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Young Justice

Mission 7/ Hard Learned Lesson

Marvin skated around the other students, whistling the tune from his head phones. He spotted Conner and M'gann walking up to the school. He changed directions and headed straight for them. "Hey! Konner, Megan!" He stopped and stomped on his board, flipping it up. He caught it. He noticed Conner carrying something; not something, someone. Cat rested on his back, piggy-back style. Her face was in the back of Conner's neck while her arms hung around it. "Who's that?"

"A friend of ours. She's starting here today." Conner shifted his shoulders as he slowly put her down. She rubbed her eyes in a daze. M'gann handed her a to-go cup of coffee.

"Sweet. I'm Marvin." He held out his hand to shake.

"Catherine Lord." She bowed her head and then yawned.

"You're not much of a morning person I take it." He chuckled.

"She usually isn't up before noon." M'gann laughed. At that moment Mal Duncan brushed past seemingly in a bad mood, bumping his shoulder with Conner's and knocking the coffee cup out of Cat's hand.

"Hey!" Cat looked at her coffee which was now a puddle on the ground. He didn't stop or look back until- the coffee cup pegged him in the back of the head. "I was talking to you." Cat wore an annoyed expression that seemed to surprise Mal. "You see that?" She pointed to the puddle. "You knocked my coffee out of my hand and didn't even apologize." Everyone grew quiet, stunned.

"Uh, Cat-" M'gann started.

"No, it was my bad. I wasn't watching where I was going. I'm sorry." He apologized.

"See?" Cat smiled. "Simple. Apology accepted."

Mal laughed. "You're one strange girl."

"So you're the one Megan was talking about." The cheerleaders swarmed in an instant.

"Y-yes! I'm Catherine Lord." She stuttered nervously. She noticed Mal give Conner a dirty look and Conner glared back. "Stop that!" She covered his eyes.

"Cat?!" He moved her hands.

"Don't pick fights with people." She turned to Mal who had a devilish smirk on his face. "And you! Just because you're in a bad mood doesn't mean you should pick fights either." His smirk vanished.

"Well, I didn't expect such a lively new student." Mr. Car approached them. "Miss Catherine Lord, I presume."

"Yes." She bowed her head nervously. "Nice to meet you."

He placed his hands on her shoulders and made her stand up straight. He grabbed her hand. "It's nice that your formal and respectful but I'm not a king. You don't have to bow your head to everyone. A simple handshake will do."

She smiled and shook his hand. "Okay."

"Now I'm we can find someone nice enough to volunteer to show you where your classes are."

"We wouldn't mind." Wendy offered.

"Sounds easy enough. What do you have?" Marvin asked.

"Um…" She pulled the paper out of her pocket and unfolded it. They peeked over her shoulder.

"You have history and physics with us." Conner said as he glanced at her schedule.

"And you have Girls Athletics with us." M'gann smiled.

"Whoa, you're taking dance?" Wendy asked.

"Yeah, why?"

"The dance class is filled with some of the most high class, stuck up girls in the school. Believe me, girl. They can be vicious to new people." Karen said.

"Vicious?" She frowned.

"Don't fill her head with stupid information." Conner interrupted. "She'll be fine." He started walking towards the school building.

"Conner, wait up!" Cat followed him.

"She's following him like a puppy dog." Karen said as she raised an eyebrow.

She paused and looked back. "Megan, you coming?"

"She's sticking with the people she knows." M'gann ran to catch up.

"If you say so." Wendy sighed and followed.

"Teenagers." Mr. Car shook his head and followed them into the school.

-YJ-

Cat walked across the balance beam and then quickly back-flipped onto the ground. All of the girls, except for three, cheered for her. They gave her very observant and piercing glares. Cat blew it off. "Good job, Lord." The coach praised her. "Lang, get up there." One of the girls stopped glaring and walked towards the balance beam. She couldn't resist giving Cat a devious smile as she passed.

"Who's she?" Cat asked Wendy and M'gann.

"Maria Lang. She'll be in your dance class."

"She's one of the top dancers in the school."

"And-" Maria did a double back flip off of the beam. "She's also one of the best acrobats."

"She's pretty good." Cat clapped, surprising Maria. "What? Did I do something wrong?" She looked around.

"No…you must be the new student that everyone's talking about." Maria smiled. "Catherine, was it?"

"Uh-yes! Nice to-" She was about to bow her head but she stopped herself. "Oops! Mr. Car told me I don't need formalities."

"I don't mind. I think its adorable." Maria complimented. "I'll see you later, Catherine." Maria walked back to her friends who were giggling for some reason.

"That was… weird." Wendy said.

"I don't know. Maybe they like me." Cat said nervously.

"Hun, they don't like anyone who could take the spotlight away from them." Karen shook her head.

"Maybe…" Cat noticed the boys athletics class. They were playing soccer, Conner was the goalie. Suddenly the soccer ball went flying as someone kicked it.

"Watch out!" Someone shouted as it flew their direction. As it came soaring at her, Cat flipped and kicked it back towards them. She landed on her feet and turned to see Conner catch it. She smiled and waved, he did the same.

The guys stared at her as they gathered around Conner.

"Nice girlfriend you got there, Kent." A guy whom he recognized as Marshall said.

"Catherine's not my girlfriend."

"Oh, so you won't mind if I talk to her then?" He laughed and walked away.

-YJ-

"So who can tell me who JFK is?" Mr. Car looked around. Many hands were up except-"Catherine?"

"Uh- President John F. Kennedy."

"Can you tell me what president he was?"

"Uh- um." She frowned as she tried to think. "The 35th president. He was in office during World War II."

"Correct." He smiled and turned back to the board. "Now…"

'You didn't have to give me the answer.' Cat thought.

'He put you on the spot.' M'gann replied.

'I know but I really didn't know the answer.'

Later, after the bell rings-

"Catherine, can you stay after?" Mr. Car stopped her.

"O-okay." She walked up to his desk as the rest of the students crowded out of the room.

"I noticed you were having some problems."

"Y-yes. To be honest, I didn't know the second answer to the JFK question. Megan told me."

"Did she? Thank you for being honest."

"I have problems remembering things if they aren't numbers and symbols."

"I could tell. Mr. Kelly spoke so highly of you. He said you were one of the brightest students he's ever had in his physics class."

"He did?" She seemed surprised.

"Yes, he did. Maybe what you need is a tutor. Why don't you ask a friend to help you? And you can come in in the morning if you need any extra help."

"O-okay. Thank you."

"Anytime, don't be afraid to ask for help." he gave her a few words of advice as she walked out of the classroom.

Conner was waiting in the hallway. "You didn't have to wait for me."

"It's fine. I can tutor you if you want me to."

"Really? Thank you. That'd be nice." She smiled.

"Hey, Catherine." A girl walked up.

"Uh-yes?"

"Maria wants to see you in the cafeteria."

"R-really?"

"It's about your dance class initiation."

"Okay." She shrugged and they followed her into the cafeteria.

"Yo, Conner!" Marvin walked up to him. Cat ran up to Maria who was waving at her.

"Hey, do you know what that's about?" Conner pointed to the crowd of girls around Maria Lang.

"Uh oh." Marvin frowned.

"Why 'uh oh'?" Conner asked. Suddenly the crowd jumped back as a bucket hanging from the ceiling dumped red Jell-o all over Cat.

"That's why 'uh oh.'" The cord of the bucket snapped and it landed on top of Cat. "Okay, that wasn't supposed to happen." The cafeteria erupted with laughter. "Something the dancers do to embarrass their new members but they've never dropped the bucket on someone before."

Cat lifted the bucket off her head and threw it. The sound reverberated as it hit the wall, silencing everyone. Her face was expressionless as she walked out of the cafeteria.

"Whoa."

"What's her deal?"

Whispers spread through the crowd. M'gann frowned and looked at Conner who was furious. 'Conner, don't!'

'They humiliated her in front of everyone!'

'I know… but she doesn't want us to do anything.' She shook her head.

-YJ-

"She's right there, Mr. Smith." The secretary pointed to Cat who was sitting on the bench outside the office. She had her knees pull close to her chest, her clothes were stained red for the Jell-o. She was still expressionless.

"Thank you." He told the secretary as she walked back to her desk. He walked up to her, staying silent for a moment. "I brought the extra clothes you asked for." He looked her up and down. "What happened?"

She frowned and tears started streaming down her cheeks. "Humans are terrible creatures." He patted her on the head.

-YJ-

There was a knock on the door of the dance studio. Ms. Hart opened it. Cat was standing outside of the classroom with the secretary. After a few words at the door, Ms. Hart led Cat inside. She was slurping a milkshake.

"Class, this is Catherine Lord."

"It's okay, Ms. Hart. We've already met." Cat smiled at Maria and her group off girls. "Oh yeah." She snapped her fingers. She opened her cup and splashed the milkshake all over them. "My thank you for the initiation and the time it wasted for my uncle to leave work and bring me new clothes."

"Ugh! You-" Maria whined.

"You girls did that Jell-o thing again, didn't you?" She glared and they realized it, they were in trouble. She turned to Catherine. "I apologize. This is not how my class should act."

"It's okay, I repaid them in full." she smiled.

-YJ-

'Recognize, Black Cat. B.1.3. Recognize, Miss Martian. B.0.8. Recognize, Superboy. B.0.7.' They walked through the front entrance of the cave as it called out their I.D.'s. They met with Kaldur in the training room with Black Canary. Kaldur's attention deterred for a second and Canary knocked him to the ground.

"You should've stayed focused." She helped him up.

"We're home!" Cat announced.

"How was your first day?" Kaldur asked.

"Eh." Cat shrugged. "Black Canary, what are you doing here?"

"I heard you had some problems on your first day." Canary said with a curious glance.

"Red Tornado told you?" she frowned.

"All he mentioned was that your clothes were stained red." Kaldur replied. "What happened?"

"A dumb prank. The girls in my dance class dumped Jell-o in me as part of their initiation."

"Jell-o? Really?" Wally zoomed into the conversation.

"Yeah but I got them back." She smiled.

"I heard you dumped a milkshake all over them." Conner said.

"Yup."

"Wow." Dick and Artemis walked up. "You must be pretty whelmed right now."

"I didn't think you had it in you." Artemis chuckled.

"I didn't either but there you go. Honestly, I wanted to run and hide but then I realized that wouldn't change anything."

"So you dumped a milkshake on them?" Artemis smirked.

"Yup and then I embarrassed them with my awesome dance moves. Ms. Hart was so impressed."

"That's great." Wally chuckled. "Maybe you can give us a demonstration some time."

"So school wasn't as bad as you thought it would be." Conner smirked.

"Yeah…" she frowned and pushed him playfully. "Wipe that look off your face!"

"Haha, what look?"

"That one!" She twitched and her attention went to the zeta tube.

'Recognize, Batman. 0.1. Recognize, Red Tornado. 1.6. Recognize, Wisteria. 2.1.' 

"Hey, we have a mission?" Wally smiled.

"Yes, you do." Wisteria smiled. Elegance and sophistication came off her in vibes yet her eyes shone with danger like wildfire.

"You seem to be showing up a lot lately." Dick said.

"You're an interesting bunch of young heroes. I guess you can say I'm observing."

"This mission comes directly from the Green Lantern Corp. so I want the best from all of you." Batman's eyes seemed to narrow as he spoke.

"Whoa, sounds pretty epic." Wally smiled.

"So what's the mission?" Artemis asked.

"A prisoner broke out of the Lantern Corps. Maximum security prison. For unknown reasons, he's chosen Earth as his hiding place." A picture of a muscular, grayish-purple alien man with rigid claws and four eyes appeared on screen. "They call him-"

"Maliphor the beast." Cat finished his sentence. M'gann could feel a sharp sense of fear stabbing at Cat.

"You know him?" Conner raised an eyebrow.

"I'm part of the reason he was in prison." She frowned.

"Whoa, really?" Dick was astonished by it.

"Yeah, he was the first bad guy I ever took down."

"There was a picture of you and the League after your first take down in your journal but there wasn't anything written about it." Conner pointed out.

"I didn't get the journal until after that." She shook her head.

"Wait, no way Bats and the League would let you fight a baddie like that on your own. Especially back then." Wally said.

"She didn't." Red Tornado cut in.

"There's a reason I didn't write anything about it in my journal."
"How come?" Dick asked.
Her hand went to her neck and touched the collar. "Because it was something I didn't want to remember."

"Let's focus on the task at hand." Batman switched the topic back "You'll be assisting a Green Lantern in his investigation and if possible, catch Maliphor before acts."

"Let me guess, the Lantern Corps. don't want anyone to know about this." Dick guessed.

"Correct." Wisteria smiled.

"A Green Lantern?" Kaldur inquired.

"Hal or John?" Wally asked next.

"Neither." Wisteria shook her head. "You'll be working with a more distant member of the League."

"Guy Gardner." Batman finished her train of thought.

"Guy?!" Cat's face lit up.

"Oh yeah. I've heard of him." Dick said. "You know him, Cat?"

"Know him? I worked with him… I guess you could say he was my mentor."

-YJ-

"Approaching Venice, Italy." M'gann flew the bio-ship through the sky in camouflage mode.

"Why Venice, I wonder." Dick asked.

"Why not Venice?" Cat shrugged. "Guy loves Venice."

"So he picks it as a meeting spot?" Artemis frowned.

"I'm sure he has his reasons."

"You never did explain how you were partners."  M'gann inquired.

"Well, I'm not sure it counts as partners exactly. I don't remember all of it but Guy and Superman were the ones that found me. They found me near a collapsing black hole. I was comatose for three months afterwards.  After a while, Guy started taking me with him on his missions."

The bio-ship landed in a clearing. Everyone looked around as they exited the ship. There was no one really in the area but voices and cheering could be heard from the festival a short distance away. 'Okay. Where is he?' Artemis looked around.

'I don't know… he should be here.' Cat and Conner noticed something. There was a figure hiding in the shadows, obviously watching them. In a split second Artemis spun around and shot the tree next to the figure with an arrow. It exploded, flooding the area with smoke. With a blink, Conner could see through the smoke.

"Its human." Conner slid his foot back, ready to battle if their mystery guest made any moves.

"Wait!" Cat stopped them. They could hear coughing as a ginger haired man stepped out of the smoke.

"No frickin' duh I'm human!" he coughed as he spoke. He was wearing green and black clothing dawned with the symbol of the Green Lantern Corp.

"He's a Green Lantern." M'gann floated to the ground.

"Really? What gave me away? My clothes, my ring or the glowing?" His tone carried his sarcasm.

"Guy!" A smile illuminated Cat's face.

"Well if it isn't my little stray." he smirked. She hugged him. "Whoa whoa whoa. We're on the job, remember? Hugs come later."

"Right, professionalism." Cat stood up straight, soldier like.

"Atta girl." he turned to the rest of the team. "So you're the extras Batman sent when I only asked for the Black Cat."

"They're my team. Where I go, they go." Cat got a determined look on her face.

Guy paused for a moment, staring at her. Cat seemed to waver and he smiled. He flicked her forehead. "Don't sass me."

She covered her forehead. "I'm not."

"Now," Guy turned to the team, seemingly more serious in his demeanor. "Truthfully, I could catch Maliphor on my own but it's much faster to have Cat track him."

"I can track him through the energy waves be puts off." Cat explained. "His waves make a distortion in the Earth's energy field. It's not strong enough to noticeably or physically distort anything."

"And with that said, when we find him I want Superboy to stay a good distance behind." Guy added.

"Why?!"

"Because." Cat drew everyone's attention. Her violet irises seemed to glow. "The energy we're tracking is from Kryptonite."

"Kryptonite?" Kaldur couldn't believe it.

"Since the forming of the Justice League and it's rising fame throughout the universe, the Lantern Corps. thought it'd be a good idea to put a ban on Kryptonite. Unfortunately, it's worth a lot on the black market now so everyone's trying to get a hold of some. Maliphor is a major dealer. He was around the stuff so much it comes off of him like radiation." Guy shook his head. "When me and Cat took him down, we only found four out of five of his stashes."

"You think the last one is here." Artemis realized.

""It would explain why he's hiding here on Earth of all places." Wally added.

"Hello, M'gann! But- why are we in Venice?"

"Because, who doesn't like Venice? I've been seen here all the time. It's one of my favorite places in the universe." he smirked, hinting at something.

"You're trying to lure him out." Dick realized.

"Ding ding! The Boy Wonder is correct! Maliphor is the kind of man who likes revenge."

"You were trying to lure him out." Kaldur said. "Yeah but I got tired of waiting. Then it dawned on me to ask Bats to send Cat my way and I'd find him much faster. So let's get this over with. It's a school night, ain't it?"

"Okay." She backed away from them. "Give me some space." She closed her eyes, almost like she was entering a meditative state. The air around them became eerie and strange. Her eyes snapped open suddenly. "There's a large amount of Kryptonite creating a distortion near Rome."

"So close by."

"Don't just stand there, let's move!" Guy barked as they rushed into the bio-ship.

-YJ-

The bio-ship hovered above the ground. Seat belts were off and they were moving. Cat didn't wait for the door to open, she teleported out. Everyone but Conner and M'gann took a line.

'Superboy should stay in the ship.' she thought before he could jump out.

'What? Why?'

She swallowed nervously. 'Because of the Kryptonite. You'll be useless.'

'Cat's right, kid. Stay put. I'm not your leader or anything but I am a Green Lantern. It's my job to look out for you. This isn't the usual kryptonite that's watered down by other variables. It's in its purest state, directly from the source. Regular kryptonite can weaken you but pure kryptonite will kill you.'

'He's right. Stay here as back up.' Kaldur ordered. 'Everyone in stealth mode.' Within a moment, their clothes transitioned to black and Guy's glow died down. They begain moving, leaving Konner in the camouflaged bio-ship. They followed Cat as she hid behind a pile of rubble.

'The kryptonite is in there.' She pointed to a broken down temple. It was closed off in the typical 'Do Not Enter' fashion.

'He's hiding kryptonite in a historical site closed off to the public?' Dick thought.

'Not a bad idea.' Wally added.

'He took the risk that humans might discover it?' M'gann asked.

'That's not his style.' Cat stated to their surprise. 'Why would he risk it in an active planet where it could possibly be discovered? He may be big but he's not stupid. It was either guarded by someone who owes him a favor or he just recently moved it here. Likely the second option.'

'Good thinkin,' Cat. You've gotten better.' She blushed modestly as Guy passed her the compliment. 'Maliphor doesn't trust any one, especially when it comes to his merchandise. He probably had it stashed somewhere else.'

'Then why move it to Earth? He's more likely to get caught here with the Justice League.' M'gann asked.

'He'd only move it for one reason.' Guy stated.

'A buy is going down.' Dick realized.

'Yeah but who do you think the buyer is? Sportsmaster?' Wally suggested.

'Why do you say Sportsmaster?' Guy asked, unknowingly.

'He works for the Light.'
'Who's that?'
'Think major baddies like Vandal Savage, Luthor, Queen Bee and Klarion. They've been at the center of some major deals lately. Buying supped up Cobra venom, attemping to assassinate the Rhelasian leaders, things like that.'
Wally explained.

'Suped up? How?'

'Mixing it with Cadmus's Blockbuster formula.'

'None of them have the brains for that kind of thing.' he thought.

'…but we know someone who does.' Cat realized something. 'Who was it that bragged he could use 80% of his brain? Surge.'

'Who's Surge?'

'An evil genius with an ego larger than Canada.' Artemis frowned at the thought.

'We're not even sure he has anything to do with this.' M'gann added.

'A major nerd like Surge would kill to get his hands on a resource like that.' Dick explained.

'Let's not count any one out yet.' Kaldur quieted his teams mind.

'What's that glow?' M'gann pointed it out. Once they reached the opening, they knew what it was. Tanks filled with glowing crystals. It was so bright they couldn't look directly at them. The tanks lined the walls and were stacked across the floor.

'That's a lot of kryptonite.' Wally was in disbelief.

'There's Maliphor.' Cat pointed him out. He was standing next to a tall, ominous cloaked figure, obviously Creeper, and a shorter cloaked figure.

"Here it is." Maliphor's voice was raspy and deep. He handed the shorter cloaked person a box. "The sample. I have enough kryptonite here to kill an army of Kryptonians. Not even the great Superman can survive this in its pure, untainted form." The short man lifted a small tube of bright whitish-green kryptonite out of the box. Seemingly satisfied, he replaced it back it the box.

"Excellent. But you neglected to mention that we'd be entertaining an audience." he pointed them out. M'gann knew the voice, Psimon.

'Go!' Kaldur ordered and the team sprung into action. Cat vanished from sight and Dick threw several explosive discs. They struck Maliphor and- KABOOM!

"Creeper, Ember." Psimon ordered.

"Whoa!" Wally slid under a blast of fire. "Her too?"

"Oh~ did you miss me, speedster?"

"About as much as he misses school." Artemis pelted Ember in the back with an arrow, it exploded into foam.

Creeper dispersed in to the shadows and rose up behind M'gann. He was pushed back by a telekinetic field only to get electrocuted by Kaldur. He spun around and knocked Artemis back. Cat appeared behind Psimon, swinging his foot down on his head. It clashed with a force field and he threw her back. Maliphor beat on Guy's glowing shield. He forced back and knocked him into a pillar. He rose to his feet.

"Come on. You can do better than this." Guy taunted him.

"You're right, I can."

"But he doesn't have to." Psimon smiled. "Psimon says-"

"No!" M'gann dropped her guard momentarily to shield her mind only to get slammed by one of Creeper's tentacles.

"Sorry buddy, but I could do without the headache today." Wally slid into him, knocking him over. Artemis shot Creeper with two arrows which exploded into a high frequency flash. He shrieked and turned to run. He was nailed with a flying kick to the face from Dick.

"Too bright for ya?" Dick chuckled.

"Don't worry, boy wonder. If you're afraid of the dark, I'll lighten things up for you." Ember was back on her feet and burning like wildfire.

"I thought you doused this flame, Artemis." Dick flipped to the side, dodging a fire ball. The flames chased him as he ran.

"She must be one of those trick candles." Wally joked as he blitzed away from a fireball.

'Careful, Ember. Don't damage the merchandise.' Psimon warned her. He faced M'gann who was struggling to contain the newly risen Creeper. He was deflecting Kaldur's swordplay while violently lashing out at M'gann. 'Creeper has the advantage at night but-' he spotted Cat and Guy taking on Maliphor. '-this fight is not a winning one. Psimon says- Sleep.' At that point the whole team dropped. Maliphor grabbed Cat out of midair and flung her to the ground.

"Took you long enough." Maliphor growled.

"My apologies. The Martian was shielding their minds from me." he bowed his head slightly.

"No matter." Maliphor kneeled next to Cat. He grabbed her braids and lifted her head to look at her face. "I hadn't planned on taking my revenge until after I'd conducted my business but the Green Lantern and the Black Cat have brought themselves to me."

"Along with their team." Ember frowned. "Wait… where's the Kryptonian? What's his name?"

"His name… is… Superboy." Cat growled.

"She's still awake? What a strange mind she has." Psimon knelt in front of her.

"This little brat? Ha! She's not even fit to be a sidekick. When the Green Lanterns were hunting me down, they had to check all over. She stumbled onto my hiding spot by accident and didn't even wait for her partner to back her up." He ripped her collar, revealing her scar. "Ain't it pretty? A little gift from me. Do you know what a cat sounds like when you skin it?" he laughed.

"I-I'm not the same-!"

"You're the same as you ever were! Just carrying some more dead weight."

"I-I'm not!" She grabbed his wrist, attempting to pull herself up. He scowled and threw her over the opening, off the cliff and into the water.

"Why'd you do that?" Ember asked.

"The little kitten can't swim." He chuckled. He turned. "What are we going to do with these?" He motioned to the team.

"It is quite a conundrum. If we kill them-" Psimon started.

"We'll have the League and the Green Lantern Corps. Breathing down our necks." Maliphor grunted. "What a pain."

Cat drifted in the ocean, holding on to what breath she had. She was sinking like the Titanic, no way to stop it.

To Be Continued…

Mission 7/ END

YJ:Mission 7/ Hard Learned Lesson
Reposting some of the edited versions. XD Once I'm done with them all I'll go thru and post the links to the previous and future chapters before continuing on.
This one is the first of a two parter with the lovable Guy Gardner. XD

Let me know any questions, comments or requests.
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-Poseidon Cruise-liner, Atlantic Ocean-
There was laughter in the air as families celebrated and enjoyed the many attractions of the cruise ship. March walked along the railing of the ship, looking out at the ocean as he spoke on the phone. "-and God, I wish you could see this view, Aly."
["I see the ocean everyday, March."]
"It's not the same. Swimming around in it under the surface, you don't really get to see how beautiful it really is."
["I guess it must be a bit different on the cruise ship."]
"Ha, maybe you should have come with me."
["I would have considered it but you're there on business."]
"Pfft. I literally sit around half the day and don't even give me that fake excuse."
["I know, March. I've just been so busy lately in Atlantis. I didn't even have time to go to the Hiatus lift meeting at SGPA."]
He leaned on the ship's railing. "I guess finding out you're Aquawoman's sister has taken up all of your free time."
["Queen Mera. She hates being called Aquawoman."]
"But she's married to Aquaman."
["I know, it's silly. And thanks, by the way."]
"For what?"
["Ya know, still talking to me."]
"Okay, first off. Don't thank me. I don't care what Ocean Master did, you didn't have anything to do with that. I'm not gonna develop some prejudice against all Atlantians because one of them didn't have their head screwed on straight and others were dumb enough to listen to him because he was royalty. That's the reason why a lot of races hate most humans."
["Haha, thanks. I really did need to hear that."]
"Anything you need, Aly-cat, I'm here for you when you need to come up for air."
["So, anything interesting happen on the cruise yet?"]
"I saw a man eat three hundred hotdogs."
["Gross. That's not what I meant."]
He smiled as he heard her giggle. "I don't know. Right before the ship was getting ready to leave, I saw them loading some large crates on board totally last second. I would have assumed it was entertainment supplies."
["Except?"]
"There's some shady looking people I keep noticing on board. Plus the security is way too tight for a cruise."
["How so?"]
"If I had to make a guess." he glanced around at some suspicious looking men dressed in vacation wear. It was obvious to him from their appearance and the gun hidden from the untrained eye that they were trying to blend in. "It's almost like a military escort. They're good at blending in though, I'll give them that." he heard a scream come from the other side of the deck. "Hold on a sec, Aly." He walked around the corner, hearing a lot of banging and a strange roar. He turned to see a fish man lunge over the railing, onto the ship. He appeared to be some kind of tiger shark. He slammed one of the guards that had blown his cover and pulled out a gun into the ground. The sheer force of it made blood splatter all over. He arose from the ground and roared viciously, causing the crowd to cringe and retreat. March's eyes grew wide as he realized the roar was a signal because more fish men came flying over the railing on board the ship. One in particular, he recognized immediately- Ripchord.
"This ship now belongs to Marianas Marauders!" The shark man shouted. He paused at the sound of gunfire. All the the guards who were disguised as tourists had open fired on Ripchord- with little result. He walked right up to one as the bullets bounced off of him. When the clip finally emptied, Ripchord ripped the gun from his hand and pulled him towards him by his wrist. He swung the man around and in one quick motion of his hands, snapped the man's neck. The shark man took it as a signal, he grabbed another and crushed his windpipe in his hand. "Exterminate the trouble makers! Everyone else get below deck unless you want to meet your end early."
"I'm extremely annoyed, Thrasher, by the fact that you just let those humans shoot at the boss so casually." Neptuna frowned.
"He's not complainin'. Besides, not like it had any effect on our skin." he turned to the humans who were flinching. "Now get movin', ya miserable squibs! -I said squibs not squids, Kreos. Don't get yer tentacles in a knot."
"What do they want?" Someone said.
"They're gonna eat us!" Someone else cried.
"Why do 'umans always assume we want to eat 'em?" Thrasher grumbled. "They're squishy and their muscles get stuck in me teeth."
"So you're sayin' you tried one, Thrasher?" Ripchord smiled. 
"O' course. I'm a shark. I'll take a bite outta anythin' at least once." he beamed.
Neptuna's eyes scanned the crowd and spotted March. "There!"
"Oh shit-!" He turned to run only to slam right into another fish man, dropping his phone. Thrasher stepped on it, crushing it.
"What do we do with 'im?"
"I-I was already on the phone when you climbed on board!"
"Put him with the rest of the hostages." Ripchord ordered.
"What if he called for help?" Neptuna asked.
"I have no doubt the captain has already sounded the alarm. It'd be impolite of me to climb on someone's ship and not greet her captain."
"You heard the boss, Neptuna! Take a school and round up any more stragglers!" Thrasher barked at the others. "The rest of you lot get ready. We're gonna be entertainin' some guests." he grinned, flashing his teeth.

-LATER-
Thrasher walked up to Ripchord who was looking over the edge of the ship, out at the sea. "Oi! The humans are below deck and all resistance has been wiped out."
"Good. The SGPA will be here shortly." 
"What makes you so sure it'll be them?"
"Aquaman is currently dealing with some problems of his own." Ripchord flashed him a smile but it quickly vanished. "You look like you wanna say somethin'."
"Yeah," Thrasher rubbed the back of his neck, unsure where to start. "Me an' the other mates were thinkin' about this whole thing and," he cleared his throat. "We're not sure about this 'ole Shadow Cabinet thing-"
"Then leave." he stated brashly. "If you don't like the way I lead, then don't follow."
"Now, I think you're misunderstandin'. We don't follow you because we have to, we do it 'cause we want to." he started. "We chose to follow you because we respect you and admire you. Now when some 'uman steps in and starts barkin' orders at ya, it makes us mad. We like seein' you free- smilin'. We may not be the prettiest or the smartest fish in the sea, but we's loyal. We's family." he paused to see if Ripchord was going to speak but then continued. "You've always done right by us and we don' expect ya to stop now so whatever you decide, I'm with ya, chum. Just wanted you to know."
"Th'all." Thrasher stopped as Ripchord spoke. "What do ya think about it?" he looked at Thrasher who stopped for a moment before giving a toothy grin.
"Don't need 'em. We were ravagin' the high seas long before those shady 'umans gave us an offer an' I don't like all this sneakin' about. It ain't good for a fish to swim in murky waters, ya know?"
"Fine then." Ripchord smiled. "After this job, I'll tell Morsetti to count my Marauders out. Now get back to patrollin'."
"Aye aye, Cap'n." he smiled as he walked away. 

-Central Plaza, Metropolis-
Dysta eyed the window displays curiously. "If I make my money stretch just right..."
"Dysta." she nearly jumped at the male voice and the hand on her shoulder. 
"Oh, it's only you, Wil." she sighed. "Don't scare me like that."
"Kat said you wanted to talk to me." he was right to business.
"Yup." she started walking, eyeing the store windows.
"What did you need?"
"Nothing really, I just wanted to check up on you." He grabbed her shoulder, causing her to stop and look at him before he crossed his arms and gave her a skeptical look. "Okay, I know things got weird between us before and with what happened, I wanted to know..." she said awkwardly.
"I figured if you were just looking for information, you would've had Kat ask me but this makes more sense." he sighed, seeming to relax a little more. "I'm not having those nightmares any more if that's what you mean."
"That's good." she smiled. 
"Here, let me get you some ice cream." he walked over to the man standing in front of the ice cream cart and returned two waffle cones. "Here, extra sprinkles."
"Thank you." she took it from him. "I do... actually need information. Sorry."
"It's fine. Ask away."
"Recently, Moonseed chased a forest spirit all the way from his home to the eco-facility Eden."
"Yeah, I heard about that. Figures a spirit being attacked turned your head. But the SGPA arrested Moonseed. Congrats on the end of the hiatus, by the way."
"If it was just that, it wouldn't worry me. But I just got an alert that we had to dispatch a team to a ship in the middle of the ocean being taken over by fishmen led by Ripchord."
"Marianas Marauders. Ripchord gained quite the following after Ocean Master was knocked off of his pedestal. There's something you're not saying, Dysta." 
"Solar Cat had a dream of the future, only it was as if it was a message through time telling us about devastating events that might happen."
"Teia confirm it?" She nodded. "The end of the hiatus, suddenly filling up your roster; it all makes sense now. And you're worried because now that the hiatus suddenly ended, a bunch of the villains the old SGPA faced are emerging out of the blue."
"This mission worries me in particular too. Space Girl chose the team for immediate dispatch so I didn't hear about it until they left but... in Solar Cat's dream, Ripchord kills Lightning."
"And Lightning was put on the team for this mission."
"I know it won't happen now but that just means," she looked at him. "Something happens on this mission that makes Ripchord target her."
"What do you want to know?" 
"I want... We want you to keep your ear to the ground and let Kat know if anything brings up some red flags. But I want you to be careful. I'm getting a feeling that you won't be able to stay neutral for long and if something happens, I want you to call me."
"You mean Kat."
"No," She tossed the napkin in the trashcan and started walking away. "I meant me."
"Dysta, you should know," she stopped. "There's something important on that cruise-liner."
"You shouldn't be telling me. I don't have enough in my wallet for that information." she joked.
"It's on the house." He lit a cigarette before he continued speaking. "It's all pretty hush hush so I don't know what it is but," he handed her a piece of paper. "It'll have this symbol on it."
Her eyes grew wide. "Yes, thank you. And thanks for the ice cream." 
"Anytime."

-Poseidon Cruise-liner, Atlantic Ocean-
Thrasher walked down the quiet open area of the ship, grumbling and sighing. "Now I know what what being a minion feels like." he chuckled. "Ain't no one else I'd rather be a minion for." he twitched, noticing a presence and turned on his heel. "Hey-!!!"
There was a huge flash of electricity  and an inhuman screech echoed across the ship, catching everyone's attention, including Ripchord's. He followed several of the fishmen to the source of the noise to hear many of them release cries of terror and disgust.
"What in the name of Amphitrite is that smell?!" Ripchord asked but no one spoke. "Outta my way!" he growled as he shoved them aside.
"Boss, you don't wanna go that way." Kreos stood in his way, swinging his multiple arms to block his view.
"Outta my way, ink-breath!"
"But Boss-"
"I. Said. Move." Kreos reluctantly moved and Ripchord regretted it after second after he did. He finally knew what the source of the smell was- burnt flesh. Laying in front of him was a gory, steaming mess of a body. The head was gone but any of them could recognize the body by the tiger stripes over it's shark like skin. It was Thrasher. "No...No. No, no, no, no, no!" he grimaced.
"Boss-"
"Who did this?!" he roared but everyone took a weary step back.
"Boss, we've got SGPA members on board-!" Neptuna stopped as she ran towards him once she noticed the body. "Oh no-! Th'all!" she covered her mouth in shock.
"Did you say... SGPA?"
"Uh- yes, sir!"
Ripchord stood up straight, turning on his heel. The rage coming off of him made them all shiver. "Find 'em! Crush 'em! Sink 'em!"

Skyla disappeared and reappeared behind a fishman like a flash of lightning, stunning him with a simple zap. She shut the door behind her, making sure it was locked. "Aquarius, I'm in. Starting up motors now." she said as she pushed several buttons and pulled the lever.
["I read you. Coming aboard."]
"Then I'll meet you on deck after I locate the hostages."

Alyss flipped onto the deck of the cruiseliner, followed by Lagi and Ridley. They were immediately met with a swarm of fishmen. "Of course. Wouldn't be much of a mission otherwise." She twirled the trident in her hand, sweeping in under one's feet as she dodged another nailed him in the back. 
"Be careful, your majesty." Ridley warned as she slashed a fishman with her spear. "They are more ferocious than they appear. Both Atlantis and Poseidon have had trouble with these Marauders."
"If anything were to happen to you, Queen Mera would not be happy." Lagi added as he jumped over a fishmen, grappled him from behind and slammed his head into the deck backwards.
"I know it's your job to protect me but I don't need it or want it." With a wave of her hand, a gush of water sprung over the side of the ship and blasted back the fishmen charging at her. "Besides, we have to make sure the hostages are okay and I want to meet this usurper."
"Usurper?!" A fishman shouted. "Ripchord is the rightful ruler of the ocean! Grandson of the goddess Amphitrite! You pathetic-" 
Alyss nailed him upside the head with her trident. "Loud mouth. At least we know where their delusion came from."
"Be wary!" Ridley dodged an electric charge that surged along the puddles on deck. "That eel woman is here!" Neptuna came flying at Ridley, who dodged her swings. Ridley slashed at Neptuna, cutting her leg shallowly. She dodged when she realized it hadn't effected her as Neptuna let more electricity discharge. "It seems you have same jellyfish immunity that most Atlantians do."
"No, I just won't be taken down by some pathetic Earth poison. Go back to your pond, little fish. Or better yet, don't. I would just love to fry you all for what you did to Thrasher!"
"What? Azure, look out!" Alyss's words came too late as Neptuna's electricity shot at Lagi who was easily wrestling fishmen to the ground. Suddenly, Skyla appeared in a flash in front of Lagi. She absorbed the electricity. 
"You want to play with lightning, gills, then play with me." Electricity danced around her as her eyes glowed.
"Nice timing, Lightning." Lagi breathed as caught another fishman in a choke hold. "I don't think I taste good barbecued."
"It's what I do." she smirked.
"FOUND YOU!" The menacing roar came from the shadow that was cast over her. She looked overhead to see Ripchord flying at her. 
Alyss jumped in the way, parrying his claws with her trident. "You want my friend, you go through me!" she shoved him back.
"Aquarius." he scowled. "We meet again at the worst time. My men wanted me to take ya on your own field of battle but this'll have to do." He charged at her again, narrowly dodging her trident as it scratched his cheek. He knocked it out of her hand and hit her in the gut. She returned a strike to his jaw. They seemed to go back and forth, both refusing to dodge as if it were some extreme game of chicken.
'It's like watching the video of Ocean Master and Aquaman fighting. This is something else.' Skyla dodged Neptuna, blitzing around her strikes. 'This one is no slacker either. If I'm not careful, her claws will get me if she doesn't knock me overboard first.'
Ridley dodged Kreo's arms. She swung her spear, slicing off a tentacle as it wrapped around her arm. It regrew after a few seconds. "Interesting."
"Hurry up and beat that guy, Aquarius!" Lagi rolled out of the way of a fishman's claws before turning on his heel, grabbing the one behind him and sent him flying into the other.
"I'm not exactly going easy on him!" They grappled, hand in hand. He was pushing her back, inch by inch.
"You're not as strong as you think you are." 
"Yeah but I can do something you can't." Her eyes glowed as water rushed over the edge of of the ship and blasted him back. He unleashed a sonic shriek that shattered the wave. In that moment, Alyss grabbed the trident, a storm brewing overhead. 
"What?!" Neptuna's gaze went up. "Everybody overboard now!" The fishmen didn't hesitate to run and leap over the edge. Ripchord gave an annoyed grunt as he ran for the edge. A flood of water arose in the air, even the puddles on the deck as the sky roared. A blinding flash of lightning came down on the trident, surging around it. In a single swing she sent the water and lightning flying at Ripchord. He leaped over the edge right as it grew close. The sky settled as the boat was quiet.
Alyss dropped to one knee, using the trident as leverage. "Your majesty!" Ridley rushed to her side.
"I'm fine." She pulled herself up. 
Lagi peered over the edge. "He's long gone. The water's still. Nothing has ever been able to out swim Ripchord from what our reports say."
"What about the hostages?" She looked at Skyla. 
"Well-"
"Aquarius!" March ran to her. "Thank you for the rescue." he smiled at her and she smiled back.
"Ugh. More Atlantians?"
"I've had enough of fish people!"
"Yeah, go back to the ocean!"
"Excuse you?" Skyla glared at them. 
"These humans should be thanking her majesty for even considering to save them." Ridley stated as she frowned.
"Are you people stupid? Aquarius just saved our lives!" March objected.
"Please. We probably just got caught between their territory fight."
"Hey-" 
"It's fine." Alyss said. "I don't need to be thanked. Let's go."

--------------------
Vincent sat back behind his desk, sorting through papers. "This certainly is a messy situation you've dragged me into." he sighed but then a smile spread across his face. "But with the death of his right hand, Ripchord is now firmly invested in our little alliance just because of the idea of revenge. And that I have you to thank for, my dear." he shifted in his chair. "He was always the spontaneous choice for this party but it's good that we didn't have to put him down."
"What do you mean?"
"'No' is not an option. If you hadn't killed Thrasher in a fit of jealous rage, we would've had to take your precious leader." he turned in his chair and crossed his legs. "Don't worry, Neptuna, your secret is safe with me but if you'd like it to stay that way, I expect you to do a few things for me." Neptuna was leaning against the window, looking out it thoughtfully.
She turned to him. "What did you have in mind?"
"You'll do anything?"
"If it keeps Ripchord safe," she grabbed his collar. "I'd even kill you." her eyes went up at the click of a gun barrel. Ezra had his gun inches from her face, a blank expression as always. "Down, boy. I'm not some Atlantian you can put down like a terrorist. I swam through stars to get here."
"Now, Echo."
"What if my finger accidentally slipped." It was more of a question than a statement.
"Please show our guest out." With those words, she let go of Vincent's shirt. "And Neptuna, I'll let you know if anything comes to mind."
TO BE CONTINUED...
SGPA [The Series] Issue #3/Blood in the Water
Woo Woo! Issue 3~!
This one was one I was looking forward to.
Yes.
To rip your hearts out. >:D
omg cry 

Ripchord belongs to aegis-of-justice 
Neptuna and Aquarius belongs to AquAlannis 
Azure Bull and Anteres belong to freaKANIME780 
March belongs to isi-a 
Wil and Dysta belong to our wonderful founder Meibatsu 
Lightning belongs to SevenObessed77 
Ezra and Vincent belong to MyDearBasil 

I think I got it all. Let me know if I missed anyone.

PEACE!!!!
~Ryo
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Genius.

“For just one measly dollar, you can get yourself the perfect view of the meteor shower!” Eddy’s voice bellowed to the others as they crowded around.

“A dollar? What happened to a quarter?” Johnny asked.

“Jeez, what are you, in elementary school still?” he rolled his eyes.

I wouldn’t call myself a genius.

“What’s so great about this spot?” Kevin asked skeptically.

“Double D said it’s the best place to see the evil space men attack planet Earth and claim it for their own!” Ed shouted dramatically.

“I did not say that! I said that based on the geography of our neighborhood and my calculations, this is the most suitable spot in the cul-de-sac for everyone to watch this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“Come on, Kevin. It sounds like fun.” Naz elbowed him playfully.

“Fine.” He rolled his eyes and gave in.

“Who brought the snacks?” Nat asked.

“Damn it! I knew we forgot something!” Eddy grumbled.

“Then it is good for you that Rolf has brought enough of his homemade meat surprise for everyone!”

“Um. No thanks, Rolf.”

“Look, Sarah!”

 I am quite intelligent, incredibly so.

“I see them, Jimmy!” she said excitedly. “They’re beautiful!”

“They look so cool.” Naz added.

“Plank wants to know if we should move.” Johnny shifted nervously.

“Molten death is falling from the sky!” Ed hollered.

“Jeez, where do you get these things?” Eddy grumbled.

“Should we be worried?” Nat inquired.

“The meteors should burn up in the atmosphere before they even get close to us.” Double D reassured him.

“Hey, Double Dweeb, then why does it look like they’re getting bigger?!”

 But I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a genius.

“Everybody run!”

Panic set in as the flaming rock bombarded the area. They immediately stumbled into a run as they clumsily rose to their feet.

“Not that way!” Nat pulled Sarah back as a meteor struck a tree down in front of them.

“Aaaaaah!” Ed screamed.

“Stop with the call of the banshee, Ed boy!”

“We’re all gonna die!” Johnny cried.

“Naz, stay with me!” Kevin pulled her out of the way as the next one blew up the ground near them.

“Sarah!” Jimmy cried. They had now noticed that part of the tree branches had fallen on top of them.

“Jimmy!” She ran towards him.

“Ed must protect his baby sister!”

“That’s suicide!” Eddy’s words came too late as more crashed down in front of them.

“How could this all have gone so terribly wrong?!” Double D went an even lighter shade of pale.

“Don’t just stand there-!”

“Double D, look out!”

Because in the time we live in…

There was quiet. The world had stopped shaking around them. The fires had died out in the night, somehow extinguished. Double D could feel pain all over as he awoke. There was a weight on top of him, not quite as heavy as he’d assumed being crushed by a meteorite would be. It was only when he opened his eyes that he realized it wasn’t burning space rock on top of him- it was Kevin. “Wha…?” the last thing he could remember was being shoved as he froze in the face of a green ball of fire heading right for him. He attempted to sit up, seeing that the back of Kevin’s hoodie was severely burned. “Kevin-! Kevin!”

“Quit shouting in my ear…” Kevin grumbled as he sat up. “I’ve got this crazy headache.”

“You’re hurt-!”

“Huh? I’m fine. Can’t say the same for my clothes.”

“But-! That’s impossible-!”

Getting called a genius gets you noticed.

“Look, I’m fine.” He took off the scraps of his shirt and hoodie that were left. His back was a little dirty but uninjured. “See.”

“But how…?”

“Everyone else alright? Make some noise.” He shouted as Double D eyed him curiously.

“Dude… my skin burns…” Naz groaned.

“The son of a shepherd requires no medical attention.”

“I’m okay.” Sarah called.

“Ed is A-okay!”

“Plank’s still in one piece!”

“What I wouldn’t do for a shower right now.” Nat added as he attempted to rub some of the dirt off of his shirt.

“Bite me, Kevin.” Eddy added last.

“Sarah, how’s Jimmy?”

“He’s alive but unconscious! He needs a doctor!”

“Yeah, someone call 911…ugh…” Kevin’s stance swayed.

“Kevin-!” Double D snapped out of his thoughts and attempted to provide some leverage so that Kevin didn’t fall.

“My head is seriously killing me…”

“That may not be the only thing, Kevin, you’re glowing.

“Huh?”

 By all of the wrong people.

-Seven Years Later-

Eddy walked down the hallway to the large set of glass doors. He casually set his thumb on the scanner and it only took a moment for it to beep pleasantly as the doors opened. He proceeded down the hallway, pulling a cigarette from the pack in his hand and replacing the rest back in the coat pocket of his suit. He lit it as the last set of doors opened and the sound of electricity cracking, metal creaking and the News flooded his eardrums. Double D was hard at work on some kind of android. From what Eddy could see, he was playing with its limbs for some reason, probably not working right. “Whatcha got for me?”

“The pressure function on their limbs is off. They couldn’t hold a tea cup without shattering it, let alone be precise enough to handle assembly lines. And may I remind you, Eddy, that my lab is a No Smoking area?” he hadn’t even glanced at Eddy as he rolled his chair to his desk and held a canister towards him. Eddy frowned before dropping the cigarette bud into it. It quickly sealed and the red light turned green.

“See, now that we can sell.”

“My cigarette disposal unit?”

“Yeah! Imagine how much money we’d save people when their houses don’t get burned down because they forgot to put out their cigarettes? And we’d be making friends with those insurance tightwads who hate paying for repairs.”

“You loathe insurance agents.”

“Only when they’re investigating us. You’d think the giant hole in the wall makes it obvious when you say ‘A super villain broke in to steal one of our prototypes’ but noooo.” His eyes wandered to the television.

[“-currently happening in the Megatropolis Shopping District, the Red Avenger and Cherry Bomb are taking on an army of robots-”]

“Hello~?” A voice echoed through the room as Lee came bouncing in.

“Ugh, yeah, what do want?” Eddy grumbled.

“Is that any way to greet your loving wife?” she pouted but quickly got over it. “I’m going out for a girls night so I came by for my weekly allowance.” She held her hand out expectantly. He rolled his eyes before pulling out his wallet and handing her money. “Thanks, honey bunches~!” she kissed him on the cheek before skipping out the door.

“Remind me again why you married her.” Double D raised an eyebrow curiously.

“Still trying to remember that myself actually.” He frowned. “She signed a prenupt when we got married so it’s not like she could just take my money.”

“And yet she still manages to stay married to you just to drain it out of you anyways. What does that remind me of… oh yeah, a leech.” Double D said sourly.

“I know, I know. Jeez. Every time I think I’m gonna bring it up, she changes the subject somehow.”

“Uh huh.”

[“-it seems that the majority of the robots numbers have been cut down by the super powered duo. And in related news, the Cul-De-Sac Corporation is now offering to pay for the damages inflicted upon the city by the growing meta-human, super villain menace. They now offer a kind of insurance against anything from super villains to mutated wild life and vegetation incidents that have developed since the Meteor Fall seven years ago. They’ve come a long way from upgrading household appliances and building amusement park rides-”]

“And you said you were going to get on their good side.”

“Pfft, why do you have the TV on anyways? You’re not even watching it!”

“And you’re changing the subject. I like to hear about how our friends are doing.”

“Double D-” Eddy was interrupted by an explosion that shook the entire building.

“Goodness! That felt like it came from the chem. building!”

“Ed’s carrying the chemical bins for waste disposal right now.” Eddy said as he waved his hand and a holographic screen appeared. He quickly hit a button and it linked him right into the camera. “Yo, lumpy! You better not have dropped any of that crap-”

[“There’s a giant rock snake in here, Eddy!”] Sure enough, a giant snake slithered through the building on the screen, slamming into the walls- which shook the rest of the place.

“What the-?!” he ran for the door. “Why the hell weren’t the security protocols activated?”

“It baffles me as well-”

“I’m gonna go make sure Ed doesn’t break anything important while he wrestles that thing! Get those security droids deployed ASAP!” Eddy barked as he rushed down the hall. He didn’t even bother to stop to investigate how all of the doors were open. He jumped onto the railing of the stairs and slid down it. He caught himself as he landed on the ground, everything shaking around him. He bolted down the hall but screeched to a halt as the giant stone snake flew through the walls in front of him. Ed stepped out of the opening.

“Eddy!”

“Where’d the snake go?!”

“I threw him that way! He is such a playful little scamp!”

“You moron, that’s the prototype wing!”  They followed the trail of destruction. The snake’s body could be seen curling through the smoke. “It’s about to attack again!” It struck again, ramming into Ed as hard as it could. It was surprised as its body sprung together like a slinky as Ed grabbed ahold of its mouth and stopped it a matter of seconds.

“Bad Mister Snake!” Ed slammed its mouth shut and the creature shattered, releasing a green light that vanished through the air ducts.

“Aaargh! Where did it go?” he brought up a map of the air ducts on his holo-screen.

“Waaaaah! Eddy! I did not mean to kill Mister Snake!” Ed cried, tears pouring down his cheeks.

“Damn, it’s long gone by now.” He said as he walked back to the chemical tanks. “It doesn’t look like it broke anything important.” There was a beep behind him, he turned to see several drones floating behind him. “Totally late, sockhead! Ed already smashed the thing!” there was a long pause. “Double D?” he was beginning to get a bad feeling. His gut was immediately proved right when the lenses of the drones turned red and began to shoot lasers. He quickly ran and slid back behind a crate for cover. ‘Damn. What is Double D doing?! Is it a malfunction?’ he thought. He pulled a high tech looking pistol from the inside of his coat. He attempted to peek at the machines but quickly retreated as more laser fire came at him. One circled around the other side of the crate and he didn’t even hesitate to shoot it. He looked around curiously for an idea when his eyes stopped on the glass shards scattered across the floor from the broken window. He could spy the drones’ reflections in them. He pulled his lighter out of his pocket and threw it into the air. The drones blasted it, igniting the gas. A small little puff of smoke filled the air and in that moment, Eddy turned and shot every single drone out of the air.

“Eddy is okay!”

“No thanks to you! Why weren’t you helping?!”

“Eddy said not to touch so that Ed does not break them.” He recited proudly.

“The one time you listen.” He tapped an icon on his holo-screen. “Double D, the targeting system is set to friendly fire on your stupid drones.” There was a long pause of static. “Huh? Yo, sockhead!” Still no answer. “Why do I… oh no!”

Being a target is unavoidable with my job.

Double D sat wedged between two masked men in the back seat of a car as it sped down the road at Mach speed. There were two more men in the front and they were all snapping at each other noisily. “We got the genius, the Gorgon Sisters better be ready to cough up the cash-!”

“You kidding? With as many of their resources we used up, they’re probably gonna cut our pay!”

“They better not!”

“We had a deal, we get the scientist from Cul-De-Sac and they give us ten mil.”

Oh dear. That is rather high. I didn’t realize I was worth that much.

“And a bonus if we kill that smug C.E.O.”

“You did kill him, right?”

“Puh-lease! I set his own robots on him. It’ll look like an accident.”

“You didn’t check?!”

“He’s as good as dead! Ain’t nobody that lucky!”

You don’t know Eddy. It’s… kind of his super power.

“Let’s hurry up and get to the rendezvous point before one of them supers show up.”

And that would be my queue.

“I’m terribly sorry, gentleman, but is this a CDS model car?”

“Uh yeah.” One answered.

“You shouldn’t even be talking!” another barked.

“I- I know! I was just saying it’s an incredibly smooth car ride. Is it an electric?”

“Of course!”

“What kind of people you think we are?”

“We’re mercenaries not Earth killers, yo.”

“That is quite nice to hear. My apologies in advance but this seems to be my stop.” He lunged forward before anyone could react and placed his hand on the console. Static danced around his hand as the car lurched forward, screeching and spinning to a halt. Double D was thrown back into his seat as it all happened.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa! Nobody said this guy was a metahuman!”

There were repetitive sounds of the car attempting to start as the kidnapper in the driver’s seat turned the key. Much to Double D’s annoyance, it did. “Okay, we’re back in business.”

“Try that again,” the one next to him pointed a gun at him. “And we won’t be playing nice anymore.”

“Hey, guys.” One started as the car started moving. “What’s that red dot in the sky?”

“That’s-”

“Oh god-!” he was interrupted as it came crashing down onto the hood of the car. It was a man. But not just any man- “It’s Red Avenger!”

“Run!”

Kevin. Of course with such an entrance, who else would it be?

Kevin’s hand went right through the cracked windshield of the car and grabbed the man in the driver’s seat. He yanked him right through and dangled him off of the ground.

“Alright, Einstein! Let’s go!” One of the men yanked Double D by his lab coat out of the car as the others stumbled out into a run.

“W-wait-!”

Kevin’s eyes went to the familiar voice. He was surprised to see who it was. In a glowing flash, he was right front of one of the men. He grabbed him by his collar, punched him once and then threw him into another. Two of the others attempted to shoot at him but he leaped into the air and came crashing down on top of them. “Back off, goody goody. Or the nerd gets it.” The last man standing had the gun to Double D’s head.

“N-now there’s no need for this to get any worse-!” he stammered but he was obviously quite frightened.

“Dork.” Kevin grumbled in a sigh. He took a step forward.

“I’m warning you! I’ll kill him!”

“And then I’ll kill you.”

“You hero types don’t kill!”

“Try me.” The tension in the air was only making Double D begin to panic a little more until Kevin grinned. “Psych.”

“Huh- aaagh!” he was blasted from behind. He dropped to the ground, unconscious.

“Geez, took you long enough, Cherry Bomb.”

“Dude, don’t even go there. You just suddenly took off-” she paused when she spotted him. “Double D?”

Of course with Kevin here, Naz wouldn’t have been far behind.

“Wow! It’s been a while!” she smiled as she hugged him.

Kevin spied the blush on his face. His eye’s narrowed for a moment before he turned. “Come on, let’s bounce before the police and the fans get here.”

“W-wait-!” Double D latched onto the back of Kevin’s jacket, much to his surprise. “Uh….” When Kevin turned to him, he froze. “Time for your checkup…?”

It was a pathetic excuse but he let it go for some reason.

Kevin sat on the table as Double D hit several buttons on his holo-screen. “Vitals are normal… energy signature is strange but no surprise there…” he mumbled as he switched through the x-ray screens and scan results.

“You know,” Kevin started, slightly annoyed by Double D’s lack of interest. “I’m surprised. You haven’t called me in for one of these checkups in over a year.”

“Hm…? Well, it certainly has been some time… your bone structure has strengthened and hasn’t caused any strain… good….” He continued mumbling.

“You just snagged me and Naz off the street for this-”

“Not just you and Naz, Kevin. I called everyone. You’re all overdue for a checkup.”

“You used to call us in twice a month, then they got farther apart until you stopped.”

“Once I was certain the meteors radiation had no other side effects, they were no longer a necessity. I was checking for differences over different lengths of times-”

“Don’t give me that.” Kevin grabbed his arm as he turned, catching his attention. “Come on, you won’t even look at me. You still think this is your fault, don’t you?”

“Jimmy-”

 Nobody could have known that was gonna happen!”

I should have.” He pulled his hand away and turned back to his screens. “So how are you and Naz?”

“Huh? You don’t know?” Kevin accepted Double D switching subjects without a hint of question. “Naz and I broke up.”

“When?”

“A while back.” He shrugged. “A superhero dating another superhero. She just wants something normal, ya know? I think dating a normal person would be hard because they don’t understand why we can’t put our relationship first.”

“And the constant disappearing doesn’t help either.” Double D chuckled. “You’re fine. Healthier than ever.” He smiled before stepping out of the room.

Kevin always sees right through me. I try to act brave and he points out the cracks in my armor. It’s been this way… well, since that day.

“Hey, Double D!” Sarah greeted Double D with a smile as she pushed Jimmy’s wheelchair.

“Salutations.” He smiled. “It’s been some time. How are the both of you?”

“We’re great.”

“If Sarah wasn’t always taking such good care of me-”

“I told you, Jimmy, I do it because I want to.” She smiled at him.

“We were surprised that you called us up.” Sarah added.

“Yeah, dude. You’ve been kind of a hermit lately.” Naz agreed.

“My work has made me a little reclusive as of late.”

“Take a break then. We’ll go out for drinks tonight, right Kevin?” Nat turned to him as he walked in, fully dressed.

“Huh? Yeah right.” His tone made Nat’s eyes narrow suspiciously. “Double Dweeb would be passed out in ten seconds flat.” He flashed a mischievous grin.

“I beg your pardon. I can hold my liquor as well as anyone else.” Double D seemed to get flustered at the comment.

“Drinks?! Ha ha! Count me in too, guys!” Johnny chimed in.

“Jeez, it’s turning into a circus in here.” Eddy grumbled as he walked in followed by Ed.

“Double D!” Ed cried as he swung Double D around in a hug. “I was so scared that you were gone!”

“Now now, Ed. It’ll take a little more than that to kidnap me.” He said as Ed put him down.

“Pfft, yeah. Especially when you have me save your butt.” Kevin added.

“I did not-!” Double D frowned. “You just had remarkable timing and didn’t Naz say you ran off in the middle of a fight?”

“Only because you looked like you needed saving.”

“Get a room, you two.” Eddy shook his head, annoyed.

Kevin’s attention was now turned to him as well as Double D’s, though Double D went straight to business. “Any word from Rolf?”

“Nope. Probably lost his phone. Again.”

“I assumed he wouldn’t show.”

“Since I you’re here,” Kevin spoke, glaring daggers at Eddy. “How about you explain how Double Dweeb got kidnapped right under your nose.”

“What’d you say?” the battle had begun.

“You heard me. CDS has the highest level security on the planet and yet you can’t keep your employees from being kidnapped.”

“Mister Snake came to visit!” Ed added, cutting into the conversation. “He was such a cute little snakey.”

“Mister Snake?” Naz questioned.

“Don’t look at me. I don’t speak Ed.” Nat shrugged.

“A giant snake that appeared to be made out of stone started destroying the building right before I was kidnapped. It was likely a distraction.”

“But Sarah, CDS has force fields, doesn’t it?”

“You’re right, Jimmy. How did that snake get in in the first place? Someone had to have shut down the security network.”

“Why not just check the camera feeds?” Naz asked.

“I would if whoever did it hadn’t deleted them!”

“Then how-” Eddy clenched his teeth, obviously to refrain from speaking anymore. Kevin’s eyes grew wide as he realized it. “You think someone from the inside did it!”

“I don’t know anything yet!”

“Start talkin’ before I pummel it out of ya!” Kevin threatened.

“Don’t come in here threatening me with your high and mighty superhero act, shovel-chin!”

“You can’t luck your way out of this!”

“I don’t believe in luck!”

“Oh please! You couldn’t even earn a stupid quarter for a jawbreaker when we were kids. You get hit by a meteorite and suddenly you’re a multi-millionaire!”

“I got here with my hard work! Nothing else! Luck had nothing to do with it!”

“I don’t know. I think you’ve dodged more bullets in your life than a politician dodges prostitute accusations.” Nat added in his two cents.

“Gentlemen! It’d be best to calm down before this matter escalates any further-!”

“Can it, dork! This jackass has had this coming for a long time!” Kevin popped his knuckles. “I want to see you try to get lucky in this fight.”

The tension in the air was cut by the sounding of an alarm. Lights were flashing everywhere.

“It’s too loud, Sarah!” Jimmy cried.

“Hey, fathead, turn that thing off!”

“I thought you said this place was secure.” Nat looked at Eddy.

“It is!” he said as his holoscreen appeared.

“Mister Snake is back!” Ed cheered.

“Shut up, Ed!” his eyes suddenly grew wide while he checked the alert. “It’s sounding from our prison.”

“You own a prison?” Sarah asked.

“It’s a privately owned facility meant to house metahuman villains and neutralize their powers during their sentence.” Double D explained.

“What’s happening?”

“It’s- oh no.” he grumbled as he turned to them. “Marie Kanker just broke out of jail.” Her frightening mug shot appeared on a larger screen in front of them. Her eyes looked sinister and crazed.

-Meanwhile-

The smoke snake crawled out of the drain and seeped under the crack in the limousine door. Lee sat in the car, smoking a cigarette in a relaxed manner as she noticed it. “Oh, come to mama.” She held out her hand and the smoke slithered around her wrist. It coiled up her wrist and settled onto her neck, sinking into her snake tattoo. “This party’s just getting started.”

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

EEnE Superhero!AU Part 1

So I wrote this for C2ndy2c1d  because she draws wonderful stuff. So yes, there will be KevEdd shipping. I even put Nat in there for her (though I probably didn’t capture how wonderful he is right) You no like, go somewhere else. XD If she likes this first part, I’ll make a series of it who knows? 
I'll get a chapter pic for this eventually.

I’ll probably put up a page on my tumblr to tell abt everyone’s powers and such if people like it.

my tumblr- ryoutamisaki.tumblr.com

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Young Justice

Mission 5/ Cats, Bats and Spider; Oh my!


Conner clicked through the channels, stopping on a Halloween movie. "Hey, cool. The Halloween specials are on." Wally chuckled as he reached into the box of decorations.

"This is so exciting!" M'gann floated around, hanging cobwebs.

"Where's Cat?" Artemis asked.

"She went with Robin to the store." Kaldur pulled a skeleton out of the box.

"That was over two hours ago." Conner stood up. "And they're still not back yet."

"They are taking a while." Zatanna added.

"Chill, guys. They're probably stuck in people traffic. With as crowded its been with that Halloween festival being set up."

Conner reacted as her super hearing heard the doors open. "They're back." They headed for the door.

"Told you." Dick said to Cat.

"How was I supposed to know it was a right turn?" she frowned.

"You should leave it to the one with the GPS." he chuckled.

"Excuse you, cats always find their way home." She stated proudly as he rolled his eyes behind his sunglasses. She turned to the team, on a more cheerful note. "Hey, guys. Guess what?"

"Do I dare ask what?" Wally joked.

"I signed up as a volunteer for the Happy Harbor Halloween festival. How cool is that?"

"Can you elaborate?" Kaldur asked.

"Well, the festival is short an acrobat, so I signed up."

"Cool." Artemis smiled.

"I didn't know they needed acrobats at a Halloween festival." Raquel stated curiously.
"It's for some crazy play they're putting on." Dick answered. "Their lead dropped out suddenly."

"Hello, M'gann! You'd be a perfect acrobat!"

"If you feel that way then you can encourage me at my audition tomorrow."

"Audition?" Conner paused.

"Three other people signed up and they want the best so they're holding a public audition tomorrow."

"Probably to add a little more publicity to the show." Zatanna said.
"I hear the others auditioning are really good."

"No problem, you've got this." Dick said.

"I'd like to see them do half the stuff you do." Wally smiled.

"I hope I get the part."

"Don't worry so much." Conner patted her on the back.

They all migrated back into the living room. Wally began rummaging through the box again. He pulled out a handful of spiders. "Kyaaaaah!" Cat vanished in an instant.

"Oh come on! They're just plastic!" Wally groaned.

Cat's head poked out from behind the couch. "They are?"

"Still not over that?" Artemis asked.

"No, and I don't to be! Those are nasty, ugly little things!"

"For someone who wants to spare even the life of the smallest bug, you sure don't like to spare their feelings." Zatanna joked.

"Wally, put them away." Kaldur looked at him.

"Okay, okay." he shrugged.

"Sorry." she frowned. "There's just something about spiders I just don't like."

"That's okay. People are afraid of a lot of things." Dick said.

"Yeah but there's just something about them... I guess its pretty silly. Considering I'm scared of something so tiny and we fight monsters all the time."

"Yeah and there's going to be spider decorations all around town so you'll have to face your fear eventually."

"There are?" Her face went white with fear.

"Wally!" Everyone snapped in unison.

"What?"

-YJ-

"Alright everyone! These are our four lovely contestants who are auditioning for the part!" A man announced into a microphone.

"Audition? This looks more like a contest." Dick said.

"Well, Cat's gonna give them a show." Wally smiled . People were cheering loudly.

"Oh, yeah. They're in for a big surprise." Artemis agreed.

"We know who's gonna win." M'gann smiled. Her skin was a human color.

Cat stood on stage next to the other three girls. The girl next to her had silver hair, it was cut strangely. It was shorter in the back than the front and one side of the front was longer than the other. She glanced at Cat and smiled. Cat smiled back. 'She's really pretty.'

"Our ladies are- First we have Maddie, second is Shelly, third is Arachne- whoa, cool name."

"Thank you, it's the Greek root for the name of the spider, arachnid."

Cat swallowed nervously. 'Pretty face, creepy name.'

"Ooo, spooky. And finally we have Cat."

"WOOHOO! Go Cat!" Wally shouted.

"Go Cat!" M'gann and Dick cheered too.

"Don't give up!" Kaldur added.

"You've got this!" Artemis and Zatanna added as well.

"Show them whatcha got!" Raquel shouted enthusiastically.

"You can do it!" Conner added last. He had his arms crossed in a definite way and a smile on his face.

"Wow, seems our last contestant has quite a few people rooting for her! Let's get this contest started!"

Cat watched patiently as the first two girls performed. When Arachne took the stage, she became nervous. She was good, incredibly good. 'You can do it.' She heard Superboy's voice in her head. She looked at him in the crowd.

'I'm not sure I can. There are so many people here.' she frowned.

'Really? You can go hand to hand with Black Canary you can't do a few flips for a crowd?' Wally thought.

Cat took a deep breath and then slowly exhaled. 'You're right. I got this.'

'That's more like it.' Superboy smiled.

"That was a wonderful performance but let's see what Cat has up her sleeve!" They turned and she was gone. "Oh? Has our final girl quit? Scared of the competition?" The announcer joked.

"You wish!" Conner pointed the top of the building above them. "Right there!" Cat stood on the edge of the building.

"You better not blink because the real show is just getting started!" Zatanna added.

'I'm going to do this the only way I know how.' She thought and smiled.

"Miss, please don't-" too late. There were gasps all around as she leaped off the rooftop, in midair. She twirled into a front flip and landed gracefully on her feet, "Wow, impressive!"

"That was just a warm up." Artemis smiled.

A provocative smile spread across Cat's face. She ran, leapt off the stage, landed on one foot on top of a light post and swirled around to face the crowd. She jumped off the pole and ran across the cars. Then she back flipped on top of an eighteen wheeler while it was moving. She ran towards the back of it, jumped on top of a canopy in front of a restaurant and then flipped onto the roof top. She ran across the buildings until she finally made her way back to the stage. The crowd cheered vigorously.

"I think we know who our winner is!" The announcer raised Cat's arm in the air. "Everybody, give it up for Cat!"

"Alright!" Dick cheered.

"Not like we didn't already know that." Wally clapped.

"Was there ever any doubt?" Zatanna nodded.

"Hello, M'gann! No contest!"

When the announcer let go of her hand, she rushed towards the edge of the stage. "Guys! I got the part!" Suddenly she tripped over the speaker, falling off the stage. Conner caught her. "Oops." she laughed. He smiled and put her down.

"Try not to do that during the performance, eh?" The announcer joked.

-YJ-

"I'm telling you, you're wrong." Wally grumbled.

"Prove it." Artemis said.

"Ta da!" Cat appeared in the middle of the living room. "My costume!" She was in a spandex suit, a cloak with cat ears and a tail. Her hair was in a high ponytail instead of her usual braids.

"A cat?" Wally laughed.

"A black cat." she twirled around. "Is it bad?"

"No, it looks good on you," M'gann said with a smile.

"What's with the cloak?" Dick asked.

"I'm a witch's cat who has to rescue her master from the evil spider queen who wants to steal her power."

"Did you say spider queen?" Raquel asked.

"Yes." She answered sheepishly.

"Did you mention your fear of spiders?" Conner asked.

"No… but they're fake, aren't they? It should be fine." She shifted nervously. "So, what were you arguing about?" She looked at Wally and Artemis, changing the subject.

"She saw some guy at the contest with purple eyes. I told her they had to be contacts. Sorry babe, its impossible for someone to genetically have purple eyes."

"But I have purple eyes." Cat frowned. He paused and looked at her eyes, they were a light violet color.

"Wha-" his jaw dropped. "How?"

"Score one for me!" Artemis cheered. "Sorry, babe but I win." she smiled at him smugly. 

"That's impossible!"

"Is there something wrong with me?" Cat asked in a confused manner.

"No." Conner said.

"Wally seems to think so." Cat frowned.

"Wally doesn't believe in anything that can't be explained by science, like magic." Dick explained.

"In Atlantis, people with magical attributes or abilities may have a different eye color, however unusual it may be. It would be something they were born with."

"Hello, M'gann! Some of the most powerful mages on Mars had clear eyes. They say it's a sign of magical power."

"Well, I am a dimensional gate so I guess that's about right."

"Dimensional gate, we've heard you mention that before when we fought Amazo and Cheshire but you haven't truly explained it." Kaldur inquired a bit.

"As far as I know, there are many dimensions and they're all connected by something called the dimensional rift. Like I explained before, there's no going directly from point A to B when it comes to teleporting. That would rip a hole in this dimension. You'd have to jump from one point, slide through the rift and exit at the second point. Since it's impossible for a human being to teleport anyways, most dimensional or rift gates go unnoticed. Even if some device was invented for teleportation, they'd have to connect it to the rift gates."

"What would happen without a gate?" Wally asked.

"Look at it like a converter or a buffer. Without one, if someone tried to teleport they'd die. Your bodies wouldn't be able to withstand this dimension and the crushing, nothingness of the rift. If it were a regular human being, their body would return mangled upon re-entry, like how Amazo exploded. A gate can't be made."

"What about our zeta tubes?" Dick asked.

"Humans had already unknowingly discovered the gates. With his portals, he uses jump points. So you actually go through many gates before arriving at your destination. His are focus points."

"Focus points?"

"A point between gates that pulls energy from them to take you where you want to go. The zeta beams triangulate through the rift gates around your destination. The major power source of gates are zeta beams so Batman could easily make focus points. There are few gates that have strong enough zeta beams to be active enough for humans to go through."

"Like?"

"Where there are mysterious disappearances. The Bermuda Triangle, The Himalayas, you know; things like that."

"Creepy." Wally frowned. "What about boom tubes?"
"I hate those." She furrowed her brow. "Think of it this way. If a rift gate is a door, then a boom tube is like Superman punching a hole through a wall. They're like back doors that get kicked open and then never quite shut right. They weaken the dimensional wall structure so that just about anything could slip through if another dimension came grinding up against ours. Normally we wouldn't notice a thing because the dimensional wall protects us but after a boom tube opens it's like 'here, have a giant monster that breaths every fire and toxic gas just because you played bumper cars with another dimension.'"

"On a different, less angry note, the collar doesn't match the costume."

"Oh!" Cat was still wearing her leather collar, lined with lace. "I forgot about that." She frowned.

"It should be fine without it." Dick said.

"Oh, okay." She seemed to hesitate but she unbuckled the collar and removed it. Everyone seemed to gasp, around her neck was a jagged scar. "I really don't have anything else to cover this though." She hadn't noticed the shock on everyone's faces.

"Put the collar back on." Conner said immediately.

"Hmm?" He took the collar from her and wrapped back around her neck. He gently ran the strap back through the buckle, careful not to strangle her. "I could've done it myself." She looked at everyone's expressions. "Did I do something wrong?"

"No, nothing."
"Why does everyone always look at me like that after they've seen it?" she frowned. "If anything, that's why I keep it covered. Everyone always looks at me weird like I'm pitiful..."
"We don't think that." He took a deep breath and smiled at her. "Shouldn't you be rehearsing?"

"Well…yeah…oh! Arachne got the part as the spider queen." She changed gears quickly, easily distracted by her excitement.

"The girl from the contest?" Artemis asked.

"Yeah, apparently the original girl who had the part got sick or something."

"So she's filling in?" Zatanna asked.

"Yup, she's super nice and she doesn't get mad at me when I make mistakes." she frowned. "I hope I don't make any during the performance."

"You're gonna do great." M'gann smiled.

"Thanks- oh! I'm gonna be late for final rehearsal!" She vanished and everyone let out a relieved sigh.

"What was that?" Artemis asked.

"I didn't even want to ask." Wally said. "I'm not sure she even knows where she got it."

"I understand why she'd want to keep something like that hidden." Dick added.

"You do know what that means, right?" Raquel started. "Somebody slit her throat!"

"There must be a lot of pain and fear behind that scar." Kaldur said.

"Do you think it has something to do with when she lost her memories?" M'gann asked.
"Doubt it." Dick said. "She didn't have that scar in any of her earlier pictures in her book."
"Whatever it is, she will tell us when she's ready." Kaldur stated.

-YJ-

Conner rolled over in his bed. He could hear footsteps outside his door, in the hall. They stopped. He sat up and walked to the door, he hesitated for a few seconds and then opened the door. He looked left, nothing. Then he looked right and spotted Cat sitting behind the door. She was hugging her knees while clutching her quilt in her hand. She was in a long sleeved nightgown and rainbow toe socks; her hair was unbraided and mussy. Her face was buried in her quilt. "Cat? What are you doing up? It's almost three in the morning." She peeked out from her quilt, revealing her eyes; dilated and scared. She didn't answer him. He shut his door and sat down next to her.  After a few moments he spoke. "If you're sitting outside of my room, you want to say something to me, right? Are you nervous about tomorrow?" She shook her head. " I can't say anything unless you tell me." She slid down the side of the wall and leaned her head on his bare shoulder. The quilt muffled her voice but he could hear her clearly. "A bad dream?" She nodded and moved the covers away from her face.

"I've never even had a dream before and I don't think I ever want to again." she frowned.

"You had a nightmare, there are good dreams too." he paused. "What was it about?"

"At first, I was at a park and I spotted the team. I called your names over and over and screamed them but no one saw or heard me. Then you all disappeared and I was alone in the dark..." She frowned. "It scares me, the thought of being alone. I don't like it at all. So when I woke up, I had to be near someone." she shifted her feet nervously. "Originally, I was just going to sit outside for a little bit and try to feel your presence empathically but I guess you heard me coming." She sighed. "Being alone is a lot scarier than spiders."

"I know how you feel."

"Hmm? How so?" She still had her head on his shoulder.

"When I was at Cadmus, I spent my all my time in a pod. I wasn't allowed to go anywhere or do anything. I didn't even understand that I had a choice until the team found me. I was alone too. Things are different now."

"Now we have a team." She smiled slightly.

"Not just that, now we have friends." He smiled at her, she couldn't help but smile back.

"Come to think of it, I am nervous about tomorrow." She said after a few moments.

He laughed a bit. "Then we should go to bed. You'll need energy for tomorrow." They both stood up.

"I guess so. Good night." She turned to walk away.

"Cat," she stopped and looked back at him. "You're going to do great." With another smile, she walked off and he went back into his room.

-YJ-

"Aaaaaah!" A female voice screamed.

"Whoa! What great special effects!" Someone said as they walked through the entrance to the festival.

"Welcome to the Happy Harbor Halloween Festival." Said a cackling woman dressed as a witch. "I hope your visit is enchanting." Conner stared at her blankly.

"It's just a costume, Supey. Like ours." Wally patted him on the back. They were all decked out in costumes.

"I know that. They really went all out with this."

"I can't believe Cat convinced the costume designers to give us costumes." Dick said.

"She wants to go trick-or-treating afterwards." M'gann said.

"Aren't we kind of too old?" Artemis asked.

"I think not." Wally joked. "I gotta say though, they did a nice job on these costumes."

"They're so well made." M'gann smiled.

"And they're pretty fashionable too." Zatanna added.

"And I'd be lying if I didn't say you look hot, babe." Wally flirted as he put his arm around Artemis's shoulder.

"Let's find Cat before the how starts." Kaldur suggested.

"Or before Wally starts making Halloween puns." Artemis rolled her eyes with a smile.

They made their way through the crowd, they easily spotted the stage but not before some girls spotted them. "Yoo-hoo~!" One of them called out to the team. Conner noticed them as they approached. "Hey, nice costumes."

"Thanks, they're custom."

They ignore M'gann's comment. "You boys look lonely. Why don't you join us on one of the roller coasters or maybe the haunted house?"

"I-" Conner paused. "Cat."

"What?" She turned to see Cat bouncing towards them.

"Hey!" She walked up to Conner, cutting between him and the girls.

"Shouldn't you be getting ready?" Raquel asked.

"Nope, the show's not until seven-thirty so the director said we could go on a few rides before then."

"That's cool." Wally smiled.

"We could hit the haunted house first." Dick added.

"Excuse me." One of the girls said, she was obviously frustrated. "You didn't forget about us, did you?"

"Who are you?" Cat asked obliviously.

"Girls who wanted to hang out with us." Dick explained sarcastically.

"Oh, well then. That's okay. Its pretty cool that they want to hang out with us." She smiled, apparently not catching what Dick meant.

"We weren't- oh never mind. To the haunted house then?"

"That okay with you?" Conner looked at Cat.

"As long as they're fake." She said nervously.

"Afraid of the haunted house?" One of the girls joked.

"Am not." Cat growled.

They made their way to the haunted house, it was ominous looking and there was a long line leading away from it. "That's a really long line." Wally grumbled.

"Oh, I'll handle that." One of the workers said. He motioned for them to follow and he lead them to the other worker letting people in the haunted house. "Hey Max, can you let them in?  Cat wants to see the haunted house with her friends before the show."

"Cat? No problem!" He smiled and moved the rope. "Go on in."

"Thanks Ruben. Thanks Max." Cat smiled as they entered the haunted house.

"Anytime, Cat." There was whining and groaning coming from the other people in line. Ruben frowned. "Quit whining. She's the star of the show."

The pathway was dark. It was like the inside of an old mansion. There were scratches all over the windows and screams emanating from down the hall. Cat giggled with excitement at every 'ghost' and 'murderer' that they passed.

"I thought she was scared of the haunted house." One of the girls whispered to another.

"I don't need to really be scared to wrap my arms around that." She motioned to Conner and her mouth turned into a devilish grin.

"As least try to act scared." Dick chuckled as Cat made faces at a zombie.

"Yeah, you're gonna make them think they're doing a bad job." Zatanna added.

"I can't help it." She giggled and looked at them. "They just aren't as scary as-" She felt something crawling on her shoulder. She looked to see a large black spider perched on her shoulder. "Aaaah!" She screamed, knocked it off her shoulder and grabbed a hold of Conner's arm in a panic.

"Calm down, its just animatronic." Raquel said.

"Looks real to me!" She squeaked nervously.

Wally picked it up and turned it over, pointing out the switch. "See? Fake."

"They make them look so real." M'gann observed.

"It's fine…I guess… since its fake." She slowly got control of herself.

"Uh oh. Do you think they're dating?" one of the girls whispered.

"She's awfully close."

"Yeah, she still has her arms wrapped around him."

"Sssh!" She shushed the other girls as Conner glanced at them but he quickly disregarded it.

"No way! He heard us?"

"Impossible."

-LATER-

"That was so fun!" Cat twirled around to face them. "And I even got pictures!"

"Way cool. I want copies." Wally smiled.

"Me too! I haven't been to a festival this fun in forever." Raquel said.

"This totally sucks." One of the girls, Helen, said.

"I know. Wally flirted with Artemis the whole time." Carol whined.

"And Cindy didn't get any alone time with you know who."

Cindy glared at Cat. "She's in the way."

"Cat!" A woman walked up to her. "It's time to get ready!"

"Oh ok, Natalie!" She looked at her friends. "Gotta go, guys."

"Later." Wally smiled.

"Good luck." Kaldur added as she ran off.

"Let's get to our seats before the show starts."  Artemis said.

"Cat got us some front row seats reserved." Dick chuckled.

They started walking and Cindy grabbed Conner's arm. "Can I talk to you alone for a sec?"

"Okay." he said, a bit confused.

"Whoa, good luck to you too." Wally laughed as they walked off.

"We'll save your seat." M'gann said, slightly bothered.

"So what did you want to talk about?"

"Actually, I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been trying to get your attention all day." She smiled.

"You have?"

"You didn't notice?" She looked somewhat annoyed. "How about," She smirked as she gently put her hands on his chest, "How about we ditch the play and go do something fun together?"

"Sorry, but-" He removed her hands. "I promised Cat I would-"

"Really?!" She said angrily. "You're choosing that second-rate, acrobatic actor-wannabe over me?!"

His eyes narrowed into a glare. "No, I'm not choosing her over you," he turned and started walking away. "You were never a choice."

-YJ-

"Get her!" Two men in costume attacked Cat. She dodged them with ease and knocked them to the ground. She turned to Arachne.

"I demand you give my master back!" She looked angry.

"Now, Salem. You're such an annoying feline but you don't have the power to stop me."

"You're wrong, Spider Queen!"

"Oh, am I?"

'Cat's doing great.' Dick thought.

'Hello, M'gann. We knew she would.'

'She should go into acting in her free time.' Raquel added.

"If you really think you can defeat me," two giant spiders appeared on stage.

"Whoa, wicked special effects." Wally chuckled.

"Try doing so," she turned to the audience and looked at the team. "-without your friends!" The spiders shot webs at them, gluing them to their chairs.

"Not special effects!" Dick shouted.

"And not part of the play, I'm sure." Artemis struggled.

"Wha-" Cat noticed dozens of spiders emerging from underneath the stage. Huge, hideous, black spiders. "They're… real?!" People were screaming and running. They attacked anyone and everyone. Cat stood on stage, petrified with fear.

Arachne chuckled. "What's wrong?" She ripped off her costume to reveal a different one. "Are you, by any chance, scared of spiders?"

"Cat!" Conner ripped the webs off his chair and threw it, it hit a spider at full force. He was rushed by more of them. He began swinging at them, and throwing them as they clawed and bit at him. Robin used a batarang to cut the webs and then freed Wally. Artemis freed herself while Kaldur helped M'gann. With a blast, Raquel cut the webs and freed Zatanna next.

"Her arachnophobia is getting to her." Kaldur said. "We need to help her."

"How," Dick kicked one and blew two more up. "-are we supposed to do that?"

M'gann expanded a force field and pushed the spiders back. Wally pulled his goggles over his eyes. "Let's start by getting her away from Arachne."

"On it." Wally zoomed onto the stage and grabbed Cat before the spiders reached her. He stopped a good distance away, in front of the Ferris wheel. "You okay?" She was shaking with fear. "Stay here and we'll handle it." He took off, leaving her there. He stopped next to Kaldur. "She's safe.

Kaldur's markings lit up and his water bearers formed swords. He sliced through a spider. "Good."

"How did she know who were were?" Raquel said as she put up a barrier to shield herself from more spider webs.
"She has some serious dark magic. I think she must have been tracking Cat." Zatanna said before unleashing a chant that blew fire towards the spiders.
"But why?"

"Let's find out. Now, after Arachne." Wally bolted towards her, knocking spiders out of his path. When he got close, he swung at her. She dodged as he attacked her repeatedly until, finally, she grabbed his wrist and threw him off the stage.

"Too hasty." she joked.

"She definitely fit's the part of the spider queen." Artemis said as the bio-ship appeared out of camouflage mode. She retrieved her bow and quiver and began firing.

"Aw~ Poor little Superboy~" Arachne teased. "Did your pet cat abandon you? She's not very brave, is she?"

Conner was enraged. He jumped on stage and swung at her. "Superboy! She's baiting you!" Kaldur warned.

She brought her knee crashing into his chin. "Too bad he didn't notice that." She spun around and kicked him in the chest, knocking him to the ground. "What's the matter? Not as good as your father?" he was up immediately after that. He swung at her and she dodged again. He caught her wrist and twisted her arm back.

"Get rid of the spiders!"

She smirked. "Did you know spiders have no bones?" She spun around and kicked him in the stomach.

"That's disturbing." Wally knocked her over. She rolled over and tripped him, then jumped back on her feet. She quickly ducked as Conner swung at her again.

Arachne rolled onto feet to avoid Raquel's blasts. "She's a slippery one."

"We need to finish this." Dick threw four explosive discs, taking out a crowd of spiders. "A public event this big getting attacked will definitely get the League's attention."

"Obviously." Artemis shot four explosive arrows.

"Does she want that to happen?" Zatanna asked. "It doesn't make sense."

"There's so many." M'gann blasted them and then used her telekinesis to knock more back.

"They just keep coming!" Dick kicked another one.

"If we had Cat, her claws would tear through the magic these things are made of with no problem." Zatanna said. 

"If we stop her, they'll most likely stop as well." Kaldur swung at Arachne, she ducked.

"I'm not that easy." She kicked him in the chest. "None of you can take me."

"You're so sure." M'gann blasted the last of the spiders.

"You're becoming a nuisance." she glared. "No matter. You left the little kitty cat all alone, I hope she isn't too frightened." Suddenly Wally nailed her in the face, knocking her to the ground. "Wha-?!"

"Trying to distract us with Cat? Really? How low."

"Cat can handle herself." Conner glared.

"Oh really? Then what about the humans still trapped on the rides?"

"What?" Kaldur was stunned.

'In a panic, they must have left some people on the rides.' Wally realized.

'Hello, M'gann! I'm picking up people still trapped on the Ferris wheel.'

"Uh, guys." Wally frowned. "Cat's by the Ferris wheel."

"What?" Conner was taken aback.

'Wally!' Artemis thought angrily.

"What? I didn't-" Arachne punched him in the jaw.

"An eye for an eye." She giggled.

"She's really getting on my nerves." Conner growled.

-YJ-

Cat ducked behind the toll booth, cowering in fear. She realized something and looked up. 'There are still people up there!' She paused. 'I have to save them- but I'm too scared-no! I have to!' She stood up. She turned around and hit the lever, it slowly began moving and then she stopped it. 'This is too slow, not enough time.' She vanished and reappeared in one of the gondolas. The family in it backed away a bit, frightened. "Don't worry, I'm one of the good guys. The Black Cat at your service." She held out her hand to the little boy. "Come on, I'll get you out of here." He grabbed her hand. "I'll get everyone out of here, this I promise." She kicked out the door of the gondola. "We gotta jump, I can only do two at a time."

"Why can't we go out the way you came? You know, teleport?" A man asked.

"I can't with other people but I can land a jump."

"Tcht! They sent a sidekick?"

"Don't call me a sidekick!" She objected and it surprised him. "I'm anything but!"

-YJ-

"We can't just leave her there." Wally jumped back.

"Yes but we can't just leave her alone either." M'gann pointed out. "I'll see if I can contact her telepathically."

"Do it quickly. We can't stop her and her spiders and save people at the same time in this situation." Kaldur stated.

'Cat, please answer!'

'I'm here.'

'There are people trapped on the Ferris wheel!'

'I've got it covered but I have company.'

Cat stood frozen in fear. 'There are still people in the gondola on top!' She clenched her fists. 'Okay, think! What's odd about these spiders?' She closed her eyes and then she realized it.

Arachne bolted towards her, followed by the team. Spiders rose up from the ground. "Here kitty, kitty~" She teased. The spiders lunged at Cat only to be shredded by her claws. "What?!"

"I figured it out." Cat smiled. She slashed through the rest of the spiders in a matter of seconds. "They all have the same essence as you which means they're just an extension of yourself which also means-" She slashed through two more. "-they're not real! I can fight them!"

"Not real? That's just splitting hairs!"

"Maybe but it's a big enough difference for me to take you down."

As Arachne turned to run, M'gann punched her in the face. "That's for ruining Cat's performance!"

"Way to go, Cat!" Wally cheered.

"Thanks, definitely feeling the aster."

"Of course! You just conquered your fear! You should be feeling the maximum aster right now." Dick chuckled.

There was a creak and then they noticed the spiders chewing through the joints of the Ferris wheel. "There are still people up there!" Cat blitzed towards it, followed by Conner. Too late, it was already falling. Suddenly it stopped, about twenty feet above them. Cat caught sight of a red cape. "No way! It's-" He clasped his arms around the Ferris wheel, holding it up easily. "Superman!"

"And Wonder Woman." Wally pointed to her. She was ripping the spiders off the spokes of the Ferris wheel.

"Hey, kids!" They turned to see the Flash. Flower petals brushed past his cheek. Wisteria dropped down gracefully next to him. "Such a show off, Charlotte."

"You're just jealous I beat you to it." she joked.

"Eh, maybe a little." he chuckled.

Superman gently placed the Ferris wheel on the ground. He turned to them. "Is everyone alright?" His eyes met Conner's but quickly averted away. "You all look unharmed," he let out a sigh of relief. "Had me worried for a moment."

"You? Worried?" Dick said, astonished.

"Well- I… Something like this was unexpected and doesn't happen often with your team so making sure everyone is safe was a… top priority."

"Yeah, right." Wally elbowed Conner with a smirk.

"There were still people in that gondola." Cat pointed to it. Superman quickly ripped the door off.

"It's empty." Flash said as he leaned over to look inside.

"No, it can't be!" Cat shook her head.

Wonder Woman put her hand on Cat's shoulder. "It's a simple mistake."

"No, I don't make those kinds of mistakes."

"Chill, Cat. We all do every once in a while." Flash added.

"No! There were people in there! That kind of mistake could get someone hurt or even killed!"

"Cat-" Superman started.

"I swear on my existence that there were people in that gondola!" Everyone grew quiet as she snapped.

"I believe her." Conner said aloud. Everyone's eyes went to him. "Cat can sense people before I even hear them and she's never been wrong before."

"Yeah, Supey's right. She can even give us an exact number of people heading our way." Wally agreed.

"She is right." Dick leaned into the gondola and came out holding something. He opened his hand. "Ice crystals. Just like when we fought Amazo."

"Meaning-"

"It could be." Kaldur nodded.

"Okay, I'll bite. What's the secret?" Flash asked.

"Well, we told Batman." Dick answered. "When we fought Amazo at the Lambda tech lab, he was hit with a barrage of arrows before Artemis even arrived."

"Red Arrow?" Wisteria asked.

"We thought so too." M'gann said. "But Amazo's feet were frozen to the ground."

"We don't know any young heroes with ice powers." Superman shook his head.

"All villains as far as we know." Flash said.

"Then let me enlighten you." They turned to see Roy walking up to them, followed by a girl. Her hair was a shimmering silver white her lips and eye shadow were a royal blue.

"Red, I thought you said we were leaving without their notice." She eyed Roy curiously.

"We were but I can't stand seeing someone be looked down on."

"Red Arrow?" Superman glanced at the girl. "Who's she?"

"Blue Diamond." She smiled at him.

"My new partner." He said hastily. "We were the ones in the gondola. Just proving that your newbie's not a liar." He turned and started walking away. "Blue, let's get out of here before we attract any more attention."

"Right! Bye." She waved, then turned around and ran after Roy.

"Whoa, she's pretty…" Wally paused to think.

"Pretty cute." Robin smirked. "She's gotta be around my age."

"Ahem." Zatanna frowned.

"Dude." Wally chuckled.

"Will you shut up?" Arachne growled.

"Not whelmed about the handcuffs, I take it." Dick laughed.

"The League has a lot of questions for you." Wonder Woman glared and crossed her arms.

"Ha! You wish, old lady. There's an electrical storm coming."

"Wha-" Suddenly a blast of electricity struck the ground, forcing Kaldur to let go of Arachne.

She chuckled, swung her arms over head and slid them out of the handcuffs. "Nice try but it doesn't work very well on me."

"Still disturbing." Wally said.

"Don't let her escape!" Superman ordered. Wisteria blocked Arachne's path as she tried to run. Someone dropped down from the sky, releasing a cloud of dust.

"Got yourself into trouble, didn't you?" said a female voice. "Not as much as trouble as you're gonna be in."

"I'm more than just angry." A familiar male voice said. The dust cleared to reveal Surge. "I'm furious!"

"Surge!" Cat looked stunned.

Surge, much to her surprise, lifted Arachne over his shoulder. "We're leaving. Now."

"Not if I have anything to say about it." Superman charged at him.

"Vixen, take care of them." Surge ordered.

"Don't have to tell me twice. Believe me, I want to." She slid between Surge and Superman. "Hey there, good lookin'."

Surge turned and bolted. "Hold it." Flash zoomed after him but Wally was already in front of him. "Kid, don't-!" Wally nailed him in the face. "Or do." It only knocked Surge back about two feet. His eyes were narrowed into a vicious glare. He sent a blast of electricity at them.

"Whoa!" He dodged.

"Vixen!" he shouted.

"Don't rush me~" Claws popped out of her gloves. She charged at Flash, barely slashing his chest.

"A little too close for comfort."

"Aaaah, boo~" she twirled so that she was in his face, "but I like close quarters combat, especially the 'close' part." She swung at him, he ducked and flipped backwards. Wisteria threw kunai knives, which Vixen easily dodged.

Surge avoided Kaldur's swords and Dick's explosive discs. "You're not getting away!" Conner dropped in front of him. He swung wildly and Surge continued to dodge.

"Don't… have time… for you today!" Surge growled then jumped back as Cat came flying at him.

"You better make time!" Superman landed between Cat and Surge. "We got this!"

"I'm not taking that chance!"

"Why… Why can't you just trust me for once?!" She vanished and reappeared above Surge, bringing her foot down on his skull. He caught her foot.

"Not today!" He threw her.

"Cat!" Conner watched as she flipped and landed on her feet. He turned back to Surge. "What's wrong, Surge? You don't seem very whelmed today." he growled.

"Believe me, I'm not whelmed at all!" He sent a burst of electricity towards them which they avoided.

'That's strange.' Kaldur thought.

'Yeah. That's the first time I've ever really seen him be rough with Cat.' Dick thought.

'He doesn't seem to care at all right now.' M'gann put up a force field as Vixen attacked her.

'Why would he go easy on Cat?' Superman cut in.

'Whoa, forgot about you.' Wally added.

'Unfortunately, Surge seems to have taken a liking to Cat.' Zatanna thought.
'Urgh. Don't remind me.' Cat added.

'He's normally flirting with her. He'd attack everyone except-'

'He won't attack girls! He's always defending!' Artemis added as she shot an explosive arrow at Surge. He barrel rolled and dodged.

'Who said chivalry is dead?' Zatanna thought sarcastically.

'This one seems to have no problem with it.' Wonder Woman dodged Vixen's kick. She grabbed Vixen's leg and dragged her closer, socking her in the chin. Vixen flipped back and landed on her feet.

Vixen turned her sights on Superman who was chasing Surge. "Sorry, I'm on a time limit." She charged between Surge and him. "Sorry it took so long." Surge turned and bolted towards the roller coaster. Superman tried to follow but Vixen blocked his path. "Hold it hot stuff."

"I won't fight you."

"Oh, boo~ Superman. Too bad you don't really have a choice." She jumped, kicking him in the face and then crouched down to avoid his grasp. She quickly stood up, in his face. "For someone who won't fight me, you're sure reacting aggressively."

"Out of the way!" Cat jumped between Superman and Vixen. "I'll handle her, get Surge."

"Cat-"

"Just trust me!"

"Heh, go back to your playground. You can't handle me by yourself." Vixen taunted.

"It's a good thing she's not alone." Kaldur said. Everyone was behind her.

"Oh? This isn't exactly a fair fight." She chuckled. "Then again, I'm not really the type to play fair." She dodged an explosive disc and an arrow. "Unfortunately," she dodged under Wally's arm, grabbed it and threw him into Raquel. She slid under Conner's legs, grabbing his ankles and making him fall forward. She rolled over and quickly got up. "I told you, I'm on a time limit. I can't play right now." She turned and headed in the direction of the roller coaster, dodging Wisteria along the way.

"Put me down, Surge!" Arachne whined.

"Quit struggling! Do you want to be squashed by a Kryptonian?" She frowned and waved her hand, raising a group of spiders from the ground. "What are you-"

"Stalling!" She growled as Surge jumped onto the roller coaster tracks and began climbing up.

"More spiders!" M'gann put a force field between the spiders and herself. Cat slashed through two of them.

"I really hate spiders." she frowned.

"I'm starting to agree with you." Wally joked as he jumped over a spider, grabbed it's legs and sent it crashing into another.

Vixen ran up the railing of the tracks followed by Wisteria. "And people call me persistent." She jumped, dodging several kunai knives. She turned, pulled a kunai knife out of a board, and flung it back at her. It brushed past Wisteria. Vixen turned back to see Cat perched on the tracks in front of her. "Ooh? This is interesting."

Surge hit the highest point on the roller coaster. "It's over." Superman flew in front of him.

"Oh, Superman. Letting people get hurt is against your nature." Arachne pointed to some spiders chewing through the metal of the loops. M'gann blasted them off but it was too late. There was a creaking sound as the metal tracks came tumbling down.

"Miss Martian, look out!" Kaldur warned.

Surge growled and threw Arachne into the air. She vanished. He jumped off the tracks, landing in front of M'gann and the civilians. Electricity charged into his hands and released a bright, golden blast; obliterating the falling tracks. The air at the top of the tracks twisted and warped to reveal a fancy, high-tech helicopter. Alpha was holding a very angry Arachne. "Vixen, now!"

"Oh, boo~" She flipped over Cat and pushed her into Wisteria. She jumped onto the helicopter. "Alpha, pick up. ASAP."

Surge turned and ducked under Conner's swing. He rolled back onto his feet. They both swung at each other. There was a crack as their fists collided. The gem on Surge's gauntlet busted and fell off. Static danced around his hand. "Stupid clone."

"Surge." Vixen jumped out of the helicopter. "Let's go." She put her hand on his shoulder.

"Right." Superman landed in front of him. "Take care of him and then let's go."

"Okay." She passed Surge who was backing up towards the helicopter.

"Give it up." Flash stood next to Superman.

"You can't take on all of us." Dick landed next to Wonder Woman.

"I see Arachne's spiders didn't last long. No matter. Only two of you need to go down."

"Not gonna happen." Cat appeared in front of Superman.

"Oh?"

"This is our mess, Superman. Let us clean it up." She glared at Vixen.

"Sorry, but I wasn't planning on fighting you today." Vixen ducked under Cat's swing and brought her knee crashing up into Superman's jaw. She flipped and slid back on the ground. She realized Cat was behind her and quickly avoided her. She jumped over Conner but nearly collided with Wally. She turned sideways and avoided and explosive disc. She ducked under an arrow and slashed Artemis's arm. She was pushed back by a force field but it didn't bother her. She redirected herself and pulled out several small grey balls. They exploded in a flash as she threw it at M'gann and Raquel. She turned on her heel and ducked under Kaldur's blade. She grabbed his wrist and sent him flying into Conner. She flipped back to dodge Dick and Wally again before grabbing Zatanna by the collar of her shirt and slamming her into Dick before she could finish her chant. She caught an arrow and redirected it at Flash, who was closing in on Surge. "Na ah ah~" she smirked. Arrows struck the ground in front of her, she jumped back. "What?" The ground below her began freezing. She quickly moved. 'There's more of them?' She thought. She turned and headed for the helicopter. 'Don't have the time for this!' She spotted Superman confronted a very irritated Surge. He let loose an intense blast of electricity. Superman dodged and blasted him with heat vision, putting a hole in the side of the helicopter. 'Oops! That Kryptonian does have heat vision.' She used Wonder Woman as a boost and latched onto Superman's shoulder. She got close to his face and then pushed him into Wonder Woman. She landed on the helicopter.

"Alpha!" Surge barked an order and then a loud, high pitched sound came from the helicopter.

"They're opening a gate!" Cat panicked.

"Sorry, Supes. We'll have to continue this another time." Vixen teased. She looked at Cat. "Maybe next time you and I will get a chance to play." The sky twisted into a vortex as a boom tube opened and they vanished.

Superman helped Wonder Woman up. "I-" Cat started. "I can follow them!"

"Cat, wait!" Conner grabbed her arm.

"I can follow the dimensional pattern of their zeta beams through the focus point-"

"Cat-" Kaldur attempted to cut her off.

"Before it-" The spiral vanished. "-closes."

-YJ-

"Attacking a public event so close to the Hall, no one expected that." Black Canary shifted uneasily.

"The attack seemed random." Superman pointed out. "When her friends showed up, they didn't seem to have a clue what was going on."

"And Surge was furious." Wally added.
"And has a new partner." Raquel added.

"Vixen. But they seemed to treat Arachne more like an underling." Conner said. He looked at the oddly quiet Cat. "You okay?"

"I heard about your issue during the fight." Batman started. "Overcoming fears is something that's even hard for the League members." Batman's slightly proud smiled faded in an instant. "However, I am not happy with your inability to listen to Superman's orders."

"Oh, come on!" Wally whined.

"Red Tornado always says we should deal with our own problems." Kaldur said in her defense. "Cat was simply acting on that principle."

"No." She eyed her hands. "It wasn't that." She thought back to Vixen. "I wanted to. I wanted to fight her." She clenched her fists. "It was this feeling in my chest, like something boiling from the inside. From the moment I saw her, I wanted to fight her. I wanted to test my skills against hers... it was almost like some kind of instinct..." She frowned and looked at Batman. "Sorry, I guess I'm not ready for the team after all. I can't really control my emotions."

"No one can really fully control their emotions." Superman said. He glanced at Conner. "Even I have a bit of trouble with my temper."

"On a different subject, Surge is a problem. We didn't expect that level of power from him." Wonder Woman shook her head.

"What I'm wondering is why he saved me." M'gann brought the point up.

"He's really weird." Zatanna said as she thought about it.

"Yeah. Not to mention he didn't even throw a single pick up line at Cat." Artemis pointed out.

"They were avoiding confrontation." Wisteria added. "Vixen teased Superman but avoided Cat like the plague. She knew it was a risky fight."

"She's an odd one." he replied.

"How so?" Wisteria asked.

"She licked me for one." he replied.

"Haha, seriously?" Dick laughed.

"Another thing. Surge called me a clone but how would how he know that unless-"


"-he was somehow related to Cadmus." Batman observed. "Linking him to the Light."

"This does not bode well." Wisteria agreed.

"But is he an underling to Vandal Savage and Klarion or their equal?" Wally asked.

"Hello, M'gann! If we had caught Arachne, we could have gotten information on them."

"And that's why Surge came to her rescue." Artemis nodded. "And he was in a bad mood because she was giving them away."

"So it wasn't planned. She was doing it to toy with us. I don't think she was expecting the League to show up though, why I wonder."

"Well, we were busy. Half of the League was in Mexico while the other half was in New Zealand dealing with a death ray problem." Flash added.

"Which means she knew about it." Wisteria said. "She probably just saw an opportunity and took it."

"There's still a chance that it was just a diversion. If so, then what was their true goal?" Kaldur brought up a good point.

"It doesn't seem like our job had anything to do with Arachne's attack but with the Light, we can't rule anything out yet." Batman shook his head.

"Oh!" Cat frowned. "With all the excitement last night, we didn't get to go trick or treating."

"That's what you're worried about?" Wally laughed.

"Surge can kiss my butt, he ruined our first Halloween together! I know saving the world is more important and all but it's not like they actually planned that."

"Having your plans ruined comes with job, right Batman?" Wisteria elbowed him playfully, hinting at something.

"Yes," he changed subjects. "All of you did an excellent job protecting the people. Not a single civilian was injured."

Superman cleared his throat. "You did a good job." Smiles spread across the team members' faces.

-YJ-

"Oof!" Arachne was thrown to the ground.

"You deliberately started a fight," Surge growled. "When I specifically told you not to!"

"Surge, I-"

"No excuses! Who knows what the League discovered in that little skirmish?!"

"Surge is right." Queen Bee said. "He is a true member of the Light and you purposely disobeyed him out of spite. Now he has to change plans."

"You attack a public event! There were countless civilians there-"

"So?!" She argued.

"What good is ruling the world without people to control, you imbecile!" He grabbed her by the throat.

"You… wouldn't hurt… me…" she gasped. "I'm a girl, remember?"

He scowled and threw her into a wall, hard. "You're not even human." He walked away.

"Haha~" Vixen laughed. "Wow, you really made him mad."

"Tcht! Why is a pansy like that an elite member? Almost hurt civilians? I should have killed one- or a hundred! That would show him-" Vixen grabbed her by her throat and lifted her off the ground.

"What was that? You were just about to disrespect your superior. Let me enlighten you." She lifted up her other hand and released her claws. She brushed one gently across Arachne's cheek, stopping mere centimeters from her eye. "Surge is one of your leaders and a true member of the light. Don't ever go against his orders again. Next time you won't even get a warning." She dropped Arachne. "I don't choose weaklings for partners."

"Ah~ zehr gut! An impressive display." a man walked out of the shadows. He glanced at Arachne. "But failure, ist nicht so gut."

"Maestro, why are you here?"

"Just vacationing. Vat do you think? How vere they?"

"Stronger than we thought, but fun."

"Oh?" he noticed something shining on her boot. "Was is das?" He leaned over and plucked it off.

"There were two more. Another archer, likely Red Arrow, and someone with ice powers."

"Nein, this is no mere ice crystal. The sound it makes in the air is… wunderbar."

"I don't hear anything."

"My dear fraulein, you don't have the same understanding of sound that I have. I think I want to meet this hero."

"What about your research? It not going well?"

He frowned. "So la la. This may be a new break through, as they say."

"Huh. I don't know who's the bigger nerd, you or my charming partner."

"Surge looks at the big picture where I focus on key points."

"Whatever." She shook her head as she walked off.

-YJ-

The front door unlocked and Roy walked in. He sighed and dropped on the couch. Kana shut the door and locked it. "Sorry, Roy. If I hadn't asked you to go to the festival-"

"No, don't apologize… I'm just tired, is all." She frowned and sat next to him on the couch. She patted his head. "What are you doing?"

"Well, when I get exhausted, my mom used to pat my head to make me feel better."

"I'm older than you, you know."

"Duh, but you put up with me even though I mess up a lot. I wanted to make you feel better." she smiled. "You're like an older brother to me."

He smirked and sat up. He patted her on the head. You've done alright. Now get some sleep. We have work to do tomorrow."

"Okay," she stood up and walked towards the hall. "Uh- Night, Roy."

"Night, Kana."

-YJ-

"I wonder what kind of people Surge works for." Cat said.

"Other than the Immortal caveman Vandal Savage, the Lord of Chaos Klarion the Witch Boy, Queen Bee, the Brain and Lex Luthor?" Raquel listed them. "Who else could they add to the list of creepy villains?"
"Don't worry about it." Wally reassured her. "Bats is probably all over it."

"Well, I'm curious." She frowned as she walked towards the kitchen. "M'gann, are the cookies done?"

"Yup." she levitated the tray towards her.

"You over your arachnophobia?" Conner asked as he snatched on off the tray.

"I think so- kyaah!" She leaped onto the counter.

"Wally!" Everyone shouted in unison.

"What? It's just plastic."

Mission 5/END

Young Justice

Mission 2/ Distance


Black Canary knocked Wally over with ease as he charged at her. The floor rang- 
Kid Flash, fail.

"You're too cocky, Wally. Just because you're fast doesn't mean you don't have to train."

"Of course you tell me that after I'm already on the ground." he said sarcastically.

Cat walked in. "Oh, good timing." Canary spotted her. "It's your turn." Cat nodded. She was in a t-shirt and spandex shorts. Her hands and feet were wrapped, like for kick-boxing.

"Nice outfit." Wally smirked.

"I need to wear something I can move in." she explained. She stepped forward as Wally staggered to his feet and stepped off the training platform. Cat approached Canary.

"Now keep a close eye on this one or you might miss it." Canary said.

"Miss what-" Cat attacked before Robin could finish his question. She swung at her, a miss, then she jumped back to dodge Canary's kick. They seemed to pick up speed as the fight went on, their attacks were almost too fast too follow.

"Wow, never seen anyone keep up with Black Canary like that." Wally looked stunned.

"That's just... whoa!" Roquel breathed.

"They don't even look like they're sparring." Artemis pointed out.

"I don't think they are." Kaldur didn't take his eyes off the fight. "Cat seems to have similar fighting skills. They look quite serious."

"I've never sparred with Black Canary like that." Conner added.

"She's been going easy on us the whole time." Dick observed.

""Probably, she is a martial arts expert." M'gann shrugged.

………………………………...

"Superman!" Wonder Woman called to him. She walked up to him as he landed on the ground.

"Diana, what is it?" he looked at her.

"Didn't they tell you? They sent Cat to Mount Justice a few days ago."

"Oh, that's why she hasn't been running around the Watchtower recently. I thought Bruce had more tests."

She shook her head. "He was going to but she asked to go."

"She asked? That's... strange."

"Bruce wants her to check in every Thursday since we agreed to let her go."

"Why wasn't I aware of this discussion?"

"Clark, you won't even deal with your own problem, we decided not to worry you with it."

"What problem?" She sighed and walked away. "Diana, what-" He seemed confused.

……………………………….....


Cat aimed for her throat but Canary turned to the side and booted her in the stomach. It sent her sliding across the floor.
Black Cat. Fail. 

"Owie." She rolled onto her knees as she held her stomach, eventually working her way to standing.

"Wow." Zatanna breathed as they walked up to her. "A half an hour! That's the longest anyone's ever lasted."

"Really? I usually last longer than that. Must be off my game today." Cat finally made it to her feet.

"That was off your game?" Wally was stunned. "That was awesome." He raised his hand, she stared at it. "Its supposed to be a high five."

"Oh, uh, sorry." As she said that, there was a beep from the zeta tubes.
Batman.0.2. Red Tornado.1.6. 
She ran up to Red Tornado excitedly. "Did you get my pictures?"

"I had some time so I printed them out." He handed her a thick envelope.

"Thanks." She opened it and pulled them out just enough to get a peek at them. When she felt satisfied, she pushed them back in. "Do we have a mission today?" She asked as she turned to Batman.

"Yes." He looked her up and down, from head to toe. Then he looked at Black Canary. "Training?"

"Half an hour." Cat frowned.

"Off your game?" he asked.

"Maybe a little." She said, still frowning.

"She's so mysterious. It makes you wonder how Bats knows so much about her." Wally whispered.

"Don't know. There's nothing on the Batcave's computer about her either." Dick whispered back.

"Focus." Kaldur told them.

"Yesterday, a shipment of artifacts discovered in the Amazon rain forest was stolen from the San Francisco Bay. They were supposed to be transported to the Gotham City Museum but they were intercepted at the harbor."

"Wait, the Amazon?" Dick developed a huge grin.

"Yes." Batman smirked- for once.

"Wait, did we miss something?" Wally looked at both of them.

"I believe we have." Cat smiled.

"What are you smiling about?" he asked.

"Oh-! Nothing." she frowned and looked away sheepishly.

"These artifacts were discovered by Professor Charlotte Thor."

"The famous archaeologist?" Artemis asked. "I heard she's discovered things all over the world. She also has a degree in anthropology."

"What does she have to do with this?" Conner asked. "Besides discovering the artifacts?"

"Yeah, they were already stolen, what do you want us to do?" Wally asked.

"The artifacts that were stolen were fake." Batman informed them.

"Hello, M'gann! You want us to protect the real artifacts while they get transported to Gotham City Museum, right?"

"Partially correct." Red Tornado said.

"We want you to protect Professor Thor while she transports them herself." Batman explained.

"Wait, she's doing it herself?" Dick questioned. "I know she doesn't trust many people but why would she risk herself for the sake of the artifacts?"

"What's the big deal?" Conner asked.

"Professor Thor has a degree in anthropology, archaeology, Norse mythology, Greek mythology, Egyptology, Chinese mythology, astronomy, four different types of biology degrees and a physics degree." Dick said. "No doubt the League of Shadows is dying to get their hands on her."

"Sounds like a major geek." Wally smirked. "Definitely someone the Shadows would kidnap."

"She's even studied history in Atlantis due to their new diplomatic relationship with the surface."

"Rob, how do you know all of this?" Wally asked.

"You kidding? She's like the queen of geniuses." Dick laughed. "She's also good friends with Bruce Wayne. That's why most of her discoveries go to Gotham."

"Even I've heard some pretty amazing things about her." Roquel added. "Like how she played diplomat between Byalya and Pikolistan."

"Wow." Artemis whistled, impressed.

"I'd like to meet this Professor Thor." Kaldur said.

"Can't wait." M'gann smiled.

"You will leave immediately." Batman stated. 

……………………………….............

"Where is she?" Wally asked impatiently.

"Chill, KF. She'll be here." Robin smiled.

"Have you met her before?" M'gann asked.

"Yup." He said, still beaming.

"What kind of person is she that she can make Byalyans see reason?" Conner asked.

"She's normally polite but kind of blunt, and she has a short fuse."

"Now I'm more curious." Kaldur said as he helped Conner push the crates into the truck.

"She's probably nerdy looking. You know, thick glasses with frizzy hair and freckles." Wally joked.

"You know, Wonder Woman told me that's called stereo-typing. When you assume something based on rumors or appearance." Cat said to Conner. Wally shot a glare at her, she quickly turned away and uttered an apology.

"That was-" Conner started.

"Excuse me?" A gorgeous woman walked up to them. She had crimson red hair tied loosely in a braid. Her chocolate brown eyes shone with curiosity. She wore a long sleeved black shirt with a long skirt and flats. "You must be my guards?"

"You're Professor Thor?!" Artemis asked.

"Professor! Long time, no see!" Dick walked up to her.

"Boy Wonder, how long has it been?" She shook his hand.

"Since the African Safari."

"Really? I could have sworn it was Guatemala."

"No, that was before Africa."

"I should read my logs again, though I'm sure it was Guatemala."

"I'm telling you, it was Africa."

"Okay." she laughed. "Though I'm all over the place so its nearly impossible to keep track of."

"Guys, this is Professor Thor." Dick introduced her.

"You sure she's not a super model?" Wally asked.

"You must be Kid Flash." She smiled. "You're J'onn's niece, Miss Martian."

"You know my uncle, J'onn?"

"I interviewed him on Martian culture once or twice."

"And she's been on dates with him ten times that." Dick chuckled.

"Hello, M'gann! Uncle J'onn told me about you!"

She looked at Kaldur. "You're Aqualad and you're Artemis." She looked at Conner. "You're Superman's clone, Superboy." She noticed Cat. "Your face I don't know."

"Oh- I'm the Black Cat." She bowed her head instead of shaking hands.

"Oh, so formal." She chuckled and bowed back.

"How does she know so much?" Artemis asked.

"Hello, M'gann! That's another good reason why the shadows would want her."

"She's one of the top ranking professors on the planet. She has access to places you couldn't even imagine." Roquel said.

"That gives the League of Shadows a reason to target her." Kaldur added.

Cat twitched. "I think we should get moving." She took a step back. 'We have a visitor.' She said telepathically, via M'gann's telepathy. "Professor Thor is driving the truck so I think-"

"Hold on. Aqualad's in charge here, not you." Wally cut her off.

"Kid Flash, That's-" Kaldur started to scold him.

"No, its okay. He's right, I'm sorry." she shied away from Wally. Kaldur attempted to put his hand on her shoulder to comfort her but she vanished. She reappeared on top of the truck. "We should go."

"I'll listen to that one." Wally turned to see everyone but Dick and Professor Thor glaring at him. "What?"

"Nice going." Artemis whacked him in the back of the head.

"Not cool." Conner walked around him.

"I can't believe you said that." Dick shook his head.

"What did I do wrong?" Wally looked confused.

………………………………......

The truck was moving, Conner and Zatanna sat in the back of the truck; guarding the artifacts. M'gann and Roquel flew overhead while Wally was latched onto the back of it. Dick and Kaldur sat in the front with Professor Thor while Artemis and Cat sat on top. Cat sat at the back while Artemis sat at the front.

'Why didn't we take the bikes again?' Wally thought.

'I didn't like the idea, I want you ready if a fight starts. By the way, how cool is this telepathy?' The thought made Professor Thor giddy.

'Wally, we need to talk.' M'gann thought.

'All ears.'

'That wasn't very nice, I think you hurt Cat's feelings-'

'No way! I'm not apologizing!'

'You may not want to, but you need to. She's a member of this team too.' Kaldur added.

'She hasn't done anything wrong.' Conner added as well.

'What do you have against her?' Dick asked.

'I don't know… She bothers me!'

'You guys do remember she can hear this, right?' Artemis pointed out. She looked at Cat who sat quietly at the back of the truck.

'Hello, M'gann! Sorry, Cat.' She remained silent.

'Um...hello?' Roquel tried again.

'See! She's-' Wally raged.

'There!' Cat interrupted. 'Look alive!' She stood up.

'I hear it.' Conner thought as he noticed it, his eyes shifted to thermal as he spotted it.

'Prepare for impact!' She pointed a bright, almost white, ball of fire blasting towards them. It hit the back of the truck where Cat stood and instantly exploded.

The Professor immediately slammed on the brakes. Everyone rushed out of the truck as it came to a halt. "Cat!" Conner looked around. She reappeared next to him.

"I'm okay. Close call though." She saluted. They noticed the burns all over her wrists.

"Your hands!" Dick pointed out.

"My fault." She shrugged. "No biggie."

"But-" M'gann started.

"I thought I could deflect the blast. I guess I was wrong." she finished. She walked towards the truck. "Aqualad, can you help me put out the fire?"

"That's not what happened." M'gann shook her head.

"What do you mean?" Conner asked.

"She could've easily just teleported out of the way-"
"But if she had, it would've directly hit Artemis." Roquel said.

"She… was shielding me?" Artemis looked at Cat.

"The artifacts are fine!" Cat shouted to them. She walked up to them. "It seems our stalker was either trying to destroy the artifacts, kill Professor Thor, or…"

"Or?" Wally questioned.

"Or they were trying to kill us. Which is a possibility considering we're standing in their way." Cat frowned. Her eyes glowed as she twitched. Conner noticed as well, giving her a nod. "We need to move."

'How many?' Kaldur asked telepathically.

'Four- no, five.' Cat thought.

'What do you think, Supey?' Wally asked.

'I think she's right.' he glared momentarily.

'Jeez, sorry.' Wally backed up.

'How far?' Artemis asked.

'A kilometer… maybe two.' She shifted uneasily. 'Wait- they're gone!' She shuddered and turned around. "Robin, look out!" Another blast of fire, similar to the one before, came hurling straight towards Artemis and Dick. Everyone jumped out of the way. Conner grabbed the professor and jumped back in time to avoid the blast.

'Everyone okay?' M'gann asked.

'Yeah.' Everyone groaned a reply in one way or another.

'How did they go from one place to another in an instant?' Dick asked.

'There was a ripple in the dimension's energy field and-' Cat started.

'Wait-what?' Wally interrupted.

'Basically, a teleportation device.' She shortened her original explanation.

'And you know this how?'

'I was going to explain but you interrupted me.' She didn't say it to be sarcastic but that's how he took it.

'That's enough!' Kaldur though.

'She started it!'

'Started what?' Cat looked confused.

"Guys, our stalkers have revealed themselves." Artemis pointed them out.

There was a large man, a monster that looked like he'd been dosed with cobra venom, a girl and a cloaked figure. "Haha, they dodged your attack again, Ember." The large man chuckled.

"Oh, darn." The girl frowned.

"Wait-" Cat counted. "There's one missing."

"Smart girl, very perceptive." A female voice came from on top of the truck. They looked up.

"I know you, the assassin for hire, Cheshire." Cat growled.

"Looks like you've added another pretty little face to your team. I'll make it easy for you, new girl. You'll hand over Professor Thor and maybe I'll let you leave with your lives."

"Not a chance." Wally said.

"Be that way. Either way the good professor is coming with us." She pulled out a sai. "Normally I don't travel with an entourage but you guys are a special case."

The girl, Ember, laughed. A fireball lit in her palm, she hurled it right towards Dick.

He dodged, 'Is she purposely aiming for me?'

'Seems like it.' Cat thought.

'Cat, guard the Professor!' Kaldur ordered.

'Right!' She appeared next Professor Thor.

'Let's go!' Kaldur ordered again.

Wally flashed past the monster, turned and stopped in front of him. "Whoa, you're an ugly one." Wally moved to the side as the monster slammed his fists on the ground. "Ah, did I make you angry?" He attempted it again and missed again. "Grumpy, aren't we?" And again. "Look that way." He pointed. As soon as the monster turned it's head, Conner punched it in the face. "Not the sharpest pencil in the box, are you?" he noticed the cloak figure move. "Oh, snap." The figure's shadow leaped off of the ground after Wally, he turned and ran. The monster rose to its feet and tackled Conner, knocking him to the ground for a moment before taking his foot to it's jaw. Ember chased after Dick and Artemis, fire burning at their every footstep while the big man confronted M'gann.

"Ma says it ain't polite to hit girls, but I'm not actually gonna lay a finger on you." he laughed and then pulled a huge chunk of ground up. "People call me Digger, maybe 'cause I like the dirt." He threw it at M'gann, only it looked as if there were some kind of sonic force behind it. There was a boom as it impacted against her force field.

The cloaked figure turned to Kaldur. He didn't speak but his shadows grabbed at Kaldur viciously. He electrocuted one, causing it to retreat long enough for Kaldur to sever it with his water sword. It simply crawled back to the rest of the shadows. Roquel threw up a force field as they attempted to overwhelm her.
A chant came from Zatanna's lips that caused the force field to turn red and the shadows steamed as they were burned off. "What is that thing made of?"
Cheshire attacked Cat swiftly, swinging at her was simple enough but hitting her was an seemed impossible. Cat swerved around Cheshire's every move like it was nothing.

"Scared, little kitty cat? Scared I might cut you?"

"Ha, no." She grabbed Cheshire's daggers by the blade and kicked her in the stomach. She threw the daggers down next to her. "If you think-" her eyes grew wide. "Wha-"

"I laced my daggers with a new paralysis serum. After my last encounter's with Aqualad's jellyfish immunity I decided to change a few things. It works almost instantly." She turned. "Oh and-" She threw one. It slashed M'gann's shoulder.

"Wha-" She swayed clumsily before falling out of the sky.

"-It can last hours on normal humans. I'm quite interested to see what it'll do to you."

"Hehehe. Game over, little Miss Martian." Digger pulled up another chunk of ground.

'M'gann!' she thought. 'Come on, move stupid body! I said-' he threw the boulder. 'Move!' She vanished.

"No!" Conner shouted. He was holding the monster back. M'gann closed her eyes for a moment and when she opened them Cat was standing in front of her. She swung around and the heel of her foot made contact with the boulder. There was almost a sonic boom as the boulder shattered.

"Hurry up! We didn't come here to fight!" Cheshire barked orders.

"Doesn't matter." Ember threw another fireball. "Creeper already got what we need." No one had noticed until now that the cloaked figure's shadow had grabbed Professor Thor.

"Professor-" Cat dropped to her knees. 'I can't move!' Ember threw a fireball at the ground. It exploded into a big cloud of smoke that filled the air. Conner was thrown out of the cloud along with Dick and Artemis.

"Aaargh!" Wally raged. Conner sat up, crushing asphalt under the pressure of his palms. He was definitely angry.

Kaldur walked over to M'gann, helping her sit up. "Are you alright?"

"Yeah, just a bit paralyzed. It should be out of my system shortly."

Cat stood up steadily, attempting to shake off the wooziness. Wally was obviously enraged by the way he had stormed up to her. "What do you know, the one thing you were asked to do, and you couldn't do it."

"Wally-" M'gann tried to stop him.

"No! You want to know why no one checked if you were okay and Aqualad helped Miss Martian? Because she's an actual member of our team! You act like you're better than everyone! Personal training with Black Canary, private lessons with Wonder Woman, living in the Watchtower. I'm so sick of being forced to be nice to you! You don't even trust us enough to tell us your secret identity! Any time someone gets close to you, you teleport away! You don't say anything about your past and you freeze up when anyone asks you about it! Its bull!" 

"Wally!" M'gann shouted. "Please. That's enough." Wally was out of breath as he looked at the Martian, he hadn't even stopped yelling long enough to notice Cat's expression. Tears streamed down her cheeks. Her eyes were blank and unresponsive.

"Wait…I didn't…" he stuttered. The regret had already begun to sink in.
She turned away, wiping the tears away. She took a deep breath before speaking. "There's this weird feeling in my chest. It feels heavy and I don't think it's a good feeling." They all looked confused. "I have nothing. I don't have a family or a home, I don't have friends- I don't even have a name. Since I've been in this world, I've experienced so many new things and feelings- and most of them were with you guys." She turned and looked at Wally. She bowed her head apologetically. "I'm sorry if I did something to make you hate me. I don't know what I did but I'll try not to do it again."

Wally looked stunned. "I-" he swallowed. "No, I'm sorry. I guess I just lost my cool but… you won't even let us be your friends."

"I can't."

"Why not?"

"I don't know how." she shrugged.

"Its not something complicated, you just gotta... trust us." Wally smiled.

"That feeling in your chest is pain, you dope." Dick added.

"But isn't this feeling pain?" She pointed to the burns on her wrists.

"Yes, you should probably bandage that by the way, but that's physical pain." Dick answered.

"The pain in your chest is emotional." Kaldur said.

"Emotional?"

"Even though you're not injured, it still hurts." M'gann added.
"And sometimes, it hurts for a long time." Zatanna stated.
"But it's nothing some quality time with some good friends can't fix." Roquel smiled reassuringly.

"Emotions are strange things." Cat shook her head.

"You act like you've never felt these things before."

"I haven't, or at least I don't know if I have. The farthest back I can remember is April." They gave her confused looks. "Even then my senses were... dull."

"Extreme amnesia?" Dick questioned. "I've never heard of anything to this degree."

"Well, that explains a lot." Wally said.
"Can you even get amnesia to the point that you forget how to feel?" Zatanna asked.

"It doesn't matter right now. We have to get the Professor back. They haven't made it back to their gate yet." Cat caught their attention.

"What gate?" Conner asked.

"Teleportation gate. They're using them to get around. If they get back to their gate we'll never catch them."
"Oh, you must be talking about their boom tubes." Roquel realized.
"They must have set coordinates for their pick up."

"Wait, you teleport all over the place all the time. How come you don't use gates?" Dick asked.

"I do, in a way. My body, itself, is a gate."

"For someone who knows very little about the world, you sure know a lot about this." Roquel raised an eyebrow curiously.

"Ask me about dimensional physics and I can pretty much answer anything." Her smile quickly faded. "I felt a shift in energy when they first used it. It's about three kilometers north from here. Kid Flash and I would get there the fastest- oh! If that's… okay with you." Her eyes went to Kaldur for approval.

"Go. We'll meet you there." He nodded. "And Cat, don't be afraid to voice your opinion."

"Okay." She nodded with a smile.

"Be careful." Conner smiled at her.

She blushed, smiled and then vanished. Wally took off in the northern direction.

………………………………......

"Hurry up!" Cheshire hissed at them.

"Sorry, she's not- oof!" Professor Thor hit Digger in the face with her elbow. "-cooperating."

"Calm down, Professor. If you want to live long enough to get married, that is." Cheshire taunted. "There's a rumor about that going around."

"Ha, you couldn't kill me even if you wanted to!" she smirked. "Or else that big ape won't sign your paycheck."

"You know quite a bit, Professor." Cheshire observed.

"I've been kidnapped by the League of Shadows before."

"But we don't work for the Shadows."

"Who's your new boss? That way I can spit in his face and tell him to go eat dirt." She said sarcastically.

"You're pushing your luck, Professor." Ember growled.

"Not really, but I am pushing your buttons." she joked.

"Hold it, Ember." Cheshire stopped her. "She's baiting you."

"Yeah, wouldn't want the little match stick to burn out." Professor Thor continued to tease her.

"We're almost to the rendezvous point, ignore her!" Cheshire warned.

"Sorry, but-" They looked forward to see Wally blocking their path. "The gates closed. Try another escape route."

Cat appeared in front of him. "You may have not come looking for a fight but you've got one."

"Now, now. Don't get ahead of yourself." She held her sai to Professor Thor's throat. "What about your precious Professor? Hmm?" Cat vanished and reappeared next to Cheshire. She punched her in the stomach, causing her to back up and then she uppercut Digger in the jaw. Wally smirked and- in the blink of an eye- knocked Ember over and returned to where he was standing.

"You'd think they would've taken you seriously when you said they had a fight." Wally joked.

"Take you seriously?" Cheshire stood up. "Its two against five." A disc flashed past hit and hit the ground in front of her. The center beeped and then- Kaboom! Cheshire jumped back to escape the explosion.

"Make that three against five." Dick stepped up next to Wally, giving him a high five. Two arrows struck Ember, exploding upon impact.

"Actually four." Artemis smirked as she approached. Suddenly Conner dropped from the sky on top of the monster, crushing it into the ground. He jumped out of the crater he made in the ground.

"Five." he said as he stood up and faced them.
The monster attempted to get back to it's feet as Roquel blasted it. "Six. You know I wouldn't leave my girl hanging."

The smoke began to clear and Ember stoop up. She was livid. There was a chant as The smoke wrapped around her like bindings. She was electrocuted. Kaldur, Zatanna and M'gann were standing behind her. "Now its nine against five."
"Odds are back in our favor, though me and the Black Cat could have taken you ourselves." Wally smirked deviously.

"Try it, speedster." Ember growled as she pulled herself off of the ground. She lit up faster than a match on oil.

"Okay." Wally charged at her, but then stopped short and ducked. Dick jumped over and booted Ember in the face.

The monster stood up and attacked Conner as soon as it spotted him. He hit it in the stomach. It slid backwards and roared with anger. "Heh, and people say I have a bad temper."
"Most don't have a pair of baby blues that make it cute." Roquel put up a shield as the monster attempted to ram her.

"Rematch, girlie?" Digger joked as he put Professor Thor down and shoved her out of the way.

"If you think you can handle me." M'gann glared. Her eyes started glowing and rocks started lifting off the ground. "No more miss nice Martian."

Artemis shot arrow after arrow at Creeper. It only pushed him back momentarily. His shadows shielded him while they attacked Kaldur. Zatanna chanted a few words that cause the ground under them to crack but the shadows just slithered in between. 

"What a match this'll be. The Cheshire versus the Black Cat." Cheshire joked as she stood face to face with her.

"Believe me." Cat took a fighting stance. "Its not going to be much of a match." She vanished and reappeared in front of Cheshire. She swung at her, barely tearing her sleeve. Cheshire moved evasively, she attempted to cut Cat several times but failed.

'What is this?' Cat thought. 'Did she get slower? Or did I get faster? The way she moves… isn't even close to Black Canary! Does she notice the huge gap in her defense? I don't know but-' She vanished and appeared behind Cheshire. Cheshire turned and, as she did; Cat twirled around, ducked down and punched her repeatedly in the stomach. Then she uppercut her in the jaw, knocking her mask off. Cheshire quickly bolted with a sneer on her face, dropping a smoke bomb as she left. Cat coughed and appeared outside of the smoke cloud.

Conner grappled with the monster. He threw it into a tree and Roquel blasted him through it before it could recover. The monster rose to its feet and charged at him again. He ducked under it's fist and punched it in the stomach. It fell to its knees for a moment and then it was back up again. "He keeps coming." Suddenly, Cat appeared above its head, slamming her heel into its skull. She jumped back next to Conner.

"Need a hand?" She smiled.

"Since you dealt with your Cheshire problem." he smirked.

"How did you-" he tapped his head. "Oh, right. Stupid telepathy." she frowned. The monster stood back up again. "Hm, that would've cracked a normal person's skull."

"He's got some thick skin." Roquel whistled.

"I guess we've gotta hit him harder then." He gave her a smile.

Meanwhile, Artemis, Zatanna and Kaldur were having their own problems. Artemis back flipped and shot another arrow. "Go down already!" she growled.

"We can't get close to him." Kaldur shielded himself. He slashed an approaching shadow which only caused it to pause.

"Its because of those shadows-" she smiled. "Hold on." She shot another arrow. "Aqualad, move!" He jumped back out of the way as she released the arrow. There was a boom and a bright, blinding light.

"What was that?"

"Flash grenade. Did the job too." Creeper was stumbling and then he fell to his knees.
A blinding light followed the chant that had left Zatanna's lips. He let loose a shriek before shifting into the ground and scattered. "Didn't like the light, I see." She smirked.

"Having issues, Martian?" He clapped his hands and the ground shook; tripping Wally, Robin and Ember. He picked up another boulder and threw it. M'gann stopped it in mid-air and then flung it back at him. Digger shattered it.

'Hello, M'gann!' she noticed something. Digger clapped his hands again but this time she put up a force field around him. The sonic waves bounced off and were sent back at him. She released the force field. He stumbled around dizzily. He shook his head, trying to regain focus, but it didn't help. Suddenly the monster flew right into him, knocking him out. M'gann looked at Conner and Cat.

"He did it." She pointed to Conner. He looked at her curiously. "What? Its true."

Wally turned right and dodged a fireball.  "Okay, this is getting old." He ran around Ember in circles. She tried to light up but couldn't. Her flames were quickly extinguished by the whirlwind. She started suffocating and Wally stopped. Dick punched her in the face, knocking her out.
"Nicely done, KF." 

"It was easy. No oxygen, no fire."

"All done guys?" Cat questioned.

"Of course." Wally smirked.

"Now where's Professor Thor?" Dick asked.

"I won't lose to you!" Cheshire jumped out of a tree, sai in hand. Suddenly, something brushed past her, cutting her cheek and hit the tree.

"Kunai knives?!" Dick pulled one from the tree. There was a piece of pink fabric tied to the end of each. "This can only mean-" Someone dropped from the sky. Obviously a woman, wearing a short white kimono with a wisteria pattern on it. Her mask was pure white, with magenta under the eye slits. "Wisteria!"

"Who's that?" Conner asked.

"She's one of the most secretive members of the League. She's never been caught on film and she only communicates with Batman directly. The ninja warrior, Wisteria." Dick explained.

Cheshire attacked Wisteria viciously. She seemed to dance around Cheshire's strikes as if they were nothing. She dodged effortlessly. She was so nimble, Cheshire couldn't keep up. She punched Cheshire in the stomach and then brought her elbow down on her head. Cheshire cough and jumped back. "This isn't worth the pay." She threw a smoke bomb and vanished.

"Uh, thanks?" Zatanna said, a little stunned.

"Hey!" Wally tried to confront her but the wind blew the leaves up and swirled around her. Then she was gone.

"What were you going to say?" Cat asked.

"I was going to ask if Bats sent her after us." Wally frowned.

"Oh, are they gone now?" Professor Thor came out from behind a tree.

"You hid?" Artemis asked.

"You guys seemed to have it covered."

"Its weird. I don't feel angry anymore." Wally shrugged. "Eh, I must have ran it out of my system." He noticed everyone but Cat was glaring at him. "Oh yeah. I'm, uh, sorry I yelled at you, Cat. It wasn't your fault."

"But it kinda was." She frowned.

"Everyone makes mistakes. You do not need to take the blame for everything." Kaldur said.

"I had no right to jump you." He smiled. "so, we're cool?"

"Yeah." she smiled back.

………………………………...................

"You sent Wisteria after us, didn't you?" Wally asked.

"You met Wisteria?" Black Canary asked.

"I wasn't aware that Wisteria  even appeared." Batman said. "Though I am aware of your anger problem that happened during the mission."

"Oh snap." Dick laughed.

"I don't even know why I was angry and you're changing the subject." he held up one of the kunai knives they pulled from the tree.

"Why do you have that?" Cat asked.

"Let me guess-" Artemis started.

"Souvenir." he smirked.

"I changed the subject for a good reason. On the note of your anger problem,"  Batman started. "It has to do with your molecular sensitivity."

"Molecular sensitivity?" M'gann asked.

"I think I'm gonna go take a shower." Cat said.

"What about-" she vanished and Zatanna sighed. "Why does she always do that?"

"She's already heard this explanation before." Batman explained.

"When?" Dick asked.

"When Flash went through the same thing." Black Canary said.

"The Flash went through- what?" Wally was confused.

"By now, you've noticed Cat is not human." Red Tornado said.

"Obviously, and she has a wicked case of amnesia that made her forget what feelings are." Artemis said.

"So she told you about that."

The zeta tube beeped as Wisteria appeared. 'Wisteria. 2. 1.' 

"What I want to know," Her voice seemed familiar. She took off the mask. "Is why you didn't inform me about this, Batman."

"Professor Thor." Kaldur said.

"Oh yeah." she frowned. "I keep forgetting people call me that."

"That's not your real name?" Conner asked.

"Oh?" She leaned in close to him. "Look at my eyes."

"They're blue." He noticed. "Professor Thor's eyes are brown. You're not her?"

"I am Charlotte's alter ego." She turned away from him.

"Professor Thor is the reincarnation of a spirit of wisdom." Batman explained. "Her instincts kicked in and she reacted. We didn't send her."

"I would've liked the warning, Batman." She glared at him.

"You knew about the guards."

"Yes, all but the one from another dimension."

"Who told you that?" he asked.

"I had a long chat with Superman and Flash." she looked at Wally. "I also found out why your personality description of Kid Flash was off too."

"As I was trying to explain. We've confirmed that Cat is from another dimension. When she entered this dimension, she carried an unknown element. Because it was in the form of a gas and it doesn't destroy or effect our atmosphere, it can only effect something on a molecular level. We assume it was part of her dimension's atmosphere and that's why its safe to inhale; but to someone who's molecules are so loose, it could have a different effect."

"Loose molecules-oh!"

"Hello, M'gann! Its so obvious! I mean, the Flash can vibrate his molecules through solid walls! Of course Wally has loose molecules!"

"We thought the atoms would've all adapted my now, but it seems we were wrong." Canary said.

"Adapted?" Dick asked.

"Yes, adapt into our atmosphere. After a while, the stray atoms seem to lose power and adapt into oxygen." Batman explained as a diagram appeared on the screen. "We don't really understand how."

"We were lucky Wally only had a small dose." Wisteria said.

"That was small?" Conner asked. "What happened to the Flash?"

"He got into a fist fight with Green Lantern." Wisteria put bluntly. "All it takes is something little to set someone off. A sarcastic comment, a petty argument, a bit of jealousy."

"Cat mentioning that she lived in the Watchtower must have been what set him off." Kaldur said.

"I feel fine now… is it going to keep happening? I mean, I can't keep making my team mate cry everyday."

"You made Cat cry? That's a new one." Canary said.

"She's never done that before either?" Artemis asked.

"Not even when she got third degree burns from that kitchen incident- which you don't know about." Canary stopped, awkwardly.

"It shouldn't affect you anymore. Since you're feeling fine now, it means its out of your system." Batman explained.

"If you don't mind me asking." M'gann started. "What set the Flash off?"

The adults exchanged looks and then Batman finally said. "Ask Cat."

………………………………

"Cat." M'gann walked into Cat's room. The door was wide open. There were pictures scattered all over the floor next the bed. Cat was asleep, clinging to her quilt instead of sleeping under it. She was in a nightgown and her hair was unbraided. M'gann smiled and then noticed the burns and cuts on her hands and ankles. 'These are from when she blocked that boulder and shielded Artemis. And her fight with Cheshire and that monster.'

"Hello, M'gann." she said with a sentimental smile. She walked out of the room and returned with a first aid kit. She gently lifted her ankle. She cleaned the wounds and bandaged it. She moved on to the other ankle, then a hand and finally the other hand. 'She's such a heavy sleeper.' She laughed to herself a bit. When she was done she closed the kit and stood up. She smiled at Cat. "Don't worry, Cat. We're not just your teammates, we're your friends." This time Cat mumbled something and rolled over. M'gann chuckled a bit and walked out.

………………………………

"Morning." Cat said sleepily. She rubbed her eyes and yawned as she dragged her quilt across the floor.

"Oh, good morning, Cat." M'gann smiled. "I made pancakes." She floated towards her and landed in front of her. She handed her a cup of dark brown liquid, coffee. "Just the way you like it. Dark brown and sweet.

"Uh, thank you." She took the cup. Conner was sitting on the couch in front of the TV, which was on the menu setup screen. "By the way. Did you bandage my injuries last night when I was asleep?"

"Yeah, they may not bother you but you got them protecting us. It was the least I could do."

"Thanks, I guess." She smiled shyly. M'gann floated back into the kitchen and Cat sat next to Conner on the couch. She took a sip of coffee and smiled. She place the cup on the table and looked at the TV. "Haven't figured it out yet?"

"No." Conner responded bluntly.

"He's been there all morning." Kaldur added as he walked into the kitchen.

Cat frowned. "Alright then." She grabbed the remote. "Let's attempt something." She eyed the remote. "Which button do you think turns it on?"

He glanced at the remote. "Maybe the red one."

"I was thinking that too. Should I press it?"

"What if we break it?"

"Well, we gotta try." She clicked the button and the TV turned on. "We did it!"

He smiled at her. "You're right. We did."

She blushed a bit. "Its just a small achievement. Its kind of silly for me to get excited over something so small."

"Doesn't matter how big or small it is, its still an achievement."

She smiled again. "I think… I like it here. Its different and we're far from normal but… it gives me a nice feeling and I like it."

"What's that on your quilt?" Kaldur asked.

"Oh this?" It had superhero symbols stitched into it. "Wonder Woman helped me make it. I guess you could say its my souvenir from the Watchtower." She laughed a bit.

"If Wally heard you say that, he'd love it." M'gann said.

"Where is he?"

"School." Kaldur answered.

"Another place I've never been."

"Believe me, I'm not sure you want to." Conner smirked. "We have a student holiday today."

"Pancakes are done!" M'gann said.

"Sweet!" Cat stood up. "I never even braided my hair last night. I don't even remember laying down."

"You must have been exhausted." Kaldur said.

"Well, back in April I used to sleep about twenty hours a day."

"Isn't that bad for you?"

"It is?"

"Hello, M'gann! You're not quite human." Cat had another one of her blank moments. "How about I help you with your hair after breakfast? And you can show me some of your old pictures."

"Really? That'd be great." She smiled and ran to the table. "I have so many! From the Watchtower- oh! And the moon and Earth from space! Even from when I…"

Mission 2 END

YJ Mission 2/Distance
Woo woo~! Re-editing all the old chapters. This one was a big edit so I have to repost it because st.ash is being a jerk.
I'll post the links to the other missions once I'm done editing but here's-
Mission 1/ enthaga.deviantart.com/art/YJ-…

But all is being edited because the earlier ones were written back when the first six episodes came out XD so now that I have free time I'm gonna fix them all
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