Christmas at Arkham 15"So why'd we get yanked out of therapy, anyway?"Christmas at Arkham 154 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Maybe the asylum's closing!"
"Ugh, don't get my hopes up "
"I hope he's telling us that we finally got a grant for better food."
"HEY! DOC! Why'd Arkham call us out here?!"
Dr. Cassidy fought a smile. "I don't know, but I'm sure you'll find out soon."
There was a collective groan of annoyance from the patients gathered in the rec room. It was Christmas Eve, and the tree was lit up and there was a cardboard fireplace in the corner, making it much cozier than usual. Edward Nygma had begun playing chess with Jonathan Crane, Jervis Tetch was nervously reciting "Alice" under his breath, Arnold Wesker was polishing his glasses, Pamela Isley was playing with the tree's fake branches, and the Joker and Harleen Quinzel sat on the couch. The doctors and an assortment of orderlies and security guards were standing around, waiting for Dr. Arkham to show up.
There was a sound of scuffling from the hallway, and Jeremiah Arkham came t
The first step. p.2***The first step. p.24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Climbing to one of the surviving corners of the roof of the warehouse, was seen as a drove SUVs. The soldiers came out, lined up. Apparently, the commander gave instructions. Well, it's time to get out of here. Height for the flight should be enough. How much is there? 15-20 meters. Smoke and night disguise us.
- Hold on to my body. My arms and legs should be stretched to maintain the form of a cape. Nothing complicated.
- In the end, we have already done the like.
It took a bit support her, with the run-up. Otherwise, I can easily lose my balance. Pushed away from the edge. Have failed a few feet before we go on the air. Well, predictably. But then fly normally. The soldiers seem to have not noticed, and marched to the ruins. Landed in 50-70 meters away from them, then ran at a trot to the nearest building.
Climbing to the roof, was clearly visible panorama of smoldering warehouse. Interestingly, the soldiers figure out how we would survive in that meat grinder?Understa
satisfaction brought her back"Bruce..." I know he's sleepy, but I need to get the air clear. Besides, bats are nocturnal. He can wake up long enough to put my mind at ease.satisfaction brought her back6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Selina," he answers, his voice rough. His arm is around my waist, one leg protectively draped over both of mine from behind. I don't need him to take care of me, but honestly, it's nice to sleep with both eyes shut. I've never felt safe in a man's arms like this.
"Talia," I whisper. Maybe I won't have to voice the rest of the question on my tongue. He is the world's greatest detective.
All I get from him is silence. He doesn't want to guess what I'm getting at, in either fear or hope that he's wrong.
"You slept with her."
"And she knew? Knows?"
"Selina..." I feel him sigh silently behind me. "Does it bother you?"
"I don't know." My answer is honest, and very quiet. It does bother me, but I don't know how long it will.
He stifles a yawn in my neck, and I can feel how much he doesn't want to do this right now. "Talia was the first
Animal Magnetism-Chapter 2Chapter 2Animal Magnetism-Chapter 23 years ago in Romance More Like This
Running along the familiar roof tops to her apartment on the fifth floor was no more than a ten minute trip for the Batman. The window was wide open, as he had expected, and the low flicker of candle light that could be seen from where he stood, on the adjacent roof top. He heard purring and looked down, “Isis.” He said smugly. She was home waiting, and had sent her sentry as a look out. Batman dutifully picked up the cat and jumped to the open window. This was going to be difficult.
The place hadn’t changed much. The two bowls of crème sat in their usual place at the table along with the empty, assorted cans of tuna that lay scattered about, that were completely licked clean. Batman smirked at her attempt to carve things out of wood with her clawed gloves. The wall that had once been covered in newspaper clippings of her crime sprees and jewelry heists were now covered in my achievements. Capturing the Penguin, the Riddler, and all the other crimina
She learned to Rise...A hardened man, a sickened beast,She learned to Rise...3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
His anger and rage threatened to never cease.
In the prison of Hell, looking up at the sky,
His only soft feelings of hope began to die.
His soul rotted for years.
The inhumanity dried up any remaining tears.
A baby's cries erupted one night.
The sound was foreign and inspiring, as was the sight.
The broken man, his heart so charred,
Watched the baby grow up, his expression hard.
Hatred manifested for the mother, who brought the girl into this hell.
Didn't she know how many prisoners had tried to escape and fell?
How cruel was that mother, to bring that girl straight into death.
She'd never feel warmth and happiness on her breath.
Especially not after her mother was taken and killed.
In the commotion of the screaming struggle, the broken man's arms were filled.
He held the girl close and dashed away,
"I will protect you." She heard him say.
The guards weren't concerned with the abandoned five year old.
They had done what they'd been told.
A Dish Best Served Cold, Part I, PateWayne Manor, evening. As the sun begins to set over the manor, Damian Wayne sits in an armchair in the study, glowering. He's in a suit, tie, and red converse sneakers.A Dish Best Served Cold, Part I, Pate2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Damian: Why do we have to do this stupid party to honor Kane?
Alfred turns from his last minute dusting
Alfred: Master Damian, your father wants to introduce Master Joseph to Gotham society. Master Joseph is of your family's social class; and despite the fact he may be subserviant to your father in work matters, he is close to being your father's equal in society. And his family is known in New York society. It's a matter of propriety.
Damian: But why now? My favorite show is on tonight...
Alfred: Because in between settling into a new city, new jobs, and your little escapade with Master Wilkes against your mother, Masters Joseph and Sam haven't had a chance to be introduced nor was there time to organize.
Dick, in a tuxedo, enters the room
Dick: And I wanted to be here to give Joseph moral support. *cartwheels and flip
House ArrestGotham City was not a nice place.House Arrest3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Gotham City was a dangerous town full of dangerous people. (It didn't matter if they were good or bad; they were dangerous either way. A girl can steal your heart just as easily as she can your wallet.) It was huge and complicated and crime-ridden and depressed, but it didn't need to know that. And despite all of its mental faults, physically it was quite beautiful at a certain time of night, if you stood a certain way, and closed one eye and used your imagination.
Unfortunately, Selina Kyle was not able to stand in that certain spot.
She could see it from her apartment, tantalizingly close, but incontrovertibly unreachable; an R rated movie to a child at the theatre. She opened all the windows in the hopes that perhaps the city could somehow push itself into her home, but to her building frustration, the world outside remained where it was supposed to be.
"Stupid cops," she growled darkly, giving the monitor on her ankle a dirty look as she painted he
Batman: Joker's HolidayIt was Christmas Eve in Gotham. Everyone was happy and singing Christmas carols. For one day a year, everyone in Gotham felt safe going out into any part of the city. There was still one thing that didn't change, though. The bat signal lit up the night sky, and like any other night, Batman responded to it almost instantaneously, finding only Jim Gordon waiting on the rooftop, wearing a Santa hat and smiling slightly.Batman: Joker's Holiday9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"What's the matter, Jim?"
"It's the office Christmas party. You know, those of us who still have to work tonight get together and have a party so that we don't have to be alone on Christmas Eve. Since you're always alone, I thought…"
"I don't do Christmas parties, Jim." Gordon groaned.
"Somehow, I knew you'd say that. No matter what happens to you, no matter what day it is, you're out here, fighting the good fight. That's why I…" Jim reached into his trench coat, pulling out a thermos. "Merry Christmas." Batman took it, opened it, and sniffed it.
A Valentine's Night in Gotham CityIt was a dark night in Gotham City. Despite the many lights, provided by street lamps and neon signs, there seemed to be a constant shadow looming over the city. Normally, there was a lone figure standing on a rooftop that blended into the blackness of the sky. This time, however, there were two vague forms that could be spotted if one squinted hard enough. The first did not seem to notice that the other had joined them, but this was immediately disproven as they spoke in a low and rumbling voice.A Valentine's Night in Gotham City4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The second figure, a woman, smirked at the sound of his voice and slunk her way to the man's side.
"Bruce." Her tone was hushed, the word rolling off her tongue in a manner that suggested a forbidden sort of giddiness. She usually didn't dare to use his real name when he wore the suit, but the area seemed secluded enough and she could hardly contain her excitement as it was.
The suit that she had fallen in love with. It seemed so silly when she thought about it now, like a
A Thousand Miles From HomeA Thousand Miles From HomeA Thousand Miles From Home9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You left me stranded
a thousand miles from home.
I know this, because I counted each
wave, each lap at my foot, each crack in my
heart, one thousand.
You left me here on a pillar
a thousand miles from home and
went to the land God promised,
the land promised to the good.
I will not be at that Land. I will
not see you enter.
I laugh at the prospect now; me,
in a holy land?
Years ago, it was certain I would walk
among the noble dead, but now it
is certain that I die here among
You left me stranded a thousand miles
from the halls in which we walked,
filled with our laughter and love,
where we were mischievous children, oblivious
to the human ignorance that would tear
us apart. If I could take it back, would I?
Even now, a thousand miles from home
Is it mine to reverse? Is it my ability and duty
to reverse years of tradition and time
for one small moment in which you smiled at me
and called me brother?
To you, brother,
Reboots Welcomed?: The New 52Reboots Welcomed?: The New 524 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
REBOOTS WELCOMED?: THE NEW FIFTY-TWO
Written by Diane N. Tran
Yesterday, on Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics scrapped its entire publishing line for September in order to reinvigorate itself with a reboot or a relaunch, as they're calling it. This historic event consists of the release fifty-two first issues in a span of one month, starring rejuvenated versions of its iconic comic book heroes, such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc, and a storyline that had been previously rebooted twenty-five years earlier in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTH. Fan reaction has been mix, from massive issues like the paraplegic Oracle walking out of her wheelchair to the tiniest issues like Wonder Woman having retractable pants.
While I personally disapprove, strongly and pessimistically, of this reboot for countless reasons that are my own, the NEW FIFTY-TWO has started with a bang, whether good or bad and is, t
One Good ThingThe Batman loomed over Gotham City unseen, crouched on a gargoyle like a mounted knight. He held a few fingers up to his temple as he listened to a police broadcast.One Good Thing4 years ago in Romance More Like This
"robbery reported at Shreck Jewelers, Catwoman is said to have been seen in the vicinity"
He narrowed his eyes and shut off the broadcast. He pushed himself off his twisted steed, his cape spreading out and catching the wind behind him like ink staining paper. He soared through the cold night, feeling tendrils of wind pull at him like insistent fingers. Not tonight, honey, I've got to work.
It didn't take him long to spot Catwoman fleeing the Jewelers. He followed her in the air for a while, watching as she leapt from rooftop to rooftop, using her whip to pull herself higher. Finally she skidded to a halt behind a propane tank, half-falling, half-sitting. He angled his cape downward.
She sat leaning against the propane tank, a backpack on her stomach. Her legs flopped out in front of her and she b
Two Kinds the Same - Chapter I.Two Kinds the Same - Chapter I.1 year ago in Romance More Like This
Author’s note: This story takes place in the Mass Effect universe, featuring a series of canon and original characters, while focusing on the curious relationship of a human man and a turian woman during the time when the whole galaxy was marching unseen into its sinister fate... just like every 50 000 years.
A bit of romance, humour, action and some insights behind the events, which you thought you already knew everything about from Mass Effect.
Thank you to Xeno-Sapian for his fantastic and inspirational work 'A Matter of Race and Character', and his generous support in writing Two Kinds the Same. While Two Kinds the Same is an original story, which follows the Mass Effect canon, it also precedes and intertwines with 'A Matter of Race and Character'.
Original Characters from 'A Matter of Race and Character' are intellectual property of Xeno-Sapian
Mass Effect is an intellectual property of BioWare, a division of EA Games.
Two Kinds the Same
Fun Facts about Steve IrwinFUN FACTS ABOUT STEVE IRWINFun Facts about Steve Irwin9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
-Steve Irwin's teeth can bite crocadile teeth in half.
-Steve eats his cereal with snake venom instead of milk.
-Once a python ate Steve alive, and then he carved his way out of it's belly with his fingernails, ground the snake up and served it to his Dog, Sui.
-His dog, Sui, is the only animal besides Steve that can kill Chuck Norris. But they don't kill Chuck because they both like a challenge.
-Steve Irwin was the real inventor of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. He just named it after one of his goldfish.
-When Steve water-skis, he doesn't use skis- he uses live barracudas.
-Once Steve and his family went camping and a bear attacked him. An hour later his son received the biggest, most realistic teddy bear ever for his birthday.
-Steve Irwin flosses his teeth with electric eels.
-Steve let Disney Studios borrow his pet Kraken 'Keebler' to film 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'.
-Steve Irwin can turn into a wolf at will.
-All of Steve's sense are su
Nightwing/Robin: Boys' Day OutSam is sitting in his room, sighing. He pets Barkley while doing his homework.Nightwing/Robin: Boys' Day Out3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sam: *sigh* Wish Joey didn't have to go to Central City to show their police how the new WayneTech forensic lab equipment.
Sam: I know, I know Bruce also sent him to work with the Flash again....
Alfred: (off panel) Man has poor eating etiquette
Sam turns to see Alfred
Sam: Oh, hey Alfred. Just doing the homework you gave me.
Alfred: Indeed, you made a calculative error on question three
Sam: Huh? *looks* OH! *corrects it* Is it dinner yet? Or is something going on?
Alfred: Everything is in order, nothing to worry about
Sam: Is that all?
Alfred: Is something the matter, lad?
Sam: With Joey out of town...I feel like I'm a fifth wheel or something....
Alfred: Well you are a young boy sir
Sam: I can't stand it. Everyone else has something to do...and I don't.
Alfred: I'm assuming you're talking about something more exciting than math?
Alfred: Did Master Damian "train" you today?
Batman/Green Arrow: Crossfire Chapter 2"I don't like you."Batman/Green Arrow: Crossfire Chapter 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ollie looked up at Sam Kane glaring at him across the kitchen table.
"Look kid, I know I gave your brother a hard time...."
"When did I..."
"5 years ago, you destroyed the teddy bear Joey gave me...of course, not too long after that you were marooned...." Sam grinned evilly.
"Look, I want to end this feud and make sure your brother doesn't die. Can you live with that?"
"Sure." Sam grabbed his cereal bowl and headed to the living room. He turned back to face Ollie, "Doesn't mean I like you."
Oliver just stared as the little boy left. He sighed, he knew that the Kanes wouldn't like his presence, but he thought Joseph would have matured out of it. Yeah right, when I was his age I flopped out of every job my dad gave me, held a party on an oil rig that got attacked by pirates, accidentally killed a bunch of people, and got washed up on an island....
"Deep in thought, Ollie?" said Bruce as he sat down in his suit for work. He had already worked out and h
StayHaytham stamped his feet on the sidewalk before walking into the small coffee shop. The light sprinkling of snow in Saratoga didn’t do much for his mood since it made it harder to get around. He shook his head, pushing some wayward hairs back into his slicked back style. He stepped in line, looking up at the various ways perfectly good tea could be ruined on the menu. He was debating whether to just get a green tea and warm up or to get a chai and head out again.Stay3 years ago in Romance More Like This
There was supposed to be a snowstorm and he wanted to get home as soon as possible. He didn’t have time to get caught. The woman in front of him sneezed and shifted a little. Haytham backed up a step as she sneezed again, causing her dark bun to sag a little.
She paid for her drink and moved on. Haytham decided to get a green tea to go. After he paid, he looked down at the counter, moving to put a tip in the jar. A wallet was sitting on the edge. He glanced at the cashier. “Do you know who this belongs to?
What'd You Say?The Watchtower Infirmary...What'd You Say?3 years ago in Romance More Like This
It was his own fault. He knew that. He just wished they knew it, too.
He couldn't move, couldn't speak, but he could hear. He heard everything they said.
They were worried.
He didn't want them to be. He didn't deserve it.
In fact, he wanted them to leave him alone to suffer. Then he could learn from his mistake.
Well, he wanted all of them to leave. All of them except...
Her. He wanted her to stay.
"Everyone, The League has other matters to attend to. Batman will...He'll be okay without us all hovering over him." Wonder Woman said.
Superman took in a deep breath as he reluctantly agreed. "Wonder Woman is right. Let's go, everyone."
With that, everyone began to file out of the infirmary. Everyone except...
She's still here. He could feel it. She must have read his mind by making everyone leave.
He wished he could smile.
"Oh Bruce..." Wonder Wo
my fan-made live action JUSTICE LEAGUE storymy fan-made live action JUSTICE LEAGUE story3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The story takes place on modern times in which superheroes have only appeared within in the past five to eight years, and are viewed with at best, suspicion, and at worst, outright hostility. This was pointed out by G. Gordon Godfrey as he starts a hate-campaign against the so called "vigilanties" through his radio station.
On daylight at the Atlantic Ocean are groups of fisher men doing their work. Everything seems to be fine until they were attacked by a gigantic alien life form with a likeness of a starfish, which emerged from under their boats, destroying the boats in the process. This gigantic alien starfish reproduces smaller clones of its own. This smaller clone starts to attack the fisherman and forcedly attached itself the fishermen's faces by leaping into it. The gigantic starfish as it lies on the remains of the boat reveals it passenger at its back. The heavily armored humanoid creature with a same medium sized alien starfish attached to his chest plate. This humanoid creat
Goofus Damian and Gallant SamPanel 1: Living room of Wayne Manor, Sam sits on one end of a couchGoofus Damian and Gallant Sam2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Caption: This is Sam Kane
Sam: *waving* Hi!
Panel 2: Damian sits on the other end, he looks grumpy
Caption: This is Damian Wayne
Damian: *arms folded* >TT
Power Rangers: Civil WarPower Rangers: Civil War5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There are infinite decisions in ours lives; do we go left, do we go right? Each one spawns a possiblilty of what could have been, what should have been. Every now and then, a decision is so monumental, that a reality is spawned. Some decisions are so monumental, that these realities cannot cope with them and begin to go critical, they begin to break apart.
That's where my team and I step in. We're the Kronos Rangers. And I am the Gold Kronos Ranger, Jack Tudor...
*Thanks to PP_II for lending me Jack Tudor*
The wormhole closes behind me, the swirling inky blue blackness and white sparkles sucking the warmth from me. Man, I hate that feeling. But I'm feeling pretty crap anyhow. You see, I can't go home. Ever. I can visit a place that's like home, but it'll be a touch different. And that's just not the same then is it?
I take off my helmet and stare into the black void that is my vi
ObviousObvious7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
She felt a smirk flicker upon her plump lips as she stood atop Gothams Museum of Art. A flick of the tongue against said lips and a quick finger pop, and she was ready to go. There was a large cats exhibit going on during the week - a perfect opportunity for her. She had to move fast - an exhibit this obvious would no doubt signal the Batman. Her eyes trailed across the horizon, searching for the Dark Knight and finding no sight of him. May get away with this one, Selena.
With that, she hopped down into the lobby of the museum. Her heels gave only a subtle click against the marble floor, her vision in gold as it flitted through her goggles. She moved quickly, stealthily, with a grace unbeknownst to many that knew her outside of her night occupation. She swung around a corner and felt her eyes practically twinkle at the sight. Lions and tigers and panthers, oh my!
Unfortunate for her, just as she approached a particularly lovely painting of a lioness, a