Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Clark/Bruce (Clark does not appear in this chapter), Kathy Kane, Dick, Kara Zor-El, Hal/Steve/Diana (Steve does not appear in this chapter), Barbara Gordon
Series Notes: In the 23rd century, Earth is a technologically-advanced society that practices the ancient institution of slavery. New superheroes appear on the scene as the Abolitionist Movement gathers strength. Meanwhile, Lex gets his heart’s desire while long-held secrets begin to spill out of the Manor. Nothing will ever be the same again.
The entire series can be found here.
Genres: AU, Challenge, Drama, Slavefic
Challenge Category: Section E (Slavefic)
Rating: (this chapter): PG-13
Summary: The heroes hit the slave-smuggling rings hard.
Date Of Completion (First Draft): February 11, 2010
Date Of Posting: May 16, 2011
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1162
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author's Note: Written for my 2010 DCU Fic/Art Bondage Challenge.
May 6, 22 -- C.E.
“You’ve done a good job on this slave-smuggling, Batwoman.”
The redhead looked at the man who had inspired her. His cape fluttered in the breeze while stray apple blossoms drifted in the warm spring night.
“Thank you, Batman.” She smiled at Robin, a bright shadow perched on a chimney. “I think we can break this ring if we work together.”
“I’d like that.”
Pleased, Batwoman propped a boot on the parapet, resting an elbow on her knee. “I have a hint of the next shipment. I’ll let you know the details when I get them.”
“And how will you get those details?”
“I have good sources.”
Batwoman smiled, completely unruffled. “That’s right.”
Batman shifted slightly. “Can you trust the Cat?”
“As long as I don’t let her near my jewelry box.”
Robin laughed as Batman’s lips quirked.
“I’ll keep in touch,” she said.
Batwoman leaped off the buildings, red hair flaring.
Kara looked over her electronic ledger. Pleased at what she read, she ordered another drink. It was a lovely day in Boston.
Her contact had come through. The arms she had collected would do well for raids on worlds without yellow suns. Her Rebel contact had sent her a message last night, assuring her that the network of freedom fighters was growing.
She was going to have to look into contacting the Abolitionists here. They were fanatical in their hatred of slavery.
Just the kind of people she could use.
She accepted her drink from the waitress and watched her walk away. She might visit that specialty whorehouse on the outskirts of city tonight. They employed free people, not slaves. A TV screen close to the café caught her attention.
“The Government spokesman said that some of the businessmen involved in the Kryptonian Question will be working toward a solution. Lex Luthor will be visiting our fair city for a conference on interstellar relations.”
Interstellar relations? She scoffed silently. If this Lex Luthor was involved with what the loathsome Empire called ‘the Kryptonian Question’, then he was certain to be in favor of the insidious Hunt.
Maybe before she left this accursed planet she would mete out Kryptonian-style justice.
Wonder Woman bent down, watching the warehouse. The Boston docks were quiet in the wee hours of the morning, the water of the harbor lapping against the piers.
She smiled as she saw a green glow in the distance and watched as it grew larger. Green Lantern alighted on the rooftop next to her.
“Anything?” he asked as he extinguished the light.
“A pity. I could use a good slugfest.”
She chuckled. “Perhaps you would be more amenable to a romp after the mission.”
Teeth gleamed in the darkness. “I’ll hold you to that, Princess.”
“How is our Golden One?”
“Beautiful as ever. He’s testing the latest Pentagon toy at Edwards. He’s in his element.”
"Flying is his delight.”
“I understand.” She rested a hand on her companion’s knee. “You share the same love.”
Green Lantern grinned. “We do.” He cocked his head. “As do you, Princess.”
“I do.” Wonder Woman looked up at the sky. “There is a freedom there that cannot be found anywhere else.”
“Exactly.” Green Lantern’s smile was warm, causing a flutter deep within Wonder Woman.
She stood, stretching her muscles. “Let us hope we have activity tonight. I wish to break this smuggling ring, whose tentacles reach far into other cities.”
“I’ve heard that my old stomping grounds, Coast City, has a ring.”
“I take it you do not mean a Green Lantern Ring.”
“You’d be right.”
They shared a smile, then Wonder Woman said, “The new heroine, Batwoman, has been working hard on this crime.”
“She’s a dynamo. Batman has inspired good people in Gotham.”
“I believe she will inspire people as well.”
“You’re already inspiring people.”
“Am I?” Wonder Woman’s face was shadowed. “I do not know if I am doing any good here at all.”
“Diana…” Her companion’s voice was soft.
“This society still enslaves. They fight Abolition with everything they have.”
“And there are many who push for it.”
Wonder Woman sighed. “Perhaps you are right.” She did not sound convinced.
Green Lantern took her hand and squeezed it. “Things will get better.”
Wonder Woman saw movement out of the corner of her eye. “It begins.”
Green Lantern let her hand go. “Let’s do this.”
The fight was vicious, Wonder Woman easily playing Bullets ‘N’ Bracelets, Green Lantern swooping down to use his fists and Ring.
Wonder Woman threw a smuggler across the warehouse, two others coming up behind her. A giant green fist knocked them both out. Another man ran off, not interested in an angry Amazon and Green Lantern.
The rest of the gang tried their best, but were no match for the superheroes. Wonder Woman stood over the gang, dusting her hands off. Her Lasso glowed golden around the evil-doers.
“Let’s see if we can find some evidence,” Green Lantern said.
They went into the office, checking papers and the computer.
“Hmph, nothing,” Green Lantern grumbled. “Wait!”
“What?” Wonder Woman stood by his shoulder.
“This is a list of names of people involved in the ring!” He clicked a few more keys.
“Just this ring or the entire network?”
“I don’t know yet.”
“Transfer the information to this flash drive for our use. The police will get the information off the computer.”
Green Lantern nodded and proceeded with the transfer, using the flash drive that Wonder Woman had given him.
“We must study this. Perhaps we can share this information with Batwoman.”
“I think that’s an excellent idea.” Green Lantern looked at his companion. “Busting this loathsome business is always a good thing.”
Batwoman glided across the rooftops of Gotham, cape fluttering out behind her. She loved the freedom of this life, the ability to help the preyed-upon and vent her own rage.
She had chosen to target the slave-smuggling because of her Abolitionist leanings, but it was a big case. The tentacles of the underworld reached out across the country and would not surprise her if it led to the world and the Empire itself.
This could be bigger than anything even the Batman had solved.
She was lost in pleasant daydreams of her nights with Catwoman and Lois as she alighted on the roof of the Clock Tower, her cape falling around her body when she saw movement at the Tower’s base.
Before she could demand identification, the shadow solidified into a miniature version of herself: the same design of costume, except that the boots, cape, and Bat-symbol were yellow instead of red, and while Batwoman wore black, this newcomer wore deep purple, but the hair was a rich red, just like hers.
The young girl held out her gloved hand.
“I’m Batgirl, and I’d like you to train me.”