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Justice Heroes Elite
CHP 53: Group Meeting
Eyes' opening to that of a bleeping noise, Tony Stark finds himself in that of a hospital bed but has no memory of what happened or why he is even here. Challenging himself to try and move, a trivial pain travels up his spine. Having no interest in going at it anymore, he lays back hopeful a doctor and or nurse will walk through that door and explain the situation to him. Resting up, his eyes close just listening to his surroundings.
"How are you feeling Mr. Stark?"
Opening his eyes, Tony looks over in the direction of the doorway; standing with a clipboard in hand is one of the doctors. Taking several steps forward he stops at the bedside checking to make sure everything is normal on the charts concerning Tony. Verifying all vital signs are ok, he turns to the billionaire.
"All signs are looking good; you should make a full recovery with a lot of rest. It may not be what you'd ideally want, but it is in your best interest to remain here for another three days." The Doctor lets be known.
"How did I end up here? I can't really remember much, everything is kind of a blur." Tony asks.
The Doctor doesn't have all the details of what happened, but tells him what he knows. It isn't known exactly which group was responsible, but it is because of gang violence why he is even in here. Grabbing hold of the sheets underneath him; Tony can't bear where things are headed all because of the recent vanishing/abduction of earth's most powerful heroes! That just means people like him and law enforcement are goanna have to buckle down.
"If you need to speak with anyone or need anything, just press the green button at the side of your bed and one of our service people will be here in a flash to fulfill your needs. Is there anything I can do for you before I leave?" The Doctor asks.
Tony shakes his head letting him know that he'll be just fine. With his clipboard in hand the Doctor makes his way out of the room closing the door. It won't be long before the media finds out that Tony Stark has finally awoke. Back in the city of Seattle inside a club, sits Mark at a table next to his best friend Drew. Both observe the dance floor, where Kristine and her friends tango and rumba.
"It looks like they're having a lot of fun out there, ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T WANT TO JOIN THEM?" Drew yells, trying to be heard over the music.
"Hey if you'd like, go enjoy yourself bro…I'LL BE RIGHT HERE." Mark replies patting him over the shoulder.
He'd rather not leave his best bud on the side to watch, so decides to sit it out as well gazing at the colors which shine from the disco ball above. In the next instant, the two of them are pulled from their chairs and taken out onto the dance floor by Kristine and Jayne.
"Come on you two, we came here to have some fun, not to merely sit around the entire time." Jayne says.
Not fighting back or arguing with the ladies, the two join the rest of their friends and shortly find that they chose the right thing to do, having more fun than they were when sitting off to the side. Going at it for over fifteen minutes the music dies down; most of them deciding they've had enough. Kristine takes a look at one of the nearby clocks seeing that it is a little after eight forty. There is still some time left before she has to be home.
"Who's up for a game of pool?" One of them challenges.
Taking him up on the offer a few of the guys follow him to the pool table. Mark gets up from where he sits, but twists looking back at Kristine.
"Are you ready to go yet, I can take you home any time?" Mark asks.
"I'm not ready yet, go have some fun with your buds." Kristine replies.
Giving her a kiss he does just that, helping the other guys set everything up.
The catastrophic affair took place much earlier in the afternoon hours ago, but it is now being brought to the attention of Hideakin. Sektor is also in attendance listening to what is alleged by one of the elite members of the Panda Masters. According to what he says one of their own was attacked by a female vampire! This could be troublesome for their operations, particularly if this unknown was after information regarding their organization.
"Do you have a description of her appearance; it might be able to help out on identifying which type of vampire? Did she at all have wings?" Sektor asks in his computerized like voice.
He hasn't had very many encounters with vamps, but there is a particular one that comes to mind. The speaker explains to them he wasn't the one who witnessed the attack; but is able to confirm this meticulous Vamp did not have wings, but was still able to fly according to two eye witnesses who observed from afar.
"Does anyone know how she got on the property? I want this predicament taken care of ASAP!" Hideakin makes clear.
Subsequent to hearing the info regarding the vampire, Sektor is able to conclude it isn't the MK combatant Nitara. Yes there is a chance she could be involved, but he doesn't see any reason why she'd be trying to attack this group. Whenever Cyrax returns, he'll have to have a word with him about this all. The yellow cyborg would know more…that is if Nitara is mixed up in this somehow. If he had to guess, this is almost certainly someone else all together. Regardless of that, all angles and possibilities must be investigated; whoever is responsible for this, will be dealt with accordingly.
"Would you like for us to commence on an organized investigation? I can gather up some of our best guys and try and hit this thing head on." Sektor says.
"No…If there are more of them, we'd only be playing into their favor. Vampires are most powerful after the sunsets. It will be one of our top priorities tomorrow." Hideakin replies.
Dismissing the two from his office, Hideakin turns his attention to other important matters concerning this faction.
Lin Kuei Temple
All who agreed to take part in the travels to the alternative earth where Pythena has attacked first are gathered inside the Shalion Temple. That is all except Raiden and Batman who await the grandmaster outside of the Lin Kuei temple. Once he joins by their side, it'll be time to make the jump.
"I've got a question that I'd like an answer to. How and where did you get that mechanism?" Raiden asks refereeing to the small device.
The thunder god wonders how something so small could have enough power to transport an individual from one dimension to another; and how it ended up in the hands of the caped crusader. Giving him the shortest version possible, Subzero comes into sight seconds afterward along with two others. Stopping in front of Raiden and bats, Subz lets them know that he's ready to go and has decided to bring along with him two Lin Kuei affiliates. Batman is familiar with the woman; but isn't sure of the other.
"Who are they?" Raiden asks.
Before Subz gives him an answer, the woman identifies herself as Sareena and the other Astreow; wearing similar attire to Subzero except for the sky blue color and light brown eyes standing only 5' 10". Astreow does not have the ability to freeze, but is one of the top ranked material artists in the clan.
"Alright than…I'd say we're ready to go." Raiden says.
All grab hold of Raiden, who immediately teleports them to the Shalion temple. Just as he had planned from the start, Subzero told the eldest member he'd be attending to a mission with two others, but didn't give any info on where it would be taking place. With his status of being the grandmaster, it is best that he isn't away for long periods of time in case someone planned an attack on his clan.
"Glad you all made it back. Now let's get going, I can't wait to see what this other earth is like." Johnny Cage says.
Carrying with him is two suitcases, mostly filled with clothes; the movie star/material artists would rather not worry about shopping for clothes. Just as him, others in the group have packed small bags for change of clothes and equipment; there is no telling how long they could be gone. Aside from Raiden, Wolverine and Batman; the rest of the lineup includes Subzero, Scorpion, Sareena, Kitana, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Sonya, Jax, Johnny Cage, Ermac, and Astreow.
"Whelp I guess it's time to go; so how exactly is this going to work?" Johnny inquires.
"If all of you gather around in this area, we'll be on our way." Batman informs.
Before anything else Raiden wishes them all luck, and in the next instant they're gone in the flicker of a light. A huge part of him wishes he could travel alongside them, but that is not a possibility due to his prominence watching over earth realm. His prime wish is that they all make it through this ordeal alive. A few miles away, Rosea walks alongside Nitara knocking at that of a castle door. Only having to wait a few moments the door is opened.
"I called you hours ago Sis…what took you?"
Rosea walks in past her brother not paying him much notice. Nitara smiles, wondering if they're always like this toward each other.
"Aren't you going to introduce us?" Nitara calls out to Rosea.
Rolling her eyes she looks back at them both; lately her older brother has been somewhat of a pain getting on her nerves whenever he can. Putting on a forged smile she walks back next to both of them.
"Nitara this is my annoying brother Derak, it's only a matter of time before you notice."
Glancing down the hall, she carry's on to where she was originally headed. Enlightened by her complaining the two of them grin at each other following Rosea down the hall. Entering into Derak's work-study, she speculates why everyone else isn't here! They've had this meeting planned from over a month ago, so there shouldn't be delays!
"Derak where is everyone? Please tell me you gave them all the right directions on how to get here." Rosea asks becoming agitated.
Coming up in front of his sister, Derak rests his hands over her shoulders looking her in the eyes. Just as Rosea he possesses lavender colored eyes, but has a faintly lighter shade. Telling her they're on the way he escorts her over to one of his master chairs situated in a corner of the room. Making his way across the room he pours her a glass of blood from his most recent victim from over forty five minutes ago.
"You just need to relax sis, you're way too demanding and nag too much." Derak says handing her the glass.
Positioned next to a wall Nitara can't help but laugh at watching them both; if you weren't told you'd guess they were married or brother and sister. Surveying them is entertainment; she just can't wait to see what will happen next. Taking a small sip, Rosea's eyes broaden as she spits the blood out!
"Who the hell DID YOU KILL? Whoever was your victim had very high blood pressure and tastes bitter!" Rosea yells standing.
"You stupid idiot! I just got that carpet cleaned!" Derak brings up.
Becoming even more agitated with him, she throws the cup of blood in his direction; using his swift reflexes he dodges it, having the blood spill all over the carpeting. Looking him in the face she grins evilly.
"Ok I think it's time for you two to quit acting like children. We're here to discuss the resurrection of the most powerful vampire princess to walk this earth and nothing more." Nitara says.
Rosea stops herself from saying anything else, but would truly like nothing more than to put her brother through a wall. Lifting the glass off the carpet he hisses at Rosea showing his fangs as she does the same. Off to the side, Nitara shakes her head questioning whether or not they will ever drop this childish behavior. Putting the cup back where he had originally got it, Derak walks up in front of Nitara with a peculiar look on his face.
"It'll be about another twenty minutes before the rest of the group arrives, but I have an idea which can help pass time."
Turning and looking over at his sister, Derak demands that she get lost. Too no surprise she stands her ground having no interest in what he says. Cursing under his breath, he looks away from her and back to Nitara.
"Come…I'll show you to my room. Something as beautiful as you shouldn't be left untouched; If I had to guess I'd say you probably have some experience, but it is an entirely different animal with me." Derak says.
Using her vamp speed, Rosea dashes over coming in between them both, being in front of Nitara.
"Noooooo…You're not going to sleep with her! She is like one of my closes friends, go look elsewhere!"
Having no desire to argue with his sister, Derak walks in the other direction not saying a word. With her mouth wide open, Nitara is overly shocked how forthcoming Derak was. Whenever does a guy just flat out go straight to the point in asking you to have sex? This is a first for her!
"Your brother is ah…uhhm, kind of strange." Nitara conveys.
For the remainder of the time, none of them speak. Neither of them are sure where Derak went; probably somewhere to cool off. Once their other acquaintances show they will have to find out what progress they've made on their part.
On arrival, the group re appears somewhere in the Bronx. Batman finds this to be at random, but remembers that he forgot to set the coordinates for the travel back. At least from what he can tell so far is that they're back in his world, which is a good thing.
"So how is this going to work, are we just going to travel on foot? How far is your headquarters from here?" Johny Cage asks.
If it is possible, he'd rather not have to carry this luggage a far distance. The dark knight quickly lets them know they're first going to meet up with the Avengers. Kitana is the one to ask about who the Avengers are.
"Let's see if there is enough left of them to call it a team; I'm a member to them." Wolverine tells.
Logan is the one to lead the way, knowing one of the quickest paths which will get them there sooner. Back in the city of Seattle Drew lies on his back over the smooth surface of a sofa; Kristine lays on top of him planting kisses around his neck and jaw.
"Promise you won't say a thing…Jayne and Mark must never know about this. You're much more adorable than Mark."
"You don't have to worry about me saying a thing; this will stay between you and me."
Smiling she drops herself down onto him locking lips. Wrapping his arms around her back, the two deepen the kiss embracing the other. It is short lived as both of them listen to the door knob turning! Immediately jumping off him, she takes a seat over in a chair one ft away picking up a magazine to try and look less suspicious. At the door are CJ, Haley and Mark.
"Are you ready for me to take you home?" Mark asks looking at Kristine.
"Yes, it won't be long before my parents start worrying," Kristine stands looking back and giving Drew a wink, "See yah later Drew."
Coming up next to Mark, she gives him a kiss taking his hand into hers following him out of the building and into his car. Before starting up the vehicle he asks if she enjoyed herself the entire time they were out together all day. Giving him another kiss, she tells him it couldn't have been any better. Wrapping an arm around her, Mark gives her a kiss over the top of her head.
"Guess we better get going."
Starting up the engine they drive off, arriving in front of her home in less than twenty minutes. Getting out of the vehicle she waves at him heading toward her front door. It is then that Mark drives off in route to his own place. Remembering the city exceptionally well, Wolverine leads them all to the Avengers main stronghold in no time. It has been a long time, but he feels good to be back here in his home world.
"Hey I must say I really dig the place; it looks extraordinarily high tech. Can't wait to see what it looks like inside." Johnny Cage says looking around.
Wolverine just smiles leading the group toward the front entrance; and in a split second the main alarms to the building go off with bright lights shining over all of them. Some stay calm, while others like Sonya and Jax pull out their firearms.
"Darn that alarm is shrill! Can it go up any louder?" Liu Kang says with a hint of sarcasm, taking the opportunity to cover his ears.
Scorpion gets into a fighting stance looking up to see them all surrounded by men dressed in all black, carrying with them high-end weapons aimed at the whole group. The alarms soon die down, and the apparent leader of the group asks for them to identify themselves. Subsequently Wolverine steps forward, but is cutoff by a familiar voice.
"Well well, if it isn't Wolverine back from the dead."
Turning and looking in that direction, Logan smirks at the prospect of Black Widow standing in front of him. It wasn't just the surroundings he missed; but the people and missions as well. Being back on his home turf gives him somewhat of a home field advantage sensation. Taking a few steps forward, he shakes hands with Widow.
"Good to see you again as well; what I've been hearing from our friend over there," Logan points at the Dark Knight, "Things haven't been going so well."
Throwing her hair back Natasha takes a look over at the caped crusader, doubting the stories she's heard of him are true. From what she's been able to pickup, he's just an average guy with a lot of cool toys. That thought brings something else back to mind.
"Tony Stark is in the hospital, I haven't had the chance to speak with him. But they say he awoke around noon." Black Widow says.
"What happened? I mean…when did this happen?" Logan asks.
"It was sometime yesterday; according to one of his logs he was meeting with the billionaire Klint Gersayer.
Both know they'll need Tony to heal hurriedly; with this upcoming fray everyone they have will have to be on board ready to go. Looking away from Wolverine Black Widow asks for the shield representatives to lower their weapons.
"I'd like for every one of you to follow me inside." Natasha says.
The ninja spectre drops out of his fighting stance but keeps his guard up, not sure whether to trust these guys. On the way in Black Widow whispers to Logan that Nick Fury should be returning by tomorrow with more weapons and soldiers. Nodding, Wolverine likes the sound of that. Even though he was told what had taken place here in this world he still asks questions.
"Are any of the X-Men still around? It can't be possible that we know for sure that they're all gone." Wolverine contemplates.
Black Widow goes on to say that if they were in fact here, they wouldn't be hiding out, they'd come forward and join the effort of trying to put an end to this crisis. Increasing his pace Batman comes up between Widow and Wolvie.
"If you can remember we set up a meet tonight between some of your people and mine…Your alarms won't be necessary. They should be arriving soon." Batman expresses.
Arriving in front of the main entrance she punches in a code and bends slightly so that her left eye is scanned for identification; the door opening immediately afterward.
"No need to worry, your friends won't be attacked unless they initiate the strike. Come right this way, I'd like to get through introductions and the layout of our arrangement ASAP." Natasha says.
Most everyone heads inside except for a few guards who're ordered to survey the area and wait for whatever allies of Batman show. Communicating with Black Widow through a headset, one of the guards asks what they should expect these people to look like.
"It won't be hard sergeant Jay; they'll look dressed for a costume bash." She says ending the conversation with the click of a button.
Looking over at Batman with a grin, he glares back at her not liking Widow's choice of words. Looking around, Subzero couldn't agree more with Johnny; once inside you can really see that these people really mean business. The Lin Kuei has an established headquarters, but nothing quite like this.
"Wow this place sure is something else isn't it; what's your guess on the amount of weapons?" Sareena asks coming up next to Subzero.
"I have no clue, but I wouldn't touch anything; look at how on guard they're." Subzero says.
He mainly refers to the guys who stand off to the side dressed in black and white with dark shades. Over on the other side of the room, Johnny looks around feeling as though he is a top secret classified spy in one of his films. Saving her time, both Batman along with Wolverine give Natasha the names of all the fighters; it is than after she asks where they found them. Both bats and wolvie look at each other and then back at her, saying the story behind that can be saved for another time.
"What about you Wolverine? When Ms Marvel and the others returned from that mission of yours over a year ago, they said you were killed in battle. So how is it that you magically reappear as soon as things get bad?" She asks.
Ignoring her question, Wolverine tells her that story can be discussed later and with the purpose of focusing on why this meeting was made in the first place. Rolling her eyes she turns away from Wolverine and Batman, facing the main group.
"Is she always like this?" Batman asks.
"No…once you get to know her, she isn't all bad." Logan replies keeping his voice down.
Before getting started, Black Widow introduces herself giving the MK combatants a quick history lesson on the Avengers and the assembly known as shield. While talking She notices that one of them seems to marvel her appearance. Snubbing it she continues on getting into the details of how they will fight against the creatures when they return.
"I'm not even going to lie, she's a complete babe wouldn't you say?" Johnny asks turning to Kung Lao.
The Shalion warrior does nothing but smirk, which leaves Cage confused. Grasping that everything has gone quiet, and the attention seems to be on him, Johnny slowly turns with half a smile on his face to Black Widow who frowns.
"I heard that." She tells.
Laughing timidly, Johnny asks for her to continue and that he will no longer be a distraction. Just then one of the automatic doors slides open and entering by shield escorts are Green Arrow, Wild Cat, Nightwing, Red Robin, Red Arrow and Huntress.
"Is that all what is left of your associates?" Black Widow asks facing Batman.
"I'm sure there are others; I just haven't been able to locate them." He replies.
Taking another look, Batman wonders why Robin didn't travel alongside them; whenever this meeting concludes he'll have to ask Dick or Tim. Volunteering to help her conduct the meeting; Batman takes a few steps forward coming up next to her.
"Should we be expecting anyone else?" One of the shield employees ask.
Natasha shakes her head, adding that this will probably be it unless someone shows up unexpectedly. Someone like Ghost Rider or Moon Knight could be helpful; those are two of many who weren't recorded of being taken. But that doesn't mean they weren't. Remaining in place with crossed arms, Ermac can't wait for the boundaries to be set, and the talking is over. They need to get out there and put some hustle to all of the talk and get after Pythena. Scorpion feels similar to him, wanting to get this over with so that he can return back to earth realm and focus in on Quan Chi and Shinnok!
"Kitana are you uhm…ok? You look a little bit sleepy." Liu Kang asks.
"I'm fine Liu, but thanks for your concern." She replies smiling.
"I sure hope you guys didn't start the party without us, so what's the plan?" Nightwing asks aloud.
Telling him to keep quiet is Black Widow, adding that they'd get back to that. He along with Red Robin and their group join everyone else in the middle of the room. Clearing her throat it is Black Widow who chooses to speak first, telling Batman she'll inform him when it's time for them both to speak.
To Be Continue
Justice Heroes Elite
CHP 54: Vampire Get Together
Pacing back and forth there is loads on the mind of Talia al ghul who is the one in full control of the current operation. With her father not being in town; currently in Nepal on business, she has to shoulder most of the work stacks. There are dozens of hired others who handle some of the less important work, so that she can focus on the essential functions of the League of assassins. The main focus now is to put the remaining five through a series of hazardous exercises which can prove to her that they do in fact belong. In route toward one of the windows in the far corner of the room, she stops perceiving the sound of the front door opening.
"What in the world do you think you're doing up here? Didn't my men downstairs tell you that it is off limits?" Talia yells out.
The person shuts the door behind them, telling her to keep quiet that they'd just like to have a few words with her. Taking a few steps back in the other direction she takes a seat in the nearest chair setting her feet up on the table top, asking him to speak. The fact that it is Deadpool who had entered has her unsure of what this could be about.
"You and your people have told us about this organization on a few occasions, but I'd like to know exactly what we'd be doing if we pass all of your tests and become full or backup members?"
Maintaining her position, she reminds him that he and the others will find out about that if any of them are able to survive this final stage. Taking a few steps forward he walks past her, grabbing hold of a picture that is positioned to the far left corner. Picking up the photo, he studies it for a moment before looking in her direction asking who the person in the photograph is. She retorts saying that it isn't any of his business.
"Oh…oh let me guess, he's your uncle or father! There is definitely a family resemblance that is unmistakable."
While frowning she removes her boots from the table top standing and grabbing the picture out of the hands of Deadpool placing it back where he had taken it from.
"That is my father Ra's Al Ghul; and if there is nothing else, I'd like you out of here now." Talia says.
Underneath his mask, Wade can't stop himself from smiling finding her to be even more attractive when angry, not that she wasn't already. Stepping from around the desk, he stops standing in front of her.
"I've just got one more question, and it is a bit more on the personal side. Are you currently seeing anyone? You know…kind of like a date or something? If not, I can assure you that I'm avai…"
Extending her arm, she grabs hold of his wrist marching them both to the door opening it and shoving him out at once. Murmuring somewhat, she pulls at her hair walking back over and taking a seat. She has become more than accustomed to men desiring having her, but this one is supposed to be a fighter in training to qualify for the League of Assassins.
"If he doesn't start understanding his place, I'll have to show it to him."
Closing her eyes she lays back, reflecting on the long day which consisted of a lot of casualties back on the island for the first phase. Standing outside her door Wade Wilson dusts himself off Stretching out and walking down the hall to a flight of stairs making his way to the main area where everyone else is. Looking around he spots Ted, the only other survivor from his original team. Seeing that he waits in line over in the bar area, Wade shrugs his shoulders having nothing better to do heading out in that direction.
"How's it going pal," Deadpool grabs a plate for himself, "Any idea on what they're serving?"
"I'm really not sure, but I hope it is as good as it smells. After that long day of hard work, I could really go for a scrumptious home cooked meal."
Patting him over the shoulder he agrees fully, considering they faced near death almost every minute when out on the island this would make for a small incentive. Back in the mansion of the Avengers the meeting continues, with Kung Lao asking the question of if they've figured out the location of where the enemy is hiding out. She responds with the answer of no, adding that they're trying their best to do so.
"If we don't know where they're, than how are we supposed to fight back against them? As of the moment, this is all just a waste of time until we can at least do that." Sonya says.
The grand master feels the same; if they aren't able to go after the enemy right away, what was the point in coming here. Clearing things up, Natasha lets them know their only option is to wait for the official raid from the adversary. Most everyone is ok with the idea, except for Ermac and Scorpion who'd rather not have to wait an extended period. Neither speaks up about it, keeping it to themselves not wanting to bring up an argument. Once the first of them arrive, it shouldn't be too hard to beat the information out of them.
"So what are we going to do in the meantime, just sit around or something? Cause I personally would like a small tour of this world if possible. Well maybe tomorrow, it has gotten a little bit too late; but perhaps one of you could show me around this city."
Most of them kind of just look at Sareena, wondering where that came from; having zilch to do with Shang Tsung, Kahn or Pythena. He doesn't say, but Johnny wouldn't mind a little outing of the city himself, if workable. From her left side, Natasha listens to Wolverine who whispers into her ear reporting that the fighters from this other world will need a place to stay, suggesting they could stay here in the Avengers main mansion or in one of their backup facilities.
"Good call, considering most of us were zapped out of reality there will be sufficient room here." She replies.
This information quickly becomes available to all the MK combatants. The meeting lasts for over another thirty minutes, with the overall layout of the plan being set and a lot of questions being asked and answered. Traveling up next to bats, Red Robin asks if the members of Avengers who still remain have given him a quick way of contacting them in case of an emergency.
"Yes…Widow has given me their emergency frequency; she says more info will be given once Stark is healthy enough to leave the hospital and this Fury guy shows. Until then, I'd say we're done here." Batman replies.
Heading for the exit, both Huntress and Wolverine come into the path of both Batman and Red Robin.
"Leaving so soon? Are you sure there isn't anything else you'd like to ask or discuss? We need to be as prepared as we can for this upcoming battle, and should explore all angles and options." Logan asks.
Red Robin is the one to speak for them both, saying that any further discussion should be put on hold until Stark is available; he nor Batman have ever heard of this Fury person, but they should wait for him as well. Coming up next to RR and bats is Nightwing, who rests a hand over his waist.
"Wait…how can I get in contact with either of you, if it's an emergency? I'd like a good answer; and don't tell me the bat signal." Huntress says.
Giving her a quick look, batman walks past her advising her to speak with Nightwing about that. His first ever partner shrugs his shoulders unsure on how to answer that. Giving her his cell or telephone number could lead to her figuring out his secret identity. This world is facing an upcoming crisis, but it has not yet got that serious that he needs to drop his secret identity. But then he remembers the communication systems the Justice League set up in their entire backup bases. Over five months ago he had spoke with Black Canary who said if no one was available at the base; the call would automatically travel to the bat cave and Fortress of solitude.
"Hold on just a sec; I just need get a few details from the boss." Nightwing says patting Huntress over her left shoulder.
Running up next to Batman, he asks for the main number to the League's headquarters. Giving him the bat glare, he makes it clear that he needs to get back to Gotham as soon as possible. Before turning away, he tells him to get the information from Wild Cat or Green Arrow. Gazing at the Dark Knight who walks toward the exit, Nightwing scratches at his hair wondering why he didn't do that in the first place.
"If you speak with either Green Arrow or Wild Cat, they'll hook you up with the information you seek." Nightwing tells.
Thanking him she heads in that direction. It is then that Batman stops, turning and calling for either Red Robin or Nightwing to come to his side. Without delay, both men make their way in front of him; Batman then asking why Robin did not come with them. It is important that even he is fully up to date with everyone else.
"Yeah about that," Nightwing sort of smiles, "A lot of Gotham's criminals believe you're dead…so yeah he's kind of busy if you know what I mean."
Red Robin adds that he was a bit hesitant on whether he was going to show up to this little group meeting; wanting to remain in Gotham to help out Robin with the crime who declined making an appearance at this meeting. Taking a step back, the caped crusader's eyes wonder to the ceiling deliberating Gotham's delinquents must have thought he suffered the same fate as numerous other heroes. He was only gone for one night, and hasn't patrolled in two. That is hardly any time to declare him dead, the news must have something to do with this; anyway it is about time he gives them the harsh reality that he isn't going anywhere.
"Do you think it will be necessary to get the U.S. army and other global power houses involved?" Wolverine asks walking up next to the three.
"I don't think any of us really know yet, but I'm going to go off on a limb and say yes. This is everyone's world, and we'll all have to fight together to protect it." Red Robin says.
The three of them agree with what he says. Who knows how many of them will appear globally on the initial authorized strike. Revolving in the other direction, Nightwing tells Red Robin and Batman that he's going to hang around here for a little while longer and introduce himself to the fighters from this other world. With on the side of his gauntlet Batman punches in a code, activating the bat plane to travel to his position.
"Good talking Wolverine, I'm sure we'll be seeing one another very soon." The Dark Knight says heading for the exit.
To no surprise he is followed by a few of the guards, not really paying them much attention. It isn't known how the criminals of Gotham will respond once they grasp he's still alive. Too him it doesn't matter; he's been through times when things have been chaotic, and others when it wasn't so much. Making his way out of the main group, Scorpion approaches Black Widow stopping in front of her.
"Does this place of yours by any chance have any type of training room? I'd rather not waste my time just sitting around doing nothing, for whoever knows how long." Scorpion asks.
"Yes we do, but I would rest up if I were you; it is late, but I promise to show you and the rest of your friends around tomorrow."
Before anything further he makes it clear that he isn't friends with any of them, informing her they all have a common enemy. He also adds sleep isn't needed for a spectre; a dead man doesn't need to sleep. Natasha quickly puts a hand up to her mouth, trying to hide from him her laughter. It's not that what he's saying isn't true, it's just the thought of it is so insane. But she's seen some pretty weird things in her time working with the Avengers.
"I see…once everyone is settled in, I promise to show you everything, sound good?" She asks.
Seeing that he's a guest, Scorpion holds his cool keeping himself from complaining, telling her that'll be perfectly fine. Just as Batman, Red Robin follows close behind being escorted out of the building. Once outside the two heroes stand in place not saying a word, being stared down by a group of shield members.
Having waited for over an hour the other acquaintances of Derak and Rosea finally arrive; Nitara being the one to greet them all at the front entrance, leading the group to the main area where they can sit down and converse on what they've all been able to do up to this point in helping with their main goal, concerning the Vampire princess.
"Good evening everyone, I'm glad you could all make it. But I would like to know why you're all so DAMN LATE!" Derak yells out, slamming his fist over a table top.
Immediately coming up next to him, Rosea tries to calm her brother down telling him they need to stay alert on the duty at hand. In total there are four of them; their names being Jesse Lorweall, Hellen Kitsune, Keiji Spikes and Mana Vey. Just as Nitara, Rosea and Derak, they're all vampires. Jesse Lorweall stands at 5'10" having short brown hair resting around the mid section of her neck wearing a sleeveless dark purple latex suit with red boots having black eyes and light brown skin. Hellen Kitsune is also a woman, standing at 5'9" having long blond hair, passing her shoulders by six inches and light brown eyes. She wears a dark blue sleeveless dress and green metal bracelets. Keiji Spikes stands at 6'1" having a somewhat muscular figure, golden tan eyes spiky brown hair and wears a tuxedo with a red rose hanging out of the vests pocket. Mana Vey is the youngest of them, being just 19 when she was turned and hasn't aged since. That was over two hundred thirty years ago! She stands at 5'7" having long pink hair which passes her shoulders by five inches having bright blue eyes, wearing a blue and white skirt and top to match it with a blue bow in her hair.
"I totally dig the whole school girl look; you scored low on your last test…but if you follow me up to my bedroom, we might be able to fix that." Derak says jokingly.
Not liking his sense of humor, Rosea walks over slapping her brother across the face telling him to grow up. Him acting this way is making her look bad in front of her friends; but it always seems that he acts like an idiot whenever friends of hers are around, which annoys her to no end.
"What have any of you been able to do since we last spoke?" Rosea asks.
In his right hand Keiji holds a book, stepping forward and handing it over to Nitara and Rosea. Recognizing they have no idea of what it is, he explains that he had to travel through Egypt to locate this rare piece of writing which contains various spells and the set of directions to successfully bring back the princess at full strength without her having to feed to do so.
"Good job Keiji, for a moment I thought you'd be useless to us." Nitara says.
The attention revolves around the other three who're asked what they've been able to get done concerning this matter. Mana lets it be known that she has nothing, just as Jesse; but Hellen retrieved the map which will lead them to the fortress where the princess's remains are being held.
"I can assure you that her remains will be guarded well. They're located in the realm of Hiloyat, the knights and samurais guarding them are very power in the aspect of magic. Other past high profile remains are being held there as well." Hellen says.
Just as Keiji she hands the map over to Nitara and Rosea who are the two organizers of this complete operation. This is a good start for them so far; as long as they build on what they've done thus far they might be able to have this done in the next month or so. Nitara doesn't like putting a time table on things, wanting this to just play out on its own.
"If and when we're able to get this done, are there any problems we could face through the process of building our empire. I've heard rumors of a thunder god by the name of Raiden, he kind of scares me."
Nitara laughs at her words grabbing hold of Rosea who giggles.
"Hahaha are you serious…Raiden? He'll be a 2nd rate fighter to Dieya if she's at full power. We won't have to worry about anything once she's revived." Nitara says after collecting herself.
The group continues on with the meeting discussing what moves will need to be made next, and how they really need to try their best to keep a low profile. If they were to be figured out before the revival is complete, they could be in serious trouble. Earth realm and Outworlds defenses are what they have to worry about most.
Having arrived back in the City of Gotham over an hour ago, Batman looks down on the city finding the downpour to be consoling. So far there hasn't been any sign of any real activity, but that is most likely due to the weather. Perceiving the sound of a thump from his backside, Batman swiftly twists around facing a familiar face.
"Robin…how'd you know where to find me?"
"When checking my radar, your signal re appeared which let me know you were back. We did a good job of keeping things under control, but it is you they fear. Welcome back father."
While it continues to rain, Robin joins the side of the Dark Knight; both looking down at a few individuals pass by who ride motorcycles who laugh having it eco through the alleyways. Batman asks Robin if there has been any news on Mad Hatter, Toy Man and Penguin. The boy wonder shakes his head saying there have been no sightings of the group as of his last encounter with them. The three of them must be trying to keep a low profile after what they did killing off a lot of civilians with their poisonous gas scheme. There's no doubt they'll show back up soon, the question is where and when. Something else which he needs to find the answer to is why the particular three are teaming.
"So how'd it go with finding those fighters?" Robin asks.
Damian doesn't know much about this other world or what went on over a year ago. At the time Tim was Robin; but a lot has changed since then. If he's going to ask any questions, Robin will hold them off till later; during patrol isn't the best time.
"I'd say it went better than previously planned, more of them agreed to travel over to our world than what I was envisioning."
Precisely a second later, the clatter of gunshots are heard by them both. Moving from where they stand; the dynamic duo dives off the building directing their travels in the vicinity of where the sound came from, gliding down in front of a building smashing through a window.
"What in the name! It's Batman!"
Both the Dark Knight and Robin distinguish a person laid out in the middle of the room, with half his face blown off and blood discharging rapidly all over the carpet. Getting the order from the one in charge, the groups of men begin firing off at Gotham's finest. Flipping off to the side, Batman throws out a few batarangs disarming a grip of them Robin does the same with his projectiles. Dashing forward at full speed, Robin performs a spinning jump/split kick knocking over two of them. Dodging a fist, Batman takes down the person throwing him over his shoulder and into a table splitting it in half.
"I'm only going to ask once, and I want the truth! What is this all ABOUT, and why is there a dead man in the center of this room?"
Above even the police, Batman is the most hated single individual to Gothams criminals; none of them having anything to say to the caped crusader. Surrounding him throwing out kicks and punches; he counters taking down five of them; Robin jumping in and finishing off the remainder of them. All but two of them have been KO'd; one of them standing off to the side with two guns in his hands aimed at the dynamic duo.
"I've only been in Gotham for two days, and already I get the luxury of meeting Batman and Robin. I must say the two of you are impressive; you remind me of a fellow named Moon Knight. Sorry to be the one who has to put the two of you down."
Without any warning at all the person opens fire on the two masked men, having no luck astonished at how easily they're able to jump around with so much agility dodging his bullets. The two of them must have some sort of superhuman agility…how else would they be able to move around like this with so much ease.
"Who are you?" Robin asks coming to a stop, seeing that the shooter has run out of bullets.
From his left side, Robin blocks the punch of the other guy who he had not forgot about tossing him onto the ground and knocking him out with a knife hand to the neck.
"Remember the name Bushman! The two of you will be seeing a lot more of me; I'll be in town for a little while longer. But if I were the two of you, I'd get out of here as soon as possible."
Neither of the two are sure what he means by this, but listening in closely both are able to hear a lot of someone approaching their position from down the hall. If either of them had to guess it would have to at least be twenty approaching their position, and to top it off a few of the others who had been knocked out begin to awaken.
"You haven't seen the last of us either." Batman says.
Opting to retreat Robin follows the Dark Knight not questioning his decision. Smashing through a glass window; both use their grapple guns to pull themselves up to the building tops through the rain. In moments the other groups of men enter into the room, asking what the hell happened.
"We had a little run in with Batman, but he doesn't know anything." Bushman informs.
Little do they know, bats placed a tracking device on two of them, which also gives him the audible feature which allows him to hear what they're saying from really far distances? It's no secret that he and Robin are going to have a lot of work to do concerning this city; in big part due to the events involving the other heroes being evaporated.
The MK fighters have all been assigned to a room, with most of them turning in for the night except for Scorpion and Subzero who follow behind Black Widow who guides them to the Training room with two members of shield on both side of her. Once in the room, she looks back at them both and can tell they're both impressed.
"If either of you need anything, just ask one of them. I'm turning in for the night." Natasha says.
"Is it really necessary for them to babysit?" Scorpion asks.
Subzero steps in front of the ninja spectre shaking his head; this isn't their home, so they'll have to play by the rules without any complaints. Asking if they have any more questions, both reply with no; which is when Black Widow exits out of the room. She may have told them she was calling it a night, but that is far from the truth. She signals for five of the shield members to follow her up to the observatory room, where they can watch the training session of Scorpion and Subzero.
"I want to get a taste of what these two might bring to the table." She says.
From the observatory room they'll be able to watch and even record through a window which they can look down on the session through; but the ninja and Grand Master won't be able to see them from their side of the glass.
"I've got my money on the blue one to be the most impressive; something tells me he might have some notable abilities." One of the men standing by the control panel says.
All of them watch patiently monitoring the two who seem to be warming up with stretching. Natasha crosses her fingers, hoping they'll get lucky and the two of them will spar against each other.
To Be Continue