In my latest “Birds of Prey” fanfiction, Black Canary reteams with Sonya Blade and gets a lead on China White’s activity in Gotham. Batgirl’s headed in the same direction.
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Black Canary stood up as the headlights of a rented sedan turned the street corner up ahead. The sedan pulled up to her. Sonya Blade sat inside.
“I can see why you couldn’t get an Uber in the Bowery,” Sonya said.
Black Canary got into the car. “I only had to fight off two muggers and one homeless guy asking for beer.”
“Batgirl ditch you?”
“After a very long speech about how I betrayed her trust and how she should have listened to Batman and sent me back to Seattle.”
Sonya shook her head. She started driving. “Did pissing off Gotham’s other vigilante at least get you any info?
Canary shook her head. “I was about to ask the Chechen what he knew about China White when Batgirl busted in and dragged me out.
“After the lecture and taking back the headset she gave me, she did head out in a hurry.”
“Any clue as to where?”
“No, but the Chechen is still at that abandoned mall.”
Sonya nodded in understanding.
Ten minutes later, the Seattle vigilante and the Seattle detective parked a block away from the mall.
Sonya had just killed the lights when they saw two sedans and a box truck belonging to one of the mall’s abandoned big box stores pull out of the mall’s parking lot.
“Abandoned mall, right?” Sonya asked.
“Since the eighties from the look of the place,” Canary replied.
“Then why would a department store truck be leaving the place?”
“Black Canary tipped Chechen to knowing about China White,” Batgirl said over her cowl’s communicator. “He may not show up for the meet.”
“The Chechen has seen what China White’s people can do,” Batman replied. “If he doesn’t accept the shipment, she’d turn on him and take Gotham by force.”
“Should let him take the shipment and bust him after?”
“Take them all at the site and show White she’s not welcomed in Gotham.”
Batgirl smiled. “I’m headed to the railyard now. What’s Riddler up to now?”
“His men stole something called Lemarchand’s Box from the Gotham Museum of Antiquities. Murdered some guards and left a riddle. Still working on it.”
“Sounds pleasant. Good luck with that.”
“Gordon’s already aware of the China White situation. Contact him and arrange for backup. The incident with the Riddler has me and Major Crimes tied up. SWAT should be available.”
Batgirl always felt a bit weird talking about Commissioner Gordon in the third person. It was like he was merely an ally in their war on crime and not her father.
Due to the nature of their activity, Gordon only knew his daughter as Barbara, the bookish genius wasting her talent on a low-level start-up to avoid college. He didn’t know her as the vigilante Batgirl.
Barbara worried that if he did, she’d end her career and take Batman to task for encouraging it. That and Gordon was already a target for criminals due to his position as commissioner.
No reason making that bullseye bigger outing him as Batgirl’s father.
“I’ll get the lay of the land and call them,” Batgirl said. “They’re good men, but I don’t wanna lose another criminal to over-anxious investigators.”
With that, Batman signed off. Batgirl continued her drive to the railyard on the lower west side.
Wait. Lemarchand’s Box sounds familiar.
Meanwhile, next week starts the climax of this “Birds of Prey” fanfiction as all parties converge on the Gotham railyards! It all goes down next Tuesday!
Need to catch up on the series? Start at the beginning! Birds of Prey, part one
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