LoyaltiesJoseph Kane sat in his office in WayneTech working on his research. It was late at night, and usually he was back at Wayne Manor. Yeah, but here I'm the master of my little corner of Wayne Enterprises and not being barked at by Bruce for being slow in finding data. Joseph sighed, ever since he arrived in Gotham, he'd been practically been working non stop as the info gatherer and hacker for Batman, who just happened to be his boss and landlord Bruce Wayne. All because he wanted to earn proper training, so he could be a hero once again. Right now, he was glad to be working late on a personal project.Loyalties in Short Stories More Like This
However, the skills he trained for his short career as a crimefighter in New York City hadn't entirely dulled. When the lights in his office went out, leaving only the glow of his computer, he went on alert and into a defensive posture. He heard a bow cocked behind his head.
"Ah Ollie, still annoying as ever I see." Joseph turned to face Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen
Plot Outline for The Return of Damian WayneA/N: The following is a proposed rough plot outline for a storyline to return Damian to the DCU. It would be a roughly 4-5 issue story arc.Plot Outline for The Return of Damian Wayne in Short Stories More Like This
The story begins with Batman brooding in the Cave, remembering Damian. Alfred is trying to console him. An alarm rings, someone is digging up Damian's corpse. Batman charges out to the graveyard like a, well a bat out of Hell. He sees the desecrators of the grave are members of Talia's League of Assassins, led by Ubu. A fight ensues, but Ubu manages to escape with the coffin to a nearby airstrip. Talia watches as her son's body is placed into a plane and orders her pilot to take them to Nanda Parabat.
At Nanda Parabat, Talia threatens a monk to perform a ritual to return Damian to her. He does so, and he is killed as part of the ritual, so the body can be given life. A mist rises from the Fountain of Life, taking the shape of Damian's soul. He enters his corpse and the body is restored to life. Damian awakens, his last memory dying in his father's
Nightwing: Small Time VigilanteA couple are arguing in an alleyway.Nightwing: Small Time Vigilante 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.
Justice League: The Kane List (Part II)We continue where we left off; the JL standing over the defeated Suicide Squad, and Batman facing down Hush.Justice League: The Kane List (Part II) in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hush: Surprised to see me?
Batman: Given that you've survived worse "deaths" than just falling into a New York City waterway, no.
Hush: Ah yes, I remembered that...it willl be nice to meet the young doctor again
Batman's eyes narrow
Batman: You won't find him.
Hush: I don't think I have to, he'll make his presence known when they all come gunning for him
Batman's hand clenches
Flash: *whispering* Um, Bats, if you want I could take him for you?
Hush: Do I look like a moron Flash *reveals he's wearing several motion sensitive bombs* To quote Mr.Hammer, can't touch this
Wonder Woman: Seems we're at a standoff.
Green Lantern goes to attack but Aquaman holds him back.
Aquaman: This is for Batman alone, Lantern.
Hush: Yes at least some of you have professional courtesy.
Hush and Batman stare each other down. Hush then pulls out his pistols and starts shooting. Batman dod
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.Extraction from Gotham City in Short Stories More Like This
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
Batman Beyond drabble - Mending What Was LostThe door loomed before me, like it was waiting to sentence me to more humiliation than I had dealt with in my past couple weeks. I stared at it for a long moment, idly rubbing the fingers of my right hand together, working up the nerve to knock. If I had to be completely honest, this felt more terrifying than almost anything that had happened to me in my life so far. I wasn’t sure why I felt that way; I really had no reason to worry or to act like a nervous wreck. But guilt and anxiety were making my stomach cramp, and I had a strong urge to spin around and run.Batman Beyond drabble - Mending What Was Lost in Drama More Like This
But I just wound up sucking in a breath instead and raising my hand, tapping it against the door a couple of times. Seconds passed like they were going to turn into centuries at any given moment, but I waited, trying to avoid holding my breath. Finally, the door opened, and I found myself looking into the only familiar face I cared about at this point.
She said my name and made a huge s
Batman Beyond 3rdGen Drabble: Reunion"Willie? There's someone here to see you."Batman Beyond 3rdGen Drabble: Reunion in General Fiction More Like This
Willie Watt looked up forlornly, eyes bleary from so many days of isolation in his lonely cell. Raising his head proved difficult with the huge helmet he was forced to wear to contain his telekinesis, but he was nonetheless determined to see what was going on. No one ever came to visit him, save for the one time Terry McGinnis dropped in and gave him the opportunity he'd needed to escape. No, the guards were messing with him.
The door opened, nearly blinding him with the light from the hall, and he raised his arm to block the brightness, blinking and wincing with pain. Heavy footfalls sounded as someone entered the cell, and for a moment, his heart began to pound with anxiety. Had his father showed up to talk him down after all this time?
He lowered his arm, still blinking as the door to the cell half-closed, and found himself staring up at an older woman who looked faintly familiar. Short, messy brown
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Chapter 4: Persistent Bad Luck
It did not take a genius to figure out the huge athlete rich guy was angry to find a Metahuman criminal mercenary in a room with his younger sister. The way Anthony’s nostrils flared as he inhaled and exhaled slowly made him look like a huge, redheaded bull working up the energy to charge at something and gore it with his horns. Copperhead could only thank his lucky stars the guy wasn’t a human bull, and took a few steps back, eager to keep a healthy amount of distance between them. Leslie thankfully, seemed to catch on immediately, and stood between him and her brother, trying to keep them arms’ length apart.
“Anthony, Anthony, calm down.” She said quickly, trying to motion for him to relax. “It’s okay, he’s a friend.”
“That’s assuming a bit, there.” Copperhead remarked, folding his arms. He had a feeling this wasn’t going to end well at all
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Chapter 1: The Ring
Crying. It was the single most common sound one would hear in a homeland torn apart by war. Civil war, war with neighboring countries, war with countries far away...it did not matter. In the rough, poor waste across Arabia, there was always weeping and sobbing to be heard.
A single figure, a young girl with the soft features of early adolescence, stopped in her walk back to her home, and listened with a heavy heart.
This is the sound of my people. She thought, torn by her sorrow. The crying voice was young, probably much younger than her, and she ached with a longing to go find the child and comfort them, to reassure them that things would get better. Of course, this was out of instinct; she did have two younger sisters, and it broke her heart to see them cry. But if she went to the crying child, she would be late getting home, and her mother would worry...
Biting her lower lip, she turned from the path and started to
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And in that moment, the same poisonous anger and old hatred resurfaced inside him and numbed the burning pain in his body. He stood up, slowly turning on the spot, dark green eyes flashing as he clenched his fists at his side.
Milo was at the door, watching him with crossed arms and a look fit to kill. Beneath the icy hate that was coursing through Daedulus the pain still burned white-hot, trying to regain its hold on him. But he refused to give in to it, focusing instead on his numbing, frigid anger.
“You.” He growled. “Don’t you have anything better to do than ruin our lives?”
“You ought to be grateful, you sorry excuse for a biochemist!” his father hissed, crossing the room in several swift strides, until they were only a few feet away from each other. “If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be here!”
“Is that supposed to be a joke?” Daedulus
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Chapter 5: Hawk and Lantern
John Stewart did not arrive by flying and landing upon the apartment deck as Nuriyah had been expecting, but simply showed up and knocked on the front door, to her disappointment. She had been expecting more of an entrance. But even as her aunt opened the door and Nuriyah looked up into those eerie green eyes again, she was getting the strong impression that Mr. Stewart would defy any and all standard superhero expectations.
“Good morning,” he greeted her, his voice a bit more warm than the last two times they had spoken, “Are you ready to go?”
She glanced at her aunt, exchanging a nod with the older woman, and held up the blue ring for him to see.
“This is all I need, yes?” she asked.
“For the time being it is,” He answered, before looking to Jinan. “I’ll make sure she’s back by six; five-thirty, if I can swing it.”
She gave him a nod before wrapping Nuriyah in a quick
Batman oneshot - Can't Stop My VoiceOut in the swamps of Louisiana, there was a prison called the Belle Reve Penitentiary. To the unassuming eye, it looked like just about any other prison there could be, with a few differences in appearance typical to comparing different buildings. What most people did not realize, however, was that Belle Reve specialized in holding one specific type of criminals: Metahumans. Certainly, they would detain other dangerous criminals and mutant criminals at times, but Metahumans were their prime concern. And last week, a new Meta had been sent down to them for study, from Gotham City. Normally, that sort of thing never happened; Gotham insisted on taking care of—and containing—their own problems and nobody cared to argue the matter. But Doctor Matthew Price was a bold and excitable new young psychiatrist, and cared little for the self-appointed rules of Gotham. He had requested a temporary transfer of one of their Metahuman inmates for sBatman oneshot - Can't Stop My Voice in General Fiction More Like This
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Chapter 3: First Flight
Nuriyah’s first impression of the airport was that it was impossibly big. The ceiling stretched higher than anything she had ever seen before, and even with all the people coming and going, the building felt wide, as though the walls stretched on almost forever. And yet, in spite of all the space, she felt somewhat crowded and cramped, as though just seeing the other people was making the space tighter than it was. On impulse, she reached into the small purse resting against her hip and rubbed the blue crystalline ring. Instantly waves of relief washed over her, and she let out a small sigh.
All will be well.
“Nuriyah? Are you listening?”
She gave a small start, then, blushing, turned guiltily to look at her father, who was watching patiently.
“Please forgive me.” She murmured quietly. “I shall listen now.”
“I said we have bought you a ticket for an American flight.
Crack Drabble - Gawain's Shiny Teeth“Okay, spill it, Strange.”Crack Drabble - Gawain's Shiny Teeth in Humor More Like This
Gawain's acid-green eyes flicked up from the folder he was examining the contents of, and he was utterly unsurprised to find his two oldest companions in his office.
“I am unsure as to what you are referring, Adam.” He answered calmly.
“That ratings stunt you pulled that everyone keeps talking about!” Robbie threw in, leaning past Brightfame and slapping a hand down on Gawain's desk. “They said that you grabbed a microphone and just started singing onstage.”
Gawain blinked slowly, working his jaw. Well now, this could be a problem, if these two knew. Still, better them than Mystery, at any rate. He knew she wouldn't let him live it down if she found out.
“So what'dja sing, Strange?” Brightfame asked, leaning his elbows on the desk and grinning widely. Gawain glowered, turned to a small television set off to the side, and snapped his fingers. The set turned on immediately
'Black Kryptonite' drabble - Demons"Oliver Queen."'Black Kryptonite' drabble - Demons in Drama More Like This
He knew his name, just as he knew his own voice. Broken glass or dead leaves crunched beneath his feet as he slowly turned. He wasn't sure which, but it didn't matter. Everything was sharp and cold, and it was threatening to dig under his skin and slam like a blade's point into his ribcage.
A familiar silhouette was approaching him, after-image blurring eerily in spite of how slow the figure moved. Oliver knew that careworn green hood and that hardened, scowling face.
He saw both every time he looked in the mirror.
"You have failed this city."
Broken glass crunched underfoot again. Now Oliver was sure that was what it was. After all, there were plenty of old school fairy tales involving something about mirrors and dark reflections of the soul. He didn't want to believe it, but staring into his own face and seeing two obsidian pools where his eyes should have been, he was starting to. He attempted to lick his parched
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After having found paper, you and Loki went up to the training room, which was currently empty. "I want you to try drawing it again, this time with less detail," Loki said as he held a ruby red rose. You looked up at him, as you were seated on the floor, before taking the rose from his outstretched hand. You glanced at it for a few moments before beginning to draw it, trying to work as quickly as possible.
"The point of this exercise," Loki began, folding his hands behind his back and slowly pacing back and forth, like a teacher might do, "Is to learn the full extent of your powers. We want to get to the point where you can draw the least detailed thing, like a plain circle, and have it come out, say, looking like a-What was it called.....? Ah, a baseball." You smirked, putting the finishing touches on your rose, "You've been spending too much time with Steve." He turned and smirked back at you before walking over and sitting down next to you.
"Perhaps, now, concentrate," Loki said, pl
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“What, but that’s impossible!” Thor said, looking at Loki closely. Loki winced as you and Thor turned slowly to lead him back to his room. “You have to let me go! We have to stop her from whatever she plans to do!” Thor pushed open the bedroom door with his free hand before helping you lead Loki back in.
“Loki, how do you know she is here?” You and Thor slowly lowered Loki back onto his bed and he winced, holding a hand up to his chest. “The drink. It contains poison, smell it and tell me it does not.” Thor lifted up the cup and brought it up to his nose, taking a sniff. “He’s right, it does contain poison. What makes you think it was the Enchantress?”
“(Y/N) said she obtained the drink from a servant girl in the kitchen with blonde hair and green eyes.” Loki winced, doubling over while clutching his chest. “Stay here with Loki (Y/N), I will go to the kitchen and find out what I can about this ser
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You shut your eyes tightly, clinging to Loki’s neck. You weren’t sure if you should open your eyes or not, but before you could decide for yourself, your question was answered.
“Open your eyes, love,” Loki whispered quietly, his warm breath whistling past your ear.
You opened your eyes slowly, surprised to see that you and Loki were now standing in front of the Avengers, all assembled to greet you.
“Hi, guys,” You said awkwardly, moving one hand away from Loki’s neck to give them a small wave.
Tony’s face broke into a huge smile and he walked over to you, arms spread apart to give you a warm hug, “Welcome back, (Y/N).”
You hugged him back tightly, “It’s good to be back.”
Tony stepped aside and you were engulfed into a brotherly hug by Steve, the smell of his leather jacket filling your lungs, “We missed you, (Y/N).”
You smiled and returned Steve’s hug with equal warmth, “I missed you g
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You jumped away from Loki at the sound of Thor's voice echoing through the gardens. Loki sighed and reluctantly took his hand away from your cheek. "What is it Thor?" Loki called out. "Where are you?" Loki passed a hand over his face before handing you the leaf he still held, "By the main fountain!"
Thor rounded the corner followed soon by the avengers. "Loki, we need to return to Midgard." Loki raised an eyebrow at his brother, "Whatever for? In case you don't remember I am no longer welcome there." Tony stepped into the conversation, "I'm pretty sure we can take care of that, nothing that a chat with Nick Fury won't clear up. What were you two doing out here?"
You fought the rush of heat that threatened to overflow, "Loki was just telling me about the different flora of Asgard. Now why do you want to go back so soon? We seem pretty safe here, aside from the whole servant thing." Bruce looked at you, raising an eyebrow quizzically at your smooth lie before speaking, "That's exactly wh
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You sat with the others in the waiting room of the hospital. Thor had gone with the doctors to see if he could be of use in explaining what needed to be done to help his brother. You took a shaky breath and turned your head to look out the window, down at the streets of New York. You and the avengers were in the hospital division of the center, on the fourth floor. Tony sat across from you, his Iron Man armor safely folded up again and sitting at his feet.
"I never thought that Loki would be the one to save our asses." Tony said all of a sudden. You turned and looked at him, surprised that he had spoken. He sat across from you, looking down at his folded hands which rested in his lap. "I feel kind of bad now," Clint spoke up, "You know, for not trusting him." The bow and quiver of arrows rested at his feet.
"I think we all do. To tell you the truth, I think he really has changed," Steve said quietly. The rest of the avengers expressed their agreement just as quietly. For some reason, i
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You slowly lowered your head into your hands, the sensation that consumed it equivalent to that of a thousand tiny hammers pounding on the inside of your skull. You shut your sore eyes, unsure of how the situation could possibly get any worse.
“Come,” The Enchantress said quietly. Your head snapped up, unsure if you heard the kindness in her voice or if, perhaps, it had been something you imagined. She gave you a small comforting smile, holding a hand out to you.
You reached out a shaky hand, placing it in hers. She pulled you up and for once, walked side by side with you as she brought you back to your cell.
“I apologize for my behavior earlier,” She clasped her hands in front of her before continuing, “I only wanted to be sure that you were the one.”
“The one, what?” You asked, unsure if she was being sincere or if she was trying to pull one over.
She looked out at you from the corner of her intense green eyes before giving you a sly sm
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You ran out of the club and leaned against a light pole, catching your breath. From within the club, you could still hear the rest of the song playing.
“(Y/N), I can explain.” Loki said as he let the door of the club shut behind him.
Before he could continue you whirled around and pressed your lips against his, taking him by surprise. His surprise was short lived as he placed a hand on your hip and pulled you flush up against his chest.
You reached up and placed your arms around his neck, your fingers burying themselves in his black haired ponytail. He placed a hand on your cheek, his thumb running over the top of your cheekbone.
You pulled away resting your forehead against his, your noses brushing against each other. A familiar smirk covered his face as he took a deep breath before speaking,
“Missed me didn’t you?”
“Of course I did, how could I not?”
“I’ve come to take you back,” He said quietly, his warm breath blowing acro
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"Do you always eat like this?" You asked, getting over your momentary astonishment of the delicacies that sat on the long banquet table. Thor chuckled his goofy chuckle, "Of course, we Asgardians eat more than the average mortal."
"Oh, believe me, I know you do." Bruce mumbled, which caused everyone to laugh considering they all knew how much Thor ate. You couldn't help but notice that Loki remained silent, his attention on the food at the table. Then you suddenly remembered that he hadn't eaten with his family ever since...well....a while.
"Are you alright, Loki?" You questioned in a low voice. Loki's blank stare turned to you and he blinked a few times before comprehending that you were standing in front of him, "Hmm? Uh, yes, quite alright." You looked at him a hand on your hip, your eyes giving away the fact that you didn't believe him.
"Let us take our seats!" A loud voice bellowed from the other side of the dining room. You turned your attention away from Loki to see Volstagg, ru
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CONTAINS MILD VIOLENCE
“(Y/N), you have to stay here!” Loki said, looking down at you, his armor beginning to appear. “Tony, suit, now!” Steve shouted. Tony was already half way down the hall when he froze and turned, “Will that count in the bet?” Steve looked angrily at Tony, “Not now Stark.” Bruce sighed, “No Tony, it won’t count.” Tony gave a nod of his head and ran down the hall, the door to his lab already opening. The rest of the Avengers ran down the hall to their rooms, getting their suits.
“No! I’m not going to stay here!” You grabbed Loki’s arm. He turned and looked at you and you were taken aback for a moment, his eyes were a strange mixture of green and red and they were filled with regret, sadness, and something you had never seen in his eyes, fear. “(Y/N), please, we can’t afford to lose you. I…can’t afford to lose you.” He whispered the last part. You
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*Time skip one week*
"So this Enchantress chick, are we sure she's the one who took (Y/N)? I mean, nothing's happened in the past week," Tony leaned precariously back into his chair, moving to prop his feet up on the conference table. The Avengers were currently in one of the conference rooms that Tony usually rented out. "Do not... How do you Midgardians say it? Lynx it?" Thor pondered this for a moment, drumming his fingers on the wooden surface of the table.
"Jinx it," Clint corrected before continuing, "Thor's right, don't look a gift horse in the mouth." Tony rolled his eyes, "What? If she hasn't made her move in a week, then I doubt she'll ever make one." "Tony, this is serious. (Y/N)'s life is on the line, remember what Loki said about her?" Natasha's voice was strained as though she had to fight to keep it calm. "What? That she's actually from this dimension? Then wouldn't she want to find her real parents?"
"Maybe one day, but clearly that's the
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"I hear Pripyat is pleasant this time of year."
Sniper stood watch, just outside the old travel agency building. Aside from somehow withstanding the rest of the block collapsing around it, the shop was impressive for having reasonably preserved brochures. Captain and Pilot would often amuse themselves by planning trips to countries that no longer existed, and Engineer would gather what they discarded for kindling. Whenever Sniper grew sufficiently bored, he'd call out with something he thought was witty.
It was a bit like that, being on watch; you'd either say something funny and die knowing your sense of humour was too good for this world, or you'd say nothing and die without validating your ego.
"Actually," Engineer spoke up from the Visit Asia section, a finger tracing over dusty advertisements as he moved along the aisle, "One of the last GOOD directorate broadcasts sent out was a list of anomalies brought on by the apocalypse, and apparently Chernobyl became the least radiated pla
My love for youWhen I say I love you,My love for you in Free Verse More Like This
It's not a cheap display of attention,
It means you have a place in my heart,
come what may.
When I give you a hug,
It's not some small gesture,
It means I care about you,
and want to hold you close.
And when I say I want to help,
It's not because I feel bad,
It means I'm going to walk with you,
show you the light, and make your pain my own.
In Your EyesAs I look into your eyes,In Your Eyes in Free Verse More Like This
A silhouette takes shape,
As I come to know you better,
Puzzle pieces come inside the shape,
And give colour to your world.
Love UndyingCan anyone save me from this?Love Undying in Free Verse More Like This
Falling into the hole again.
Chilling pain claws at my bones,
Shadows scream at me to submit,
And bow before the dragon,
Who's trying to break us in two.
I won't let go,
I'm going to cut,
Cut through everything,
That's trying to force a wedge,
Between me and my true love.
So I'll slide away now,
Forming the blood inside us,
Into a chain reaching across the gap,
So I can pull myself to you,
Lift you up,
And take you away into the light.
La Bella LunaAll dressed in cream and gauzy white,La Bella Luna in Free Verse More Like This
She stands upon the heavens, looking down,
Greeting all before her with a smile,
Shining her light out for all to see,
Intoxicating some with her beauty,
Inspiring others to liken her to a goddess,
With the waves reaching out from the sea,
Always wishing to claim her for their own,
But my lady, La Bella Luna, is inviolable,
Teasing them, but remaining out of reach,
Never letting her heart be won,
In case she should leave her place,
Come down to earth,
And nevermore grace the nighttime sky.
DecemX.Decem in Free Verse More Like This
You've been around forever,
I've known you longer than I can remember,
The friend who's closer than a brother,
By my side, I know you'll always be there,
People like you are truly rare,
And my life with you, it's been an honour to share.
Messed up is how I describe you,
We were never what you'd call ordinary,
But hey, we just naturally swing that way,
What we had, was truly something special,
And though we'd never do it again,
I'm grateful, because you proved yourself a true friend.
You should be grateful I let you live,
When I heard about the good you've done,
I thought I had some thanks to give,
But then I heard what you did to her,
How you stole what should never have been yours,
Now I'd happily slice my blade through your throat,
And my feelings about you are nothing but destructive.
Pray we never meet.
My dear frustrating little beggar,
I don't think I could live without you,
You've been so good at making my life hell,
All the times we've fought, I'm sure you can tell
Dream GirlOnce upon a time I dreamedDream Girl in Free Verse More Like This
Of a girl with divine beauty,
Stars speckling her eyes,
And lovely dark hair,
Soft as puppy fur.
The years went by, I held on,
But the dream was watered down,
Giving my heart away to girls,
Thinking I'd found the dream,
Pretending they didn't fall short.
Then once upon a time,
After a final heartbreak,
The heavens opened up,
The sun shone down,
And there was my dream girl,
More vivid than I'd hoped she'd be.
Fear MeChilling fear,Fear Me in Free Verse More Like This
Reaching out to me,
Like a hand from the darkness,
Is it so surprising?
I'm not afraid at all!
Grabbing onto me,
Infecting my every nerve,
All it brings is excitement,
I don't care if you scare others,
You've never met me before.
Horror takes a hold,
Chilling my breath,
Stealing my sight,
Forcing me into shock,
But it can't hold me down,
I'm already on the rebound.
Panic makes a last move,
Trying to make me run,
To give up and scream,
But I can see you,
Hiding in the shadows,
And now I'm going to
Your Servant, Imus NoxaSwimming in a world between life and death,Your Servant, Imus Noxa in Free Verse More Like This
Separated from my being by a closed heart,
Weightless in a void between hell and earth,
Raging at the chains that hold me tight.
I hear her calling to me, across the dark,
With majesty I sweep out of the shadows,
Brandishing all my swords to slay my enemies,
I behold a vision of broken splendor and pain.
The choice has been made, I will serve you,
You are my lady, my queen, and my love,
And your heart is a comfort for all I've lost,
Speak to me, I will listen, and never let you go.
All around me now, I hear them howling,
Enraged at this new turn of events,
So I laugh at the frozen moonlight,
Now I'm here, I don't care what it takes,
This battle and this war are as good as won.
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There's one for each of my twisted lies,
Feel the chains binding my wrists,
They keep me from writing anymore lists,
Hear the demented laughter escape my gag,
That's me refusing to wave the white flag,
Smell the sweat soaking my bonds,
It means I've been in here way too long,
Taste the blood running down my skin,
I won't stop, but you can give in.
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Constantly watching more than his eyes might tell,
Thinking things few will ever know,
Always wondering who, when, what next, and most of all, why?
Call him crazy, but he thinks life is more than random happenstance,
There's a pattern to life,
A serendipity of things we cannot see,
If you ask him, he'll admit, his eyes are no different,
But he keeps looking, keeps hoping,
For a glimpse, a new perspective of reality,
Just in case true love should show up unanounced.
You've suffered enough...My dearest child, do not weep, for I am here to wipe your tears away. Come, let us be free of these blankets; let us walk from these dim halls.You've suffered enough... in Emotional More Like This
There lies what once was your body, fevered and eaten by disease. Your lips are cracked and bleeding, your arms are both thin and sallow. Do not fear them now, for they are long passed.
Come away now, for we must say your final goodbyes. Here to the mother and father that came to your bedside each day. Here to the brother, who shall honour your name. Do not be jealous of them, my dearest child. For you are simply moving ahead; you have not fallen behind.
“But why, why does it hurt so much?”
Why? Because the memories are still carried within you. Your attachments are still strong in this world. That which you didn’t achieve, that which you haven’t done. All of it is carried as chains upon your body and they will stop you from
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In the darkest of times his tale is told.
The Thunder Wolf of legends old...
He came from the mountains on a stormy night
To save the Lycans from a dire plight...
Our race was young and growing still
Born into the world by Luna's will.
She gave us hearts of the purest light
And told us that the world was bright.
But Luna was a child, small and naive;
She saw the good in which she believed.
Sadly for us, we lived the truth;
As we were hunted for fang and tooth.
Knowing nothing of weapons or war
We were slaved and broken to our very core.
It was then that he came, hammer in hand
And he swore to us to sweep the land!
And sweep he did, in a rain of blood
As Lycans reaped in a deadly flood.
Human kingdoms rose and fell
But their world became a living hell.
Where once they hunted, now they bled
With pleading cries for clothes and bread
Women and children, it mattered not
All were slaughtered and left to rot.
But Luna wept for her children's fate
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...And here I am, walking up these large stone steps. Climbing up them, literally, as they were not made for humans to traverse. I would have been tired of ascending them each day, if not for the fact that I was no longer human. You see, I am what they call a Dragon Hunter. I happened to be one from the icy north and as such, this entire army of armour-clad Templars brought me along to exterminate the demon dragon that was said to plague these frost-bitten mountains.
The Icy Peaks of Teruel, or so they called them. Really they were just a collection of very large and harsh mountains, in which nothing dared to make its home. There was no wildlife here, no trees, not even the barest hint of a stone bug to be found. There was literally nothing here, except for a blind belief that a demonic drago
My Birthday Is Rather SpecialMy birthday is rather special time of year. In the day, there are good wishes, parties and a good time to be had by all. In the night however, events tend to take a rather morbid turn…My Birthday Is Rather Special in Short Stories More Like This
I prepared this year, as I always do: A chilled bottle of wine hidden out of sight and a pair of large candles; both of which would last the night.
I would then take a seat on the sparse wooden floor of my storage room and wait. Always I would end up waiting as the minutes ticked on by, for my companion was never early nor was she ever late. Indeed, she would only arrive precisely when she was meant to.
I peered into the shadows as time wore on by. The flickering light of the candles did little to aid my vision, filling it with the blissful pirouettes of the dancing shadows. I was always nervous during these times and indeed, I had reason to be. Most would have lived their lives without a spiritual encounter. Most should be glad to be a part of the boring world. For in a world without incid
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To stand with shaking legs upon the window ledge.
I look down at the tiny world below, wind rushing before me;
And I wonder if I'll be able to fly tonight...
The caress of the wind, so gentle upon my skin.
One step, one leap and I'd dip myself into the eye of the storm.
But just before my courage sends me;
Just before I take the final plunge.
I find myself looking back, at the world I'd leave behind...
Stacks of paper and a pot of ink,
Reams of stories too precious to burn.
Ideas and fears both rolled into one;
And pages of poetry left undone...
It always leaves me smiling...
For these were the treasures so close to my heart.
They are the wealth of my mind; my soul, my art.
And I could never ever leave them be,
Where another might burn them, without thinking of me...
"Apologies father, I cannot join you yet:
For in this world, a treasure still exists.
A treasure tha
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Twirling with flames; graceful and slow
She dances tonight, in a city of ash.
Her feet leaving footprints, where the sand will splash.
Quietly mourning, as time goes by;
Where once she beheld a home in her eyes...
Yet naught but the barest of bones remain,
And so she dances, to soothe the pain.
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A Simple and Humourous Guide:
Often we find ourselves feeling unhappy, feeling depressed and weepy (some would say whiny), but the truth is that all of us feel undeniably shitty. Therefore, having plenty of experience in this area, I have taken it upon myself to present to you this simple guide.
Righto, you all want to be happy, but none of you are. You've tried several things:
1. Posted a shitty status on Facebook hoping someone will pay attention to you.
2. Cried after no one liked your post because you have no friends.
3. Submitted your post to DA secrets so they could use it.
4. Felt better for about 30 seconds since people faved your secret.
5. If 4 didn't apply, you cried about it some more and then went to Tumblr for the next six hours.
My dear friends, this cycle is not the solution. You are not making yourself feel better, you are making all of our art look worse, especially with step 3! Hence,
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The great hero stands poised,
Sword pointed at the demon king.
It is the stuff of legends is it not?
Yet, my objective is already complete.
For I am not a simple nightmare drawn from your feeble fairy tales.
Think about it, if indeed you can:
Today you'll kill me,
And raise my head before a baying crowd.
You'll show your acquisition proudly
And the people will welcome you.
In the first weeks,
There will be feasts and festivals.
Dancing and debauchery.
All to celebrate the hero's victory.
Then you'll become a king,
And eventually an emperor.
You will rule all the lands with fairness and equality.
A god amongst kings!
Yet something disturbs you...
Day by day you see the politics of the nobility.
You see them vying fo
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That is the principle that we have always lived by. I do not pretend to understand the greater workings of the world, for that is not my intended purpose. I was born and forged as a blade. One that will never see the light of day.
Tonight I was called from across a distant land, to travel to a forgotten castle. Here, away from all things mundane, sits a lord who views himself as a mortal god. He does not speak to his people; he does not show his face. Instead he allows his chosen 'angels' to rule the nation in his stead.
This has led to severe unrest in some provinces and for the sake of maintaining the greater peace, the shadow of fire (火災影) has decided that we will strike him down. If one man's blood can save the lives of many, then he should be glad to have it spille
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I have walked in this world,
And they have told me of kings.
Of brave rulers who make the tough choices,
Men of example and outstanding character.
But it was then that they said,
What is a king to a God?
What is a mere mortal to a higher power,
One who holds our fate in his hands?
They said he was benevolent and kind,
Wrathful and jealous, magnanimous and selfish alike.
He was the perfect ideal, embodying all things
And we were made in his image...
It was then that I was laughed at,
By he who asked this question:
What is a God, to a non-believer?
One who lives by the truth he sees...
He is the man who acts as per his morals.
He lives through his eyes and is judged by his fellows.
He submits to no higher being, not a one does he fear;
Comfortable with his own conscience...
But all three, I beg; I ask ye this:
For what is a king to a God,
A God to a non-believer,
And all three of them in comparison,
To the madman who watches the world burn...
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II. Of Cunning Pī lì and the Trap
"Prince Pī lì invited you to his place on the Western Fire Mount?" the red-skinned demon echoed, his rather stupid-looking face working into a grimace of wariness and disgust.
"Apparently, Huì, I am to be congratulated for defeating Yuma's army last week," Yǎn-sui replied, flicking the perfumed scroll onto the ground, sending it skittering across the polished goldstone tiles. He curled his lip as he sniffed at his claws, certain he would never get the stench of fire-lily out of them even if he soaked them in a sulfur bath for a month. "Blech."
"'Keep your hands on your horns when gods invite you to dinner,' boss," Huì cautioned, his beady amethyst eyes narrowing as he clapped a massive paw on his superior's shoulder. "No telling what that sniveling little bastard is up to."
An invitation from a god, no matter how minor or distasteful, was a good as summons to a demon.
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Part XVIII: Of a Battle and a Face in the Mist
The wall of water arched over his head, rearing like a striking scorpion-snake. Yǎn-sui swerved and kicked in an extra burst of speed; the river crashed down on the spot he had stepped only a moment before.
Good! he called out, speeding past Jiān, the goddess jumping in surprise at seeing him suddenly appear around the bend in the river through the rain. But one attack at a time isnt good enough! And you have to aim, not just rely on force alone!
Urgh! Jiān replied, whirling and throwing her arms wide, splitting the river at his feet.
Yǎn-sui pushed off against the surface as it fell away, vaulting over Lhamu and Rinzen (asleep in the saddle), clearing them both easily.
Im sorry, Mumu! Jiān exclaimed anxiously as Lhamu bellowed in surprise, thrashing awkwardly into semi-flight as the river nearly swallowed
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Part XXII: Interlude IV: Of Qiú niú in the Cursed Marshes
“… and in that time, the god Qiú niú came under the suspicions of his elder brother and warlord Wǔ-rén, for having aspirations to command the Southern White Army. This though his elder brother, its General, was rightly praised as a skillful and implacable warlord, who would broach no question to his leadership and who had defeated all those who had tried to take his high place in the Heavenly Court from him. And so Qiú niú prevailed upon another of his brothers, the cunning Pi lì, whom he knew to have little love for Wǔ-rén.
“Cunning Pi lì nevertheless hesitated to strike against Wǔ-rén, for he had won many battles and thus lacked not for allies and admirers among the Court.
“But Qiú niú reminded his brother of the many slights and insults he had r
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Part XXI: Of Wisdom and War
KA-BANG! Yǎn-sui snorted in aggravation as the backfire hurled him feet over horns. The worn earth blurred overhead; he slammed his hand up, bringing his momentum under some semblance of control, then pushed off and landed in a disordered crouch a good ten feet away.
This is becoming irritating, he growled to himself, standing painfully as the splintered bones in his forearms healed, the skin concealed under Jiān's glamour cooling and smoothing away the blistered trails of aborted lightning. He grimaced, coughed, and spat blood, wondering if the damage was in his lungs or gut this time.
"Master Yǎn-sui!" Elder Yu hurried forward as quickly as his cane would allow, his old gold eyes wide in concern.
Yǎn-sui swiped his lips clean and turned toward the human. "I will try again," he said, struggling to keep his voice cal
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Part XII: Of the Renegade of Fire
So Yǎn-sui spared a downward glance at the male airbender, before immediately shifting his attention back to Jiān, who was engaged in some sort of bizarre greeting ritual with the sky-bison.
She might be friends with the human, but Beasts are a different matter, he thought, noticing the distinctly rigid set of the animals multiple legs as Jiān balanced on the rivers surface, her face a distinctly unfamiliar mask of wide-eyed wariness. Saving her from her own idiocy is quickly becoming a full-time occupation. How tiresome.
A pointed cough broke him out of his concentration. Is there something you wish to ask of me, hu- Master Airbender? he growled, keeping his eyes trained on Jiān.
Well, not really, I just thought, seeing as well be working together, we might as well get to know each ot
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IX. Interlude I: Of the Beginning of Ages
And so it came pass to that out of Chaos came All Things that Have Been, Are, and Have Yet to Be. At this Time All Began, and Being was known. Thus began Life and from Life, Death. From Darkness came Light, and so on until Chaos retreated and gave way to Order and the Balance that is our universe
Chaos did not give way readily. Out of anger and spite, it assumed Shape and Being and swallowed the Darkness and all that is consuming and destructive, for only in the perfection of Order that is absolute Annihilation can Chaos renew itself. And this being of Chaos took upon itself a Name that of Koh, the Shadow King and the Face-Stealer, He Who Seeks the End of All Things.
And so too did that which opposes Annihilation take Shape and Being, in the form of the Gods. The Brother Gods Agni and Tui rose up against Koh and his Darkness and cast hi
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The Enumeration of Grief:
"What is that?!" the division commander demanded, seeing the breach blossom with a raging inferno.
"Gone!" A soldier, his green uniform scorched, his eyes wide with terror in his blackened face, almost barreled into him, shrieking, "They're gone! They're all gone!"
"Sir!" One of his lookouts, positioned on a great block of stone above. "The two regiments you sent into the breach to support the counter-attack - they're not there!"
"What? That's impossible!"
"Sir, they're not there!"
'Those bastards. I was right, it wasn't a diversion!' "How many?"
"How many are there, dammit!"
"One, sir "
It's not justice! It's not right! Why did you take him? Why did you take him and not me?!
Let me take his place. If there is a merciful deity in heaven, earth, or hell, let me take his place. Let me see his eyes once more, let me see his face, let me hold
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Xi. Of the Hidden Depths: Healing
Jiān pursed her lips. Its worth a try at least, isnt it? she asked. If it doesnt work, we can think of something else. Unless you have a better idea right now. She folded her arms and raised a challenging eyebrow.
Hurrrr Unfortunately for Yǎn-sui, he did not. His frustration with his clouded perception and his unease regarding the demon threat in Jiāns valley, which had increased with each successive village they had visited, demanded an immediate solution. Jiān had plied refugees with the questions he had given her, and the results, while less than satisfactory, outlined an enemy with deadly, merciless effectiveness. Their number, identities, affiliations, and abilities (beyond the flame blade-wielder) remained a mystery. But one thing puzz
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Part XXIV: Of Twisted Lip and the Demon
the demon of ice, scorning the offers of the river maiden to assuage his lust for the blood of her people, then spoke again, his deformed maw frothing with hatred:
You see before you a monster twisted by cruel Fate. Doomed I was, a miserable slave spat out of the Abyss to suffer the slings and arrows of the Gods War. That I proved a cunning warrior and able commander proved only to lead me to further downfall, for my master Pana, God of the South Ice Wastes, placed upon me all the onus of defeat and none the glory of victory.
You, Blue Spirit, Demon Warlord of Glorious Agni, you defeated my masters army, destroyed it, and cast me into shame! But not for that do I hate you with all my being, no, for it is your very existence that led to my greatest misfortune!
My master cast me back into the Abyss, to redeem myself by dragging back others of our race to be
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Part XVI: Of Voices and Memories
I refuse to fight you.
Living wood screeched and splintered, the roar of destruction filling the forest as the aged giant toppled, crushing generations of his offspring and hapless others beneath his felled mass.
Take your accursed blades and run them through your body so you no longer blight this world with your existence
Another brilliant, fatal slash, another cry of protest to life cut short, more lives obliterated in a single stroke.
This last giant dwarfed all the rest. Hundreds would be snuffed out with it.
Flames as deep blue as the darkest depths of night flared, gathering for the killing blow
As you are now I refuse to fight you. Return when you have something to fight for
The tree, instead
BATMAN: LEGACYThe Bat Cave illuminated as the door slid open and Batman strode toward the car that was parked in the middle of the cavern, and right on his heels was Golden Angel, a girl about five foot six with long black hair that was restrained in a pony tail. She wore a combination of clothing and armor, a red top that left her right shoulder and her midriff bare, a golden raptor symbol across her chest that had the wings of a bat. She wore golden gauntlets on her forearms, and red and gold boots almost to her knees. The bottom piece of this costume was royal blue, low on her hips and left her legs almost completely bare, and it was adorned with white stars. On her brow she wore a golden tiara with a blue star in the center that was flanked by the black wings of a bat. This was a young heroine in training, and this day the lesson seemed to be an elusive one in patience.BATMAN: LEGACY in Drama More Like This
"But that's totally not fair!" she complained. "I
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So much to do. So much to consider.
Darkness had settled hours ago and the house was finally quiet. Though weary from a long day, Diana knew that sleep would be a difficult prize to claim, especially with everything in her mind that vied for her attention. She lay on her back, right in the middle of her spacious bed as she stared at the ceiling with troubled blue eyes. With one hand laying on her belly and the other arm curled around her head, she did her best to relax her body, hoping that her mind would soon follow. Her long black hair was pulled to one side and was flailed out on her pillow and bed. Her spacious bedroom was dimly lit in the warm blue glow offered by the full moon. There were not many furnishings, only the bed, desk across the room under the window and a wardrobe that was made of some dark wood. Two other pieces had joined the
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They returned to the mansion in high spirits and Elissa seemed to have forgotten about her failure with Scarecrow. Clinging to her mother's arm as they entered, she laughed and declared, "You have got to be kidding! And she knew nothing about it?"
"I didn't keep many secrets from your grandmother," Diana admitted, "but some things are much better left unsaid."
"That is just totally wicked," the girl said with a laugh.
"Just don't get any ideas," Diana warned. "I'm way ahead of you on that."
"I believe you, Mom. Hey! Maybe we can, like, go and do a Justice League mission or something. It would be all kinds of fun!"
With a little smile, Diana confirmed, "Sure, I'd like that. But not until I get you clearance, understand?"
"And I think your father would like some time with you as well. Do you think you can g
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Elissa moaned softly and rocked her head to the left, then the right, and her eyes opened to thin slits. She blinked and struggled to bring the world around her into focus. Drawing a deep breath, she tried to make sense of where she was, how she got there
Anxiety surged up again and quickly she felt herself near panic as she looked around her. When she tried to sit up, a strap around her chest stopped her. Trying to raise her hands to remove it revealed that she was cuffed to the bed she lay on. Looking down at herself, she saw that she was only covered with a white sheet and white wool blanket, and over these were leather restraints over her legs and hips and she could feel her ankles cuffed and strapped down beneath the sheet. Her eyes darted about. This looked like the Batcave, and yet it did not. Drawing a deep breath, she tried to calm herself and reason out what had happen, w
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Late morning brought a new day and new possibilities. While sleep had been elusive, she had finally drifted off and slept soundly through the rest of the night. The sun was climbing high and shining through her window, making bright ribbons of white and yellow light through a gap between the curtains.
Having forced herself to forget about the most recent fight between her parents, she sat up and a little smile found her lips as she stretched. Slipping from beneath the blankets, she stretched more, this time falling into more of an athlete's regiment as she fell into a daily routine of stretching each muscle group to prepare it for the coming day. Her head no longer hurt. Her Amazon metabolism and healing power had taken stock of the injuries from the night before and she felt as fresh as ever. Still wearing the running shorts and pink tee shirt, she found the morning rather chilly and padded to the wardrobe across the room when she had finished her s
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Metallo and his men had been thoughtful enough to completely disable the alarm system, so quietly entering through the back was rather easy. Batman had taught Golden Angel the art of picking locks and she proved to be a quick study, so even the security lock into the back of the bank proved to be no match for her.
Once inside, she quietly negotiated her way through the back offices, cubicles and the office equipment and crept toward the front where she expected to find the hostages. Freeing them was her top priority and Atom and Huntress had agreed. In fact, they had surprised her by embracing her plan.
The lobby was ahead of her and her eyes narrowed as she crouched down and silently approached. This small hallway emptied out behind the teller's stations and she could see some activity out there, but no hostages. Peering around the corner, she saw the door to the vault standing ajar, then she saw movement out of the corner of her eye and shifted her atten
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Around bedtime, Elissa saw Stacy to bed and dismissed herself to go to "work."
The road to Gotham was supposed to be about three hours, but a fast motorcycle in the dark made it in less than two.
Somewhere downtown, Elissa found a secure parking garage and hid her bike in plain sight there, then spun to change to her alter ego.
Jumping down from the second deck, she set off on a walk through one of the most crime ridden cities in the country, and got no shortage of attention from those who walked the streets.
She had come to Gotham to fight crime, and Gotham would not disappoint her. In less than an hour she caught two street thugs trying to rob a corner store. Guns blazed and bullets ricocheted off of her gauntlets as she easily took the crooks down and held them for the overworked police.
More action found its way to her and she foiled two more robberies in the next hour.
Hearing more gunfire, she ran that direction, finding two police officers in a fi
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Alfred had his eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel of Bruce Wayne's late model limousine, but still he smiled and shook his head.
"I know I can get this right," Elissa assured. The morning found her in the seat across from her father, facing the rear of the car. She was dressed in a light gray business suit with a white blouse and a knee length skirt that was the light gray of her jacket. Black, thin strapped high heeled shoes did not look comfortable, though she did not complain. Her hair was worn in a bun; she had new oval glasses on and a pencil behind her ear, another in the bun of her hair. In her lap was what appeared to be a leather bound schedule with a couple hundred pages within.
Bruce sat across from her wearing a very expensive black suit with a dark gray tie and white shirt. The armrests at his sides were folded down, his elbows rested on them and he had his fingers laced in front of him as his eyes scrutinized the young woman i
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Stacy and Elissa sat huddled close beside each other on one end of the couch, hunched over a little with their hands folded in their laps as they watched the Princess of the Amazons pace back and forth in front of them just on the other side of the coffee table.
Lounging on the other end and sipping on some hot tea, Queen Hippolyta also watched her daughter pace. She wore a pale red skirt and a sleeveless white top that showed off her well toned, Amazon arms. She had kicked her shoes off and sat comfortably with her legs drawn beside her. The expression she wore was anything but anger toward the girls, unlike Diana, and she looked almost amused as she watched the Amazon Princess pace in a seemingly vain effort to collect her thoughts.
Diana's hands clenched into tight fists, then relaxed again, then clenched, and relaxed. She also seemed to be grinding her teeth, just like Elissa did when she was angered or annoyed.
Stacy's eyes st
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A new dress uniform was called for and Police Commissioner Ramone checked herself in the full length mirror once more. Ever confident, ever in control, she actually seemed a little nervous this morning as she straightened her shirt and fussed over her hair one more time.
The intercom beeped and her aide informed, "Commissioner, she's here."
"Excellent," she said. "Send her in." Turning as the door opened, she folded her arms as she looked Wonder Woman up and down, and she nodded. "Looks like all of that dip came out."
Elissa smiled at her. "This cleans up pretty easily." She strode toward the Police Commissioner, stopping a couple of paces away. "Okay, Commissioner. I guess we should"
"Everything's already been set up," Ramone informed. She strode forward and put her arm around Elissa's shoulder, turning her as she continued, "We're expected downstairs in ten minutes."
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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
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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
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It was raining.
In fact, it was almost always raining when the shit hit the fan.
Torrents of water, brought with dangerous black clouds, crashes of thunder, and explosions of lightning. Completely, and totally ominous that made an already perilous situation seem that much worse.
When Dick Grayson, thirteen year old adopted son of Bruce Wayne, watched as his father was 'arrested' at gun point by the brainless apes of Arkham City, all he could think was that Bruce was in over his head. Then, a heartbeat later, he realized that Batman had probably planned it all. Still, it was disconcerting to hear Vicki Vale's commentary as his mentor was abducted on live television.
The news crew had barely turned it back over to the Studio when his cell phone was ringing. He didn't even have to glance at the call display to know who was calling. "I take it you're watching it too, Clark?" He asked his father's friend when he answered the phone.
"Did you know about t
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CHAPTER FIFTEEN: EQUILIBRIUM
He got a name.
One he should have realized before he wasted his time beating it from those street thugs.
Artemis' mother and Sportsmaster's wife; there wasn't an 'ex' in front of that. The woman was still married to the man that had kidnapped Robin.
Batman was fuming by the time he had climbed through the small apartment's window.
She was waiting for him.
"When Artemis did not return home after school that day, I anticipated your arrival." She wheeled her chair around the furniture until she was only a few feet away from the Dark Knight. "I suppose it only natural for you to be distracted by your concern for Bruce Wayne's ward."
"His son," Batman snarled, his voice like venom.
Paula cringed and looked away for a moment before screwing up her courage and facing him again. "He was not always so heartless," she told him quietly. "There was a time he would not have harmed a child. They were off limits, but I suppose everything has
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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
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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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Five and One - Okay, make it Six
SUMMARY: (AU) Five times a Cat got the better of a Bat and the one time... well, maybe we should just make it six.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: This little nibble struck me the other day after I was going through my favorites over on DA trying to get some inspiration for a few YJ pieces I'm working on. Then I saw this image by Callousvixen:
It's a shame they never got to introduce Catwoman to the Young Justice Verse. There are so many versions of Catwoman that do the character justice, but I think I'm most fond of the Animated version from the 90s. She was just the perfect counterpoint for Batman. However, I adored Anne Hathaway's costume from The Dark Knight Rises so that's what I've based the look on. Google it if you'd like a reference.
This story is pure ridiculous. I started writing it and it just kept getting worse and worse. And I love every wo
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CHAPTER SIX: Gambit
There was no warning, no gradual illumination; just a sudden and blinding explosion of light that snapped Robin out of the fitful sleep he had fallen into. His body jerked instinctively, jarring stiff and sore muscles against the restraints he had fought against for several hours until exhaustion overtook him. He hissed at the sharp pain that seared through his eyes as he opened them and he squeezed them closed again almost immediately.
Heavy footsteps approached him and he tentatively lifted his lids, watching through his lashes as Sportsmaster entered the room. The eyes of the man were not kind and the captive felt that pulse of fear settle into dread. Those hard eyes stared down at him when the mercenary came to a stop next to the table. Robin met the glare, returning one of his own, though his heart was pounding inside his chest as he wondered what the man was going to do without Guardian there to stop him.
When the vicious looking hunting blade made its appeara
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CHAPTER ELEVEN: Bullseye
Robin was twisting his wrists, frantically hoping that the man had weakened the cuffs even a little. He discovered quickly that there was no give in them, other than when they pulled at his skin and tore open the blisters. He wanted to scream out his frustrations, but his raw throat was barely able to vocalize already.
His chest rose and fell rapidly with every desperate breath. His heart was racing and his mind was awhirl as he was resigned to accept that Superman was not going to be doing any saving. If the dart contained a kryptonite solution, Clark had maybe minutes before his organ started to shut down and he began to die – if he wasn't already.
Superman needed him!
"Think Rob!" He rasped to himself. "Think! You're supposed to be a master escape artist, so bloody well suck it up and escape!"
He had wasted what strength he had left fighting against the shackles
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CHAPTER SEVEN: Eyewitness
"I should have known he would have seen it," Wally commented to Artemis as the Martian's Bio-ship was pushed to its limits as they flew toward DC.
"World's Greatest Detective," the blonde had her bow across her lap and she plucked at the sting nervously. "Of course he's going to pick out Robin's Morse code. It's not like Robin would be trying to send us a message. He'd want big daddy bats to come save the day."
"No," Kaldur said from his seat next to M'gann. "He would know that the situation would hinder Batman. The means may have been something Batman would have recognized first, but Robin would no doubt understand that we would be the ones coming to his aid."
"You honestly think he was thinking that straight?" Superboy shook his head in disbelief. "I'm still surprised he was able to get out what he did."
"You don't know Rob very well, then," Kid Flash glared at the clone. "He's been working with Bats for years, a hell of a lot longer than Kal a
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like whispered words that redeem
me and soothe my soul
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shimmers and sparkles
all the stars come out to play
wishes without end
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the faith of a child
complete trust in purest form
has no boundaries