|#26 | Posted: 24 May 2011 15:38|
Weeks upon weeks go by with no results of Bruce's quest to find Terry. Bruce has gone days without sleep.
Two weeks ago, Bruce told Barbra to tell Terry's family that he had been kidnapped.
Bruce was there when she told Terry's mother and he almost cried with her.
Just as he thought, Terry's mom blamed him for her son's kidnapping. Barbra tried to convince Bruce that it wasn't but no matter what she said, Bruce felt the same. Bruce will never stop until he found Terry. Alive or dead.
Downtown Neo-Gotham a meeting was taking place. A meeting between some of the worst crime bosses from all over, not just from Neo-Gotham. The warehouse where they were meeting was pretty much empty accept for a couple of crates. They all stood waiting on their host to arrive. One of them stood up, a big and broad man, angry from waiting so long. After two hours of waiting, it would get to anyone.
"You know what..." he screamed to the rest of the men in the room.
"I'm tired of waiting on this guy. We have much more important things to do with our time then to..." then a voice out of the dark stopped him.
"You should know it's not good to yell like that." Said the voice "It puts too much strain on your voice."
The bosses then looked around to see where the disembodied voice was coming from.
"And you should know..." said a Japanese man in the back, "it's not good business to let you clients wait like this!"
"And I do apologize but you know traffic around this town!" Anthony then stepped out of the darkness next to the broad man, scaring him a little.
"Now, I think I have kept you men waiting long enough. So let's get on with why I have brought you all here."
Anthony walked over to the middle of the men. He raised his left arm the show the key board. Anthony hit some keys and a hologram appeared in front of him. It took a minute for the men to get what they were seeing. It was an imaged of Terry, running though the habitat.
One of the men bent down to look more closely at Terry.
"What are we looking at, Anthony?" one of the men asked, "It looks just like a splicer to me."
"Oh..." answered Anthony with his calm voice.
"She is much more than that. She has been bred with many attributes from some of my favorite felines. The strength of a lion, the speed of a cheetah, and she can climb and leap just as a leopard!" As Anthony explained this, he showed video footage of Terry doing just those things. "We also added some genes from other animals."
One of the buyers stood back up and said something to his assistant. Anthony couldn't hear what they were discussing. Then the buyer looked back at Anthony.
"How well is her field experience?"
"Well, she is a new born so she hasn't had that much field experience." Anthony stopped when he saw the look on their faces.
Anthony knew that they just couldn't believe that the specimen that they were looking at was a new born.
"How can she be a newborn?" asked one of the buyers
"Accelerated growth!" answered Anthony. "The rest of the data will be released to the highest bidder."
The buyers then started talking among themselves
Anthony switch off the video and sat down in the one and only chair and waited for them to finish. But unknown to Anthony and the buyers, that Bruce had tracked down one of them when they arrived in the city to that warehouse and he was using the robot to spy on the meeting.
Using the stealth mode, Bruce was able to get to the second level and watched the meeting. With the recording he was making he could keep those men in jail for a long time but Bruce was more focused on the one who took Terry, the man he was responsible but unknown to Bruce, Anthony was a lot smarter than any one of his old villains. Gently lifting his hood just enough to show his right eye. Which was some sort of implant. With it, Anthony could see Batman as clear as day.
"Well..." said Anthony standing up.
"If you all will excused me I have to check something!" The buyers didn't mind all that much and continued on talking.
Seeing this opening, Bruce prepares to attack the group. Bruce, still at the batcave, takes a deep breath and starts the onslaught. Once he jumped off the walkway, he switched back to normal and flew right in the group.
They didn't give that much of a fight at all. As the last guy got back up, Batman walked over to him. Once he saw him, batman just knew what was going to happen next. Batman picked up the man and held him in the air.
"Look..." Bruce said roughly through the robot. "I just have one question and you will answer!"
"Please!" Buyer pleaded, "Don't hurt me! I'll tell you anything you want."
"What do you know about Anthony?" Batman asked.
Before the buyer could answer him, Anthony shot him with some sort of dart. He was dead within seconds. As soon as Bruce saw Anthony, just standing there, just looking back at him, Bruce pulled out a batarang.
"Wait now!" Anthony raised his hand to stop him, "Why do we have to fight?"
"Sure I took away your partner!" Batman throws the batarang at Anthony. He caught it and threw it away.
"That..." Anthony continued, "Was pretty good for a man in his and I'm just guessing here late 60's?"
Bruce was very surprised about how closes he was.
"I have to admit Batman, you trained the kid well. He with stood some of the best techniques that I could muster!"
Bruce's worst fear was realized. One of his theories as to why he was taken in the first place was to be tortured. They were trying to get something out of him.
"I have to tell you he is very strong for his age. I have seen older men crack under less. I have gotten out surprisingly very little out of him."
That was good news to Bruce. If Terry was still fighting then he is still alive. Now, he just had to get Anthony to tell him where his is.
Powering on the jets in his boots caches Anthony of guard and knocked him down. But before Bruce could turn the robot around to face him, Anthony was already on his feet. As Batman swung his leg around to kick Anthony, he raised his arm and blocked it.
Batman with his other foot kicks his straight forward but again Anthony blocks it once again. With his leg still up, he took a swing with his left arm. With is right arm Anthony blocks it. Bruce takes hold of his arm and lifts himself to kicks Anthony. The force of the kick was so strong, that Anthony made a dent in the container he hit.
"Not bad!" Anthony said trying not to laugh and pulling himself of the dent he made. "I knew you would be like this."
Bruce was confused by this. Anthony seemed to be enjoying this.
"You know when I was a kid, I wanted to be you. I made myself to be like you but as you can see..." Anthony raised his hood to show Bruce his face.
Bruce has seen a lot it his time. Much more than one should but even that made him shiver a little.
"Life had other ideas!" Anthony put the hood back down
"Don't get me wrong Batman I still respect you and when this job came to me, I just couldn't help but get invalid if it meant meeting you."
"You are going to tell me where you are keeping him!"
"Come on detective!" Anthony says but still trying not to laugh.
"It's never fun when the villain tells you everything. It's more fun when the hero solves it."
"THIS IS NO GAME!!" Bruce screamed at him.
Then a flash of bright light blinds Bruce allowing Anthony to get away.
Thinking he failed again Bruce, thought the robot punches the wall.
"Oh Batman..." Anthony said again in the darkness, "If you let your anger get a hold of you like that, you will never find your replacement."
Bruce using thermal imaging, searches the room for Anthony but he was out of sight.
Taking some deep breaths Bruce starts to walk away when a torn piece of paper lands at his feet. The paper just had one name, Gotham. There were also other lines on the paper.
After telling Barbra where the buyers were, Bruce called the robot back so he could study the paper.
As the Batbot enters the cave a rush of hope falls over Bruce. If he could figure out what is on the paper, he could find Terry. Bruce had a tough time keeping his hand still. For the past couple of nights, Bruce has been working himself almost to death trying to find Terry.
Bruce placed the piece of paper on the scanner and sat down in his chair. The sound of Mary McGinnis, Terry's mother, crying on his monitor breaks his concentration and Bruce starts watching the monitor.
"My name is Mary McGinnis and about five weeks ago someone took my son Terry McGinnis from me!"
Mary McGinnis was speaking on the news. This is the 3rd time it had played today but this is the first time Bruce has watched it.
"Please..." Mary began crying, "I beg you, whoever as taken my son, whoever you are I beg release him to me and I will forget this. I will not hold it against you. All I want is my son back whatever you want I will get you it. Please..." again Mary cried out on the monitor, "Send me back my Terry!"
"And that..."said the news reporter, "was once again Miss Mary McGinnis calling out to her son's kidnapers to let them know they can let her son, Terry McGinnis go.
Bruce turned off the monitor and sat in silence for a few moments then said a loud
"I promise Miss McGinnis, I will find (cough, cough, cough) Terry. (Cough) If it's the last thing I do. I promise you, Mary. I promise you Terry, I will find you!"