Chapter 7: Prisoner No More
After the archery 'lesson', I was returned to my 'room' to rest up. I hate being locked up, but I have to bare it just a little more. I had to be strong for Raven and for my adoptive father. I looked up at the rafters and at Raven, I see her nod her head, a silent message indicating her plan is going to take action. After a few minutes the Joker and Harley walked in to give me my dinner then left.
"Ok Joanna, I think it's time we get you home" Raven said, telepathically, I looked up and nodded my head in agreement.
It was a little after midnight before I was completely sure that Joker and Harley were asleep. I signaled Raven and she came down from the rafters and landed by my side elegantly. She was in tip top shape and seemed to be built for dangerous stunts like that.
"Alright Joanna, I'm going to bust a hole in the wall over there" she explained.
"Ok, I just have one question, how am I supposed to get out when I'm chained to this stupid support beam" I asked calmly. Raven walked up to me and grabbed the chain from the floor, she looked at me with a small smile.
"Promise me you won't freak out" she said, I nodded then she did something I would have never expected. She took a deep breath and exhaled fire! I mean full blown, burn your house down fire.
She must have seen my face because once the chain was cut she stood up and closed my gapping mouth.
"I forgot to tell about that didn't I" she said, teasingly, I just stared.
"Well, the reason I can do that is that I'm a dragon" she said, I snapped out of my trance at that moment, did I hear her right?
"I'm sorry, but did you just say that you were a…?" I start to ask.
"Dragon? Yes I did" Raven said, happily. She then told me that she would tell me her life story another time.
After I was free of the chain, I stood back and watched as Raven took a deep breath, aimed at the wall and released a giant fireball. It was strong enough to blast right through the three foot thick walls of the factory and it would no doubt wake Joker and Harley.
"It's time to go Joanna" Raven smiled sweetly.
"Yes, it is" I said.
We stormed out of the factory like bats out of hell. When we were almost to the gate I hear Joker and Harley screaming in anger.
"JOANNA!" they screamed in unison.
"We have to get out of here now!" I said, starting to panic. As I stared at my biological parents running toward us I didn't notice Raven grow wings, all of a sudden she grabbed me and took to the air. I didn't scream since I was used to the sensation, do to being Batman's daughter, but I wasn't expecting Raven to sprout wings.
"Wow, you have wings too!" I shouted.
"Yes, I do. I told you, I'm a dragon" she said noticing my surprised expression. She explained to me that she was gifted with the power to transform from a dragon to a human, I nodded my head in understanding, and we continued flying.
After what seemed like hours we landed in front of West Gotham Hospital.
"This is where Bruce is, Joanna, I think it's time for you to see him" Raven said. I looked back at her then at the doors to the hospital, she gave me a nod before I shot into the hospital like a bullet. I went to the front desk and asked where my father's room was and the receptionist told me, knowing who I was.
I ran down the halls, mindful of the other patients and doctors, looking for my father's room. Once I found it, I was relieved to see him sitting up, reading the newspaper. He didn't seem to notice me in the door way so I decided to surprise him.
"Dad" I said, waiting. When he looked up to see who it was, he dropped his paper and just stared. After a few minutes of silent he finally spoke up.
"Joanna… is that really you?" he asked in disbelief.
"Of course it's me, dad, why wouldn't it be?" I said.
He shook his head and forced all the bad thoughts away.
"Come here, Joanna" he said. I didn't hesitate and ran straight into his arms; we embraced each other for the longest time before my father cleared his throat. I looked up to meet his eyes, I knew that look. He was going to tell me something.
"Joanna, I have to tell you that…" he started.
"Joker and Harley are my parents" I finished. He looked at me with a 'how did you know?' expression.
"Joker and Harley told me" I explained, he sat back and let a single tear drop fall, I had never seen that before.
"I'm so…" he started only to have me cut him off.
"Don't you dare say that you're sorry, I'm happy you adopted me, you gave a real future to look forward to; Harley and Joker don't deserve to be parents, but you do" I lectured. He actually smiled for the first time and a very long time, we embraced each other once again, but this time we stayed like that.
After about an hour, I started to think about what happened at my concert and the fact that if Joker and Harley went to all that trouble just to get to me what else would they do? I made the decision that it would be better for me if I left for a while so it would be harder for Joker and Harley to find me and the ones I care about would be better protected from them.
"Dad?" I spoke after an hour of silence.
"Yes, Joanna?" he responded.
"Dad, I hate to have to tell you this, but I think it would be better for everyone if I left the city for a while" I said, calmly. My dad was quiet for a while before he cleared his throat.
"Are you sure, Joanna?" he asked.
"I'm sure dad, Joker and Harley will stop at nothing to get me and I can't put other people in danger" I said. He looked at me and I knew that he knew I was right, he knew that Gotham wasn't safe for me anymore and that I needed to disappear for a while.
"Well, I think that would best, but it will hurt me to see you go, so where will you go?" he said. At first I didn't know where I would go, but then I remembered Raven, she made me the newest member of her team and I was sure she would look after me.
"I can stay with my new friend, Raven, she was the one who rescued me" I told him and he looked at me and actually smiled.
"Well, I hope, wherever you go, that you are happy" he said. It was really hard for me, but I knew I had no choice.
"Joanna, I heard what you said and you are correct I will protect you and make sure Joker and Harley will never find you again" Raven spoke, telepathically. I told her I wanted a little more time with my father and she understood, but she told me my time would be limited because Joker and Harley were hot on our trail.