Young Justice: JuvenileTo put it lightly, today had been disastrous. Ultra-heavy on the 'dis.'
Truthfully, things had been fine for the most part. That is, at first.
A closed Gotham City Academy, under construction after a certain giant-robot-versus-superhero incident, gets Dick out of school for the week.
Which in turn means more training and missions with Batman.
Thus causing Dick to be thrilled (in a way that only those who truly know the depths of his and Batman's relationship understand).
The Big, Bad Batman might seem as cold as ice and as emotionless as stone to most everyone else, only showing care to those closest to him in the League (and even then...), but Dick knows better. He's been lucky enough to come to know the man beneath the cowl and beyond the virtually-indestructible walls he's erected.
He's been Bruce's foster son for a little over three years now, and in that time he's grown closer to the man than anyone besides Alfred and most of the Original Seven. And it is for this reas
Hypothermia Part 3Superboy cursed.Hypothermia Part 33 years ago in Drama More Like This
What the hell is he supposed to do? Robin wasn't breathing and his heart had stopped. He was dead. Oh God, Robin was dead.
Superboy pressed himself and Robin closer to the fire and tried to think of something, anything that would bring the Boy Wonder back to life, because Robin couldn't be dead. He may have been mortal but it wasn't possible for him to just die!
There was a noise, dear god; he really hoped it wasn't those damn guards because Superboy didn't think he would be able to hold back.
As they were flying to the cave where Robin and Superboy were Superman focused on the two heartbeats and flying at a speed slow enough for everyone to follow but quick enough for them to get to the two trapped teens. Yet, when he heard one heart beat stop and the other quicken. The Man of Steel had the same reaction; he stopped dead in his tracks then sped towards the teens, ignoring the voices coming from his comm. link, they could track his comm. link to follow him, but he
Young Justice: Wide Open Ch. 1 Wide OpenYoung Justice: Wide Open Ch. 14 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
When Batman steps through the doorway to Mount Justice during the early morning hours to retrieve Robin for a mission run in Gotham, the very air tells him that something is off.
Then, the boy emerges, and he notices on sight: the way his protégé breathes a little lighter and winces otherwise unnoticeably when he stretches or moves his chest the wrong way.
Young Justice hasn't had any missions in two days, and Robin
Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 1 BullseyeYoung Justice: Bullseye Ch. 14 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
When Batman shows up at Mount Justice unexpectedly, the team knows it must be serious. Their mission-dispatcher never comes around unless it's something big, and even with his mask and schooled expression there is a noticeable tightness to his features.
The imposing man stands before them, scanning each face intently. The intensity of his gaze amplifies with each child. Finally, when he pauses on Robin and doesn't let up, there is such a severe glint in his eyes and a tension suggesting clenched teeth that Robin just knows:
Never ForgottenFreezing. That was what he felt at that moment. Just bitter and utter coldness. Now why, you ask yourself, does the Boy Wonder feel cold at this moment? Well, because at this moment, he along with his team were on the mountains of Colorado and had been shoved, pushed, tripped and smothered by tons of white, powdery snow.Never Forgotten4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I-i don't t-think i have ev-va-ver felt so c-cold in my lif-fa-fe." stuttered the talkative speedster who was clutching his thick jacket closer to his lean, built body.
The young martian girl next to him nodded in agreement as she shook from a small gust of wind that rolled by. " We never had weather this c-cold on Mars be-before."
The Boy Wonder was the farthest back in the group. He looked t his cold and shaking teammates as the clutched their clothes tighter to their bodies hoping it would bring them more heat. Aqualad was the least affected by the weather, saying it got much colder in Atlantis during the Winter, but still shook with satisfaction to the dropping te
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CHAPTER FIVE: Sleuth
It always amazed Wally just how heavy something as intangible as silence could feel. The interior of Mount Justice was thick with is, the lights dimmed into near darkness as most of the Cave's occupants had retired for what rest they could obtain after the day's events.
The ultimatum delivered to Flash and Superman did not go over well, not that he thought it would have. The pair finally relented to talk to Batman before they came back with the order to stand down. Not that the younger team would listen if it did come to that. They'd disobeyed the League before, and they were all more than ready and willing to do it again. They had both left shortly thereafter, with the promise to return the following morning, leaving Young Justice to wait it out.
He had spent the last hour just walking around. That of itself was strange, as Kid Flash never walked anywhere, but he was so lost in his thoughts that he hadn't realized when his feet had taken him to the d
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CHAPTER NINE: Unknown
Despite the ability to alter its form, there was not room enough inside the Martian Bio-Ship for a proper med bay. The seat that Roy was helped into had, with a thought from the ship's pilot, been reclined and the young man was thankful to be able to stretch out and to get off his burning muscles. He closed his eyes, his fingers pinching the bridge of his nose as he tried to relieve some of the pressure building in his head.
He felt Green Arrow's hand on his shoulder squeeze lightly. "Were you hurt?"
Without bothering to open his eyes, Red Arrow shook his head. "Didn't even put up a fight," he huffed his frustration. "Sportsmaster had a knife to Rob's throat. I couldn't-" The hand tightened when his voice cracked. He swallowed to moisten his suddenly dry throat. "I'm just sore, cramped, from being tied up like that."
"There's a med kit in my office that'll have some ointment and muscle relaxants," Oliver told him quietly.
"I can go get it," Artemi
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When Clark Kent walks out of the Daily Planet to the diner across the way, he doesn't expect to see the adoptive son of Bruce Wayne there.
Leaning against the counter with arms crossed and a contemplative expression painted on his face, Richard "Dick" Grayson seems to sense Clark's entrance. Snapping out of his thoughts as his head whips toward the door, he straightens the moment his eyes lock with the Justice League member's.
This is more than just coincidence. Clark can tell by the intense look in the boy's striking blue eyes, by the insincere curl of the mouth that i
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CHAPTER SEVEN: Eyewitness
"I should have known he would have seen it," Wally commented to Artemis as the Martian's Bio-ship was pushed to its limits as they flew toward DC.
"World's Greatest Detective," the blonde had her bow across her lap and she plucked at the sting nervously. "Of course he's going to pick out Robin's Morse code. It's not like Robin would be trying to send us a message. He'd want big daddy bats to come save the day."
"No," Kaldur said from his seat next to M'gann. "He would know that the situation would hinder Batman. The means may have been something Batman would have recognized first, but Robin would no doubt understand that we would be the ones coming to his aid."
"You honestly think he was thinking that straight?" Superboy shook his head in disbelief. "I'm still surprised he was able to get out what he did."
"You don't know Rob very well, then," Kid Flash glared at the clone. "He's been working with Bats for years, a hell of a lot longer than Kal a
Young Justice: Red Ch. 1They're on stakeout when Robin finally decides to bring it up.Young Justice: Red Ch. 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
To anyone in the League, Batman would seem mostly the same as usual tonighta tad more on edge perhaps, but certainly no less skilled or less focused. Basically, right as gloomy skies in Gotham.
Nevertheless, Robin isn't in the JLA. He's part of the Young Justice League, soon to be its leader, but that's not the same thing and also not the point right now.
As the Barman's partner, the billionaire's ward, and Bruce's son, Dick knows when his Father's behaving oddly.
He glances at the man out of the corner of his eye and cannot help it when the hairs on the back of his neck stand erect. There's a certain glint to the Batman's eyes (Robin can sense it, cowl or no), a feral arch to his grip on the roof's raised perimeter, and a frustrated stiffness to his silence.
Yep. Bruce is definitely off-kilter.
Curious, Robin turns to face the Dark Knight, but waits a few minutes to gather his thoughts and go ove
Linchpin: Chapter EightLinchpin: Chapter Eight4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
CHAPTER EIGHT: Unforgiven
By the time he was strapped into his seat on the helicopter, Robin had finally gotten his breath back. His head was still spinning but at least the blinding black and white splotches that had overtaken his field of vision had cleared. Sportsmaster was chuckling behind his mask and patted the boy on the head, none to gently either, before climbing into the pilot's seat of the aircraft.
The g-gnomes were next, scampering in excitedly with their pilfered things. Robin narrows his eyes as he recognized some of them for what they were. One was a new compressor that QI was developing to lessen the pressure gradient on human lungs when in outer space. He narrowed his eyes beneath the mask as he wondered what they could possible want with that.
Guardian slid the door shut behind him and shat on the leather bench across from the boy hostage. Nothing was said as the mercenary started the machine and it lifted into the night air. Several minutes later, Sportsmaste
What Goes Around Comes AroundBruce looked over at the 10-year-old picking around at his dinner. Spaghetti was usually one of Dick's favorite dinners, but he had barely even had two bites of it tonight.What Goes Around Comes Around4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Don't just push your food around Dick. Eat up, or you won't get to eat dessert."
Dick merely shrugged.
"You also can't watch a movie tonight if you don't eat almost all of your food. You didn't even put a lot on your plate."
Bruce was running out of ideas. Dick wasn't allowed to do much on school nights.
"I was thinking of letting you go out on patrol with me tonight, if you were good and ate at least half of your dinner."
"Fine." He lazily started eating his pasta. Dick looked tired, and his head was only up because his arm was holding it there.
He finished a little under half his food and looked up at Bruce, his eyes asking if he was done. Bruce thought Dick looked a little pale, but he just pushed the thought to the back of his head as he let the boy go. Alfred cleared the table as Bruce went up to hi
Misery Part 1The car ride was silent as Bruce drove Dick to the Therapist's office. Dick was staring out the window. It seemed like that was all Dick ever did anymore.Misery Part 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It was the second time Bruce had tried taking Dick to a therapist. When Dick had first come to the mansion, Bruce tried to have Dick go, but he refused and he put up a long fight. This time, Dick hadn't even argued; he just kept staring out one of the large windows in the room. Bruce wasn't very worried about Dick the first time Dick was going to see a therapist.
Now he was worried.
"Hey Batman, can we talk about Robin?" Flash asked as they walked further away from the teenage heroes.
"What is it?"
Flash looked over towards the teenagers hanging out in the base, and then to the small boy just standing against the wall, staring off into space.
"Do you know if Bruce Wayne has been talking to his son lately? Because I think Dick hasn't been himself lately."
Flash and Batman knew each other's secret identities, but they still talk
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CHAPTER ONE: Taken
"We are certain about this? There can be no mistakes made in this endeavour."
"We are certain."
"We were to believe that the Atlantean led the children."
"That is truth, but also temporary."
"Yes. Another is being groomed for the task."
"The youngest of them."
"We believe so. He is apprentice to the leader of the Justice League."
The shrill clang of the bell signalled the end of the last period of the morning and before the reverberating sound diminished most of Gotham City Academy AP Calculus class had already gathered their things and was heading for the door.
"Tomorrow," Ms Reckolson's voice called over the sudden rise in student conversation, "we continue our practical applications of the extreme value theorem so I want you to have the next two chapters in your Differential Calculus Texts read and the practice equations at the end of the chapter calculated and graphed before you step fo
Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 3Deafening silence reigns for a split second. The four remaining teammates trade glances, and it comes as no surprise when they don't take it as well as Robin would have liked.Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 34 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Are you insane?" Superboy bursts out all at once, voice rising in volume with each word. "You'll only be playing into his hands!" Beside him, Aqualad takes his hand and rubs soothing circles into its back, which seems to calm the clone immensely. Truly, Superboy is only being protectiveever since he met the child, there has always been a guarding connection between themand neither Batman nor the Boy Wonder can thank him enough for that. He clenches his free fist and closes his sky-blue eyes tightly. Several seconds pass before they open again, pleading silently. "Please I'm asking you to reconsider. "
Kid Flash zooms around Batman to Robin's side, folding his arms across his chest and staring intently at his best friend. Somewhere in the back of his mind, Robin is basking in the fact tha
Baby-Sitting "Cant someone else do it?" Roy asked, sitting next to his mentor.Baby-Sitting4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"You have to do it, Roy," Ollie replied, looking at him from teh cornor of his eye.
"But Clark likes kids... or-" he was cut off.
"You know this is a Justice Leuge meeting and it is very important," Ollie seemed frusterated.
This is not the way Roy had planned on spending his vacation. He wanted to sleep in, go out with his friends, meet cute girls, possibly get laid. He wanted to go out with a cute girl, make out with her for endless hours and never call her back. He wanted a nice, quiet time to himself. But not, Ollie just had to wake him up, force him out of bed, and tell him he had to babysit. He didnt even have time for his breakfast -not even a simple coffee to wake him up. Just forced him right into the car.
He's never even met the Boy Wonder, Dick. He's been to teh Wayne Manor countless times, but each time he came, it was late and the young
Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 2"Me?" the Boy Wonder sputters incredulously, eyes wide. "Sure, he hates us for foiling his schemes time and again, but why would?"Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 24 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
He stops short. Batman is giving him a look, one he knows well and dreads even better. It spells out exactly what he was feeling earlier. His face contorts into a slight scowl, showing only a minute fraction of his discomfort as his stomach churns and his heart drops.
Batman nods. Much as it kills them both, the boy's found the answer.
The Joker's taken the ultimate coward's way.
"He means to get to me through you, Robin," the man affirms grimly.
The insane jester-inspired villain has gone from despising their perfect dynamic to using it to his advantage. By taking out the weakest linkand even if Robin is anything but weak as far as his mentor and his friends are concerned, when compared with Batman things are what they arethe greatest threat to his Empire of Fun-Fear shall crumble.
"Is there a plan in place yet?" Aqualad pos
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Robin can't remember how he got here, what he's meant to do, if he came here with anyonecome to think of it, he doesn't know even where 'here' is.
The only thing he knows is that it's really hot, really dry, really barren, and that he could really go for a little aster right about now.
For a split moment, his face scrunches in puzzlement as he wonders where in the world that odd word might have come from (he's positive it's not in the English dictionary, nor reminiscent of any of the other numerous languages he knows), but this only leads to a
Young Justice: Inviolate Ch. 1 InviolateYoung Justice: Inviolate Ch. 14 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
-Midnight in Gotham
Spells doom for always.-
Makes it through
The boy wracks with unceasing chuckles,
The man's desperate cries are barely heard,
And all is dark
With a clown's smile.
In twelve hours' time:
Whispered prayers between strikes,
Warehouse walls stained with blood.
But the child,
Meant to lure Batman into danger,
Does not falter.
For though his savior is
The Dark Knight,
The Caped Crusader,
The Masked Manhunter,
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Robin was finally getting some much needed rest when his communicator started beeping.
It had been Three o'clock at night when Robin and his teammates returned to Mount Justice. After such a long and exhausting mission, all Robin wanted to do was sleep. He knew he had school the next day and that Batman wasn't going to be happy that he had stayed at Mount Justice instead of returning to the manor, but Robin didn't care. At that moment, all he wanted to do was drift off to dreamland, where there were no worries; no school,villains,planetary crisis's, just blissful peace... unless, of course, he manifested a nightmare.
Which is why when Robin's communicator started beeping irritatingly he felt like grabbing the nearest object and smashing it silencing the repetitive beeping.
Groaning Robin sat up and looked at the clock,three fifteen he had been asleep fifteen lousy minutes, he pushed off his covers still fully clothed in his Robin uniform minus his boots, cape and mask.
Vacation Trio Part 1 CONTEST"Are we almost there? What time is it now? I wanna drive next time we stop!" Wally eagerly yelled from the passenger seat. Roy sighed. He should have known better than to let Wally buy coffee.Vacation Trio Part 1 CONTEST4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Wally, for the last time, you are not driving my car."
"None of us wanna die Wally!" Dick said from the back seat. Wally glared back at Dick. Wally gave up when Dick started using the bat-glare on him.
"Why don't you go to sleep Wally. You pulled an all-nighter last night and we still have six hours 'till we get to Wisconsin." Roy suggested.
Wally laughed. "I had an espresso and three chocolate bars! I'm never going to need sleep again!"
Within half an hour, Wally had come off his sugar and caffeine highs and had fallen asleep.
Dick grabbed onto the passenger seat and pulled himself forward. "He's dead to the world now, isn't he?" Dick asked as he looked at the speedster spread out as well as the confined space would let him.
Roy chuckled. "I knew he would crash sooner or later."
He looked over
Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 6This moment of theirs lasts an eternity and morea heavenly catharsis to the horror-filled nightmare that has struck this nightbut it ends much too soon for either Bats' liking.Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 64 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Batsy, Batsy, Brucie!" the Joker chants jeeringly from above, a malevolent trill to his voice as he leans forward till he might touch his toes if he reaches down. "Looks like you decided to show up at exactly the right timeas usual!" Half-lidded eyes roll. "Must you be so predictable?"
Batman growls. Robin eyes him warily, listening to his labored breathing and watching as he clenches his fists so tightly that it is no small wonder when blood seeps through his armored gloves.
Very slowly so as not to startle the Caped Crusader from his inner battle, Robin reaches forward to take the man's hands in his own, and when the Dark Knight looks down at him sharply it is all the boy can do to keep from unceremoniously crumbling.
For in his adoptive Father's eyes there is such a fie
Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 7They are ready!Young Justice: Bullseye Ch. 74 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Robin knows they are!
They've been trained by the greatest superheroes the universe has to offer.
They've been taught to take the unexpected as it's delivered, combating it and ultimately using it to their advantage as best they can.
So then if he knows all of this and if he holds dear his faith that everything will turn out fine, just as it always does then why does he feel like he's missing something vital? Something that might mean life or death for any and all of them?
He takes everything in once again in a lightning-quick assessment. He chances a look toward the intensely concentrated Batman. No doubt the man is doing the same.
Inwardly, he smirks grimly, knowingly. The second thing Batman taught him: better safe and alive than sorry and dead.
The Joker, he sees, is examining his most recently-inflicted wounds in a slithering manner.
They're not terribly deep, the gashes, but they're definitely bleeding out; Robin can feel
The BestThe smalles and youngest member of the Batfamily, little Damian Wayne, crawls down a hallway of Wayne manor on his hands and knees, making his way to his favorite brother's bedroom. The door is already cracked open slightly so he pushes it farther gently with his tiny, tiny hand. Once there is enough space to continue he goes through, not stopping until he reaches the space of carpet next to the massive bed. He looks up and sees his big brother Dick tucked under the sheets, lips parted as he tries to draw breath, face flushed with fever. His normally bright, electric blue eyes are now hazy and barely open, sweat pouring down his brow. The baby's eyes slant with concern, heart aching at the sight.The Best4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Big Brudah" manages to turn his head against the pillow to look down at Damian, forcing a smile onto his dry lips to comfort the child.
"Hey, little D..." he says. "Sorry, I can't play with you today...I'm not feeling very well.: He coughs violently, covering his mouth with his
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At the sound the young boy huddled farther under his covers, clutching them tightly in his little fists, he had only been at the manor for a month now, and had never experienced a thunder storm this violent, the house seemed to shake as lightning struck ,thunder following close behind.
Dick's head came out from under his covers and cautiously looked around his room, what was that? wiping the tears from his cheeks, Dick climbed out of bed and crept towards the door.
"Bruce?" he called softly, cautiously making his way into the hallway and towards the balcony overlooking the main entrance.
"Bruce!" he called again, voice quivering as fear began to envelope him.
Thunder vibrated the balcony, frightened Dick whimpered and withdrew into a ball, hugging his legs tightly to his chest, frightened and alone, hot tears began to spill down his cheeks, suddenly a familiar darkness engulfed him, looking up through tear filled eyes, he saw Bruce crouched i