Fanfiction: Birds of Prey, pt 29 (of 43)
More “Birds of Prey” fanfiction! Black Canary meets Batgirl! Will the duo ally or, will Batgirl shove the Canary from Gotham’s nest?
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“I knew I’d run into one of you,” Black Canary said. “I’m glad it’s you and not him.”
“Duck,” Batgirl said.
Canary didn’t understand at first. When she saw Batgirl pull a bola out of her utility belt, she quickly dove out of the way.
The man Canary was interrogating had gotten bold and went for his gun. Batgirl’s bola wrapped around his arms, pinning them to his sides.
The force of the blow knocked him to the ground. He was conscious but wouldn’t be going anywhere.
Batgirl bent down to the man she’d disarmed and used bat-shaped zip-cuffs to secure him. “In Gotham, we secure criminals before interrogations, so we don’t get shot in the back.”
“Good advice,” Canary said. “Too bad I left my zip ties in my other stockings.”
Batgirl threw Canary a sideways glance. She then moved to secure the other fallen man. “What’s your interest in Kano?” she asked.
Canary played with her fingers while Batgirl finished securing the suspect. “I’m protecting a reporter friend,” Dinah said.
Batgirl approached Black Canary. “You should be glad it’s me and not Batman, Ms. Lance.”
Black Canary looked at Batgirl as if she’d just punched her in the gut. Batgirl continued.
“When we brought in Kano, we did the research, linked his activities to Detective Sonya Blade. Then we noted her flying to Gotham with a companion — Dinah Lance.”
Canary frowned. “How long have you been following me?”
“Since the hotel. Nice choice, by the way. The Continental has some of the best chicken tenders in the city.”
Canary laughed, more from nerves than mirth. The laughter subsided, and she shook her head. “So, you’re on to me. Which means you know my history with your boss.”
“I prefer ‘colleague,’ maybe ‘mentor.’ But yes. Though the lead singer of Ashes on Sunday doesn’t strike me as a killer.”
Dinah blinked. “You a fan?”
Batgirl blushed beneath her cowl. “I even have your first underground EP.”
Canary took a step back from Batgirl, looking her over and wondering if the woman was too good to be true. “That was a Japan-only release! I don’t even have a copy of that!”
“My roommate Alysia brought it back from visiting her folks in Japan. She’s a fan too.”
Black Canary put an arm around Batgirl’s shoulders. “See? This is fate! We’re destined to team up and find out why China White sent Kano here!”
Batgirl politely moved Canary’s arm from around her shoulders. “Batman and I will handle that. If anything leads back to Seattle, we’ll pass that on to the authorities.”
Canary threw up her hands. “C’mon, Batgirl! You know how slow the system is! That’s why you wear the mask and prowl the streets!”
“My boss” (Batgirl said with sarcasm), “said the only thing I was to tell you was to go home.”
Canary tilted her head. “And you always do what your boss tells you?”
Batgirl’s eyes looked to the side. Black Canary took Batgirl’s shoulders in her hands. Batgirl looked back at her.
“China White is Seattle’s problem. Let me and Sonya help so she doesn’t become a Gotham problem.”
Batgirl looked away.
Canary moved to stay in Batgirl’s line-of-sight and added, “And I’ll sign every last piece of Ashes on Sunday memorabilia you have. And throw in VIP passes for you and your roommate if you’re ever in Seattle.”
When this didn’t move Batgirl, Black Canary pointed said, “You drive a hard bargain, kid. I’ll even find a way on a meager rock star’s salary to fly you both out there!”
The Gotham vigilante sighed. Then she reacted to something only she heard.
After the girl started having a seemingly one-sided conversation, Canary realized the vigilante had a commlink in her cowl.
A few more moments passed before Batgirl addressed Canary
“You’re in luck,” she said. “Riddler’s back in town, so Batman’s busy.”
Black Canary studied Batgirl. The auburn-haired vigilante looked reluctant but said, “You’re strictly an observer, though. Don’t get me into any trouble. I mean it.”
The Seattle vigilante put her arm back around Batgirl’s shoulders. “Would I do that to a fan?”
Batgirl gave her a sideward glance.
What’s the Riddler up to? That’s a story for another time, but I’ll drop some hints later.
Next week we’ll continue bringing together the Birds of Prey as the Seattle and Gotham vigilantes descend on the Chechen!
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