Redemption: A Batman Fanfiction

(Takes place 15 years after the events of Arkham City)
Fourteen-year-old Jess Ter Quinn Niche is leading a double life, carrying on the crime reign of her parents and saving Gotham citizens from muggings and robberies. Lately, however, she has been getting anonymous tips from some person called "K"...

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8. Coleman's Story- Entry Five

when they reached the high-rise apartment, separate from the one he was in earlier (he wouldn't want to mix business with pleasure) he sat in his easy chair, offered Jess a drink, and spoke.

 

"Rough night?"

 

They had not spoken since he found her, and offered her safety. It seemed a little anticlimactic to start their communications so casually, but he knew it would be the easiest way to get through to the antisocial girl sat on his sofa. "Whadda you think?!?!?" came the response. "I think," he began, "That you are just another victim of this city of nightmares, another youngster without a home, another number in a psychiatric ward logbook. Another masked face. Am I right?"

 

She backed away, nearly spilling her drink, a stiff cocktail unfit for a minor. "Wh.. Who the the hell are you?" she said, struggling to find her cool. She found it.  "WHO THE HELL ARE YOU" she repeated, rearing onto the balls of her feet, ready to fight. "AND HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" she added. "Relax, birdie." he said, not raising an eyebrow. "I have contacts all over the city, I know stuff that would make your skin crawl. And anyway, me knowing who you are probably isn't your biggest problem right now, considering someone is collecting criminal heads..." he said ominously.

"You should get some sleep."

as she walked out the door, she heard Coleman softly speak. "You know, you and I are alike. We're both orphans, we both deserve a better world, and we'll both have nightmares tonight..."

 

As the adolescent walked out the door, he winced at his own softness, perhaps even remorse at his crime. what was he saying, killing that harlequin was a service.

 

 He hadn't meant to say that last part, it had slipped off his tongue before he could catch it. But it was true...

 

They did deserve better worlds.

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