TMNT and Justice League do not belong to me. Just the Turtle kids & Co.
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I know it's hard to believe, but I'm alive! Sorry for the delay and here's the next chapter!
Layla brandished her katanas, her skin and eyes now a deep red. She was trying to intimidate the trio of henchmen that now had her cornered on the rooftop.
It wasn't working.
Originally, there had been ten goons that had found her up here. These three were a lot smarter than the other seven that were currently unconscious. It's like these guys have fought ninjas before. That unsettled her. How on earth...?
The shapeshifter lunged at the nearest of the three, only to be driven back by the other two. They were herding her toward the ledge! She knew for a fact that she was too high up to make it safely to the ground if she tried to jump. Layla wasn't like Cade, Delaney, and Aaron and she knew it. The one time she'd tried to jump that far, she'd broken her ankle which had earned her a stern lecture from Leonardo after Donatello had managed to convince him that she'd be okay. I wish Daddy was here.
Priorities. If she jumped and broke her ankle now, she'd never get away.
There was a whooshing sound and suddenly someone in red spandex was standing between her and the thugs, who brandished their weapons.
"Now, that's not nice at all," Flash said before disappearing in, well, a flash. The next second, all three goons were tied and the Scarlet Speedster bowed theatrically to Layla.
The mint green turtle just stared back, wide eyed and completely unable to speak. Flash is here too?
Flash laughed at her expression, but one of the criminals that she'd knocked out before he showed up started moving. And Layla's training kicked back in, quickly pulling her out of her shock. The small turtle delivered a roundhouse kick to the gangster's head at the same time that a cry of alarm came from the stairwell.
"More guards!" Layla cried out, throwing one of Cade's smoke pellets at the stairway. Without warning, someone picked her up from behind and they were rushing away at lightning speed.
She would have been excited, but the question of Toby's fate hung in the back of her mind. Where is he? Is he okay?
The familiar man, the one Toby's Aunt Annaleigh had shown him the mug shot of, reappeared several times throughout the night. Every time he was gloating. About how, even though his parents and aunts and uncles had managed to beat him when Cade was a baby, they stood no chance against him now. Highton kept going on about a foolproof plan he claimed to have. He'd never said anything else to the thirteen-year-old turtle. But what he had said was enough to keep the empathic turtle from trying to escape. Highton's henchmen on the other side of Gotham had Layla. And if Toby didn't cooperate, the old man would give them a signal. And they would kill her.
Highton planned to use both younger turtles as bait. The old man had explained that neither Toby nor Layla were his target. Catching them was just an added bonus. No, the FOH's real target was Cade. It had been Cade's parent's that had beat Highton in the first place. Aunt Annaleigh had killed his daughter, Holly. Highton was planning on returning the favor.
And there was nothing Toby could do about it. Except hope that someone telepathic could hear him. If Batman was real here, maybe the Martian Manhunter was too? If you can hear me... Help!
Delaney stood on the rooftop, lazily twirling her bo staff as she waited for Cade and Batman. Outwardly, she appeared to be bored as she watched over her prisoner. Inwardly... She was panicking. No word from Cade on either Toby or Layla. Those two had better be alright.
There was the sound of an engine. Not the Battle Shell, but still an engine she would know anywhere. The Batmobile. About time.
Cade was the first on the rooftop. As soon as she saw Delaney, the red-masked turtle ran towards her, full-tilt. Batman followed more sedately, a grim look on his face. I wonder what's got his cape in a knot?
That was the only thought she managed before Cade body-slammed her, almost knocking her over. Laney returned the hug, pulling back and scrutinizing the turtle who could easily be her sister with a practiced eye. No injuries. Good. Judging from the look on the green-eyed turtle's face, Cade was thinking the same thing about her.
"Don't you dare scare me like that again, Cade," Delaney threatened with a glare and deep-chested growl.
Cade just rolled her eyes and didn't comment. Which was unusual for Raphael's daughter. She usually had something to say. Probably trying to make sure that her favorite superhero has a good impression of her.
Batman just glared at Delaney, who still flinched a little even though she'd grown up seeing that infamous look, as he bent to examine her prisoner.
"You tried to interrogate him yourself." It wasn't a question.
"Yes. He knows where our cousins are. I'm sure of it," she finished as she twirled her bo once before securing it back to her shell.
"You did a horrible job, Laney," Cade commented.
Delaney just went cat-eyed.
Cade laughed as her favorite cousin gave her their own version of the bat-glare. Batman looked up at her and she just shook her head.
"Any news on Toby and Layla?" Delaney asked, drawing the Dark Knight's attention to herself and away from Cade.
The older turtle girl spoke up before Batman could, "Flash has Layla. They're gonna meet us back at the cave. As for Toby... Well... We know where his phone is."
"I'll check into it as soon as we're done here," Batman said as he grabbed the semi-unconscious man and made him sit up. The goon groaned and his eyelids fluttered. Whatever Delaney did to him left him with two nice sized black eyes.
The goon gasped in surprise when he saw who was now standing over him. Batman had drawn himself to his full height, his cape snapping behind him in the wind. The thunderclap was a nice touch too. It wasn't long before the thug started spilling his guts.
"I d-don't k-know where th-they are. I swear!" he babbled almost unintelligibly to Batman's question. The Bat's glare hardened and he lifted the man by the collar of his shirt and let him dangle over the side of the building. "I s-swear! I d-don't know w-where the FOH are k-keeping them! H-Highton never told us!"
Cade and Delaney barely managed to keep themselves from gasping. FOH. Highton.
Wait a sec. Bats said 'I.' He's not planning on letting us tag along with him. As soon the thug was unconscious again, both teenaged turtles rounded on him.
Delaney just remained cat-eyed while Cade was steaming mad, "What do you mean, 'I?' You sure as shell are not leaving us behind. We are coming with you, Batman. Toby's our cousin."
"And you have no idea how the criminals operate here. If I could easily beat you in a fight, you're no match for them either," he finished, glaring at her.
"The thing is, Bats," Delaney, ever the peace-keeper, interrupted. "We know all about the FOH."
Annaleigh gently hummed the old Cherokee chant as she rubbed her very round belly, trying to soothe her hyperactive twins. Both of them were just as bad as Cade had been. At least they'd waited until morning to start. As she made her way to the kitchen, she noticed that the only other one currently up was Leo. That's odd. Usually, her oldest child was meditating with the blue-masked turtle at this time. But Leonardo was definitely alone. Instead of interrupting him, she decided to check on the kids.
Carefully watching her steps, Annaleigh climbed the stairs up to the extra room that the three girls shared. She knocked gently before opening the door and switching the light on. What she saw nearly took her breath away. "RAPHAEL!" she bellowed in a panic.
In no time, the amber-eyed turtle was at her side, picking her up, "Are you alright, Wildcat? Are you in pain?" She shook her head, too scared to protest about him carrying her downstairs. Leo approached just as the rest of the family appeared out of their rooms. Aaron, Trevor, and Yoshi were the only kids in the Lair.
Raph set her on the couch and settled next to her on her left, wrapping an arm around her shoulders possessively and rubbing her belly with his other hand, clearly shook up by his wife's panic.
"What's the big idea, Annie?" That was Mikey. He was still rubbing his eyes.
"Mike's right, Ann," Keira interjected, wrapping an arm around her husband's waist and yawning. "If you're not having contractions, then why are you yelling?"
Trevor came and sat by his mother's right side and she wrapped a tight arm around her son's strong shoulders.
"You haven't noticed?" Annaleigh asked breathlessly. "The girls and Toby are gone!"