[identity profile] gotham-gargoyle.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] jla_watchtower
The so-called 'Suicide Slum' district of Metropolis doesn't really fit in with the rest of the city. The gleaming skyscrapers and clean streets give way to a grimier existence that resembles Gotham City more than it does Metropolis.

Funny how that doesn't make the Batman feel any more at home.

The Batmobile is parked nearby, it's stealth systems activated to avoid drawing any spectators as he sifts through the burnt-out husk of a bay-side warehouse. Until its fiery demise a few months ago, it had been owned by a shell company, owned by another shell company, owned by a third shell company - but years before that, when it had been built, its owners were a little less careful about the companies hired to do the construction. Companies with ties to the once-powerful crime syndicate called 'the 100.'

Those companies were gone, now, too. Toppled in one investigation or another over the years. The 100 was believed to be defunct as well, so the fire at this warehouse hadn't raised any red flags to the Metropolis Police.

He'd followed colder trails.

Date: 2011-09-29 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
"The rumors of my death and all of that?" Superman drifts down and hovers there, just a few yards from his old friend, "Welcome to the walking dead. What brings you to our fare city tonight?"

Date: 2011-09-30 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
"You just made a funny...you really did get better." He smiles and his feet touch the ground so he is standing near the Dark Knight, "It's good to have you back in the saddle. Don't get me wrong. Your protoge did a fine job...but I'm sure he'd be the first to say he's just not...well...you."

He then looks to the same spot Bruce is scanning without really taking note of anything specific, "So. Not a social visit, then?" Of course...when is it ever a social visit.

Date: 2011-10-03 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
"I'd be lying if I told you I knew the details...but I know enough to know that I don't envy you your experience. He's a sick and twisted man...and in a different way than your used to. The others you deal with generally wear their sickness on their sleeve. For Lex, it's all inside..." His face is sullen and serious but warm and concerned as well, "...where you were, right?"

He looks Bruce in the eye, "You've never told anyone exactly what you faced in there have you? No one really knows do they?"

Then he smiles the smile of someone recognizing a friend, "Of course not. So, tell me. How can I help? If they're here in Metropolis, I want to know what's going on and stop this before it gets out of hand and folks get hurt."
Edited Date: 2011-10-04 04:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-10 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
"Of course I remember them...and hasn't Jefferson had the occaisional run-in with them in the past?" Batman's obvious implication is not lost on the Kryptonian, "You think they're back...enough to pose a threat."

Superman begins scanning the area around which Batman has centered his attention. He starts at the barely macroscopic level, since fingerprints and other evidence tends to be found there.

Date: 2011-10-10 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
Clark narrows his focus, scanning through the various molecular structures on and around the area Batman is examing, "Yeah. I'm seeing something I don't recognize in the usual mixture of air around here. Something that's most concentrated..." He pauses for a moment, scanning, "There."

He points to a location about a foot and a half to the left of where Batman is focusing.

Date: 2011-10-12 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
He's still scanning the rubble, now also using x-ray vision. With any luck, more helpful clues might be found buried underneath one of these layers, "Lois? Lois is great! She's in Qurac right now putting the finishing touches on her human traficking story. It's powerful stuff and she's real proud of it."

He stops what he's doing and walks over to the crouched Dark Knight, "and don't think I didn't just notice the small talk, Bruce. You can just ask me whatever it is you're wanting to ask me. It's not exactly like you to beat around the bush."

Edited Date: 2011-10-12 11:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-17 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
Clark shrugs, then gives Bruce a sly but friendly look before replying, "Well. I'm here if you ever need to chat. I'm not looking to have you cry on my shoulder, Bruce, but I can tell you...coming back from the dead is frought with it's very own special trials and tribulations. Granted, you have the advantage of not having died on national television with the love of your life and your whole city watching...but I'm guessing you've got your very own special set of related issues."

His expression changes as Clark switches to a more professional demeanor, "and yes, I've got the formula...at least, I can describe what I'm seeing."

He then turns contemplative as he proceeds to list off the various chemical components and the atomic latic he's viewing. Once he's finished, he turns to Bruce, "What is that? The components sound vaguely familiar but I'd be lying if I told you I recognized it off the top of my head. Professor Stein I am not."

Date: 2011-10-25 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
"Now that sounds like the Batman I'm used to working with. This is where I tell you that I trust the Metropolis police to handle local criminal investigation...unless you have some specific reason I shouldn't. You know how uncomfortable it makes me to have you acting as law enforcement when we have a whole bunch of talented men and women who are just waiting to help."

He gives Bruce a warm, but expectant, smile.

Date: 2011-10-26 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
He clenches his teeth a little as he listens to Bruce. He's right, of course, but that doesn't mean he has to be happy about it. The smile turns to a frown and he gives Bruce a bit of a glare, "Continue your investigation, then...but under no circumstances should the locals know the Batman has come calling. Metropolis police and I have something of an understanding and this, quite honestly, bends the boundaries of my agreement with them"

Date: 2011-10-27 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superman-kal-el.livejournal.com
He may not see it, but this puts a fairly large grin on Clark's face. He lifts off the ground but stops before taking off, "Alright. Just be careful and..."

It is about then that he realizes Batman is nowhere to be seen. Yes. It is definitely good to have him back.


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