstrom was sitting on the deck just outside his bedroom, a rolled up copy of the Gotham Post clutched tightly in his hand. The headliner showed an account of the break-in at the Gotham Museum, complete with a picture of the perpetrators. One Langstrom knew as Dr. Jonathan Crane, known best as the Scarecrow, from times he'd seen the thin man on the news being apprehended by the Batman. The other was a girl, dressed mostly in black, whom Langstrom hadn't recognized at first.
Something came down on his shoulder and he jumped, his head whipping around at the intruder.
"Jumpy much? I thought you'd be happy to see me." The young man said in a cocky tone.
"You could have been anyone!" Kirk exhaled, hand going to his heart, which was pounding like crazy.
"But I'm not."
"What kept you?"
"Supper with the family."
"All of the family."
"Ah " Langstom said slowly, comprehension
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Chapter 10: Strange Meetings
Gordon gave a quick, cursory glance around. No one seemed to be hanging around outside this corridor. He felt sick to his stomach when he thought about what happened. The feeling got worse after he'd watched the tape from the cameras a couple of times. He only hoped that his dark friend would be able to help some way, because as far as Gordon was concerned, he doubted things could get any worse than they were now.
"Sure was nice of the Commissioner to cover us." Robin remarked softly as he and Batman dropped into the room, but his towering companion said nothing. Instead, they approached the array of screens, and found one tape sticking out of its slot. Batman frowned as he pushed the tape in, and hit the Play button. An image flashed onscreen of a banquet hall full of people and a second later, an odd smoke began to fill the room, entering through the ventilation system.
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Chapter 15: Clio and Logann
May came to with a blistering headache pounding in her skull, and she managed to croak out an entire string of swear words in a sentence before she got her eyes open.
"Language, my dear! Language!" said a familiar, scolding voice. As her vision began to clear, she saw the beak-like nose and the monocle staring down at her, and a three-fingered flipper gently pressed a cool, damp cloth to her forehead. She sighed blissfully; she'd never imagined this even in her wildest dreams, Ozzy taking care of her this way! She wondered what she'd done to deserve this.
"What did you find out when you tailed Pendragon last night that caused this to happen, my bird?" Oswald asked gently, and she pursed her cracked lips, frowning. That was odd. She couldn't remember anything past Logann Pendragon pulling out of the parking lot at Dragon's Blood Inc. last night. He had taken some expensive, sporty car and then, nothing. A feeling of dread settled in her stomach.
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Chapter 11: Brother
He could feel the darkness swirling around him, threatening to wall him in.
Monster. A monster.
He was a monster.
Before, he'd been normal, but now...
He clenched his fists, shutting his eyes tight against the world, blocking out everything.
Guen. Did she remember him? Would she recognize him? Would she hate him? It had taken so long to track her down, to find her, but he still hadn't had the courage to venture out and contact her on his own, and then she was abducted by Jonathan Crane, former psychologist and professor, alias of the Scarecrow. Now he had had to break down and seek out help to find her again, and still he'd not attempted to make contact with her.
And worse, he was looking for her too. He had no idea what that bastard had in the way of resources, but whatever the case, Guen had to hear from him first, not that posing weasel. Why the man had even stolen his
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Chapter eight: Wraith
"Marvelous! Simply superlative!" the Scarecrow was practically hissing with glee, wringing his hands as he approached Guen.
"What's happening to me?!" she shrieked, staring at him wide-eyed. Oh, the deliciousness of her fright was purely wonderful! He eyed her eagerly, taking in her panic like a child hoarding Christmas gifts. This entire thing was absolutely delightful!
"An unexpected malfunction, it seems," he responded nonchalantly, then shot a pointed look at her wrists, "And I must say, Guenhivyre, I'm not in the least annoyed that you so openly wear my technology. It seems to have partially been the cause of this."
"WHAT?!" she squeaked, looking at the manacle in horror.
"Sh-she's like a ghost " Ulysses said somewhere behind him, still stunned.
"Indeed, Miss Pendragon is insubstantial. A ghost for sure, my dear Mr. Cutter." the Scarecrow answered, leering hungrily at his young test subjec
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Chapter nine: The First Job
Guen swallowed hard, nervously adjusting the manacle on her wrist. This was it, her test. Her first job. The Scarecrow had insisted upon it after making his own adjustments to her outfit, which now consisted of her manacle and wristband, (of course,) a black dress with a pleated skirt, a silver-gray sash tied about her waist with a bow in the back, a black leather collar about her neck, and black Goth boots that laced up in the front. The colors had been the adjustment; initially, Banshee had outfitted her in green to match her eyes, but it wasn't intimidating enough to meet the Scarecrow's criteria, so he sent Ulysses to "obtain" something black. The sash he disapproved of, but made no effort to make her get rid of it. The collar, Stitches's and Banshee's idea of a joke, he didn't seem to notice. Instead, he immediately told her that she was going to have a job tonight, and that he
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Chapter One: Guenhivyre Pendragon
Bruce Wayne wasquite literallystuck in the middle of a charity party for the Gotham Central Librarys new wing when he heard the news. Well, when everyone heard the news, seeing as its next to impossible to shut up a plasma screen television mounted on the wall and cranked up to maximum volume. Summer Gleeson, the news reporter, popped onscreen abruptly, with a special news bulletin, she said.
The Gotham City Police have just informed me that there has been a breakout at Arkham Asylum. The two inmates that escaped are a teenaged girl identified only as Stitches, along with none other than the Joker. Residents are advised to keep indoors as the police continue the search! We now go live to
The rest of her words were cut off by a collective gasp from the crowd, followed by an outburst of worried chatter and gossip about what all just heard.&
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Chapter 14: Investigation
Guen was busy polishing the sword she'd just lifted two hours ago, trying to make the blade shine as radiant as the noonday sun. She wasn't sure why she'd taken it, only that a trip to an antiques shop had gone terribly awry, and she'd ended up stealing this as well. Needless to say, the Scarecrow made it quite clear he wasn't impressed with what was turning out to be a crime spree of nothing but theft. Still, Guen couldn't quite explain to him why she'd needed it. She just had.
Sighing, she placed the sword gently on top of the filing cabinet, next to the vase and the box. Stepping back, she examined her little collection with a frown, trying to understand why the items had called to her, and why these items in particular.
"Admiring our work, are we?" said a voice dripping with sarcasm, and Guen jumped, whirling around to see Jonathan Crane staring down his nose at her, arms crossed and a foot tapping imp
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Chapter 17: Monsters in the Dark
The armor was heavy, old, and patterned with intricate knots, but necessary. The helm completed the image, giving his head the formidable appearance of his namesake. But he barely stopped to admire himself in the mirror. The sword was his main concern. Opening the glass case, he delicately lifted it from its stand, gingerly tying the scabbard to a leather loop in the armor just above his left hip. The scabbard was new, just commissioned less than twenty years ago. But the sword
Slowly he drew it from the scabbard, the beautiful green Celtic knot pattern on the blade spiraling down to the hilt, where it ended in a hoop around the writing. He stroked the characters lovingly as the blade sang to him in a voice that hadn't been heard in centuries. He could not read the language they were from, but he knew well enough what they said, for the sword's name
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Chapter 5: The Rule of Two's
The change happened before their arrival back at the duplex. One moment Guen was riding along, merely a passenger in her own body, observing Wraith's actions as though through some sort of fog, and the next, she suddenly had the reins, popping back into place with a jump. The big man who'd taken to following her, Ramsey Kingston, looked up in mild alarm.
"Is something wrong, Priestess?" he asked, concerned.
"Nothing, Rams." she answered. "I'm fine."
He continued to watch for a while, obviously not totally convinced, but he made no further comment. When he finally looked away, she glanced over, noticed the ornamental cauldron, and had to refrain from sucking in a breath. Of course Wraith would look to make a very large and rather public steal. Her other personality rarely did anything by halves, especially these days. Shaking her head, she looked away and froze.
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Chapter 21: The Invitation
It had hit her sometime last night, hard enough to wake her from her fitful sleep. Ever since the night she had followed Logann Pendragon, May hadn't been able to go to bed without waking up sometime in the middle of the night, and it was during these intervals she found herself trying to recall what happened that she couldn't remember. The first time she'd remembered some kind of building, outside the city limits, that she and Magpie had followed Logann to. The second time, she remembered a room, and there was something significant about the walls, but she couldn't remember what. The third time she remembered a syringe and someone calling Pendragon "Lance." Every time afterwards, she simply went over those same three facts in her mind, unable to recall anything else about that night.
Now though, she'd woken from a dream, a dream in which she remembered a cruel, sadistic face, and as she sat wondering, the memory came flooding back to her. Pendragon
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Chapter 4: The Return Of Wraith
Ramsey wasn't entirely sure how in the world he'd been roped into this. The priestess of Horus was planning on 'pulling a job' at some 'Gotham Skating Charity for the Children's Recreation Center.' He didn't really quite understand what she meant by that, but he did know that for someone who had so urgently insisted that it needed to be done soon, she was spending an ungodly amount of time locked in the water closet.
"Are you ready yet, priestess?" he sighed.
"Ram, I told you these things take time!" she snapped.
"It would feel like less time were you to enlighten your Pharaoh as to what exactly you're doing in there." he muttered.
"I'm dying my hair." she repeated for the third time. Ramsey only shook his head. He still had no idea what that meant.
"She has a couple of points there."
He turned and looked at the man approaching him. Half of his face was covered in scarred flesh that
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Chapter Three: The Scarecrows Escape
Out of all the inmates at Arkham Asylum, the only two who had the top level of security placed on them were the Joker and Jonathan Crane, otherwise known as the Scarecrow. Though two completely different extremes in their modi operandi, they were the most dangerous, most insane, most clever, and the best escape artists in the entire asylum. No matter how many times his security was heightened, the Joker always found new ways to escape, usually on the fly when he spotted an opening of sorts that he could use to his advantage.
Jonathan Crane scoffed at that. He too, was always being put under higher security, mostly for the fact that he sometimes pointed out the openings to the Joker from across the hall, but also for the fact that his escapes had no real pattern, and the asylum wanted him under total surveillance 24/7. The two men quite literally had no privacy, their walls that faced outward being co
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Chapter 9: A Strangely Demonic Alliance
"Dr. Strange, Dr. Strange!"
"Sir, as the chief of psychiatry at Arkham Asylum, what's your take on this mass breakout that occurred earlier in the week?"
"Are the rumors of an inside job true, Professor Strange?"
"Just one interview sir, just one! I could lose my job if I don't get the one interview!"
"What's your take on the security at the asylum, Professor?"
He was finding himself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of reporters hawking him, and was rather at a loss for what to say. However, he wasn't one to show that he was ever off his guard, and all the reaction he gave was merely a raising of his eyebrows.
"If any minds are curious as to my thoughts on the matter," Hugo Strange said slowly, steepling his fingers as the cameras flashed in his face repeatedly, "I do not dismiss the possibility that an employee within the walls of the asylum assisted my patients in their escape."
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Chapter 18: The Following Morning
News of the attack spread quickly around the Gotham Underworld, and before long, most of the Rogues whose charges had been at the foiled slumber party knew of what had happened. Penguin and Riddler were furious, but not nearly as furious as Magpie and Trick Deck were with themselves. Something about the previous night had them spooked, something about that voice had triggered a response in their minds, but they could not for the life of them figure out what.
Banshee was also furious with herself, for not having been there to prevent the creeper from getting his hands on her friend, and this self-loathing was evident in her voice when she went to report to the Joker the next morning. She stood there, fists clenched at her sides, head bowed, and told him the entire story. He sat on his table, listening with a bored expression, and dismissed her when she was finished, leaving her with the impression he didn't mu
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Chapter 6: Cats and Compromises
Ethan Bennett was pacing his cell restlessly, waiting in anticipation for the orderly to come by with his meds. Ethan wasn't allowed to participate in recreation time with the other inmates, for fear that he'd shapeshift the second someone took their eyes off him and escape. Even group therapy was a limited and rare thing for him. Many of the doctors felt that he shouldn't be allowed, but the majority felt he ought to take part in group therapy sessions, provided he was under watch the entire time.
He hated it. Hated being treated like he was less than human, like a monster, even if he was one, even if he knew that fact in his own mind.
Only in the last week had he really tried to pull himself back together and stopped walking about as Clayface. It had taken long, so long, for him to remember himself as Ethan Bennett, to picture his former, human face in his mind's eye and try to focus on molding his