An Unlikely Encounter ch. 39CHAPTER 39
Time seemed to freeze around us.
The Joker's kiss was everything I'd ever imagined, and at the same time, nothing I'd ever felt. It was almost as if he'd sucked the air right out of my lungs with the first graze of his lips, because I felt so lightheaded while he kissed me that I feared for a second I might float right out of the room.
The shock of his actions rendered me completely unresponsive to the kiss at first, however, and the only thing I could do at that moment was to stare with my eyes wide open. The Joker had his eyes closed, but when he didn't feel me respond, he increased the intensity of the kiss by pressing his lips harder on mine, and shoving one hand in my hair to keep me in place.
THAT got a reaction out of me. I couldn't fight the low mewl that escaped my lips, and the noise allowed his tongue to slip between my lips and explore my mouth. To my surprise, he tasted somewhat sweet as his tongue swept around inside. Finally, my eyes fluttered shut from the se
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It was hot.
It was really hot.
I woke up this morning, my hair sticking to my face, my body trapped in a cocoon of bed sheets I'd created in my sleep.
I could hear sirens blaring in the distance, the sound of angry caffeine-deprived drivers shouting obscenities greeted me; Just another annoying day in Gotham City.
I spared a glance at the clock. Sigh, I'm late again.
I wonder if today I can manage to find the energy to care. . .
Didn't think so.
It took me ten more minutes of coaxing my body to move for me to succeed in getting out of bed.
"Hey Katherine! You want an omelette or some pancakes?" called my roommate, Roxanne from the kitchen. God bless that woman.
"How about both?" I yelled back, sleep evident in my voice.
I crawled to the bathroom to take a shower, removing an article of clothing with every step. I avoided looking in the mirror as I always do. No need to work myself up this early in my routine.
I adjusted the temperature of the water to how I liked
An Unlikely Encounter Ch.34CHAPTER 34An Unlikely Encounter Ch.344 years ago in Profiles More Like This
I cringed as I felt what was undeniably another crick in my neck. Painfully rolling my head around on my shoulders in what I hoped to be a subtle move, I once again cursed myself for passing out on the floor the night, or should I say morning, before.
Roxanne nearly had a heart attack when she found me lying face-down on the floor just an hour ago judging by the way she frantically flipped me over and shook my shoulders. Since then I'd been finding ache after ache after ache on my body.
I was sitting in Bruce's state-of-the-art kitchen, watching Roxanne flip some omelets for us as my memories of the last twenty-four hours washed over me.
I still hadn't told Roxanne about my conversation with the Joker, having a strong feeling that I'd somehow be mocked relentlessly due to the Joker's reasoning behind his anger. No, I knew for a fact that I'd be teased.
I sighed for what was surely the hundredth time since I awoke. As much as I deeply desired to hide my head in the sand like
An Unlikely Encounter ch.32CHAPTER 32An Unlikely Encounter ch.324 years ago in Profiles More Like This
In the end, we decided to keep the Joker's limp, unconscious body in my unbelievably vast closet. We agreed to keep him in the corner nearest to the door, so that if anyone decided to pop their heads in, they wouldn't see him unless they went inside.
We tied him up with as much cloth as we could around his torso, arms, hands, knees and feet. The end result resembled something out of a psychiatric ward in an insane asylum, except that the doctors used feminine sweaters and tops as material for the straightjacket. We weren't stupid though; because we made sure that his arms were clutched behind his back tightly, away from each other, and plastered to his sides so that it would at least be immensely difficult for someone to get out of it . . .
But then again, this is the Joker we're dealing with, so honestly, we're shooting in the dark on this one.
"Babe! Hold up your fucking end! I feel like I'm practically picking him up bridal style!"
I turned to look at my partner in crime
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My eyes shot open.
I hoped, no pleaded to God that I was merely tired, and frustrated, and delusional, and what I thought I heard . . .
"The fuck is this?!"
The voice was muffled slightly but there was no mistaking it. My stomach churned unpleasantly and I wanted to die.
Was this night ever going to end!?
I wanted to ignore the situation. I wanted to sleep, and not have to deal with this shit for at least a few weeks, but of course, that option couldn't possibly exist within the realm of reality.
The lack of shuffling and curses after the initial outburst unnerved me to no end. I was actually halfway convinced that he was standing behind me, holding some sort of bladed weapon, fully prepared to kill me in that moment.
The fear began to creep in slowly, taking care to settle particularly in my spine and stomach, and I found myself sitting up slowly, practically certain that my life was about to be taken away from me in that instance.
I waited a couple of heartbeats, and when
An Unlikely Encounter ch.26CHAPTER 26An Unlikely Encounter ch.264 years ago in Profiles More Like This
I woke up to the sounds of voices.
Oh God, my head was in the process of murdering me. I felt each pulse of blood coursing into my head, and each throb was the equivalent of someone kicking me. Hard.
I groaned in pain and rolled over, the sheets made noise as I turned.
My eyes flew open.
"Sheets?" I thought, "Who put sheets on me?"
A loud gasp sounded through the room, and suddenly a shadow passed over my eyes. I was still in a state of mild confusion, and I had not at all expected someone to respond to me.
"Babe!" the shadow exclaimed, "You're alright! Thank Jesus; you scared the shit out of me! If you ever pull something like that again I'll kill you myself!"
That voice. I know that voice . . . but . . .
I turned over and opened my eyes. The light blinded me at first, but thankfully, the entity's shadow quickly passed over my face to help me see.
The familiar pleasant dark haired, cocoa skinned woman, who wore the angriest, worried look I'd ever seen greeted me.
An Unlikely Encounter ch.18CHAPTER 18An Unlikely Encounter ch.184 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Before my hand could reach the handle, a large, hairy tanned arm halted me.
"You are not allowed in right now." The burly man to the right of me said.
"I'm one of the artists who's artwork is supposed to be in the gallery," I informed them calmly, highly aware of my lack of time.
The other burly man scoffed and nudged the other guard. "Yeah right. Rob, tell her how many times we've heard that today."
"Thirteen times," The man corrected, gesturing to me.
"No. You don't understand. I'm really one of the artists! Jeffrey wanted my work in the gallery I swear! He gave me the assignment three weeks ago! Let me inside and I'll prove it to you, I don't have much time!" I looked around, hoping to find a clock that would tell me how much time I (don't) have to make this Art show.
Sure enough, I spotted a clock inside the gallery, and it read 7:54 P.M.
I blanched, I only had six minutes to get inside, unpack my art, and place it on the wall before people came in and th
An Unlikely Ecounter ch.35CHAPTER 35An Unlikely Ecounter ch.354 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"KathMiss Quinzel," Bruce tried again after receiving no response from me. He most likely thought that using formalities would make me respond, but he couldn't have unsettled me more if he tried.
'How do I get out of this?' I thought frantically, my eyes wild as if looked between the Joker (who was finishing up) and the imminent doom that awaited me on the other side of the door.
The Joker grinned at me over his shoulder. "Ha, well, this is quite the twist. Dontcha agree, Kitty?"
He sounded like he was laughing at me. I couldn't really blame him though, on a good day, I might have laughed at myself if it wasn't actually me trapped in a bathroom with an exposed Joker while Bruce Wayne stood on the other side of the door, waiting for me to go out.
"Oh, and just so you know," The Joker continued casually. "I'm uh, finished here, so if it's not too much trouble . . ."
He didn't have to finish the sentence, the meaning was clear. Put him back in.
This time, there was much t
An Unlikely Encounter ch.29CHAPTER 29An Unlikely Encounter ch.294 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The Joker listened in on the scene with great disinterest. He had been hearing the bumbling so-called Doc-tors argue over him for the past few hours now. Those idiots had no clue that they were being overheard.
They'd tried to put him in one of those straitjackets when he had first arrived at Arkham, but he made quick work of that by 'convincing' one of the nearest doc-tors to relieve him of it. So far, no one's tried to put it back on, and that fact made the Joker smirk.
Currently, the Joker was in the interrogation room, sitting behind a large brown table, drumming his fingers impatiently while his hands were cuffed as he was plagued by thoughts of her.
The Joker fought the urge to snarl in fury, because the Joker was indeed furious--angrier than he could ever remember himself being. But more than that, he felt an emotion beyond his own comprehension. He felt betrayal.
Which of course, was ridiculous in itself, because in order for one to feel betrayed, there ha
An Unlikely Encounter ch.20CHAPTER 20An Unlikely Encounter ch.204 years ago in Profiles More Like This
He saw me lookingnoogling at him in astonishment, and he gave me a crinkled smile.
"Hey," He greeted, his voice deep and smooth, "Thanks for holding the door."
I blushed crimson and muttered a quick apology and he just laughed. The sound was rich and charming.
"Oh, I'm just joking, I actually had to run to catch this elevator and make sure I got in with such a beautiful woman such as yourself," He gazed down at me and grinned, trying to look sheepish.
I laughed a bit, and was surprised at how feminine I sounded.
I flirted back, "Oh, so you're a charmer I see?"
"That's what people tell me,"
"I'm sure that comes in handy when trying to talk to random women in the elevator, huh?"
"Oh absolutely, I find the atmosphere inside these elevators to be quite sociable."
The man's comment caused me to laugh so hard I unconsciously covered my mouth with a hand. He grinned before he saw what I was doing.
Carefully, he reached up and took my hand away from my mouth. His gesture
An Unlikely Encounter ch. 38CHAPTER 38An Unlikely Encounter ch. 383 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Roxanne smiled demurely as she stood there and watched her best friend practically launch herself at the handsome playboy before snatching the keys out of his hands giddily (And then begin apologizing profusely for her action, of course).
She took one last look at the two before turning to close the 1-story high maple wood doors that led to the foyer of Bruce Wayne's impressive mansion. Only, Alfred's was the only face that greeted her when she went back inside. He was smiling kindly.
"Miss Jackson," Alfred said as Roxanne began to climb the stairs. "Might I recommend a trip to Master Wayne's outdoor facilities? There are a plethora of sports and other recreational activities that would serve to entertain you throughout the duration of the night."
Roxanne paused mid-step up a stair and actually considered taking up the friendly butler on his offer. However, her shoulders sagged a bit when she realized that before she could do anything else, she would have to make sure that s
An Unlikely Encounter ch.30CHAPTER 30An Unlikely Encounter ch.304 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"You know you can't keep avoiding him like this, right?"
I sighed for the billionth time that day, as I sat in the vast, amazingly chic and comfortable kitchen with my best friend Roxanne, in the process of eating the delicious sandwiches she prepared for us. She, like myself has been confined to Bruce's mansion for the past three days.
It was still hard to believe that three days had passed since the Joker's escape from Arkham. It feels like the whole city is holding their breath, waiting for a car to explode, or the mayor to be kidnapped, or someone important to die. Paranoia raced all across town when news got out about the Joker's escape.
Not to say that such a thing wasn't practically anticipated, seeing as how this wasn't the first time he's escaped from captivity . . . or the second time.
Roxanne and I found out quickly though, that being stuck in Bruce's not-so-humble abode wasn't too much of a sacrifice on our parts. After the first hour here, we'd been relaxing in
An Unlikely Encounter ch.31CHAPTER 31An Unlikely Encounter ch.314 years ago in Profiles More Like This
I woke up in the middle of the night, shivering from some unknown chill. As always, when I woke up, my thoughts were hazy and indecipherable. All I could gather from my dream, was that the piercing black eyes of the Joker.
Strangely though, His eyes didn't bother me. I felt no fear, no anxiety. In fact, I felt somewhat comforted. As if he were watching over me protectively.
My lips curled in amusement and I fought the urge to roll my eyes at myself. 'I am so screwed up' I thought exasperatedly.
I flipped over to somewhere in the middle of this lake of a bed, the large, thick, fluffy comforters engulfing my tall frame like chicken in a burrito. I sighed deeply after a few minutes, coming to the realization that I wasn't likely to sleep again for quite a while.
I didn't feel like getting up though. I was content to just lie here in bed and recap everything that happened to me within the past two months. I got a chance to present my art in galleries (which in fact, did leave me
An Unlikely Encounter ch.17CHAPTER 17An Unlikely Encounter ch.174 years ago in Profiles More Like This
My right hand visibly shook as I worked. There wasn't a force on the planet strong enough to prevent me from doing this. I felt my eyes tear up slightly, and I sniffled, as the weight of the situation finally settled in. Finally, exhaustion over took all common sense, and the paintbrush simply dropped from my hand, clinking to the floor loudly. The clock read 2:47 AM. I smiled.
I have finished.
I am done. I did it. It's complete.
And most importantly, it's on time. Oh, you heard me right. Katherine Harleen Quinzel has completed an art project, and she made the deadline.
"Oh fuck," The Joker moaned obnoxiously on the other side of the room, "I swear to baby Jesus if I have to spend one more half of a second sitting in this pose I'm gonna fucking"
The Joker's head spun around so fast I almost flinched. His eyes were wild with barely contained exuberance, and his face appeared to be screaming with the urge to grin like an idiot.
The Joker licked his lips vorac
An Unlikely Encounter ch.28CHAPTER 28An Unlikely Encounter ch.284 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Oh good. You're awake,"
Bruce strolled through the entrance quietly and gracefully. So much so, that he did as if he had been born to perform that one move his entire life.
He was wearing casual loose-fitting dark blue jeans that somehow arranged itself to fit perfectly against his shapely legs, and he was currently in the process of straitening out his crisp, white-button down shirt, giving me the impression that he had recently just put it on. His hair looked a bit scruffy and messed-up, like I assumed it would if he'd just recently woken up, and there might have been the slightest hint of a five o' clock shadow on his face.
In short, he looked like sex on a stick.
"I woke up almost an hour ago," I responded distractedly, taking in the way his clothing hung on his body.
Bruce's eyes swept around the room quickly, searching for something. He glanced at me for a moment, and then continued his search.
"Are you hungry?" He asked still spinning around looking, "I t
An Unlikely Encounter ch.19CHAPTER 19An Unlikely Encounter ch.194 years ago in Profiles More Like This
I sat crossed legged with my head resting on my hands on top of Joker's bed a few days after the whole "Art Show Fiasco". I was currently daydreaming about that wild man whose warehouse I just happen to inhabit in.
He just looked so amazing when he was my escort. It's not like I never see him as attractive, but when he goes into Joker mode, with his green vest and purple suit, his white face and smeared on lipstick, and dark, captivating eyes, emphasized by the dark make-up, he looks powerful, imperious, edgy, and insane.
But . . . this time, he just looked like a man. In every sense of the word he looked like a man. He looked strong, he was charming, he stood tall and proud, and he was almost heartbreakingly handsome.
I chuckled lightly to myself. Roxanne would be laughing her ass off if she could hear my thoughts right now.
I frowned slightly as I realized that I hadn't seen or spoken to my dearest friend in over three weeks. I tired not to think of how worried she must be
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I stood there gaping at the undeniably vulnerable laptop that sat on the little mahogany coffee table in the center of the living room, internally urging myself to pick up my foot and take a step.
I vaguely heard Bruce shuffling in whatever room he went in to my left. The pieces of paper that were still hidden at the base of my bra burned my skin reminding me of the weight of my situation.
I blinked a few times, realizing that this was probably the only opportunity I would have of gaining access to Bruce's laptop without his knowledge, short of knocking him out with a blunt object, as, of course, I had in the past been known to do.
That, fortunately and unfortunately, was not even an option. Bruce didn't look like the type to allow himself to be dumb enough to be knocked unconscious by anyone, let alone me . . .
I took one more look in the direction that Bruce went, and without allowing myself anymore time to dwell on any unfavorable scenarios, I shot forward to the little c
An Unlikely Encounter ch.25CHAPTER 25An Unlikely Encounter ch.254 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The Joker gestured to me, as I stood there silently, taking in everything without a word. I stood there blinking stupidly, trying to get my mind to work. There was a word for this.
Concussion. Right. I think I have a concussion. My mind felt as if someone had been clanging a pair of symbols against my head. My ears were ringing and I felt like I was going to throw up. Not only that, but I felt like shit, because throughout the entire time the Joker had been tormenting these poor people, I was disconnected from everything. I couldn't summon even the smallest semblance of any emotion for these poor people.
I wasn't quite sure when I started feeling the results of one having their head smashed against solid surfaces repeatedly within the span of ten minutes by a surprisingly strong entrepreneur, but all I could currently focus on, was keeping myself from collapsing to the floor, and the unbelievable pain I was feeling.
So I said nothing when the Joker acknowledged me, which, un
An Unlikely Encounter ch.27CHAPTER 27An Unlikely Encounter ch.274 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Batman flinched slightly, and I could see his face itching to turn toward her.
"You're not going anywhere with her," Batman growled.
The Joker laughed aloud. "What do you care Batsy? She's uh, MY property," The Joker licked his lips, "I can do whatever the fuck I want with thatt bitch," The Joker eyed Batman carefully, "That is, uh, unless you . . . have something to say about it?"
Batman said nothing.
The Joker clucked his tongue, "How uh, in-ter-est-ing."
The Joker spun around on his heel.
"You and you!" The Joker yelled abruptly, pointing to me and another goon, "Go put the girl back in the van like we planned,"
"Yes boss," The goon said.
"Yes boss," I echoed quietly, hoping to God my voice could somewhat pass for a burly man's.
The Joker's head tilted a bit in confusion, but he let it go.
Batman dashed over to stop us from taking her, but the Joker, anticipating his reaction, unsheathed his switchblade, reached down, and sliced Batman's leg, in one motion, effectively st
An Unlikely Encounter ch.21CHAPTER 21An Unlikely Encounter ch.214 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The party took on a bit of an uneasy vibe after Alfred's speech. The guests, all having lived in Gotham for the majority of their lives, were fully aware of the implications of a little seemingly unintentional (and unexpected) 'play on words'. Everyone's poses took on a more rigid stance, almost as if they were preparing themselves to jump up and run at a moment's notice. Most, even the elderly guests, were incredibly reluctant to sit down. One even went so far as to eat his food while standing up at the table!
I, on the other hand, was glued to my chair. The Joker gave me my signal, and I was supposed to initiate the first part of the mission. But to even begin to do that, I had to first, remove my ass from this God-forsaken chair.
I flinched away instinctively when Bruce tried to put his hand on my arm in what might've of been his attempt at a comforting gesture. Bruce looked a little taken aback at my violent response causing me keep my arm awkwardly suspended in the air
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The silence was deafening.
It was a delayed reaction, but sure enough, my face flamed up brilliantly, and the reaction was instantaneous.
Every voice in the room filled my ears; the excited gossipers whispering about such a juicy scoop, business partners sending cat-calls and whoops of encouragement to Bruce, even Alfred who looked to be smirking to himself and shaking his head.
"Who is that girl? Why does she get to be so lucky"
"Ugh! Do you see what she's wearing? So twenty minutes a"
"He has to be drunk to be sleeping around with her"
"Oh God, what a slut"
"I heard that she's easy. Mr. Wayne must be so desperate to wanna"
"I hate her"
All the whispers in the room seemed to penetrate my mind, but all I could clearly make out were the snide remarks of all the females in the room.
Any other time, I wouldn't have given a shit about what they thought (I mean what true importance do they really have in my life?), but this undeniably public di
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It took me a couple of seconds for her words to properly sink in. When they finally did, i began blinking owlishly.
"You can't be serious." I deadpanned, a smirk slowly creeping across my face. Roxanne looked as if she was trying not to take offense.
"I'm as serious as a heart attack."
I couldn't help but laugh a little. "Roxanne, the Joker absolutely abhors your very existence on this Earth! How do you expect to sneak him out of the mansion, UNSEEN, without his complete cooperation?" I was aware that this was a very trying situation, but I couldn't help but see the obvious humor in her idea.
Roxanne frowned. "Well, shouldn't the fact that I'm going to be the one taking him out only further encourage him to leave?"
I opened my mouth to respond, but I was interrupted. "AND, what other choice do you have, hmm? This will be the first time Bruce has left his own home in almost SIX days! When else will we receive such an opportunity?"
"We could always wait until Bruce has to leav
An Unlikely Encounter ch.8CHAPTER 8An Unlikely Encounter ch.85 years ago in Profiles More Like This
I fell asleep in his car after the first three hours. I had no idea where we were going, no escape plan whatsoever, and absolutely, no possibility of calling for help.
If this whole thing didn't work out the way I'm hoping it would, then I would be in some serious trouble. During the time I was conscious, I tried to think of the bright side to my current predicament, something I've taken up recently due to the events over the stretch of the past two days.
"Number One: I'd get laid," That's for sure. I chuckled a bit little bit, and then frowned. But what if he has diseases? I shuddered.
"Number Two: He's not too hard to look at," Ok, I'll give him that one.
"Number Three: . . . . . ?"
I sighed. That's it huh?
I think that that's around the time when I fell asleep. Time passed, and when I woke up, I found myself on another very large bed, on top of velvety black silk sheets with golden stitching, surrounded by an array of matching pillows of varying shapes and sizes. The room
An Unlikely Encounter ch. 2CHAPTER 2An Unlikely Encounter ch. 25 years ago in Profiles More Like This
God I'm hungry!
I've been walking around, distracted by my thoughts until I somehow managed to wander right into the center of Gotham City! The central part of the city is like, two miles from the Coup de la Fleur art studio.
What was I on?
I sighed to myself, exasperated by the thought of having to decide between taking a dirty, smelly Gotham taxi, dried vomit on the floor and bad-tempered illiterate taxi drivers, and, god forbid, WALKING home.
I tried my best not to think about that though, as I passed by the most posh, snooty, expensive dining hall in the City. The Palace Au Versailles. This is where Bruce Wayne and The mayor go to eat their meals. It usually holds the city's Christmas Bell Ball, an event that only invites the most exclusive of people. Celebrities almost.
Roxanne and I have always dreamed about attending one of their parties.
Roxanne sometimes jokes that we'd have to have sold some of our organs just to afford the type of clothing required for eligibility
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I let out a long growl in frustration.
It's not fair. It's not fair that he has the ability to just waltz on in here at my most vulnerable, touch me, get me all riled up and then just leave. Like nothing even happened. It doesn't even matter that I'm currently residing in his room. Some people have a right to privacy!
I sighed angrily and snatched up the outfit from the floor. Not taking a second to look at it, I immediately stripped off my clothing and shoved on the . . . dress?
I finished getting dressed in record timeI still had no idea as to whether the Joker had put some cameras in herePicked up my small black heels, and casually stormed out the door, as if I were trying to appear as if I wasn't angry, but I'm pretty sure that it was clearly evident.
I wasn't quite 100% as to where exactly I was headed though.
I snorted. Like that's ever stopped me.
I didn't have to go very far though. After a few long strides, I entered a room that seemed to be occupied by