What Doesn't Kill You, Only Makes You Stranger

Chapter 20

It Ends Tonight/Viva La Vida Joker

A/N: Hey there guys and gals!! Well I decided to make an early update because I'm in such a GREAT mood!!! My girlfriend and I are expecting a little Chicomagnifico Jr!!!! So I'm really excited about being a dad!! But at the same time….COMPLETELY TERRIFIED!!! Lol!! It's a strange mix of feelings : /

ANYWAYS….Enjoy!

Warning: This chapter does include the song; "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay…an AMAZING song which I'm sure you all won't mind! : )

Disclaimer: I do NOT own Teen Titans, ANY DC comics personnel, or "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay (But they are all so AWESOME, I had to combine them together for this last chapter!: )

P.S. Happy Birthday xxgabigailxx!!! This chapter is for you! One of my bestest friends!! : )

The five Titans stood their ground as they looked up at the psychotic clown. The Joker grinned evilly at their display and planted a kiss on Hope's cheek and placed her in her crib. Beast Boy growled in fury and was about to lash out at the villain, if it weren't for Cyborg and Robin holding him back. The Joker laughed his head off, as he stepped closer to the teenage heroes. He pulled out his SMG and aimed at Robin's forehead.

"Okay kiddo, we can do this the easy way, or you can further complicate things and make this as painful as possible!" The Joker chuckled

"Since when do wack-jobs like you take the easy way out?" Robin sneered, The Joker smiled

"When will you learn that insanity is not a disease, but rather a lifestyle!!" The Joker laughed as he snapped his fingers, summoning his jesters.

"Well you'll be going down hard, tonight Joker!" Robin growled before letting out his infamous 'Titans Go!' command. Starfire grabbed Cyborg by the shoulders and flow up, while he proceeded to shoot down the jesters, by numbers. Raven and Beast Boy made their way to Hope, and right when she was nearly in their grasp, an electric cage fell down around the crib, preventing them from fulfilling the rescue. Then a group of henchmen surrounded the two and began to let loose onto them. Raven quickly brought up a shield protecting herself and Beast Boy from the onslaught of bullets. When the jesters stopped to reload, Raven dropped her energy shield to allow Beast Boy to charge at the cluster of delinquents as a bull. He sent about half of them flying all around the room, while Raven picked up two large crates with her powers, and sandwich the remaining jesters until the point of unconsciousness. Joker saw that Raven and Beast Boy wiped out his henchmen and quickly ran over to where Hope was located. He turned off the electric barrier and grabbed the crying baby and was looking around madly, for the nearest way out. Right when he was about to make a move he felt Hope leave his arms. He looked down to see that she was surrounded by a black aurora and was levitating back to her mother and father. Raven held Hope in her arms, while Beast Boy stood protectively in front of the two.

The Joker smiled, but was caught off guard by a kick to his face from Robin. He turned around to see Robin charge at him full speed. He barely ducked the Boy Wonder's second kick to the head, but the Joker connected with an uppercut. Robin stumbled to his feet but quickly recovered and threw a punch at the Joker's face. Joker caught the punch and twisted Robin's arm. He then threw quick jabs at Robin's midsection before giving him a hard elbow to the face, knocking him to the ground. Robin kicked his foot up at the Joker's stomach, only to have it caught and smashed back to the ground hard. Robin yelled in pain as the Joker approached him.

"You know Robin, I guess this where I announce you as a 'worthy' opponent, but frankly I've always hated your guts!" The Joker sneered as he blew a raspberry at Robin. Robin looked up at the taunting clown.

"You still haven't won Joker! You don't know anything about me!" Robin retorted venomously

"Pfft! You!? What's to know? You're a punk! A little whiney baby, crying because daddy's gone!" The Joker mocked before bursting out into a hysterical laughter.

"Still! If it's a whoopin' you're a-wantin'!" The Joker pulled out his pistol and took aim at the Boy Wonder's forehead again. Robin struggled to lift his head up, but was back handed by the Joker.

I used to rule the world

Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sleep alone

Sweep the streets I used to own

"Batman's gone Robin…GET OVER IT!!" The Joker laughed again. Right when he was about to kill Robin, a Bat-a-Rang came flying through the air and hit the Joker's gun out of his hand. This greatly shocked both Robin and the Joker, as he looked up to see a shadowy figure jumped around the rafters. His eyes went wide when he saw the figure wear a cape.

I used to roll the dice

Feel the fear in my enemies' eyes

Listen as the crowd would sing,

Now the old king is dead, long live the king

"NO!!! YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD!!!" The Joker yelled out furiously, as he began to shoot uncontrollably up at the rafters. Robin took full advantage of the distraction and swiped the Joker's feet off the ground, making him land hard on his back. Robin mounted on top of the Joker and began to throw fists of fury at his face.

One minute I held the key,

Next the walls were closed on me

Joker kicked Robin off of him and quickly got back to his feet. He swung at the Titan's leader, but they were effortless dodged and received a kick to the chest that sent him careening over the edge of the platform.

"C'mon Joker, is that the best you got?" Robin asked, with a smug smirk on his face

And I discovered that my castles stand

Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

"Who do you think you are? Talking to me like that!?" The Joker growled

"I'm Batman" Robin said with a confident smile on his face

"YOU'RE NOT BATMAN!!" Joker shouted as he punched Robin off the platform, but by losing his balance sending himself falling down with him.

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing

Robin shot off his grappling hook which attached itself to the railing of a platform, stopping him in mid-air. He looked down to see the Joker free falling head first to the hard-concrete pavement of the laboratory.

Be my mirror, my sword, and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain

I know Saint Peter won't call my name

Despite the situation he was in, the Joker laughed. It didn't come out as his usual gleeful chuckle, but more like his psychotic break out of guffaws. The floor was coming closer, but right before he made deadly impact, he felt a rope hook onto his leg, preventing him from hitting the ground.

Never an honest word,

But that was when I ruled the world

Robin jumped down and looked at the Joker who was hanging upside down by his leg. The Joker let out a sheepish chuckle.

"I knew you couldn't finish me off!" The Joker chuckled again

"It's over Joker, you've lost" Robin stated as he pointed across the room to show that all of his henchmen were defeated, and that Baby Hope was finally back in the arms of her loving parents.

"Actually Bird-boy, I still have one more trick up my sleeve!" The Joker laughed as he pulled out a small remote control. Robin's eyebrows rose in confusion. The Joker grinned evilly before pushing a combination of buttons. Suddenly an alarm went off in the building.

"SELF-DESTRUCT IN T-MINUS 30 SECONDS. SELF-DESTRUCT IN 29 SECONDS"

"Ha Ha!! You see Robin? Now we all fall down!" The Joker laughed as he untied himself from the bond on his foot.

"Titans! Retreat!!" Robin ordered, as they all ran towards the nearest exit. But the Joker stopped right in front of the only exit.

"SELF-DESTRUCT IN 20 SECONDS"

"Ah, ah, ah! We still have some unfinished business, kiddies!" The Joker laughed as he got into his fighting stance. Robin glared at the Joker, but prepared himself for a fight. Joker was the first to attempt a strike, but a lightning bolt hit the ground in between the two. Robin and Joker looked up to see Daniel falling down on top of the Joker. He held the Joker, as he yelled at the Titans to escape.

"RUN!! GET OUT HERE!" Daniel yelled as he struggled to keep the Joker grounded

"Let him go! You can still make it out of here alive!" Robin yelled back at Daniel

"Just leave! I got an idea!" Daniel replied, Robin nodded as he ordered his team to leave. Raven and Beast Boy left first with Hope still in Raven's arms. Cyborg and Starfire were right behind them. Robin looked back at Daniel struggling to keep the Joker down. He took a step forward to help Daniel out, but a piece of the roof fell down blocking anyone from getting in, or out.

"SELF-DESTRUCT IN 8 SECONDS"

"What are you doing!?!? Now we'll both die!!" The Joker shouted

"SELF-DESTRUCT IN 5 SECONDS"

"Pay back's a bitch!" Daniel replied with a smirk

"3"

"2"

"NOOOOO!!!!!" The Joker cried out desperately

"1"

"HAVE A NICE DAY!"

The Titans stared from a safe distance, as Jump City Hall exploded and crumbled down to a burnt heap. Hope began to stir uncomfortably in Raven's arms, but Raven began to hush and comfort her daughter before Beast Boy came up and planted a warm kiss on her little forehead and one on Raven's cheek. Robin and Starfire stood next to each other, watching in awe and slight terror at the destruction of one of the most notorious villains of all time. Robin looked to the right to see swarms of police men and firefighters come in. Robin looked up to the sky and smiled to himself, before whispering a 'Thank You' to the 'mysterious' figure that saved his life.

"Robin? Who are you thanking?" Starfire asked curiously

"No one Star, no one" Robin chuckled softly before giving Starfire a hug

"Booyah!! No more clowns in Jump City!! Who's up for some pizza!?" Cyborg asked excitingly, receiving disapproving grunts and sighs from the team.

"What? It's never a bad time for pizza!" Cyborg defended as he followed his team back to the T-Car.

[Epilogue]

It had been half a year since the Teen Titans had defeated the Joker. Jump City was back to its normal semi-peaceful atmosphere, after a real Mayor was back in office. It took a lot of fighting and fixing, but the city was back to normal, and the criminals were back behind bars. Hope had grown a lot over the past few months. Her hair deeply resembled Raven's, but she certainly had the stubbornness of both her parents. But to Raven's dismay; she also inhabited Beast Boy's playfulness, making it difficult to keep her still in one spot. Hope did begin to show that she was developing Raven's power, when one day, she saw Cyborg accidently step on her favorite plastic bunny. This caused Hope to cry and burst a lamp with black aurora right next to Cyborg. It was the only time in her life time that she did it, but Beast Boy and Raven weren't going to take any chances, they decided to be 'extra' careful around their daughter.

"Beast Boy!" Raven shouted from the kitchen

"What?" Beast Boy shouted back

"Where is my herbal tea packet? It's almost time for me to feed Hope" Raven explained

"Um Rae? Don't ya think she's old enough to try normal food, like tofu?" Beast Boy asked as he reached through the cup boards and handed Raven her tea.

"Beast Boy, I already told you, we are NOT, I repeat NOT, feeding our daughter tofu!" Raven clarified

"Pfft! You should see her gobble down that stuff! She's just like her old man!" Beast Boy smiled proudly

"You have better be joking Beast Boy" Raven threatened as she prepared her tea

"Um…what if I'm not?" Beast Boy asked hesitantly. But before Raven replied, she used her magic to pull Beast Boy's underwear over his head, receiving a pathetic cry from her boyfriend.

"Ow! Raven! What was that for?!?" Beast Boy whined

"For parenting behind my back" Raven answered with a smirk

"Now come on, it's time for me to breast feed Hope" Raven stated as she walked over to the couch where Hope was playing with her toys. Beast Boy grumbled as he followed Raven, with his underwear still over his head.


Meanwhile, at a court house, Daniel was receiving his trial for the involvement of the Joker's reign as mayor of Jump City. After the explosion, Daniel was the only person that was found to have survived, but unfortunately for him, the detonator was found in his hands, so the entire explosion was blamed on him.

"Daniel, you have been convicted for countless numbers of murders and kidnapping of an infant child. How do you plead?" The Judge asked

"Guilty" Daniel replied dryly

"You are sentenced for the death penalty, any last words?" The Judge asked Daniel. Daniel looked up at the judge and grew a cocky smirk.

"I would like to ride the lightning your honor" Daniel requested as an electric chair was brought into the room.


Robin and Starfire sat down together on the roof top of the tower and looked up at the Stars. Starfire reached down and grabbed Robin's hand, who in return smiled at his girlfriend.

"Robin?" Starfire broke the silence

"Ya Star?" he asked back

"Isn't the sky tonight the most marvelous thing you have ever seen?" She asked in astonishment as a shooting star zoomed past the sky. Robin looked over at Starfire and smiled

"I've seen prettier" he whispered, before leaning in and kissing Starfire softly on the lips. She kissed back as they calmly fell asleep on the roof. But even on such a beautiful night, pass the city's hustle and bustle, there was an eerie sound echoing all throughout.

The sinister sound of a familiar laughter.

END OF STORY

A/N: Well there ya go guys!! That's the end of "What Doesn't Kill You, Only Makes You Stranger." I REALLY hope you guys enjoyed the ending!! It would KILL me if I disappointed my readers!! : (

And as much as it hurts to see that it's over…I had A LOT of fun writing it! Thank you to ALL of my loyal readers! And as a special thank you, I post another 'Review Reply' chapter real soon!! So keep on the look out for a special "Shout Out" chapter!!

P.S. There may be a lot of errors, but that's b/c I finished the story at 2:40 in the morning…AGAIN!! Lol!