WARNING! THE FOLLOWING CHAPTER CONTAINS EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE (I'm paranoid, you may not think so) DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE BELOW THE AGE OF FOURTEEN!!!
Previously on Heart of Courage...
"Star Sapphire and the Joker have rigged a fully loaded hospital to explode. No word yet, but the Justice League says it is sending its best team to deal with the threat." the news reporter said.
"Aqualad to team two, no bomb here, meet you in the lobby." Aqualad said.
"Funny, no bomb here." Revenge said.
"Robin, re-scan for bombs."
"Already have, three times. I'm not picking up any." Robin said.
"That's because there are no bombs. I've got you right where I want you." a voice said from the shadows.
"Team to Batman! It's a trap! It's a-ungh!" Robin was the first to go down. Wally, Artemis, Connor, and Megan went down too. A gas cloud enveloped the other members of the Team.
A figure leaped out of the cloud.
"Hello," she said.
Revenge pulled out some daggers and tossed them in front of her, they exploded, tossing the girl in front of Revenge.
Revenge picked her up by the throat. "Who hired you?" he asked.
"Revenge! No!" Aqualad said, attempting to intervene.
"Your mistake." the girl said. Revenge gasped as he felt a cold blade slice his chest. He collapsed to the ground.
Aqualad unsheathed his weapons. The girl grinned. "That's not going to help." she said. She threw several metal shapes through the air. They embedded themselves in Aqualad's skin. Aqualad looked down to see metal leaves sticking out of his skin. He fell to the ground groaning.
Then all went black.
"Cat Grant with an update from the L.A. Bomb threat. Apparently there were no bombs and the villains have left, though no one knows why the two villains threatened to blow the place up yet." the news report said.
"That," Batman said, adding an audio file to the screen.
"Team to Batman! It's a trap! It's a-ungh!" static followed.
"With that, and a scan of the building reveals that the Team is gone."
Batman turned the screen off and looked at the Justice League members in the room. Green Arrow, Superman, Green Lantern, Red Arrow, Black Canary, Red Tornado, Zatarra, and a few others. The best the League had to offer.
"Find them. Fast. They are most likely in immediate danger." Batman said.
The Leaguers stood up and walked out. All except for Superman, he walked up to the front.
"Should we contact their parents, Clark?" Batman asked.
"No, let's not worry them until absolutely necessary." Superman replied.
"Very well, I'll see what Wayne Enterprises can do. I'm sure Mr. Wayne would be glad to help." Batman replied.
"Let's not make a big public scandal out of it." Superman said.
"Got it." Batman said. The two titans walked out.
Artemis woke up to find herself chained to a metal board. Thankfully, her mask hadn't been taken off, but she was a far cry from happy.
Wally groaned next to her.
"Where in the devil are we?" Artemis asked, looking around.
From all appearances it was a science lab. Beakers in one corner, chemicals boiling on the table. The rest of the Team woke up. Artemis looked at everyone. They all seemed to be in perfect health. All except for Revenge and Aqualad.
"Kaldur! What happened?" Artemis asked.
Aqualad looked down at the metal leaves still stuck in his chest. He looked over at Revenge. Revenge's suit was cut and he was slightly bleeding.
"Revenge? Are you-?"
"I'm fine." Revenge said. "Just stings a bit."
"A bit?!" Robin exclaimed. "That was a poisoned blade she got you with!"
"Not lethal poison, just something to knock him out cold." a voice said. The girl walked into the lab with two men behind her. Robin recognized one.
"Ra's al Ghul." he spat.
"Boy Wonder." the leader of the League of Shadows replied with equal hate.
The girl looked up at them. "Your time is up, heroes." she said.
"What are you going to do? Give us to your masters?"
"No, I'm going to give them your heads." the girl replied.
That sank in for a few moments.
"Wait," Wally said. "You can't kill us! We're the good guys!"
"You don't serve the Light," the girl said. "Therefore you must be destroyed."
"Where have I heard that before?" Wally asked, looking at Connor.
"Hey, wait. Superboy, how come you can't break out?" Megan asked.
"Kryptonite." he gasped. It was now the rest of the Team saw the slight greenish glow on the cuffs that bound Superboy to the board.
"Even got a special knife for you." the girl said, twirling the green blade in her hand. "Now don't you feel special?"
"Just kill them!" Ra's al Ghul said.
The girl pulled out a regular dagger and walked over to Revenge. She slid the blade up his arm, cutting into it. Revenge refused to make a sound as blood trickled down and onto the floor. The girl put the blade under his throat. She reached back to deliver the final blow-
She stared at the hero. She felt his gaze on her and her dagger. It was as if he was saying 'Don't, you're better than this.'
"Do it!" Ghul snarled.
"I- I- I can't." the girl said.
"Weak fool! Do you want in or not?"
"I- I do, but-"
"No buts! Do it!"
She brought down the dagger.
"Superman to all points, nothing yet." The Man of Steel radioed in.
"Batman to all points, nothing either." The Dark Knight said as the Batplane flew over the fields of Iowa, life scanner on.
The rest of the Leaguers radioed in their positions and statuses. No leads to the Team's location.
Batman checked the time. "They've been missing for twelve hours." he said. "We need to hurry. Call in the rest of the League."
"Superman to Watchtower, deploy search party two." the Man of Steel radioed in.
"Roger," Hawkwoman replied. "Second team, deploy!"
The Hawks, the rest of the Green Lanterns, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Icon, Manhunter, Fire, & Ice, among others left the Watchtower, soaring towards the Earth.
"Watchtower to Batman," a voice crackled over the speakers. "We've got two calls waiting for you."
"Who are they from?" Batman asked.
"Mrs. West and Mrs. Crock. They want to know where their children are."
"Patch them through." Batman said with a sigh.
"Batman!" Mrs. West's voice sounded through his speakers.
"I know what you're going to ask. I'm going to give you an answer. Don't panic. Wally has been kidnapped. We don't know who or where, but almost the entire Justice League is out looking for them." Batman said.
"Hey, this is Uncle Barry." Flash chimed in. "We're trying our hardest. Oh, will you tell the producer I'll be late for that deodorant commercial?"
Batman muted the transmission at Wally's mother's reply.