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Armored Underworld (fanfiction) pt 31 of 41

Batgirl continues her pursuit of the mysterious red-haired, would-be assassin.

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Batgirl went topside. The Dallas Building, he tallest building along the docks, was two blocks south. Batgirl took a look across the harbor. Dick was right about the view.

Using telescopic lenses on her cowl, she could see every angle on the docks. Searching, she found the Mercedes again, parked near one of the piers leading out to a set of yachts.

The woman herself casually approached a yacht near the end of the pier. It had two decks, both enclosed with tinted glass.

The red-head stepped from the dock onto the boat as if she belonged there. She went to the door leading into the lower section of the ship, tried it. It was locked, so she knocked.

The door opened almost immediately as if the occupant expected the assassin. Batgirl could barely make out the image of a middle-aged man before the redhead obscured her view.

The door closed. The yacht’s tinted windows prevented Batgirl from seeing anything else.

For that, she’d have to get in close.

Maybe it wasn’t a bad idea calling this one into the GCPD.

Batgirl made the call while on her way back to street level. Her father wasn’t in at this hour, but she did get Renee Montoya.

Montoya was a new transfer to Gotham’s Special Crimes Unit. Her father spoke well of her; that was all Batgirl needed to know.

Unfortunately, all Batgirl had for Montoya was a sighting of the redhaired woman associated with the convention center attack on Stark’s robot.

It wasn’t enough to justify sending a SWAT team (which Batgirl would have preferred), but Montoya said she’d grab her partner and make their way out.

Knowing she had backup coming, Batgirl quietly made her way to the docks. There was no way she could walk down the pier without being seen.

She opted instead to sneak aboard the closest yacht, then leapfrogging across the rooftops until she got near the yacht the ex-KGB girl was on.

Thankfully, either Batman had trained her well, or the people on the yachts were light sleepers.

Batgirl was just settling in when the red-haired woman exited the yacht’s interior. There was no sign of the man who’d let her inside.

The woman carried a laptop bag.

It wasn’t on Batgirl’s agenda to re-engage with the woman, but she had a feeling that laptop was extremely important. Maybe she could do this without too much fuss.

Moving to the next few yachts, Batgirl followed the ex-KGB woman, positioning herself a bit ahead of her. She pulled out her grapple gun and aimed it at the laptop.

The piton at the end of the line would damage the laptop; Batgirl aimed for a section away from the hard drive and fired.

Bull’s-eye.

Before the woman could react, Batgirl retracted the line. The woman watched as the laptop was yanked from her arm and toward Batgirl. The vigilante grabbed the laptop, then waved a hand at the redhaired woman.

The assassin responded by quick drawing dual handguns and firing at Batgirl. The vigilante dropped to the roof of the yacht, but a bullet struck her side.

Thank God for Waynetech’s body armor.

Batgirl just needed to get the woman away from the area before any nosey civilians woke up and got in the crossfire.

Lying prone on the yacht’s roof, Batgirl removed her piton from the laptop. She couldn’t see the woman to know what she was doing, but the woman couldn’t see her either.

That meant she couldn’t shoot at her.

Unfortunately, Batgirl couldn’t stay here.

Batgirl quickly launched herself over to the next yacht on the path toward the marina proper. She rolled along the new yacht’s roof, careful of her injured leg.

The woman was still on the pier. She fired at Batgirl again, scoring hits.

The body armor held, but the impact brought Batgirl down to one knee, slowing her. The woman raced down the dock after her, firing all the way.

The vigilante was running out of yachts. She grabbed a flash-bang pellet from her utility belt and threw it at the ex-KGB assassin. It landed right at her feet and exploded, doing its job as a distraction.

Batgirl landed on the pier, stumbling slightly due to her wounded leg. She moved as fast as she dared toward the safety of the taller buildings.

Bullets followed her but didn’t hit their mark. Checking quickly behind her, Batgirl saw the woman in pursuit.

Batgirl ducked behind one of the restaurant buildings. Pulling her grapple gun again, she aimed at the tall building across the street.

The ex-KGB woman rounded the corner after her. Batgirl’s piton struck the building ahead. Just as she started up, the woman fired.

Her bullet struck the laptop right where the hard drive would be.

The impact shook the laptop in Batgirl’s hand but she held on as she ascended. Looking back, she saw the woman race away, presumably for her Mercedes.

Upon landing on the roof, Batgirl dialed in Montoya.

“We’re about three minutes out,” Montoya said. “I’m assuming the shots fired 911 call is you?”

“I didn’t make it,” Batgirl responded, “but yeah, it was me.”

“Gotham’s elite aren’t gonna like holes in their pretty boats.”

“Tell that to the probably rogue SHIELD agent shooting at me,” Batgirl said while watching the route taken by the Mercedes on her cowl’s HUD.

“Speaking of, she’s in a Mercedes, license plate JRD-918. Heading south on Kaley.”

Batgirl heard Montoya’s partner, Crispus Allen, say, “That’s a few blocks up.”

“We’ll get her,” Montoya said. “Unless you wanna answer an evening’s worth of questions, you’d best make yourself scarce before our less vigilante friendly buddies show.”

Batgirl should have taken Montoya’s advice, but there was one thing she wanted to check first.

To be continued…


While writing this fanfiction, I used Green Ronin’s Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition RPG, to leave some things to chance. Check it out!

Like this fanfiction? Check out Mark’s original “Shadowdance” saga books!

Copyright Info

DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. It’s now Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition

Advanced Player’s Manual, Copyright 2005, Green Ronin Publishing: Author Skip Williams.

The characters Iron Man, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Vanko, Black Widow and Nick Fury are Copyright Marvel Comics

The characters Batman/ Bruce Wayne, Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon, Black Mask, the Penguin/ Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, Renee Montoya, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Robin/ Dick Grayson, KGBeast and Bane are Copyright DC Comics

The character Juri Han is Copyright Capcom

None of the characters belong to me as this is fanfiction, done for fun, and as a creative exercise.

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