Ace removed himself from Harley's arms that were still wrapped around him. His mother had fallen asleep whilst watching Raven run around in fear. Ace then lifted Harley onto his right shoulder and took her into her bedroom. He then laid her down on the bed with a sigh before heading back to his desk.
Minutes later, he was sliding back into his seat with a groan. He turned his attention back to the tv and saw Raven's was growing close to cracking. She was just in the corner, her robe wrapped around her head, trying to block out the world.
Ace groaned as he eased off his jacket. Diving into an inner pocket of the jacket, Ace pulled out a small mobile phone. He seemed to think for a second, a troubled look on his face. Heartie's head looked in and as she saw the phone.
"Are we doing it?" asked Heartie. "Is it a go?"
Ace was silent before he picked the phone up and typed in a short message. "Take it"
Pressing the send button, Ace chucked it down onto the desk and turned his attention back to the screen. "Make sure storage it ready and all weapons are primed to kill. Anyone comes around here apart from the people we expect. Also make sure they answer the question. If they fail, shoot them. Got it!" ordered Ace.
"Yes Mr Ace." replied Heartie before bouncing off.
Meanwhile in Britain, Hermione Granger picked her phone to read the message and smile. "Tonks." she said as she turned to face the older shifter. "Let's move."
Tonks nodded before she turned and left the room, heading down into the heart of the headquarters of the order. The Burrow had become the main headquarters of the order after the previous one was compromised at the death of Sirius Black.
The pink haired girl walked into the kitchen to see that the meeting has already started. She eased herself into a seat nearby to the door she just came through and nodded in the direction of Dumbledore as he glanced in her direction.
Proffessor Dumbledore nodded in response before clapping his hands once. "Right then my good friends. Welcome to today's meeting. First item of today is Harry Potter. Any sights of the poor boy."
"None at all." said Remus, the werewolf, as he glanced around for someone to contradict the grey haired man.
"What about the dark lord? Does he have any information about Harry?" spoke up Tonks, turning to look at Snape who exchanged a look with Dumbledore as Hermione bursted into the room. A look of excitement all over her face. "Professor Dumbledore. I got a letter from Harry. He's in America."
Astoria grimaced as she got the message from Harry before she glanced across the table to see Pansy looking at her in interest. Astoria tilted her head and Pansy turned to Draco and whispered directly into his ear.
The pale boy's smirk became fixed before it vanished completely as he turned to stare at Pansy. Astoria turned and made her way through the dark Malfoy manor to the throne room. Composing herself, she entered, the tapping of her high heels as all turned to look at the teenage girl. The blonde girl raised her chin and in the true pureblood fashion, she approached the throne. The death eaters ranks separated in respect and let her through to reveal Voldemort on his throne. Malfoy behind him, presenting him with a map of somewhere as the snakelike face turned to face Astoria.
"What do you want Heiress Greengrass." said Voldemort, all of his words hissed out by him.
"Approval and a suitor." replied Astoria, her voice reinforced with steel and coldness.
Voldemort eyes narrowed and he hissed out. "Explain."
"Since I will be the last of my line, I require an heir to carry on my family's blood. I want to seal our agreement by an arranged marriage. I want you to choose the husband involved."
"Why myself?" asked Voldemort.
"Because I want you to see my loyalty to you, my humble lord." said Astoria, following this up with a low bow.
Voldemort glanced around the room, taking in the lust on his men's face aside from Bellatrix who was staring at the blond in the middle of the room. "How about Malfoy?"
"I would rather not. The house is going to suffer in the next five minutes." replied Astoria.
"Why?" growled an enrage Lucius Malfoy, his blond hair moved aside as he reached for his wand.
"Your son is about to come through the door with Pansy Parkinson, screaming about being unfit to raise a bastard."
Behind them, the large double doors opened and Draco poked his head inside only to see his father's face. A quick "eep" later and Astoria stood to the side to allow Senior Malfoy to move to chase after his misbehaving son.
Astoria's eyes returned to Voldemort who was back at looking at Astoria in annoyance." the girl as your bride and tame her."
Astoria just smirked back at Voldemort as she bowed her head in respect as Rabastan emerged from the crowd. He was thinner than most of the purebloods here, Azkaban could do that to people. His eyes were empty apart from one emotion. Lust.
Astoria felt his hand grip her shoulder as he pushed her out the room. "Come on bitch. Let's get this over with and legal. I'd enjoy your body after the wedding."
"I'm sure it will be eventful." smirked back Astoria.
Back at Gotham
Raven was still stuck in her cell. Stuck with a lack of any light at all, she could barely see anything and her powers were still locked. She was as scared as the first time she was punished by her demon father, hence why she was curled up in a ball on her side.
"Oh Raven. Where are you, little birdie." came a voice. Raven turned to her right to see Robin, his face covered in blood. "Hey little Raven." he said, a wheezy chuckle escaping him.
"I saw you die." said Raven, her pale face shining in sweat as she crawled backwards away. "Ace killed you."
"Then how am I here?" wheezed Robin before spitting out a mouthful of blood. "But that not what matters, little birdie."
"Then why are you here?" whimpered Raven as Robin slowly crawled close to her , spilling his red blood onto Raven's pale legs.
"Because I wanted to tell you something. I never liked you. You are emotionless, soul stealing and a risk. I never cared for you. And to think, you had a little crush on me." said Robin, with a grin as he gripped on of her legs and seemed to pull her towards him with a lack of effort.
"Robin. Please, let go of me. Stop this." pleaded Raven, pushing her feet against Robin's unmoving chest.
"I'm going to hurt you, little birdie. Just you watch." said Robin, his laughter growing louder and louder.
And then Raven finally screamed, it piecing the air and spreading into the darkness.
"Raven." came a cry as Raven found a pair of strong arms wrapped around her and the glow of green eyes of Ace's staring down at her. She rested her head on his shoulder as he pulled her into his body. "You're safe now. You are safe with me."
"Safe with you." muttered Raven, a sigh of contentment coming across her as she closed her eyes and began to sleep for the first time in days. Ace on the other hand was smirking. "Sleep tight, my little Raven."
Minutes later, Ace had Raven in a bed asleep whilst Ace met with the rest of his weird family.
"What the hell is going on?" growled Ivy, her emerald eyes glaring at Ace.
"Our little prisoner is just getting a little bit twisted." replied Ace, his eyes scanning the expressions of Ivy and Selina.
"I'm sick of being in the dark. Your little improvisations are getting us in too more trouble than we need. We have the entire world looking for us and you are doing nothing, but sit up in that office whilst the rest of us does the work."
"Oh, I'm sure eating my mom cunt out is hard work, Ivy." growled Ace, causing Harley to wince. "I'm sure you must be really good for the amount of times I've heard you screaming."
"You men have no idea how to do these sort of things." replied Ivy in annoyance, glancing at Harley who's cheeks were slowly turning red.
"What things? Crimes? Who broke your green ass out of a prison? Who finally killed Robin after all your years of trying. Who has Batman and all of the other stupid little justice league on the fucking run. Who are they scared of, Ivy?" Roared Ace, causing Ivy and Selina to take a step back.
Heartie then chose that moment to speak up. "FYI, he also does the cunt eating thing perfectly."
"Shut up." ordered Ace angrily to Heartie who's mouth quickly closes. "But back on topic, Ivy. You think that I don't plan. That I'm making it up as I go along. No, no, no. You see. The plan is massive. The plan will work. The plan has you as a tiny little piece that is so small that you are easily replaced. It's only because of my mom that you are here."
"Then why don't you tell me." growled Ivy again. "Why not tell us what this big plan is and then we'll see."
"Because I don't trust you." said Ace.
"I wonder why?" grinned Heartie from her seat. "The crazy bitch is not interested so let her go." she said to Ace. "Unless you tell her what she gets out of it."
"And what do I get out of it?" said Ivy, her eyes firmly on Ace.
"Three things. I got access to lab filled with some of the most rarest plants on earth. On top of that, a five per cent share of the takings."
"Five per cent? Is that it? asked Ivy in annoyance.
"The estimated amount of the job is around sixty million in gold and the best thing is that it's all completely legal. No bank jobs, no break ins and no harm. Sixty million dollars divide among us and the team I have working on it." said Ace, his smile as wide as it could get. Ivy's eyes narrowed at Ace.
"What was the third thing you were offering?" she asked pressing for details.
"The third thing I'm offering is that I don't kill you." said Ace with a chuckle as he turned away to walk back to his office.
Batman sat at his computer in the Batcave, his eyes focused on the screen as he scanned the CCTV of the street where Robin died. He was watching Ace and Heartie, trying to gain any idea of how to defeat him. There was none on display. Ace went through several styles of fighting, all to kill.
But why didn't he kill the rest? It would have sent a bigger message. There was no logic behind it all. Why just Robin?
"Still working, Master Bruce?" came the calm voice of Alfred. "Of course, you are. I won't have expected anything else after all these years of you doing this to yourself."
"It doesn't make sense, Alfred. Why target the titans and just kill one? And what does he expect to do with the girl?" said Bruce as a call came in. At that moment, J'onn J'onzz appeared on the screen.
"Batman. We are having a meeting. Will you join us?" said the Martian.
"On my way. Be there as soon as I can. Make sure every member is there, we need to set the law and code to dealing with Ace."
"That's what the meeting is about. We have reasons to suspect that Catwoman is now on his side and was involved in the bombing of Lex Luthor. Officals announced that Lex is dead and nobody has been found. Pictures of what we think is Catwoman has been found."
"Send them to my computer. I'd get there as soon as I can." said Batman as he turned away, walking off into the darkness.
Sorry it took so long for a update. For some reason, this chapter failed to load onto the FF net and I couldn't update. Add that on top of exams and coursework, it was a pain to do.
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