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A/N: Ok, this whole story is going to be very, very dark. Just warning you now, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Mortal Gods


"Tell me."

"I thought you knew."

"Tell me anyway."

"She wasn't so bad, at first. Well, she wasn't coping, but she wasn't killing either. Not since the Joker. Until Dick."

"I know."

"Well I'm still not sure. What actually happened?"

"Harley. She knew she couldn't go after Diana, so she went for someone she cared about. Tim was in hiding by then, but Dick refused to abandon Bludhaven. He didn't come off too badly, considering."

"You call having his legs eaten not coming off too badly?"

"Better than Alfred."

"True, I guess."

"Carry on. What did Diana do?"

"Dropped Harley into the lion enclosure in Gotham Zoo. There wasn't much left once they'd finished. Police identified her with dental records. Once her teeth had passed through the lions' digestive systems."

"Did they confront Diana?"

"Of course. But it's not like they could arrest her."

"What about you? You're telling me you couldn't do anything?"

"We…I guess we didn't want to. Kept telling ourselves it was justified."

"And then?"

"Then…Alfred. I think…that must have been the final straw. The next time I saw her, she told me to get out of Gotham, but she was gone. It wasn't Diana anymore. She'd lost her mind. She killed Selina, you know."

"Yeah. I know."

"And…that's it. It's our fault, we didn't stop her in time, we didn't…"

"We weren't there for her."

"I must agree. Diana needed help, she needed her friends, but we just didn't notice. It was…is…an unforgivable lapse."

"And because she didn't have any of you to turn to…"

"She turned to him. And he drove her into the darkness."

"She let him."

"Even so, we should have never-"

"Stop, all of you. Stop blaming yourself, stop blaming Diana. This is my fault."

"So what do we do now?"

"The only thing we can do. We take her down."

A/N: Hope I've whetted your appetites with that! Review please!