Extraction from Gotham CityWe begin with Gotham City being in a state of chaos. Gunfire can be heard from afar, the docks are on fire. The Batsignal can be seen through the haze. On top of this is snow.
Nightwing: *narrating* This is bad. You think you can watch something on the news or hear something from a friend about Gotham City and think its bad. You don't know even HOW bad it really is.
In the smog over the city, we can see a small dark figure.
Nightwing: *narrating* This isn't as bad as the quake, or when the Clench ran through the city, or the Zero Year,or the Night of the Owls; but it's close.
We see Nightwing is the speck, he's on a hang-glider.
Nightwing: *narrating* A gang war has broken out. A big one. Penguin, Black Mask, and the Falcones are at each other's throats; each one blaming the others for inciting it. The Gotham Police can barely keep order, or protect the civilians.
The hang-glider goes over a bridge, armed thugs can be seen below.
Nightwing: *narrating* What's worse, the gangs have pret
Rescue From Falcone'sJoseph Kane is sitting in some sort of supply closet, tied to a chair, looking very pissed. There are two guys standing outside it.Rescue From Falcone's1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Guard 1: So why did Mr. Falcone have us kidnap this guy?
Guard 2: Mr. Falcone is trying to get some power back in this town. Bruce Wayne is pushing that gentrification initiative, and that twerp there is one of his VPs and assistants on it.
Guard 1: That guy? He's barely old enough to shave.
Guard 2: He broke Tommy Vito's arm when we grabbed him.
Guard 1: That runt?
Guard 2: Yeah.
Guard 1: Must have been lucky.
Guard 2: Yeah, I pistol whipped the kid and brought him here.
Joseph: Hey, you two, would you mind getting me some reading material? And maybe a sandwich?
Guard 2: Oh shut up! Be glad you still got all your fingers and toes, for now.
Joseph: *narrating* Oh great, those Falcone nuts are going to use me to send a message. Plenty of chemicals I could use to escape...though at the risk of either suffocating, burning myself, or blowing myself up. But fir
More Wayne Manor VignettesWhile Alfred is cooking something, Sam enters reading a book.More Wayne Manor Vignettes1 year 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,
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
A Fistful of Bat-Shorts 2I.A Fistful of Bat-Shorts 29 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Timeline: After the attack by Jason Todd on Joseph Kane, say a couple months or so
Barbara Gordon enters Wayne Manor; Alfred approaches. Outside, we can see snow falling. Barbara is bundled up.
Alfred: Good morning, Miss Gordon.
Barbara: Morning, Alfred.
Alfred: Let me get you out of that jacket and get you warmed up. I assume you're here to help with Master Joseph's rehab.
Barbara: Yeah, heard he finally got over that flu.
Alfred: Indeed. As he is still recovering from his injuries, his immune system was not adequately strong enough to fend off disease. Let's just say we had a few moments where it was touch-and-go.
Barbara: Well, let's get him back on track.
Alfred: He might not be in the right mental state.
Barbara: Don't tell me he's having a mood swing....
Alfred: More like feeling "blue". You'll see why when you get up there.
Barbara nods and heads upstairs. She enters Joseph's room. Her eyes suddenly become sad
We see Joseph, still in his P
Young Justice: Ronin Chapter 2YEARS AGOYoung Justice: Ronin Chapter 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Come on, Joey; catch up!" The darkhaired ward of Bruce Wayne dashed down Prospect Park West. He was visiting his friend, Joey Kane, in Brooklyn. They met the previous summer, a few months before Dick's parents died. However, even in Gotham, he and Joey managed to stay in touch, even as Dick began his mission as Robin. Not that Joey knew that; but given how smart Joey was, it was safe to try and hide that fact.
"I'm coming, Circus Boy." Joey was walking with a cane, having gotten over a brief illness before Dick arrived. He was constantly sick, constantly weak. But he was smart, scary smart. But when he first revealed it to Dick, Dick was the first person who wasn't scared of him at all. His sandy blond hair shined dully in the sun. His bodyguard, an ex-Special Forces type named Brighton, walked behind him a few feet away. "Not all of us are physically inclined." Joey managed to idle up to Dick, the younger boy being several inches shorter than his guest.
"Come on, you need m
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: Small Time VigilanteA couple are arguing in an alleyway.Nightwing: Small Time Vigilante1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
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.
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 I1 year 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
Ronin: Alpha Male, Part IIWe begin with a recap, as Ronin narrates, we see images to reflect the recapRonin: Alpha Male, Part II11 months 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
Grayson: Hey Old FriendDick is sitting in a bar somewhere in Manhattan, he's nursing a glass of a clear liquid. He is wearing a combination of the clothes he was wearing when shot and the hospital gown. He is brooding.Grayson: Hey Old Friend9 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Dick: *narrating* So, let me try to think of the upside. No one thinks I'm Nightwing anymore thanks to what Bruce did, I'm out of SPYRAL now that we shut it down, and I'm alive. Bad news is now I'm unemployed, and Bruce's little trick won't exactly fool everyone, plus they'll still think I'm hiding something. I'm broke, SPYRAL froze the accounts I was using; and I'm not crawling back to Gotham for a handout. For someone who wanted to catch up, Joseph was a pretty hands off doctor; saw him maybe twice since I woke up from my coma. Checked myself out of the hospital today...and by that I mean I sneaked out the window. What am I going to do...?
A large man with close cropped hair enters the bar. He sees Dick and approaches.
Brighton: Took me long enough to track you down.
Dick: Hello, Brighton. *
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 IV10 months 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.
Stay AwakeI struggled in my handcuffs. On a normal day, I could have escaped these in minutes, but today my hands were shaking too badly. I tried to keep them steady, tried to feel for the lock so I could pick it. Every time, my hands would waver, slip and hit the pole behind me. I needed to get out, I should be motivated, but the scene unveiling in front of me is putting more pressure on me than anything ever had before.Stay Awake1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
I watched with horrified eyes as the Joker swung the crowbar down onto his ribs, then again to the other side. With every hit I struggled more, shook more. A blow went to his head, and I cried out.
The Joker turned around and smiled at me, “Aw, are we jealous that Big Brother Birdy is having all of the fun? Don’t worry, Rob, I’ll get to you in a second.”
I bared my teeth at him and spat, “If you touch him again, so help me God I will leave you in so much agony that your entire family will never be able to walk again!”
The Joker laughed,