Author's Note: This story has been in the works for a very long time. Again, it wouldn't have been possible if not for the lovely and uber wonderful Fiona who worked with me on this during a very difficult time in her life. Hun, you are just too cool for words! Thanks again.
The picture used for the story was created by Mxi665. Actually, the pic is what inspire the story in the first place. It just took me a really long time to finish it. The artwork can be found here: I'm Okay Now.
Thanks, Mxi665, for letting me use the image.
Disclaimer: None of it is mine, which is a crying shame I tell ya!
August 28, 2015 21:27 EST
The engine cut off, sending the garage into silence. Eighteen-year-old Dick Grayson lifted the dark blue helmet off of his head with a wry chu
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It was the vile taste of rancid leftovers that finally chased the last vestiges of unconsciousness from him mind. Thirteen year old Robin forced his eyes open and regretted it instantly when the all-too-familiar, pulsating pounding threatened to split his skull. 'Damn it, why am I the one who always ends up getting chloroformed," he complained internally, attempting to massage the headache that was centralized behind his temples. Except his hands wouldn't move; that was when he realized how he was laying.
On his side, with his hands unable to be moved from behind him.
It was always disconcerting, being kidnapped when he was Dick Grayson. If he had been Robin he could have fought back, but as the adopted son of billionaire Bruce Wayne he knows only the rudimentary basics of self defense; easily overpowered by someone determined enough. Especially if his abductor was armed with chloroform soaked rags and rendered him unconscious. Which left him helpless to whatever means of containment w
Say SomethingSay Something10 months ago in Drama More Like This
Author's Note: This fic came to me after I heard, then saw the video for, the A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera duet "Say Something". It struck something in me and... well, this story is what came of it. If you haven't heard it, it can be found here: Say Something.
Usage of the cover image, entitled "Mission failed" was granted by artist f19850928.
Warning: I never thought I would write one of these, but it turns out I was wrong. Not only is this a sonfic (something I'm not a big fan of) but it is also a Death!Fic.
Disclaimer: Young Justice & Batman, or the song "Say Something", are not mine. Any recognizable content is not mine.
Say something I'm g
BrachistochroneBrachistochrone3 years ago in Drama More Like This
(Brachistochrone is a term from Greek meaning "shortest time".)
The crowd was thin, maybe a few dozen people, but it was enough for the drone of voice to fill the gymnasium. The bleachers were all but empty of spectators, only a few parents and chaperones willing to brave the cold snap that Gotham City awoke to on the first Saturday of December. The cold that could be felt every time the door opened and a draft came in from the corridor.
Like the one that gusted across the back of thirteen year old Dick Grayson. He shivered momentarily where he stood and startled at the heavy hand that fell onto his shoulder.
"Good luck, Dick!"
With a wide smile on his face, thirteen year old Dick Grayson spun around. "Bruce! You came?"
"Of course," His guardian exclaimed, removing his designer leather gloves with a flourish. "I wouldn't miss one of your little math-things for anything!"
Also gives 'Brucie' some exposure, Dick thought as he bit
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It's never a good thing when the Big Bads team up.
Joker is bad enough; unpredictable and psychotic with extreme homicidal tendencies. Go up against him and a person was almost guaranteed to go home bleeding. Add in Two-Face to the mix and you've got a hell of a lot higher chance of not going home at all.
Batman was lucky, this time. It seemed that once again 'evil' proved unable to work with 'evil'. Two-Face didn't like Joker's inability to follow through with a plan. Joker got fed up with Harvey's lucky coin. By the time Batman had shown up, they had taken out more than half of the other's goons and thugs in a bloody massacre.
He jumped into the fray and in less than an hour he was securing the cuffs to an unconscious Joker's wrists. He could already hear the sirens approaching and doubted anyone was leaving the hideout without medical attention. Including him.
The body armor had taken most of it, but Joker had managed to slip a knife into the seam of
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Author's Note: A while back, I held a poll on which RiD one-shot I would write next. This one came in 4th on Deviant Art with 13% of the vote and 3rd on with 14% of the vote. I've tried to write the others before it, but they weren't cooperating so here we are!
This has been a nibble in my mind for a while now and I think I've broken through my writer's block enough to get this out. I hope it meets my expectations as well as yours. It begins during the battle on Malina Island at the end of the second season episode "Alienated".
Disclaimer: Young Justice is not mine; Batman/Robin/et al are not mine; basically none of it is mine but I'm playing with them anyway! I promise I'll return them when I'm done with them… hopefully with all the right pieces. *EvilGrin*
January 6, 21:02HAST
The crimson light intensified the scowl of the young Atlantean when he turned to f
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The metal forced the air from his lungs as he was dropped. A heavily booted foot shoved against his back and he was suddenly sliding, his body twisting and rolling uncontrollably. There was nothing for his bare feet to grip to slow his descent and his cry of pain echoing close around him as an exposed rivet gouged into his calf. With his hands bound behind his back there was no way he could brace him as his uncontrolled descent came to an abrupt halt when his shoulder slammed painfully into the bottom of the pit Dick Grayson now found himself at the bottom of.
He groaned at the flare of pain, and looked back up the way he had fallen. Corrugated metal sides surrounded him and the thick ripple-like surface pressed into his back. Half of a large metal door was swinging into place twenty feet over his head and beyond that he could several feet of soil and stone above that.
Dick felt the thread of fear and swallowed the rising panic. But seeing the interior
Linchpin: Chapter Twenty-OneLinchpin: Chapter Twenty-One3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Chapter Twenty-One: Abandon
He couldn't breathe.
The hand around his throat cut off any intake of air he might have taken, and his eyes went wide in panic as he clawed at the iron-like fingers.
"Easy, Dick, easy," the voice was not what he expected and it took a moment for him to recognize it.
And then he could breathe again, deep ragged gasps that bordered on hysterical sobs.
Gentle fingers moved his own hand away from his throat and then were helping him sit up in his bed. No, not his bed, the hospital bed he'd been restricted to now for more than a week.
"Breathe slowly, son," Bruce was coaching him as the older man sat on the edge of the mattress next to him.
Dick nodded and fought to keep from hyperventilating. He closed his eyes, chasing the lingering images of his dream back into his subconscious. He heard the door open and a whispered conversation between the shift nurse, alerted by the sudden spike in his vitals monitor, and his guardian. A moment later
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CHAPTER ONE: Taken
"We are certain about this? There can be no mistakes made in this endeavour."
"We are certain."
"We were to believe that the Atlantean led the children."
"That is truth, but also temporary."
"Yes. Another is being groomed for the task."
"The youngest of them."
"We believe so. He is apprentice to the leader of the Justice League."
The shrill clang of the bell signalled the end of the last period of the morning and before the reverberating sound diminished most of Gotham City Academy AP Calculus class had already gathered their things and was heading for the door.
"Tomorrow," Ms Reckolson's voice called over the sudden rise in student conversation, "we continue our practical applications of the extreme value theorem so I want you to have the next two chapters in your Differential Calculus Texts read and the practice equations at the end of the chapter calculated and graphed before you step fo
SafeRobin grunted as he jumped back from the Joker, narrowly avoiding being sliced in half.Safe3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"I've always wanted to carve up this bird!" Joker cooed maniacally, laughing as he moved in closer. Robin leaped back, noticing with dismay that he was being lured farther and farther away from the group. A few yards away, he noticed Wally being slammed out of the way by Count Vertigo, and winched in sympathy.
And then he ducked again, because the Joker's blade was just where his head had been a few moment ago.
"Aww, hold still, Boy Blunder." Joker hissed, his smile widening. The stretched red lips and bleached white skin look ghostly in the fading light. "You're taking all the fun out of this."
"Sorry to disappoint." Robin panted, backflipping just in time to avoid being skewered through the stomach. "Hope I didn't disturb you too much." he added, wishing that the team had been there. Conner always liked his wordplay.
When had the crazed villain broken out of Arkham? How had he and Batman missed th
Seeing HimThe first time Batman had ever seen Richard Grayson was, contrary to popular belief, not at the circus. It had been a few days before, actually, at night in a dismally gray alleyway.Seeing Him3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It had been a cold February night, but there wasn't much snow left on the ground. John Grayson had apparently wanted to grab a late night bite to eat, and his eager eight-year-old son had tagged along, insisting on doing nearly everything his father did like many boys at that age. Most of the night had passed uneventfully; the Joker was quiet, no large robberies, nobody from the rogue gallery had acted up. For Batman, it was almost peaceful.
He had been on a stakeout on a rooftop when he noticed the large man and his tinyit was bordering ridiculous how small Richard Grayson wasson enter the alley, probably a shortcut to their home.
Only, Batman thought, these people must either be very new to Gotham or only be visiting, because anybody who actually lived in Gotham (or anywhere near Gotham) knew
Untitled"You're burning it."Untitled1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Dick grinned at the harsh tone of voice the boy beside him used. The protest went unmet and he continued to hold the stick over the small fire, the marshmallow blackening on one end.
"Burning it is what makes it good,” he answered. ”You clearly have a lot to learn about camping.”
The boy sighed, annoyed. ”TT. Isn’t there something more productive we could be doing, Grayson?”
Tonight was a rarity in their routine: a night off. Such a rarity, in fact, that Dick had decided to make the best of it and take his partner out for something he’d never experienced before. Dick had always loved camping, and he didn’t get to do it enough; he was determined to see to it that Damian loved it as well. When Bruce had offered them the night off, he gladly accepted. And when he told Damian they were going camping for the weekend, the boy had grumbled. ”Camping?” he had s
What Was His Problem? #1 - RiddlerWhat Was His Problem?What Was His Problem? #1 - Riddler11 months ago in Humor More Like This
Chapter 1 - Riddler
Robin's eyes slowly peel open underneath his classic domino mask. He blinks several times to clear his thoughts before his training kicks in and he takes note of his current predicament. Due to the constriction he feels on his wrists, chest, and ankles he would guess he had been tied to a chair, probably with some kind of thick rope. One look proves his theory, the rope were so tight he could barely even wiggle his body from neck down. He also notices that his gloves, utility belt, and boots had been removed leaving him open and defenseless.
One more look around him reveals his surroundings to be the inside of some warehouse, and due to the strong, pungent aroma of bananas in the air, it was probably used for fruit packaging. At least it had been. Now all the crates and machines were covered with a thick layer of dust as if they had not been used for years.
He had obviously been kidnapped. There are several reactions that most people have once
CrescendoCrescendo11 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Author's Notes: This will be the forth and final installment of my "Depths AU" Series. If you haven't read the other three parts, I suggest you do that starting with "Depths", then "Event Horizon", then "Summit."A big thank you to everyone who's been following the series and leaving me Reviews and adding the stories to their Favorites. Means a lot that everyone still likes my stuff.
Also, a huge thank you once again to the best Beta out there: Fiona! Really, I have no idea what I'd do with out her! Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!
Disclaimer: Nothing recognizable is mine, and I promise to put them back in their proper place when I'm done with them. Some of them even in one piece!
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA
JULY 01, 05:20 EST
The old man was always an early riser, even in the summer months when the winter camp was broken and the show was on tour. The caretaker of the grounds enjoyed these long, quiet weeks where the ac
The Kidnapping before ChristmasBruce thought it couldn't get any worse as he held the shattered body of his son, his small body traumatized and broken. But that was before the roof decided to collapse, snow, and wood coursing down on them. Batman quickly leaped atop Robin, covering the small child's body with his own, protecting him from the onslaught of rubble.The Kidnapping before Christmas3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Knocking rubble off his back, Batman looked up, thankful that most of the roof above his head had remained intact, but it was only a matter of time before it gave in. With a new sense of urgency be began to gather Dick more securely in his arms.
"B-B-Bruce?" Teeth chattering, Dick looked questioningly up at his Guardian, the weeks of torture at the hands of his abductors, showing on his young face,
"Yeah it's me, chum, hold on, I'll get you out here. You're safe now." Bruce reassured the exhausted child, holding the boy closer to his chest, rubbing Dick's arms in attempt to keep hypothermia at bay.
Staring around angrily at what was left of the l
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CHAPTER THREE: Unleashed
"... it on the spill, turn it over without putting any pressure, 50% of the cola right there! You following me camera guy..."
"...so happens that Deena defies the laws of intelligence. I never thought someone would make Snooki look like a rocket..."
"... doing what you are doing today because you want to do it or because it's what you were doing yesterday..."
From where he stood next to the kitchen island, Wally West watched the dark haired clone sitting on the leather sofa flipping through the channels. Behind him, and mumbling to herself, M'gann went about the kitchen gathering one item or another in her attempts to master human cooking. Kaldur, also known as Aqualad and their teams exalted leader, was somewhere outside on the beach going to a swim in the big blue. Like the Atlantean did every night. All in all, it was turning out to be a typical Thursday night inside The Cave.
"... married tomorrow and so help me God if I catch you even so m
My Father's EyesMy Father's Eyes1 year ago in Drama More Like This
My Father's Eyes
I watched him fall…
I always watched them, even when my mother insisted I was too young to participate. It was heart thrilling, seeing them fly about one another as if it were as easy and natural as breathing. They were stunning to watch!
He was the catcher. The first to step off the platform and fly in the slender bar stories above the netless ground. He was the strongest, the oldest, the one trusted to be there when the others released and left their very lives in his hands.
He was always there.
For her, for them, for me.
Always for me.
And so he was who I always watched when I wasn't flying.
And it was why, that night, I watched him fall.
I saw it in his eyes first. The rich chocolate eyes that were alight with love and joy as he did what he did best. He felt the wires buck, lifted his eyes to a spot above my head and I followed that gaze. I saw the moment when he saw and recognized the fate that would not be his alone.
He looked aw
Linchpin: Chapter EighteenLinchpin: Chapter Eighteen3 years ago in Drama More Like This
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: KIDNAPPED
Superman stood over the still unconscious villains and watched the Other with barely concealed curiosity. The boy that looked so much like their Robin, thanks to the Manhunter's flawless illusion, walked over to the computers and slipped a drive into one of the USB ports. He tapped a few keys on the keyboard and nodded a moment later.
"What are you doing?" Batman asked from where he stood, having remained behind to deal with Gordon when the police commissioner arrived. The other protégés had been ordered out of the Alley to help where they could. The League members were also ordered away for the time being. J'onn has remained behind, invisible and hidden, waiting for when he and Bruce would make the switch
"Evidence." Jason answered as he retrieved the drive and hid it beneath his belt again.
"You're planting evidence?" Superman arched an eyebrow in disapproval.
Unfazed, the older Robin met Superman's accusing stare. "It's all
Linchpin Chapter TenLinchpin Chapter Ten4 years ago in Drama More Like This
CHAPTER TEN: Escape
"Kent, where's that interview!"
The man sighed as he sat heavily in his chair across the desk from the striking brunette chewing on the end of her pen. "I didn't expect to see you back already, Smallville."
"Yeah," he shrugged out of his jacket and draped it over the back of the seat. "I didn't even stop for breakfast, just came straight here from the airport. Of course, I didn't exactly plan on taking the first plane this morning back from Gotham after taking the redeye there last night in the first place. I don't think I've slept in two days."
Lois Lane put her pen down and leaned her arms against the surface of the desk. "Is that because of the story, or the subject?"
"Off the record?" he had learned to ask that question early on in their professional relationship, and she knew herself well enough not to be offended. When she nodded, he sighed again and slumped down into his chair. "Subject. It's tough, you know, waiting. Dick's such a good kid a
Linchpin: Chapter TwoLinchpin: Chapter Two4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
CHAPTER TWO: Inception
A helicopter ?
Not a van, not an armoured truck, but a bloody helicopter!
The aircraft was waiting for Sportsmaster and his captive in the parking lot. Dick was surprised he hadn't heard the machine's approach, but he had no time to dwell on the matter as he was lifted inside and the door slid shut behind them.
The mercenary and his men were taking no chances with him. While one goon climbed into the pilot's chair, Dick was dumped onto the floor in the back and with a nudge to his ribs Sportsmaster flipped him onto his stomach and stepped heavily on his lower back. Unable to do more than struggle futilely, in a matter of seconds the same piano wire they'd used on his wrists was wound around his ankles.
It was only when the machine lurched to the side, as his knees were forced to bed upward and another length of wiring as stretched between his wrists and ankles, that he realized they were airborne.
"Stealth? Seriously?" Dick twisted his head to glare a
Linchpin: Chapter NineteenLinchpin: Chapter Nineteen3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Chapter Nineteen: Quicksand
For a Monday morning, the hospitals were swarming with the wounded. Less than ten hours after the quake, as the sun was just beginning to rise, initial reports were already being broadcasted nationwide. Dozens dead, hundreds injured and many more unaccounted for.
Every off duty officer, nurse, doctor, and medic had been called in. The army was already making its presence known, and the members of the Justice League were seen helping throughout the earthquake ravaged Gotham City.
Yet one emerald clad hero stood on the roof top overlooking the organized chaos that was Gotham City General Hospital.
"Any sign of him?"
Artemis dropped the binoculars from her face and turned as the older boy approached her. She blinked and looked back at the building below, shaking her head when Roy stopped beside her. "Wally's checking out the hospital across town."
"You're supposed to be helping with search and rescue."
"So are you."
"So I am."
Silence fell arou
Linchpin: Chapter TwentyLinchpin: Chapter Twenty3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Chapter Twenty: Quills
METROPOLIS (DAILY PLANET) – At 1:34am local time, (9:34am GMT), Gotham City, New Jersey, was reminded of the Fault Line beneath its city. A huge earthquake, which measured 8.4 on the Richter scale, lasted 84 seconds and has killed more than 200 people.
With more than 100,000 injured and missing, and early estimates placing the damage at nearly $450 Million, the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers continue to pull bodies from collapsed buildings.
Gotham City Emergency Services are already stretched to the limit, and volunteers from other cities are finding entrance into the disaster area near impossible. The quake has resulted in the shutdown of both power plants, closing the airport which is otherwise undamaged. Due to the severe damage to hospitals and clinics, doctors are having to perform surgery in the open air.
The area's worst hit is reported to have been the neighborhood locally known as Crime
Linchpin: Chapter FiveLinchpin: Chapter Five4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
CHAPTER FIVE: Sleuth
It always amazed Wally just how heavy something as intangible as silence could feel. The interior of Mount Justice was thick with is, the lights dimmed into near darkness as most of the Cave's occupants had retired for what rest they could obtain after the day's events.
The ultimatum delivered to Flash and Superman did not go over well, not that he thought it would have. The pair finally relented to talk to Batman before they came back with the order to stand down. Not that the younger team would listen if it did come to that. They'd disobeyed the League before, and they were all more than ready and willing to do it again. They had both left shortly thereafter, with the promise to return the following morning, leaving Young Justice to wait it out.
He had spent the last hour just walking around. That of itself was strange, as Kid Flash never walked anywhere, but he was so lost in his thoughts that he hadn't realized when his feet had taken him to the d
Sealed With a Kiss [Birdflash]Summary: Dick is standing at the top of Wayne Tower, ready to jump, ready to fall. Ready to end his life Wally is running faster than he's ever been, grabbing, catching. Can he make Dick see the sense in life again? High T rating. Slash: Kid Flash/Robin Wally/Dick.Sealed With a Kiss [Birdflash]2 years ago in Drama More Like This
Rating: High T
Warning: Suicide attempt, slight language, angst, and slash.
Author's Note: In this story, Dick is fifteen and Wally is seventeen. Thirteen is just a little too young in my opinion.
December 16, 09:52 p.m. EDT}
Robin was cold. It was December, and a typical Gotham Friday night: dark and grimy, with the promise of rain. He let out a deep sigh, his warm breath clouding the frosty air momentarily. He clutched at the metal railing before him, the only thing separating him from the empty darkness t
Linchpin: Chapter SeventeenLinchpin: Chapter Seventeen3 years ago in Drama More Like This
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: INVICTUS
So, this probably wasn't what Batman had intended when he sent Jason through the portal. However, the green-eyed Robin had five years of pent up frustration and anger to let out, and Sportsmaster was such an inviting target. Despite the obvious difference of size and age between the two, the first blow to Sportsmaster's face cracked the goalie mask he wore.
The second broke the nose beneath it.
Vaulting over the dazed man lying on the floor again, Jason planted his hands on the computer console and lifted himself over it. As he did so, he twisted his legs around to drive them both into the ribcage of the freaky horned guy that was trying to dislodge the knife in the hard drive. He kicked hard, sending the freak flying back and through several of its little green monkeys and into the wall behind them. It didn't get back up.
He was suddenly flying through the air for a very different reason.
Guardian had come up behind him and grabbed the cape