Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Kal-El/Bruce, Dick, The Enchantress
Genres: Romance, Fairytale
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Summary: When Prince Kal-El falls under a spell, can the Dark Knight save him?
Chapter Summary: Bruce undergoes the third Trial.
Date Of Completion: June 2, 2008
Date Of Posting: July 14, 2008
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 977
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Happy Birthday, starsandsea ! :) When I think of your writing, I often think of fairytales, so this came to mind. ;)
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THE THIRD TRIAL:
EARTH AND FIRE
Yet so far!
Will the Dark Knight
Catch a Falling Star?
“The Tale Of
The Sleeping Beauty”
14th Century C.E.
Bruce tried to ignore the dull ache in his shoulder and ribs, hissing at his wounded thigh muscle pulling as he moved. Somehow he had survived his journey through this cave, avoiding poison darts, boiling oil, and noxious acid as rocks slid beneath his feet to reveal the bubbling pits.
Finally he reached his goal.
On a large boulder rested a white jewelry box trimmed in gold. Extremely wary, he lifted the lid.
A soft green glow emanated from the Jewel within. Perfect.
Bruce closed the lid and prepared for the trip back when a small, furry creature darted out and went around his legs.
“Watch out, cutie, before…ow!”
The creature sank its teeth into his leg. He whacked at it with the hilt of his sword, wondering where anti-pest repellant was when he needed it.
He dislodged the creature, blinking as it morphed into…a beautiful woman!
“Yes.” Long, platinum hair flowed over her shoulders. She wore a purple gown, an amethyst sparkling in her cleavage. “You have done well to come this far.”
“I intend to succeed, m’lady.”
Bruce inclined his head. “Your Majesty.”
The Queen smiled. “Brave Knight, your Quest is over.”
“Not until I kiss my True Love awake.”
Her laughter echoed around the cave. “Silly boy! The Prince will be forever mine.”
“Not so, my Queen.”
Violet eyes gleamed. “A pity, but your courage cannot save you.”
She disappeared behind a flash of light, a roaring dragon appearing in her place, red-tipped claws swiping at Bruce, who barely got out of the way.
He fumbled for his sword, jamming the box in his shirt pocket as he desperately tried to evade the nimble dragon.
Fire singed his shirt and he leaped up onto a ledge, slicing a stalactite and bringing it down on the creature’s wings. It roared in anger, leathery wings swiping at Bruce, who teetered on the edge. He scrambled down, wincing as he landed heavily, his ankle jarred.
Flames leaped out again, nearly setting his hair on fire. He wished that he had his armor, but his shield would have to do for protection as he yanked it off the straps on his back.
But not even his trusted shield could keep him safe forever.
An idea flashed through his mind, his arm moving as he ran forward. He thrust the sword into the dragon’s soft underbelly.
Blood spewed out, spattering his shield as the dragon roared and thrashed, Bruce pulling out the sword. He leaped back up onto the ledge, swinging his sword around and cutting the dragon’s head off.
The dragon disappeared in a puff of smoke and Bruce leaped down from the ledge.
Suddenly, the ground began to shake. Bruce raced back the way he had come in, grateful that there were no more surprises. He exited the cave just as boulders tumbled down and sealed off the entrance.
Bruce stumbled to his knees, Dick running to him.
“Are you all right?” Bruce coughed and nodded. “Do you have the Jewel?”
Bruce fumbled in his shirt, suddenly fearful, then relief washed over his face. He pulled out the box and opened it.
“Ahh,” Dick said happily as he saw the beautiful gem nestled on black velvet.
“We return to the grove.”
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