The Dark Knight Lives (SIXTY-FOUR)

Gloria stood in the eerily quiet cave she had grown to call home, tears wettening her face as the image of Robin’s hanging body pierced her thoughts. In the past month, she had fought alongside against the evil forces under The Penguin’s reign. They never found Commissioner Lynx nor did they discover who The Penguin really was. Not until it was too late.

Robin was going to take The Penguin down. He said the mission was too dangerous. That he should go alone. Batwoman had been on a mission of her own as she strove to take The Penguin’s compatriots, Harley Quinn and the villainess now known as Poison Ivy, down. Gloria had wanted to join him. She told him he would need her help.

“Whatever happens to me, I’ll be okay knowing that you’ll still be here,” he had told her. Those were the last words he ever said to her.

Staring at the waterfall that constantly poured in the cave’s depths, she couldn’t hear Katherine’s approaching footsteps. She just heard her voice.

“I got him,” was all that Katherine said.

Gloria didn’t turn around.

“Is that supposed to make me feel better?”

There was a brief moment of silence before Katherine continued.

“I know what it feels like to lose someone. Trust me, I do. We’ll get them.”

“The Penguin has an army of judges, followers, he’s unbeatable.”

Katherine stepped closer. “Guess who else had an army? Bane…and Batman defeated him. I’ll do the same.”

Gloria finally turned around, looking Katherine in the eye. Sometimes she was still shocked seeing Katherine standing in a suit depicting her as Batwoman. She seemed almost inhuman in the mask. Like a warrior of the night.

“You’re not going to win,” Gloria said.

“Robin wouldn’t like hearing you say that,” Katherine spoke sternly.

“He’s not around anymore to hear me though, is he?”

With that Gloria stormed past, leaving Katherine to stand and stare into the depths of the waterfall, knowing that she had failed.


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