The Claw Of The Dark Knight Chapter 5 Finale

Once they were at the top of the mountain, they saw a large blue pool. The pool was filled with wild flowers and the smell was inviting and beautiful.

"Batman, I think we've made it." Barb whispered.

"Yes, we have."

"So, what now?" Barb asked.

"According to the legend, I have to stand in this pool when the moon is full."

"WHAT?! That sounds like something you would hear in a fairy tale."

"I know, but in these cultures anything is possible. We will wait here and prepare ourselves for battle." Bruce responded.

"What do you mean?" Catwoman asked. "We are high up here and if it begins to rain again, the natives will not be able to climb up here."

"They know more about this place than we do. More than likely they are planning to stop us because they know the moon will be full later on tonight."

"Batman, are you sure you want to go through with this?" Catwoman asked, now sitting on a rock.

"What do you mean?" Bruce asked.

"Being in a cat body is a gift! You need to reconsider this! Who can say they have been in the body of such a magnificent animal," she whispered, now standing and gently touching his chest.

"HE IS NOT AN ANIMAL!" Barb hissed.

"Oh, shut it, child! This is a conversation between grown-ups!" Catwoman growled in an exasperated tone.

"Why you little…," Barb said, now rolling up her sleeves and landing a punch on Catwoman's cheek.

"Bring it, Bat kid!" Catwoman snarled, now getting her whip ready.

"ENOUGH!" Bruce said, now standing in between them. "Batgirl, go and get some firewood."

"But…,"

"Now!" Bruce said, growling lowly.

"You know what?! You both can get your own firewood. I'm outta here!"

"BATGIRL!"

"If you want to stay so badly, then FINE! STAY WITH THIS THIEF!"

"Oh, is the child's feelings hurt?" Catwoman purred evilly.

"Oh, shut up!" Batgirl growled. She then took off down the mountain. Bruce felt the rain drops begin to fall on his shoulder and saw that Barbara was heading in the pathway of a rockslide!

"BATGIRL!" He yelled. "GET BACK HERE!"

"Go away!" She growled as she continued her march down the mountain. Bruce ran on all fours after her and soon was able to jump in front of her.

"You're in the path of a rock slide! Get back!" He yelled. Barb turned and saw the rocks heading right for them. They both managed to jump onto another edge of the mountain before they were crushed to death! After a few moments of silence, Bruce was the first to speak.

"You must never walk off like that. You could have been killed."

"Bruce, I can take care of myself and it appears Catwoman is taking good care of you and you're letting her!"

"What do you mean by that?!" He said, now grabbing her arm in his clawed hand.

"You know what I mean. I mean that you are willing to let her flirt and cuddle you more than you want to find a way out."

"Batgirl…you're being ridiculous."

"Am I?"

"Yes you are. Now come back up this mountain."

"No. I'm going back home." She answered angrily. She then gasped as she felt his clawed hand pull her closer and press her against his chest. She then felt his hot breath tickle her ear.

"Listen to me. I am not going to allow you to leave or to get hurt, Barbara. Your father would never forgive me and I would never forgive myself. Now either you come willingly or I will take you by force."

"Let go of me!" She said, trying to get out of his grip.

"I take that as my answer," He said as he picked her up and threw her over his shoulder. She tried to get out of his grasp but it was very difficult.

"Stop struggling." He said in a relaxed manner.

"Put me down!"

"No."

"Bruce! I said, put. Me. Down!" But at that moment, he stopped and placed her down.

"Thank you now, mphm!" She gasped as he put his hand on her mouth.

"Shhh…look." He whispered. She turned and saw Catwoman talking to the natives. They were having some sort of meeting!

"You want him to stay as your guardian?" She asked.

"Yes. Him have power."

"Well what about a deal? Suppose you forget I stole that jewel and I will make sure he stays here as your guardian. I will even stay with him." She smiled.

"You make sure he stay?" The chief asked.

"Yes, I promise. I will get rid of that other brat and then we can have him all to ourselves." She smiled deviously.

"We agree!" The chief said as he shook her hand.

"Bruce! They are making a deal about you!"

"I know, quick, get down and head back up the mountain."

"What about you?"

"I'm right behind you! It's almost a full moon and we need to get out of here!" He whispered. The two then slowly began to make their way up the mountain. Once they were almost to the pool, a flash of lightning burst a tree into flames right next to them! It caught the attention of Catwoman and the natives!

"LOOK! THEY ARE ALMOST AT THE POOL!" Catwoman yelled.

"STOP THEM!" The chief yelled.

"Hurry, you fools, or he will turn back into a human!" Catwoman ordered!

"BRUCE, HURRY!"

"Barb, I won't leave you with them," Batman said, grabbing her arm.

"I will be fine! You need to hurry!

"GET THEM!"

"THEY'RE GETTING AWAY!"

"BRUCE, HURRY!" Batgirl said as she ran to block the natives. She threw batarangs and began to throw branches of the tree that were one fire. It was stopping the natives temporarily, but not Catwoman. She flipped over the fiery barriers and attacked Batgirl head on!

"Ready to end this, Bat mouse!" She hissed.

"Bring it, kitty!"

Soon the ladies clashed. They were punching and kicking with so much ferocity that you could almost feel the pain. Blood and gashes began to run down their sides, but neither would give up. Catwoman was fighting for her own reasons, but Barb was fighting for her friend.

"You're getting tired, mouse." She grinned ferociously.

"N-Never. I'm just getting warmed up."

"Too bad. Because I am not aiming for you!" Catwoman said as she flipped over her head and ran to stop Bruce!

But she was too late! He ran into the pool and the moon hit him right as he entered the pool!

"NO! YOU CAN'T DO THIS!" Catwoman screamed. But he was already changing back into his human form. Barbara stared in pure shock and the bright light scared all of the natives back down the mountain. After a few moments, Barbara saw his unconscious form laying in the pool.

"BATMAN!" She yelled. She ran to him and saw that he was out cold and he had no pulse.

"Oh my gosh! NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! BATMAN, NO!" She screamed. She shook him by his shoulders and screamed, but he did not wake up. Barbara then burst into tears and placed her forehead on his chest.

"What have I done?" Catwoman whispered as she looked at the sad sight and then disappeared into the night.

Barbara continued to cry until she felt a gentle hand on her face. Her eyes shot open and she met the blue unwinking eyes of Bruce Wayne.

"It's alright, Barbara." He said as he pulled her to him in a hug. She hugged him so tightly that he thought his ribs might crack. "Shhh, calm down. I'm alright."

"Bruce, I thought you were dead! I thought that transformation killed you!"

"I know."

"This whole thing has been a nightmare!"

"I know."

"This whole thing has been one big, MHPMH!" She grunted as he put a hand over her mouth.

"Will you relax?" He said as he pulled her closer and her eyes shot open when she felt him gently kiss her forehead. "The most important thing is that we are alive. Now I need you to look in that direction while I put one something more presentable."
Barb blushed when she noticed he was purposefully covering himself with leaves and large plants now that he was human again.

Once he made a makeshift outfit, the two headed down the mountain and back towards where they left their plane.

"Bruce?"

"Yes?"

"I-I'm glad you're back." Barb smiled as she gently nudged him.

"It's good to be back. Now, let's head home." He smiled gently at her as the two headed back to their airplane and on to more adventures in the future.


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