Hey readers! Sooooo sorry this has taken so long! But now that summer's here, updates will get better! This is chapter nine, written by me! I hope you like it! Please review!

~Ani

I quietly sat behind the enormous case, trying to steady my breathing.

If I was going to defeat Ivy, I had to have the right equipment. I know we have some explosive batarangs around here somewhere, I thought. But explosive batarangs could be dangerous. You could accidently blow something up that was important. But it would depend on where the battle took place. Let's see…

I heard footsteps on the stairs and saw Alfred walking back up to the mansion. I smiled, proud that I had successfully hid from the man. I crawled out from behind the Robin case and looked around. I tried to check in some drawers where Bruce kept the equipment, but they were locked. Figures…

I tried looking on some shelves, but there were no batarangs in sight. I sighed. The next best thing was to threaten her with an endangered or exotic plant… but I didn't see any of those around, either.

I walked back up the steps and opened the clock door as quietly as I could. There was no one in the room, so I stepped out and made my way to the kitchen, where I knew Alfred would be. He smiled at me as I came in.

"Miss Aysel," He held up a tray of chocolate chip cookies and put it on the counter. "Would you like one?"

I laughed. "Alfred, you're the best!" I took a cookie and bit into it. It was delicious. He always knew how to brighten my mood!

"I wanted to cheer you up. I know that Master Bruce can be a bit overbearing at times, but he really is just worried about you." Alfred stated.

"Well, he has a funny way of showing it." I said. Alfred merely smiled and nodded. "By the way, do we have any… oh, say, exotic plants around here?"

Alfred gave me a questioning look. "I can't imagine why in the world you would want to know that," he said.

"Well…" I said, thinking up an excuse. "It's for a biology project at school. I have to do a report on an exotic thing. Since we don't have any exotic animals around here, I figured a plant is the next best thing. I know I'm not supposed to be doing schoolwork, but there's no harm in getting an early start on it! It'll lighten the load of make-up work that I'll have to do when I get back."

Alfred totally looked skeptical.

"Please?" I begged, folding my hands in front of me and giving him the 'puppy dog' face. "It's better than sitting around doing nothing all day! Pleeease?"

Alfred still looked skeptical, but gave in. "If Master Bruce finds out about this…"

"Oh Alfred, he could never get mad at you!" I said with a smile.

Alfred sighed. "There are some exotic flowers, Birds of Paradise, planted in the garden on the west side of the estate. But there are only a handful of them. I'll only allow you to pick one."

I smiled again. "Perfect! Thanks Alfred!" I grabbed a cookie and stuffed it in my mouth, then ran to the front door, grabbed my jacket off of the coat rack, and ran out.