Title: Yesterdays and Tomorrows
Authors: Tammy Brokaw and Charlene Edwards
Synopsis: This is an idea I came up with and shared with Tammy and we've
been playing with. It's an Alternate universe for Batman Beyond that sits
somewhere between regular DC continuity and the established Animated
Series' continuity. I LIKE Terry McGinnis as a character. I think he rocks.
I like him almost like I like Dick Grayson. BUT what I didn't like was the
way DC committed what I consider character assassination of Dick and Tim to
bring Terry about. Soooo here's Tammy and my attempt to "fix" what I think
DC did wrong. I hope you all like the little world we've put together.
Me, I just did this because I'm a ficwhore --Tammy
And so, in honor of Terry McGinnis/Batman Beyond Month on
Haven_Corridor here's our BB fic. Enjoy :-) Char & Tammy
Yesterdays and Tomorrows
Prologue: Gotham, 2002
"I wish Batman could've came with us," Robin said as he and Nightwing crept
through the abandoned warehouse. Something felt -- wrong. He couldn't put a
finger on it, but it was there, deep in the pit of his stomach. "Or, at
Nightwing nodded as he scoped out the warehouse's interior. So far
there were no signs of the Joker. But Batman's intel is rarely was wrong.
"I know, bro. But he had that function he had to attend. We can handle
this." Then his thoughts went to Batgirl. Barbara. No, she couldn't come
with them. Not right now. His mouth formed a smile as he thought about her.
Thought about their discussion earlier that day. Life could be so… damned
"Yeah, it's just the Joker," Robin grumbled as they went deeper into
Robin's musings, brought Nightwing back to the situation at hand. He
shook his head as they continued on.
Passing by stacked up crates, they neared an interior room. Using their
night vision lenses in their masks, they surveyed the room's interior. It
seemed harmless. Cautiously, they entered. Nightwing and Robin started
searching the room for clues.
"There's nothing here," NIghtwing said exasperated.
"Yeah, this is a dead end, "Robin replied as they moved back toward the
They froze when they felt the slight shift in the floor beneath them.
Their weight had triggered something. It was a trap.
Suddenly, the room was enclosed by steel walls. Nightwing and Robin
moved to the wall where the door had been. As they were desperately looking
a way out, the Joker's laughter filled the room.
"Ignore him Robin and keep looking for a way out."
His voice echoed and rang out like a grotesque carnival master, enticing
the children onward. "Bwahahaha ... Welcome to Uncle Joker's warehouse of
fun. This little surprise was intended for the Bat, but I'll take two
birds. Bwahahaha -- killing two birds with one bomb you might say.
"Bomb?" Robin asked as he turned to face Nightwing.
On the far side of the room a digital display started counting down
from sixty. One minute -- sixty seconds. Nightwing's eyes grew wide as the
thought of the hopelessness started to sink in. He pressed the emergency
signal in his gauntlets, summoning Batman, although he knew there was no
way he could get there in time.
"We have to stay calm," Nightwing said as his mind started racing.
"There's no way out!" Robin replied. Nightwing could hear the slight
trace of panic there.
"Bro, take off your cape."
"What?" Robin asked.
"It's fire retardant. Maybe we can use it as a shield and ride out the
explosion. The bombs connected to the timer, so let's get as close to the
door as we can."
Robin smiled at Nightwing. It might work. It was a chance. The only one
they had. There was part of him that was sick inside, and there was another
part that KNEW they'd be all right. How many times had they escaped the
jaws of death on just a hunch and their own good looks?
Nightwing pushed Robin close to the door, using his own body to shield the
boy and then using the cape as a shield for both of them.
Jokers' laughter still echoed throughout the chamber. " -- ahaha. By
the way, main bomb's by the door."
"Oh shit," Nightwing said as he grabbed Robin's shoulders quickly
turning him from the door. Nightwing threw the cape around Robin as he
placed himself between the boy and the door.
"Time's up, Boy Blunders," Joker's voice sounded as the room exploded
Batman saw a raging fire as he neared what once was the warehouse.
Nightwing's signal had come from here. Their GPS signals stated they were
still inside the warehouse. He tried not to panic. He wouldn't panic. There
was work to be done. He had to find Robin and Nightwing.
With a steeled determination, he activated the electronic cooling
systems in the Bat-suit and he entered the blazing inferno. He had to find
them, had to rescue them. Quickly, he moved to their location. He moved
past the burning wood and through the blown out steel door. Then he saw
They were lying so still. Nightwing was partially covering Robin.
They were unconscious he told himself. They had to be.
He bent down to check their injuries and move them out of the zone of
danger. Batman stiffened when he touched them. When he realized.
Nightwing and Robin were dead.
…Continued in Part I