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Justice Heroes Elite
CHP 31: Poisonous Deception
Entering into the large dark space, both JL members are still able to see thanks to the moon's lighting which comes through the several windows around. The one thing that is certain, is they must stay fully on guard and stay weary of their surroundings. Setting his lenses to detect mode, Batman scans the area for anything dangerous such as explosives or anything else lethal which is programmed into his database.
"Well if it isn't the Green Lantern and Batman, I'm glad the two of you were able to make it to our little tea party. Incase you're wondering, I can assure you there's enough for everyone. So why don't you super boys take a seat and stay awhile."
Hearing the very familiar voice, the fists of Batman tighten switching his lenses back to standard mode while at the same time shaking his head. It would seem they've got yet another high profile criminal to deal with. It is then that an overhead light turns on near the middle of the room, revealing a certain individual who stands next to a table pouring two glasses of tea.
"It would seem the two of you are our guests of honor, which means you get the first servings."
Stepping forward while pulling out a batarang, Batman makes it clear neither Green Lantern or himself are here to play games.
"I had no idea you escaped Arkham Mad Hatter, but that's exactly where you will be returning soon. Now where are the Penguin and Toyman? If you all turn yourselves in without a fight, maybe you will receive less harsh treatment when taken in." Batman says.
Taking a few steps to his left, Mad Hatter lifts up another glass pouring another portion of tea.
"I'd love to discuss your offer...but only over a cup of tea, don't be afraid I've saved two seats for you both."
Moving forward it is now Green Lantern who grows agitated with what feels like some form of role play!
"We've heard enough, perhaps a little physical action will get you to cooperate!" GL says creating a large fist.
Walking in front of him, Batman signals for his teammate to stand down. Doing as he's asked the object created from the ring ceases to exist. If there is one thing Batman has learned throughout his time as being Gotham's protector, it's how to go about handling the city's criminal master minds, or what most would call crazies.
"You know what I think? You super heroes have to much energy, but don't worry I've got just the thing to fix that. And maybe afterwards you will have the respect of being worthy of the greatest tea in town."
Both Green Lantern and Batman look at one another both unsure what that's supposed to mean. But an even better question, is what business do both Penguin and Mad Hatter have outside of Gotham. Just then four more lights are turned on which are located in the four corners of the massive space. It is then that both Penguin and Toyman come into sight, standing next to Mad Hatter.
"I couldn't agree more with Hatter, I'm glad you could join us Batman; and it makes it even sweeter you brought a friend along for the ride." Penguin says.
While smiling Toyman snaps a finger, and as a reaction from out of the darkness appears a huge group of men carrying with them knives, baseball bats, metal bars etc. Getting into a fighting stance Batman gets himself ready for battle. This comes as no surprise for either of them, they had a great idea this would be some type of ambush; for anyone else normal it would be, but for them this is just another day at work.
"Lets take them out as fast as we can GL, but be sure to keep your eyes on the three of them, we don't want them to escape or anything like that." Batman whispers to his teammate.
Shaking his head informing the Dark Knight he understands, GL creates a green carpet under the feet of the men who approach them pulling it up knocking a lot of them down. Running ahead of Green Lantern Batman engages in battle with a few of them who approach. Taking to the air GL creates an Eagle which grabs one of the men below with it's talons.
"When should we unleash our surprise?" Toyman asks.
"Not just yet, let them fight; and when the time comes it will make their failure that much more sweet. They have no idea this is just the smoke screen." Penguin replies.
Reaching out one of them grabs Batman by his neck tightening their grip, through an arm lock while three more of them come over punching on him. Using his upper body strength Batman tosses the guy off of him knocking down the others as well. Creating a large piano Green Lantern smashes it into the head of a criminal knocking over a good amount of them who stand around.
"The three of you should just give up. But I won't lie, I'm curious to why you've lead us to your hideout; seriously that won't help your chances of escaping?" Green Lantern asks looking over in the direction of the three.
Just then a window in the west side of the building smashes in with someone coming through, the glass shattering all over the ground below. Everyone is caught off guard watching as the individual within the darkness throws out a massive projectile resembling that of a shield! It passes the head of Toyman who ducks down, with it traveling back to the wielder as if it were a boomerang. Seeing as the individual steps into the light a smile forms on the face of GL.
"Captain America! What in the world are you doing here?" Green Lantern asks.
Outside of the building more and more bystanders seem to crowd the area coming from different directions; some having no idea what's going on. But looking over the many other civilians standing around, as well as police vehicles and newscasters they know it's something very big.
"We've just received word that some witnesses confirmed that Captain America has now entered into the building which stands tall behind me. While we all wait anxiously, we can only hope these criminals will be brought down."
Many watch at home with crossed fingers hoping this will end without anymore casualties. Without much delay Cap makes his way over to the side of Batman and GL. The three of them working together should be able to put an end to this entire ordeal quickly, as well as send Toyman back to prison and Hatter along with Penguin back to Arkham. Thinking to himself Batman does find it strange to see Mad Hatter working with the Penguin and Toyman; talk about a random team up. But the real question is why? What are the three of them really up to, and is it possible they've got even more criminal acquaintances?
"Hahaha, so I finally get to meet the great Captain America in person!" Penguin laughs pulling out one of his umbrellas shooting at the three, "As if the world didn't have enough of you!" Penguin yells out shooting.
Lifting his shield up to block the bullets Cap realizes there is no point seeing that Green Lantern has created a shield around the three of them. Taking in the words of Penguin, Batman concludes he's referring to the merging of the two earth's. With the good that came with this other world also came the bad; in a sense balancing out.
"The three of you should just give up, there's no way you're getting past us, and if somehow you did you're completely surrounded. Yes that's right the Police have the entire area surrounded." Captain America says.
Hearing what Cap has to say the three of them smile which, makes the three heroes start to wonder; GL taking down the shield. What exactly is going on here, there's probably nothing to worry about but they most definitely have to keep up their guards.
"Why're you all just standing around, you know why we paid you, so get over there and kill the three of them." Hatter yells out.
Doing as they're told the group runs over toward the three one of them swinging a bat at Captain America who blocks the attack with his shield kicking the guy off to the side. Just then another guy swings a knife at him, but with his quickness Cap dodges the attempt knocking the guy over using his shield. Creating a snake Green Lantern wraps it around one of them swinging him around; honestly this is child's play for him, and if he was trying this entire group could have been taken out the moment they came into sight. Jumping over one of the criminals, Batman knife hands him across the back of his neck, leg dropping another of them who approaches.
"I think it's time that we unleash our little surprise to these heroes. We'll see just how many of them they will be able to save." Toyman says.
"No not just yet, we'll hold off a little bit longer." Penguin says.
Grabbing the wrist of a criminal who punches at him, Cap twists it having the guy drop his hand knife due to the pain. Performing a quick combo Batman takes down three of them at the same time throwing a batarang into the head of another knocking him out. Creating a huge wide screen T.V. Green Lantern finishes off the rest of them. Looking over at GL Batman raises an eyebrow under the cowl.
"A plasma screen...really?" Batman says.
Shrugging his shoulders Green Lantern just smiles; the three of them turning their attention to Penguin, Mad Hatter and Toyman. There is no way they're going to escape, it's almost impossible with what awaits them outside not to mention the JL members along with the Avenger.
"I guess there is no point in asking if you guys are just going to take the easy way out and just turn yourselves in. It's fine by us, we'll just take you out like we did your men." Captain America says.
The six stand in total silence just eyeing the other side down, and for some reason Batman just gets the feeling this is far from over, and these guys have something up their sleeve. Why else would they have lead he and Green Lantern to this place knowing they were hot on their trail; this could possibly be a cover up for something bigger happening.
"I guess you super heroes have a choice to make. You can either try and stop us, or try and save the people."
Hearing the words of Mad Hatter brings chills up the backs of them all. What people are they referring to, it comes as no surprise to any of them, it's rarely ever that simple. Putting a hand into one of his side pockets Penguin pulls out a device grinning.
"Hold on what are you doing?" Green Lantern asks.
"There's got to be close to over five hundred people outside, observing and waiting to see what their heroes will do; but let this be the first of your many great failures to come. Poisonous gas may be more of Joker's thing, but hey if it works don't stop it."
Just as Penguin presses the button the device is knocked out of his grasp by that of a batarang thrown by Batman!
"Too late!" The Capped Crusader says sounding a bit panicked.
Running over to the nearest window Captain America looks outside with his eyes widening watching as the poisonous gas rises from the sewer area, which confirms that's exactly where the machine releasing that stuff is located! It is almost instantly that people begin gagging and coughing!
"So what's it going to be heroes...us or them?" Mad Hatter asks.
Turning to the three Batman tightens his fist with agitation as well as frustration.
"If you think you're going to get away with this you're wrong! One thing I can promise you, is that I will find you; there is nowhere you can run or hide that I cannot follow." Batman says.
Within the area some of the thugs which were knocked out begin to arise, giving them the cue which option to take. Pulling out two gas masks from his belt, he places one over his mouth and tosses another to Captain America who catches it.
"There's no time to waste, we must hurry." Batman says running for the exit.
Shielding himself using the ring's power, both Cap and GL follow the Dark Knight outside to the chaos which surrounds the building! Some lay in the middle of the street and others on the side walk chocking and coughing up blood. Trying to get away from the area some are trampled by others and killed. Noticing a large body of people where the gas has not yet reached Green Lantern creates a round shield over them.
"Everyone just try and stay calm, stop where you are and just relax. It shouldn't take us long to get this thing under control." Green Lantern informs to the frightened civilians.
Setting his lenses to another mode Batman is able the locate where the four machines are located underneath them. Pulling out a few explosives, he throws them forward in the location of each machine; blowing up the upper surface creating quicker access to them. Looking over across the way Captain America holds a young boy in his lap who is becoming unresponsive.
"Hang in there little guy, we're going to get you some help."
Making his way over to Cap Bats taps the Avenger over his shoulder.
"We'll radio in for more help, but for now we can't attend to any of the injured; we must first put a stop to those machines producing the gas. I hope you've got experience in disarming weaponry, I'll take out two of them, and you will be responsible for the others." Batman says.
"No problem, I'll get right on it."
Both heroes still wear their gas masks; Captain America setting the boy down on the side walk heading in the direction where Batman points him out to go. Seeing the large opening from the explosives he jumps right into the sewer system just as Batman does on the other side of the street. Both men use flashlights to better help their vision to work fast. Looking up above Green Lantern just shakes his head watching as Penguin and the entire group exit from the area by plane! Right now the only thing which is important is to try and save as many people as they can.
"This is all my fault, I could have easily stopped this from occurring." Green Lantern says to himself hovering in the air keeping the shield around the civilians.
With the passing of some time, both Batman and Captain America finish up deactivating the machines, both returning to the surface. But at this time there are close to eight helicopters which hover over the area with their lights shining down on the streets. More police vehicles have arrived along with ambulances coming from all directions. Also arriving to the scene is even more newscasters.
"How many of them do you think are dead?"
Looking around at the individuals who lay around seemingly lifeless Batman doesn't know how to answer the question of Cap; this has been incredibly upsetting for them all.
"Try not to worry about it, we win some we loose some; we can't dwell on our defeats. But as I said back there, I will find them. Do you think you and Green Lantern can handle it from here? I've got somewhere I need to be?"
"Yeah go ahead, we'll take it from here. So how is it you're going to find them?" Cap asks.
"I've got my ways." Batman says pulling out his grapple gun making his way to the rooftops.
Putting a hand to the area of his mouth, Captain America removes the gas mask just watching the Dark Knight disappear into the darkness.
A great distance away from the Shalion Temple, Liu Kang jogs down a sidewalk in that of a large city just enjoying his time away from the Temple. Truth be told he spends a lot of his time away from there and in the city when there isn't a tournament taking place.
"Excuse me sir would you take a moment to look at this?" A gentleman asks stopping Liu in his tracks.
Still jogging in place Liu takes the booklet looking it over. the moon shines bright over the city which reflects off the many windows around contributing to the beauty. Looking over the piece of paper which he holds there isn't much that interests him; mainly a lot of furniture and other house supplies.
"Thanks for sharing sir, but I don't need any of those things." Liu tells, handing the booklet back.
Both men shake hands before traveling in opposite directions of one another. Continuing forward down the street Liu stops at the corner. Waiting for the light to turn red he crosses continuing down another street. Walking down a few blocks he comes to a stop in front of a restaurant by the name of Roy Cham's Chimmy's. Entering into the place he has a seat close to one of the windows. Looking outside the window he just watches the many vehicles pass by.
"Well it's good to see you again Mr. Kang, it's been what...close to a year since the last time I saw you. How's life been treating you?"
Standing from his seat Liu shakes hands with the diner owner himself Roy; the place has become one of his favorite places to eat in the last couple of years when in this part of town.
"I've been doing just fine, the reason for me not being around was because I was taking part in a sports event far away from here. It required a lot of training and for me to spend a lot of time away from this area." Liu tells.
It is true he just came up with that story through the back of his mind; but it's not like he could just tell a civilian he was taking part in the Mortal Kombat tournament, which to the general public is unknown. Plus bringing it up would raise too many questions, and answers which many would be unable to accept.
"So what is it you'd like to eat tonight?" Roy asks.
Sitting back within his chair Liu picks up the menu opening it to the main dishes. Seeing that his favorite dish is still present, he orders quickly with a large Pepsi to go with it. Taking the order, the store owner walks back into the kitchen area. Sitting in silence Liu just tries to enjoy himself, but has a hard time doing so observing a group of men who surround a woman.
"Come on beautiful let me buy you a drink, I'm only trying to be nice. I'm tired of bitches who're ungrateful!"
"I already told you guys that I'm seeing someone, could you please just go away." She says looking away from the men.
Reaching out one of them grabs her by the wrist firmly pulling her out of her seat.
"Now listen here little lady, my friend offered you a drink and you will accept; and as a thank you, he'd love it if you'd come back to our place for some fun." The man says with a smirk licking his lips.
Looking around, Liu notices that a lot of people sitting at different tables listen in on what's going on, but don't do a thing about it. Seeing as another of them slaps her across the ass while laughing, Liu has had enough standing from his chair walking toward the individuals.
"I hate to get in on others business, but I'm sure I heard the woman say no. I don't want anyone to get hurt, so just back off and let her be." Liu says.
The group of men seem to just stare at him for awhile before looking at one another and laughing aloud as a group. Shaking his head the champion of MK had an idea this might be the type of response he'd get.
"And who the hell are you supposed to be, her father?"
All of them again laugh together enjoying this fully. Liu starts to wonder if maybe these guys are drunk, they just seem a bit off.
"Just remember what I said, she obviously doesn't want to be bothered so just get lost." Liu says turning away heading back over to his table.
Turning their attention back to the woman one of them forces her back into her seat with force.
"Look babe if you just go along with the flow, it'll make everything that much easier. A pretty piece like yourself must not go unused."
Looking over his shoulder to see one of them running their fingers through her hair, Liu tightens his fists turning back around. It seems as though sometimes certain people just don't get the message, he'll try his best not to have this thing result in a fight.
"Look guys, I'm sure there are plenty of other pretty women out there but she's made it more than clear that she's taken."
The biggest of them steps forward looking down on Liu cracking his knuckles.
"Oh really, and what are you going to do about it if we don't take no as an answer?"
Walking past the guy Liu doesn't reply coming up next to the woman putting his hand out, in which she takes. Helping her up, he leads them past the group of men. But before they're able to get far one of them places a hand with on the shoulder of Liu.
"And where exactly do you think you're going with her?" The guy asks with his grip tightening on the shoulder of Liu.
"You have five seconds to remove your hand from my shoulder, and if you don't I will be forced to do something I do not wish to do." Liu Kang says.
With a smile the guy now squeezes at his shoulder area indicating he has no intention of backing off. Placing his hand with on the top of his Liu twists the bigger man's wrist kicking him into a table which falls over. If they didn't have the attention of the diner, they do now.
"Now if you gentlemen could excuse us, I'm going to see that she gets out of here safely." Liu says, leaving the rest of the group with wide eyes.
Coming out of the kitchen area is one of the workers wondering what just happened. Lifting and putting the table back in place, one of the men explains to the worker it was just an accident and there is nothing to worry about. With the woman at his side Liu exits out of the restaurant, enjoying the fresh night air and breeze which goes out to the west.
"Thanks for helping me back there, those guys really weren't going to give up. Oh and by the way I'm Chyou, and you are?"
"Liu Kang. It's really dark out, and if you didn't drive I would call for someone to come and get you. These days the world is to crazy to walk alone after dark." Liu tells.
"That won't be necessary, I just live down the street."
Offering to walk her home she accepts, both not wasting anytime moving forward. He wonders if his food will arrive while he's gone for this short time; but really how long could a walk down the street be? The two of them are silent as they continue forward, but neither of them could be prepared for what awaits them. Just as they pass by an alleyway something zooms out from the darkness taking hold of Chyou, pulling her into the darkness. Hearing her screams Liu runs in after her. As he gets closer his eyes widen at the sight of another woman on top of her biting into her neck! Running over to pull the woman off of her he's punched off to the side. Pulling her fangs from the neck of Chyou she hisses at Liu with her nose and mouth dripping with blood. Lifting up her victim she fly's away into the night sky leaving a confused Liu Kang. What in the world just happened?
Entering into the batcave there is much on the mind of Batman, involving the events which occurred tonight. How could he have not been prepared for what they had faced tonight, he makes it a point to make sure that doesn't happen again. Walking into a back room he undresses out of the bat suit, getting into his tuxedo and dress clothing. Knowing there's a lot of guests within the Manor currently, he chooses to enter the manor through his 2nd option; which leads to his bed room. Walking down a few halls and a flight of stairs, Bruce makes his way to the main room which is packed with people.
"Well it would seem the main man has finally arrived," Someone says approaching Bruce while looking down at his watch, "But you're over an hour and thirty late. Well I guess better late than not at all, wouldn't you say Mr. Wayne."
Putting on his playboy smile Bruce shakes hands with the man. Walking around He makes his presence felt speaking with several different individuals. From behind someone taps him over his back, in which he turns around facing them.
"Hello handsome, mind if I have a few words with you?"
Scratching at his hair he doesn't believe he's ever seen this person before.
"I'm sorry, but have we met?" Bruce replies with a question.
"No we have not Mr. Wayne, I'm Emma Frost and I'll only need a little bit of your time."
Putting on a smile he accepts, offering to get her a drink. Locking arms she walks over with him to the area of all the refreshments. It's been awhile since she's been in a room filled with so many big name faces. Leading them over to a non crowded part of the room Bruce looks her in the eyes.
"So what is it you wish to know?"
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