"Lord Darkseid." Desaad acknowledged.
"I trust that you bring more news?"
"Yes, my lord. We recovered this footage from a destroyed Scouter Drone." Desaad held up a small device and activated it, creating a holographic image before them. The image showed a teenager's foot smashing into the drone, damaging the eye. After that the picture kept cutting out, but they could occasionally see glimpses of the teenager destroying Secret Police.
"He got away?" Darkseid's tone made it much more of a statement than a question.
"Unfortunately yes my lord. The boy escaped with fugitive Jesse West, whom we believe to be the son of The Flash." Desaad reported uncomfortably.
"Interesting." Darkseid sounded more amused than angered, which surprised his advisor.
"We don't know who the dark haired boy is, my lord, but we have teams working on it as we speak and-"
"I know who he is." Darkseid interrupted.
"Wh- who my lord?" Desaad was shocked.
"He… is our first potential threat in years. The uprising of Ricochet has been an annoying happenstance. The presence of Jesse West has been a meaningless coincidence. But this upstart, he is an enemy. And the fact that he has allied himself with the son of the speedster proves that he is forming alliances. And an alliance by the enemy, is considered enemy action."
"So what do you propose we do, Lord Darkseid?"
"Enemies of Apokolips cannot stand. We have already proven that, now we must maintain the reputation. Send Deathstroke. Tell him to kill anyone in sight."
(Sewers – Burning Area after the Explosion)
"Uh…" Tommy sat up slowly, covered in soot. Jesse sat up a few feet away from him, groaning. They were sitting on top of chunks of debris, surrounded by fire.
"How'd we survive that?" Tommy coughed out.
"While we were falling, I put up a vibrational field around us that protected us from the majority of the blast." Jesse explained.
"Finally you did something right." Tommy groaned, getting to his feet. He immediately fell back down and caught himself on his hands and knees. He realized his left leg had been burned. Not badly, but enough that he didn't want to walk.
"Come on." Jesse extended his hand to help Tommy up.
"Why are you helping me all the sudden?"
"I screwed up and almost got you killed twice. I figure I owe you two life-saves now. That explosion was the first one. This is the second. Now take my hand already."
Jesse helped Tommy to his feet and slug Tommy's arm over his shoulders to help him walk.
"Hope your not expecting a thank you."
"From you? Hell no! So where was it you wanted to go again?"
"Mt. Justice. Not really where I want to go… but it's the best place right now."
"How old are you?"
"Sixteen as of today. Or maybe yesterday, depending on what time it is."
"I'm turning sixteen in a week or so."
"I don't care."
(Same Area – An hour Later)
Deathstroke the Terminator walked into the tunnel and looked around at the flame from the explosion. After the invasion, he had been made the head of Apokolip's Tracking Corps. His job was to hunt down fugitives and slay them, and he never failed in his job.
An army of parademons and battle drones followed him. "They went that way." Deathstroke pointed down a tunnel. "They left clumps of soot behind them as they walked down that tunnel. An idiot mistake."
"Shall we pursue them, Master?" A drone asked.
"No, not yet. We'll just hang back and follow their trail without being noticed. They are going somewhere that they think is safe, which means there might be others, who think it is safe. I bet they'll lead us right into a nest."
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