Three years ago
On his knees, sitting in the center of a warehouse was a black haired boy wearing a black bodysuit with a red star engraved on his chest, both hands were handcuffed behind his back, and the lenses of his mask were ripped out, revealing his emerald green eyes. He groaned in pain as he tried to sit up and glare at the madman in front of him.
A crowbar was whacked across his face, causing him to fall on his side. He coughed while trying to catch his breath.
"Wow, that looked like it really hurt."
The teen didn't bother to look up at the Joker's sadistic smile as he was suddenly hit over and over again. he grunted as the beatings finally stopped.
"Whoa, now hang on. That looked like it hurt a lot more." The Joker declared. "Let's try and clear this up, okay pumpkin? What hurts more? A?"
The maniacal laughter filled the ears of the Batman's first ever sidekick, Night Shadow. Across the room, tied to the wall and a gag in her mouth was Batgirl, Batman's second sidekick. Batgirl opened her eyes and blinked to get rid of the blurriness in her tired orbs. The sound of metal hitting flesh immediately woke her up. When she saw her best friend on the floor with the Joker standing over him with a crowbar in hand, she tried to call out to him but the gag only made her give muffled cries. Night Shadow looked up at his captor and Batgirl watched in fear as Joker leaned down and whispered to the first Boy Wonder. Batgirl watched as Night Shadow spit his blood in Joker's face and the madman grabbed the boy by his hair and slammed his face into the ground.
"Now that was rude." Joker scolded, taking out a handkerchief to wipe the blood from his face. "The Bat had some manners."
Night Shadow looked up at the Joker as blood dripped from his mouth once more.
"I suppose I'm going to have to teach you a lesson so you can follow his footsteps." Joker said before thinking. "Nah, I'm just going to keep beating you with this crowbar."
Batgirl watched in horror as the sadistic clown stepped his foot on Night Shadow's back and raised the crowbar. She closed her eyes, not wanting to watch what was about to happen right in front of her as Joker's laughter filled the warehouse once again.
"Okay kiddies, I got to go. It's been fun though right?" Joker smirked, looking at the broken and bloody boy on the floor and the tied up girl that was glaring at him from across the room. "Well, maybe a smidge more fun for me, I'm just guessing since you two are being awful quiet."
"Anyway," Joker said, fixing his coat. "Be a good boy and a good girl, finish your homework and be in bed by nine…and hey! Please tell the 'Big Man' I said…hello."
The Joker then left along with the sound of his laughter echoing through the warehouse. Night Shadow then opened his eyes and groaned in pain. He turned to lay on his back and brought his legs up and over his top half to get himself into a crouching position. When his cuffed hands were behind his feet, he slowly slipped them behind his cuffed hands. He tried to stand up and a wave of dizziness washed over him. After taking a step forward he fell back to the ground face first. He looked at Batgirl who was having trouble trying to wiggle out of the ropes that had her arms bound to the wall. He started dragging his body towards her, wincing and groaning at the slight movement. Once he was there, he removed the gag from Batgirl's mouth and was immediately bombarded with questions.
"Night Shadow, are you okay? Is anything broken? Should I call an ambulance?"
"Can't…talk…leaving n-now…" Night Shadow finished removing the ropes and Batgirl swung his arm around her shoulders and held onto his hand while the other wrapped around his waist. Just then, Night Shadow's mask fell off, revealing the face of Jason Todd. He gave shaky breaths as Batgirl helped him get to the door.
"Don't worry, Jason. We're going to be okay." Batgirl muttered, gently helping her friend sit against the wall. She tried to open the door but it wouldn't budge.
"Locked." Jason sighed, expectedly. Batgirl then sat next to Jason and started rubbing his back in a pattern. Maybe if he focused on the pattern he'll start to feel less pain. Jason relaxed after a minute and sent the girl a tired smile.
*Beep* *Beep* *Beep* Beep*
Batgirl gasped and Jason turned to see a timer bomb that was ready to go off. Both their expressions changed from shock to tired (or in Batgirl's case, worried). Batgirl held onto Jason as the timer got closer to zero. Jason removed Batgirl's cowl to reveal the face of Barbara Gordon. Her red hair was still in a tight ponytail and her brown doe-like eyes were full of fear.
Batman jumped off the Batcycle and sprinted towards the building, mentally kicking himself for not finding out about the trap. He was halfway there when the building suddenly exploded, wood and fire flew everywhere. It took two minutes for Batman to hear something from one of his sidekicks. It took him a second to realize it was the sound of a girl crying. Batgirl! He sprinted to where Batgirl's cries where coming from. He soon caught a glimpse of red hair a few feet away.
"Batgirl!" He called after the fifteen year old ginger. Batgirl's cowl was off and she was holding something black and red in her arms.
"Batgirl, what happened?" Batman demanded when he noticed that it was Night Shadow's cape that Batgirl was holding.
"He's gone!" Batgirl wailed. "Jason…he…he's…"
Batgirl couldn't get the words out of her mouth and Batman removed the cape.
"No." He whispered, pain evident in his voice. Batgirl continued weeping as the Dark Knight took the fallen Night Shadow in his arms. Jason Todd's face still held peacefulness, even in death. His eyelids covered his emerald eyes that will never open again to see the daylight.
"Jason…" Batman whispered, closing his eyes and allowing tears to fall freely from his face. Batgirl was shaking uncontrollably now and she let out a heartbreaking wail. She still held onto Night Shadow's cape in a death grip as if it would disappear if she let go of it. Something had been taken from their lives. An ally, a friend, a partner, and a son. Son of Bruce Wayne and dearest friend to Barbara Gordon. Now Jason was gone and the two bats have fallen into a black hole and a wound had been formed in their chests. A wound that no one could heal.