Nightwing: Small Time VigilanteA couple are arguing in an alleyway.
Derek: Listen, Brenda, you should calm down.
Brenda: Calm down!? Do you know how much you embarrassed me?!
Tad: *off panel* Hey!
They turn to see a slightly shorter than average, but very muscular, young man approach them. He has short blond hair and blue eyes. He carries a pool cue in his hand.
Tad: Are you harassing the lady?
Derek: None of your business!
Tad: Seems you're trying to rape her.
Tad tilts his head and looks at Brenda
Brenda: *nervous* You're wrong sweetie, we was just talkin'.
Tad: Then why all shaky?
Derek: Piss off, runt!
Tad's face gets a very nasty look on it
Tad: Well that wasn't very nice
Tad brandishes his cue
Tad: Gonna have to teach you a lesson for raping on Tad's turf
Derek: Oh I'm really scared.
Tad: YOU MAKING FUN OF ME!?
Tad hits Derek with the cue, hard.
Tad: Not so funny now, huh!?!
He keeps hitting Derek over and over as Brenda screams. He then stops and looks up at her.
Teen Titans: No Such Thing As A Normal TeenJoseph Kane awoke one morning in Wayne Manor only to find that only that he was NOT a cockroach (like he was in a very Kafka-esque nightmare the previous evening); but that the place was trashed. Food dishes were piled high, clothes were tossed on furniture, and there was the overripe smell of sweat and hormones. He sighed as he, still in pajamas and bathrobe, helped Alfred Pennyworth clean.Teen Titans: No Such Thing As A Normal Teen2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Teenagers", Joseph swore under his breath.
"Aren't you 19, Master Joseph?" reminded Alfred.
"I'm also a doctor, a Waynetech Executive, and Sam's guardian. Besides, with all that training I did for my now ended superhero career, I didn't really have time to be one." Joseph gingerly picked up one of Bart Allen's shirts. "Does the kid have no concept of laundry? Or does that not exist in the future?"
"I hate to belabor the point, Master Joseph; but you are still young. And you are working towards assuming that career again. You have had a lot on your shoulders since you were young--"
"Not always by m
A Robins Christmas Carol"Come on, Damian, it will be fun!" said Sam Kane. He was dressed in Victorian costume as a boy of the lower middle class, his blond hair covered with a cap, a mock crutch twirling in his hand (a trick he learned from Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing), and his blue eyes sparkled with Christmas spirit. He and Damian were looking out the window of Wayne Manor's living room at the snow. The room, and the entire mansion, had been decked out for Christmas.A Robins Christmas Carol3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Damian Wayne's blue eyes were as cold as ice. "So? I'm not going to help the poor! It's their fault they are poor!"
"No it's not! You refuse to look at the...."
"Sam, stop trying to quote your brother. And take that costume off! Who are you supposed to be, Tiny Tim?"
"Actually yes; it's my role for the Wayne Foundation Charity Christmas Faire! And I earned it the hard way; auditioning for your dad and Lucius Fox."
Batgirl: Small Steps To RecoveryBatgirl enters through the window to her apartment.Batgirl: Small Steps To Recovery2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Batgirl: *narrating* Ow...how could a woman with a literal hole in her head be that tough...Good thing Alysia isn't here or she'd have a fit! *takes off her cowl* Right now all I want is a hot shower and to cuddle up with Alaska and end my night on a more positive note, like hacking into the GCPD to see what we know about "Absence"
A bit later, Babs is getting ready to settle in for the night when her cell rings.
Babs: Damn it, who would be calling at this hour. *picks up the phone* Who is it?
Batman: *on phone* Barbara....
Babs' mood changes
Babs: Bruce...is something wrong?
Batman: *on phone* I need your help with something....
Babs: Depends on the something.
Batman: *on phone* It's Joseph
Babs reacts, she knows what Batman might be asking her, though we don't.
The next morning, Babs' van pulls up to Wayne Manor, where Alfred is waiting. Sam is sitting on the front stairs with him, petting Barkley. Babs gets out of the van and appro
Nightwing/Ronin: Guy's Night OutIt's early evening as the sun sets behind Wayne Manor. In the living room; Joseph is on his laptop as Sam and Damian play a video game.Nightwing/Ronin: Guy's Night Out2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Damian: I fail to see how this improves the situation
Sam: At least you're not the only kid stuck inside.
Damian: I mean how is making a plumber step on turtles a way of lifting our spirits?
Sam: It's called having fun. And you're just upset because I called Mario!
Damien: Not at all, I find Luigi to be somewhat more tactical but my point is...why are we doing this? I'm not feeling uplifted, this reminds me of what we're missing...even the plants in the pipes are reminiscent of Poison Ivy
Sam: You're just angry because you weren't invited.
Damian: I have just a right to be there!
Sam: It's a grown ups only night!
Damian: I've had more training than some heroes three times my age
Sam: How do you think I feel, at least you are a hero
Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 1I.Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 13 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Bruce and his lady friend du jour are having sex in Bruce's bedroom and are being somewhat noisy. We cut to the various bedrooms of the other residents of Wayne Manor and their reactions.
Alfred's room. He is simply drinking tea and reading a book by Sarte
Joseph's room. He's typing something
Joseph: (to himself) Ignore it, just ignore it. Finish this assignment, ignore the fact he's getting it on and you still have your goddamn V-Card. Breathe Kane, Breathe.
Sam's room. Barkley is hiding under the desk and Sam has stuck his head between his pillows.
Sam: I just want to sleep!
Damian's room. He's throwing things at the wall.
Damian: FATHER, YOU AND YOUR WHORE SHUT UP AND QUIT HAVING INTERCOURSE AT ONCE! I AM TRYING TO SLEEP!
Damian is training Sam and is mocking him
Damian: Come on, that felt like a breeze to me.
Sam tries to punch again
Damian: That's all you got, pathetic?
Sam attacks again but Damian pushes him to the ground.
Nightwing/Robin: Boys' Day OutSam is sitting in his room, sighing. He pets Barkley while doing his homework.Nightwing/Robin: Boys' Day Out2 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?
Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 2I.Random Scenes at Wayne Manor 23 years ago in Sketches More Like This
The Teen Titans are staying at Wayne Manor for some reason, and Kon and Cassie are having relationship issues due to the love triangle with them and Tim. Kon is sitting on the front stairs as Joseph and Sam pull into the driveway.
Joseph: Something wrong, Superboy?
Sam: You look upset.
Superboy: Cassie and I had an argument. It's like ever since we came here, Tim's been able to show off and seem like to be the perfect boyfriend: rich, athletic....
Joseph: An easy mark.
Superboy: I dunno; it seems like she loves him though.
Sam: Maybe she does.
Joseph: Sam, not helping...Well, fight for her.
Superboy: I thought it was usually frowned upon to fight someone in their own house.
Joseph: You take things literally, don't you?
Superboy: I was made to be a weapon; I still don't have a grasp on subtlety.
Joseph: Well, impress her somehow; maybe something you've done together can be a clue to grab her attention.
Superboy: We've watched movies.
Joseph: What kind?
Superboy: 80s s
More Wayne Manor VignettesWhile Alfred is cooking something, Sam enters reading a book.More Wayne Manor Vignettes2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Alfred: *not even turning around* Dinner is not for another hour, Master Sam.
Sam: But you're cooking already.
Alfred: This is for Master Bruce's dinner. He eats a tad "cleaner" than the rest of you.
Sam: You mean like grilled chicken, brown rice, no sweets?
Alfred: How do you know about that?
Sam: Joey used to eat like that until he took me in; which meant a lot more time on cardio for him.
Alfred: And as he isn't crimefighting at the moment, I don't think he minds not having Master Bruce's diet. He is still pretty active in his own way, but doesn't need to be primed for battle.
Sam: Yep. Umm...what are you cooking?
Alfred: It's a type of fish.
Sam comes over to where Alfred is cooking, he sees a branzino being pan-fried. He then looks a tad queasy.
Alfred: Want some?
Sam: Umm...no thanks; I don't like eating anything that still has a face on it.
Damian then walks in,
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIt's night in Gotham, not normally the time for student-athletes from Gotham U to be wandering around. But down on the ground, not far from campus, walk two football players.Ronin: Alpha Male, Part I2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Andy: I don't know if this is a good idea, man....
Tom: Hey, Coach told us to bulk up or we're off the team. We've been downing shakes and lifting weights and nothing's come of it. We need an edge; and I heard this guy has it.
Andy: But steroids...that will....
Tom: Hey, the guy said there's no ball shrinking with this.
They approach a burly guy, waiting at the end of an alley.
Tom: You're Bob?
Bob: Yeah, you are the two looking to become animals on the gridiron?
Bob: Well I got something. *holds up a vial* With this special "treatment", you'll be an animal on the field, and later in the sheets when your girlfriends want to have fun time with the champs. *puts it down* 200 bucks, each, and you get the entire treatment.
Ronin: *off panel* I wouldn't do it, kids.
They all look up to see Ronin looking d
Heroic VignettesCoast City. We see Ronin running from something, a box in his hands. He is in an abandoned Ferris Air factory site.Heroic Vignettes2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He turns and sees a bunch of Yellow Lanterns following him. He throws smoke pellets to distract them as he runs. One emerges from the smoke, and Ronin punches him in the face (at least, it looks like a "him", some alien species is very hard to tell). He throws his modified batarangs to keep them distracted. He soon however runs to a cliff that overlooks the Pacific.
He sees the Yellow Lanterns charging at him when a green bubble encloses him and rockets him away.
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) gives him a sardonic smirk.
Green Lantern: I knew you were in town, kid, but I didn't know it was more than just business.
Ronin: Less attempt at wit, more flying away from the horde of Sinestro Corps.
Green Lanten: Please, I know this area better than them!
Ronin: Then why didn't you notice their presence in Coast City?
Green Lantern: ...You
Teen Titans: Interesting Times Part INEW YORK CITYTeen Titans: Interesting Times Part I2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
WEST SIDE PIERS-PIER 22
THE YACHT THAT IS SECRETLY THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE TEEN TITANS
"Let GO, Bart!" yelled Miguel, tugging at the remote for the big screen with Bart, "You've been watching cartoons all day. It's my turn!"
"It's a marathon, and I've not seen these before!" responded Bart as the tug of war continued.
"Oh my God you two, can you for once act like adults?" sighed an exasperated Cassie as she and Kiran looked up from the books they were reading. Kon walked in from the yacht's pool in his bathing suit, looking confused.
"Are they still at it?" he asked.
"What do you mean 'still'?" asked Kiran, her smokey black and blue face looking up.
"They were doing this since I went for my swim a couple hours ago."
"Just great," grumbled Cassie, "When Tim finds out about this...."
At this point, the remote went flying from Bart's hand towards the girls. A quick hand caught it. Tim Drake, the leader of the Teen Titans, glared at his two friends. "Really?" Then he smirked,
Adventures in (Super) BabysittingIt is morning in Wayne Manor. Joseph is wearing his suit and an overcoat. Sam is holding onto his leg. Damian is looking on.Adventures in (Super) Babysitting2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sam: Joey! Don't go!!
Joseph: Sam, I'm only going to Metropolis for the day to discuss business at STAR Labs. I'll be back tonight.
Sam: But you promised you'd hang out with me!
Joseph: We can do that tomorrow.
Damian: Damn it, Sam, stop embarrassing yourself!
Sam starts crying. Joseph hugs him
Joseph: Sammy...it's only for today. We will play tomorrow. Besides, I asked someone to play with you and Damian today.
Damian: Not Wilkes, we hung out with him two days ago....
Joseph's phone rings.
Joseph: One sec.
We see it's Dick who's calling.
Joseph: Hey, Dick, what's up?
Dick: Sorry, Joseph, but I can't make it. I kinda got busy with this case and....
Joseph: *whispering angrily* Oh no, you're not wiggling out of this easily! Sam is freaking out; between my having to cancel my day to hang out with him, a possible thunderstorm and the notion of being stuck
YJ:R: Mind PalaceTHE WATCHTOWERYJ:R: Mind Palace2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Nightwing, Miss Martian, Superboy, and Batgirl looked through the window of the secured room of medical ward. There, Joseph Kane, the novice teenaged hero known as Ronin, lay in critical condition. His little brother, Sam, only seven years old, sat next to his big brother and held his hand. Machines were helping to keep Joseph alive, he had lapsed into a coma shortly after they brought him to the Watchtower from New York.
"It's amazing he's survived this long, given the damage to his body after the debris from that exploding machine pierced him," said Batgirl.
Nightwing wasn't thinking about that; he was thinking about that night. The night where all the pieces made sense; that his childhood friend had become a hero, inspired by events that Nightwing, when he was Robin, was present for, and that Joseph was feeling bitter that Nightwing thought little of him. The fact that Joseph had found out that Wally West, the first Kid Flash, was alive and trapped in a di
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIIHercule is in his lab, his head is in his hands. Around him are a series of new notes he has made based on the revelation that Joseph Kane is Ronin. He's done figures based on the meta-gene, the part of Joseph's blood which gives him extra potential. He is shaking like a leaf...Ronin: Alpha Male, Part III2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Hercule: ...I can't go on....this has to stop
Then he hears a laugh, he jumps and looks around then he sees his reflection in a mirror but it's not him, it's the creature he becomes.
Beast: Don't be scared Jacob, this is good news
Jacob: Good news...yes...but its a violation of trust
Beast: Oh heaven forbid, if anything he would thank you...you've made him stronger, and in turn you've helped improve his ability to clean up these streets...and gotten Walters out of the way
Jacob: ..But what if I fail...if I mess up, I could kill him...Joseph...and then Batman and his entire clan would hunt me down...I'd go to Arkham, or worse!
Beast: And what we have faced before isn't hell?
Jacob shudders, the memories flow. A
A Fistful of Bat-ShortsI. It's Getting Crowded In Here....A Fistful of Bat-Shorts2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Dick Grayson, dressed only in his boxers, admires himself in the bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, outside the door......
Damian: *kicking the bathroom door, dressed in tank top and boxers* Damn it, Grayson, stop preening and let me use the bathroom!
Joseph: *dressed in t-shirt, pj bottoms, and bathrobe, has a towel around his neck, a toothbrush and soap pokes out of his robe pocket* Seriously, some of us have a job to get to!
Sam: *dressed in Batman PJs, is doing the "pee pee dance* Joey, I gotta go.....
Jason: *shirtless, in boxers* Seriously, he's just admiring himself....
Stephanie: *t-shirt, boxers stolen from Tim* Hey, I don't judge him.
Tim: *tank top, boxers* Still, he's being inconsiderate.....
Harper: *pj bottoms, sweatshirt* Cullen, don't stare!
Cullen: *t-shirt with Red Robin patten, boxers* But Tim's right there....
Cass: *tank top, sweat pants* Is this the end of the line?
Alfred: *normal attire* Glad you have your own private bath, si
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIWe begin with a recap, as Ronin narrates, we see images to reflect the recapRonin: Alpha Male, Part II2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Ronin: *narrating* A couple nights a go, I ran into a couple of college jocks buying designer roids. When one of them took the drug, it had a reaction I never saw before. Tests showed that some of the components is made by a supplement and fitness country run by Jacob Hercule; who I met at his gym. He offered to make me stronger...and after I ran into that creature last night....
We come into the present, Joseph and Hercule enter Hercule's office
Ronin: *narrating* I need to be stronger.
Hercule: I cannot deny it's been difficult getting to this point, science brings out the mindful and those seeking an opportunity
Joseph looks at the office. It's part executive suite, part high class gym, part lab.
Hercule: First things first, we need to analyze you.
He takes out a syringe
Hercule: You don't mind needles do you?
Hercule takes a sample of Joseph's blood.
Hercule: Now, just the vital statistics. Hei
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
Valentine's Day Tale: Joseph Plays CupidValentine's Day Tale: Joseph Plays Cupid3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I hate this holiday, I really do...." said Joseph Kane, his arms filled with objects red, pink and frilly. He had just come home from work early with boxes of various items that had appeared on his desk that day and was sorting them in Wayne Manor's main parlor. After seeing them, he KNEW he had to leave VERY early.
"Seems you caught the attention of several young women, sir," said Alfred taking the objects from Joseph's arms.
"I'm too busy to have a relationship, Alfred; plus even as just the info broker, it might not be safe for me to have one." Joseph picked up a teddy bear, "Right now I want to take a shotgun and use this mass marketed schlock as target practice."
Sam snatched the teddy bear out of his brother's hands, "I'll take that! I'm not letting you use a teddy as a clay pigeon!"
"Fine, you and Barkley and Damian and Titus can takes the stuffed animals...."
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IVWe begin in the bunker. We hear the clanking of weights...nothing else. We pass over a table covered in rough drafts of redesigned gear.Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IV2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Joseph: *narrating* Through every journey of strength there is always sacrifices...Batman knew that the moment he started this. He became the world's greatest detective and will probably die alone, me? I became strong, and I may start losing my friends...well these things happen don't they?
We hear the clank of the weights, we see Joseph's profile in shadow
Joseph: *narrating* And he should know....
Joseph then stops with the weights and steps out of the shadows
Joseph:*narrating* Well I guess this is how it's gonna be, become the best hero but no friends...well I say no friends
He is much larger than in the last issue; still proportionate. But he looks like he's locked himself in his bunker.
Joseph: *narrating* I've got Jacob in my corner, his assistance been great...now all that remains is to catch that monster.
He walks over to a case and opens it.