Ooh! Almost forgot to post a new chapter!
batman walked into the empty cafeteria. He sat down with Green Arrow, Red Tornado, and Black Canary.
"He's showing his face too much." batman began.
"He has a right to publicity." Green Arqueiro said.
"He's a member of the Justice League, he does what ordered. There's a much bigger picture here. The Team is not dumb. They know we know what they don't. They know someone is out there helping them, they don't know who."
"Why not just tell them?" Black Canary asked. "They have a right to know."
"No," batman replied. "They can not find out yet. We can not reveal one of our best cards just yet."
"If you ask me, you did a pretty good job hiding the fact you have a special team of Junior heroes, Justice League relations, and former sidekicks performing undercover missions and taking out your laundry." a new voice said.
batman looked over. "How did you-"
"You trained me." the shadowy figure shrugged. "What did you expect?"
"But I didn't teach you-"
"Everything?" the figure finished. "That's what your computer taught me."
"How did you-"
"I told you, I'm good."
"What do you want Sam?"
"Want? I want to stop having to sit in the dark, like now, so as not to get caught on your security feeds. I want to stop watching Luthor and Cadmus and all your other enemies. If you want me to take out your trash, put me on the Team."
"You want to be on the Team?"
The figure didn't reply, he simply stared at Batman.
"Answer the question." batman growled. The figure remained silent. batman walked over to him and bent down to look him in the eye. He glared at the figure and the figure right back.
"Like looking in the mirror." Green Arqueiro muttered.
"Batman, you will not intimidate the boy. I was there when you trained him. You taught him that fifty percent of battles are intimidation. Where this may not be a true statement, he will certainly not back down. Let us return to the subject at hand." Red Tornado said.
batman glared at the boy a little longer then returned to the table.
"Where were we?" he asked.
"On the topic of what you're going to do with me. And don't say I'm going to follow orders. I'm not a member of this Justice League, I never have or will. I'm a loner. Now, what are you going to do?" the figure said,
batman looked at him, then at the three other members at the table.
"Hey, don't look at me. All I did was teach him how to shoot a bow." Green Arqueiro said.
"I think the boy has done enough work for us. He can be trusted. Let him cadastrar-se the Team, Bruce. He's mais than ready."
"It's not a matter of him being ready, it's a matter of them being ready."
"They took Artemis fine." Green Arqueiro said.
"You lied and told them she was your niece." the shadowy figure said.
The four members of the Justice League looked at the boy.
"Well you did. So what am I going to be? Batman's son? batman doesn't have time for a amor life though. I look nothing like Canary. Can't be related to Tornado. So what is it? Is it going to be someone else? Green Lantern?"
"Artemis is a special case." batman said.
"I know," the figure said. "I know everything about her. Maybe mais than you do."
"You certainly trained him well." Tornado said.
"Indeed," batman said. "Very well, if you wish to cadastrar-se the Team, you may, but alert us first."
"Sure," the figure said. "Am I going to need a cover story?"
"No, unless you want one."
"I'm fine with my life."
"Good, see ya." the figure said and slipped out the door into mais shadows.
*. *. *. *. *.
Artemis, Robin, Connor, Megan, Kaldur'aan, and Wally sat in a o jantar, lanchonete in Gotham City.
The Team was in their usual civilian attire, though Robin was getting some funny looks for his shades.
Another reason for the strange looks may have been because Wally had twenty double cheeseburgers, three chocolate milkshakes and an entire pie on his plate. Everybody else was sipping a beverage.
"So," Wally said with his mouth full. "What did you call us here for?"
"Eat in smaller bites please." Artemis said. "You are disgusting."
"Hey! I've got a serious metabolism!"
"Finish your romantic argument later." Robin interrupted. "Back to Wally's question. I called you here to talk to you about our friendly little helper."
"Yeah, who is it?" Wally asked.
"That, I don't know. Maybe some new Justice Leaguer. Maybe batman still doesn't trust us and is alternating out Leaguers to follow us. Whatever it is, batman and Canary know, and they're not telling us."
"What do you want us to do? Force 'em to talk?" Superboy asked.
"No, that wouldn't work. batman would never talk and no one on this team has defeated Canary in combat." Robin replied.
"Then what do you suggest we do?" Aqualad asked.
Robin thought for a moment. "Who's the best at faking sickness?" he asked.
"Ooh! Ooh! Me! Me!" Wally said, finishing another milkshake.
"Please," Artemis said. "You couldn't lie to Tornado or Megan, much less pass off being sick."
"Then I suppose you can?"
"Yes, in fact I can."
"What is this for anyway?" Megan asked.
"Here's the plan..."
*. *. *. *. *.
"I don't like this." Artemis said. She was currently on topo, início of a building in an abandoned amusement park while the rest of the team waited for the enemy to arrive.
"Trust me, it'll work!" Robin replied back over the comm. "We'll capture some bad guys and find out who goody two-bits is."
Artemis had faked being sick, so she could sneak up and catch the mysterious helper. Robin suspected the mysterious figure had inside information, and he didn't want anyone to know Artemis would be there.
"I still don't like it."
"You are way overconfident."
"Hey, here he comes!" Wally interrupted.
"Team, take your positions!" Aqualad ordered.
Sure enough, just as Robin had planned, Clayface rounded the corner, roaring in their direction.
Clayface ripped up a waterslide and threw it at them. Miss Martian tossed it to the side while Robin threw some shock grenades. They detonated, but Clayface remained unfased and continued his approach.
"Okay..." Robin said. "Now what?"
"We hope your suspicions are right." Aqualad said, tossing a few hundred gallons of water at Clayface. "And our mysterious friend comes to our rescue."
Clayface roared and launched himself at the Team.
Artemis pulled an Arqueiro back. "No!" Robin yelled telepathically. "Don't give yourself up!"
Artemis reluctantly lowered the bow. Out of nowhere, a mask was put over her face.
"You'll thank me later." a voice said. Gas filled the mask and Artemis fell to the ground.
The shadowy figure slid the mask into Artemis's quiver. He then took her bow and launched a few special arrows at Clayface. Clayface absorbed them. They detonated, splattering clay all over the place.
"Artemis!" Robin yelled in anger. He yelled her name again when she didn't respond.
"I'm not sensing a response." Miss Martian said. The Team headed for the topo, início of the building. The mysterious figure slid into the shadows and disappeared from sight.
*. *. *. *. *.
Artemis groaned and sat up. She was in her own cama in her usual nightwear. She gasped, remembering everything that had happened.
"What? who?" she asked breathlessly.
"Do not worry, Artemis." Martian Manhunter said. "You will be fine. It was only a knock-out gas."
"That's not what I'm worried about!" Artemis protested. "Who put me here?"
"Batman took you início when it became evident that you were not going to wake up for some time."
"Oh." Artemis said, breathlessly.
"Although," the green alien added. "Neither the Justice League nor your mother is happy."
At that moment, Artemis's mother rolled into the room.
"Artemis!" she exclaimed. "Get up! I don't appreciate the Justice League in my house!" she turned to the Manhunter from Mars. "No offense."
"None taken. I can understand."
Manhunter touched his com link. He nodded.
"If it is okay, Ms. Crock, Artemis must return to the Cave immediately."
"Couldn't you just say I'm sick, or still unconscious?" Artemis asked, pulling the covers over her head. Her mother sighed.
"Unfortunately, no." Martian Manhunter replied.
"Go, Artemis. You have a job to do." Her mother said. Artemis groaned.
"Give me a few minutos to change." she told the Martian. He nodded and walked out the door, followed por Artemis's mother.
*. *. *. *. *.
"He could've warned me batman was in such a bad mood." Artemis whispered to Wally.
"Shut up!" he replied. "I'm in enough trouble as it is!"
"We all are." Robin said.
"-Inexcusable!" batman said. "Robin, your actions were foolhardy and unprofessional. Do I go after the first lead I get, or go with the first plan I come up with?"
"No," Robin said.
"Do not do this again." batman said, cutting his lecture short. He walked off, cape billowing behind him. The team headed towards the living room.
"I told you this was a bad idea!" Artemis said as soon as Robin closed the door.
"Trust me," Robin said. "He's being very lenient. So what happened on topo, início of the building?"
"Our helper got wise to the plan." Artemis replied. "Knocked me out with some gas-"
"-and saved our butts." Wally said.
Robin snickered at the fact the two were finishing each other's sentences.
"What?" Wally asked.
"Nothing." Robin said, hiding a laugh behind his hands.
"So, who wants some cookies?" Megan asked, flying into the kitchen.
"Ooh! Me!" Wally said.
"I'll help." Artemis and Superboy said at the same time.
Megan began pulling ingredients out of the cabinets while Superboy got some stuff out of the refrigerator.
"I need a spoon." Megan said.
Artemis opened a drawer and dug around.
"This is all I could find." she said, holding up a red dagger.
"Give me that!" Robin said, snatching it away. He examined it and slid it into his belt. He ran off. Everyone looked at each other, unsure of what the Boy Wonder was up to.
*. *. *. *. *.
batman studied it carefully.
"So?" Robin asked.
"So what?" batman replied.
"You know perfectly well what I'm asking." Robin replied.
batman sighed. "Yes, it is the same as the others."
"And you know who it is, don't you?"
"Preposterous." batman said. "Wouldn't I tell you if I knew?"
"Just like you told us Artemis isn't really GA's niece?"
batman looked up. "How did you know?"
"I'll return the question. Why would GA send his niece to Gotham Academy?"
"She goes to your school?"
"Does she know about your secret identity?"
"No, I don't think she had a clue."
"Good, don't tell the Team."
"We have a reason for lying." batman replied. "Also, it's her choice."
"I have another mission for you."
batman got up from the microscope and moved to the computer.
"Gotham's mayor has been sent several death threats due to his recent mysterious transaction." imagens flashed across the screen as batman talked. "However, he insists on attending the Annual Police Parade. Commissioner Gordon has said he will take every precaution, but that isn't good enough for me. I need you and the Team to get in and stop whatever someone is planning to do."
"Who knows?" batman added with a slight grin. "You may find your helper."