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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9. Jess's Story- Entry Five

She stumbled through the mist, trying to find her way to something . . . anything. She didn't know what she was looking for, but she knew she had to find it. It was cold and dark, she was completely alone. Finally, there was a gate visible. She knew what it said before she reached it. It was the gate to the new Arkham. She'd stayed in here many times, thanks to her love of blowing things up. But when she reached the gate, she only saw . . .

Jess awoke with a scream.

She still wore her Blackbird costume, having only taken off the mask. She sat up, surprised that her mother hadn't come in to see what the scream was all about, but when she saw the unfamiliar surroundings, the memory of the previous night came rushing back to her with the force of a hurricane.

We were going to find a new school today. she thought to herself, thinking remembering what her mother'd had planned might lessen the pain. She said that there was a reform boarding school in Metropolis that might accept me. I was going to be on my best behavior and then forget it all when I came home during school holidays . . .

If anything, it was just making it worse.

Finally, she got up. She'd have to go back home to get her clothes. Hell, maybe she'd stay at home. She didn't want to deal with Coleman longer than she had to. He was nice enough, but he made her uncomfortable. Nervous. She didn't know why, but she felt he couldn't be trusted.

Jess tiptoed out of the room and looked around. He was nowhere nearby, and she didn't hear or see any signs of life in any other room. Maybe he's still sleeping, or even better, not home. She wasted no time in running out of the apartment and escaping the building.

She didn't recognize this part of town, which was odd. Gotham was a big city, but she'd been around enough times to know it like the back of her hand - whether it be on Blackbird business or Jess business. She thought the only person who knew it better was the Batman, and he hadn't been heard from since over a year ago.

This is going to be harder than I thought. she groaned inwardly and tied the mask on, hoping nobody was watching. They didn't need to know that Blackbird was actually a juvenile delinquent in reality.

How will I attract the least amount of attention? Maybe stick to the shadows, that was my method when I gassed the school . . .

Stick to the shadows she did, until she finally reached a point where she recognized her surroundings. She immediately saw the familiar building and made a sprint for it, completely disregarding her attempt to avoid attention. Nobody came around here anyway.

She ducked into the abandoned asylum and reached the place she considered her hideout, the cell she'd heard her father had occupied during his last stay in Arkham. Newspaper clippings were tacked to the walls, and the box sat undisturbed in the corner.

Jess wouldn't return to where she'd lived with her mother yet, but she at least had a change of clothes here.

After she was wearing her street clothes, she began to walk out of Arkham, but a voice interrupted her. "You've been hiding out in Arkham, huh?"

She sighed.

It looked like she was stuck with Coleman after all.

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