WONDER WOMAN: LEGACY, Ch 20
On a high rooftop lost among many like it in the middle of the night, Elissa paced back and forth with her arms crossed over her chest, staring at the roof before her as she walked. Diana stood by the roof's edge, her foot atop the short wall and her arms folded on her knee. She was watching the night and was clearly lost in thought, and did not speak much for the half hour they waited.
"Still not sure why we're here," Elissa grumbled as she paced.
Diana smiled. "Like someone once told me, patience, Princess."
Elissa finally stopped pacing and she turned fully to her mother. "Look. We need to talk. I can't go back to Themyscira under the circumstances. I have obligations here and Like I told you, when I was on Olympus the Gods told me I have to use these gifts they gave me andandand Stacy's going to need me for a while Are you listening?"
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They returned to the mansion in high spirits and Elissa seemed to have forgotten about her failure with Scarecrow. Clinging to her mother's arm as they entered, she laughed and declared, "You have got to be kidding! And she knew nothing about it?"
"I didn't keep many secrets from your grandmother," Diana admitted, "but some things are much better left unsaid."
"That is just totally wicked," the girl said with a laugh.
"Just don't get any ideas," Diana warned. "I'm way ahead of you on that."
"I believe you, Mom. Hey! Maybe we can, like, go and do a Justice League mission or something. It would be all kinds of fun!"
With a little smile, Diana confirmed, "Sure, I'd like that. But not until I get you clearance, understand?"
"And I think your father would like some time with you as well. Do you think you can g
GOLDEN ANGEL: THE WATCHTOWER Elissa had only taken the flight to clear her mind. She figured nobody would ask questions when she took the IJ121 from the well guarded hangar at the small, private airport near Gotham City, and no one did. Sure, this was Themyscira's most advanced jet, but even at seventeen years old she was an accomplished fighter pilot and was only rarely questioned by those who guarded it. After all, who would dare question the daughter of Wonder Woman?GOLDEN ANGEL: THE WATCHTOWER5 years ago in Drama More Like This
Her helmet lay on the seat beside her, leaving her long, obsidian black hair free and pulled over one shoulder to keep it out of her way. Blue eyes darted to the instruments frequently and automatically, but mostly scanned the cloud strewn sky outside of the airplane. Dressed as Golden Angel, she would be ready should she have to land and spring into action. This was a two piece costume. The top was read and supported only over her left
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Metallo and his men had been thoughtful enough to completely disable the alarm system, so quietly entering through the back was rather easy. Batman had taught Golden Angel the art of picking locks and she proved to be a quick study, so even the security lock into the back of the bank proved to be no match for her.
Once inside, she quietly negotiated her way through the back offices, cubicles and the office equipment and crept toward the front where she expected to find the hostages. Freeing them was her top priority and Atom and Huntress had agreed. In fact, they had surprised her by embracing her plan.
The lobby was ahead of her and her eyes narrowed as she crouched down and silently approached. This small hallway emptied out behind the teller's stations and she could see some activity out there, but no hostages. Peering around the corner, she saw the door to the vault standing ajar, then she saw movement out of the corner of her eye and shifted her atten
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Late morning brought a new day and new possibilities. While sleep had been elusive, she had finally drifted off and slept soundly through the rest of the night. The sun was climbing high and shining through her window, making bright ribbons of white and yellow light through a gap between the curtains.
Having forced herself to forget about the most recent fight between her parents, she sat up and a little smile found her lips as she stretched. Slipping from beneath the blankets, she stretched more, this time falling into more of an athlete's regiment as she fell into a daily routine of stretching each muscle group to prepare it for the coming day. Her head no longer hurt. Her Amazon metabolism and healing power had taken stock of the injuries from the night before and she felt as fresh as ever. Still wearing the running shorts and pink tee shirt, she found the morning rather chilly and padded to the wardrobe across the room when she had finished her s
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Normally, four heavily armed men would not be much of an issue. The corridor they strode down was rather wide, poorly lit and obviously underground. Three men could comfortably walk abreast, but the four soldiers in black body armor were content to walk behind him. The arched, stone or concrete ceiling was nine feet high and Bane glanced up a couple of times, tempted by something from a lingering boyhood to reach up and bat at one of the lights that hung from the conduit that ran along the peak of the ceiling. Still dressed in the orange jumpsuit of the maximum security prison facility he was destined for, he still had the size of the mercenary who had been created in the Caribbean many years ago. Since then, his augmented strength had remained with him, though not at the level the super steroid Venom had given him. While it had helped make him what he was, he loathed it now. Still, he would continue to use the strength it had given him, and his almost super human intellect. Th
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Elissa moaned softly and rocked her head to the left, then the right, and her eyes opened to thin slits. She blinked and struggled to bring the world around her into focus. Drawing a deep breath, she tried to make sense of where she was, how she got there
Anxiety surged up again and quickly she felt herself near panic as she looked around her. When she tried to sit up, a strap around her chest stopped her. Trying to raise her hands to remove it revealed that she was cuffed to the bed she lay on. Looking down at herself, she saw that she was only covered with a white sheet and white wool blanket, and over these were leather restraints over her legs and hips and she could feel her ankles cuffed and strapped down beneath the sheet. Her eyes darted about. This looked like the Batcave, and yet it did not. Drawing a deep breath, she tried to calm herself and reason out what had happen, w
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Commissioner Gordon stood on the roof, his hands in the pockets of his overcoat as he stared up at the bat signal that shined brightly on the clouds above. With him were two uniformed police officers, both of whom watched the signal on the clouds as well. The spotlight that sent it there illuminated much of the roof surrounding it, but behind it and in the distance, all was shrouded in shadows, and everyone present knew that Batman would emerge from those shadows. The sounds of the blowing wind would mask the approach of the Dark Knight and tensions were high as the three awaited him.
A loud, mechanical click sounded from behind them and the spotlight went out, plunging much of the rooftop back into darkness. Only the two lights that flanked the one door that accessed the roof illuminated the roof to any degree. Even as the two policemen spun around, Gordon turned almost casually, looking to the shadowy figure who stood
BATMAN: LEGACYThe Bat Cave illuminated as the door slid open and Batman strode toward the car that was parked in the middle of the cavern, and right on his heels was Golden Angel, a girl about five foot six with long black hair that was restrained in a pony tail. She wore a combination of clothing and armor, a red top that left her right shoulder and her midriff bare, a golden raptor symbol across her chest that had the wings of a bat. She wore golden gauntlets on her forearms, and red and gold boots almost to her knees. The bottom piece of this costume was royal blue, low on her hips and left her legs almost completely bare, and it was adorned with white stars. On her brow she wore a golden tiara with a blue star in the center that was flanked by the black wings of a bat. This was a young heroine in training, and this day the lesson seemed to be an elusive one in patience.BATMAN: LEGACY5 years ago in Drama More Like This
"But that's totally not fair!" she complained. "I
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The lights were low in the central control room of the Watchtower and when the doors slid shut behind Wonder Woman she did not stray more than a step or two from them as her eyes found that one lonely figure sitting at the main console. A familiar creeping began in her stomach and she drew a calming breath. She feared almost nothing, but this was a conversation she had hidden from for almost two decades. Finally striding forward, her steps were as confident as she could manage and she was able to control the shaking of her knees very well. It was not a long walk, but it sure seemed to take forever.
Finally reaching the occupied chair, she grasped it with one hand, the console with the other as she looked to the large view screen that was right in front of the man who worked the controls. Silence thickened the air around them and the tension mounted.
"Quiet night?" she finally fo
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Most of the structures on Themyscira were ancient Greek style in construction, as their culture was largely ancient Greek in makeup, and built of marble or limestone for the most part. A training center near the middle of the island was one of the largest. Like most structures, it had a walled open courtyard all the way around it, four entrances into the structure itself, and large marble columns that held up the stone roof. The inside of the perimeter wall was adorned with gardens with a track of clean sand right inside of the gardens that measured over three miles around the building, and inside of these were the training fields for this facility, and they were all in heavy use this day. Four obstacle courses, one on each side of the huge, three level structure, were of varying degrees of difficulty for different kinds of training and were named for Greek Gods.
On the south side of the structure, a group of women had just finished
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Alfred had his eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel of Bruce Wayne's late model limousine, but still he smiled and shook his head.
"I know I can get this right," Elissa assured. The morning found her in the seat across from her father, facing the rear of the car. She was dressed in a light gray business suit with a white blouse and a knee length skirt that was the light gray of her jacket. Black, thin strapped high heeled shoes did not look comfortable, though she did not complain. Her hair was worn in a bun; she had new oval glasses on and a pencil behind her ear, another in the bun of her hair. In her lap was what appeared to be a leather bound schedule with a couple hundred pages within.
Bruce sat across from her wearing a very expensive black suit with a dark gray tie and white shirt. The armrests at his sides were folded down, his elbows rested on them and he had his fingers laced in front of him as his eyes scrutinized the young woman i
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Themyscira, seventeen years ago
So much to do. So much to consider.
Darkness had settled hours ago and the house was finally quiet. Though weary from a long day, Diana knew that sleep would be a difficult prize to claim, especially with everything in her mind that vied for her attention. She lay on her back, right in the middle of her spacious bed as she stared at the ceiling with troubled blue eyes. With one hand laying on her belly and the other arm curled around her head, she did her best to relax her body, hoping that her mind would soon follow. Her long black hair was pulled to one side and was flailed out on her pillow and bed. Her spacious bedroom was dimly lit in the warm blue glow offered by the full moon. There were n
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So much to do. So much to consider.
Darkness had settled hours ago and the house was finally quiet. Though weary from a long day, Diana knew that sleep would be a difficult prize to claim, especially with everything in her mind that vied for her attention. She lay on her back, right in the middle of her spacious bed as she stared at the ceiling with troubled blue eyes. With one hand laying on her belly and the other arm curled around her head, she did her best to relax her body, hoping that her mind would soon follow. Her long black hair was pulled to one side and was flailed out on her pillow and bed. Her spacious bedroom was dimly lit in the warm blue glow offered by the full moon. There were not many furnishings, only the bed, desk across the room under the window and a wardrobe that was made of some dark wood. Two other pieces had joined the
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Only an hour later Elissa was over open water, her jet invisible to the outside and cruising at Mach two. At this speed she had enough fuel to fly halfway around the world, but she needed to go only a fraction of that distance.
True to what she had heard, the first hour of her flight was absolute boredom. Autopilot was taking care of the airplane and other than the book she had brought and a computer with no internet access she really had nothing else to do. The safety of Themyscira was far behind her and adventure was waiting ahead, but she was not thinking so far ahead, nor was she really in the moment. Her eyes glanced over the words of the book she read, but she really could not concentrate on it. Dire consequences awaited her eventual return to Themyscira, and she knew she would have to make a hard mark on the outside world and make it quickly. Her mother had. Her grandmother had. Now
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Around bedtime, Elissa saw Stacy to bed and dismissed herself to go to "work."
The road to Gotham was supposed to be about three hours, but a fast motorcycle in the dark made it in less than two.
Somewhere downtown, Elissa found a secure parking garage and hid her bike in plain sight there, then spun to change to her alter ego.
Jumping down from the second deck, she set off on a walk through one of the most crime ridden cities in the country, and got no shortage of attention from those who walked the streets.
She had come to Gotham to fight crime, and Gotham would not disappoint her. In less than an hour she caught two street thugs trying to rob a corner store. Guns blazed and bullets ricocheted off of her gauntlets as she easily took the crooks down and held them for the overworked police.
More action found its way to her and she foiled two more robberies in the next hour.
Hearing more gunfire, she ran that direction, finding two police officers in a fi
WONDER WOMAN vs RED PANZERWith things quiet in the city, Elissa often looked to other areas where her presence could be more useful. Gotham was a clear choice, but with Batman there she was nervous about even approaching that city for fear of another confrontation with him. Little was known about him and he did not seem to have any special powers or abilities yet still he put the fear of the Gods into her, and in that respect she found herself envious. She still had not met Superman face to face and often thought about making the six hour drive to Metropolis to do just that, though that always remained on the back burner.WONDER WOMAN vs RED PANZER5 years ago in Drama More Like This
Often, she craved the company of other Amazons, but knew it was not time to return home. Not yet. She had not quite left the mark she needed to, and she would not return home in failure.
With everything finally going right, the day came when it was finally time to be tested. It was a quiet Monday morning and the streets were bus
WW: LEGACY, ELISSA'S PLEAStopping her bike on the sand at the beach, Elissa stared out over the moon-lit water. Her head ached even worse, and her whole body was hurting terribly. Sweat dripped off of her and from time to time her body trembled. Feeling dizzy and ill, she swung her leg over the bike and stumbled over it as it fell to the ground beneath her. Getting awkwardly back to her feet, she pulled her helmet off and dropped it near the motorcycle as she staggered toward the water. Not quite there, she dropped to her knees, looking up to the moon and stars.WW: LEGACY, ELISSA'S PLEA5 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Hera!" she cried. "Athena! I need you! I need your wisdom. I... I've..." She bowed her head, closing her eyes as she fell forward and clenched the sand in her fists. She started to cry and shook her head as she admitted, "He betrayed me, and I've betrayed all I knew, all I've learned. I'm nothing but a disgrace. I'm
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As before, few lights were on in the warehouse and Elissa crept in with her eyes darting back and forth. She feared another ambush, but knew that was not likely under the circumstances.
Returning to the office she had met Red Panzer in before, she first noticed that the light was on and hesitantly opened the door, peering in as she greeted, "Hello?" The office was empty and she entered, glancing around. With a heavy sigh, she walked to the desk, which was now free of clutter and was neat and orderly. Turning around, she leaned back against it, planting her hands on the edge as she turned to the door, expecting someone to enter at any moment.
"Okay," she said absently. "Sitting here waiting for someone to come in."
Everything was deathly quiet for a long moment.
The phone on the desk rang very loudly and Elissa barked a scream in response, spinning around as she grasped her chest and looked down to it with wide eyes. When
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A few incident free days went by, and it seemed as if the Commissioner's plan to unveil Wonder Woman to curb crime in the city was working. Elissa responded a couple of times, but they both turned out to be minor incidents that just her presence put an end to. She patrolled the city a few hours a day, just to keep up appearances and let the criminals know that she was watching. Even the toughest of the street thugs did not seem to want to challenge her.
Her new motorcycle spent its down time at the police garage with the patrol cars, and it was given its own spot among them. To her amazement and joy, all of the police officers she encountered were very friendly, greeting her with enthusiasm and shaking her hand when they saw her. Life in this city was finally going right.
Stacy finally got a day off and the two crammed themselves in her little compact car and drove across town for an afternoon of lunch and shopping, and i
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The following day arrived with much fanfare. The street in front of the old courthouse was closed off and spectators and media were everywhere. People were gathering around behind a police barricade on the street and sidewalk below to see what was to come. The courthouse itself was adorned with banners across the tall marble columns outside of the doorway into the old building. Atop the steps that led down to the street on a large, flat meeting surface of marble tiles was a podium that was flanked by a battery of large speakers.
Inside the courthouse waited many police in their dress uniforms and many others who were simply on duty, city officials and a number of dignitaries.
Secluded in a room just off of one of the main court rooms, a small office of some kind, Wonder Woman and her daughter awaited the start of this event, and Elissa, her hair in a long pony tail, paced nervously as her mother leaned back against the long, heavy
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Stacy and Elissa sat huddled close beside each other on one end of the couch, hunched over a little with their hands folded in their laps as they watched the Princess of the Amazons pace back and forth in front of them just on the other side of the coffee table.
Lounging on the other end and sipping on some hot tea, Queen Hippolyta also watched her daughter pace. She wore a pale red skirt and a sleeveless white top that showed off her well toned, Amazon arms. She had kicked her shoes off and sat comfortably with her legs drawn beside her. The expression she wore was anything but anger toward the girls, unlike Diana, and she looked almost amused as she watched the Amazon Princess pace in a seemingly vain effort to collect her thoughts.
Diana's hands clenched into tight fists, then relaxed again, then clenched, and relaxed. She also seemed to be grinding her teeth, just like Elissa did when she was angered or annoyed.
Stacy's eyes st
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The sixth floor of the city hospital had been closed to patients for a year and during that time it was only used for emergencies involving visiting dignitaries and the possibility of an emergency quarantine. Only one set of elevators would even stop there, and this one required a key just to open the door. Of course the floor was kept as antiseptic as the rest of the hospital, but as the doors to the elevator opened, a position down the hall that was actually formed of military sandbags was alerted and large caliber weapons were trained on it, just in case. A nurse and on-call doctor ducked down behind the nurse's station as the elevator opened fully and two police officers stepped out, escorting a short, chubby girl in a loosely fitting red shirt and blue jeans.
Stacy settled her glasses onto her face nervously as she glanced around. The fifth floor was now a fortress and heavy weapons were trained on her from three sides.
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A new dress uniform was called for and Police Commissioner Ramone checked herself in the full length mirror once more. Ever confident, ever in control, she actually seemed a little nervous this morning as she straightened her shirt and fussed over her hair one more time.
The intercom beeped and her aide informed, "Commissioner, she's here."
"Excellent," she said. "Send her in." Turning as the door opened, she folded her arms as she looked Wonder Woman up and down, and she nodded. "Looks like all of that dip came out."
Elissa smiled at her. "This cleans up pretty easily." She strode toward the Police Commissioner, stopping a couple of paces away. "Okay, Commissioner. I guess we should"
"Everything's already been set up," Ramone informed. She strode forward and put her arm around Elissa's shoulder, turning her as she continued, "We're expected downstairs in ten minutes."
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Video footage of Elissa's horrible defeat at the metal-clad hands of Red Panzer was broadcast all over the world, and was not taken well on the island of Themyscira.
Diana ran from her house, screaming as she dropped to her knees in the garden out back and covered her face with both hands as she wept harder than she ever had.
Hippolyta followed her out, crouching down beside her as she tried to envelope her in her arms. Holding her tightly, she also wept, and she laid her cheek on top of Diana's head, closing her eyes as she assured, "She will be all right, Diana. He didn't kill her. She'll be all right."
"How could I have let this happen?" Diana shouted. "Why didn't I go for her as soon as she left? Why?"
"We could not have seen this coming," the Queen said softly.
"He's supposed to be dead!" Diana yelled. She slowly raised her head, rage now in her tear swollen eyes as she bared her teeth and hissed, "As soon