Hey guys, I'm back with a new chapter for this story! This chapter will pick up right where the previous one left off and will have Harley beginning her training to become a part of Batman's team. We'll also learn what happened to Killer Frost at the end of Assault on Arkham and how she joined forces with Batman! So, I hope you're all looking forward to that!
**(Important Update, Please Read!)**
P.S. I think going forward I'll have a new order of sorts when it comes to updating my stories. I'll still post multiple chapters for this fic in a row, but instead of three, I think I'll bump it down to two, for now, the same will also apply to my Akame ga Kill fic. Instead of posting three chapters in a row, I'll substitute the missing third chapter with an update for either my Batman or Spider-man stories. So going forward my update order will be: Pokemon (Betrayal Brings out the Best in x1 chapter), Fairy Tail (Natsu Dragneel the Dual Dragon Slayer x2 chapters), Batman (It's Still Possible to Turn Your Life Around x1 chapter), Akame ga Kill (Killing Your Dark Future x2 chapters), and Spider-man (Spider-man: Love Across Dimensions x1 chapter). Then the order will reset and we'll start from the beginning again. I know some of you will be disappointed not to get three straight chapters, but with this new order it should be easier to work on all my stories, so I hope you all understand.
Well, that's all I wanted to say, so let's get to the fic!
"Harley's Inner Voice" (Harleen Quinzel)
Disclaimer: I don't own Batman or any of its characters
"Uh...okay..." Killer Frost said, pushing Harley away and staring at her in confusion, before turning her attention to Batman. "Who the hell is this broad and why the fuck is she hugging me?"
"Oh come on, Frostie!" Harley said with an exaggerated sad pout as she rested her hands on her hips. "That's cold, even for you! Haha! That was a good one!"
"God, you're so easily amused."
"Seriously Batman, who is this chick? Why are we wasting our time here with her?" Killer Frost asked, brushing passed Harley and walking over to Batman's side. "I was in the middle of a patrol when Robin called me. I don't see why you needed me here for this."
"I wanted you here just in case things with Harley got out of hand. She can often be quite...unpredictable..." Batman explained as he gestured to the Harlequin in question, who seemed to be quite confused. "And the reason I'm here in the first place is...starting tonight Harley will be the newest member of our team."
"What!?" Killer Frost exclaimed in shock, whipping around to gawk at Harley. "This chick is gonna be apart of our team!? Why wasn't I told about this!?"
"Well, I've been closely monitoring Harley ever since she was released from Arkham. She was doing well for a while...but I recently found out she was trying to reform the Joker's old gang..." Batman said before he shot Harley a disapproving look, which caused her to chuckle nervously and avoid his stern gaze. "As for her joining our team...that was kind of a spur of the moment thing."
"Spur of the moment..." Killer Frost repeated, staring at Batman in utter disbelief. "You never do anything 'in the spur of the moment'! You always think things through and calculate the best possible outcomes!"
"Yes, and earlier when I was speaking with Harley, I decided that her joining our team would be the best course of action," Batman said as he locked eyes with Killer Frost, demanding her full attention. "With Harley on our team, I can keep her from causing trouble and satiate her hunger for danger...I'll also be able to keep closer tabs on her. Now, this isn't up for discussion Frost, she is joining us, whether you like it or not."
"Tch, fine..." Killer Frost scoffed in a frustrated tone, turning her back to Batman and crossing her arms over her chest. "Bastard always keeps me in the dark...treating me like a child..."
"Everyone just hold up a god damn second!" Harley exclaimed as she rubbed her temples, appearing to have a headache. "What the hell is goin' here!? Why doesn't Frostie remember me?! And when the hell did she start workin' for you, B-man!? I'm so confused right now! Somebody better start talkin' fast!"
"Calm down Harley, I'll explain everything..." Batman ordered, before pointing towards the couch. Looking back and forth between Batman and Killer Frost several times, Harley reluctantly did as she was told and plopped down onto her own couch. "It all started six years ago, after your little suicide mission into Arkham Asylum."
(Six Years Earlier: Arkham Asylum)
"Give me the details, Jim..." Batman said without missing a beat as he hopped out of the Batmobile. "What are we looking at?"
"The good news is that most of the prisoners were detained, but a few dozen managed to escape." Commissioner Gordon replied, looking over a detailed report he had been handed minutes before. The Dark Knight and Gotham's police commissioner continued their conversation as they walked through the trashed halls of Arkham Asylum. "They range from lower risk thugs to some pretty heavy hitters, like Bane, Zsasz and Poison Ivy."
"I'll start tracking them down right away," Batman said as he used his cowl's built-in sensors to scan several pieces of evidence, sending all the information back to his computer in the Batcave. Bringing up his communicator, Batman quickly sent a message to Nightwing and Batgirl, informing them of what had happened. "We'll catch them before they get too far."
"That's reassuring, I've got my men combing the city for them as well. If they turn up we'll give you a call." Gordon said, releasing a heavy sigh, closing the file he had been reading. "Other than that we've mostly got things under control here. There's still a few prisoners loose on the grounds, but we'll likely have them all caught within the hour. God, today has been such a shitshow."
"Do you have any other information you can give me, Jim? Any possible leads on where Ivy, Bane, or Zsasz may have gone?" Batman asked as both men stopped outside the asylum's crowded medical center. "I don't have much to go on right now."
"I'm sorry, but we don't have much information either. You're free to check out their cells and talk to any contacts they had within the asylum..." Gordon said, turning his attention to the medical center, his gaze focusing on a figure lying on one of the beds. "However, there is one thing you should see, but I doubt you'll get anything useful out of it." Opening the door to the medical center, Gordon lead Batman inside. They both stopped beside the bed of an unconscious blue-haired woman, her head wrapped in numerous bandages. "This is Killer Frost, she was apart of that team of criminals that assaulted Arkham."
"I know," Batman said as he stared down at Frost, his eyes narrowing slightly. "I ran into them earlier...things got messy."
"Well as you can see, she got pretty banged up...the doctors don't know when she'll wake up, but when she does you're welcome to come back and question her..." Gordon said, picking up Killer Frost's chart and giving it a once over. "I went over the security footage before you got back. Apparently, she tried to escape in a police car, but Bane ended up tossing the thing like it was a damn pebble. From the footage, it looked like she was killed after the car crashed into a wall and exploded. But we recovered the dash-cam footage from another squad car, this one caught an angle that the other security cams didn't. After reviewing the footage, it seems like Frost leaped out of the car just before it crashed. However, she was still caught up in the explosion. It seems she used her powers to create a shield of ice to block most of the blast, but she was still knocked back by the force of the explosion. She was sent flying several feet, before smashing her head on some debris, she's been unconscious ever since." Setting the chart back down, Gordon turned back towards Batman. "Even if she wakes up I don't know how much help she'll be...the doctors said she damaged her hippocampus which means she may have-"
"Long term memory loss..." Batman finished as he continued to stare at Killer Frost, a plan starting to form in his mind. What Bruce was thinking was quite dangerous and could easily backfire, but he was willing to take the risk. "Jim, I'm going to ask you a favor."
"Okay..." Gordon said in a confused tone, caught off guard by Batman's sudden announcement. "What can I do for you?"
"I want you to have Frost relocated to a different hospital, keep where a secret. I don't want some thugs finding out where she is and kidnapping her..." Batman explained as he tore his attention away from Frost and locked eyes with Gordon. "After Frost is moved, I want someone monitoring her at all times, making sure her condition doesn't deteriorate any further...and then I want you to call me the second she wakes up...if she ever does."
"I don't know Batman..." Gordon muttered, rubbing the back of his head. "That's a whole lot of effort just for one convict. We're gonna need a doctor monitoring her at all times and a guard posted to keep them safe. That's a lot of man-hours, who's gonna pay for all that? I certainly can't and I can't really spare any of my guys."
"I'll handle the payments..." Batman said as he turned to leave the room, his cape fluttering behind him. "Just get Frost relocated and hire some people to keep an eye on her."
"Jim..." Batman said as he stopped in the room's doorway, his head turning back to look at Commissioner Gordon. "I'll handle it." With those last words, Bruce exited the room, leaving Gordon by himself.
"Damn it..." Gordon muttered, releasing a heavy sigh as he pinched the bridge of his nose. "I guess there's no point arguing with that guy." Reaching down, Gordon grabbed the walkie talkie off his belt. "Get me an ambulance, we have a patient in the medical center who needs to be moved to a different hospital...also get me the numbers of some good private security companies."
(Five Years Later: One Week After Joker's Take Over of Arkham Asylum)
"Master Bruce, there's a call for you...actually it's for your alter ego..." Alfred said as he walked over to the Bat-computer, where Bruce was currently going over the evidence he had gathered after Joker's attempted take over of Arkham Asylum. "You really should take the call, sir...it sounded quite urgent."
"Can it wait, Alfred? I'm quite busy right now." Bruce said, not looking away from the numerous computer monitors.
"Well, it's Commissioner Gordon, sir. He said something about a Killer Frost waking up." Alfred said which caused Bruce to perk up and turn around in his chair. "He said, and I quote, 'get your ass down here right now, Frost is freaking the hell out and freezing every damn thing in sight.' It seems like people might be in danger, Master Bruce."
"Already on it..." Bruce said, slipping into his Batman costume and walking towards the Batwing. "Did Jim give you the location of the hospital?"
"I've already uploaded the coordinates into the Batwing's navigation system," Alfred replied as he trailed slightly behind Bruce. "Do be careful Master Bruce, it sounds like things are quite dangerous down there."
"I'll be fine Alfred, if my hunch is correct the authorities are simply handling the situation incorrectly. She just woke up from a five-year coma and likely has a severe case of memory loss, so she's just scared." Batman said, climbing into the Batwing's cockpit and firing up the engines. "I shouldn't be gone too long."
"Would you like me to send along Master Drake as well?" Alfred asked before Bruce closed the cockpit's window. "Just in case you might need backup?"
"No, more people might make her nervous and more prone to lash out..." Bruce said, punching a few things into the Batwing's computer. "Also, prepare the guest room, we're likely going to have company when I get back."
"Right away, Master Bruce..." Alfred said as he turned to take care of the task assigned to him, just as the Batwing blasted out of the Batcave at full speed.
(Twenty Minutes Later: Seventy Miles Outside Gotham City)
After setting the Batwing down outside a small hospital, Batman made his way towards a crowd of police officers and workers gathered outside the building. Batman quickly learned the situation from the police and nurses on site, before making his way into the building. The commanding officer on site had insisted that Batman wait, but he assured them that he would handle the situation. The hospital was completely empty, having been evacuated minutes earlier. Tapping into the hospital's computer network, Bruce quickly found which room Frost was being held in. Bruce quickly made his way up to the third floor where Killer Frost was located. Stepping out of the elevator, Batman immediately noticed that the temperature on the floor was significantly colder than the rest of the hospital, almost sub-zero according to the readings from his cowl. Slowly Bruce made his way down the partially frozen hall, his breath visible in the frigid air. Finally reaching Frost's door, Batman saw that the windows and door were mostly frozen over, meaning he couldn't just walk into the room.
"Alfred I'm outside Frost's room, but the door is completely frozen over, and I don't really feel like blowing it open..." Batman said into his communicator, sending Alfred a copy of the building's schematics. "Can you see any other way for me to get into the room?"
"Give me one moment, sir...Ah yes, do you see the vent down to your right? If you head through there, you should be able to grapple up and get above Frost's room and drop in."
"Thanks, Alfred..." Bruce said, cutting the line with Alfred and quietly pulling the grate off the vent. Not wanting to startle Frost, Bruce slowly crawled through the vent, doing his best not to bang around. After several tense minutes, Batman found himself positioned just over Frost's room. Using his cowl to scan the room, Bruce noticed that Frost's heart rate was quite elevated and her breathing was rapid, telling him that she was very scared and likely confused. Naturally, the temperature in the room was even colder than out in the hallway, but it wouldn't be a problem as long as he didn't take too long. "Alright, here goes nothing."
Removing the grate in the way, Batman silently dropped into Frost's room, landing right in front of her bed. Standing upright, Bruce saw that Frost was curled up on her bed, head buried in her knees as she slowly rocked back and forth. Before Batman could even take a step forward, Frost's head snapped up revealing her tear stained face.
"Who the hell are you!?" Frost exclaimed as she extended her arm towards Batman, her palm glowing blue as she prepared to unleash her ice powers. "Just stay away from me!"
"Calm down, Frost. I'm not here to hurt you..." Bruce said, taking a step towards the frightened woman. "I just want to help you."
"That's what those other people said!" Frost spat as she backed away further on her bed, putting more distance between her and Batman. "But then they tried to inject with me all these drugs to calm me down! I don't even know where I am! I don't know any of those people! I...I don't even know who I am!"
"That's quite understandable, you were in an accident five years ago, and you've been in a coma ever since..." Batman explained, causing Frost eyes to widen in shock. "You suffered serious damage to your hippocampus, which is what lead to the memory loss your experiencing."
"O-Oh my god..." Frost muttered as she lowered her arm and pressed a hand to her head, wincing as a sharp pain shot through her entire body. "I don't remember anything...anyone...everything is just gone..."
"If you want to, I can show you a video of your accident..." Batman said in a sympathetic tone, taking another step towards Frost's bed. Seeing the blue-haired woman nod her head, Batman quickly clicked a few buttons on his wrist computer, throwing up a holographic video feed. Slowly walking over to Frost, Bruce started the dash cam footage Gordon had shown him. Frost's eyes were glued to the projection as she watched with rapt attention. She gasped and jumped on the bed as she watched herself be launched by the car's explosion, violently smashing her head on a pile of debris. Closing the video feed, Bruce saw that Frost appeared to be in disbelief, simply staring down at bedsheets. "As you just saw, you were injured quite badly...it's actually quite a miracle that you survived...even more so that you woke up after receiving serious head trauma like that."
"You seem to be quite interested in me..." Frost said as she raised her head and glared at Batman, her eyes narrowing dangerously. "What do you want with me? Do you need my powers for something? Do you just want to use me?"
"No Louise, I really am here to help you..." Batman said, causing Frost to gasp audibly.
"Louise...is that my name?" Frost asked as she inched closer to Batman.
"Yes, your name is Louise Lincoln..." Batman replied, offering his hand to Killer Frost. "If you come with me, I can tell you practically anything you want to know about your previous life. I can help you rebuild your life and put things back together."
"Why...why are you doing all this for me?" Frost asked as she hesitantly reached out towards Batman's hand. "I don't know who you are...we could have been enemies or something."
"It's quite simple Louise...I want you to become a hero and help me save lives..." Batman said with a rare smile, causing Louise's eyes to widen in surprise. "Come on, we can discuss this further over something to eat, you must be starving."
"I don't-" Frost was cut off when her stomach began to grumble loudly. Her face now burning bright red in embarrassment, Louise turned her head away and took Batman's hand. "Fine, I'll at least listen to what you have to say...but you better answer any questions I have."
(Back in the Present)
"And that's basically how Frost ended up where she is now..." Batman finished his story, noticing that Harley was quite literally sitting on the edge of her seat, her full attention on everything Bruce was saying. "After I got her out of the hospital, I started to train her to become apart of my team. It took a while but she proved herself to be very capable, she's been a great help so far." Glancing over at Killer Frost, Bruce didn't miss the small smile that she doing her best to hide. "Does that answer your question, Harley?"
"I guess so..." Harley said as she hopped off the couch and strolled over to Batman's side, leaning against him. "But I gotta ask, Bats...did ya ever...ya know...tell Frostie about her previous...occupation?"
"Yes, I know that I used to be a criminal," Frost answered for the Dark Knight, resting her hands on her hips. "When Batman said he'd answer all my question, he meant it. He told me everything I wanted to know about my past, even the...less than flattering parts...the parts I wished I had forgotten." Frost saw that Harley was about to spit out another question and decided to preemptively cut her off. "And before you ask, no, I have no desire or urge to get back into that life. Batman found me when I was at my weakest and nurtured me back to health. He was true to his word and helped me rebuild my life. He even gave me a purpose, helping save innocent people instead of hurting them. I owe him for everything he's done for me, helping protect this city is the least I can do."
"Damn, I'm surprised you went through all that trouble Bats..." Harley said before she chuckled and smiled at the Dark Knight. "Well I guess not, you did a whole lot of work to convince me to join your little team. There's just one last thing that's buggin' me. If you've been working with Frostie here for over a year, how the hell did no one notice she was back and still kickin'?"
"I've mostly had Frost assisting Nightwing out in Blüdhaven..." Batman said glancing at Frost, noticing that she was shooting him an annoyed look. "Only recently have I allowed her to start working within Gotham, even then it's usually with Robin or me. She's proven that she can handle solo operations in Blüdhaven, but I don't think she's quite ready to take on the heavy hitters that lurk in Gotham by herself."
"I still say I'm ready..." Frost huffed as she crossed her arms underneath her chest in frustration.
"Soon Frost, just be patient..." Batman said, turning his attention back to Harley, who was looking up at him expectantly. "Do you have any other questions?"
"Nope!" Harley said with a smile as she shook her head. "I'm ready to go whenever you are!"
"Okay, let's head down to the Batmobile, we're going for a little drive..." Batman said, causing Harley's eyes to light up like a little kid's as she ran up to Batman.
"Are you freakin' serious!? I get to ride in the Batmobile?! Without handcuffs, or being unconscious?!" Harley exclaimed as she began to bounce up and down, overflowing with new found energy. "Oh my god, I've always secretly wanted to ride in the Batmobile! Hey, can I drive it!?"
"Maybe one day when you've officially become apart of the team...but we're not taking it out onto the streets..." Batman said, earning him a squeal of delight from Harley. "Now settle down, we have a long drive ahead of us."
"You enjoy your ride with the living ball of energy..." Frost said with a wave as she made her way out of the apartment. "I still have to finish my patrol, I'll be back when I'm finished."
"Oh boy, I'm so excited!" Harley cheered, following Batman out of her apartment, both of them taking the stairs like normal people. However, when they got outside the rundown apartment building, Harley was surprised to not see the Batmobile parked outside. "Hey Bats, what gives?! Where's your freakin' car?! I was promised a ride in that sweet machine!"
"Give it a second..." Batman said with a hidden smirk as he pressed a button on his wrist computer.
"Are you prankin' me or somethin', B-man?! Because I'm startin' to get pissed-" Harley was cut off by the sounds of a revving engine coming from down the street. A few seconds later the Batmobile came peeling around the corner, doing a quick spin and skidding to a stop perfectly at the curb in front of them. Harley's jaw literally hung open as she stared at the tricked out car in awe. The blonde harlequin was further shocked when the Batmobile's roof slid open, revealing that no one was behind the wheel. "Holy shit! That was freakin' amazing B-man! You never told me this thing could drive itself!" Eyes practically sparkling with excitement, Harley leaped into the Batmobile's passenger seat, literally bouncing up and down. "Oh. My. God! There are so many buttons and flashin' lights! Let me press some Bats!"
"No Harley, some of those buttons are dangerous..." Batman said, climbing into the driver's seat and starting the Batmobile's engine, the tricked out car roaring to life.
"That just makes me want to press them more!" Harley whined as she slumped in her seat. "Ah, whatever! Let's just get going!"
"You may want to buckle up..." Batman said, before slamming his foot down on the accelerator, the Batmobile rocketing down the street. Harley's screams and cackles of joy could be heard all throughout Gotham.
( Thirty Minutes Later)
"Woah! This is one sweet ride, B-man!" Harley cheered with a bright smile as she watched cars and buildings zip by, as the Batmobile sped passed them at a blistering speed. "I wish I had a car like this! Hell, I wish I just had a car! HAHAHA!"
"Glad you're enjoying the trip, Harley..." Batman said, sharply turning the wheel, which caused the Batmobile to drift around a corner. Harley squealed in delight as she was thrown around in her seat. "We should be arriving shortly."
"Wait!" Harley suddenly exclaimed as she pressed a hand against Batman's chest and leaned forward in her seat. "Are we going where I think we're going?! Am I gonna see the legendary Batcave!? I've only heard rumors about that place! What's it like in there!? Is it dark and foreboding?! Is it really a cave, or is that just a name!? Are there really bats in there!?"
"You'll just have to wait and see..." Batman replied, reaching out and flipping a switch on the console, which opened up communications with the Batcave. "Alfred, gather everyone in the Batcave, I have an announcement to make."
"Right away sir, but what about Ms. Lincoln? Isn't she still out on patrol?"
"Don't worry about her, she already knows what I'm going to say," Batman said, glancing at Harley, who was still overflowing with excitement. "I should be back in a few minutes."
"Very good sir, I'll gather everyone right away."
"God, I'm so excited right now!" Harley cheered, before she chuckled lightly, looking down at her lap. "I know I've...uh...met you all before...but it's gonna be completely different this time...and I gotta say I'm a little nervous."
"Huh, it's weird hearing you nervous about something."
"You've been rather quiet." Harley thought, staring out the Batmobile's window. "You were quite chatty earlier. You wouldn't keep your mouth shut actually."
"Well, you've been a good girl, for the most part. So, I decided to leave you alone for a bit. You're taking this whole 'becoming a hero' thing surprisingly well so far. I must admit, I'm a little impressed."
"Well, Bats did make a good point. I don't really want to spend the rest of my life in prison, and you did a pretty good job convincin' me that the Joker...was not the man I thought he was...plus this way I can still beat on people. But this time it will be for a good reason!" Harley thought as a small smile spread across her face. "Plus...Bats really is a good guy...and has always looked out for me in his own way. After what he told me earlier, it's clear that he feels partly responsible for me gettin' into a life of crime. I guess I want to help ease his conscience...plus he's such a mysterious guy...I'd like to learn more about him."
"You seem to be quite interested in Batman. I mean if Killer Frost hadn't come in, you were about to kiss-"
"Ah! Don't remind me!" Harley thought, her face flushing bright red as she tightly gripped the fabric of her skirt. "I was just got swept up in the moment! Bats was bein' so nice to me and he said that he'd never abandon me...the Joker was never like that with me...it was just so nice to have someone treat me kindly...and I'd be lyin' if I said B-man wasn't a total hunk! I'm a total sucker for the dark and brooding routine!"
"Sounds to me like you've got a crush on Batman."
"Maybe...I don't know..." Harley thought as she released a light sigh and went back to staring out the window. "The way Bats talked to me earlier, it brought up all these old emotions...emotions I hadn't felt since I first tried to go straight after getting out of Arkham and got into trouble again...B-man tried to help me the whole time, but I was a total idiot and didn't listen to him...I mean the man he saved the dress I had paid for..."
"If I remember correctly, you kissed him back then. Twice actually. The second one was pretty steamy too."
"I know...and that kiss just felt so right..." Harley thought, pressing two fingers against her lips as she remembered the passionate kiss she had shared with the Dark Knight. "It was much better than any kiss I got from the Joker...I swear I felt my heart flutter."
"Maybe you should try going after Batman, romantically I mean. Who knows, he might be the one for you. He'll definitely treat you better than that bastard Joker ever did."
"I don't know...I don't want to rush things..." Harley thought as she released a light sigh, clenching a hand over her heart. "I need to make sure he likes me back first...the last thing I want to do is blurt out that I like him and find out he doesn't feel the same way about me...that would just be embarrassin' and could make things awkward if we're gonna work together as a team."
"Look at you, I see you really put a lot of thought into this."
"I have my moments..." Harley thought, a small smile spreading across her face. "Bats seems to be offerin' me a really good deal here...I just don't want to screw it up. This could be my last chance to get my life back on track...maybe even do something that really matters."
"It seems I underestimated you, you're not just a mindless sociopath. Oh, and you might want to start paying attention because it looks like we're here."
"Really?!" Harley thought as her head snapped up in a flash. Her eyes widened in awe as she watched a section of the road ahead of them sink into the ground, revealing a secret entrance hidden underneath. Without any hesitation, the Batmobile sped into the underground entrance, fluorescent lights zipping passed them as they drove down the tunnel. Moments later, Harley gasped in surprise when they finally entered the Batcave. Batman's base of operations was truly impressive, sporting dozens of platforms, each filled with expansive computer setups, vehicles, and various other equipment, all of them connected by winding stairs and walkways.
"Alright, let's introduce you to the team..." Batman said, stopping the Batmobile on one of the central platforms, which began to rotate the car around. Once the Batmobile was in the correct position, the Dark Knight hopped out of the vehicle. "Everyone should be gathered up ahead."
"This place is friggin' insane Bats!" Harley exclaimed as she darted around the Batcave, using every ounce of her willpower to keep from touching everything in sight. As Harley followed Batman through the cave, she marveled at the amazing technology and gadgets that surrounded her. However, as Batman escorted Harley onto yet another platform, her eyes suddenly shot open in shock, her entire body trembling slightly. "Bats...is that what I think it is? Please, let it be what I think it is."
"Oh, that?" Batman asked, turning to look at what Harley was gesturing too. "Oh yes, that is a mechanical T-rex. I like to keep mementos from the various cases I've solved, and that's one of them. If you look around, you'll find my souvenirs all over the place. Some of them can be rather...extravogent."
"It's official..." Harley said with a massive smile before running up and hugging one of the massive mechanical dinosaur's legs. The blonde Harlequin squealed in delight when the T-rex let out a loud roar. "HAHAHA! This is the coolest place ever! I never want to leave!"
"Well if everything goes well, you'll be spending quite a lot of time in here..." Batman said, turning back around and continuing to walk through the platform. "Now let's hurry up, we're almost there."
"Wait for me Bats!" Harley called out as she ran after the Dark Knight, her smile widening when she realized the implications of what he had said to her. He was right, if she became a part of his team, then she really would be spending more time in the Batcave. When Harley caught up with Batman, she could hear faint voices talking up ahead. A devious smirk spread across Harley's face as an idea popped into her head. Reaching out, she gently tugged on Batman's cape. "Hey B-man, can I ask you somethin'?"
"What is it, Harley?" Batman asked, turning around to lock eyes with the blonde Harlequin. "Are you having second thoughts?"
"Huh?! What?! No way!" Harley exclaimed as she shook her head, waving her arms around frantically. "I was just wonderin' if it was okay for me to make a special entrance. You know how I am, I can't resist when the opportunity presents itself."
"What did you have in mind?" Batman continued, deciding to humor Harley. As long as it wasn't something dangerous, he didn't see a problem with her wanting to show off. "Nothing too wild, I hope."
"Hmmm, I've got a pretty good idea..." Harley said with a smirk as she looked up passed Batman, spotting several rafters on the platform overhead. "Just one more question B-man...can I use one of your fancy smoke pellets?"
(Two Minutes Later: In Front of the Batcomputer)
"Do you have any idea what's going on, Alfred?" Robin asked, crossing his arms over his chest. "Why would Batman gather all of us here all of a sudden?"
"I don't have the faintest idea, Master Drake..." Alfred replied as he released a light sigh, before checking his watch. "All I know is that Master Bruce asked me to gather everyone for a special announcement."
"Well, it better be something good, you're just lucky that I was in the area or else I wouldn't have come..." Nightwing added in a slightly annoyed tone, resting his hands on his hips. "I don't like being away from Blüdhaven for too long. It was nice having Frost as my backup, which really lightened my load, but now she's back helping out here."
"Speaking of Louise, shouldn't she be here too?" Oracle asked as she wheeled her chair up next to Robin. "Bruce did ask for the whole team to be here."
"Master Bruce informed me that Ms. Lincoln already knows what the announcement is..." Alfred said, beginning to hear faint footsteps coming from the stairway behind him. "Apparently she met with him earlier and he told her then."
"Huh, it must have been after he went to check up on Harley..." Robin commented as he stroked his chin. "I still don't understand why he sent Frost, I could have easily gone with him...but I guess we do still need to find out what's on that phone."
"Hold up, you said Bruce went to visit Harley?" Oracle asked, quirking an eyebrow in confusion. "Why would he do that? We've been keeping tabs on her for months."
"Well when Batman and I broke up that arms deal down at the docks we learned that the guns were being sold to a bunch of Joker's old crew members..." Robin explained, which caused Oracle and Nightwing's eyes to widen slightly. "We also learned that Harley was the one reorganizing the gang. So Bruce decided to go and try and talk her out of it. For him to be back so soon, things must have gone rather well."
"Maybe he actually convinced that crazy broad to give it a rest," Nightwing added with a light chuckle.
"Wait a second..." Oracle muttered as the gears in her head began to turn, beginning to put things together. "You're right...why would he ask for Frost to go in particular? Is it because she used to be a criminal?" Oracle's eyes suddenly widened as she realized what Batman's announcement likely was. Releasing a heavy sigh, she pinched the bridge of her nose. "Oh lord...what is he thinking?"
"Good, you're all here..." Bruce said, walking up to his gathered team members. "As Alfred likely told you, I have an announcement to make."
"This better be good..." Nightwing muttered underneath his breath as he tapped his foot impatiently.
"Everyone, I'd like you all to meet the newest member of our team..." Batman announced, causing everyone but Oracle's eyes to widen in shock. With a sweeping gesture of his cape, a cloud of smoke suddenly burst out behind him. Soon the smoke began to dissipate, revealing a figure standing within. "I'm sure it's someone you're all very familiar with."
"Hiya guys! I'm so excited to be a part of the team!" Harley cheered with a massive smile as she stepped out of the smokescreen, waving energetically to Batman's team. Nightwing and Robin's jaws hung open, not believing that Harley Quinn was actually standing in the Batcave in front of them. "So, when do I get to punch some bad guys?!"
And done! Alright! We've learned why and how Killer Frost became apart of Batman's team, and Harley has officially joined the team as well! A slightly shorter chapter this time, but I felt this was a good stopping point. The next chapter will pick up where this one left off and will have Harley starting her training, and will delve more into Killer Frost's relationship with Batman! So, look forward to that! Remember to follow/favorite if you enjoyed, PLEASE REVIEW (I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!), check out my profile and other stories, and PM me any ideas you might have for any of my fics. So until next time, I'm outta here!