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CHP 24: Prison Search
It is no secret or even being denied that the outsiders/Invaders have the upper hand in all area's
of territory they progress in conquering. Sitting within his throne King Klenk relaxes his eyes closing them happy with the news he's been receiving from each squad on their progress. So far there has been no one to slow down or stand in their way. The best part about it all is he hasn't had to do a thing, just sitting around giving the orders organizing the squads; deciding which locations they will take over. Having one of his colleague's enter the room he is brought back to earth thoughts shattering away like glass.
"Any word if they've obtained the boy," Klenk stands up out of his chair; this kid is vital to his plans, "If not have you heard from their progress on the matter?"
It isn't the leaf village ninja himself which is important but rather what he carries inside of him. The nine tailed fox is one of the most powerful life forms which can be stored into a single individual; imagining what it could do for him excites him greatly beyond what anyone could think. Unlike Naruto, because of his body he may be able to operate in full capacity in the stage of the ninth tail present.
"No sir they have not got him yet, but I'm sure Azun and his followers will have the kid in no time."
Giving his king the news he is dismissed from the room leaving Klenk to think on his own. Back in the Netherealm Scorpion gets the group ready to leave knowing which prison area they will visit first being closes to their area. Before any of them attempt to leave the ninja skims out the area making sure it is clear. Moving with caution the four exit out Batman setting his lenses to detect mode of any body heat. Though it may prove pointless seeing as they're in the world of the dead; but it doesn't hurt to try, anything they can use to their advantage.
"Not to put any doubts in anyone's minds, but what are the chances that they're still alive?" Raphael turns to Scorpion keeping pace, "I mean the people.. excuse me the souls of this world aren't exactly your friendly next door neighbors."
Observing the area Batman doesn't pick up any extra movement from the surrounding area, but that could change in an instant which is why they must all keep their guard up.
"I'm sure they're fine if they've cooperated with their captors; if not, well than that's an entire different story." Scorpion replies.
Re positioning her hat Zatanna doesn't like the sound of that, being in this land of the dead puts she Batman and Spiderman that much further from their world. But if they're able to recover Spidy and Jax in one piece that will upgrade their chances at being able to fight back against the invaders. But the real problem is figuring out just how many worlds this group of experts have attacked, doing that will be no easy task. But for now they've got their own problems to worry about.
"Well it sounds like we better hurry before those scum bags do something they'll regret." Raphael says spinning a Sai.
"Trust me when I tell you this, the individuals in this world don't know regret; they could care less what they do to each other or visitors. This is no place for well to do people; those type of individuals will be broken, destroyed, and eaten alive."
With wide eyes the turtle puts his weapon back into it's place, the quicker they get out of here the better. Now that sure would be something if they were captured before they could even locate their friends, keeping a low profile is extremely important. Continuing up a hill they come across what appears to be some sort of massive fortress.
"All of you follow me inside, there are some materials we can get that might be able to help us." Scorpion tells.
Before he is able to continue forward Zee grabs him by his wrist, turning to her the ninja pulls away narrowing his eyes. Looking up at the castle look alike body of construction the capped crusader is surprised that something like this is located in this realm. What really gets him thinking is who built it?
"What makes you think any of us are going in there? How do you know there aren't any of those spirits in there?"
"You can be assured I'm one of the only few who know about this place. You don't have to worry, we'll all be just fine."
Looking away from her he continues forward, but stops in his tracks hearing her laugh. Turning back around to face her Zee crosses her arms.
"Really you're one of the few who know of this place; ah would you look at the size of it! It's basically saying..hey everyone I'm here, why not come in for some fun!"
Watching as she laughs some more Scorpion tightens his fist walking toward her. Before he can get to her Batman steps between them both.
"That's enough, we'll all enter together. If Scorpion says it's safe, than I'm sure it is; questioning one another at this point is going to get us nowhere fast."
"Ah excuse me I'm not your little girl, so stop acting like you're my daddy."
Pushing Batman out of the way Zatanna steps up coming only a few inches away from Scorpion's face staring him down. Standing there for some moments neither of them blink. Stepping forward Batman pulls Zatanna off to the side.
"I'm one of the furthest things away from being your father, but what would Giovanni say if he was here. Stay focused and quit reacting like a child."
Before anyone is able to say or do anything else Bats is slapped across the face, falling off balance a bit but not to the ground.
"I've heard enough from you, I'll play your little game and keep my mouth shut unless necessary. It figures you haven't got very many friends."
Crossing her arms she walks away from both Batman and Scorpion standing off to the side. Without a word Scorpion leads them all up to the entrance. Looking over Zatanna smiles over at Raph who just does the same as a reaction. Opening the door all four of them enter.
"What I am about to say applies to all three of you, Just stay here in this front room. I don't want us loosing each other."
Leaving the three he disappears into the darkness, but what has the attention of them all is the lit torches. Who was responsible for this? Whatever the ninja Spectre is up to he had better do it fast, being in here creeps them out. Standing there in silence for over a few minutes begins to make things feel somewhat uncomfortable and awkward. Patting both teammates on the shoulder Zee walks forward heading up a flight of stairs. Reaching out Batman wants to say something, but seeing as they're already on bad terms he decides not to.
"Stay here Raphael, I'm going to make sure she doesn't get lost." Batman says walking forward up the stairs.
Why couldn't they all just follow simple instructions and just stay put? I guess it isn't in any of them to do so. Looking around Raph shrugs his shoulders exiting out of the main room and into an area which greatly resembles what a dining room should look like. Looking over at a shelf he notices a few framed pictures walking over to take a look. lifting one off the shelf he wipes the dust from it's surface trying to see what's in the image. Up two floors Zatanna enters into her 4th room but this time lays out across the bed on her stomach. Moving her hand over the beds surface she squeezes at a small pillow.
"You can come in Bruce, I won't bite..not that hard anyway."
Stepping from behind the door he enters into the room. Now this is quite weird, this room is very colorful unlike the rest of what he's seen of this place. What stands out most is the bright green walls; it almost seems as though this is some kind of children's room. Walking up behind her he can see she is upset, most likely at him. He normally isn't one to show much affection, but in this case like it or not this is not the time for them to be angry with each other. Reaching out he almost feels stupid rubbing a hand over her shoulder, but doesn't stop there moving it down her lower back.
"As teammates we aren't always going to see eye to eye, but if something is bothering you just tell me." He says trying to make up for earlier.
Moving his hand down further he doesn't realize he moves it over the surface of her butt until it's to late! Removing his hand instantly he walks away from the bed; he may not be able to see her face but he knows she smiles. With clinched fist he walks toward the door way not believing what he just did!
"Wait don't go," She still faces the opposite direction to him, "You're right I haven't been acting like myself, mainly due to all the stress. All in all I've been a complete idiot, some of it my fault and the other..well I'd rather not talk about it."
Re positioning herself she now turns facing the dark knight. He understands what she says, it still isn't clear what exactly those invaders did to her when she was in captivity.
"And you were right, you aren't my daddy; but that doesn't mean you can't teach me a lesson." Zee says beginning to lift up her shirt.
Oh crap, his antidote didn't work! Not this again oh he must think fast before he ends up tied to the bed again! Hopping off the bed she snickers walking toward Batman.
"The look on your face was completely priceless; oh Brucie don't be upset I was only trying to bring a little light on this situation."
Wanting to say something he just doesn't; at this point all his antidote has done is stabilize her condition. Zatanna in her right mind would not mess around like that; especially in a time like this. What was her reason for coming up here any way? Guess it doesn't really matter, stepping out of the room he follows her. Still in the same room Raphael pulls a box from out of a corner curious as to what may be inside. Before he is able to do anything something steps from out of a dark corner of the room wrapping a rope around his neck attempting to suffocate him! Fighting back Raphael uses his upper body strength tossing them both into a wall. Moving his head out of the way the rope spear misses him barely going into the head of his attacker.
"What did I say about waiting in the front room, and where are Batman and the girl?" Scorpion asks pulling his weapon out of the now defeated individual's head.
"Right here," Batman answers entering the room alongside Zee, "So what is it you got?"
Scorpion tosses each of them a compass, keeping one for himself and also holds in his person a map to most of Shinnok's prisons. Leading them out of the building they make their way to the closes prison to their vicinity. Walking out in the open just as they did coming to this fortress is their only option for moving from one place to another. None of them like it very much but it's not like they have a choice in the matter.
"I know this might be a stupid question but would there by any chance be any food in this realm?" Raphael asks.
"For the most part no, but at certain prisons some food is available. Just hold on for a little while longer and I might be able to get you something." Scorpion replies.
Traveling down the path Scorpion holds out the map getting them to the first jail on the map. Folding it up he hands it to Batman who knows just what to do with it sticking it within one of his pouches on his utility belt. The four of them discuss the plan on how they will enter observing the layout of the place. It's decided Scorpion will travel alongside Zatanna while Batman and Raphael will go solo searching the west and east area of the prison.
"One question, how will Scorpion and I contact the two of you if we find anything vise versa?"
"We don't, we'll all meet back in this spot in the next twenty. It shouldn't take longer than that to figure out if this is the place or not. Good luck to all of you, and remember to stay on guard." Batman says pulling out his grapple gun pulling himself over the steel gate.
Giving the two remaining a thumbs up Raph finds two walls in close proximity to one another jumping off both continuously to get himself over on the other side. Wrapping one arm around Zatanna Scorpion uses his other to spin and throw his rope spear around the neck of a statue pulling them both over. After doing so he pulls it back down into his person.
"You know you didn't have to do that right? I could have got us over with two words."
"Maybe so but it's over with now, lets just try and find the two we came for."
Quickly making their way into the shadows keeping themselves from being seen is the number 1 priority. They cannot afford to be imprisoned, not with the problem involving the invaders. Finding an open window Batman enters into the dark room. setting his lenses to night vision makes it so much easier to see. Throughout the room there is various cleaning supplies such as mops, sponges, and brooms. Putting his ear up against the door he enhances the sound through his cowl trying to pick up any sound that might be outside the room. Hearing nothing he slowly opens the door looking out noticing the piped ceiling. Grappling himself up, he decides this will be the easiest way for him not to be seen.
"I hope this is the right place, I don't want to visit to many more places like this. Prisons give me the creeps, as if this realm of the dead isn't already bad enough." Raphael says to himself entering through a vent.
Circling around the building Scorpion and Zee search for any entrance which won't alert any of the guards of their presence. Several search lights brighten the area, this could be due to the fact a prisoner or so tried to escape recently. Security usually isn't this tight unless there was a problem. Tapping him on the shoulder Zee points over at a bush signaling for Scorpion to follow her. Once there the two of them crouch down so as not to be seen.
"I was thinking maybe you and I can wait out here. Batman and the turtle alone should be able to figure out if they're in there."
Scorpion thinks about it, that is true; say their two targets aren't even here than they would be wasting their time.
"I understand what you're saying but that wasn't supposed to be part of the plan."
"Yeah I know, but think about it this way. If we stay out here it will help our chances of not being seen, all four of us in there will only heighten the chances."
She's definitely got a point there, but again this is not what they discussed. After all there are certain area's that must be checked by them which could be holding more prisoners away from the main group. It's common especially in this world, mainly for the reason some need to be detained not able/capable of getting along with others.
"I've got my strengths, but lets just say stealth isn't one of them." Zee adds.
"Alright we'll wait it out, but if we're going to do so than it needs to be back at the checkpoint."
Nodding she agrees, both move from behind the bush with much caution. Still walking through the shadows they stick close to the walls avoiding the search lights. With the passing of some time Batman finally finds the area where all prisoners are being held. Gliding down from the ceiling he is sure there are no guards around. Down the hall is where the majority of them are being held. Leaning his back up against the wall he slowly moves forward. Just as he is about to open the door he is bumped into from his right side just as he comes off the wall! Flipping back he pulls out a batarang, but puts it down realizing who it is.
"Looks like we found the place," Batman looks away from Raph setting his lenses in another mode enabling him to see through the wall, using heat signatures as a way of knowing if any guards are present, "Looks like we're good, but we'll need to work fast; the cell mates will probably get loud when they see us and alerting security."
"Gotcha, our objective is to see if they're here."
Nodding both step forward kicking the door open getting an immediate reaction. The prisoners within their cells yell out at the top of their lungs. Some even reach out for whatever reason, it isn't known if they try and grab them, because that just isn't possible because of the distance between them and the middle of the room.
"I'll stay up on this floor and see if I can find either of the two, you check on the lower two floors." Batman has to raise his voice to be heard over the yelling prisoners.
"Let's make this fast, the way these guys are going at this, we won't be hidden for long." Raphael says leaping off the ledge flipping onto one floor below.
Outside the prison both Zatanna and Scorpion have returned to the checkpoint hoping the others of their group have had success. Both just stand silent hoping and praying they won't loose yet two more from their group. Having enough of the noise which is produced by the prisoners guards enter into the room to regain control. But there is no sign of Raphael or Batman. Waiting over a few more minutes both arrive back to checkpoint.
"So what did you guys find? I'm guessing you didn't see either of them." Zee asks.
Pulling the map from out of his utility belt Batman hands it back to Scorpion. They need to get a move on, standing around isn't going to get anything done.
"We were somewhat kind of rushed with the security closing in so fast, but I'd say we got a pretty good look. I'm pretty sure neither of them are in there." Raph informs the two.
Sitting within the Shalion temple, Kung Lao stands at the side of a table looking over the shoulder of Sasuke down onto a map. One thing that is known is they cannot stay here for long, the invaders know of this place and will most likely strike again soon.
"So how soon will we be leaving," Naruto enters the room with an apple in hand taking a bite, "I'm sure those guys will be returning in bigger numbers next time."
Glancing up at his old teammate Sasuke looks back down on the map. If they're to leave here they must pick a sensible spot to hide out. Leaving with no plan is something which will not benefit them, especially with the dilemma they already have on their hands.
"We're going to try and wait it out, a lot of our group is still in the Netherealm. If we are to leave here, it will make it that much harder to meet up with them again; they'll have no idea where we went."
"Maybe so but we can't wait forever, I hope they're quick with finding those two. Right now we're sitting ducks and can't stand around for to long."
Walking away Naruto exits out of the room walking through the hall and finishing his apple. Finding a wastebend he throws what is left of it into that. Exiting out of the front door of the temple Michelangelo follows him. When outside it still rains lightly, slowing down a bit from earlier.
"Hey are you doing ok dude, I'm getting the vibe something is bothering you?" Mikey asks.
One thing that is for sure is the rain is comforting, probably the only thing that has felt good in a long time. He usually isn't the type of person to open up to someone he barely knows, but there is something about Michelangelo that you just know you can trust him.
"I've been having trouble sleeping, not a night has gone by since this invasion that I haven't had a nightmare. Not knowing what happened to the people in my world has been taking it's toll."
Not replying right away Mikey feels him, but he himself hasn't had trouble sleeping but he does worry a lot about if he'll ever make it back home. It would be great if some way everything could go back to being normal. Oh how far fetched that seems at this moment, but if they hang in there and continue to fight; there is always a chance. But it sure would make him feel a lot better if he knew where Raphael was. Being away from family is always tough.
"It's alright Naruto, we'll make it through this all together. I know one thing, not in a thousand years will I give up; if we have to die trying, than so be it. So many are counting on us, and I know I'm not going to let them down."
Hearing the words of the mutated turtle ninja brings confidence to the leaf village ninja. Hope is something they'll all need in a time such as this. A little motivation never hurts a thing, in fact strangely enough it gives him a new energy within.
"Thanks Mike, I hope you're right; I guess we just need to stay positive through all of this."
The two ninjas don't move just standing as it continues to rain. Anxious would be a good word to describe what both individuals feel.
Coming to a stop the four have reached yet another prison. But this one is definitely bigger than the last, this time it will require them all to search. The ninja spectre again hands the map to bats who puts it away safely, all of them observing the large area which stands before them.
"This time you will be with me; the two of you can do whatever. Remember to stay sharp, and most importantly don't get seen." The dark knight tells.
Stepping forward Zatanna crosses her arms rolling her eyes, why is it someone always has to be with her? After all none of them are armatures, but she gets the feeling they don't trust or respect her skill set.
"Ah excuse me, but what's wrong with us all splitting up? I don't need a babysitter you know!" She says with emotion.
The three look at each other then back at her. All of them look in the direction of an area where the sound of an alarm goes off; probably informing prisoners to report to their cell blocks.
"Yeah I guess you're right; Zatanna you will take the east side, Raph the North, Scorpion you see what you can find in the south end, and I'll take what's left."
Zee's eyes widen to hear his response, she had no idea he'd actually agree to her advice. Waiting a few minutes after the alarms go off they move in making their way over the steel gate. Raph and Batman are the first two out of sight.
"Good luck, and try not to get yourself killed." Scorpion says disappearing into the darkness.
Reaching out she calls for him but has no luck as he is gone! Biting at her lower lip, she wouldn't admit it to anyone but she does feel a bit nervous. Taking a deep breath she abandons the plan running out in the direction of where the Dark Knight went. She didn't tell any of them, but for some reason her magical abilities aren't working properly in this realm; which means she could do little to nothing to defend herself against the meta like beings in this world of the dead. It's times like this she wishes she knew material arts; but if she is able to find Batman quick, she'll feel much better about the situation. Wow I guess he called her bluff, but she must stick to the shadows as instructed so she isn't seen by someone else not including her teammates!
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