A/N: Ending of this arc, finally. Hope you all enjoy and remember to review!
Riddler's afraid of the big black Bat
Riddler's abandoned warehouse
"Riddle: The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?" read Speedy out loud at the monitor they found at the end of the path. "What the heck does that mean?"
"Stuck already?" mocked Riddler.
"I'm going to kick his ass" Speedy growled cracking his knuckles. Robin looked at the screen, then at the ground, then to his feet. 'Thinking….thinking….thinking…' "Oh, I know!" cried Robin excitedly.
"What is it?" asked Speedy looking surprised. "Steps" answered Robin, "think about it" he said, "we took a lot of steps and we left a lot behind down the road" he explained.
"Well?" Speedy asked to the celling.
"He's right…." said the Riddler.
-Cleverly hidden in the shadows stood three heroes watching over the boys-
'That's my cleaver bird' smirked Batman. "Follow them" he hissed to Arrow and Superman as the boys walked into the other room when the wall lifted up.
"Now" Riddler said as both boys stepped into an ice incased room and shivered from the cold. "If you feed me, I will grow. If you give me water, I will die. What am I?" asked the Riddler.
"S-s-speedy, I'm c-cold" shivered Robin as he pulled his cape tight around him for warmth. Speedy looked down at the shivering boy and gathered him close to his chest to keep him warm. "It's okay Robin, we'll get out of here s-s-soon."
"If you feed me, I will grow. If you give me water, I will die. What am I?" Riddler repeated.
"We heard you the first time!" shouted Speedy. "C'mon think red head, think!" he growled at himself, growing worried as he saw Robin's lips turning blue. "Feed, grow…water, kill…What the hell does that?"
"I c-c-could go for some h-h-ho-hot c-chocolate about now" stammered Robin. Roy had to smile down at that "Yeah," he chimed in, rubbing the kids back to help keep him warm "with a cozy blanket, a good movie and sitting right next to a fireplace" It was times like these that Speedy was reminded how young Robin really was. Poor little guy…wait! FIRE!
"That's it!" Speedy shouted "Fire!"
"Correct…" Riddler grumbled and a trail of fire lit up beside them leading to a giant door.
"That's my boy!" cheered Arrow quietly as they followed the boys into the next room. "I think we should step in now" he suggested. Batman growled "First I'm going to hang the Riddler with his own intestines".
"Batman- wait! Hold on!" Superman panicked. "You said it yourself. The boys need to learn how to get out of this mess themselves. If they really need us we'll be right here" he rationalized.
Batman paused for a moment and growled in annoyance, "I really hate you right now."
"Well boys, I have to admit that I am quite impressed" Riddler mused, "But I'm afraid this is where the fun ends. Fun for you I mean, this is still going to be fun for me" he crowed and pushed a button that turned the lights off. He lit up some scary mechanical monsters that growled and started coming at them. It terrified the two boys.
"AAAHHHHH!" they shrieked.
"Last riddle boys!" cackled Riddler, "I cannot be seen, cannot be felt, Cannot be heard, and cannot be smelt. I lie behind stars and under hills, and empty holes I fill. I come first and follow after. End life, kill laughter. What am I?"
"DADDY!" cried Robin breaking into tears. "I want my daddy" he sniffled shutting his eyes and covering his ears.
This made Speedy mad. Really mad. Suppressing the fear he felt in his gut, he drew his arrows and fired at the machines. It ended the awful noises, and the lights went out completely. Now it just put them in the dark.
"Robin?" Speedy hollered into the dark "where are you?" he asked feeling around blindly for the other boy. "Right here" Robin called out not budging from his spot, still weeping. "Where!?" Speedy called out again. Robin opened his utility belt and drew out a glow stick. He snapped it and it lit up his area.
"Right here!" he shouted. Speedy came over and squeezed the little guy close. "We should have just stayed at the tower" Roy muttered into Robin's hair. Robin nodded at this "I really want my daddy…" he hiccupped.
"I'm right here…" befell the low, familiar voice from the shadows before stepping into the small light. "DADDY" Robin cried as he launched himself into the man's open arms. "Daddy, I'm sorry I left without saying anything and tried to find Riddler even though you said not to and I'm sorry we got caught and I'm sorry-"It's all over now" interjected Batman.
"Speedy…" came Arrows voice from behind him. "Uh-oh" gulped speedy. "Uh-oh", is right young man" Arrow marched up next to him, arms crossed, gazing down at the boy in disappointment.
"Are we in trouble?" asked Robin hesitantly.
Both adults gave each other a look. "Yes" they both said at the same time. "We'll discuss this latter" Arrow declared taking Speedy by the shoulder and walked them out of there. "Bye Robin…"Roy called back. "Bye speedy" Robin waved off sadly as Batman carried him in the opposite direction. "Daddy..?" the little boy asked "Yes Robin?" sighed Batman. "I'm really sorry" he said sincerely. Batman nodded at that and just kept hugging him close.
Meanwhile in the Riddler's operation room, there was the Riddler, strung up by extension wires. Several bones broken and bleeding really badly. Superman just sighed as he began the task of getting him down.
A.N. Shout out to Russetfire for being my betta. Hope you all enjoyed. Please leave a review. Ideas and request welcomed.