When it Rains - Chapter 12: ContradictionsWhen it Rains - Chapter 12: Contradictions1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Batman sure had a lot of work on his plate tonight; he even had to call in Nightwing and Oracle to help him seal off and get coordinates for all of Joker's escape routes. Most of them were in old and forgotten parts of the island. Gotham might sleep soundly for once seeing the inmates' only means of escaping Arkham are being permanently closed off.
"The next escape route, from what you described, should be over the west side of the Intensive Treatment building," spoke Oracle through Batman's communication link.
"Thanks Oracle, I'm heading over right now," replied Bruce as he rushed off to Arkham North.
"Nightwing, there's one next to you in between the docks and the Penitentiary," she added via the three way connection.
"I'm on it," reported Nightwing as he made his way to Arkham West. These were the last two routes that needed to be closed off; the warden was more than happy to agree to Batman and his team to search the island. Anything to ensure there would be no
When it Rains - Chapter 8: UnderstandingWhen it Rains - Chapter 8: Understanding1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Bruce descended the steps and came back to where Joker resided. Once he laid eyes on the empty bed he nearly dropped the platter of food he was carrying. "Damn it Joker…" spoke Bruce in a simmering rage. He set down the tray and immediately went on the search for the deranged and dangerous clown. "Joker! Where the hell are you!" bellowed Bruce as his deep, dark and familiar persona. Joker had to be in the cave, the entrance through the grandfather clock was sealed and there was no way he'd be able to travel far being injured and under the influence of pain killers. Before he could shout again he caught glimpse of the jester standing in front of glass casings that enclosed mannequins that donned the costumes of his permanently retired subordinates. Rage started to blind his vision, the sight of his greatest enemy, that was directly responsible for Batgirl being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life and the death of his second Robin, being in the presence of their costumes grew
When it Rains - Chapter 10: DualityWhen it Rains - Chapter 10: Duality1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Bruce fled the scene as fast as he was able to. He made his way to the computer and shed his mask off. Again, he found himself torn from his actions. What came over him this time? He came home after chasing Scarecrow for six hours to find him hold up in an abandoned warehouse trying to get his operation up and running. After taking the ex-psychiatrist back to Arkham he returned to the cave about three in the morning to find the security feed still running on the computer screen displaying Joker screaming as he tossed and turned in the cot. Had it not been for those cameras Bruce would've never known about the jester's agony for the room was soundproof. Instinctively, he rushed in to see what was wrong and again he found himself holding onto his nemesis. Though this time it was Joker seeking comfort from whatever horrible nightmare he was having, that moment still held the duality of being good and wrong at the same time.
"Batsy, I know you're still there," spoke Joker aloud so t
When it Rains - Chapter 7: Conflicting IdealsWhen it Rains - Chapter 7: Conflicting Ideals1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Alfred was up bright and early to attend to his daily rituals around the manor. He prepares his master's breakfast and sets out a nice dark navy business suit, a light blue undershirt and a silk periwinkle blue tie for him, since he had a meeting today. After Bruce eats, showers, and changes; he drives off in his black Lamborghini, leaving the butler to do his day-to-day tasks. Alfred takes care of his master's social obligations and keeping up his public image. Not only that but he takes care of the domestic chores of tidying up the manor and doing prep work in advance for Bruce's lunch and dinner. But on top of all that the butler had a new job, taking care of the Batcave's deranged houseguest. Alfred was a bit surprised to find out that his master had decided to let the psychotic clown stay. Obviously the well-mannered butler had his objections but in the end he had to follow orders. He was to bring the clown breakfast and leave immediately. Bruce stressed that he was not supposed t
When it Rains - Chapter 16: ColdWhen it Rains - Chapter 16: Cold1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
No, Bruce hasn't forgotten the horrors and the misery the Joker rained down on the streets of Gotham. He's witnessed firsthand as Batman these atrocities the infamous Clown Prince of Crime has committed. From the many faceless strangers of the city of Gotham, to the more familiar faces of his friends, his young wards, his friends and his family. There was no forgetting any of that. But, through it all he was still going to hold onto the silver lining of hope that the Joker could be able to redeem himself as Jack. "Alfred, please understand. I can never forget any of that. But I just don't want to be driven by my hate for this man."
"Please let me finish. I haven't forgotten I'm sure I never will be able to. But that doesn't mean I can never forgive him. I want to believe he can change; I want to help him heal. Something happened to him Alfred; he's been hurting long since he fell into the chemical bath that created the Joker. I know he's sick, but I don't want to
When it Rains - Chapter 9: UncertaintyWhen it Rains - Chapter 9: Uncertainty1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
News of Scarecrow's escape filled the monitors of the Batcave's computers. Bruce was now diligently at work to secure leads to the ex-psychiatrist's plans. On a corner screen he would glance at security feed coming from Joker's cell. Since their encounter earlier afternoon, Joker merely was sitting on the cot staring aimlessly at the concrete walls. For hours he just stared, not even taking a moments rest. Now that it was night, Bruce didn't have the time to figure out what the clown was thinking. His own thoughts were a bit scrambled with everything that has been going on. Moments ago having his most dangerous enemy in his arms that moment of fleeting weakness still lingered in his thoughts. No matter how many times he played that moment in his mind, he couldn't figure out why he had reacted that way. He desperately wanted to calm the madman's rage and he did, but not without stirring something inside himself. It felt wrong embracing Joker it felt like a betrayal to everyone the clown
Almost Human - Chapter 2: Not as it SeemsCome on Batsy baby! Let us add another wonderful dance to our grand play!" the Joker laughed manically, arms thrown in the air as if reaching to his Batman for an embrace.Almost Human - Chapter 2: Not as it Seems1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Batman charged for him, that crazed laughter rang agonizingly in his mind. He had to silence that unbearable laughter! He pulled back and punched the Joker in the face with all his might. Almost immediately Joker was bleeding profusely from his nose, he stumbled backwards but he kept smiling. He didn't stop; he connected numerous punches and kicks until the clown crashed onto the ground. With weak giggles he managed to lift himself up and dusted himself off.
"Oh darling, how you tease me," wheezy chuckles escaped from his lips. The Dark Knight grabbed the giggling clown by the collar and raised him in the air. At this point the scuffle led them toward the edge of the building. The air whipped and lashed against the Joker's face as he hanged limply like a ragdoll in his bat's grip. The moon shone luminously on the two
When it Rains - Chapter 13: Change in PerceptionWhen it Rains - Chapter 13: Change in Perception1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
For the past three days Joker did not once regain consciousness. Bruce was really beginning to worry, but his butler ensured that there was no serious trauma and that he was probably resting since he never did naturally sleep. Each day when he was done with board meetings at Wayne Enterprises or attending some charity function he would return to the cave and sit by his sleeping adversary. He would remain there until nightfall when his duty to Gotham would tear him from the unconscious clown's side. Bruce has heard from somewhere that someone in a comatose state was still aware of their surroundings, so he had Alfred bring in a small television. When Batman would leave to do his nightly rounds around the city, he'd turn on the TV to some Bugs Bunny cartoons or the news while he was gone.
Tonight he was going to bring in Harley Quinn back to Arkham. For the last few days he's caught her trail through the whispers of Gotham's underground. He heard that she was hiring a bunch of goons and
Almost Human - Chapter 3: UnderestimatedBatman swooped down the building as fast as his grappling hook allowed. As soon as his boots made contact with the hard and unforgiving alleyway pavement he rushed to the fallen clown. The Joker landed in a collection of metal garbage tins, he was still breathing. The cans must've broken his fall. Batman approached him; the jester opened his eyes and let out some weak laugh. "Ow… that kinda – hurt," he giggled as he attempted to stand.Almost Human - Chapter 3: Underestimated1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Don't move, you're injured!" called the detective as he helped the Joker lay against the side of the building.
"This is nothing darling, just had a slight fall," he was bleeding from his mouth as he smiled. Batman assessed the damage; the bullet didn't make a clean exit it was still embedded in the madman's shoulder. Aside from the gunshot wound, Joker smacked the side of his head and by the way he was wheezing between laughter he probably broke a few ribs.
"I need to get you to a hospital," stated Batman as he cautiously picked up the brok